12 nights from €2,199 per person - available 2018 & 2019
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
This 12 night independent tour shows off the most iconic destinations Australia has to offer. There’s a bit of everything on this trip including stunning natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities and fascinating wildlife. Marvel at the towering Uluru and the beautiful Great Barrier Reef – true wonders of nature. You’ll explore the incredible cities of Melbourne and Sydney too with Bondi Beach and the Penguin Parade of Phillip Island thrown into the mix. (AA)
- Drive on the Great Ocean Road for the untamed coastal beauty
- See the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
- Watch the sunset and sunrise over Uluru
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
- Marvel at the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Bondi Beach in Sydney
- Get up close to kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian devils
You’ll arrive in the stunning city of Melbourne where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can relax or explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior)
Great Ocean Road
Admire the panormaiic views of the Melbourne skyline as you depart from the city. Today you’ll travel on one of Australia’s most impressive drives – the Great Ocean Road through the coastal towns before arriving at the beautiful white sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. Enjoy the beautifully rugged coastal scenery including the famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge whilst you learn about their history and the survival story. You’ll then return to Melbourne for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Cowne Plaza (superior) (breakfast included)
Today you’ll tour Melbourne to see the sights and attractions of the city centre, before heading over to Maru Koala & Animal Park where you’ll get the chance to see some of Australia’s most iconic animals including koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils. Afterwards, travel across to the wonderful Phillip Island. Here you’ll head down to Summerland Beach just in time for the sunset and the famous Penguin Parade, where Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day of fishing and walk up the shore.
Overnight: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard) or Crowne Plaza (superior) (breakfast included)
Today you’ll transfer to Melbourne Airport where you’ll catch a flight to Alice Springs, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in you’ll take a tour of this fascinating outback town. On it you’ll see some of the most famous sites including the Telegraph Station and take a visit to the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which serves medical aid to many of the remote towns of the outback. Also make a stop in the Reptile Centre where you can get up close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. To end the tour take in the panoramic views from the Anzac Hill.
Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Chiefley Alice Springs Resport (superior) (breakfast included)
On the morning of day five you’ll depart from Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). On the way you’ll stop off at a camel farm to learn about the practices – you can opt for a camel ride too. Join your guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and explore caves and aboriginal rock paintings as your guide interprets their meanings, visit the Kaja Tjuta Cultural Centre to learn more about the Western Desert and purchase some Aboriginal art. In the evening you can enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while you watch a truly unforgettable sunset. Continue onto an exclusive venue to enjoy an Aussie BBQ dinner and a spot of stargazing (weather permitting).
In the morning you’ll get up early to take in the sunrise over the impressive rock formation. Commence on a 2-3 hour walk to the Valley of the Winds with your guide, taking in the views of many domes of Kata Tjuta, you'll be in awe of the natural and cultural wonder!
Overnight: Desert Gardens Hotel (standard) or Sails in the Desert Hotel (superior) (two breakfasts and one dinner included)
Cairns/Great Barrier Reef
On day seven enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or relax before you fly from Uluru to Cairns where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Day eight is a full day to explore the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Heading out on a high-speed catamaran, you’ll be able to view the fish and other marine from the underwater observatory and will get the chance to go snorkelling in this underwater world that is dazzling in colour and brilliance. Enjoy a presentation on the reef by a marine naturalist and watch the fish feed from a unique underwater observatory. Enjoy a tropical lunch on board before heading back to Cairns in the afternoon.
On day nine you’ll visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where you’ll learn about the culture and customs of the Aboriginal people, brought to life in a rainforest setting. Learn about this ancient culture through theatre, shows and dance demonstrations. Later you’ll travel on the Skyrail Cableway above the rainforest – truly jaw-dropping above the canopy of the rainforest, you'll then have time to explore the Kuranda Heritage Markets before boarding the famour Kuranda Scenic Railway for a breathtaking journey over the Barron Gorge onto Freshwater station.
Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton (standard) or Hilton Hotel (superior) (three breakfasts and one lunch included)
Today you’ll fly from Cairns to Sydney where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You’ll then have the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure.
Day 11 is a full day of sightseeing around Sydney, cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and stop at Milsons point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. See the white sandy beaches and feel the sand between your toes on Manly Beach. Enjoy a buffet luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour before visiting the Opera House as well as taking visits to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach - you'll have time to wander round here down the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water.
Overnight: Vibe Hotel (standard) or Sofitel Sydney Wenthworth (superior) (two breakfasts and one lunch included)
Today you’ll travel to the spectacular Blue Mountains where you’ll take in lovely views of the Three Sisters from Echo Point. Later you’ll ride the world’s steepest railway before visiting Feathersdale Wildlife Centre for close encounters with many of Australia’s most wonderful creatures.
Overnight: Vibe Hotel (standard) or Sofitel Sydney Wentworth (superior) (breakfast and lunch included)
Depart from Sydney
After breakfast you’ll transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home.
- All internal transport included (excl. internal flights)
- 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
- Philip Island Parade, Twelve Apostles visit, Red Centres Wildlife in Alice Springs, Uluru sunset with wine, Discover the aboriginal rock art and learn about the sacred sites, Snorkel and cruise around the Great Barrier Reef, ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, discover the village in the rainforest (Kuranda), journey through the rainforest on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Sail around Sydney Harbour on a lunch cruise, visit to the famous Bondi Beach, get up close and personal to the cuddly Australian wildlife
- Local guides throughout, a different experienced Driver Guide each day
Local Departure Dates:
This independent tour operates daily between March and November.
Between December and February, it departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.