Australian Highlights

This 13 day Highlights of Australia is the perfect package tour for the traveller that wants to include beautiful cities and the outdoors. It includes the city sights of Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns with visits to the Barrier Reef, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. There is so much to do see and experience, from cruising on the Great Barrier Reef, Cuddle a Koala at the Cairns Wildlife Dome, the famous Bondi Beach, interacting with local aboriginal artists, a authentic Australian BBA, to a dining experience at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. This tour is the perfect Western Australia holiday with all the experiences you need for that special ‘unforgettable’ trip Downunder.... come with us...

Day 1 Welcome to Melbourne

After meeting your Tour Director and travelling companions, enjoy a welcome reception on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy a delightful innovative approach to dining on this historical fleet of Melbourne’s iconic trams. Sit back and enjoy cruising the streets of Melbourne while you dine on an exclusive seasonal and quality Australian beer and wine menu.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 3 nights. D

Day 2 Melbourne Sights

See the city sights this morning, including Melbourne’s eclectic little laneways, arcades and café society, on your private walking tour. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. B

Day 3 Melbourne ‘Free Time’

You’ll have time to discover some of the secrets of this exceptional city – a myriad of cafés, galleries, museums, markets, restaurants, laneways and parks await you.

If you wish to explore further afield you can join a tour to the famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, where you’ll watch the nightly ritual as the little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places. Or take the journey along the Great Ocean Road to see the famous Twelve Apostles. Visit the Yarra Valley’s wineries, the Dandenongs, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train or Sovereign Hill’s goldmine.

Ask your Tour Director for details. B

Day 4 Melbourne – Alice Springs

This morning you’ll fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ to the people of the outback. Next stop is the School of the Air, which provides an educational facility for children living in remote areas. Then visit the historic Telegraph Station.

http://guidedtours.aatkings.com/assets/inc/dine.pngTonight ‘you’re invited’ to experience the Aussie outback at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and hear from Tom and Danny Falzon about the sustainable lifestyle they have established. They may even lead on you a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort, Alice Springs. B YD

Day 5 Alice Springs – Ayers Rock

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.

This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and wine.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. B

Day 6 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

Rise early to view Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise. Watch the first rays of the sun set alight the Red Centre. Tour the caves at the base of Uluru and hear stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Later, visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

This afternoon travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The size and grandeur of these 36 massive domes of red conglomerate rock will amaze you. Take a walk through Walpa Gorge following the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Celebrate the glorious sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) with complimentary sparkling wine and nibbles. B

Day 7 Ayers Rock – Cairns

http://guidedtours.aatkings.com/assets/inc/abor.pngThis morning interact with local Aboriginal artists at a fun dot painting workshop. Your host will introduce you to Anangu culture and show how this is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience.

Later you’ll fly to Cairns.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights. B

Day 8 Great Barrier Reef

Join your Tour Director at a local gallery to introduce you to the significance of art in Aboriginal culture. Later cruise on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. View the colourful coral and tropical fish from a semi-submersible vessel. Snorkelling gear is included (extra charge for scuba). Enjoy a reef education presentation on this living wonder and a tropical buffet lunch on board the pontoon. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon. B L

Day 9 Cairns ‘Free Time’

Today is at leisure in Cairns. You may like to join an Optional Experience to Kuranda including a scenic rail journey on the Kuranda Railway and a ride on the Skyrail Cableway. B

Day 10 Cairns – Sydney

This morning encounter unique Australian animals at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. Later, you will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel.

This evening is free for you to explore this exciting city. Perhaps take a stroll down to Circular Quay to view the panorama of the sparkling harbour surrounded by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour, Sydney, 3 nights. B

Day 11 Sydney Sights & Harbour Cruise

Prepare yourself this morning for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. When you arrive at Bondi Beach you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water. Later, see stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline on a sightseeing tour. Drive through the Royal Botanic Gardens to visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair then join a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Top off this highlight day with a cruise on Sydney Harbour. B

Day 12 Sydney ‘Free Time’

Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney further today. Make the most of your day and take an optional trip to the Blue Mountains. Gather together this evening to celebrate your vacation at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends. B FD

Day 13 Farewell from Sydney

Your Vacation concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

Inclusions:

Transportation
Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,
reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided
Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation
Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dining Inclusions
Full Buffet Breakfasts (12) B Lunch (1) L 'You are invited' Dinner (1) YD Dinner (1) D Farewell Dinner (1) FD

Plus
Welcome Reception
Travel wallet and map
Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
Hotel porterage included

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