Walk Australia

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A once-in-a-lifetime journey 5000 miles from Sydney Harbour to the Indian Ocean, from the heart of the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef.

Three flights together with short trips in trains, ferries and vehicles connect some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes. We’ve gone for gold in designing this spectacular road-trip: nineteen days of beautiful hikes and authentic cultural experiences on an epic road-trip in five stages.

  • Stage one: Sydney, one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Sydney Harbour National Park walks, famous surf-beaches and colorful neighborhoods.
  • Stage two: Blue Mountains World Heritage Area: scenic trails through deep canyons, panoramic views from cliff-top look-outs, unique flora and fauna.
  • Stage three: Perth, the world’s most remote city and the nearby Margaret River/Southern Forests region: small farms and vineyards, long stretches of sparsely-populated coastline, National Parks and picturesque country towns.
  • Stage four: Alice Springs, Uluru and the vast Outback: unique geological features, ancient rock-art sites and the heartland of Australia’s indigenous culture.
  • Stage five: Queensland and the tropical north: Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Area and the islands, lagoons and undersea life of the Great Barrier Reef.

As well as nice hikes most days, our Walk Australia itinerary includes time for optional activities such as scenic flights, bike-rides, sea-kayaking, scuba-diving, snorkeling, theatre events, sporting events and chances to view and learn about Australia’s unique flora, fauna and marine life.

This is an active travel-adventure for private groups. As long as there are at least 6 of you traveling together we can make it happen. Most days of the tour you can join either a short or long hike. There is also the option of not hiking at all and instead taking time to enjoy the nice places we’ll be staying in.

More about the accommodation:

Nights 1, 2 & 5: An upscale hotel in central Sydney. The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botanical Gardens and other unmissable Sydney sights are all within walking distance.

Nights 3 & 4: A heritage-listed hotel, established in 1883 and recently restored to its former grandeur, a true Blue Mountains landmark located in the small town of Katoomba two hours by train from Sydney.

Nights 6 & 7: Following the flight from Sydney to Perth we’ll travel south to the beautiful coastal region of Margaret River. The Cape-to-Cape walkway passes right by our accommodation, a collection of two-bedroom villas with full kitchens overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Nights 8 & 9: A cluster of cottages with full kitchens on a lake near Pemberton, in the Southern Forests region. The is an area known for excellent wines and farm-produce amid vast tracts of ancient Karri forests.

Nights 10 & 11: A modern Perth hotel close to Kings Park Botanical Gardens, the riverside bike-path, Perth Concert Hall and the many fine eateries around Elizabeth Quay.

Night 12: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, in the central-Australian frontier town of Alice Springs. 

Nights 13 & 14: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a half-day’s drive across the Outback from Alice Springs. Our accommodation for two days here are the two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens.

Nights 15, 16, 17 & 18: From Uluru we’ll fly to Cairns and drive a short distance to Palm Cove. Over the next three days we’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and other sights of the tropical north, staying in a collection of two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens.

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'Trips for Six'

Discounts for groups

Get a group of six or more together and reduce everyone’s price.

How it works: Instead of the regular per person price, we’ll give you a special per group price.
As the group's coordinator its up to you to decide how to split the 'Trips for Six' price. You might:

  • surprise your friends and family by paying for everyone.
  • divide the amount equally among all participants.
  • get the rest of the group to share the cost so you travel for free.

Who is it for? Extended families, groups of friends, hiking & kayaking clubs, corporate groups, etc.

'Trips for Six' discounts are available only for bookings made directly with
Tamarillo Active Travel. Contact us to learn more.

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Photo credits. Main image, World Expeditions. Right-side middle, Mark Boskell/Photo Elements. Right-side bottom: Rob Blackburn/South Australian Tourism Commission. Walk Australia, Kate Morris Photography. Organized Freedom, Bay of Fires.