19 Days Best of Australia Explorer

19 Days Best of Australia Explorer

19 day Best of Australia is all that it name suggests. See Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, the Red Centre, Kakadu, Cairns & Sydney plus plenty more

Tour Highlights

  • See the sights of Melbourne
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Stay on Kangaroo Island
  • Sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Visit Kings Canyon
  • 4WD safari into Palm Valley
  • Explore Kakadu National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong
  • East Alligator River cruise
  • Journey on the Kuranda Train
  • Ride the Skyrail Cableway
  • Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • See the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Tour Info

Code AK-MS19
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 19 Days
Price From $0
Departures

Ceased operation from Mar 2013.

Vehicle Luxury Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Melbourne @ Morning
Finish Sydney @ After Breakfast

On arrival at Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure in cosmopolitan Melbourne. This evening you have the option to dine on board the popular Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

Accommodation

Mercure Hotel Welcome (standard),
Crowne Plaza (first class),
Melbourne, 2 nights.

Travel along the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. Drive through the lush tree- fern gullies of the Otway National Park. View the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles, the Loch Ard Gorge shipwreck site & the remains of the rock formation known as London Bridge. B

See the sights of Melbourne including Fitzroy Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Later, you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Adelaide.

Accommodation

Country Comfort (standard),
Crowne Plaza (first class),
Adelaide. B

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis to board the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Walk among the nation's third largest and most accessible colony of Australian sea lions, as these creatures doze in the sun after lengthy fishing forays in the Southern Ocean, at the popular Seal Bay Conservation Park.

Accommodation

Aurora Ozone Hotel (standard or first class),
Kangaroo Island. B L

At Flinders Chase National Park see the Remarkable Rocks, Admiral's Arch and fur seals. This afternoon return to Adelaide for the evening.

Accommodation

Country Comfort (standard),
Crowne Plaza (first class),
Adelaide. B L

You will be transferred to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Alice Springs where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Tour the sights of 'The Alice' including the historic Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre where you can see unique central Australian reptiles. Stop for a panoramic view of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill.

Accommodation

Aurora Alice Springs (standard),
Chifley Alice Springs Resort,
River Gum Rooms (first class),
Alice Springs, 2 nights. B

Join a 4WD Safari through the West MacDonnell Ranges into Palm Valley. B L

Journey south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm where there is time to ride one of these 'ships of the desert' (own expense). View Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as the sun sets over the western horizon. Continue to our exclusive venue for an Aussie barbecue dinner. There is time for stargazing (weather permitting).

Accommodation

Outback Pioneer Hotel (standard),
Desert Gardens Hotel (first class),
Ayers rock resort, 2 nights. B D

Drive through sandhill country into Watarrka National Park. Make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of Kings Canyon. Or you may wish to explore the canyon floor, an easier walk. B

Travel to the sunrise viewing area at Uluru and watch the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert plains. Transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Darwin, where on arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort (standard),
Mantra on the Esplanade (first class),
Darwin. B

Travel via the meandering Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains deep into Kakadu National Park. Make a stop at Nourlangie Rock to view its Aboriginal rock art. Next you'll join a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong with our local expert guide to spot crocodiles. Return to Darwin with free time this evening.

Accommodation

Aurora Kakadu (standard),
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn (first class),
Kakadu. B L

Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. Continue to Ubirr for a guided walk to see Aboriginal rock art. Later, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre.

Accommodation

Travelodge Mirambeena resort (standard),
Mantra on the Esplanade (first class),
Darwin. B L

Transfer to Darwin Airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

rydges Esplanade (standard),
Hilton Hotel (first class),
Cairns, 3 nights. B

Join the Kuranda train and journey to Kuranda. Return on the Skyrail Cableway. Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Return to Cairns. B

Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef for an unforgettable day. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cairns in the late afternoon. B L

Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation

Vibe Hotel (standard),
Four Points by Sheraton,
Darling Harbour, (first class),
Sydney, 3 nights. B

See the Sydney Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens. Visit famous Bondi Beach. Enjoy a Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point for fabulous views of the city skyline. Visit Manly surf beach before returning to the city. B L

Today is at leisure to explore Sydney. B

You will be transferred to Sydney Airport to connect with your onward flight. B

Holiday Inclusions

Transportation

  • Your Driver Guides are the local experts, with vast knowledge of the regions they call home

Dining Inclusions

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (18) B
  • Lunch (7) L
  • Dinners (1) D

Accommodation

  • Flexibility to choose your preferred standard of hotel, all centrally located with private facilities

Plus

  • Airport transfers 

Flight Information

  • Day 1     Flights anytime into Melbourne 
  • Day 3     Flights to depart after 3.00pm from Melbourne into Adelaide 
  • Day 6     Flights to arrive prior to 12.00pm into Alice Springs from Adelaide 
  • Day 10   Flights to depart after 12.00pm from Ayers Rock into Darwin 
  • Day 13   Flights anytime from Darwin into Cairns 
  • Day 16   Flights anytime from Cairns into Sydney 
  • Day 19   Flights to depart after 8.00am from Sydney