Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
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.
Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.
On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your follow travellers at the welcome dinner this evening.
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.
Full day at leisure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Full day at leisure.
This morning, enjoy a special visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Later, fly to 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.
Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
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