Discover northern Australia and marvel at how much the area has to offer. Hike in Kakadu National Park, explore Arnhem Land with Aborigines, experience the stunning 4WD scenery on the Sunshine Coast, enjoy the beautiful beaches and the world’s oldest rainforest at Cape Tribulation and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. Australia is a country located in Oceania according to allcountrylist.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
Departure from Scandinavia towards Darwin in northern Australia.
Day 2: Arrival in Darwin
You arrive in Darwin and check in at your hotel. You have two nights in Darwin.
Day 3: Experiences in Darwin
The day is free to explore Australia’s northernmost city, Darwin. If you are in Darwin on a Thursday, we strongly recommend that you visit Mindil Beach, which is about a 20 minute walk from the town center. Every Thursday during the winter (ie the Australian winter) a large market is held here where you can buy everything between heaven and earth. At sunset, the stalls open, including many food stalls. It is very cozy to buy a curry and sit on the beach to enjoy the sunset.
Day 4: Kakadu National Park and Wildlife Cruise
You pick up your rental car in Darwin and set course for Kakadu National Park. On the East Alligator River, a “Wildlife and Culture Cruise” has been booked for you, where you can see wild saltwater crocodiles, lots of bird species, and learn how the local Aboriginal tribes hunt. Then you can continue to the Ubirr Complex, where you can see cave paintings and take a walk. At Ubirr you can enjoy the view of the entire wetland area, and make sure you stop for the spectacular sunset. From here the journey goes to the city of Jabiru, where you stay for two nights.
Day 5: excursion with aborigine guide in Arnhem Land
Today the trip goes to the distant Arnhem Land. Here, a local aborigine tells the story of his ancestors through cave paintings – a truly unique and authentic experience that you will never forget. You will be picked up in the morning at your resort in Jabiru by your local guide. From here, the journey continues to Arnhem Land and northern Kakadu – areas that you can not visit on your own. Along the way you will see cave paintings, wildlife and the area’s unique nature. The journey takes about eight hours, is a group trip (up to 20 people) and takes place in a 4×4, which you need to cross rivers and drive “off-road”. You will be dropped off in the late afternoon at your resort in Jabiru.
Day 6: Kakadu National Park to Darwin and flight to Sunshine Coast
Enjoy your morning in Kakadu before heading to Darwin. Along the way there are many opportunities to see lots of wildlife. In Darwin you leave your rental car at the airport and travel late in the afternoon with a flight to Brisbane. Here you pick up another rental car and drive to Caloundra, where you have four nights in an apartment. Caloundra is said to be one of Australia’s coziest communities and is perfectly situated on the coast with Hinterland and Glass Mountain in the background.
Day 7: Snorkel with wild humpback whales
Today, a unique experience awaits, namely to get close to humpback whales in their natural environment, the open sea. You take yourself to Mooloolaba, which is a short drive from Caloundra, where the boat is waiting for you. Your instructor will inform you about safety and make sure that the animals do not get stressed while you snorkel with them in the sea. All equipment and all snacks are included. The tour takes about four hours and ends in Mooloolaba.
Day 8: On your own on the Sunshine Coast
The day is yours to do what you want. You can hike in the Hinterland or relax by the beach. If you like diving, there is the opportunity to dive at the wreck HMAS Brisbane or at Flinders Reef.
Day 9: 4WD tour along the Sunshine Coast
You will be picked up from your apartment in Caloundra in a 4×4 and travel with your local guide along the beach road to Rainbow Beach. The scenic trail runs through Double Island Point, Red Canyon, Cooloola Recreation Area and Great Sandy National Park. Along the way you can enjoy deserted beaches, rainforest, see dolphins, turtles and whales and learn how the local Aborigines decorated their boomerangs. This trip is “off the beaten track” and you will have many of the same experiences as on Fraser Island – but with much fewer tourists. ( L )
Day 10: Flight to Cairns and in your own rental car to Cape Tribulation
In the morning, head for Brisbane, where you leave your rental car at the airport and fly to Cairns. Here you pick up another rental car and drive to Cape Tribulation. The tour goes along one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines. The landscape is mountainous and lush, and the further north you go, the denser the rainforest becomes. You can stop at Port Douglas and The Wildlife Habitat. Here you can see the large, endangered bird, the cassowary, which is often called the most dangerous bird in the world because of its enormous claws. At the Daintree River you take a ferry, an approx. 5-10 minutes by boat, before docking at Cape Tribulation. Keep an eye on the crocodiles lurking just below the water’s surface in the swampy mangrove forest. Today’s destination today is Cape Tribulation, one of the few places in the world where the rainforest goes all the way down to the sea.
Day 11-12: Relaxation at Cape Tribulation
You have two full days to enjoy the area’s beautiful beaches and ancient rainforest. Since you have a car available throughout your stay, you can easily explore the area on your own.
Day 13: Cape Tribulation to Cairns
You decide when you want to drive towards Cairns. The journey goes the same way back to Cairns, where you leave your car and check in at your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at your own disposal in Cairns. Cairns is Queensland’s most visited city and is the starting point for a wealth of exciting nature experiences. Cairns does not have a nice beach and therefore a large pool of salt water has been built, which is free for everyone.
Day 14: Snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef
An excursion to the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, is a must when you’re in Cairns – and that’s where you’re going today. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling. Thousands of colorful corals and fish live here, and even if you only snorkel, the experience is indescribable, because the reef is so close to the surface that you can see both corals and colorful fish. You sail on the boat Ocean Free, which is a beautiful sailboat with a maximum of 25 guests. You get about 4.5 hours on the reef to snorkel or dive (diving costs extra) before the boat sets sail and takes you back to Cairns. ( L )
Day 15: Departure Cairns
Today the journey goes back to Scandinavia – unless the journey continues towards new adventures in e.g. Sydney or with a stop in Asia on the way home.
Day 16: Arrival in Scandinavia
Arrival in Scandinavia after a wonderful adventure “down under”.
Thirteen nights in a hotel / lodge / resort