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Experience the ultimate Australian self drive adventure with a carefully curated selection of amazing activities. Sail on the Great Barrier Reef, take a tour of the stunning Daintree Rainforest, enjoy a scenic cruise along the Sydney Harbour, drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road, and encounter Australia's unique and fascinating wildlife up close. We've handpicked these incredible inclusions to ensure you have the best possible holiday!

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Self Drive Tour

This suggested tour costs from AUD$7,865 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Sydney, finishes in Melbourne

23 days/22 nights

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 Rental car included

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ITINERARY
Australian Discovery Tour - Day 1
Private Transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation with UltiMate Executive Transfers

On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Arrive into Sydney

Sydney is Australia's most famous city and with almost 20% of the country's population, is also Australia's largest city. Situated on the east coast of Australia it has beautiful white sand beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course, the Sydney Opera House. Rich in history, art, and food Sydney has something for everyone.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour

Located on King Street Wharf with views of the Harbour, Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour offers an idyllic Sydney experience. One of Sydney’s entertainment hot spots, Darling Harbour dazzles with its countless bars, eateries and family-friendly attractions.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 2
Explore Sydney

Often mistaken as Australia's capital city, Sydney is a vibrant coastal city with plenty to see and do. Starting in Circular Quay you will catch your first views of the two big icons, Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From here you can catch one of the quintessential harbour ferries over to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo, catching a glimpse of Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister's official Sydney residence, on the way over. Kirribilli is also home to one of Sydney's oldest markets at the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre twice a month. It is known for its stalls of vintage clothing, arts, delicious street food and its lively community atmosphere - so if you are in town on a market day, you can't miss it. For a relaxing end to your day of exploration, your dinner options are aplenty. From high-end restaurants around Circular Quay that offer amazing views, to the Chinatown food courts and a broad range of eateries at Barangaroo, you will be spoiled for choice.

Sydney Harbour Discovery Cruise

Experience the vastness of Sydney Harbour with its many secluded beaches and spectacular sandstone cliffs. Visit one of Sydney Harbour National Park’s protected Islands; a hidden gem right in the middle of the harbour and discover natural bushland, once common around Sydney. Listen to commentary on the history of Sydney Harbour as well as details of the marine life that inhabits its sandy beaches, grassy sea beds and rocky shores. Enjoy a buffet-style Aussie BBQ lunch onboard including salad and vegetables - and all this with great views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Summit with Bridgeclimb Sydney

Experience the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Sydney, whilst scaling the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on BridgeClimb’s original Climb experience. Feel on top of the world as you journey along the upper arch to the peak of an Australian icon, soaking in the stories from your expert Climb Leader and the sights of the Harbour and the City skyline that surround you.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sydney Discover 24h Hop On Hop Off with Big Bus Tours

Experience all the excitement of Australia’s famous Harbour city aboard the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Beach, open-top double-decker buses. The Sydney tour is the perfect introduction to this dynamic city, showcasing the iconic landmarks including the impressive arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the glorious Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney and Darling Harbour. The tour passes bustling shops, restaurants and attractions set amongst Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour

Located on King Street Wharf with views of the Harbour, Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour offers an idyllic Sydney experience. One of Sydney’s entertainment hot spots, Darling Harbour dazzles with its countless bars, eateries and family-friendly attractions.
Meals included: Lunch

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 3
Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Sydney to Port Stephens via Central Coast

After departing Sydney through the leafy northern suburbs, take the scenic route to the Central Coast. A popular stop on the way is the Australian Reptile Park, where you can see an array of local animals and even feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala.
Continuing along the highway, you should take some time to explore the area with towns like Terrigal, Avoca Beach and The Entrance which are home to long sandy beaches, popular surf breaks, and great cafes and restaurants.
Continue north, skirting Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest coastal saltwater lake and pass Newcastle, the second biggest city in NSW, before arriving at Port Stephens.

Your accommodation: Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort

If you are in search of the ultimate chance to unwind, Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort is an ideal choice. Located in Salamander Bay and home to one of the largest swimming pools in Australia, the family-friendly resort includes an onsite gymnasium, heated spa, Japanese steam room, and tennis courts.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 193 kms / 120 miles : 2.4 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 4
Explore Port Stephens

Port Stephens is famous for its beautiful beaches, coastal walks, national parks, resident wild dolphins, and pristine waters. There are 26 sandy beaches, some sheltered in bays that are perfect for families as well as swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. The towering Stockton sand dunes are great for sandboarding, quad-biking and horseriding.

Dolphin Discovery Cruise

Port Stephens is home to over 160 resident bottlenose dolphins, and is known as the Dolphin Capital of Australia! These dolphin-watching tours have a high success rate of dolphin sightings and both inside and outside viewing areas. The skipper gives entertaining commentary about these incredible creatures throughout the cruise. Includes morning or afternoon tea depending on your departure time.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounter

Unlike the usual aquarium viewing through glass, at Irukandji you can meet the wildlife, pet them, feed them and even share the water with them! Wade with into the shallow water of the tropical lagoon in bare feet, being surrounded by many curious and friendly sharks & rays. Wearing your own clothes, you will mostly stay dry with only your feet and legs becoming wet. Stepping into the water with the animals, is a whole new level of excitement, fear and admiration.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - One Hour Quad Bike Tour with Sand Dune Adventures

Live the adventure that promises you a Quad Riding experience like no other with Sand Dune Adventures. Experience the magnificence of the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach, riding safely from bush to beach with expert guides. This one-hour quad bike ride takes in the wonders of the highest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, the glorious views of the sweeping coastline and a chance to learn about the history of the land.

Your accommodation: Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort

If you are in search of the ultimate chance to unwind, Oaks Port Stephens Pacific Blue Resort is an ideal choice. Located in Salamander Bay and home to one of the largest swimming pools in Australia, the family-friendly resort includes an onsite gymnasium, heated spa, Japanese steam room, and tennis courts.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 5
Port Stephens to Port Macquarie

Today's drive begins by following the bay around to the north to rejoin the Pacific Highway and cross the Karuah River. Your drive to Port Macquarie is along the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive, one of the state's most beautiful routes. If you aren't in a rush and feel like a detour to explore more of the coast, then you will be rewarded by a stop in Forster. Seafood lovers can relax here over a lazy lunch of freshly oysters while overlooking the water. Port Macquarie is your destination for the day and is home to 17 beaches, beautiful scenic walks, and the Koala Hospital. If time allows, we recommend the 9km Coastal Walk from town to Lighthouse Beach.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital - suggested activity

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital was established in 1973 and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. The Hospital is a popular tourist attraction which welcomes thousands of national and international visitors every year. The Hospital is also a scientific research, training and education centre.
The Koala Hospital consists of exhibit enclosures, a treatment clinic, intensive care units and rehabilitation yards, many of which have trees for koalas to learn to climb as part of the rehabilitation process. There is also a Koalaseum - a museum for Koalas which provides information on koala evolution and biology and interactive displays so visitors can touch koala fur or look down a microscope at koala poos (scat).
Admission is free, so we recommend bringing some cash to donate to their valuable conservation work.

Your accommodation: Rydges Port Macquarie

The hotel is located in the heart of the Port Macquarie CBD with breathtaking views over the Hastings River. The hotel is situated on the coast, a short walk from local galleries, bars and restaurants. Relax in the hotel's swimming pool or enjoy the bar and Australian menu in the hotel's restaurant.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 232 kms / 144 miles : 2.5 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 6
Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

From Port Macquarie, head north on Pacific Highway. Around 30 minutes into your journey, you will pass the town of Kempsey. If you are a country music fan, or want learn about country music in Australia, you can stop in at the Slim Dusty Centre. Slim was a country music icon in Australia, and the museum covers his life, as well as costumes, images of Australian life and its people, as well as the music of some of Australia’s finest musicians.Take a detour to the beautiful, relaxed riverside town of Bellingen and stop for a coffee in one of its lovely cafes, or a beer at the local brewery. From here you can also check out the Promised Lands on the Never Never River, a hidden gem with stunningly crystal-clear waters that you can swim in. Head a little further up the B78 highway to take a walk through the breathtaking Dorrigo National Park, and cool off at Dangar Falls just outside of the Dorrigo township.
From here, continue up the Pacific Highway on to Coffs Harbour. Home to the iconic Big Banana, Australia's first "big thing" built back in 1964. Stop at the cafe for a coffee or banana split, or head into town to take a stroll on the Coffs Harbour Jetty.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Stand Up Paddle Tour with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours

This stand-up paddle tour takes guests on a cultural journey showcasing the local Gumbaynggirr language, bush tucker and Dreaming stories while paddling through the unspoilt Solitary Islands Marine Park. Your tour guides, who are all Gumbaynggirr or Aboriginal people who have strong ties to Gumbaynggirr country, are direct descendants of the world's first stand-up paddlers. Throughout your tour they will teach you about local Gumbaynggirr stories, language, and even help you find bush delicacies that you can sample, including lemon myrtle, yams and native sarsaparilla.

Your accommodation: BreakFree Aanuka Beach

Positioned on the stunning Northern New South Wales Coastline, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort offers everything you need in your Coffs Harbour accommodation, with recreation and relaxation all rolled into one, making for a delightful beach escape.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 142 kms / 88 miles : 1.4 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 7
Coffs Harbour to Surfers Paradise

From Coffs Harbour, snake along the coast for 120km until you reach signs for Yamba. This sleepy hamlet has beaches that rival those of Byron Bay but remains a little more low-profile. Take a stroll on one of the beautiful beaches, or head to the Pacific Hotel for some great views.
From Yamba, return to the Pacific Highway and continue to head north. If you want an opportunity to see another Australian "big thing", take a short detour into Ballina to see the Big Prawn.
From here, continue through to Byron Bay, famous for surfers, social media influences, and health retreats. Stop off at the Byron Bay Lighthouse, perched on Australia's easternmost point. The final part of your journey from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast will see you crossing state lines from New South Wales to Queensland.
Travel past Coolangatta, a surf and diving mecca revered for its unpretentious culture and bountiful array of aquatic life and continue onto Surfers Paradise, famed for its white-sand beaches, theme parks, and shopping.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is moments from sandy beaches, the famous Esplanade, and boasts picturesque views of the Nerang River. Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast. Relax and catch some rays on the riverside sundeck by the pool, take a seat in Driftwood Social, or retreat to the privacy and comfort of your spacious hotel room.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 309 kms / 192 miles : 3.3 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 8
Explore the Gold Coast

Famed for its beaches, including the world-renowned Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast has plenty to offer away from the sand and sea. In order to make the most of your free day make sure you include some of the following:
Beach hop between Coolangatta and Currumbin or take a surf lesson at Surf In Paradise from The Spit near Main Beach. Consider heading over to Wave Break Island with Queensland Scuba Diving and experience the fantastic snorkeling and diving. For the more experienced surfers, head to Burleigh Heads. This beach often has whales from April to September.
If thrills are what you are after, head to any one of Gold Coast's world-class theme parks. Holoverse, Wet 'n' Wild, Sea World, Infinity Attraction and Topgolf Gold Coast are just a few.
For those looking for wildlife encounters, look no further than Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This iconic park gives its visitors the opportunity to wander through open animal enclosures, feed kangaroos and befriend cuddly koalas. It's newest precinct is home to lemurs, cotton-top tamarins, red pandas, capybaras, and exotic birds and reptiles. As a non-profit organisation, all proceeds are put back into wildlife and conservation programs.
Feeling a bit peckish? Rick Shores and the Fish House are popular spots at Burleigh Heads for lunch and dinner. If you're hoping for a craft beer experience, have a pint of one of the award-winning beers from Burleigh Brewing Company, Black Hops, Fortitude Brewing Co., Balter or Lost Palms Brewing Company.

Evening Rainforest & Glow Worm Experience with Southern Cross Tours

Experience an exciting night time tour with stargazing, delicious dessert at a local restaurant and a fully guided rainforest walk to the waterfall. This is a great tour for you to discover the bio-network of rainforests and to experience nocturnal wildlife spotting. Journey to the peaceful and picturesque Gold Coast hinterland. A local mountain-top restaurant awaits you to serve tea, coffee or hot chocolate accompanied by a selection of delicious cakes.
With the knowledge of your guide, discover the lush forests of Tamborine National Park and spot native nocturnal wildlife. Everyone has a flashlight to light the walkway. At the end of the trail emerges Curtis Falls, a subtropical waterfall and habitat to the stars of the show, the ever-fascinating, glow worms.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Private Surf Lessons with Surf In Paradise

Learn to surf at a beautiful beach on the Gold Coast, only 10 minutes from Surfer's Paradise. Perfect for beginners with a protected beach and the lowest student to coach ratios on the Gold Coast, you are sure to have a fun experience and guaranteed to stand in your first lesson.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Gold Coast City Tour & River Cruise with Aquaduck Gold Coast

The “World’s First” amphibious Aquaduck Safari, operating since 1996, is an established Gold Coast icon.
Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Duck’ combine informative city tours with a unique and exciting river cruise, travelling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks.

Your accommodation: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is moments from sandy beaches, the famous Esplanade, and boasts picturesque views of the Nerang River. Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast. Relax and catch some rays on the riverside sundeck by the pool, take a seat in Driftwood Social, or retreat to the privacy and comfort of your spacious hotel room.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 9
Surfers Paradise to Noosa

The drive today is fairly straight forward, as you will drive along the M1 highway for most of your journey, bypassing the main city of Brisbane and continuing past the Brisbane Airport. Continue to head north from and travel through the Glass House Mountains. Passing through Beerburrum State Forest you can take a detour to Beerwah, home of Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, where you can see over one hundred different species including crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, koalas, wombats and dingoes.
Continuing north through the Sunshine Coast, you will turn towards the coast at Eumundi - if you are driving through on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, stop in at the Eumundi markets for local food, arts and crafts.
From Eumundi, it's just 25 minutes to your destination, the beautiful coastal town of Noosa.

Your accommodation: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Awarded Australia's Best New Tourism Business, Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp ticks all the boxes for the perfect summer getaway location. Set amongst 65 acres of National Park and perched on the edge of the upper Noosa River, the property is also home to a friendly Eastern Grey Kangaroo population. Habitat Noosa also boasts a range of onsite activities, including frisbee golf, water sports hire, bushwalks, tours to the everglades, and an onsite restaurant and brewery.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 207 kms / 128 miles : 2.2 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 10
Fraser Island Adventure Tours - 4WD Adventure Tour - Lunch Included

Adventure Tour to Fraser Island takes you into the best areas of this environmentally sensitive region. You will get the chance to discover its precious eco-systems, abundant wildlife and natural paradise. Seemingly endless golden beaches encompass towering forests, pristine rainforests, mosaic coloured sands, crystal clear freshwater lakes, gurgling red streams and prehistoric ferns.

Your accommodation: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Awarded Australia's Best New Tourism Business, Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp ticks all the boxes for the perfect summer getaway location. Set amongst 65 acres of National Park and perched on the edge of the upper Noosa River, the property is also home to a friendly Eastern Grey Kangaroo population. Habitat Noosa also boasts a range of onsite activities, including frisbee golf, water sports hire, bushwalks, tours to the everglades, and an onsite restaurant and brewery.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 11
Explore Noosa and surrounds

Noosa is one of the most popular beachside holiday destinations in Australia for local and international tourists alike. You can spend your days relaxing on one of many local beaches or travel a little further to explore the stunning national parks. There are plenty of beautiful walking trails and bike paths and plenty of spots for you to have your own Aussie-style picnic by the beach.
After a long day of relaxing or exploring, Noosa has no shortage of great local cuisine, featuring fresh seafood (local Maroochydore prawns and Moreton Bay bugs are highly recommended) and lots of delicious locally grown produce.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - The Ginger Factory - Factory Tour and Tastings

Hear the story of how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into a delicious range of Buderim Ginger products. Finish the tour with a tasting and discover some of the best ginger in the world. This 40 minute tour takes you through the Buderim Ginger factory and gets you a behind the scenes insight to Ginger production.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sunshine Coast Hinterland Scenic Food & Wine Day Tour with Coast to Hinterland Tours

This Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Tour combines the stunning scenery of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with some of the region’s finest local produce. Taste your way through the region with a local cheese tasting in Maleny, a fabulous 2-Course lunch, cellar door wine tasting and a visit to the quaint Hinterland village of Montville, and finally a touch of luxury with a sample box of handmade Belgian Chocolate.

Your accommodation: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Awarded Australia's Best New Tourism Business, Habitat Noosa Everglades EcoCamp ticks all the boxes for the perfect summer getaway location. Set amongst 65 acres of National Park and perched on the edge of the upper Noosa River, the property is also home to a friendly Eastern Grey Kangaroo population. Habitat Noosa also boasts a range of onsite activities, including frisbee golf, water sports hire, bushwalks, tours to the everglades, and an onsite restaurant and brewery.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 12
Noosa to Brisbane Airport

Brisbane is an easy ninety-minute drive from Noosa. Begin the journey by travelling towards Eumundi, famous for its markets which operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From here, you will follow the Bruce Highway (M1) all the way to Brisbane. Along the way, you can stop in at the Yandina Ginger Factory for a tour and a tasting, see the Big Pineapple in Woombye, or visit the animals at Australia Zoo. You'll also get a great view of the Glass House Mountains just after Beerwah, and there are plenty of opportunities here to get out and stretch your legs.
Farewell Queensland by arriving at Brisbane Airport, it is the largest city in the state and has been built around the Brisbane River, which winds its way through the middle of the city. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Return River Cruise and entry to Lone Pine Sanctuary

This popular cruise has been taking visitors to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for over 60 years and is a "must-do" experience while in Brisbane. The cruise travels through the city's most historic landscapes, iconic attractions, historical homesites and interesting wildlife habitats as you listen to an entertaining and informative commentary. Enjoy 3 hours exploring Lone Pine, before re-joining the cruise for a relaxing return journey on the river back to the city.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - One Day Admission Pass for Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, was made famous by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The 110-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet where you can get up close to animals including koalas, wombats, and kangaroos! Watch a saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors show, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Immerse yourself in this grand historic building suitably in the center of Brisbane. The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is heritage-listed and artfully restored with a classic yet contemporary design. Located on George Street, the ground floor lobby space celebrates the building’s Art Deco origins. A stone’s throw from Queen Street Mall and Queen’s Wharf, or a brief stroll will find you in amongst buzzing Southbank’s cool bars, restaurants and parklands. The building has a wonderful and rich history. Initially built to accommodate the Queensland Government Savings Bank, it opened in 1922.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 130 kms / 81 miles : 1.6 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 13
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Own Arrangements - Brisbane to Cairns Domestic flight

The cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Cairns to Daintree

The best route north is the Captain Cook Highway (State Route 44). This drive offers countless opportunities to stop and admire the breathtaking views or walk along the beach. Just 20 minutes north of Cairns is Smithfield, home to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where you can take a bird's eye view of the world's oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest, or divert a little further to Kuranda for the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Continue north through Palm Cove and onto Port Douglas, stopping on the way at Rex Lookout for a 180-degree view over the Coral Sea, with views to Double Island to the south. Stretch your legs on Four Mile Beach and grab some lunch or a coffee before continuing your drive. Back on the highway, you will pass through Mossman as you head north on your journey into the Daintree Rainforest.

Your accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Daintree Wilderness Lodge is surrounded on all sides by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park and is ideally situated halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, in the very heart of the worlds oldest rainforest.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 104 kms / 65 miles : 1.5 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 14
Daintree

The world's oldest rainforest by an impressive 10 million years, surviving cataclysmic events that wiped out the dinosaurs, the Daintree exudes ancient energy to those who visit. The traditional custodians of the area, the Kuku Yulanji, have been living in complete harmony with their environment for 50,000 years.  Encompassing approximately 1200 square kilometres stretching from the Daintree River to the sea's edge, north to Cooktown and west to the Great Divide, this World Heritage-listed area is the single largest block of tropical rainforest in Australia. With creeping vines, emerald tree canopies and winding rivers below, there are memorable experiences to be gained for all. One of the most well-known natural features of the Daintree is Mossman Gorge, promising breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife and lush rainforest steeped in history and legends that have been passed down generations. Whether you are seeking luxury, immersive cultural experiences, or something more adventurous, the Daintree has it all.

Ngana Kulkinga Dungay: We All Going Cape Tribulation with Walkabout Cultural Adventures - Lunch Included

Travel through Kuku Yalanji country, led by your local Aboriginal guide and learn about the culturally significant sights and local attractions between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation including the World Heritage Daintree rainforest. Hear about the unique relationships the Kuku Yalanji people still have with their land and experience these diverse environments. Walk through the world’s oldest living rainforest, see the majestic Daintree River, and reach Cape Tribulation: where the rainforest meets the reef, explore coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilised from nature, sample some bush tucker, swim at one of the pristine freshwater streams in the area before returning to your accommodation.

Your accommodation: Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Daintree Wilderness Lodge is surrounded on all sides by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park and is ideally situated halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, in the very heart of the worlds oldest rainforest.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 15
Daintree to Port Douglas

Departing the Daintree you may wish to stop at Jindalba Boardwalk circuit for a short walk through the lush forest. Cross the Daintree River on the ferry and head south along Mossman-Daintree Road. Passing through the town of Mossman, you can take a detour to Mossman Gorge for a self-guided walk through this famous wilderness area. This is also a good opportunity to stop for lunch at the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre. From here it is just a 20-minute drive to the beautiful resort town of Port Douglas.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a relaxed, tropical sea-side village, where the reef meets the rainforest. A perfect getaway location, it features a great range of restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. Relax by the beach or take a tour to some of Australia's iconic natural wonders, the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef and the World's oldest living rainforest, the Daintree. Go snorkelling or diving, adventure on a mountain bike tour or learn about Indigenous country and culture through immersive experiences.

Your accommodation: Martinique On Macrossan

Martinique is one of Port Douglas' best boutique apartments, blending comfort and a stunning setting. This charming boutique resort is the ideal base for unwinding and exploring. Martinique is located adjacent to Port Douglas Village where you will find excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique stores and art galleries, and is less than 5 minutes walk to Four Mile Beach.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 64 kms / 40 miles : 1.4 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 16
Mackay Cay Outer Reef Cruise with Sailaway Port Douglas - Lunch Included

Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect snorkelling and sailing adventure for a conservation-minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure. Enjoy an inspiring full-day experience at the absolutely stunning Mackay Coral Cay on the Great Barrier Reef in the most sustainable way, including guided snorkelling and a glass-bottomed boat tour.

Your accommodation: Martinique On Macrossan

Martinique is one of Port Douglas' best boutique apartments, blending comfort and a stunning setting. This charming boutique resort is the ideal base for unwinding and exploring. Martinique is located adjacent to Port Douglas Village where you will find excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique stores and art galleries, and is less than 5 minutes walk to Four Mile Beach.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 17
Explore Port Douglas - Free Day

Port Douglas is a chic, yet relaxed seaside village with a plethora of restaurants and bars, as well as fantastic boutique shopping. The village is also the ideal base to explore three of Australia's most iconic natural attractions - the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation with an abundance of tours and day trips available.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - General Admission to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the longest continually operating tourist attractions in Australia. The business began in 1934 as a roadhouse for weary motorists. Legend has it the original owner Pop Evans entertained motorists by feeding Charlie the crocodile, while scones cooked in the woodstove. Eight decades later, Hartley’s world-famous Crocodile Attack Show is as popular as ever with daily presentations that strike a perfect balance between entertainment and education.

Your accommodation: Martinique On Macrossan

Martinique is one of Port Douglas' best boutique apartments, blending comfort and a stunning setting. This charming boutique resort is the ideal base for unwinding and exploring. Martinique is located adjacent to Port Douglas Village where you will find excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique stores and art galleries, and is less than 5 minutes walk to Four Mile Beach.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 18
Port Douglas to Cairns

This short 70km drive will take you down the Captain Cook Highway (State Route 44) to the beautiful city of Cairns. Consider picking up some groceries in Port Douglas and enjoy a picnic on one of the many stunning beaches along your drive. Pebbly Beach, located approximately 15km south of Port Douglas is a bit of a deviation from the standard sandy beaches of the tropical north but is beautiful nonetheless. As the name suggests, the beach is covered with smooth, tiny stones and is popular among motorists to stop and explore.
Your next stop on your drive south will be Rex Lookout, with panoramic views of the Coral Sea and views of Double Island to the south.
Further south, you will reach the beautiful coastal village of Palm Cove. Spend some time wandering the paperbark-lined streets dotted with boutique shops and artisan cafes and restaurants. Finally, pass through Smithfield before getting off the highway and heading into Cairns.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Own Arrangements Domestic Flight - Cairns to Melbourne

The cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Melbourne

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with shopping, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with modern and Indigenous Australian art. As a cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner - Rich history, bustling laneways, rooftop bars and world-class restaurants are just the beginning!

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne

In the heart of Melbourne with its chic boutiques, cool laneways and trendy bars sits the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne. Located on Queen Street, minutes from Bourke Street Mall, the Old Melbourne Gaol and the National Gallery of Victoria, this location is unbeatable.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 59 kms / 37 miles : 0.9 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 19
Yarra Valley Wineries Day Tour Including Lunch with Australian Wine Tour Co.

Experience the delights of Victoria’s wine country on this Yarra Valley wine tour from Melbourne. With an informative wine guide who has extensive wine industry experience, you’ll visit four popular wineries: Balgownie Estate, Steels Gate Winery, Greenstone Vineyards, and Yering Farm. Enjoy plenty of tastings as well as a winery lunch while you learn about winemaking in Australia and admire the picturesque landscapes.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne

In the heart of Melbourne with its chic boutiques, cool laneways and trendy bars sits the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne. Located on Queen Street, minutes from Bourke Street Mall, the Old Melbourne Gaol and the National Gallery of Victoria, this location is unbeatable.

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 20
Melbourne to Lorne

Begin your journey by heading south to the picturesque town of Torquay, recognised as the surfing capital of Australia, thanks to the famous Bells Beach. Follow the coast from through Anglesea to Lorne, here we recommended a short detour to Erskine Falls. You can park close to the 30 metre cascading waterfall, or take a walk through the lush rainforest to stretch your legs.

Lorne

Lorne is nestled between Loutit Bay and the Otway National Park, bringing the beach and the bush together at your doorstep. It's an ideal spot to stop and enjoy on your journey, there are a great range of places to eat and drink, shop and explore, with 10 waterfalls within 10km of the town.
The Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre located in Lorne's Visitor Complex showcases the historical story of the road carved in rock, a gruelling feat by returned servicemen of World War 1.
During the whale watching season (from May to September), Lorne is a great spot to capture a glimpse of these gentle giants. It is also the perfect spot for surfers with beginner waves at Lorne Beach, a more advanced break at Cathedral Rock in the Great Otway National Park and several other nearby breaks.

Your accommodation: Cumberland Lorne

Located directly across from glorious Louttit Bay and nestled between vibrant restaurants and boutiques, Cumberland Lorne Resort combines breathtaking views, friendly atmosphere, and luxury accommodation available by Great Ocean Road.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 112 kms / 70 miles : 1.5 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 21
Lorne to Port Fairy

Follow the Great Ocean Road along the coastline, past Apollo Bay and the Great Otway National Park to the iconic 12 Apostles, the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road. To walk out and view these formations you can park at the carpark and follow the paved path to the lookout, or to take some time and stretch your legs take the path down Gibson's steps to the beach. Descending down these 86 stairs carved into the cliff face, reaching the beach you are treated to a closeup view of these incredible rock formations.
From here, it's just a short drive to your destination for the night, Port Campbell. This small coastal town is home to cafes and restaurants with views of the beach, as well as vibrant shops and galleries to explore. Finish your day with a walk out to the Port Campbell Jetty and watch the waves crashing against the limestone cliffs.

Walk with Wildlife Tour with Wildlife Wonders

Embark on a thrilling guided walk through the mesmerising landscapes of the Otways. Traverse lush tree fern gullies, and majestic eucalypt woodlands, and take in the breathtaking ocean vistas. Led by a knowledgeable conservationist guide, you'll delve into the secrets of the diverse plants and animals that inhabit this stunning region. Each nature tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience, where you'll encounter Australia's beautiful wildlife living freely in their natural habitat. You're almost certain to see koalas, and with a bit of luck, you might also spot potoroos, bandicoots, and many other incredible Australian animals that call Wildlife Wonders home. This adventure is perfect for nature enthusiasts and anyone seeking to connect with the wonders of the natural world.

Port Campbell

Port Campbell is a popular tourist destination primarily because it is so closely surrounded by some of the Great Ocean Road's most famous and scenic coastal attractions.
A few minutes drive away is the rocky (but broken) platform of London Bridge, the Loch Ard Gorge, Gibsons Steps, and the most celebrated of all Great Ocean Road attractions, the Twelve Apostles. Originally named "The Sow & Piglets", the Twelve Apostles are a series of off-shore limestone stacks. Wind and sea erosion continually batters them, with some having collapsed over the years, leaving 8 standing now.
A colourful and lively seaside village on the lands of the Eastern Maar People, Port Campbell is home to restaurants and cafes with views of the beach, bakeries selling homemade goodies, and plenty of vibrant shops and galleries to explore. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, the town has the atmosphere of a safe haven on the edge of wild nature. Finish the day with a walk out to the Port Campbell Jetty and watch the waves crashing against the limestone cliffs.

Your accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas

Southern Ocean Villas sets a new standard of contemporary accommodation in Port Campbell. Ideally situated on the edge of the picturesque Port Campbell National Park, famous for its rugged beauty, shipwreck coast and spectacular scenery, Southern Ocean Villas are positioned in a tranquil, landscaped environment.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 140 kms / 87 miles : 2.3 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 22
Port Campbell to Melbourne

Today you will head to Melbourne. Follow Cobden-Port Campbell Rd to Camperdown, where you will reach the junction for the Princes Highway (A1). Head east and the highway becomes the M1 Motorway as you pass Geelong and the Avalon Airport on your way into Melbourne.

Hidden Bars of Melbourne Walking Tour with Depot Adventures

The Melbourne hidden bar culture is a unique part of Australia’s cultural capital. The difficult thing is just that – they’re hidden! This city makes you work to find its best bits, which is why you’ll find some of the best bars behind other venues, underneath laneways, or tucked into repurposed spaces.
Join an experienced guide and uncover four of these fascinating venues in one afternoon, and learn what makes each one special over a drink, or four (at your own expense). Speak with talented bartenders during this small-group experience, making sure to chat with them about what kinds of drinks you like to personalise your Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour even more.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Melbourne Skydeck

At Melbourne Skydeck, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing attraction, the city of Melbourne comes alive in front of your eyes when you take it all in from nearly 300 metres high. It’s Melbourne on another level. The Skydeck experience features Bar 88, in association with Bollinger, operated by the Eureka 89 team. With 360° panoramic views all day and night, you can relax and enjoy all of Melbourne’s legendary views with a delicious snack and cool drink.

Your accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne

In the heart of Melbourne with its chic boutiques, cool laneways and trendy bars sits the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne. Located on Queen Street, minutes from Bourke Street Mall, the Old Melbourne Gaol and the National Gallery of Victoria, this location is unbeatable.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 245 kms / 152 miles : 2.9 hours

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Australian Discovery Tour - Day 23
Return your vehicle to Melbourne Airport

Explore more of Melbourne before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Farewell from Australia

Farewell Australia today. If there is more of Australia or New Zealand you would like to explore, talk to your sales consult about planning your next stop!

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