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Australian Highlights

Diverse red desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef make this holiday one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s eclectic laneways, meet the Falzon family in Alice Springs and feel the ancient heartbeat of the Red Centre, then snorkel on the reef and cruise around Sydney’s spectacular harbour.

Tour Highlights


Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne

Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Elegant décor and silver-service dining as you glide through city streets in a vintage W-class tram makes for a memorable introduction to Melbourne, frequently judged one of the world’s most liveable cities. (DW)

Hotel for 3 nights: Crowne Plaza

Day 2: Melbourne Sights

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You might like to take an optional trip to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade, or simply relax, explore the galleries, or experience some of the city’s celebrated eateries. (B)

Day 3: Melbourne - Day at Leisure

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively you could take an optional journey along the renowned Great Ocean Road to discover a stunning coastline and the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles. In the evening, you might like to take in a production at one of Melbourne’s renowned theatres. (B)

Day 4: Melbourne - Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this morning and visit the unique School of the Air to learn how this school-with a-difference delivers education to children living in remote outback areas. Pause at the headquarters of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service, renowned for providing a ‘mantle of safety’ in the Outback for almost a century. Be my guest dining experienceThis evening, join the Falzon family for a homecooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and culture. (B, BMGD)

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Day 5: Alice Springs - Uluru

Travel through the red quartzite peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges today, then spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying your resort’s facilities. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind the massive sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock). (B)

Hotel for 2 nights: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

this morning, witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art to be found there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through some of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta. (B)

Day 7: Uluru - Cairns

Join an Indigenous artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon, board your flight to Cairns. A tropical city in Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. (B)

Hotel for 3 nights: Hilton Hotel

Day 8: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. You may choose to gain some insights into Indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, ‘The Village in the Rainforest’ on the historic scenic railway. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your traveling companions for a delicious evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. (B, L, DW)

Day 10: Cairns - Sydney

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your traveling companions for a delicious evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. (B) Hotel for 3 nights: Sofitel Wentworth Sydney

Day 11: Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise

Enjoy a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide this morning before putting your feet in the sand at legendary Bondi Beach. Enjoy lunch on one of Sydney Harbour’s most prestigious cruise vessels, then spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, you may choose the option of attending an opera or theatre production under the world-famous sails of the Sydney Opera House. (B,L)

Day 12: Sydney - Day at Leisure

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney. The energetic might tackle the iconic Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, or perhaps you’d prefer to take an excursion to the majestic Blue Mountains just outside the city. Spend your last evening in Sydney with your Travel Director and companions in a local restaurant by the water. (B, FD)

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. (B)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, BMGD - Be My Guest Dinner, D-Dinner, FD- Farewell Dinner, DW - Dinner with wine

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Price & Dates
For dates and prices on this tour, give us a call on 0191 4552292.

Price Includes:

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
Not included:
  • Flights to / from Australia*
  • Gratuities to drivers and Tour Director
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