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A land of starkly beautiful desert landscapes, world-renowned beaches, unique wildlife and effortlessly cosmopolitan cities, Australia offers something for everyone. Leave no corner of the country untouched as you travel from the sunny shores of Perth to the red desert sands of Alice Springs, continuing on to the underwater marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, the spectacular coastal stretch of the Great Ocean Road and the iconic sights of Melbourne and Sydney.
Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight direct to Perth.
Upon your arrival in Perth, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Boasting 40km of soft, sandy beaches, a canopy of blue sky and the highest number of sunshine hours of all Australian cities, Perth promotes the perfect outdoor lifestyle. Bask in its year-round sunshine and friendly charm on today's city tour. Enjoy fantastic vistas of the city's skyline from King's Park, a botanical garden and park that features stretches of cultivated gardens and untamed bushland. Travel to the bohemian port city of Fremantle where you have free time to enjoy the town's many al fresco cafes or take a scenic walk around the harbour before returning to your hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the remote desert town of Alice Springs, your springboard to the Australian Outback. Take in the farreaching views from Anzac Hill before travelling onward to your hotel. This evening, experience a unique dinner in the Outback. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you watch the sunset over the Eastern McDonnell Ranges. Feast on a BBQ meal and try your hand at making your own dessert over hot coals. Listen to traditional songs and stories of the history of the area and, when the lights are turned out, marvel at the starry expanse of sky before returning to your hotel for the night.
An optional tour (at a fee) of the pioneering town of Alice Springs covers its many highlights, including the original waterhole for which it was named, before taking you deep into Australia's Red Centre with a tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, an area steeped in Aboriginal history and natural geological beauty. Later today, visit the waterhole at Simpsons Gap, often frequented by wallabies, and the sheer cliffs of Standley Chasm, carved by years of surging flood waters.
Journey to the famed Ayers Rock, or Uluru, takes you through the dramatic scenery of the MacDonnell and James Ranges before you stop at a camel farm. On your way to Ayers Rock, view Mt. Conner, called "Fool-Uru" by locals because of its similarity in shape. Your afternoon tour of the Olgas explores this collection of 36 immense, domed rocks, which hold spiritual significance in Aboriginal mythology. Enjoy a walk to Olga Gorge before a dramatic viewing of Ayers Rock from the sunset viewing strip.
Early risers can enjoy an optional sunrise viewing of Ayers Rock (at a fee) before your group sets out for a drive around the base of the rock. Your driver will point out a number of interesting features of the monolith before taking you on a walking tour of Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you can view Aboriginal rock art. This afternoon, fly from Ayers Rock to the coastal city of Cairns.
Experience the fantastic marine diversity and clear, aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef as you travel by catamaran to the Marine World activity platform, located on a private patch of the reef. With five hours to snorkel, swim and sunbathe in your own piece of paradise, and access to a sundeck, glass bottom boat tour and underwater observatory, there's no better way to explore the world's most amazing underwater ecosystem.
Today's optional tour (at a fee) takes you along the historic Kuranda Rail for the spectacular rail journey from Cairns to Kuranda. Travel along the pioneers' track, through sugar plantations and gorges and past the thundering Stoney Creek Falls, until you reach tropical Kuranda - a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers, where you will have time to explore this "village in the rainforest". The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will provide the chance to discover the oldest rainforest on earth. Glide above the rainforest canopy, explore two rainforest mid-stations with lookouts and enjoy informational ranger-guided tours and interpretive displays before you return to Cairns by coach. Alternatively, enjoy the day at leisure in Cairns.
Enjoy the day at leisure, with time to explore the city's lagoon, cafes, art galleries and markets at your own pace.
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day free.
Today's morning tour takes you past the eclectic architecture of Melbourne's central business district and the futuristic spire of the Victorian Arts Centre to Captain Cook's Cottage, the oldest building in Australia. Pass the lush greenery of the Botanical Gardens and the famed Queen Victorian Market before continuing past the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral. This afternoon, a guided exploration of Melbourne's arcades and laneways takes you to the most notable of these iconic pathways.
Enjoy an optional full-day Great Ocean Road tour (at a fee), passing some of Australia's most breath-taking coastal scenery en route. Visit the surfing haven of Torquay, travel through the quaint township of Lorne and make a stop at Kennett River, one of the best places to see koalas in the wild. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach at spectacular Apollo Bay, then enjoy the dramatic mountainside scenery as you drive to the Twelve Apostles - huge stone pillars rising from the surf. Alternatively, enjoy the day at leisure in beautiful Melbourne.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival, embark on a half-day city tour of the city's highlights en route to your hotel, passing the long, sandy stretch of world-famous Bondi Beach then stopping at Watson's Bay to take in the sweeping views from The Gap. Travel into the city via the charming suburb of Paddington with a stop at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, a bench-like rock ledge that affords fantastic views of the city. Admire the architectural beauty of the iconic Sydney Opera House as you take a behind-the-scenes audio-visual tour of this spectacular structure. Continue on to your hotel, passing the historic 'Rocks' area on your way.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Australia's largest city, giving you the chance to enjoy Sydney's beaches, explore the area further or simply relax.
Take an optional journey (at a fee) into the Blue Mountains and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to one of Australia's largest private collections of indigenous animals where you can spot koalas, kangaroos and wombats. Explore the historic township of Leura then take in panoramic views of the three-pronged rock formation of the Three Sisters from Echo Point. Enjoy some time at Scenic World, an attraction that offers cable car rides, railway rides and walkways through the mountains, before returning to your hotel via Sydney Olympic Park. Alternatively, enjoy the day at leisure in Sydney.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to London, or continue on to your chosen extension.
British passport holders are required to obtain an eVisitor visa (free of charge) prior to entering Australia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight to Perth International Airport is with Qantas (QF) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 7kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. If you wish to arrange airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10 and the maximum will be 25. In the unlikely event, there are fewer than 10 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
On arrival at each destination, you will be met by a local guide who will escort you during your stay, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Guides will not accompany you on internal flights but will meet you at each airport and transfer you to and from your hotel.
The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. We would recommend a minimum of £65 per person, per day for the duration of the tour. Tipping is not included and at your discretion.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|17 Sep 2018||03 Oct 2018||€5039pp|
|15 Oct 2018||31 Oct 2018||€5039pp|
|12 Nov 2018||28 Nov 2018||€4815pp|
|23 Apr 2019||09 May 2019||€4927pp|
|21 May 2019||06 Jun 2019||€4479pp|
|25 Jun 2019||11 Jul 2019||€4927pp|
|18 Sep 2019||04 Oct 2019||€5151pp|
|15 Oct 2019||31 Oct 2019||€5375pp|
|12 Nov 2019||28 Nov 2019||€5039pp|
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
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