13 days Escorted Tour - Inspiring Australia

$6,995 per person (based on double occupancy)

 

Feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair; this is a delightful journey from the Tropical North, to Central Australia’s spiritual heartland and on to spectacular Sydney with it's iconic harbour. Experience ancient culture, uncover stunning scenery, indulge in gourmet food & drink and meet the locals whose warmth you’ll remember forever.

 

This Vacation Includes:

  • 12 nights’ of accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • All taxes and fees

 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1-3: Cairns, Daintree, The Great Barrier Reef

Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

  • Meet your Travel Director and join them for a cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the stunning crystal clear water of the Coral Sea. Dine on award winning modern Australian cuisine using only the freshest local produce at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant.

 

Day 2: Daintree and Culture

  • Today will be one to remember. Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive journey to discover the Daintree and gain insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yulanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and traditional medicine and experience traditional hunting techniques and have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab.

 

Day 3: Great Barrier Reef

  • Discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise that will take you to three secluded outer reef dive sights. Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures. Snorkel around underwater gardens or maybe take the opportunity to take a dive or relax while you bask in the sun on deck.

Day 4: Cairns to Alice Springs

  • Today fly from Cairns to Alice Springs (extra cost – speak with one of our Destination Specialists). Enjoy a tour of Alice Springs to discover what life is like in an isolated Australian town. We'll visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service that provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities.
  • Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dining experience in a bush setting. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host Bob will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.

Day 5: Alice Springs to Kings Canyon

  • Travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon enjoy a relaxed walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon.
  • This evening you're treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.

Day 6-7: Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta

Day 6: Kings Canyon – Uluru

  • At sunrise you’re off on a 6km Rim Walk of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you explore the rim, highlights include the domed 'Lost City' and a stop at Cotterill's Lookout. Or you can opt for an easier shorter walk along the canyon creek bed. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time.
  • This afternoon we enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness a spectacular Uluru sunset. Enjoy sparkling wine while you watch Uluru change colour as the sun sets below the horizon.

 

Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

  • Start this highlight day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the dune viewing area. Then it's off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (traditional owners) have a strong connection with this land.
  • This evening you’ll dine at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. The resort’s chefs are continually finding new ways to incorporate local native ingredients to create world-class Indigenous bush-tuckerinspired outback fare.

Day 8: Ayers Rock to Sydney

  • Sleep in and relax before your flight to Sydney (extra cost – speak with one of our Destination Specialists). Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, join a dot painting workshop, book a massage or just relax with a good book.
  • In the afternoon fly to Sydney and on arrival at your harbour side hotel.

Day 9: Sydney to Blue Mountains

  • Head off on a day of discovery to the million acre World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Breathe the pristine air and discover the Three Sisters at Echo Point and Govett's Leap Lookout to see spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then with your Travel Director you delve deeper, travelling off the well-worn track to secluded lookouts and peaceful short bushwalks where we may be the only ones around. You'll be rewarded with views across the valleys as far as the eye can see and picture perfect memories to take away.
  • Afternoon at leisure

Day 10: Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley

  • Travel to the wine region of the Hunter Valley for a day of good food, great wine and beautiful scenery. You'll indulge with private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional lunch before spending the afternoon doing as you wish at your hotel.

Day 11-12: Hunter Valley to Sydney

Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney

  • Get ready for a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour. Become part of a big boat sailing crew on board an America's Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the harbour's iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and small secluded coves surrounded by multimillion dollar waterfront homes.
  • This evening is free for you to explore and discover one of Sydney’s incredible restaurants.

 

Day 12: Sydney Sightseeing

  • A day of sightseeing around the city awaits! Explore the famous Eastern Suburbs, taking a stroll along the coastal walk for incredible views over the Pacific Ocean and wild coastal cliffs. Join a VIP guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House then enjoy a shared tasting lunch at Opera Kitchen overlooking the sparkling harbour.

Day 13: Farewell from Sydney

  • After breakfast, your Inspiring Journey concludes.

*price is per person, based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees.

*Valid for departures: 01 Apr 2017 – 31 Mar 2018

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for departures as outlined above. Airfares are not included in the price above and are at an extra cost, which can be arranged with one of our Destination Specialists upon booking. Land Only price requires the internal-holiday flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the traveller’s expense and are not included in the land content price. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Price advertised is land-only and does not include international airfare or internal airfare.  Cancellation penalties apply, ask your Downunder Travel Specialist for full details of cancellation penalties.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. All passengers traveling to Australia must have an Australian travel Visa.  Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.  Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport.  We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.