All about the 28 Day Sydney to Melbourne Tour Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Melbourne)

This full Australian adventure tour package includes the 16 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour Package, 9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Safari Package, 3 nights Cairns, 1 night Alice Springs.

See all our most popular destinations in Australia in only 4 weeks. Sydney to Cairns tour highlights include Sydney city, wine tasting Hunter Valley, Barrington Tops, National Park, Surfing at Spot X Surf Camp, River Retreat, Yamba, relaxing in Byron Bay, Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise), Brisbane, Noosa, explore the magic of Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, Rockhampton, a true Aussie experience at the Country Campout, Emu Park / Proserpine, Airlie Beach, sail to the Whitsunday Islands, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Tully, Rainforest Camp, and finally to tropical Cairns, here you can add an optional day out to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

The Alice Springs to Melbourne tour section of this package also has some amazing highlights. After you have flown to Alice Springs and spent a night in the hostel there we will pick you up to start your journey down towards Melbourne. Experience both the sunset and sunrise over Uluru, hike to MacKenzie Falls, stay in our underground hostel at Coober Pedy, visit a kangaroo orphanage, take a guided hike of Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka with great hikes and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Plus as you move south through South Australia you will camp amongst the redgum trees at Stony Creek Bush Camp and view the magic of the Flinders Ranges. Finally, it's the famous Great Ocean Road and Sunset at Twelve Apostles with fantastic hikes through the mountains of the Grampians National Park, the Shipwreck Coast, surf beaches, artistic seaside villages and the serenity of the Otway temperate rainforest. Finish the tour in Melbourne with new friends and lifelong memories.

This tour departs Sydney on Tuesdays. Great tour for your first visit to Australia, see all the highlights from Sydney to Cairns then Alice Springs to Melbourne whilst getting to know a great bunch of new friends. What could be better?

28 Day Sydney to Melbourne Tour Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Melbourne) Itinerary - 28 days

  • Day 1 Sydney to Barrington Tops
    This morning you leave Sydney to start your East Coast Adventure tour by exploring the Hunter Valley wine area. You will do a tasting at one of Australia’s most famous vineyards. We then head to Barrington Tops National Park a World Heritage listed area. Your first night on tour is spent in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River. You have the option to ride an inner tube down a scenic part of the river. Relax and enjoy the incredible views in the evening. (D)
  • Day 2 Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp
    Up early this morning we head out on a bush walk. There is so much native Australia wildlife to spot including Kangaroos, plenty of birds and if you are lucky platypus. We head north with a visit a Koala hospital to learn about their efforts in preserving Koalas and what we can do to help, and then travel on to our waterfront accommodation at the Spot X Surf Camp, arriving in the early evening. (B, D)
  • Day 3 Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat
    At the beginning of the day its up early to either take a surf lesson, try ocean rafting or walk along the beach. We then make a beeline for the Solitary Islands Marine Park where you have the option to go snorkeling or walk along the bay to spot sea eagles, pelicans and lots of other marine life. We then head into River Retreat – our exclusive tipi camp, on the edge of the park for the night. In the evening have a few drinks and/or play volleyball or petanque. We sleep in beds in a tipi or swags under the stars. In the winter months we stay in a historic country pub on the river. (B,D)
  • Day 4 River Retreat to Byron Bay
    This morning we stop in the picturesque town of Yamba to go for a walk and a swim at the Angourie blue pools (weather dependent). Your guide will give you an orientation drive as you head into the Byron Bay township and help you book any activities for the following day. Tonight you can explore the nightlife of hippy town Byron Bay. (B)
  • Day 5 Free Day in Byron Bay
    Our favourite thing in Byron Bay is to take a walk to the lighthouse, you can do this on your free day in Byron. Alternatively, you could try surfing, party or just relax on the beach.
  • Day 6 Byron Bay (via Gold Coast & Brisbane) to Rainbow Beach
    We say goodbye to Byron and head into Queensland, here we stop at one of Australia's best surf spots Snapper Rock. We then drive into the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Noosa before we continue onto Rainbow Beach for the night. At Rainbow Beach we take a walk up to Carlo Sand Blow for either the sunset or sunrise. (D)
  • Days 7 and 8 Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island
    Get ready for two full days of exploring World Heritage Fraser Island. After a short 10-minute ferry ride from Rainbow Beach you start your adventure of four-wheel-driving on the roads of sand.

    During your stay on Fraser you will have the chance to spot dingoes in the wild, swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes and swimming holes and explore the diverse landscapes in this unique habitat. (Day 7: L, D and Day 8: B, L ,D)

    You will be well-looked after by the team of guides on Fraser Island. In the late afternoon of day eight your guide will return you to your Rainbow accommodation where you have dinner included.
  • Day 9 Rainbow Beach
    Today you will go on a 3 hour dolphin watching kayak tour. This is the perfect chance to see Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales, turtles, manta rays, sting rays and a wide array of marine birdlife.
  • Day 10 Rainbow Beach (via Noosa) to Country Campout
    Meeting with your east coast guide again you will hop on the Loka bus and drive to Cooroy where we start our train journey. We travel to Rockhampton then get met by a local bus, which takes you to our remote farm stay for the night and a traditional swagman dinner around the campfire. We spend the night in an Aussie swag camping out under the stars. (D)
  • Day 11 Country Campout/Emu Park to Airlie Beach
    In the morning we take a walk around the property and visit a sacred Indigenous site at the base of Mount Wheeler. We then head to the beautiful, little coastal town of Emu Park. In the afternoon you can just relax around the resort pool, go on a turtle spotting walk (seasonal), play lawn bowls or visit a crocodile farm (both extra cost). We catch the train in the evening and travel overnight to Airlie Beach, sleeping on the train. We travel in a modern train with large reclining seats, a bar and a dining carriage. We get into a town called Proserpine in the morning then take a local bus in to Airlie Beach – the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands where you will have time to store your luggage before your Whitsundays day trip. (B)
  • Day 12 Whitsunday Islands, snorkeling, reef and Whitehaven Beach
    Today provides an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, pristine snorkeling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Park walks.

    Visit the Northern and Southern ends of Whitehaven Beach, spending at least two hours relaxing or exploring the 7km of white silica sand.

    Walk to the Southern Whitehaven lookout with breathtaking views of Pentecost Island, join the guided walks to Hill Inlet lookout and snorkel for an hour enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs. (L)

    You will be in the safe hands of the crew from Ocean Rafting today as you head out onto the Reef and sail the Whitsunday islands. Tonight is free to explore Airlie’s great nightlife and choice of restaurants.
  • Day 13 Airlie Beach (via Townsville) to Magnetic Island
    Today we take many modes of transport. First a local bus, then a train, then a ferry and another bus all to bring us to the tropical paradise of Magnetic Island. With nearly 50% of Magnetic Island being National Park you will find there is much to explore. You will have a guided walk around the Island, then its time to do more exploring or just relax by the pool. You will be staying at Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA on Magnetic Island.
  • Day 14 Free day Magnetic Island
    Today you can just relax or visit the resort Wildlife park (extra cost). Your guide will be taking a rest, so you are free to explore the abundant beaches of Magnetic Island.
  • Day 15 Magnetic Island to our Indigenous Camp
    This morning we head back to the mainland on the ferry and then travel by train to Tully we arrive at lunchtime. We are met by local Aboriginal people and drive into the rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park. There is a traditional welcome in ‘Jirrbal’ language, we then help the Aboriginal guides prepare dinner. You can then head for a swim in the charming Tully River. After nightfall we go ‘spotlighting’ in the rainforest for native wildlife. The campsite here is remote but has permanent toilets and shelter areas. Before bed we all sit around and hear special dreamtime stories. (D)
  • Day 16 Indigenous Camp to Cairns
    After enjoying a big breakfast we head off for an interpretative walk into the national park. We then travel back to Tully to catch the train north, arriving into Cairns central train station at approximately 4.05pm, where your East Coast adventure comes to an end.(B)
  • Days 17 and 18 Two free days in Cairns
    You have two days totally free to explore the tropical township of Cairns and its surrounds. We highly recommend taking a day snorkel/dive trip out to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. Some of the group will go skydiving, hot air ballooning or whitewater rafting? Any of these activities can be booked through us at Real Aussie Adventures before you reach Cairns. All activities and meals are at own expense. Accommodation tonight is in Cairns.
  • Day 19 Fly to Alice Springs
    Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs (own expense) the most convenient flight would be Qantas 1949 Accommodation in Alice Springs is included tonight.
  • Day 20 Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
    You will be picked up nice and early in Alice Springs at your accommodation and driven straight into Australia's outback. First stop is Kings Creek Station, where most of Australia’s live camels are exported from, and where you will camp for the night. Enjoy the hike around the rim of Watarrka (Kings Canyon) to access the lookout points and enjoy the views of the gorge, sandstone walls and the immense size of the canyon. On the walk you will get to see the renowned water hole known as the Garden of Eden. In the afternoon you can go for a swim in the pool or do one of the optional extra activities (Camel Safaris, Helicopter Flights and Quad Safaris) that are available at Kings Creek Station. (LD)
  • Day 21 Kings Canyon to Uluru
    This morning you will get your first up close and personal experience of Uluru. We do the base walk at Uluru and you will learn about the local Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. Lunch is prepared back at the campground and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the 'Rock'. (BLD)
  • Day 22 Uluru and Kata Tjuta
    You will be out of your swag early this morning to experience the world famous Uluru sunrise. We then take a hike at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds which cuts through the uniquely domed rock formations. After lunch, return to your campsite and relax in the afternoon before seeing another Uluru sunset. (BLD)
  • Day 23 Uluru to Coober Pedy
    As we drive this morning you will see striking desert landscapes including the sandstone formation known as the Breakaways. Arriving in the underground town of Coober Pedy you will find out the secret of the place where the world’s supply of beautiful opals come from. The landscape here is like you’ve landed on Mars. After a visit to Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage and dinner you will sleep underground like the locals do in bunkhouse accommodation. (BLD)
  • Day 24 Coober Pedy to Wilmington
    You get to experience the wonder of Coober Pedy during a tour of the town and an opal mine. You can also have a go at “noodling” for opals, visit an opal shop or any of the other underground attractions. In the afternoon continue to travel south to the Flinders Ranges where you’ll sleep among the red gum trees of Stony Creek Bush Camp. (BLD)
  • Day 25 Wilmington to Adelaide
    You will start the day with a hike up Dutchman’s Stern in the Flinders Ranges for grand views of the ocean and surrounding ranges and plains. We then have a well deserved visit to Clare Valley for a refreshing stop at a winery. Arriving in Adelaide this evening for our overnight stop. (BL)
  • Day 26 Adelaide to Grampians National Park
    Enjoy the Adelaide Hills this morning as we drive to Mt. Arapiles in the Grampians National Park. Take an afternoon hike to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and enjoy the views from The Balconies lookout point. Keep your eyes out today for native wildlife in this area, you might see kangaroos come out to play. Tonight you will stay in the heart of the Grampians National Park in hostel accommodation. (LD)
  • Day 27 Grampians National Park to Twelve Apostles
    Today we take visit to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre before doing some more hiking in the beautiful Grampians. Lunch is taken at the site of a dormant volcano, wetland, lake and home to lots of wildlife at Tower Hill Reserve. Then its time for a drive on the famous Great Ocean Road. Highlights this afternoon include the iconic Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs. Sunset today is a must see at the Twelve Apostles rock formation. Overnight you will stay in hostel accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. (BLD)
  • Day 28 Great Ocean Road to Melbourne
    Your amazing adventure tour comes to an end today, but not before a final day of exploring. We head to Otway National Park, taking a walk through some ancient rainforest. The Great Ocean Road has an amazing history which you will learn as you navigate the wonderful coastal road. As you cruise around a bend along the Great Ocean Road you will spot the idyllic beachside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay all surfing beaches are you final views of this wonderful coast line. You will say goodbye to the tour in Melbourne at around 7pm. (BL)
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This is by far our most popular package for the East Coast and Central Australia into the Outback. Covering so many Aussie highlights in just 28 days. Fraser Island, Whitsundays, Cairns, the Great Ocean Road, Alice Springs and Uluru. See what we mean! You get to try camping, spot native wildlife, swim, snorkel, hike, and party. All whilst making new friends and having a fun adventure in Australia.

28 Day Sydney to Melbourne Tour Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Melbourne) Price information AUD per person



Tour code: SM28

Departure information


Tuesday's 8.00am from Wake Up - 509 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Except for 19 September, 7, 14, 21 and 28 November; 5, 12, 19 and 26 December 2017 and 2 January 2018


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • Package includes the 16 Day Sydney to Cairns Tour Package, 9 Day Alice Springs to Melbourne Safari Package, 3 nights Cairns, 1 night Alice Springs.
  • A domestic flight between Cairns and Alice Springs must be booked at additional cost on Day 19.
  • Sydney to Cairns
  • **Although the group you are traveling with will not exceed 24 passengers, a number of the activities including the cruise in the Whitsundays, four-wheel-drive touring on Fraser Island, and rail journey are not exclusive to the group. You will travel with additional people and will have larger group sizes on those days. You will also travel with guides specific to those activities, rather than your Loka guide.
  • As this is a tour package, your guide and group will change throughout your journey. You will travel on Loka transport with Loka guides. While you will have a fixed pre-arranged itinerary, other Loka customers on a more flexible pass will hop on and off throughout the trip.
  • This is an open-aged tour, however, most passengers are between the ages of 18-39. Tour is not suitable for passengers under the age of 18.
  • Private rooms are not available all nights and may incur local payment.
  • This itinerary is subject to change due to cultural, operational or seasonal conditions.

Alice Springs to Melbourne

  • This package is a combination of safari products and therefore the guide and passengers will differ during each section. Passengers will be staying independently at the accommodation (included) between each of the safaris.
  • Camping/dorm customers will spend 4 nights in a dorm and 4 nights camping in swags only. Camping/twin/double/single customers will spend 4 nights in a private room (3 nights private facilities, 1 night shared facilities), 1 night in a cabin (shared facilities), 2 nights camping in swags and dome tents, and 1 night in a permanent safari tent (shared facilities)
  • Twin/double fare can only be booked by two people traveling together.
  • Sleeping bags are included for twin/double/single customers. Dorm customers will be required to pay a $20 fee to their guide in Alice Springs. Passengers are permitted to bring their own sleeping bags. Please specify this at the time of booking.
  • Travel insurance is recommended. Need a quote?

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