South, North & West Explorer

Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Grampians National Park • Cairns • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Darwin • Kakadu National Park • Perth • Rottnest Island • Margaret River

About This Journey

19 Days Starting from $2635 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive + Fly

Begin in Melbourne, your gateway to the Great Ocean Road and Grampians. Stay in tropical village Port Douglas and swim in the Great Barrier Reef. Travel outback from Darwin to experience the natural wonders, aboriginal culture and wildlife of Kakadu National Park. Fly across to Perth, travelling to Rottnest Island and to Margaret River’s wineries, beaches, national parks and caves.

Domestic airfare prices are subject to variables. Contact us for a tour quote including current domestic airfares.

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  • 18 nights 4 Star accommodation
  • 14 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Otway Fly Treetop Walk
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
  • Kakadu National Park Pass
  • Yellow Water Afternoon Cruise
  • Rottnest Island Ferry
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International & domestic flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities,
We can tailor this trip to suit you
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G’day Melbourne

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    The Jazz Corner Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Jazz Corner Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi (terms appl

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, 211 Latrobe St, Melbourne Central; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat 8am-11am, Sun 9am-12am


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Cultural Walking Tour
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    Cultural Walking Tour

    Put on your walking shoes and uncover Aboriginal history, the settlement of Melbourne and early colonial life. Weave through Melbourne’s laneways and arcades, discovering street art, music and cafe culture, plus some opulent and sometimes controversial architecture. Sports, art projects and immigration are also covered on the 3 hour walk.

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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise
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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise

    Step aboard a 1 hour riverboat cruise heading upstream past Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and past the botanic gardens. View the Aquarium, Casino, Exhibition Centre, historic sailing ship Polly Woodside before entering Docklands on the downstream journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Captain’s commentary.

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Free Time Melbourne

Explore Melbourne

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    The Jazz Corner Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Jazz Corner Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi (terms appl

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, 211 Latrobe St, Melbourne Central; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat 8am-11am, Sun 9am-12am


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Suggested Activites:

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    Melbourne Bicycle Tour
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    Melbourne Bicycle Tour

    Join a guided 4 hour relaxed bicycle ride around Melbourne, with 90% off main roads and on safe bike paths and parks. Get a great orientation of Melbourne and its key landmarks, plus learn about Melbourne’s “founding”, Aboriginal history, the Eureka Stockade, the sports culture and the Melbourne of today. Stop in Fitzroy at a favourite local bar for lunch (own expense).

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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour
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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour

    Meet kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and colourful birds and reptiles at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Depending on the time of year visit beautiful Woolamai Beach. Enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. At sunset watch the little penguins waddle ashore to their burrows from intimate penguins plus viewing area.

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Take in stunning cliff top views overlooking Australia’s iconic surf location Bells Beach. Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet offers amazing views over Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road. Pay tribute to soldiers from World War I who helped construct the road at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. View the peaceful Otway Ranges Erskine Falls and Great Ocean Road from Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne. Spot humpback and southern right whales from June to August. Between Lorne and Apollo Bay the road is carved into cliffs with the ocean below. Spectacular panoramic views along the coastline can be enjoyed at Marriners Lookout.

Melbourne to Apollo Bay
187 kilometres : 2 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Seaview Motel & Apartments
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    Apollo Bay – Seaview Motel & Apartments

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm, Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WIFI

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in apartments

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Foodworks, 4 Hardy St, Apollo Bay; Open Mon-Sun 8am-7pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Canopy Circuit & Shockwave Zipcoaster
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    Canopy Circuit & Shockwave Zipcoaster

    An adrenaline seeker’s dream, the Shockwave Zip Coaster is the most extreme zip line in Australia at 525 metres long. Get ready for an outdoor adventure experience like no other. Soak up the beauty and breathtaking views of the Otway Ranges along the elevated Canopy Circuit Walkway. Takes approximately 45 minutes total for both experiences.

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

See remote rainforest, coastal scenery, wildlife and mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. Melba Gully’s ancient rainforest or Otway Fly Treetop Walk are near Lavers Hill. View natural wonders the 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps, Lord Ard Gorge and London Arch. Seaside village Port Campbell is a great spot for a break. Explore Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, home to Australia’s richest shipwreck collection. See koalas, emus and kangaroos roaming freely at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. View Aboriginal cultural displays and crafts at Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre in the reserve. Discover historic whaler’s cottages and a walkway to Griffiths Island in Port Fairy.

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy
189 kilometres : 2 3/4 hours

Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Experience a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Otway Ranges cool temperate rainforest from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk. Be elevated from the depths of the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the trees. Informative signs explain the unique plants and wildlife you see along the 1 hour return walk.

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    Accommodation    Comfort Inn Seacombe House
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    Port Fairy – Comfort Inn Seacombe House

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA, 34 Sackville St, Port Fairy; Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm (Fri 8am-8.30pm)


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      Otway Fly Treetop Walk
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Drive to Grampians National Park

Port Fairy to Grampians National Park

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the picturesque Dunkeld Arboretum waterways surrounded by Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt. Walk to cascading waterfalls, discover ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, overlook rugged mountain ranges and see native wildlife in the stunning Grampians National Park. Enjoy local produce and wines at cafes and restaurants in Halls Gap, the heart of the Grampians.

Port Fairy to Halls Gap
146 kilometres : 1 3/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Mountain View Motor Inn
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    Halls Gap – Mountain View Motor Inn

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities in lodges

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Halls Gap General Store, 103 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap; Open Mon-Sun: 9:15am–6.15pm (limited supplies)


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Free Time Grampians National Park - Drive to Melbourne

Return Rental Car in Melbourne
Explore Grampians National Park

Learn about the national park and its Aboriginal heritage at Brambuk -The National Park and Cultural Centre. Look out for kangaroos, koalas and emus amongst the parks native bush. View ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, the largest number of rock art sites in southern Australia. Walk to the Balconies Lookout or Mount William Lookout for stunning views over the Wonderland Ranges and Mount William Ranges. Join an abseiling and rock climbing course, hire a mountain bike or canoe on Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook and meet local birdlife. View the beautiful MacKenzie Falls from Bluff Lookout. Colourful spring wildflowers are in bloom from August to October.

Grampians National Park to Melbourne

Visit the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, celebrating the culture of Chinese immigrants who came to find gold in the 1800s. Join a guided tour to learn about early goldmining times and to explore the eerie J Ward historic building, once home to the criminally insane. Join the gold rush at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill open air museum and learn about the famous Eureka Stockade at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Explore Melbourne aboard the free City Circle tram and discover city basement, rooftop and laneway bars, cafes and restaurants or enjoy riverside dining along Southbank Promenade.

Halls Gap to Melbourne
256 kilometres : 3 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    The Jazz Corner Hotel
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    Melbourne – The Jazz Corner Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi (terms appl

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in room

    Laundry facilities in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, 211 Latrobe St, Melbourne Central; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat 8am-11am, Sun 9am-12am


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    Bunjil's Aboriginal Creation Tour
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    Bunjil's Aboriginal Creation Tour

    Join an Aboriginal guide on a 3 hour tour to learn about the local creation story of the Grampians and view ancient Aboriginal Rock Art at the resting place of the creator spirit Bunjil. Learn about the cultural, historical and spiritual significance of the area and finish off with a wattle seed damper and lemon myrtle tea.

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    Sovereign Hill Entry
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    Sovereign Hill Entry

    Join the 1851 gold rush at Sovereign Hill! Pan for gold, ride a horse-drawn carriage, see steam-driven machinery, go underground into a mine and keep a look out for Redcoat soldiers. View the Gold Museum’s historical mining and military collections, period costumes and photographs.

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Fly to Port Douglas

Melbourne to Port Douglas

Make your own way to Melbourne Airport to catch your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport collect your rental car and continue onto Port Douglas.

Travel through Cairns Northern Beaches, with popular Palm Cove Esplanade lined with restaurants, cafes and a beautiful white sand beach. Along the Captain Cook Highway, stunning views across Wangetti Beach and the Coral Sea can be enjoyed from Rex Lookout. Arrive in tropical Port Douglas and unwind along the palm fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach, or along vibrant Macrossan Street. Enjoy tranquil water or rainforest views, to tropical sunsets along the vibrant Reef Marina, or at the historical Court House pub. Be rewarded with spectacular views over the Coral Sea and Four Mile Beach from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

Cairns to Port Douglas
66 kilometres : 1 hour

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    Accommodation    Port Douglas Motel
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    Port Douglas Motel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants/beach

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: on site

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 11-17 Macrossan St, Port Village; Open 6 days: Mon-Sat 6am-12am, Sun 6am-6pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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    Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

    Cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on the Melaleuca Wetland. Enjoy fascinating wildlife presentations which include snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles and quolls. Follow boardwalks through woodlands and rainforest to see beautiful tropical birds, reptiles and insects.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Cruise out to the very edge of the Great Barrier Reef on a 90 minute journey. Beginner to experienced snorkelers can swim amongst marine life and corals of Agincourt Reef. View the tropical fish and corals from inside a semi-submersible vessel or underwater observatory. Marine biologists and snorkelling safety officers are available to assist.

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    Accommodation    Port Douglas Motel
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    Port Douglas Motel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants/beach

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: on site

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 11-17 Macrossan St, Port Village; Open 6 days: Mon-Sat 6am-12am, Sun 6am-6pm


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      Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
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Free Day Port Douglas

Explore Port Douglas

Stroll or ride a bicycle along the palm fringed, golden sands of Four Mile Beach. Enjoy spectacular views over the Coral Sea and Four Mile Beach from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Unwind at a cafe along vibrant Reef Marina or explore galleries and boutiques on Macrossan Street. Visit Wildlife Habitat to lunch with lorikeets, cuddle a koala or hand feed kangaroos. Watch the world go by on the veranda at historical Court House Hotel. Take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight over the Daintree Rainforest or Great Barrier Reef. Join a sunset river cruise along peaceful Dickson Inlet, home to saltwater crocodiles. Immerse yourself in the colourful Sunday markets on the waterfront.

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    Accommodation    Port Douglas Motel
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    Port Douglas Motel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants/beach

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: on site

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 11-17 Macrossan St, Port Village; Open 6 days: Mon-Sat 6am-12am, Sun 6am-6pm


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    Dreamtime Gorge Guided Walk
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    Dreamtime Gorge Guided Walk

    Witness a traditional smoking ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits before exploring Kuku Yalanji land. An Aboriginal guide takes you on a 90 minute journey to demonstrate traditions like ochre painting, making bush soap, identifying bush food and medicines, then enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Discover an ancient cultures special relationship with their tropical lands.

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    Daintree River Wildlife & Crocodile Cruise
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    Daintree River Wildlife & Crocodile Cruise

    Cruise the Daintree River aboard an eco friendly solar electric boat, fitted with the “Croc Cam” offering instant digital replay of camouflaged wildlife you may have missed. During the 1 hour adventure your guide offers extensive knowledge of the river, rainforest and mangroves, with an ability to spot a variety of wildlife, including a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles.

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    Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour
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    Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour

    Fly through heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided 2 hour tour through six tree platforms, seven ziplines and the world’s first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift. Enjoy spectacular views into the rainforest canopy, over the treetops, and out to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Fly to Darwin

Port Douglas to Darwin

Farewell Port Douglas, return your rental car at the Cairns Airport depot and catch your flight to Darwin. Upon arrival at Darwin Airport collect your rental car and continue onto your accommodation.

Get up close and personal with Australia’s saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Explore Darwin’s vibrant waterfront Esplanade by foot or hire a bicycle. Discover Darwin’s World War ll history at Darwin Military Museum. Cool off in Lake Alexander at East Point Reserve, keeping a lookout for wallabies. Hand feed wild fish amongst the tranquil waters at Aquascene. View Australian Aviation Heritage Centres impressive displays on aviation pioneers and Northern Territory’s aviation history. Join the big cultural melting pot at Parap Village and Nightcliff Markets. Watch an ocean sunset aboard a harbour cruise or dine along the historical Stoke Hills Wharf.

Port Douglas to Cairns
66 kilometres: 1 hour

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    Accommodation    Mantra Pandanas
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    Darwin – Mantra Pandanas

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking @ $15pd

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: in apartments

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, cnr Cavenagh St & Whitfield St, Darwin; Open Daily 6am-10pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included
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Drive to Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park Pass
Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Boardwalks lead you through the wonderful natural beauty of Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. View the wetlands and its birdlife, reptiles and native wildlife from lookouts and viewing platforms. Perched on Beatrice Hill overlooking the Adelaide River floodplains, Window on the Wetlands uncovers the areas Aboriginal and European history. Join a Jumping Crocodile Cruise and watch prehistoric crocodiles put on a show. Walk to the ancient Ubirr Aboriginal art rock gallery and a nearby rocky outlook for breathtaking views over the surrounding floodplains.

Darwin to Cooinda
304 kilometres : 3 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Cooinda Lodge
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    Kakadu – Cooinda Lodge

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Onsite restaurant: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Fuel available: Diesel, unleaded

    All rooms non smoking

    Basic grocery supplies available at Cooinda Lodge

    Local Supermarket: Foodland, Town Centre, Jabiru; Open Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 9am-1pm


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      Kakadu National Park Pass

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    Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
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    Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

    View the pristine wilderness of the East Alligator River on a very intimate 90 minute cruise. An Aboriginal guide provides an insight into their culture, local mythology and the river’s abundant food chain. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river to view traditional hunting and gathering implements.

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Free Time Kakadu National Park

Explore Kakadu National Park

Follow the incredible Nourlangie circular walk, taking you past ancient Aboriginal shelter sites and rock art galleries showing paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art and early contact with European people. Hike up Gunwarddehwardde Lookout for stunning views of Nourlangie Rock and Kakadu’s escarpment. Close by is beautiful Anbangbang Billabong, a refuge for waterbirds, wallabies, crocodiles and other wildlife. View impressive displays on traditional hunting techniques, Aboriginal tribal elder stories and effects of white settlement in the Northern Territory at Warradjan Cultural Centre. Browse through a gallery of arts and crafts produced by local regional artists.

Yellow Water Afternoon Cruise

Witness the natural beauty of Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s largest wetland, a mix of river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. See crocodiles in their natural habitat and buffalo on the floodplains, plus a large variety of birdlife. Aboard the 2 hour cruise experienced guides provide fascinating insights into how Aboriginal people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life.

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    Accommodation    Cooinda Lodge
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    Kakadu – Cooinda Lodge

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Onsite restaurant: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Fuel available: Diesel, unleaded

    All rooms non smoking

    Basic grocery supplies available at Cooinda Lodge

    Local Supermarket: Foodland, Town Centre, Jabiru; Open Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 9am-1pm


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      Yellow Water Afternoon Cruise

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    Footprints of the Past Day Tour
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    Footprints of the Past Day Tour

    Explore less accessible and amazingly scenic parts of Kakadu National Park on a 4WD tour between June and October. Travel through time, exploring the historical wonders of Kakadu; a truly memorable experience. Uncover the Indigenous, European, mining and pastoral history of the region, finishing with a spectacular finale; drinks and canapes at an exclusive private billabong.

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    Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Day Tour
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    Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Day Tour

    Take an off-road adventure to visit the magical waterfalls, swimming holes and escarpments of Kakadu National Park. Depending on conditions and road access between April and October, your 4WD tour may visit unforgettable ancient destinations such as Motorcar Falls, Boulder Creek, Gubara Rock Pools, Ikoymarrwa Rock Pool, Maguk Gorge, Gunlom Falls, Jim Jim Falls or Twin Falls.

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Drive to Darwin

Kakadu National Park to Darwin

Walk the 1 hour circuit to Ubirr Aboriginal rock art galleries and enjoy breathtaking views over the floodplains. Explore beautiful Mamukala Wetlands from the bird hide or along walks. September to October the wetlands is abuzz with thousands of magpie geese. Aboard the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise witness the jumping powers of Australian saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. Experience a stunning tropical sunset and dining at Stoke Hills Wharf back in Darwin.

Cooinda to Darwin
304 kilometres : 3 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Mantra Pandanas
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    Darwin – Mantra Pandanas

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking @ $15pd

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: in apartments

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, cnr Cavenagh St & Whitfield St, Darwin; Open Daily 6am-10pm


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    Arnhemlander Cultural & Heritage 4WD Day Tour
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    Arnhemlander Cultural & Heritage 4WD Day Tour

    Travel in a comfortable 4WD vehicle with your local Aboriginal guide to experience the Mikkinj Valley’s famous sandstone escarpment outcrops, Aboriginal rock art sites, forests, floodplains, billabongs and birdlife. Meet and watch Aboriginal artists in action at Injalak Arts & Crafts Centre in Oenpelli.

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Fly to Perth

Darwin to Perth

Farewell Darwin and return your rental car at the Darwin Airport depot and catch your flight to Perth. Upon arrival at Perth Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

Enjoy views over Perth and Swan River, see native plants and birdlife or walk through treetops along the Federation Walkway at Kings Park, one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Explore vibrant Fremantle’s markets, cappuccino strip, historical convict prison and Western Australian Maritime Museum. View the Bell Tower, home to the gigantic Swan Bells. See the world’s largest gold coin at historic Perth Mint. Take a break at iconic Indiana Tea House along Cottesloe Beach or relax at City Beach and Scarborough Beach. Meet koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles at Perth Zoo. Discover an eclectic range of restaurants cafes and bars in bustling Northbridge.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel Perth
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    Perth – Travelodge Hotel Perth

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Raine Square, William St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island Ferry
Rottnest Island Day Trip

Take a 90 minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island to meet the quokkas. Hire a bicycle, ride the Island Explorer or follow walking trails. Discover white sandy beaches and secluded bays, perfect for swimming, hiring a stand up paddle board or snorkel. Spot seals and dolphins at Cathedral Rocks. Uncover Rotto’s history at Rottnest Museum, Lomas Cottage and Pilot Boat House.

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel Perth
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    Perth – Travelodge Hotel Perth

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Raine Square, William St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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      Rottnest Island Ferry
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Drive to Margaret River

Perth to Margaret River

Watch playful dolphins and explore the Creery Wetlands aboard a cruise in Mandurah. Meet native wildlife at Bunbury Wildlife Park, or experience the digital dolphinarium at the Dolphin Discovery Centre. View the wonders of the Indian Ocean at Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory. Step aboard a train journey along Busselton’s historic wooden jetty. Cheese lovers will enjoy Margaret River Dairy Company in Cowaramup. Stunning beaches, tall timber forests, ancient limestone caves and between May to November humpback whales await in Margaret River wine region.

Perth to Margaret River
267 kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    Margarets Beach Resort
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    Margaret River – Margarets Beach Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WIFI

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in rooms

    Laundry facilities inroom

    Restaurant onsite: Dinner

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 132 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River; Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Sunset Kangaroo Safari
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    Sunset Kangaroo Safari

    Jump aboard a restored classic 1962 four-wheel drive Bedford Truck. Enjoy a billy of tea and Coralie’s homemade orange cake while you see wild kangaroos in their native habitat. Keep a look out for friendly horses while exploring the family farm.

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Free Time Margaret River

Explore Margaret River Region

Climb historic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and look out for humpback whales from June to August. Meet mantra rays in Hamelin Bay’s shallow waters. Venture into ancient Lake, Mammoth, Ngilgi and Jewel limestone caves. Discover world class cellar doors, boutique breweries and winery restaurants along Caves Road. Follow short walks along the stunning coastline of Cape Naturaliste. Watch sheepdogs in action, sheep shearing or feed lambs at Yallingup Shearing Shed. Relax along stunning Smiths Beach or catch a wave on a surf lesson. Be dwarfed by the gigantic trees Boranup Forest and walk amongst unusual rock formations at Canal Rocks.

Inclusions:

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    Accommodation    Margarets Beach Resort
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    Margaret River – Margarets Beach Resort

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WIFI

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette in rooms

    Laundry facilities inroom

    Restaurant onsite: Dinner

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, 132 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River; Open Mon-Sun 8am-8pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Margaret River Discovery Day Tour
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    Margaret River Discovery Day Tour

    Paddle along the Margaret River’s still waters and spot Baudin’s black cockatoos in the eucalyptus trees. Visit a waterfall to find freshwater crayfish and mussels, and learn about local Aboriginal history. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at Fraser Gallop Estate winery. Travel by 4WD into the bush to discover the remote Willyabrup Cliffs and walk along the famous Cape to Cape Track.

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    Margaret River Half Day Winery Tour
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    Margaret River Half Day Winery Tour

    Begin the afternoon with lunch and a cheeky pint or glass of wine at Cowaramup Brewery. Next stop, sample superb Margaret River wines at two iconic boutique wineries. Enjoy the delights of the Margaret River Chocolate Company, plus local produce at Ollio Bello or Pukara Estate. Admire the natural beauty, keeping a lookout for kangaroos!

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Drive to Perth

Margaret River to Perth

Look out for the fibreglass cows roaming the streets in Cowaramup. Cheese lovers will love the Margaret River Dairy Company. Catch a train along Busselton’s wooden jetty to Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory and witness the wonders of the Indian Ocean. Visit Bunbury’s Dolphin Discovery for a chance meeting with wild dolphins or experience the digital dolphinarium. Follow a boardwalk near Lake Clifton to view ancient living thrombolites, resembling Earth’s earliest life-forms. Watch playful dolphins and explore the Creery Wetlands aboard a cruise in Mandurah. Enjoy a bite to eat in popular Northbridge, vibrant Fremantle or along the boulevard at Cottesloe Beach.

Margaret River to Perth
267 kilometres : 3 hours

Inclusions:

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    Accommodation    Travelodge Hotel Perth
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    Perth – Travelodge Hotel Perth

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi (limits apply)

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles Central, Raine Square, William St, Perth; Open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Dunsborough Whale Watch Morning Cruise
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    Dunsborough Whale Watch Morning Cruise

    Aboard this morning’s 2 hour cruise, view humpback whales and their calves in Geographe Bay, Dunsborough. Be mesmerised by the majestic creatures from September to early December. Listen to their haunting, yet beautiful sounds through hydrophonic equipment, including expert commentary. Look out for sea birds, fur seals and dolphins along the way.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Perth

Farewell Perth and return your rental car to the Perth Airport depot and continue your onward journey.

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