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Explore the natural beauty and coastal treasures of eastern Australia, both in the north and the south. Discover the Great Barrier Reef, drive down the scenic Great Ocean Road to the Grampians, soak in the laid-back vibe of charming seaside towns, and feast on fresh produce and fine wine along the way.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 5SydneyOpera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, CuisineAdina Apartment Hotel Sydney Darling Harbour, The Grace Hotel
5 - 7NewcastleGolden Sand Beaches, Historic Landmarks, Culture & CuisineRydges Newcastle
7 - 10Lord Howe IslandUNESCO World Heritage Site, Beaches & Coral Reefs, Adventure & OutdoorsArajilla Resort, Capella Lodge Lord Howe Island
10 - 12MelbourneCoffee, Wine & Food, Vibrant Art & Culture, Grampians National ParkArt Series – The Cullen, Ovolo Laneways
12 - 13Apollo BayBeaches, Great Otway National Park, Seafood & WineCaptain’s at the Bay, Chocolate Gannets
13 - 14Halls GapGateway to Grampians National Park, Kangaroos & Emus, Adventure SportsD'Altons Resort, DULC
14 - 15MelbourneCoffee, Wine & Food, Vibrant Art & Culture, Grampians National ParkArt Series – The Cullen, Ovolo Laneways

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  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 5

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Sydney Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle


4 Nights

Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks – Fireworks over Harbour Bridge to ring in the New Year, the Opera House, the Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach.

Included Activities

Group Sydney Harbour Bridge Tour
Sample Sydney and get your dose of adrenalin with a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of Australia’s most popular attractions, the iconic Bridge Climb allows you to get a magnificent glimpse of Sydney and its rich historical and cultural heritage. Choose from a range of climbs – you can climb at dawn, during the day, at twilight, or in the evening depending on your preference, and see the sights of the city, the Blue Mountains, and the azure waters of the Pacific beyond, from a truly spectacular vantage point. Rest assured, you will be safe in the hands of experienced guides, with all the necessary security measures adequately taken care of. (Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity, Fitness level: Moderate;)

Group Surfing Class at Bondi
Learn to take on the waves with a one-off surf lesson designed for beginners, at the world-famous Bondi Beach down under. Arriving at this crescent-shaped stretch of white sands set against a wonderful promenade with a historical street art wall, change into your swimsuit and enjoy an introduction into the world of surfing. Watch surfing enthusiasts flaunt their skills on these iconic surf breaks, while a bevy of people lazes on the sunny shores. Guided by expert surf instructors, get the hang of using the surfboard while understanding water conditions and techniques, during practice sessions on the beach. Go through the basics from warming up, paddling, standing up on the board, and riding the waves. After a safety briefing, hit the waters to catch your first wave! Soaking up the fantastic beach vibes, coupled with personal attention, gain more confidence to approach the waves and progress in this cool adventure sport. (Duration: 2 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note. lessons available in small groups of 6 or less)

Explore Sydney on Your Own
Explore the vibrant city at your own pace! There’s much to see in one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities. You could begin your day to the sound of native bird songs emanating from Forgotten Songs, a public art installation of birdcage speakers at Angel Place. If you are in the mood for a meal, head to The Grounds of Alexandria – a whimsical wonderland of cafes, stalls, farm animals and neon lights. You can admire street art at Kimber Lane and Newtown, where you can score vintage finds, and if you’re feeling adventurous, explore the underground tunnels featuring WWII graffiti, via the St James Station. Sample a slice of local life if you please, on bush walks and picnics at the leafy Balls Head Reserve and the Hermitage Foreshore Walk. If you want to unwind, you could relax at the peaceful Milk Beach, which boasts stunning views of Sydney, soak in scenic cliffside vistas at Diamond Bay Reserve, or enjoy the environs of the historical Paddington Reservoir Gardens. (Duration; Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included).

Hotel Options
RoomOne Bedroom Apartment
MealsRoom Only
The Grace Hotel – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 5 - 7

Make your own way to the Sydney city center and pick up your rental car

Drive yourself from Sydney to Newcastle in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)


2 Nights

Famed for its bustling harbor, scenic beaches, and cosmopolitan vibes, Newcastle sits pretty on the east coast of New South Wales. Walk along the Bather’s Way that not just connects golden sand beaches like Nobbys and Mereweather but leads to several historic sites as well.

Hotel Options
Rydges Newcastle – Opt 1
RoomKing Cityside Suite
Day 7 - 10

Drive yourself from Newcastle to Sydney in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)

Make your own way to the Sydney airport and drop off your rental car

Board your flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island (Flight duration: 2 hrs)

You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel

Lord Howe Island

3 Nights

Lord Howe Island is a slice of tropical paradise set in the Tasman Sea, midway between Australia and New Zealand. Somewhat off the beaten path, this UNESCO World Heritage site was formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Hotel Options
Arajilla Resort – Opt 1
RoomBanyan Suite
RoomLagoon Loft Suite
Day 10 - 12

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport

Board your flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney (Flight duration: 2 hrs)

Board your flight from Sydney to Melbourne (Flight duration: 1.5 hrs)

Pick up your rental car from Melbourne airport


2 Nights

With its hip restaurants, avant-garde fashion and eclectic street and performing art scene, Melbourne is constantly buzzing with events and life.

Included Activities

Explore Melbourne on Your Own
Spend a leisurely day in Melbourne, getting to know the city by yourself at your own pace. You could begin your day exploring the hipster neighborhood of Fitzroy, with its narrow alleys covered with street art and its eclectic pubs and restaurants. If you enjoy punting, why not try your hand at it in the Royal Botanic Gardens? Art aficionados can spend time admiring the antiques at the secluded Johnston Collection House. Music enthusiasts can visit the AC/DC Lane flanked by rock ‘n’ roll bars, and the Elvis Presley Memorial Garden, while for a dose of science and natural history you could visit the Wunderkammer for its unique exhibits. When you have had your fill of exploring, you could wind your day down at the Noisy Ritual urban winery popular for exhibitions, pop-ups, and cellar door experiences, or create your own gin at the Bass & Flinders Distillery. (Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Suite
Ovolo Laneways – Opt 2
RoomStudio Suite
Day 12 - 13

Drive yourself from Melbourne to Apollo Bay in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Apollo Bay

1 Night

Apollo Bay is a seaside village, on the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria in Australia, surrounded by tranquil beaches, rolling hills, and the Great Otway National Park.

Included Activities

Explore Apollo Bay on Your Own
As an ideal mid-point stop on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay offers a host of experiences, including some of Australia’s popular walks. Expect to see migrating southern right whales in the waters, and seal colonies on the rocky shores, or dive to the historic shipwreck of SS Casino a few hundred meters offshore. Hike up trails in the Great Otway National Park and amble along the world’s highest treetop walk over the rainforest at Otways Fly. Kayak and surf at Mounts Bay, and hop on a canoe to Lake Elizabeth to sight platypuses. Learn about local history while browsing artifacts at the Old Station Cable Museum. Tee off amid picturesque greens at the Apollo Bay Golf Club. Soak in sunset vistas and contemporary art installations at the Cape Otway Lightstation or panoramic vistas of Apollo Bay from the Mariners Lookout. Retire for the night after socializing over signature brews on tap at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse. (Duration: Half Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included)

Hotel Options
RoomCottage Room
RoomSea Villa 1
Day 13 - 14

Drive yourself from Apollo Bay to Halls Gap/ Grampians National Park in your rental car (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

Halls Gap

1 Night

Halls Gap, with its free-roaming population of kangaroos and emus, is a charming town that offers easy access to the natural wonders of Grampians National Park.

Included Activities

Explore Halls Gap on Your Own
Discover the beauty of Grampians National Park as you traverse the various landscapes up close on many walks and circuit loops. This natural playground replete with waterfalls, lakes, and rugged sandstone formations will excite any outdoor adventurer. Go rock climbing, abseiling, and canyoning on the cliffs, or try your hand at kayaking, fishing, and swimming in the lakes. Marvel at the fascinating Aboriginal rock art at several caves such as Ngamadjidg and Gulgurn Manja shelters. Follow the local calendar for annual running events and wellness retreats. Outside the park, automotive enthusiasts can visit the Campes Motor Museum in Hamilton. Drop by several artist studios and galleries in Halls Gap and Ararat, which showcase mixed media works and environmental art. You can also set out on ghost tours around Ararat. Hopping between vineyards in the Grampians wine region, sign up for tasting sessions, live music, and cellar door experiences. Witness a spectacular sunset over the Victoria Valley from The Balconies before retiring for the night. (Duration: Half Day; No Guide; No Transfers; Entrance Fees & Meals are not included)

Hotel Options
D'Altons Resort – Opt 1
RoomStandard Studio Cottage
DULC – Opt 2
RoomOne Bedroom Cabin
Day 14 - 15

Drive yourself from Halls Gap/ Grampians National Park to Melbourne in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)


1 Night

With its hip restaurants, avant-garde fashion and eclectic street and performing art scene, Melbourne is constantly buzzing with events and life.

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Suite
Ovolo Laneways – Opt 2
RoomStudio Suite

Make your own way to the Melbourne airport and drop off your rental car

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 7,190 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 8,090 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 15 days / 14 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Lord Howe Island – Sydney
    • Sydney – Lord Howe Island
    • Sydney – Melbourne
  • All activities as listed :
    • Sydney: Group Sydney Harbour Bridge Tour
    • Sydney: Group Surfing Class at Bondi
    • Sydney: Explore Sydney on Your Own
    • Melbourne: Explore Melbourne on Your Own
    • Apollo Bay: Explore Apollo Bay on Your Own
    • Halls Gap/ Grampians National Park: Explore Halls Gap on your own
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle types for use inside larger cities: Group Compact car for 1-4 guests: Kia Rio or similar (Automatic)
    • 8 days total
    • Sydney: (Pick up at city; drop off at airport)
    • Melbourne: (Pick up at the airport; drop off at the airport)
    • Additional driver, if the spouse
    • Unlimited kilometers, applicable in the following areas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast, Sydney.
    • 100 km free per day, applicable in the following areas: Darwin (Alice Springs & Ayers Rock), additional kms are charged at 0.275 AUD per km
    • Administration fee
    • Vehicle registration fee (VRF)
    • Premium Location Surcharge (PLS)
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
    • Concession Recovery fee (CRF)
    • Excess reduction to reduce to zero
  • The general business terms apply
  • The general business terms apply
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
    • Minimum 100 AUD pre-authorization
    • One-way fee if applicable, to be confirmed at the time of booking (fee depends on pick-up/drop-off location, duration of rental, time of year)
    • Late return fee
    • Airport fee
    • Damage to the car (overhead damage, underbody damage, water damage)
    • Damage to the vehicle or to the property of any third party caused by a breach of the rental agreement.
    • Damage to a tyre or an accessory not attributable to normal wear and tear
    • Cost of any professional cleaning or odour extraction in case of violation
    • Traffic and/or parking offence infringement fees
    • Special request delivery fees
    • Additional driver fee of 5 AUD per day or 25 AUD per rental (included, if additional driver is spouse/partner).
    • 27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years
    • 8.80 AUD per baby seat per day or 88 AUD per baby seat per rental (baby seat to be requested at the time of booking).
    • 13.20 AUD per portable GPS unit or 132 AUD per rental. The standard accidental Loss Damage Waiver and Excess Reduction do not cover loss of, or damage to the GPS unit. A separate charge will apply. One way rentals for GPS units are on a request basis only and a one way charge may apply.
    • 27.50 AUD per day for renters between 21-24 years.
    • Premium Location Surcharge for any additional items not included in the rental (e.g. baby seat). The fee varies between locations and may be calculated up to 30%.
    • A number of motorways and city link roads in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are electronic tolls only and do not have toll booths. All renters must provide a credit card or debit card to enable The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to directly charge the applicable toll fees.
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Parking fees
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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Road Trip: Australian Cities, Nature and Beaches

15 days $ 7,190 / person

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