Outback Australia, Wildlife & Touring [ST-1107A]
22 Days: Outback Australia, Wildlife & Touring [ST-1107A]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Launceston (1), Cradle Mountain (1), Hobart (1), Sydney (3), Ayers Rock (2), Alice Springs (1), Darwin (1), Kakadu (2), Darwin (1), Port Douglas (3), Brisbane (2)
  • US Domestic Flights - Not Included in pricing. Please enquire to have flight pricing included
  • International Flights are optional inclusions (see Detailed Pricing table below)
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Launceston, Hobart to Sydney, Sydney to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs to Darwin, Darwin to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
  • Day Tour - Sydney: Opera House, Harbour Cruise Express; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass, Deluxe Coach to Alice Springs; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest; Brisbane: Australia Zoo with Caddie Tour
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation, Alice Springs Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (return)
  • Rental Cars - Pick up in Launceston and Drop off in Hobart, Pick up in Darwin and Drop off in Darwin
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (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 Melbourne (can be added by request)

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 4) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

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

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

(Day 3) - 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

(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer - Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 4) - Australian Domestic Flight - Melbourne to Launceston

Travel within Australia by Domestic Air from Melbourne to Launceston Tasmania.

(Days 4 to 7) - Rental Car - Pick up in Launceston and Drop off in Hobart

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for three 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.

(Days 4 to 5) - 1 Night Accommodation in Launceston

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is conveniently located in the city centre, 15 minutes drive from the airport, 2 minutes walk from the main shopping precinct and features 116 rooms. It includes a contemporary restaurant set around a central fish tank that specializes in modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on the freshest seafood and exquisite local Tasmanian produce. It is famous for their Friday night seafood buffet which is a favourite with locals! The cocktail bar features an original No. 11 Tram and serves as a vibrant meeting place for both hotel guests and locals. There are also many local attractions to explore and participate in such as the Launceston Planetarium, James Boag Brewery, Launceston Seaport, Penny Royal World, Cataract Gorge, and the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, just to name a few. In Launceston there is something for everyone!

(Days 5 to 7) - Self drive from Launceston to Hobart

Enjoy your self drive from Launceston to Hobart.

Launceston – Cradle Mountain (150km – approx 2 hours)
Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. A short walk from your lodge is the Visitor Centre, with a good source of information regarding available walks, from gentle nature rambles and day walks to the famous Overland Track. (RO)

Cradle Mountain – Strahan (155km – approx 2 hours 15 min)
Depart Cradle Mountain and head southwest on hilly and windy roads to reach Strahan. Strahan is the gateway to World Heritage Southwest National Park, one of the world’s most beautiful cool-climate rainforests. The town is situated on Macquarie Harbour.

Strahan – Hobart (290km – approx 3 hours 45 min)
Depart Strahan and drive via the Lyell Highway to Hobart. Hobart is the smallest of Australia’s state capitals and is located on the Derwent River, one of the deepest harbours in the world. The old city centre clusters around Sullivan’s Cove, backed by wooded slopes rising to the often snow-capped peak of Mount Wellington, making it a delight to explore.

(Days 6 to 7) - 1 Night Accommodation in Hobart

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart offers a variety of vacation activity. You can travel to Cradle Mountain-St.Clair National Park, a mecca for bush walkers and nature lovers. Magnificent cliffs line the South Ask River. Only a short walk away is Salamanca Place, an 1830 sandstone warehouse converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants which offers many diversions from your travels. For the more adventurous, take a jet boat ride on the Derwent River.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett

(Days 5 to 6) - 1 Night Accommodation in Cradle Mountain

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 4 Star vacation lodge gives you a unique wilderness experience, set right on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, just 2 hours drive from Launceston, Tasmania. This superb vacation escape showcases the best Tasmania has to offer, with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, breathtaking scenery and wilderness surroundings. Ninety timber cabins provide you with privacy and every comfort you could need, some come with spa baths. A hearty mountain buffet breakfast is included.

Accommodation is in unique individual contemporary timber cabins set high in the wilderness with spectacular views. These Spa Suites have a large private verandah, hand-made Tasmanian wood furnishings, queen size bed, log fire and deep spa. Additional in-room comforts include CD player, mini bar, complimentary gourmet coffee & tea with homemade cookies. Port and evening canapés are also provided to be enjoyed fireside each evening. Upgrades to King Billy Suite for private outdoor hot-tub available (subject to availability). Onsite Luxury Spa Treatments available (subject to availability). Daily breakfasts included (Mountain Buffet). Transfers from nearest airport included (operates 4 days a week).

(Day 7) - Australian Domestic Flight - Hobart to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Hobart to Sydney.

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer - Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 7 to 10) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

(Day 7) - Day Tour - Sydney Opera House Tour (1Hr)

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 7) - Day Tour, Harbour Cruise Express (Hop on Hop off)

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 8) - 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) - Blue Mountains Deluxe Day 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. 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. Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates Daily: Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am; Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm
 
Inclusions: Professional Guide; Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD; Small group touring; Morning tea; National Park Fees; 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included); Glass of Sparkling Wine; Mt Tomah visit

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers. Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Optional Upgrade: Private Touring

Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sydney Bridge Climb

Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!

Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.


It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.

All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Operates: Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).

Need to Know: Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing; Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings; No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb; Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb; Maximum of 14 people per group.

Times: The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions: BridgeClimb cap; Certificate of Achievement; A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Canberra Explorer - Australia's Capital!

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) - Wildlife World & Aquarium Pass

On your vacation, discover WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – two of the most fun things to do in Sydney right next door to each other.

At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, with three levels, over 65 exhibits representing several different habitats and more than 130 different species of Australian animals, there’s a lot to explore!

Marvel at one of Australia’s most renowned creatures in the Koala Sanctuary – why not have your photo taken with this iconic marsupial at Koala Rooftop. Discover Red Kangaroos in our Red Centre habitat and Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, as well as Hairy-Nosed Wombats, in our Rocky Cliffs habitat. Explore the Rainforest, home to the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary. Take a trip into the dark, nocturnal world of Bilbies, Quolls and Sugar-Gliders. Wonder at the weird and wonderful reptile world, including Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python. Learn about the creepy crawly set in the invertebrate displays and become immersed in the colourful, beautiful world of butterflies. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your journey into Australia’s wonderful landscapes and animals.

Then, travel next door to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium you will see the habitat exhibits that make up the experience, together with some of the amazing and bizarre animals that inhabit them. As you’ll discover, Australia has an enormous diversity of aquatic environments, some so harsh it is amazing life can survive at all! As the world’s largest island, Australia has tropical seas to the north and icy currents to the south of the continent. Australia is also renowned as the world’s driest inhabited continent, where inland rivers in drought conditions may simply consist of a chain of billabongs, or temporary pools of quiet water. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is dedicated to presenting the unique aquatic life of some of these habitats to highlight their ecological importance and the necessity of conserving them for the future. So, dive in and enjoy your time at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Magnificent Hunter Valley WineTaster

Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.

  • Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast
  • The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques
  • Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region
  • Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines
  • You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery
  • The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines
  • Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense)

Operates
Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays
 
Times
8 Hour Tour
7:00 – 7:55am Sydney CBD hotel Pick Up
6:30pm approximately Return
 
Inclusions

  • 3 Wine Tastings
  • Lunch
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades Available
Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour

Insiders Tip: Opal Shopping

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 10) - Shuttle Transfer - Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 10) - Australian Domestic Flight - Sydney to Ayers Rock

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Ayers Rock, the Red Centre of the country.

(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) - Uluru Tour Pass

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.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sounds of Silence Dinner

Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of 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.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

  • Not available for children ages 9 and under.
  • This evening event is wheelchair event.

Times

Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Inclusions

  • Canapes and sparkling wine.
  • 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet.
  • Didgeridoo performance.
  • Guided tour of the night sky.
  • Return transfers from accommodation.
(Day 12) - Travel by Deluxe Coach from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs

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

Board the luxury coach early in the afternoon and travel east from Yulara via Curtin Springs and see Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance. This fascinating mesa, or flat-topped mountain, juts out of the surrounding desert plain bearing witness to a period of massive uplift, followed by eons of erosion. Continue east to Erldunda before turning north on to the famous Stuart Highway and to the town at the very heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs. As you pass through the striking ‘Outback’ landscapes, your Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Set down in Alice Springs at approximately 6.30pm.

(Days 12 to 13) - 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.

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 13) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 13) - Australian Domestic Flight - Alice Springs to Darwin

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

(Days 13 to 17) - Rental Car - Pick up in Darwin and Drop off in Darwin

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.

(Days 13 to 14) - 1 Night Accommodation in Darwin

Travel to your accommodation in Darwin, Australia where you will be staying on vacation for 1 night.

Your Darwin accommodation offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD. This 4 1/2 star property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset.

Accommodations are designed to reflect the local tropical style and comfortably casual laid-back ambience that only Darwin can offer. Hotel Rooms include bedroom & ensuite, telephones, internet access, LCD TV’s, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.

This vacation accommodation offers 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, concierge, outdoor pool and spa, beauty salon, same day laundry service (excluding Sunday), business and secretarial services, tour desk and foreign exchange desk.

Conveniently located onsite is a restaurant and bar boasting a range of contemporary a la carte cuisine choices. Guests can enjoy a cold beverage from the bar, or dine in style at the perfect location for a casual meal, romantic dinner or family feast. You are also just a very short walk from the Darwin city business district and shops, Darwin Harbour, the Entertainment Centre & the Government House.

Room upgrades available upon request (additional costs apply).

(Days 13 to 17) - Self Drive from Darwin to Kakadu (return)

Explore Australia on this Self Drive from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Kakadu National Park.

Arrive in Darwin:
Spend the afternoon exploring the local highlights that Darwin has to offer such as the fish feeding, night markets and sensational sunsets. Other highlights are Cullen Bay, Crocodylus Park & the WWII tunnels.

Darwin to Kakadu
Travel the 260 km from Darwin to Kakadu National Park along the Arnhem Hwy, stopping at Fogg Conservation Reserve & Window on the Wetlands Visitors Centre. After entering Kakadu head out to Ubirr Rock & explore the famous rock art take the opportunity to watch the incredible sunset over the Wetlands.

Kakadu to Litchfield National Park:
From Kakadu travel north to the swimming holes of Litchfield National Park. Cool off with a swim at Buley Rockhole & Wangi Falls and explore towering magnetic and cathedral anthills and rainforests.

Litchfield National Park to Darwin
A free morning to relax and re-enter Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.

Photo Credit: Parks Australia

(Days 14 to 16) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Kakadu

Travel to your accommodation in the Northern Territory of Australia where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Just 3 hours drive from Darwin is Kakadu National Park. Your vacation accommodation has been selected due to it’s close proximity to all Kakadu has to offer. From your accommodation, you may take a Yellow Water Cruise and explore the flood plain amongst Fresh Water Mangroves, Pandanus & Paperbark. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and numerous types of birds. The Warradjan Indigenous Cultural Center is located close to your accommodation. Here you can learn about the Indigenous people of the area through cultural displays, cinema shows, arts and crafts. Seasonal tours operate to Kakadu Gorge and Waterfall locations (including Twin & Jim Jim Falls).

Your vacation accommodation in the heart of Kakadu offers two onsite restuarants, lagoon pool and spa, fuel station, internet kiosk and general store.

Photo Credit: Parks Australia

(Day 15) - Free Day to Explore Kakadu

Free day to rest, relax or explore Kakadu National Park

World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a place of rugged escarpments, lush wetlands and cascading waterfalls covering over 19,000 square kilometres. Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park.

Kakadu National Park is managed jointly by Parks Australia, an Australian government body, and the Park’s traditional Aboriginal owners. A number of Aboriginal clans reside within the Park, and have for some 50,000 years. Kakadu is home to one of the largest concentrations of Aboriginal rock art in the world. Natural galleries of these ancient paintings can be seen at sites like Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Other spectacular landmarks include Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk/Barramundie Gorge, Jarrangbarnmi/Koolpin Gorge and Gunlom, which means ‘waterfall creek’ in the Jawoyn Aboriginal language. Kakadu National Park also offers several established walking tracks and camp grounds.

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

(Day 16) - Self Drive from Kakadu to Darwin

Explore Australia on this Self Drive from Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory to Darwin.

Self drive from Kakadu National Park to Darwin .

Photo Credit: Parks Australia

(Days 16 to 17) - 1 Night Accommodation in Darwin

Travel to your accommodation in Darwin, Australia where you will be staying on vacation for 1 night.

Your Darwin accommodation offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin’s CBD. This 4 1/2 star property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset.

Accommodations are designed to reflect the local tropical style and comfortably casual laid-back ambience that only Darwin can offer. Hotel Rooms include bedroom & ensuite, telephones, internet access, LCD TV’s, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.

This vacation accommodation offers 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, concierge, outdoor pool and spa, beauty salon, same day laundry service (excluding Sunday), business and secretarial services, tour desk and foreign exchange desk.

Conveniently located onsite is a restaurant and bar boasting a range of contemporary a la carte cuisine choices. Guests can enjoy a cold beverage from the bar, or dine in style at the perfect location for a casual meal, romantic dinner or family feast. You are also just a very short walk from the Darwin city business district and shops, Darwin Harbour, the Entertainment Centre & the Government House.

Room upgrades available upon request (additional costs apply).

(Day 17) - Australian Domestic Flight - Darwin to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Darwin to Cairns.

(Day 17) - Shuttle Tranfer, 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 17 to 20) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 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.)

Included Meals: Breakfast selection on arrival including fresh fruit, yoghurts, juice, cereals, toast and spreads (sufficient to provide daily breakfasts for 3 days)

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

(Day 18) - Day Tour - Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Travel from Port Douglas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a day of fun reef experiences! Perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, divers and non-swimmers alike!

Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.

Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realizing its breathtaking color and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime.

Choose how you experience the reef: Visit the underwater observatory; View coral in the semi-submersible; Enjoy a talk by a marine biologist; Snorkel

Upgrade your experience: Certified Scuba Diving (1 or 2 40-minute dives); Introductory Dive; Ocean Walker Helmet Diving (great for non-swimmers); 10 minute Scenic Flight; Introductory or Advanced Adventure Snorkel Tour

Operates: Daily from Approximately 9:15am – 4:30pm

Includes: Morning and afternoon teas on board. Reef presentation by marine biologist. Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch. All snorkeling equipment provided. Stinger/Lycra Suits & Buoyancy Aids provided. Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas. Qualified lifeguard supervision. Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing. Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels. Fish feeding [conducted by crew].

Need to Know: Not Included: Fees Payable on Board, EMC AUD $7 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 19) - Day Tour, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area with a visit to Mossman Gorge Center and Cape Tribulation.



Mossman Gorge Centre: Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your 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 tropical rainforests.



Daintree River Cruise: Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile.

Tropical Lunch: 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.

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

Daintree Ice Cream Company: Enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is a delicious cup of exotic fruit ice cream, made from fruit grown on their on-site orchard. Gluten / Dairy free options are available.

Alexandra Lookout: 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.

Operates: Daily (Does not operate on Christmas Day); Departs from Cairns around 6:45am & Returns around 7:00pm; Departs Port Douglas around 7:45am & Returns around 6:00pm

Includes: Return Hotel Transfers from Cairns & Port Douglas; Professional driver/guide; Mossman Gorge Centre with Morning Tea, Driver Guided Walk in Mossman Gorge; Daintree River Cruise; Lunch at Noah Valley in rainforest setting, Cape Tribulation Beach & boardwalk; Daintree Ice Cream Company; Alexandra Lookout

Need to Know: Tour not recommended for children under 4yrs due to the length of the tour & time spent in the vehicle.

(Day 20) - 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 20) - Australian Domestic Flight - Cairns to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

(Day 20) - Shuttle Transfer - Brisbane Airport to Accommodation

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

(Days 20 to 22) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

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

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane’s city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.

(Day 21) - Day Tour - Australia Zoo

Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo.


You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.


Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!

Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day); Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am; Return: 5:30pm

Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo

Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour

(Day 21) - Day Tour - Caddie Tour

Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!

Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You’ll never forget this “insider tour” discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.

Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.

This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.

Includes

  • Five star service being chauffeured around Australia Zoo in your very own private buggy
  • Exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Warriors Show
  • Cold water
  • Flexibility to create a tour just for you so you can experience the Zoo at your own pace

Need to Know

  • Tour Duration 5 Hours
  • Max Number of people 5
  • This is an upgrade, Zoo Entry and Transportation to Zoo to be booked separately
(Day 22) - Shuttle Transfer - Brisbane Accommodation to Airport

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

(Day 22) - International Flight - Brisbane to Los Angeles (can be added by request)

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.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $5,196 $7,719 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) $6,053 $8,576 Nov 1 2019 - Mar 31 2020
USA Departures: 01NOV-10DEC, 12JAN-28JUN. Expires JUL 31, 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) $7,131 $9,655 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $7,338 $9,862 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $7,856 $10,379 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $10,108 $12,632 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,716 $14,240 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.