Highlights of Australia
On this all-encompassing journey around the Land of Oz you’ll experience all the highlights of Australia, hitting Melbourne, Uluru, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney – a full circle for a one-of-a kind Aussie adventure. Culture is what makes Melbourne unique; spend your time sampling restaurants, checking out galleries or experiencing a local sports game. Next you’re off to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Here you’ll watch the sunset over Uluru, Australia’s icon of the Outback, and listen to the “sounds of silence” while enjoying a traditional meal set under the stars. Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are next on deck. A full day excursion to this expansive reef complex allows for snorkeling or diving for the water enthusiasts or just a relaxed day filled with fun in the sun. You’ll wrap up your journey with a train ride through Kuranda, a hot air ballooning adventure and a few days in the famed city of Sydney. A perfect trip for a full sampling of Australia, Highlights of Australia has it all!
Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Cultural
Day By Day
Day 1 – Welcome to Melbourne, Australia
Upon arrival into Melbourne, you will need to clear customs and immigration, before making your way into the main arrivals hall.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 2 – Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local cafe you were told of, then ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included. The walk is around 2km (a little over a mile) with a few stairs along the way, therefore please wear comfortable shoes.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 3 – At leisure, Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (after Sydney), but it is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and sport. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, the city itself is laid out in a large rectangle. She boasts a lively, cosmopolitan pulse, sitting on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about three miles from the bay. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar. Melbourne is renowned for playing host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized events each year, including the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the ever-impressive two-mile horse race, The Melbourne Cup. This is a major event that spreads an addictive buzz through the city streets. You can be sure that locals and visitors alike will embrace the energy surrounding it.
Explore the famous lane-ways and arcades of the city, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, cruise along the Yarra River, or head out to one of the many beautiful beaches just outside of the city. Go in search of the unique Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos and the Little Penguins, and see them in the wild just an hour or two outside Melbourne. Explore one of the premier wine regions in Australia exporting wines to the U.S. to find your Yarra Valley blend. It is the closest wine region to any major Australian city, just an hour out of the city, but worlds away from the bustling streets of Melbourne.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 4 – Travel to Ayers Rock & Uluru & Sunset Tour
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Melbourne Airport.Uluru & Sunset Tour
Departing your accommodation at Yulara resort, today's excursion will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point, it is only a matter of minutes before the spectre of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence - the first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front, walk with your guide to a place of tranquility at the base. The closer you wander, the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. Driving around the base, immerse yourself in the area. Stops are made for a short walk into Mutitjulu Waterhole. There, you will visit rock-art sites and the local waterhole with your guide to learn of Uluru's significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal people). As you continue the drive around the rest of the base, experience the Mala walk before adjourning to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe a sunset from a different perspective over Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the distance. Enjoy sparkling wine and light refreshments. You will return to your accommodations at Yulara Resort. The tour duration is around 5 hours, and you will be travelling in a small group of up to just 12 people. It is recommended you wear covered shoes and bring bottled water, fly nets, sunscreen and a brimmed hat.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & Uluru and Sunset TourKata Tjuta Sunrise Tour
Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. Learn about this diverse environment while walking between the mighty conglomerate rock walls and into Walpa Gorge. Hear how the many domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.A Night at Field of Light
A night at Field of Light combines the award-winning 'Sounds of Silence' buffet BBQ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation. With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a special three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines & beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your 'A Night at Field of Light' experience is complete.
Your evening begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. As the sun sets on the horizon to the music of a lone didgeridoo, enjoy gourmet canapés and chilled sparkling wine. As darkness falls and the colored lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently come to life, join your table of fellow travelers for an exceptional three-course menu infused with bush tucker flavors. As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky.
The host will provide insights to the art installation that awaits you, before you're invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light, its pathways glistening softly with rhythms of colored light, beckoning you to explore. Take a lasting look back at Field of Light from the dune top viewing area before boarding the return transfer to your accommodations.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Travel to Cairns
Takeoff to Cairns and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Michaelmas Cay Reef Excursion
Depart Cairns wharf on board the 'Ocean Spirit,' a luxury 105-foot sailing vessel - the largest of her kind in the world. Sail to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year-round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. Its spectacular coral reef, which thrives in the ideal conditions of clear, shallow, sunlit water, is home to a variety of marine life, including giant clams and brilliant fish. Because Michaelmas Cay is a National Park, the fish are so tame you can feed them from the beach and birds know they are safe to wander among you with their chicks. Lunch is a tropical smorgasbord, and morning and afternoon teas are also available on board.
Spend four hours at the reef with time for a variety of activities. You may wish to do an introductory scuba dive with a qualified instructor, or just laze on the beach. Enjoy a leisurely sail back to Cairns and afternoon tea; you'll arrive back at the wharf late afternoon.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Daintree Dreaming - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing
Experience the region's rich Aboriginal history and culture on this exclusive journey from coast to rainforest.
Travel along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives as you head north of Port Douglas to Cooya Beach (Kuku Kuku). This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people and has three diverse ecosystems - beaches, mangroves and coastal reefs. Join a member of the Kubirri Warra clan on their daily journey through these ecosystems to spear and gather food for their family. You will be introduced to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques that have been passed down through generations and are still used today by their people.
Next, travel to the Mossman Gorge Centre where you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by the Aboriginal people with a specialized cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. Enjoy lunch in the café before embarking on the Rainforest Walk. Wander through the lush rainforest of Manjal Dimbi (Mossman Gorge); home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. Experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests with your Adventure North Australia Aboriginal guide. Enjoy an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges that protect the delicate ecosystem and learn about the Kuku Yalanji’s people’s special relationship with this environment. Return to the vehicle for your transfer back to your accommodation after a unique day of cultural discovery.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Travel to Sydney
Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Blue Mountains Day Tour
Experience the thrill of walking on air with a see-through glass floor, showing views of the valley 200 meters below. Dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world with an incline of 52 degrees; the Mountain Devil is suitable for people of all ages. After a stroll through the ancient rainforest, perhaps ride the Scenic Cableway, which is Australia's steepest cable car. See spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley.
Enjoy Scenic World where the guides provide an intimate look into an unspoiled valley of natural wildlife. Afterward, the tour heads to Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters where the blue haze of the eucalyptus forest paints a beautiful backdrop. Listen to the Dream Time Stories and immerse yourself in the raw magic of the Blue Mountains.
On the return journey to Sydney, venture to the suburb of Doonside to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's ultimate wildlife experience. The award-winning Park has the world's largest collection of Australian native animals. Get up close to a koala or feed the baby wallabies. There are also emus, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and crocodiles.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Story of Sydney Tour & Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise Story of Sydney Tour
Ultimately Sydney invites you to experience the 'Story of Sydney.' You will take away lasting memories of stunning beauty, fascinating culture and a variety of wonderful attractions. Traveling in a small group, 'The Story' promises to acquaint you with Australia's most vibrant city beginning with her birth place, The Rocks. Discover how culturally intact the region remains today. The Story of Sydney is the ultimate way to orient yourself in Sydney. The itinerary includes 'must-see' attractions, from the Opera House to Bondi Beach; but there are also many of the local's favorite hidden gems. 'The Story' really brings the city to life as your guide introduces you to Sydney's unique culture, contemporary lifestyle and fascinating history while you tour the city's diverse villages, fashionable shopping strips, beautiful beaches and buzzing dining precincts. All this is seen through the eyes of a Sydney-sider.Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers, including swimming and fishing - or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Depart Sydney
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Sydney International Airport.
|Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.|
|4/1/2022 - 5/31/2022||$3,190|
|6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$3,265|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$3,340|
|12/1/2022 - 1/31/2023||$3,190|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$3,265|
|4/1/2022 - 5/31/2022||$4,805|
|6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$4,950|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$5,100|
|12/1/2022 - 1/31/2023||$4,805|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$4,950|
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