Self Drive Australia & New Zealand

Self Drive
50 Days
£7,622per person

This encompassing self-drive journey takes you through the South West for spectacular ocean views, fascinating forests and historic towns, before heading east to Cairns and heading down the Sunshine way to experience the spectacular natural beauty of Australia. Fly over to Auckland and drive through the beautiful North Island before catching the ferry to the South Island discovering this amazingly unique land.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the rainforest of Cape Tribulation
  • Journey through the land that provides access to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a traditional cattle farm experience at Henderson Park Farm
  • Discover the wine region of Hunter Valley
  • Explore the golden sand beaches and rainforests of the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Spot dolphins and whales at Kaikoura
  • Drive over the Haast Pass and up the West Coast to Fox Glacier
  • Self-drive adventure

Trip Itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Depart London to arrive in Perth the next day. On arrival pick up your car hire and head towards Bunbury and perhaps stop at the Dolphin Discovery Centre before continuing to Busselton, home of the southern hemispheres longest jetty. Then it’s on to Margaret River

  • Day 3

    On your free day spend some time exploring the area.

  • Day 4

    Next, it’s on to Augusta. Stop at the windswept lighthouse of Cape Leeuwin to witness the meeting of the Indian and Great Southern Oceans. Continue your journey to the ‘Tall Timber Country’ of Pemberton, stopping off at Northcliffe. Drive to the Valley of the Giants, a forest of gigantic tingle trees. Continue to Albany. (B)

  • Day 5

    Day at leisure to discover Albany. Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ship and National Trust homes. Perhaps follow the Amity Trail, a 30 minute self-guided walk that takes you past historical buildings of note.

  • Day 6

    Head back to Perth on the Albany Highway, perhaps stopping at the Stirling Range National Park or the historic settlement of York.

  • Day 7

    Today you'll return your car in Perth and board a flight to Cairns. On arrival you'll pick up your car hire and drive into the rainforest to Cape Tribulation. This is where the rainforest truly meets the sea in a spectacular style.

  • Day 8-9

    Drive through the country town of Innisfail and Cairns before arriving at Port Douglas. The perfect chance to take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Day 10-11

    Continue following the picturesque Queensland coastline, through the towns of Ingham, known as Little Italy to the stunning little town of Mission Beach. Why not take a trip to the markets or visit Paronella Park?

  • Day 12

    Travel south to Townsville; a modern tropical city and the administrative capital of North Queensland. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland is recommended.

  • Days 13-14

    Follow the Bruce Highway along the coast as you head towards Airlie Beach, were you can relax for two days.

  • Day 15

    In the morning drive along the Bruce Highway to the country retreat at Henderson Park Farm for a true Aussie cattle farm experience.

  • Day 16

    After your morning catamaran transfer back to River Heads, you can travel along the Isis Highway towards Agnes Water. This will take you through the historic town of Bundaberg, the home of Bundaberg Rum.

  • Days 17-18

    Travel to River Heads, the departure point for Fraser Island. From here you will board the Kingfisher Bay Catamaran and be transported to the stunning Fraser Island and explore for 2 days at your own pace.

  • Day 19

    Visit Noosa arrive in Brisbane for an overnight stay.

  • Day 20

    The popular holiday playground of the Gold Coast stretches through the resorts of Coolangatta and Broadbeach towards Surfer’s Paradise. The fantastic each is a great place to learn to surf, plus there’s shopping, a vibrant nightlife and nearby theme parks.

  • Day 21

    Drive through Grafton, a graceful old country town on the banks of the Clarence River, before reaching the coast once again at Ballina. If you want to explore, head for the lighthouse on the rocky promontory of Cape Byron, which marks the easternmost point of the Australian mainland.

  • Day 22

    In the morning, travel along the Lakes Way, a scenic route through Myall Lakes National Park. Head past Port Macquarie. Coffs Harbour marks the start of the sub-tropical northern coast of New South Wales, and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range seem to fall almost directly into the Pacific Ocean.

  • Day 23

    Travel to Port Stephens, where the wide bay extends some 25kms inland and its calm waters and numerous coves are ideal for swimming, fishing and water sports.

  • Days 24-25

    Head toward Hunter Valley and enjoy time at leisure where you’ll have plenty of time in the afternoon to explore the region’s many vineyards.

  • Day 26

    Today drop off your car hire at Sydney airport before boarding your flight to Auckland. You will collect your car from Auckland and head north over the Harbour Bridge to the Bay of Islands.

  • Day 27

    Enjoy a free day to explore the Bay of Islands and the charming resorts of Paihia and Russell.

  • Day 28

    Retrace your steps back to Auckland and enjoy an afternoon to explore the ‘City of Sails’

  • Days 29-30

    Head south on the Pacific Coast Highway Touring Route to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Explore the golden sand beaches and rainforests.

  • Days 31-32

    Head inland to the geothermal resort of Rotorua.

  • Days 33-34

    Drive to Napier via Lake Taupo today. Free day at leisure.

  • Days 35-36

    Depart Napier and drive to Wellington today. Free day at leisure.

  • Day 37

    Drop off your rental car at the ferry terminal in Wellington and board the Interislander for the scenic 3 hour crossing to the South Island. Collect your new rental car in Picton and head to the famous Marlborough wine region.

  • Day 38

    Travel to Kaikoura, a great place to spot dolphins and whales.

  • Day 39-40

    Travel past Christchurch to the Banks Peninsula, known for its beautiful scenery, deeply indented harbours and secluded beaches. Stay in Akaroa.

  • Days 41-42

    Across the Canterbury Plains, see the penguin colonies near Oamaru and the remarkable Moeraki Boulders. Explore the attractive Scotts-founded city of Dunedin and the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

  • Days 43-45

    Head to the alpine adventure resort of Queenstown to explore on your own or choose from optional excursions.

  • Day 46

    Depart Queenstown and drive to Wanaka. Remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Day 47

    In the morning drive over the Haast Pass and up the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Day 48

    Drop off your car in Greymouth and ride the TranzAlpine to Christchurch. On arrive take the coach shuttle to your hotel.

  • Day 49

    Check out in the morning and make your own way to the airport for your flight home.

  • Day 50

    Arrive London

Holiday Price Overview

Self Drive
50 Days
£7,622per person

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