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Australia: The Adventure Down Under


 

Location: Australia- Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Australian Outback (Uluru).

 

Dates: March 9-24, 2019

 

Price: 4,195.00

 

Tour Leader: Eduardo

 

It's OK to RSVP without a deposit. A deposit guarantees your spot.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

People have been asking for this one for a long time. Let’s go on a one-of-a-kind adventure to one of the most beautiful and exciting countries in the world: the land down under, Australia.

 

As always we have gone out of our way to create a fast-paced amazing itinerary in which we will do tons of exciting activities and visit tons of amazing and exciting places. We will do the regular touristy things that everyone has to do when they go to Australia, but as always, we’ll take things to another level by doing some amazing adventurous and unique stuff.

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In this two-week trip we will:

- Visit some of Australia’s major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

- Visit a tropical rainforest.

- Get introduced to the Aboriginal culture, the oldest living culture in the world, dating back 40,000 years!

- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world.

- Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef! This is a must for any scuba diver, but you will be able to do it even if you have never scuba dived before!

- Visit the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands.

- Sail on a racing yacht.

- Visit the beautiful Fraser Island and go on a two-day 4x4 adventure where you can drive your own 4x4 through the sandy beaches of the biggest sand island in the world.

- Kayak with dolphins.

- Drive the Great Ocean Road where we will see Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, The twelve apostles and Port Campbell.

- Visit the Australian Outback where we will see the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and do a full hike around it.

- Take a helicopter flight over Uluru (optional), one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have!

- Have the chance to skydive over Uluru! That’s right: do a safe tandem jump- attached to a professional skydiver- over Uluru!

And more! Those were just some of the highlights.

 

Here is our day-by-day itinerary: 

DAY 1-SATURDAY, MARCH 9: ARRIVAL AND FREE DAY IN SYDNEY

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Arrival and free day in Sydney. Rest & relax to recover from jet leg or take in one of the most famous cities in the world and do some sightseeing.  You can explore the city by foot or jump on one of the sightseeing buses to get around it all in the afternoon.

Sightseeing suggestions:

Opera House & Harbour Bridge (Opera House bar is a cool place to have a drink) , Ferry to Manly, Botanical Gardens, circular quay, darling harbour, china town, paddy’s markets, Hyde park, The Rocks

Accommodation: Adina Apartments, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD or similar

 

DAY 2-SUNDAY, MARCH 10: SYDNEY BRIDGE CLIMB & BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK

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Activity: 9am - In the morning climb one of the most iconic bridges in the world - Sydney Bridge climb (allow 4hours)

After that, have lunch in one of the local restaurants and then hop on a bus to Coogee to do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, Sydney’s most famous coastal walk (approx. 6km 2-2.5 hours one way)with  lots of bays/beaches to stop in and swim. Bring your swimsuit!

Finish the walk in Bondi, where you can soak up the sun on the golden sands and enjoy the evening in a typically Australian way with beer & BBQ on one of the most famous beaches in the world!

At the end of the day, take a taxi back to the hotel (cost of bus and taxi are not included but very inexpensive).

Accommodation: Adina Apartments, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD or similar

 

DAY 3-MONDAY, MARCH 11: DAY TRIP TO BLUE MOUNTAINS

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Full day trip to scenic Blue Mountains, where you will see the famous Three Sisters, stop in the quaint town of Leura and take a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park where you will get to see koalas up close & hand feed kangaroos!

Accommodation: Adina Apartments, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD or similar

 

DAY 4-TUESDAY, MARCH 12: CAIRNS, KURANDA RAINFOREST AND ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

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Airport transfer to meet flight from Sydney at 8:50am to Cairns (arrival 11:00am), transfer by minibus to hotel on the esplanade.  Relax and enjoy the chilled out vibe of this tropical city for a few hours, then join the afternoon activity of Skyrail from Cairns to Kuranda to view the rainforest and waterfalls, and visit the village in the Kuranda Rainforest .

In the evening enjoy an aboriginal culture experience, with aboriginal art, dance and didgeridoo plus a buffet dinner, welcome drinks and canapes.

Accommodation: Cairns Plaza Hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner at Aboriginal Evening

 

DAY 5-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13: SNORKEL AND SCUBA DIVE AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!

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Make your way to the Divers Den office at Cairns Marlin Marina by 8:00am for check in (15 min walk along the esplanade from hotel).

Today you will travel to the largest coral reef system and one of the Natural Wonders of the World: the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. You will travel aboard Divers Den’s “Reef Quest”. This new luxury vessel takes you to the Great Barrier Reef in only 90 minutes for a full day of unlimited snorkeling and the chance to do 2 dives.

Dive sites are frequented by a myriad of tropical and pelagic fish, rays, turtles, (friendly) sharks and the ever popular Maori Wrasse. There are swimthroughs, wall and drift dives to appeal to every level of diver.

Return back to Marlin Marina around 4.30pm.

Included: Experienced snorkel guide for guided snorkel tours, all snorkeling and/or scuba diving equipment for those diving, wet suit, prescription masks (subject to availability) morning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch.

Note: Certified scuba divers will be able to do 2 dives at the Great Barrier Reef. Non-divers will have the chance to do one introductory dive that does not require any experience. You go down with full scuba gear accompanied by an instructor. That is an amazing opportunity for someone who is not a scuba diver to actually dive in one of the greatest scuba diving locations in the world.

The cost for the two dives for the certified divers or the introductory dive for non-divers is $54.00. 

Accommodation: Cairns Plaza Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 6-THURSDAY, MARCH 14: CAIRNS TO AIRLIE BEACH FULL DAY SCENIC DRIVE

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Depart at 8:00am for a full day (8 hours) scenic drive from Cairns to Airlie Beach via the townships of Cardwell for great views of Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville and Bowen. Arrive late afternoon into the quaint coastal town of Airlie Beach, gateway to the group of 74 Whitsunday Islands.

This evening enjoy a beer on the water looking at the beautiful headlands in this region.

Accommodation: Airlie Beach Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7-FRIDAY, MARCH 15: VISIT WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS ON A FORMER RACING YACHT

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Today you will experience yet another unique and breathtaking Australian location: The Whitsunday Islands.

To make things even more adventurous and special, you will set sail on the famous America's Cup Yacht, Southern Cross! You will get to visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and remarkable reefs for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Your trip includes snorkeling gear, a delicious lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, ensuring you have everything you need during your day in the Whitsundays.  You even have the chance to try your hand at helping hoist the main or trim the sails, even joining the captain at the helm to steer!

Southern Cross is a fast, spacious sailing boat with a maximum of 22 passengers, for a sociable and relaxing day. 

Accommodation: Airlie Beach Hotel or similar

Meals: Lunch

 

DAY 8-SATURDAY, MARCH 16: AIRLIE BEACH TO RAINBOW BEACH (VIA BRISBANE)

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Enjoy some free time in Airlie Beach with its many cafes, restaurants and swimming lagoon on the Esplanade, before departing for your 12:55pm flight arriving into Brisbane at 2:30pm. You will have lunch in Brisbane and then drive to Rainbow Beach (3 hours).

Overnight Rainbow Beach Sands Hotel or similar

 

DAYS 9 AND 10: FRASER ISLAND 4X4 ADVENTURE

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For the next two days you will embark on another unique Australian adventure: a 4x4 adventure at Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.

With this private tag-along tour, you have the freedom and flexibility of having your own tour to explore the breathtaking beauty of Fraser Island, with the advantage of an experienced tour leader. You will have a leader driving one 4x4 vehicle,  but depending on the size of your group, you will have several 4x4’s caravanning behind the leader so you will have the chance to drive your own 4x4 through the beaches of Fraser Island!

Here are some of the highlights of this amazing two day trip:

- Spend a night in a permanent canvas tent, giving you the excitement and adventure of camping on a sand island while still having the comfort of a bed and the privacy of a permanent spacious canvas tent.

- Visit all major sights including Lake Mckenzie, Central Station, Eli Creek, the Maheno Wreck and Champagne Pools.

- Join the Ocean Adventures team for a fantastic Dolphin Kayak trip and Great Beach Drive Adventure.

- Experience the thrill of beach 4x4 taking in the stunning views & passing by the famous Rainbow Beach Coloured sand cliffs.

- Arrive at an aquatic tropical paradise, Double Island Point which is a spectacular headland buzzing with marine life and dolphins in the wild.

- Take a guided kayak tour around the headland, taking in nature views and local marine life. Also see local Bottlenose dolphins feeding and playing up close in the area with many different turtles and stingrays feeding around the point. (Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species can be found here). Get a unique view of the Double Island Point Lighthouse from the water.

Accommodation: (17th March) Permanent canvas tent with one double bed or two single beds at Cathedrals Campground, Fraser Island.

Meals (17th March): Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: (18th March) Noosa Lakes Resort or similar.

Meals (18th March): Breakfast and Lunch

 

DAY 11-TUESDAY, MARCH 19: MELBOURNE

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In the morning you will be transferred from Noosa to Sunshine Coast Airport for your 10:00 am flight to Melbourne, arriving at 1:25pm. You will then get transferred and check in to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Melbourne.

Suggested sights: Flinders St. Station, Federation Square, Southbank,Yarra River, Eureka Skydeck, Albert Park (F1 Track), St. Kilda.

Note: The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will almost surely be happening on the weekend following your stay in Melbourne. Their schedule is not out yet, but it has traditionally been either on the 3rd or 4th weekend of March, more often on the 4th. If it is, it will be a REALLY cool experience to see them getting Albert Park ready for the race. You might have a chance to see some racing activity already happening!

Accommodation: The Great Southern Hotel Melbourne, CBD or similar

 

DAY 12-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: GREAT OCEAN ROAD DAY TRIP

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Full day trip departing at 8:00am to The Great Ocean Road tour. Stops include including Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, The Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell.  You will have time at all of these amazing sights, and will be returned back to Melbourne CBD by 8pm.

Accommodation: The Great Southern Hotel Melbourne, CBD or similar

 

DAY 13-THURSDAY, MARCH 21: ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

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The last three days of your amazing trip will be the icing on the cake. Today you will fly out to the Australian Outback so see one of the most famous landmarks in the world: Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock).

You will be transported in the morning to Melbourne airport for 9:00am flight to Uluru, arriving at 10:30am. You will then be transferred to Ayers Rock Resort and have a free day to take part in the free cultural activities that are available around the resort such as bush yarn, bush food experience and indigenous theatre.

You will also have the opportunity to do a 25 minute scenic flight over Uluru, and the more adventurous will have the chance to do a tandem skydive over Uluru! Those activities will be optional and carry an extra cost.

You will end your day with a sunset camel tour through the red sand dunes of the Australian Outback, with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your stunning backdrop (included).

Accommodation: Outback Pioneer Hotel Double room with bathroom

Meals: Light refreshments of Beverages, outback bush tucker and freshly baked beer bread at sunset

 

DAY 14-FRIDAY, MARCH 22: ULURU SUNRISE BASE WALK AND KATA TJUTA

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Today you will have an early start for the transport to the base of Uluru before sunrise for the stunning 10km walk around the full rock. You will see Uluru from up close and all different angles with the sun rising on the background.  Once complete you will get transport back to the resort for a couple of hours rest before the next adventure. 

For your afternoon activity your guide will take you to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (included) where you will spend time exploring the unusual conglomerate rock formations of Walpa gorge, then take the gentle but rocky track between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta before you return to the resort. 

For your last evening at Uluru you will have another once-in-a-lifetime experience:  Field of Light in which you be taken to a field of 50,000 lights in the desert with Uluru in the background.

Accommodation: Outback Pioneer Hotel Double room with bathroom

 

DAY 15-SATURDAY, MARCH 23: FREE MORNING AT ULURU AND FLY BACK TO SYDNEY

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Free morning at Uluru and then transfer from Ayers Rock Resort for your 12:35pm flight to Sydney, which arrives into Sydney 5:10pm

Celebrate your last full day in Australia and the end of an amazing trip once again at beautiful Sydney, taking in the many wonderful cocktail bars & restaurants in Darling Harbour, Circular Quay or the Rocks.

Accommodation: Adina Apartments, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD or similar

 

DAY 16-SUNDAY, MARCH 24: RETURN

Make your own way to the airport for your fight back home after two unforgettable weeks in one of the most amazing countries in the world.

 

PRICE and PAYMENT TERMS

-  Price: 4,195.00

- As always, we are doing an unmatched itinerary, taking several internal flights in Australia visiting multiple locations, using very reputable companies, and staying at good hotels. That’s the way we do ALL our trips. We do things that nobody else does, so our itineraries can’t be compared to other itineraries out there, but if you search online you will certainly find companies doing cheap trips to Australia. Those companies cut corners in a way that we don’t believe it should be done, and in the end you get what you paid for.  If your goal is simply to do a cheap trip staying in hostels and basically “roughing it”, we are not your group. But if you want to experience everything there is to be experienced and even unique adventures that commercial tour companies don’t offer, in a comfortable and safe way, with a great group, at a very reasonable price, then you have found your group.

- A deposit of 500.00 (non-refundable) secures your reservation. Then you have until December 9 to finish making your payment. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. When you make your payment, you will be asked for your email. MAKE SURE YOU LIST AN EMAIL YOU CHECK DAILY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR INVOICE, QUESTIONNAIRE AND ALL COMMUNICATION IN REGARDS TO THE TRIP.

 CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT 

- Full payment is only due on December 9, 2018, three months before the trip. So you have a lot of time to pay. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by the due date. 

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposit) are refundable before the due date ( December 9, 2018). After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable. We STRONGLY suggest that you get travel insurance to cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.

 

INCLUDED

- All the hotel stays at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below).

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as specified in the itinerary.

- INTERNAL flights in Australia (excluding the panoramic flight over Uluru).

- All the tours specified in the itinerary.

- Entrance to activities as specified in the itinerary.

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to and from Australia (see FLIGHT below).

- Transportation to and from the airport in Sydney. Since it’s very easy to get a shuttle or taxi to and from the airport in Sydney, we chose not to include (and charge for) transportation to and from the hotel. A taxi from the airport to your hotel should cost around 30.00 AUD, which is 22.00 USD and can be shared, since we often have many people from our groups in the same flights.

- Optional activities such as scuba diving, flight over Uluru and skydiving over Uluru.

- Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary.

- Travel insurance (highly recommended). We do offer Travel Guard travel insurance and will send you a link to purchase it once you pay your deposit. You can also get insurance with any company you would like.

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get.

- Any activity not described in the itinerary.

 

ABOUT OCCUPANCY

- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate. Unless you have someone that you are already coming with, of course. 

 - Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself): 995.00

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).

 

RSVP DEADLINE

- We’re not setting a deadline but we’re limiting the number of people to 20. We STRONGLY recommend that you put your deposit down ASAP.

 

FLIGHT

Flights are NOT included. Flights are very easy to book nowadays on your own and some people want to do side trips, so it gets really unpractical to include flight. Besides many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or saving money if you book it by yourself.  So instead of including air, we will give you guidelines so you can go to Kayak.com, Cheapoaire.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, or any booking website and book your own. The best time to book a flight is usually 2-3 months before (the best day is Tuesday and the best time is between 12:00 and 3:00 PM).  We will book ours at that point and e mail the group telling you what we got.  If you do book the same flight, we’ll meet at LAX. If not, we’ll just meet you there.

We did a brief search on Tripadvisor and flights are around 770.00. Check it out. We are not affiliated or are promoting Tripadvisor in any way, by the way.

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

- Arrives in Sydney at any time on March 9, 2019. Check in at the hotel is at 3:00pm but we can leave your luggage at the hotel as we go exploring the city.

- Leaves Sydney on March 24. Our checkout time at the hotel is 10:00am.

 

SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due of weather, tides, road conditions, logistics and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to keep the integrity of the trip.

- Passport is required, of course, as in all international travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after our return date of March 24, 2019 and therefore it must be valid until at least September 24, 2019. If you don't have a valid passport or if you passport expires before September 24, 2019, make sure to get started on a new one ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

- As of the time of this posting American Citizens don’t need a visa for Australia. If you have a foreign passport, you may need a visa. Here's the Australian Embassy website so you can look into that: https://usa.embassy.gov.au

If you need to take care of any those issues, make sure to get on them ASAP so you don't get held up because of some unexpected delay. We've had people missing trips and losing their money because they waited too long, had unexpected issues come up, and couldn't take care of them before the trip started.

 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY STATEMENT

1000 Leagues Travel, 1000 Treks, Adventure Us, SoCal Scuba and their event/assistant organizers, representatives, agents, employees, and/or any affiliated person, company or entity are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By participating in any event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being and agree to release 1000 Leagues Travel, 1000 Treks, Adventure-us, SoCal Scuba and their event/assistant organizers, representatives, agents, employees, and/or any affiliated person, company or entity from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity.

You acknowledge and understand fully that there are risks and dangers of serious bodily injury or death that could result from your participation in this event. You have voluntarily elected to participate and FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOSSES AND DAMAGES TO PERSON OR PROPERTY THAT INCUR AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION.

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Comments

  • Edwardo, What does this mean? Price: 3,995.00 for the first 5 deposits. 4,195.00 Thereafter. Thanks, Steve - "Steve Dirocco"

    Reply:

    Hi Steve, the first 5 people who RSVP and send the deposit will get a 200.00 discount. The price for those 5 will be 3,995.00. Once we get 5 deposits, the price will go back up to 4,195.00.


  • How do we know if the first five have made the deposit? - "Steve Dirocco"

    Reply:

    You will know because we'll update the website and under "price" it'll just say 4,195.00.