Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney & Gold Coast
Travel 01 Feb 2021
Book by 30 Jun 2020
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- 3 nights The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, Melbourne - Savoy Guest room Room Only
- 2 nights Voyages the Lost Camel Uluru, Red Centre - Room Only
- 4 nights Travelodge Wynyard, Sydney - Standard King room
- 5 nights Voco Gold Coast Hotel, Gold Coast - Room Only
- 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 Room Only
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.
Standard King room
Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated close to many of Sydney's wonderful attractions.
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.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Savoy Guest room Room Only
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.
This ruddy sprawl of desert wilderness is a seemingly endless landscape of semi-arid scrubs and sand dunes, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky, watching the world's most famous rock change colours at sunrise and sunset are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.
Surrounded by spectacular gum trees and refreshing waterholes, the friendly outback town of Alice Springs is the vibrant hub of central Australia and has all the conveniences of a modern city. Alice is an ideal base for exploring the Red Centre and, as a destination, has an abundance of entertainment and activities on offer. Try your hand at four-wheel driving or quad biking out in the desert, ride a camel through the outback, meander around aboriginal art galleries, visit the Todd Mall Markets, meet the local wildlife at the Alice Springs Desert Park, delve into the past at the historic Telegraph Station or see the home of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
For many, no visit to the Red Centre would be complete without seeing Uluru. Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, grandeur, shifting colours and stillness of this World Heritage listed 'rock'. Rising from the desert plain, the site is visually stunning and your first view is something you'll never forget. The incredible desert landscape is even more impressive in real life and is best viewed at sunrise or sunset to see it change from brown to orange to red to purple. Don't miss the Field of Light, which is in place until 31 March 2018, an art installation of more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres that bloom as darkness falls over Australia's spiritual heartland.
About 20 miles west of Uluru is the equally impressive, but less well known, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Thirty-six magnificent, variously sized boulders sit shoulder to shoulder forming deep valleys and steep-sided gorges, which many visitors find even more captivating than their prominent neighbour. Challenging and rewarding bushwalks provide excellent views of the surreal domes and varied terrain.
Other notable sights include the often overlooked, yet spectacular yawning chasm of Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. Walkers are rewarded with breathtaking views on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk which skirts the canyon's rim before descending down to lush pockets of ferns and prehistoric cycads to a tranquil pool and onwards through a swarm of giant sandstone outcrops. The majestic West MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs, is an extraordinary landscape of weathered peaks, behind which are rocky gorges and waterholes that are great for cooling off on a hot day.
Standard King room
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.
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.