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Australia for Solo Travelers: Melbourne, Queensland Coast & Sydney

15 days |  18 days with Tasmania extension
15 days |  18 days with Tasmania extension
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Witness Australia’s cultures and natural majesty alongside fellow solo travelers.

With a vast terrain that offers a buffet of climates, histories, and cultures, Australia doesn’t disappoint when it comes to immersive experiences. On this Solo Tour, you’ll soak up the sights, learn from the Aboriginals, and bond with your fellow solo travelers. From exploring the metropolitan, coastal gems of Sydney and Melbourne to spotting manta rays while you cruise the pristine waters of the Whitsunday Islands, to being welcomed with an ancient ceremony led by an Aboriginal guide at Airlie Beach, this itinerary serves up a diverse array of Australian adventures. As if all that weren’t enticing enough, add the Tasmania extension to see endangered animals like wombats and Tasmanian devils, explore sea caves, and shop the expansive Salamanca Market.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 food tasting
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Included highlights

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Aboriginal Welcome to Country ceremony
  • Whitsundays cruise
  • Noosa Everglades
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight2 nights
Day 1: Travel day

Cross the International Date Line in flight and “lose” a day.

Day 2: Travel day

Your flight continues to Melbourne.

Melbourne2 nights
Day 3: Arrival in Melbourne
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Australia! Settle into your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner served with beer or wine.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Set off on a guided tour of Melbourne, known for its coffee culture, restaurant scene, and artistic flare, to admire the city’s Victorian 19th-century architecture, historic landmarks, and sprawling parks.

  • Explore Carlton Gardens, home of the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum
  • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, known for being the largest church edifice in the country, and the Shrine of Remembrance—a national landmark honoring the service of Australians in both wartime and peace
  • Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct, site of the Australian Open tennis tournament
  • Stroll through Queen Victoria Market where you’ll indulge in a tasting of a local favorite hand-picked by your Tour Director

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Melbourne Wine Country & Lunch

From $239 per person

Townsville Region2 nights
Day 5: Flight to Townsville
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to the city of Townsville in Queensland, known for its picturesque beaches and access to the Great Barrier Reef.

After transferring to your hotel in the Townsville region, enjoy an included dinner with beer or wine with your group.

Day 6: Free day in the Townsville Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Townsville region or add an excursion.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Snorkeling & Lunch

From $299 per person

Whitsunday Coast2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to the Whitsunday Coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Continue through the Queensland province to the paradisiacal Whitsunday Coast, where you’ll find gardens of coral, turquoise waters, secluded beaches, and lush, tropical surroundings.

Upon arrival to the Airlie Beach area, you’ll meet with a local Giya or Ngaro Indigenous guide who will treat you to a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. The ritual is an ancient Aboriginal custom meant to cleanse and ward off any bad spirits before entering the lands of the traditional custodians.

Please note: On some departures the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony may take place in Townsville.

Day 8: Whitsunday Islands cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take to the water today as you set out to explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago made up of 74 islands surrounded by stunningly aquamarine waters that meet swirling white sands of beaches like the famous Whitehaven Beach.

  • Enjoy time to swim in the warm waters or relax on the snow-white silica sands of Whitsunday beaches
  • Keep an eye out for the impressive marine life like manta rays (if you’re lucky, you’ll see one leap into the air!), turtles, and humpback whales while you feast on an included buffet lunch

Please note: We recommend bringing a bathing suit, towel, comfortable walking shoes, reef-safe sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.

Sunshine Coast Region3 nights
Day 9: Flight to Brisbane & transfer to the Sunshine Coast Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Brisbane this morning, then transfer to your hotel in the Sunshine Coast region, an area known for pristine waterways and UNESCO-listed national parks.

After settling into your hotel, gather together for an included dinner with beer or wine this evening.

Day 10: Noosa Everglades
Included meal: Breakfast

You’ve probably heard of the Everglades within the United States, but did you know that Australia is home to the world’s only other Everglades system? Spend the day exploring the Noosa Everglades, so serene that it is also known as the River of Mirrors, which has remained unchanged for thousands of years.

  • Travel to the town of Noosa and enjoy free time to explore the coastal gem that is as full of charm as it is lush landscapes
  • Hop aboard a boat this afternoon and meander along the pristine waterways as you admire the surrounding scenery
  • Watch for pelicans, cormorants, the rare jabiru bird, and glossy black cockatoo as you cruise through the expansive, verdant area that more than 44 percent of Australia’s bird species call home
Day 11: A day on K’Gari (Fraser Island)
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With its name translating to “paradise” in Badjala, the language of the Butchulla people, K’Gari is a UNESCO-listed island made entirely of sand—but don’t let that make you think you won’t find rainforests or freshwater dune lakes here. Spend a full day exploring the island, formerly Fraser Island, alongside a local guide, and you’ll understand why the Butchulla people named it “paradise.”

  • Travel from the Sunshine Coast to Inskip and take a ferry to the island, where you will meet up with your local guide
  • Drive via a 4x4 to the shipwreck of SS Maheno, a Japanese ocean liner that was beached during a cyclone in 1935
  • Sit down for an included lunch at a local resort
  • Visit the Central Station Camping Area where you’ll learn about the island’s timber industry and rare tree species
  • Go for a swim in Lake McKenzie, a unique lake that’s infused with natural tea tree oils that can reduce inflammation, soothe dry, itchy skin, and even act as a natural bug repellent
  • Explore the rainforest as you make your way back to the island resort where you’ll enjoy afternoon tea

Return by ferry to the Sunshine Coast and head to a local restaurant for tonight’s included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Packing tip: We recommend bringing a change of clothes, bathing suit, and towel.

Sydney3 nights
Day 12: Flight to Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Sydney this morning. Then, enjoy free time to explore the city known for its scenic beaches like Manly Beach, notable architecture (hello, Sydney Opera House!), and vibrant green spaces like Hyde Park, or add an excursion.

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

From $205 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for a guided tour of Sydney and get a feel for the city’s rich history, culture, and beloved landmarks.

  • Pass the buzzing waterside district of Darling Harbour and the lush Royal Botanic Gardens in the city center
  • See the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest colonial neighborhood, and stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair—a bench carved into sandstone in the early 1800s—admire the view of Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Soak in the sunny sights of world-famous Bondi Beach and its iconic Bondi Icebergs Club—with swimming pools perched on the ocean so that the crashing waves (weather depending) splash up into the pool—and the Gap, a dramatic dip in the cliffs of Watsons Bay
  • Enter the National Opal Collection and peruse the extensive assortment of the national gemstone of Australia, including its mass of otherworldly opalised fossils
  • Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide
  • Walk to the neighboring park to view the Bara, a sculpture which celebrates the aboriginal First Peoples of Sydney
Day 14: Free day in Sydney
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend one last free day exploring Sydney at your leisure or add an excursion.

This evening, join your group for a celebratory farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Walk & Lunch

From $225 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Tasmania.

Extension to Tasmania
Tasmania is the perfect place for any nature enthusiast, history buff, and animal lover. The rugged island is full of lush green scapes, trendy small towns, and dramatic coastal views. Here, you’ll learn about endangered species like the Tasmanian devil and wombats, and how professionals are working to protect and preserve them. Plus, explore the cobblestone streets of the colonial districts in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, from the harbor to the Salamanca Market, both steeped in Tasmania’s history of commerce and trade.
Hobart3 nights
Day 15: Flight to Hobart & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to Hobart, the capital city, located in the southeast portion of the island of Tasmania. Upon arrival, set off to uncover the charming seaside locale.

  • Admire the city’s colonial style homes as you stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic waterfront
  • View Constitution Dock, famed finish-line for the Hobart Yacht Race, and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania which highlights the harbor’s important role in trade and commerce
  • Visit the historic Salamanca Market, running the entire span of Salamanca Place and hosting more than 300 stalls stocked with local produce, coffee, tasty bites, and handmade items—this resilient and hearty market boasts that it stays open through rain, snow, and hail, and only closes for extreme weather conditions

This evening, join your group for an included dinner, served with beer or wine.

Please note: Salamanca Market is only open on Saturdays. When day 15 falls on a different day of the week, an extended walking tour of Hobart will be offered.

Day 16: A day on the Tasman Peninsula
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day seeing the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea for a chance to take in the island’s rugged landscape from multiple angles.

  • Enter Tasman National Park, where you’ll find yourself among towering sea cliffs and a variety of wildlife
  • Embark on a three-hour eco-cruise exploring sea caves and passing the towering dolerite cliffs, some of which stand more than 984 feet tall
  • Keep an eye out for the local marine life, like playful dolphins, seals, penguins, and even humpback whales
  • Back on land, enjoy an included lunch

This afternoon, visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park at the Unzoo, where, unlike traditional zoos, indigenous animals live in their natural habitat and roam free. At the park you’ll have plenty of time to explore the grounds to learn about and see endangered Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and more.

Day 17: Free day in Hobart
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend your last day getting to know Hobart on your own or add an excursion.

Tonight, rejoin your fellow group members and raise a toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

Penal Colony Tour & Tasman Wine Tasting

From $189 per person

Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Vibe Hotel Melbourne
Vibe Hotel Melbourne

This modern hotel is located in the heart of Melbourne along the Yarra River. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, bar, and fitness center. Nearby you'll fin...

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Mercure Townsville
Mercure Townsville

This lakeside hotel is located in Townsville. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and tropical gardens. Nearby you'll find downtown Townsvi...

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Mantra Club Croc Airlie Beach
Mantra Club Croc Airlie Beach

This traditionally designed hotel is located at Airlie Beach across the harbour from the Whitsundays. Guests enjoy the lagoon style pool, live music, ...

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The Sebel Noosa
The Sebel Noosa

This beachside hotel is located in Noosa along the Sunshine Coast. Guests enjoy the resort-style pool, fitness center, and private balconies. Nearby y...

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Mercure Sydney
Mercure Sydney

This deluxe hotel is located in Sydney's central business district. Guests enjoy spacious rooms, rooftop pool, and fitness center. Nearby you'll find ...

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Vibe Hotel Hobart
Vibe Hotel Hobart

This artfully designed hotel is located in Hobart on the island of Tasmania. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, ocean views, and on-site coffee house. Near...

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Australia, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must purchase an individual visa from the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority mobile app.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code AT6.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and gravel paths, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Melbourne and depart from Sydney (or Hobart on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Flights from Melbourne to Townsville, Whitsundays to Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast Airport to Sydney, as well as ferries and cruises in Townsville, the Whitsundays, the Noosa Everglades, and K’Gari Island, are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Sydney to Hobart.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • The Australian sun is very strong and hot. Pack reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful.
  • A reusable water bottle is an environmentally friendly way to stay hydrated.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
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  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • Take particular care for sun exposure and drink plenty of liquids. If you choose to go swimming, be careful of powerful surf. Make sure to obey signs and lifeguards’ orders, and always swim between the marked flags.
  • Travelers prone to seasickness may want to take special precautions for the boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • There are inherent risks associated with water activities, particularly for those with preexisting medical conditions. Discuss your planned activities with your doctor or healthcare provider for the best advice on participation.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code AT6.
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  • Australian menus emphasize high-quality steaks and lamb chops, though meat pies are also popular. Regional specialties include shellfish (such as Sydney rock oysters and crabs) and smoked sausages brought to South Australia by German settlers. The national beverage is beer, and a visit to an Aussie pub is a popular pastime, but the country’s wines are also superb.
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Electricity & air conditioning
  • Australia operates on the standard 220-240 volts and uses Types I plugs with three large, flat pins set on an angle.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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Time zones
  • You’ll travel through Australian Eastern Standard Time (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time). Please note that Queensland does not observe daylight saving time and is on Australian Eastern Standard Time year-round.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 4am on tour.
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  • You will use the Australian dollar on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the last page of your tour itinerary for more information.
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