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Australian Highlights Tour

12 nights from £2,899 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
  • Internal travel
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • No credit card fees for Visa and Mastercard
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Overview

This Australian Highlights 13-day escorted tour takes you on a fun and fascinating journey to some of the most famous names, including the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Ayers Rock and the colourful laneways of Melbourne. Learn from the wisdom of local guides, immerse yourself in cultures past and present, and witness some of the most inspiring vistas to be found in this vast and varied country. (AA)

Highlights:

  • Begin your trip in Melbourne with a unique dining experience aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Visit Alice Springs to learn about life in the Outback
  • Witness the striking colours as the sun sets over Uluru
  • Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Spend some free time exploring Cairns at leisure
  • See the sights in Sydney and end a fun-packed day with a picturesque cruise on the Sydney harbour

Details

Day 1

Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After meeting with your tour guide and group, enjoy a welcome reception aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, roaming the streets of the city while you dine on seasonal dishes and local beers and wine. A great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza (Dinner and wine included)

Day 2-3

Melbourne

Take in the sights today with a private walking tour through the city – the remainder of the day can be spent as you wish, making the most of Melbourne’s wonderful shops, galleries and cafés. On day 3, explore at leisure with a full day of free time. This amazing city has so much to offer in the form of museums, markets, restaurants and parks.

If you’d like to explore a little further afield, why not take a trip to the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island where you can watch penguins march along to their nesting sites. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a ride along the Great Ocean Road to discover the coastline and see the Twelve Apostles or visit the Yarra Valley’s wineries.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza (Breakfast included both days)

Day 4

Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs in the morning and visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service upon arrival, to learn how this amazing facility operates to provide safety to people travelling in the outback. Afterwards, visit the School of the Air which provides education to children living in remote areas. This evening go for a Be My Guest home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Eart h Sanctuary World Nature Centre. You may even get a sing-a-long with the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Overnight: Chifley Alice Springs Resort (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5

Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Journey through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges, pausing en-route to admire Mt Conner or Atila which is often mistaken for Uluru – you will then arrive at Ayers Rock Resort. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the many facilities at the resort before making your way to the Uluru viewing area to watch the sunset cast various colours over Uluru itself, whilst enjoying canapés and sparkling wine.

Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 6

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Witness Uluru at sunrise before touring the caves at the base and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Afterwards, visit the Uluru Cultural Centre. In the afternoon, travel through the desert plains to reach Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). These 36 behemoth domes are astonishing – take a walk through the Walpa Gorge as you follow the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Afterwards, enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles as you watch the sunset.

Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Ayers Rock/Cairns

In the morning, spend time with local Aboriginal artists with a fun dot painting workshop, learning about the Anangu culture and how this culture is expressed through artwork and find out the meanings of their totems. You will have the opportunity to complete your own painting as a memento before flying to Cairns later on.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 8

Great Barrier Reef

Today you will be cruising on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef to view the colourful fish and coral from a semi-submersible vessel. Go snorkelling to get up close to the stunning natural living wonder (equipment provided) or simply enjoy the reef and explore from the semi-submersible craft if you prefer to stay dry (1 metre underwater). Enjoy learning about the tropical surrounding before dining on a tropical buffet lunch aboard the boat. You will return to Cairns later in the afternoon. Dinner tonight will be at the Dundee Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 9

Cairns

Today can be spent at leisure making the most of Cairns. You may wish to join an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. Alternatively, visit Kuranda the 'village in the rainforest' which includes a scenic railway journey and a ride on the Skyrail Cableway over the rainforest treetops with breathtaking views of the canopy.

Overnight: Hilton Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 10

Sydney

In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. In the evening, spend some free time exploring the city – perhaps with a walk to Circular Quay to view the stunning panorama which includes the harbour.

Overnight: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Sydney

A day of sightseeing the city awaits! Take a guided tour of the iconic interest points throughout the city before heading to the famous Bondi beach where you can wander along the shore and dip your toes in the refreshing water. Over lunch take the Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise and sail around the glistening harbour whilst you enjoy the seasonal menu. spend the afternoon relaxing and exploring at your leisure, take a stroll around the harbour front and perhaps watch a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Overnight: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 12

Sydney

Spend some more time exploring Sydney today at leisure – make the most of your time here with an optional trip to the picturesque Blue Mountains to see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can pat a cuddly koala. You'll get the chance to see some of the amazing animals that Australia have including Kangaroos and crocodiles. Today is also your chance to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge if this is something you wish to do! In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate your trip with your new found friends at a restaurant by the water.

Overnight: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 13

Sydney

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before making your way to the airport for your departing flight.

(Breakfast included)

  • Internal Coach & Cruise travel
  • Hotels (12 nights)
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise; BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary; Visit Uluru at sunset with canapés and wine; Witness Red Centre sunrise; Discover aboriginal art at Uluru; Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge; Cruise and snorekl on Great Barrier Reef with a tropical lunch; Guided tour of Sydney Opera House, visit Bondi Beach,
  • Tour guide throughout and local guides

Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout Australia are not included in the price shown

 

2017 Local Departure Dates: Sep 17, Oct 01, Oct 15, Nov 05, Nov 12, Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 03, Dec 17.

2018 Local Departure Dates: Jan 07, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 04, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 04, Mar 11, Mar 11, Apr 01, Apr 15,  Jun 03, Jul 01, Sep 02, Sep 16, Sep 30, Oct 14, Nov 04, Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 02, Dec 16.

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