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Grand Tour of Australia

with Adelaide & Kangaroo Island extension
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  • Duration: 12 or 16 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 58
An island, a country, and a continent all in one.

Experience the allure of the Land Down Under when you explore the Sydney Opera House, set out into Mossman Gorge, and snorkel above the Great Barrier Reef. But these iconic adventures are only the beginning. From cosmopolitan Sydney to multicultural Melbourne, Australia is full of surprises for you to discover.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Bondi Beach
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Carlton Gardens
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Day-by-day itinerary
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 Australia.

Sydney3 nights
Day 3: Arrival in Sydney
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Sydney! Transfer to your hotel and then gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for a guided tour of one of the world's most pleasant cities.

• Pass Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Gardens

• Stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair to take in views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

• See the Rocks neighborhood, Bondi Beach, and Gap in Watsons Bay

• Step inside the UNESCO-listed Sydney Opera House with a local guide

Day 5: Free day in Sydney
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Sydney or add excursions.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Excursion (additional cost)
Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Great Barrier Reef Region3 nights
Day 6: Transfer to the Great Barrier Reef Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Cairns, a coastal city in the state of Queensland. Then, make your way to the Great Barrier Reef region stopping at Mossman Gorge en route.

• Enter the Mossman Gorge Centre before taking a shuttle into the gorge

• Walk over elevated boardwalks as you stroll through the surrounding rainforest.

Later, sit down to an included dinner.

Day 7: The Great Barrier Reef
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a full day at the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system.

• Board a boat in Port Douglas and head out into the Coral Sea

• Enjoy both morning and afternoon tea on the water

• Learn about the reef and its inhabitants during a presentation by a marine biologist

• Choose to view the coral's colors from above, on a glass-bottom boat ride, or hop in the sea with a snorkel to see them up close

• Sit down to an included buffet lunch onboard the boat, then watch as members of the crew feed the fish that call the reef home

Day 8: Free day in the Great Barrier Reef Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Great Barrier Reef region or add an excursion.

Cape Tribulation Daintree National Park & Crocodile River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Melbourne3 nights
Day 9: Flight to Melbourne
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Melbourne this morning. Then, spend a free afternoon in the city or add an excursion.

Colonial Tramcar Ride & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off with your Tour Director to admire the city's beautiful 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 and the Shrine of Remembrance

• Pass the Yarra River and the Sports and Arts Precinct, site of the Australian Open, and enter the National Opal Collection

• Stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Enjoy a free afternoon in Melbourne or add an excursion.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day Melbourne
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Melbourne or add an excursion.

This evening, join your group at a farewell dinner.

Yarra Valley Winery via Steamtrain
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to Adelaide & Kangaroo Island

Fly to Adelaide to continue your exploration of Australia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city before heading to nearby Kangaroo Island. You’ll visit Flinders Chase National Park to admire the diverse wildlife and scenic vistas. Then, take a ferry back to Adelaide where you'll board your flight home.

Adelaide1 night
Day 12: Adelaide
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Adelaide, then set out on a sightseeing tour of South Australia’s capital city with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Drive past the Colonial-era buildings along the North Terrace boulevard

• Pass by the River Torrens, Adelaide Zoo, South Australian Museum, and Adelaide Botanic Garden

• End your tour in Victoria Square, then enjoy time to peruse the famed produce stalls of the Adelaide Central Market, one of Australia’s largest

Kangaroo Island1 night
Day 13: Ferry ride to Kangaroo Island
Included meal: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Adelaide this morning and drive through the scenic Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. Here, you’ll board a ferry to Kangaroo Island, a haven for Australia’s diverse animal species and one of the country’s top spots for wildlife sightings.

Please note: Due to the nature of ferry schedules, the visit to Kangaroo Island may take place on either day 13 or 14.

Adelaide2 nights
Day 14: Flinders Chase National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas, tammar wallabies, and little penguins as you drive through Flinders Chase National Park.

• Try to spot New Zealand fur seals at Admiral’s Arch and view Remarkable Rocks, naturally occurring rock formations along the coast

• Take in views of the ocean from Cape du Couedic, the most south westerly point on Kangaroo Island
Before boarding a ferry back to Adelaide, make your way to Seal Bay Conservation Park and get up close to the resident sea lions on a tour led by a ranger

Please note: Due to the nature of ferry schedules, the visit to Kangaroo Island may take place on either day 13 or 14.

Day 15: Free day in Adelaide
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Adelaide or add an excursion. Then, join your fellow group members and raise a toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

McLaren Vale Wine Tasting & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.7 average
Grand Tour of Australia
by 9th time traveler 

This was a great tour. The weather was pretty good. Melbourne had a bit of rain but the rest of the trip was sunny and dry. The temperature was seasonal for Australia. Good food and great fun.

Do it, do it, do it!
by 4th time traveler 

This trip is beyond amazing! Well worth all those hours on an airplane.

by 2nd time traveler 

It was a vacation dream of a lifetime. We did some wonderful things and would recommend it highly

Australia tour January 2019
by 2nd time traveler 

Tour didn't start well....the Vancouver to L.A. booking put us in different parts of the aircraft ! and we were told ....sorry it's completely booked ! Then we were told we had NO LUGGAGE allowance....unbelievable ; we had thoughts that this tour was going to be a real mess ! Luckily....the Quantas...

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Go Ahead Tours replied on 01/28/2019

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by 4th time traveler 

Tour guide awful . Taken to opera house and told to find back to hotel own .Hurried tours .Guide with no personality.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/01/2018

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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.


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Passport & visa 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 website to departure.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour 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.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Sydney and depart from Melbourne (or Adelaide on the 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 Sydney to Cairns and Cairns to Melbourne, as well as a boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef, are included in the price of your tour. On the tour extension, a flight from Melbourne to Adelaide plus a round-trip ferry ride from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island are included.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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 hot. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Bug repellent is also useful for the visit to Mossman Gorge.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Australia.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website
  • 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 pre-existing 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.
  • 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.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Australia operates on the standard 220-240 volts and uses Type 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.
  • 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.
Time zones
  • You’ll travel through Australian Central Standard Time (14.5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and Australian Eastern Standard Time (15 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 3:30am in Cairns and 4am in Melbourne.
  • 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.
  • 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 $7USD 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.
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 page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
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