Epic Oz: Cities, Islands & Outback

19 days - from £2,780 per person

Experience Australia’s finest cities, majestic Outback and breathtaking island paradises in this premier holiday. Drive along the Great Ocean Road as you discover the stunning South-East coastline, walk with penguins in Philip Island and get close to Indigenous culture in the sacred Red Centre at Uluru. You’ll uncover the best that this magnificent country has to offer.

Highlights:

  • Walk through Melbourne’s back streets and discover the city’s hidden secrets
  • Discover Philip Island‘s dramatic landscapes
  • Marvel at the Twelve Apostles and drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • Meet kangaroos, wallabies and penguins on Kangaroo Island
  • Visit the lively city of Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula
  • Watch the sun set behind Uluru and the colours change on Kata Tjuta during sunrise
  • Explore mystical King’s Canyon
  • Discover Sydney’s highlights and enjoy a truly Aussie BBQ
  • Wander through the Blue Mountains and take a selfie with a koala

Please remember that this is a sample itinerary; we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays that are unique to you and your style.

Melbourne – Philip Island – Great Ocean Road – Apollo Bay – Kangaroo Island – Adelaide – Uluru and Kata Tjuta – Kings Canyon – Sydney – Blue Mountains.

Welcome to Australia

Day 1 - G'Day Australia

Welcome to Melbourne! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel by shuttle bus. We have nothing planned for you today, so you can recover from the long flight and get used to your new surroundings. If you feel energetic, the free City Circle Tram is a great and fun way to get a first overview of the city. (Ovolo Laneways Melbourne, Studio Suite, incl. breakfast)

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Highlights of Australia

Day 2 - Melbourne's hidden secrets

We have planned an indulgent morning walk through Melbourne’s back streets for you today, so you can find out more about the local way of life. Discover quirky cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and historical takes, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.

Highlights of Australia

Day 3 - Phillip Island's dramatic landscapes

Discover Phillip Island’s unique nature experiences and dramatic landscapes today. Start with a visit to the tiny Churchill Island, then stroll along the boardwalk at the Nobbies and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. A trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its black tie gala event: The Penguin Parade. You will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.

Highlights of Australia

Day 4 - The Great Ocean Road

Pick up your rental car today and drive for 188km towards Apollo Bay where you will spend the night. There is plenty to see on the way: At Bell’s Beach, take a walk on one of the world’s most famous surf beaches. Enjoy the stunning coast road as it hugs the wild coastal cliffs. At Lorne, spend time exploring the many shops and cafes in this popular summer resort town.

Twelve Apostels - Highlights of Australia

Day 5 - Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

Drive approximately 190km today. Briefly leave the coast to drive through the Otways. Stop and walk through the rainforest at Mait’s Rest. Back on the coast road, see the magnificent Twelve Apostles, the world-famous rock stacks that tower up out of the ocean. Visit Logan’s Beach between May and October to see southern right whales. Step back in time in Port Fairy with its old whitewashed cottages, quaint shops and a pub on nearly every corner! (Daisies by the Sea, Daisies Suite incl. breakfast)

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Day 6 - PORT FAIRY TO ROBE

Continue for another 300km today. Stop at Portland, Victoria’s first European settlement where you will find hundreds of heritage buildings. Drive the scenic coastal route to rugged Cape Nelson State Park and the towering sea cliffs of Cape Bridgewater. Cross the South Australian border and visit Mount Gambier. You can sample Cabernet Sauvignon in some of the 20 cellar doors in Coonawarra. (Harbour View Motel Robe, Ground Level Harbour View Suite, incl. breakfast)

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Day 7 - From Robe to Kangaroo Island

Drive another 274km today until you reach Cape Jervis from where you will take the ferry to Kangaroo Island. On the island you will find seals basking on quiet beaches; koalas munching on gum trees right beside the road; echidnas wandering in search of insects; and kangaroos, goannas, wallabies and penguins at just about every turn. You can walk among huge weather-sculptured granite boulders at Remarkable Rocks and roll down the snowy-white sand dunes of Little Sahara. (Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, Eco Lodge Room incl. breakfast).

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Day 8 - Explore Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island and renowned for its diversity and abundance of wildlife. Echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and little penguins are frequently found, providing a remarkable close-up wildlife experience. Drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park, where guided tours down to the beach ensure the closest possible encounter with the sea lions that live here.

Day 9 - Cape Jervis to Adelaide

Bid farewell to Kangaroo Island and take the ferry back to Cape Jervis from where it is another 1.5 hours drive until you reach Adelaide. You won’t be bored along the way: Cape Jervis is a popular spot for fishing as are the beaches between Carrickalinga to Normanville. There are reefs off Port Noarlunga, Aldinga, Second Valley and Victor Harbor to explore. Upon arrival in Adelaide, return your rental car and check into your hotel. (Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, Classic Room)

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Day 10 - Fork and Grape

The Fork and Grape Tour takes you on an exciting day’s exploration of food and wine experiences combined with an exhilarating journey through the natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Travel  into wooded valleys, rolling hills and magnificent coastal landscapes, meet the local wildlife and caress your taste buds with a gourmet lunch degustation. After a drive along the magnificent length of Silversands Beach you will savour hand-made cheeses and taste premium local wines and craft beers.

Day 11 - Picturesque Adelaide Hills

Your private half-day tour will take you to the picturesque Adelaide Hills, take in scenic views, including the breathtaking views from Mount Lofty Summit. You will visit Cleland Wildlife Sanctuary and the historic township of Hahndorf, proud of its German heritage. Many galleries and craft shops are now housed in the old historic cottages. Return back to the city in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Uluru

Day 12 - Off to the Red Centre

This morning you will be privately transferred to Adelaide airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs, the rooms at Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel feature the unique flora of the Central Australian Desert. Under the private verandah or courtyard of your room, experience what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. (Desert Gardens Hotel, Garden Room, incl. breakfast)

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Kata Tjuta

Day 13 - Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colours change on Kata Tjuta. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. Take a rest at the resort before you will picked up again for a visit of Australia’s culturally most significant monolith. Your guide will take you to a place of tranquility. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realisation of the sheer size of this monolith.

Day 14 - From Uluru to Kings Canyon

Travel to King’s Canyon by coach today. Pass through Curtin Springs cattle station before viewing Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto the Laritja Road your guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. After you arrive at Kings Canyon Resort there may be time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag. (Kings Canyon Resort, Standard Room incl. breakfast)

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Day 15 - To Sydney via Alice Springs

Board the coach again and travel through beautiful desert landscapes, along Stuart Highway before arriving at Alice Springs airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel by shuttle service. Enjoy the evening at leisure, maybe wander to Circular Quay and watch the sun set behind the Opera House. (The Grace Hotel, Superior Room incl. breakfast).

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Botanic Gardens Sydney

Day 16 - Sydney's Highlights in a day

This morning we will take you on a small group tour around Syndey. Visit the historic Rocks area, see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte and the famous Bondi Beach. Board a luxury four hour cruise around Sydney Harbour in the afternoon where a gourmet 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines and local beers will be served.

Day 17 - A day in the Blue Mountains

Your guide will collect you from your hotel as you commence your small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. Your first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can meet the native Australian animals. The Blue Mountains region is a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts the world’s steepest railway. Your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

Day 18 - Another day in Sydney

We have nothing planned for you today. You may choose to climb the 200 stairs up to the Pylon Lookout of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Or, get even higher than that and try the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Don’t miss out to taste a gelato at Messina – Sydney’s hottest spot for the best gelato in town.

Kangaroo

Day 19 - Safe travels

It is time to bid farewell to beautiful Australia. We will transfer you to Sydney airport from where you can catch your international flight home. Safe travels!

DETAILS

This itinerary costs from £2,780 per person based on 2 sharing and includes all services and accommodation. Flights are not included. 

We recommend booking international and domestic flights together in advance. Alternately, we can book flights on your behalf but a booking fee may apply. 

Email or call (0207 112 0019) to get started.

INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £2,780 per person
  • Accommodation as stated
  • Transfers and excursions in small groups as per itinerary
  • Rental car from Melbourne to Adelaide including unlimited kilometres, damage cover (DC) for the vehicle and third party property, vehicle registration recovery (VRR), administration recovery, GST, Location Fee, Max Cover (which reduces excess to NIL) & GPS (tolls and petrol are not included)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered