Australian Highlights

Duration: 12 nights escorted tour

Price from: £3575pp

Melbourne 3 nights
Alice Springs 1 night
Uluru 2 nights
Cairns 3 nights
Sydney 3 nights

Day 1 Melbourne: Arrive into Melbourne and transfer to your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travellers at an evening reception and dinner.

Day 2 Melbourne: Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour, then discover its gracious arcades, eclectic laneways and vibrant street art on a private walking tour. The rest of the day is at leisure. You might like to take an optional tour to Phillip Island to see the famous penguin parade, where the world's smallest penguins return from the ocean and waddle endearingly up the beach to their burrows (additional expense). Or you may prefer to explore the galleries and experience some of the city's famed eateries.

Day 3 Melbourne: Today is free to further explore. Alternatively, you could take an optional experience along the renowned Great Ocean Road to discover a stunning coastline and the towering limestone arches of the Twelve Apostles (additional expense).

Day 4 Melbourne/Alice Springs: Fly to Alice Springs this morning and visit the unique School of the Air to learn how this school-with-a-difference delivers education to children living in remote outback areas. You'll also stop at the headquarters of the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family for a home-cooked gourmet "Be My Guest" BBQ dinner.

Day 5 Alice Springs/Uluru: Travel through the red quartzite peaks and gorges of the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges, then spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying the resort's facilities. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you watch the sun set behind the massive sandstone monolith of Uluru.

Day 6 Uluru: This morning, witness the magical Uluru sunrise, then tour the caves at its base and marvel at the ancient rock art. Later, travel over red desert plains to Kata Tjuta and take a walk at Walpa Gorge through two of the tallest domes of this majestic rock formation. Enjoy sparkling wine as the sun sets over Kata Tjuta.

Day 7 Uluru/Cairns: Join an indigenous artist today for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will provide you with cultural insights, explaining the meanings of local totems and assisting you to complete your own painting to take home In the afternoon fly to tropical Cairns.

Day 8 Cairns: A full day at leisure. Options include discovering indigenous culture at the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’ on the historic Scenic Rail (additional expense).

Day 9 Cairns: Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided), or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Cairns. After some time to relax, join your travelling companions for dinner overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Day 10 Cairns/Sydney: This afternoon, fly on to Sydney, where your evening is at leisure.

Day 11 Sydney: Enjoy a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide before feeling the sand between your toes at legendary Bondi Beach. Lunch is aboard one of Sydney Harbour’s cruise vessels, then spend the rest of your day exploring the city at your leisure.

Day 12 Sydney: Today is yours for further sightseeing. Perhaps tackle the iconic Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, or you may prefer to take an excursion to the majestic Blue Mountains to see the soaring Three Sisters rock formation (additional expense). This evening, feast on a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant by the water.

Day 13 Sydney: Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: In 3-4* hotels.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on days 9 & 11; dinner is also included on days 1, 4, 9 & 12.

Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, sightseeing as outlined, airport transfers and services of a tour guide. Price excludes international flights.



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