Wildlife, Beach and Sydney

Visiting the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, and the Atherton Tablelands.

Wildlife, Beach and Sydney

This two-week, part guided, part self-drive Australia tour focuses on the cultural and scenic highlights of the country's eastern and southern regions, including the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, and the Atherton Tablelands.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cairns

    On arrival at Cairns airport, collect you hire car and set off for Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat (1½ hours’ drive) in the Atherton Tablelands, where you spend two nights in a studio treehouse (breakfast and dinner).

  2. Day 2: Atherton Tablelands

    Start the day with a two hour wildlife walk led by Jon Nott that will focus primarily on the local birdlife, Jon’s area of expertise.

  3. Day 3: Cape York

    Say goodbye to your hosts after breakfast and depart for Cape York, approx. 3 hours’ drive. On arrival, check in to Mungumby Lodge for two nights in a Bungalow (breakfast).

  4. Day 4: Cooktown

    Set off in the morning for Cooktown, a 30 min drive. Here you’ll meet with your guide, the Nugal-warra Elder, Willie Gordon, for a small group half-day tour of the Aboriginal heartlands of Tropical North Queensland.

  5. Day 5: Port Douglas

    Leaving Mungumby this morning, drive south to Thala Beach Lodge (3-4 hours’ drive time), situated just outside Port Douglas. Check in for four nights in a Coral Sea Bungalow (breakfast).

  6. Day 6: Great Barrier Reef

    Join a small group (max 12) for a full-day cruise on board a luxury catamaran to Tongue Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef complex.

  7. Day 7: Daintree Adventure

    Today you have a full-day private tour of Daintree, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Included in the tour are lunch, a Daintree river cruise, ‘Jungle Surfing’ activities, and all transport and guiding services. Please remember to pack a hat, sun lotion and insect repellent!

  8. Day 8: At leisure

    A free day to relax and enjoy the beach and facilities at Thala Beach Lodge.

  9. Day 9: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island

    Drive to Cairns, drop off your hire car, and catch the morning flight to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, via Adelaide.

  10. Day 10-11: Kangaroo Island

    These next two days will be spent exploring Kangaroo Island at length on a series of guided tours.

  11. Day 12: Sydney

    Morning transfer to Kangaroo Island Airport to take the flight to Adelaide and connecting flight to Sydney.

  12. Day 13: Lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour

    Get to know Sydney from the perspective of its harbour on this half day shared sailing cruise (10am to 3pm), that includes a transfer from your hotel, and delicious lunch with wine, beer and soft drinks.

  13. Day 14: Sydney

    At leisure to explore Sydney.

  14. Day 15: Departure

    Private transfer to Sydney International Airport for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price is per person and based on two travellers in shared twin/double accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

15 days from £3890pp


15 days from £3890pp

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