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Get ready to explore Australia's most celebrated sites on this 13-day journey discovering the country's world-famous beaches, vibrant cities and the rural vast wilderness of the notorious outback.
From visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House, snorkelling on the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef to cuddling a Koala and watching the sun set over the majestic Ayers Rock; this Australian Highlights tour will give you a taste of Australia's most beautiful natural parks, wildlife and Aboriginal culture.
- 4-star accommodation
- Experienced travel director & driver guide
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Air-conditioned vehicles
- Maximum of 46 passengers
- 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Stay in 4-star accommodation throughout
- Learn about outback life at the School of Air and Royal Flying Doctors Service
- Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta rock formations
- Snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef or see its colours from a semi-submersible
- View native wildlife at the Cairns Wildlife Dome
- Enjoy lunch while cruising in Sydney Harbour
- Guaranteed departures and early booking discounts available
Day 1: Melbourne
Once you arrive in Melbourne, transfer to the Crowne Plaza for a 3-night stay. In the evening bask in your elegant surroundings as you enjoy a decadent, delicious dining experience on board a historical tramcar. A unique introduction to Melbourne, you'll see the city sights whilst enjoying a 3 course dinner. Meals Included: Dinner.
Day 2: Melbourne
Start your day with a walking tour of Australia's cultural capital and explore its abundance of trendy art galleries, boutique shops and theatres. Spend the afternoon at leisure to lazily wander down its iconic laneways or enjoy a cocktail on a stylish rooftop bar. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 3: Melbourne
Spend a day at leisure to further explore this cosmopolitan city. Or why not take an optional excursion to Victoria's Yarra Wine Valley where you can indulge and get your taste buds tingling with delicious food and wine whilst marvelling at the spectacular scenery. Animal and nature lovers alike will also love a trip to Phillip Island where you can spot the abundance of wildlife along a beautiful rugged coastline. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 4: Fly to Alice Springs
From the bustling, vibrant city of Melbourne, to the vast remote outback, your morning starts with a flight to the town of Alice Springs. Once home for thousands of years to the Aboriginal tribe, you'll gain an insight into the rich history of the indigenous people and visit the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for remote families of the outback. End your day with a Barbecue dinner with an overnight stay at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 5: Uluru
Rise and shine up and early to continue your tour travelling to Uluru National Park in the heart of the Northern Territory's Red Centre desert. En-route, view the mountain range of Attila standing majestically 300 metres above the ground. On arrival, transfer to the Desert Gardens Hotel for 2 nights. In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to discover the magic of the spectacular red rocks and domes of Uluru as you watch the colour changes as the sun sets. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 6 Uluru • Kata Tjuta
Next stop on the tour, watch the sun rise over the grand rocks of Uluru and discover its significance to the local Aboriginal tribes. In the afternoon visit the ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta, the world's second-largest monolith and a sacred monument to the indigenous tribes. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 7: Fly to Cairns
Spend the morning discovering the beautiful indigenous art of the western desert before flying to Cairns for a stay at the Hilton Cairns for 3 nights. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
No tour of Australia would be complete without a once in a lifetime trip to visit Australia's greatest natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest coral reef, you'll be in awe of its breath-taking beauty as you board a catamaran to a pontoon situated on the reef. Home to one of the richest ecosystems on the planet; you'll have the opportunity to snorkel beneath its beautiful waters and spot the myriad colourful marine life with a view from a semi-submersible. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 9: Cairns
The gateway to the mighty Great Barrier Reef, spend the day at leisure soaking in the laid-back tropical ambience of this stylish city. Take an optional excursion to the stunning mountain retreat of Kuranda and ride the rainforest cable cars for panoramic views of lush greenery and ocean vistas. Or for a truly unforgettable experience, enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands for a stunning view of North Queensland and see where the rainforest meets the reef. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 10: Fly to Sydney
Before your afternoon flight to Sydney, stop off at Cairns Wildlife Dome where you can get up close and personal with Australia's native wildlife including a hug from Australia's famous furry koala! After learning all about the rainforest ecosystem, whiz high above it on adrenaline-inducing ziplines and fun rope courses. Once in Sydney, stay for 3 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton in the heart of Sydney Harbour, just a stone's throw away from the iconic Sydney Opera House. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 11: Sydney
Along Australia's East Coast, built around a spectacular harbour lies one of the most recognizable cities in the world! Your morning tour of Sydney will include another Australian highlight – the illustrious Sydney Opera House. Next explore Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, home to the world-famous Bondi Beach, renowned for its golden sandy beaches and fantastic surf. In the afternoon, return back to the city for lunch in Sydney Harbour. Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Day 12: Sydney
Enjoy a day at leisure in Sydney. Or if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, take an optional excursion to the beautiful wine region of Hunter Valley or the idyllic Blue Mountains. Listed as a World Heritage site, this national park consists of over a million hectares of rugged sandstone cliffs, crystal clear waterfalls and towering eucalyptus forests. End the day indulging in a final dinner bidding farewell to newly-found friends. Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner.
Day 13: Onward Travel
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your adventure. Meals Included: Breakfast.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Melbourne
Situated on the Yarra river, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and attractions of the city. The property has 383 rooms and suites, each with modern decor and amenities.
Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
A superior 4.5 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, it is only a short stroll to Desert Gardens' numerous lookouts, where you can view one of Australia's best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Hilton Cairns, Cairns
The Hilton Cairns is located right on the waterfront with spectacular water views of Trinity Inlet and the surrounding mountains. The 264 rooms and suites all have private balconies with either water, city or mountain views.
Mecure Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs
Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the property, situated on the banks of the famous Todd river with its magnificent river red gums. The resort is only a five-minute stroll from the town's cultural and shopping centre.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney
A heritage-listed 5-star hotel set in the heart of Sydney's shopping and business district, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers modern facilities combined with historic charm and a rich character. Expect warm personal service, 436 luxurious rooms with most overlooking a central Garden Courtyard.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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