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The Grand Tour of Australia

The grand tour is for those wishing to see it all in one go! It offers a whole host of experiences – and plenty of freedom to put your own mark on the tour to make it just the way you want it.

The Grand Tour of Australia
The Grand Tour of Australia
22 days

The Grand Tour of Australia

The grand tour is for those wishing to see it all in one go! It offers a whole host of experiences – and plenty of freedom to put your own mark on the tour to make it just the way you want it.

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What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from selected airport to Brisbane and home from Cairns with connecting flights on the way
  • Domestic flight from Brisbane to Adelaide + Adelaide to Melbourne + Melbourne to Uluru/Ayers Rock + Uluru/Ayers Rock to Sydney + Sydney to Cairns
  • Transfer to/from the airports in Australia
  • 3 nights in Brisbane, including breakfast
  • 2 nights in Adelaide
  • 2-day excursion from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island including transport to/from ferry, ferry crossing, bus transport and guide on Kangaroo Island, 1 night on Kangaroo Island, 1 x breakfast and 2 x lunch
  • 1 night in Adelaide
  • 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
  • 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 additional nature experiences in Darwin
  • 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 whole of Australia it isn’t, but it’s pretty close.

From Queensland’s sunny and pleasant capital of Brisbane, the tour continues to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. An amazing adventure awaits you here, with visits to Kangaroo Island that, despite the name, has more to offer beyond its kangaroos, being home to countless other animals like adorable koalas, charming seals, and barking sea lions.

You will also visit the two vibrant metropoles of Melbourne and Sydney, each of which will charm you in their own way entirely.

Of course, you won’t be cheated out of a visit to the Australian Outback, where the fascinating Uluru towers over the otherwise barren, flat desert landscape.

The tour concludes in the tropical north in Cairns, the starting point for excursions to the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, and the world’s oldest rainforest at Cape Tribulation.

You have the option of extending your tour to include a beach holiday, national park, or big city extension.

This is the Grand Tour of Australia!

Why choose this tour

  • Experience the iconic Australian metropolises of Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney
  • Meet the most impressive animal life of Australia, including kangaroos, koalas, seals, and sea lions on Kangaroo Island
  • Head out into the Outback, where the mystical Uluru towers over the flat, red desert landscape
  • Conclude your tour with the lovely temperature of tropical Cairns, which also serves as a starting point for trips to sites such as the Great Barrier Reef

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 Brisbane, Australia, with connecting flights on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Australia

You finally land in Australia.

On your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you’ll be spending the next three nights. If your room isn’t ready for you on arrival, you can have your luggage stored while you go out and explore the city.

Brisbane is a wonderful city to start your Grand Tour of Australia. With just over 2 million inhabitants, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of the state of Queensland. 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, and your tour will get off to a great start here.

Days 3-4: Brisbane on your own

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

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.

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: Flight from Brisbane to Adelaide

You are transported from the hotel to the airport where you catch a flight to Adelaide. You’ll be met by your driver and driven to the hotel in Adelaide, where you’ll spend the next two nights. The rest of the day is yours to explore the capital of South Australia.

Day 6: Adelaide on your own

You have the day to yourself to explore Adelaide. The city centre is compact and lively – surrounded by green areas.

An incredible number of festivals are held in Adelaide. There are no fewer than 11 arts or culture festivals a year in South Australia’s capital – ranging from a guitar festival to a children’s festival and a history festival.

You also have every opportunity to immerse yourself in culture at the city’s beautiful museums, and if you need a break from it all, you can visit the city’s beachside suburb, Glenelg.

And be sure not to miss out on a visit to Adelaide Central Market, which is the perfect spot for lunch.

Outside Adelaide, you’ll find some of Australia’s best-known wine-producing areas – a day trip here is highly recommended.

Day 7: Adelaide – Kangaroo Island, visit to Seal Bay and Flinders Chase, among other places

The day starts with a bus ride to Cape Jervis, where you board the ferry to Kangaroo Island. The ferry ride takes approx. 45 minutes. On arrival at Kangaroo Island, you’ll be met by your guide and the bus that will be taking you around the island over the next couple of days.

The first stop of the day is at Seal Bay, where you’ll see a large colony of the endangered Australian sea lion right up close.

After lunch, you’ll visit Flinders Chase National Park, where there’s time for a walk around the fascinating Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. The two rock formations are each located on their own point at the very bottom of the southern part of the island, where the next stop is the South Pole. With wind in your hair and foam spray on your camera, it’s not difficult to imagine how the wind and weather have transformed the landscapes into the strangest of formations over thousands of years.

At the end of the day, you’ll visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, where you can see both kangaroos and koalas. You’re in with a very good chance of seeing both kangaroos and koalas living in the wild on Kangaroo Island, and a visit to the park guarantees you some great pictures!

The evening is yours to find a cosy place to eat dinner and digest the day’s experiences.

Day 8: Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the hotel – ready for the day’s experiences.

The day’s first stop is Raptor Domain, where you can get right up close to some of Australia’s large birds of prey. Sick or injured birds and reptiles are taken care of at the rehabilitation centre, and one of the centre’s biggest attractions is the “Birds of Prey” show, featuring birds such as the mighty wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest bird of prey.

Lunch is enjoyed at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, where there is also a guided tour that offers you the opportunity to learn about the secrets of eucalyptus oil.

Next stop is Clifford’s Honey Farm. Kangaroo Island is synonymous with honey – and the island is the only place in the world where the Ligurian bee is found. Be sure to try some of their famous honey ice cream!

Today’s tour offers you every opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature, and you’d also have to be unlucky not to see a kangaroo or two grazing somewhere in the shade of a tree.

The day rounds off in style; wine tasting overlooking some of the island’s vineyards. You have the chance to buy dinner before being driven to the ferry and sailing back to the mainland where the bus will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Adelaide.

Day 9: Flight from Adelaide to Melbourne

You are transported from the hotel to the airport, from which you will fly to the next highlight of the tour: Melbourne. On your arrival in Melbourne, you’re transported to the hotel, and, as always, you can have your luggage stored if the room isn’t ready for you on your arrival.

Melbourne is chilled, cultural and has a great culinary scene! At first glance, Melbourne may seem a little gloomy, but don’t let that fool you – it’s a fantastic city!

Spend the rest of the day finding out why. You might also like to go for a 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. 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.

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 afternoon is yours – possibly to get lost in the narrow streets or stroll around Queen Victoria Market.

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?

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 12: 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. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and soak in the magnificence.

Day 13: Sunrise tour at Uluru and walk in Kata Tjuta

You leave Yulara before sunrise. 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 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 some 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 14: Flights from Uluru/Ayers Rock to Sydney

It’s time to say goodbye to the Outback. 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. Sydney is – if you ask us – one of the world’s most scenically situated cities. You be the judge.

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 site that, with the help and guidance of the Aboriginal people, has been transformed into an area of parkland that resembles a little piece of Sydney as it was 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 15: 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, etc. are all on the agenda today. Along the way, the guide will tell you all about the history and culture of the city.

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 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.

Days 16-17: Sydney on your own

Over the next couple of days, you’re free to enjoy the city on your own. You can also choose to purchase one or more of our many excursions.

There is a lot 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.

No visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to one of the city’s many beaches. 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.

Day 18: Flight from Sydney to Cairns

It’s time for another, not-inconsiderable change of scene! 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.

Days 19-20: 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 21: Departure from Cairns

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

Day 22: Arrival in the UK

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

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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.

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.

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