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Australian Highlights

13 Day Australia Tour from Melbourne

Australian Highlights
13 Days
1 Country

Australia

5 Cities

Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru, Cairns, Sydney

18 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 12 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Regional Dinner, 2 Lunchs, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Tick off your bucket list on this Australia highlights tour. You’ll get your city fix through the eyes of friendly locals and experience fascinating Uluru at dawn and again at dusk. From land to sea, spend a day snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and seeing Sydney sparkle from the water in just two incredible weeks.

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Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne

Welcome to stylish and elegant Melbourne! (Flights to arrive prior to 12pm). You'll be transferred to your hotel located on the banks of the Yarra River before starting your travels on a high note, getting to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a Welcome Reception at The General Assembly restaurant. Set on Yarra River’s South Wharf, this modern pub will have you feast on specialties such as Fisherman’s bend pie, schnitzel, and mac & cheese croquettes, washed down with your choice of beverage including local wine or your choice of the 15 beers on tap. The General Assembly’s waterfront setting is a picturesque welcome to your Australia highlights tour.

Bathing houses on Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Discover Melbourne's Sights

Start your first full day seeing the best of Melbourne on a private walking tour with your Travel Director sharing their in-depth knowledge of the city. You’ll stroll past postcard-worthy Victorian architecture, arcades, and eclectic little laneways filled with colourful street art. As Melbourne’s signature coffee aroma wafts through the air, head to grand Federation Square, filled with shops, galleries, and exhibits and home to many cultural events. After a big morning getting acquainted with the city, you have the rest of the day free to explore more tempting haunts and eateries or join an Optional Experience such as a trip to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade. Here you’ll watch the Little Penguins make their daily trip from the sea to their onshore burrows. It’s a once in a lifetime wildlife viewing experience. Don’t miss it!

Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Little Penguins
Phillip Island – Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife

If you’re curious about our native wildlife or just love animals, we’ve got you covered today! You’ll get up close to Australian animals, including...

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Day 3

Melbourne, there's More to It!

You have a free day in Melbourne to explore as you like. Stroll this stylish city browsing antique shops, checking out Brunswick Street’s quirky boutiques, and taking in the town at one of the many cafés or world class eateries. Perhaps exploring the city on foot with a History and Donut Walking Tour is more your thing. If you’d rather venture outside of the city, join an Optional Experience taking the ultimate road trip on the Great Ocean Road. Driving along this stunning coastline, you’ll be in awe of breathtaking scenery from one moment to the next. Admire the famous Twelve Apostles towering limestone formations jutting out of the sea against jagged cliffs. From sea-hugging structures to seaside towns, you’ll also stop in the quaint town of Apollo Bay. Whether you adventure in the city or along the sea, there’s so much to experience in Melbourne and its surroundings.

Twelve Apostles in Melbourne, Australia
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit The Twelve Apostles with Great Ocean Road drive in Melbourne, Australia
Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

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Optional Experiences Enjoy 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views at the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne, Australia
Eureka Skydeck

Experience the awe-inspiring 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Victoria's capital city at the Melbourne Skydeck, Eureka Tower. This viewing platform is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Optional Experiences
History & Donuts Walking Tour

Discover the sweeter side of Melbourne on Fit City Tour’s History and Donuts Walking Tour. This two-hour walking tour is best started on an empty s...

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Day 4

Alice Springs in the Red Centre

Go from city to desert today as you fly into the heart of the continent to Alice Springs. Here in the red desert against the distant McDonnell Ranges, you’ll visit the School of the Air with a Local Specialist. Learn how this remote school provides educational support to children in the surrounding communities as you tour the school and see teachers in action. Then enjoy a history lesson at the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Travel in time to its beginnings in 1871 relaying messages between Darwin and Adelaide with a single wire - a monumental step in connecting Australia's north and south. After learning so much about the area, soak in the natural surroundings on an immersive Outback experience and Be My Guest dinner at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. You’ll meet the Outback Paramedic brothers Tom and Danny Falzon who’ll share their insights of ecology, culture, and the realities of life in the Outback living with wind and solar energy. After a tour of their farm, sit down to a starlit gourmet Aussie BBQ, complete with white tablecloths atop the bright red sand underfoot. Close your evening with a star talk and a fireside sing-a-long led by the entertaining Falzon brothers.

Road in Alice Springs, Australia
Accommodation Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Meet the Falzon family for an outback dinner and show in Alice Springs, Australia
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

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Be My Guest

Day 5

To Magnificent Uluru

Get excited for a bucket list experience today as you depart Alice Springs to the sacred, ancient site of Uluru. Journey past dry salt lakes and outback roadhouses through red desert to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In Aussie’s cultural heartland amidst the rusty red landscape, you’re treated to a classic Uluru sundowner of nibbles and sparkling wine. Sit back and watch the sky ignite in red, yellow, and purple gazing at massive and powerful Uluru. At 348 metres high, ‘The Rock’ is taller than the Eiffel Tower and a magnificent site to behold. Take it in and connect to the land as the sun sets and the spinifex grasses blow in the red dirt. You’ll conclude your epic day at the Desert Gardens Hotel for a Stays With Stories experience. This indigenous-owned hotel surrounded by desert trees and distant Uluru showcases the natural beauty of the landscape and is a beautiful spot to stay in and relax or join an Uluru BBQ Dinner Optional Experience, watching the changing desert colours and enjoying an informative star talk of the southern night sky.

View of Uluru, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
Trafalgar Difference View of Uluru, Australia
Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a barbecue dinner in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Barbecue Dinner

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Day 6

Behold Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Experience Uluru in a different light with magical sunrise at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Savour every second as, hot cocoa in hand, the dawn makes its way across the desert and illuminates Uluru. After a grand start to the day, tour the base of Uluru with your Travel Director to learn about its ancient rock and art hear stories of the Anangu, caretakers of this remote arid landscape. After history and natural beauty are interwoven in this memorable morning, you’ll then have a bit of free time to go for a dip in the pool or browse the shops and galleries of Town Square shopping village before continuing your journey through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta. Explore on a walk amidst its towering, mindboggling domes through Walpa (“wind”) Gorge to a lookout. You're then treated to another stellar sunset from a different vantage point at Kata Tjuta. Without many of the crowds at Uluru, you may have the beauty of this Hidden Gem to yourself. A glass of sparkling wine with new travel mates in a beautiful setting is the perfect way to end your day.

View of Kata Tjuta, Australia
Accommodation Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience sunrise and learn about the Anangu in Uluru, Australia
Uluru First Nations People

Explore the foundations of life and society of the local Aboriginal people in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about the spiritual connection ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic flight over Ayers Rock in Uluru, Australia
Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

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Optional Experiences Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the air, Uluru, Australia
Helicopter Flights

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Day 7

Cairns in Far North Queensland

Your last day at Uluru is off to another gorgeous start with an exclusive, private visit to the kaleidoscopic Field of Light art installation of artist Bruce Munro. Experience the darkness of night change to a rainbow-coloured dawn lit up from a field of changing colours with Uluru in the distance. You’ll feel like you're walking through flowers in this totally unique Uluru sunrise experience, then as dawn continues to creep across the land, you’ll end the experience watching the desert awaken over Uluru from the top of a sand dune, coffee or tea in hand You’ve already seen so much beauty this morning and now it’s time to make some of your own when you Dive Into Culture with a Local Specialist Aboriginal artist at Maruku Arts Dot Art Experience. You’ll learn about Western Desert Art from Indigenous artists before painting your own piece of Australian aboriginal art as a memento. This experience of creating personalized art that tells your story is an insightful and hands on way to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal culture. End your day heading to Cairns for a change of scenery and more beautiful sites.

Aboriginal artist in Cairns, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for an introduction to Western Desert Art in Uluru, Australia
Paint An Aboriginal Artwork

Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art.

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Dive Into Culture

Day 8

It's Your Turn to Explore Cairns

Today you get to experience Cairns your way with a full day to explore this tropical city or head out on an Optional Experience. Why not take in the view with a balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands, the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere? Or, explore the Daintree Rainforest diving into nature on a guided, interpretive walk learning traditional hunting and gathering skills as you search for bush tucker of mud crabs, fish, and mussels and feast on your catch. You could also see the rainforest on a historic rail journey winding across bridges and through tunnels to Kuranda village where you’ll explore its colourful and interesting arts and crafts. Enjoy a different view soaring through the trees on your return trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Looking for a bit of wildlife on your adventure? Pair your trip to Kuranda with a visit to Hartley’s Crocodile for a wetlands cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands, the home of the saltwater crocodile. Sure to be a bucket list day, relive the highlights with your travel mates over dinner on the Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House. Here you’ll indulge in regional seafood highlighting fresh, local ingredients and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.

Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Optional Experiences Enjoy the Skyrail, Kuranda Scenic Railway and Tjapukai day tour Cairns, Australia
Down Under Tours: Kuranda, Scenic Rail Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile (KHC)

Journey on the historical Scenic Railway to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kurand...

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Optional Experiences Board The Kuranda Scenic Rail for a tour in Cairns, Australia
Kuranda, Skyrail And Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands in Cairns, Australia
Hot Air Cairns Classic Ballooning

Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon t...

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Optional Experiences
Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman

Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Cape Tribulation through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy morning tea at Mossman Gorge Cultur...

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Day 9

Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef

Experience the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Great Barrier Reef over a day of play on the water. The day begins as you board a high-speed catamaran and then it’s up to you how you’d like to explore this underwater wonderland: Don your mask and fins (equipment provided) for an immersive look at this kaleidoscope of fishes and reef. Or, stay dry and explore the world’s largest living reef system from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft. However you adventure, the whole way you’re surrounded by beauty and insights on the local ecology and environment from your local guide. Be sure to just kick back, too. Your cruise includes an onboard tropical buffet lunch and plenty of time to soak up the glorious Aussie sunshine.

Turtle in The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Accommodation Hilton Cairns
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Experiences Enjoy an introductory dive in Cairns, Australia
Great Adventures Introductory Dive

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Optional Experiences Take a 10-minute scenic flight to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above in Australia
Scenic Helicopter Flight on the Great Barrier Reef

Take to the sky on a 10-minute scenic flight. You will have the best seat to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above.

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Day 10

Sydney, the Harbour City

It’s ‘farewell, Cairns’ and ‘hello, Sydney!’ on the last leg of your Australia highlights tour. Check into your centrally located hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore this walkable harbour city. Wherever you venture, there’s dining options aplenty from the waterfront Circular Quay to Chinatown’s famous yum cha to a rooftop bar for dazzling views of the harbour.

Opera House in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 11

Sights of Spectacular Sydney

There's plenty to discover in Sydney today and you’ll kick it off on a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. You’ll hear the story of a building 'that changed the image of an entire country' as you learn the history of this iconic structure and appreciate its beauty from another perspective. Then see the city from the water on a Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise enjoying a menu focusing on local food and wine as you’re rewarded with stellar views around the Harbour. Next up is another iconic Sydney site: Bondi Beach to see the Bondi Icebergs ocean pools and, toes in the sand, soak up the surfer life.

Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Sydney Through Your Eyes

Enjoy a full free day to explore Sydney or consider joining an Optional Experience (additional cost) to discover even more further afield. Take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains, whose eucalypt haze you’ll see looming in the distance, for fresh mountain air and stunning natural scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation - each of which stands over 900 metres high - and hear the Aboriginal legend behind these massive structures. Animal lovers will not want to miss a visit to the Sydney Zoo to see some of Australia’s unique native animals including the wombat, Tasmanian devil, and yes, the koala. This evening, gather with your Travel Director for a celebratory Farewell Dinner at Midden restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

Three Sisters in The Blue Mountains, Australia
Accommodation InterContinental Sydney
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Optional Experiences Three Sisters in The Blue Mountains, Australia
Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife

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Optional Experiences Tour of Daves Pub in Sydney, Australia
The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between water...

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Optional Experiences
Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks ...

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Day 13

Farewell Sydney

It’s been an incredible trip of wildlife, wild places, and stellar city sites but sadly your journey comes to a close today. Enjoy one last breakfast with your travel mates before saying goodbye before your transfer to Sydney Airport (flights anytime).

Koala in Sydney, Australia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Be My Guest
The Falzon Family in their Aussie Outback 'Office'

Meet the Falzon family, who have entertained and informed visitors for over 20 years in the outback of Australia, for a Be My Guest Outback Dinner ...

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Trafalgar Difference
Stay in the Heart of the Red Centre

Discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre at Ayers Rock Resort. Revealing natural beauty of this unique landscape, the accommodation offer incr...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Uluru First Nations People

Explore the foundations of life and society of the local Aboriginal people in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Learn about the spiritual connection ...

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Dive Into Culture
Paint An Aboriginal Artwork

Join an Indigenous Anangu artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art.

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Porterage where hotels provide this service
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
All land transport shown. All transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney

What to expect

Explore The Sydney Opera House
Discover Melbourne, Alice Springs, Cairns, and Sydney
Visit The School of the Air and Telegraph Station in Alice Springs, Maruku Arts in Uluru, and Bondi Beach in Sydney
View outback sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and the Field of Light installation in Uluru
Lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour, and on the Great Barrier Reef

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Phillip Island – Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife

If you’re curious about our native wildlife or just love animals, we’ve got you covered today! You’ll get up close to Australian animals, including...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

Take a breath and enjoy a relaxed and unhindered view of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge all before lunch, beating the tradit...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Eureka Skydeck

Experience the awe-inspiring 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Victoria's capital city at the Melbourne Skydeck, Eureka Tower. This viewing platform is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
History & Donuts Walking Tour

Discover the sweeter side of Melbourne on Fit City Tour’s History and Donuts Walking Tour. This two-hour walking tour is best started on an empty s...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Uluru Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to our exclusive dining venue with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travellers and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Uluru Scenic Flights

A 20 minute, fixed wing scenic flight is a great way to take in the amazing landscape of Uluru. This small plane operator offer extended flights th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Helicopter Flights

Experience a unique view with a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre and see Uluru from the Air. You might choose the 15 minute flight to a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Down Under Tours: Kuranda, Scenic Rail Skyrail and Hartley's Crocodile (KHC)

Journey on the historical Scenic Railway to Kuranda, with breathtaking views across the cane fields of Cairns, to the tropical rainforest of Kurand...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kuranda, Skyrail And Scenic Railway

Join your Down Under Tours coach transfer to Smithfield Station. Here you join Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and marvel at the World's Most Beautiful...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hot Air Cairns Classic Ballooning

Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon t...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman

Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Cape Tribulation through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Enjoy morning tea at Mossman Gorge Cultur...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introd...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Scenic Helicopter Flight on the Great Barrier Reef

Take to the sky on a 10-minute scenic flight. You will have the best seat to witness the iconic Great Barrier Reef from above.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife

Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with a visit to Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most advanced Zoo in the heart of Weste...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between water...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Australia: English the official language of Australia.
  • Currency used in Australia: The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar ($).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Australia is Canberra.
  • Time Zone(s) in Australia: The main time zones in Australia are Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). It's important to note that these time zones can vary during Daylight Saving Time (DST) when some states or territories adjust their clocks forward by one hour.

 

USA passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Australia.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Australia has a diverse climate due to its size and geographical features. In general, it experiences a range of climates, including tropical, desert, Mediterranean, and temperate. The northern regions have a tropical climate with high temperatures and wet summers, while the central part of the country is dominated by arid or desert conditions with hot days and cool nights. The southeastern and southwestern coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and warm summers. However, Australia is also prone to extreme weather events such as bushfires, droughts, and cyclones, which can significantly impact its weather patterns.

Luggage on Tour

Traveling with GET entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 30” x 18” x 10” and weight not exceeding 50 lbs due to the limited space on the coach. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment.

For safety reasons, small rolling suitcases are not permitted inside the coach. As our coaches have large windows, there is minimal space to store them securely overhead or under the seat. The suggested carry-on is a soft-sided bag similar to a backpack, tote bag, etc.

So your driver and the hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When packing for a guided tour, it's essential to consider the local climate, cultural norms, and the activities you'll be engaging in. Here's a suggested packing list:

Clothing

  • A range of shoes. Australia offers a vast array of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is important to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling busy city streets to exploring vineyards, hiking in the mountains to a night at the Sydney Opera House and even enjoying sandy beaches. We suggest comfortable walking shoes, flip flops for beach days, a formal pair for nights out, and good hiking boots if you plan on hiking.
  • Lightweight, breathable, all-climate clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter. It's important to remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. So, when it’s winter here, it’s summer there. Make sure you pack accordingly.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. We also suggest packing a portable umbrella or light rain jacket to prepare you for unexpected rain showers.
  • Modest attire: Sometimes modest clothing is required. For women especially, we suggest packing a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when/if necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.

Accessories

  • Sun Protection & Reef-safe Sunscreen: As Australia is known for its harsh sun, we always recommend carrying sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses, and UV-protective clothing. Make sure to bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Reef-safe sunscreens should also be biodegradable and free from chemicals that can harm marine life. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure their environmental friendliness.
  • Daypack or tote bag: A small backpack or tote bag will be handy for carrying essentials during your explorations.
  • Travel adapter, voltage converter, and charger: Ensure you have the appropriate adapters for power outlets and a charger for your electronic devices. (See Electricity, Adapters & Air Conditioning

Miscellaneous Items

  • A camera: You’ll see some of the world’s most extraordinary sites in Australia. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. You can also use the camera on your phone, but you might want to zoom in or capture moving objects. A camera is your best bet for this.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • A small travel alarm
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed
  • A washcloth and carry bag
  • A travel pillow

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110 volts, while the standard voltage in Australia is 230-240 volts at 50 hertz (Hz).
  • Australia primarily uses Type I power outlets. Type I outlets have three flat pins in a triangular pattern, and the plugs are specific to this region.
  • For US travelers, a travel converter or adapter is necessary to use their electrical devices in Australia.
  • A travel adapter allows you to physically plug your devices into the Type I outlets. However, it does not convert voltage. Most modern electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and cameras, are dual voltage, which means they can support both 110-120V and 230-240V. In such cases, you won't need a voltage converter, but you will still need an adapter to fit the power outlets.
  • For devices that are not dual voltage (e.g., some hairdryers, curling irons, and electric shavers), you will also need a voltage converter to adjust the voltage from 230-240V to the voltage supported by your devices (usually 110-120V). It's essential to check the voltage specifications on your electronic devices' labels or in the user manuals before traveling to Australia.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you specifically need a hair dryer during your trip, but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in Australian hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1-2 per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if a charge needs to be added to the bill.

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Good info. Great helpwith booking.
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Great vacation. Will book again!!!!!
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Terrific trip. Only negative was the optional - they should be exclusive to the specific tour membership - not just add ins to AAT Kings day tours of the area.
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Great trip. Only negative was the optionals - which should be exclusive to the tour group - not just add ins to AAT Kings other day trips.
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