About this holiday
Day 1 – G’Day Mate and welcome to sunny Australia! Having taken the direct flight from London to Perth, upon arrival we transfer to our hotel. Here we can rest and chill out before our welcome drink and dinner this evening before beginning our exploration. Life in Perth is about sunny days, clean air and a laid-back lifestyle. It is a place surrounded by natural beauty on all sides: picturesque hills, sublime oceans, meandering rivers, ancient forests, golden sands and red-dirt dreamlands.
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Day 2 – Perth.Our first day we enjoy the highlights of Perth city, capital of Western Australia. The city is located where the Swan River meets the southwest coast and sandy beaches line the suburbs. View Kings Park, one of the world’s biggest inner-city parks and its Botanic Garden with lovely views of the city.
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Day 3 – Perth. Full day at leisure to explore at your own pace or take in an optional tour.
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Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise
Explore the Swan Valley on a Wine Cruise with snacks, a wine-making tour, tasting of 6 wines, lunch and entertainment included.
Take a cruise from Perth and explore this unique and historic port city. Enjoy a coffee on the famed cappuccino Strip, fish and chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour or try a boutique beer at one of the lively pubs (all at own expense). Complimentary local Australian wine tasting on return back to Perth.
Day 4 – Flight to Alice Springs. Upon arrival in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory where cattle stations are larger than some countries, we take a tour including the Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctors, School of Air and Anzac Hill lookout for a panoramic view of the town centre. The Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. It was established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide and also linking with an underwater cable network to London. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum will satisfy the most curious of mind. Discover what it's like to be inside one of the aircraft and look inside a replica fuselage of a Pilatus PC12. The School of the Air provides an educational service for children living in remote parts of Central Australia, with a broadcasting area covering 1.3 million square kilometres.
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Day 5 – Alice Springs. Day at leisure to explore on your own. Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and an intense desert landscape, the township of Alice Springs is Australia’s most famous outback town. Afghan cameleers, flying doctors, outback explorers, a rich cast of characters and the towns’ isolation has lead to the creation of an unrivalled community identity and a wealth of interesting events and sights. Alive with culture and Aboriginal art, the pedestrian-only Todd Mall gives a sneak peek into the traditions and stories of the Arrernte people with water colours of desert landscapes and dot paintings of the seasons.
Optional tours are available including a Bush BBQ and the McDonnell Ranges.
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Bush BBQ Dinner and Show
A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. From the moment you step off the coach you’ll be captivated by the setting sun exploding in a ray of colour adrift the great expanse of the Northern Territory sky.
The East and West MacDonnell Ranges stretch out for hundreds of kilometres on either side of Alice Springs. According to the traditional owners, the Arrernte people, the Ranges were formed during the Dreamtime by giant caterpillars. The area surrounding the Ranges is rich in Aboriginal history and rock art and gives a fascinating insight into the ancient culture. The MacDonnell Ranges provide an array of day activities for tourists to Alice Springs, from bush walking and hiking, to relaxing by the impressive water holes and gorges.
Day 6 – Alice Springs to Ayers RockThis morning we head to mysterious Uluru. Stopping at Mount Connor for photos en-route, upon arrival this afternoon we take a tour of the Kata Tjuta Olgas, a must-see group of large-domed rock formations found 460km south west of Alice Springs. We take a walk in Walpa Gorge for photos. This evening we can enjoy a fabulous Sounds of Silence BBQ dinner. Sounds of Silence experience, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients. Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
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Day 7 - Ayers Rock to Cairns. Early this morning we head out to stunning Ayers Rock for a sunrise viewing. This World Heritage-listed and one of Australia’s most iconic symbols, is right in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is a place that speaks of timeless folklore, rich indigenous culture and great spirituality. Traditional custodians of Uluru, the Anangu, believe this landscape was created by their ancestors at the beginning of time, and have been protecting these sacred lands ever since. After breakfast back at the hotel, we then head out on the Mutitjuli Waterhole and Mala Walk and visit to the Cultural Centre. We take an internal flight bound for Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Day 8 – The Great Barrier Reef. Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of the stable reef activity platform, this is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore. Snorkel in the crystal clear water. Teaming with brightly coloured fish, visit the underwater observatory, cruise in a semi-submersible, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch. Inclusions: Morning & afternoon teas, 3 hours at Outer Barrier Reef platform, snorkeling equipment, use of lycra suit, hot & cold buffet lunch, eco reef talk, semi-submersible coral viewing, underwater observatory and Environmental Management Charge.
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Days 9 & 10 – Cairns. The city is fringed by palm trees and set against a backdrop of mountains and rainforest. 2 full days to relax and explore the city at our own pace or we can visit Kuranda or visit the Cape Tribulation region on optional tours.
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Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest. The iconic Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction that provides a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest - immersing you in the sights, sounds, and tranquility of one of the most botanically fascinating areas on earth. Explore this fascinating village and The Heritage Markets are full of colourful and interesting arts and crafts.
Cape Tribulation Daintree
The Cape Tribulation region in Northern Queensland is known for its picturesque scenery and year-round good weather. Situated just north of Cairns, Cape Tribulation offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you just want to lounge on the beach or would prefer an exciting adventure in the Daintree National Park. Enjoy a fascinating hour cruising Daintree River Cruise through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity. Morning tea & Lunch included.
Day 11 – Cairns to Sydney. Today we take our internal flight to Sydney, one of the most iconic cities in the world. Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favourite city with the world’s most beautiful harbour. The harbour provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbour scenic flights, dining, fishing and climbing the Harbour Bridge.
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Day 12 - Sydney. Today we take a tour through the historic Rocks area and see views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Marys Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Upon our return, we travel through Paddington and the exclusive Eastern suburbs.
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Days 13 & 14 – Sydney. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. There are a range of optional tours we can take advantage of while here including:
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Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
A Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise is the perfect way to see the best of what this wonderful Harbour city has to offer. Feast your eyes on the splendid sights of Sydney Harbour as you cruise past the major harbour attractions. Sightseeing cruises operate in the main Harbour and you will be able to see all the major attractions around the harbour including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, Fort Denison and the million-dollar homes that line the harbour foreshore.
Sydney Bridge Climb
Inclusions: 3.5 hours of unforgettable experiences, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph and commemorative Climber certificate.
Includes entry to Featherdale Wildlife, Unlimited use of Scenic World Railway, Skyway and Cableway at Scenic World Blue Mountains. Take in spectacular views of the Jamison Valley across to the Three Sisters, explore the beautiful town of Leura and stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can handfeed kangaroos, wallabies and emus and encounter friendly koalas.
Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway and discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline (128% incline) riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway.
Day 15 – Sydney to Melbourne. . On to the final part of our journey as we fly to Melbourne. Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River.
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Day 16 – Melbourne.On our guided tour we can experience the beautiful sights of Melbourne. Hear about it's wonderful history, famous buildings, sensational shopping, great sporting venues and universities. We stop and explore the Fitzroy Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. From here we travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St Paul's Cathedral, the Arts Centre, and Port Phillip Bay.
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Day 17 – Melbourne. Final day at leisure to relax before our final farewell dinner in a famous fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful, innovative approach to dining. Since their inception in 1983, the restaurants have become a star attraction and a tourism symbol for Melbourne.
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Great Ocean Road
Enjoy incredible views and natural wonders. The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 kilometres along the stunning south-eastern coast between Torquay and Warrnambool. An Australian National Heritage listed road, it was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. The road winds through gorgeous terrain along the coast and leads you to many significant landmarks and natural wonders.
Afternoon travel to the Penguin Parade and enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual of penguins marching up the sand to their nests. Step back in time, explore the heritage and tranquil scenery of Churchill Island and at Koala Conservation Centre Explore the treetop boardwalks to see koalas in their natural habitat. The Penguins Plus viewing platform offers unprecedented, up-close viewing of the little penguins as they waddle along the most popular pathway at the Penguin Parade. Note: No outdoor photography and filming at the Penguin Parade is allowed – even without a flash. Photographing Little Penguins disturbs and frightens them.
Day 18 – Melbourne to London. Final morning at leisure before saying farewell to Melbourne and heading to the airport and our flight home.
Day 19 – Arrive London.
• A once in a lifetime tour!
• Opportunity to snorkel on The Great Barrier Reef
• Experience landscapes like nowhere else on earth
• Explore a host of the country’s best cities
• Plenty of excursions to get the most out of time
• See Uluru at Sunset before a fabulous outdoor dinner
• Award winning wines and beautiful beaches
• Sunny and warm climate with wide open spaces
• Diverse history and culture to discover
• Chilled and friendly locals
We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).
Travelodge Perth Hay Street*** (Perth)
DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs ****(Alice Springs)
Desert Gardens Hotel ****(Ayers Rock)
Pacific Hotel **** (Cairns)
Travelodge Wynward **** (Sydney)
Travelodge Southbank **** (Melbourne)