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  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

  • Yarra Bridge, Melbourne

    Yarra Bridge, Melbourne

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

    Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Tour code: IMSE

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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.


1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-3
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne's famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting. 

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and fascinating street art on your private walking tour. The rest of your day is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach or maybe you'd prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne's well-known food and culture.

Day 3: Melbourne ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city's famous eateries.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2-3: Breakfast on both days.

Day 4
Melbourne – Alice Springs

Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll learn how this facility provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. ‘You’re invited’ this evening to join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and You're invited dinner.

Day 5-6
Alice Springs – Ayers Rock – Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
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.

Day 6: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This morning experience the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain an insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset while enjoying sparkling wine and nibbles.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast on both days

Day 7-9
Ayers Rock – Cairns – Great Barrier Reef
Day 7: Ayers Rock – Cairns

Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns. Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B L DW

Day 9: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and firemaking demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. B

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast. Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine. Day 9: Breakfast.

Day 10-12
Cairns – Sydney
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

Spend time at Cairns Wildlife Dome, where you'll have the chance to see some Australian wildlife, including the cuddly koala. Later, you'll fly from Cairns to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.

Day 11: Sydney

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a local guide for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbour front. Maybe even take an optional experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Day 12: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters or climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on a 'BridgeClimb'. Spend your last evening in Sydney at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant by the water.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast. Day 11: Breakfast and Highlight lunch. Day 12: Breakfast and Farewell dinner.

Day 13
Farewell to Sydney

This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

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13 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Sydney

Don't Miss

Mt. Ebenezer Art

On this holiday you’ll visit Mt. Ebenezer Roadhouse. Located on Aboriginal land between Uluru and Alice Springs, it’s owned and run by the Imanpa community. The building houses a gallery as an outlet for artworks produced by members of the community and showcases paintings, traditional wood carvings as well as jewellery fashioned out of native nuts and seeds! It doesn’t get more authentic than this!


  • Indulge with a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting masterpiece
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour


  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach


  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Highlight lunch (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (2)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1  

flights to arrive before 12pm;

Day 4  

from Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796;

Day 7  

from Ayers Rock to Cairns – QF1854;

Day 10  

from Cairns to Sydney – QF925;

Day 13  

flights can depart anytime.

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $405
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $200
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $605
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $400
Triple share     Save up to $200
Kings Club     Save up to $200

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    3 nights.

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Entry/Foyer
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne by the Yarra River

    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.


    • 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
  • Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs NT 0870

    • Barra on Todd Restaurant at Chifley Alice Springs
    • Swimming Pool at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Superior Room at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
    • Reception area at Chifley Alice Springs Resort

    Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Chifley® Hotel Alice Springs 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
    • Hair dryer
  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872

    2 nights.

    • Reception at Desert Gardens
    • Arnguli Grill dining option at Desert Gardens
    • Superior Room at Desert Gardens
    • Swimming Pool at Desert Gardens

    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.

    Please Note: Desert Gardens is undergoing refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms and restaurant area. Completion of refurbishments to their Garden View Rooms will be May 2016 and the restaurant until March 2017.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Private veranda or courtyard
    • Heater
    • Hair dryer
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Mini Bar
    • In-room safe
    • In-house movies
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    3 nights.

    • Swimming Pool at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Bar at at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Pool & Deck area at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset
    • King Deluxe Room at Cairns Hilton 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
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
    161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

    3 nights.

    • Atrium at Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
    • Exterior of Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbou
    • City View Room at Four Points by Sheraton

    As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away!

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
    • In-room safe
    • Mini Bar
    • iPhone/iPad connectivity
    • Newly Refurbished