- Ayers Rock
Sip sparkling wine as the sun sets over the sacred Aboriginal site of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, and wonder at the changing colours of this, the world's largest monolith.
- Sydney Opera House
It may be 40 years old, but the country's prime arts venue still dazzles visitors with its futuristic looks. Learn more about this most majestic of Sydney's buildings on a guided tour.
- Meet the locals
Australia is renowned for its weird and wonderful wildlife, and you can come face-to-face with some of the nation's most cuddly creatures on an optional visit to a koala research project in Melbourne.
- Blue Mountains National Park
The Blue Mountains National Park cover 267,954 hectares and became a part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in 2000. You can see this amazing natural wonder on an optional excursion.
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Discover the highlights of Australia
Savour Sydney and its world-famous landmarks, discover the Great Barrier Reef and see the sun set over Uluru. This unforgettable tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the highlights of Australia, from the dynamic cities of a modern nation to the ancient heartland of Aboriginal culture.
This tour includes two nights aboard aircraft.
17 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
24 meals: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens
Excursions and visits
- Perth city tour and Swan River cruise
- Alice Springs guided tour
- Sunset drink at Ayers Rock
- Catamaran trip to Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef
- Guided tour of Sydney, the Opera House and a harbour cruise
- Melbourne city tour, including Captain Cook's cottage
- Dinner cruise on the Yarra River
Day 1 UK to Perth
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly to Perth.
Day 2 Perth
Arriving in the afternoon you'll be met from the airport and taken to the locally rated 4-star Rendezvous Perth Central for a three-night stay.
Day 3 Perth
Join an included sightseeing tour of this 'new frontier city', then take a short cruise to Fremantle. B
Day 4 Perth
Today you have the chance to explore Perth at your leisure. B
Travel to Nambung National Park to see the amazing pillars of natural limestone formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, which rise out of the sand to create a surreal lunar-like landscape. Other highlights of the day include off-road driving, seeing koalas and kangaroos close up, spotting wild flowers (seasonal) and perhaps even strolling along the lovely beaches. You'll need comfortable shoes, a sun hat and definitely your camera! A picnic lunch is included.
This small, sandy island was given its name because of the king-sized rats discovered there, but before you recoil in horror, the ‘king-sized rats’ turned out to be quokkas! The island has a chequered past – it was used as a prison for Aborigines in the 19th century, then as a military stronghold in the Second World War. These days it justifiably attracts visitors with its superb beaches. There's a journey of about 80 kilometres and a short ferry ride to reach Rottnest Island.
Day 5 Perth to Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs, originally founded as a staging point for the overland telegraph line in the 1870s. You stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. (In 2020 you’ll stay at the locally rated 4-star Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters instead.) B, D
Day 6 Alice Springs-Uluru
Journey through the outback to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock). Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Desert Gardens Hotel. B, D
Day 7 Uluru-Cairns
Perhaps take to the skies on an optional helicopter flight to experience the natural wonder of Uluru from the air. Fly to Cairns for four nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Oasis, situated on the waterfront within walking distance of the city's art galleries and shops. B
Make the most of your time in the desert and take to the skies for a memorable flight taking in the magnificent sight of Ayers Rock and the surrounding desert landscape.
Day 8 Cairns
At leisure. Or join one of a variety of optional excursions. B
Travel into The Wet Tropics World-Heritage listed rainforest to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. From here you'll be able to ride on the Historic Scenic Railway or journey aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Kuranda itself has many historic buildings and a tempting array of restaurants, shops and markets.
Day 9 Great Barrier Reef
Spend the day on the Great Barrier Reef on an included excursion. B, L
Day 10 Cairns
Spend the day at leisure or join one of a variety of optional excursions. B
Day 11 Cairns to Sydney
. Fly to Sydney where you stay for four nights at the locally rated 4-star Vibe Hotel. B, D
Day 12 Sydney
You will see the very best of the city on today's included full-day tour. Discover the elegant quarter of Paddington and the Rocks, a beautifully-restored area of cobbled streets where the first European settlers stepped ashore on January 26, 1788. Continue to the Sydney Opera House for a guided tour, and then on to Circular Quay for a sightseeing cruise around Sydney harbour. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L
Day 13 Sydney at leisure
Spend the day at leisure or join an optional excursion into the wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley. B
Travel into the fertile Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine-producing region, to explore among the private vineyards and take in the beautiful countryside. Head to the world-famous Lindemans winery for a tasting, then move on to the Hunter Resort. Here, enjoy a presentation on the wine-making process followed by a delicious two-course luncheon which is, of course, accompanied by wine specially selected to compliment the meal. Before heading back to the hotel you can look forward to further tastings at McGuigans Winery and a visit to Hunter Valley Gardens – a charming township framed by grapevines and dotted with colourful flower beds and themed gardens.
Day 14 Sydney
Perhaps explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains on an optional excursion. B
A long but scenic coach journey will take you into the Blue Mountains where you'll be greeted by magnificent vistas and some intriguing features, such as the sandstone formation towering over the Jamieson Valley.
Day 15 Sydney to Melbourne
Fly to Melbourne for four nights at the locally rated 4-star Crowne Promenade. B
Day 16 Melbourne
Melbourne is an intriguing blend of skyscrapers, elegant Colonial-style buildings, stately churches and leafy avenues. Today's included full-day tour will encompass Queen Victoria Market, Captain Cook's cottage, historic Williamstown and more. B
Day 17 Melbourne
Spend the day at leisure, perhaps by soaking up the atmosphere of Federation Square, or you could join an optional excursion to Phillip Island to see the penguins! B
A special Koala Research Project ensures that there are often multiple sightings of these delightful creatures and you also have the opportunity to walk among free ranging ‘mobs’ of kangaroos. Other wildlife to keep an eye out for includes emus, wallabies and parrots. During this trip into the billabongs of Melbourne’s Western Plains you'll discover the significance of this region to the Aboriginal people, and you'll also stop for a delicious bush lunch.
As well as the little penguins, Phillip Island is home to a surprising array of wildlife, including fur seals and koalas. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre where you can walk along treetop boardwalks to see the animals in their natural habitat (they're difficult to spot from ground level, and since they sleep for around 20 hours a day, they rarely move!). Continue to the far south-western tip of the island to Nobbies, a narrow strip of land with boardwalks and lookout points offering spectacular coastal views and the chance to view Australia's largest colony of fur seals. You then move on to Summerland Beach to see the penguins returning at dusk.
Travel the length of one of the world's greatest coastal drives past towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and the famous limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. You'll also explore some of Port Campbell National Park, and hear tales of the many ships wrecked along this rugged coast. Your journey continues beyond Port Campbell to London Arch – once known as London Bridge until one of its two arches collapsed in 1990. There will be plenty of photo opportunities today, so be sure to remember your camera.
Day 18 Melbourne
You have more free time to explore this exciting city or you could join an optional trip along the scenic Great Ocean Road. Enjoy a dinner cruise this evening on Melbourne's Yarra River. B, D
Day 19 Melbourne to the UK
Spend the day at leisure. Travel to the airport for your overnight flight home. B
Day 20 Melbourne to UK
Arrive in the afternoon for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Bed and breakfast post holiday extension
Enjoy three extra nights at the locally rated 4-star Radisson On Flagstaff Gardens and make the most of what Melbourne and its surrounds have to offer.
3 nights bed and breakfast post-extension
After your tour stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Concorde Hotel Singapore located on the main shopping and entertainment street of Orchard Road.
3 nights bed and breakfast post-extension
After your tour, stay three nights on the waterfront of the locally rated 4-star Derwent River at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, in Hobart, the capital of Australia's beautiful island state.