Grand Australian Wine Tour [ST-6377]
21 Days: Grand Australian Wine Tour [ST-6377]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (3 Nights), Apollo Bay (1), Mount Gambier (1), Adelaide (2), Alice Springs (1), Ayers Rock (2), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (5)
  • US Domestic Flights - Not Included (as per your own arrangments)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Adelaide to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Day Tours - Melbourne: Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour; Adelaide: Barossa Wineries ; Alice Springs: Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Uluru; Ayers Rock: Piti Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas & Cultural Center, Sounds of Silence Dinner; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise and a Glass Bottom Boat, Kuranda Rainforestation; Sydney: Blue Mountains and Australia Wildlife Tour, Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express Pass, Hunter Valley Wine Experience
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Rental - 4 Days Car Rental, Pickup in Melbourne, Drop-Off in Adelaide
  • Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa only required for some South Pacific countries; $15 visa fee per person where applicable.
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Melbourne.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Phillip Island Penguin Parade Ultimate Eco Tour

Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.

Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. We visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action and have some time to explore the historic buildings. Next up is the Koala Conservation Centre where we see koalas in their natural environment. We also take a stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies & Seal Rock Centre, before arriving at Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.

Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)

(Day 4) - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hidden Secrets of Melbourne Tours

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic half day, small group, guided walking tour!

Join your passionate local guide who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia, Melbourne to the best salons, studios and hidden hotspots. You’ll practically become a local before lunch, on this half day indulgent walking tour where you can immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques. After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne! If you have other interests also check out alternate tours available (listed below).

Operation Days: Daily except Sundays
Estimated Times: Departure: 10:00am Return: 2:00pm
Includes: 3 hour walking tour, small group (8 pax maximum, 2 pax minimum), Goodie bag, morning tea, SHOP Guide, city map, gourmet lunch with a glass of wine

Alternate Tours: Cafe Culture Walk (Monday – Friday), Progressive Degustation Walk (Monday -Thursday), Golden Mile Heritage Walk (Daily), Progressive High Tea Stroll (Thursday and Saturday), Liquid Crafts Walk (Monday and Wednesday)

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour

Private wine tour of Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula is a glorious tapestry of changing topography, vegetation and cultivation lending itself to be one of Victoria’s leading food and wine regions. Some of the most picturesque wineries in Victoria can be found throughout this area.

Regarded highly as a quality cool climate wine-growing region you will find some of the best Australian examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

The Mornington Peninsula has been captivating visitors for more than 100 years. Attracted by the gentle hills, kilometers of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Yarra Valley Private Wine Tour

Private Wine Tour of Yarra Valley. Full Day Tour. 2 Course lunch included.

Our route to the Yarra Valley takes you through some beautiful rural countryside where you have the opportunity to see wild kangaroos in their natural habitat.

One of Australia’s leading wine making areas the Yarra Valley is a short drive from Melbourne making it an ideal destination for a day trip.

Whilst in the area take the time to visit Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. Regarded as Australia’s leading wildlife reserve, Healesville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals.

With a picturesque backdrop of the Yarra Ranges as well as renowned restaurants throughout the area, wine and food lovers alike will revel in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer.

You have the opportunity to sample wine from boutique wineries off the major highways and away from the potential crowds of the larger wineries and tour companies.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Insider's Tip: Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is an historic Melbourne landmark and a Melbourne institution dating back to more than 120 years ago.


Queen Victoria Market hasn’t been just a market. At different times in the past it has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a place to sell fruit and veggies (vegetables) wholesale. It is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market offering a variety of fresh farm produce and, on Sundays, a wider range of merchant items which turn the market into a modern Arabian Nights bazaar. This is the place to buy your souvenirs.


Aside from the variety of wares offered at the Queen Victoria Market, buskers and street entertainment are a market feature, particularly on Sundays when Queen St is closed and becomes a place of cafes, carnival rides and other activities. And there’s always the sound of spruikers cajoling visitors into buying their goods, and you can haggle for the best prices you’re able to get.

The Queen Victoria Market trading hours are 6am to 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 6am to 6pm (with the general merchandise section closing at 4pm) on Friday; 6am to 3pm on Saturday; and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday, and on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. (Please double check times before you go.)

Photo Credit: Queen Victoria Market

(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport (to pickup rental)

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

(Days 5 to 9) - 4 Days Car Rental, Pickup in Melbourne, Drop-Off in Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for four days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

(Day 5) - Self Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your self drive in Melbourne. Your journey will take you south through Geelong and Torquay and then turn westward towards Apollo Bay.

Self Drive – Melbourne to Apollo Bay – 186 km, 2 hours & 35 minutes

Pick up your rental car in Melbourne and begin your short and scenic drive to Apollo Bay. Along the way, you will see majestic monoliths standing tall sea, bottomless fern gullies, and eucalyptus trees brimming with life as they meet the coastline that plunges into the breathtaking Southern Ocean. Make your way through Geelong and then continue on to Torquay. Once you have arrived here, your journey will turn westward. Stop along the way for photos, traditional billy tea, and enjoy the awe-inspiring coastal sights. Continue on to Apollo Bay, with its luscious green Otway hills and laidback lifestyle. Apollo Bay is a quiet coastal city, known for its farming and fishing. You will spend one night here.

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(Days 5 to 6) - 1 Night Accommodation in Apollo Bay

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Apollo Bay.

Stay in the picturesque green foothills of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay. Visit gorgeous valleys just a few kilometres out of town full of rainforests, waterfalls, streams and fireflies or take a spectacular bush walk. Participate in every water sport imaginable from surfing to fishing to diving or just lounging on the beach. Nearby Cape Otway has nature walks through petrified forests and walks to mighty water falls or you can visit some of the highest ocean cliffs in Victoria on your way to the Cape Otway lighthouse, one of the most significant lighthouses in Australia (Open daily).

Your four star accommodation is centrally located in Apollo Bay. During your stay you will have access to laundry facilities, free coffee, hi-speed web access, in-room air conditioning, an outdoor pool and 100 percent non-smoking facilities.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

(Day 6) - Self Drive from Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier

Continue your self drive in Apollo Bay down the Great Ocean Road. Continue no the Princes Highway through Warnambool and Port Fairy. You will join the Henty Highway and travel north until you rejoin the Princes Highway once again, taking you to Mount Gambier.

Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier, 4 hr 25 min

Depart Apollo Bay today as you continue on the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you may stop at many attractions, such as Port Campbell National Park or Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Your drive should be relaxing, scenic, and enjoyable.

Continue on the Princes Highway headed towards Warnambool. You may stop at Logan’s Beach on the eastern side of the city, which is recognised as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale. Most years one, two or three adult female whales arrive between late May and August, giving birth within days of their arrival.

From Warnambool, you will pass Port Fairy, which is the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean. Port Fairy was named after the crew of the whaler The Fairy in 1828. It is the home of one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets. If you detour to visit the Otway National Park, and Cape Otway, you will need to add approximately 90 minutes to your driving time between Apollo Bay and Port Fairy.

Depart Port Fairy and continue to Portland. At Portland, you will join the Henty Highway and travel north to Heywood. At Heywood, you will turn left and re-join the Princes Highway. Along the way, you may want to stop at the picturesque Lower Glenelg National Park. The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the river has carved a spectacular gorge up to 50 metres deep through limestone. River erosion and the action of rainwater have created a remarkable cave.There are great places for fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking along the Glenelg River. Explore Lower Glenelg and Discovery Bay on the 250 kilometre Great South West Walk, linking Portland and Nelson via the river and coast. Another highlight is the Princess Margaret Rose Cave, where you can join a guided tour of amazing limestone formations.

Continue onto Mount Gambier for one night’s accommodation.

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(Days 6 to 7) - 1 Night Accommodation in Mount Gambier

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay 1 night whilst in Mt. Gambier.

Your vacation accommodation in Mt. Gambier is located on the slopes of an extinct volcano, covered with craters. One of the craters is home to a lake for water skiing, picnicking and wildlife walks. If you are a diver, take the opportunity to dive Engelbrecht Cave – one of the many caves beneath the streets of Mt. Gambier but the only one accessible by divers. Take the time to visit beautiful Blue Lake, a lake that changes colour each year. Or stop by Umpherston Sinkhole. Once a cave formed by limestone, this sinkhole was created when the top of the chamber collapsed; creating an environment for a sunken garden. If you are up for it, walk to the Centenary Tower; opened in 1904 to commemorate the first sighting of Mt. Gambier in 1800. You will have magnificent views of the Crater Lakes, the city and a coastal outlook (Small Entrance Fee Applies).

Your four star accommodation is centrally located in Mt. Gambier During your stay you will have access to free coffee, hi-speed web access, an indoor heated pool, health club and 100% non-smoking facilities.

Photo Credit: Mt. Gambier Tourism

(Day 7) - Self Drive from Mount Gambier to Adelaide

Make a selfdrive from Mount Gambier to Adelaide.

Mount Gambier to Adeladie, 5 hr 17 min

(Days 7 to 9) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star boutique style hotel, is located in the heart of Adelaide’s central district. The hotel is within walking distance to the city’s major cultural attractions, shopping precinct’s and entertainment centres.

Adelaide is known as the city of food and wine, a place to experience the buzz, culture and convenience of a big city without big city frustrations. The city centre, surrounded by parklands, is a charming blend of historic buildings, wide streets, numerous shops, street cafes and restaurants.

Insiders Tip: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Be sure to see the world’s largest display of Aboriginal culture and artifacts in the South Australian Museum and Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute).

As a visitor to Tandanya, you can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, walk through diverse and exciting exhibitions in the art galleries, watch a cultural presentation and yidaki (didgeridoo) or dance performance (Tuesday – Sunday at 12 noon) and browse in the colourful award winning shop. On Thursdays at 11am join in learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history on a free guided cultural tour.

Free Entry – Cultural Performance is an additional cost
Open 10am to 5pm daily, except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day which we are closed.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - National Wine Centre Adelaide

National Wine Centre in Adelaide

The Wine Discovery Journey is a state-of-the-art, award-winning interactive wine experience. This outstanding Australian wine industry showcase examines everything from the challenges of winemaking to the pure enjoyment of drinking fine Australian wine. The exhibition is where visitors come to understand the role wine has played in history, recognise the position of Australian wine in today’s international market and appreciate the relationship between food and wine.

The exhibition is where visitors come to understand the role wine has played in history, recognise the position of Australian wine in today’s international market and appreciate the relationship between food and wine.

The open cellar is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with the capacity to store up to 38,000 bottles at any one time. Approximately 12,000 bottles of Australian wine is cellared year round. All wines are used in function packages, consumed in the Concourse Cafe and sold to visitors.

The Wine Discovery Journey, located on level one, is a free interactive experience to be enjoyed at your leisure. Complimentary Self Guided Tour brochures can be collected from reception. Free hosted daily tours leave reception at 11.30am daily, and guided group tours can be booked – subject to availability.

(Day 8) - Day Tour, Barossa and Hahndorf - Full Day

This full day tour will take you to the internationally renowned Barossa Valley, through the picturesque Adelaide Hills before visiting historic Hahndorf. Morning tea, lunch, and wine tasting is included.

Travel from Adelaide to the internationally renowned Barossa Valley for morning tea at the Jacobs Creek Winery and Visitor Centre in the heart of the Barossa. Sample rich red wines and clear dry white wines from the world famous Jacobs Creek Winery and enjoy local winemaking information and morning tea. Visit Saltram Wine Estate for wine tasting. Continuing on you’ll enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch and wine tastings at the South Australian Company Store, in Angaston. Travel on through the spectacular Adelaide Hills towns to Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German town for some free time to wander the main street filled with art and craft shops, German pubs and locally produced foods. On the way back to Adelaide, drive past the scenic vineyards and produce areas of the Hills.

Operates: Monday, Tuesday and Friday Only

(Day 9) - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Alice Springs

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

(Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Alice Springs, Australia.

(Days 9 to 10) - 1 Night Accommodation in Alice Springs

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at your Alice Springs accommodation. The hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill.

Take a tour of the imposing MacDonnell Mountains and visit the prominent Simpsons Gap at dawn or dusk, when you might be lucky enough to spot a black-footed rock-wallaby. Enjoy spectacular, expansive views of Alice Springs from the top of Anzac Hill, discover a huge variety of interesting wildlife in the beautiful, natural setting of Alice Springs Desert Park, learn all about the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the RFDS Alice Springs Tourist Facility and listen to the atmospheric sound of the didgeridoo at the Sounds of Starlight Theatre, where each show is inspired by stories and experiences that evoke the azure skies, red deserts and Aboriginal custodians of the area.

(Day 10) - Day Tour, Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru

On your vacation travel by luxury coach from Alice Springs to Uluru, in Australia’s Red Centre.

Travel from Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, via the MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The MacDonnell Ranges, consisting of sandstone peaks and gorges, are to the East and West of Alice Springs and are 400 miles long. Stop at the Stuarts Well Road House for refreshments (own expense). Continue on to the Ayers Rock Accommodation.

Departs: Approximately 7:00am from Alice Springs
Arrives: Approximately 1:00pm at Ayers Rock Resort

(Days 10 to 12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

(Days 10 & 11) - Piti Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas & Cultural Center

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s Red Centre.

Day 1 – Sunset/Afternoon:
Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood. Time to head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing Red Centre sunset.

Day 2 – Sunrise/Morning:
Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history. Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

(Day 11) - Evening Event, Sounds of Silence Dinner

On your vacation participate in a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, Australia’s Red Centre.

Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you. As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts. Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.

Minimum Age is 10 yrs

(Day 12) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Cairns.

(Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

(Days 12 to 16) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

(Day 13) - Great Barrier Reef Cruise and a Glass Bottom Boat

On this day of your vacation, travel to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.


Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at the ribbon reefs on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Experience the unsurpassed coral formations, marine life and underwater visibility of the Agincourt Ribbon Reef system where you can explore this reef world from a semi-submersible if you choose. Marvel at the spectacular beauty of the reef teeming with tropical fishes and explore the colourful coral.



Visit the underwater observatory for a different view of the marine life. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included). With facilities for swimmers and non-swimmers it’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

Upgrades Available at Additional Cost: Introductory & Certified Diving, Ocean Walker Helmet Dive, Adventure Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist & Helicopter Scenic Flights.

Not Included: Fees Payable on Board: EMC AUD$6.50, Fuel Surcharge may be applicable. Subject to change, please verify before tour.

Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional). Camera’s available from any local chemist or convenience store.

(Day 14) - Kuranda Rainforestation

A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda. The Kuranda Boarding Pass ensures preferential seating, discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions and a detailed map is also included. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck and enjoy the Koala & Wildlife Park. Transfer back to Kuranda, then it’s time to board Skyrail for your return journey.



Check in: Our Driver will check you in at your accommodation using our Kuranda Boarding pass, offering pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.




Kuranda Scenic Rail : At the scheduled time board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village : Once you arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. Also included in your tour is the Koala & Wildlife Park. The shuttle bus will then take you back to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Our hostess will meet you on completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.

Operates Daily Pick Up Between 7-8am Return at 5:30 aproximately
Optional Upgrade: Include Lunch and Pamagirri Dancers

(Day 15) - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Rainforest

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with this half day tour on a hot air balloon ride!

Whether this is your first or one of many, this balloon ride is sure to be one of your favorites with a fun and highly trained crew to help maximize your fun. This morning, head about an hour west for take off to the Atherton Tablelands known for its excellent weather, spectacular scenery and reliable take off conditions. You will be in awe as you see the largest fleet of hot air balloons prepare to sail the skies. On your ride take in the picturesque landscapes at sunrise as you fly gently above the Tablelands. Even if you have a fear of heights, you’ll see that your flight is very gentle and stable since you gently lift from the ground making you feel comfortable and safe. Experience the unique sensation of breathing in the crisp air on your 30 minute hot air ballooning ride across the wide-open space. When the burner is off, listen to the sounds around you as the wind whips through the air and the sounds below drift up towards you. After your flight, come back down to Earth for landing and have lots of laughs as you assist in hot air balloon pack-up games. Next, you can relax in the serenity of the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.

Includes: Transfers to/from Accommodation, 30 minute Hot Air Balloon Ride, Expert Commentary, Cross Country Balloon Chase, Commemorative balloon Flight Certificate

Payable on Board (Not Included) – AUD25.00* Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
Age Restriction: 3 Years and Under Not Allowed to Fly
Estimated Times: Depart: 5:00AM. Return: 10:00AM.
Operation Days: Daily
Upgrade Available (Additional): 60 minute Ride, Luxury Ride, Private Charters

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Wilderness Safari

Travel along a scenic coastal drive to experience the wildlife, rainforest, rivers and beaches of the region.

Your informative and knowledgeable driver/guide will collect you from your accommodation and travel one of Australia’s great scenic Highways before arriving at the Daintree River. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Walk on this world-renowned Cape Tribulation rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an Indigenous presentation by the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people before boarding your eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/ guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest rainforests.

Operates Daily: Pickup appx 7:15am Drop-off appx 5:00pm

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sunset Sail

On your vacation, enjoy a sunset cruise sailing along the coastline off Port Douglas in 1.5 hours.



Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing! Relax with an exhilarating afternoon onboard the new luxury ‘Lagoon’ sailed from France. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a Tropical Sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views while enjoying a welcome drink and canapés.

Boarding: 4:45pm. Return: 6:30pm.

(Day 16) - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

(Day 16) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

(Day 16) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

(Days 16 to 21) - 5 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.

Embrace Sydney’s best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property – Fees Apply

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

View the world famous black opal, the ‘Aurora Australis’, valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:

18 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477

(Day 17) - Day Tour, Blue Mountains and Australia Wildlife Tour - Full Day

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Join us, let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

(Day 18) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

(Day 18) - Day Tour, Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise - All Day Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

(Day 19) - Morning & Afternoon Tour, Hunter Valley Wine Experience

On your vacation travel by deluxe coach from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, Australia.

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful Hunter Valley and sampling award-winning regional wines of New South Wales, Australia. Cross the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and view the magnificent Hawkesbury River. First stop is Drayton’s Wines, one of the Hunter Valley’s pioneering wine-making companies that is still family-owned and operated. You’ll taste their award-winning wines and experience over 150 years of wine-making excellence.
Take a fully guided tour of McWilliams Mt Pleasant Estate, founded in 1921, before enjoying a delicious luncheon complimented by specially chosen wines. Delight your taste buds with further wine tasting at Mc Guigan’s Winery and view the only underground cask hall in the Hunter Valley Cellars. Finally stop at the lovely Hunter Valley Gardens to enjoy over 25 hectares of spectacular international display gardens (own expense) or browse through this quaint township.(Vegetarian meals available). Return to Sydney late afternoon. Evening Free.

Note: Tour operates on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 6:45 PM.

Upgrade to small group touring available – please inquire

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

(Day 20) - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Sydney

Hot-air ballooning over Sydney and the Blue Mountains includes Champagne & Breakfast. Sydney City Hotel pick-up and drop-off is an additional fee.

Look out one side of the basket and the Blue Mountains are at your feet, look out the other side… and on a clear day, the Sydney skyline and harbour glisten in the distance. Look below and be amazed that such green rolling fields are in such close proximity to the city. A truly spectacular experience. Departure is early morning.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Americas Cup Sailing Experience

Take a unique opportunity to participate as crew on a real America’s Cup yacht.

Take the helm, trim the sails, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you soak up the atmosphere and sights of spectacular Sydney Harbour.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachtsmen, these amazing yachts offer a remarkable chance to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines.

Australia was the first country to break the American hold on this famous old trophy in 1983, a 132 year winning streak that dated back to 1851.

No sailing experience necessary; Sailings daily, 2.5 hour duration

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Canberra, Australia's Capital City - Full Day

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Full Day Tour): Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Australia’s national capital, including Parliament House, National Museum and Mt Ainslie.

Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Australia’s national capital, Canberra. Standing as a symbol of the nation’s prosperity, take in all of the highlights of this ultra modern city. See contemporary architecture set amid many gardens and parks. Enjoy a guided tour through Parliament House and the renowned National Museum before viewing the fascinating foreign embassies. Hear the history of the ANZACs as you travel along the boulevard dedicated to participants of two World Wars and visit the War Memorial. Travel to the summit of Mt Ainslie and view the city and surrounding landscape. Full Day Tour.

Operates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Only.

Photo Credit: Canberra Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise

Hop on this ship for a wonderful time on the Sydney Harbour!

Sail past the Opera house, fort Denison, under the harbour bridge and enjoy a real sailing experience on a 1850s style tall ship.

If you are in Sydney for a short time or if you just want to discover our “universe”, this experience is for you. If you’d like to heave on a rope you can – otherwise simply sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by our friendly crew.

Make sure to bring your camera, as this is an opportunity of a lifetime; you will love the views of the vibrant city from this authentic wooden Tall Ship.

Your host will provide an informative briefing on Sydney’s only authentic timber tall ship and her amazing history.

Inclusions: Discover Sydney Harbour on our authentic tall ship; Opportunity to join the crew and help set sails; Great photo opportunity; Complimentary appetizers

Duration: 1 hour and 30min
Sailing: 3:45pm to 5:15 pm every day but Tuesday

Insiders Tip: Indulge with a Day of Golfing

On your vacation indulge in a round of golf on the many beautiful golf courses in and around Sydney, Australia.

You have many golf location choices. Among these are:
Exclusive (top end): Royal Sydney, New South Wales, The Lakes, Terrey Hills, Bonnie Doon, Concord, Monash.
Mid Range: Riverside Oaks, Camden Lakeside, St Michaels, Mona Vale, Long Reef, Liverpool.
Standard: The Coast, Penrith, Glenmore Heritage.

(Day 21) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

(Day 21) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles

Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $4,970 $6,941 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $5,782 $7,753 Jan 12 2020 - Mar 31 2020
USA Departures: 12 JAN - 31 MAR 2020. Expires 16 JUN 2019.
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $6,906 $8,877 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2018 and 1MAY-8JUN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Shoulder (Economy Class) $7,113 $9,084 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2018, 22SEP-8DEC 2018 and 1FEB-30APR 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Peak (Economy Class) $7,630 $9,601 Peak: 9DEC 2018 - 31JAN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply) Subject to Availability
Premium (Economy Class) $9,882 $11,853 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,491 $13,462 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $23,055 $25,026 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.