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  • Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne

    Experience the sights of cosmopolitan Melbourne

  • Travel along the Grat Ocean Road and vist the Twelve Apostles

    Travel along the Grat Ocean Road and vist the Twelve Apostles

  • See the historic Telegraph Station at Alice Springs

    See the historic Telegraph Station at Alice Springs

  • Enjoy wine while watching the beautiful Uluru Sunset

    Enjoy wine while watching the beautiful Uluru Sunset

  • Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

    Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

  • Journey throught tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Journey throught tropical rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

  • Feel the sand between your toes on Bondi Beach

    Feel the sand between your toes on Bondi Beach

  • Marvel at spectacular views in the Blue Mountains

    Marvel at spectacular views in the Blue Mountains

Tour codes: MS12R, MS12S

Prices From

$2709

adult twin ?

$2167

child ?

$3735

single ?
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Itinerary

Your Independent Holiday

As a free independent traveller on an Independent Holiday, you won’t be escorted by a Travel Director for the duration of your trip, rather 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.

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city.

Hotel: Mercure Welcome Melbourne (Standard) or Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (Superior), 3 nights.

Day 2: Melbourne & Penguins

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 one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, 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

Day 3: Great Ocean Road

Admire the panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline as you depart the city. Travel along Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road through the coastal towns of Anglesea and Wye River before arriving at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. The rugged splendour of the approaching Twelve Apostles is breathtaking. These incredible limestone rock formations of up to 45 metres high are the  result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Enjoy the amazing shipwreck story of survival of the Loch Ard and visit its famous Gorge and Razorback Lookout. View the rock known as London Bridge, parts of which collapsed in recent years.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this outback town. See the historic Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Stop to enjoy panoramic views from Anzac Hill.

Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs (Standard) or Chifley Alice Springs Resort (Superior)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon join your Driver Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Tour the caves at the base of monolith and hear stories of the Aboriginal creation time. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before returning to the resort. 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: Desert Gardens Hotel (Standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (Superior), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

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

Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns

This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns (Standard) or Hilton Hotel Cairns (Superior), 3 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible vessel. Snorkelling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this natural living wonder followed by a buffet lunch.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: Tjapukai – Skyrail – Kuranda

 Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life in a rainforest setting. Learn about this ancient culture through theatres, shows and dance demonstrations. Travel on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the canopy of the rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you’ll have free time to stroll through the Kuranda Heritage Markets. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking rail journey over the Barron Gorge, through the coastal sugarcane fields to Freshwater Station.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney, where the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore on your own.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Sydney (Standard) or Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (Superior), 3 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Sydney Sights

This morning cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stop at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Next is North Head lookout for a spectacular panorama of the Sydney Harbour and beyond. See Sydney’s white sandy northern beaches including Curl Curl and Freshwater then feel the sand between your toes on Manly Beach. Return to the city for a buffet luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour, and this afternoon see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Finish your day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have time to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12: Blue Mountains

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). From Echo Point you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the famous Three Sisters. According to Aboriginal legend, this unusual rock formation represents three sisters who were turned into stone. Next stop is the quaint village of Leura. 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 pat a cuddly koala. See our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary valid from 1st April 2016.

13 Day Short Break

Departs

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

Returns

Morning of Day 13 at Sydney

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 anytime into Melbourne Airport
Day 4 — Flights to arrive prior to Midday into Alice Springs Airport from Melbourne Airport
Day 7 — Flights to depart anytime from Ayers Rock Airport into Cairns Airport
Day 10 — Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport into Sydney Airport
Day 13 — Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport

Need Accommodation?

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

Inclusions

  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Quality accommodations
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Dinner (1)

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 3 litres
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Accommodation Standards & Prices

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.

Tour with Standard Accommodation (MS12R)

Standard Room at Desert Gardens
Where you'll be staying
  • Mercure Welcome Melbourne  
  • Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs  
  • Desert Gardens Hotel  
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns  
  • Vibe Hotel Sydney  
> More detail
FROM
$2709
adult twin ?
$2167
child ?
$3735
adult single ?

Tour with Superior Accommodatoin (MS12S)

Superior Room at Sails in The Desert
Where you'll be staying
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne  
  • Chifley Alice Springs Resort  
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel  
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns  
  • Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour  
> More detail
FROM
$3045
adult twin ?
$2436
child ?
$4419
adult single ?
Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. 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.

  • Standard (R)

  • Mercure Welcome Melbourne
    265 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
    • Standard Room at Mercure Welcome Melbourne
    • Mercure Welcome Melbourne breakfast area
    • Exterior of Mercure Welcome Melbourne

    Positioned in the heart of Melbourne, Mercure Welcome Melbourne is surrounded by the city's most popular shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants, along with its own bars and restaurants.

    • Features
    • 32-inch flat-screen TV
    • Work desk with lamp
    • Phone
    • Bathrobe
    • Hair Dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • In-room safe
    • Air Conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • High-speed internet access
  • Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs
    82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs NT 0870
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs Standard Room
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs Lobby area
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs exterior views
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs at twilight
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs swimming pool

    Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. 

  • Desert Gardens Hotel
    Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT 0872
    • 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
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
    121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870
    • Twin Room at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
    •  Aerial view of DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
    • Lobby area at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
    • Restaurant dining at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

    Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city center, and Cairn’s business, retail and entertainment districts. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, and is just moments from Cairns Lagoon and Cairns Casino. The Great Barrier Reef departures terminal is 100m away, and Cairns International Airport is only 10 minutes’ drive from our Cairns hotel. Our onsite tour desk will help you explore the wonders of this unique region.

  • Vibe Hotel Sydney
    111 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW, 2000
    • Exterior of The Vibe Hotel Sydney
    • Standard Room at The Vibe Hotel Sydney
    • The Vibe Hotel Sydney lobby area
    • Standard Room at The Vibe Hotel Sydney

    The Vibe is a unique Sydney hotel offering chic accommodation in the heart of Sydney. The hotel is well positioned for you to easily discover Sydney’s vibrant CBD fringe villages of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Chinatown and the Sydney entertainment precinct offering live theatre and music year round.

    • Features
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Radio
    • Hair dryer
    • Air Conditioning
    • In-room safe
    • Mini Bar
    • Broadband and wireless internet access available (at additional cost)
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008
    • 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
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel
    174 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT 0872
    • Swimming Pool at Sails in the Desert
    • Superior Room at Sails in the Desert
    • Mulgara Gallery at Sails in the Desert
    • Reception at Sails in the Desert

    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.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Private balcony, terrace or veranda
    • Mini Bar
    • LCD HD TV
    • ISD/STD phone
    • In-room safe
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • High speed cable internet and Wi-Fi
    • Bathrobe
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870
    • 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
    • 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
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