This incredible Journey through Australia’s highlights will take you though dazzling coastal cities, ...
... the dusty Red Centre, tropical rainforest and the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef. With all the icons covered, you’ll have plenty of time to meet the native wildlife, sample local wines and soak up all this spectacular country has to offer.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Explore the famous icons in the dazzling harbour city of Sydney
- Visit the spectacular Blue Mountains & taste local wines in Hunter Valley
- Get beneath the surface of Melbourne, a city that offers something to everyone
- Observe Australia’s spectacular wildlife, including the little penguins on Phillip Island
- Cruise one of the most iconic coastal drives in the world on the Great Ocean Road
- Explore the wonders of the Red Centre – from iconic Uluru to dramatic Kings Canyon
- Discover the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest in the world
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- All international & internal flights
- 18 nights in our best selling 4–5* hotels
- 1 night / 2 day Blue Mountains overnight experience
- 2 night / 3 day Kings Canyon & Uluru Explorer
- 11 days' car hire
- Hunter Valley Scenic Wine Tasting Day
- Phillip Island Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas day tour
- Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef day tour
- All airport transfers
Need to know+
- Arrives: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
- Time difference: GMT+11
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: Around 22 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts
Fly from UK to Sydney
Touchdown in Sydney and the city is yours to explore. From the iconic sights of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to the laid-back vibe of its beautiful beaches – soak up all this fantastic city has to offer. Check out the city's iconic Bondi Beach, a vibrant suburb chuck-full of restaurants and bars, or take the ferry north to beautiful Manly Beach. You can also find plenty of attractions within the city's stunning harbour, it's peaceful parks, and the historic Rocks district.
During your stay in Sydney, visit the famous Hunter Valley Wine Region on your included day experience. Excite your senses and tantalise your taste buds as you spend a day tasting award-winning regional foods and wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn the process of winemaking, stroll through the vineyards and soak up the views of the beautiful New South Wales countryside.Return to Sydney for the night
Your journey includes a Blue Mountains overnight experience – this tranquil World Heritage site is just over an hour from Sydney, but you’ll feel a million miles away. Blue-tinged mist rises from a carpet of eucalyptus trees, which drape the dramatic mountains and canyon-tops. This otherworldly mist is what gives the area its name. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel to the heart of the Blue Mountains region – spot Australian wildlife in Featherdale Wildlife Park, enjoy panoramic views of the iconic Three Sisters and admire some of the incredible waterfalls of the area.
Return to Sydney for one more night in this electric city, before heading on with your Australian Journey.
Catch the short flight from Sydney to the laid-back city of Melbourne. This city oozes character and charm – from the elegant tree-lined boulevards and Victorian architecture to the chic shopping, buzzing laneway cafes and beautiful beaches; you’ll fall in love with the Melbourne vibe as soon as you arrive. Venture into the laneways and you’ll find beautiful boutiques, tiny cafes and hidden bars tucked away behind discreet doorways, or hire a bike to tour Melbourne’s inner-city neighbourhoods. Jump on the tram and head to the cosmopolitan St Kilda, a relaxed beachfront area of the city. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is one of the region’s must-visit destinations. Here you’ll find a huge range of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and koalas. With a day experience included in your Journey, you’ll get to experience it all. By day, you’ll get up close and personal with Australian wildlife at the Maru Animal Park, before making the pilgrimage to the Penguin Parade at dusk. Observe the little penguins as they emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.
Today, collect your hire car and hit the tarmac. Head west from Melbourne and follow the fabulous Great Ocean Road. Marvel at the icons of the Port Campbell National Park, including the famous Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Spend two days soaking up the sights of this fantastic region.
Back in Melbourne, jump on the tram to the relaxed beachside suburb of St Kilda, where you'll soak up the sun or take a cruise along the Yarra River. If you are looking for something more active, spend the day browsing the art galleries and Melbourne’s colourful street art, ascend Eureka Tower to the 88th floor for views over the city and beyond, and tuck into some gastronomic delights at one of Melbourne’s fantastic restaurants.
Today you’ll catch a flight to Alice Springs as you prepare for your next adventure in Australia’s Red Centre. Climb to the top of Anzac Hill for sweeping views over Alice Springs and the distant MacDonnell Range, before wandering through the Araluen Cultural Precinct where you can learn about Central Australian mythology, art and culture.
Get picked up and join your small group tour, which will take you to see the highlights of this region. Soak up the sights as you travel through the West MacDonnell and James ranges, before arriving at the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy the sunset over Kata Tjuta and a sunrise over the iconic Uluru, watching as the crimson hues of the red rock creates the illusion that it is changing colour. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the stunning Kings Canyon, enjoy an evening under the starry outback sky and see impressive Aboriginal Rock art. Soak up the magic of this region.
Fly to Cairns, collect your car hire and head for Port Douglas’ paradise beaches. This small seaside village is big on personality and, while you’re here, you can indulge in fabulous seafood in one of the fantastic restaurants and relax with a sundowner at one of the boardwalk cafés. This region is the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed sites exist together – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Spend a day exploring the world’s largest reef system on your inclusive Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef tour where you can swim, snorkel and dive over vibrant corals teeming with marine life.
Continue up the east coast to the Daintree Rainforest where you’ll explore the natural beauty of the oldest living rainforest on earth. Hike on one of the many trails through the forest, relax on Cape Tribulation beach – where the rainforest meets the reef – or take a boat ride down the Daintree River where you can spot wild crocodiles. After a long day exploring, retreat back to Silky Oaks, your luxury eco-lodge spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River. Enjoy a meal at the open-sided Treehouse Restaurant which is perched high above the surrounding rainforest and river and offers award-winning cuisine. What better way to end your complete Aussie adventure than to soak up the tranquil surrounds of the rainforest in cosy treehouse accommodation?
Depart Daintree Rainforest and return to the UK
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