Day 1- Sydney Arrival This ‘classic’ itinerary begins in Sydney, Australia’s largest and most well-known city. Built around a spectacular natural harbour, Sydney has a vibrant atmosphere with great restaurants, shops, nightlife, and a bustling waterfront. The down-to-earth friendliness of four million ‘Aussies’ helps you feel right at home. Whether you arrive from an international or domestic flight, your package includes a transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 - In Sydney Today is your day to get acquainted with Sydney, and one of the smartest ways to do that is with comprehensive tour by land of the city’s highlights and its famous beaches, together with a harbour cruise to give you a perspective of the city from the water. By land you’ll see Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks area, and the northern and southern beaches - including Manly and Bondi. From the water you’ll see Darling Harbour, the Opera House, and get a sense of the magnificence of the whole city, whilst enjoying a relaxing buffet lunch on board. All-in-all a great way to feel at home fast in this vibrant and friendly city.
Day 3 - Canberra Australia’s National Capital, Canberra, is a great day trip destination and you can see all the essential sights on this tour. Leave Sydney and stop at the historic town of Berrima for morning tea before continuing via Goulburn to Canberra. Visit the National Museum, Parliament House, Diplomatic Embassies, Mount Ainslie Lookout, and enjoy some free time to browse around the Australian War Memorial. The return journey to Sydney includes a stop for dinner (meals are not included).
Day 4 – Sydney to Melbourne Say goodbye to Sydney and take a short flight down to Melbourne (not included). Australia’s second largest city prides itself on being the country’s centre for the Arts, and is also known for its wealth of parks and gardens. Melbourne bustles with lively cafes, restaurants and shops, and it is also the gateway to exploring the state of Victoria and the spectacular south coast.
Day 7 – Melbourne to Alice Springs Transfer to the airport for your flight into the mysterious centre of Australia and the city of Alice Springs (flight not included). Capital of Australia’s red centre and gateway to the Outback, Alice Springs is a must-visit destination. Alice’s claim to fame is its close proximity to Uluru (Ayers Rock) but the independent traveler will soon find that there is far more to see. After you arrive at your hotel, enjoy an afternoon tour of Alice Springs and discover the town’s unique ruggedness with a contemporary touch. Visit the Old Telegraph Station, Royal Flying Doctor Base, and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. Travel up to Anzac Hill for panoramic views of the town and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges. Whether you arrive from an international or domestic flight, your package includes a transfer to your hotel.
Day 8 – Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Today you’ll make your journey to Ayers Rock, Australia’s most recognizable icon and a place with a definite mystical feeling. Stop along the way at a camel farm for a morning tea break and to see how camels played a big part in the early days of the Outback. Continue on the road to the massive series of conglomerate domes named Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). See the mysterious rock pile stretch over 35 square kilometres before returning to the Sunset Strip for a truly spectacular sight: the changing colours of Uluru as the setting sun casts its rays on the gigantic monolith.
Day 9 – Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon Wake up in the early morning to view sunrise over Ayers Rock and the vast desert. For adventurous ones, it’s off to the Rock for an early morning climb while the air is still cool. This is indeed a memorable experience and is suited for those with a good level of fitness. Rejoin the group on descent for an informative base tour. This afternoon, depart Ayers Rock to the desert oasis at Kings Canyon.
Day 11 – Alice Springs to Cairns Today is the day you leave the Red Center, but if you have time consider two great early morning options - a Sunrise Balloon trip or the Aboriginal Cultural Experience. T ransfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns (not included). With the Great Barrier Reef beneath its offshore waters and incredible tropical outback adventures in the surrounding area, Cairns is a must-visit destination in Australia.
Note: In Cairns you may choose to stay in the city or on the Northern Beaches. The city is where most people stay -- where all the ‘action’ is -- but if you want a quieter time and a nice beach we recommend staying in the northern beaches (applies to Superior