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The Australian Coast from Brisbane to Sydney & Melbourne

Discover Australia’s 3 largest cities, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Spice up the tour with excursions and get right up close to nature, culture and history while making the most of the city comforts.

The Australian Coast from Brisbane to Sydney & Melbourne
The Australian Coast from Brisbane to Sydney & Melbourne
13 days

The Australian Coast from Brisbane to Sydney & Melbourne

Discover Australia’s 3 largest cities, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Spice up the tour with excursions and get right up close to nature, culture and history while making the most of the city comforts.

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What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Brisbane and return from Melbourne with connecting flights on the way
  • Domestic flight from Brisbane to Sydney + Sydney to Melbourne
  • Transfers to and from the airports in Australia
  • 3 nights in Brisbane, including breakfast
  • 4 nights in Sydney
  • Half-day guided tour in Sydney
  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • Half-day guided walk in Melbourne
  • Option to purchase various excursions
  • Option to extend the tour to the red heart of Australia
  • Individual tour, where all excursions take place in international groups with local, English-speaking guides
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency hotline throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

*It is possible to add extra nights in the various cities you visit, if, for example, you’d like to have more days on your own. Please contact our travel consultant to discuss your specific wishes for the tour.

THE TOUR IN SHORT

The tour takes you to Australia’s three largest cities: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

As you’ll discover, the cities are very different, but all of them offer good restaurants, good shops and a wide selection of cultural offerings. All of the cities are also great bases for experiencing the surrounding areas.

We therefore recommend that you spice up the tour with some of our many excursion options. These allow you ample opportunity to get right up close to Australia’s unique nature and wildlife, giving you a phenomenal tour with wonderful nature and cultural experiences alike.

If you wish, you can choose to extend the tour to include a trip into the red heart of Australia.

Why choose this tour

  • Discover Australia’s three largest cities: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Enjoy the cities’ large selection of good restaurants and wide-ranging cultural scene
  • Spice up the tour with our many excursion options
  • Option to extend the tour to include the red heart of Australia with Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from the UK

Today is the day you set off from your chosen airport. You’re bound for Australia with connecting flights on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Australia

Welcome Down Under! You land in Australia and are transferred from the airport to your hotel.

If your room is not ready for you when you arrive, it’s possible to have your luggage stored so you can go out and take in the city.

It’s a long way to Australia, and you’ll probably feel jet lagged on the first day. The very best cure is to drink plenty of water and get plenty of fresh air and daylight during the day. Thankfully there’s no shortage of that in Brisbane!

With just over 2 million inhabitants, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of the state of Queensland – not to mention a lovely city! It may seem a bit quiet compared to the country’s other two metropolises, Sydney and Melbourne, but don’t let that fool you: it’s a magnificent city, oozing with charm.

South Bank by the river is the hippest area of the city, where there are restaurants, bars and a public beach – it’s pretty lively here, day and night.

If the hipster scene is more your thing, head to West End, which is less “polished” than South Bank with cool street art and cosy cafés and shops.

We also highly recommend the Botanic Garden and Roma Street Parkland, north of the station.

Days 3-4: Brisbane on your own

The days are yours to explore the city on your own.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 12 km west of the city is well worth a visit. Here, you get right up close to the unique Australian wildlife. Take a river ferry out here and enjoy a river cruise at the same time. There are also buses with many departures during the day.

You might also choose to go on day trips to the area around Brisbane. The city is an excellent base for exciting sightseeing.

Day 5: Flights from Brisbane to Sydney

You are transported to the airport from which you will fly to Sydney. You are then transported from the airport to your hotel. If your room is not ready for you on your arrival, you can have your luggage stored and head out into the city.

With just over 5.5 million inhabitants, Sydney is Australia’s largest city and it is, in our opinion, one of the world’s most scenically situated big cities. The city is built up around the world’s largest natural harbour, and with access to more than 100 different beaches, it’s very much an outdoor lifestyle here in the city!

On this first day, most people head down to Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Opera House has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, along with the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Right next to the Opera House is the Botanic Garden. From here, you have a view of the harbour with ferries sailing back and forth between the suburbs, and large yachts bobbing in the many bays.

Opposite the Opera House is the old quarter, The Rocks. This is where the first Europeans settled when they arrived in Sydney.

If you continue round the harbour front, you come to Barangaroo Reserve. The area is a former industrial area which, with the help and guidance of the Aboriginal people, has now been transformed into an area of parkland that resembles a little piece of Sydney as it used to look before the Europeans settled. You might like to join a guided tour and learn more about the unique flora found there, and the cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people.

Round off the day at King Street Wharf, where you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants.

Day 6: Guided tour of Sydney

Enjoy breakfast at one of the local cafés. In the early morning, it’s time for a half-day guided tour of one of the world’s most scenically situated cities. There are numerous highlights, and the tour will give you a good overview of the city, making it easier for you to plan what you want to return to and explore further. The Opera House, the Botanic Garden, the old quarter, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, Chinatown, etc. are all on the list today. Along the way, the guide will tell you more about the history and culture of the city.

The rest of the day is yours to continue exploring the city on your own. You can choose to purchase a guided tour of the Opera House or – if you’re feeling brave – a bridge walk on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Please note that you have to make your way to the starting point of the guided tour on your own. The address is written on your voucher.

Days 7-8: Sydney on your own

If you haven’t yet experienced some of Sydney’s many beaches, this might be the obvious excursion option today.

A lot of people opt for Bondi Beach, but we’d also like to suggest the walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. It’s a walk filled with the most scenic viewpoints and cosy little bays and beach-side suburbs.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can also walk from Spit Bridge to Manly. One of the things that makes Sydney so special is its small pockets of national parks – lots of them, and right near the otherwise densely built-up centre. The walk from Spit Bridge to the beach-side suburb of Manly takes you through Sydney Harbour National Park, and it’s not at all uncommon to see large lizards lying sunbathing in the middle of the path here. Enjoy a nice lunch in Manly – and perhaps take your swimming things with you. As mentioned before, life is very much lived outside here in Sydney, and almost all the larger beaches have good changing and shower facilities ready for bathing or surfing guests.

You can, of course, also choose to purchase one or more of our many exciting excursions. We recommend that you buy them when you book the tour, as some of them sell out quickly.

Day 9: Flight from Sydney to Melbourne

You are transported from the hotel to the airport, from which you will fly to the last metropolis on the tour; Melbourne. On your arrival in Melbourne, you’re transported to the hotel.

As in the other two cities, you can have your luggage stored if the room isn’t ready for you on your arrival.

Just as when you travelled from Brisbane to Sydney, today you will also experience a huge contrast between Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is bright, open and – with all its tourists – very international. Melbourne is chilled, cultural and has a great culinary scene!

Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. It has come excellent shops if you’re looking to take a good souvenir home with you. You can easily while away a couple of hours at Queen Victoria Market.

If you’d like to explore the exciting culinary scene, you should head north of the city to the areas around Fitzroy and Carlton.

You might also like to stroll along the Yarra River, which flows through the city. The entire area around the South Bank is packed with restaurants, bars and trendy shops, and this is also where you’ll find the large Crown Casino.

Day 10: Guided tour of Melbourne

In the morning, a guided tour of Melbourne’s hidden streets and laneways awaits. You must make your way to the start of the tour on your own. The location is written on your voucher. The tour takes you into the inner, narrow streets of the city centre, where designers and architects reside alongside quirky cafés. The walls are adorned with street art, and the narrow alleys exude history and tales from the days when things were not quite as hipster here.

Take it all in and pick the places you wish to return to. Feel free to ask the guide for recommendations for cafés or restaurants.

The afternoon is yours – possibly to get lost in the narrow streets.

You can also take the tram to the seaside suburb of St Kilda. If you head out here late afternoon, you might be lucky enough to see the small colony of pygmy penguins come ashore around sunset.

Day 11: Melbourne on your own

The day is yours to explore Melbourne on your own. The entire state of Victoria also has many exciting and interesting sights to offer, so if you fancy getting out of the city for a bit, you can choose to purchase an excursion. How about a trip along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines on the Great Ocean Road? Or perhaps a visit to the Yarra Valley wine region?

Day 12: Departure from Melbourne

It’s time to buy those last souvenirs before you head to the airport from which you will fly home to the UK with connecting flight(s) on the way. You can also choose to extend the tour to include a trip to the red heart of Australia and Uluru.

Day 13: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after a lovely, adventure-packed holiday.

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Experiences in the red heart of Australia
2 nights

The red heart of Australia, the Outback, the red centre – there are many different names for it, and the nature here in the heart of Australia is also quite spectacular!

Experience the sun going down and rising over Uluru and go for a walk at Kata Tjuta. Learn more about the flora and fauna, and especially about why this area is so important to the Aboriginal people.

Lean your head back and enjoy the sight of the vast starry sky, which is only minimally disturbed by artificial light.

City break in Singapore
3 nights

Extend your tour to include an exciting city break to Singapore and be blown away by the state-of-the-art metropolis of the East.

Covering an area of just 721.5 km2, the island state is South-east Asia’s smallest country, and what the small, well-developed country lacks in size, it more than makes up for in experiences.

Look forward to experiencing the architectural Marina Bay Sands, stroll around the green oasis Gardens by the Bay, shop to your heart’s content on Orchard Road, drink Singapore Slings at Raffles Hotel and ride in the 165-metre-high ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, which offers a phenomenal view of all the futuristic skyscrapers and the harbour.

What also makes Singapore so cool is that it is a melting pot of cultures, and people live with respect for and an understanding of one another, with Buddhist temples, mosques, churches and Hindu temples side by side. Singapore’s diversity can be experienced in the charming districts of Little India, China Town and the Arabic and Malay quarter, Kampong Glam. Soak in the atmosphere while being seduced by the wonderful, colourful buildings and the aroma of spices and jasmine.

The multicultural community is also reflected in the many culinary delights on offer around the city. If you’re into authentic street food, you can visit one of the famous hawker centres, or, if upscale Michelin restaurants are more your thing, make your way to the special food street, Keong Saik Road, and discover some of Singapore’s best restaurants.

Other popular and hip neighbourhoods are the colourful Haji Lane in Kampong Glam and the Art Deco area, Tiong Bahru. Both neighbourhoods are known for their cosy cafés, exciting restaurants and shops as well as wonderful street art.

In stark contrast to the vibrant city life is Sentosa Island, a small island which offers lovely sandy beaches and countless sights and activities for the whole family such as Universal Studios and various adventure parks.

Does Singapore sound tempting?

The extension includes a 3-night hotel stay with breakfast, flight to Singapore and transfers.

Adelaide & Kangaroo Island
4 nights

The name says it all really. “Kangaroo Island” – you’re in no doubt about what awaits you there! The island truly is a paradise for nature and animal lovers.

And it’s not just kangaroos you’ll find here. Untouched nature, scenic landscapes, unique wildlife, doable distances – Kangaroo Island has it all!

You start off with a couple of days in the small city of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and the gateway to Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide stands out for its cosiness.

It’s quite simply a city where you think, “I could live here”. The fact that it is also the starting point for tours to the fabulous wine districts Barossa Valley, Claire Valley and McLaren Vale – or to the unique nature around the city, such as the little island paradise Kangaroo Island – only makes it better!

Come along to South Australia!

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Pernille is our specialist in Oceania and has over 26 years of experience in travelling throughout the region.

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