Highlights of Australia – Winter | EF Ultimate Break
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Why Go?

Cross it all off your list: pet a koala, swim with sea creatures, learn to surf, pick up a sweet accent and let the locals teach you about life on the other side of the world.

What are the top highlights?

  • Snorkel with sea turtles and over 1,500 species of fish in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Pet a koala and hop with a kangaroo at Sydney’s Wildlife World
  • Soak up the sun—our winter is Australia’s summer
  • Cruise the Whitsunday Islands aboard a catamaran
  • Shop Surfers Paradise beachfront night markets
  • Get the best view of Sydney from above at the Sydney Observation Deck

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • Internal flights to and from Cairns
  • 12 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Sydney Harbor cruise
  • Entrance to Marine Observatory, Sydney Tower & other select attractions


You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

Click **here **for examples of where you'll stay.


Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.


    Day 1-2: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Australia. Get ready to meet some of the quirkiest people and coolest wildlife. Just don’t touch the bugs—not that most people would.

    Day 3: Introduction to Melbourne

    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area. Melbourne is one of Australia’s lesser known gems. With more than 400 live music venues and a hip bar scene, it’s a hopping cosmopolitan city.

    Welcome Mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.

    Day 4: Sightseeing Tour of Melbourne (Local Guide)

    See the highlights of Melbourne with a local guide. Visit the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, and walk tree-lined Collins Street in Melbourne's major shopping district and downtown business area. Plus, you'll get the best views of the city skyline and scenic bayside from St. Kilda.

    Free Time Suggestions

    ***Chapel Street: ***One of the most iconic strips in Melbourne, Chapel Street is known for its great shopping, dining, and drinking. From midnight to 3am on weekends, the road gets flooded as clubs let out and modified cars start doing their Chap Laps cruising the street.
    ***Richmond Club Hotel: ***Catch a match of Australia’s version of football and grab a bite on the first floor, groove to some house beats and classic tunes on the second, or relax on the roof and take in the view.
    Bimbo Deluxe: Bimbo is bohemian to the max: $4 pizzas, old couches, and dancing well into the night. Just try not to get disturbed by the little pink plastic babies that decorate the place.

    Celebrate New Year's Eve in Melbourne on the 12/28 departure.

    Day 5: Free Day in Melbourne

    Free Time Suggestions

    St. Paul's Cathedral: A rare glimpse into the past of Melbourne—known more for being modern and cosmopolitan—this stunning Gothic cathedral is impressive outside and in with colorful details.
    ***Queen Victoria Market: ***A busy market that displays Melbourne’s vibrant, exciting mix of cultures and ethnicities through a variety of foods and souvenirs from all corners of the Earth.
    ***Melbourne Cricket Ground: ***Australians love their sports, so why not do as the locals do and take in a match at this 90,000-seat stadium.

    Day 6: Travel to Cairns

    Hop on a morning flight to Cairns, the last major settlement in Far North Queensland. Its popularity is mostly due to the Great Barrier Reef located right off the coast.

    Introduction to Cairns
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.

    Free Time Suggestions

    Chapel Café: Large groups flock here to sit in the green booths and listen to the live acoustic acts; there's also a balcony overlooking the Esplanade.
    The Civic Theatre: See a show at Cairns's most popular venue for live entertainment.
    Gilligan's: Check out this sprawling bar/club that's quickly becoming the hottest spot in the city.

    Day 7: Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

    Discover one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Stretching for 1,240 miles along the Queensland coast, the reef is nature’s largest living organism. You can swim, snorkel or take a semi-submersible boat ride to view the incredible underwater scenery of this multi-colored world.

    Marine Biologist Snorkeling Upgrade(extra cost)

    Enhance your snorkeling excursion and spend the day with a real marine biologist who spends their time studying the reef and the colorful characters who live there. They’ll even take you to a special research area.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

    Day 8: Travel to Moreton Island

    Head to Moreton Island, the third-largest sand island in the world.

    Day 9: Free Day on Moreton Island

    Free Time Suggestions

    ***Tangalooma Wrecks: ***The 15 sunken ship wrecks at Tangalooma have become created an artificial reef and are a popular spot for snorkeling and swimming.
    ***Blue Lagoon: ***A freshwater lake on the northeast side of the island, the lagoon is amazingly clear and perfect for swimming.
    ***Mt. Tempest: ***Get out your bush walking shoes! Climb the world’s largest vegetated sand dune for photo-worthy ocean views.

    Day 10: Travel to Surfers Paradise

    Take a flight to Brisbane and head down to Surfers Paradise, the epicenter of Australian fun.

    Free Time Suggestions

    ***Elsewhere: ***This bar/nightclub’s ambience is clubbier than a lot of the other nightlife you’ll find in Surfers Paradise. Dance til you can’t dance no more inside then take in some fresh air and the night sky in the Penny Lane outdoor area.
    ***D'Arcy Arms: ***For a more low key night, check out D’Arcy Arms, the spot for heaping plates of Irish food, Guinness drafts, and live music.
    ***Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night Markets: ***A buzzing hub of treasure hunters, bargain spotters, and after-dinner walkers, this coastal stretch of more than 100 stalls is the place to go for unique gifts like jewelry, art, and homewares (open Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights).

    Day 11: Optional Surfers Paradise Rainforest Tour

    Free Time Suggestions

    ***Surfers Paradise Beach: ***This town is named Surfers Paradise for reason. Catch some rays, watch surfers in their natural habitat, and grab a photo under the Surfers Paradise arch.
    SkyPoint: Take the elevator to the 77th floor for a 360-degree view of the Gold Coast from the Observation Deck or earn the view by taking Australia’s highest external building walk up SkyPoint Climb.
    Evandale Park: Hang out in this man-made saltwater lake bordered by the Nerang River and an art walk. It’s a perfect place for a picnic, especially if you’re looking to throw some shrimp on the public barbies.

    Surfer's Paradise Rainforest(extra cost)

    Go for a full-day tour of the Lamington and Mount Tamborine National Parks. Out-of-this world vegetation, cascading waterfalls and incredible scenic views make for a truly unforgettable trip into Australia’s largest preserved subtropical rainforest. Feed exotic birds by hand, have some morning tea, and chow down on an Aussie BBQ lunch. You’ll also visit O’Reilly’s Guest House and take a “Tree Top Walk” high above the rainforest floor.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

    Day 12: Travel to Sydney

    Hop on a flight to Sydney, Australia's oldest and largest city. Sydney has an energizing combination of scenery, culture, and nightlife. It's also known for being a very international city—more than 200 nationalities are represented in the city's population.

    Introduction to Sydney
    Get to know Sydney. Your tour director will take you on a short tour of the area, pointing out all of the major highlights.

    Free time Suggestions

    ***The Camelot Lounge: ***This hidden gem is an explosion of quirkiness (and camels). It’s a fun spot for intimate drinks or catching live music and comedy.
    ***The Lord Nelson: ***Sydney’s oldest hotel doubles as a pub and microbrewery and its nautical stone and wood theme give make it feel like an old world tavern.
    ***The Sunroom at The Ivy: ***A classy rooftop pool bar, The Sunroom is the place to dance to R’n’B, garage, dance, and Top 20 music.

    Day 13: Sightseeing Tour of Sydney

    Your tour director will bring Sydney into focus. Learn about the city’s early role as a home for exiled convicts, and see the Sydney Opera House with its famous sail-like roof.

    Opal Shop
    The opal is the national gemstone of Australia and makes a great souvenir. Learn all about the special stone and maybe pick up one or two on your visit.

    Sydney Tower
    Go up to the observation deck of Sydney Tower. At 1,063 feet, this is the second-tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Sydney Harbor Cruise
    Enjoy a scenic boat ride out on the picturesque Sydney Harbor and enjoy the amazing city views. You'll also visit Darling Harbor, an area of shops, gardens and museums.

    Sydney Wildlife World
    Get up close to all kinds of animals, including Australian favorites like kangaroos, koalas and crocs.

    Day 14: Free Day in Sydney

    Free Time Suggestions

    Bondi Beach: Take your time swimming, sunbathing on the beach, or exploring the sandstone cliffs and coves of the one-hour Bondi-to-Bronte walk.
    Royal National Park: Rainforest gullies and coastline make up the more than 50 square feet of park. Walk or bike its trails or enjoy any of its revered beaches.
    ***Royal Botanic Gardens: ***Pack a lunch and roam this urban oasis full of Sydney’s native colors and smells. Be sure to make it to Mrs. Macquaries Chair for an unparalleled view of the Opera House across the harbor.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

    Day 15: Fly Home

    Goodbye, friends!
    Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?



    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.


Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 26 authentic traveler reviews
  • Australia: the land down under for everyone!

      Victoria, traveled Dec 2019

    Australia is a country like no other! There is something for everyone and the Ausies are extremely welcoming. With this trip you will cover lots of bucket list items from the most amazing beaches, to the Great Barrier Reef, and the Sydney Opera House! All of the optional excursions are worth the add one plus there are tons of things to do once you arrive. Ho... See more

  • 15 days, 2 platypuses, a million memories, 5 stars

      Anonymous, traveled Sep 2019

    Wowiee what an unforgettable trip. This is my 4th trip with EF and honestly my favorite. It's hard to say what the best part was between the reefs, ocean rafting, Whitehaven Beach, holding koalas and throwing boomerangs. Ray, my tour director, was the best. He was super knowledgable, friendly, and funny. He gave us a ton of recommendations on stuff to do and... See more

  • Friends for life

      Anonymous, traveled Jul 2019

    I meet the most amazing people life long friends that i will cherish forever had the time of my life, the tour guide was amazing and made it a trip of a life time.

  • Iceland was beautiful

      Jenna, traveled Dec 2018

    Iceland was beautiful but 4 days is not enough time to spend in this country! You can do a solo trip and spend LESS money and have more time (and also camp and explore more of the land). I missed out on 2 full days of this trip because of flight delays due to weather in New York and Philly on my way over to Iceland. Also, EF booked me on a flight from phill... See more

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