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Ultimate Australia

Australia

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Say g'day to Australia

For an epic holiday Down Under, join this month-long exploration of Australia. Experience the best of the Red Continent's unconquerable spirit and multifaceted nature, from its cosmopolitan capitals and outback communities, to the breathtaking deserts, tropical rainforests and sun-kissed coasts.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed27 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

Dinner plate30 meals: 27 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 1 dinner (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • City tours of Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide state capitals
  • Kakadu National Park visit
  • Cruise on the Yellow Waters Lagoon
  • Visit Nourlangie Rock
  • Cruise through Katherine Gorge
  • Alice Springs guided tour
  • Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Sounds of Silence experience
  • Visit the Olgas
  • Michaelmas Cay tour on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sightseeing tour of Canberra
  • Australian War Memorial visit
  • Riding aboard the ‘Puffing Billy’
  • Scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • Wine tasting in Coonawarra
  • Cleland Wildlife Park visit

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK-Perth

After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly overnight to Perth.


Day 2 UK-Perth

Kings Park and Perth city, Australia

Transfer to the 3-star Mercure Perth (3Q+) for a three-night stay.

The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city, with major shopping, entertainment and nightlife areas all close by. The hotel features 239 well-appointed rooms, along with a restaurant, cafe, bar, heated rooftop pool, spa, sauna and gym. Safe facilities are available from reception. Internet access is available in guest rooms for an extra charge. Self-service laundry facilities are available.


Day 3 Perth

Perth city, Australia

Enjoy an included city tour of Western Australia's capital, an oasis on the country's Indian Ocean coast, set apart from all other state capitals by the vast outback. See its enviable cityscape of gleaming skyscrapers jostling beside sparkling Perth Waters and admire views from Kings Park, a magnificent swathe of unspoilt bushland.

Afterwards, visit Freemantle where you have time for lunch (own expense) and to explore this historic area on foot. This afternoon, enjoy a cruise along the Swan River as you return to Perth, and transfer to your hotel. B


Day 4 Perth

View of Rottnest Island

Experience Perth's easy-going charm at your own pace today. The compact grid of streets makes exploring easy. Perhaps seek out reminders of the city's early days, such as the 19th-century St George's Cathedral, the Georgian-style courthouse and the colonial Deanery cottage. There are plenty of wine bars and cafes where you can pause to quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat.

Alternatively, you may be tempted to head across the crystal-clear waters on a boat ride from Fremantle to Rottnest Island for the day. B


Day 5 Perth-Darwin

Darwin Waterfront

This morning, fly to the remote capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin (three hours and 30 minutes), and join a half-day city tour. Set around a natural harbour twice the size of Sydney's at the ‘Top End’ of Australia, Darwin is closer to Indonesia than the country’s capital! It possesses an indomitable spirit, having been destroyed repeatedly by cyclones, the last in 1974, and relentless Japanese air attacks during World War II.

Stay overnight at the 4-star Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4Q), which has a restaurant, a bar, fitness centre, an indoor pool and a spa jacuzzi. Limited free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and rooms. All 121 air-conditioned rooms have satellite television, a telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, an iron and ironing board, safe, hairdryer and minibar. B


Day 6 Darwin-Kakadu National Park

Nourlangie Rock

Discover the savannah, billabongs and rocky escarpments of UNESCO-listed Kakadu, including Ubirr Rock which is set at the edge of three different habitats and shelters traditional Aboriginal rock art (90 miles, one hour and 45 minutes).

Stay overnight at the 3-star Cooinda Lodge Kakadu (3Q+) on the edge of the park. Facilities here include a restaurant and bistro. There are 48 air-conditioned rooms, each with an outdoor seating area, satellite television, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, and a hairdryer. B


Day 7 Kakadu National Park-Katherine

Kookaburra kingfisher bird

Cruise the birdlife-rich Yellow Waters Lagoon before visiting Nourlangie Rock to see its world-famous Aboriginal rock art galleries, where some paintings date back up to 20,000 years!

Continue to Katherine in the Nitmiluk National Park (144 miles, two hours and 30 minutes) for an overnight stay at the 2-star Best Western Pine Tree Motel (3Q). This 50-room hotel has a tropical garden setting, an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. B


Day 8 Katherine-Darwin

Breaktaking Katherine Gorge

Glide through the breathtaking Katherine Gorge on a morning cruise before returning to the 4-star Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront (4Q) for an overnight stay (197 miles, three hours). B


Day 9 Darwin-Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Following a leisurely breakfast, take an afternoon flight to Alice Springs (two hours) and stay overnight at the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton (4Q).

The hotel has two restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, spa, sauna, tennis courts and an outdoor pool. All 236 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer, and a iron and ironing board. B


Day 10 Alice Springs-Uluru

The Alice

Gain an insight into the challenges of life in The Alice on a half-day tour, including a visit to the famous Flying Doctor base and the old telegraph station.

In the afternoon, travel through the outback to Uluru (291 miles, five hours). You’ll pass Mount Conner, vast cattle stations and Mount Ebenezer Roadhouse, one of just a handful of refuelling stops en route to the Red Centre. Stay two nights at the 3-star Desert Lodge Hotel (3Q) This 228-room hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar and outdoor pool. B


Day 11 Uluru

Ayers Rock

See sunrise over monumental Uluru (Ayres Rock) and enjoy a tour of the rock's base where you can view Aboriginal rock paintings. As the largest monolith in the world, it has a magnetic appeal thanks to its immense scale and red tones that shift with the moving sun.

Return this evening for a unique Sounds of Silence dining experience where you can enjoy dinner under the starry blanket of the outback’s night sky, listen to the unmistakable sounds of the didgeridoo and watch a traditional dance performance. B, D


Day 12 Uluru-Cairns

Domed-rock formations of Olgas

Admire the spectacular domed-rock formations of the Olgas this morning. Set 35 kilometres west of their better-known neighbour, it's thought that they too would have once been a single massive slab of rock before erosion created the strange shapes that you see today. Up to 200 metres higher and with a base circumference of 22 kilometres, the Olgas are nearly twice the size of Uluru!

This afternoon, fly to Cairns (three hours) for a four-night stay at the 4-star Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort (4Q), which sits within lush tropical gardens. Facilities include an outdoor pool (unheated), restaurant, bar, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi and fitness centre. There are 314 bedrooms each with a television, telephone, safety deposit box, tea and coffee-making facilities, an iron and a minibar. B


Day 13 Cairns

Queensland's tropical rainforest

Spend the day at leisure.

Alternatively, an optional excursion to the village of Kuranda gives you the chance to explore Queensland's tropical rainforest. B


Day 14 Great Barrier Reef

The beautiful Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy the morning sailing on a luxury catamaran on a tour of Michaelmas Cay, with free time to explore and snorkel on the reef.

Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L


Day 15 Cairns

Explore Cairns

Enjoy the day at leisure. B


Day 16 Cairns-Brisbane

Queenland's arty capital, Brisbane

Fly to Brisbane (two hours and 15 minutes) and join a half-day sightseeing tour of Queensland's arty capital taking in landmarks such as the Botanical Gardens and Parliament House.

Stay two nights at the 4-star Novotel Brisbane (4Q). Facilities include a restaurant, cafe, lobby bar, an outdoor pool, gym and sauna. Complimentary internet access is available at a computer corner while Wi-Fi is available for an extra charge. All 296 stylish air-conditioned rooms have a satellite television, telephone, iPod docking station, minibar, hairdryer and safe. 24-hour room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge. B


Day 17 Brisbane

Australia Zoo

Enjoy a day in Brisbane at leisure.

Perhaps visit the home of the late Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, on an optional excursion to Australia Zoo. B


Day 18 Brisbane-Canberra

Australian Parliament House, Canberra

Fly to the Australian capital of Canberra (two hours), a surprisingly green and spacious city with wide boulevards and outstanding architecture, and appreciate the city's splendid setting and design on a half-day sightseeing tour.

Stay overnight at the 4-star Novotel Canberra (4Q), a contemporary hotel in the city centre. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and a wellbeing centre with a sauna, jacuzzi, gym and indoor pool. All 288 air-conditioned rooms have a satellite television, telephone, internet access (extra charge), tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar and hairdryer. B


Day 19 Canberra-Sydney

Australian War Memorial

After a morning visit to the Australian War Memorial Museum, continue to Sydney (185 miles, three hours) for a three-night stay at the 4-star Vibe Hotel (4Q). Situated in the central business district, the hotel is surrounded by the city’s premier attractions, including Hyde Park, with its Pool of Reflection, monuments and fountains, Chinatown and Sydney Tower. Pitt Street and Oxford Street are just a block away while the hotel is close to major transport hubs including Central, Museum and Town Hall train stations. From here, you are perfectly placed to explore everything Sydney has to offer.

The hotel is right in the middle of some of Sydney’s finest cuisine, with cafes, restaurants and bars all within walking distance. The hotel’s Curve Restaurant also offers all day dining (at your own expense). All 191 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, safe and free Wi-Fi while there is also a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and gym. B


Day 20 Sydney

Explore Sydney

Sydney boasts one of the world's most iconic cityscapes and today you’ll see the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge on a half-day city tour with lunch at a local restaurant. B, L


Day 21 Sydney

The Sydney Town Hall in Australia

Explore Sydney independently during a day at leisure.

Or, an optional outing will reveal the immense beauty of the Blue Mountains. B


Day 22 Sydney-Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Fly to the modern metropolis of Melbourne (90 minutes) and stay three nights at the 4-star Crown Promenade Melbourne (4Q+) whose facilities include a variety of bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Bedrooms include a television, telephone, internet access, and tea and coffee-making facilities. B


Day 23 Melbourne

Board the historic 'Puffing Billy' steam train

Board the historic ‘Puffing Billy’, Australia’s oldest narrow gauge steam train, and travel through the Dandenong Ranges, which are a haven for a variety of birds.

This afternoon, see the city's highlights, including Captain Cook's family home, which was brought over brick by brick from Yorkshire in 1934 at the request of Sir Russell Grimwade. It’s now a museum dedicated to the British explorer. B


Day 24 Melbourne

Finders Street, Melbourne

Spend the day at leisure. B


Day 25 Melbourne-Warrnambool

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Drive

Travel along the scenic Great Ocean Road, passing the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks en route to the city of Warrnambool (160 miles, five hours).

Stay overnight at the 4-star Deep Blu Resort & Spa hotel (4Q). B 


Day 26 Warrnambool-Coonawarra-Adelaide

Coonawarra wine region

Journey through the lush winelands of Coonawarra with a tasting at a local winery.

Continue to the 4-star Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (4Q) in Adelaide for a three-night stay (232 miles, four hours and 30 minutes). The hotel is ideally placed for discovering such attractions as Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Oval and Rundall Mall – all less than a kilometre away! Facilities include a restaurant, bar and a roof-top garden where you can admire views across the city and distant hills. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. All 120 rooms have a satellite television, telephone, minibar, safe, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee-making facilities. 24-hour room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge. B


Day 27 Adelaide

Visit the Koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park

Join a morning sightseeing tour of graceful Adelaide, stopping at Adelaide's Botanical Gardens to stroll through the year-round tropical rainforest, the Bicentennial Conservatory. It's housed in the southern hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory which was built in 1988 to celebrate Australia's 200th birthday.

This afternoon, you’ll visit the koalas and kangaroos of Cleland Wildlife Park, set on the slopes of Mount Lofty. Enjoy a close-up encounter with the koalas as they snack on eucalyptus leaves. B


Day 28 Adelaide

Look out for Kangaroos

Spend a day in Adelaide at leisure.

Alternatively, an optional excursion visits Kangaroo Island. B


Day 29 Adelaide-UK

Adelaide

This afternoon travel to the airport for your return overnight flight back to the UK. B


Day 30 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning and take your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.


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