13 Day Australian Highlights
13 Day Australian Highlights
Experience cosmopolitan Melbourne, enjoy a taste of Outback life in Alice Springs and cruise the Great Barrier Reef on a trip taking in some of the main highlights that Australia has to offer
Tour highlights
  • Take in the sights around the bustling city of Melbourne
  • Dine on the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Create your own Aboriginal art at Ayers Rock
  • Snorkel in the clear waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a tour of Sydney Opera House and wander along Bondi Beach
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Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne and meet your travel director and fellow guest and enjoy a welcome reception before dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne (D)
Day 2: Melbourne
Today explore Melbourne on a private walking tour and visit some of the sights of the city, such as charming laneways, arcades and street art, before an afternoon spent at leisure, you might take an option experience to Phillip Island to witness the famous Penguin Parade or you may prefer to relax and explore one of Melbourne's many galleries and museums.
  • Crowne Plaza, Melbourne (B)
Day 3: Melbourne
Enjoy a day at leisure enjoying the many sights that Melbourne has to offer. Alternatively, you can head out to see the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road on an optional experience.
  • Crowne Plaza, Melbourne (B)
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
Rise early for a morning flight to Alice Springs where you’ll spend time visiting the School of the Air as well as the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctury World Nature Center for a home-cooked gourmet barbecue dinner and listen as brothers Tom and Danny speak of their passion for ecology, astronomy and the local culture.
  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort (B,D)
Day 5: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel through the picturesque West MacDonnell Ranges as you head for Uluru, then spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the resort faculties. Sip on sparkling wine this evening as you enjoy watching the striking colour changes of Uluru as the sunsets. 
  • Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayres Rock (B)
Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Kata Tjuta
Witness the magical Uluru sunrise this morning, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta, and take a walk at Walpa Gorge which takes you through two of the tallest domes at this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your fellow travellers as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.
  • Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayres Rock (B)
Day 7: Uluru – Cairns
Rise early to experience the Field of Light art installation, Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light. As the sun rises watch the desert awakening over Uluru from the top of the sand dune. Next meet an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art and complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon take a flight to Cairns.
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Carins (B)
Day 8: Cairns
Today is free for you explore the vibrant tropical city of Cairns. Maybe opt for an optional experince and gain some insights into Indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the historic Scenic Rail. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (B)
Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
Hop on board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to see the Great Barrier Reef. Choose between seeing the colourful reef up-close on a snorkelling expedition or from the observation decks of an underwater observatory. Follow this up with a tropical buffet lunch on the reef before returning to Cairns fro an evening meal over looking the Cairns waterfront.
  • Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns (B,L,D)
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight to Sydney. The evening is yours to explore or settle in as you please.
  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (B)
Day 11: Sydney
Today visit the legendary Bondi Beach then head to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a tour with a local guide. Then head to the harbour and enjoy lunch aboard one of Sydney premier harbour cruise vessels, afterwards spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.
  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (B,L)
Day 12: Sydney
On your last day explore Sydney at leisure, optional experiences are available, including a visit to the Blue Mountains or see Sydney from a different perspective and do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Meet your tour director and fellow travellers in the evening for a final farewell dinner.
  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (B,D)
Day 13: Depart Sydney
Say farewell to Australia after breakfast as your trip comes to an end.
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  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown(excl. optional items)
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
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