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19 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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19 Day Short Break | Melbourne to Sydney

Best of Australia

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

Perfect for the independent traveler intent on discovering every hidden corner of the land down under. Visit Melbourne, Kangaroo Island for spectacular scenery, the Red Centre to be immersed in ancient Indigenous culture, the Top End for incredible wildlife and the East Coast for the wonders that are the Great Barrier Reef and the harbour city, Sydney.


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


Morning of Day 19 in Sydney

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.


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

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 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

Discover the charm of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour. This afternoon fly to Adelaide.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Breakfast

Drive to Cape Jervis for the ferry to Kangaroo Island. First stop is Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Then see a colony of sea lions with a local guide. See the Birds of Prey show at Raptor Domain wildlife refuge.

Hotel: Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm. At Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary see koalas, echidnas, bats and possums. In Flinders Chase National Park marvel at the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch and a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Return to Adelaide late evening.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning fly to Alice Springs. Tour the sights including the historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Enjoy panoramic views of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Angkerle (Standley Chasm). See the amazing geology at Ellery Creek Big Hole. Explore the Ochre Pits and learn about its importance to the Aboriginal people. Visit Ormiston Gorge, then enjoy a glass of wine and Ploughman’s lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. Later, visit incredible Simpsons Gap and waterhole.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Journey through the MacDonnell Ranges to Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel the base of Uluru. Learn about native flora, fauna and the culture of the traditional owners, the Anangu. Then walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Later visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and enjoy sparkling wine as the sun sets over the ‘rock’. Continue to our exclusive venue for an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing (weather permitting).

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

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive through sandhill country into Watarrka National Park. Then you’re off on a 3.7 mile rim highlight exploration of Kings Canyon. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed is also available.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel to the sunrise viewing area at Uluru and watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Afterwards, you’ll fly to Darwin, where the rest of your day is a leisure.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel on Stuart Highway into Kakadu National Park for a cruise on the serene Yellow Water Billabong. This afternoon you’ll stop at Nourlangie to see Aboriginal rock art.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  Travel to Ubirr and see Aboriginal rock art. Later, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River to spot saltwater crocodiles.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Please Note: In April & November to March if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged.

Transfer to Darwin Airport for your flight to Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Board a catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There’s the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the Dreamtime is 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, Sydney, 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 dinner. 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

Today is free for you to explore spectacular Sydney.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your vacation 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
Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Overlooking either Adelaide's historic parklands or the CBD, the superior rooms offer recently refurbished decor, with a selection of bedding configurations, large work desks, excellent lighting, flat screen colour televisions, broadband internet, variety of cable channels and in-house movies.

Stamford Plaza Adelaide Superior Room
Aurora Ozone Hotel

Our Kangaroo Island hotel, Aurora Ozone, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian façade & amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce & seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast.

Aurora Ozone - Exterior
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
Mantra on the Esplanade

Mantra on the Esplanade offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD. The property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset. 

Mantra on the Esplanade - Superior Room
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Superior Room
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
  • Kakadu 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

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Water bottle to hold 3 litres
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • Cash if purchasing Aboriginal artwork (Uluru sunset)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low to moderate level of fitness required
  • West MacDonnell Ranges: There are uneven surfaces for the Standley Chasm walk
  • Uluru sunset: Approximately 1 hour gentle walk
  • Kings Canyon: Good level of fitness required for the 3 hour canyon Rim Walk
  • Kakadu: Includes a 10-15 minute walk on uneven ground with a gradual climb to the viewing point


  • Full buffet breakfasts (17) 
  • Boxed breakfast (1)
  • Lunches (7)
  • Dinner (1)

Flight Information

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive anytime into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 19: 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 3: Melbourne to Adelaide Flights to depart after 3.00pm (required internal flight)
  • Day 6: Adelaide to Alice Springs QF723 (required internal flight)
  • Day 10: Ayers Rock to Darwin QF1940 & QF1936 (required internal flight)
  • Day 13: Darwin to Cairns Flights anytime (required internal flight)
  • Day 16: Cairns to Sydney Flights anytime (required internal flight)

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