Australian Outback Staircase to the Moon Tour

A 13 day trip to Australia 
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Watch your step as you transcend boundaries to witness the full-moon shine over the northern sea and connect to the Australian horizon. Experience the indigenous ties to Australia’s unique landscape. Traverse the land finding natural gems in the country’s topography and faunae. No matter the time of year, this Australia tour will leave you with lifelong memories of Australia’s incredible natural beauties from the red sands to the stunning lakes. 

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General Information

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Australia massive red sandstone rock uluru national park
australia cabe beach broome couple walk on the beach at sunset
australia group of aboriginal men and didgeridoos
australia sydney botanic garden
australia sydney bondi beach blue ocean and sky
australia cable beach broome crashing waves
Sunset camel ride with Pyndan Camel Tracks, White Gums Valley.
australia waterfall rocks kakadu national park
australia broome staircase to the moon ocean sunset
Australia Broome Rocks Ocean
Sydney Opera House at sunset.
australia sydney grilled shrimp and salad
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australia windjana gorge national park water and rocks
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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Sydney, Broome, Kununurra, Darwin, The Australian Outback

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1 –Arrive Sydney

Arrive in Sydney early in the morning with the sunlight glistening on the ocean. Sydney is known for its moderate climate making it a perfect destination no matter the time of year. Take advantage of an early check-in at your hotel and explore the stunning city of Sydney.

Stroll through Darling Harbour, a lovely walkable area on the waterfront boasting museums, gardens, restaurants, and a carousel. It is also the departure point for all harbor cruises. Hop on a cruise that will take you around Sydney Harbour and its surroundings. The ocean air blows over the bow of the ship as the carousel’s music fades in the distance. The sails of the Sydney Opera House point into the sky and mix with the sailboats floating around the esplanade. The bare frame of the Harbour Bridge holds fast above the sea. Homes pepper the shoreline through the trees as fishing trawlers make their way to the docks.

Watch the daylight fade behind Sydney’s skyline as you make your way to Doyles Beach to enjoy the fresh, delicious seafood at Doyles on the Beach. The water taxi will ferry you to the beautiful seaside restaurant where you are promised a view of Sydney’s remaining sunset. For a truly Australian experience try Doyles Selection, a succulent collection of the fresh Australian seafood that Doyles is known for, including stuffed jumbo prawns with bacon. It is a tasty dinner; it is a delectable welcome to Australia.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Transfer

Day 2 - Sydney to Broome

Transfer to the Sydney Airport to make your flight to Broome. Known for its history of pearling, Broome is a collection of color in its topography and its history. A visit to Broome is like visiting an American gold-mining town, surrounded by beauty and steeped in legend.  A stroll through Chinatown spotlights Broome’s history as a seaside town, the shiny history of pearl shells still glistening in windows, signs that designate which buildings were once opium dens or saloons but are now bustling cafes and retail stores.

At night you will witness the spectacular Staircase to the Moon. Unique to Broome, this phenomenon happens only during the full moon. Watch as the moon’s deep glow settles on top of the ocean, its reflection building what looks like a staircase that leads from the water’s edge, through the air, and onto the moon’s surface as the deep hum of didgeridoos echo in the night. Enjoy a seaside meal at Roebuck Bay, the hearty mussels are a savory companion to the moon’s glow shimmering on the calm sea.  

What’s Included: Accommodation, Transfer

Day 3 – A Day in Broome

Explore that magic of Broome with a local guide who will take you to the various sites that make this city and its surroundings so astounding. The vast expanse of Cable Beach’s white sands meet the turquoise blue of the warm, calm water. The air is a salty sweet as the warm water laps around your toes. A visit to Gatheaume Point displays the craggy, red rocks of another world piled on top of one another and looming over the clear blue water below. Peek at the fossilized dinosaur footprints, set firm in the sand and authenticated by specialists. The footprints sink into, but standout, like a sore thumb with the rocks stacked above them, and the sea quiet.

At night you will return to Cable Beach carried by the “ships of the desert.” A camel ride along the shores of the white sand beach at sunset brings you to the edge of the continent where the sinking red of the sun glows like a firestorm. Dolphins can often be seen playing in the distance as the sun fades over the horizon.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tour

Day 4 – Surrounding Broome

Experience Broome’s surroundings like a local with an Aboriginal tour-guide. Be taken through Aboriginal communities to see their historical and spiritual connection to the land. Their painted handprints stain an expanse of hillsides, the stories of Dreamtime echo in the night sky, and the odd shape of boab trees, their fat bases and thin branches, decorate the countryside.

Return to Broome with a chance to taste some of the local fair at the Moon Market at Town Beach. The music of buskers mixes with the laughter of people touring the market. Many vendors tout the unique and sweet flavor of honey and preserves. Taste all you can before the boisterous crowd disbands and the tastes of the market fades.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tour

Day 5 – To The Kimberley

Enjoy an aerial tour of the Kimberly Region as you soar over brilliant reflective water of the Fitzroy River and around the large cliffs of the Windjana Gorge. A brief hike through the brush of the gorge will take you to homestead where you will taste the decadence of a local, staple lunch of “one meat and two veg.” The food is rich and delicious; the hospitality is heart warming.

Once back in the air you will see the incredible power of the Horizontal Falls, which demonstrates the strength of the area’s tides. The falls were created by huge tides flowing in a white-water plume through two narrow passageways. The tides continue their immense pull today.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tour, Lunch

Day 6 –Into Deep Territory

Transfer to the airport and be flown to one of the last frontiers of Australia, Kununurra. Known for its remote location and stunning topography, Kununurra has a craggy, colorful surface that climbs and falls across the expansive region.  The landscape drops suddenly with hidden lakes at the bottom ready to be jumped into. A visit to Kununurra is an experience in and of itself. On your first day in Kununurra you should visit The Hoochery. Owned and run by Raymond “Spike” Dessert, it is the only licensed distillery in Western Australia and is located on Spike’s farm. Known for its sugar cane spirit, the sweet scent of the sugar cane surrounds the farm. The distillery looks like a refurbished antiquated saloon, complete with barrels stocked against the walls, for storage, not for decoration. For a delicious and moist treat, try The Hoochery’s rum cake.

What’s Included: Accommodation, transfers

Day 7 – A Tad Bit Farther

Spend the day in the air flying over Kununurra’s incredible scenery. Lake Kununurra was formed by the construction of the Ord Diversion Dam. The pristine water reflects the blue of the sky and the surrounding lush environment, from sprawling vineyards and farmland to expansive rolling hills.

From the air, the Argyle Diamond Mine could be mistaken for the layered pyramids of Chichén Itzá. Layers angle down the mountains and spiral into the earth. The red and white of the terrain pops against the bright green of the surrounding trees. Over the Purnululu National Park the rocks spring from the earth like stalagmites, a collection of color, sharp and defensive. Kununurra’s majesty is imbedded in its roots, its soil, its lakes and rivers, and you have been able to see it all from up high.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 8 – Explore Darwin

Transfer to the airport and be flown to Darwin, Australia. Explore the city of Darwin, strolling through the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. The wave lagoon offers swimming and water sports in the safe, clean, cool water of the harbor.  Couples hold hands in inner tubes. Families bodysurf in the morning and the area is filled with boisterous laughter.

The latter part of the day will bring you to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The quiet, deep halls are filled with indigenous history and art, including a large collection of contemporary Aboriginal art. The collection at the museum offers an eclectic take of Aboriginal culture, showing the struggle of an indigenous people to stay connected to their roots while assimilating to modernity through the artists’ combining of the symbolic shapes of traditional Aboriginal art with contemporary images and ideals. With the idea of Dreamtime always present in the land and sea of Australia, the colorful paintings leap from the walls, continuing the tradition of storytelling.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Transfers

Day 9 – Off the Beaten Path

Take a breathtaking flight over the wild wetlands of Kakadu National Park as you make your way to a remote safari camp on the borderlands of Arnhemland encampment. The expansive lush green is bordered by the intimidating gray of steep cliffs and patched with billabongs, or oxbow lakes, that come and go with the seasons.

Take a 4WD trip to explore the nearby Aboriginal rock-art site. An incredible 20-foot-long rainbow serpent adorns a shallow cave. Follow your guide through rock chambers that contain hidden galleries draped with telling Aboriginal art. Listen to the stories that the art tells, and the history of the region that is contained in the work. Later you will visit a large billabong for a sunset cruise. See the girth of the crocodiles as they pepper the shores. Watch the egrets’ extend their impressive wingspan as their brilliant white feathers silhouette in the sunset, until the cruise ends and it is time to return to camp.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tours, Flight

Day 10 – To the Untouched

Wake up to the natural sounds of chirping birds and rushing water. The surrounding trees and rocks act as a living museum, containing and maintaining this, practically untouched region’s natural history. Your guide will help you discover the beauty of the pristine bush through the abundance of native birds and animals, along with the prolific and abundant rock art. Run along the sandy shores of the waterways and experience traditional aboriginal crabbing, complete with spear. As the sun drifts behind the trees, watch the collection of birds make their way to their nests as the murmurations settle into the canopy. 

What’s Included: Accommodation, Tours

Day 11 – Darwin’s Heart

After a delightful local breakfast you will take a return flight to Darwin, once again flying over the incredible Kakadu National Park with its craggy cliffs and rushing waterfall that cuts through the heart of the trees. Another day in Darwin offers a visit to the Darwin World War II Museum. Containing first hand accounts of Australia’s experience during the war.  Some of the stories told in the museum have been documented in the Baz Luhrmann movie, Australia. From the cold metal of anti-aircraft guns, to the heartwarming stories of heroes and soldiers, the museum shows Australia’s proud history, along with the core of the country’s cultural kindheartedness.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Flight, Transfers

Day 12 – Sydney Returns

Board an early flight to return to the city that started your Australian excursion, Sydney. The opulent water encircles the Opera House as you make your descent into the city. On your final night in Australia enjoy an easy exploration of Sydney’s beautiful, premiere seaside district, The Rocks. Having refurbished the original warehouses and factories that lined the Sydney’s waterway, the Rocks now boasts stunning boutique shops, delicious restaurants, and an incredible outdoor market.

First Fleet Park is a stunning, lush green area bordered by antique buildings, the waterfront, and the skeletal frame of the Harbour Bridge. It’s also a great place to watch the people of Sydney stroll by.  As the sun sets behind the skyline, the waves and sails practically waving goodbye, you can almost expect the moon to rise and build another staircase.

What’s Included: Accommodation, Flight

Day 13 – Depart for the US

With the gorgeous staircase to the moon disappearing, and Australia’s stunning Outback in the distance, it is time to leave for the US. Although the staircase may be gone, the moon will always be a reminder of your trip to Australia. 

Price

Price 

Zicasso recommends the following guidelines for customized Australia tour packages, excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $350 - $1,000+ per person per day
  • 4-star: Minimum USD $300 per person per day
  • 3-star: Minimum USD $250 per person per day

The customized package will include accommodations, airport transfers and other transportation within Australia, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final accommodation choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.