Tour overview

Image_001 Exploring Australia Including the Barossa Valley Wine Region

Explore adventure in the rugged Outback introduces you to the Aboriginal life and culture of Alice Springs and Uluru, the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock. Meet Australia’s famous wildlife up-close with a chance to see crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, and other fascinating animals from the region. Relax with 4-night stays in Sydney and Cairns. Behold the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef! Ride through the rainforest canopy in tropical Queensland and have a guided tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House. Choose to spend the day exploring the famous Blue Mountains or discover the sites of Sydney Harbour by high-speed boat. Embark on an authentically Australian adventure.

 

 

Meals
22 Meals
15 Breakfasts
1 Lunches
6 Dinners
Tour Activity Level

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Price starting at $5,749 (please request pricing).

Included

  • Day 16 -Sydney - Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea Today, it’s your choice! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO) and come to know its countless geological wonders - see the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction, as well as sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness -OR- further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass; travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour, visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, or Taronga Zoo; and hop off to explore places of interest… or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise.

Not Included

  • Visa
  • Travel Protection
  • International and internal airfare
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Roundtrip Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • Gratuities (Tour Manager/Driver/Hotel)
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Full Itinerary

Pre Night
Mantra on Little Bourke
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Days 1 - 2
Depart from Home
The adventure of a lifetime awaits. Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead as you set out to see Australia’s vibrant cities, coastal gems, captivating Outback, and so much more!

Day 3
Dinner High 71° Low 50° 2" Mantra On Little Bourke
Melbourne, Australia - Tour Begins
Arrive today in Melbourne,* a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. This evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 4
Breakfast High 71° Low 50° 2" Mantra On Little Bourke
Melbourne
Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Later, you may join an optional tour to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.

Day 5
Breakfast & Dinner High 77° Low 55° Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Melbourne - Adelaide - Barossa Valley
Fly to Adelaide and explore this lovely coastal city before proceeding to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards.

Day 6
Breakfast High 77° Low 55° Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Barossa Valley
Set out for the 19th-century Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th generation working farm and winery set on 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside. Caretakers John and Jan Angas will welcome you and share their family’s story that extends back to the founding of Australia. Tour the farm’s historic buildings, see their livestock and one of the many vineyards before partaking in some tea and homemade specialties. Perhaps you’ll give their sweet crisp Riesling a try. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield winery for a private tour, followed by a tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs.

Day 7
Breakfast & Dinner High 92° Low 66° Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
Barossa Valley - Alice Springs
A short flight will take you from Adelaide to Alice Springs in the Australian Outback. After some leisure time this afternoon, savor a memorable bush dinner set against the desert backdrop.

Day 8
Breakfast High 92° Low 66° Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Come to know the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. Visit the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with amazing panoramas of the area. Next, gain insight into the educational system in the Outback at the School of the Air.

Day 9
Breakfast High 88° Low 61° Desert Gardens
Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock). This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying a champagne toast.

Day 10
Breakfast High 87° Low 72° 3" Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
Uluru - Cairns
Set off in the cool of the morning for Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” to learn about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Later, fly to Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

Day 11
Breakfast & Dinner High 87° Low 72° 3" Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
Cairns
Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy. There are two stops where you may get off and experience the forest floor’s diversity of plants, birds and animals from specially designed boardwalks. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tropical surroundings.

Day 12
Breakfast & Lunch High 87° Low 72° 3" Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns
Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and choose to snorkel; revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island.

Day 13
Breakfast & Dinner High 87° Low 72° 3" Flynn Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
Cairns
This morning, explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. Later, set out for Hartley’s Croc Farm. Get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands; home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these arboreal herbivores. Then, take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying an authentic Aussie barbecue.

Day 14
Breakfast High 75° Low 59° 3" Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Cairns - Sydney
After a leisurely morning, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. This is where British settlers first dropped anchor in 1788.

Day 15
Breakfast High 75° Low 59° 3" Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Sydney
See where the original English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of the tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you are in for a unique experience as you learn first-hand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection.

Day 16
Breakfast High 75° Low 59° 3" Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Sydney - Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea
Today, it’s your choice! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO) and come to know its countless geological wonders - see the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction, as well as sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness -OR- further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass; travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour, visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, or Taronga Zoo; and hop off to explore places of interest… or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise.

Day 17
Breakfast & Dinner High 75° Low 59° 3" Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Sydney
Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will explore more of Sydney’s fascinating attractions, do some shopping or find yourself relaxing at a local café. This evening, say farewell to Sydney and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge.

Day 18
Breakfast
Sydney - Tour Ends
You depart for home with wonderful memories of this inspiring country.

Post Night
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Stay at the contemporary Holiday Inn Sydney Darling Harbour in the city's popular entertainment district. This contemporary, heritage-style hotel is a former 1890s wool store located in the heart of Sydney's cosmopolitan Darling Harbour.

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