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The Best of Australia

Discover Australia’s amazing contrasts. From the country’s two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney to the red desert and Uluru. Round off in tropical Cairns and visit the Great Barrier Reef or the world’s oldest rainforest.

The Best of Australia
The Best of Australia
15 days

The Best of Australia

Discover Australia’s amazing contrasts. From the country’s two largest cities Melbourne and Sydney to the red desert and Uluru. Round off in tropical Cairns and visit the Great Barrier Reef or the world’s oldest rainforest.

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What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Melbourne and return from Cairns with connecting flights on the way
  • Domestic flight from Melbourne to Uluru/Ayers Rock + Uluru/Ayers Rock to Sydney + Sydney to Cairns
  • Transfer to/from the airports in Australia
  • 3 nights in Melbourne
  • Half-day guided walk in Melbourne
  • 2 nights at Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Sunset tour at Uluru including bubbly
  • Sunrise tour at Uluru and walk in Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Admission to Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park
  • 4 nights in Sydney
  • Half-day guided tour in Sydney
  • 3 nights in Cairns
  • Option to purchase various excursions
  • Option of extending the tour to include a beach holiday in Port Douglas or more nature experiences in Darwin
  • Individual tour, where all excursions take place in international groups with local, English-speaking guides
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your 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

This tour is a tour of contrasts!

From the cosmopolitan big cities of Melbourne and Sydney to the indigenous people’s timeless history, sung by ancestors in the Australian Outback at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

The tour concludes in the tropical north for some relaxation and opportunities for incredible experiences in nature at the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest at Cape Tribulation.

You travel from one UNESCO World Heritage Site to another, and the experiences just keep coming to convince you that Australia has to be one of the most fascinating countries in the world.

Welcome Down Under!

Why choose this tour

  • Visit Australia’s fascinating metropolises of Melbourne and Sydney
  • Head out into the Outback, gain exciting insights into the indigenous people’s history, and see the majestic Uluru
  • Note the tropical temperatures in Cairns, which is a starting point for trips to sites such as the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest
  • Options for beach holiday extensions to Port Douglas or to the Northern Territories’ spectacular national parks in Darwin

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

You’re finally setting foot on Australian soil. You might already have experienced your first “G’day, mate” at the airport.

You’re transported from the airport to your hotel. If your room’s not ready for you when you arrive, you can have your luggage stored and head out into the town.

You cross several time zones when travelling from Europe to Australia, and however difficult it may seem, it’s best to try to stay awake on this first day so that your body clock adjusts to the Australian time zone as quickly as possible. The best cure for jet lag is daylight, fresh air and drinking plenty of water.

Melbourne is a magnificent city, and we highly recommend a stroll along the Yarra River today.

Day 3: Guided tour of Melbourne

After breakfast – possibly enjoyed at one of the nearby cafés – it’s time to take a closer look at the city. You’ll be going on a guided tour through the city’s narrow laneways and arcades, which form a finely meshed network in the city centre. Along the way, the guide will tell you all about the history and culture of the city. The walls in the narrow streets are adorned with street art, and the whole area may seem a little run down at first glance – but make no mistake, it’s one of the city’s hippest areas! Ask the guide for tips on the best places to have lunch after the tour.

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. You can either walk there or take a taxi.

The rest of the day is yours to explore Melbourne.

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

In the Fitzroy district, you’ll find many of the city’s hidden gems. Microbreweries sit alongside hip cafés. Just west of Fitzroy is Carlton – better known as Little Italy.  The food here is almost more authentic than in Italy.

Day 4: Melbourne on your own

The day is yours to explore what you didn’t get to yesterday.

If you’re interested in history, we highly recommend a visit to Melbourne Old Gaol, where the famous and infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly was hanged in 1880.

And don’t forget to visit Queen Victoria Market, where you can buy almost anything your heart desires.

If you’d like to experience some of the areas outside Melbourne, check out our large selection of excursions. We recommend that you purchase these tours from home when you book the tour, as there is a good chance of them being sold out otherwise.

Day 5: Flight from Melbourne to Uluru/Ayers Rock – sunset over Uluru

You’re transported to the airport from which you’ll fly to the red heart of Australia: the Outback. The contrast today will be immense! From the buzzing metropolis to the tiny little town of Yulara, located in the middle of the red desert. There is a free transfer bus from the airport into the small town where your hotel is situated.

If you feel like it and have the time, you have the opportunity to participate in some of the town’s free activities in the afternoon. Ask at your hotel to find out what’s on and when.

At the end of the day, one of the absolute highlights of the tour awaits you: sunset over Uluru. It’s magical to see the enormous rock change colour as the sun goes further and further down, and it’s not hard to understand why the area is so sacred to the Aboriginal people.

And don’t forget to lean your head back and enjoy the starry sky. A huge contrast to all the lights in Melbourne!

Day 6: Sunrise tour at Uluru and walk in Kata Tjuta

You’ve got an early start today, when you’ll be picked up by a bus which brings you out into the darkness. Yesterday, you experienced a sunset over Uluru. Today, you’re going to see the sun rise over Uluru. As we see it, it’s not the same thing at all – and both are an absolute must when in Australia.

It’s fascinating to stand there, shivering a little in the middle of the Australian Outback, waiting for the sun to rise. Even though it gets very hot out here in the desert during the day, the nights are often cold, as there’s nothing to absorb the heat once the sun has set.

When the sun is high in the sky, you’ll continue to the Kata Tjuta rock formations, situated a good 50 km to the west.

The area around Kata Tjuta is also sacred to the Aboriginal people, and there are places that you will never get to visit as a tourist. Thankfully, there are also a lot of places that are accessible, and one of the most popular walks through the beautiful rock formations is the walk through Walpa Gorge. Along the way, the guide will tell you more about the geology of this wonderful place. Perhaps you’ll find out what “Kata Tjuta” actually means?

The rest of the day is yours to spend as you see fit and you can either choose to purchase an extra excursion or try some of the free activities available in Yulara.

Day 7: Flight from Uluru/Ayers Rock to Sydney

It’s time for another change of scenery. Next stop: Sydney, the biggest city in Australia! You take the free transfer from the hotel to the airport. The departures are adapted to fit in with the flight departures – ask at your hotel when the bus departs.

Upon arrival in Sydney, you’ll notice the differences between Melbourne and Sydney right away. Sydney’s wide streets, which lead you down to the Opera House, stand in stark contrast to the narrow, graffiti-adorned laneways of Melbourne.

In Sydney, you’re transported from the airport to your hotel. If your room isn’t ready for you on arrival, you can have your luggage stored while you go out and explore the city.

You might like to start by walking down to Bennelong Point and Sydney Opera House. West of the Opera House is the old quarter, The Rocks, which offers old buildings, cosy cafés and fashionable shops and galleries. You could then continue all the way out to Barangaroo Reserve and see the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney Harbour, from a completely different angle. If you walk all the way past Barangaroo Wharf, you come to King Street Wharf, where you’ll find some of the city’s best restaurants.

Welcome to Sydney!

Day 8: Guided tour of Sydney

Your morning starts with an exciting guided tour of Sydney. There are many highlights, and the tour will give you a good introduction to the city, making it easier for you 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, Bondi Beach, etc., are all on the list today. The tour today gives you a good overview of the city, and the guide provides a good insight into its history.
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.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you please – possibly to return to some of the places from the morning’s guided tour of the city.

It is also possible to purchase a couple of extra excursions in the afternoon.

On one of the days in Sydney, you should be sure to enjoy the sunset from the Botanic Garden overlooking the Opera House.

Days 9-10: Sydney on your own

Over the next couple of days, you are free to enjoy Sydney on your own. And there’s plenty to see and do! Sydney offers a wealth of excellent museums and other exciting activities, but it’s also tempting to just stroll through the city and maybe grab a sandwich for lunch and eat it on a bench in the Botanic Garden overlooking the Opera House.

The beaches are a chapter in themselves. Like suburbs, they just keep coming, and each has its own distinctive character.

The weather is usually good in large parts of Australia, and Australians generally spend a lot of time outdoors. Any self-respecting park has barbecue facilities that anyone can use, and nowhere in the world is the picnic section in the supermarkets as large as it is here. This is also seen on the beaches, where there are generally very good changing and shower facilities. So pop your swimming things in your bag and head to one of the 100+ beaches in and around Sydney.

Perhaps you’d like to go on a guided tour either in or outside the city – there are plenty of options here, too. See below. We recommend that you purchase these excursions when you book the tour, as some of them sell out weeks and months in advance.

Day 11: Flight from Sydney to Cairns

You are driven to the airport, where you catch a flight north, to Cairns.

On arrival in Cairns, you will quickly notice that you’ve reached a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity. It is truly lush as well! Hibiscus, frangipani, heliconia – they’re all here, these exotic plants.

Cairns is a lively city, offering lots of activities, cafés, restaurants and shops. There is no beach here, but to compensate for that, a large artificial lagoon has been built in the middle of the city, where you can both enjoy the sun and swim.

You might like to spend the afternoon here and get used to all the sounds here in the tropics.

Days 12-13: Cairns on your own

The days are your to do as you please. There are so many exciting activities with Cairns as a base that we’ll leave it up to you to find out what you want to do.

It goes without saying that we think a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is a must when you’re on these shores. But you definitely shouldn’t miss the world’s oldest rainforest, Daintree Rainforest, either. It’s also the only place in the world that two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located side by side. Up here in the north, the Great Barrier Reef is close to the coast. And as the rainforest extends all the way down to the beach, the two actually almost collide.

The train up to the small town of Kuranda in the rainforest is also very charming – or how about rafting on one of the rivers around Cairns?

You have so many options – take your pick!

Day 14: Departure from Cairns

Your tour to the Highlights of Australia is coming to an end. It’s time to buy those last souvenirs before heading to the airport from which you’ll fly home to the UK with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 15: Arrival in the UK

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

Combine with
Choose from the options below
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.

Relaxation in tropical North Queensland
3 nights

Extend your tour to include a couple of relaxing days in the cosy town of Port Douglas, north of Cairns, where you’ll find good restaurants, lots of shops and a chilled atmosphere.

National park experiences in the tropical north
4 nights

Discover the fantastic UNESCO-listed Kakadu National park on this four-day extension to the Northern Territory.

You’ll spend four nights in Darwin, which you perhaps know from the film, “Australia”?

The first full-day excursion takes you to Kakadu National Park, where you’ll both sail on crocodile-infested rivers and learn more about the Aboriginal people’s unique connection to the place.

You’ll also visit the less well-known but equally beautiful Litchfield National Park, where it’s possible to swim in some of the amazing waterfalls.

This extension is particularly great during the period from May-October, as this is the dry season in this northern part of Australia.

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