Australia, Ubud & Bali
Travel 01 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020
Book by 30 Nov 2019
Saving £280 per person
- 3 nights Mercure Perth, Perth - Standard room
- 3 nights Quality Hotel Batmans Hill on Collins, Melbourne - Standard room
- 3 nights Arts Hotel, Sydney - Standard room
- 3 nights Champlung Sari, Ubud - Standard room with breakfast
- 5 nights Tanjung Benoa Beach Resort, Benoa - Deluxe Premium room with breakfast
- Flights to Perth and onwards to Melbourne, Sydney and Bali with Qantas Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Set in the vibrant cultural and business district of Perth CBD, Mercure Perth is an excellent choice for every imaginable kind of travel in Western Australia. Take in sweeping views of the city and Swan River from the rooftop pool. Relax in stylish, contemporary accommodation with friendly and personalised service. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced cuisine and inspiring cocktails at Beccaria Restaurant.
Centrally located opposite Southern Cross Station and within a short walk of Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Dockland restaurants.
Family owned and run, the Arts Hotel lies in the Paddington area and is surrounded by cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Standard room with breakfast
A hotel with typical Balinese-style architecture located on Monkey Forest Street in the heart of Ubud.
Deluxe Premium room with breakfast
This relaxed resort is set either side of the road on a gorgeous stretch of beach and boasts spacious rooms.
Why not add private airport transfers to Ubud, Ubud to Bali and back to airport for £70 per person.
Flights to Perth and onwards to Melbourne, Sydney and Bali with Qantas Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £66, Birmingham from £66, Newcastle from £66, Edinburgh from £66, Glasgow from £66. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Perth is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, which combines big city attractions and relaxed informal surrounds, is home to a myriad of bars, restaurants and shopping experiences and, should you need further enticement, it's the sunniest state capital in Australia!
Smack back in the middle of the city is Perth's pride and joy, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, a huge expanse of unique bushland, tranquil parkland and native botanic garden. A highlight of the park is to walk among the treetops on the Lotterywest Federation Walkway, a 2,034 feet path that includes a spectacular elevated 170 feet glass and steel arched bridge suspended among a canopy of tall eucalypts.
In vibrant Barrack Square, is the towering glass spire of the Bell Tower, one of the largest musical instruments on earth. Enjoy fascinating displays of these famous bells as well as stunning 360º views of Perth City skyline and the Swan River from the open-air observation deck. Other attractions in the city include the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Aquarium of Western Australia and Perth Zoo.
The natural beauty of the Swan River creates a startling contrast against the skyline of skyscrapers. Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, cycle or Segway a circuit around the river, or alternatively sightseeing cruises along the river depart regularly. The newly-opened Elizabeth Quay reconnects the Swan River to the city and is a great spot to keep all the family entertained.
From historic markets and modern shopping arcades to unique designer goods and major department stores, Perth has a rich mix of retail outlets. The Murray and Hay Street Malls are particularly popular; the city's upmarket West End is where international fashion houses and labels reside; distinctive characterful arcades include Carillon City, Piccadilly Plaza and Trinity Arcade; while in the suburbs Northbridge, Subiaco, Claremont and Cottesloe are all great for shopping.
Perth's CBD features a good line up of bars, theatres and restaurants, particularly at its West End where you'll find funky cafes, swanky bars, beer houses and intimate restaurants. The Crown Perth precinct also offers more than 30 bars and restaurants, a world-class casino and theatre, while a little further afield, in South Perth, you'll find classy restaurants with spectacular views overlooking the city skyline and river. Northbridge, Perth's premier entertainment neighbourhood, is just a short walk from the city centre and renowned for its nightlife, dozens of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Located only 20 minutes west of the city centre, the coast is blessed with a string of 19 sensational white sand beaches, offering everything from sunbathing and swimming to surfing and snorkelling. Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth's most famous beaches and an ideal spot for drinks and dinner beside an Indian Ocean sunset.
South of the city centre, Fremantle is a great place to stay or spend a day with historical attractions, colonial architecture, bustling markets, quirky shops, art galleries and all sorts of cafes and restaurants. From Fremantle, it's a 30 minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island, a picture-postcard of magnificent beaches and historical sites. Also within easy reach of Perth are the vineyards of the Swan Valley, where you're invited to sample the wine and feast on award-winning local produce.
The second largest city in Australia, Melbourne is the younger, more refined and eclectic cousin of Sydney. With its famed combination of culinary excellence inspired by its diverse migrant influences, art galleries, home grown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Melbourne is regarded as the world's most liveable city.
The city centre is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush still stand. This is Melbourne's heart and easily explored at a leisurely pace in a couple of days. If walking becomes tiresome, why not hop aboard one of the iconic trams that traverse the city. A definite highlight of the centre are the character-filled cobbled laneways, which are lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques.
Melbourne's main public square, Federation Square, sits on the edge of the Yarra River, opposite Flinders Street Station and contains a mix of art galleries, a museum, cinemas, shops, restaurants and bars. At Flinders Station be sure to stand beneath the clocks of this iconic terminus, as tourists and Melbournians alike have done for generations.
For unique bird's eye vistas across the city, take a 30 minute ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel or, head to the Eureka Skydeck 88, where you can teeter on The Edge, a switchable glass cube that slides you out from the building's 88th floor for unsurpassed views of the city and beyond. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground you may wish to stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens, recognised as one of the world's finest gardens. It displays more than 50,000 plants within the 87 beautifully landscaped gardens and it's the perfect place to relax and perhaps enjoy a picnic.
In Southbank, one of the city's newer precincts, is the sprawling Crown Entertainment Complex. Once a blighted stretch of factories and run-down warehouses, this vibrant area now boasts a wide variety of shops, eateries, nightclubs, live shows and a glittering casino.
Discover Melbourne's rich history and walk in the footsteps of Captain Cook's family through their 18th century cottage and garden or experience Victoria's oldest surviving prison, the Old Melbourne Gaol, which was home of the outlaw Ned Kelly until he was hanged here on 11 November 1880.
Melbourne is a sports mad city and its many sporting venues are legendary around the world. The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) hosts cricket matches in the summer and the Australian Football League in the winter, although tours are available on non-match days throughout the year. A stone's throw away is Melbourne Park, home to the annual Australian Open tennis grand slam (late January-early February). Fabulous Flemington is the home of the Melbourne Cup horse race, held on the first Tuesday in November, while Albert Park heralds the start of the Formula One Grand Prix season every March.
Melbourne's inner suburbs have a character all their own. Stroll along the seaside Esplanade in colourful St Kilda, enjoy the quirky shops and cafés of bohemian Fitzroy, rub shoulders with locals at the open-air Queen Victoria Market, or hire a canoe at Studley Park to paddle along one of the prettiest stretches of the Yarra—and you may discover Melbourne's soul as well as its heart.
Seductively draped around its harbour and beaches, Sydney has a striking waterfront setting. Graced by the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the pearly sails of the Sydney Opera House, the sparkling harbour is one of the world’s most photographed sites. Hop aboard a ferry or harbour cruise to best see these iconic landmarks or, if you have a head for heights, book a heart-pounding BridgeClimb.
Bustling Circular Quay, which is the launch pad for harbour ferries and sightseeing boats, throngs with visitors and locals alike who are drawn to the fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars. Adjacent to Circular Quay is The Rocks, once home to the Gadigal Aboriginals and then the first colonial settlers in 1788. Today this trendy area has over 100 heritage sites and buildings, many now housing a great selection of eateries, galleries and shops.
Cross the pedestrianised Pyrmont Bridge to lively Darling Harbour, a waterfront precinct packed with shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues.
Further city attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, a true oasis in the heart of the city, home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas; Hyde Park, which is Australia's oldest park and contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre along with nearly 600 mature exotic and native trees; Barrangaroo Reserve; Macquarie Street; the Sydney Tower Eye and its Skywalk, an alfresco glass-floored moving platform; and the award-winning Taronga Zoo, where admission includes daily keeper talks and shows and access to Sky Safari, Sydney's only cable car.
Also not to be missed is Bondi Beach and Manly for the chance to sink your toes into the soft sand, admire the bronzed lifesavers or sign up for a surf lesson. Further beach fun is up for grabs at Cronulla, Bronte, Coogee, Tamarama and Maroubra.
Standard room with breakfast
Set amid cool mountains and spectacular terraced rice paddies beside the Ayung River, this seductive town is Bali’s cultural hub and spiritual capital.
The flourishing arts and crafts scene dates back to the 1930s when eminent European painters, writers and musicians were drawn here by panoramas of vibrant rice fields, ancient temples, verdant forests and dramatic river gorges. Today, you can stroll around numerous galleries, museums, workshops and craft markets.
Temple festivals and ceremonies occur almost daily so you may well chance upon one. For those not lucky enough to view an authentic ceremony, traditional Balinese dances are performed nightly at nearby Bona village.
The sacred Monkey Forest nature reserve and temple complex is a popular visitor attraction. As the name suggests the towering forest is home to hundreds of cheeky long-tailed macaques who, locals believe, protect the area from evil spirits.
Ubud is highly regarded as a centre of well-being with spas, yoga and meditation all on offer or, should you feel creative, why not visit a Balinese cooking class. Eating out in Ubud is a real pleasure too and with over 300 restaurants there’s no shortage of choice, be it fine dining venues or local delicacies at bustling market stalls.
Deluxe Premium room with breakfast
Sitting just north of Nusa Dua, the peninsula of Benoa has evolved from a fishing village to a welcoming resort, with a variety of hotels and resorts positioned mainly on the eastern side of the peninsula, where the beach catches the rising sun.
The tame currents on the white sand beach create a perfect resort setting and a variety of watersports, including parasailing, jet-ski rides and banana boat rides, can be found for those not content with lazing on the sands. Below the waves, the adventures include scuba diving, sea-walking adventures, and the latest underwater scooters for enjoying the lush coral gardens.
Jalan Pratama is the main road through Benoa running parallel to the coast and connecting the collection of beachfront resorts, art shops as well as an ample selection of restaurants, shops and spas. The northern tip of the road leads to a fishing village populated by locals, while the streets west of Jalan Pratama make up a thriving Balinese community with a temple and bustling port.
Benoa is also home to one of the pioneering Balinese cooking schools on the island, which offers great insight into the local culture through its food.