City and Outback Escape
Spend time in Australia’s two most populous cities—the unshakably iconic Sydney and the proudly laissez-faire vibe of Melbourne—each with their own surprises—high fashion, movie-set settings, fabulous food and wine scenes to name but a few. From city to sand, escape to the heart of the outback and the beloved Red Centre. Here, a visit to Uluru will surely stir the soul with its intangible magic and rich, cultural significance to the Aboriginal people of Australia.
Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Cultural
Day By Day
Day 1 – Arrive in Melbourne
Welcome to Melbourne. Collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration and then proceed outside the Customs hall where you will find your driver who will be waiting with a Swain Destinations sign or a sign with your last name. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 2 – Royal Botanic Gardens - Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Located in the heart of Melbourne, the Royal Botanic Gardens are considered among the world's finest gardens. A tranquil oasis of beautiful plants and stunning landscapes, it extends over 38 hectares, displays more than 50,000 individual plants representing over 8,500 different species from every part of the globe. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk is 90-minutes in duration. Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous Guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine. Included in your tour is an herbal tea.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 3 – Phillip Island With Ranger Tour
This Phillip Island Tour is full of new experiences and dramatic views. The attractions visited have a particular focus on the protection of wildlife and conservation, local history and breathtaking scenery. The first port of call is Churchill Island to visit the historic working farm that gives a glimpse into a day in the lives of the first settlers on this remote island. A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre guarantees a close-up encounter with these furry little fellas in their natural habitat. We often see wallabies and echidnas in the wild at the center as well. A stop is made at the boardwalk to view The Nobbies. There, you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and maybe spot a few penguin nests. In summer months only, a stop is also made in Cowes for a stroll along the pier and time for dinner (own expense - not included). Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, or have a coffee before joining your ranger guide for an informative journey through the penguin colony - you'll enjoy the commentary via a personal headset. Take your seat in the beachfront viewing stand, or if conditions allow, right on the sand. Either way you'll have superb viewing of the penguins emerging from the water and crossing the beach. Use the supplied binoculars to try and spot the penguins gathering in the water before they make their way across the beach to their burrows.Starting Accommodation:
Crown Promenade Melbourne
Day 4 – Melbourne at Leisure
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 5 – Travel to Ayers Rock & Sounds of Silence Dinner
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Melbourne Airport.
All flights into Ayers Rock are met by a courtesy shuttle, which will transfer you from the airport to your property.
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into 4 magical hours. Enjoy an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A path takes you to an uninterrupted 360-degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you is the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here, you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets, you feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Examples include barramundi, kangaroo, emu and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts - all complemented by some of Australia's finest wines. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing as our star talker takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savor a special treat of hot mulled wine. This evening's excursion includes transfers, pre-dinner drinks (local beer, wine and soft drinks), canapes, BBQ buffet dinner, dessert, tea, coffee and port. Note: As a popular dining experience, Sounds of Silence may be hosted at up to three different sites each night. While guests enjoy dune-top sunset drinks and canapes with breathtaking views of Uluru at all three sites, after the sun sets and guests make their way to their dining area, Uluru may not be seen.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & Uluru & Sunset Tour
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee has been included with your tour today. Once issued, the ticket is valid for three consecutive days so carry it with you for all touring into the National Parks.
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. The tour ends at to your accommodations at Yulara Resort. Duration of the tour is around 5 hours, and it is limited to a small group of up to 12 people. It is recommended you wear comfortable, covered shoes as the walk is over uneven and rocky ground. Bring bottled water, sunscreen and a brimmed hat (fly nets are highly recommended)!
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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Travel to to Sydney
Refer to your hotel for the scheduled departure times of the courtesy shuttle to the airport.
Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.
Welcome to Sydney. Upon arrival, walk towards the baggage area to meet your driver who will be waiting. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodations.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour & Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. This tour experience is Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. The tour is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share their cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal People lived in the area.
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 9 – Sydney at Leisure
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.
It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.
There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Sydney at Leisure
The Bondi to Coogee walk features six beaches and a number of coves and bays. Most visitors to the coastal walk start either at Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach. If you don't feel like walking the full distance you can walk just a section and take public transport to or from Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly.
A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for almost 4 miles (6 kilometers) in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. Most beaches offer picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra have free electric barbecues. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a medium grade walk but there are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There are rest stops with great views and seating along the Bondi to Coogee walk. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Depart Sydney
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Sydney International Airport.Starting Accommodation:
Package Level: Superior
|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||$5,015|
|6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$5,085|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$5,275|
|12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022||$5,200|
|1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023||$5,010|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$5,200|
|4/1/2022 - 5/31/2022||$6,295|
|6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022||$6,445|
|10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022||$6,825|
|12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022||$6,675|
|1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023||$6,295|
|2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023||$6,675|
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