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Australian Highlights

Duration 13 days

Destinations visited :
  • Australia
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Australia at its best – from the golden beaches of Bondi and shared stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, to an astounding underwater wonderland and fiery Uluru sunset lighting up the Outback sky.

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DAY 1

Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)
On arrival in Melbourne, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm) and settle in for an afternoon at leisure. Later, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner before your journey in Australia begins.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza
Meal: Welcome Reception,Dinner with wine

DAY 2

Melbourne Sightseeing
‘Dive into Culture’ and wander through the labyrinthine laneways, arcades and grand boulevards that reveal some of the world’s most edgy street art and well-preserved Victorian architecture. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, strolling along the banks of the Yarra, or consider an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Melbourne Free Time
A full free day awaits to sample the cosmopolitan flavours of Melbourne – its coffee culture and farm-to-table food experiences at the bustling Queen Victoria Market. Or, consider an Optional Experience following one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road with its famous Twelve Apostles.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Melbourne – Alice Springs
Journey to the heart of the Outback and the gateway to Australia’s Red Centre. On arrival in Alice Springs, join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the School of the Air and learn how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Your next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ and delve into the emergency support that this facility provides to the people of the Outback. Later, ‘Connect with Locals’ at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, where you’ll meet the celebrated Outback Paramedic Falzon brothers for dinner and hear about the sustainable lifestyle they’ve established.
Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Alice Springs – Uluru (2 Nights)
Cross rugged landscapes to Ayers Rock Resort, located just a stone’s throw from the sacred, ancient monolith that is known as Uluru by its traditional caretakers – the Anangu people. Journey to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park in time for sundowners and a chance to witness first-hand how its rusty red walls change colour as the sun dips below the horizon. We spend the night in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – Desert Gardens, which blends seamlessly into its splendid natural surrounds.
Hotel: Desert Gardens
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Greet a new day with a magical sunrise over Uluru, then ‘Dive into Culture’ and tour the waterholes at the base of Uluru, hearing ancient tales about the local Anangu and seeing the rock art that their ancestors left behind. Venture to the imposing 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, where you’ll follow the natural creek bed through Walpa Gorge. As the sun bids a fiery farewell over Kata Tjuta, we indulge in sparkling wine sundowners and contemplate a day filled with pinch me moments.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Uluru – Cairns (3 Nights)
The colourful geometric designs and symbols of Western Desert Art take centre stage today as you join your ‘Local Specialist’ Aboriginal artist for insights into the ritual of Dreamtime and the meanings of the Anangu totems. Tell your very own Outback story as a memento of your experience, then fly from Ayers Rock to the tropical city of Cairns.
Hotel: Hilton Cairns
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 8

Cairns Free Time
Ease into laidback living in the spirit of the locals or consider an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park on this full day at leisure to explore this east coast gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the secrets of ancient Aboriginal culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations or visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an up-close encounter with the resident crocs. Perhaps take a trip to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail and return to the lowlands through some of the oldest rainforest in the world – the choice is yours.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Great Barrier Reef
An underwater wonderland awaits as you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Take to the tropical waters and snorkel alongside a dazzling array of colourful marine-life (equipment provided) or explore the sparkling blue coral sea from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on the water before returning to Cairns, where this evening you’ll dine at a waterfront restaurant.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner with wine

DAY 10

Cairns – Sydney (3 Nights)
Fly south to Sydney today and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this harbour city on your own terms. Wine and dine in the city’s infamous Rocks District, visit China Town for some tasty yum cha or take a stroll around Circular Quay.
Hotel: InterContinental
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Sydney Sightseeing
Your morning sightseeing experience will see you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided tour around the iconic Sydney Opera House, before you venture to Bondi Beach to rub shoulders with the bronzed and beautiful locals. Prime your sea legs next as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for a Regional Meal, sailing past parklands, waterfront manors and the iconic sights for which Sydney Harbour is so famous. Spend the rest of the day at leisure for some last-minute shopping or consider an evening performance under the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 12

Sydney Free Time
Get your final Sydney fix today as you enjoy a full free day to explore the city on your terms. Consider an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains whose eucalypt haze you’ll see looming in the distance as you depart Sydney en route to the village of Leura, the famous Three Sisters rock formation and Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s cuddly, and not so cuddly, creatures. Or, embark on an adventure of a different kind, summitting Sydney Harbour Bridge on a thrilling BridgeClimb. Your effortlessly delivered journey nearing its end, you’ll join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 13

Depart Sydney
Say farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast as your memorable Australian holiday concludes. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Melbourne, Alice Springs, Sydney
  • Cruise on Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef
  • View spectacular outback sunsets at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).
  • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach

Dining Highlights

  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners (including Connect with Locals)

First class travel Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage is not provided at airports in Australia and New Zealand
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Australian Highlights

Australia at its best – from the golden beaches of Bondi and shared stories of Aboriginal Dreamtime, to an astounding underwater wonderland and fiery Uluru sunset lighting up the Outback sky.