AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHTS

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

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Picture Australia: the Coral Sea’s turquoise, the intense rainforest green, powdery white sand, the Red Centre’s ochre soil. These are your palette on this Melbourne to Sydney tour, spanning glittering cities and the outback, World Heritage Sites – Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Great Barrier Reef – and exclusive experiences. Whether Melbourne’s cafes or a barbeque, food is a focus, because this is Australia; eating well is in our DNA.

INCLUSIONS

  • 12-night accommodation in double occupancy
  • Return airport transfers
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • English speaking experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners, 1 Be My Guest Dinner
  • Visits and sightseeing as per itinerary

Not included · International/domestic flights and airport taxes · Pre-night in Sydney · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers · Optional excursions · Beverages unless noted in the itinerary · Any other services not specified above

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DAY 1 MELBOURNE

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting! (D)

Accommodation: Melbourne for 3 nights

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DAY 2 MELBOURNE

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well-known food and culture. (B)

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DAY 3 MELBOURNE

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries. (B)

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DAY 4 MELBOURNE · ALICE SPRINGS

Today you fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs. On arrival visit School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the historic Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn about this facility and why it is considered the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. This evening Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon invite you to ‘Be My Guest’ for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember! (B/D)

Accommodation: Alice Springs for 1 night

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DAY 5 ALCIE SPRINGS · ULURU

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying canapés and wine. (B)

Accommodation: Uluru for 2 nights

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DAY 6 ULURU & KATA TJUTA

This morning view the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles. (B)

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DAY 7 ULURU · CAIRNS

Rise early to experience the ethereal Field of Light art installation. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light. As the sun rises, join your fellow travellers on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awakening over Uluru. Meet an Indigenous artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon board your flight to tropical Cairns. (B)

Accommodation: Cairns for 3 nights

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DAY 8 CAIRNS

Today is free for you to do as you choose! Maybe visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You may choose to travel to Kuranda on the historic scenic railway or just sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. (B)

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DAY 9 CAIRNS · GREAT BARRIER REEF· CAIRNS

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront. (B/L/D)

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DAY 10 CAIRNS · SYDNEY

This afternoon fly to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Sydney for 3 nights

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DAY 11 SYDNEY

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Zoo to see some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. This evening spends some time getting to know this spectacular city with your hotel located at Circular Quay. (B)

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DAY 12 SYDNEY

A day of sightseeing around this spectacular harbour city awaits! Discover Sydney’s famous Eastern Suburbs and wiggle your toes in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Next, return to the city for a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House before taking to the water on an all-inclusive lunch cruise. Sail around the glistening harbour while you savour a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tonight we say farewell to Sydney from under the sails the Sydney Opera House while we dine together at Portside restaurant. (B/L/D)

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DAY 13 SYDNEY

This morning you say goodbye to Australia when your trip comes to an end after breakfast. (B)

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