Great Sights of Australia


  • 12 days

  • Australia

  • On the go pace

Tour : PG

New

From

£3,482 pp

Tour only

Based on 22nd Jul 2020

From

£5,029 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Join us for an amazing escorted tour of Australia and discover the great sights and locations from Brisbane to Sydney. You’ll visit the incredible Australia Zoo, “Home of the Crocodile Hunter.” Go behind-the-scenes in the zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, founded by Steve and Terri Irwin, and see the vets in action. In Cairns, glide above the rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore by snorkeling or from a glass-bottom boat. Spend two nights in Melbourne and three nights in Sydney to see all these dynamic cities have to offer.  

Highlights

BRISBANE Welcome dinner; orientation tour; Australia Zoo with visit and presentation at the Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital

CAIRNS Skyrail Rainforest Cableway; Great Barrier Reef Cruise with choice of activities

MELBOURNE Orientation tour

SYDNEY Sightseeing with an inside visit to the Sydney Opera House, followed by a panoramic lunch at the Opera House; farewell dinner

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.

Day
1

Welcome to Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland. Your hotel room is available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

BRISBANE. EXCURSION TO THE AUSTRALIA ZOO

Day
2

Start your day with an orientation tour of the city. See the mix of historical buildings and modern high-rises. Learn about the city’s convict past along with its modern cosmopolitan culture. Afterward, travel to the AUSTRALIA ZOO, “Home of the Crocodile Hunter.” See some of Australia’s famous wildlife. You can hand-feed kangaroos, pet a dingo, see the amazing saltwater crocodiles, and more. A special visit and presentation at the zoo's WILDLIFE HOSPITAL is included where you can observe the extraordinary team of vets as they save precious wildlife right in front of your eyes. Your included admission goes directly back to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Return to Brisbane where the evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BRISBANE

Day
3

A full day to explore more of vibrant Brisbane. You may wish to enjoy a scenic cruise on the Brisbane River, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, a large Ferris wheel overlooking the city, relax at Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner city man-made beach, or just enjoy a stroll on the city’s pedestrian street, Queen Street Mall, full of shops and restaurants. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BRISBANE–CAIRNS

Day
4

Depart Brisbane for Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Upon arrival, take the SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY and journey over the stunning UNESCO World-Heritage-listed rainforest. Enjoy beautiful views and learn about ancient plants and animals that existed long before dinosaurs roamed the earth and whose descendants can still be seen in the rainforest today. Tonight, you may want to visit the Cairns Night Markets, the perfect place to find a favorite souvenir or try some local fare.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

Day
5

The Great Barrier Reef was described by Sir David Attenborough as “The most magical place in the world.” Today is your chance to experience this stunning wonder and beauty for yourself. Your CRUISE to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, includes the option to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM-BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CAIRNS

Day
6

A full day to explore more of Cairns and this tropical paradise. Why not visit the Botanical Gardens, considered to have one of Australia’s best exhibitions of tropical plants, take an optional excursion to the Daintree Rainforest, one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the world or enjoy an evening at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park which tells the story of the world’s oldest living culture through performance, dance, food, and arts.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRNS–MELBOURNE.

Day
7

Touch down today in one of the Australia’s most well-known cities. Melbourne is home to a diverse culture, world-class shopping, art galleries, museums, coffee shops, vibrant street art, hidden laneways and more. Along with its beaches, parks, amazing restaurants, and near-flawless weather, it’s the perfect place to visit year round. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE

Day
8

Time today to explore more of this vibrant city. Why not take a trip to the top of the Eureka Skydeck for amazing views of the city below? You may also choose to venture to the breathtaking Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. Other options include a full-day trip to the Great Ocean Road to see fantastic scenery and the “Twelve Apostles”, or choose to venture to Phillip Island for the famous Penguin Parade.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MELBOURNE–SYDNEY.

Day
9

Fly to Sydney, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is home to first-class restaurants, grand shopping arcades, and top tourist attractions. On your sightseeing tour, travel to the famous Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS. The sandstone rock chair was carved by convicts in 1810 and is said to be where Mrs Macquarie would sit and watch the ships from Great Britain sail into the harbor. Next, visit to the famous SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an inside visit of its interior and theaters. Afterward, enjoy a panoramic lunch at one of the Opera House’s restaurants where you’ll enjoy great photo opportunities and sweeping views of the harbor and Harbour Bridge. Arrive at your centrally located hotel for a three-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SYDNEY

Day
10

Today is at leisure to explore all that Sydney has to offer. You may want to take an optional excursion to experience one of Sydney’s famous beaches, Bondi Beach, where your local surf instructor will give you a tour of the lifesaving club and teach you how to surf. You’ll enjoy a casual beachside lunch. You can also choose to see the city from a different view, from atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Enjoy amazing views of the harbor and city skyline below from this unique perspective. In the evening, you might walk to walk in the footsteps of Australia’s early convicts on The Rocks Pub Tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SYDNEY

Day
11

Another day for you to explore Sydney. You may wish to visit the elegant Queen Victoria Building with its three levels of fashion, jewelry, and gifts. Other options include visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales, strolling through the Royal Botanic Garden, taking a ferry to nearby Manly Beach, or enjoying delicious Asian food at one of the restaurants in Spice Alley. Tonight, join your Tour Director and traveling companions for a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SYDNEY.

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

2021 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2020. 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.>

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days Outback Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

THE OUTBACK (ULURU/AYERS ROCK).

Day
1

Today, fly from Sydney to the “Red Center” of Australia. Upon arrival, be transferred to your hotel for the next three nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THE OUTBACK (ULURU/AYERS ROCK).

Day
2

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to Walpa Gorge for a GUIDED WALK through Kata Tjuta. Later this afternoon, visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings, and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Finish the day at “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THE OUTBACK (ULURU/AYERS ROCK).

Day
3

A full day to experience more of this unique part of Australia. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. You can also choose to take in the grandeur of the Outback on a scenic helicopter flight or via Harley Davidson motorcycle. In the evening choose from an optional star-gazing program, as well as a special dinner under the stars.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THE OUTBACK (ULURU/AYERS ROCK).

Day
4

Transfer to Ayers Rock Connellan Airport where your tour ends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+5 days Ningaloo Reef Extension

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH).

Day
1

Today, fly from Sydney (via Perth) to Learmonth Airport in Western Australia. From here, be transferred to your resort located at the Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth) for a 3-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH). WHALE SHARK OR HUMPBACK WHALE EXCURSION.

Day
2

Today enjoy a once-in-a-life time opportunity to glide alongside WHALE SHARKS (April-June) or HUMPBACK WHALES (July-September). Swimming with one of these beautiful creatures is one of life’s most breathtaking experiences. Also be on the lookout for other playful creations like manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and tropical fish. Whale watchers are welcome onboard as well (those not wanting to snorkel). Return to Exmouth where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

NOTE: Both Whale Sharks and Humpback whales are wild creatures. Everything will be done to maximize the likelihood you will swim with a whale, but we cannot guarantee it. Since the whales will continually move, swimming is required to do the interaction. You will need to be a confident swimmer and be able to snorkel and swim freestyle. The whales are found in the open ocean so you may be swimming in currents and swells. If you do not wish to get in the water, you may remain on the boat and watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH).

Day
3

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Take a stroll on the beach or relax at your resort. You may wish to canoe, kayak, or snorkel more of the beautiful Ningaloo Reef on your own. You can also opt to take a guided gorge walk or cast a fishing rod in the nearby waters. Make sure to visit the town’s shops for a favorite souvenir and get your photo next to the town’s giant prawn statue. A must do!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH)–PERTH.

Day
4

Today, transfer to Learmonth Airport and fly to Perth, Western Australia’s capital city. A transfer is provided to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PERTH.

Day
5

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
+4 days Fiji Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch

NADI, FIJI–CORAL COAST.

Day
1

Fly to Fiji for three nights in this tropical paradise. Arrive in Nadi and transfer to your resort on the Coral Coast.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORAL COAST.

Day
2

This morning’s highlight is a half-day SIGATOKA RIVER SAFARI. Be transported into the heart and soul of Fiji, aboard a custom-built jet boat. Cruise your way up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real “Kaiviti” (Fijian). The remainder of your day is yours to explore the beautiful beaches or perhaps sample some local cuisine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

CORAL COAST.

Day
3

Today is at leisure. Make sure to check the daily activities offered at your resort. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, enjoy a Fijian handicraft demonstration, spend some time in the water with kayaks or paddleboards, or simply enjoy an amazing sunset with a cool drink.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CORAL COAST–NADI.

Day
4

Transfer from the Coral Coast to the Nadi International Airport today where your vacation ends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

Tour only

From

£3,482 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Headset

Tour with flights

From

£5,029 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Headset
  • All airport taxes

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