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Images of Australia

Images of Australia

Purpose: Adventure, Discovery, Culture
No. of days: 15 days - 14 nights
First & Last Cities: Adelaide, Sydney
Other cities: Kangaroo Island, Melbourne, Ayres Rock, Cairns
Starting cost: $3,315
 
Day 1: Adelaide
Welcome to Adelaide, Australia!  On arrival, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest and relax or start exploring Sydney on your own.
 
Day 2: Adelaide
Join a seat-in-coach tour with an expert commentary by local Driver/Guide.
South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a cosmopolitan city with a blend of European and modern architecture, offering a wealth of experiences including great food and wine, arts and culture, and world-class sporting events. This tour is an ideal introduction to see the best of Adelaide and learn more about its history on a friendly and relaxed morning tour. [B]
 
Day 3: Adelaide (Kangaroo Island Experience)
Discover the highlights of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination, Kangaroo Island. From Remarkable Rocks to playful fur seals, SeaLink guides will take you to the Kangaroo Island's natural highlights. Walk on the beach among a colony of rare and wild Australian Sea Lions with a National Parks Ranger. Head to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a two-course lunch. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour of the park will take you to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. Remarkable Rocks provides great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admiral's Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed fur seals. [B/L]
 
Day 4: Adelaide (Barossa & Hahndorf highlits)
This full day tour takes you to South Australia’s premium wine region, to sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines including the world-famous Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre and Saltram Wine Estate. Enjoy a sumptuous 2 course Lunch at the South Australian Company Store. Then wind your way through to the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement where you will have free time to explore the many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and produce. [B/L]
 
Day 5: Adelaide, Melbourne
Private departure transfer from your hotel to Adelaide airport. (Flight not included). Arrive Melbourne, private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Accommodation [B]
 
Day 6: Melbourne
Join a small group tour with driver-guide. Hear about Melbourne’s wonderful history, its famous buildings, and sensational shopping. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Grand Prix Track and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Port Phillip Bay. [B]
 
Day 7: Melbourne (Great Ocean Road Tour)
Join a small group tour with driver-guide. We will make plenty of stops along the way. There will be opportunities to spot some famous Australian animals, stop at a lighthouse and take in the wild scenery and breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. We will treat you to a light lunch and the chance to chat to your fellow travelers. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave. But alas, it’s time to return to Melbourne. [B/L]
 
Day 8: Melbourne, Ayers Rock
Private departure transfer from hotel to Melbourne airport. (Flight not included). Arrive Ayers Rock, transfer to the hotel by courtesy shuttle bus of the resort. Accommodation. Join the seat-in-coach Uluru Sunset tour. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Enjoy nibbles and a glass of wine as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of color for which Uluru is famous. Don't forget your camera! It is recommended to photograph Uluru every 5 minutes to really capture the gradual changes of the rock. Tour concludes approximately 30 minutes after sunset, at which time hotel drop offs will commence. [B]
 
Day 9: Ayers Rock, Cairns
Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the first rays of sunlight slowly change the color of Uluru. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge, where the trail follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formation. Transfer from hotel to Ayers Rock airport, using the courtesy shuttle bus of the resort (Flight not included) Arrive Cairns, private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Accommodation [B]
 
Day 10: Cairns (Great Barrier Reef Cruise)
Included today is a Cruise to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef. A low-lying vegetated sand cay encircle by a spectacular fringing reef, Michaelmas Cay is a National Park and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Be active and enjoy all the included activities. Inclusions: Morning and afternoon teas, tropical smorgasbord lunch, EMC, snorkel equipment, informative ecological presentations by qualified Marine Biologists and guided nature tours of the island and bird sanctuary. [B/L]
 
Day 11: Cairns (Kuranda)
Experience the contrast of the region’s oldest railway and the world’s most beautiful Cableway, knowing that we have taken care of all the details with our Kuranda Boarding Pass. Tjapukai is our first stop this morning and includes lunch. Then board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey over and through World Heritage protected rainforest, before some free time in Kuranda. Avoid the ticketing lines before boarding the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, our Kuranda. Boarding Pass ensures you will have preferential seating. [B/L]
 
Day 12: Cairns, Sydney
Private departure transfer from hotel to Cairns Airport. (Flight not included) Arrive Sydney, private transfer from airport to hotel. Accommodation. [B]
 
Day 13: Sydney
The Spectacular Sydney tour is a thorough introduction to Sydney and its neighbors. This tour combines both morning and afternoon tours to create a full day tour of Sydney sightseeing. In the morning, you will travel to Manly Beach for a wonderful stroll along The Corso to see the beach that has made Manly famous. Along the way to Manly, you will view Darling Harbor and then cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Stop at North Head Lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy your time at Manly beach before heading back to Sydney for your lunch cruise of Sydney Harbor aboard the prestigious MV Sydney 2000. Enjoy a fantastic buffet lunch and commentary. You will need to meet your Captain Cook lunch cruise vessel at 11.45am at Wharf 1, King St Wharf. Be sure to check in with the staff before taking off to enjoy your luncheon cruise. Once the Cruise has finished please head to meet your driver at Lime Street, King Street Wharf for the afternoon tour. You will tour through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. See the colorful Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to visit The Gap and enjoy stunning views. Stop at the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Join the coach for your return to Sydney, travelling through Paddington, the exclusive Eastern suburbs and Rushcutters Bay. [B]
 
Day 14: Sydney (Blue Mountains)
Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with an early morning interaction with Australia’s native animals. Get up close to a koala then have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and see wombats, dingos and native birds. A highlight of the day is a stop at Scenic World where you can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway, a great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and get another perspective of the Three Sisters. Take a walk along the Rainforest boardwalk and immerse yourself in nature from the valley floor. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a charming café in the heart of the Blue Mountains surrounded by locals then enjoy some free time discovering the unique mountain town of Leura with its quaint shops. Relax as you return to Sydney on board a river cruise and take in the surrounding harborside suburbs before arriving at Darling Harbor or Circular Quay. [B]
 
Day 15: Sydney, USA
Free time depending on your flight. At the appointed time you’’ be picked-up and transferred to Melbourne airport to board your flight back home. [B]
 
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch


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Tour includes
  • Private transfers as per itinerary unless otherwise specified
  • 14 nights’ accommodation:
    • Adelaide 4 nights
    • Melbourne 3 nights
    • Ayers Rock 1 night
    • Cairns 3 nights
    • Sydney 3 nights
  • Meals
    • Full Breakfast daily*
    • 4 lunches
  • Regular Seat-in-Coach touring with Driver/Guide
  • Cruises are non-private and without guide
  • Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park entry
  • Cairns: Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC)

*Breakfast on Day 3 will be a boxed breakfast due to tour departure time.

Not included in tour
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Taxes and fees related to air transportation
  • Excess luggage
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips to guides or drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary
 

Hotels in your Tour

City Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
Adelaide Majestic Roof Garden Classic 4.5
Melbourne Radisson on Flagstaff Standard 4.5
Ayers Rock Desert Gardens Standard Garden View 4
Cairns Double Tree by Hilton Cairns Deluxe 4
Sydney Vibe Hotel Sydney Guest 4

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season Double Single Triple
Dec '19 - Mar '20 $3,315 $4,919 $3,279
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Supplements and minimum stays apply during special event periods. Please see events table.
 
Tour Code: AU01ADE20TE