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18 Day Highlights of Australia Tour

18 Day Highlights of Australia Tour

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This group tour of Australia starts in Melbourne and over 18 days and showcases the absolute best of Australia’s culture, nature, wildlife and history.

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Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne
  • Meet & Greet with local guide
  • Representative will meet you at the airport to give you your travel documents and assist with your transfer to your hotel
  • International Airport to City hotel by Private Coach Transfer
Day 2: Melbourne (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel
  • Full-day private coach charter. This tour will take in the main highlights of Melbourne. Visit Cooks Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, pass by Melbourne University, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the National Tennis Centre, Parliament House and the City Square. Drive through the suburb of Carlton, with its beautiful terrace houses. Pass through the exclusive suburbs of Toorak and South Yarra, viewing their stately mansions, fashionable shopping centres and boutiques. Pass by Victoria Market, the World Trade Centre, the Law Courts and Melbourne's Art and Cultural Centre
  • Admission to Rialto Observation Deck for 360 view of Melbourne
  • Free time available for lunch in the city centre (at own expense)
  • Afternoon tour of Dandenongs
  • Belgrave to Menzies Creek (one way) on Puffing Billy Train
  • Vineyard Tour & Tasting at Domaine Chandon
Day 3: Melbourne/Great Ocean Road (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel
  • 2 Day/1night Adelaide to Melbourne by Private Coach Charter
  • Lunch at Apollo Bay hotel
  • Visit Port Campbell National Park – see the famous 12 Apostles
Day 4: Great Ocean Road/Adelaide (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Continue via Mt Gambier and Blue Lakes to Adelaide. Tour concludes at your Adelaide hotel at approximately 5.30pm
Day 5: Adelaide/ Kangaroo Island/ Adelaide (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Coach to Cape Jervis (approx two hours drive) 
  • Ferry transfer from Cape Jervis to kangaroo island (approx 45min - one hour) 
  • Full day Kangaroo Island Tour by private coach. Includes admissions and lunch.
  • Upon arrival on Kangaroo Island, join your coach to commence a full day Kangaroo Island Highlights tour. Your tour includes Seal Bay where you are able to walk on the beach amongst a colony of Australian sea lions with a National Parks Guide, and Flinders Chase National Park to view Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch
  • Ferry transfer from kangaroo island to Cape Jervis (45mins - one hour) 
  • Coach to Adelaide (approx two hours drive)
Day 6: Adelaide/Barossa Valley/Adelaide (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Full day Barossa Tour by Private Coach Charter 
  • Includes wine tasting at a Barossa winery 
  • Includes guided tour, wine tasting and lunch at Chateau Yaldara 
  • Visit township of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills
  • The Barossa, which encompasses Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, has a thousand faces, each of them charming. The Barossa is old towns with vineyards set in manicured rows across undulating hillsides. It's Australia's most famous wine region, home to more than 50 of Australia's biggest and smallest wineries.
  • Enjoy a visit to two wineries including a guided tour and lunch. After lunch we depart the Barossa and travel via Williamstown to Hahndorf
  • Enroute we will stop at the Whispering Wall. Discover how this acoustic phenomena carries a whispered message one hundred and fifty metres
  • Hahndorf, situated in the Mount Lofty Ranges, is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. It is home to many craftsmen, European-style bakeries, art galleries and shops where German sausages and condiments are sold
  • After some free time to browse the shops in Hahndorf, we reboard our coach and return to Adelaide where our tour concludes at the hotel at approximately 5.00pm
Day 7: Adelaide/Alice Springs (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Adelaide City Hotel to Domestic Airport by Private Coach 
  • Arrive Alice Springs, met by driver and private coach 
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctors base 
  • School of the Air (radio classroom for children living on remote cattle stations) 
  • Old Telegraph Station 
  • Transfer to hotel
Day 8: Alice Springs/Ayers Rock (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Depart Alice Springs for coach to Ayers Rock – by Private Coach Charter (approx six hours) 
  • Afternoon Olgas Tour following by Sunset viewing at Uluru (the famous Ayers Rock) 
  • Sparkling wine and snacks at Sunset 
  • Ayers Rock National Park Fee
  • Depart Alice Springs and visit a camel farm where you can visit the museum short camel rides are also available (at own expense)
  • We continue southwest, crossing three of central Australia's largest river systems, the Hugh, Finke and Palmer. Morning Tea stop at Mt Ebenezer roadhouse enroute, before continuing on to view Mt. Connor on Curtin Springs Cattle Station and onto Ayers Rock
  • This afternoon, join your Downunder driver/guide for a morning Olgas and Valley of the Winds Tour. Travel to Kata Tjuta where you will enjoy a guided two-three hour walk amongst the domes to the Valley of the Winds Lookout. At Sunset, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés as you watch the changing colours on Ayers Rock
Day 9: Ayers Rock /Cairns (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Morning Sunrise view (optional)
  • For those that wish to view the sunrise on Uluru, the coach is at your disposal to take you out one hour prior to sunrise 
  • Morning Base Rock tour of Uluru 
  • This afternoon, take a tour around the base of this huge monolith. You will be able to explore some of the caves, which comb the base of the Rock, and view Aboriginal paintings and carvings, some thousands of years old, which cover the walls of these caves
  • Transfer to the airport by private coach 
  • Arrive Cairns and met by driver for transfer to your hotel – by private coach
Day 10: Cairns (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full Day Cruise including Lunch
  • A Quicksilver coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to Marina Mirage Port Douglas, the departure point of your cruise. At 9.30am, board your vessel to commence a full day cruise to Agincourt Reef. Your cruise includes morning and afternoon tea, snorkelling equipment, semi-sub tours and the underwater observatory. Buffet lunch is included. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm, at which time hotel drop-offs will commence
Day 11: Cairns (B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Full day Kuranda tour – by Private Coach Charter 
  • Visit Rainforestation for a ride on the Amphibious Army Duck Tour through the Rainforest. Visit the Wildlife Park where you will see crocodiles, enjoy a performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers and enjoy a BBQ lunch in Outback Restaurant 
  • Descend from Kuranda back to Caravonica via the Skyrail cable car 
  • Coach transfer from skyrail back to your hotel
Day 12: Cairns/Brisbane(B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Cairns City Hotel to Domestic Airport Private Coach Transfer 
  • Arrive Brisbane airport and commence City sightseeing tour (four hours) by private coach
  • Travel to hotel for check-in
Day 13: Brisbane/Fraser Island (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Coach transfer via Sunshine coast to Hervey Bay – Urangan Harbour (4.5 hours) 
  • 12 noon or 4pm Catamaran transfer from Urangan Boat Harbour, Hervey Bay to Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Day 14: Fraser Island( B/L)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Full day 4WD Eco-Tour of Fraser Island – by private charter – includes lunch
  • Join an expert Naturalist on a guided full day 4WD tour of Fraser Island, visiting the Islands' major attractions. Lunch and refreshments are included. At the end of your tour you will be returned to your accommodation.
Day 15: Fraser Island/Brisbane/Sydney (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • 7.40am or 10.30am Kingfisher Bay Resort to Urangan Boat Transfer 
  • Coach charter from Urangan Harbour to Brisbane airport 
  • Arrive Sydney and met by driver for private transfer to your hotel
Day 16: Sydney (B/L/D)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • Full day city sightseeing by private coach charter
  • See Sydney's commercial and shopping heart, with its mixture of old and new buildings. See Chinatown and Darling Harbour before heading to historic Mrs Macquarie's Chair in the Botanic Gardens. Continue past St Mary's Cathedral and the Art Gallery to Kings Cross, scene of Sydney's nightlife and continue via suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay to Bondi 
  • Discover Bondi tour of the famous surf club
  • Today you will discover the home of surf lifesaving & the famous Bondi lifesaver. Fun, interactive and informative, our relaxed guided tours run daily. Say G'day & spend time with a true blue Bondi lifesaver & learn all about the colourful history of Bondi, how surf lifesaving began, Bondi's shark attacks and the famous Black Sunday.
  • 2 course lunch at Nick's Bondi Beach 
  • Afternoon one hour guide tour of Sydney Opera House
  • Join your guided tour of the Sydney Opera House at the Tour Desk in the main Opera House foyer to exchange your voucher for the tour ticket
  • Enjoy your interactive tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Early self cook BBQ dinner at Phillips Foote Pub in the Rocks 
  • Coach transfer back to your hotel
Day 17: Sydney (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel
  • Make own way to Circular Quay 
  • Morning Main & Middle Harbour Coffee Cruise - 2.5 hour Cruise including Morning Tea ex Circular Quay.Board your Captain cook Cruise vessel at Jetty No. 6 Circular Quay to commence a Morning Coffee Cruise. This cruise takes you right around Sydney Harbour and into the upper reaches of Middle Harbour. Commentary is provided. Cruise concludes at Circular Quay at approximately 12.20pm
  • Remainder of the day is at your leisure – make your own way back to your hotel
Day 18: Depart Sydney (B)
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel 
  • City to International Airport Private Coach Transfer
  • You will be transferred by coach from your hotel to the International Airport terminal
  • Melbourne based guide repositions back to Melbourne (i.e. home base)
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