Australia: Iconic Australia
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- All international & internal flights
- 18 nights in our best selling 4–5* hotels
- 1 night / 2 day Blue Mountains overnight experience
- 2 night / 3 day Kings Canyon & Uluru Explorer
- 11 days car hire
- Hunter Valley Scenic Wine Tasting Day
- Phillip Island Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas day tour
- Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef day tour
- All airport transfers
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Sydney
Fly from the UK to Sydney
Days 3 - 4: Sydney
Touchdown in Sydney and the city is yours to explore. From the iconic sights of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to the laid-back vibe of its beautiful beaches – soak up all this fantastic city has to offer. Check out the city's iconic Bondi Beach, a vibrant suburb chuck-full of restaurants and bars, or take the ferry north to beautiful Manly Beach. You can also find plenty of attractions within the city's stunning harbour, it's peaceful parks, and the historic Rocks district.
Day 5: Hunter Valley
During your stay in Sydney, visit the famous Hunter Valley Wine Region on your included day experience. Excite your senses and tantalise your taste buds as you spend a day tasting award-winning regional foods and wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn the process of winemaking, stroll through the vineyards and soak up the views of the beautiful New South Wales countryside.Return to Sydney for the night
Day 6: Blue Mountains
Your journey includes a Blue Mountains overnight experience – this tranquil World Heritage site is just over an hour from Sydney, but you’ll feel a million miles away. Blue-tinged mist rises from a carpet of eucalyptus trees, which drape the dramatic mountains and canyon-tops. This otherworldly mist is what gives the area its name. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel to the heart of the Blue Mountains region – spot Australian wildlife in Featherdale Wildlife Park, enjoy panoramic views of the iconic Three Sisters and admire some of the incredible waterfalls of the area.
Day 7: Sydney
Return to Sydney for one more night in this electric city, before heading on with your Australian Journey.
Days 8 - 9: Melbourne
Catch the short flight from Sydney to the laid-back city of Melbourne. This city oozes character and charm – from the elegant tree-lined boulevards and Victorian architecture to the chic shopping, buzzing laneway cafes and beautiful beaches; you’ll fall in love with the Melbourne vibe as soon as you arrive. Venture into the laneways and you’ll find beautiful boutiques, tiny cafes and hidden bars tucked away behind discreet doorways, or hire a bike to tour Melbourne’s inner-city neighbourhoods. Jump on the tram and head to the cosmopolitan St Kilda, a relaxed beachfront area of the city. Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island is one of the region’s must-visit destinations. Here you’ll find a huge range of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and koalas. With a day experience included in your Journey, you’ll get to experience it all. By day, you’ll get up close and personal with Australian wildlife at the Maru Animal Park, before making the pilgrimage to the Penguin Parade at dusk. Observe the little penguins as they emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.
Days 10 - 11: Port Fairy
Today, collect your hire car and hit the tarmac. Head west from Melbourne and follow the fabulous Great Ocean Road. Marvel at the icons of the Port Campbell National Park, including the famous Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Spend two days soaking up the sights of this fantastic region.
Day 12: Melbourne
Back in Melbourne, jump on the tram to the relaxed beachside suburb of St Kilda, where you'll soak up the sun or take a cruise along the Yarra River. If you are looking for something more active, spend the day browsing the art galleries and Melbourne’s colourful street art, ascend Eureka Tower to the 88th floor for views over the city and beyond, and tuck into some gastronomic delights at one of Melbourne’s fantastic restaurants.
Day 13: Alice Springs
Today you’ll catch a flight to Alice Springs as you prepare for your next adventure in Australia’s Red Centre. Climb to the top of Anzac Hill for sweeping views over Alice Springs and the distant MacDonnell Range, before wandering through the Araluen Cultural Precinct where you can learn about Central Australian mythology, art and culture.
Days 14 - 15: Uluru
Get picked up and join your small group tour, which will take you to see the highlights of this region. Soak up the sights as you travel through the West MacDonnell and James ranges, before arriving at the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Enjoy the sunset over Kata Tjuta and a sunrise over the iconic Uluru, watching as the crimson hues of the red rock creates the illusion that it is changing colour. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the stunning Kings Canyon, enjoy an evening under the starry outback sky and see impressive Aboriginal Rock art. Soak up the magic of this region.
Days 16 - 20: Port Douglas
Fly to Cairns, collect your car hire and head for Port Douglas’ paradise beaches. This small seaside village is big on personality and, while you’re here, you can indulge in fabulous seafood in one of the fantastic restaurants and relax with a sundowner at one of the boardwalk cafés. This region is the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed sites exist together – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Spend a day exploring the world’s largest reef system on your inclusive Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef tour where you can swim, snorkel and dive over vibrant corals teeming with marine life.
Days 21 - 23: Daintree Rainforest
Continue up the east coast to the Daintree Rainforest where you’ll explore the natural beauty of the oldest living rainforest on earth. Hike on one of the many trails through the forest, relax on Cape Tribulation beach – where the rainforest meets the reef – or take a boat ride down the Daintree River where you can spot wild crocodiles. After a long day exploring, retreat back to Silky Oaks, your luxury eco-lodge spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River. Enjoy a meal at the open-sided Treehouse Restaurant which is perched high above the surrounding rainforest and river and offers award-winning cuisine. What better way to end your complete Aussie adventure than to soak up the tranquil surrounds of the rainforest in cosy treehouse accommodation?
Days 24 - 25:
Depart Cairns and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Sydney - 4.5* Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney
- Hunter Valley - 4.5* Harbour Rocks MGallery (Sydney)
- Blue Mountains - 4* Mountain Heritage Hotel
- Sydney - 4.5* Harbour Rocks MGallery
- Melbourne - 4.5* Rendezvous Grand Hotel
- Port Fairy - 4.5* Captains at the Bay & 4* Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel
- Alice Springs - 4.5* Chifley Alice Springs
- Uluru - 4* Desert Gardens Hotel
- Port Douglas - 4.5* Freestyle Resort Port Douglas
- Daintree Rainforest - 5* Silky Oaks Lodge
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