Exploring Australia

Price per person
from £6,541

Price based on
London Heathrow
21st Nov 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 22 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • On the go pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Walk ancient trails, barbeque in the wilderness, discover native animals and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef as you venture from city, to nature reserve, to outback on this authentic Australian adventure.

At a glance


  • Melbourne Explore some of the city’s highlights on a guided sightseeing trip
  • Kangaroo Island Spot kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals at the world’s last unspoilt habitat
  • Ayers Rock Enjoy a traditional outback barbecue as you watch the sunset.
  • Ghan train Enjoy a world-famous rail journey through the heart of the outback
  • Nitmiluk National Park Explore the spectacular Katherine Gorge on a guided hike or boat tour
  • Kakadu National Park Walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at Nourlangie Rock

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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 VIP home pick-up service.

Overview

Walk ancient trails, barbeque in the wilderness, discover native animals and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef as you venture from city, to nature reserve, to outback on this authentic Australian adventure.

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Melbourne

Day
2

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

Meet your fellow travellers at the welcome dinner this evening.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Melbourne

Day
3

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 lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Then, a truly unique lunch experience on board 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
4

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 – Hobart

Day
5

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Hobart’s historic waterfront district followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hobart

Day
6

Tour the scenic Tasman Peninsula with its blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit Port Arthur, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. On a guided tour of the penal settlement, see the ruins of the penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Stop at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park to see the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hobart – Adelaide

Day
7

Today, fly via Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Adelaide - Kangaroo Island

Day
8

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by coach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, one of the world's last unspoiled habitats. Visit Seal Bay with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on remarkable rocks, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to Admirals Arch, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Adelaide – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
9

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Centre of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset and the changing colours as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience: an outback barbeque featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Day
10

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a tour around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendour of views of some 36 brilliant domes. This evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Alice Springs - Ghan Train

Day
11

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic Ghan Train, a highlight of your trip. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. NOTE: Plan to pack an overnight-bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ghan Train - Katherine – Darwin

Day
12

This morning, the train stops at Katherine with a visit to nearby Katherine Gorge. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic cruise in the gorge, a hike with a local indigenous guide, or a canoe excursion. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. NOTE: Off train included experiences are subject to change and you will be advised by your tour director once on tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Darwin – Kakadu National Park

Day
13

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for Kakadu National Park. Stop at Window on the Wetlands visitor centre and Bowali visitor centre to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. NOTE: During the wet season (December through to April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild at the Kakadu National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Darwin - Kakadu National Park.

Day
14

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. Cruise the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at Nourlangie Rock. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kakadu National Park – Darwin – Cairns

Day
15

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid Botanic Gardens and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the Art Gallery to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef

Day
16

Today board a catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cairns

Day
17

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
18

This morning, enjoy a special visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. Later, fly to Sydney.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
19

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 where you will have time to explore on your own. Later enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city's best views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sydney

Day
20

Enjoy a day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sydney - UK

Day
21

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK.

Day
22

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. 

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Melbourne: Novotel Melbourne on Collins;
  • Hobart: Wrest Point Hotel;
  • Adelaide:Majestic Roof Garden Hotel;
  • Uluru: Desert Gardens Hotel;
  • Ghan Train; Darwin: Hilton Darwin;
  • Kakadu National Park: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel;
  • Cairns: Pullman Cairns International;
  • Sydney: Sydney Harbour Marriott.

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