Australia Ultimate Adventure
Australia cannot be summed up in a single image. Diversity is the heart and spirit of Australia: lush rainforests, arid deserts, sprawling cattle stations, rugged mountain ranges and gorges, crystal clear waters and coral reefs, and lively cities. Our ultimate adventure captures the essence of the world's largest island but smallest continent. We begin in Queensland, where we hike and kayak our way through a tropical wonderland. Two diverse ecosystems, reef and rainforest, converge at Cape Tribulation in the World Heritage Site of the Daintree National Park. No visit here is complete without delving into the rainforest and snorkeling among the colorful fish and coral in one of the world's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Leaving the tropics, we fly to the arid Northern Territory and witness the vibrant orange and red sunset colors on Uluru (Ayers Rock). During our outback journey, we'll find ourselves on one of the best hiking tracks in Australia, the Larapinta Trail. We hike the trail among ancient mountain ranges, learn about the timeless Aboriginal culture and make camp underneath a star-filled sky. We finish our grand adventure in the vibrant city of Sydney, where we kayak past the World Heritage-listed Opera House and tour the beautiful waterfront and historic districts by bike. So come on down under, "mates," and discover an unforgettable Australia.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Australia Ultimate Adventure Itinerary:
Day 1 G'day mates! Welcome to Australia.
Day 2 Paddle out to Double Island and get a preview of tropical Queensland.
Day 3 Snorkel among colorful fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 4 Explore the lush rainforestes of World Heritage Site Daintree National Park today.
Day 5 Fly to Ayers Rock and witness the sunset glow of Uluru in the Northern Territory
Day 6 Hike through the valleys of Kata Tjuta and discover the mysteries of the Red Centre.
Day 7 Nothing says Australia quite like her Outback and Kings Canyon.
Day 8 Hike on one of Australia's best trail system - the Larapinta Trail.
Day 9 Slot gorges and impressive "billabongs" await us today.
Day 10 Depart the pioneer town of Alice Springs for Sydney, Australia's famous harbor city.
Day 11 A morning paddle and an afternoon bike give an upclose look at Sydney's Opera House, Harbour Bridge and other must sees.
Day 12 Depart for home.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
All accommodations, all sea kayaking equipment, sleeping bags, tents, meals as noted in the daily itinerary, scheduled airport transfers, ground transportation, sightseeing arrangements as noted in the itinerary, entrance fees, permits, experienced local guide.
Airfare (international and two Australian domestic flights), 6 dinners, cost of medical immunizations, insurance of any kind, excess baggage charges, alcoholic beverages, optional tips to your guides and items of a personal nature.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.
Seasons in Australia are opposite from North America. Winter in Australia is during the months of June, July and August. In Tropical Queensland, normally the weather is mild and dry during this time of year. Average temperatures during winter are a low of 50° F and a high of 68° F. Water temperatures are around 65° F. In Central Australia, where the climate is semi-arid, daytime temperatures are warm (avg. 68° F) with surprisingly cold nights (avg. 37° F). In Sydney, a city with generally pleasant temperatures all year long, the average low is 49° F and average high is 62° F in winter.
For certified divers, a USD $100 fee per person, per dive (subject to change) payable in advance to REI Adventures includes all equipment for your dive along the Great Barrier Reef (number of dives is generally weather dependent).
This trip is rated Moderate . but is very active and offers the opportunity to participate in a variety of different outdoor activities. Participants should arrive in good physical condition and be able to swim. We strongly recommend a conditioning regimen beginning at least 3 months prior to departure that includes as many of the trip activities as possible. Hiking, jogging, paddling and swimming are all great ways to prepare for this adventure and will improve your cardiovascular fitness level. While snorkeling excursions are included in this itinerary, scuba diving is optional and is only available at an additional cost. The minimum age to participate on this trip is 14 years.
Scuba Divers, Please Note: The regulations, requirements and medical standards relating to diving in Australia are amongst the strictest in the world. For complete information and qualifications, please visit DiveMedicals Australia.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Australia Ultimate Adventure
The key to staying comfortable while on an active adventure trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.
- Kayaks and paddling gear
- Camping gear
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) - electronic label-free tourist visa for Australia
- Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
- Passport security pouch or belt
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- A few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and to wear into towns
- Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes, broken in
- Wetsuit booties or watershoes for kayaking/snorkeling
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Waterproof, breathable rain jacket (or poncho)
- Lightweight, easily washable items for travel/evening wear
- Midweight fleece or wool sweater
- Lightweight or midweight thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Hiking shorts, quick-dry
- Hiking pants, quick-dry
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Sun hat
- Wool or fleece hat
- Wool or fleece gloves
- Small personal dry bag for camera, change of clothes, etc.
- Two (2) one-quart size water bottles or hydration pack
- Baby wipes
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Personal first-aid kit
- Toiletry kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Watch with alarm or travel alarm
- Quick drying travel towel
- Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries/bulb
- Camera, spare batteries and cards
- Pocket knife or pocket tool
- Reading and writing materials
- Laundry soap
- Ziploc bags for easy storage
- Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
- Paddling gloves
- Snorkeling gear (mask, fins, snorkel) ; available on boat but avid snorkelers may prefer to bring their own custom gear.
- Trekking poles
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Domestic Flights on Qantas: Only one piece of checked luggage is allowed for economy class ticket holders. The checked luggage cannot weigh more than 22kg (48.5lbs).
- Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeved fleece or synthetic top, especially for the evenings.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Plastic bags are the key to keeping clothing and gear dry. Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
- If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
- Space for luggage is limited. Pack lightly, fitting all clothing into one suitcase. During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, water bottle/hydration system and camera.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.