Outback Australia, Alice, Reef & Sydney [ST-37]
12 Days: Outback Australia, Alice, Reef & Sydney [ST-37]
Australia Vacations

Book By: June 4, 2020

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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Alice Springs (2), Ayers Rock (2), Cairns (3)
  • US Domestic Flights not included per your request
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney, Cairns to Los Angeles via Brisbane (Not included, but can be included upon request)
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours Included - Sydney: Sydney Opera House Tour; Alice Springs: Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru; Ayers Rock: National Park Entry Fee, Sunrise Tour; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • 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 Sydney (Check quote for inclusion)

Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)

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

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

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

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

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

(Day 2) - 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

(Days 3 to 4) - Free Days 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.

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

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. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. 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.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Insider's Tip: Hop on the Sydney Explorer bus to explore the city

Experience all the excitement of Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city, and the capital of NSW with the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Explorer – Sydney’s only Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus service.

The Sydney and Bondi Tours are included with this pass. The Sydney tour features 23 stops and the Bondi tour features 11 stops.

As well as Sydney’s glorious harbour and stunning beaches the city offers a multi cultural lifestyle, exuberant festivals and events, a dynamic food scene and a striking cityscape of modern and colonial architecture.

Don’t miss a thing aboard this open-top double-decker bus tours with 34 stops in Sydney and Bondi Beach. Plan your own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at your own pace. Buses run frequently so rejoining the tour is easy! Plus, you’ll receive a booklet with travel information, detailed maps, discount vouchers and much more!

Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the excitement!

Operates
Daily

Times
Sydney Tour: 1hr 45min end to end with 23 featured stops
First tour departs Circular Quay at 8:30am. Frequency every 20-30 mins
Bondi Tour: 1hr 30min end to end with 11 featured stops
First tour departs 9:30am. Frequency every 30 minutes

All services terminate at 7:30pm in peak season (Oct – April) and 6:30pm in off peak season (May – Sept).

Need to Know
– Frequency and tour times very according to season and traffic. Please check with the bud driver on your day to travel to confirm pick up and drop off times.

Inclusions
– 1-Day Hop-on-Hop Off Bus Pass for Sydney Route and Bondi Route with 34 stops including: Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Kings Cross, Hyde Park, Maritime Museum, SeaLife Sydney Aquarium, Barangaroo, The Rocks, Australia Museum, Bondi Beach, Rose Bay & More!

Upgrades
Upgrade to a 2-Day Pass and receive a complimentary walking tour of Sydney’s laneways, bars, cafes and galleries.

(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 5) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Alice Springs

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the heart of the Outback, Alice Springs.

(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights 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 2 nights.

Alice Springs, Australia’s Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It’s where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave TOUGH a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia’s Outback and its magnificent monolith – Uluru.

(Day 6) - Free Day to Explore Alice Springs

Visit One of Alice Springs’ many attractions.

A Town Like Alice : Join your tour guide for a half day tour highlighting the must see sights of Alice Springs including the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Telegraph Station & Reptile Park.

Ballooning Alice Springs: Join your tour guide for an early morning balloon trip which will give you an idea of the remoteness, scenery and wildlife of the Australian Outback. Including breakfast.

Helicopter Flight: Add a little helicopter to your holiday! Alice Springs Helicopters offer fun-filled flights, packed with surprises and stunning scenery. The flight takes you to Heavitree Gap, over the Todd River, desert ranges and the township of Alice Springs. This 20 minute flight featuring majestic Mt. Gillen, the MacDonnell Ranges and Heavitree Gap. Plus ask about our magical mystery tour! Free transfers and flight certificate included.

(Day 7) - Day Tour, Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach.

Getting to Uluru from Alice Springs is an easy, scenic ride through Australia’s red outback. Take in the rugged desert landscapes, passing through the reds and oranges of the MacDonnell Ranges.

While traveling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will share informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the natural and geological history of the region. Hear about the traditional customs and stories of the local Aboriginal people, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. Learn about native animals such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo.

There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Operates Daily from 7:00am from Alice Springs. Arrives at Uluru at 1:00pm.

Need to Know Bring sunglasses, a hat, water bottle and sunscreen. Wear warm layers in cooler months.

Inclusions Experienced driver/guide. Comprehensive commentary. Travel in an air-conditioned luxury bus.

(Days 7 to 9) - 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.

A national park fee is required to enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This fee has been included in your itinerary cost. This Park Entry Pass is valid for 3 Days.

(Day 8) - Half Day Tour, Sunrise Tour

Watch the sunrise over Uluru on this essential Outback tour.

Rise early and travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – the Uluru sunrise viewing area. On the way your informative guide will point out some sacred sights and tell you about their fascinating history.

Once you arrive, you will be able to enjoy a morning spread of hot chocolate, tea, coffee and an array of cookies as you explore the area and await the sunrise.

From the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing platform you will be able to see for many miles around. This vantage point will give you an undisrupted view of Uluru and allow you to witness the first rays of the sun as they rise over the Red Centre.

As you watch the sunrise you will be serenaded by the local birds waking up to greet the sun.

Return to the coach for a scenic drive to the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta and enjoy a panoramic view of this incredible rock formation from the Dune Viewing platform. You can also see Uluru from a distance from this lookout.

You’ll spend time exploring Walpa Gorge, a lush oasis in the desert, following the path between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

  • Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, sunglasses, hat, flynet and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Wear warm layers during cooler months.
  • Bring snacks for breakfast.
  • Moderate level of fitness required.

Times

Departs 1.5 hours prior to sunrise and returns between 10:30am – 11am lasting approximately 5 hours.

Inclusions

  • Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and cookies.
  • Experienced driver guide.
  • Comprehensive commentary.
  • Return transfers.

Photo Credit: Tourism NT / Jack Morris

(Day 9) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Cairns

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

(Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation

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

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.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

(Days 9 to 12) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

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

Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.

(Day 10) - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling

Today you’ll go on a cruise onboard the T6 to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.

T6 departs daily from Cairns. A 90 minute journey to the outer reef will see you arriving at the first of the day’s two sites, selected from a range of 15 from coral gardens to caves and canyons to walls and drop offs, many of which are exclusively owned by the tour operator. Sites are chosen as the optimum locations for the weather conditions, and change daily, so each day will bring you a whole new underwater adventure! Diving (Certified and Introductory) and snorkeling are all on offered at the reef, where 5 hours allows plenty of time to enjoy water and topside activities.

Operates

Daily

Need to Know

Not Included: Fees (Payable on Board) – EMC, Port fees, & administration costs (AUD$10*) (Includes $5* EMC charge for all passengers over the age of 4), Fuel Levy (AUD$10) – Fees are subject to change please verify before tour.

What to Bring: Beach towels (available at accommodation)

Times

Pick up from Cairns & Northern Beaches accommodations at 7:00am with boarding at 7:40am. Returns to Marlin Jetty at 4:00pm.

Inclusions

– Marine Interpretation talks
– Underwater photography briefs
– 1 guided snorkel tour
– 3 Certified and 2 Introductory dives are available on board at own expense
– Lunch is a divine buffet of fresh and healthy food
– Quality Snorkel: wet suit, lycra suit & prescription mask

Upgrades

Upgrade to Introductory or Certified Diving (Extra Cost).

Introductory Dive: Participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire upon boarding. A history of asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy are some of the conditions that may preclude you from diving.

Certified Dive: Certified divers are required to produce their Certification Cards upon boarding, and sign paperwork stating they are mentally and physically fit to dive. The diving is conducted in buddy pairs, with guided diving with a dive master available as an optional extra.

(Day 11) - Free Day to Explore Cairns

Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!

A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there’s enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you’re visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun!

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!

With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don’t forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don’t miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground “Muddy” with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!

If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you’re there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am – 4pm.

Lagoon Hours: All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance

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

Travel by shuttle from your Cairns 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. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

(Day 12) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

(Day 12) - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles (Check quote for inclusion)

Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. 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.

This package can easily be customized to suit your preferences.