Australia Spectacular: Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns & Melbourne

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    13 days
    From: $ 8,463 $ 651 / day
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    Overview

    Highlights (Bullets)

    • Full-day Sydney City Tour with lunch
    • Blue Mountains Tour with lunch
    • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner
    • Catamaran Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef to Michaelmas Cay - includes snorkeling and lunch
    • Kuranda Rainforest Village tour with lunch
    • Half-day Melbourne City Tour w/ Eureka Skydeck
    • Full-day Great Ocean Road Tour with lunch

    Short Description

    Embark on the trip of a lifetime! This incredible escorted vacation package hits all of Australia's "must-see" sites, and includes a knowledgeable guide, transportation, and a few special meals. Dinner at a swanky Sydney restaurant with panoramic city views? Authentic BBQ under the stars in the Outback? Yes puh-lease. Your journey will begin in Sydney and complete in Melbourne, with tons of nature and wildlife in-between. Ready, set, adventure!

    Start off in sunny Sydney, home to the one and only Sydney Opera House. Enjoy a full-day Sydney City Tour, on which you'll enjoy lunch and see iconic sites like Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Bondi Beach. and much more. While in Sydney, you'll wine and dine at the glamorous 360 Bar & Dining restaurant, where you can take in postcard-worthy views while indulging in some seriously good food. From Sydney, enjoy an incredible tour to the stunning Blue Mountains, with special stops along the way!

    Take a quick flight to Ayers Rock, where you'll get a true Outback experience. Tour Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and feast your eyes on some of the most breathtaking sunrises, sunsets, and starry night skies you'll ever see. Keep up the natural beauty as you fly to Cairns, the gateway city to the Great Barrier Reef! During your stay in Cairns, you'll set sail on a catamaran cruise to Michaelmas Cay, where you'll be able to snorkel and take part in other fun activities. Back on land, embark on a tour to Kuranda Rainforest Village, where you'll get a taste for Aboriginal culture while immersing yourself in the fresh scents of the lush rainforest. 

    Your last stop will be the artsy-cool city of Melbourne. Lined with murals, unique shops, and cute cafes, the charming streets of Melbourne are begging to be explored. Get to know the city on a half-day tour, then explore on your own! Finish off your trip with a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road. Stay on the lookout for whales, dolphins, and bandicoots! Your camera is about to get a workout.

    Style Self-guided tour
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
    Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
    Start City Sydney
    End City Australia

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    Australia

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Welcome to Sydney!

    Welcome to the land down under! Upon arrival, enjoy a comfortable transfer to your first accommodation. Once you're all settled, head out and explore the beautiful city of Sydney on your own.

    Day 2 Sydney

    Recharge with breakfast, then get ready for an exciting day in Sydney! Your full-day tour will start at the stunning Botanical Gardens. Next, pass through Macquarie Street, where you'll see Australia's first Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, and St. Mary's Cathedral. Your tour continues onto Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, situated on the water's edge, where you will enjoy an unforgettable walking tour with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House!

    After a lovely lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, you'll continue on through Darling Point, one of Sydney's most upscale suburbs. Pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, and Watson's Bay before arriving at Sydney's most famous beach: Bondi Beach! Enjoy some time to soak up the sunny, vibrant atmosphere of this surfer's paradise. Treat yourself to a yummy ice cream, then board your vehicle and head back to your hotel.

    Day 3 Sydney

    After breakfast, embark on a day of beauty in the Blue Mountains! Join a knowledgeable guide for an unforgettable tour of this majestic site.

    Day 4 Sydney

    After an exciting few days, enjoy a day of leisure and relaxation. Explore Sydney at your own pace! Treat yourself to drinks and a meal at The Rocks, re-visit your favorite spots from your city tour, or lounge the day away on Bondi Beach. 

    Tonight, indulge in an included 3-course dinner at the 360 Bar & Dining Restaurant in the Sydney Tower! This lavish, glamorous restaurant offers delicious cuisine and panoramic views of the city. A true culinary experience! 

    Day 5 Sydney - Ayers Rock

    Today, say "see ya" to Sydney and fly to Ayers Rock! Enjoy comfortable airport transfers along the way.

    Upon arrival in Ayers Rock, check-in to your hotel and get settled. This evening, you'll be treated to a unique "Sounds of Silence" dinner, an unforgettable evening of delicious food prepared under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a sand dune and follows a meandering path to an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you, you'll see Uluru, and behind you, you'll find the domes of Kata Tjuta. Get ready for the most spectacular sunset of your life! Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime evening of Aussie BBQ, stunning landscapes, and stargazing. 

    Day 6 Ayers Rock

    Revel in the early morning serenity of a golden Kata Tjuta sunrise. Join your guide and travel through vast landscapes to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From the entrance, it's a 20-mile journey through the desert to the mighty rock formation. Upon arrival, feel yourself gasp as you gaze out from the viewing area, where you'll see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual spectacle! With the orangey light of morning shining down, the desert will come alive. Make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta, where you'll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach Walpa Gorge, your guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site. 

    In the evening, you'll join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Within a few minutes of travel into Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll begin to see massive Uluru rising from the sand dunes. Be sure to snap tons of photos of this amazing icon! With Uluru looming in front of you, you'll journey toward the base. Hop out and walk with your guide until you reach the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you will learn legendary stories and fables. See Aboriginal rock art and hear about how Uluru was, and still is, a significant site for native people. 

    Next, head for the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area, where you'll observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with KataTjuta in the background. After witnessing an enchanting sunset, you'll be brought back to your hotel. 


    Day 7 Ayers Rock - Cairns

    Today you will continue on your Australian journey to Cairns. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to the airport, then fly to this colorful coastal city! 

    Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. With beautiful beaches and vibrant streets, Cairns is a dreamy destination. 

    Day 8 Cairns

    Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Spend the day sailing through the Great Barrier Reef on an amazing catamaran cruise. Enjoy stunning views, snorkeling, tropical cuisine, and more!

    Day 9 Cairns

    Today, embark on a fascinating tour to Kuranda Rainforest Village! From Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, to the scenic railway, this day is immersed in adventure. Get your fill of culture and natural beauty as you explore this impressive rainforest village. 

    Day 10 Cairns - Melbourne

    Kiss the Great Barrier Reef goodbye and get ready for your last stop on this Australian journey: Melbourne! Upon arrival, check-in to your final hotel, then explore this artsy city! Lined with murals, shops, and cafes, the streets of Melbourne are filled with entertainment and beauty. 

    Day 11 Melbourne

    Fuel up with a delicious breakfast, then explore Melbourne, a city of contrast, world famous sporting arenas, and historic gardens. Join your expert guide on a tour of the city! Visit landmarks such as Federation Square, the MCG, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Albert Park Lake, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour will come to an end with a visit to Eureka Tower. There, take the elevator up to Eureka Skydeck 88 and gawk at awe-inspiring 360 degree views of the City, Port Phillip Bay, and out to the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley. 

    Day 12 Melbourne

    Today, set out on a full-day tour to Great Ocean Road! Sit back, relax, and experience a majestic coastal drive along this world-famous route. Your camera will get a great workout today!

    Stroll along the wild beaches and stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town set against soft rolling hills. There, you'll be treated to lunch at one of the cute cafes that line the streets.

    Next, enjoy exclusive access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest walk, located at the iconic Great Ocean Road EcoLodge. Get ready for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, and native birds! Last but not least, you'll visit the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Talk about an amazing day!

    Day 13 Depart Australia

    Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage, then hop in a transfer to Melbourne Airport. Spend your flight home replaying wonderful memories and dreaming about your next adventure!

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