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Australian Highlights

On this 13 day escorted tour visit the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns as well as a trip to the Red Centre to see magnificent Uluru and the town of Alice Springs. Visit the Great Barrier Reef and cruise on a catamaran for a spot of snorkelling in this World Heritage site.

Tour Highlights


Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne

After meeting your Tour Director and travelling companions, enjoy a welcome reception on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy a delightful innovative approach to dining on this historical fleet of Melbourne’s iconic trams. Sit back and enjoy cruising the streets of Melbourne while you dine on an exclusive seasonal menu and Australian beer and wine. (D) Hotel for 3 nights: Crowne Plaza

Day 2: Melbourne Sights

See the city sights this morning, including Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society, on your private walking tour. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. (B)

Day 3: Melbourne ‘Day at Leisure'

This morning you’ll have time to discover some of the secrets of this exceptional city – a myriad of cafés, galleries, museums, markets, restaurants, laneways and parks await you. If you wish to explore further afield you can join a tour to the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, where you’ll watch the nightly ritual as the little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places. Or you may choose to take the journey along the Great Ocean Road to see the famous Twelve Apostles. Or visit Yarra Valley’s wineries, the Dandenongs, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train or even Sovereign Hill’s goldmine. Ask your Tour Director for details. (B)

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for children living in remote areas. Then visit the historic Telegraph Station. Tonight ‘you’re invited’ to experience the Aussie outback at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear from Tom and Danny Falzon about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. They may even lead you in a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. (B, YD) Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort,

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and wine. (B) Hotel for 2 nights: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Rise early to view Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight. Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Later, visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. This afternoon travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The size and grandeur of these 36 massive domes of red conglomerate rock will amaze you. Take a walk through Walpa Gorge following the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Then celebrate the glorious sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles. (B)

Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

This morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun dot painting workshop. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. Later you’ll fly to Cairns. (B) Hotel for 3 nights: Hilton Hotel

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Join your Tour Director at a local gallery to introduce you to the significance of art in Aboriginal culture. Later cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colourful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkelling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 9: Cairns ‘Day at Leisure’

Today is free time in Cairns. Why not enjoy an Optional Experience to Kuranda, including a rail journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and a ride on the Skyrail Cableway. (B)

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This morning encounter unique Australian animals at Cairns Wildlife Dome. Later, you’ll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival your evening is free for you to explore this exciting city. Perhaps take a stroll down to Circular Quay to view the panorama of the sparkling harbour surrounding the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. (B) Hotel for 3 nights: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour

Day 11: Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise

Prepare yourself this morning for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. When you arrive at Bondi Beach you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water. Later, see stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour. Drive through the Royal Botanic Gardens to visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair then join a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Top off this highlight day with a cruise on Sydney Harbour. (B)

Day 12: Sydney ‘Day at Leisure’

Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney further today. Make the most of your time and take an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains. Gather together this evening to celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends. (B, FD)

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, YD- You're invited Dinner, D-Dinner, FD- Farewell Dinner

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

Price Includes:

  • 12 nights accommodation as shown
  • 16 meals: 12 breakfasts; 1 lunches: 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing as described
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Professional Driver Guide
Not included:
  • Flights to / from Australia*
  • Internal flights within Australia*: Day 4 Melbourne to Alice Springs; Day 7 Ayers Rock to Cairns; Day 10 Cairns to Sydney
  • Gratuities to drivers and Tour Director
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