Sydney, Rock & Reef
Sydney - Alice Springs - Cairns
The Sydney, Rock, Reef combination is a classic itinerary, offering a fantastic mixture of city, outback and coastal experiences in some of the most stunning parts of Australia.
Days One to Four – Sydney
Start your Aussie holiday in Sydney, one of the most spectacular and exciting cities in the world. Sydney doesn't exactly hide its charms; 'if you've got it, flaunt it' could well be the harbour city's motto.
Endowed with a sparkling harbour and dazzling beaches, its setting alone has guaranteed Sydney a place among the most glamorous cities on the planet. The rich blend of cultures, a relaxed, laidback lifestyle and an appetite for life also makes Sydney one of the world's most exhilarating cities. Make the most of your stay by climbing the Bridge, cruising the Harbour, watching a performance at the Opera House, lazing on one of the beaches, shopping and eating out – this is a wow factor city with so much to see and do. If you get chance, spend a day or two in the beautiful Blue Mountains for bush walking and wildlife spotting. Just a 90 minute drive from the city, this World Heritage Listed National Park is well worth a visit.
Sydney highlights include:
- Catching a ferry from Circular Quay and visiting Taronga Park Zoo or Manly Beach
- Having breakfast with koalas at Sydney Wildlife World and visiting Sydney Aquarium next door
- Learning to surf, or taking a walking tour along, world famous Bondi Beach
Days Five to Eight – The Red Centre
Jump on your flight from Sydney in to the heart of the outback to Alice Springs. This vibrant outback town is famous for its colourful characters and relaxed atmosphere, and visitors will enjoy the art galleries, Desert Park and the views from Anzac Hill. The town also plays host to some weird and whacky festivals, so check out the events calendar before you go.
Alice Springs is a great place to join a tour or hire a car to explore the treasures of the Red Centre, including Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Australia's most recognisable natural icon. Standing 348 metres high, the monolith has a great cultural significance for the traditional Aboriginal owners, the Anangu people. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located 440 kilometres by road south-west of Alice Springs and encompasses both Uluru and the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
Learn about the Aboriginal culture, watch the colours of the rock change as the sun sets and rises, take a spin on a Harley bike, eat under a million stars – this will be an unforgettable experience.
Red Centre highlights include:
- Learning about the pioneers at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station or the Royal Flying Doctor Service
- Taking one of the interpretative walks around the base of Uluru with a local guide
- Marvelling at the views from the lookout points on the Valley of the Winds walk through the domes of Kata Tjuta
- Dining under the night sky at the Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru
- Joining a tour or driving out to King's Canyon to do the rim walk along the top
Days Nine to Fourteen – The Great Barrier Reef
Fly up to Cairns to access the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland. These two World Heritage listed areas are incredible and there is so much to see and do in the region. Use Cairns, Port Douglas or Palm Cove as a base from which to explore this tropical paradise.
Cairns has a lovely oceanfront promenade, lots of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, is known as a glamorous hot spot for the rich and famous as well as a beachside escape for those in the know. Head here for a relaxed vibe, delicious seafood and a vibrant seafront cafe culture. Palm Cove is your other option, offering gorgeous accommodation, lovely boutiques and spas, and an idyllic stretch of beach. Alternatively check in to one of the island resorts off the coast.
Wherever you stay up here you'll have a fabulous finale to an incredible Two Week Walkabout.
Tropical North Queensland highlights include:
- A day on the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling, diving or enjoying the underwater world from a glass bottom boat
- Visiting Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the reef - a great spot for kayaking, horse-riding and walking
- Visiting the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest
- Indulging at a spa that uses treatments based on Aboriginal techniques and ingredients
- Leaping from a plane on a tandem skydive
- Taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef for spectacular views
Take a 4WD across the Red Centre, follow in the footsteps of pioneers, wander through the honeycomb domes of the Bungle Bungles or relax on the legendary Ghan railway. Our outback is full of intrepid journeys.
Get closer to the world's oldest living culture through journeys including ancient rock art, Dreamtime legend, sacred sites and local guides.