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Standard Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive In
Albion

Night 1-2

Brisbane Metropolitan Area

With the Brisbane River snaking through its heart, this easygoing city bathes in the enviable subtropical climate of southeast Queensland. Outstanding museums and art galleries cluster in the South Bank cultural precinct, alongside a family-friendly swimming lagoon and the vibrant Collective Markets. Soak up the panoramic views from the Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-Tha and climb the iconic Story Bridge before feasting on international cuisine in the eclectic West End.

Night 3

Byron Bay and Surrounds

Synonymous with surfing, Byron Bay is a sought-after holiday destination on the north coast of New South Wales. Gourmet brunch spots and farmers' markets attract foodies from near and far while the iconic lighthouse of Cape Byron is the place to head for whale watching between June and November. A short drive inland takes you to the hippie hub of Nimbin and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest of Wollumbin National Park.

Night 4

Coffs Harbour area

Situated at the heart of the spectacular Coffs Coast, Coffs Harbour is a wonderful destination for bushwalking and whale watching. From the iconic Big Banana, stunning beaches, a marine sanctuary and more, this beachside city is full of attractions. Don’t miss the Gumgali Track, on which you’ll learn the local Gumbaynggirr indigenous peoples’ Dreamtime creation story of Gumgali the black goanna.

Night 5

Port Stephens area

Wedged between the Hunter and Karuah rivers where they meet the Pacific Ocean, Port Stephens is a scenic holiday destination just north of Newcastle. It encompasses a stunning stretch of sand and the rugged headlands of Tomaree National Park, as well as the protected dunes of Worimi. Get up close to marine life at the Australian Ray and Shark Centre, spot dolphins frollicking offshore or head out on a whale-watching cruise during the migration months.

Night 6

Hunter Valley Region

Famed for its semillon and shiraz, the Hunter Valley’s rich viticultural history dates back to the early 19th century. When you’re not meeting winemakers and sampling the best at boutique operations, you can explore the idyllic Hunter Valley Gardens or mountain bike through the World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park. Splurge with a sunrise hot air balloon flight above the vineyards, then wine and dine at one of the region’s award-winning restaurants.

Night 7

Blue Mountains Region

Encompassing sheer cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and charming villages, the Blue Mountains is a rugged region to the west of Sydney. Ride through the Jamison Valley on one of the Scenic Railway’s glass-topped carriages or get a bird’s eye view of the Three Sisters from the Skyway. You can venture underground to explore the majestic Jenolan Caves or hit one of the countless bushwalking trails before refuelling at the globally-inspired restaurants and cafes.

Night 8-9-10

Sydney and Surrounds

Sprawling around the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, this vibrant metropolis is renowned for its beaches, bridge and botanic gardens. Marvel at the sail-like design of the Sydney Opera House and get your cultural fix in the myriad museums and art galleries before experiencing the shopping and nightlife of Darling Harbour. Sydney’s neighbourhoods all beat to their own drum, with eclectic cafes, fine-dining restaurants and hole-in-the-wall bars to discover.

Night 11

Jervis Bay and Surrounds

Boasting the whitest sand in the world, Jervis Bay is a stunning beachside community on the south coast of New South Wales. It’s a recreational paradise, with everything from fishing to paddle boarding and swimming with humpback whales on offer. Venture below the water’s surface to dive the Jervis Bay Marine Park or marvel at the sea cliffs of Booderee National Park before mingling with the locals over fish and chips at the legendary Husky Pub.

Night 12

Tilba Tilba and surrounds

Nestled at the base of Mount Dromedary, Tilba Tilba is a charming village that was originally settled during the gold rush years. It’s now protected by a National Heritage listing, with quaint residences, antique stores and cosy cafes to explore. Sample the ABC Cheese Factory’s award-winning dairy products or while away an afternoon at Tilba Valley Wines before soaking up the views from the hiking trails of Gulaga.

Night 13

Lakes Entrance and surrounds

Named after its vast system of inland waterways, Lakes Entrance is a popular getaway destination in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Cross the footbridge that leads to the spectacular sands of Ninety Mile Beach and cycle along the pelican-filled foreshore, then explore the landscaped gardens of Nyerimilang Homestead. After learning about the local marine life at the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum, end your day feasting on fresh seafood from one of the local fish and chip joints

Night 14

Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory

Positioned just off Victoria’s southern coast, Phillip Island is a popular getaway for Melbourne’s city dwellers, with scenic rural landscapes and beautiful beaches to explore. Watch as little penguins waddle to shore during the daily Penguin Parade and spot Australian fur seals from the Nobbies outcrop or grab a board to surf the island’s legendary breaks. The island is also synonymous with Australian motor racing as host to the annual Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Night 15-16

Melbourne Region

Considered Australia’s artiest city and a sporting mecca, Melbourne sprawls along the Yarra River as it flows into Port Phillip Bay. Its grand Victorian buildings tower above art-filled laneways where eclectic cafes and globally-inspired restaurants await. Experience the fervour of a football match at the legendary MCG and get cultured in Federation Square before jumping aboard a tram to explore the city’s inner suburbs, each of which has its own flair.

Day 1

Arrive In
Albion

Night 1-2

With the Brisbane River snaking through its heart, this easygoing city bathes in the enviable subtropical climate of southeast Queensland. Outstanding museums and art galleries cluster in the South Bank cultural precinct, alongside a family-friendly swimming lagoon and the vibrant Collective Markets. Soak up the panoramic views from the Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-Tha and climb the iconic Story Bridge before feasting on international cuisine in the eclectic West End.

Night 3

Synonymous with surfing, Byron Bay is a sought-after holiday destination on the north coast of New South Wales. Gourmet brunch spots and farmers' markets attract foodies from near and far while the iconic lighthouse of Cape Byron is the place to head for whale watching between June and November. A short drive inland takes you to the hippie hub of Nimbin and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest of Wollumbin National Park.

Night 4

Situated at the heart of the spectacular Coffs Coast, Coffs Harbour is a wonderful destination for bushwalking and whale watching. From the iconic Big Banana, stunning beaches, a marine sanctuary and more, this beachside city is full of attractions. Don’t miss the Gumgali Track, on which you’ll learn the local Gumbaynggirr indigenous peoples’ Dreamtime creation story of Gumgali the black goanna.

Night 5

Wedged between the Hunter and Karuah rivers where they meet the Pacific Ocean, Port Stephens is a scenic holiday destination just north of Newcastle. It encompasses a stunning stretch of sand and the rugged headlands of Tomaree National Park, as well as the protected dunes of Worimi. Get up close to marine life at the Australian Ray and Shark Centre, spot dolphins frollicking offshore or head out on a whale-watching cruise during the migration months.

Night 6

Famed for its semillon and shiraz, the Hunter Valley’s rich viticultural history dates back to the early 19th century. When you’re not meeting winemakers and sampling the best at boutique operations, you can explore the idyllic Hunter Valley Gardens or mountain bike through the World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park. Splurge with a sunrise hot air balloon flight above the vineyards, then wine and dine at one of the region’s award-winning restaurants.

Night 7

Encompassing sheer cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and charming villages, the Blue Mountains is a rugged region to the west of Sydney. Ride through the Jamison Valley on one of the Scenic Railway’s glass-topped carriages or get a bird’s eye view of the Three Sisters from the Skyway. You can venture underground to explore the majestic Jenolan Caves or hit one of the countless bushwalking trails before refuelling at the globally-inspired restaurants and cafes.

Night 8-9-10

Sprawling around the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, this vibrant metropolis is renowned for its beaches, bridge and botanic gardens. Marvel at the sail-like design of the Sydney Opera House and get your cultural fix in the myriad museums and art galleries before experiencing the shopping and nightlife of Darling Harbour. Sydney’s neighbourhoods all beat to their own drum, with eclectic cafes, fine-dining restaurants and hole-in-the-wall bars to discover.

Night 11

Boasting the whitest sand in the world, Jervis Bay is a stunning beachside community on the south coast of New South Wales. It’s a recreational paradise, with everything from fishing to paddle boarding and swimming with humpback whales on offer. Venture below the water’s surface to dive the Jervis Bay Marine Park or marvel at the sea cliffs of Booderee National Park before mingling with the locals over fish and chips at the legendary Husky Pub.

Night 12

Nestled at the base of Mount Dromedary, Tilba Tilba is a charming village that was originally settled during the gold rush years. It’s now protected by a National Heritage listing, with quaint residences, antique stores and cosy cafes to explore. Sample the ABC Cheese Factory’s award-winning dairy products or while away an afternoon at Tilba Valley Wines before soaking up the views from the hiking trails of Gulaga.

Night 13

Named after its vast system of inland waterways, Lakes Entrance is a popular getaway destination in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Cross the footbridge that leads to the spectacular sands of Ninety Mile Beach and cycle along the pelican-filled foreshore, then explore the landscaped gardens of Nyerimilang Homestead. After learning about the local marine life at the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum, end your day feasting on fresh seafood from one of the local fish and chip joints

Night 14

Positioned just off Victoria’s southern coast, Phillip Island is a popular getaway for Melbourne’s city dwellers, with scenic rural landscapes and beautiful beaches to explore. Watch as little penguins waddle to shore during the daily Penguin Parade and spot Australian fur seals from the Nobbies outcrop or grab a board to surf the island’s legendary breaks. The island is also synonymous with Australian motor racing as host to the annual Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Night 15-16

Considered Australia’s artiest city and a sporting mecca, Melbourne sprawls along the Yarra River as it flows into Port Phillip Bay. Its grand Victorian buildings tower above art-filled laneways where eclectic cafes and globally-inspired restaurants await. Experience the fervour of a football match at the legendary MCG and get cultured in Federation Square before jumping aboard a tram to explore the city’s inner suburbs, each of which has its own flair.

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