26 Day East Coast Australia Wanderer
Without a doubt this is one of the most popular tour layouts our Australia Travel Specialists get asked to tweak. We have had clients from Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan, Winnipeg Manitoba, Boston USA, Washington, New York, Tampa and so many other places we just can not name them all.
Why do people love this tour layout so much you ask… well it encompasses so many areas of Australia. From our funky cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, traditional Aboriginal culture, the Great Barrier Reef, and the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and of course we can not forget Sydney!
This sample layout does not have prices attached- as our clients like to have our Australia Travel Specialists tailor-make the tour to suit their own wants, needs and budget. We can add on Uluru (Ayers Rock), Perth, Tasmania and so much more. Or how about a stopover in New Zealand, Cook Islands or Fiji?
Day 1 - Departure Day
Depart your home city in Canada or the USA to either Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston or Toronto for your connecting flight to Australia
Day 2 - Travel Day
Travel Day due to time zones.
Day 3 - Arrive Melbourne
Welcome to Australia!
After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met by a driver who will be holding a sign with your name at the arrival hall and will transfer you to your accommodation.
Today you will receive a welcome call from one of our Australia Travel Specialists welcoming you to our home country!
Day 4 - Melbourne
Enjoy a free day to recover from Jet-lag.
Melbourne is a city famous for its sense of style. Glamorous events are a trademark of the city, as are its cafes, wineries and shops. Melbourne boasts a lifestyle experience. There are beautiful buildings, fantastic shopping precincts and countless shows, exhibitions and galleries to entertain. Money from the gold rush of the late 19th century built much of the city. Today, the magnificent architecture of this era still stands. It is also very easy to get around with the constant stream of trams.
Day 5 - Melbourne
Today be collected from your hotel for your morning small group city tour.
Day 6 - Melbourne
Free morning and this afternoon you will travel to Philip Island for a very special Penguin Tour with a Ranger.
Day 7 - Melbourne
Free day and this evening dine on the Melbourne Tram Car as you tour around the city.
Please contact your airline today and re-confirm your flight to Sydney tomorrow. If there have been any schedule changes then please contact your Australia Travel Specialist for assistance.
Day 8 - Melbourne - Sydney
You will be transferred to the Airport for your flight to Sydney Australia.
Sydney – Wrapped around its majestic harbour, Sydney is the vibrant, cosmopolitan gateway to Australia. With nearly 4 million people, Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and it’s best according to the locals. Sydney has the tallest buildings, the most expensive real estate and the finest beaches of any Australian city.
The beauty of Sydney is truly unrivaled, and the shining gem is the harbour. The commander of the first European fleet to sail into these waters called Sydney Harbour “a most extensive and secure harbour filled with coves and rocks – one superior to any other”. Two centuries later, few would dispute that Sydney Harbour is one of nature’s extraordinary creations. With its small bays and inlets crowned by the billowing sails of the Opera House, it truly is a sight to behold.
Day 9 - Sydney
This morning be collected from your hotel for your small group half day city tour of Sydney. This afternoon or evening if feeling adventurous you could do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
Day 10 - Sydney
Today will be free at leisure for independent activities and optional sightseeing. We suggest that you wander around the Botanical Gardens, the Sydney Rocks area, over to China Town or even just get the ferry over to Manly Beach and chill at a cafe!
Day 11 - Sydney
Morning free then this afternoon join a very special small group to cruise the Sydney Harbour like a local.
During your morning free you will have opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House.
Day 12 - Sydney
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your full day small group tour out to the Blue Mountains. On the way stop in and pat a Koala and feed some Kangaroos.
The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and the world’s steepest railway.
Please contact your airline today to re-confirm your flight time for tomorrow. If any changes please contact your Australia Travel Specialist who will be happy to assist you.
Day 13 - Sydney - Hervey Bay - Fraser Island
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hervey Bay and then you will connect to the launch over to the World Heritage Site of Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is a unique part of the Fraser Coast, and its unusual formation of sand and rainforest make it a special source of adventure for visitors. Although well known among fisherman and 4WD enthusiasts, it is the history and Aboriginal heritage that gives Fraser Island its individual character, along with wonderful coloured sand cliffs, fresh water lakes and diverse flora and wildlife.
Day 14 - Fraser Island
On this beautiful day tour, visit the top natural attractions and cool off in watering holes. Discover the Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley’s stunning Satinay and Brush Box forests, Seventy-Five Mile Beach’s famous highway, The Maheno shipwreck and the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, The temperate, fresh waters of Eli Creek and the mighty Stonetool Sand Blow.
Day 15 - Fraser Island
Today will be free at leisure for independent activities and optional sightseeing.
Day 16 - Fraser Island - Hervey Bay - Noosa
Be transferred back to the main land to collect your hire car to drive down the coast to Noosa Australia.
The Sunshine Coast encompasses unspoilt surf beaches, the scenic hinterland and a relaxed, casual lifestyle. Stretching up the coast, the region includes the key towns of Noosa, The Blackall Ranges, Gympie, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Caloundra. The hinterland houses popular places such as the Glass House Mountains, Noosa Everglades, and National Parks at Cooloola, Noosa, Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls and Bunya Mountains.
Day 17 - Noosa
Today will be free at leisure for independent activities and optional sightseeing.
Day 18 - Noosa - Brisbane (Australia Zoo)
Today on your drive down to Brisbane you will stop at the famous Steve Irwin’s (Crocodile Hunters) Australia Zoo.
Australia Zoo is situated on 45 acres of luscious rainforest, features over 1000 native, exotic and rescued animals – offering visitors a full day of wildlife action, fun and adventure.
Please contact the airline today to re-confirm your flight tomorrow to Hamilton Island. If any changes then please contact your Australia Travel Specialist for assistance.
Day 19 - Brisbane - Hamilton Island
Today drop your hire car back at the Brisbane Airport for your flight to the beautiful Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland.
ABOUT HAMILTON ISLAND: Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
Day 20 - Hamilton Island
Enjoy a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and visit the beautiful Whitehaven beach.
Day 21 - Hamilton Island
Today will be free at leisure for independent activities and optional sightseeing. You can either choose to relax today or even go out on a Great Barrier Reef Cruise to see a different area of the Reef.
Day 22 - Hamilton Island - Cairns (Port Douglas)
Day 23 - Port Douglas
Be collected this morning for your small group cruise out to the Outer Barrier Reef enjoy a day or snorkelling and relaxing.
Day 24 - Port Douglas
Join your tour to the rain-forest today and enjoy a unique experience with some local Aboriginals.
Day 25 - Port Douglas - Sydney or Brisbane
You will be transferred down to Cairns Airport today for your flight to Sydney or Brisbane. You will overnight in either city so you can connect to your flight home to North America the next day.
Please contact the airline today to re-confirm your flights back to Canada or the USA tomorrow. If any changes then please contact your Australia Travel Specialist for assistance.
Day 26 - Sydney or Brisbane to North America
Your journey ends here as we transfer you back to the airport for your flight back to Canada or the USA.
If you have an on-wards connection today… i.e Chicago, Las Vegas, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Seattle or Atlanta then please ask the airline in Australia to check your luggage right through. When you arrive into San Francisco, Vancouver, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles you will just need to collect your luggage and clear immigration and customs before putting your luggage back on the transfer belt or trolley.
Our team of Australia Travel Specialists hope you had a trip of a lifetime to Australia. We look forward to sending you on another amazing adventure.