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13 Day Short Break | Melbourne to Sydney

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Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
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13 Day Short Break | Melbourne to Sydney

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13 Day Short Break | Melbourne to Sydney | Travel Period: 1 Dec 2018 – 31 Mar 2019

From Melbourne, through the Red Centre, on to tropical Cairns and Sydney, you’ll see Phillip Island’s famous little penguins, discover ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and float high above the canopy to Kuranda on board Skyrail Cableway. All this is topped off with a visit to spectacular Sydney!


From Melbourne
(Apr-Nov & Mar) Daily
Mon, Wed & Fri (Dec-Feb)


Morning of Day 13 at Sydney

As a free independent traveller on this tour, you’ll meet different Driver Guides and like-minded travellers each day as you explore different destinations. We’ve taken care of all of your arrangements such as hotel reservations and airport transfers so you don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty,  and we’re only ever a phone call away if you have any questions throughout your holiday


On arrival the rest of the day is free for you to explore.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights.

Experience the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and learn the history of over 50 ship wrecks. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne. See Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel to the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils and other native animals. View the Nobbies rock formations overlooking the treacherous Bass Strait. If you think the koalas are cute, just wait until you see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island. Head down to Summerland Beach and just as the sun sets, the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard days fishing and waddle across the sand to their dune burrows.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights of this outback town including the School of the Air. Hear how this essential service is delivered to school children via satellite. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote outback. At Alice Springs Reptile Centre, get up close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast

Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region Enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles this evening, while watching the sunset change the colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the special viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing too (weather permitting).

Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Rise early to travel through the desert plains to experience sunrise at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Commence a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds with your guide. With views across many of the domes of Kata Tjuta and out into the sacred Anangu men’s area, you’ll be in awe of natural and cultural wonder.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. This afternoon you’ll fly to Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board your sleek high speed catamaran for your cruise to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, for a dazzling undersea kaleidoscope of colour, with gardens of coral and teeming schools of tropical fish. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one yard underwater. Watch the fish feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A tropical buffet lunch is served before returning to Cairns this afternoon

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the Legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life in a rainforest setting. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway above the rainforest to the village of Kuranda, with time to stroll the markets. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey to Freshwater Station.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. This evening is free for you to relax or explore.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point for fabulous views. Visit Manly surf beach and return to the city for a Sydney Harbour lunch cruise. Later, see the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair and Kings Cross. Then visit famous Bondi Beach.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Head west to the Blue Mountains and drive through the tourist town of Katoomba. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley. Ride the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway (own expense). See famous Three Sisters. Next stop is the quaint village of Leura for lunch. This picturesque spot will take you back in time and is famous for its antique shops and of course its Candy Store! On your way back down the mountain, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can see our amazing Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Travel Date
1 Dec 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
Adult Twin
Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

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.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room
Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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).

Superior Room at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Sails in the Desert Hotel

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre, the hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a luxurious outback holiday experience.

Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort's Sails in the Desert Hotel, shading 228 luxury five star rooms and suites.

Please Note: There will be refurbishments between 25 Jan - 26 Jun 2019, and 4 Nov 2019 - 30 Jun 2020. Sails in the Desert will be working to ensure there is minimal disturbance and impact to its operation and guests.

Superior Room at Sails in the Desert
Hilton Hotel Cairns

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

Cairns Hilton Hotel
Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

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!

Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour -Twin Room
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

  • Accommodation
  • Snorkelling gear and lyrca suits (Great Barrier Reef)
  • Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Ticket
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers in each city - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to tour departure date

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 3 litres for the Rim Walk or 1.5 litres for the Creek Bed Walk
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Cash if purchasing Aboriginal artwork (Uluru sunset)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low to moderate level of fitness required
  • Uluru sunset: Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
  • Kata Tjuta: Valley of the Winds can be a little challenging - shorter walks are available for those not wanting to walk to the second lookout.


  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Lunches (2)

Flight Information

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 13: Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport
  • Required Internal Flights: are at the client’s expense 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 Flights anytime (required internal flight)
  • Day 10: Cairns to Sydney Flights anytime (required internal flight)

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