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  • Discover the scenic outback of Ayers Rock, at sunrise and sunset.
  • Head into genuine eucalyptus forest and seek out koala bears and wallabies.
  • Cruise over the Great Barrier Reef on a glass bottom boat.
  • Walk on the beach of the ancient Twelve Apostles rock formations.
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See the best of Australia on this spectacular journey through Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Melbourne. With pristine islands, rugged outback, bountiful vineyards and world-class cities, Australia is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The world-class harborside city of Sydney makes for a great introduction to Australia. The beaches are simply incredible, and the city is bursting with first-rate attractions to discover including the Harbor Bridge and the iconic Opera House. Outside of the city, you'll get to experience the scenic Blue Mountains World Heritage Region, with views of the incredible Three Sisters. In Brisbane, discover the Australia Zoo, former stomping ground of the beloved late Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. and visit the world’s largest sand island. From Cairns, 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 and bask in the awe inspiring sunrise and sunset over the stunning rock formations. In Melbourne, get up close to koalas and penguins, and walk the beach of the picturesque Twelve Apostles. 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
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels(2)
    • Welcome Package - Documents
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Harbour Days Sailing Experience with Lunch (5hrs) - Driver/Boat
    • Tour - Shared - Sydney Opera House Showcase Package - Guide/Ballet
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery with Lunch (11hrs) - Mini Van
  • Day 4 Sydney to Brisbane
    Sydney to Brisbane
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Sydney - Brisbane [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 5 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Tour - Shared - Half Day City Tour with Cruise & Wheel of Brisbane - Coach
  • Day 6 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Tour - Shared - Australia Zoo Admission & Croc Express (9hrs) - Admission & Croc Express
  • Day 7 Brisbane to Cairns
    Brisbane to Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Brisbane - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • 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
    • At Leisure
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Cairns - Darwin [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 11 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Kakadu & Mary River Adventure with Lunch (12hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 12 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Jumping Crocs & Nature Explorer (5 hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 13 Darwin to Ayers Rock
    Darwin to Ayers Rock
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Darwin - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 14 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Tour - Shared - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Tour - Shared - Uluru Sunset Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 15 Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Ayers Rock - Melbourne [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
  • Day 16 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Tour - Shared - Great Ocean Road with Lunch (12hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 17 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Tour - Shared - Phillip Island -Penguins, Koalas & Wildlife with Dinner Nov - Mar (9hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 18 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
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Day 1: Sydney

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

In the package, you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each required 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.

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 sites 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 elegant rooms and 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

You will embark the vessel at the Aquarium Pontoon in the Aquarium Wharf Darling Harbour and the tour begins. Cruising up Darling Harbour you turn towards the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, completed in 1932 and the largest steel arch bridge in the world. The Opera House is upon you and offers the perfect place to take some photographs with such a famous landmark as the backdrop. Continuing on you will dodge the ferries leaving and entering Circular Quay and see the Rocks, birthplace of British settlement and where convict labor constructions are easily visible. Turning towards Rushcutter's Bay hoping to catch a glimpse of a famous resident such as Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman, the sails are hoisted and the engine is turned off. Gliding past the traditionally wealthy suburbs of Sydney, viewing the spectacular private homes at Darling Point, Point Piper and Vaucluse and the national parks of Clarke and Shark Islands, you will witness multiple wondrous spots of the city to check out on another day. At noon you will have the opportunity to cast a line and swim in the peaceful bay while lunch is being prepared. At approximately 1:15 you will begin the return trip home, disembarking at 3 o’clock.

The Showcase Package at the Sydney Opera House allows you to see a performance of your choice in one of the world class venues of the Sydney Opera House. This package also includes a voucher for a one hour guided tour of Sydney Opera House which can be redeemed at any point during your stay in Sydney. The tour departs from the Stage Door located on the vehicle concourse under the monumental stairs.

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

Day 3: Sydney

The Blue Mountains Canyons and Wildlife Discovery is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime. Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as you commence your small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The first stop this morning is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you arrive before any other tourists, to meet the native Australian animals here – you can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Departing from Featherdale, commence the drive to the Blue Mountains via the highway. After a stop at the Wentworth Lookout, continue and arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Then journey around the mountain to the village of Blackheath and today's lunch venue the Blackheath Golf Club. Here in this relaxed, friendly club, you'll enjoy a 2-course lunch (food only). All diets are catered for. Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the bar. The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180 meters to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you'll stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00 p.m. This small group tour can accommodate up to 17 passengers and departs Sydney between 7.00 and 7.30 a.m.

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

Day 4: Sydney - Brisbane

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer today between the airport and the city or hotel.  

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4.5*)

At Stamford Plaza Brisbane all 252 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites boast spectacular river views which is unique for Brisbane accommodation in CBD. The guest rooms of this Brisbane city accommodation form a tranquil sanctuary of luxury and comfort and prove to be the perfect environment in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the sights of the ever-changing river backdrop.  Perfectly located on the banks of the Brisbane River the property is just a stone throw away from the Botanic Gardens. The hotel is positioned within the hub of Brisbane's financial district and just minutes to the city center for shopping, theater district, restaurants and Brisbane's City night life.  Other features of this marvelous hotel include a diversity of restaurant options including The Brasserie on the River, Japanese Teppanyaki and a la carte at Kabuki, or The Pav Bar and Courtyard, an outdoor heated pool, spa and sauna, sundeck, and fitness center.

Brisbane
Brisbane
Stamford Plaza
Stamford Plaza

Day 5: Brisbane

Learn the history of this fast growing cosmopolitan centre and enjoy a cruise on the Brisbane River. See the sights of historic Brisbane, Australia's third largest city and Queensland's capital city, with its fresh, innovative and vibrant CBD. From a trendy cafe club culture to thriving shops and 19th century sandstone buildings, learn the history and culture behind this up and coming metropolitan centre. See Brisbane from a height aboard the Wheel of Brisbane, taking in views across the city before enjoying a river cruise with morning tea on the Brisbane River. Tour departs at 9.00am and returns at 12.15pm.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4.5*)
Brisbane
Brisbane

Day 6: Brisbane

It’s as wild as life gets at Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, with more wildlife and entertainment than you can poke a stick at! With over 1200 animals and stacks of free show daily, it’s a full day of wildlife action and adventure. Get hands-on with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with our majestic tigers, handfeed gorgeous elephants or get your photo taken with a baby alligator. Step aboard Steve’s Safari Shuttle and explore all that Australia Zoo has to offer including our newest exhibit Africa! Experience the wide open plains of the African savannah and see exotic animals such as giraffe, rhino and zebra interacting together and marvel at our gorgeous cheetah as they walk by. Then join the snakes, free-flight birds and crocs live in the world-famous Crocoseum show and get your adrenalin pumping as you see a crocodile launch a strike from the water’s edge. The tour departs Brisbane at 8.45 a.m. and returns 5.30 p.m. The group size may vary between 2 and 54 passengers.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4.5*)
Crikey Croc!
Crikey Croc!

Day 7: Brisbane - Cairns

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service, and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Cairns
Cairns
Pacific Cairns
Pacific 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: Pacific Cairns (4*)
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: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 10: Cairns - Darwin

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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

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

Just 60 kilometers from Darwin lies the Adelaide River, home to over 1600 Crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles. Join the tour in the afternoon and travel down the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River, enjoying commentary about the outskirts of Darwin along the way. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. The cruise will enable you to see these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for view over the Marrakai Plains and then it’s on to Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to view a wetland ecosystem up close. It’s also a good opportunity to spot for birds and other wildlife.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4*)
Jumping Crocodile
Jumping Crocodile

Day 13: Darwin - Ayers Rock

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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.

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 the 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*)

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 14: Ayers Rock

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Departing the resort you will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40-kilometer journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area, you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. Make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. Take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology have evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return you to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. Departure is between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on the time of year. The tour takes approximately 5 hours. The group size may vary between 2 and 12 passengers. Please bring some water with you.

Come and join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel through the landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. The first step allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide journey toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. Then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Your guide will then return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort. The tour departs at 2-3:30 p.m. depending on the time of the year (confirmed at time of booking) and returns 5 hours later. This small group tour has a limit of 12 participants per guide.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset

Day 15: 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.

Flight price on request.(Separate Purchase)

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 at 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 a 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 16: Melbourne

Today’s excursion along the Great Ocean Road allows you the time to fully enjoy views of one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Walk through an authentic eucalyptus forest, listen to and see native birds, come into close contact with koalas and wallabies at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge, watch the ocean crashing on the rocks, stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach and finally be blown away by the ancient rock formations – the Twelve Apostles. This small group tour is limited to 12 participants, departs Melbourne between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. and returns at 7:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4.5*)
Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles

Day 17: 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 18: Melbourne

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

Accommodation:
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.

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.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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Four Points By Sheraton (4.5*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and 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

Stamford Plaza (4.5*): Brisbane

At Stamford Plaza Brisbane all 252 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites boast spectacular river views which is unique for Brisbane accommodation in CBD. The guest rooms of this Brisbane city accommodation form a tranquil sanctuary of luxury and comfort and prove to be the perfect environment in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the sights of the ever-changing river backdrop.  Perfectly located on the banks of the Brisbane River the property is just a stone throw away from the Botanic Gardens. The hotel is positioned within the hub of Brisbane's financial district and just minutes to the city center for shopping, theater district, restaurants and Brisbane's City night life.  Other features of this marvelous hotel include a diversity of restaurant options including The Brasserie on the River, Japanese Teppanyaki and a la carte at Kabuki, or The Pav Bar and Courtyard, an outdoor heated pool, spa and sauna, sundeck, and fitness center.

Stamford Plaza
Stamford Plaza
Lobby
Lobby

Pacific Cairns (4*): Cairns

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service, and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

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 at 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 a 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
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.
  • 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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