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Down Under Discovery

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Price per person
from £6,474

Price based on
London Heathrow
20th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book before 31 October and secure your 2019 Long Haul holiday for just £99pp. 

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  • 23 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Australia and New Zealand—two countries with breathtaking and unique scenery, as well as vibrant cities. On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see Australia’s and New Zealand’s scenic highlights and most popular cities, including Auckland, Queenstown, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney.

Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colours. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a watercraft tour! Similarly, photos do not adequately depict the magnificence and amazing size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Outback. You must stand before it to get a true perspective of its size and to see the changing colours of the rock at sunset. On this tour, you’ll have that opportunity and you’ll learn about Uluru’s significance to the Aboriginal people. In New Zealand, more breathtaking scenery awaits you at Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise on Milford Sound and witness the extraordinary beauty and sheer cliffs.

On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll also experience sophisticated, yet laid-back, cities. In Melbourne, soak up the city’s atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafés, and world-class dining. Globus has also arranged a fun experience for you here…lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sydney offers a spectacular harbour; the world-famous Opera House, which you’ll visit during your sightseeing tour; fabulous shopping; and cosmopolitan cuisine. Known for adventure, Queenstown is a marvellous city set in the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here, enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

From the sun-scorched desert of the Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef and from the smaller destinations in New Zealand to the cosmopolitan cities in Australia, this is a dream holiday!

At a glance

Auckland Sightseeing; welcome dinner atop Sky Tower

Waitomo Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Rotorua Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs; behind-the-scenes visit at the  Kiwi Encounter

Mount Cook Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

Queenstown Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola ride and dinner atop Bob’s Peak

Melbourne Sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

Alice Springs Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air and the Old Telegraph Station;  Outback barbecue; visit Standley Chasm

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock

Cairns Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; Koala Gardens with a souvenir photo

Sydney Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club;  lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; farewell dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Fiji extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Australia and New Zealand—two countries with breathtaking and unique scenery, as well as vibrant cities. On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll have an opportunity to see Australia’s and New Zealand’s scenic highlights and most popular cities, including Auckland, Queenstown, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney.

Words simply cannot describe the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colours. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a watercraft tour! Similarly, photos do not adequately depict the magnificence and amazing size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Outback. You must stand before it to get a true perspective of its size and to see the changing colours of the rock at sunset. On this tour, you’ll have that opportunity and you’ll learn about Uluru’s significance to the Aboriginal people. In New Zealand, more breathtaking scenery awaits you at Fiordland National Park, where you’ll cruise on Milford Sound and witness the extraordinary beauty and sheer cliffs.

On this Australia and New Zealand tour, you’ll also experience sophisticated, yet laid-back, cities. In Melbourne, soak up the city’s atmosphere and discover its boutiques, cafés, and world-class dining. Globus has also arranged a fun experience for you here…lunch aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sydney offers a spectacular harbour; the world-famous Opera House, which you’ll visit during your sightseeing tour; fabulous shopping; and cosmopolitan cuisine. Known for adventure, Queenstown is a marvellous city set in the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here, enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu.

From the sun-scorched desert of the Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef and from the smaller destinations in New Zealand to the cosmopolitan cities in Australia, this is a dream holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Depart UK

Days
1 - 2

Auckland, New Zealand

Day
3

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Kia Ora—welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Later attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner. Dinner this evening is at SKY TOWER, offering amazing 360-degree views of the city and harbour below.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Auckland

Day
4

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the “City of Sails.” See bustling Queen Street, the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of this vibrant city. You may want to visit the impressive Auckland Museum or visit the trendy boutiques and cafés on Chancery and High Streets. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Day
5

Depart Auckland and travel through the green pastoral region of Waikato to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. In the afternoon, continue over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER this evening, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua

Day
6

This morning, visit RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a visit behind the scenes at the KIWI ENCOUNTER to see each stage a kiwi chick goes through before being released into the national parks: incubation, hatching, and rearing. Kiwi Encounter is New Zealand’s largest and most successful Kiwi conservation center. Your visit here helps support the National Kiwi Trust. Then, visit the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rotorua - Christchhurch - Mount Cook

Day
7

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join a stargazing program this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mount Cook - Queenstown

Day
8

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTRE for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound

Day
9

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Queenstown

Day
10

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take a scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and breathtaking views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkable Mountains. Make sure to have your camera ready for fantastic photo opportunities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Queenstown - Melbourne, Australia

Day
11

This morning, board your flight across the Tasman Sea to Melbourne.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne

Day
12

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll soon discover the different architectural influences of this city as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Next, enjoy a unique lunch experience aboard the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Melbourne

Day
13

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley, or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Melbourne - Alice Springs

Day
14

Today, fly to the Outback where sightseeing includes a visit to the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to learn how education services are provided in remote regions. Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications. Tonight, a unique OUTBACK BARBECUE features typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
15

This morning, visit remarkable STANDLEY CHASM, a spectacular geologial and cultural icon. Learn the history of this land as well have the chance to walk “the Gap of Water,” a striking geological formation. Later, fly to the “Centre of Australia.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. There is time to take photos before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and the changing colours of the rock.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Uluru (Ayres Rock) - Cairns

Day
16

Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. For an even more amazing view of Uluru, perhaps take an optional aircraft ride. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Day
17

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cairns

Day
18

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns - Sydney

Day
19

This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorable. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your picture taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
20

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the historic North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Sydney

Day
21

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps join our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains for a wilderness experience or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sydney - UK

Day
22

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
23

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Nadi, Fiji

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the island. Visit the GARDEN OF THE SLEEPING GIANT to see a private collection of stunning tropical orchids and visit VISEISEI VILLAGE, where the Fijian people first landed centuries ago. Stop at the VUDA LOOKOUT, a tropical fruit farm perched on a cliff, where you’ll sample fruit and juice from the orchard. Visit a local market and explore the stalls selling fresh produce at NAMAKA MARKET; then stop at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple, SRI SIVA SUBRAMANIYA. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

A full day at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nadi

Your Fiji extension ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

Day 5 - The March 3 departure will overnight in nearby Twizel rather than at Mount Cook.

 

2019 departures

Note: Departure 4th Oct and 18th Oct, 2019 will be in Melbourne during the Australian Open, a tennis tournament held annually in Australia since 1905. Tickets are not included to the event but may be purchased in advance through the Australian Open website.

Note: Departure 8th March 2019 will be in Melbourne during the Australian Grand Prix, a race held annually in Australia since 1928. Tickets are not included to the event but may be purchased in advance through the Australian Grand Prix website.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Auckland - Skycity Hotel

This spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep! Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional amenities include a casino, spa services, and a fitness facility. This is a smoke-free property.

  • Location

    Corner Victoria & Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Rotorua - Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly hotel. Perhaps its most unique feature is that its heating is provided by harnessing the hotel's natural geothermal resource. The hotel's amenities include a heated pool, spa, two restaurants, a lounge, and room service.

  • Location

    1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Mount Cook - The Hermitage

A haven for adventurous travellers for more than a century, the world-renowned Hermitage Hotel in the heart of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a complete year-round alpine retreat.

  • Location

    Mount Cook National Park, Mount Cook, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Queenstown - Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Within a tranquil, garden setting, the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly, personal service and offers panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountain peaks. The resort is a short stroll from the town centre, and minutes from Queenstown's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. After a great day of sightseeing, relax at the Impressions Cocktail Bar and Impressions Restaurant with views over the lake and mountains or take a dip in the two spa pools. Wireless broadband internet access is available in all public areas (fee may apply).

  • Location

    Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Queenstown, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Melbourne - Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the contemporary Novotel Melbourne on Collins is perfectly positioned on stylish Collins Street. From streetside dining and Federation Square to shopping at Bourke Street Mall the hotel offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

  • Location

    270 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Alice Springs - Crowne Plaza Alice Springs

The modern Crowne Plaza Alice Springs is located at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges, in Australia's red centre. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, on-site restaurant and bar, and in-room dining.

  • Location

    93 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Desert Gardens Hotel

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

  • Location

    Yulara Drive Uluru, NT Australia

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Cairns - Pacific Hotel

The Pacific Hotel boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambience, befitting a bygone era - an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Ideal for visitors who wish to explore all the attractions Cairns has to offer with shopping and dining right at the hotel's front door.

  • Location

    Corner Esplanade & Spence Street Cairns, QLD Australia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Sydney - Swissotel Sydney

The Swissotel Sydney is surrounded by Sydney's most exclusive shopping centres, such as the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and iconic Westfield Sydney and is within walking distance to all of Sydney's famous landmarks and cultural attractions. Enjoy a seasonally inspired dinner menu at JPB or delight in a unique buffet high tea at Crossroads Bar. The hotel offers a wide choice of treatments at the Day Spa as well as a gym, heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

  • Location

    68 Market Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

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