The Fair Dinkum National Loop Pass offers great flexibility in that you can start at any of the departure / pickup points and visit a wide range of the most popular and some unusual destinations in Australia. This is an ideal pass if you want to see as much of Australia as possible with a group of young, like minded, adventureous people.
You will experience the wicked East Coast route between Sydney and Cairns, Darwin and Kakadu National Park, travel via Alice Springs and Uluru to Adelaide before cruising along the South Coast. A Blue Mountains Day Tour and 2 Day 4WD Kakadu National Park Tour are also included.
Cairns to Mission Beach
East Coast, here we come. First stop is Babinda Boulders where we view some seriously big rocks. We then head to Innisfail to visit some very big and very bad crocodiles (optional). Get right up close to these amazing reptiles, but not too close because we want you around for a few more weeks. We stop in at Mission Beach, which is one great place to stay over for a few days. The beaches are superb. Relax or go skydiving or white water rafting (optional). If you're lucky you'll see a Cassowary, these are seriously big birds with attitude to match.
Mission Beach to Townsville (zz)
You can stay in Townsville or travel over to Magnetic Island (at own expense) with the driver. And why not: it is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast with more than 320 sunny days a year! And our chosen hostel is right on the beach. You'll think you've landed in paradise. Get out for some hikes or try and spot koalas in their natural habitat. Look out for the full-moon parties at base backpackers.
Townsville to Airlie Beach (zz)
In the early afternoon we board the bus to Airlie Beach the gateway to the amazing Whitsunday Islands. We travel via Bowen, which is a great place to stop and earn some money picking fruit or vegetables. In Airlie you'll probably say goodbye to our bus and hello sunshine and sailing boats for a few days. Sailing is one of the highlights of the east coast trip. One we hope you remember after the traditional end-of-sailing party. Don't forget to book your bus out of Airlie before your sailing trip. Sailing is optional and at extra cost.
Airlie Beach to Sarina
We say farewell to Airlie Beach and head to the Sarina Bowling Club to play bare-foot lawn bowls, which is becoming an Aussie tradition. Your guide will show you how!
Sarina to Kroombit Cattle Station (zz)
Leaving the coast we travel into the outback and our overnight stop at Kroombit. There's a local payment to cover bush dinner, bunk accommodation and breakfast. Don't go to bed before cracking a whip and having a go at the mechanical bull ride!
Kroombit to Hervey Bay
We don't leave the cattle station until we get on the horses and round up the goats (optional activity). Then be part of a real-life mini-rodeo which is loads of laughs and included in your pass. Stay behind for more of the cattle station or get back on the bus to Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach. Along the way you may wish to get off the bus to visit the Town of 1770 for a few days.
Hervey Bay to Rainbow Beach (zz)
Rainbow Beach is the shortcut to Fraser Island so the best place to start your guided or self-drive four wheel drive island adventure. We think the really cool thing about Rainbow is that once your back from Fraser Island there's so much else to do. Rainbows got beaches, great natural attractions like the Carlo Sand Blow and the coloured cliffs, and even dolphin feeding. Rainbow Beach is a laid back beach town that some say was like Byron Bay 20-years ago. Hop off and do the dolphin feeding and the local cultural walk.
Rainbow Beach to Noosa
After a few back roads we're onto the highway and it's not long before we turn for the Sunshine Coast and a stop in the holiday spot of Noosa.
Noosa to Brisbane
The Glasshouse Mountains, remnants of active volcanoes from times past. Sailing past in 1770 Captain Cook saw them and thought they looked like Glasshouses in his home of Yorkshire: Active Volcanoes or an overactive imagination?
Brisbane to Gold Coast
Our first drop-off point is Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast: golden sands, theme parks, and great bars and clubs. It's a lot of high-rise buildings, but it's a lot of fun. Try it out for a couple of days yourself and see.
Gold Coast to Byron Bay (zz)
South and across the border into New South Wales and Byron Bay; a great beachside town with a cool vibe and interesting locals. We're sure you'll love it and want to stay longer. Enjoy! Take a cheap day tour to Nimbin, town of happy hippies.
Byron Bay to Surf Camp (zz)
Today is a short journey to Spot-X for our afternoon surf lesson. Surfs-up! Its time for your included 3-hour surf lesson – all gear supplied: wetsuits, surfboards, professional surf instructors, water, sunshine, and lots of fun. Surfing can be addictive so you might not want to leave the tranquil and uncrowded Spot X surf beaches.
Surf Camp to Sydney
We get up early today for the journey to Australia's largest city. Stay longer if you reckon surfing's your thing and you're not quite ready for the big smoke! It's a cruisy day with lots of bush, cool tunes and a coastal lunch stop before we reach Sydney late in the afternoon.
Blue Mountains Day Tour from Sydney
We head out of Sydney past the Sydney Olympic site to our first stop where we view wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos in native bush habitat. These 'roos' are pretty big and you can get up close and personal. We do a 2-3 hour loop walk near Wentworth Falls to see this waterfall, lookout points and surround. You will walk through changing vegetation, hanging swamps, and under rock ledges giving you an overview of the dramatic Blue Mountains environment. Lunch is included - you'll eat a nutritious lunch, everything from fruit, sandwiches, salads and more. After lunch, we walk down the historic Furber Stairs into Jamison Valley through lush rainforest, past picturesque Katoomba Falls and view the incredible 3 Sisters rock formations.
From the bottom of the Jamison Valley, board the Scenic Railway (fare included), the steepest railway in the world and ride up to the valley rim. For those staying longer we'll drop you off in Katoomba at the award-winning YHA @ 5.00pm and pick up others. The YHA is an impressive heritage building and you can experience some local nightlife in this historic town. We cruise back into Sydney after an action packed day and drop you off at 7.00pm (approx.) at the office where we picked you up.
Sydney to Thredbo Alpine Village(via Canberra) (zz)
Our first stop today is the capital city of Australia – Canberra - where the Prime Minister hangs out. See for yourself how a custom-made capital city is built as you take in the view from Mt. Ainslie, take a tour of Parliament House, check out a few embassies and see other city highlights. We travel via Cooma, learning about the historically important Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme on our way to Thredbo.
*In ski season (June to September) we stay in Jindabyne and during winter, have time to play in the snow at the ski resort of Perisher/Smiggins (optional toboggan hire or snow tube at own expense). (D)
Thredbo to Lakes Entrance via Snowy River Country (zz)
Grab your hiking boots and cameras, this morning we're going to the “Roof of Australia”. There's a chairlift (own expense, but we get a great deal!) express up the mountain! You can walk to the summit of Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, or to the viewing point. After lunch, it's a spectacular drive along Barry Way, watching the Snowy River wind along below us. Tonight we stay in the coastal town of Lakes Entrance, the Gateway to the Gippsland Lakes and Australia's longest beach – Ninety Mile Beach. (BD)
Lakes Entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park and Melbourne (zz)
We travel to mainland to Australia's most southerly point, Wilsons Promontory National Park. Walk along gleaming beaches, hike along amazing granite rock formations and learn about coastal flora and native wildlife. You might even see emus and wombats! We finish our tour travelling to Melbourne through pastoral landscapes in South Gippsland. (B)
Melbourne to Princetown (zz)
We begin our journey travelling via Geelong to Torquay - stopping to shop at Quicksilver and Rip Curl - before continuing on to world famous Bells Beach. Here we commence our journey on the renowned Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular coastal roads in Australia. Hugging the coastline we stop to view Koalas, pass through the seaside town of Lorne then break for lunch at Apollo Bay. In the afternoon we travel through the magnificent cool temperate rainforest of the Otway National Park, spend time at the awesome Otway Fly, (a 25 metre high elevated tree top walk) and view sunset at the Twelve Apostles. Tonight we stay in the coastal township of Princetown.
Princetown to Grampians National Park (zz)
We take the Gibson Steps down to the beach for another look at the Twelve Apostles and then check out Loch Ard Gorge before continuing along the western end of the Great Ocean Road viewing London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We take a break at Warrnambool; where you may view whales (seasonal). Travelling on through country Victoria, we arrive at the magnificent Grampians National Park, calling in at Brambuks Aboriginal Cultural Centre before accepting the challenge of a hike to the “Pinnacle”. We finish the day with a walk to The Balconies and Reeds Lookout before arriving at our accommodation in the ”˜Heart of the Grampians' at Halls Gap.
Grampians National Park to Adelaide (zz)
Today we spend the morning hiking to the bottom of MacKenzie Falls and Hollow Mountain for breathtaking views over the north of the Grampians before leaving this magical place. Travelling west, we break for lunch at Horsham then continue through the agricultural district of Victoria, into South Australia and Bordertown; home of the rare White Western Grey Kangaroos. We cross the mighty Murray River, the longest river system in Australia, then pass through the picturesque Adelaide Hills arriving into the city of Adelaide.
Adelaide to Quorn (zz)
Leaving the city behind, we travel through the Clare Valley then on to the frontier town of Melrose where we take a short walk across a swinging bridge and enjoy panoramic views from the Mt Remarkable lookout. Soon after we arrive in Quorn, the quaint and historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley. Eat a hearty lunch, because this afternoon we hike to the summit of Dutchman's Stern for stunning 360Â° views of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the Flinders Ranges! We return to Quorn where we stay two nights in private accommodation at the historical “Mill”. Get ready for tonight's BBQ dinner – it doesn't get any more Aussie than this! (LD)
Flinders Ranges And Wilpena Pound (zz)
The Flinders Ranges has been recognised as one of Australia's National Landscapes and today you'll get to experience and explore this magical region! Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheatre located in a huge stone crater and you will spend the morning hiking and exploring its wonder! After lunch, it's a short walk to Yourambulla Caves to view Aboriginal rock paintings. Learn about the hardships of sheep farming in the mid 1800's as you view the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead. As we travel back to Quorn, there's an opportunity to spot for the shy and elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby on a quiet stroll through peaceful Warren Gorge. Overnight at the Quorn “Mill”. (BLD)
Quorn to Coober Pedy (zz)
It's time to go underground! We journey north through Port Augusta and the small town of Glendambo (population 30!) and visit ancient salt lakes which are the remnants of an inland sea. We arrive in plenty of time to check out the sites of Cooper Pedy on a town tour which includes an opal cutting demonstration and mine tour with the opportunity to try your luck ”˜noodling' for opals! Our bunkhouse for tonight is – you guessed it – underground. (BLD)
Coober Pedy to Uluru (zz)
Drive through rugged desert country to Yulara for the sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) then view the stars in our overnight permanent camp at Yulara.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta (zz)
Up early for the Uluru sunrise where you can enjoy a base walk or choose to climb Uluru, then take a guided interpretive walk at Mala. We visit Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and head to Kings Canyon for our overnight camp.
Kings Canyon & Uluru to Alice Springs (zz)
Explore Kings Canyon, including the breathtaking North and South walls. After lunch we depart for Alice Springs viewing the rugged desert scenery along the way.
Alice Springs to Tennant Creek (zz)
We cross the Tropic of Capricorn then pull over at Ti Tree for the opportunity to purchase authentic Aboriginal art. Next stop is the Barrow Creek Pub where we view the historic Telegraph Station. Further ”˜up the track' we explore the Devils Marbles; precariously balanced granite boulders sacred to the traditional owners', before arriving at Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp overnight. Weather permitting - take a dip in the picturesque waterhole.
Tennant Creek to Katherine Gorge (zz)
We head further north to the famous outback pub at Daly Waters, the oldest pub in the Northern Territory and first international airport in Australia! After lunch we travel to Mataranka to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the crystal clear thermal springs. Late afternoon we travel towards the magnificent Katherine Gorge for our overnight camp.
Katherine Gorge to Darwin (zz)
Spend half a day canoeing or cruising (at own expense) the spectacular gorge. There is also the chance for a scenic helicopter flight (at own expense) to appreciate the vastness of the gorge system. After lunch we head into Darwin via Edith Falls and Adelaide River.
Darwin to Kakadu (zz)
Spot crocs (and other wild creatures!) on a cruise along the fresh waters of the Mary River Wetlands. After lunch, discover more about the land and its stories at the Bowali Visitor Centre. The whole of Kakadu is spread out before you at Ubirr Rock, where we spend the afternoon. Tonight we camp in Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu to Darwin
Jim Jim Falls is our first stop today, and it's a stunner! You'll feel a bit dwarfed by the towering cliffs as we hike to the base of the falls. By now you've probably worked up an appetite for some lunch! This afternoon the spectacular gorge of Twin Falls is experienced onboard a National Park operated boat and along the boardwalk. Unwind for a bit on the sandy banks before we trek back to Darwin.
(Make your own way to Cairns, flying or travelling overland)
Additional Fee to Pay the Driver: AUD $620
Darwin Kakadu Safari
1 night permanent camp site,
Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Sydney to Melbourne
2 nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen)
2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
National park fees.
Melbourne to Adelaide
2 nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen),
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners,
Park entry fees, and entry to Otway Fly Treetop Walk
Adelaide to Alice Springs
3 nights multi-share accommodation
2 nights permanent camp sites
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Uluru National Park fee, Flinders Ranges park fee, and Opal Mine Tour.
Alice Springs to Darwin
2 nights permanent camp site
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
You must also pay AUD $45.00 to the Kroombit Cattle Station which includes one night Bunkhouse dorm accommodation, two course bush dinner and breakfast.
When you arrive at Mojo Surf Camp you must also pay AUD $45.00 which includes one night multi-share accommodation, one dinner, and one breakfast.
There is also a National Park fee of AUD $12.50 to enter Kakadu Park, which must be paid on departure. While visiting Kakadu Park we will take you on a boat transfer to Twin Falls.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2013 - 2014 season. The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.