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Australia: Summer Down Under

Swim trunks and party pants required for this all-gay Australia tour. Highlights include the outback, Melbourne, Tasmania, and Sydney Mardi Gras.

Slather on your highest SPF and get ready for this ripper adventure during Straya’s summer season—North America’s winter. Our all-gay escapade begins in quirky, queer and ultrahip Melboure with a private walking tour of the city’s graffitied alleys, world-renowned cafes and rooftop bars. We’ll sip New World wines in fertile Yarra Valley, and enjoy both the bush and beach lining the heritage-listed Great Ocean Road. Then it’s off to temperate Tassie (or Tasmania to the rest of us muggles) for a taste of the country’s ecological and agricultural side. Finally, our sunny sojourn culminates in splashy Sydney with surf lessons, ocean-fed pools, harbour cruises, and the rowdiest Pride this side of the equator, Mardi Gras. Crikey!

For those looking to extend their time in Koala Country, stay tuned for an exciting extension focusing on some of Australia’s most famous natural wonders. Alternatively, begin your South Pacific holiday by combining this tour with our all-gay New Zealand: Active South Island Adventure.

Please Note: 2021 and 2022 booking conditions differ, please ensure you have read all booking conditions thoroughly.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Party your togs off at Sydney Mardi Gras, one of the world’s premiere Pride events
  • Cruise Sydney Harbour during sunset with a group of local and international LGBT people
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road and photograph the angelic 12 Apostles
  • Learn to rip ‘n’ ride waves like a true-born Aussie during a Bondi Beach surf class
  • Discover Tasmania’s temperate rainforests and epic coastlines
  • Photograph a range of endemic marsupials in Freycinet National Park including roo (kangaroo), wombats, echidnas, wallaby, and the rare Tasmanian devil
  • Take a bite out of Melbourne, one of the hippest and food-centric cities in the world
  • Get a taste of Australia’s bodacious cool climate wines in Yarra Valley
  • Doggy paddle around Icebergs Club—Bondi Beach’s famous ocean-fed pool

DATES AND PRICES

Feb. 24 - Mar. 6, 2022 (From $5,795.00 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $5,795.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,400.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2022)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Carl Hiehn
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Melbourne

G’day! Welcome to Melbourne, Australia. With flat whites in hand, we’ll kick things off with a brief Welcome Meeting followed by a tour of the city’s graffitied alleys. Along the way we’ll stroll trendy Fitzroy to discover its off-beat, counter-culture and queer hotspots. We’ll taste freshly whipped gelato in Little Italy and finish the afternoon with cocktails on a rooftop bar. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner will be at one of the city’s most lauded restaurants—a proclamation we don’t take lightly considering Melbourne has become one of the world’s most respected foodie destinations.

Day 2 Melbourne

After a leisurely morning, we’re off to the lush Yarra Valley. This fertile region is home to Victoria’s oldest vineyards. The climate here is particularly well suited for cool-climate grapes such as chardonnay and pinot noir. Oenophiles will revel in the boutique and award-winning producers we visit, not to mention our sumptuous vineyard lunch served al fresco. Back in Melbourne your evening is free to further explore the city, join the group for an optional dinner or dip your toe into the eclectic gay nightlife. But not too late—as an Aussie would say, tomorrow will be ‘flat out like a lizard drinking!’

Day 3 The Great Ocean Road

Up and at ‘em, Gentlemen! We have an epic 12-hour day ahead, exploring the many sights along the Great Ocean Road. We’ll wander a lush rainforest, discover a secret bay and (hopefully) spot some grazing roo. Of course, today’s highlight will be visiting the heavenly 12 Apostles—a group of limestone monoliths erupting from the ocean just off the coast. Lunch will be served at a local seafood restaurant with ocean views. If you aren’t too tuckered out, join us for an optional dinner before mingling with the locals in one of the city’s many gay bars.

Day 4 Hobart

After a leisurely breakfast we jet off to Hobart, Tassie’s (Tasmania’s) quaint capital. Upon arrival we’ll check into our hotel and get our bearings on a quick orientation walk around the sleepy coastal city. If time allows, take an optional visit to the architectural and cultural gem, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Finally, at tonight’s included dinner we’ll get a taste of the island’s delectable seafood.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 5 Hobart

Morning, Mate! After brekkie we make our way to Bruny Island, an agricultural region known for its fresh produce, briny oysters, salty cheese and spectacular scenery. The journey will take about 2 hours each way including the ferry. Once on Bruny we’ll drive to one of the country’s southernmost lighthouses. We’ll then slowly explore the striking island before an exquisite lunch at Bruny Island Wines. On the way back—and if time permits—we may drive up to Mt Wellington for a panoramic view of Hobart and its magnificent harbour. The evening is yours to further explore the city or join an optional group dinner.

Day 6 Freycinet National Park

Today we have a scenic 3-hour drive to the fabulous seaside Freycinet Lodge located inside Freycinet National Park. We’ll enjoy a briney lunch of mussels and oysters at Freycinet Marine Farm before a relaxed afternoon on the beach. Alternatively, book yourself a rejuvenating massage at the lodge’s spa. This evening you are welcome to join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 7 Wine Glass Bay

For those wanting to stretch their hamstrings, we’ve planned an optional tramp up to Wineglass Bay lookout today. The gorgeous walk is about 2.5 hours return and involves some incline. The rest of the day is free and there are a number of optional activities to choose from including sea kayaking, scenic flights and coastal cruises. Tonight we have a delicious dinner planned at the lodge.

Day 8 Sydney

This morning we’ll drive back to Hobart airport and fly to splashy Sydney, arriving early in the afternoon. We recommend grabbing some Maccas (McDonald’s) or a light lunch at the airport. After dropping our bags at our centrally-located hotel, we’ll stroll the famous harbour and get our first glimpse of the majestic Sydney Opera House. It’s here we’ll board a Mardi Gras sunset cruise. Aboard the posh vessel we’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with other LGBT jet setters. We’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome drink, canapes, chill tunes courtesy of a live DJ and some epic sunset views behind Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. Please see Important Information for a special note on purchasing domestic airfare.

Day 9 Sydney

Pull on your cutest togs and prepare to dive into legendary Bondi Beach. On the sandy shore we’ll meet our hunky surf instructor and learn to rip ‘n’ ride like a local. Please note: while we attempted to book the Herculean Hemsworths, their ‘people’ informed us they were a wee out of our price range. Fair dinkum, we suppose. Nevertheless, the experience will be epically unforgettable. It’s worth emphasizing the physicality of surfing, though, so for anyone looking for a leisurely alternative we recommend a dip in nearby Bondi Icebergs CLUB. If time allows, we also recommend a scenic stroll along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk. After working up a big Aussie appetite, we’ll enjoy a seaside lunch with views of the crashing waves. The rest of your day is free to enjoy the multitude of Mardi Gras festivities in this humming city.

Day 10 Sydney

If you smashed the town last night, don’t worry. This morning you can either sleep in or enjoy a simple stroll along the hip strip of Oxford Street, Sydney’s gaybourhood. Later this afternoon we’ll regroup for a big gay farewell lunch before a local drag queen helps us get glittered up for the big finale, the Mardi Gras parade. We’re planning on heading to the parade route early to find a good view of the festivities, but for an additional add-on we can purchase tickets in the exclusive Diamond Club bleachers viewing area *limited availability, ask us for details*. While we’ll play the evening by ear, the event officially goes until 11pm so you may want to break up your schooners with flat whites. After the parade finishes, you are free to keep the party going on Oxford Street or head back to the hotel.

Day 11 Departure

Alas, it’s our final day with no planned activities so you are free to depart at leisure. If you’d like to keep the adventure going, stay tuned for details on our post Mardi Gras package which will visit some of Australia’s most famous natural wonders.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

MARKETING MANAGER & HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 1 Group Leader and 1 Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour
  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All included activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International and domestic airfare (details will be provided when the official Trip Guarantee is sent to group)
  • Entry visa costs
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.
  • Gratuities for Group Leader (Australia is not a tipping culture however a small gift may be warmly received.)
  • Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Water on transportation—please bring a reusable water bottle as Australia’s tap water is crisp, clean and refreshing.
  • All optional activities mentioned/suggested
  • Alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner, unless otherwise indicated

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Melbourne
Zagma's House
Exterior
Melbourne
Zagma's House
Standard
Melbourne
Zagma's House
Standard
Melbourne
Zagma's House
Bathroom
Melbourne
Zagma's House
Bathroom
Hobart
The Hotel Grand Chancellor
Harbour Exterior
Hobart
The Hotel Grand Chancellor
Harbour View Standard
Hobart
The Hotel Grand Chancellor
Harbour View Standard
Hobart
The Hotel Grand Chancellor
Pool
Wine Glass Bay
Freycinet Lodge
Exterior
Wine Glass Bay
Freycinet Lodge
Common Lounge
Wine Glass Bay
Freycinet Lodge
Terrace
Wine Glass Bay
Freycinet Lodge
Single Room Cabin
Sydney
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Exterior
Sydney
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Reception
Sydney
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Superior
Sydney
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
Pool



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4-Star Hotels: Very comfortable and well-decorated rooms along with quality amenities such as a stylish restaurant and/or bar, a fitness centre, and a pool/sauna. Customer service is very good, and there is usually a concierge.

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