13 Day Australian Highlights - Melbourne to Sydney

13 Day Australian Highlights - Melbourne to Sydney

This fully escorted 13 day Highlights of Australia includes the city sights of Melbourne, Sydney & Cairns with visits to the Barrier Reef, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. iverse red desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef make this holiday one that ticks all the boxes. Wander through Melbourne's eclectic laneways, meet the Falzon family in Alice Springs and feel the ancient heartbeat of the Red Centre, then snorkel on the reef and cruise around Sydney's spectacular harbour.

Tour Highlights

  • Indulge with a unique dining experience on board Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways and arcades
  • Savour a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary
  • Toast an Uluru sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting masterpiece
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Experience the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour

Tour Info

Code AK-IMSE
Style
  • Coach Tour
Duration 13 Days
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Vehicle Luxury Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Melbourne @ 12.00 pm
Finish Sydney @ 10.00 am
Travel Insurance Required

On arrival you'll be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne's famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

** Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client's expense and are not included in the land content price.( click the Notes for flight details)

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

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

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 3 nights.

Included Meals:

. Day 2-3: Breakfast on both days.

Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit the School of the Air and hear how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll learn how this facility provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. 'You're invited' this evening to join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy an Aussie barbecue dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and You're invited dinner.

Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges and pause to view majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) often mistaken for Uluru, before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort's facilities. Later, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying gourmet canapés and wine.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront. B L DW

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an optional experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and firemaking demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. B

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns,

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Spend time at Cairns Wildlife Dome, where you'll have the chance to see some Australian wildlife, including the cuddly koala. Later, you'll fly from Cairns to Sydney where you will have a free evening to do as you please.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

Included Meals: Breakfast.

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a local guide for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook highlight lunch cruise, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbour front. Maybe even take an optional experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

Included Meals: Breakfast and Highlight lunch.

Enjoy a full free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an optional experience to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters or climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on a 'BridgeClimb'. Spend your last evening in Sydney at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant by the water.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner.

This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Inclusions

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Escorted

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Dinning

  • Full buffet breakfasts (12)
  • Highlight lunch (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (2)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

 Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1flights to arrive before 12pm;

Day 4from Melbourne to Alice Springs – QF796;

Day 7from Ayers Rock to Cairns – QF1854;

Day 10from Cairns to Sydney – QF925;

Day 13flights can depart anytime.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months