(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns)
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart.
This is just one experience in an itinerary that will lead you deep into the soul of the great southern land. The journey begins in Australia’s glittering harbor city where you’ll wander the cobblestone lanes of Sydney’s quaint Rocks district, soak in the picture-perfect views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and experience the city’s relaxed beach-side lifestyle. Then you’ll travel deep into Australia’s red centre where the shifting shadows of Uluru and the Olgas rock formations emphasize the deep spiritual connection the Aboriginal people have with this remarkable region. Finally, you’ll journey to the tropical north coast where you’ll cruise crocodile-infested rainforest rivers and dive the vibrant coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.
This is a travel experience that delves well below the surface of this diverse country. From Sydney’s infamous convict history to the rich traditions of Aboriginal Dreamtime storytelling, local guides lead you beyond the travel-guide clichés and into the true heart of the sunburnt country. No expense is spared as you sail the Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury catamaran, recharge your batteries in premium hotels and delight your senses with world-class dining experiences.
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A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
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.
The Grace Hotel (4*) is an elegantly restored heritage listed Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. The 382 contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Cafe serves modern Australian cuisine and 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. For a rejuvenating experience, the Oriental Spa is also available, with the treatments assured to revitalize and invigorate.
Begin this half-day panoramic city tour of beautiful Sydney today as you depart your hotel in a shared mini-coach on route to the renowned “Rocks” area, where your guide will explain the historic significance of this popular tourist harbour. Have you camera handy as you marvel at two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Visit the city’s shopping center and the trendy new Oxford Street before traveling to the swanky Paddington area boasting some elegant terrace lined houses. After, travel to the superb coastal cliff area around Tamarama and Bronte for a brief walkabout before heading to the Bondi Beach area to explore the beachfront promenade. You’ll then return back to the Sydney harbour for a lunchtime cruise.
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.
Head out this morning west of Sydney into the rugged and beautiful landscapes of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountain National Park grounds by shared mini-coach. Travel along the scenic Bells Line Road making stops during this transit in Narrowneck and Cahill to really enjoy the fabulous views of the surrounding area. Marvel at the ever so steep valleys and canyons that encompass the Three Sisters monolith. Take a ride across the skies on the Scenic Skyway Cable Car system (at own expense). Enjoy listening to the ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime legends of creation before travelling to the quaint townships of Leura and Katoomba. Immerse yourself into the native bush as you visit an authentic Australian wildlife park for an opportunity to interact with a variety of habitual species including Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Dingoes, and many more creatures. This tour includes pick up and drop off at your hotel. Departure is at 8.00 a.m. or earlier, depending on the location of your accommodation. The tour takes approximately 10 hours.
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.
Head out into the Outback with an expert Australia Guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolithic structure in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel through the outback 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. Within your first step you are presented with a photographic opportunity of this amazing Australian icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide will take you closer towards the base. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realisation of the sheer size and magnitude 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 about their culture. You'll then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you can marvel at an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. A return transfer to your accommodation is provided upon completion of the tour.
The Desert Gardens (4.5*) Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. Each of the rooms feature the unique flora designs and patterns found within the Central Australian Desert. Guest will 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 to experience what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. When the sun has gone down, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavours of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.
Set out this morning bright and early to experience the essence of the word serenity during a visit to one of Australia’s most spiritual landmarks, as you enjoy the sunrise over the monolithic Kata Tjuta. Upon departing your accommodation notice the mighty rock formation in the distance, as you travel some 40 kilometer across desert landscapes to the foot of this iconic rock structure. Travel on foot to the best vantage point to marvel at all 36 domed monolithic rocks illuminate as the sun’s powerful morning glow creates rosy coloured patterns across the structures surface. You’ll then make way to the western side of Kata Tjuta for an opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. Explore the Kata further as you travel to the Walpa Gorge (Walpa meaning Wind) to experience the whistling of the wind through the gorge walls. This is also an important cultural location where aboriginal men frequent for ceremonial purposes. You’re experienced and knowledgeable guide will explain the geology of this dynamic area and how it has evolved over millions of years. Upon completion of the tour you will be returned to your accommodation. Departure is between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on 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.
Delicious delicacies and silent serenity best describes this evening Sound of Silence Outback Dinner experience. Be whisked away to a secluded and specially chosen location shortly before sundown to the solitary sounds of didgeridoo’s echoing across the outback desert as you enjoy champagne and canapés. Marvel at all the different hues of red and orange as the sun sets below the horizon and the stars begin there dance across the ever-increasingly darkened dance-floor sky, as you feast upon an array of Northern Territorial culinary delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and Aussie deserts. Allow your guide and resident astronomer to provide color commentary on what is considered by many as one of the world’s best stargazing experiences. Wind down the evening with a coffee, tea or hot mulled wine before heading back to your accommodation. Departure is from Voyages Ayers Rock Resort one hour prior to sunset.
A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation, or vice versa, is provided for today.
The Pullman Cairns International is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The largest five star hotel in Cairns, The Pullman Cairns International boasts 321 very spacious rooms, with floor spaces of over 40 square metres, and include private balconies. Bathrooms are made from Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors. The Pullman Cairns International has two pools, plus a childrens’ pool, and Jacuzzi located on Daintrees pool deck. Refreshments can be ordered on the pool deck and enjoyed on soft sun lounge chairs. Nearby, a fully equipped gymnasium, equipped with two saunas is located on level three. The Pullman Cairns International is host to one of Cairns’ finest dining outlets – Coco’s Restaurant. Coco’s is renowned in the local area and to guests alike for Cairns’ best Seafood Buffet: the Chef’s Choice Seafood Buffet, nightly from 6pm. In addition to various breakfast, lunch and dinner options, Coco’s also features a lovely High Tea, available daily from 11.00am, and a Sunday Brunch from 11.30am each Sunday, featuring plenty of Seafood, cocktails, champagne and live entertainment. For the ultimate relaxation, unwind at Mii Spa, The Pullman Cairns International’ luxurious ten-room day spa. The largest day spa in Cairns, Mii Spa is the perfect place to turn your holiday into a truly indulgent experience, with a range of products featuring local indigenous ingredients, and relaxation or beauty treatments to have you truly glowing.
Departing your accommodation you will travel by mini-coach along with other travellers to visit the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage Listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River, seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers and various other wildlife species. The cruise takes you through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks. Arriving on the northern side of the river, you will now enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Travel up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through rainforest to wrap up this adventurous day of touring. Upon completion of the tour a return transfer to your accommodation is provided. The tour departs between 6.45 a.m. and 8.15 a.m., takes approximately 10 hours and can accommodate 12 passengers.
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.
Depart from Cairns international airport - end of itinerary.
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"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!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"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,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"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. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"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"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"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.
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Larry Sanders ,
February 28, 2013
"We had an amazing trip, all the Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii connections worked out great. The hotels, and tours were wonderful. People ask what was your favorite? All of it! We sure saw a lot, everyday was a new adventure. We especially loved the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, and the condo in Hawaii was over the top.
Thank you so much for making our trip so successful.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"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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Iain Campbell ,
March 13, 2012
"This was our third long haul vacation with Kensington and was truly fantastic trip, probably the best to date. The balance with adventures and activities in New Zealand followed by a restfull couple of days in Bora Bora was just right. I cannot say enough about the local support team who were following up to adjust our schedule following the earthquake in Christchurch right into the evening of Christmas Eve, all changes were made efficiently with the addedd bonus of being able to do a wilderness jet boat tour outside of Queeenstown with our extra day. Many thanks for all you help - we will not hesitate to use Kensington for our future travel adventures
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Laura Hollenbaugh ,
February 11, 2013
"It was a great trip. The Medina was great, centrally located and helpful staff. We enjoyed Christmas Mass at the Cathedral with the Cardinal celebrating and the famed boys choir singing. The dinner cruise was fine despite the rain. The driver's tip about the ferries, being a good way to see more of the harbour without great expense was a good one. We especially enjoyed the tour to the Blue Mountains, wonderful lunch at the quaint lodge, and Fetherdale Wild life Sanctuary (fantastic). The accommodations at Uluru were fine and the activities were great, especially the camel ride. We loved the resort at Kewarra. Wonderful service and accommodations and grounds. We spotted a mama and baby Wallabee living in the jungle just outside the suite! We ended up booking 2 days of diving and also a tour of Mossman and Daintree. Wonderful trip. The food was great everywhere but extremely expensive! The locals were always polite and helpful and often amusing! Thanks for all your help! Laura"
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