26 Day Darwin to Sydney Grand Aussie Experience

26 Day Darwin to Sydney Grand Aussie Experience

Australia is fair dinkum one of the world's most exciting destinations, and this Australia travel experience is one of the hottest things going on a whole vibrant continent! On this epic adventure you will not only take in all the highlights, you will also be exposed to the most memorable and iconic travel experiences that Australia has to offer!

Tour Highlights

  • 4WD on Fraser Island
  • Kroombit Park Outback Cattle Station
  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Tropical island
  • Kings Canyon
  • Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Hunter Valley
  • Surf lesson
  • Springbrook National Park
  • 'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Katherine Gorge
  • East Alligator River Cruise in Kakadu
  • Aboriginal guide and entry into Arnhemland
  • Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park

Tour Info

Code TD-AAGADS
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 26 Days
Price From $
Departures

Selected Days ( Apr 2014 - Mar 2015)

Vehicle Modern Air-conditioned Vehicle
Suitability 18-39 Years
Start Darwin @ 07.00 am
Finish Sydney @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Two national parks in one day? Yep, it's a thing. Kick off your trip with a short drive down Stuart Highway into Litchfield National Park. Swimming under a tropical waterfall? This seems like just the day to do it. Next up: World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

Meals - (L,D)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Spend more time in Litchfield National Park then stay at Batchelor Motel in Litchfield tonight.

At half the size of Switzerland, there's a lot of Kakadu to see. Get ready to rock early, because we're rolling deep into the park to check out some Aboriginal Rock Art sites and cruise the East Alligator River to see how many crocs we can snap. We've also got special permission to enter Arnhem Land for a lesson in traditional Aboriginal hunting methods and a cruise down the river. Hope you've got good aim because that's how we're catching lunch today. Kidding, you'll have to buy your grub. Climb to the top of Ubirr Rock Mick Dundee style and take in the fiery sunset.

Meals - (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Today's stops visited on previous day and today's itinerary going straight to Litchfield National Park. Overnight: Batchelor Motel, Litchfield.

The only thing more terrifying than the plastic clog variety are the crocs that can be found in Kakadu. Luckily, the areas we're heading to today are saltwater crocodile free. If this place looks familiar, you've probably seen Crocodile Dundee one too many times. Still too freaked out to swim? Take a scenic flight for a bird's eye view over the escarpment that marks the borderline of Arnhem Land. When you're done, take in a game of lawn bowls at the Country Club and enjoy a good ol' fashioned BBQ with the locals.

Meals - (B, D)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Waterfalls replaced with other Kakadu site depending on road and weather conditions.

You've got a front row seat for the wicked wildlife and scenery while canoeing along the Katherine River - the Gorge is yours to explore. But if you'd rather not be up the creek with a paddle, take your trip to the next level by upgrading to a three-gorge cruise and venture even further into the wilderness. We'll grab some lunch en route to the majestic Edith Falls - #nofilter necessary.

Meals - (B)

*Wet season (Nov-May): Canoeing replaced with Katherine Gorge Boat Cruise.

Drift off into the Dreamtime in the steamy thermal springs of Mataranka in the heart of the Never Never. Never never thought you'd find this in the outback, hey? This trip is thirsty work, but you'll soon be able to re-hydrate with an ice-cold beer at one of 'Straya's best-known watering holes, the Daly Waters Pub. Located 'in the middle of somewhere', this place was the site of Australia's first international airport back when flights to London took eight days. Strewth.

Meals - (B, D)

Dust off the red... actually, never mind. You'd better get used to that for another couple of days at least. To round off the morning, we've got some pretty epic granite boulders for you at the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). Next: a technology lesson to phone home about. Think your old Nokia was out-dated? Wait till you see the Overland Telegraph line at the Barrow Creek Hotel. Text mum to let her know you're heading off in Morse code.

Meals -(B)

Today = free day in the epicentre of Australia. Jump into the joey nursery at Kangaroo Dundee's place (aka the man who should win 'mother' of the century for hand-rearing orphaned joeys) and hold a baby kangaroo while you're there. Travel through time in a historic aircraft at the Royal Flying Doctors or get lost in the mystery of the Australian outback at Desert Park Gardens

Meals - (B).

We're hitting the red ground running with a visit to a camel farm and then onto Yulara. It's off to Uluru in the afternoon for a guided tour, and a glass of bubbles as the glow of sunset morphs through 50 shades of red, providing a rockin' live show. Tonight hone your Aussie BBQ skills and cook your own grub. Welcome to the outback, mate.

Meals - (B, D)

Start your day with a big bowl of 'oh my god' thanks to a breathtaking sunrise sesh 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. Do your best Attenborough narration as you keep watch for wedge-tailed eagles, spinifex hopping mice and thorny devils. Or splurge on a Harley ride or scenic flight and see the original Top of the Rock. Later, join a meditative dot painting class in the Aboriginal Art Markets and give yourself a free astrology lesson, stargazing at the endless Southern night sky.

Meals - (B)

Get ready for some sole searching as we venture into the heart of sacred Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk amongst the 36 red sandstone giants through the Valley of the Winds. After a Dreamtime archeology lesson, and a drive into Watarrka National Park, live the life of a jolly swagman as we sleep under the stars in custom swags. Cue campfire stories and marshmallows tonight.

Meals - (B, D)

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: rad).

Meals -(B, L)

Make your own way and take to the skies to meet up with your east coast crew in Cairns

Meals - (B)

Just like a double-shot macchiato in the morning, two days in Cairns will get your heart started. Find yourself paddling the rapids of the Tully River, zip lining over a crocodile or getting an aerial view of the tropics by plummeting towards it. Save time for a snorkelling or scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef and take home that elusive selfie with a photobombing fish.

Meals - (B,D)

*Pre-book your Great Barrier Reef day-trip at the time of booking to secure your spot.

Want another day to explore the only place in the world nestled between two World Heritage areas? Go on then. Ramp up the adventure metre with hot air ballooning, horse riding, bungee jumping and all those things you didn't do yesterday. Or just kick back with a coconut.

Meals - (B)

***We ask that you have packed a small overnight bag to take onboard with you as space is limited. Pack items like swimmers, beach towel, chargers, hat, sunscreen, camera, jacket, toiletries, sandals/flip flops and casual clothes for 3 days***

Feeling like you need more air in your hair? Bail out of the bus and board your own private yacht for our overnight sailing trip in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands (cue clichéd sailing soundtrack). Normally a toy for the rich and famous, today it's all yours to learn the ropes while sailing in paradise. Landlubber? Take the diva option and let the crew do the work whilst you feast, swim and snorkel.

Meals -(B, D)

Keep those sunnies on as the blinding white sands of Whitehaven stretch before you like a 7km sea of diamonds and swim with the resident Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay. Back on board, keep adrift of your seafaring skills by helping to set the sails or steer at the helm as we set course for land and two nights at Daydream Island Resort.

Meals - (B, L, D)

Did someone say buffet breakfast? (Over) indulge, recharge and relax with water sports, beach volleyball and fish feeding right off the jetty. Appropriately named, Daydream Island has walking tracks, palm trees and secluded beaches. In keeping with tradition, a looong list of activities has been provided ranging from water sports to mini golf and tennis. Grab a cocktail from the swim up pool bar then make a date with a hammock and get in your happy place overlooking the pools.

Meals - (B)

Get out of the hammock and follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook as we head south to Emu Park. Then spread out on the sand, crack a "cold one" and 'stump' yourself with the rules of beach cricket with yer mates just before dinner.

Meals - (B, D)

Sand and salt got your goat? Trade the beach for the bush and enjoy an authentic outback experience at a 10,000-acre cattle station. Now's your chance to bust out the sayings like "strewth mate" and "bewdy sheila". Take to the life of a cowboy like a horse to oats with an adventure-packed afternoon of horse riding, quad biking and trap shooting. Then get your boots dirty as we take on a goat rodeo, take a dip in the pool and get bucked on the mechanical bull.

Meals - (B, L, D)

Wake up and smell the coffee. Kick off your day with a proper farm breakfast before burning down the highway to catch a ferry bound for the world's largest sand island, with the longest beach in Oz - all 75 Miles (120kms) of it.

Meals - (B,D)

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 of 75-mile Beach to mingle with the Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Eli Creek and Maheno Shipwreck before testing out your SUP skills on the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.

Meals - (B, L)

Next stop: BrisVegas (aka Brisbane). Don't let its namesake fool you - there are no late-night wedding chapels in the sunshine state capital. Get your city centre fix on before burning down the highway to a piece of man-made awesome perched on the edge of golden sandy beaches, aka Surfers Paradise. Welcome to the GC. Meals - (B)

Leave the Gold Coast glitz behind you as we head to Springbrook National Park and its major draw card, Natural Bridge. Next, swap the national park for surf vibes in Byron - where you can burn incense, sip chai, become a yoga teacher and win cash for being a Cheeky Monkey all in one day.

Meals - (B)

Anti-Maccas 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, paddle a sea kayak, 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. Byron doesn't care as long as you're happy.

Meals - (B)

Let the wave chasing begin as we cruise down the coast to the surfing cloud nine of Crescent Head. Grab some BBQ lunch before we hit the beach for a private surf lesson on one of the best right-handers in the world. Here's your chance to become a bona fide shredder. Kelly Slater, who?

Meals - (B, L, D)

Try a barrel of a different kind and dip your toes into an oak barrel (literally) in the Hunter Valley today. Swill some vino and taste some of the best grapes in the country before we roll onto the beachside hustle and bustle of Sydney.

Meals - (B)

Included

  • 25 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 12 dinners (D)
  • 24 nights in hotels,lodges and cabins
  • 1 night in a swag
  • 1 night on board sailing
  • Escorted services of a fully trained  Leader and Driver between Sydney and Cairns and a Driver/Guide between Alice Springs and Darwin

Note

  • Group Size - Average 15, maximum 36
  • Transport - Modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • For all departures after 1 April 2014 the internal flight between Cairns and Alice Springs is not included in the trip price and must be organised independently.  
  • This trip is for active 18-39 year olds.
  • Optional Activities are available 
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers on all trips.
  • A luggage limit of 15kgs applies between Alice Springs and Uluru, 20kgs applies between Cairns and Sydney.

What to Bring 

  • Sturdy Walking Shoes
  • Rainproof Jacket
  • Swimming Costume and Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch  and Travel Pillow
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera