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Inspiring Australia

13 Day Inspiring Journey | Cairns to Sydney

Inspiring Australia

13 Day Inspiring Journey | Cairns to Sydney | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Inspiring Australia

13 Day Inspiring Journey

Cairns to Sydney

Venture on a journey through Australia’s most iconic sights. Experience the ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Northern Australia, majestic Uluru in the spiritual Red Centre, and the iconic harbour city of Sydney.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • The Sounds of Silence Dinner under the outback sky
  • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • The renowned art installation, Field of Light
  • The best of Australia, in the one comprehensive trip

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Discover

Cruise the Great Barrier Reef to experience its fragile beauty, and see the incredible landscapes of the Blue Mountains.

Explore

Take a guided walk through Kata Tjuta’s mystical domes, and around the six-kilometre rim of magnificent Kings Canyon.

Immerse

Journey to the Daintree for an immersive Indigenous experience, then visit Curtin Springs and gain insight into the cattle rearing heritage.

Relax

Dine at award-winning Nu Nu Restaurant overlooking the crystal-clear waters of Palm Cove, then taste your way through the Hunter Valley.

Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland. This afternoon meet your Journey Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception followed by dinner at award-winning Nu Nu Restaurant overlooking the stunning crystal clear water of the Coral Sea. Dine on modern Australian cuisine using only the freshest local produce at this ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant.

Hotel: The Reef House, 3 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive experience to discover the ancient Daintree Rainforest and gain an insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yalanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, taste bush foods and sample traditional medicine of the Aboriginal people.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Board a Quicksilver wave piercing catamaran for your cruise to Agincourt Reef, at the outer edge of the UNESCO listed Great Barrier Reef. The professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to snorkel or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub. Enjoy a tropical lunch before you return to Palm Cove.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we fly from Cairns to the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru. This afternoon you’re off to the domes of Kata Tjuta, where you’ll join your Journey Director for a guided walk through Walpa Gorge. Later enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine while you watch Uluru change colour as the sun sets below the horizon.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Rise early to experience the renowned Field of Light, where 50,000 glass spheres in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white, have been installed within sight of Uluru. Wander through the paths and then, from the dune-top, watch as the dawn creeps across the desert plain and lights up the Red Centre. After breakfast you will have the opportunity to take a walk around part of the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. Then it’s off to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. This evening enjoy a Local Dining Experience under the sparkling outback sky at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Experience the magic of the sunrise over Uluru before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. From here you will travel towards Kings Canyon. Your first stop is Curtin Springs, home to the Severin family since 1956.Enjoy a barbecue lunch, where you will meet one of the locals and gain insight into the cattle rearing heritage. Later this evening enjoy a delicious dinner at Carmichael’s Restaurant.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Today you’re off on a sunrise six-kilometre Rim Walk exploration of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you venture around the rim, highlights include the domed ‘Lost City’, and the luscious ‘Garden of Eden’. This evening, enjoy a Local Dining Experience outback bush barbecue under the stars.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Local Dining Experience

This morning visit the School of the Air, a crucial service providing education to children living in remote Australian communities. You will also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a facility that provides medical assistance to those who live in remote Australia. This afternoon, Alice Springs gives way to cosmopolitan Sydney.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney

Included Meals: Breakfast

Head off on a day of discovery to the million-acre World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Breathe in the pristine air and discover the icons such as the Three Sisters at Echo Point and Govett’s Leap Lookout. Go off the beaten path in the company of your Journey Director to secluded lookouts and short bush walks.

Hotel: Fairmont Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Travel to the Hunter Valley for a day of local gourmet flavours and award-winning wines. Indulge in private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional tasting lunch before spending the afternoon doing as you wish. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous paddock-to-plate dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Get ready for an afternoon sailing on Sydney Harbour. Become part of a boat sailing crew on board a luxury 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 and small secluded coves surrounded by multimillion-dollar waterfront homes. This evening is free for you to explore one of Sydney’s incredible local restaurants.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning of Sydney sightseeing. In the late afternoon join a VIP guided tour of the famous Sydney Opera House before a memorable Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong in the sails of the Sydney Opera House itself, the perfect location for one last meal together.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Bid farewell to the Harbour City and new found friends as your epic discovery of Australia’s natural splendour and spiritual soul has come to an end and you are transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Reef House is an iconic boutique hotel overlooking the Coral Sea in the Tropical village of Palm Cove.

Nestled amongst lush gardens and emerald pools you’ll immediately feel at home.

 

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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.

    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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Retreat to the luxury of Kings Canyon Resort after an active day of hiking through the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park. The sensitively designed property is located in Watarrka National Park, just nine kilometres from Kings Canyon. Naturally, the Kings Canyon Resort has been built to blend in harmoniously with the surround.

    Features

  • Ensuite
  • Shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Insect screens
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Blankets
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron / Ironing Board
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located only one-and-a-half-hours drive west from Sydney on the cusp of the Jamison Valley in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, the holiday accommodation in the Blue Mountains is renowned by Sydneysiders in search of a peaceful setting in which to relax, rest and rejuvenate.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
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

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

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. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 308.00
Child Price: AUD 208.00

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 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. Climbing in 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. Prices from:

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00

The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. Runs 2:30pm & 6.30pm daily. Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

Adult Price: From AUD 160.00
Child Price: From AUD 160.00

Ayers Rock Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. Prices from:

Adult Price: From AUD 139.00
Child 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! Prices from:


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. 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. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Good level of fitness require for the three hour walk around the Kings Canyon rim.
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required for the Kings Canyon floor walk.

Dining

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Cairns Airport
  • Day 13 – flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airport
  • Internal-holiday flights required to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary:
  • Day 4 – Cairns to Ayers Rock
  • Day 8 – Alice Springs to Sydney

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