Extraordinary Australia

Wildlife, Culture, and Cuisine

Trip Details

Great Barrier Reef

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Kangaroo Island: Australia’s third-largest island is a wild sanctuary for kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, platypus, and more.
  • Great Barrier Reef: Sail the reef, anchor in a blue lagoon, snorkel, and walk a white sandy beach.
  • Cultural connection: Join an Aboriginal guide for a remarkable camping experience at one of the world’s most significant rock art sites.
  • Night patrol: Sit by a supper fire in the Tasmanian bush and watch quolls, wallabies, wombats, and other animals come out for the evening.

Extraordinary Australia

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: Oceania

Region: Australia

Trip Price: $22,875

Duration: 25 days/24 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Sydney / Hobart, Tasmania

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

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Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Extraordinary Australia

Extraordinary Australia - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Sydney

Australia’s most populous city, Sydney, is accessible, charming, and full of things to do. Like the famous Bridge climb!

Days 3-4: Cairns and Port Douglas

Fly from Sydney to Cairns and transfer to your beach nature reserve retreat in Port Douglas, situated near The Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and Mossman Gorge. Cruise the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel, take a Heritage Walk, and immerse in the nature and culture.  

Days 5-6: Jarramali

An Aboriginal guide picks you up at your beach resort for a jeep adventure and overnight campout at one of the most significant bodies of rock art in the world. The Quinkan site is 9,000-12,000 years old. Enjoy stories and a delicious dinner and breakfast. Fly to Cairns the next day. 

Day 7: Cairns to Darwin

Fly to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Explore this subtropical city!

Days 8-11: Kakadu and Arnhemland

A guide picks you up and takes you to Kakadu National Park, largest national park in Australia, with significant wetlands and deep Aboriginal history. Your first night is in a comfortable permanent bush camp. An Aboriginal guide will then take you into Arnhemland, the restricted Aboriginal homeland. You’ll see ancient rock art and meet local artists in the Aboriginal community of Gunbalanya.  

Days 12-14: Kimberley Coast

From Darwin, fly into your very remote and incredible villa lodge on the dramatic Kimberley coast, known for its wilderness, gorges, and outback stations. You can cruise the Berkeley River, stopping along the way to hike, or take a helicopter ride deeper into the region to rock art sites. A full day helicopter tour gets you to impressive rock art sites and King George Falls. 

Days 15-17: Uluru

From Darwin, fly out to the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), a living cultural landscape. Walk the base of Uluru and into Kantju Gorge. Take a day for the Cave Hill cultural experience to see the creation story of the Seven Sisters as told through ancient rock art.  

Days 18-20: Kangaroo Island

Fly to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island to immerse yourself in Australia’s unique wildlife. This is authentic Australia at its purest, with kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and many birds including rare Cape Barren Geese. Your accommodations are on a historic working homestead. 

Days 21-22:

Flying from Kingscote through Adelaide, bid farewell to one island and fly to another, Tasmania! Spend the night on the outskirts of Launceston and then head out with an incredible local Tassie guide to look for rare wildlife. Take an afternoon and evening for quoll patrol. As you watch the sunset from your supper fire, watch for eastern quolls and other wildlife to emerge. 

Days 23-25: Launceston to Hobart

The trip ends with a rolling tour from Launceston to Hobart that includes history, culture, and nature. And wine! Flights home from Hobart. 

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