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Australian Highlights

13 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney

Australian Highlights

13 Day Guided Vacation

Melbourne to Sydney

Revealing sprawling red desert landscapes, turquoise tropical waters and buzzy cosmopolitan cities, this diverse journey is one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s lively cobblestoned laneways, share a gourmet barbecue with a local family in Alice Springs, and feel the heartbeat of the ancient Red Centre. Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and cruising on Sydney’s spectacular harbor are more of the iconic experiences you’ll enjoy.

Please Note: Internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

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  • Indulge in a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneways & arcades
  • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth SanctuaryBe my guest dining experience
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with sparkling wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art & learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta & hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists & create your own dot painting masterpieceAboriginal culture
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner

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).

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Aboriginal cultureJoin 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.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

This morning, fly on to Sydney, where your day is at leisure. Our Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll around this famous harbour city.

Hotel: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

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.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.

 

Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Communal self-catering kitchen
  • Manual temperature control
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Private veranda or courtyard
  • Heater
  • ISD/STD phone
  • Mini Bar
  • In-room safe
  • In-house movies
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Phone
  • Private balcony
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers a luxury escape without equal. Ideally situated in the heart of central Sydney’s business and shopping districts, this hotel is conveniently located 500 metres from the nearest ferry, train and bus stops and only minutes from famous Sydney attractions like the Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: From AUD 135.00

Camel to Sunrise

A peaceful one hour camel ride through stunning sand dune country with the awe inspiring back drop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Watch as the rising sun lights up Uluru and the surrounding plains.

Adult Price: From AUD 120.00

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights

A fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in this amazing landscape.

These small plane options with extended flights that include both Uluru and Kata Tjuta:

  • 40 Minute Uluru and Kata Tjuta Scenic Flight
    – Prices from AUD$240 per adult
  • 60 Minute Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Lake Amadeus Scenic Flight
    – Prices from AUD$375 per adult
  • 120 Minute Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon Scenic Flight
    – Prices from AUD$575 per adult
  • 20 Minute Uluru Only Scenic Flight
    – AUD$120 per adult

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre. Choose from a number of flight options for a birds eye view of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and more!

  • 8 Minute Rock Express Flight
    – AUD$95 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 15 Minute Uluru & Resort Postcard Flight
    – AUD$150 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 25 Minute Uluru & Kata Tjuta Flight
    – AUD$245 per adult (min 2 passengers)
  • 36 Minute Grandview Premium Sunrise/Sunset Flight
    – AUD$320 per adult (min 2 passengers)

Adult Price: From AUD 119.00

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

Enjoy the thrill of a hot lap around Uluru or even travel a little further on the back of a motorcycle. Whatever blows your hair back!

  • 1.5 Hour Uluru Sunrise
    – AUD$219 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$399 per trike
  • 30 Minute Quick Spin
    – AUD$119 per motorcycle passenger
  • 2 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunrise 
    – AUD$259 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$469 per trike
  • 2.5 Hour Kata Tjuta Tour 
    – AUD$299 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$549 per trike
  • 3 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunset 
    – AUD$339 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$639 per trike

*Subject to availability

Adult Price: AUD 150.00

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, as well as a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.
*weather permitting

Adult Price: AUD 160.00

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15)

Discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife whilst you explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. See the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala (own expense). See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

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Adult Price: AUD 308.00 - Day Climb

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by one of BridgeClimb's professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world's most recognisable Bridge.

*Various climb options available. Ask your Travel Director for details.

** If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 199.00

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience (J14)

You’ll head out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and through the leafy Northern Suburbs, heading to the beautiful Hunter Valley. Today you’re going to taste some of the finest wines this country has to offer, amid the stunning landscape of the Hunter Valley. Your Driver Guide will give you details of the day’s itinerary as you sit back and enjoy the view. Includes a tasting platter lunch of seasonal local produce along with a range of wine tastings to complement the food.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 220.00

Sydney Heli Tours  - 20min Flight

This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 75.00

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted panoramic views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes, from a range of cuisines including Australian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and a selection of fresh seafood.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: From AUD 90.00

The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement.

Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 48.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours

With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.
* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 119.00 - 1 Certified Scuba Dive

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on the day of travel.)

Adult Price: AUD 167.00

Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Adult Price: AUD 230.00 + flight levy

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere.

*Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies.

** If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 50.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 211.00

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (KQST)

Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 144.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 214.00

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 165   Child Price: AUD 83

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.
* If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 139   Child Price: AUD 70

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late

Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. (Operates Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in Winter, Daily in Summer)
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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Adult Price: AUD 165   Child Price: AUD 83

Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

Travel the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at golden sandy beaches. Visit Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). The limestone rock formations of the incredible Twelve Apostles are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck survival story of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.
*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

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$175 adult

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef - spectacular!


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Fitness Requirements

Dining

  • 12 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon
into Melbourne Airport
Day 13   Flights to depart anytime
from Sydney Airport



Required Internal Flights

These internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

Day 4   Melbourne to Alice Springs: QF796
Day 7    Ayers Rock to Cairns: QF1854
Day 10    Cairns to Sydney: QF925

  

Australian Highlights

13 Day Guided Vacation

Melbourne to Sydney

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Revealing sprawling red desert landscapes, the turquoise tropical waters the Great Barrier Reef, and buzzy cosmopolitan cities, this diverse itinerary is one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s lively cobblestoned laneways, share a gourmet barbecue with a local family in Alice Springs, and feel the heartbeat of the ancient Red Centre on an unforgettable journey.

Please Note: Internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

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  • Indulge in a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s hidden laneways & arcades
  • Savor a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset with sparkling wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art & learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists & create your own dot painting masterpiece
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

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, which is consistently judged one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

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 experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade, where the world’s smallest penguins return from the ocean and waddle endearingly up the wide beach to their sand-dune burrows. Or you may prefer to simply relax, explore the galleries, or experience some of the city’s celebrated eateries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively, you could take an optional experience 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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, celebrated for providing a ‘mantle of safety’ in the outback for almost a century. This evening, join the Falzon family for a home-cooked gourmet Be My Guest BBQ dinner, and later listen as they speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and local culture.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner

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.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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, and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through two of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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 tropical Cairns, the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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 Rail. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (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 an evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure. Your Travel Director will give you tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner you might like to take a stroll around this famed harbor city.

Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

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. Lunch aboard one of Sydney Harbour’s most premier 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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 to see the soaring Three Sisters rock formation. Celebrate your vacation with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant by the water.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.

 

Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    Features

  • 220/240 V AC
  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Communal self-catering kitchen
  • Manual temperature control
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure Alice Springs Resort offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum. Well-manicured lush green lawns of the hotel create a relaxing atmosphere, letting you soak in the Australian Outback charm in the Northern Territory (NT).

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini Bar
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Private veranda or courtyard
  • Heater
  • ISD/STD phone
  • Mini Bar
  • In-room safe
  • In-house movies
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Radio
  • Phone
  • Private balcony
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Mini Bar
  • Iron / Ironing Board
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by 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

  • Moderate level of fitness required for walk at Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Dining

  • 2 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport
  • Required Internal Flights are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 4 – Melbourne to Alice Springs: QF796 (required internal flight)
  • Day 7 – Ayers Rock to Cairns: QF1854 (required internal flight)
  • Day 10 – Cairns to Sydney: OF925 (required internal flight)

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