Interacting with dolphins, exploring pristine islands, sleeping under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef, swimming with whale sharks, and travelling across the country by a train connecting two oceans – it’s the ultimate Australian coastal adventure.

INCLUSIONS

● 4 nights accommodation in Airlie Beach

● 2 days/1 night Reefsleep including swag accommodation and water activities

● 1 day Camira Sailing Adventure 

● Economy class flight from Proserpine or Hamilton Island  to Sydney

● 2 nights accommodation in Sydney 

● Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb 

● 4 days/3 nights aboard the Indian Pacific, Sydney to Perth, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences 

● 2 nights accommodation in Perth 

● 1 day Discover Rottnest tour  o Return economy class flight from Perth to Exmouth

● 10 days car hire (compact size)

● 4 nights accommodation in Exmouth 

● Whale Shark (April to July) or Humpback Whale (August  to October) Interaction tour 

● 1 night accommodation in Carnarvon

● 2 nights accommodation in Monkey Mia

● 2 nights accommodation in Coral Bay

● Marine Eco Safari featuring manta rays

● 4 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners 

HIGHLIGHTS

● Sleep next to the Great Barrier Reef under the open sky 

● Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

● Walk along the white sands of Whitehaven Beach

● Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge o Tour Rottnest Island and meet the friendly quokkas

● Swim with whale sharks or humpback whales and,  awe-inspiring manta rays

● Try dolphin feeding

● Explore the wilderness treasures of Shark Ba

PRICES

PER PERSON

Low seasonShoulder seasonHigh season
Gold Service Advance Purchase$9,779 $10,069 $10,499 
Gold Service Everyday$10,299$10,639$10,799 
Platinum Service Everyday$11,599$12,399$12,599

 22 DAYS  21 NIGHTS  16 MEALS

 

*  Prices based on twin share. Single supplements apply for single travellers. Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.

To book or find out more

CALL 1800 024 518

OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT

DAY ONE – ARRIVE AIRLIE BEACH

Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays, and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure.

OVERNIGHT: Mantra Boathouse 

DAY TWO – GREAT BARRIER REEF, REEFSLEEP

It’s fair to say you’ll never have a night like this again! After your transfer from Airlie Beach by fast ocean-going vessel, enjoy the day frolicking in Australia’s world famous Great Barrier Reef. From our Heart Pontoon moored on Hardy Reef, you can swim among tropical fish, snorkel through beautiful coral, dive, or take a guided semisubmersible tour. For the ultimate reef adventure, take a heli-flight over Heart Reef (optional extra) to fully appreciate the scale and majesty of this globally-renowned living treasure. Then, wave goodbye to the day guests as the vessel heads back to the mainland. That’s right - you’ll be spending the night sleeping under the stars on Hardy Reef, where the only sound you'll hear is the Coral Sea gently lapping around you. Your uniquely Australian accommodation comes in the form of a swag.

OVERNIGHT: Reefsleep (L,D)

DAY THREE – GREAT BARRIER REEF, REEFSLEEP

Enjoy all of the pontoon facilities before the day visitors arrive, and then spend another full day enjoying this incredible location. See the myriad tropical fish, corals and reef sharks. If you’re not keen to swim, view the striking colours from the underwater viewing chamber or the semisubmersible vessel. You’ll head home with the day guests onboard the reef vessel in the afternoon.

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Mantra Boathouse  (B,L)

DAY FOUR – LEISURE DAY

TToday is yours to enjoy the lovely coastal town of Airlie Beach. Stroll to one of the alfresco restaurants for fresh local seafood or handmade tapas.

DAY FIVE – CAMIRA SAILING ADVENTURE

A full day sailing around the Whitsundays elevates your experience of this stunning aquatic playground to a new level. Join the experienced crew aboard a super sleek catamaran and sit back as you sail from one amazing location to the next – all you have to do is relax on Camira’s deck and decide what to photograph next. As Camira takes in all the showstoppers of the Whitsundays – including the jaw-dropping Whitehaven Beach – you'll also enjoy interactive shore experiences like a guided small group walk to stunning Hill Inlet. Here you will discover the history of the region’s traditional owners, the Ngaro people. With snorkelling gear also included and plenty of idyllic swimming spots to choose from, expect to work up an appetite for the beach barbecue lunch. (L)

DAY SIX – AIRLIE BEACH TO SYDNEY

Check out of your accommodation this morning for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Amble through the city’s laneways or enjoy the views along Darling Harbour. OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central

DAY SEVEN – SYDNEY HARBOUR, BRIDGECLIMB

Climbing an Australian icon, the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, is sure to be a highlight. The anticipation builds as you enter the preclimb area and suit up for the safety briefing and before long, you’re safely clipped to the rail to begin the ascent towards the best view in Sydney. You’ll gain access to the very summit of the bridge for a moment you’ll never forget

DAY EIGHT – BOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC IN SYDNEY

Departing Sydney’s Central Station, settle into your first evening on the Indian Pacific. Enjoy the fabulous food, wine, service and social atmosphere of this much-loved rail journey.

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Indian Pacific (D)

DAY NINE – INDIAN PACIFIC, BROKEN HILL AND ADELAIDE

After breakfast, prepare for your first Off Train Excursion in frontier town Broken Hill, followed by a day enjoying the outback scenery. Upon arrival in Adelaide, you’ll have more Off Train Excursions to choose from before continuing your journey west. (B,L,D)

DAY TEN – INDIAN PACIFIC, NULLARBOR PLAIN

Today is all about those amazing views as you cross this famous stretch of the Australian interior. Dinner this evening is under an outback sky on the edge of the country’s largest sheep station at Rawlinna (seasonal). (B,L,D)

DAY ELEVEN – INDIAN PACIFIC, PERTH

This morning, you will travel through the rolling hills of the Avon Valley. Then enjoy a delightful lunch as you head to your destination of Perth, arriving midafternoon. Check in to your accommodation.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Adina Apartment Hotel Perth (B,L)

DAY TWELVE – ROTTNEST ISLAND

Enjoy your ferry trip from Perth to Rottnest Island with Rottnest Express. There is so much to see and do on Rottnest Island and your best option is to take a guided tour that lets you make the most of a fabulous day out. You’ll be able to explore the island’s most spectacular locations, see its unique wildlife – including those adorable quokkas – and discover its colourful history.

DAY THIRTEEN – PERTH TO EXMOUTH

After your flight from Perth to Exmouth, pick up your hire car and make your way to your accommodation.

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

DAY FOURTEEN – WHALE SHARK OR HUMPBACK WHALE INTERACTION TOUR

Prepare for a life-changing experience. You have the chance to swim with whale sharks or humpback whales (seasonal) on the world famous Ningaloo Reef! You can even use one of the underwater scooters to swim along. This incredible opportunity is restricted to small groups, and you will be escorted the whole way travelling aboard a luxury vessel guided by a spotter plane from above. Snorkels and wetsuits are provided. Lunch is also included, as well as a glass of bubbly to celebrate an encounter with nature you’ll never forget. (L)

*During November to March, you will enjoy a half day Marine Life Discovery and Lagoon Snorkelling Tour

DAY FIFTEEN – LEISURE DAY

Your day begins in the small reef town of Exmouth. You’ve done the reef so why not head to Cape Range National Park with its spectacular gorges in your hire car? Hike through walking trails and gorges offering some of the best views in the west, or relax on pristine sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise water. Visit the top of the Range to see the sun sink over the beautiful beaches of the North West Cape.

DAY SIXTEEN – SELF-DRIVE TO CARNARVON

Carnarvon is perfectly positioned between the Ningaloo World Heritage areas to the north, and Shark Bay to the south. It is a year round holiday destination offering the chance to rest, relax and recharge. Drive to Carnarvon via Gascoyne’s picturesque coastline, or the rugged inland locations such as Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus National Park.

OVERNIGHT: Wooramel River Retreat

DAY SEVENTEEN – SELF-DRIVE TO SHARK BAY (MONKEY MIA)

Shark Bay encompasses two bays sheltered by peninsulas and a long island. The local Malgana Aboriginal people know it as Gutharraguda, meaning two waters. Within Shark Bay lies Monkey Mia, famous for its dolphin experience. Monkey Mia is surrounded by rusty red sand dunes, white sandy beaches and water teeming with wildlife. You can drive there via Hamelin Pool, a protected marine nature reserve where stromatolites, known as ‘living fossils’, are the number one attraction.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

DAY EIGHTEEN – LEISURE DAY

Covering an area of more than 2.2 million hectares, Shark Bay is one of the world’s greatest wilderness treasures. It has a unique combination of wildlife, flora and stunning scenery unlike anywhere else. Apart from dolphins, you might spot dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles, and a variety of fish in the water. Back on land, you are likely to meet pelicans and emus. Pack the hire car with your towels and a picnic lunch to head out for the day.

DAY NINETEEN – SELF-DRIVE TO CORAL BAY

Time to start the self-drive back up north towards Exmouth. Coral Bay is a small settlement that lies protected from the Indian Ocean by the Ningaloo Reef. It is Australia’s only fringing reef, where the coral starts right at the water’s edge. The fish and the coral are very accessible and can be experienced either snorkelling or on one of the coral viewing boats.

OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Bayview Coral Bay

DAY TWENTY – MARINE ECO SAFARI – MANTA RAYS

This marine eco-tour is a full day of fascinating interactions with the ocean and they don’t come much bigger or better than swimming with amazing gentle giants in Coral Bay. Ningaloo Reef’s resident manta rays are a sight to behold, and you can get up close and personal with these graceful creatures. Your adventure includes wetsuits and snorkelling gear plus morning tea, lunch, and afternoon snacks. (L)

DAY TWENTY ONE – SELF-DRIVE TO EXMOUTH

Take in any last-minute sights at Coral Bay today before making the drive to Exmouth. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool as you reflect on the last couple of weeks’ adventure.

OVERNIGHT: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

DAY TWENTY TWO – EXMOUTH TO PERTH

After breakfast, check out of your hotel, return your hire car and board your flight to Perth.


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