AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHTS

Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns & Sydney

Overview

TOUR CODE: T2-IMSE

Trip Type: Guided Vacation

Revealing sprawling red desert landscapes, the turquoise tropical waters the Great Barrier Reef, and buzzy cosmopolitan cities, this diverse itinerary is one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne’s lively cobblestoned laneways, share a gourmet barbecue with a local family in Alice Springs, and feel the heartbeat of the ancient Red Centre on an unforgettable journey.

What’s Included

  • Domestic flights from Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, and Cairns to Sydney
  • 3 nights in a Standard room at Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
  • 1 night in a Standard room at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  • 2 nights in a Garden View room at Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe room at Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns
  • 3 nights in a Standard room at Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours and cultural activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE (DW)

Get to know your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner at a restaurant by the waterfront.

DAY 02

MELBOURNE (B)

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour this morning, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways, and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade, where the world’s smallest penguins return from the ocean and waddle endearingly up the wide beach to their sand-dune burrows. Or you may prefer to simply relax, explore the galleries, or experience some of the city’s celebrated eateries.

DAY 03

MELBOURNE FREE TIME (B)

Today is free for you to further explore the delights of Melbourne. Alternatively, you could take an optional experience along the renowned Great Ocean Road to discover a stunning coastline and the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles. In the evening, you might like to take in a production at one of Melbourne’s renowned theaters.

DAY 04

MELBOURNE/ALICE SPRINGS (B/D)

Fly to Alice Springs this morning and visit the unique School of the Air to learn how this school-with-a-difference delivers education to children living in remote outback areas. The next stop is the historic Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn about this facility and why it is considered the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. This evening Joe, Dan, Tommy, and Ben Falzon invite you to ‘Be My Guest’ for a home-cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture, and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

DAY 05

ALICE SPRINGS/ULURU (B)

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying canapés and wine.

DAY 06

ULURU & KATA TJUTA (B)

This morning, witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at the base of Uluru and marvel at the ancient rock art to be found there. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta, and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through two of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine with your traveling companions as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

DAY 07

ULURU/CAIRNS (B)

Rise early to experience the ethereal Field of Light art installation. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light. As the sun rises, join your fellow travelers on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awakening over Uluru. Meet an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon board your flight to tropical Cairns.

DAY 08

CAIRNS FREE TIME (B)

Today is free for you to pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. You may choose to gain some insights into Indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the historic Scenic Rail. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

DAY 09

GREAT BARRIER REEF (B/L/DW)

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your traveling companions for an evening meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

DAY 10

CAIRNS/SYDNEY (B)

After a leisurely start, this afternoon fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure.

DAY 11

FREE TIME IN SYDNEY (B/L)

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Zoo to see some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. This evening spend some time getting to know this spectacular city with your hotel located at Circular Quay.

DAY 12

SYDNEY (B/D)

A day of sightseeing around this spectacular harbor city awaits! Discover Sydney’s famous Eastern Suburbs and wiggle your toes in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Next, return to the city for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before taking to the water on an all-inclusive lunch cruise. Sail around the glistening harbor while you savor a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tonight we say farewell to Sydney from under the sails of the Sydney Opera House while we dine together at Portside restaurant.

DAY 13

FAREWELL FROM SYDNEY (B)

Say farewell when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch    D=Dinner    DW=Dinner with wine

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Pricing

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2022Land OnlySingle Supplement
    Departs / Returns
    Nov 06 / Nov 18$7,179$1,365
    Dec 11 / Dec 23$7,179$1,365
    2023
    Jan 15 / Jan 27$7,397$1,405
    Jan 29 / Feb 10$7,397$1,405
    Feb 12 / Feb 24$7,397$1,405
    Feb 26 / Mar 10$7,397$1,405
    Mar 12 / Mar 24$7,397$1,405
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. This is a land-only package without international airfare. Tour prices include domestic airfares, hotel taxes, and service charges. Itinerary and routing are subject to change. Tour Code: T2-IMSE (LO/072022/C-0)
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