16 nights – Guided Tour of Australia

Enjoy this guided tour that showcases some of the best that Australia has to offer!  You’ll first head to Sydney, the oldest, largest and (some say) most beautiful city in Australia and is memorable for far more than its famous landmarks!  In Cairns, the city is the heart of Tropical North Queensland and is the primary gateway to the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest and Outback!  Ayers Rock, Darwin and Alice Springs, in Northern Territory offer travellers much history and insight to Aboriginal culture.  South Australia's capital, Adelaide, is an elegant city of wide streets and gracious colonial architecture surrounded by beautifully laid out parklands for cycling, walking, sports and picnicking. Finally, in Melbourne, you’ll enjoy a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, and its world famous cuisine, arts and sporting events. 

 

Package Includes:

  • Return airfare with Qantas Airways
  • Tour and with tour guide
  • 16 nights’ accommodation
  • Most meals as indicated in the itinerary below
  • Transfers
  • All taxes, fees & fuel surcharges

 

Departing From:

Price Per Person:

Vancouver

$11,288

Calgary/Edmonton

$11,488

Toronto/Ontario

$11,688

*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

*Group travel valid for this specific departure time: 16 Feb - 06 Mar 2018 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1

(Feb 17)

  • Arrival into Sydney
  • Welcome to Australia!  On Arrival into Sydney International Airport you will be met by your local English Speaking guide and private coach transfer to your accommodation where you will stay for the next 4 nights.
  • Meals included: Dinner (at the Sydney Tower!)

Day 2 

(Feb 18)

  • Travel through Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street and the elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. Stroll the superb coast cliff walk. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach.
  • Your guide will walk you through the Rocks, with its winding streets and sandstone buildings and a complete chronological overview of Sydney in the 19th century.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 

(Feb 19)

  • Day at leisure
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 

(Feb 20)

  • Full Day Tour of the Blue Mountains. Follow the Great Western Highway to Katoomba, the tourist capital of the Blue Mountains.  At Echo Point witness the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation.
  • After lunch visit Scenic World to enjoy to the Skyway and Scenic Railway. The Scenic Railway is the world's steepest incline railway, descending 415 metres down the escarpment at a maximum grade of 52 degrees. This thrilling and unique ride passes through an 80-metre tunnel and a sunlit tree clad gorge. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 

(Feb 21)

  • Sydney to Cairns
  • Upon arrival into Cairns Airport, you will meet your local guide and your private coach to begin the city
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 

(Feb 22)

  • Transfer to Freshwater Station for check-in the Kuranda Scenic Train.
  • Visit Rainforestation in Kuranda and its many attractions.
  • After lunch enjoy a half hour performance by the Pamagirri Aborginal Dancers. Witness the half hour show of traditional dance taken place in the rainforest amphitheatre.
  • Wander through the Koala & Wildlife Park or join in one of our complimentary guided walks, cassowaries, dingoes, crocodiles, kangaroos, koala’s, snakes and wombats are just some of the many different types of wildlife living in the park.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 

(Feb 23)

  • Day at leisure
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 

(Feb 24)

  • Depart direct from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef spending 5 full hours at the spacious, all weather, Marine World Pontoon. Suitable for all age groups and swimming abilities, activities include snorkelling, marine biologist presentation, fish feeding demonstration, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory or simply relaxing on a sun-lounge.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 

(Feb 25)

  • Cairns to Ayers Rock
  • Upon arrival into Ayers Rock Airport, you will meet your local guide and your private coach to your hotel where you will stay for 1 night.
  • Collection by private coach and local guide for the Kata Tjuta & Ayers Rock Sunset tour. Experience the harsh Outback on a visit to the massive series of conglomerate domes known as Kata Tjuta (formally The Olgas).
  • In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the sunset viewing area to witness and photograph the striking colour changes that can take place in this majestic part of Australia and on such a huge monolith in the desert plain. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 

(Feb 26)

  • Ayers Rock to Alice Springs
  • Upon arrival at Uluru (Ayers Rock) watch the sun light up the morning, displaying the many colour’s of Uluru.
  • View ancient cave paintings and learn about Aboriginal legends of Kuniya Tjukurpa (Python Dreaming).
  • Visit the Maruku Arts and Crafts Centre and the Park Headquarters for breakfast, before spending time listening to details of the unique area from your guide.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 

(Feb 27)

  • Collection by private coach and local guide for the Alice Springs city sights, this remarkable tour of the town of Alice Springs covers many interesting highlights.
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, and learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a “Mantle of Safety” to the people of the outback.
  • Take in a panoramic view of Alice Springs from ANZAC Hill lookout.
  • Flight to Adelaide.  Upon arrival into Adelaide Airport, you will meet your private coach and transfer to your hotel.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 

(Feb 28)

  • This morning at leisure
  • Private tour to the National Wine Centre. Enjoy a tour of wine discovery museum and a single wine tasting station; receive an insight into five wines from South Australia’s premium winemaking regions by tasting their most renowned wine variety.
  • Continue the tour to Adelaide Hills. The Adelaide Hills is a region of inspiration, with stunning scenery, amazing local produce, historic villages, pretty scenic drives, nature and wildlife on tap, plus loads of wineries, attractions, and a vast array of regional events.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 

(Mar 01)

  • Day at leisure
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14 

(Mar 02)

  • Adelaide to Melbourne
  • Upon arrival into Melbourne, your private coach and local guide will meet you at the airport. You will begin your city orientation.  Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, boasts a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, and is world famous for its cuisine, arts and sporting events
  • After hotel check-in, passengers will have some free time before being collected by private coach with local English Speaking guide at 13:00 for a full day tour of Phillip Island.
  • Learn about Churchill Island’s fascinating history in the Visitor Centre and stroll through the historic buildings and working farm. Meet the farm animals including Clydesdale horses, highland cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens and peacocks.
  • Then next it’s on to the Koala Conservation Center. Stroll through bushland and experience koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Come ‘face-to-face’ with koalas along the many board walks in the conservation area.
  • Visit the world-famous Penguin Parade. Each night at sunset, the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. The elevated boardwalks and viewing stands allow you to enjoy all the ‘penguin action’ without disturbing them.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 

(Mar 03)

  • Day at leisure
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 

(Mar 04)

  • You’ll be met at the hotel to embark on a three-hour walk through Melbourne's beautiful lanes and arcades, and though they may be well known, not all their wonders are easy to find. A little history and attention to amazing architecture will inspire visitors to see the real Melbourne, beyond the usual tourist hot spots. Part of the tour will take in a tram journey with the guide. Guests will receive a daily tram ticket, which they can use in the free afternoon time.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17 

(Mar 05)

  • Enjoy your full breakfast this morning. Your private coach will collect you and heading to Melbourne International Airport for your flight back home to Canada.

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel for the specific group departure time indicated above. 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.  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. 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. Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. 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.