The Highlights of Australia

Australia, Australasia
Overview

Explore the cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia. Admire the coral and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy one of Australia’s most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road.

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22 Days
The Highlights of Australia
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Pit Stops

  • UK – Perth (3N)
  • Melbourne (4N)
  • Ayers Rock (2N)
  • Cairns (4N)
  • Brisbane (3N)
  • Sydney (5N) – UK
Tour Includes

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • 20 nights in hotels, and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 27 meals:20 breakfasts, 7 lunches
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided Excursions as described
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Tour Highlights

  • Marvel over the natural wonders of The Pinnacles Desert.
  • View the spectacular coastal scenery on the Great Ocean Road.
  • Experience the delights of Victoria’s wine country.
  • Wonder the Kata Tjuta rock domes change color during sunrise.
  • Cruise the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef.
  • Nature walk through the rain forest of Mossman Gorge.
  • See the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
  • See koalas in their natural habitat at Maru Koala and Animal Park.
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 UK – PERTH

Fly to Perth.

DAY 2 PERTH

On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Novotel.

DAY 3 PERTH (B/L)

After breakfast, you head north through the Swan Valley to Caversham Wildlife Park where you stop to view and photograph koalas and hand feed kangaroos. After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park, you travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. You stop at the Lobster Shack for an informative talk about the lobster industry, followed by a self guided tour through the purpose built factory. Then it’s onwards to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape where you will be in awe at the sheer size and number of these spiers. Afterwards enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin.

DAY 4 PERTH (B)

We begin the day at the lovely Kings Park to experience a walk through the tree canopies. Then continue to Cottesloe Beach before arriving at Fremantle. Stay on the coach and return to Perth by road travelling past exclusive suburbs, the University of WA, Royal Perth Yacht Club, the Old Swan Brewery. Travel through the historic town of Guildford to the Swan Valley wine growing region. Stop at Sandalford Wines for some wine tasting. They offer extensive cellar and wine emporium gift store featuring wine accessories. Then visit the Margaret River Chocolate Factory to sample delicious chocolates. Afterwards feed kangaroos and touch a koala at Caversham Wildlife Park. Next stop is at Charlies Estate Wine & Nougat Boutique to enjoy an extensive wine tasting including cheese and biscuits. Return to Perth via the Burswood Resort & Casino.

DAY 5 PERTH – MELBOURNE (B)

Fly to Melbourne. On arrival Melbourne you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Novotel.

DAY 6 GREAT OCEAN ROAD (B/L)

Full day tour of Great Ocean road. See some of the most spectacular coastal scenery on Earth, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks and the Gibson’s Steps, site of a historic clifflines.Enjoy the views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge. You will pass through Geelong on the way to the Surf Coast and the world’s premier surfing spot of Bells Beach. Continuing along the Great Ocean Road. A stop will be made at Kennet River township to locate local koalas in their native habitat. Your tour then continues through the spectacular Otway Ranges, here you have the opportunity to walk through the cool temperate rainforest. Then it’s on to Port Campbell National Park and it’s iconic array of rock formations. You will be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles before returning back to Melbourne.

DAY 7 YARRA VALLEY (B/L)

Sit back and allow the experts to introduce Victoria’s most visited region. The Yarra Valley is irresistible, with its majestic hills and mountains of the Great Dividing Ranges. Recognised as one of the world’s great wine growing regions, you will experience fine local produce and breathtaking scenery during the tour. Your first visit will be the Yering Station Vineyards. Start the day by learning how to swirl, sniff and slurp and you’ll be ready to taste some wines. Then off to lunch at Ray’s Restaurant located in Balgownie Estate. Enjoy a high quality restaurant lunch with a glass of Balgownie Estate wine to compliment the meal. After lunch we continue to Yering Farm. The cellar door proudly showcases antique cooper tools used by pioneer wine makers over a century ago. Our last winery visit is the Domaine Chandon. This is the perfect way to finish the day with a guided tour through the winery that shows how the wine is made, followed by a relaxing glass of Australia’s best bubbly with tasty light platters and a view that will leave you in awe.

DAY 8 PHILIP ISLAND (B)

We travel to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Here, we enjoy a guided wildlife walk where we have the opportunity to meet and hand-feed many species of native Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus & wallabies, as well as some of our lesser known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots & Tasmanian devils. A visit to Point Grant and The Nobbies gives us an opportunity to enjoy views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. Where just after dark every night the world’s smallest penguins waddle ashore after spending the day fishing out at sea.

DAY 9 MELBOURNE – AYERS ROCK (B)

After breakfast transfer to Melbourne airport to board your flight to Ayers Rock. On arrival Ayers Rock you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Sails in the Desert.

DAY 10 ULURU & KATA TJUTA

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun rise the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

DAY 11 AYERS ROCK – CAIRNS (B)

Fly to Cairns. On arrival Cairns check in at hotel Double Tree by Hilton.

DAY 12 CAIRNS (B/L)

After breakfast, take a scenic rail journey up to the rainforest village of Kuranda, where you can explore the stunning scenery, take a memorable journey on the skyrail. Visit the award winning Rainforestation Nature Park to experience the Dreamtime Walk and a performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers in the rainforest amphitheatre and take a tour of the rainforest by amphibious army duck. Learn about the rainforest ecosystem from both land and water as your guide explains the vast array of flora and fauna. Then onto the Wildlife Park and observe Australian animals such as crocodiles, snakes & wombats, hand feed the friendly Kangaroos. Relax over a delicious barbecue lunch before you go back to Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Rail.

DAY 13 GREAT BARRIER REEF (B/L)

We depart Cairns and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef on a 25 metre high-performance catamaran, enjoying morning tea along the way. First stop is the beautiful Michaelmas Cay where most of our water activities take place, including snorkelling tour assisted by our very own Marine Naturalist for new or nervous snorkeler. All snorkelling equipment is provided and you also have the option of scuba diving (at own expense) in the crystal clear waters. After lunch depart to Breaking Patches (Paradise Reef Mooring) where you have time to snorkel, dive (at own expenses).

DAY 14 DAINTREE & MOSSMAN GORGE (B/L)

Your day starts in Mossman Gorge, where you will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique tropical environment. The next stop is at Mossman where your driver/guide will point out the highlights of Australia’s most northern sugar town. Here you will enjoy lunch overlooking the Mossman River. The tour then continues with a cruise along the Daintree river, home to birds, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile. The last stop on the tour is at Port Douglas where you will enjoy a short tour of the historical town.

DAY 15 CAIRNS – BRISBANE (B)

Fly to Brisbane. On arrival check in at hotel Capri by Frasser.

DAY 16 BRISBANE (B)

Enjoy a city tour and river cruise. Learn of the history and culture of this trendy and vibrant city. See the sights of historic Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city and Queensland’s capital, with its fresh, innovative and vibrant CBD. From a trendy cafe club culture to thriving shops and 19th century sandstone buildings, enjoy a city tour and river cruise before strolling the arts and man-made beach precinct of Southbank Parklands. Your tour also takes in Mt-Coot-tha Lookout for stunning views of Brisbane, Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

DAY 17 BRISBANE (B)

O’Reilly’s is situated in the centre of the cool, quiet rainforest of World-Heritage listed Lamington National Park, with its spectacular panoramic views. This is one of Australia’s unique and most desirable locations to visit. Prior to your arrival at O’Reilly’s, enjoy a stroll along the Gallery Walk, Mt Tamborine’s unique local art and crafts shops. Upon arrival at O’Reilly’s, you’ll be enchanted by the calls of an amazing array of native birds, not to mention the friendliness and hospitality of this renowned family-owned Guesthouse. Enjoy life in the top of the trees as you take a stroll along the ‘Tree Top Walk’ 16 metres above the rainforest floor.

DAY 18 BRISBANE – SYDNEY (B)

Fly to Sydney. On arrival Sydney you will be welcomed and transferred to Novotel Sydney.

DAY 19 BLUE MOUNTAINS (B/L)

Discover the World Heritage treasures of Blue Mountains National Park and the breathtaking natural wonders of the Jenolan Caves. Nestled on the western side of the Blue Mountains, this extensive network of limestone caves and above-ground arches are Australia’s most impressive. Pass by the Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay. Climb the western mountain highway via the sleepy townships Blaxland, Wentworth, Lawson and Katoomba the quaint capital of the Blue Mountains National Park, a getaway destination for holiday-makers. Enjoy views over stunning eucalypt forests and age-old rock formations as you travel through the scenic Blue Mountains, learn ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime interpretations of the creation of the world. Enjoy a stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Enter the Grand Arch at Jenolan Caves, hiding place of sparkling limestone caverns. Take in the beauty of the region and see the mysterious Blue Lake. Join an informative and fully guided Cave tour through the Lucas Cave.

DAY 20 SYDNEY (B)

This tour is the ideal introduction to Sydney, it includes major highlights and a guided tour of Australia’s most iconic building, the Sydney Opera House. Your tour highlights all the city’s major landmarks – Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney’s birthplace, Parliament House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Art Gallery of NSW and the Domain. You will travel through the exclusive Eastern suburbs of Double Bay and Vaucluse to The Gap for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Heads before arriving at the famous Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s favourite beaches. Finally you will return to the city via the historic and trendy suburb of Paddington to the Opera House where you will join a comprehensive guided tour of this famous building.

DAY 21 SYDNEY (B)

After breakfast the day is free to explore Sydney on your own.

DAY 22 – SYDNEY – UK (B)

Transfer to Sydney airport to board your flight to UK. Arrive home today.

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