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Inspiring Australia

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Departs from Cairns
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Priced from $6925

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From 1 January 2018

$6925 adult twin $9200 single $6925 child

06 Feb 201818 Feb 2018Definite Departure
06 Mar 201818 Mar 2018Limited Seats

From 1 April 2018

$7225 adult twin $9600 single $7225 child

10 Apr 201822 Apr 2018Definite Departure
28 Aug 201809 Sep 2018Departure
09 Oct 201821 Oct 2018Definite Departure
06 Nov 201818 Nov 2018Definite Departure
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019Departure
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019Departure

From 1 April 2019

$7395 adult twin $9790 single $7395 child

09 Apr 201921 Apr 2019Departure
27 Aug 201908 Sep 2019Departure
08 Oct 201920 Oct 2019Departure
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019Departure
04 Feb 202016 Feb 2020Departure
03 Mar 202015 Mar 2020Departure
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  • Palm Cove

    Palm Cove

  • Kata Tjuta

    Kata Tjuta

  • Uluru


  • Three Sisters - Blue Mountains

    Three Sisters - Blue Mountains

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

Tour code: IJFLY

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Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair as you delight your senses on a journey from the Tropical North, to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to spectacular Sydney. Experience ancient culture, uncover stunning scenery, indulge in gourmet produce and meet local characters whose warmth you’ll remember forever.


1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1 - 3
Welcome to Cairns – Daintree and Culture – Great Barrier Reef
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Sit back and relax while you're transferred in a private car to your resort. This afternoon meet your Travel Director and join them for a cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the stunning crystal clear water of the Coral Sea. Dine on award winning modern Australian cuisine using only the freshest local produce at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant.

Day 2: Daintree and Culture

Today will be one to remember. Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive journey to discover the Daintree and gain insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yulanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and traditional medicine and experience traditional hunting techniques and have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. Enjoy a lunch in a tranquil and relaxing rainforest setting in the Daintree. This evening relax and dine at your leisure.

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef

Discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise that will take you to three secluded outer reef dive sights. Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures. Snorkel around underwater gardens or maybe take the opportunity to take a dive or relax while you bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board the boat in air conditioned comfort before returning to Palm Cove.

Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 4
Cairns – Alice Springs

Today fly from Cairns to Alice Springs*. This afternoon you’ll take a tour of Alice Springs to discover what life is like in an isolated Australian town. We'll visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, that provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dining experience in a bush setting. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host Bob will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 5
Alice Springs – Kings Canyon

First up you'll travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon enjoy a relaxed walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon. This evening you're treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Day 6 - 7
Kings Canyon – Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Day 6: Kings Canyon – Uluru

At sunrise you’re off on a 6km Rim Walk of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you explore the rim, highlights include the domed 'Lost City' and a stop at Cotterill's Lookout. Or you can opt for an easier shorter walk along the canyon creek bed. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. It's been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a barbecue lunch and meet one of the locals, as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. This afternoon we enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness a spectacular Uluru sunset. Enjoy sparkling wine while you watch Uluru change colour as the sun sets below the horizon.

Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Start this highlight day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the dune viewing area. Then it's off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (traditional owners) have a strong connection with this land. Then you’re off to the domes of Kata Tjuta to join your Travel Director for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations are amazing and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. This afternoon take a walk around the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an historical water source for the area. This evening you’ll dine at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. The resort’s chefs are continually finding new ways to incorporate local native ingredients to create world-class Indigenous bush-tuckerinspired outback fare. So you’ll find a unique variety of herbs and spices creatively incorporated into the dishes, such as Native Basil, Lemon Myrtle and Wattle Seed.

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

Included Meals: Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 7: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 8
Ayers Rock – Sydney

Sleep in and relax before your flight to Sydney*. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, join a dot painting workshop, book a massage or just relax with a good book. In the afternoon fly to Sydney and on arrival at your harbour side hotel, enjoy a drink and some canapés overlooking Walsh Bay.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
Sydney – Blue Mountains

Head off on a day of discovery to the million acre World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Breathe the pristine air and discover the Three Sisters at Echo Point and Govett's Leap Lookout to see spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then with your Travel Director you delve deeper, travelling off the well-worn track to secluded lookouts and peaceful short bushwalks where we may be the only ones around. You'll be rewarded with views across the valleys as far as the eye can see and picture perfect memories to take away. This afternoon arrive at your hotel and after taking the time to relax, enjoy a delicious meal featuring produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers.

Hotel: Parklands Country Garden & Lodges, Blue Mountains

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 10
Blue Mountains – Hunter Valley

Travel to the wine region of the Hunter Valley for a day of good food, great wine and beautiful scenery. You'll indulge with private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional lunch before spending the afternoon doing as you wish at your hotel. You may like to sit in your private courtyard with a good book and bottle of wine. Tonight enjoy dinner at the resort.

Hotel: Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 11 - 12
Hunter Valley – Sydney
Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney

Get ready for a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour. Become part of a big boat sailing crew on board an America's Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the harbour's iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and small secluded coves surrounded by multimillion dollar waterfront homes. It's a day you'll remember for years to. This evening is free for you to explore and discover one of Sydney’s incredible restaurants.

Day 12: Sydney Sightseeing

A day of sightseeing around the city awaits! Explore the famous Eastern Suburbs, taking a stroll along the coastal walk for incredible views over the Pacific Ocean and wild coastal cliffs. Join a VIP guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House then enjoy a shared tasting lunch overlooking the sparkling harbour. After a free afternoon to explore, meet up with your Driver Guide and fellow travellers for one last meal together as your holiday draws to an end.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 11: Breakfast. Day 12: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 13
Farewell from Sydney

Your Inspiring Journey concludes this morning when you’ll be transferred by private car to Sydney Airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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13 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Cairns and returns to Sydney


  • Experience an exclusive dinner under the stars
  • Sail a yacht on Sydney Harbour
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Taste your way through the Hunter Valley
  • Hike to the top of Kings Canyon
  • Explore the domes of Kata Tjuta
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hunt for mud crabs using traditional methods
  • Indulge in lunch overlooking Sydney Harbour
  • Take a bush walk through the Blue Mountains
  • Explore spectacular Sydney
  • Luxury small group experience
  • Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide


  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Lunches (7)
  • Dinners with wine (5)
  • Highlight dinners (2)

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 prior to 2.00pm
into Cairns Airport
Day 13   Flights to depart anytime
from Sydney Airport

Requried Internal Flights

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

Day 4   Cairns to Alice Springs
QF 1949
Day 8   Ayers Rock to SYdney
JQ 661

What to bring

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

Fitness Level

Good level of fitness require for the three hour walk around the canyon’s rim. Or, low to moderate level of fitness required for the canyon floor walk.

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2018
Kings Club    Save up to $335

All savings are per person.


Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 10% saving

when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

Pay by 31 Jan 2018   10% saving
Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information


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Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Alamanda Palm Cove
    1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove QLD 4879

    3 nights

    • Alamanda Palm Cove - Main Swimming Pool

    Relax and unwind after your adventures at the only absolute beachfront resort in the village of Palm Cove. With only the palm trees coming between you and Australia’s famed Coral Sea, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is at the pinnacle of Tropical North Queensland accommodation.

    • Features
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Balcony or Terrace
    • Wi-Fi
    • Hairdryer
    • Air-conditioning
    • Kitchen Facilities
    • DVD players
    • Ensuite
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
    93 Barrett Drive Alice Springs NT, 0870

    Alice Springs

    • Superior Room at Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs

    The hotel is nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

    • Features
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Mini Bar
    • 26” LCD flat screen with Austar
    • In-house movies
    • In-room safe
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Swimming Pool
  • Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
    Luritja Road, Watarrka National Park, NT 0872

    • Spa with scenic views at Kings Canyon Resort

    Set in a prime location and nestled in amongst a rugged bush setting, these rooms offer deluxe accommodation with a spacious spa bath and feature a window providing scenic views. Each Deluxe Spa Room also features a private balcony offering a magnificent outlook onto a rocky escarpment that is tastefully lit at night.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
    • Phone
    • Ensuite
    • Insect screens
    • Hair Dryer
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Spa bath
    • Private balcony
  • Sails in the Desert Hotel
    174 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT 0872

    Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights

    • Superior Room 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
  • The Langham Hotel Sydney
    89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks

    • Langham Sydney - Room

    Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Discover a secluded tranquillity nestled in the heart of The Rocks district of metropolitan Sydney.

    • Features
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Wi-Fi
    • TV
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Ensuite
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Swimming Pool
  • Parklands Country Garden & Lodges, Blue Mountains
    32 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785

    • Parklands Country Garden & Lodges - Room

    Nestled on 11 hectares of gardens, this upscale complex of cottages is 1.2 km from Blue Mountains National Park, 1.3 km from Blackheath train station and 14 km from the iconic Three Sisters rock formation.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hair Dryer
  • Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
    336 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

    • Kirkton Park Hunter Valley - Deluxe Room

    On 28 hectares of gardens, this all-inclusive resort is 8 km from Hunter Valley Gardens and Hunter Valley Zoo, as well as 11 km from the Vintage Golf Course.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Bathrobe
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Air Conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Radio
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Balcony or Terrace
  • The Langham Hotel Sydney
    89-113 Kent Street, The Rocks

    2 nights

    • Langham Sydney - Room

    Dramatic Harbour views. Quaint cobbled streets. Historic brick buildings. Discover a secluded tranquillity nestled in the heart of The Rocks district of metropolitan Sydney.

    • Features
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Wi-Fi
    • TV
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Ensuite
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Swimming Pool

Experience more on your holiday

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. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.

Experiences available between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight (Cairns)

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.

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner (Cairns)

AUD$49 Adult

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.

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights (Kings Canyon)

Adult Price: AUD 150.00

Kings Canyon Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over Kings Canyon.

  • 15 Minute Kings Canyon and Carmichaels Crag Flight
    – AUD$150 per adult (min 2 passengers)

Camel to Sunrise (Ayers Rock)

AUD$129 Adult

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. Take in the cool morning air and watch as the rising sun lights up Uluru and the surrounding plains. Skilled cameleers describe the flora and fauna along the trail. Enjoy billy tea, coffee and freshly baked beer bread.

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: From AUD 150.00

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)

Uluru Motorcycle Tours (Ayers Rock)

Adult Price: From AUD 139.00

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 Ayers Rock Sunrise
    – AUD$229 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$379 per trike
  • 30 Minute Quick Spin
    – AUD$139 per motorcycle passenger
  • 2 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunrise 
    – AUD$259 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$479 per trike
  • 2.5 Hour Kata Tjuta Tour 
    – AUD$299 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$559 per trike
  • 3 Hour Kata Tjuta Sunset 
    – AUD$339 per motorcycle passenger / AUD$649 per trike

*Subject to availability

Bridge Climb (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 298.00 - 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.

Sydney Heli Tours - 20min Flight (Sydney)

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.
*Post tour bookings only.


The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. 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.


Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.