- The Sydney Opera House
Highlights of Australia
- VIP door to door
From tropical Queensland to the remote ‘red centre’
Australia’s diversity is placed front and centre on this tour.
We’ll travel to World Heritage Sites and national parks, tour three state capitals, swim with rainbow-bright fish in tropical Queensland and get away from it all in the Northern Territory’s remote ‘red centre’.
Three nights each in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth gives us plenty of time to see the sights, and three laid-back days in coastal Cairns is the perfect breather mid-way through our trip.
15 nights in hotels and 3 in flight
19 meals: 15 breakfasts (days 4-18) 4 lunches (days 4, 8, 10 and 14)
- International and internal flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- City tours of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
- Captain Cook Harbour Cruise
- Entry to Cooks Cottage
- Full-day excursion to the Yarra Valley, including lunch and steam train
- Great Barrier Reef Cruise
- Visit to Kata Tjuta
- Sunset viewing of Uluru
- Sunrise tour of Uluru
- Fremantle river cruise
†Prices are based on return flights with Qantas from London Heathrow - outbound via Singapore. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 - 2 UK to Sydney
- Day 3 - 5 Sydney
- Day 6 Melbourne
- Day 7 - 8 Melbourne
- Day 9 Cairns
- Day 10 Great Barrier Reef
- Day 11 - 12 Cairns
- Day 13 Kata Tjuta to Uluru
- Day 14 Uluru to Alice Springs
- Day 15 - 17 Perth
- Day 18 Perth to UK
- Day 19 UK
Vibe Hotel, Sydney
Travelodge Southbank, Melbourne
Cairns Plaza Hotel
Desert Gardens Hotel
Mercure Alice Springs
Parmelia Hilton Perth
Day 1 - 2 UK to Sydney
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Sydney.
Day 3 - 5 Sydney
After checking in to our hotel, the remainder of our first day here is free.
The following morning, a city tour introduces the highlights of Sydney, dominated by ‘the coat hanger’ Sydney Harbour Bridge and the distinctive white sails of the Opera House. In the early afternoon, we’ll enjoy a lunch cruise to view the city from the water.
A day at leisure follows - perhaps stroll around the historic Rocks area or take a picnic to the Botanical Gardens. Shopping opportunities abound in Sydney, but many of the best can be found on Pitt Street, running south of Circular Quay, and George Street, which boasts one of the most sublime shopping centres in the world - the Queen Victoria Building, with its three floors of bow-fronted shops adorned with marble, gilt panelling and stained glass.
Day 6 Melbourne
We take a morning flight to Melbourne and spend the afternoon familiarising ourselves with Victoria’s capital.
Our tour includes the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens, as well as boulevards lined with fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
Day 7 - 8 Melbourne
As well as a free day to explore Melbourne independently, we’ll head out of the city for a day trip to the Yarra Valley.
Renowned as one of the world’s greatest food and wine regions, we’ll sample local produce with lunch at a winery.
We’ll also travel through the scenery on board the historic Puffing Billy steam train.
Day 9 Cairns
Fly to Cairns, a city with two World Heritage listed natural treasures on its doorstep - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
Day 10 Great Barrier Reef
We head to Port Douglas, for an exhilarating catamaran journey to the reef, where you can choose to spend your time snorkelling in the sheltered coral lagoon or viewing the reef from the semi-submersible, glass-bottom boat or underwater observatory.
Day 11 - 12 Cairns
With two days at leisure, perhaps take a trip into the surrounding tropical parks and forests to spot some of the many species of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles inhabiting the area.
Day 13 Kata Tjuta to Uluru
We take a morning flight to Ayers Rock Airport.
This afternoon we travel to the Olgas, a collection of rounded rocks known to Aborigines as Kata Tjuta (‘Many Heads’).
We then head to Australia’s most famous natural site, Uluru, to watch the colours of the great rock change as the sun sets, with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés.
Day 14 Uluru to Alice Springs
We have an early start to watch the sunrise at Uluru, which is of deep cultural significance to the Aborigines.
Uluru has inspired a number of paintings and carvings - learn about the Aboriginal interpretation of the rock and their art as you tour the base.
Later, we journey towards Alice Springs, stopping en route for lunch.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 15 - 17 Perth
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Perth (which may be via Darwin).
The following day, a tour of Perth showcases the city’s parks and turn-of-the-century buildings. During the course of our day we also visit Fremantle’s old port and take a cruise along the Swan River.
Our final day here is at leisure - you might like to take the opportunity to soak up the sun on one of Perth’s sandy beaches.
Day 18 Perth to UK
Enjoy your last few hours in Perth before we transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Day 19 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.