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Australia: Summer Down Under

Swim trunks and party pants required for this gay Australia tour. Highlights include 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 gay Australia tour begins in quirky, queer and ultrahip Melbourne 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 where we join the rowdiest Pride this side of the equator, Mardi Gras. Crikey!

For those looking to extend their time down under, begin your South Pacific holiday by combining this tour with our all-gay New Zealand: Active South Island Adventure.


Quick Facts


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Party your togs off at Sydney Mardi Gras, one of the world’s premiere Pride events
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road and photograph the angelic 12 Apostles
  • Discover Tasmania’s temperate rainforests and epic coastlines
  • Enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Freycinet National Park 
  • Take a bite out of Melbourne, one of the hippest and food-centric cities in the world
  • Learn about the history and culture of Sydney on an included city tour
  • Get a taste of Australia’s bodacious cool climate wines in Yarra Valley

DATES AND PRICES

2024
Feb. 22 - Mar. 3, 2024 (From $7,995 USD)
CLOSED
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $7,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement - on request: $2,040.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Frano Novljan
2025
Feb. 20 - Mar. 2, 2025 (From $8,995 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $8,995.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement - on request: $2,450.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $750 Deposit - Balance Due 90 Days before trip
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Frano Novljan
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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 at 1:00pm followed by a walk-through Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades making your way to Federation Square in the heart of the city center via some of the city’s graffitied laneways. From here, we head down to the seaside suburb of St Kilda for an afternoon of exploring LGBTQ+ history and a vibrant area that has always been a place of acceptance, diversity, and inclusion in Melbourne. You’ll visit important landmarks and venues significant to the LGBTQ+ community including the new Victorian Pride Centre, learn about the history of the area, and end with a drink in the oldest gay-friendly bar in the city, The Prince of Wales Pub. After working up an appetite, we’ll have a Welcome Dinner in St Kilda, taking in the views of the bay and St Kilda beach culture.

Day 2 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. After a sumptuous lunch of local seafood and regional produce in the popular holiday village of Apollo Bay we reach today’s highlight: the heavenly 12 Apostles—a group of limestone monoliths erupting from the ocean just off the coast. 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 3 Yarra Valley

This morning we depart for the Yarra Valley. Our first stop will be Fergusson winery where we have our first wine a tasting. We travel onto Dominique Portet. The Portets have been producing rosé in Australia since 1989 and this experience encompasses three different styles – sparkling Brut Rosé, their highly regarded Fontaine Rosé, and a new addition Single Vineyard Rosé. Enjoy a warm welcome from a Dominique Portet host, who will provide you with an overview of the estate’s history, then guide you through three wines matched with a selection of charcuterie, cheese, and rustic baguette. The perfect match for rosé. Santé! We head to Rochford Winery where we start with a tasting of 4 wines at the cellar door before sitting for lunch with a wine. After lunch we stop at Oakridge winery for a final wine tasting before making our scenic journey back to Melbourne. Your evening is free to further explore the city or join the group for an optional dinner.

Day 4 Hobart

This morning after 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. This afternoon you’ll have free time to wander this charming city. We highly recommend paying a visit to the architectural and cultural gem, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). If this interests you, museum and ferry tickets must be purchased in advance. Please consult with an Out Adventures representative on timing before purchasing tickets. 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! We have an early start this monring as 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 have a slew of activities that await. With a local guide, we’ll have morning tea and oysters, visit Adventure Bay, South Bruny National Park, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, a rainforest–and we’ll enjoy a splendid included lunch. 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 led by our local leader. 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 included 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 a snack or a light lunch at the airport. After dropping our bags at our centrally-located hotel we’ll have a short orientation walk and get our first glimpse of Darling Harbour. Later in the afternoon and evening you are welcome to stroll around this majestic coastal city on your own and perhaps take in one of the many Mardi Gras events, or join the group for an optional excursion and dinner. 

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

This morning we’ll get to know Sydney on an included walking tour. Highlights will include the Hyde Park Barracks, the State Library, State Parliament and finally arriving at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Along the way learn the history of this important part of Sydney and the stories of Sydney’s colonial past. There will be short stops along the way to point out significant landmarks and the history behind them. Once at the Royal Botanical Gardens spend some time wandering and exploring before arriving at the Rocks for an included lunch. The rest of your day is free to enjoy the multitude of Mardi Gras festivities in this humming city, or if there’s enough interest your host will organize an optional visit to Bondi Beach.

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 and get all glammed 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. 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. 


GUIDES AND HOSTS

HOST

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • 1 Out Adventures Host from beginning to end of tour, local guides in each city
  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
  • Transportation in private transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All included activities and experiences mentioned in the itinerary
  • A $50 USD Rainbow Railroad donation to help resettle LGBTQ+ refugees. Read more here.

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 host & local guides (Australia is not a tipping culture however a tip to your host and guides will be appreciated, budget approximately $150 USD)
  • 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
  • COVID-19 rapid tests, or any expenses related to a guest contracting COVID-19. Click here for more details.

LGBT INFO FOR Australia

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring, visa information, required
vaccinations, travel insurance and more.
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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Melbourne
Hilton Little Queen Street
Exterior
Melbourne
Hilton Little Queen Street
King Deluxe City View
Melbourne
Hilton Little Queen Street
Twin Deluxe City View
Melbourne
Hilton Little Queen Street
Bathroom
Hobart
Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
Exterior
Hobart
Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
Bar
Hobart
Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
Mountain/Park View Room
Hobart
Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
Mountain/Park View Room
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
The Grace Hotel
Exterior
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
Lobby
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
Signature Superior Room
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
Signature Superior Room



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