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Discover Australia



This is the ultimate journey of Australian discovery as you enjoy the sights of Western Australia before heading for Alice Springs and the Red Centre with iconic Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta. On then to the tropical Queensland coast and one of the world’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll see marine life the likes of which you’ll see nowhere else. Heading south you’ll visit Melbourne, a vibrant city with a European vibe and one time Aussie capital. End your voyage of discovery in cosmopolitan Sydney with its iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House and fabulous shopping and beaches.

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  1. Day 1


    Fly to Perth and on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Hotel for 3 nights: Peppers King Square

  2. Day 2

    Perth & Swan River Cruise

    This morning, you will tour this sun-blessed capital of Western Australia. During a fascinating guided sightseeing tour, discover some of the city’s many and varied highlights, including the untouched bushland, Botanic Gardens and lovely walkways of the beautiful Kings Park, which overlook the city. Afterwards, travel to Fremantle, located at the mouth of the Swan River. This lively city is famous for its wonderfully idyllic beaches, as well as its well-preserved colonial architecture. Later, soak up
    some sunshine as you return to Perth on a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Swan River. Enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner later this evening, which provides an excellent opportunity to meet your Tour Director and get to know your fellow travellers.

  3. Day 3


    Enjoy a free day in Perth for optional sightseeing. Perhaps discover the vibrant atmosphere of the Elizabeth Quay precinct; see the cheeky animals at the Perth Zoo; embark on a visit to the Perth Mint or check out the latest exhibition featured at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Alternatively, you may wish to take a cruise to the historic Swan Valley wine region and enjoy a tasting of some premium local wines. Or perhaps spend the day on beautiful Rottnest Island – Western Australia’s premier island destination.

  4. Day 4

    Perth - Alice Springs

    Transfer to Perth Airport for the flight to the red heart of Australia, Alice Springs. Nestled between the MacDonnell Ranges, this iconic Outback town is the geographical centre of Australia made famous by its rich pioneering history and enchanting ancient indigenous culture.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

  5. Day 5

    Alice Springs

    Early this morning, you may like to take an awe-inspiring balloon flight over the desert at sunrise (own expense), before joining the rest of the group to enjoy panoramic views of the town and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill. Enjoy the remainder of the morning at leisure before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air.

  6. Day 6

    Alice Springs - Kata Tjuta - Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    The Australian Outback comes to life today as you travel through rugged landscapes to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Discovered by explorers in 1872, Uluru is one of Australia’s most famous and sacred sites. Visit the rock domes and peaks of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge, then enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset over Uluru. Tonight, there is the opportunity to join a unique optional experience - the Sounds of Silence Dinner - where you’ll dine on Australian delicacies whilst seated under the canopy of the desert night (own expense).

    Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

  7. Day 7

    Uluru - Cairns

    This morning marvel at the magnificent sunrise over Uluru and take a guided tour around the base of this famous monolith, viewing ancient caves and fascinating indigenous rock art sites. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a dramatic change of scenery as you fly from the heart of Australia’s Red Centre to the sparkling blue waters and lush green rainforests of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. This evening is at leisure.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Pullman Cairns International

  8. Day 8


    Enjoy a day at leisure to experience the best that Cairns has to offer. Or perhaps venture further afield and visit Kuranda with its market and other unique attractions, ride the Skyrail or take in some Aboriginal culture at Tjapukai.

  9. Day 9

    Cairns - Port Douglas - Great Barrier Reef

    Farewell Cairns this morning and take a short drive north to Port Douglas. Experience a holiday highlight as you cruise aboard Quicksilver’s technologically advanced Wavepiercer catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience the colourful coral and marine life at Agincourt Reef, where you will have the option to dive or snorkel, or perhaps stay dry and view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel. Visit a unique underwater viewing platform and observatory to watch the fish feeding, or perhaps you’ll take a scenic helicopterflight over the reef (additional expense). 

    Hotel for 2 nights: Peppers Beach Club.

  10. Day 10

    Port Douglas

    A day to relax and explore on your own. Stroll along Macrossan Street, the central hub of the village, and enjoy the variety of stylish restaurants, bars, cafés, boutiques, bookshops and galleries. At one end of Macrossan Street is Four Mile Beach, which is a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. Anzac Park is located at the other end of the street, where the picturesque St Mary’s by the Sea Chapel stands and the weekly Sunday markets are held. Or maybe you’ll head inland and explore Mossman Gorge or the pristine rainforest of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

  11. Day 11

    Port Douglas - Melbourne

    Return to Cairns and fly south to the city of Melbourne. With it’s cutting-edge designs and heritage architecture, spacious parks and diverse village-like suburbs, fabulous arts and world-class sporting action, you’ll quickly understand why Victoria’s vibrant capital is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world.

    Hotel for 3 nights: Rydges Melbourne.


  12. Day 12


    Today enjoy a day of sightseeing. On a city tour you’ll explore the highlights of this wonderful city, including the historic landmark Cooks’ Cottage, situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Built in 1755, Cooks’ Cottage is the oldest building in Australia; originally located in Yorkshire, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne in 1934. Federation Square and the Royal Botanical Gardens are also on your itinerary before you head to the wine country and the Yarra valley for a wine region lunch.

  13. Day 13

    Melbourne at Leisure

    Today is completely free for you to explore Melbourne at leisure, or perhaps take an optional tour. Maybe you’ll take a cruise on the Yarra River to enjoy unique views of the Melbourne skyline; discover the breathtaking coastal scenery, native flora and fauna and intriguing towns along the Great Ocean Road on a full-day tour, or enjoy a
    memorable dinner aboard the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Whether you’re shopping for local designer fashion or soaking up art and culture, Melbourne is a city of choices.

  14. Day 14

    Melbourne - Sydney

    Sydney. Transfer to your hotel, just a short stroll from Circular Quay. Wrapped around a spectacular harbour, this glamorous city is home to the instantly recognisable icons of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    Hotel for 4 nights: Amora Jamison

  15. Day 15

    Sydney Sightseeing

    Discover a selection of Sydney’s most incredible sights on a guided city tour this morning. During the day you’ll also take to the water for a relaxing cruise on Sydney Harbour, then step inside the Sydney Opera House for an enchanting guided tour. Your day culminates with a traditional fish ‘n’ chips dinner on Bondi Beach this evening.

  16. Day 16

    Sydney at Leisure

    Enjoy a day at leisure. Maybe you’ll spend the day seeing the city’s unspoilt beaches, public gardens and sparkling harbour. Or perhaps you’ll take the opportunity to discover its thriving restaurants and markets. Alternatively, you may like to head to the Blue Mountains National Park, famous for its rock formation known as the Three Sisters. Here you can discover one million hectares of tall forests, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and bushland. Or savour fine wines and explore the stunning gardens in the Hunter Valley (both at own expense).

  17. Day 17

    Sydney at Leisure

    Appreciate a further day at leisure, or perhaps join one of the optional sightseeing experiences. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Sydney’s famous coast and waterways aboard a seaplane or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to discover the scale and grandeur of this inspiring global icon (both at own expense). This evening enjoy a Farewell Drink and Dinner.

  18. Day 18

    Depart Sydney

    You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Discover Australia itinerary map

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Tours departing Jan - Mar 18 may follow a different itinerary. Please ask for details.

  • Flights to/from Australia
  • Internal flights in Australia required for the itinerary
  • 17 nights accommodation as shown, based on two sharing
  • 22 meals (17 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners)
  • Sightseeing tours in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne
  • Alice springs sightseeing
  • Uluru base and sunrise tour
  • Great barrier Reef cruise
  • Yarra Valley tour including lunch
  • Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Baggage handling – 1 bag per person 
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure in Australia

Jan 25

Feb 18

Mar 08


  • Gratuities for driver & Tour Director 
  • Meals, excursions & attractions not shown as included, or shown as optional

Price based on 2 people sharing and inclusive of return Qantas flights from London to Perth departing on 16 Nov 18. Subject to availability.

Discover Australia
FROM £5395 Per Person


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