G'Day Australia for Families

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G'Day Australia for Families

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Length of trip:

11 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2095 to $ 4095

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

G'day mates and welcome to Oz! It may seem like the never-never, but it's only the bush. Take a bo peep at the Rock and the roos. Try vegemite for brekkie. If you've got your sunnies and cossies, you'll be right. Good on ya! We cannot overstate the attraction of Australia for a family adventure. It is nothing short of pure delight for adults and kids alike to experience the topsy-turviness of it all: the funny animals, the inverted seasons, the strange colors of the land, and the silly way that folks talk. Australia is enormous and presents a tremendous number of choices to make in planning a two-week trip. Journeys' G’Day Australia includes the wildlife and scenery of the Southern coast, the desert Outback, and tropical Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef. You and your children will have the opportunity to see koalas & kangaroos in the wild, explore Ayers Rock, meet aboriginal people, ride a camel, join an Aussie BBQ, and search the rainforest for exotic creatures!



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Melbourne

    Arrive Melbourne.

    Upon arrival in Melbourne this morning you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

    Sightseeing

    Travel past the sporting precinct that became famous in the 1956 Olympic Games and now roars to the cheers of Aussie Rules crowds each weekend. Visit the nearby Rod Laver Tennis Center, which hosts the Australian Tennis Open each year.

    Shopping

    Melbourne is home to people from all over the world and this cultural diversity is expressed in the food and fashion centers. Walk along the shopping strips of traditional Toorak, funky Chapel Street Prahran, or Vietnamese Bridge Street Richmond.

    Food and Dining

    Visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens for afternoon tea near the banks of the Yarra River.

    Museums

    Then, enjoy a drive to the Italian precinct of Lygon Street Carlton and see the historic Exhibition Buildings alongside the ultramodern Melbourne Museum.

    Relaxation

    Return to your hotel where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Food and Dining

    Discover one of the many great restaurants in Melbourne for dinner this evening.

    Hotel

    Stay overnight at the Rydges Hotel (or similar) for the next three nights.

  • Day 2 - Melbourne

    Melbourne - Western Plains Wildlife Safari.
    Safari

    This morning, you will depart Melbourne for the Serendip Open Range Sanctuary, where you will immediately be among wild kangaroos and native birds. Your entrance may be heralded by the screeching of cockatoos or the chattering of honeyeaters. After a short walk to meet the kangaroos, you will begin your special Safari Drive around the Sanctuary to see emus and huge mobs of kangaroos.

    Sightseeing

    You can stop often to enjoy the antics of the animals, and you are allowed to disembark for short walks to the lake (home to large populations of water birds) and through the gum trees.

    Adventure

    You will also visit a protected population of wallabies and get close to some strange Australian birds.

    Food and Dining

    Your picnic lunch is served in an open-air setting at the Sanctuary and includes fruit and cakes, coffee, and delicious Australian Billy tea. Your guide will explain the history and recipe for the traditional tea of the Swagmen.

    National Parks

    Leaving Serendip, travel just a little further west to the bush land of Brisbane Ranges National Park. The park is home to a large and healthy population of wild koalas, which are researched and monitored to ensure the best possible sightings. Take a very easy walk through the gum trees and search for koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, and birds in their natural setting.

    Sightseeing

    Your guide will point out plants and features of interest, explain some of the history of the area, and, where possible, introduce you to known, named koalas that are part of their research project.

    Hotel

    Return to your hotel late this afternoon.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 3 - Melbourne

    Melbourne - Shipwreck Coast.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast this morning, you will leave the city by way of the magnificent Westgate Bridge. This bridge offers awesome views of the Docklands, as well as a panoramic view of the city skyline.

    Sightseeing

    You will soon arrive at Geelong and travel down to Corio Bay, a wonderful mix of old wharves, wool stores, and a fully restored 1930s sea bathing complex. Here, you will see wonderful examples of century-old housing and the 100 brightly-painted bollards dotted around the bay depicting some of Geelong's local historic characters. Continue on to Torquay where the Great Ocean Road starts. Known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, you will follow its winding trail through the lush Otway rainforests to the breathtaking, windswept drama of the Shipwreck Coast.

    Adventure

    Enjoy morning tea at Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne, perched high on the hillside. Another highlight of the day is a stop at Kennett River where high in the trees, you will find a colony of wild koalas. Observe these creatures in their natural habitat, hanging from trees and looking after their young, oblivious to their human onlookers.

    Food and Dining

    A sumptuous lunch is served at Apollo Bay before continuing on to the Shipwreck Coast area.

    National Parks

    The first stop after lunch will be the mighty Twelve Apostles, recognized icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park.

    Adventure

    The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 229 feet, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 147 feet high. Venturing further west, you arrive at Loch Ard Gorge. Your first view will be of towering cliffs, a sparkling blue-green sea, and a small, sandy beach. It’s hard to imagine that the drama of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks was played out at this very spot more than 120 years ago, a tragic tale that your guide will surely share with you. If time permits, you will get to see other amazing rock formations that dot this coastline.

    Hotel

    Later, head back to Melbourne for your overnight stay.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 4 - Ayers Rock

    Melbourne - Ayers Rock & the Olgas.
    Commercial Flight

    You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport this morning for your flight to Ayers Rock in Australia's "Red Center.”

    On arrival, please utilize the courtesy airport/resort shuttle service for the transfer to your hotel. You will be picked up at your hotel this afternoon to begin your tour of Ayers Rock.

    Sightseeing

    Ayers Rock (Uluru), sacred to the Anangi aborigines, is an enormous monolith, rising 1,100 feet above the surrounding flat desert. The Olgas, also in Uluru National Park, are 36 individual rock domes, which may once have been a single dome many times the size of Ayers Rock.

    Sightseeing

    Later this afternoon, enjoy an Olgas and Dunes tour, where your guide will explain the nature of the desert and its development. A short walk to the dune lookout puts you in touch with your environment and lets you delight in the spectacular panoramic view of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a very sacred place to the aboriginal people. You will see the mysterious Olga Gorge and learn how it has evolved over millions of years. The scale of the walls and the wind far above add a sense of mystery here, which profoundly affects all that participate. The blue sky deepens and the great domes of the Olgas flush red as the tour retires to the viewing area to celebrate the fantastic color changes wrought by the sunset. Sit back and absorb the solitude of the desert or relax and chat with your guide about Australia's “Red Center.” The spectacle fades as you return to Yulara beneath a sky of brilliant stars.

    Hotel

    Stay overnight at the Outback Pioneer Hotel (or similar).
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5 - Ayers Rock

    Sightseeing

    The Aboriginal Uluru Tour is one of the most famous tours of Uluru. After being picked up at your hotel early this morning, view the sunrise and, if time permits, enjoy a short tour around the base of the rock.

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast in the magnificent Cultural Center, your aboriginal guide will take you on a stroll through bush land near the base of Uluru. The creation stories shown to you in the scars and features of Uluru are thousands of generations old! You will see how traditional tools, weapons, and implements are made and used in daily life, and you will learn how to make the oldest glue in the world and practice throwing a spear.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight, dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence restaurant. Travel out to a secluded dining setting in the middle of the desert with the sound of a lone didgeridoo filling the air as the sun slowly sets over the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and Ayers Rock (Uluru).

    Sightseeing

    After dining on a gourmet BBQ of Australian delicacies such as kangaroo, barramundi, and buffalo, sit back and take in the wonder of the desert at night as an astronomer reveals to you the mysteries of the clear southern night skies.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 - Alice Springs

    Ayers Rock - Alice Springs.
    Commercial Flight

    This morning, please utilize the courtesy airport shuttle for your transfer from your hotel to the Ayers Rock Airport. At the airport, you will catch your flight to Alice Springs, the unassuming town that serves as the vital center of the enormous Central Outback.

    Upon arrival in Alice Springs, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

    Sightseeing

    This afternoon, you will commence your tour of Alice Springs, beginning with panoramic views from Anzac Hill, which overlooks Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges – thought to be the oldest in Australia! See the Todd River before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base and the School of the Air, two uniquely Australian organizations that provide medical care and education to the people of the isolated outback.

    Sightseeing

    Later, visit the Old Telegraph Station and behold the harsh pioneering life of the first settlements. See the development of communications via morse code and find out how Alice Springs received its name.

    Museums

    You will also visit Mbantua, an aboriginal cultural museum and gallery.

    Hotel

    Late this afternoon, return to the Alice Springs Resort (or similar) for the next two nights.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7 - Alice Springs

    The Outback.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast this morning, you will begin a full day of touring the West MacDonnell Ranges and Desert Park. First, explore Simpsons Gap, known for its elusive rock wallabies. Then enjoy a short nature walk on a path lined with cycads, ghost gum trees, acacias trees, and cypress pines to the majestic Angkerle, also known as Standley Chasm.

    Sightseeing

    You will have the opportunity to walk through this amazing 16 feet break in the MacDonnell Range, surrounded by towering fiery red walls.

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a lovely picnic lunch today with traditional Billy tea and coffee.

    Sightseeing

    On the return trip into Alice Springs, you will stop at Desert Park, where you will discover the desert in its entirety - the landscapes, the wildlife, and the traditional use and management of animals and plants by aboriginal people.

    Performing Arts

    You will also experience an exciting raptor show before returning to your accommodations in Alice Springs.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 8 - Cairns

    Alice Springs - Cairns.
    Adventure

    You will be met at your hotel by Frontier Camel Tours to experience “Take a Camel to Breakfast,” a one hour camel ride in the soft morning light and cool clear air in peaceful, natural surroundings.

    Food and Dining

    You then return to the Frontier Camel Farm for a hearty breakfast in Humpfree's Restaurant consisting of fruit and cereal, barbecued bacon and eggs, homemade beer-bread and locally made Quandong jam.

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, you can visit the Camel Display, the Camel Shop, and the Kangaroo Enclosure.

    Commercial Flight

    Later, you will be transferred to the airport in Alice Springs for your flight to Cairns, located in tropical Queensland.

    Bus

    From here, you will be transferred to Port Douglas, about one hour north of the city, spending three nights in Cairns.
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 9 - Cairns

    Kuranda Markets & Skyrail.
    Train

    Today will be full of exciting experiences. First, you will be taken to the Freshwater Station where you will board a train and enjoy spectacular views as you journey through 15 hand-cut tunnels and pass by gorgeous waterfalls.

    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    Following this train ride, spend some time exploring on your own - be sure to check out the local markets as Kuranda is home to numerous renowned arts & crafts shops.

    Sightseeing

    Next, head to the Skyrail, where your host will be waiting for you with your tickets. Once aboard, you will be amazed as you glide over the rainforest canopy. There are two stations en route where you can stop and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular look-out points. You can also visit the SCIRO Interpretive Center at Barron Falls Station to discover more about the special plants and animals that inhabit this unique environment. Your Skyrail journey ends at Caravonica Lakes, but the fun has just begun.

    Food and Dining

    A short distance from the Skyrail terminal is the Tjapukai aboriginal culture park, and your first stop here is a wonderful buffet lunch.

    Performing Arts

    After lunch, you will have ample time to explore all the attractions of Tjapukai - movie theaters, stage shows, craft demonstrations, the aboriginal village, and, of course, the famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe. The dancers combine traditional dance and music with modern theater techniques to convey their legends in a moving and humorous way.

    All-Inclusive Resort

    Return to your resort at the end of this amazing day for one final night on the beach.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 10 - Cairns

    Cape Tribulation Rainforest.
    Sightseeing

    Your naturalist guide will meet you at your hotel and take you north along the scenic route to Mossman. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach the majestic Daintree River.

    River or Barge Cruise

    After a short morning tea break, you will board an informative river cruise where you can relax and enjoy the splendor that only the Daintree can offer. Learn about Estuarine crocodiles, mangrove forests, and other forms of wildlife - this is nature at its best!

    Sightseeing

    Then, ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of the World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the Coral Sea.

    Food and Dining

    A delicious BBQ with homemade salads, tropical fruits, and Australian wine is prepared while you take the opportunity to swim in a tranquil freshwater stream.

    National Parks

    All around you, there are fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees, and often Goannas on the forest floor. Enjoy elevated walks through the Cape Tribulation National Park with experienced guides who allow ample time for questions and photographs. You will also go beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD-vehicle-only “Bloomfield Track,” with time for a swim in the Coral Sea at Cape Tribulation (seasonal). On a short afternoon stop, you can pat a kangaroo, scratch a cockatoo, have a cold beer, or sip a cup of the local tea.

    All-Inclusive Resort

    Later, return to your resort.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 11 - Cairns

    Cairns - Onward.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Connect to your flight home, or ask us about other options for extending your stay in Australia, Tasmania, or New Zealand.

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