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  • Cruise Sydney’s iconic harbor and meet kangaroos at a wildlife park.
  • Explore the UNESCO-protected Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics from Port Douglas.
  • Stand in awe at Uluru and learn about its significance to Aboriginal culture.
  • Watch penguins scurry ashore on Phillip Island near Melbourne.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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The very best of an entire continent, all in a single itinerary? They said it couldn’t be done. We believe in doing the impossible. Come along and discover the wild wonders and urban pleasures of Australia on this stem-to-stern journey that touches Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, and more.

We begin, fittingly enough, in Sydney, Australia’s biggest (and, according to its residents, best) city. From the deck of a boat, you’ll get your first true glimpse of the city on a relaxing sightseeing tour of its famous harbor while passing landmarks like the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Clark and Shark Islands, and the impressive estates of Darling Point and Vaucluse before returning to land to explore on your own. You’ll also get the chance to meet kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and the other furry residents of Featherdale Wildlife Park before heading out on a guided tour of Blue Mountains National Park, home to must-see sights like Wentworth Falls, Kings Tableland, and the Three Sisters rock formation.

Head a little farther up the coast to Brisbane, the big-hearted capital of Queensland. Get to know this quintessentially Australian city a little more intimately through a private tour of its heritage buildings and cozy café culture. Later, explore the scenic delights of the Gold Coast region on a private tour of the Mount Tamborine area, where you’ll stroll a Skywalk, sample locally produced wine and cheese, and take an incredible hike through the eucalyptus forests around Curtis Falls. ... Show More »

Farther north along the coast sits Port Douglas, where two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Queensland’s Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef – meet. First, take to the turquoise waters aboard a glass-bottomed boat for a swimming and snorkeling excursion around Cape Tribulation’s fascinating cays and reefs. Back on land, slip into the enveloping rainforest for a guided walk across the picturesque Alexandra Range through Daintree National Park, keeping an eye open for colorful lizards, exotic birds, eye-popping butterflies, and tropical plants.

Perched at the top of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia’s only tropical city, feels closer to Asia than Sydney. Kakadu National Park, your first stop up here, might as well be a distant planet. You’ll explore this vast, unspoiled landscape of sandstone escarpments and thick forests on a guided tour, learning about the traditions of the local Aboriginal people while keeping watch for crocodiles and colorful birds on a river cruise. More reptiles await later on the Adelaide River, where you’ll have the chance to watch the famous jumping crocodiles and visit the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve on a guided tour.

As far as introductions go, few are as dramatic as your first encounter with Uluru, the magnificent tor formation at the heart of Australia’s Red Center. At sunset, you’ll stand before this sacred monolith and learn about its spiritual significance to Aboriginal culture from an expert at the Mutitjulu Waterhole. With daybreak comes another enchanting experience; a guided walk through Walpa Gorge to meet the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (“many heads”), a collection of red rock formations whose color shifts as the sun moves across them. It all comes full-circle at night where, from a platform offering an incredible view of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park under a blanket of stars, you’ll experience the “Sounds of Silence Dinner,” an award-winning journey into Aboriginal culture featuring folktales and dance set to the haunting strains of a didgeridoo while savoring a meal of bush tucker-inspired cuisine.

From the Red Center, we head south for Melbourne, the stylish and cosmopolitan capital of Victoria. A richly multicultural city, Melbourne radiates a decidedly European vibe, as you’ll discover on a private tour of its boutique-lined laneways and covered pedestrian arcades. It’s a city that’s also closely tied to the natural world. On nearby Phillip Island, an experienced ranger guide will introduce you to Australia’s largest fur seal colony en route to the Penguin Parade, where hundreds of the tuxedo-clad birds return to their nests after a day in the surf.

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels
    • Australia - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Harbour Days Sailing Experience (with Lunch, 5 hrs) - Driver/Boat
    • Sydney at Leisure
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - The Best of the Blue Mountains (with Lunch, 9-10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Sydney to Brisbane
    Sydney to Brisbane
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Sydney - Brisbane [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 5 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 6 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Private Tour - Tamborine Mountain Experience (with Lunch, 9-10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)
  • Day 7 Brisbane to Cairns to Port Douglas
    Brisbane to Cairns to Port Douglas
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Brisbane - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Cairns - Port Douglas [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Port Douglas
    Port Douglas
    • Shared Tour - Sailaway Reef Adventure (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Cruise
  • Day 9 Port Douglas
    Port Douglas
    • Shared Tour - Daintree Wanderer (with Lunch, 9-11 hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 10 Port Douglas to Cairns to Darwin
    Port Douglas to Cairns to Darwin
    • At Leisure
    • Private Transfer - Port Douglas - Cairns [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Darwin [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)
  • Day 11 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Shared Tour - Kakadu National Park (with Lunch, 12-13 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
    Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)
  • Day 12 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Shared Tour - Jumping Crocs & Nature Explorer (5 hrs) - Coach/Cruise
    Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)
  • Day 13 Darwin to Ayers Rock
    Darwin to Ayers Rock
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Darwin - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Sunset Tour (5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    Ayers Rock to Melbourne
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Melbourne [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)
  • Day 16 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Tour - Arcades, Lanes and Waterways (6 hrs) - Guide/Cruise
    Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)
  • Day 17 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Tour - Phillip Island Tour (with Dinner, 11 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)
  • Day 18 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
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Day 1: Sydney

For your comfort, an assistant will be waiting for you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will assist you in meeting your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Sydney to assist with check-in. 

A welcome package with a detailed itinerary, supplier contact list, various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon arrival at the first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel 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.

Day 2: Sydney

After boarding the vessel at the Aquarium Pontoon in the Aquarium Wharf at Darling Harbour, being your tour by cruising up Darling Harbour to catch sight of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, completed in 1932 to become the largest steel arch bridge in the world and the Sydney Opera House. After some time to snap a few photographs, continue onward dodging ferries around Circular Quay to arrive at the Rocks, Sydney’s first neighborhood where you’ll spot a number of convict labor constructions that are still standing strong. Turning towards Rushcutter's Bay the sails are hoisted and the engine is turned off. Gliding past the traditionally wealthy suburbs of Sydney, view the spectacular private homes at Darling Point, Point Piper and Vaucluse and the national parks of Clarke and Shark Islands to witness a number of wonderful spots in the city to check during time on your own. At noon you will have the opportunity to cast a line and swim in the peaceful bay while lunch is being prepared and then at approximately 1:15 pm you will begin the return trip home, enjoying your freshly made meal along the way and disembarking at approximately 3:00 pm.

From modern monuments to historic districts with excellent shopping in between, Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. During your free time, consider exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes, gift shops and gorgeous waterfront, or perhaps head to the Queen Victoria Building to shop at a few high-end designer boutiques. At Bondi Beach, whisk the shores barefoot, enjoying the soft golden sands beneath your toes. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to enjoy your time at leisure in sensational Sydney.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Harbour Days Sailing Experience
Harbour Days Sailing Experience
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Harbour Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Day 3: Sydney

Discover the best of the Blue Mountains on this small group tour that will bring you to preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls the region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks precinct – Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Following a short westbound drive, you’ll arrive at Featherdale Wildlife Park to get up-close with a range of native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats. Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Roam the area in search of wild kangaroos and birdlife and then set off for magnificent Kings Tableland to bask in the incredible views overlooking the Jamison Valley. Break for lunch at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains, then track to Wentworth Falls, a beautiful waterfall found between Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. You will be guided down a well-worn path towards the falls, taking in excellent views along the way and learning about the geological conditions that spawned the Blue Mountains. Next you’ll hop into an awaiting vehicle and skirt around cliffs, driving towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout you will see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, marveling at the views of the Jamison Valley and then visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points. Having discovered the essential highlights of the Blue Mountains, you’ll return to Sydney, arriving at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

Day 4: Sydney - Brisbane

You will be privately transferred between Sydney domestic airport and your hotel by a professional driver. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes.

Board a flight in Sydney with service to Brisbane. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

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

Accommodation: Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)

Novotel Brisbane offers 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites with comprehensive conference and leisure facilities in the heart of Brisbane. Located next to Central Station and the CBD, Queen Street Mall and the Riverside boardwalk, Novotel Brisbane is one of Queensland’s more popular and stylish hotels. Leisure guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the outdoor lap pool, followed by a cool drink at the poolside deck or a rigorous work out in the gymnasium.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Brisbane
Brisbane
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Novotel Brisbane
Novotel Brisbane

Day 5: Brisbane

Get a taste of Brisbane’s history, vibrant CBD and cafe club culture on this half day tour, setting out in a private vehicle and in the company of an expert driver-guide. Discover the many heritage-listed buildings that adorn the city and visit a few essential sites that best represent the architecture of Queensland’s capital city, including Story Bridge which in 2009 was named one of Queensland top 150 most iconic structures. With the help of your guide you’ll learn about Brisbane’s 19th century convict past and the conditions that have resulted in the city becoming one of the fastest growing cosmopolitan centers in Australia. As this private tour can be tailored to suit your personal interests, please speak with your guide should you have any particular goals for the day.  

Accommodation: Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Brisbane
Brisbane

Day 6: Brisbane

Experience the beauty of Tamborine Mountain on this private guided and highly customizable tour. Begin by taking in panoramic views of the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim as you travel to the south of Brisbane, then explore the rainforest on an awe inspiring Skywalk stroll. Your next stop of the day features wine tasting at Cedar Creek Estate Winery followed by a visit to nearby glow worm caves, after which you’ll visit Fortitude Brewing and Witches Chase Cheese Factory for a few samples. Round out the day with an enchanting 45 minute hike through the Curtis Falls Rainforest, a gorgeous eucalypt forest. Should your interests lie elsewhere, simply chat with your guide to replace any of the experiences mentioned above with a visit to Jasmin Organics Skincare Factory & Lavender Farm, Witches Falls Winery, or Tamborine Mountain Distillery (closed on Sundays).

Accommodation: Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Koala in Eucalypt Forest
Koala in Eucalypt Forest

Day 7: Brisbane - Cairns - Port Douglas

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

Board a flight in Brisbane with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 25 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

Transfer between Cairns airport and the beautiful town of Port Douglas with private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique

Peninsula Boutique Hotel is an oasis of tropic luxury, perfectly located in Port Douglas overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea in quiet seclusion. No traffic noise and only a short stroll to Port’s Village with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options. An oasis featuring tiered heated pools, a submersed grotto, and a Jacuzzi spa, enjoy a tranquil setting while relaxing on the sun lounges or on your suite’s large private balcony. The hotel’s popular restaurant, Hi Tide, continues with beautiful views over the Coral Sea. 

Day 8: Port Douglas

Sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs. Enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains. Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkeling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer. Premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including encounters with turtles and an amazing display of giant clam gardens, beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish. Exploring the white sands of the coral cays will relax the mind. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquility and swim in turquoise clear waters. A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees, supplied by local plantations, will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation. Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect sailing and snorkeling adventure for a conservation-minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure. Discerning guests can fully enjoy an inspiring full day adventure using wind power to the stunning cays on the Great Barrier Reef in the most environmentally way! Please note: An environmental management charge of $6.50 (subject to change) must be paid on board. This sailing operates with a maximum of 33 guests.

Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sailaway Vessel near Port Douglas
Sailaway Vessel near Port Douglas
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Port Douglas
Port Douglas

Day 9: Port Douglas

Arriving on the northern side of the river, enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. The journey takes you up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through rainforest and on to the first stop deep in the rainforest at the Jindalba boardwalk. You will also learn about the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers with numerous waterfalls. Next stop is at the magical Cape Tribulation beach; here your will experience the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Lunch is a special treat today, deep under the rainforest canopy. Enjoy a delicious lunch of tropical rainforest-inspired local produce. Then you have the opportunity for a private rainforest walk, where you may possibly spot rainforest lizards, birds, butterflies and perhaps even marsupials. This is also your opportunity to immerse yourself in the fresh, clear, rainforest creek. After lunch you will get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe's tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees the orchid is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. The sole purpose for the fruit grown at this orchard is to make pure, fresh, ice cream which is made on the property and sold nowhere else on the globe. For all those ice cream lovers this is your chance to add to your list of flavors (optional extra). The last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you'll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas. The final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and on to your home-ward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening. The tour includes hotel pick up/drop off, departs between 6:45 am and 8:15 am and returns between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The size of this small group tour may vary between two and 12 passengers.

Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alexandra Range Lookout
Alexandra Range Lookout

Day 10: Port Douglas - Cairns - Darwin

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

You will be picked up from your Port Douglas Hotel and taken by private car to Cairns City or airport.

Board a flight in Cairns with service to Darwin. Approximate flight duration is four hours and 45 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

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

Accommodation: Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. This stylish Darwin hotel is moments from Bicentennial Park, downtown and the Darwin Convention Centre. Access to the hotel is easy - Darwin International Airport is a 15 minute drive away and the hotel is also near the Stuart Highway. Unwind in a spacious guest room or suite with modern, comforting amenities. Admire the local artwork adorning the walls, keep in touch with WiFi (fees apply) and get to work at the ergonomic workstation. Upgrade to an Executive room to enjoy free Executive Lounge access, where you can enjoy stunning harbor views, complimentary continental breakfast, canapés and drinks, complimentary WiFi and more.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Darwin
Darwin
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hilton Darwin
Hilton Darwin

Day 11: Darwin

Kakadu National Park is a timeless place – a landscape of exceptional beauty and diversity. Mangrove fringed coastal areas blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between open woodland and forest habitats. Teeming with wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air, there are many species, which provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else. The land takes on different forms and different colors with the passing of each season. Your adventure begins as you travel across Adelaide River and the Marrakai Plains, then deep into Kakadu National Park. Here, you’ll visit the Warradjan Cultural Center and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu, then join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After a lunch stop at Nourlangie Rock, your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, before returning to Darwin.

Accommodation: Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park

Day 12: Darwin

Just 38 miles from Darwin one can find Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles including the famed Jumping Crocodiles. Join a shared tour in the afternoon and travel down the Stuart Highway to Adelaide River, enjoying commentary about the outskirts of Darwin along the way. Cruise the river as these awesome, prehistoric creatures launch themselves out of the water, frenzied by the opportunity to feed. Afterwards continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for view over the Marrakai Plains and then visit the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to view a pristine wetland ecosystem where reptiles and birdlife thrive. After seeing Jumping Crocodiles up close and touring the nearby wetlands, you’ll be returned to Darwin.

Accommodation: Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jumping Crocodile
Jumping Crocodile

Day 13: Darwin - Ayers Rock

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

Board a flight in Darwin with service to Ayers Rock, connecting via Alice Springs. Approximate flight duration is seven hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

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.

Join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia on this small group tour. Begin by traveling to the entrance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then marvel as the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes in a matter of minutes. During your first stop you’ll visit an area that affords an outstanding view to snap a few photographs, and then - with Uluru looming in front of you – your guide will start the journey toward the base of the formation. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility, surrendering yourself to awe as the sheer size of the monolith comes into focus, then drive around the base of Uluru to reach the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the fabled creation stories of Liru and Kuniya, as well as a number of other legends associated with prominent tjukurpa stories (or dreaming stories). See firsthand the rock art of the ancients while learning 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 as a backdrop. Following your sunset experience, you will be transferred back to your accommodations.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens

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 and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. 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 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. 

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel

Day 14: Ayers Rock

Before dawn, depart from your accommodations and travel to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then make the journey through the desert landscape to the indomitable rock formation to revel in the early morning serenity of Kata Tjuta. With the morning sun on the rise, you’ll pause at an excellent vantage point to set your sights on the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta while the desert comes to life, and later relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on the western flank of the domes. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named after the wind that whistles between the massive domes and has shaped Kata Tjuta over thousands of years, your guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site and then grant time for you to saunter between mighty rock walls as you learn how the region and its famed geologic formations have evolved over millions of years. Wrapping up the experience, you will be returned to your accommodation in Ayers Rock. Please note: Departure is between 4:45 and 6:15 am, depending on the time of year. Group size may vary between two and 11 passengers.

Dine under the canopy of the desert night while a storyteller shares tales long foretold in the stars during this, the Sounds of Silence dinner. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, the Sounds of Silence dining experience offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. The experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the striking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture as you take in a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. With sounds of a didgeridoo dancing in the air, attentive staff will keep your glass full with a selection of Australian wine and beer as the first course is served. With the night sky twinkling to life, feast on a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi, and quandong. You appetite sated, 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 in the exceptional clarity of Uluru. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee. Please note: Each table seats eight to 10 guests, and the program hosts up to 10 tables for a maximum of 100 guests. Please reconfirm your pick-up time with hotel reception upon arrival to your hotel.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner

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.

Board a flight in Ayers Rock with service to Melbourne, connecting via Alice Springs. Approximate flight duration is five hours and 20 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately. 

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne's domestic airport alongside a professional driver.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)

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 this world-famous city has to offer. With a concept that evokes a true sense of home-away-from-home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen found in hotel properties. 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.? 

Day 16: Melbourne

Snaking through the heart of the city, Melburnians like to gently rib one another over which side of the Yarra River they live on. The sepia-colored Yarra is one of the stars of this private tour, but before you take to water, first celebrate the city’s unique laneway culture. Teeming with incredible hole-in-the-wall cafes manned by passionate baristas, the street-art daubed thoroughfares also host boutique galleries and designer stores showcasing local creations. Climb to a rooftop bar for a close-up look at the city’s glittering towers. Once you step on board your luxury private cruise, sit back and dig into a charcuterie and cheese board with a glass of Australian sparkling wine as you glide along the Yarra, marveling at that magnificent skyline from a very different angle, with Federation Square, the MCG, and the Royal Botanic Gardens as your dramatic backdrop.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Melbourne at Sunset
Melbourne at Sunset
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Melbourne
Melbourne

Day 17: Melbourne

Travel to Phillip Island and enjoy a day of amazing views and intimate experiences on a privately guided tour that focuses on the environment and the protection of wildlife. Visit the Moonlit Sanctuary and explore a park teeming with exotic animals including the red bellied pademelon, southern hairy-nosed wombat, bush stone-curlew and the barking owl, as well as Australian staples such as kangaroos, koalas and dingoes. Pictures are permitted in the sanctuary, and guests can also expect to interact with many of the animals. Enjoy dinner in the lovely seaside town of Cowes and observe little penguins from the Penguin Plus viewing platform (photography is not allowed at the Penguin Plus platform, as flash photography damages the eyes of penguins). Please bring warm clothing. 

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room)
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Penguin

Day 18: Melbourne

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Melbourne's international airport alongside a professional driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Trip Terms & Conditions

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

Grace Hotel Sydney : 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.

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Grace Hotel Sydney
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Lobby

Novotel Brisbane (B) (Standard Room): Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane offers 296 contemporary guest rooms and suites with comprehensive conference and leisure facilities in the heart of Brisbane. Located next to Central Station and the CBD, Queen Street Mall and the Riverside boardwalk, Novotel Brisbane is one of Queensland’s more popular and stylish hotels. Leisure guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the outdoor lap pool, followed by a cool drink at the poolside deck or a rigorous work out in the gymnasium.

Peninsula Boutique : Port Douglas

Peninsula Boutique Hotel is an oasis of tropic luxury, perfectly located in Port Douglas overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea in quiet seclusion. No traffic noise and only a short stroll to Port’s Village with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options. An oasis featuring tiered heated pools, a submersed grotto, and a Jacuzzi spa, enjoy a tranquil setting while relaxing on the sun lounges or on your suite’s large private balcony. The hotel’s popular restaurant, Hi Tide, continues with beautiful views over the Coral Sea. 

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Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Hilton Darwin (B) (Guest Room): Darwin

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. This stylish Darwin hotel is moments from Bicentennial Park, downtown and the Darwin Convention Centre. Access to the hotel is easy - Darwin International Airport is a 15 minute drive away and the hotel is also near the Stuart Highway. Unwind in a spacious guest room or suite with modern, comforting amenities. Admire the local artwork adorning the walls, keep in touch with WiFi (fees apply) and get to work at the ergonomic workstation. Upgrade to an Executive room to enjoy free Executive Lounge access, where you can enjoy stunning harbor views, complimentary continental breakfast, canapés and drinks, complimentary WiFi and more.

Desert Gardens : 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 and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. 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 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. 

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Desert Garden Hotel
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Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

Hotel Lindrum (B) (Studio Room): 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 this world-famous city has to offer. With a concept that evokes a true sense of home-away-from-home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen found in hotel properties. 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.? 

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Mona Y — June 14, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Rehana was wonderful. Her recommendations were all top notch and made me realize how well she knew Australia. Everything ran like clockwork and that allowed us to make the most of what was actually a short time in Australia. She was also very patient with my many questions and gave me alternatives when I asked. It is the third time that we've used Kensington Tours and I can't imagine using anyone else. We've never been disappointed.

  • Curtis L — March 21, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Kerry Brown was an exceptional travel consultant throughout the entire planning phase as well as a responsive resource as we encountered a few challenges while travelling. Her personal interest in our comfort, convenience, and pleasure made our trip an unforgettable experience. We will definitely consider using Kensington for international travel.

  • Ellen M — February 12, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Wonderful trip, tailored to our exact needs and wishes, quality hotels, tours, experiences. Very satisfied, the best part of our trip was through Kensington.

  • Holly T — April 17, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha was amazing and the trip was wonderful and enchanting! Guides were amazing and super knowledgeable. Special shout out to Kenn Holmes (Brisbane) who not only provided an amazing tour of the Australian Zoo but went above and beyond to look for medical care for me for an ear infection during our day together. He was amazing!

  • Susan S — June 05, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip to New Zealand was a special occasion in that I was celebrating my 70th birthday. Our itinerary was jam-packed as we were visiting both the North and South Islands, that included 6 cities and 4 national parks. Kensington Tours truly did an outstanding job arranging for our transportation, hotels and tour guides. They far exceeded my expectations.

  • Jennifer B — February 19, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    We felt like rock stars on this trip! Everything was so well arranged and of high quality. The guides were all excellent and even the drivers to and from the airports provided a mini-tour during the transport. Many thanks for Jennifer May for accommodating our preferences of activities and hotels and making this all possible.

  • Jennifer U. — September 30, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    We had run into a snag on our trip. When we could not resolve this on our own we reached out to the after-hours contact at Kensington and between her and our original trip organizer, the issue was resolved for us promptly. It let us enjoy the rest of our trip without the stress of having to deal with the issue on our own. Peace of mind is priceless.

  • Ronald J. — August 13, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Ashwarya, my Destination Expert, was on top of everything and answered all my questions.

  • Joshua J. — July 24, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    I am always thrilled with Kensington and their experts.

  • Emily D. — June 22, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee, our Destination Expert, put together a great trip for our family. She listened to what our priorities were and designed a trip within our budget.

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.

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