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What to expect

Outback Experience

Uluru Rock & Sounds of Silence Dinner

Great Barrier Reef Trip

Catamaran Cruise to tropical Green Island

Great Ocean Road Drive

Wander the epic coastline & national parks

Australian Wildlife

See iconic Australian animals such as Kangaroos and Koalas

About the trip

Embark on an unforgettable 18-day journey through the wonders of Australia with Solos. This epic escorted group tour begins in the vibrant city of Melbourne, exploring Phillip Island and the breathtaking Great Ocean Road. Concluding in the iconic city of Sydney, this adventure covers a diverse array of experiences—from lush rainforests and scenic coastal drives to the majestic Uluru Rock in the outback and the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Relax in Noosa, get up close with wildlife at Australia Zoo, and enjoy this all-Australian experience with your fellow solo travellers. Join us for an extraordinary 2026 adventure ‘Down Under’!

 

 

 

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport Taxes & Charges
  • Rooms for sole use
  • Breakfast daily, four lunches and six dinners
  • Tours of Melbourne and Sydney
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Uluru Rock and Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda Rainforest
  • Australia Zoo, Koalas and Penguins at Philllip Island
  • Explore Noosa at the Sunshine Coast
  • Blue Mountains
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Arrival in Australia
  • Puffing Billy steam train and Melbourne sights
  • Melbourne and Phillip Island
  • Free day in Melbourne
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Melbourne to Uluru
  • Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Uluru to Cairns
  • Free day in Cairns
  • Green Island and Great Barrier Reef
  • Karunda Rainforest
  • Cairns to Brisbane and Australia Zoo
  • Noosa on the Sunshine Coast
  • Sunshine Coast to Sydney
  • Sydney
  • The Blue Mountains
  • Free day in Sydney
  • Flight to the UK

Whats extra: 

British citizens can usually get the following types of electronic visitor visa:

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival into Melbourne

Welcome to Australia! We land in Melbourne today – Australia’s second largest city. With a vibrant artistic life, this city is regarded as one of the culinary, sporting and shopping capitals of Australia, with a wide selection of museums, art galleries, theatres and festivals.

Upon arrival, we transfer to the first hotel of our Aussie tour.

DAY 2

'Puffing Billy' steam train & sightseeing tour of Melbourne

Late morning we head for the hills, as we travel through the eastern suburbs to the Dandenong Ranges. We take a ride through the lush mountainside from Belgrave on the historic ‘Puffing Billy’ steam train. Disembarking at Lakeside Visitor Centre & Museum, our coach will be waiting for us.

On our return to Melbourne, we enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. Within the parks and gardens around the city centre are many gracious buildings such as the Old Treasury Building and the Exhibition Building, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880. Melbourne also has many beautiful gardens within easy reach of the city. We drive past the MCG (the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground) and Melbourne Tennis Centre (where the Australian Open Tennis is played each year), the parklands and the War Memorial, the stately old buildings in town and the Federation Square. We also visit the Melbourne Skydeck for amazing views over the city and Port Phillip Bay, before enjoying our ‘welcome to Australia dinner’ at a nearby restaurant overlooking Melbourne’s Yarra River.

  • Breakfast & dinner included
DAY 3

Touring Melbourne & wildlife spotting on Phillip Island

We spend part of the morning enjoying a brief walking tour of Melbourne with a local guide, discovering many of its hidden secrets located in the small alleyways and arcades. Returning to our hotel, we have the remainder of the morning free. Early afternoon, we make our way to Phillip Island to visit the Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre & the Nobbies Centre. Overlooking the waters of Bass Strait, the Nobbies Centre showcases Australian fur seals and unique marine life. After dinner at the Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar, we witness the ‘Penguin Parade’, part of the Phillip Island Nature Park – a reserve designed to protect and promote awareness of little penguins. At sunset, the penguins cross Summerland Beach to return to their sand-dune burrows. To see them come out of the surf in small groups and waddle up the beach is a unique and fascinating spectacle. This unique ‘parade’ can be experienced from the Penguins Plus viewing area, giving us prime viewing areas and informative information by the ranger guides.

  • Breakfast & dinner included
DAY 4

Free day in Melbourne

Today is a free day in Melbourne to explore the city further at our own pace.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 5

Exploring the Great Ocean Road

Today we have a full day exploring one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives – The Great Ocean Road. Following an early breakfast, we travel west, bypassing Geelong, to Anglesea and it’s here we commence our breathtaking drive. Built to honour the servicemen and women of World War One, the Great Ocean Road extends more than 300 kilometres along some of the best coastal scenery Australia has to offer.

We travel to the coastal town of Lorne – the first place to be declared an area of ‘Special Significance and Natural Beauty’ by the Victorian Government.  The approach to Lorne is spectacular. From here, we continue on to Apollo Bay to enjoy lunch, before leaving the coast and winding our way through the slopes of the Otway Ranges.

This afternoon, we continue along the Port Campbell National Park – the western section of the Great Ocean Road known as the ‘Shipwreck Coast’.  We stop to see the famous Twelve Apostles – towering limestone stacks with wild waves crashing at their bases, as they dominate the coastline near Port Campbell.

  • Breakfast & lunch included
DAY 6

Melbourne to Uluru with outback experience

After breakfast, we transfer to Melbourne Airport for our direct flight to Uluru.

In the late afternoon, we begin our preparations for dinner, for tonight we’re dining out –  way way out! The Sounds of Silence Dinner is a gourmet dinner under the stars. Winner of many tourism awards, the Sounds of Silence is a unique outback experience. The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of Kata Tjuta and Uluru, the haunting sounds of a didgeridoo, sumptuous outback fare, the star-filled heavens – this is the best of the Red Centre, distilled into four magical hours. Shortly before sundown, we will be driven to a special location in the desert. As a didgeridoo player weaves his magic spell, we will enjoy canapes and witness a spectacular sunset. After a feast of Northern Territory delights including barramundi, bush salads and classic Australian desserts, we’re treated to some of the world’s best stargazing, with the assistance of a resident astronomer.

  • Breakfast & dinner included
DAY 7

Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park

We spend today immersing ourselves in the unique beauty of Uluru and the local area. Early morning, we depart for the Sunrise Viewing Area to experience the first glimpse of the day and some brilliant photo opportunities of Uluru. We return to the resort for breakfast, before our touring takes us to the area known as ‘The Olgas’ – commonly referred to as ‘Kata Tjuta,’ or ‘place of many domes’. Once at the Valley of the Winds lookout, we take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta before returning to the resort.

This afternoon, we enjoy a sightseeing tour around the base of Uluru (Ayers) Rock, followed by the short Kuniya walk to see the Mutijulu Waterhole. Located in the World Heritage listed Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru rises 348 metres from the desert floor and has a girth of 9.4km. It’s the world’s most famous monolith with at least two thirds of the rock lying beneath the surface. We also visit the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and the Maruku Arts Gallery.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 8

Uluru to Cairns

Our flight to Cairns, the capital of the Tropical North, marks the start of a new adventure in a different state, offering a completely distinct atmosphere from the landscape we’re leaving behind. Our coach will meet us on arrival for the transfer to our hotel, with an orientation tour en route. The remainder of the afternoon is free for personal sightseeing or to enjoy the hotel’s facilities. Cool off with a swim in the hotel pool and later tonight, we come together to enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant.

This modern, colourful city is the capital of the Tropical North. The cosmopolitan Esplanade traces the bay foreshore and blends the city life of cafes and shopping with the natural attractions of the Coral Sea.

  • Breakfast & dinner included
DAY 9

Free day in Cairns

Following several action-packed days, we now have the chance to relax and enjoy a day at leisure. The day is free for shopping and personal sightseeing with several museums and the Cairns Aquarium nearby. Dinner tonight is overlooking the Cairns Marina at Dundees on the Waterfront Restaurant.

  • Breakfast & dinner included
DAY 10

Green Island & the Great Barrier Reef

Today we will be having a complete Great Barrier Reef and Queensland tropical island experience. From the hotel, we have a short walk to the Reef Fleet terminal, where we take a fast 45-minute catamaran ride to beautiful Green Island, enjoying two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. Then, we depart Green Island to continue our day of adventure and discovery with three hours on board ‘Great Adventures’ spacious activity platform, moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef. We enjoy lunch, with the afternoon spent either snorkelling, viewing the underwater observatory or taking a tour in the semi-submersible sub. Late afternoon, we arrive back in Cairns following a wonderful day on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Breakfast & lunch included
DAY 11

Karunda Rainforest

This morning, we have a short drive to the north of Cairns where we board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Making our way up the range, we stop off to visit a rainforest interpretative centre and take a short walk through the rainforest before arriving in the pretty village of Kuranda. From the Sky Rail Kuranda Station, we have a short walk through the Kuranda Village to meet our transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park. Here we learn about one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world with the Pamigirri Aboriginal Experience. Local Indigenous Pamagirri Guides welcome us to join them on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda. A delicious Australian BBQ style lunch is served, before we transfer back to the Kuranda Village and board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for the spectacular train ride through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park. Highlights of the ride are picturesque valleys, jungles, railway bridges, tunnels built over a century ago and the Barron Falls themselves.

  • Breakfast & lunch included
DAY 12

Cairns to Brisbane & Australia Zoo

After breakfast, we transfer to Cairns Airport for our morning flight to Brisbane. No holiday to this part of Australia would be complete without a visit to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast – home to the late Steve Irwin. Australia Zoo has a reputation for conservation work, due mainly to the popularity of the documentary series ‘The Crocodile Hunter’. Many millions of dollars have been invested in the park so that it is an ever-changing and growing attraction. Late afternoon, we make our way to Noosa and check into our accommodation at the RACV Noosa Resort.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 13

Noosa on the Sunshine Coast

Surrounded by pristine beaches, rivers, hinterland and national parks, the RACV Noosa Resort is located just three minutes’ drive from Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street and famous Noosa Surf Beach – all within walking distance. The resort offers a free shuttle service into Hastings Street, with many shops, restaurants and cafes. Take a walk through the Noosa National Park or take the local ferry along the Noosa River to Tewantin. The day is free to relax and enjoy the stunning Sunshine Coast.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 14

Sunshine Coast to Sydney

We transfer to the Sunshine Coast Airport for our direct flight to Sydney this morning. Radiating from the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, Australia’s largest city stretches from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. On arrival into Sydney, we make our way into Darling Harbour and check-in to our hotel.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 15

Sightseeing in Sydney

A private coach will collect us this morning for a city sights tour visiting the historical Rocks area, where the First Fleet landed in 1788 to establish Australia’s first European settlement. Our touring also includes a drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Manly – one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. We have some free time here to purchase lunch and take a look around. Our final visit of the day is to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a guided tour. Over sixty years ago, Danish architect Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time.

  • Breakfast included
DAY 16

The Blue Mountains

This morning, we are ready to begin our tour of the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. Travelling through the western suburbs of Sydney, past the former Sydney 2000 Olympic site, we make our first stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. This is where we will see Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting. We have the opportunity to feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu. Featherdale has one of Australia’s largest private collections of native animals and birds. Our coach climbs into the Blue Mountains as we take the scenic Cliff Drive to Echo Point and see the Three Sisters at Katoomba – a great stop for a photo opportunity and our lunch venue is at the nearby Lookout Restaurant. Near here is Scenic World where we ride on the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway. We descend 415m down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees and travel through the tunnel and ancient rainforest. When we disembark, we walk the 300m rainforest boardwalk to connect with the Flyway platform. The Scenic Cableway is the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. It will take us on a 545-metre ride up through the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley. Our final adventure at Scenic World is to join the Scenic Skyway to take the journey 270m above ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls. The 360-degree birds eye view takes in the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary and the never-ending expanse of the Jamison Valley.

  • Breakfast & lunch included
DAY 17

Free day in Sydney & farewell dinner cruise

Today is a free day for shopping or more sightseeing in Sydney.

Our farewell dinner tonight will be a dinner cruise on Sydney’s beautiful harbour.

  • Breakfast & dinner included

 

DAY 18

Flight back to the UK

We enjoy breakfast together for one final morning, before transferring to the airport to start our journey back to the UK.

  • Breakfast included

Accommodation

We will be staying in the following hotels, or similar standard:

  • Batman’s Hill on Collins – Melbourne
  • Voyages Outback Hotel & Lodge – Outback
  • Pacific Hotel Cairns – Carins
  • RACV Noosa Resort – Noosa
  • Novotel Darling Square – Sydney

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