Check in to your hotel and head straight out into Sydney. From the high-energy downtown area to its popular beaches, Sydney has something for everyone.
This evening, meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Tour Manager. Get to know them all over a welcome drink and then an included dinner. But don’t stop there; explore Sydney’s legendary nightlife in a fun night out with the group.
Meals: Dinner (1) day
Sydney is known for its fantastic lifestyle. Serving up an urban mix of cafes, galleries and shops, it also sports a gorgeous harbour. Get familiar with the city as your Trip Manager shows you around its iconic sites. Visit the historic Rocks area and see the sails of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the buzz of Bondi Beach.
Tonight, experience New Year Sydney-style with a 6 hour boat cruise on the harbour to watch the city’s famous fireworks display. Board the boat, enjoy welcome canapés and included beer, wine, champagne and soft drink as you soak up the buzzing harbour atmosphere. There’s included dinner, desert and even a DJ on board, so you can dance the night away with your new friends. Later, you’ll ring in the new year with a bang as you see the icons of Sydney lit up with a light display and fireworks, with an amazing Harbour Bridge backdrop. This view from the harbour is a fantastic way to start the new year. Later, keep it moving on land - there’s so much to see and this city is pumping. Wonder around Oxford Street, an area buzzing with nocturnal activity, or discover the cute side streets crammed with pubs, restaurants and clubs.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day
In your free time hit the shops – from funky threads to designer labels, Sydney has it all. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Otherwise get a feel for the sun and surf lifestyle of Bondi Beach, catch some rays and hang out among the locals.
Sydney has an amazing food scene and is known as one of the world’s restaurant capitals. Try out its incredible and affordable ethnic cuisine. Take your pick from Greek, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and Vietnamese to name a few.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Your New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to you new friends.
Meals: Breakfast (1) day
Boat Cruise to watch the New Year fireworks from the harbour, with included canapés, dinner, desert, and included alcoholic drinks all night
City sightseeing tour including Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the Historic Rocks area
Day 1 Alice Springs/ Western MacDonnell Ranges
Ein lokaler Guide erklärt uns die Bedeutung der Felsgemälde und Gravuren am Wallace Rockhole . Es gibt sogar die Möglichkeit die traditionelle Tupf-Technik zu erlernen. Nach dieser kreativen Phase geht es weiter zu den Western MacDonnell Ranges, eine massive Bergkette, unterbrochen von tiefen roten Schluchten wie Standley Chasm und Simpsons Gap. Genießen Sie ein Picknick in einer wunderschönen Umgebung, unternehmen Sie eine kleine Wanderung und entdecken Sie ein paar der schwarzfüßigen Wallabies, die sich hier angesiedelt haben, ehe Sie dem Outback auf Wiedersehen sagen.
Day 1 Melbourne/Great Ocean Road
Set off from Melbourne bound for Victoria's east coast and its centrepiece attraction – the Great Ocean Road. Pass through the surfing hub of Torquay and its famous surf beaches, then sit back and enjoy one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. Spy some koalas at Kennett River, stop for lunch in Apollo Bay and take in the commanding views out across The Twelve Apostles. Continue on to The Grampians National Park for a memorable overnight stay in Halls Gap.
Day 2 Grampians National Park/Adelaide
Become versed in local Indigenous culture at the Brambuck Cultural Centre before heading off along a few of the park's hiking trails. Visit one of two impressive waterfalls in the area and soak up some of the jaw-dropping vistas. Make the remainder of the journey to the South Australian capital of Adelaide, where this 2 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Explorer trip draws to a close.
Day 1 Adelaide/Grampians National Park
Leave Adelaide city behind and head out across its hills and the Murray River into Victoria. Enter the Grampians National Park and learn about the land's cultural significance to the local indigenous people. Then check out either McKenzie or Silverband Falls on a short nature hike and overnight in Halls Gap.
Day 2 Great Ocean Road/Melbourne
Start the onwards journey to the Great Ocean Road. Savour the ever-changing but always stupendous coastal vistas offered by the route, culminating in arrival at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Stop off briefly to see some koalas at Kennett River and to witness the world famous Bells Beach surf break in Torquay, then hit the highway – final destination, Melbourne.
Day 1 Alice Springs/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Daly Waters
Kick off this two-day adventure with a visit to the iconic Karlu Karlu, or 'Devils Marbles'. Hear the story behind the formation of these gigantic boulders before continuing on to Tennant Creek for lunch. In the evening visit a true blue Aussie pub, perhaps sharing a couple of beers with the friendly locals before camping out beneath the stars for an evening of peaceful outback solitude.
Day 2 Katherine Gorge/Darwin
Start the day with an exploration of Nitmiluk National Park. Meaning the 'Place of the Cicada Dreaming' in the Jawoyn language, it’s a stunning place to explore. Take a short walk to Barrawei Lookout for an incredible view of Katherine Gorge before learning about the significance of this area to the Jawoyn people. Stop for a swim in the refreshing waters of Edith Falls before journeying to tropical Darwin, the Territory’s culture-rich capital city.