• 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.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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A whirlwind tour of Oz that features carefully chosen highlights and must-see experiences. Islands, deserts, vineyards and world-class cities, this Autralian experience leaves nothing wanting. 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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private - Discover Sydney Harbour Cruise (2.5hrs) - Cruise/Skipper(6)
    • Private - Sydney Opera House (1hr) - Guide(12)
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - 4WD Blue Mountain Wildlife Discovery - 4WD
    • Lunch Included
  • 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
    • 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)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise with Lunch (9hrs) - Cruise
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Full Day Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour with Lunch (11.5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Lunch Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Cairns to Darwin
    Cairns to Darwin
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Private - Vehicle at Disposal at Sunset (2hrs) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 11 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Shared - Full Day Kakadu & Mary River Adventure with Lunch (12hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Lunch Included
  • 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
    • 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
    • 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

Upon arrival you will be met by a Kensington Tours representative,  who will hand you a welcome package which will include all your official documents including a detailed itinerary, vouchers (if required), in-country emergency contact numbers, along with city information including maps and brochures.  After meeting with the representative you will be taken to your hotel by a private vehicle and driver 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: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

Sydney
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel

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. Present your voucher at the Cloak Room Desk located on the Lower Concourse level.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Sailing Sydney Harbour
Sailing Sydney Harbour

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: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
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: Mantra Southbank (4*)

Mantra South Bank is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River and is ideally suited to cater to the discerning needs of both business and leisure travelers. Boasting a central location, Mantra South Bank is within close proximity to Brisbane’s CBD, entertainment and arts districts, cosmopolitan dining, alfresco cafés and premium local attractions.  Contemporary in design and style, the property consists of 161 hotel rooms, studios and apartments.  All room types feature air-conditioning, bathroom facilities and are spaciously appointed with quality interior fittings.  All apartments also feature fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and private balconies, some with city views.  For business guests, all room types offer direct-dial ISDN telephones, voice-mail and broadband internet access.  Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated lap pool, spa and fully-equipped gymnasium. The on-site Stone Restaurant and Bar offers a sophisticated dining experience and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Brisbane
Brisbane
Mantra Southbank
Mantra Southbank

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: Mantra Southbank (4*)
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: Mantra Southbank (4*)
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: Hilton Cairns (5*)

Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant precincts. The modern, inviting rooms and suites are luxurious oases of comfort and convenience, all with pristine bathrooms and spacious balconies. Discover stunning views of Trinity Inlet or Cairns Esplanade and the unique cityscape and blue-green mountain ranges beyond. Pampered guests will enjoy deluxe furnishings, amenities, air-conditioning and wireless internet. Satisfy your appetite for culinary indulgence and superior service in the acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy relaxed, al fresco dining at the award-winning Mondo Café Bar & Grill on the waterfront or visit Donnini's restaurant offering simply Italian cuisine. From an elevated position overlooking the water, the chic Six Degrees Bar and Lounge is the place to meet for a cocktail.

Cairns
Cairns
Hilton Cairns
Hilton 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: Hilton Cairns (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: Hilton Cairns (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.

People hailing from at least 56 countries make up the mellow, modern metropolis of Darwin. This sociable hub is where non-Aboriginal meets Aboriginal (Larrakia), where urban meets remote, and where industry meets idleness. The city attracts itinerant workers and visitors from around Australia, and its university and port bring students and sailors. The population ebbs and increases with the seasons. Forty percent of the population only settled in the last 40 years, the majority, like you, intending only to stop by but ending up staying. Darwin’s location on a tropical tip of the country’s north coast means six subtle shifts of season, with a not-so-subtle disparity between the Dry and Wet – which can bring colossal storms. Last century was a biggie for Darwin: barely recomposed after sustained WWII bombings, the city was razed by a cyclone. Its unique past and present (of rebuilding and regular rejuvenation) lends modern-day Darwin a very human spirit. It’s palpable daily in the city’s many outdoor public spaces, where crowds mingle at makeshift markets, at restaurants and pubs, and at its numerous festivals. Darwinites are also conscious of their natural surrounds – hardly surprising when you have Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Litchfield and the Tiwis in your back yard. Enjoy the beautiful sunset over Darwin Harbour with your private vehicle. Please note that this tour does not include a guide.

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

Leave Darwin city early this morning at 6.15 a.m. heading South along the trans-continental Stuart Highway with your journey enhanced by you driver-guide regaling you with details on the iconic Top End of Australia. Turning due East onto the Arnhem Highway you will be traversing through the infamous Humpty Doo region followed by the expansive Adelaide River floodplain, just over an hour into the trip you will be arriving at an ‘Outback Roadhouse’ to stop for a morning tea stop or late breakfast (at own expense). Journeying into the World Heritage listed Kakadu National park you will be surrounded by vast tracks of savannah woodland, bordered by the largest wetland systems in Australia. As you head deep into the park you will pass through a variety of eco-systems such as Monsoonal Rainforest, Sandstone Country and the worlds most protected river the system the South Alligator River. In the cool of the mid-morning you will arrive at Kakadu’s premier art site ‘Ubirr’, the walk is an easy to moderate loop walk which takes you into numerous galleries of rock art and shelters that were used as recently as 40 years ago by the traditional people of Kakadu. The hundreds of paintings and views across the floodplains and sandstone country into Arnhem Land are breathtaking and are why Ubirr is the most visited art site within Kakadu. After lunch arrive at the architectural awarded tropical design park headquarters Bowali. Followed by free time to explore the numerous park oriented interactive displays, research library, theatres, art gallery, gift shop and staffed information desks. Join a cruise located on a wetland system that houses the world’s highest concentration of Crocodiles and is 10 times the size of Yellow Water’s. Return to Darwin approximately 6.30 pm. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The group size is limited to 21 passengers.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4*)
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park

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 12 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*)
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas

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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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • 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.
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Grace Hotel Sydney (4*): Sydney

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
Lobby
Lobby

Mantra Southbank (4*): Brisbane

Mantra South Bank is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River and is ideally suited to cater to the discerning needs of both business and leisure travelers. Boasting a central location, Mantra South Bank is within close proximity to Brisbane’s CBD, entertainment and arts districts, cosmopolitan dining, alfresco cafés and premium local attractions.  Contemporary in design and style, the property consists of 161 hotel rooms, studios and apartments.  All room types feature air-conditioning, bathroom facilities and are spaciously appointed with quality interior fittings.  All apartments also feature fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and private balconies, some with city views.  For business guests, all room types offer direct-dial ISDN telephones, voice-mail and broadband internet access.  Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated lap pool, spa and fully-equipped gymnasium. The on-site Stone Restaurant and Bar offers a sophisticated dining experience and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mantra Southbank
Mantra Southbank
Room
Room

Hilton Cairns (5*): Cairns

Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant precincts. The modern, inviting rooms and suites are luxurious oases of comfort and convenience, all with pristine bathrooms and spacious balconies. Discover stunning views of Trinity Inlet or Cairns Esplanade and the unique cityscape and blue-green mountain ranges beyond. Pampered guests will enjoy deluxe furnishings, amenities, air-conditioning and wireless internet. Satisfy your appetite for culinary indulgence and superior service in the acclaimed restaurants. Enjoy relaxed, al fresco dining at the award-winning Mondo Café Bar & Grill on the waterfront or visit Donnini's restaurant offering simply Italian cuisine. From an elevated position overlooking the water, the chic Six Degrees Bar and Lounge is the place to meet for a cocktail.

Hilton Cairns
Hilton Cairns
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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
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • 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.

  • Susan Pope — April 21, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals.

  • Sharon Weckenbrock — May 15, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.

    We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!

  • Donna Brennan — April 18, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.

    Thank you again,

    Donna

  • Paula McNally — April 24, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went.

  • Marcia Nunn — April 01, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place.

  • Cindy Burns — April 04, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent

  • Sheila Black — April 08, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!

    Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!

    The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!

    We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!

    We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.

  • Josie Rodriguez — March 19, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.

    For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.

    Again, thank you!

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