Grand Australian DiscoveryThis tour is available as a 21 day tour from the UK (with Heathrow flights available and regional departures available as an add on), or as a 17 day tour whilst in Australia. Experience the contrasts of Australia from the hustle and bustle of Sydney to the relaxing islands to the scenery of the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. An ideal all-encompassing trip for first time visitors.
- Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close.
- Surrender to two nights on Hamilton Island, located within the idyllic Whitsunday archipelago. Enjoy everthing this island paradise has to offer, from pristine white sandy beaches to a myriad of coral within the Great Barrier Reef.
- Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai by Night. During this cultural dinner and performance, you will discover the spiritual concept known as the Dreamtime and witness a traditional corroboree.
- Have an unforgettable stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort, immersing yourself in ancient rainforests and coloured sand cliffs during your stay at Fraser Island's eco-resort.
Day 1: Depart London
Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Sydney.
Day 2: In Flight
Continue to enjoy your flight.
Day 3: Arrive Sydney
Be met on arrival in Sydney this evening and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel for 2 nights: Park Royal, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Day 4: Sydney
Enjoy a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour tonight - explore this stunning city on a half-day sightseeing coach tour this afternoon, soaking up the world-renowned landmarks, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. (B, D)
Day 5: Sydney - Gold Coast
Enjoy some time in Sydney before transferring to the airport and flying to the Gold Coast, famous for its uninterrupted coastline fringed by vibrant communities and lush wilderness areas. (B)
Hotel: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast
Day 6: Gold Coast
Perhaps stroll along the famous soft golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach, before enjoying the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Gold Coast - Noosa
JDeparting the Gold Coast this morning, you’ll head north to the Sunshine Coast. Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close., then continue to the chic resort town of Noosa. This evening, you’ll dine with the locals at the Noosa Surf Club(B,D)
Hotel: Sebel Noosa
Day 8: Noosa - Fraser Island
With some time in Noosa, perhaps head into town or take a stroll along the stunning waterfront. Later, travel to Hervey Bay to join your cruise transfer to the world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Here, settle in to your room at Kingfisher Bay Resort.. This evening, enjoy dinner in the company of your fellow travellers. (B,D)
Hotel for 2 nights: Kingfisher Resort, Fraser Island
Day 9: Fraser Island
Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful paradise. The untamed wilderness will entice you from the moment you arrive, providing adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Discover this beautiful island today with a half-day tour. With some time at leisure this afternoon, slip into island living and perhaps explore the hundreds of walking trails which criss-cross the island. Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests or explore the coloured sand cliffs on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Perhaps visit the wreck of the Maheno, a liner that was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935 (own expense). (B)
Day 10: Fraser Island - Hervey Bay - Rockhampton
A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay, where you will discover why this special place is often referred to as the jewel in Queensland’s crown. The journey concludes back on the mainland where you will rejoin your coach to continue heading north. Travel through sugarcane country, crossing some of the many narrow-gauge railway lines that transport sugarcane from the field to processing plants in town, an iconic sight of rural Queensland. Later, arrive in the inland city of Rockhampton. (B,D)
Hotel: Central Park Motel, Rockhampton
Day 11: Rockhampton - Hamilton Island
Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to beautiful heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then, travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Here you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays and arrive at Hamilton Island. Here, enjoy dinner later this evening. (B,D)
Hotel for 2 nights: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island
Day 12: Hamilton Island
You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach; enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this beautiful island (all at own expense). (B)
Day 13: Hamilton Island - Townsville - Mission Beach
Take an early morning ferry transfer, gliding from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie, where you will reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort and Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won’t be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation. (B,D)
Hotel: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach
Day 14: Mission Beach - Atherton Tablelands - Cairns
As you continue your journey north, you will discover the lush Atherton Tablelands. This region is part of the Waterfalls Circuit, including magnificent Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia. As you journey towards Cairns, you will visit the Curtain Fig Tree, a natural Australian icon. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway then arrive in Cairns this afternoon. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own pace. (B)
Hotel for 2 nights: Pullman International, Cairns
Day 15: Cairns - Great Barrier Reef
Cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy five hours amid the coral and marine life. Back in Cairns tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night. During this Aboriginal cultural dinner and performance you will discover the spiritual concept known as Dreamtime, take part in a corroboree, then be guided along a flame-lit pathway to a dinner of local produce. (B,L,FD)
Day 16: Cairns - Alice Springs
Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs
Day 17: Alice Springs - Uluru
Discover the majesty of Uluru - enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sun set over Uluru tonight.
Hotel: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel
Day 18: Uluru - Kings Canyon
Rise early to catch sunrise over Uluru. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge, then travel to Kings Canyon.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort
Day 19: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
Choose one of two walks available to you at Kings Canyon.
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs
Day 20: Depart Alice Springs
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 21: Arrive London
B-Breakfast, D-Dinner, FD- Farewell Dinner
- Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
- All flights within Australia
- Immersive Insider Experiences
- 13 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 7 Dinners
- Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
- Overseas transfers & luggage porterage