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On arrival in Melbourne, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to noon) 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.
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.
A full free day awaits to sample the cosmopolitan flavors 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.
Journey to the heart of the Outback and the gateway to Australia's Red Center. 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.
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 color as the sun dips below the horizon. We spend the night at Desert Gardens, which blends seamlessly into its splendid natural surrounds.
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.
The colorful geometric designs and symbols of Western Desert Art take center 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.
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 colorful marine-life (equipment provided) or explore the sparkling blue coral sea from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just three feet underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on the water before returning to Cairns, where this evening you'll dine at a waterfront restaurant.
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 theater, 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 rainforests in the world—the choice is yours.
Fly south to Sydney today and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this harbor 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.
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.
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.
Say farewell to your fellow travelers after breakfast as your memorable Australian holiday concludes. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
12 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.
Travel the Great Ocean Road. Marvel at golden sandy beaches. Visit Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). The limestone rock formations of the incredible Twelve Apostles are a result of erosion that began up to 20 million years ago. Hear the amazing shipwreck survival story of the Loch Ard and visit its famous gorge. Visit Port Campbell for afternoon tea (own expense) before returning to Melbourne.
Adult Price: $152.10
Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. (Operates Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in Winter, Daily in Summer)
Adult Price: $130.50
Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre.
Adult Price: $95.00
Enjoy a unique and exclusive dining experience with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. There’s sparkling wine on arrival followed by a classic barbecue of steak, lamb sausages, skewered chicken and garlic prawns, as well as a selection of fresh salads and a tasty dessert. There’s even time for stargazing.
Adult Price: $135.00
With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Munro, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing viewing area.
Adult Price: $75.00
Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.
Adult Price: $214.00
Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.
Adult Price: $164.00
Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.
Adult Price: $83.00
Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.
Adult Price: $215.00
Discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife whilst you explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.
The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge.
This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.
Adult Price: $220.00
Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia’s first European settlement. Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.
Adult Price: $90.00
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