Ripper Pass from Alice Springs to Sydney
This 26 Plus Day experience Journeys from Alice Springs right the way through to Sydney City stopping at many great locations along the way. This is an experience to remember for a life time and would advise you to book yourself a seat on the tour quickly as there are limited seats available. Take a break and explore some of the wonderful places Australia has to offer.
Alice Springs – Kings Canyon – Uluru (zz)
You'll see why it's called the ”˜Red Centre' as you travel to Kings Canyon. Hike the full rim of the canyon and see the North and South Walls, the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and the lush, inviting Garden of Eden. In the afternoon it's back on the road, get ready to view Uluru (Ayers Rock). Camp at Uluru.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta (zz)
Sunrise at Uluru is worth the early start! Walk partway around the base or climb Uluru if you choose. Check out the Cultural Centre, explore the red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and sip a glass of ”˜Aussie' bubbly as you watch the Uluru sunset. Camp at Uluru.
Uluru to Coober Pedy (zz)
We go underground today, travelling south through the rugged desert country into South Australia, arriving into Coober Pedy in the late afternoon. Stay in an underground bunkhouse tonight.
Coober Pedy to Quorn (zz)
Check out the sights of Cooper Pedy on a town tour, see an opal cutting demonstration and have a go at ”˜noodling' for opals! Further south there's ancient salt lakes which are remnants of an inland sea and the bus refuels at Glendambo (population 30). Quorn is a quaint historical railway township nestled at the entrance to the Richman Valley. Stay for two nights in private multi-share accommodation at the historical “Mill”.
Flinders and Wilpena Pound (zz)
Hike and explore Wilpena Pound; one of Australia's National Landscapes! View Aboriginal rock paintings at Yourambulla Caves and learn about the hardships of sheep farming in the mid 1800's at Kanyaka Homestead. There's an opportunity to spot for the elusive Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby at Warren George.
Adelaide to Grampians National Park (zz)
Cross the Murray River and pass through small country towns. Hike the Grampians, including Hollow Mountain, MacKenzie Falls and sunset views from The Balconies and Reeds Lookout. Stay in private multi-share accommodation near Halls Gap.
Grampians National Park via the Great Ocean Rd to Princetown (zz)
Hike to the Pinnacle, it's a challenge but worth it! Travel south to the coast and Warrnambool and the start of the Great Ocean Road. There's lots to see discover: the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Lock Ard Gorge then sunset at the Twelve Apostles – gorgeous!
Princetown to Melbourne
Take a helicopter ride over the amazing Twelve Apostles (optional) or climb down the Gibson Steps to the beach. Walk in the tree tops at the Otway Fly (entry included) and spot for koalas near Lorne. Check out the surf at world famous Bells Beach and the surf shops at Torquay.
Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park and Lakes Entrance (zz)
Spend a lot of today exploring Wilsons Promontory National Park, mainland Australia's most southerly point. Gleaming beaches, stunning ocean views, amazing granite rock formations and loads of coastal flora and native wildlife. You might even see emus and wombats! Stay in multi-share accommodation at Lakes Entrance.
Lakes Entrance to Thredbo Alpine Village(zz)
From Australia's southernmost point to Australia's highest point! The Barry Way is an exciting journey and you'll see the Snowy River wind below. We climb high into the Australian Alps to the village of Thredbo. Grab your hiking boots and cameras; 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. *In ski season (June - 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). (BD)
Thredbo to Sydney via Canberra (zz)
Leaving Thredbo, we pass through Cooma, learning about the historically important Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme. Next stop 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 Mount Ainslie, take a tour of Parliament House, check out a few embassies and see other city highlights. Travel throughout the afternoon to the stunning city of Sydney. (B)
+ 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 at our office where we picked you up.
Because this pass does not include accommodation you must pay AUD $445.00 to the tour operator on your departure date.
This includes travel to Alice Springs to Adelaide, three nights multi-share accommodation, two nights permanent camp sites, five breakfasts, six lunches, five dinners, Uluru National Park fee, Flinders Ranges park fee, and Opal Mine Tour.
Travel from Adelaide to Melbourne, two nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen), two breakfasts, two dinners, park entry fees, and entry to Otway Fly Treetop Walk.
Travel from Melbourne to Sydney, two nights multi-share accommodation (including bed linen), two breakfasts, two dinners, and National park fees.
NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2017 - 2018 season. The 2017 - 2018 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2017 to the 31st March 2018. The 2018 - 2019 season rates commence on the 1st April 2018.