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  • See the rainforest from above on a Treetop Walk.
  • Head into the eucalyptus forest and visit some cuddly koala bears.
  • Dine under the stars during a decadent feast with traditional dance in the outback.
  • Cruise over the Great Barrier Reef on a glass bottom boat.
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See the best of Australia on this spectacular journey through Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Melbourne. With pristine islands, vast deserts, bountiful vineyards and world-class cities, Australia is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The glittering harborside city of Sydney makes a great introduction to Australia. The city beaches are simply incredible, and the city is bursting with first-rate attractions including the Harbor Bridge and the iconic Opera House. Walk through the treetops in Australia’s incredible rainforest in Brisbane and visit the world’s largest sand island. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, a glorious 1,240-mile natural masterpiece, and enjoy diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides. Journey to the heart of Australia and behold incredible Ayers Rock (Uluru), a sacred monolith set in the vast Australian desert. Enjoy an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a special dinner and traditional dance performance under the outback sky. Set out along the Great Ocean Road, see the Twelve Apostles, sip Australian wines at a top-notch winery, and meet adorable wallabies and koalas at a sanctuary. You’ll come away from this trip with a lifetime of incredible memories. ... Show More »

NOTE: Tour does not include domestic airfare, which can be worked into your international ticket. You may also wish to speak to your travel agent about the Australian Air Pass with Qantas « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Welcome Package - Documents
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels(2)
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Private - Discover Sydney Harbour Cruise (2.5hrs) - Cruise/Skipper(6)
    • Tour - Private - Sydney Opera House (1hr) - Guide(12)
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - 4WD Blue Mountain Wildlife Discovery - 4WD
  • Day 4 Sydney to Brisbane
    Sydney to Brisbane
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 5 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Tour - Shared - O'Reilly's Rainforest & Lamington National Park (9hrs) - Coach
  • Day 6 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Shared - Fraser Island by 4WD (15 hrs) - Coach
  • Day 7 Brisbane to Cairns
    Brisbane to Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 8 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise with Lunch (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 9 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour with Lunch (11.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 10 Cairns to Darwin
    Cairns to Darwin
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 11 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Litchfield National Park with Lunch (11hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 12 Darwin to Ayers Rock
    Darwin to Ayers Rock
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
  • Day 13 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Tour - Shared - Uluru Highlights at Sunrise with Breakfast (3hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 14 Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
  • Day 15 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared - Great Ocean Road - Mini-Coach/Guide
  • Day 16 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Tour - Shared - Phillip Island -Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife with Dinner Nov - Mar (9hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 17 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
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Day 1: Sydney

In the package you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be provided about a month prior to your departure date.

For your added comfort, we will have an assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to coordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation and your adventure in Sydney begins. 

From modern monuments to historic districts, the Australian capital Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy including trips to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Try spending some time exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes and gift shops.  Head out on a half day tour or picturesque harbour cruise.  The SmartVisit allows visitors to visit the sight they want to see, on their own schedule.  Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton (4.5*)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts 648 rooms and 17 suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts.  Located in Sydney’s central business district and overlooking the Darling Harbour, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoyment awaits guests at the Corn Exchange Restaurant located directly opposite the properties entrance.  The unique, onsite Bar Eleven is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area.  The property also features a 24 hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

Sydney
Sydney
Four Points By Sheraton
Four Points By Sheraton

Day 2: Sydney

A perfect and intimate way to explore Sydney Harbour. Sail aboard the fabulous Beneteau yachts, with no more than 12 people aboard. You will set sail for a magical experience on Sydney Harbour, one of the most stunning waterways in the world. Either relax and enjoy the feeling of the wind in the sails and the sights of Sydney or take the helm and learn a little about the art of sailing! A light morning tea is served on the Adventure Cruise. You will have a skipper as your cruise director as they share their love and knowledge of sailing and Sydney Harbour with you before returning to Rushcutters Bay. All guests are required to wear shoes with white or non-marking soles. The cruise departs from d`Albora Marina Rushcutters Bay at 10.00 a.m. and concludes at d`Albora Marina Rushcutters Bay at 12.30 noon. The cruise operates in all weather conditions. Spray jackets are available onboard.

See inside the world’s most recognizable sails on The Essential Tour at the Sydney Opera House. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds – to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. Working with a new enriching, interactive audio-visual component where images are projected onto the fabric of the building – the guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You’ll visit one of the major venues – where we live performance every day. Some 1,500 performances, in every genre you can imagine, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. You will be inspired! There are approximately 200 steps on this tour! Access to individual theatres is subject to availability and may be limited due to performances, rehearsals or other events. 

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton (4.5*)
Sailing Sydney Harbour
Sailing Sydney Harbour
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Day 3: Sydney

Depart this morning in a luxury 4WD vehicle to see the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, before enjoying a memorable wildlife park visit. See koalas, kangaroos up close plus friendly dingoes - and yes, even pat the koalas! Explore the historic Richmond area before travelling deep into the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea in the bush surrounded by wildlife. Experience the real back country boasting magnificent cliffs, canyons and world heritage wilderness. Stretch your legs if you like with a short bush walk. Enjoy a country style lunch in a magnificent homestead with Australian hospitality at its best. See the renowned Three Sisters plus Australia’s Grand Canyon.

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton (4.5*)
The Australian Koala
The Australian Koala

Day 4: Sydney - Brisbane

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between the airport and city or hotel is provided.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A transfer between Brisbane Domestic Airport and your hotel in a private vehicle with driver is provided.

Accommodation: Spicers Balfour Hotel (5*)

From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighborhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. But inside it holds a secret that sets it apart from the other luxury hotels in Brisbane. Here 9 spacious rooms each with their own unique design, come together in an eclectic contemporary European design that is chic yet comforting, modern yet warm, and stylish yet quirkily individual. Unparalleled in Brisbane, the hotel offers the discerning frequent traveler a new, surprising environment that will fast become addictive in a fabulous location approximately 13 kilometers from the airport and just minutes from the CBD (outside of CBD).

Brisbane
Brisbane
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Spicers Balfour Hotel

Day 5: Brisbane

Enjoy a day out and discover O'Reilly's Rainforest and Lamington National Park. Iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is situated in the heart of World Heritage listed Lamington National Park with spectacular panoramic views of the McPherson Ranges. The drive takes you via the township of Canungra, the scenic Canungra Valley and army training grounds to quaint Tamborine Mountain for shopping, wineries, fresh produce, art and crafts and fine foods before climbing 1000 meters through subtropical rainforest to the World’s first Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s. Visit an Alpaca Farm with its unique retail outlet and quality alpaca products, finer than cashmere. Along the road, spot pretty faced wallabies, exotic birds and if you are lucky, a koala! You will have about two hours to enjoy O’Reilly’s Plateau. Please note that the alpaca farm is closed on Tuesdays, as an alternative the tour will visit the Kamarun Lookout for amazing views of the valley. Lunch is not included. The group size may vary between 2 and 48 passengers. The tour departs from the Brisbane Transit Center Level 3, Roma Street at 8:45 a.m. or earlier for hotel pick up and returns to Brisbane at approximately at 6:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Spicers Balfour Hotel (5*)
Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park

Day 6: Brisbane

Travel through the Sunshine Coast hinterland to Rainbow Beach by coach along with other travellers. Join the ferry to Fraser Island and continue with a 4-wheel drive journey along the famous beach on the world’s largest sand island. This World Heritage region has remarkable freshwater lakes perched high in the sand dunes and ancient rainforests. Your guide will interpret for you the wonders of this fragile environment.

Accommodation: Spicers Balfour Hotel (5*)
4WD on Fraser Island Beach
4WD on Fraser Island Beach

Day 7: Brisbane - Cairns

A transfer between Brisbane Domestic Airport and your hotel in a private vehicle with driver is provided.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel, The Marina (5*)

The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, one of the most distinguished hotels in the city, sets the standard for contemporary luxury and service in one of Australia’s most beautiful seaside destinations. Cairns' premier hotel provides a haven of unsurpassed luxury in a tropical city setting. The hotel is magnificently positioned within the cosmopolitan Pier complex, overlooking the Marlin Marina and the Coral Sea. Shangri-La's special blend of service and attention to detail, combined with the ultra-chic guestrooms, make for memorable stays, and guests aspiring to return. It is a fresh modern hotel with appealing décor, offering all the creature comforts that well-travelled guests anticipate. The spectacular waterfront location is renowned as Cairns’ premier dining precinct, hosting some of Cairns’ most acclaimed restaurants and bars.

Cairns
Cairns
Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns

Day 8: Cairns

Ocean Freedom cruises in style and speed to the Great Barrier Reef, providing you with a first class way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving and a glass bottom boat tour, with the friendly, professional crew. Enjoy being the first boat to arrive at the pristine Upolu Cay, allowing yours to be the first footsteps on its golden beaches. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom, for an unforgettable day in paradise without the crowds. Ocean Freedom provides six hours at the Great Barrier Reef, visiting two destinations and offering scrumptious seafood smorgasbord lunch. With small guest numbers this will ensure maximum customer service and passenger comfort. Experience the Wonder Wall a truly magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Their enthusiastic crew is committed to providing for your every need, ensuring all guests have a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef.  The cruise is limited to 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel, The Marina (5*)
Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 9: Cairns

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round it is time to drive north along the scenic route via Mossman  to Cape Tribulation. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach the majestic Daintree River. After a short morning tea break its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!  You ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.  
A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. The tour takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of tropical fruit, a complimentary glass of wine and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. At Cape Tribulation Beach there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'. After a short afternoon refreshment stop, you cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin your homeward journey. You will be picked-up from your hotel at approximately 7.00 a.m., returns at 6.30 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 16 passengers.

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel, The Marina (5*)
Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 10: Cairns - Darwin

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

You will be transfered between Darwin domestic airport and your city hotel by private car.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4*)

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is one of Darwin's most beautiful hotels offering 120 spacious guest rooms. Ideal for corporate and leisure guests wanting to trade in tradition for a fresh and vibrant accommodation alternative offering a contemporary edge and a whole lot of style. Situated in the iconic Waterfront city, on the fringe of Darwin CBD, guests are perfectly positioned to explore waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and seafront promenades. Leisure facilities offer a professional gym and outdoor resort style pool. Choose to dine in the hotels own restaurant and bar areas or at any one of the many delicious local restaurants Darwin has to offer.

Darwin
Darwin
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Day 11: Darwin

Leaving Darwin you'll follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. Enjoy visiting the main falls of the Park, you will have the opportunity for scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks. Marvel at the Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim, making your way back via the monsoon forest and open woodland. Head to Buley Rockhole for another opportunity to cool down in the series of plunge pools that cascade down a hillside. Visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. You venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. A great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of Termite Mounds. Include lunch at the Litchfield Café – a Litchfield institution. Plenty of swimming will ensure a fun and educational day. In the late afternoon, return to Darwin. The tour departs at 7.15 a.m., returns at 6.00 p.m. and operates with a maximum of 21 passengers.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4*)
Termite Mound
Termite Mound

Day 12: Darwin - Ayers Rock

You will be transfered between Darwin domestic airport and your city hotel by private car.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points featuring what is possibly Australia’s best sunset, as a spectacular array of colors dance across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Each accommodation glows with the warm tinges of the Central Australian Desert and embraces you with designs that reflect the beauty of the setting you are in. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as day turns to night and the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.

Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel

Day 13: Ayers Rock

Today you will travel towards Uluru to marvel at vast monolithic shapes that rise from the sand dunes in the early dawn hours. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. Departure is from your Ayers Rock accommodation between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on the time of the year. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and has a maximum group size of 11 passengers. Please bring your own water bottle.

At the Sounds of Silence experience, you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours - an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. The attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, feast on a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee. This is a shared experience with 8 - 10 guests per table and an overall maximum of 100 participants.  Please reconfirm your pick-up time with hotel reception upon arrival to the hotel.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner

Day 14: Ayers Rock - Melbourne

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

A vehicle with private driver will provide you with a transfer between the Domestic Airport and your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits in the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Melbourne
Melbourne
Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum

Day 15: Melbourne

Departing Melbourne, enjoy panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest at just under 2.6 kilometres in length. Pass through and learn a little about Victoria’s second largest city, Geelong, as you make your way down towards the Surf Coast. At Bells Beach, stop to appreciate this world famous surfing break. This is truly one of the world’s premier surfing spots and attracts board-riders from far and wide. Departing Bells Beach set out along the Great Ocean Road itself, as your experienced driver-guide provides an informative commentary about the road’s history and its place in Australian folklore. You get plenty of scenic stops on the way, including of course a photo opportunity at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch at Eastern View. At the Township of Kennet River make a brief side trip into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in the native habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed. Continue on towards the lunch stop in Apollo Bay with another photo stop at Cape Patten on the way.  After lunch follow the Great Ocean Road away from the ocean and into the mountains. The tour proceeds through the spectacular Otway Ranges, where you stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. And then it’s onwards to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878. Your guide will recount the legend of the Loch Ard, bringing the gorge to life in a way you never imagined. The final sightseeing destination is the collapsed London Bridge, where two holiday makers were stranded when the first arch collapsed in 1990. A dinner stop is made on the journey back to Melbourne. After dinner a video service allows you to enjoy a movie of your choice before enjoying a stunning view of the city as you cross the Westgate Bridge again on the way home. 

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Day 16: Melbourne

Set out on a shared 9 hour tour of the surrounding Melbourne area beginning with a visit to a boutique winery which overlooks the Westernport Bay area.  Listen to the colourful tales and stories from your guide regarding the explorers, sealers and whalers who inhabited this fertile land.  Travel to Phillip Island, known as the “wildlife island” for an opportunity to walk amongst the treetops of the Koala Conservation Centre to observe a protected Koala company.  Continue trekking through the nature reserve, exploring the bush and wetlands for habitual wildlife, flora and fauna.   Wildlife sightings include a wide range of birds and one of Australia’s famed marsupials, the Wallaby.  This dynamic location is also renowned for its Penguins which come ashore each evening at dusk from their ocean feedings.  These Penguins walk and talk there way loudly as they make their way through the sand dunes to their burrow nests.  Make use of the boardwalk to snap some up close photos of the Penguins as they march. Enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch at the Jetty Restaurant in the township of Cowes on Phillip Island. This small group tour has a maximum group size of 12 passengers. The departure time is from November to March at 2.00 p.m. The tour returns to Melbourne at 11 p.m. Please note there is a full ban on all photography at the Penguin Parade. The itinerary is subject to change. The VIP penguin viewing platform closed due to renovations from May to November.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)
Hopping Kangaroo
Hopping Kangaroo

Day 17: Melbourne

A transfer between the International Airport in Melbourne and your hotel or Melbourne with private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation:
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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Four Points By Sheraton (4.5*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts 648 rooms and 17 suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts.  Located in Sydney’s central business district and overlooking the Darling Harbour, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoyment awaits guests at the Corn Exchange Restaurant located directly opposite the properties entrance.  The unique, onsite Bar Eleven is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area.  The property also features a 24 hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

Four Points By Sheraton
Four Points By Sheraton
Bar Eleven
Bar Eleven

Spicers Balfour Hotel (5*): Brisbane

From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel resembles many of the large and beautiful classic Queenslander homes found in its neighborhood, the fashionable inner-city Brisbane suburb of New Farm. But inside it holds a secret that sets it apart from the other luxury hotels in Brisbane. Here 9 spacious rooms each with their own unique design, come together in an eclectic contemporary European design that is chic yet comforting, modern yet warm, and stylish yet quirkily individual. Unparalleled in Brisbane, the hotel offers the discerning frequent traveler a new, surprising environment that will fast become addictive in a fabulous location approximately 13 kilometers from the airport and just minutes from the CBD (outside of CBD).

Spicers Balfour Hotel
Spicers Balfour Hotel

Shangri La Hotel, The Marina (5*): Cairns

The Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, one of the most distinguished hotels in the city, sets the standard for contemporary luxury and service in one of Australia’s most beautiful seaside destinations. Cairns' premier hotel provides a haven of unsurpassed luxury in a tropical city setting. The hotel is magnificently positioned within the cosmopolitan Pier complex, overlooking the Marlin Marina and the Coral Sea. Shangri-La's special blend of service and attention to detail, combined with the ultra-chic guestrooms, make for memorable stays, and guests aspiring to return. It is a fresh modern hotel with appealing décor, offering all the creature comforts that well-travelled guests anticipate. The spectacular waterfront location is renowned as Cairns’ premier dining precinct, hosting some of Cairns’ most acclaimed restaurants and bars.

Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns
Shangri-La, The Marina, Cairns
Shangri La Hotel, The Marina
Shangri La Hotel, The Marina

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4*): Darwin

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is one of Darwin's most beautiful hotels offering 120 spacious guest rooms. Ideal for corporate and leisure guests wanting to trade in tradition for a fresh and vibrant accommodation alternative offering a contemporary edge and a whole lot of style. Situated in the iconic Waterfront city, on the fringe of Darwin CBD, guests are perfectly positioned to explore waterfront restaurants, boutique shops and seafront promenades. Leisure facilities offer a professional gym and outdoor resort style pool. Choose to dine in the hotels own restaurant and bar areas or at any one of the many delicious local restaurants Darwin has to offer.

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Desert Gardens (4*): Ayers Rock

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points featuring what is possibly Australia’s best sunset, as a spectacular array of colors dance across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert. Each accommodation glows with the warm tinges of the Central Australian Desert and embraces you with designs that reflect the beauty of the setting you are in. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as day turns to night and the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.

Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

Hotel Lindrum (4.5*): Melbourne

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits in the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum
Lobby
Lobby
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  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

  • Diane F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This is the second trip that we worked with Kensington to help plan and it was, like the first one, fantastic. The logistics were flawless and the help in planning was smooth and professional. From start to finish the process was fun. The trip was spectacular and we look forward to working with the Kensington team again on our next trip. Thank you

  • Holly W. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    One of the highlights of our trip is how smoothly our activities for every day went. Having Kensington make arrangements in all the right places gave us time to relax and enjoy the trip.

  • Anne B. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Wendy was extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating during the planning of our trip to New Zealand. Our guides were always there and very knowledgeable and professional. We would certainly ask Kensington to help us plan another trip for us.

  • Jack F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip. From our first email from Daniel until the time we arrived home everything went flawlessly. We spent 10 days in Australia and an additional 21 days in New Zealand accompanying a camping caravan from England. Kensington arranged all of our flights and all of our activities in Australia. We were met at the hotel door by all of our guides and tours. Each experience was great. We would not change a thing.

  • Carmen M. — May 13, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything was well organized.

  • JohnDanielson — December 12, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    We have used a number of small group travel companies and Kensington is the one we would recommend. All details of the trip to New Zealand went as planned. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our travel consultant Daniel did a great job, both pre-trip and post-trip. We will certainly use them again.

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