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9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Cairns

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9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Cairns | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Australian Explorer

9 Day Guided Vacation

Melbourne to Cairns

Discover the beauty of Australia on a journey through the country's most diverse landscapes and iconic sights. Experience the eclectic laneways of Melbourne, the spirituality of the Red Centre, and the iconic sites of Sydney, before visiting tropical Cairns.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • In Depth slower paced journey combining iconic cities , the Red Centre and Great Barrier Reef
  • A great cross section of Australian highlights with plenty of free time to explore
  • Flexibility to explore independently
  • Get on the water with handpicked cruise of Sydney Harbour

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Flexible Vacations

Some people love the open ocean, other prefer their feet on solid ground. Make your own choice of how you experience the tropics of Cairns from reef to rainforest.

Iconic Sites

Melbourne laneways, Uluru, Sydney Opera House

Time For You

Multiple nights in Melbourne & Sydney gives you plenty of time to explore.

Sustainable Travel

Plant native trees as part of our Rainforest Restoration project at Hartley's that will provide a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife that live here.

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone.

Hotel: The Victoria Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner

Melbourne is known for its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café culture and street art. This morning your Travel Director will show you these hidden gems on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free, and your Travel Director will point you in the right direction for you to explore the city on your own terms. You might want to use the free CBD trams and explore The Queen Victoria Markets to try gourmet foods and fresh local produce. This evening is your chance to experience some of Melbourne's well-known restaurants or you could take in a show at one of the many theatres.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you fly from Melbourne to Uluru. After checking into your hotel at Ayers Rock Resort we traverse the vast outback with Kata Tjuta looming into focus. Walking into the rising walls of Walpa Gorge you will feel and hear why this is such a significate place to the local people. Staying longer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for sundowners and nibbles as you witness the striking colour changes of a spectacular sunset over Uluru.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Rise early to experience the desert awakening and the spectacular sunrise over Uluru. Dive into the culture and gain insight into the traditional aboriginal owners of the land as you discover the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Explore aboriginal rock art caves and through to waterholes under immense Uluru. In the afternoon you will fly from Uluru to Sydney.

Hotel: Travelodge Wynyard, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sydney is full of iconic sights and this morning you will see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the beautiful Bondi Beach. On this morning’s city sights tour you will not only see the iconic sights but also some hidden gems. Then you will do what the locals do and hit the water on a Sydney Harbour Cruise. This afternoon you have free time to explore Sydney sights the way you want.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Wake up to another day to explore Sydney. Today you have the flexibility to explore the city any way that you want. You might want to sleep in or choose an optional activity to travel further afield to the beautiful Blue Mountains or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views of the city. Your Travel Director will be able to assist you to get the most out of your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will fly from Sydney to tropical Cairns. After some free time for lunch and a bit of a wander around this tropical city, you will journey to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. After getting up close to a crocodile you will join your fellow travellers to give back and plant a tree as part of our rainforest restoration project.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today is a day to explore the best of the Cairns region. You might choose to tick off the Great Barrier Reef of your bucket list or if getting on the water isn’t your thing, your Travel Director can find you something more your style. You could take to the rainforest and join the Skyrail ride through the treetops and a scenic railway journey from the beautiful town of Kuranda. After another day of exploring the way you want, you will join your fellow travellers for a waterfront farewell dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

This morning you say goodbye to tropical Cairns and your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Outback Pioneer Hotel provides comfortable, clean accommodation for the traveller who is simply looking for somewhere to rest between their outback adventures.

Standard Rooms are comfortable and spacious and feature one queen and one single bed. All rooms have private en suite, television and movies on demand.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heater
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • ISD/STD phone
  • In-house movies
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Pacific Hotel Cairns is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area, the Pacific is also a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands.


  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Swimming Pool
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport Transfers (see flight information below)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required


  • 8 Full Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.30pm into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 9: Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport
  • Required Internal Flights are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 3 – Melbourne to Ayers Rock (Uluru): JQ664 (required internal flight)
  • Day 4 – Ayers Rock (Uluru) to Sydney: VA1628 (required internal flight)
  • Day 7 – Sydney to Cairns: QF922 (required internal flight)




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