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Australian Highlights

13 Days from $4,225 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

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.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

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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.

Travel to Australia from the USA requires crossing the International Date Line. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Ensure your flights are booked two days prior to the start date of the tour itinerary.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  2. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Mercure Alice Springs Resort
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Desert Gardens
  6. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Cairns
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
  9. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:InterContinental
  11. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
  12. 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(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. 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).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,590.

Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfill the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs - QF796; Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns - QF1854; Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney - QF925. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts

12 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Earth Sanctuary is Central Australia's first 100% carbon neutral venue. The center was created by the Falzon family who have entertained and informed thousands of visitors for 16 years in the Outback of Australia. At Earth Sanctuary's Spirit of the Outback Dinner and Show, you will hear stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and will learn about the sustainable lifestyle the family has established.

Dive into Culture

  • Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art.
  • Tour the waterholes at the base of Uluru and learn about the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu.

Stays with Stories

  • You'll discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from the Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock. Revealing the natural beauty of this unique landscape, the hotel offers incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs and glowing red dunes.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Sydney

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
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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.

Melbourne

Phillip Island Penguins Kangaroos And Koalas

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.

Great Ocean Road And Twelve Apostles

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

Phillip Island Penguins Up Late

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

Uluru

Helicopter Flights

Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the Red Centre.
Adult Price: $95.00

Uluru Barbecue Dinner

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

Field Of Light Sunrise

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

Great Barrier Reef

Cape Tribulation Day Tour

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

Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

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

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Day

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.
Adult Price: $83.00

Kuranda Skyrail And Tjapukai Day Tour

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

Sydney

Blue Mountains And Australian Wildlife

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.

Bridge Climb

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.

Sydney Heli Tours

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

The Rocks Pub Walk

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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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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Service rating : 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.
Vacation : 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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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Australia must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Australia also requires an electronic visa which is obtained at the time of your airline ticket purchase.

  • You will be using the Australian dollar on your trip. You can use your debit or credit card for purchases. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Food in Australia is innovative and diverse. As an island nation with strong agricultural traditions, culinary traditions here are guided by local ingredients and seasonal variations, as well as international influences. You’ll find a variety of seafood including fresh oysters and crab, grilled steaks and lamb chops, meat pies, and fish and chips.

  • It is not customary to tip at restaurants in Australia. If you would like to reward good service when dining out it’s appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Adventures' modern high speed catamarans whisk guests away in comfort to the spectacular outer reaches of the reef. We ensure our guests have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate this most important World Heritage area. As part of the Quicksilver Group, Great Adventures' is committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef.