Ultimate Aussie: Topdeck Ultimate Aussie Adventure 29 days

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Ultimate Aussie: Topdeck Ultimate Aussie Adventure 29 days

5,599.00

With a whole month to play with, you’ll have no dramas getting your fill of heart-pulsing action, stunning scenery and bucket-list-ticking activities on this epic trip. Journey from big cities to small towns via beautiful islands and learn why #Straya is the envy of so many travel ...

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Bucket List Inclusions

  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • Opal Mine & Town tour
  • Wilpena Pound guided walk
  • Paint your own souvenir boomerang
  • ?Visit Grampians National Park
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Wine school & Make Your Own
  • Visit the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Visit Magnetic Island
  • Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Full-day Fraser Island 4WD experience including Lake McKenzie
  • Surf lesson at Topdeck’s surf camp
  • Experience sunrise & sunset at Uluru
  • Aboriginal experience & artefact souvenir
  • 12 Apostles & the Great Ocean Road

More Inclusions

  • 28 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D)
  • 25 nights in motels, hostels, lodges, hotels & cabins, 1 night sailing, 1 night in a swag, 1 night underground
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Trip Leader + Driver
  • Internal flight/s as marked on trip map

Please note flight is not included on this trip. 

Group Size

Average 15, maximum 36

Transport

Modern air-conditioned vehicles

 FREE 

Please note WIFI is not available on vehicles used in Northern Territory and the Southern States. 

What's included

More Inclusions 28 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L), 13 dinners (D) 25 nights in motels, hostels, lodge

Itinerary

Day 1 : Melbourne to Port Campbell (Great Ocean Road)

Welcome to your Topdeck trip - meet your travel buddies and hit the road. If you've ever seen a car commercial, chances are you've seen the Great Ocean Road. With mere metres between road and water, hairpin bends and epic views out every window, today you'll join the list of five million people to do the ‘road-of-passage’ along the Great Ocean Road each year. Want even better views? Opt in for a scenic helicopter flight. Before putting any rubber on the Great Ocean Road, we’ll spot koalas in the wild and lunch in a seaside village. Tonight, chill out and get to know who you're travelling with.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 2 : Port Campbell to Grampians

From one natural wonder to another, we'll explore the 167,000 hectares of the Grampians - a mecca for hikers and rock climbers. More than just a place to get geology goosebumps, you'll be standing on sacred ground, with 80% of Victoria's Aboriginal rock art on show. Meet the traditional land owners, whose ancestors were scratching and dabbing their Dreamtime stories onto rock long before the Pyramids of Egypt were conceived. Then paint your own story onto a boomerang. Dinner with the crew tonight.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 3 : Grampians to Mt Gambier

Next up: MacKenzie Falls, the largest waterfall in Victoria. It's no Niagara, but flowing water is guaranteed year-round – a rare promise in a country that's 40% desert. Then, over to the Northern Grampians for one last panorama shot where #natureporn trends. Check out some epic views of Mount Williams, the highest peak in the park and third-highest mountain in Victoria. Tonight, after a walking tour, get a slice of history as you catch some shut eye in Old Mt. Gambier Gaol.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 4 : Mt Gambier to Adelaide

Stroll through the Valley Lake conservation area and learn about the pre-human flora and fauna existence. Snap madly away on the camera as you spot a Skippy - hot tip: don’t try to hug one. Before kicking on to Adelaide, check out the Blue Lake (depending on what time of the year you visit, the lake changes colour) and the Umpherston Sinkhole. Because no South Australian voyage is complete without wine, we get to concoct our own potion as we stop at Wynn’s Coonawarra vineyard. Chin chin!  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 5 : Adelaide

You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island (optional). Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg. And for the wine lovers? We’ve got you guys covered with a Barossa Valley wine tour.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 6 : Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

You've made it to one of the world's coolest cities (according to Lonely Planet). Today's a free day for the adventurous to head out to spot seals, kangaroos and penguins on Australia's answer to the Galapagos: Kangaroo Island (optional). Learn about some of the 46 endemic species. Spend the day slurping noodles in the Adelaide Central Market, or take a tram to the seaside village of Glenelg. And for the wine lovers? We’ve got you guys covered with a Barossa Valley wine tour.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 7 : Flinders Rangers

Flinders Ranges National Park is a spoiled brat: it has everything. From mountains to gorges and creeks to rivers, you're lucky you get to play in it today. Take a hike to Wilpena Pound - a natural amphitheatre about three times the size of Uluru.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 8 : Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy

Destination: Coober Pedy. Where locals live in homes carved deep underground to escape the heat. Along with these subterranean houses, this place is know for another little gem. Opals. 75% of the world's opals come from here. We’ll take a mine and town tour to check it all out. Then: time to meet the orphans of the kangaroo world and learn more about how abandoned joeys are nurtured back into the wild.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 9 : Coober Pedy to Alice Springs

It's time to cross the gemstone littered and soft grounds of the Moon Plain up the middle of Australia. Then, check out the world's longest Dingo Fence (good thing there's a gate) and truck on past some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory. That resort pool is just what the doctor ordered.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 10 : Alice Springs to Uluru, Kata-Tjuta NP

We're hitting the red ground running as we pull into Yulara. It's off to the breathtaking Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own steak (or veggie burger). Welcome to the outback, mate.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 11 : Uluru, Kata-Tjuta NP

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 12 : Uluru to Kings Canyon

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise back at Uluru. Follow in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site with a full base walk, where you can escape the crowds and check out hidden waterholes. Keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and soar over the rock. Later, join an optional meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 13 : Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

If you would walk 500 miles (steps), then you'll make it through the toughest part of the Rim Walk – Heart Attack Hill. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is the real deal and the most famous canyon in Oz. Think age-old cycads, eroded dome shapes, a visit to The Lost City – and that's not even the best part. The sheltered valley and waterhole of the Garden of Eden makes today bloody bonza (translation: awesome).  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 14 : West MacDonnell Ranges Alice Springs

Wake up. Rub eyes. Climb into a hot air balloon. Just saying, it’s an option...and an amazing start to the day. Back to earth venture on an excursion out among the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Our stops include the peaceful Simpsons Gap and the impressive Standley Chasm. It’s back to Alice Springs to grab a late lunch and explore the town centre. This afternoon, have a wander and check out our options. There are local Aboriginal art galleries to check out, the Desert Park Gardens to explore and the Reptile Centre to get creeped out in. Book in the optional late afternoon Kangaroo Sanctuary tour for sunset.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 15 : Alice Springs to Cairns

Today we’ll fly from the Red Centre and dry climate of Alice Springs into the tropical surrounds of Cairns to meet your new crew. After dinner and getting to know your new trip buddies, the night is yours to explore.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 16 : Cairns

After breakfast, take a walk around town with your crew and get the lay of the land. The afternoon is all yours to play with. You could go big with an optional bungy jump or skydiving, or take to the rapids and go whitewater rafting. This place has plenty to keep you busy.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 17 : Cairns

Ramp up the adventure with today’s optionals. You could be paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. There’s hot air ballooning, horse riding and bungy jumping...or just kick back with a coconut. But who could pass up the chance to see The Great Barrier Reef? Join the optional day tour and you’ll set out on a catamaran to stop at Michaelmas Cay and the exclusive Paradise Reef. Pop on a snorkel and dive in (there’s optional scuba diving too) to see sea turtles and zillion types of tropical fish. There’s a tasty buffet lunch included. Back in Cairns, check out the nightlife after dark.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 18 : Cairns to Magnetic Island

Hard as it will be to leave, our time in Cairns has come to an end. Today we head south to explore the natural and wildlife wonders of Magnetic Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare and endangered cassowary bird on our morning drive, and then it’s a quick ferry trip before you have the afternoon to explore this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches and national park walking trails, – or just laze by the pool with a cocktail. We won’t judge.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 19 : Magnetic Island to Whitsundays

Hard as it will be to leave, our time in Cairns has come to an end. Today we head south to explore the natural and wildlife wonders of Magnetic Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare and endangered cassowary bird on our morning drive, and then it’s a quick ferry trip before you have the afternoon to explore this amazing piece of paradise. Discover secluded beaches and national park walking trails, – or just laze by the pool with a cocktail. We won’t judge.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 20 : Airlie Beach

Wake up to pure paradise in one of the many sheltered coves that make up the Whitsundays. Today we’ll set sail for golden sandy beaches, snorkel over coral reefs and soak up the sun. A visit to the famous blinding white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Blue Pearl Bay will also be an option if the weather behaves (fingers crossed!). If you’re a budding captain, you can even help set the sails and take the helm whilst further exploring the islands. Later this afternoon, set course for our return to land where we’ll spend the night in Airlie Beach. Read: pool, shower, dinner, dancing – all in that order!  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 21 : Whitsunday Island to Farm Stay

Get out of the hammock and head south to our farm stay, Myella Farm. Think: dusty plains and wide open spaces. After chowing down on a home-cooked meal this evening, slurp a steaming billy tea and gather around the campfire with your buddies. This is the life.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 22 : Farm Stay

Embrace your inner jackaroo or jillaroo and prepare yourself for an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding and motor biking (optional). Or go walkabout to find that right spot for the perfect outback sunset. Enjoy a hearty farm style dinner before you take to whip cracking and lassoing.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 23 : Farm Stay to Fraser Island

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a farm breakfast before catching a ferry bound for the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This place is the world's largest sand island, with the longest beach in Queensland – all 75 miles (120km) of it.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 24 : Fraser Island

Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to check out the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 25 : Fraser Island to Brisbane

Fraser is literally one huge pile of sand – as if someone dropped the Sahara Desert into the Pacific Ocean and scattered it with dingoes and rainforests. Four-wheel-drive along the beach highway to check out the Pinnacles Coloured Sands (considered a place of good luck for the Indigenous Butchulla women), Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your stand up paddling skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 26 : Brisbane to Byron Bay

Today, we’ve got some awesome optionals for you to get involved in. What’s it going to be? Theme parks, maybe a skywalk, or chill in the famous beach strip? Mull it over as we leave Brisbane behind and make a stop at the Gold Coast and famous Surfers Paradise beach before setting a course for some serious surf vibes in Byron. Here you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 27 : Byron Bay

Anti-McDonald's and anti-anything mass produced (but pro juice bars, beer gardens and beards), Byron is glitzy on the outside but small town-hearted underneath. Hit the shops, or opt in to paddle a sea kayak with the dolphins, or take a surfing lesson or watch whales breach from the lighthouse in winter. This is the town where peace and tranquillity go to relax. You should too. Or jump out of a plane (optional). Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy.  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 28 : Byron Bay to Surf Camp

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing mecca of Crescent Head. Here's your chance to become a bona fide surf master. Kelly Slater, who?  

Meal(s) included : None

Day 29 : Surf Camp to Sydney

Wrap up your surfari adventure with a final surf lesson, then it’s onwards to the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney, where we say our goodbyes. It might be the end of this trip, but there is plenty more Oz out there and plenty more Topdeck trips to pick from.  

Departs: Sydney or Melbourne