A once-in-a-lifetime journey 5000 miles from Sydney Harbour to the Indian Ocean, from the heart of the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef.
Three flights together with short trips in trains, ferries and vehicles connect some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes. We’ve gone for gold in designing this spectacular road-trip: eighteen days of beautiful hikes and quirky cultural experiences on an epic road-trip in five stages.
- Stage one: Sydney, one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Sydney Harbour National Park walks, famous surf-beaches and colorful neighborhoods.
- Stage two: Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: scenic trails through deep canyons, panoramic views from cliff-top look-outs, unique flora and fauna.
- Stage three: Perth, the world’s most remote city and the nearby Margaret River/Southern Forests region: small farms and vineyards, long stretches of sparsely-populated coastline, National Parks and picturesque country towns.
- Stage four: Alice Springs, Uluru and the vast Outback: unique geological features, ancient rock-art sites and the heartland of Australia’s indigenous culture.
- Stage five: Queensland and the tropical north: Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Area and the islands, lagoons and undersea life of the Great Barrier Reef.
As well as great hikes most days our Walk Australia itinerary includes time for optional activities such as scenic flights, camel-rides, bike-rides, sea-kayaking, scuba-diving, snorkeling, theatre events, sporting events and chances to view and learn about Australia’s unique flora, fauna and marine life.
This is an active travel-adventure for private groups. As long as there are at least 6 of you traveling together we can make it happen. Most days of the tour you can join either a short or long hike. There is also the option of not hiking at all and instead taking time to enjoy the places we’ll be staying in – each of them unique and all of them quintessentially Australian.
More about the accommodation:
Nights 1, 2 & 5: An upscale hotel in central Sydney. The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botanical Gardens and other unmissable Sydney sights are all within walking distance.
Nights 3 & 4: The heritage-listed Carrington Hotel, established in 1883 and recently restored to its former grandeur, is a true Blue Mountains landmark, located in the small town of Katoomba two hours by train from Sydney.
Nights 6 & 7: Following the flight from Sydney to Perth we’ll travel south to the beautiful coastal region of Margaret River. The Cape-to-Cape walkway passes right by our accommodation, a collection of two-bedroom villas with full kitchens overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Nights 8 & 9: Foragers Field offers seven luxurious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom cottages with full kitchens on a farm near Pemberton, in the Southern Forests region. The is an area known for excellent wines and farm-produce amid vast tracts of ancient Karri forests.
Night 10: A central Perth hotel close to Kings Park Botanical Gardens, the riverside bike-path, Perth Concert Hall and the many fine eateries around Elizabeth Quay.
Night 11: After a leisurely morning in Perth we’ll fly to the central-Australian town of Alice Springs and our accommodation, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Nights 12 & 13: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a half-day’s drive across the Outback from Alice Springs. Our accommodation for two days here are the two-bedroom Emu Walk Apartments with full kitchens at Ayers Rock Resort.
Nights 14, 15, 16 & 17: From Uluru (Ayers Rock) we’ll fly to Cairns and drive a short distance to Palm Cove. Over the next three days we’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and other sights of the tropical north, staying in a collection of two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens.