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Visit Sydney, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and the Great Barrier Reef in an action packed, 13 day touring adventure.
UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES
• Phillip Island Penguins
• Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles
• Alice Springs & the Red Centre
• Royal Flying Doctor Service
• Camel farm & reptile centre
• Ayers Rock & the Olgas
• Barrier Reef cruise
• Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Railway
• Aboriginal culture & dance
• Sydney city tour & Harbour lunch cruise
• Famous Bondi & Manly beaches
• Blue Mountains & wildlife park
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne
On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard), Crowne Plaza (first class) Melbourne, 3 nights.
Day 2: City Sights – Little Penguins
Enjoy a morning tour of Melbourne. This afternoon depart for Phillip Island, stopping at the Warrook Cattle Farm en route to see sheep, cattle, kangaroos and Australian birds. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and observe the famous Penguin Parade, as the little penguins march up the sand to their resting places. Includes breakfast.
Day 3: Great Ocean Road
Travel along the famous Great Ocean Road and see dramatic coastal scenery en route to Port Campbell National Park. See the seaside resorts of Lorne and Apollo Bay, then view the Twelve Apostles, remains of London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Includes breakfast.
Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs
You will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your early morning flight to Alice Springs. On arrival at Alice Springs Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this outback town. See the historic Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Service, School of the Air, Alice Springs Reptile Centre and enjoy panoramic views from Anzac Hill.
Hotel: Aurora Alice Springs (standard), or Chifley, River Gum Rooms (first class), Alice Springs. Includes breakfast.
Day 5: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Depart early for Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at a camel farm where you can take an optional ride. This afternoon travel through desert plains to mysterious Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy a 2-3 hour walk through the domes to the Valley of the Winds lookout. After sunset with complimentary wine, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing too.
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel (standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (first class), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. Includes breakfast.
Day 6: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Rise early to view Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise. There is the opportunity for those wishing to climb to the summit of Uluru to do so. Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, before returning to the Resort. This evening enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you watch sunset at Uluru. Includes breakfast.
Day 7: Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Cairns
This morning you are free to enjoy the facilities of Ayers Rock Resort or just relax. You will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Rydges Esplanade (standard), Hilton Cairns (first class) 3 nights. Includes breakfast.
Day 8: Great Barrier Reef
Cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the Underwater Observatory and semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural wonder up-close. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch. Includes breakfast and lunch.
Day 9: Kuranda – Skyrail – Tjapukai
Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Learn about this ancient culture through theatres, shows and dance demonstrations. Travel on the Skyrail Cableway high above the canopy of the rainforest to the picturesque village of Kuranda, where you’ll have free time to stroll through the Kuranda Markets. Board the famous Kuranda train for a breathtaking rail journey over the Barron Gorge, through the coastal sugarcane fields to Freshwater Station. Includes breakfast.
Day 10: Cairns – Sydney
You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Vibe Hotel (standard), Four Points by Sheraton(first class), Sydney, 3 nights. Includes breakfast.
Day 11: City Sights – Harbour Cruise
This morning cross over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and pause at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Stop at Arabanoo lookout for a spectacular panorama of the Manly headland. See Sydney’s white sandy northern beaches including Curl Curl and Freshwater then feel the sand between your toes on Manly Beach. Return to the city for a buffet luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbour. This afternoon tour Sydney and see the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Finish your day with a visit to famous Bondi Beach, where you’ll have time to wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the clear cool water. Includes breakfast and lunch.
Day 12: Blue Mountains
Travel to the Blue Mountains and marvel at the spectacular views of the Three Sisters from Echo Point. Visit Scenic World and ride the world’s steepest railway (own expense). Stop in Leura, with its charming antique shops. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other creatures wild and wonderful. Includes breakfast.
Day 13: Depart Sydney
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. Includes breakfast.
13 day 4-centre Australian Icons tour - from £2250
Prices include accommodation, touring and meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Ask your consultant for flight details.
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