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Australian Highlights Holiday

Australian Highlights

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Learn about local Aboriginal art and create your own masterpiece

Melbourne, Alice Springs and Uluru, Great Barrier Reef and Cairns, Sydney

Includes return Economy airfares

16 days adult price from £4,449pp including flights and hotels

From the diverse red desert landscapes, ... more »
... to the cosmopolitan cities and the incredible Great Barrier Reef, this escorted tour is the perfect way to tick off the best of Australia in just 13 days. Operated by our longstanding partners AAT Kings, you’ll take in Melbourne and Alice Springs, before finishing your tour in one of the world’s greatest cities – Sydney.

What's included

  • All international flights
  • 12 nights in 4-4.5* hotels
  • Experienced guide
  • Luxury coach transfers
  • Hidden Laneways & Arcades Tour
  • Uluru Sunset Experience
  • Cruise & Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
16 days from £4,449pp
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What to expect

  • Catch the sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn about local Aboriginal art and create your own masterpiece
  • Set sail on a Sydney Harbour cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Melbourne International Airport (AU)
  • Time difference: GMT+11
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
  • Flying time from UK: Around 22 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles

Your itinerary

Days 1-2

Fly from the UK to Melbourne.

Days 3-5


Meet your group at a welcome reception and enjoy dinner onboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Sample a delicious seasonal menu and fine Australian wines as you cruise the city streets of Melbourne. Take in more of the sights on a guided walking tour, including a visit to the laneways and arcades. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to explore - perhaps visit the penguins at Phillip Island or head out to explore the Great Ocean Road.

Plaza Hotel Melbourne

Days 6-8

Alice Springs and Uluru

Fly to Alice Springs and, on arrival, visit the School of the Air to learn about how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. The following day, journey to Uluru to catch the sunset over nibbles and sparkling wine, then get ready for an early start as you experience the magical sunrise here too. Travel through Kata Tjuta learning about the traditional owners of the land. Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own masterpiece.

Alice Springs Resort & Desert Gardens Hotel

Days 9-11

Great Barrier Reef and Cairns

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Jet out on a high-speed catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel to view this underwater world, or stay dry in a semi-submersible vessel. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before continuing to Cairns. Your day here is free to spend as you wish; perhaps experience Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, or travel to Kuranda and take a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Hotel Cairns

Days 12-14


Fly to Sydney and take a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House, before discovering Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and sinking your toes into the sands of Bondi Beach. Set sail on a harbour cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. The following day is free to explore the city at your own pace; visit the spectacular Blue Mountains, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or take a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Enjoy a final farewell dinner at a restaurant overlooking the spectacular harbour.

Wentworth Hotel

Days 15-16

Depart Sydney and return to the UK.

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