Western Australia and Southern Wine [ST-5528]
16 Days: Western Australia and Southern Wine [ST-5528]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Darwin (4 Nights), Perth (4), Adelaide (2), Brisbane (4)
  • US Domestic Flights Not Included (as per your Own Arrangements)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Brisbane (Return)
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Brisbane to Darwin, Darwin to Perth, Perth to Adelaide, Adelaide to Brisbane
  • Shuttle Transfers - Darwin Airport to Accommodation (Return), Perth Airport to the Accommodation (Return), Adelaide Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours Included - Darwin: Day Tour, Kakadu, Nourlangie Rock & Yellow Water + Lunch & Wine; Perth: Day Tour, Wave Rock, Margaret River; Adelaide: Barossa Wine Tour; Brisbane: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Mt Coottha & City Tour, Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane

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

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) - Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Darwin

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Darwin.

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

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

(Days 2 to 6) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Darwin

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

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 3 & 5) - Free Days to Explore Darwin

Visit one of Darwin’s many attractions.

Spend the day at one of these top Darwin attractions:

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is just 4 kms from the city centre and houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. It is also home to a Cyclone Tracey exhibition which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that devastated Darwin. The Museum’s oceanfront café serves good coffee and is also a popular choice for brunch.

Cullen Bay Marina: Cullen Bay Marina is a hotspot for harbour side dining. It includes a variety of eateries ranging from à la carte restaurants to sidewalk cafés. You can stroll along the beach or just sit and watch the sunset over the water. Many sunset cruises, dive boats and fishing charters operate from the marina.

Historic City Walk: Take a Historic City Walk that incorporates 17 historically significant sites and buildings on a stroll around the city. Included is the British Australian Telegraph house (Lyon’s Cottage), the Wharf Precinct, Myilly Point Historical Precinct and the new Parliament House. Itineraries are available from the Visitor Information Centre located in the city centre.

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Katherine Gorge

Discover Katherine Gorge, Edith Falls and the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges.

Katherine Gorge is located within amazing Nitmiluk National Park, which spans more than 720,000 acres. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. The name Nitmiluk, meaning ‘Cicada Place’, came from the Jawoyn people who are the traditional custodians of the Park.

Begin your journey with a stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many World War Two soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942 air raids on Darwin. This is also the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil.

Continue via Pine Creek to Leliyn (Edith Falls) located on the western boundary of Nitmiluk National Park. The paperbark and pandanus-fringed natural pool at the base of Leliyn is safe for swimming throughout most of the year and you’ll have a chance to take a dip in the refreshing cool waters.

After lunch enter Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges. Stop by the Visitor Centre before joining your guided cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. The waters of Katherine Gorge are an enticing deep blue, but it is the sheer scale of the gorge that is the most mesmerizing feature.

As you glide along the tranquil waters of this ancient watercourse, enjoy commentary from your guide detailing the area’s plantlife and wildlife, and explaining the significance of the gorge for the local Aboriginal people. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and the large array of birdlife.

On the return trip to Darwin, stop to purchase dinner; a Top End specialty of barramundi and chips (own expense).

Operates: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Departs from Darwin at 6:30am and returns at approximately 8:30pm, lasting 14 hours.

Need to Know: Wear enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle, swimsuit and towel (if swimming). Wear warm layers in cooler months. Low level of fitness required.

Inclusions: Buffet lunch; Katherine Gorge cruise; Experienced driver guide; Comprehensive commentary; Travel in an air-conditioned coach; Return transfers from accommodation.

Photo Credit: Tourism NT/ Salty Wings

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Litchfield National Park

Travel south from Darwin to the picturesque Litchfield National Park and discover its stunning waterfalls.

Litchfield National Park’s major attractions are the permanent spring fed waterfalls of Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls.

The Park’s central sandstone plateau supports patches of monsoonal rainforest that thrive in the deep, narrow gorges, created over thousands of years by the force of the waterfalls cutting into the escarpment walls.

Common wildlife species you’ll spot here include wallaroos, wallabies, possums, flying foxes and dingoes. The caves near Tolmer Falls are home to a colony of rare Orange Horseshoe Bats. Litchfield is also a haven for hundreds of native bird species. Birds of prey are common during the dry season and the Rainbow Bee-eater inhabits the sheltered areas close to waterfalls.

See the picturesque double waterfall that forms beautiful Florence Falls, surrounded by lush rainforest. Continue to Tolmer Falls. Noted as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the park, Tolmer Falls cascades over two high escarpments and plunges into a deep waterhole below.

Journey a short distance to the rock pool at Wangi Falls, where there’s time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters at the waterfall’s base, (conditions permitting). Or perhaps take a nature walk to the top of Wangi Falls and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the lush surrounds.

Operates

  • April – November: Daily.
  • December – March: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Need to Know

  • Wear enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring a water bottle, swimsuit and towel (if swimming).
  • Wear warm layers in cooler months.
  • Low to moderate level of fitness required.
  • Florence Falls: 160 step staircase down to swimming area, or there is a viewing platform at top of the falls if you do not wish to swim.
  • Tolmer Falls: is a flat walk of 15mins each way
  • Wangi Falls is an easy 5 minute walk through rainforest

Times

Departs from Darwin at 7:25am and returns at approximately 6pm, lasting 10 hours.

Inclusions

  • Lunch.
  • Experienced driver guide.
  • Comprehensive commentary.
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach.
Insider's Tip: Hop-on Hop-off Tour Tub Bus

Hop on and off the Tour Tub and experience Darwin’s Major Tourist Attractions. Darwin’s tropical atmosphere can be experienced in the open-air vehicle and experienced guides provide information about the city and its colorful history.

This unique city tour through Darwin departs from The Mall (Woolworth’s end) and select Darwin accommodations every 60 minutes starting at 9:00am until 4:00pm (last tour departs at 3:00pm). You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. The tour takes in some of Darwin’s 10 most spectacular attractions. The bus travels every day (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and New Years Day) and makes numerous stops. Buy your tickets onboard or at hotel reception (not available at all accommodations) for $30 AUD per person; the cost of your ticket includes admission to the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels.

Along the way you will stop at the following attractions: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay Gaol, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, the Australian Pearling Exhibition, the Darwin Wharf Precinct, the WWII Oil Tunnels and Aquascene (fish feeding at Doctors Gully).

To check pick up from your accommodation, call (08) 8985 6322.

(Day 4) - Day Tour, Kakadu, Nourlangie Rock & Yellow Water + Lunch & Wine

Visit Kakadu National Park, enjoy Arnhem Land Escarpment, take a cruise along the famous Yellow Water billabong and learn about the history of the area.

Depart the tropical city of Darwin and enter Australia’s largest national park, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

Kakadu’s vast wetlands and ancient escarpment are home to one of Australia’s largest and most diverse bird populations and carry outstanding natural and cultural significance.

At Jabiru, visit the Aboriginal Cultural Center, or for an additional cost enjoy a 50 minute scenic flight over the Arnhem Land Escarpment and take in the beauty of the region from the air.

Afterwards, join a wonderful guided cruise on famous Yellow Water billabong and keep an eye out for wildlife inhabiting the billabong and its surrounds. You may even spot crocodiles!

Then travel to Nourlangie Rock to view a variety of ancient Aboriginal rock art. On your return route to Darwin, stop at the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre where you have the opportunity to learn about the wildlife, seasonal changes, animal groups, and local Aboriginal and European history of the region. Relax and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while admiring the beautiful evening view over the floodplains from the top of the Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.

Operates

  • April – November: Daily
  • December – March: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.

Need to Know

  • Wear enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring your own water bottle.
  • Wear warm layers in cooler months.
  • Low level of fitness required. Includes a 10-15 minute walk on uneven ground with a gradual climb to the viewing point.
  • There is wheelchair access, however, is on uneven ground and is accessible for only a small part of the walk and must have a carer to assist.
  • National Park fee is not included.

Times

Departs at 6:30am from Darwin (earlier from your hotel). Returns to Darwin at approximately 7:30pm.

Inclusions

  • Buffet lunch.
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.
  • Experienced driver guide.
  • Comprehensive commentary.
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach.

Upgrades

Upgrade with a scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment (additional cost).

(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer, Darwin Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Darwin accommodation to Airport.

(Day 6) - Australian Domestic Flight, Darwin to Perth

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Darwin to Perth.

(Day 6) - Taxi, Perth Airport to Accommodation (pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

(Days 6 to 10) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Perth

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

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of the city of Perth, only a few metres from the Murray and Hay Street shopping malls. The hotel includes a restaurant, bar, and Internet access. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free tea and coffee making facility, radio, and ensuite bathroom. Perth has a reputation amongst travelers to be a friendly city on the Swan River. Travel some short miles to Fremantle, a modern and vibrant counterpart. From outdoors to indoor, the fabulous range of Perth and suburban shops will satisfy even the most particular of traveler. Western Australia offers you a unique vacation experience.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

(Day 7) - Day Tour, Wave Rock

From Perth, cross vast farming plains via the Darling Ranges. Visit Wave Rock, enjoy a picnic lunch, and visit a Native Wildlife Park.

Heading east, enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. Visit the Dog Cemetery before arriving in Hyden. Then visit Hippo’s Yawn, a rock formation which resembles a hippo yawning. Break for a picnic lunch at the Wildflower Shop.

See the spectacle of Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Whilst here visit either a wildlife Park or view the unique Antique Lace Collection. Leaving Wave Rock, visit The Humps and Mulka’s Cave. Return to Perth via a different route and stop at the quaint country town of Babakin for afternoon tea (own expense). Wildflower viewing stops are made in season.

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 8:30 PM.

Tour Operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

(Day 8) - Free Day to Explore Perth

Explore the city at your leisure.

If you’re after some serious retail therapy – make a beeline for up-market King Street. Fancy a lazy lunch? Take your pick from a stack of riverside and beachfront cafes and restaurants. Over 80 kilometres of white sandy beaches make Perth’s coast ideal for swimming and surfing. Stroll through Kings Park botanical gardens – or try the treetop walk for a unique view of the city. Jump on a ferry to South Perth to take that world-famous snap of Perth’s skyline. At night, it’s especially spectacular when the city’s glittering skyline is reflected in the Swan River.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Highlights of Perth and Fremantle

Perth, Western Australia (Half Day Tour): Perth and Fremantle Morning Sights

A morning tour taking in the highlights of Perth and Fremantle, giving an insight into the alfresco lifestyle locals enjoy. This tour features all of Perth’s key points of interest, starting at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, where you can walk through the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway. Next enjoy a picturesque drive along Cottesloe Beach. Visit historic Fremantle, a centre of cosmopolitan cafés and restored old buildings. Your tour returns via some of Perth’s most exclusive suburbs.

1/2 day tour.

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Nambung National Park, The Pinnacles

The extraordinary ancient rock formations that make up the Pinnacles are located about a three-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes. Join on a guided walk through the Pinnacles desert and marvel at the limestone pillars created by forces of nature.

After stopping at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley to view koalas and hand feed kangaroos, travel to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes for lunch. Stop at the Lobster Shack for an informative talk about the lobster industry, followed by a self-guided tour through the purpose built factory.

Then it’s onwards to the mystical Pinnacles Desert for an easy paced walk through the fascinating landscape where you will be in awe at the sheer size and number of these spires. Afterwards enjoy a thrilling experience of sand boarding and 4-wheel driving over the vast sand dunes of Lancelin. Full Day Tour.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

Insider's Tip: Stunning Beaches

Spend the day surfing or lounging on one of Perth’s many stunning beaches.

Perth Western Australia is home to many popular beaches, including, Cottesloe, Swanbourne, and Scarborough. Cottlesloe is a great beach for families, with quaint shops and cafes within easy reach. Swanbourne is an excellent place for surfing and body boarding, with some of the best waves along the Perth Western Australia coast. Travelers from out of town should note, however, that Swanbourne is also a nude beach, and beach patrons are expected to go without clothing. Scarborough beach provides a more traditional family experience. Life savers patrol the beach during the day, and the absence of rock and coral reef make this an excellent beach for small children. Nearby, travelers can also enjoy a taste from a local café, or peruse local gift shops.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

Insider's Tip: Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Explorer Bus

An open top Double Decker bus guarantees a bird’s eye view of Kings Park and the City’s attractions. Be guided around by friendly drivers while listening to the informative and professional commentary.

This unique city tour through Perth departs from Barrack Street Jetty every 45 minutes starting at 9:15am. You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. The tour takes in some of Perth’s most spectacular attractions. The bus travels every day (except 25Dec, 26Jan & 25Apr) and makes numerous stops. The bus trip takes about 2 hours to complete the whole journey (with no stops). Buy your tickets onboard ($25 AUD for Adult Ticket, $10 AUD for Child Ticket). Use your ticket stub to get amazing discounts at each stop location.

The stops include Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Harbour Town, Murrary Street, William Street, Perth Town Hall, Gallery Museum, Burswood Entertainment Complex, & Perth Mint. At each stop you can get valuable discounts with your ticket at the following places (to name a few): The Bell Tower, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping, Perth Mint, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park, The Maritime Museum, & Fremantle Motor Museum.

For additional information please visit: https://www.citysightseeingperth.com/index.shtml

Insider's Tip: Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo is Australia’s best small zoo and located just 5 minutes from the Perth CBD.

Touted as one of the most diverse zoos in the Southern Hemisphere, the Perth Zoo almost always has something new to see. The zoo is open year round from 9am to 5pm and entrance fees are as follows (all prices in AUD): $22 for adults & $11.30 for children. In addition to Keeper Talks, you can ride in the electric-powered zebra buggy, go on a free walking tour or ride on the zoo’s historical carousel. This Perth attraction is an excellent way to spend a day without spending a lot of money.

Getting There
By Bus: From Perth CBD Bus No. 30 and 31 stop right in front of the Zoo weekdays or weekends, leaving regularly from the Esplanade Bus-Port. Bus #34 stops behind the Zoo and leaves from the Wellington Street Bus-port. From the ‘Causeway’ (Victoria Park) Bus #730 and #731 stop at the Zoo. For further information on bus timetables, routes and prices please call Transperth information on 13 62 13 or visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au where you can search for the best route for you.
By Train: Currently, the easiest way to visit Perth Zoo by train is to transfer at the Esplanade Bus-port (Train Platform 1) to Bus # 31 (Bus Stand E4) which makes Perth Zoo one of its first stops. The bus stops right out front of the ticket office. The reverse applies when you want to go home.

Photo Credit: Perth Zoo

(Day 9) - Day Tour, Margaret River

Stunning beaches, rivers, the inland waterway of Peel Inlet, blue mountains in the distance, villages and towns and the wine growing region of the South West. Taste the wines and explore vast underground limestone caves in a day of discovery along this Indian Ocean coastline.

Travelling south, stop for morning tea (own expense) at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Continue south to the Margaret River region and visit a local winery, taste some of the very best wines of the region whilst gaining some insight in to the industry.

Enjoy lunch at Lake Cave Tearooms and visit the Caveworks Interpretive Centre (time permitting). Next head out to explore Mammoth Cave on a guided tour. Pass through the stunning Boranup Forest and be awestruck at the size of these massive Karri trees. Afterwards, visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse the diving point between the Southern and Indian Oceans.

Heading back towards Margaret River make a brief stop in the township where you have free time to stroll the main street. Break at a café for a light dinner (own expense) before returning home to Perth.

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 9:30 PM.

Tour Operates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

(Day 10) - Taxi, Perth Accommodation to the Airport (pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

(Day 10) - Domestic Flight, Perth to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Perth to Adelaide.

(Day 10) - Taxi, Adelaide Airport to Accommodation (pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

(Days 10 to 12) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

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

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

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

(Day 11) Day Tour - Barossa Valley Wine Tour

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

This Barossa Valley and Hahndorf wine tour with its German heritage and villages, wineries, vineyards and scenery provides a unique mix of Europe in Australia.

You’ll explore South Australia’s premium wine region and sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines including the world famous Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre and Saltram Wine Estate. Enjoy a sumptuous 2 course lunch at the South Australian Company Store. Then wind your way through to the picturesque Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf, Adelaide’s oldest German settlement where you will have free time to explore the many shops and galleries full of local arts, crafts and produce that evoke the tastes and smells of Bavaria.

Operates: Monday, Tuesday & Friday.

Need to Know: Child pricing available for ages 3 – 14 years.

Times: Departs Adelaide Central Bus Station at 9:15am or selected Adelaide or Glenelg hotels. Returns at 5:15pm.

Inclusions: Morning pick up and evening set down at selected Adelaide CBD & Glenelg Hotels. Full day coach tour with expert commentary by a local driver/guide. Morning tea, tour and tastings at the multi-award winning Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre. Mengler Hill Lookout for views over the Barossa. Cellar door tastings and learn about the ‘Saltram Story’ at Saltram Wine Estate, Angaston. Enjoy a delicious 2 course lunch and wine tastings from 2 boutique wineries at the South Australian Company Store, Angaston. Visit the famous Herbig Family Tree, a large hollow red gum tree which provided a home to the Herbig family until 1860. Explore the tree-lined main street of historic Hahndorf, home to many shops and galleries full of local art, craft, regional produce and wines from boutique cellar doors.

(Day 12) -Taxi, Adelaide Accommodation to Airport (pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

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

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Brisbane.

(Day 12) - 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 12 to 16) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

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



Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is within walking distance to the city centre and shopping precinct. All rooms are spacious offering a view across Brisbane and are equipped with free coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer in room, mini bar, and air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, cafe, pool, gym, and sauna.




Brisbane, Australia, is a vibrant city offering many vacation activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here). See Kodak Beach, one of Australia’s large man-made inland beach/pool, surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Explore and experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (River Cat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop. Or perhaps rest from your travel through the city and enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk cafe as you watch the world go by.

(Day 13) - Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Mt Coottha & City Tour - ½ Day

This guided tour showcases the sights of Brisbane including the historic Tower Mill Observatory. Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary to cuddle a koala.

Experience Brisbane’s past by touring historic buildings including the oldest Mill and Observatory. Travel through the sub tropic suburbs and observe the classic architecture of these traditional “tin and timber” homes which sit on stilts before you head through to trendy Paddington and past Lang Park Stadium. Also have a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (established in 1927) which is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. It is one of the best places to visit Australian native animals in a natural Aussie bush country setting. Here you can hug one of 130 cute koalas anytime of the day (cuddling Koala’s is only legal in the state of Queensland) and get a photo (own expense). You can also hand feed friendly kangaroos & emus, see Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more. The sanctuary is 20 hectares (50 acres) and is available for you to explore at your leisure. Finish the afternoon with “top of the world” views of the city, bay and islands from Mt Coot-tha.

Includes: Lone Pine Sanctuary, Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Operation Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Approximate Times: Departure: 12:45pm Return: 5:00pm
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day

(Day 14) - Day Tour, Steve Irwin's 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 15) - Free Day to Explore Brisbane

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Brisbane. We suggest you use this opportunity to take in the sights of this beautiful city. Perhaps purchase a few souvenirs for family or friends back home.

Brisbane is a vibrant city with many activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here) and see Kodak Beach, a large man-made inland beach/pool surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Also experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (CityCat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop, or enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.

Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Whale Watching

Marvel at the annual migration each June to October of humpback whales as they journey some 10,000 miles from Antarctica along the east coast of Australia. These acrobats of the ocean pass by Moreton Island, often with their newborn calves, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the sea. Your Whale Watch crew will explain the habits and characteristics of migrating whales and serve a light, delicious lunch on board.

Highlights

  • Whale Watching – On arrival at the island resort, guests will have a short time to find their land-lovers legs before departing on the whale watching vessel where they will enjoy an educational commentary and Q&A about whales, a light lunch and refreshments and whale viewing.
  • Free Time at Tangalooma Resort – Free time to enjoy the pristine beaches, visit a resort cafe for afternoon tea, enjoy a swim at one of the resort pools, hire a quad bike or Segway or try one of the 40 free activities on the island from tennis to archery to boule, badminton, squash or mini-golf excluding watersports …just to name a few!
  • Wild Dolphin Viewing – Stand on the jetty as wild dolphins make their way to the shallow waters for their nightly feeding. (Upgrade to feed the dolphins by hand)

Operates
Daily (June 1 – October 15th Only)

Times
Full Day
Gold Coast Departure: 6:15am Return: 9:30pm -10:45pm
Brisbane Departure: 8:45am Return: 8:30pm -9:45pm

Includes

  • Return coach transfers (selected hotels)
  • Return 75-minute cruise
  • Whale Watch Cruise with light lunch
  • Dolphin Behaviour and Data Collection Presentation
  • Return 75-minute cruise
  • Access to the the wild dolphin viewing jetty
  • Whale watching photo / low resolution digital copy
  • Over 40 free land-based activities
  • Optional extras including watersports incur a fee

Need to Know
This tour can be taken from the Gold Coast or Brisbane.
The Desert Safari Tour will be offered if the Whale Watching Tour must be cancelled due to severe weather conditions or for safety reasons.

Upgrade to Dolphin Feeding to include

  • Admission to the nightly dolphin feeding program
  • Dolphin feeding photo / low resolution digital copy
  • Day Lounge access with tea & coffee making facilities
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Tangalooma Resort - Full Day

Enjoy a day out on Moreton Island, this beautiful location is a short 75 minute cruise from Brisbane. Enjoy crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national parks. The tour highlight is the magical experience of hand feeding wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset.

An unforgettable day out as you discover a tropical island paradise just 75 minutes from Brisbane. At Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, you can enjoy a delicious lunch, challenge yourself to sand tobogganing and at sunset, wade into the water to hand feed one of the island’s special visitors, a wild bottlenose dolphin! The experience is unforgettable.

Includes: 4WD desert safari and sand tobogganing, acces to the day lounge for showers, tea and coffee, dolphin behaviour and data collection presentation, wild dolphin feeding at sunset, 25 free land based actitivites.

Operation: Daily except Saturdays
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day

Insiders Tip: Tour of Brisbane by Ferry, Bus & Train - Hop-on Hop-off

Get a ticket on the City Cat Ferry – it’s good for all day & lets you ride bus, train and ferry.


Include Mount Cootha as part of the zones you will cross – you can get off at a ferry stop and take a bus from there to Mount Cootha and take in some great city views. Be sure to do this earlier in the day since the buses stop running out to Mount Cootha later in the day.

Brisbane has a great public transportation system in place and free tours of both the Parliament House and the Botanical Gardens.


To check ferry timetables, please visit:
https://www.translink.com.au/tt_results.php?routett=&mode=FER

Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

(Day 16) - 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 16) - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles

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 $3,265 $4,315 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) $4,248 $5,297 Jul 17 2019 - Jun 28 2020
USA Departures: 17JUL-05DEC, 03JAN20-28JUN20 EXP 30AUG
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) $5,201 $6,250 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) $5,408 $6,457 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) $5,925 $6,975 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) $8,177 $9,227 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,786 $10,835 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $24,378 $25,428 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.