Crocs, Kangas & Koalas

16 days from £3,095pp

Start off with excellent coffee and penguin spotting in the super trendy city of Melbourne. Once you’ve soaked up city life, it’s time to hit the Great Ocean Road. You’ll stay in various towns along the route and get to see wallabies at Otway National Park, the iconic Twelve Apostles and explore growing stalactites at Princess Margaret Rose Cave. In Adelaide you’ll sample local Barossa Valley wines, before hopping over to wildlife watch on Kangaroo Island. In Darwin you’ll visit museums and galleries before heading on to Kakadu to go wildlife watching at the largest national park in Australia.

Highlights

  • See Melbourne from a 297m high skyscraper

  • Watch penguins in St Kilda

  • Road trip down the Great Ocean Road

  • Spot wallabies and kangaroos in Otway National Park

  • Stay on Kangaroo Island and take a nocturnal tour

  • Spot penguins and enjoy a BBQ lunch at Flinders Chase National Park

  • Visit Kakadu, the largest national park in Australia

Emilie
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I love spending my days barefoot or in flip flops, so laid-back Melbourne was the perfect place to live. My favourite adventure from my time living in Australia was the 3-month campervan road trip along the East Coast – full of sun, sea and scuba diving!

Crocs, Kangas & Koalas

16 days from £3,095pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Australia includes international flights, transfers, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-4

Melbourne

City

Your first stop down under? The trendiest city in the country – Melbourne! Once you’ve settled in to the Treasury on Collins Hotel and recovered from your flight, head out on a tour of the little lanes in the city. Here you’ll find some of the best spots for coffee in the country, plus cool bars and restaurants and tonnes of quirky boutiques and street art to boot. Sports fans will love a trip the MCG, the heart of the city’s sporting culture. Take a visit and see the grounds that host cricket, Aussie football and countless events and performances.

The following day starts off on a high with a trip to Eureka Tower, a 297m skyscraper with views across the city. When your stomach rumbles, make your way to Southbank and pick from one of the many tempting restaurants for lunch. As the afternoon begins to draw to a close, hop on a tram to St Kilda and hotfoot it to the pier where you’ll see little penguins come ashore. The beachy, laidback vibe of St Kilda makes it the perfect spot to treat yourself to a lowkey, tasty dinner if you fancy.

5

Port Campbell

Activity & Adventure

It’s time to hit the road. After breakfast you’ll pick up your car and head for the Great Ocean Road. (Yes, it’s as epic and scenic as it sounds!) The seas here have carved dramatic limestone cliffs and along the way you’ll pass rainforest and wildlife including koalas dozing in eucalyptus trees. Stop off at the lush Otway National Park and look out for wallabies and kangaroos. You’ll finish up your road trip in Port Campbell, on Shipwreck Coast, considered by many the most beautiful stretch of the Great Ocean Road. Spend the night at the Southern Ocean Villas.

6

Mount Gambier

Activity & Adventure

Let the sound of the waves wake you up then head on to the iconic Twelve Apostles, a collection of famous limestone stacks. From here continue up the coast and enjoy a scenic ride through the Lower Glenelg National Park, the Glenelg River gorge and impressive Princess Margaret Rose Cave. Stop and take a tour of the cave and see its actively growing stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. You’ll finish up in the small city of Mount Gambier, known for its volcanic landscape and crater lakes, where you'll stay the night at The Barn.

7-8

Adelaide

City

Today you’ll drive through South Australian countryside and make your way to Adelaide. If you need to stretch your legs before then, stop off for some lunch at either Keith of Robe. Once in Adelaide, the evening is yours to spend as you please. Why not head to a wine bar and sample some delicious Barossa Valley wines? Stay two nights at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel.

The next day is all yours. You might like to bag a bargain at the central market or tour the botanic gardens. Beach bums should head to Glenelg Beach, Brighton Beach and Henley Beach for a lounge or a swim and culture vultures should head into the city and check out its excellent collection of museums.

9

Kangaroo Island

Wildlife

Today you’re off for an overnight stay on Kangaroo Island. After a quick flight, you’ll be met by your friendly local guide who will show you around. Over a third of the island consists of protected nature reserves and is home to native wildlife like kangaroos, sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. When the sun sets, you’ll head off on a nocturnal tour where you’ll look for wallabies, echidnas and bats. Don’t forget to ask your guide to show you the Southern Cross, this constellation is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

10

Adelaide

Wildlife

You’ll wake up on Kangaroo Island and visit Flinders Chase National Park. This gorgeous reserve is famous for its penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals. Stop for a BBQ lunch and tuck into local produce in the bush; a proper Aussie experience! From here it’s on to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll look for koalas in the Tasmanian Blue Gums and Kangaroos on the grassy flats. You’ll wrap up with a flight back to Adelaide.

11-13

Darwin

City

It’s time to head north in search of tropical Australia. You’ll fly to Darwin where you’ll explore the waterfront, where you'll stay at the Vibe Hotel, and the harbour - which is actually bigger than Sydney’s – and spot the tropical offshore islands. Next up visit Mindil Beach and take a relaxing swim. Finish up at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and treat yourself to dinner at one of the many delicious stalls. 

The next day you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city at your own pace. History buffs should visit the Darwin Military Museum to find out about the city’s involvement in WW2. Next up it’s time to learn more about Aboriginal culture at the many local art galleries and shops in the area. When you get hungry, you’re in luck; this diverse city is home to plenty of delicious restaurants. For a relaxing end to the day, finish up with a trip the beautiful George Brown Botanic Gardens.

14-15

Kakadu National Park

Wildlife

Today you’ll head to the largest national park in the country, Kakadu National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is known for its excellent wildlife as well as Aboriginal rock art. The park was and remains home to many Aboriginal tribes who have left their mark on the place beautifully. Head out on a free guided walk through the rock art galleries to learn more. Before heading to the lodge, swing by the Mamukala Wetlands, it’s one of the best bird watching spots in Kakadu. You'll spend two nights at the Cooinda Lodge.

Your next day begins with a sunrise cruise in the wetlands of Kakadu. This area is a haven for wildlife and it is home to a third of the country’s bird species as well as salt-water crocodiles, wallabies, wild horses and buffalos. Afterwards you’ll take a walking trail through the bush; there are over 30 to choose from and one for all abilities. For epic views as well as wildlife, take the Anbangbang Billabong walk which goes by Nourlangie Rock, an impressive rock art site surrounded by wetlands.

16

Darwin

General Tour

After another walk or swim, it’s time to head back to Darwin. Enjoy your last night in the country however you choose; what about a sunset dinner cruise around the harbour?

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