Australia: Ranches, Rain Forests & Reefs

  • Spot koalas, emu and elusive echidna on rugged yet luxurious Kangaroo Island
  • An ideal mix of urban exploring, wilderness adventure and relaxing on water
  • The intense colors and breathtaking beauty of Oz's wondrous Great Barrier Reef
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

This far-ranging Ozian jaunt begins in the great city of Sydney with a tour and a sail in its famed harbor. Then you're off by private charter flight across the Great Ocean Road's coastal majesties to Flinders Ranges, South Australia's highest and most beautiful mountains. Next you fly to famous Kangaroo Island, southwest from Adelaide at the entrance to the Gulf Saint Vincent. Your time on Kangaroo is an eye-pleaser; the island is rich in wildlife, including Australia's signature koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos and beach-lolling sea lions. 

From there it's on to Adelaide for a look at the vibrant capital city of South Australia, before continuing to Cairns and northern Queensland for your final chapter. You'll overnight at a private rain-forest retreat and explosively rich botanical museum before driving to Port Douglas for an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef on a luxurious, 12-passenger catamaran for snorkeling, diving, or just basking in the sun as you float above the largest formation ever created by living beings. You'll also plunge deep into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a river cruise, watching for crocs, snakes, and eagles while learning more about this amazing part of Australia.

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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Sydney
  • Day 2: Sydney Harbor cruise
  • Day 3: fly to Hawker, Flinders Ranges, visit sheep station
  • Days 4 & 5: Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Day 6: fly to Kangaroo Island
  • Day 7: Kangaroo Island
  • Day 8: fly to Adelaide
  • Day 9: fly to Cairns
  • Day 10: Great Barrier Reef by catamaran
  • Day 11: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
  • Day 12: depart.