AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHTS – 13 DAYS

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13 Days: Melbourne – Alice Springs – Ayers Rock – Cairns – Sydney

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. (Arrive prior to 12:00pm). This evening we will have a welcome dinner. D


Day 2: Melbourne – City Sights

Enjoy a morning tour of Melbourne including the Royal Botanic Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance. This afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take an optional tour to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade. B


Day 3: Melbourne

Enjoy a day at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. Perhaps join an optional tour and ride on Puffing Billy followed by wine tastings in the Yarra Valley or tour along the famous Great Ocean Road. B


Day 4: Melbourne / Alice Springs

You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs (required flight quoted separately). Some parts of Australia are so remote that the only way kids can get an education is remotely via the School of the Air. Your next stop is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Being this far flung also means there’s no light pollution from cars or skyscrapers. The result? Unrivalled stargazing (and a BBQ feast) with the Falzon family at their eco-oriented Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. BD


Day 5: Alice Springs / Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Overland transfer to Ayers Rock. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at Ayers Rock Resort. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while watching sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the viewing area known as the ‘sunset strip’. The subtle colour changes are truly amazing. B


Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for, it’s sunrise over Uluru. Incredibly, the Rock’s base caves are home to First Nations art that dates back tens of thousands of years. What an honour to glimpse it. The ochres and silvery greens of the NT outback follow you to Kata Tjuta, where Walpa Gorge humbles with its soaring cliffs. Wander through the tallest domes before yet another sparkling sunset (and sparkling wine). B


Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Cairns

Ok, so the other reason to get up early is to view artist Bruce Munro’s installation Field of Light at dawn – 50,000 glowing spindles of light blanketing the desert. Clamber to the top of a sand dune to marvel in the morning unfolding over this very special part of the world. An Anangu artist will explain just what makes it so spiritual over an introduction to Western Desert art, introducing totems and symbols

important to the region and represented in paintings and installations. Head to your next stop in sunny Cairns (required flight quoted separately). B


Day 8: Cairns

Today is at leisure in Cairns to relax by the hotel pool or go shopping. You may like to join an optional tour to Kuranda including a scenic rail journey on the Kuranda Train, Skyrail Cableway ride above the canopy of the rainforest. Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill. BD


Day 9: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on a catamaran to explore a kaleidoscope of colour: over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents. Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet. Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill. BL


Day 10: Cairns / Sydney

You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney (required flight quoted separately). On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Touch down in Australia’s largest city, with a harbour you could gaze at all day long. B


Day 11: Sydney – City Sights with Opera House

Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House, discovering it’s architectural and performance secrets. If these sails could talk. One icon to another: The world’s most famous beach beckons this morning, with your chance to pad along the sand at Bondi with Sydney’s beautiful people. From Worked up an appetite? A local Surf Life Saver will take you into the members-only Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club. Learn about this historic club and gain an understanding of the important work that is done here saving lives on this famous beach. Next, we will enjoy lunch with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Afternoon at leisure. BL


Day 12: Sydney

Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney at you leisure. Perhaps take an optional tour to the Blue Mountains to see the spectacular Three Sisters or enjoy some wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. This evening, celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner at Midden restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. Talk about ending on a high. BD


Day 13: Depart Sydney

You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. B (Departure flight can be anytime from Sydney)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024 Land Package Pricing
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 16 - Jan 26 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Jan 28 - Feb 9 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Feb 4 - Feb 16 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Mar 3 - Mar 15 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Mar 24 - Apr 5 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Apr 7 - Apr 19 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Jun 23 - Jul 5 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Aug 4 - Aug 16 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Aug 25 - Sep 6 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Sep 8 - Sep 20 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Sep 22 - Oct 4 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Oct 6 - Oct 18 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Oct 27 - Nov 8 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Nov 3 - Nov 15 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Nov 10 - Nov 22 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Nov 17 - Nov 29 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Nov 24 - Dec 6 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
Dec 8 - Dec 20 CAD 8,370 CAD 11,195
PLUS DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: CAD 2840 per person, subject to change
2025 Land Package Pricing
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 5 - Jan 17 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Jan 12 - Jan 24 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Jan 26 - Feb 7 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Feb 2 - Feb 14 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Feb 9 - Feb 21 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Feb 16 - Feb 28 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Feb 23 - Mar 7 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Mar 2 - Mar 23 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Mar 9 - Mar 21 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
Mar 23 - Apr4 CAD 8,620 CAD 11,530
PLUS DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: CAD 2840 per person, subject to change
Accommodations:
Melbourne Crown Plaza Hotel Melbourne
Alice Springs Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Ayers Rock Desert Gardens Hotel
Cairns Hilton Hotel Cairns
Sydney Intercontinental Hotel Sydney

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Transportation
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,
    reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Professionally Escorted
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Accommodation
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions

  •  12 Breakfasts
  •  2 Lunches
  •  4 Dinner

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