- The Twelve Apostles
The Best of Australia
- VIP door to door
See the iconic sights of Australia in one escorted tour
A country as big as your imagination, Australia has it all: cosmopolitan cities, a reef-fringed coastline, terracotta deserts and ancient rainforest.
This epic introductory tour ticks off icons like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and the Great Ocean Road.
We’ll take things at a leisurely pace, so you can fully appreciate each stop - there’ll be time to meet kangaroos and koalas in Adelaide, for example, and to relax on Queensland’s famous beaches.
19 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
21 meals: 19 breakfasts (days 3-21) 1 lunch (day 14) 1 dinner (day 6)
- International and internal flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- City tours of Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Sydney
- Visits to Dandenong Mountains (with steam train ride); Phillip Island; Coonawarra region winery; Cleland Wildlife Park; Kata Tjuta; and Aboriginal Park
- Great Ocean Road
- Uluru sunrise and sunset viewing
- Entry to the Field of Light installation
- Outer Great Barrier Reef experience
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Sydney Harbour Cruise
†Prices are based on return flights with Qantas from London Heathrow via Perth/Singapore. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Melbourne
- Day 2 - 3 Melbourne
- Day 4 Melbourne to Dandenong Mountains
- Day 5 Phillip Island
- Day 6 Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool
- Day 7 Coonawarra to Murray River to Adelaide
- Day 8 - 9 Adelaide
- Day 10 Adelaide to Alice Springs
- Day 11 Uluru
- Day 12 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Day 13 Cairns or Palm Cove
- Day 14 Great Barrier Reef
- Day 15 Cairns or Palm Cove
- Day 16 Kuranda to Tjapukai Park
- Day 17 Cairns to Sydney
- Day 18 - 20 Sydney
- Day 21 Sydney to UK
- Day 22 Day 22 UK
Mantra on Little Bourke
Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs
Peppers Waymouth Adelaide
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Voyages Sails in the Desert
Reef House Hotel and Spa
Parkroyal Darling Harbour
Day 1 UK to Melbourne
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Melbourne.
Day 2 - 3 Melbourne
We arrive into Melbourne on day two and transfer to our hotel.
The following day is at leisure to explore Melbourne’s tram-crossed streets, historic shopping arcades and riverside parks.
Day 4 Melbourne to Dandenong Mountains
Our morning tour takes in Melbourne’s highlights, including its botanical gardens.
In the afternoon, we journey into the Dandenong Mountains, taking a memorable ride on ‘Puffing Billy’, Australia’s oldest narrow gauge steam train.
Day 5 Phillip Island
The morning is at leisure, before an afternoon excursion to Phillip Island, where we’ll see the ‘parade’ of fairy penguins emerging from the sea and waddling up to their sand dune burrows.
Day 6 Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool
Perhaps the most dramatic and photogenic stretch of Australian coastline is Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
We follow the coast to Warrnambool, driving past sweeping bays and through national parks, and stopping to admire the Twelve Apostles rock formation.
Day 7 Coonawarra to Murray River to Adelaide
Our journey continues to the wine-producing region of Coonawarra.
A tasting at a local winery reveals its quality, before the panorama of vines gives way to pastureland, running brooks and great orchards as we descend towards the lovely city of Adelaide.
Day 8 - 9 Adelaide
This morning, we visit Cleland Wildlife Park, a place of sanctuary for native species such as kangaroos and koalas - you can enjoy a close-up encounter with the latter as they dine on eucalyptus leaves.
After lunch, we have a sightseeing tour of Adelaide.
The following day is at leisure.
Day 10 Adelaide to Alice Springs
We fly to Alice Springs in Australia’s ‘Red Centre’.
A tour takes us to the Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctor Service; then you are free to wander this small town, just five streets wide.
Day 11 Uluru
We depart Alice for Uluru.
After checking in to our hotel, we head out to experience a true icon of Australia - Uluru.
The 348m-high monolith has inspired a number of paintings and carvings, many of which may be admired from walking trails around the foot of the rock.
Following this, with a glass of wine in hand, we watch as the setting sun changes the colours of the rock surface.
Day 12 Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
After seeing the sun rise over Uluru, we head to the Olgas, a collection of rocks competing with Uluru for height, known to Aborigines as Kata Tjuta (‘Many Heads’).
We return to our hotel for a free afternoon, before visiting the mesmerising Field of Light this evening.
Day 13 Cairns or Palm Cove
We fly to Cairns and transfer to our hotel in Cairns or Palm Cove.
You stay at Reef House Hotel & Spa, Palm Cove (4.5*) or Flynn Hotel, Cairns (4.5*).
Day 14 Great Barrier Reef
An exhilarating catamaran ride takes us to a pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
View the underwater life from an underwater observatory, from a semi-submersible boat, or by snorkelling.
Day 15 Cairns or Palm Cove
Day 16 Kuranda to Tjapukai Park
A scenic railway winds its way through the rainforest and up the mountainside of Kuranda.
We enjoy this wonderful journey, stopping for photos at the dramatic Barron Falls before we reach the picturesque Kuranda Railway Station.
There’s time at leisure, after which we descend to Tjapukai Park by coach or the Skyrail cable car (extra cost) to visit the Aboriginal Dance Theatre and see their award-winning show.
Day 17 Cairns to Sydney
We fly to Sydney and transfer to our hotel on Darling Harbour, an attractively restored area of dockland.
Day 18 - 20 Sydney
A city tour introduces the highlights of Sydney, one of the world’s great cities.
We’ll also enjoy an afternoon cruise of the harbour, admiring the city’s waterfront homes and famous opera house.
Day 21 Sydney to UK
Enjoy a few last hours at leisure in Sydney, before we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 22 Day 22 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.