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Australia, the Land down under with Sofia Machado

Australia

Unique wildlife, spectacular scenery, an endless number of national parks and areas that are part of the World Heritage Site, make Australia a country with one of the most unique natural and diverse environments on the planet!

With more than 28 million hectares reserved to nature parks, about 10 700 beaches and about 170 000 wildlife species, it has virtually everything that exists in the old world and what only the “new world” can offer us…

During this adventure, the discovery of ancient rainforests is guaranteed sighting of native animals, diving on the Great Barrier Reef and knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Overall, we will enjoy the most iconic natural experiences of Australia.

After this trip, your view of the Earth will surely be different!

Highlights

  • Enjoy a spectacular sunset over Uluru;
  • Explore the underwater world at the Great Barrier Reef;
  • Discover the green lung of Australia, Daintree Rainforest;
  • Lose yourself in the Gold Coast and Byron Bay’s beaches.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Sydneysee

G’Day Mate! Welcome to Australia!

You have just arrived to the biggest Australian city: Sydney.

After a short train ride from the airport to the city, the Sydney Opera House will be in front of your eyes! Look literally around the corner and the Harbour Bridge with the stunning Luna Park - a fun park famous for its art deco style is right before you.

Our hostel is close by, in one of the oldest and coolest neighborhoods of the city: The Rocks, which is known for its buildings made by convicts.

We will let you recover from the jet lag and explore the city on the next day!

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 2 - Sydneysee

We will explore Sydney by the best way possible - walking! You will be able to see and enjoy the main touristic attractions, find out a few secrets behind this city and also get an understanding of the culture and lifestyle of the Sydneysiders!

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - Blue Mountainssee

Today we go to one of the most fascinating Australian natural parks - Blue Mountains.

Breathtaking landscapes, spectacular wildlife, historic rock formations and sandstone cliffs, take us to Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout - the best places to see the Blue Ridge Desert. We also explore Leura, Katoomba and Wentworth Falls.

The Blue Mountains are an important place for Aborigines, so it is essential to discover some of the history and also the world famous legend of the 3 Sisters. Aboriginal rock engravings and the Dharugs, which are thought to have reached the Blue Mountains more than 22,000 years ago, are also part of this script.

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: morning tea

Day 4 - Sydneysee

We will hop on a ferry towards the oldest fishing village in Australia- Watsons Bay. On the way there, Sydney Harbour will offer you beautiful views of different bays and beaches. In Watsons Bay, we will walk around the headland which lead us right to the end of Sydney Harbour. We will have lunch here.

beach, where you can relax or surf or take it all in at one of the cafes or pubs, or see the stunning coastline further south.

Accommodation: Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 5 - Ulurusee

We say good-bye to Sydney and take a flight to the middle of Australia - to the most iconic landmark of the Outback - the Uluru (Aboriginal name) or Ayers Rocks (European name given by the settlers).

During next 3 days we will explore the nature, history and culture that goes far beyond just this amazing rock! Are you ready to start? Make sure you prepare yourself to the impact that you are going to feel when you see the biggest rock on the planet surrounded by a desert!

Today we will do the Uluru base walk (9,4 km), Aboriginal cave paintings, Mala Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole, will not be left aside!

To give us a warm welcome to the Northern Territory, in the evening, we witness the biggest show that Uluru has to offer us: the setting of the sun. The colour change of the rock, ranging from golden-yellow to purple, passing through orange tones, red and pink, according to the angle of incidence of the sun thanks to its constitution in sandstone impregnated of minerals such as feldspar, is magnificent!

After dinner, we enjoy a rest night at Ayers Rock Campground for the day ahead.

Accommodation: swags campsite under the stars

Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Kata Tjutasee

The dawn of the new day defines the Rock silhouette and reveals every minute a unique landscape. We, after the rising of the sun, head to Kata Tjuta.

In a guided tour, we walk through the Valley of Winds, where we try out some traditional Aboriginal food, bush tucker. We finish in an Aboriginal Cultural Centre where we are are presented with tales of Tjukurpa times, the ancient period when the world was created.

The night is spent in the historic Kings Creek Station, about 20km from Kings Canyon.

Accommodation: swags campsite (camp today will be in the historic Kings Creek Station)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Kings Canyon, Alice Springssee

Get your legs ready because it will be 3 hours of walking through the Lost City, different amphitheaters and the beautiful Eden Gardens.

After this, we will head to Alice Springs where you will share our experiences over some beers at The Rock Bar.

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 8 - Alice Springs, Cairnssee

We will leave Alice Springs earlier in the day and go back to Ayers Rock airport. It’s going to be a long trip, about 6 hours, but with stunning views.

We will fly to Cairns, where we will arrive late afternoon. Can you guess what’s going to happen? Wait for the next day!

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 9 - Cairns, Great Barrier Reefsee

You are about to dive in the biggest live structure in the world - The Great Barrier Reef! It is impossible to describe the colours, the amount of sea life and the scenery of this area. This is a true marine life feast around you. You will be stoked!

Get your snorkel mask ready and here we go, on a boat, to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

Day 10 - Cairns, Daintree Forestsee

In the morning, we will meet the green lung of Australia which is also the oldest forest in the planet! Today you will be able to know this extraordinary ecosystem!

First stop will be at the Mossman Gorge, where the clear river crosses the forest towards the ocean. Keen for a dip? We head north, crossing the powerful Daintree River towards Cape Tribulation - a section of the Daintree National Park. As the time goes by we'll be wrapped in the growing beauty of this ancient rainforest Gondwana. Trees that have been encapsulated in time, mangroves, pitons, arboreal snakes, butterflies and a huge variety of wildlife will be crossing us. Did someone mention crocs?

Coming back to Cairns, and after such a thrilling day we will have a short stop in the picturesque town of Port Douglas.

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

Day 11 - Cairns, Gold Coastsee

Today we will be travelling all day. However, you can still enjoy a morning in Cairns, swimming in the Lagoon, which has a superb view, go shopping or simply relax.

In the afternoon, we fly towards the Gold Coast where we see a glorious sunset on one of the most famous beach in the area.

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 12 - Gold Coastsee

Australia has many incredible options for visitors, but few are as wonderful as the Gold Coast. The name says it all! From afar you can see modern buildings, which guarantee the perfect contrast with the natural exuberance of its beaches and forest. The day is free but we strongly advise you to take the walk between Kirra and Sanpper Rocks by the sea and to enjoy the warm water of the sea!!

Gold Coast is also known for its surf breaks. Beginners or proficient surfers will enjoy the waves and warm water. Shall we get some waves?

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 13 - Currumbinsee

We spent the day at Currumbin Wildlife Santuary. Created over 60 years ago and part of the local culture, it allows you to know part of the Australian fauna, including kangaroos, koalas and saltwater crocodiles. It is allowed to give food to the kangaroos and the wild lorikeets that 60 years ago come to this place in search of food - a must-see! Imagine what hundreds of colorful birds come to rest on your arms, on your head, for food. It will be an unforgettable experience - guaranteed!

Have a swim while a true Australian barbecue gets under way for your lunch!

We will also take a walk by the river; be assured that you will be impressed by the clarity of the water!

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 14 - Byron Baysee

We are at the most eastern point of Australia, Byron Bay! So "Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out ..."

Byron Bay has a vibe. This is where the surf culture vibrates, with its beaches that seem more like a dream. Do not believe? Standing barefoot and swimming trunks, let's explore all day and who knows catch some waves!

Accommodation: hostel (dorm)

Meals: -

Day 15 - Return from Brisbane or Gold Coastsee

Last day in Australia. There’s nothing like saying goodbye over an Australian barbecue!

Memory bursting with unforgettable experiences, depending on your flight time, you will go to the airport for your return.

G’by Mate!

Accommodation: -

Meals: lunch

What is included?

  • Days: 15
  • Accommodation: 12 nights in hostels, 2 nights in swags (Australian Camping style)
  • Transports: 3 domestic flights; 1 boat journeys, 6 bus journeys, all the transfers on the dates of the program
  • 11 meals: 3 morning teas, 5 lunches e 1 dinner
  • Activities: All the activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance on the dates of the program
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the whole trip by Sofia Machado
  • Group: 5 (minimum), 11 (maximum)

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What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Visa
  • Single supplement: not applicable
  • Unspecified meals
  • Extra activities
  • Unspecified visits
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips

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