Reef Outback Sydney & Melbourne Travel [ST-2467]
12 Days: Reef Outback Sydney & Melbourne Travel [ST-2467]
Starting at
$3,060
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Port Douglas (3), Ayers Rock (2), Melbourne (2)
  • USA Domestic Flights (not included - can be included on request)
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Melbourne via Alice Springs
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Cruise Express; Port Douglas: Mossman Gorge & Sailway to the Low Isles; Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park Entry Pass, Sounds of Silence Dinner, Sunrise & Sunset Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 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 Organised 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 (can be added on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 2 to 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 3 nights in your Sydney accommodation, perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city center.

Sydney’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are only minutes away with public transport right on your doorstep. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney’s fringe suburbs such as Surry Hills or discover the downtown entertainment precinct offering live theater and music all year round.

Your spacious and modern guest room features inviting queen or twin beds, spotless shower over bath with amenities, and free WiFi to stay connected. Check in is a breeze at the friendly 24-hour reception, with room service available at certain hours. Venture to the top floor to access the rooftop pool and gym, and tuck in to a selection of delectable share plates and with a glass of wine at the onsite café and bar.

Feeling a little adventurous? Located within walking distance to over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, your hotel is an ideal base for discovering Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

Inclusions
– Work desk with lamp
– In-room safe
– Shower over bath
– Bathroom amenities
– Hair dryer
– Iron and ironing board
– Tea and coffee making facilities
– Free WiFi
– Flat screen TV

Day 2 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hr)

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 2 - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2-day pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.

Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbor. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

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.

Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water.

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

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

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 harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary.

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

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.

Times

Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

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.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon ride over Sydney

Hot-air ballooning over the Sydney Camden Valley with Breakfast.

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. Enjoy a truly spectacular experience floating above the pristine fields surrounding Sydney.

Operates

Fridays – Sundays Year-Round
May operate on Mondays or Thursday during busy times of the year.

Need to Know

Each passenger will need to supply their weight and confirmation that they are fit and well with no significant knee, hip or back problems, broken bones, recent surgeries, are able to stand unassisted for 1 hour and are not pregnant. Special Dietary requirements can be catered to with advanced notice.
 
Times

Early Morning Pick-Up at Hotel, time to be confirmed after booking.
  
Inclusions

– One hour flight
– Tea & coffee on arrival
– Return transfers from any Sydney CBD hotels
– Insurance & levy
– Sumptuous buffet breakfast and champagne celebration

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Whale Watching Luncheon Cruise (4 hours)

Experience the exhilarating adventure of whale watching outside “Sydney Heads” to observe these incredible creatures of the deep frolicking in their natural environment.

Enjoy a Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruise with information on Sydney’s history and present-day life, while enjoying a delicious buffet BBQ lunch. Expert commentary is provided on whale characteristics and behavior patterns. Cruise past the magnificent towering sandstone cliffs at Sydney Heads on a superior comfort vessel with indoor seating and multiple outdoor viewing areas including a spacious upper deck. Marvel at the ever-changing moods of Sydney Harbour as you enjoy a leisurely cruise back along the harbor at end of the day with a drink from the fully stocked bar (own expense).

Need to Know

You can choose from two tour options either Breakfast with the Whales or BBQ Lunch Whale Watching. Each tour is 4-Hours long.

Operates

– Daily in May – November only.
– Breakfast cruise departs Saturday & Sunday only.

Times

Whale Watching & Breakfast Tour Departs Circular Quay at 8:15am / Returns at 12:15pm
Whale Watching Cruise & Lunch Tour Departs Circular Quay at 12:30pm / Returns at 4:30pm

Inclusions

– Whale watching experience with full live commentary, learn interesting facts about whales and their habitat;
– Sydney Harbour cruise with full commentary of Sydney Harbour and its surrounds
– Either a hot breakfast or BBQ lunch depending on which cruise you choose is included as you cruise down the harbour on your way to see the whales
– Passionate crew who love what they do and can’t wait to give you an awesome experience
– Free return trip if you don’t see whales (Conditions apply)

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Private Tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Sydney Opera House Performance

Enjoy a spectacular performance at the Sydney Opera House.

No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and see an opera performance.

Opera is a vital part of Australia’s cultural landscape. The world’s best loved operas are performed under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House. Performances are broadcast in cinemas, on national television and ABC radio.

Operates

Summer Opera Season: January – April
Winter Opera Season: July – October

Need to Know

Ticket prices vary by depending on the type of performance and seats. Please contact an About Australia Destination Specialist to confirm your booking.

Casual dress is acceptable.

Times

Performance times vary by date. Please contact an About Australia Destination Specialist to confirm your booking.

Inclusions

Performance ticket.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains - 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 colors. 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, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Upgrades

Private Touring

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife in the Wild - Full Day

This is an exceptional opportunity to venture into the Australian Bush in search of Australia’s iconic native animals. We like to call them Australia’s Big 5! – Koalas, Kangaroos, Platypus, Emus & Wombats – all classic Australian natives that you won’t find in any other place on earth.

This is an in-the-wild experience, traveling to private farmland and swathes of quintessential, pristine Australian Bushland in the Southern Highlands, just 90 minutes south of Sydney.

Your small group, maximum 10, will travel in a luxury 4WD equipped for great wildlife-viewing with a specialist Naturalist Guide to interpret all. Walk through towering forests of Grey Gums in search of koalas, look for platypus in the rivers, and drive through woodlands & pastures as mobs of kangaroos and emus feed.

After dinner, a night-spotting foray lets you see nocturnal wombats, gliders and possums. We follow Nature’s guidelines, seeking out the animals when they’re most active, with a noon to evening tour that includes a light lunch (winter months) or afternoon tea (summer months) and hearty country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest country inns.

This is an exceptional way to see Australian wildlife in its natural environment.

Operates

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or by request.

Need to Know

Tour is not suitable for children under 6 years or travelers with mobility issues or walking aids. Maximum group size 10 travelers.
 
Times

– Summer (Oct – March) Tours with Afternoon Tea & Dinner – Depart between 1:00pm-2:00pm & Return at 10:30pm.
– Winter (Apr – Sept) Tours with Lunch & Dinner – Departs between 11:30am-12:00pm & Return at 10:00pm.

Inclusions

– Friendly & knowledgeable guides that really care about what they do. Authentic experiences off the busy tourist trails giving you the best opportunities for those all-important holiday snaps.
– Small group sizes giving the flexibility to help make the most of your day.
– Luxury transport to ensure your trip is comfortable from beginning to end.
– Pick up and drop off from many city hotels or convenient central locations.
– No zoos or nature parks – just thousands of acres of pristine bush and farmland.
– Afternoon and evening tour to put you in the right place at the right time to see the wildlife.
– Includes lunch or afternoon tea plus a hearty country-style dinner at one of Australia’s oldest pubs.
– Great for small groups, with safari-style driving, easy bush walks, animals, adventure and outdoor fun.

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Private Tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Surfing Lesson on Bondi Beach - ½ Day

What better place to learn to surf than on World Famous Bondi Beach? Fully qualified staff will help you catch the wave of your dreams, whether it’s your first time setting foot in the ocean or you’re a surf fanatic looking to ride the big one.

To build up your knowledge and confidence, you will first start out on the beach and your instructor will teach you how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water.

Then it’s off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Your lesson will cover surf awareness and safety, sport-specific warm-ups and stretches, standing up, paddling techniques, catching waves and equipment selection advice.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Please bring your own swimsuit and towel.

Lessons are in small groups of 5.

Times

Lessons are 2 hours long available beginning from 7:00am – 4:00pm.

Inclusions

– 2 Hour lesson
– Surfboard and wetsuit rental

Insider Tip: Blu Bar 36 in the Shangri La Hotel

Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.




A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.




Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.

Dress Code: Smart casual

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

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

Day 5 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 5 - Australia Domestic Flight, Sydney to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the 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 us immediately 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 5 to 8 - 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 6 - Day Tour, Mossman Gorge & Sailway to the Low Isles

Discover 2 Worlds, the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, all in one day!

Start your day with a 1.5 hour Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk. Join local indigenous guides on a private journey. Walk through stunning rainforest and culturally significant sites.

Then join Sailaway to Low Isles for an afternoon of snorkeling, sailing and island exploring. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel with turtles in their natural habitat, a glass bottom boat tour and island heritage walk. Then sit back for the Sunset Sail back to Port with beverages and canapes and coastal views of the Coral Seas and Daintree Rainforest.

Operates
Daily

Times
9.5 hours
9:00am – 6:30pm

Highlights & Inclusions
– Courtesy coach transfers in Port Douglas area
– 90-minute Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk with local Indigenous Guide
– Bush tea & Damper
– Courtesy coach transfer to Sailaway check-in
– Arrive Sailaway, tea & coffee, light lunch and muffins
– Sail to Idyllic Low Isles, snorkeling and guided snorkel tour
– Island Heritage Walk, relaxing and swimming with turtles
– Glass bottom boat, commentary by captain
– Easy access island time perfect for non swimmers
– Afternoon tea, scones cream and fruit
– Complimentary beverage and canapes
– All beverages includes (beer, wine, cider, sparkling wine, juices)

Need to Know
– Payable on board: $7.50 AUD Environment Management Charge (Not Included)
– What to Bring: Beach Towel, Swimwear, Hat, Sun-shirt, Sunscreen, Camera, Sunglasses, A friendly smile and your consideration for this precious Marine National Park and World Heritage site, Booking Voucher, Cash for Environmental Management Charge (above) and underwater camera hire (if you would like to add-on).

Upgrades
– Champagne Celebration – served onboard the luxury catamaran with ice bucket and champagne flutes.
– Private Chauffeur Transfers.

Day 7 - 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.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Day 8 - 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 8 - Australia Domestic Flight, Cairns to Ayers Rock

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru).

Days 8 to 10 - 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.

Uluru National Park Entry Pass

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 - Evening Event, 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; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under.

Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.

Day 9 - Day Tour, Sunrise & Sunset Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s outback in the Red Centre.

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.

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 outback sunset.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

  • Full breakfast is not provided. Bringing snacks for breakfast is recommended.
  • Please wear closed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Wear warm layers in cooler months.

Times

Morning tour pick ups are 1.5 hours before sunrise and returns approximately 11:00 – 11:30am, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal). Afternoon tour pick ups are 2:30pm – 3:00pm and returns half an hour after sunset, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal).

Inclusions

Morning tour:

  • Tea, coffee and cookies at sunrise and snacks.

Afternoon tour:

  • Wine and canapes at sunset.

Upgrades

Upgrade to a 2-day tour pass and split the tours over two days. Add a BBQ dinner with your Uluru sunset tour.

Photo: Tourism NT

Day 10 - Australia Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Melbourne via Alice Springs

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

Day 10 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 10 to 12 - 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 11 - 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), Great Ocean Road Small Group Tour - Full Day

Experience this majestic coastal drive in style with your small group and enjoy time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.

You will be collected by your tour guide directly at your hotel. Travel with a maximum of 11 people so you can relax and enjoy the personalized service and the time to fully appreciate the wonders of this world-famous touring route. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots. Your camera will get a good workout along this exciting journey where you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.

Visit the striking Split Point Lighthouse which dates back to 1891 and offers breathtaking views over Bass Strait. Stop at the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay and stroll along the magnificent beach or have some lunch. Afterwards enjoy exclusive access to an ancient Eucalyptus forest at the iconic Great Ocean Road Eco Lodge, where you can have a close encounter with koalas and kangaroos.
Visit the Conservation Ecology Centre. Its mission is to protect and understand the flora and fauna of the Otway forest. Importantly, as a passenger on this Great Ocean Road Day Tour, you will be contributing to the Great Ocean Ecolodge’s Conservation Program to protect the local tiger quolls, koalas and other unique native wildlife of the region.

In the afternoon discover the truly magnificent Twelve Apostles, one of the most iconic natural formations in the world; as well as infamous Loch Ard Gorge along the wild and unpredictable Shipwreck Coast before returning to Melbourne.

Operates
Daily, excluding Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

Times
Full Day Tour, approx. 11 hours
Approx. 8:00am – 7:00pm

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Small Group Touring
  • Expert local guide for personalized experience
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Access to exclusive forest walk to see kangaroos & koalas in the wild
  • National Park Fee
  • Eco Certified

Need to Know
A tour may be modified when required by weather or other restrictions. Minimum to operate tour is 2 adults. Tour will operate inland first during the summer to avoid large crowds.

Upgrades Available

  • Add Lunch

Image Credit: Visit Victoria

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

Enjoy a personalized Yarra Wine Valley tour guided by a friendly wine expert.

Join a fun and delectable day out on this specialized Yarra Valley Wine Experience.

Itinerary

9:00am – 9:40am: Meet at pick up points.

10:00am: Depart final pick-up point for Yarra Valley, just under an hour in a deluxe coach.

11:00am: Punt Road Wines
The enthusiastic and knowledgeable cellar door staff will share with you some of Punt Road’s award winning wines. This winery has a rich history and is the ideal place to sample a selection of exciting wines that reflect the earthiness and personality of the Yarra Valley. The wines here speak for themselves but we will let you be the judge.

12:00pm: Balgownie Estate Clearly one of the most stylish venues in the Yarra Valley with wines to match; Balgownie Estate have a marvelous restaurant with fantastic views and great wines to taste at the cellar door. Enjoy a high quality restaurant lunch with a glass of Balgownie Estate wine to compliment your meal.

1:30pm: Yering Farm One of the Yarra Valleys more boutique wineries, Yering Farm has stunning views and is oozing with rustic charm. Experience wines made with traditional methods in their cellar door, which showcases antique copper wine making tools used by pioneer wine makers.

2:15pm Domaine Chandon How better to finish the day than with a visit to French champagne company Moet & Chandon’s Australian production house. If you’ve ever wondered at the magic that puts the bubbles in bubbly, wonder no more – your privileged- access guided tour of the winery will reveal all. You’ll leave the riddling room to enjoy breath-taking views over a relaxing glass of Australia’s best bubbly.

3:30pm: Depart the Yarra Valley for Melbourne.

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Return to Drop off points.

Operates

Daily, except December 25 & 26.

Need to Know

– Maximum number of guests is 24, typical group size is 12-20.
– Group bookings are limited to 8.
– Meeting points are at:

  • Radisson Flagstaff Hotel 380 William Street Melbourne
  • 570 Flinders Street Melbourne
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral 200 Flinders Street Melbourne
  • Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell Street Melbourne

Times

Begins pick up from designated locations at 9am and returns between 4:30pm – 5pm.

Inclusions
– A Real Wine Expert, (not a snob!) as your guide that will entertain and educate you.
– Cellar Door Tasting at Yering Station, Yering Farm and Balgownie Estate.
– A La Carte Lunch at Balgownie Estate including a glass of estate wine.
– A private tour of Domaine Chandon plus a glass of their premium sparkling wine and light tasting platters.
– Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.

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

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic 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.

Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!

On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll 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!

Operates Daily except Sundays. Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case. Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required. General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way. Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking. Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.

Inclusions Morning coffee & tea. 3 hour guided walking tour. Knowledgeable and professional local guide. Lunch. City map.

Alternate Tours Available Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers. Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues. Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks. Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots. Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island with Penguin Plus

Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.

Your unforgettable day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.

Next, stop is Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, drive to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests.

Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It’s time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

* Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended in all seasons.
Tour Times: Summer/Daylight Savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April): approximately 2:00pm-11:00pm; Winter (All Other Times of the Year): approximately 1:00pm-10:30pm.
This tour does not run on Christmas – 25 Dec or New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec.
Min: 2 Adults; Max: 11 people; Tour Duration is 8-9hours.
Image Credit: Visit 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 12 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 12 - International Flight, Melbourne to Los Angeles (can be added on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,060 $4,335 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) $4,044 $5,319 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
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) $4,995 $6,270 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) $5,202 $6,477 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) $5,720 $6,995 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) $7,972 $9,247 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,580 $10,855 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.