Australia is a huge country with a diverse range of unique experiences. From the desert regions of the Outback to cosmopolitan cities like Sydney, from the colourful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef to the lush rainforests of the Daintree. *Exclusive Offer: Book 2 of the following tours and save 30%!
Daintree Wanderer: Full Day Tour
Departing your accommodation we travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage-listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. We step aboard our own personalised craft for a cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. We cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers and other wildlife. The cruise takes us through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks.
Now it’s time to move off and board the river ferry, this small punt is the only way for people to connect and enter the magnificent rainforest region.
Arriving on the northern side of the river we now enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Our journey takes us up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through rainforest and on to our first stop deep in the rainforest at the Jindalba boardwalk. Here we immerse you inside our protected forests and take you on a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife. Afterwards, enjoy a homemade morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy.
Today you will learn from your Tour Guide the insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers with numerous waterfalls.
Continuing along our next stop is at the magical Cape Tribulation beach; here our guides will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Usually, we are one of the only people on this stretch of wilderness beach if not the only people. Many who have travelled remark how they feel like Robinson Crusoe.
Lunch is a special treat today, we enjoy a delicious meal which includes tropical rainforest-inspired local produce. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy quality food, whilst bathed in the serenity of the tropical rainforests. You will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles, frogs and lizards endemic to the area. If the cute and cuddly animals are more to your liking, then you will have the opportunity to feed the kangaroos and swamp wallabies in your own private zoo.
After lunch we get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe’s tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees, the orchid is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. The sole purpose for the fruit grown at this orchard is to make pure, fresh, ice cream which is made on the property and sold nowhere else on the globe. For all those ice cream lovers, this is your chance to add to your list of flavours (optional extra).
Our last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you’ll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas.
One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and onto your homeward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening.
Blue Mountains Eco Tour: Full Day
Departing the city, your guide will start the day by showing you the historical Rocks precinct. The birth place of Australia has a fascinating past and you will see convict built cottages, Australia’s first church and remnants of how Australia was shaped as a nation.
Departing the city we travel North across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia’s shortest freeway. Continuing west now our first stop is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s favourite marsupials. Arriving early we beat the crowds and allow you to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies and Wombats. You will love these amazing animals.
Reboarding the vehicle, we continue west towards the Blue Mountains National Park. We enter a little known hidden clearing to enjoy some home style morning tea. You will have time to roam the area and seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that frequents this part of the National Park. Our next stop is Kings Tableland. This breathtaking view looks out over the Grose Valley. You will see firsthand the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for.
Lunch today is at the charming village of Leura. Here you will have a chance to stroll the main street before settling down at the delightful Leura Garage Cafe. Enjoy fresh and healthy local produce in the funky surrounds of a converted garage.
After lunch, we skirt around cliff drive towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout, you will see the famous 3 sisters Rock formation and marvel at the stunning views of the Jamison Valley. From here we continue around Narrowneck Plateau for more incredible vantage points.
Heading south now our next stop is Wentworth Falls. Here you will be guided down a well-worn path towards the falls and stunning views. Experience the local flora and fauna up close as your guide informs you of the incredible geology of the Blue Mountains and how they were formed.
Reboarding your vehicle, we continue east towards Sydney. Sit back and relax on board your comfortable vehicle for the interesting drive back through Sydney’s western suburbs and across ANZAC Bridge before finally arriving back in the city in the early evening.
Great Ocean Road Tour: Full Day
Leaving the city, we head over the magnificent Westgate Bridge. This bridge offers awesome views of the Docklands, as well as a panoramic view of the city skyline.
On our way to the Great Ocean Road, we drive through the western suburbs of Melbourne followed by fertile agricultural plains. We bypass Geelong, an industrial centre and Victoria’s second largest city before we join the coast near Anglesea, a popular holiday destination. The local golf course is home to wild Kangaroos which we will be able to view at close range.
Continuing on to the resort town of Lorne, the road, known as the world’s most inspiring coastal drive, clings to the coastline, twisting and turning, every bend revealing a sight more spectacular than the last. After a short morning tea break, we continue past breathtaking ocean vistas to Kennett River. In this area, high in the trees is a colony of wild koalas. See these creatures in their natural habitat, lazily lounging in the trees and looking after their young, oblivious to their human onlookers.
A sumptuous lunch is served at Apollo Bay before we continue our trip along the Shipwreck Coast area of the Great Ocean Road. We follow its winding trail through the lush temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges, where centuries-old eucalypts reach 100 metres or more into the sky.
Passing through lush sheep and Cattle County, we finally reach our goal – the mighty Twelve Apostles, world-recognised icons of the Great Ocean Road. These giant rock stacks soar from the swirling waters of the Southern Ocean and are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. The dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs that are the backdrop to the Apostles tower up to 70 metres, while the tallest of the rock stacks is around 45 metres high.
Venturing further west we arrive at Loch Ard Gorge. Your first view will be of towering cliffs, sparkling blue-green sea and a small, sandy beach. It’s hard to imagine that the drama of one of Victoria’s most tragic shipwrecks was played out at this very spot more than 120 years ago, giving its name to the gorge. Our guide will tell you the story and have you totally engrossed and mesmerised.
Time permitting we get to see another one of the amazing rock formations that dot this coastline before heading inland through dairy.
Phillip Islands Penguins Tour: Full Day
From the city, we by-pass Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs before driving through beef and dairy cattle farms, horse breeding studs and swampland. Afternoon tea will be enjoyed at a working dairy farm in Caldermeade on route before we skirt to Westernport to enjoy views of French Island before we cross over the bridge to Phillip Island.
Recognised as a world leader for environmental conservation, Phillip Island’s sandy and rocky shorelines team with wildlife including over 200 species of birds. Time permitting we can view the local fisherman cleaning their catch of the day whilst battling amongst the fight of gulls and pelicans.
It’s now time to visit the Koala Conservation Centre. This is one of the few areas in Victoria where you can see a protected koala colony. Walk amongst the treetops in nature reserve bushland and see wild koalas within touching distance. We may spot a wild wallaby or two as well.
Enjoy dinner in the township of Cowes before proceeding with the rest of your evening.
Time permitting we pass by Swan Lake, the island’s largest freshwater lake, and head to the ‘Nobbies’. From this magnificent headland, the views stretch over Mornington Peninsula and Bass Strait. One and half kilometres offshore are Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony.
Finally, we get to the Penguin Parade, each evening at dusk Little Penguins arrive in groups on the beach after a day of fishing. See them waddle their way into the dunes where their burrow nests are situated. We have access to the less populated boardwalks enabling you to gain close contact with the penguins without any hustle and bustle. Seeing and hearing about the penguin behaviour, and their daily routines is an amazing learning experience.