Exploring Australia

  • 23 Days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • On the go pace

Walk ancient trails, barbeque in the wilderness, discover native animals and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef as you venture from city, to nature reserve, to outback on this authentic Australian adventure.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

  • Day 21

  • Day 22

  • Day 23

of 23 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 5th April 2018

Meals included: 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Walk ancient trails, barbeque in the wilderness, discover native animals and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef as you venture from city, to nature reserve, to outback on this authentic Australian adventure.

At a glance

  • Melbourne Explore some of the city’s highlights on a guided sightseeing trip
  • Kangaroo Island Spot kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals at the world’s last unspoilt habitat
  • Ayers Rock Enjoy a traditional outback barbecue as you watch the sunset.
  • Ghan train Enjoy a world-famous rail journey through the heart of the outback
  • Nitmiluk National Park Explore the spectacular Katherine Gorge on a guided hike or boat tour
  • Kakadu National Park Walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at Nourlangie Rock

Extensions

  • 3 nights Bangkok stop over - pre tour
  • 3 nights Singapore stop over - pre tour
  • 3 nights beach stay in Fiji - post tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In flight

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive in Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your follow travellers at the welcome dinner this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Then, a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Melbourne

Full day at leisure

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Melbourne – Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Hobart’s historic waterfront district followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Hobart

Tour the scenic Tasman Peninsula with its blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit Port Arthur, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. On a guided tour of the penal settlement, see the ruins of the penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Stop at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park to see the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Hobart – Adelaide

Today, fly via Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Kangaroo Island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. Visit Seal Bay with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on remarkable rocks, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to Admirals Arch, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Adelaide – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset and the changing colours as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience: an outback barbeque featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today, enjoy a tour around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. This evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Alice Springs - Ghan Train

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic Ghan Train, a highlight of your trip. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Ghan Train - Katherine – Darwin

This morning, the train stops at Katherine with a visit to nearby Katherine Gorge. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic cruise in the gorge, a hike with a local indigenous guide, or a canoe excursion. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Darwin – Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for Kakadu National Park. Stop at Window on the Wetlands visitor centre and Bowali visitor centre to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Kakadu National Park.

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. Cruise the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at Nourlangie Rock. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Kakadu National Park – Darwin – Cairns

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid Botanic Gardens and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the Art Gallery to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Great Barrier Reef

Today board a catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Cairns

Full day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Cairns - Sydney.

This morning, enjoy a special visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Later, fly to Sydney.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Sydney

Explore one of the world's most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the city's Botanic Gardens for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach where you will have time to explore on your own. Later enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city's best views.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 21

Sydney

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 22

Sydney - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 23

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Melbourne: Novotel Melbourne on Collins;
  • Hobart: Wrest Point Hotel;
  • Adelaide:Majestic Roof Garden Hotel;
  • Uluru: Desert Gardens Hotel;
  • Ghan Train; Darwin: Hilton Darwin;
  • Kakadu National Park: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel;
  • Cairns: Pullman Cairns International;
  • Sydney: Sydney Harbour Marriott.

Notes

Hotels as stated or similar.

Day 12: Plan to pack an overnight-bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

Day 15: Kakadu National Park:During the wet season (December through to April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply. 

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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