Highlights of Australia (Dec–Mar)

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Cross it all off your list: pet a koala, swim with sea creatures, learn to surf, pick up a sweet accent and let the locals teach you about life on the other side of the world.
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Snorkel with sea turtles and over 1,500 species of fish in the Great Barrier Reef
    • Pet a koala and hop with a kangaroo at Sydney’s Wildlife World
    • Soak up the sun—our winter is Australia’s summer
    • Cruise the Whitsunday Islands aboard a catamaran
    • Shop Surfers Paradise beachfront night markets
    • Get the best view of Sydney from above at the Sydney Observation Deck

What's this trip about?

    Cross it all off your list: pet a koala, swim with sea creatures, learn to surf, pick up a sweet accent and let the locals teach you about life on the other side of the world.

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Details

Itinerary focusActive and Outdoor Sports
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 to 28 years
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityMelbourne
End CitySydney

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Scuba Diving

Destinations

  • Australia

Attractions

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Activities

  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Snorkeling

Trip includes

    • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
    • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
    • Private deluxe motorcoach
    • Internal flights to and from Cairns
    • 12 nights in hand-picked accommodations
    • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
    • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
    • Sydney Harbor cruise
    • Entrance to Marine Observatory, Sydney Tower & other select attractions

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1-2: Overnight Flight

Board your overnight flight, bound for Australia.

Day 3: Introduction to Melbourne

Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area. Melbourne is one of Australia’s lesser known gems. With more than 400 live music venues and a hip bar scene, it’s a hopping cosmopolitan city.

Welcome Mixer

Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.

Day 4: Sightseeing Tour of Melbourne (local guide)

See the highlights of Melbourne with a local guide. Visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, and walk tree-lined Collins Street in Melbourne's major shopping district and downtown business area. Plus, you'll get...

Day 5: Free Time in Melbourne (day)

Top 3 free time suggestions:

1. St. Paul's Cathedral –A rare glimpse into the past of Melbourne—known more for being modern and cosmopolitan—this stunning Gothic cathedral is impressive outside and in with colorful details.

2. Queen Victoria Market – A b...

Day 6: Travel to Cairns

Hop on a morning flight to Cairns, the last major settlement in Far North Queensland. Its popularity is mostly due to the Great Barrier Reef located right off the coast.

Introduction to Cairns

Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can g...

Day 7: Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Discover one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Stretching for 1,240 miles along the Queensland coast, the reef is nature’s largest living organism. You can swim, snorkel or take a semi-submersible boat ride to view the incredible underwater scenery of this...

Day 8: Travel to Moreton Island

Head to Moreton Island, the third-largest sand island in the world.

Day 9: Free Time on Moreton Island (day)

Top 3 free time suggestions:

1. Tangalooma Wrecks –The 15 sunken ship wrecks at Tangalooma have become created an artificial reef and are a popular spot for snorkeling and swimming.

2. Blue Lagoon – A freshwater lake on the northeast side of the island, ...

Day 10: Travel to Surfers Paradise

Take a flight to Brisbane and head down to Surfers Paradise, the epicenter of Australian fun.

Free Time in Surfers Paradise (night)

Top 3 free time suggestions:

1. Elsewhere –This bar/nightclub’s ambience is clubbier than a lot of the other nightl...

Day 11

Excursion:

Surfers Paradise Rainforest Tour Extra Cost

Go for a full-day tour of the Lamington and Mount Tamborine National Parks. Out-of-this world vegetation, cascading waterfalls and incredible scenic views make for a truly unforgettable trip into Aus...

Day 12: Travel to Sydney

Hop on a flight to Sydney, Australia's oldest and largest city. Sydney has an energizing combination of scenery, culture, and nightlife. It's also known for being a very international city—more than 200 nationalities are represented in the city's population.

In...

Day 13: Sightseeing Tour of Sydney

Your tour director will bring Sydney into focus. Learn about the city’s early role as a home for exiled convicts, and see the Sydney Opera House with its famous sail-like roof.

Opal Shop

The opal is the national gemstone of Australia and makes a great so...

Day 14: Free Time in Sydney (day)

Top 3 free time suggestions:

1. Bondi Beach –Take your time swimming, sunbathing on the beach, or exploring the sandstone cliffs and coves of the one-hour Bondi-to-Bronte walk.

2. Royal National Park – Rainforest gullies and coastline make up the more th...

Day 15: Fly Home

It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home. 

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Last Updated: 7/16/2018

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What's excluded

    • Rooming upgrades
    • Optional excursions
    • Travel Protection
    • Beverages, lunch, and dinner (except where specified in the itinerary)
    • Transportation to free-time activities
    • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers and local guides)
    • Porterage
    • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
    • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond EF’s control (see Flight Information section for details)
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Cancellation policy

You have 48 hours to cancel and receive a full refund. You can also switch trips up to 99 days before you leave.

The full amount paid upon enrollment is refundable if you cancel in writing within 48 hours of booking the tour. After 48 hours, the deposit is non-refundable and the following standard cancellation fees apply.

If you are booking 30 days or less prior to the scheduled departure date for your trip, you are required to pay in full at the time of booking and standard cancellation fees then apply; you are not eligible for the 48 hour risk-free period.

Based on the date EF receives written notification of your cancellation, you will be refunded for monies paid minus the cancellation fee and any non-refundable fees. (See refund and non-refundable Fee description above for more details.) In addition to notifying us of your cancellation in writing, we also recommend you call so that we can best review your options.

Days Prior to Departure and Cancellation Fee

30 days or less is all monies paid

30-60 days will be $2000

61-99 will be $1000

100-364 days is  $450

365+ days will be $150

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Meals Included
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
Age Requirements
18 to 28 years
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Extending your trip for a few extra days before or after your tour is really easy. You can add anywhere from between one and 90 days. It's simple to do and all of your choices and prices are readily visible during the checkout process for this trip. We will book your flights per your specifications and you will handle the hotels, local activities and ground transportation during the extra portion of your stay.

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  • Full-time Tour Director
  • Round-trip flights
  • Handpicked Lodging
  • Guided Sightseeing
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Transportation Between Cities
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