Explore Australia National Geographic Journeys - GEA

Mike and Stephie
May 24, 2021

12 days, Sydney to Melbourne

Discover Australia’s legendary highlights on a small group 12-day loop of the country. Explore world-class cities and the outback’s sacred Red Centre, the Great Barrier Reef, and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy meaningful cultural experiences and a guided foodie walk through Melbourne. With all of the details taken care of - and your flights in Australia included - you’ll find yourself on top of the world Down Under.


Experience the Red Centre and witness the majesty of Uluru at sunrise, discover Melbourne's hidden laneways, tour the James Cook University Aquarium, enjoy an Indigenous experience in the heart of Sydney's waterfront.


Your Journeys Highlight Moments:
  • The Rocks Indigenous Dreaming and Welcome Tour, Sydney
  • James Cook University Research Aquarium, Cairns
  • Melbourne Foodie Walk, Melbourne
Your discover moments
  • Cairns.
  • Sydney Harbour cruise.
  • Indigenous dreamtime walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge.
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru.
  • Walk through Walpa Gorge in Kata Tjuta.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hotels (11 nights)


11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Private vehicle, plane, boat, walking.

Staff and experts

Tour Guide throughout, plus local guides.


Available on request - $7,585


Arrive at any time.Please make your own way to the joining hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy exploring the city before joining the welcome meeting at 6pm.

If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit The Rocks neighbourhood, the Australian Museum, Bondi Beach, or Darling Harbour.

Accommodation - Vibe Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Enjoy a traditional Indigenous welcome and a walkabout around The Rocks area and Sydney Harbour to learn the history of the Indigenous people’s saltwater heritage and their spiritual connection to the area. In the afternoon, board a private vessel and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with a barbecue dinner. While navigating the bays and coves, sit back and enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Accommodation - Vibe Hotel Sydney (or similar)

Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Indigenous guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest. Continue on to the resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

We catch a very early flight to ensure we make the most of the day.

Accommodation - Mantra PortSea (or similar)

Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets and enjoy the beach.

Accommodation - Mantra PortSea (or similar)

Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up-close look at some of these marvellous creatures. We'll also hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

Accommodation - Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar)

Enjoy a free day to relax at the beach. Opt to explore North Queensland’s tropical rainforests or get your adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or enjoy spectacular views with the Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Accommodation - Pacific Hotel Cairns (or similar)

Catch a flight to Uluru. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music before witnessing an incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Accommodations in Uluru are limited and of varying amenities. We do our best to secure a mid-range hotel, but on occasion a simpler accommodation with fewer amenities may be used.

Accommodation - Desert Gardens Hotel (or similar)

Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru, gaining insight into its significance to the local Indigenous people. Later, take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations. The afternoon is at your leisure.

View the spectacular scenery from above and opt to pre-book the "Uluru & Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride"

Accommodation - Desert Gardens Hotel (or similar)

Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru before flying to Melbourne for the night. Accommodation - Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne (or similar)

Enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Opt to visit wineries, explore the Great Ocean Road, or discover hidden gems in the city's famous laneways. Accommodation - Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne (or similar)

Go on a guided foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne with a local author and culinary storyteller for a three-course progressive lunch. Later, enjoy free time to explore Melbourne. Accommodation - Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne (or similar)

Depart at any time or extend your stay in Melbourne.

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