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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 »

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Day
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
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Harbour Days Sailing Experience (with Lunch) (5hrs) - Driver/Boat
    • Shared Tour - Sydney Opera House Showcase Package - Guide/Opera-Carmen
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience (with Lunch, 10 hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 4 Sydney to Brisbane
    Sydney to Brisbane
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Sydney - Brisbane [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 6 Brisbane
    Brisbane
    • Shared Tour - Australia Zoo & Croc Express (8.5hrs) - Admission & Croc Express
  • Day 7 Brisbane to Cairns
    Brisbane to Cairns
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Brisbane - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 8 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch) (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 9 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Daintree & Cape Tribulation (with Lunch) (11.5hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 10 Cairns to Darwin
    Cairns to Darwin
    • At Leisure
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Darwin [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 11 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Shared Tour - Kakadu National Park (with Lunch, 12-13hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
  • Day 12 Darwin
    Darwin
    • Shared Tour - Jumping Crocs & Nature Explorer (5 hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • 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
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 14 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Sunset Tour (5hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • 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
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared Tour - Great Ocean Road with Lunch (12hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 17 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared Tour - Phillip Island Tour (8-9hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • 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. 

In the package, you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. 

From modern monuments to historic districts, 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: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, 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. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr 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.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney
Sydney
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

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: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Harbour Days Sailing Experience
Harbour Days Sailing Experience
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

Day 3: Sydney

Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and striking views, and today’s small group adventure will take you off the beaten track to visit several remote lookouts while detailing the history, flora and fauna of this impressive region. Departing from the city, travel to the Blue Mountains and make your first stop of the day at Euroka Clearing. Here, a range of birdlife as well as wild kangaroos are often spotted, so be sure to keep on the lookout as you explore the area and while your guide prepares a refreshing morning tea or coffee. From Euroka Clearing, ascend further into the Blue Mountains park system, stopping to take in the views from one of the fantastic outlooks over the Jamison Valley, then carry onward to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote point removed from the crowds to appreciate the famous Three Sisters. Snap a few keepsake photos while your guide discusses the legends behind this renowned rock formation, and then head toward the village of Blackheath and enjoy an included two-course lunch at Hydro Majestic (drinks not included). Following lunch, visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia; here, a magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 590 feet from the base of the cliff down to the valley below. Next you’ll travel to the western boundary of the park and descend into Hartley Vale to learn the history of this picturesque farmland valley that is also home to kangaroos, emus and a number of endemic bird species. Rounding out the day, visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens for a brief inspection of the flora which includes the ancient Wollemi Pine before being returned to your accommodations in Sydney.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

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 (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.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Brisbane
Brisbane
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Stamford Plaza
Stamford Plaza

Day 5: Brisbane

Get a taste of Brisbane’s history, vibrant CBD and cafe club culture on this half day private tour with vehicle and driver-guide. Visit the places and architecture that characterizes the capital city of Queensland including Story Bridge. Learn about the 19th century convict past of this fast growing cosmopolitan center set on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (5*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 9.00 a.m. and returns 5.30 p.m. The group size may vary between 2 and 100 passengers.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (5*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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. 

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cairns
Cairns
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 8: Cairns

Cruise in style to the Great Barrier Reef, the ideal way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving lessons, and a glass bottom boat tour alongside a friendly and professional crew. Enjoy the pristine Upolu Cay, a coral formation surrounded by dazzling crystal waters. A moving, changing system, the shape and size of the cay alters as the currents, wind and waves carve its form. A naturally occurring pontoon, the size, visibility and access to the cay is subject to a host of conditions; on certain days, fortunate guests will not only be able to spot the cay, but actually step foot on this incredible formation (please note, this cannot be guaranteed). Marvel at this natural wonder as part of a six hour cruise through the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying a scrumptious seafood lunch in tow. Experience the Wonder Wall, a magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. With an enthusiastic is committed to providing for your every need, a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef is yours to discover. Please note: The cruise is limited to 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 splendor 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 colors 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 6.50 a.m., returns at 6.30 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 16 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 (3*)

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.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Darwin
Darwin
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

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: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (3*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 (3*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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 11 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. Entrance fee to National Park is included. 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 11 participants per guide.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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*)

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. 

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  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*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Twelve Apostles
Twelve Apostles

Day 17: Melbourne

Discover Phillip Island’s unique nature experiences and dramatic landscapes. This small group tour will help to further the protection and conservation of the local fauna and flora. Drive south-east from Melbourne to reach Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where, you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas plus an array of colorful birds and reptiles. Your journey then heads to Phillip Island, the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the island, depending on the time of year, we will visit Woolamai beach to see surfers riding the waves. From here, visit the western corner of the island to enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, which is home to the largest colony of fur seals in Australia. During the daylight savings months, travel to the town of Cowes for a dinner at your leisure (not included). In the winter months, you can have something to eat at the Penguin Parade Visitor Center or wait for your early arrival back at your city hotel. Finally, a trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the  Penguin Parade. From the Visitor Center, have a coffee and meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform to see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. 

The tour departs between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. and returns between 8.30 and 11.30 p.m. The group size is limited to 11 passengers. 

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Little Penguins
Little Penguins

Day 18: Melbourne

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

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.
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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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, 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. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr 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.

Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Stamford Plaza (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.

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Stamford Plaza
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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. 

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Pacific Cairns

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (3*): 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.

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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.

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Desert Garden Hotel
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

Hotel Lindrum (4*): 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. 

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Hotel Lindrum
Australia Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Sheri S — March 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    The Kensington guides were the best guides with whom we have worked with. They were authentic and truly knowledgeable of every aspect of our trip. Renee, our destination expert, did an unparalleled job of bringing it all together, even with our last minute requests. Thank you for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

  • Lauren J. — January 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip was flawless! All of the operators and guides were knowledgeable and friendly!

  • Frank M — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    This is our 6th Tour with Kensington. Needless to say we love every tour that we took. Kerry Brown was a very wonderful agent who attended to every one of our requests with enthusiasm and dedication. We really "loved " her.

  • Jayshree R — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We enjoyed our tour very much!

  • Caren M — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Kensington Tours did a great job in setting up our itinerary for a trip to Australia. We were wowed by the Alamanda Resort hotel in Palm Cove, Queensland. We were also very impressed with all but one of the drivers who transported us. The company that led the trip out to the Great Barrier Reef was outstanding.

  • Mary S — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee Need was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable!

  • Leonard C — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Can't think of a trip where everything went so well. Every transfer, every tour, both hotels, exceeded expectations. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable people from Renee through all we met on the ground in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman.

  • Juliet G — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Colin Rowe was fabulous. He showed real concern for our comfort and was always there to answer our questions. He is very knowledgeable and a real asset to your organization. We would ask for him by name if we travel again. The meals were delightful, and the tour guides were not only well versed in the culture and surroundings, but offered delightful personal stories during the ride that enhanced our trip. Our accommodations were excellent - both the Four Points Sheraton in Perth and the Radisson Blu in Sydney were first class. Clean and very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful trip!

  • Arthur P — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    It was all we hoped for and more, fantastic experience.

  • Kathleen H — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. My family and I travelled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

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