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ITINERARY

Days 1-3

Sydney Surf camp & byron bay

Leaving Sydney via the Harbour Bridge we travel the coast road through Taree to our overnight surf camp stay. Our surf instructors are passionate professionals who are keen to get you up and riding the waves during your included surf lesson and afterwards we chill out at our secluded beach house. In the morning we continue up the coast through Ballina to Byron Bay. Stroll the beach promenade; hang-out with the locals or just visit the famous lighthouse.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 1: Dinner, Day 2: Breakfast, Day 3: Breakfast

Big Trek route map
  • Tour Code: 00
  • Trip Cost: £0000
  • Food Kitty : AUD$
  • Minimum Passengers: 5
  • Maximum Passengers: 14
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Day 4

Rainbow beach

Crossing the Queensland border this morning we have the option to visit Australia Zoo or take one of the many hikes found in the Hinterland area. We arrive early evening at our hostel just metres from the Pacific Ocean for our Fraser Island tour briefing.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Days 5-6

fraiser island

We help our local guide load our 4WD's this morning and then catch the barge over to the world's largest sand island. The beach is the highway as we travel up to Eurong Resort where we stay tonight - dinner and buffet breakfast is included. Tomorrow we visit Central Station, Lakes' Wabby and Mackenzie, the coloured sand cliffs, Indian Head, Eli Creek and the Maheno shipwreck. Returning to the mainland we stay overnight at Rainbow Beach again before heading inland.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Day 6: Breakfast & Lunch

Big Trek 42 Days £2999

Days 7-8

cattle station

We're up early to enjoy a rare encounter with the local dolphin community before we head outback to kick back for a couple of days at an inland cattle station. Jump on a horse and help out with the daily fun on this cattle property. Come and ride the mechanical bull or join in at the goat rodeo. Share a yarn (story) and a beer from the bush bar while your meal is cooked over the open fire.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 7: Breakfast & Dinner, Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Days 9-10

cattle station to airlie beach/whitsunday sailing

We leave the bush behind and head to the coast and Airlie Beach. Here we board our private chartered yacht for a 2 Day/2 Night Whitsunday sailing experience. Swim, snorkel and explore the deserted beaches or maybe hike to the lookout on Whitsunday Island. All of your meals are supplied and we sleep onboard in sheltered coves overnight.

Accommodation included: Onboard bunks included
Meals included: Day 9: Breakfast & Dinner, Day 10: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 11-12

whitsunday sailing / airlie beach to mission beach

Back on the mainland we head to Mission Beach, which works all year around. For those with a strong sense of adventure the adrenaline pumping white water rafting awaits you. Alternatively, come and hike in the rain forest were everything is lush and green! There is also tandem sky diving, fishing or even try sea-kayaking out to luxurious Dunk Island. For a more leisurely day simply lounge on Mission Beach and soak up the sun. The choice is yours.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 11: Breakfast & Dinner, Day 12: Breakfast

Big Trek 42 Days £2999
Days 13-14

mission beach to cape tribulation and cairns

Heading further north we stop at the Boulders for a refreshing swim before catching the ferry across the Johnson River to our rainforest retreat. There are plenty of options available here from evening spotlight tours to an early sunrise kayaking trip (own expense). Swim at the local beach or head back into the rainforest. Finally our journey takes us back down the coast road to Cairns.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 13: Breakfast, Day 14: Breakfast

Day 15

outer barrieer reef cruise

We make our way down to the pier and board our multi-million dollar sailing yacht for a full day on the Outer Barrier Reef. Snorkel amongst the coral, marvel at the multitude of colour the fish will parade in front of you, wander on the sand atoll or try scuba diving (no experience needed and at own expense) ..all in the same day! Don't worry, we will supply a mouth-watering tropical lunch to keep your energy up.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Day 15: Breakfast & Lunch

Days 16-18

mt surprise, mt isa and bush camp

We then travel west over the Great Dividing Range. Spend a night at Russell's place and see his unique snake show before travelling through some vastly changing landscapes en route to the mining town of Mt Isa. Depart Queensland through Camooweal and into the exciting Northern Territory to see just how flat this remarkable country is before camping out in the middle of nowhere.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Big Trek 42 Days £2999

Day 19

katharine gorge (Nitmiluk)

Visit the historic Daly Waters Hotel for a refreshing drink, before taking a dip in the turquoise waters of Mataranka's thermal pool nestled amongst tall shady palms. Heading north, join us on an optional cruise or canoe down the river between the ancient cliff walls of Katherine Gorge.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Big Trek 42 Days £2999
Days 20-21

kakadu national park

The journey continues as we head to World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, one of Australia's most inspiring wilderness areas. We explore Nourlangie and Ubirr Rock to see Aboriginal art thousands of years old. See the abundant bird life of the flood plains and maybe spot saltwater crocodiles, snakes, dingos and other wildlife on the optional world famous "Yellow Waters Billabong" cruise.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Days 22-23

darwin

Take a couple of days out to explore Australia's northern city. Jump on the "tour tub" or hangout at the wave pool. Enjoy the night life or stroll through the evening markets, maybe you'll want to swim with a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove. You can do all of this and more in Darwin (all activities at own expense).

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Day 24

litchfield national park

A popular place for Darwin locals to cool down is Litchfield National Park. We take a side tour out to the spring-fed crystal clear waterfalls and plunge pools in this northern playground. Have your photo taken next to a termite mound three times your size before our stay right near the plunge pools.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Days 25-26

Manyallaluk and Mataranka

This morning we join the local Aboriginal people to learn about "Bush Tucker", how to throw a spear or even "make fire" using two sticks. Be inspired as you discover how the Aboriginals existed for thousands of years in harmony with their surroundings. It's a great place didgeridoos, paintings and woven baskets directly from the people who make them. We have time for another swim as we camp at Mataranka Hot Springs.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense.

Days 27-29

devils marbles and alice springs

Explore the sites around Devils Marbles this afternoon as we capture some unique photographs of the area at sunset and sunrise. We then have two nights in Alice Springs. 'The Alice' is home to some of the world's best hot air ballooning. Take a day trip (optional own expense) through the Western MacDonnell Ranges where you can see Simpson's Gap, the Ochre Pits or even hike around Ormiston Gorge; visit the Desert Park, go shopping or just hang out by the pool. There's the chance to hit the town in the evening for a meal out and maybe one of the local clubs or bars.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Days 30-31

kings canyon and uluru (Ayres Rock)

This morning there's the opportunity to ride a quad bike or a camel (optional at own expense) as we take the track south to Kings Canyon. We hike the challenging rim trail to visit the Lost City and Garden of Eden before heading back to the station for a well earned ice-cream. We arrive mid afternoon into Ayers Rock Resort allowing plenty of time to get those spectacular sunset photos of one of the world's greatest monoliths, Uluru/Ayers Rock.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Day 32

uluru

Another early start to take up the challenge and hike around the base of this enormous rock, whilst learning some of the Tjukurpa (Aboriginal Creation or Dreaming law) of the area. Visit the award winning Cultural Centre to learn more of the Aboriginal stories before we visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Day 33

Coober pedy

The journey continues southward to the Martian landscape of Coober Pedy where we take you on an underground opal mine tour - a great opportunity to purchase opals from the miners themselves. Tonight we sleep underground in a "dugout" bunkroom after a night out with the locals.

Accommodation included: Budget lodging
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Days 34-35
port agusta and adelaide

Emus and kangaroos await you at our Mt Remarkable hike. At last we get to see the sea again. Hey, what is a visit to Australia without at least one winery tour in this famous wine growing area? Spend time riding the tram and the waves in the southern capital of Adelaide during our beachside stay.

Accommodation included: Camping and Budget Lodging
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

 

Days 36-37
grampian national park (Gariwerd)

Keep some energy in reserve as the rugged peaks and hikes of the Grampians National Park await! Here we will hike the ancient volcanic trails, photograph the lakes, waterfalls, gorges and kangaroos.

Accommodation included: Camping
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense.

Days 38-40
great ocean road and melbourne

More photos and maybe a helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles (own expense)! The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic stretches of coastal road in the world. Search for koalas in the wild and check out the surfing town of Torquay before arriving in the cosmopolitan capital of Melbourne. Wow, this could be a town in Europe; excellent bars and restaurants, great beaches, trams, outdoor cafes and nightlife. There's even a Neighbours Tour to the location of the famous TV series! How much more can one city offer?

Accommodation included: Camping and Budget Lodging
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Big Trek 42 Days £2999

Days 41-42
merimbula and sydney

Our last days find us winding up the South East coastline visiting quiet fishing towns and near deserted beaches. As we return to Sydney, you will contemplate the ever changing landscape that you have travelled through on one amazing Road Trip!

Accommodation included: Budget lodging on day 41
Meals included: Food kitty paid locally with some meals at own expense

Tour ends at approx 17:00 - 18:00 hrs in Sydney on day 42.


WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • 18 nights camping | 2 nights on boardbunk accommodation| 21 nights budget lodging. (All camping equipment included except sleeping bag)
  • Visit Melbourne, Adelaide,Darwin, Cairns,Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles
  • Aboriginal cultural day in Alice Springs
  • Wild Dolphin Cruise
  • Opal mine tour and gem cutting demonstration
  • Sleep underground in a dugout motel in Coober Pedy
  • Entry fees and hiking at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock)
  • Two night Whitsunday sailing Cruise
  • Kings Canyon hike
  • Working camel ranch visit
  • Remote bush camp experience
  • Hiking at the Devil's Marbles
  • Manyallaluk  Aboriginal Cultural experience
  • Hiking at Litchfield National Park
  • Mataranka Hot Springs
  • Full day Cruise to Outer Barrier Reef (snorkelling included)
  • Entry fees and hiking at World Heritage Kakadu NP
  • Outback Cattle Station experience
  • Two day 4WD Fraiser Island tag along tour
  • Byron Bay & lighthouse
  • Admission to all National PArks and Aboriginal Sites as per itinerary

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

(Costs can vary)
  • Uluru(Ayers Rock Flight) AU$80-$180
  • Kakadu flight AU$130+
  • Camel Riding AU$45
  • Quad Bike Tour AU$85
  • Hot Air Ballooning AU$225
  • Harley Davidson Ride AU$50
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise AU$75
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise AU$60
  • Surfing Lessons AU$60
  • Scuba Diving AU$90
  • Whitewater Rafting AU$185
  • Tandem Skydiving AU$325
  • Sea Kayaking AU$65
  • Tandem Hang Gliding AU$150
  • Koala Sanctuary AU$30
  • Dunk Island Water Taxi AU$30
  • Helicopter Flight AU$75 -$350
  • Canoeing AU$40
  • Horse Riding AU$70
  • Fishing trip AU$130
  • Bungy Jump AU$140
  • Didgeridoo Making AU$260
  • Neighbours tour $50
  • Australia Zoo AU$58

1. Upon booking, to confirm your place you will need to pay a non refundable 10% deposit or £100 whichever is the greatest amount.
2. Outstanding balance will be due no later than 8 weeks before departure.