The Eastlander

For international visitors & country clients Austour can arrange your pre departure accommodation in Melbourne or Sydney. Contact Austour if you require this additional service.

A Family Tour - Ages 7 to 70 -   (MM CF 1 32 15 V1)

The Eastlander Safari Adventure is one of Australia’s iconic tours. Austour’s Director, Max, first took a group out on this tour in September 1965; it has been copied by many and has appealed to the international visitor particularly the Germans, French and Scandanavians who have wanted to see as much of Australia as possible.

The testimonial at the end of this itinerary says it all and has been endorsed by many thousands of happy customers. It has introduced numerous people to their favourite spot in Australia – the Barrier Reef, the Top End of Australia or the Australian Outback. There have been many lifelong relationships that began on safari and Austour’s management still hears from people by Christmas card or email from all corners of the globe.

Countless Australians invite their English or American friends to bring their children and come and join them. The tour is often a mini United Nations travelling in a true Aussie atmosphere.

Now offering two special  departure dates in 2017 –  20th July and 12th October.   The itineraries are available  and range from 9 – 32 days.

The Eastlander is a  traditional coach, camping tour but for those who prefer to wander off to a nearby cabin at night rather than pitch and sleep in a tent there is the soft adventure budget cabin option upgrade.

Accommodation: Two styles are offered:

  • Style A) Soft Adventure: budget cabin x 24 nights, YHA or similar x 7 nights *
  • Style B) Safari: Tent twin share x 24 nights ; budget cabin, YHA or similar x 7 nights*

 

Soft Adventure Option: 

Soft Adventure offers twin/multi share bunk style beds in a cabin or onsite vans, mostly without private ensuite facilities, in the immediate proximity to the camping parks in lieu of tents.

Soft Adventure passengers must remember that they are members of a camping and not an accommodated tour. Soft adventure is budget style.  The majority of occasions bathroom facilities are outside but nearby to the cabin. Bed linen is provided on most occasions, however Austour has sleeping bags provided for soft adventure clients for their tent nights so this can be used if linen is not included.

As this tour is a safari adventure and is travelling in remote regions, itineraries cannot always be adhered to and scheduled stops reached. Therefore, in the event of adverse conditions, Soft Adventure passengers may be required to camp on extra nights.

Soft Adventure passengers have their meals with the safari group at the camping park using camp stools and camp tables. There may be a short walk from the cabin to the camp kitchen and eating shelter.

The choice of Soft Adventure establishments is at the discretion of Austour. We recommend this package for departures in the summer months of November to March – the wet, humid & cyclonic season in northern Australia

Single occupancy is also available for an additional surcharge but is extremely limited and not encouraged.

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Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel as listed on our website. Refer Bookings

Day 01: MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA: Australia’s National Capital Day 1

Depart Melbourne at 7.00 am and travel via the Hume Freeway stopping to visit Glenrowan, the site of Australia’s most famous Bush Ranger, Ned Kelly’s last stand with the colonial police. Your destination is Canberra for your overnight accommodation.

Theme for the Day: Victorian Colonial Days

 

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B = YHA or similar

Day 02: CANBERRA TO SYDNEY Day 2

A local guide will take you on a brief tour of central Canberra and then its back to the Hume Highway for travel to today’s destination, Sydney – arriving mid-afternoon. Free time – we suggest a walking tour of down-town Sydney, Circular Quay, to take photographs of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Evening meal tonight at Sydney’s famous Chinatown.

Theme for the Day: The First Fleet and the Convict Era

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B = YHA or similar

Day 03: SYDNEY TO COFFS HARBOUR Day 3

The tour will depart Sydney accommodation at 8.00 am. For passengers joining in Sydney tour check in is at 7.15 am – please check your personal itinerary for further details. A Sydney guide will travel out of Sydney with you talking about the history of this exciting city. Travel north along the Pacific Highway and see the Australian bush, country towns, expanding suburbia and banana plantations. Your overnight is near the Pacific Ocean at the resort town of Coffs Harbour.

Theme for the Day: The Free Settlers and Growth of Sydney

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 04: BYRON BAY & GOLD COAST Day 4

The rural town of Grafton is the first stop then detour into Byron Bay on the coast – Australia’s most easterly point and an alternative lifestyle town. Cross the Queensland state border – the next two nights are at the Gold Coast.   Free time to enjoy some of the holiday resort nightlife.

Theme for the Day: Pineapple and Sugarcane Farming. Tourism

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 05: GOLD COAST - RELAXING, SURFING, SIGHTSEEING Day 5

A free day on the Gold Coast. Perhaps wander around the shops, laze on the beach or visit one of the many famous theme parks – Dreamworld, Seaworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild – at own expense. Tonight we have included the fantastic Australian Outback Spectacular Show – the first of its kind in Australia – enjoy a delicious dinner whilst watching an action packed performance.

Theme for the Day: Relaxing, Shopping, Surfing or enjoying the options – ballooning, white water rafting (at own expense)

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 06: BRISBANE & AUSTRALIA ZOO Day 6

Travel through Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, see pineapple plantations and country towns. The highlight today is an afternoon visit to the famous Australia Zoo of Steve Irwin fame. The next two nights are at Hervey Bay gateway to Fraser Island.

Theme for the Day: Brisbane the Capital, Queensland the State

Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Hervey Bay Harbour View Caravan Park

Day 07: WORLD HERITAGE FRASER ISLAND Day 7

A full day on Fraser Island including a half-day tour. Time to see dingoes, a shipwreck, beautiful rainforest scenery and freshwater inland lakes – a World Heritage sand island. Return ferry to the mainland for a special camp meal and overnight.

Theme for the Day: World Heritage Fraser Island

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Hervey Bay Harbour View Caravan Park

Day 08: CATTLE STATION STOPOVER Day 8

Leaving Hervey Bay join the Bruce Highway then detour into the town of Bundaberg, famous for its rum distillery. Then it’s onto the town of 1770, now a fishing village – this was where Captain James Cook first landed on the coast of Queensland. Your farm stay tonight is east of the small town of Raglan at Langmorn Station. Your host will take you for a tour of the property including the historic homestead. Six generations of the Creed family have farmed beef cattle since here1869. Enjoy afternoon tea of home made scones. See kangaroos in the wild. A roast dinner and camp overnight.

Theme for the Day: Queensland Cattle Industry. Captain James Cook

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Langmorn Station Property

Day 09: WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS Day 9

The morning stop is at Rockhampton, the beef cattle capital of Queensland, located on the Tropic of Capricorn. Continue north to Mackay and Airlie Beach, gateway to The Whitsunday Islands, for the next 2 nights.

Theme for the Day: Barrier Reef Islands

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 10: EXPLORING THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS Day 10

Join Ocean Rafting for an exhilarating ride to Whitehaven Beach, coral viewing, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks. Lunch included today. Evening free to enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality.

Theme for the Day: Relaxing and enjoying the Whitsunday Islands

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 11: BOWEN, TOWNSVILLE, INNISFAIL & CAIRNS Day 11

Travel north through the mango and sugar cane regions of Bowen and Townsville. See Tully and Innisfail, in Australia’s wettest, tropical rainforest regions, on the way to Cairns – settle in to Cairns for the next three nights. In the evening see Australia’s culture through Aboriginal eyes at Tjapukai – a powerful and personal hands on experience where you can meet and interact with the Tjapukai people as they demonstrate their ancient skills and knowledge of the natural world. A deep and lasting memory. Dinner included.

Theme for the Day: Tropical agriculture and vegetation

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 12: CAIRNS. OUTER BARRIER REEF CRUISE Day 12

Today it’s an 8.00 am departure for a beautiful Outer Barrier Reef Cruise. You get the chance of snorkelling, viewing the coral from a glass bottom boat and travelling on the beautiful blue water of the Barrier Reef.

Theme for the Day: The future of the Great Barrier Reef

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 13: CAIRNS SIGHTSEEING Day 13

A morning walking tour of Cairns to see and learn about this thriving tourist centre. Visit the Reef & Teach Education Centre that provides an informative insight into the Barrier Reef. The remainder of the day is available to relax and enjoy this tropical paradise or experience some of the many optional tours available (at own expense).

Theme for the Day: Relaxing and participation in optional tours

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 14: THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS & OUTBACK QUEENSLAND Day 14

Travel onto the beautiful Atherton Tablelands – tropical scenery, farming and agriculture. Then south through cattle country to join the Mitchell Highway at Hughenden and overnight camp.

Theme for the Day: The Tablelands and the Goldrush Era

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Torrens Creek Hotel Camping Park or similar

Day 15: AN ANCIENT LAND WHERE DINOSAURS ROAMED Day 15

Journey through the outback Queensland towns of Richmond, Julia Creek (site of a dinosaur museum) and the old copper mining town of Cloncurry, an important town in the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Qantas. Your destination is Mount Isa, a large mining town.

Theme for the Day: Prehistoric Times

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 16: MT ISA TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY Day 16

This morning  pass through the small outback town of Camooweal, an important cattle droving centre in the early days. The Barkly Highway crosses some of the largest cattle properties in the world. Overnight at Renner Springs or similar – a Stuart Highway NT settlement, in a typical outback setting.

Theme for the Day: The Largest Cattle Properties in the World

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Renner Springs Roadside Settlement

Day 17: DALY WATERS & MATARANKA – SWIM IN THERMAL POOLS Day 17

Today’s first stop is at the small outback town of Daly Waters, which is noted for its unique outback pub! At Mataranka a thermal pool provides a relaxing respite. Journey on to Katherine – settle into camp.

Theme for the Day: The Ghan Railway

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Day 18: LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK & DARWIN Day 18

Morning at Edith Falls and rock pool then travel to Litchfield National Park. See the magnetic termite mounds and beautiful waterfalls. Visit the wildlife park and then its on to Darwin – capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to our rapidly developing “Top End”. Orientation town tour, free time, evening meal of fish and chips on the beach before joining sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour.

Theme for the Day: The Tragedies of Darwin; World War II and Cyclone Tracey

 

Meals:
DINNER
Accommodation:
Style A & B = YHA or similar

Day 19: DARWIN – THE TOP END Day 19

A free day in Darwin to explore this tropical cosmopolitan capital city or to just relax. Lunch and dinner by own arrangement. Your crew can assist with optional tours in and around Darwin or perhaps to the Tiwi Island. The choice is yours.

Theme for the Day: The History of Migration and Settlement, 40,000 years ago to present

 

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
Style A & B = YHA or similar

Day 20: TO KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Day 20

Depart Darwin and travel south to join the Arnhem Highway. Visit Fogg Dam, Mary River Homestead and Window on the Wetlands. Continue along the Arnhem Highway, cross the South Alligator River and see the Crocodile Motel (a motel shaped like a crocodile!) at the town of Jabiru, Head Quarters of the Ranger Uranium Mine. See Aboriginal rock paintings and visit the Kakadu National Park Headquarters – a wilderness region. Overnight at Jabiru in Kakadu National Park.

Theme for the Day: Kakadu National Park and Uranium Mining

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Jabiru Camping Park

Day 21: EAST ALLIGATOR CROCODILE CRUISE & ARNHEMLAND Day 21

An exciting morning cruise on the East Alligator River. An Indigenous enterprise with Aboriginal guides. Step off the boat into Arnhem Land – watch spear throwing to catch the fish. Your journey through Arnhem Land takes us to the first settlement of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli). Meet a local guide who will take us to see a rock art site. Visit the local art centre and West Arnhem College, the local indigenous school. Return to Kakadu; visit Ubirr rock art site and enjoy the view looking back to Arnhem Land over a vast area of wetlands.

Theme for the Day: Arnhem Land

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Jabiru Camping Park

Day 22: KAKADU TO KATHERINE - CRUISING & TOURING Day 22

Up early for the natural wonders of Yellow Waters – wildlife cruise on the billabong. Such a variety of birds, crocodiles, attractive vegetation, water-lillies and wildflowers – a photographers delight! After breakfast it’s on to Pine Creek, a revitalised gold mining town. Your destination today is Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy an afternoon cruise through the gorge. Overnight in Katherine at Nitmiluk National Park.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Nitmiluk Gorge Camping Park

Day 23: TO TENNANT CREEK & THE DEVILS MARBLES, SACRED SITE Day 23

Pass through the settlements of Larrimah, Elliot and the gold mining town of Tennant Creek. Establish camp at Wauchope. Time permitting return to the Devils Marbles to photograph this unique, natural region at sunset and later perhaps meet the locals over a drink at the bar!

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Wauchope Hotel Camping Park

Day 24: CROSS THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN TO ALICE SPRINGS Day 24

Journey south along the Stuart Highway passing through several small settlements and cross the Tropic Of Capricorn. As you are still in cattle country you may see the large road trains. In Alice Springs visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap before settling in to your comfortable motel accommodation for 2 nights. Enjoy a swim in their pool. Tonight our Indigenous friends will visit to cook and sample kangaroo tail and bush tucker. Learn how to play a didgeridoo. An evening of cultural experiences and learning with Damien and Uncle Arthur.

Theme for the Day: The Explorers and the Telegraph connects to London, 1870s

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room Desert Palms Resort

Day 25: ALICE SPRINGS – A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE Day 25

A free day to explore “A Town Like Alice”. Perhaps a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges; a city sights tour or time to wander around the township shopping and visiting the art galleries. Many choices with which your crew can assist. This evening your dinner will be at Earth Sanctuary, a leader in the field sustainability, education and tourism. The owners and guides will entertain, participate in a star watch, cook a damper and lots of learning experiences. Return to your accommodation for your overnight.

Theme for the Day: Sustainability, the earth and environment

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = 3* Motel; Style B = Budget room

Day 26: TRAVEL TO KINGS CREEK STATION Day 26

Depart Alice Springs and travel south to Stuart Well, optional ride on a camel at your own expense.  Your destination is Kings Creek Station. Establish camp and sit around the campfire enjoying the atmosphere under the night sky.

Theme for the Day: Aboriginal Land and Indigenous cultures

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 27: ULURU KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK Day 27

Morning exhilarating Kings Canyon rim walk. Travel via Kings Creek Station, try a camel burger, then onto Curtin Springs Station to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and The Olgas). There will be time today to travel into the National Park and to photograph Uluru at sunset. Stay for 2 nights at Ayers Rock Resort Campground.

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 28: WORLD HERITAGE – ULURU Day 28

Up early to travel to Uluru for sunrise photographs. Afterwards visit the National Park Cultural Centre, time to explore and visit some of the sacred sites. Optional helicopter flights available, and Aboriginal cultural tours available at passengers own expense. Or just explore Uluru at your own pace. Remainder of afternoon free.

Theme for the Day: World Heritage Twice Listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent

Day 29: ACROSS THE OUTBACK TO OPAL FIELDS – COOBER PEDY Day 29

Head towards South Australia and across the gibber plains to Marla. Tonight you are in Coober Pedy, the world’s richest opal fields. A late afternoon guided tour of the town shows you an underground church and house, a disused opal mine – maybe see opals cut and polished and purchase one! Spend the night underground in a Coober Pedy dugout – a night to remember!

Theme for the Day: Opal Mining in Australia

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: Budget underground dugout Coober Pedy Opal Cave

Day 30: TO PORT LINCOLN VIA WOOMERA Day 30

On the road again, you are now in sheep country, saltbush, mulga scrub, sand dunes and salt lakes. Today’s destination is Port Lincoln on the lower coast of Eyre Peninsula. A commercial fishing centre that has the distinction of having the most millionaire business men and women per head of population anywhere in Australia – a fish dinner tonight!

Theme for the Day: The fishing industry

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Style A = Cabin; Style B = Tent Port Lincoln Caravan Park

Day 31: SWIMMING WITH THE TUNA, & TRAVEL TO ADELAIDE Day 31

An exciting adventure in store today as you travel by catamaran to the outer fish ponds and breeding pens. On with the wetsuit, flippers, goggles, an interesting talk and briefing on tuna fishing, its time for a swim with the tuna – two to three metres and longer. If you don’t want to swim, it’s fun to watch. Then alas its back to the mainland and onto the coach, visit a winery in the Barossa Valley nearby. Motel accommodation in the heart of Adelaide. Your last dinner together; a banquet in Chinatown!

Theme for the Day: Adelaide the capital, South Australia the state

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Styles A & B: YHA or similar

Day 32: TO MELBOURNE - TOUR CONCLUDES Day 32

International Passengers may choose to conclude their tour in Adelaide and fly on to other ports.

Depart Adelaide at 7.00 am for road journey direct to Melbourne. All tour itineraries conclude on arrival in Melbourne. Transfers to airport or hotels own arrangements.

Theme for the Day: Victoria the state, Melbourne the city

Meals:
Breakfast

TOUR FARE:

Style A: Soft Adventure: $14,500 per person, twin share / Child: $11600 sharing with 2 adults

Style B: Safari: $12,000 per person, twin share / Child: $9,000 sharing with 2 adults / Backpacker Special Fare: $10,000 per person, twin share

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Your tour cost includes:

  • The provision of a modern five star touring coach, air-conditioned, rest-room.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
  • The services of a Tour Manager who is also responsible for catering camp safari meals
  • The provision of specialist guides who join the coach on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information on the Theme of Day
  • The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
  • The provision of safari camp style cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals.
  • The payment of all accommodation costs, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • The provision of accommodation style chosen by you at the time of making your tour reservation. Style A) cabin, YHA or similar – Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Not included:

  • Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
  • Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
  • Domestic air travel.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Accommodation Style B) Linen, bring your own towel, sleeping bag, liner and small pillow.
  • Single accommodation costs for Styles A & B are available upon request but cannot always be guaranteed

 

 

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

Testimonials

Being back home safely I would like to tell you that the Great Australian Adventure has been the most exciting journey I ever made so far. From the very beginning on the evening before our departure up to the time we left the coach on Day 30 everything has been great. Your friendly welcome at the get-together evening and the introduction of our coach captain/tour leader; the catering manager and last but not least the tour manager made me curious whether I could stand this big challenge of this 30 day tour.

I have to say the crew did everything to make us feel fine. The excellent driver drove us very carefully to all our destinations. His wide range of information on the country, his great knowledge of the Australian flora and fauna is fascinating; he never stopped answering our questions – if he couldn’t answer a question he looked it up in one of his various books about plants and animals. He knew where we would like a photo stop. His special kind of humour I will not forget.

Thanks to the crew – they worked together marvellous and made us enjoy each day. Australia – this land is a living miracle. The people – never before have I met such friendly and communicative people. I could truly feel the warmth and the kindness. Being back home now I must confess that I didn’t only leave my footprints - I fell in love with the country. Thinking of your country my heart is starting to bumber – I nearly feel something like homesickness….

At this very moment I don’t have the slightest idea when I’ll come back but I know at the bottom of my heart that I have to return as soon as possible.

For my opinion travelling with Austour is the best one can do in Australia. All the best to the team, Max and your family.