Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney & Gold Coast
Travel 01 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Book by 29 Feb 2020
Saving £310 per person
- 3 nights The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne - Savoy Guest room
- 2 nights Voyages the Lost Camel Uluru, Northern Territory - Standard room
- 4 nights Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney - Guest room
- 5 nights Voco Gold Coast Hotel, Gold Coast - Superior King room
- All flights with Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia, accommodation throughout, and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Savoy Guest room
Situated opposite Southern Cross Station, close to the hub of Collins Street where you'll find restaurants and first class shopping.
The Lost Camel Hotel is a contemporary and fun, boutique-style hotel conveniently located in the heart of Ayers Rock Resort, only 20 minutes from Uluru. Furnished in a stylish mix of Aboriginal and urban themes, The Lost Camel adds a unique and surprisingly edgy accommodation option to the collection of hotels at the Resort.
Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated close to many of Sydney's wonderful attractions.
Superior King room
At voco™ Gold Coast, experience a hotel with a twist. Get comfy, get social and get relaxed. Stay in modern, stylish and unstuffy accommodation; perfect for robe-wearing lazy mornings with a good espresso and a paper. Get together in restaurants and bars designed for socialising and celebrating.
All flights with Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia, accommodation throughout, and prepayable taxes.
Other dates may be available for a supplement.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Savoy Guest room
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.
For many people, the wild and untamed north is the most quintessentially Australian of all the Australian states. Closer to Bali than Bondi, this colossal region is as distinct as it is huge, from spiritual Uluru in the dry Red Centre to the wildlife rich wetlands of the Top End. If you live for adventure and love the great outdoors, the Northern Territory is an incredible place to visit.
Despite its enormity, covering an area of 521,240 square miles, which is more than double the size of France, the Northern Territory is home to only 1% of Australia's total population including the largest Aboriginal concentration. The two ends of the region couldn't be more different. The Red Centre's rich red soil, semi-arid scrubs and awe-inspiring monoliths jutting out of an otherwise featureless plain are a real contrast to the tropical Top End with its lush rainforests, colourful flowers, thundering waterfalls and abundance of wildlife.
The Red Centre is breathtaking and home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations – unmissable Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the soaring rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), whose ochre coloured shapes are a mesmerising sight. Alice Springs is a thriving and welcoming outback town as famous for the personality of its locals and fascinating art scene as the surrounding natural wonders. Other notable Red Centre sights include the chasms, craters and sacred sites of the MacDonnell Ranges, the expansive Simpson Desert and majestic Kings Canyon with its towering sandstone walls and incredible views.
Should you opt to drive along the Stuart Highway, which links the Red Centre to the Top End, a great place to break your journey is Tenant Creek and the Barkly Tablelands. Discover the historic roots of charming Tenant Creek, see native water birds at Davenport Range National Park, experience the local culture at Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre and don't miss a sunset trip to the glowing Devils Marbles.
The Top End's capital, Darwin, is a small yet cosmopolitan city with a sparkling harbour, WWII history and tropical outdoor lifestyle. From Darwin head to Litchfield National Park to connect with nature or take a jaunt to the Tiwi Islands and find out why they are nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles'. Discover beautifully scenic Arnhem Land, one of Australia's last true wilderness areas and wholly owned by the Aboriginal people. Don't miss Kakadau National Park, Australia's largest national park, which has an astonishing array of wildlife or head to Katherine, a great base for exploring this region where the outback meets the tropics.
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.
Superior King room
Just south of Brisbane, the hugely popular Gold Coast provides all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Whether you spend your days at a theme park, on the golf course, shopping, learning to surf, dining al fresco, discovering the lush hinterland or soaking up the sunshine there's a new experience waiting for you at every turn.
During the last few decades, the coast has transformed into a tropical Las Vegas with high rises and hotels built around superb resorts like iconic Surfers Paradise, Main Beach or Coolangatta.
Energetic Surfers Paradise is the entertainment playground of the Gold Coast with a world-renowned stretch of sands, amazing nightlife venues and electric atmosphere. Walk, run or ride along the beach promenade by day and browse beachfront markets by night; shop and café-hop your way along Cahill Avenue and into the hidden arcades that house quirky coffee shops and award-winning restaurants.
On the northern end of the Gold Coast, Main Beach is the first vantage point to dive into the iconic rolling waves, while at Coolangatta, you'll find a slower pace of life along with world-class oceanfront hotels, restaurants and clubs.
The Gold Coast is Australia's theme park capital with something for everyone, including the assortment of rides, shows and attractions of DreamWorld; Wet 'n' Wild or WhiteWater World for fun-filled waterslides and leisure pools; Warner Bros. Movie World, where your favourite films come to life; and Australia's Sea World with its exciting rides, attractions and shows.
Within half an hour's drive of the coast you'll find yourself in the middle of the enchanting Gold Coast Hinterland, which includes World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest and Tamborine Mountain where you can walk the pristine rainforest tracks or the amazing Skywalk, and at Lamington National Park you can stroll through the rainforest canopy 49 feet above ground at O'Reilly's Rainforest Tree Top Walkway.