Ocean to Outback Walkabout
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20 Days of Exclusive & Active Adventure in Australia

The Ocean to Outback Australia Walkabout packs a lifetime of classic Australian experiences into an active and unforgettable three weeks. Embark on guided luxury treks on two of Australia’s Great Walks, plunge into crystal waters from eco-retreats on Kangaroo and Lord Howe Islands, taste South Australia’s best wines in the McLaren Vale, and embrace the urban buzz of Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

From $12,572 person based on double occupancy. Contact us to book this trip or customize your perfect Australia adventure!

Offer is valid for bookings by May 15, 2017 and departures by Nov 20, 2017.

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Adventure Highlights

Hike through the wild Outback of Australia’s Wilpena Pound on the 4-night Arkaba Walk

Approach the Twelve Apostles by way of oceanside trails on the 3-night Twelve Apostles Walk

Learn about sea lion research efforts on a naturalist-guided excursion to Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island

Savor Shiraz and other South Australia wine varietals on a Food and Wine Tour of McClaren Vale

Immerse yourself in the acoustics of the Sydney Opera House with dinner and a show

Relax and rejuvenate on the UNESCO World Heritage recognized Lord Howe Island

Day 1 – Arrive in Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne where you’ll be met at the airport for your private transfer to the Ovolo Laneways Hotel! This trendy boutique hotel puts you in the heart of Melbourne and within walking distance of the most iconic attractions of the city, including Flinders Lane, Federation Square, Parliament House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the famous laneways!

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Ovolo Laneways

 

Day 2 – Melbourne to Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

Depart from Melbourne and join your guide and small group for a four-day Twelve Apostles Guided Walk. After your guide briefs you on the trip and sets you up with your gear, it’s off to Castle Cove to start walking!

Begin your first day of walking along cliff-top ocean vistas before entering an enchanting grass tree forest. Soon after, drop down onto Johanna Beach for about a mile of beach walking with the ocean only steps away. The soft sand offers a great opportunity to take off your boots and feel the sand under your feet. Just don’t turn your back to the unpredictable waves! After walking the beach, you’ll cross the Johanna River and choose whether to take the easy 1.8 mile stroll back to the lodge or have your guide call for road support to come and get you! Total walking distance is about 3.7 miles.

The following three nights are spent at the trekking lodge on Johanna Beach, staying in eco-luxe villas with ensuite bathrooms, flushing toilets, fresh linen and hot showers. Enjoy a fine dinner with fellow guests and relax to the sound of waves crashing in the distance.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Trekking Lodge on Johanna Beach

 

Day 3 – Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk – Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head

This is your hardest day out on track, but it offers spectacular seascapes and covers some of the most remote parts of the Great Ocean Walk. The challenge delivers great rewards and the wild, weathered headlands give you a sense that you’re at the world’s edge.

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk AustraliaThe ocean is your steadfast companion across the 7.7 miles of rolling terrain, beginning with a descent to Milanesia Beach. Here, your guide will point out a ‘natural rock wall’ that would be the envy of any budding climber. After a fleeting beach visit, it’s a short but bracing climb that whispers of inclines to come. Over the next hours, your trail carves its way through deep gullies with tree ferns and towering remnant Eucalyptus. There’s 132 steps to ascend before trailing west out of the forest to Ryan’s Den. On suitable days, this is your lunch perch. The Den gifts with unsurpassed views across to Cape Volney and Cape Otway.

Further along the trail, as it follows the tumbles and rises of the coastline, keep an eye out for Cape Volney. There’s a bench that, if time allowed, could swallow hours. Heaving seas disappear into watery caves. Views west travel to the horizon’s edge. And the entire spectacle is framed by the forest.

Total Walking Distance: 8 miles

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Trekking Lodge on Johanna Beach

 

Day 4 – Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk – Moonlight Head to Princetown

Shipwrecks, sandy pathways, exposed heathland, and maybe even your first glimpse of the Apostles mark this day of hiking. Start at The Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas. After the challenging ups and downs of yesterday, this day is more pleasant and mild.

More than 300 ships have come to grief on this stretch of coastline. Your first stop is the aptly named Wreck Beach, a suitable reminder of the early ocean voyages across these treacherous waters. If conditions allow, you’ll drop down to Wreck Beach and hear tales of pillaging and misfortune, including a ship which traveled from China only to sink with its cargo of tea and tint the ocean. Depending on the tides, an alternate route leads through to Devils Kitchen, home to arguably Australia’s best lavatory vista!

Following lunch, notice how the geology begins to change from sandstone to limestone. Thick Eucalypti forest gives way to sections of moonscape, indicators of what’s in store. Keep an eye out for native rosemary, cushion plants, and wild flowers in season. Your first glimpse of the Gellibrand River marks the entrance to Port Campbell National Park. This freshwater river near the sleepy hamlet of Princetown is an easy downhill stroll. After some 8 miles, reward yourself with a cooling river dip.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Trekking Lodge on Johanna Beach

 

Day 5 – Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk – Princetown to The Twelve Apostles

12 Apostles Lodge Walk - Scenic flightEnjoy your final morning at the Walking Lodge. After another tasty breakfast, there’s a final pack-up, check-out and lodge farewell as we again head west to Princetown. As you follow the trail along the coastline, The Twelve Apostles will emerge in the distance in a slow reveal. Also keep your eye out of the two resident mobs of kangaroos in the area! Stop at the viewpoint reserved exclusively for walkers before the final stretch of trail into the 12 Apostles Visitors Center. You’ve made it!

Now take to the skies with a stunning ten minute 12 Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight for an unparalleled view of this amazing coast. Move on to the nearby town of Port Campbell for lunch before transferring back to Melbourne. Enjoy a free night in Melbourne!

Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight: Ovolo Laneways

 

Day 6 – Melbourne to Kangaroo Island

Depart your hotel in the morning to head to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Adelaide (flight not included). Make your way to the General Aviation Terminal for your next flight to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, you will be met by your transfer to Southern Ocean Lodge where you will spend the next three nights.

Dinner – Overnight: Southern Ocean Lodge

 

Days 7 and 8 – Kangaroo Island

Seal at Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island AustraliaExperience Kangaroo Island with Southern Ocean Lodge’s Signature Experiences (included in your tour). Enjoy a half-day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park to discover natural icons like the Remarkable Rocks and the fur seal colony at Admirals Arch. Join a nocturnal tour to see the island by night and catch koalas at their most active. And delve into island history at Grassdale, where you can savor canapes and cocktails with a view of resident wallabies and kangaroos.

If you need more rest after your walk, the select open bar, coastal setting, and calming spa will provide a respite!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Southern Ocean Lodge

 

Day 9 – Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Transfer to Kingscote Airport for your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide. Spend the rest of the day on your own exploring Adelaide.

Breakfast – Overnight: Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

 

Day 10 – Food & Wine Day Tour of McLaren Vale

Food and Wine Tour of the McClaren Vale, AustraliaTravel through the scenic hills outside of Adelaide for a day of wine tasting and culinary indulgence in the McLaren Vale region. You’ll visit the Coriole winery, where a beautiful little ironstone cellar is surrounded by magnificent views and gardens. The winery is known for its bottles of the region’s renowned Shiraz, as well as its outstanding range of wines, olives, olive oils, and cheeses. You’ll also visit other small producers and enjoy a lunch highlighting the local delicacies of the region.

Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight: Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

 

Day 11 – Adelaide to Arkaba Walk

Arkaba_Flinders-Ranges_South-Australia_Euro-RooIt’s an early departure from Adelaide to head inland into the Australian Outback for the Arkaba Walk. You’ll fly to Port Augusta in the morning where a guide will transfer you 75 minutes by road to the Arkaba Homestead.

After eating breakfast, you’ll set off on foot through the basin of Wilpena Pound to Black’s Gap Signature Camp. The Wilpena Pound is a natural amphitheater formed by sloping mountains and holds great importance among the aboriginal Adnyamathanha people. Keep an eye out for emus and kangaroos among the vast expanses.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Arkaba, Black’s Gap Camp

 

 

Day 12 – Arkaba Walk – Black’s Gap Camp to Elder Camp

Your next day on walkabout in the Australian Outback presents a challenging hike through creeks and broken country. As the day winds on, you’ll approach the foothills of the Elder Range where you’ll stay at Elder Camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Arkaba, Elder Camp

 

Arkaba_Flinders-Ranges_South-Australia_EmuDay 13 – Arkaba Walk – Elder Camp to Arkaba Heritage Homestead

On your final day along the Arkaba Walk, you’ll traverse varying terrain through Mallee and cypress forests. Finish your trek by ascending the Red Range and crossing Arkaba Creek to arrive at the Arkaba Homestead.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Arkaba Heritage Homestead

 

Day 14 – Arkaba Homestead Nature Walks & Game Drives

Spend your last day in the Arkaba Outback diving deep into the environment on guided walks and game drives. You’ll learn about the geology of the  Flinders Range which dates back millions of years. You’ll also hear the captivating natural history of these undulating mountains and search for the distinct animals that endure in these environments, like echidnas and goannas.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – Overnight: Arkaba Heritage Homestead

 

Day 15 – Arkaba Homestead to Adelaide to Sydney

Reward your efforts on a scenic transfer through the gorgeous towns of the Australian Outback, with stops for wine tasting and lunch in the Clare Valley. Fly to Adelaide Airport where you’ll connect for your flight to Sydney (flight to Sydney not included). Upon arrival in Sydney, you’ll be transferred to the Establishment Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch – Overnight: Establishment Hotel

 

Day 16 – Sydney and Red Carpet Package at the Sydney Opera House

Spend your day exploring Sydney’s sights on your own. Then have an unforgettable evening with a Red Carpet Package at the Sydney Opera House, which includes a tour, dinner, and performance ticket.

Sydney Opera HouseStart the evening around 4:30 pm the Sydney Opera House Tour. You’ll see behind the scenes of the world’s most recognizable sails, and learn how this miracle of architecture and engineering came to be against all odds. Next, you’ll engage in a pre-theater, three-course dinner at Bennelong Restaurant. Finally, you’ll experience the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance of your choice. Other show options may be available as well, including opera and ballet.

Dinner – Overnight: Establishment Hotel

 

Day 17 – Sydney to Lord Howe Island

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Lord Howe Island (not included). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Capella Lodge. Resting atop romantic Lover’s Bay, the Lodge will be your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island.

Breakfast, Dinner – Overnight: Capella Lodge

 

Days 18 and 19 – Exploring Lord Howe Island

With Capella as your luxe base camp, take to rainforest trails, explore rocky coves alive with magnificent birdlife, or venture into valleys brimming with ancient plants. For an extra challenge, climb to the summit of Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks. Or just relax and comb for shells on the island’s pristine white-sanded beaches.

Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island AustraliaThere is also plenty to see under the clear, warm Lord Howe waters. Soft and hard corals, sea turtles, and schools of fish inhabit the intriguing submarine cities sheltered within the reef, while kingfish, tuna and marlin cruise deeper waters. Put on your fins and snorkel or hop onto a glass-bottomed boat to explore this underwater world.

Don’t miss a discovery tour with Capella’s resident naturalist Caitlin Woods! Also, take time to indulge and unwind at the Capella Spa, where a menu of of signature spa treatments are inspired by Australia’s indigenous dreamtime.

Breakfast, Dinner – Overnight: Capella Lodge

 

Day 20 – Depart Lord Howe Island & Tour Ends!

After enjoying one last breakfast at Capella Lodge it’s time to head home or continue your Australia trip (flights not included)!

Breakfast

 

Ovolo Laneways

Bursts of color add contrast to the sleek rooms of Ovolo Laneways, mimicking the graffiti-covered alleyways that inspire the hotel’s name. Trendy, and a little funky, Ovolo is full of touches to make your stay just a little smoother, like a free in-room bar to prepare you for a night out in vibrant Melbourne or to help you recover the next morning. A central location means you’re never far from the action and super-speed wifi will keep your Facebook feed filled with shots of street art from your city wanderings.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

Known as “Australia’s Galapagos”, Kangaroo Island is the setting for the spectacular Southern Ocean Lodge. Floor to ceiling windows in the Lodge’s Great Room greet guests with a dazzling display of the untouched Southern Ocean coastline, and the views from its 21 glass-walled suites and adjoining outdoor terraces are no less dramatic.

Kangaroos, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, and koalas all frequent the coastal ecosystems of the island. Explore the limestone clifftops of Flinders Chase National Park or dive into the local arts and culinary scene with a glass of wine from a boutique producer!

Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Located in the heart of Adelaide, and overlooking Rundle Mall, the Mayfair Hotel occupies the historic Colonial Mutual Life building. Hit the rooftop bar for open-air views of the city and chic cocktails, or walk down the block to the Art Gallery of South Australia for a taste of local culture.

Arkaba Homestead

Arkaba StationFormerly a sheep station, Arkaba is a private wildlife conservancy in the Australian Outback. The lodge sleeps just 10 guests a night among its 60,000 acres of land. More than one million native animals have been sustained by the conservancy’s efforts, including nearly-lost species such as yellow-footed rock wallabies. While the surrounding outback offers rugged hiking opportunities, the rooms are pure frontier comfort with decor by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf. The homestead’s cuisine is treated with equal care and features the abundant produce of the area along an extensive cellar of South Australian wines.

Establishment Hotel

It’s no surprise that Merivale, which operates the Establishment Hotel, got its start as a fashion house. The hotel is strikingly modern, the supermodel of Sydney’s Central Business District. City icons like the Harbour, Opera House, and botanical gardens are a short walk away, and a private, on-site gym balances out the hotel’s six buzzing bars and restaurants. Hip and memorable, the Establishment Hotel echoes Sydney’s rising stature on the world-scene.

Capella Lodge

Capella-Lodge_Lord-Howe-Island_Lagoon_Views1Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imposing twin mountains. The Lodge’s nine contemporary island-style suites are designed to complement Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the authentic Australian beach house, suites feature lavish king beds, beach-chic furnishings and generous decks. This is barefoot luxury at its best.

 

Jake Haupert

Jake Haupert, Escape ArtistAt Evergreen Escapes, we are dedicated to handcrafting personalized and immersive Australian adventures, while practicing our ethos of low-impact, responsible travel!

I have spent the past 12 years planning life-enriching travel to Oz and visit regularly to find new exceptional and undiscovered experiences in the country. All of my custom-crafted journeys blend natural wonders, exotic wildlife, cultural connections, and culinary indulgences, for the full Aussie experience!

Our goal is to collaborate with clients who appreciate that travel is more than merely taking a vacation. We are proud to have earned a National Geographic Traveler ’Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime’ in 2015 for our tour to the Kimberley Region and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, and I look forward to putting the same level of care into curating your next adventure!

I look forward to answering your questions about this tour or helping you customize a dream trip to the Land Down Under. Contact us by phone or email, and if you are in Seattle, please come by our Adventure Hub & Winery for a consultation!

From $12,572 per person, based on two people sharing accommodations. Offer is valid for bookings by May 15, 2017 and departures by Nov 20, 2017. 

Inclusions:

  • Two nights stay at the Ovolo Laneways Hotel, Melbourne (pre- and post- 12 Apostles Walk)
  • Four Day/Three Night 12 Apostles Guided Walk including three nights eco-lodge accommodation, meals, National Park entry fee, daily transfers from the lodge to trail, walk notes and a 10-minute Twelve Apostles Scenic Helicopter Flight.
  • Three Night stay at the Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island. Includes all dining, select open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, signature experiences, a AU$50/person Southern Spa and Bespoke Experience Credit and on island transfers
  • Two Night stay at Mayfair Hotel Adelaide with breakfast included
  • McLaren Vale Food and Wine Day Tour from Adelaide
  • 5-Day/4-Night Arkaba Walk including all meals, drinks, a support vehicle taking your luggage between camps, two nights camping in deluxe swags on one of our famous star beds, two nights in the 1850s Arkaba Homestead plus your transfers from Adelaide. You’ll fly one way from Adelaide – Port Augusta while returning by scenic road transfer with lunch in the picturesque Clare Valley.
  • 2 Night Stay at the Establishment Hotel in Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Red Carpet Package
  • Three Night Stay at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island including island airport transfers, gourmet breakfast daily, sunset open bar drinks with canapés each evening, dinner nightly with inspired daily menu and select dinner wines and non-alcoholic beverages.

Exclusions

  • International flights and airport taxes (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
  • Internal flights not specified in the itinerary (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
  • Meals and drinks other than specified
  • Activities/excursions not specified (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged by Evergreen Escapes)
  • Gratuities

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DEPOSIT & PAYMENT: A minimum 25% deposit is required at time of booking – deposit amount will vary based on the itinerary, destination, and partner operators. Some tours, accommodations, or events require earlier payment or deposits and you will be advised if this is the case. Late or nonpayment may cause automatic cancellation of your booking. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. If cancellation is received 60 days or more prior to departure, the full deposit can be used towards a future booking. Cancellation must be received in writing. If cancellation is received 14 to 59 days prior to departure, 75% of the trip cost is non-refundable. If cancellation is received within 2 weeks of departure, 100% of the trip cost is non-refundable. Additional change and cancellation fees may apply based on the discretion of the service providers used in said itinerary.

*Please note: Change and cancellation fees do not include penalties incurred by third parties that are out of our control. Other cancellation fees or refunds for customer cancellation are at the discretion of the hotels, tour operators, caterers, rental car agencies, and other service providers with which Evergreen Escapes has reserved on the customer’s behalf for travel and tour related services. Insurance purchases are always non-refundable.

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INSURANCE: Travel insurance is not included but can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased through Evergreen Escapes.

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ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE: Our clients always maintain a respectful distance while watching or photographing wildlife. Move slowly and quietly around wildlife when hiking. Avoid brightly colored clothes; wear drab greens and browns instead. Do not pick plants or wildflowers or trample over their habitats. Stay on the trail. Shore side, refill all holes and return large rocks to their original positions. Observe limits on the collection of edible species, and forgo the collection of others for souvenirs. Handle tide pool creatures gently and briefly, and return them to their original places. Educate others about ethical wildlife observation – spread the word.

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