Escorted Australian Highlights Tour [IMSE]
13 Days: Escorted Australian Highlights Tour [IMSE]
Starting at
$7,264

Available Tour Dates

2022

Sep 25
Oct 9
Nov 6, 13, 27
Dec 11

2023

Jan* 8, 15, 22, 29
Feb* 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar* 5, 12, 19
Apr* 9
May* 28
Jun* 25
Aug* 6, 27
Sep* 10, 24
Oct* 8, 29
Nov* 5, 12, 26
Dec* 10

2024

Jan* 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb* 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar* 3, 10, 17, 24

*Price will increase due to seasonality

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • Luxury coach travel
  • 3 – 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • Experienced and professional Travel Director

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Melbourne – Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 Nights), Alice Springs – Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1), Ayers Rock – Desert Gardens Hotel (2), Cairns – Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (3), Sydney – Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3)
  • Meals – 12 Full buffet breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, 5 Dinners
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Internal Flights – Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Melbourne: City Sights tour, Laneways & Arcades tour; Alice Springs: School of the Air Tour, Telegraph Station Tour; Scenic Coach Tour to Uluru; Uluru: Uluru Sunset Viewing, Sunrise Viewing, Uluru Base Tour, Kata Tjuta Tour, Kata Tjuta Sunset Viewing, Uluru Field of Light Morning Tour, Western Desert Art Experience; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: City Sights Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour, Harbor Lunch Cruise
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting!

Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (3 nights)

Dinner with wine included

Day 2: Melbourne

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and street art on a private walking tour. The rest of your day is free. You may like to take an optional experience to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade or maybe you’d prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne’s well-known food and culture.

Breakfast included

Day 3: Melbourne

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. You may like to take a full day optional experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theater production or indulge in some world class fare at one of the city’s famous eateries.

Breakfast included

Day 4: Melbourne – Alice Springs

Today you fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs. On arrival visit School of the Air and hear how this school delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the historic Telegraph Station, where you’ll learn about this facility and why it is considered the birthplace of the Alice Springs township. This evening Joe, Dan, Tommy and Ben Falzon invite you to ‘Be My Guest’ for a home cooked gourmet BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of ecology, culture and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Hotel Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1 night)

Breakfast & ‘Be My Guest’ Dinner included

Day 5: Alice Springs – Uluru

Travel through the red quartzite peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges today, and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort’s facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying canapés and wine.

Hotel Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (2 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 6: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

This morning view the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain insight in to the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles.

Breakfast included

Day 7: Uluru – Cairns

Rise early to experience the ethereal Field of Light art installation. Wander through the paths surrounding 50,000 hand-crafted frosted glass spheres of light. As the sun rises, join your fellow travelers on top of a sand dune to watch the desert awakening over Uluru. Meet an Indigenous artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon, board your flight to Cairns. A tropical city in Far North Queensland, Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 8: Cairns

Today is free for you to do as you choose! Maybe visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for an insightful look at indigenous culture or journey to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You may choose to travel to Kuranda on the historic scenic railway or just sit back and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Breakfast included

Day 9: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one meter underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with wine included

Day 10: Cairns – Sydney

This morning, fly on to Sydney, where your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director will give you tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll around this famous harbor city.

Hotel Intercontinental Hotel Sydney (3 nights)

Breakfast included

Day 11: Sydney

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Zoo to see some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. This evening spend some time getting to know this spectacular city with your hotel located at Circular Quay.

Breakfast included

Day 12: Sydney

A day of sightseeing around this spectacular harbor city awaits! Discover Sydney’s famous Eastern Suburbs and wiggle your toes in the sand at famous Bondi Beach. Next, return to the city for a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House before taking to the water on an all-inclusive lunch cruise. Sail around the glistening harbor while you savour a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or maybe even take an optional experience to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tonight we say farewell to Sydney from under the sails the Sydney Opera House while we dine together at Portside restaurant.

Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner included

Day 13: Farewell Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travelers when your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the land content price. We will include the price of all flights in your custom quote.

Single supplements apply. Triple share is available.