This is the perfect introduction to Australia as you see so many of the highlights of this thrilling destination located on the other side of the world. Over 20 days you'll tour vibrant cities and head to many iconic sites. You'll see Uluru at sunset and sunrise and explore the Great Barrier Reef on an exciting catamaran cruise. A huge choice of optional excursions is also available, giving you the chance to see and experience even more. Discover the West MacDonnell Mountains, ride the Kuranda Railway, view the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a thrilling helicopter flight and witness the enchanting 'penguin parade' on Phillip Island. And that's just for starters!
This awe-inspiring 20-day tour is the perfect introduction to Australia as you discover it's well-known cities and famous sights.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airways
- 17 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
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- Overseas transfers and other transportation
- Centrally located hotels
- Perth sightseeing tour
- Tour of Alice Springs
- Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
- Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Great Barrier Reef Catamaran cruise
- Sydney's sights including the Harbour Bridge
- Discover Melbourne
- Day 1 UK/Perth
- Today you will depart on your scheduled flight to Australia.
- Days 2 & 3 Perth
- On arrival in the beautiful city of Perth early on day 3, we'll transfer you to your hotel. You'll stay here for a further two nights so there's plenty of time to explore, and a half-day tour of this exciting, cosmopolitan city will get you started. Among your discoveries will be clean, uncrowded beaches and lush green parks all set against a stunning backdrop of modern skyscrapers.
- Day 4 Perth
- Perth has so much to offer and you can get out and about to discover its delights just as you wish today. It's one of the world's most envied locations in which to live, with lush parks, excellent restaurants, the stunning Swan River and a lovely warm climate. As an alternative, you might choose to join an optional tour of the lively port city of Fremantle, which you'll reach via a cruise on the Swan River. During free time, coffee-lovers should head to Cappuccino Strip, lined with open-air coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Other highlights include the fishing boat harbour, a host of interesting museums and the historic Fremantle markets - more than 150 stalls selling everything from local delicacies to jewellery. We'll head back to the hotel by road.
- Day 5 Alice Springs
- Today we fly to Alice Springs, set amid a vast area of natural springs and red desert. This evening you might be tempted to join an optional bush barbecue experience - a great welcome to the area which give you a true taste of the Australian Outback. You'll tuck into steak, sausages and salad and perhaps enjoy a cold beer or two. What's more, the evening comes complete with the chance to spot kangaroos, enjoy star-gazing, and try your hand at boomerang-throwing!
- Day 6 Alice Springs
- The famous Flying Doctor Base, the old Telegraph Station and the School of the Air, which educates children over the wireless, are highlights of today's tour. Later, if you want to see more and get out in the great outdoors, an optional excursion into the spectacular West MacDonnell Mountain Range comes highly recommended. First you'll visit Simpsons Gap, a stunning gorge where water flows through a small gap in the mountains. This area is sacred to the Aboriginal people, as is our next stop, the Standley Chasm. Here, you can take a stroll amongst sheer walls of red rock, which are simply breathtaking, and if the light is right you'll be treated to a magnificent display of colours and shapes.
- Day 7 Uluru
- You're going on a fabulous journey today, through the heart of Australia to Uluru, or Ayers Rock. En route we're going to stop off at a camel farm, and there's even the opportunity to take a camel ride if you like. The gigantic sandstone monolith Uluru is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is two miles long, 1,000ft high and measures six miles around the base. One of the most impressive landmarks in Australia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sacred place in Aboriginal culture and features many caves and ancient rock paintings. It's an incredible sight at any time of the day, but at sunrise and sunset it changes colour dramatically with the light. Your visit here today is at sunset.
- Day 8 Uluru & Cairns
- Viewing Uluru at sunrise is a wonderful experience too, and that's how you start your day. As well as this spectacular sight, you'll tour the base to see its caves. After this we'll head to the mysterious Kata Tjuta, although you may know these 36 domed rock formations better as the Olgas. Located to the west of Uluru, they are thought to have similarly been one huge piece of rock but over millions of years they have been shaped this way by nature. Later we fly to Cairns, a lively resort on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, which will be our base for four nights.
- Day 9 Cairns
- Today you're going to admire the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on an exciting catamaran trip. Described as the world's largest living thing, this is a 1,400-mile wonderland of beautiful coral and colourful marine life, studded with unspoilt tropical islands. You can put on a snorkel and take to the water to marvel at the amazing world that stretches beneath you on today's adventure. Lunch on board the reef platform is also included, then you can visit an underwater observatory or take a cruise in a semi-submersible. Of course, if you like, you can simply spend your time here relaxing on the sundeck with a drink and taking in the stunning views.
- Day 10 Cairns
- Cairns enjoys an idyllic location, sandwiched between the ocean and tropical forests, so it's a wonderful place to relax for a couple of days. If you're after adventure or want to explore in depth, there are plenty of optional excursions available too. The most popular is a ride on the Kuranda Railway, widely regarded as one of the world's most spectacular rail journeys. The track burrows through 15 tunnels and traverses 40 bridges as it clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip.
- Day 11 Cairns
- You can spend today doing just as you wish. If you want to get out in the great outdoors, why not come with us on an optional trip to Daintree Rainforest. On arrival at Port Douglas, we'll head to Four Mile Beach, which unfolds in a gentle curve offering spectacular views as far as the eye can see. You'll also see the historic St Mary's by the Sea, a picturesque church offering breathtaking sea views. Daintree is an ecologically unique tropical forest home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, and next you'll head off on an environmental wilderness cruise with an expert guide in search of crocodiles. Lunch at the Daintree Village Hotel and a tour of Daintree are also included on this excursion.
- Day 12 Sydney
- We're going to fly to Australia's biggest city, Sydney, today, where a four-night stay means you'll have ample time to discover plenty of its highlights. The most famous landmarks here have to be Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, which dominate the picturesque harbour. You'll see these and all the other main sights on tomorrow's tour so spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight.
- Day 13 Sydney
- You'll see on your tour today that Sydney's centre is surprisingly compact. As we explore together you can tick off the gorgeous white sands of Bondi Beach and Hyde Park, home to numerous monuments including the ANZAC Memorial. We'll also head to Darling Harbour, which hosts a dazzling array of attractions from bars and bistros to an aquarium and a zoo, and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. This huge sandstone rock was hand-carved by convicts into the shape of a bench for Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth in 1810. Why not sit for a while and take in the views from this wonderful vantage point. The time is then yours to spend as you please, when you may decide to discover Sydney Harbour from the water. This hour-long optional cruise will introduce all the sights, from beautiful gardens and parkland to the iconic Sydney Opera House as you sail around one of the world's most stunning harbours.
- Day 14 Sydney
- Enjoy a day at leisure exploring Sydney your own way. However, if you want to join an organised trip, come with us on a thrilling optional excursion. You'll start at Featherdale Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 300 species of native animals, from koalas to Tasmanian devils. You'll then head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.
- Day 15 Sydney
- You can choose from a couple of exciting optional excursions today. If you've a head for heights, you could take in exceptional views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding area on a guided Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Don't worry, you'll get a safety briefing beforehand and will wear a harness at all times. At the end you'll receive a group photo, a cap, certificate and a pass to the Pylon Lookout for further sweeping views. Alternatively, you may choose to view Sydney from even higher up, on a panoramic helicopter ride. Remember to take your camera along and snap shots of Bondi Beach, Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and Opera House, and much more, as you listen to your pilot's informative commentary through headphones.
- Day 16 Melbourne
- Melbourne is our final destination, and your tour today will help you to get your bearings. Highlights include Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Flinders Street Station and the Grand Prix Circuit that circles Albert Park Lake. Another stop is Fitzroy Gardens, with highlights including pathways lined with towering elms, colourful floral displays and the Fairies' Tree sculpture - a centuries-old tree stump featuring delightful carvings. You'll also catch a glimpse of Captain Cook's cottage here. Originally built in Yorkshire in 1755 by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne brick by brick in 1934 and rebuilt.
- Day 17 Melbourne
- You can now set your own pace as you explore Melbourne just as you wish. One possibility which comes highly recommended is an optional visit to Phillip Island to see the remarkable penguin parade. At sunset, after a hard day's fishing, hundreds of these delightful creatures - the world's smallest penguin - appear from out of the ocean and waddle their way across the beach to their sand dune burrows. You can take in this marvellous spectacle from special viewing stands and boardwalks, which give you the chance to get up close to nature.
- Day 18 Melbourne
- Today is free for you to explore more of Melbourne, perhaps Australia's coolest city, at your own pace. You could enjoy a spot of shopping in one of its many colourful markets, or browse the art galleries here. Maybe treat yourself to a lunch of fresh seafood, take in fabulous views from a rooftop bar or discover the city's hidden laneways, where getting lost is all part of the fun. Alternatively, why not take an optional trip to Ballarat, famous for the Gold Rush of 1851. You'll also visit Sovereign Hill open-air museum, which recreates the first decade after the discovery of gold here, and take a tour of the gold mines. There will be time for a stroll around the town and to visit the Gold Museum.
- Day 19 Melbourne/UK
- You can take in more of Melbourne's sights during a leisurely morning. Later, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
- Day 20 UK
- You'll arrive in the UK today.
- Travelodge Perth
- The 4-star Travelodge Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, and enjoys a picturesque setting in the centre of the city, with access to major Perth attractions, entertainment venues, shopping and dining, Kings Park and the Swan River. Rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, tea & coffee-making facilities, and hairdryer.
- Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs
- Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off the Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. We will even welcome you with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
- Desert Gardens Hotel
- Situated within an oasis of native gardens, Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms. Each room is air-conditioned and has a TV with movies-on-demand, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Arnguli Grill, restaurant located on-site, offers an à la carte menu of traditional Australian cuisine.
- Cairns Queenslander Hotel & Apartments
- The 3-star Cairns Queenslander Hotel is located in Cairns, in reach of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
- Mercure Sydney
- This modern hotel provides convenient accommodation in the Sydney CBD. Air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TVs, a refrigerator and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic city views, a sauna and a fitness centre. The Four Elements Restaurant, located on-site, serves both Australian and international cuisine, while a wide selection of cocktails and wines can be enjoyed at The Four Elements Lounge and Bar.
- Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
- The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is a heritage listed hotel. Within walking distance you can find shopping, dining & entertainment, perfect for exploring. There is also a bar, restaurant and fitness centre, if you wish to stay at the hotel. Rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities.
- Fremantle and Swan River Cruise
- Experience an Aussie bush barbecue
- West MacDonnell Mountain Ranges
- Field of Light Uluru
- Daintree tropical rainforest
- Ride on the Kuranda Railway
- Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Blue Mountains
- Sydney Harbour Cruise
- Helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour
- Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
- Tour of Sydney Opera House
- Tallship twilight cruise and dinner on Sydney Harbour
- Phillip Island's charming 'penguin parade'
- Sovereign Hill and Ballarat
Pre-bookable excursions: The 'penguin parade', Daintree Rainforest and Western MacDonnell Ranges can be pre-booked as a package.Back to top