19 Day Australian Odyssey
For those with extra time, this is the perfect way to experience Australia’s diverse landscapes, culture and history.
From beautiful Melbourne and the iconic Great Ocean Road that leads you to Kangaroo Island and then on to the Red Centre in style aboard the The Ghan, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled through different worlds. Finally, to top off your 19 Day Australia Odyssey tour, explore Sydney.
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Price Excludes: International and domestic flights to Australia, airport taxes, all meals, and some airport transfers.
Conditions: Prices are per person, twin/double-share and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Sep 18) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel Aug 18 to 31 Mar 19. Blackout periods and surcharges may apply. Advertised price based on travel in February 2019. Car hire has a NIL excess so they will authorise a deposit bond of AU$100 . This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Car parking fees may apply in some locations.
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Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
Begin your journey in Australia’s second-biggest city, Melbourne. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and left to enjoy the afternoon/evening to relax.
Day 2: Explore Melbourne
Today you have time to explore the city; visit the famous Queen Victoria Markets or make your way to the beach at St Kilda. For dinner you will be hopping on board the famous Colonial Tramcar. As you cruise the streets of Melbourne by night, you’ll enjoy a seasonal menu accompanied by quality Australian wines.
Day 3: Phillip Island Day Trip
Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful Phillip Island. It has a rugged surf coastline with many sheltered beaches and it’s here that you will get to enjoy the sights and sounds that make this part of the world a unique haven for Australian wildlife. Experience Moonlit Sanctuary, Churchill Island, Cape Woolamai, and the highlight – the penguins at dusk. Amongst all the excitement you’ll get to enjoy a barbecue lunch as well.
Day 4: Lorne, Apollo Bay
This morning pick up your car and start your journey towards Great Ocean Road. With lots of waterfalls and walks there’s plenty to stop and do. Lorne is a great little seaside town with lots of galleries and cafes for lunch. Then on to your stop for the night – Apollo Bay, a perfect spot to sample the local seafood.
Day 5: Port Fairy
Depart early and make your way to the Twelve Apostles before the crowds arrive. Take time to enjoy the views from the ground or you can opt for a stunning helicopter ride. Afterwards we’d suggest visiting Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, an interesting volcanic crater that is full of Aboriginal history, local wildlife, and plants. You will spend tonight in the quaint fishing town of Port Fairy.
Day 6: Robe
Between Port Fairy and Robe you can enjoy areas like Cape Bridgewater and Mount Gambier, famous for its Blue Lake and volcanic craters.
Day 7: Victor Harbor
Cruise down the coast, taking time to stop and see the Coorong wetlands as well as Langhorne Creek, well-known for its wine. At Victor Harbor, you can take the world’s only horse-drawn tram to Granite Island.
Day 8: Kangaroo Island
This morning board the SeaLink ferry with your car at Cape Jervis and head across to Kangaroo Island, with it’s 509km of coastline, native bushland and wildlife, you’ll have lots to explore. Pristine beaches, local wines, and sunsets are on your doorstep.
Day 9: Kangaroo Island Toor
Today you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and taken on a small-group 4WD tour of the highlights that Kangaroo Island has to offer.
Day 10: Adelaide
Start the morning early and make your way to Penneshaw ,where you will catch the ferry back across to Cape Jervis and then drive on to Adelaide. We’d recommend stopping in McLaren Vale for lunch and a wine tasting! Drop your car back to the depot in the city this afternoon.
Day 11: Explore Adelaide
Day at leisure to explore this quirky city. Soak up Adelaide's colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets, and the museums and libraries of North Terrace.
Day 12: Barossa Day Tour
Spend the day ‘tasting the Barossa’. On today’s tour you’ll find yourself tasting some of the world’s best wines at four different wineries and sampling the amazing produce of the region, such as the famous Peter Lehmann's Weighbridge Platter Lunch.
Day 13: The Ghan
Begin your epic overnight journey from the deep green pastures of the south into rich red Outback splendour on the world-famous Ghan. You’ll travel in style on the Gold Service, where you can enjoy private cabin accommodation together with all-inclusive dining and a range of fascinating off-train excursions at key stops.
Day 14: Alice Springs
Arrive into Alice Springs and transfer to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 15: Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel south from Alice Springs through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Your guide will talk about your surroundings. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short camel ride (own expense). Later, you will have the opportunity to purchase morning tea at Mount Ebenezer. Marvel at majestic Atila (Mount Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. In the evening you’ll get to experience a night under the stars at Sounds of Silence with canapes, a glass of sparkling, and bush-tucker inspired buffet.
Day 16: Sydney
Farewell the Red Centre and fly back to the east coast for your last few days.
Day 17: Explore Sydney
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon cruising Sydney Harbour with a gourmet three-course barbecue lunch, regional wines, local beers, and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking. Or just sit back, relax, and do nothing at all.
Day 18: Explore Sydney and surrounds
Today you have free to choose what suits you. We’d recommend a tour of the Sydney Opera House or a day trip to the Blue Mountains. The options are endless.
Day 19: Depart Sydney
Say goodbye to Sydney and Australia with many great memories.