Australian Highlights - Festive departure
27 Days from £10,999
Dec 2020 - Dec 2020 Departures
You'll see the very best of Australia on this all-encompassing tour of the 'Land Down Under'. Explore beautiful Perth before heading to vibrant Melbourne, where you'll spend Christmas in great company. From here Phillip Island is within reach, and you can opt to head here to watch the charming penguin parade. A five-night stay in Sydney is next, where as well as plenty of sightseeing possibilities, you'll see in the New Year on a spectacular Sydney Harbour cruise. Experience the magic of Uluru at both sunrise and sunset, admire Aboriginal rock art and visit Alice Springs' famous Flying Doctor Base. You then have the chance to explore Kakadu National Park, where on a thrilling cruise, you can search for crocodiles. Port Douglas in Cairns is your gateway to the amazing underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and it's your base for four nights. Spend lazy days here soaking up the sun or discover even more on a fantastic range of optional excursions, the choice is all yours.
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Your holiday at a glance
- Return flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airways
- 24 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
- 27 meals: 24 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
- Just You Tour Manager
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Tour of Perth
- Discover Melbourne
- Christmas Day lunch in Melbourne
- Sydney’s iconic sights
- New Year's Eve dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour
- Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
- See the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
- Tour of Alice Springs
- Kakadu National Park
- See Aboriginal paintings at Nourlangie Rock
- Cruise the Katherine Gorge
- Great Barrier Reef catamaran cruise
- Discover Brisbane
- Fremantle & Swan River cruise
- Rottnest Island
- Phillip Island's 'penguin parade'
- Tour of Sydney Opera House
- The Blue Mountains & Scenic World
- Sydney Harbour Bridge climb
- Helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour
- Tallship twilight cruise around Sydney Harbour & dinner
- Field of Light, Uluru
- Bush barbecue
- Kuranda Railway ride
- Daintree Rainforest
- North Stradbroke Island
Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Perth.
On arrival in the beautiful city of Perth early on day 3, we'll transfer you to your hotel. Head off with your travelling companions for a half-day tour of this exciting, cosmopolitan city. Among your discoveries will be clean, uncrowded beaches and lush green parks all set against a stunning backdrop of modern skyscrapers.
In the afternoon why not join an optional tour of the lively port city of Fremantle, which we'll reach via a cruise on the Swan River. During free time, coffee-lovers should head to Cappuccino Strip, lined with open-air coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Other highlights include the fishing boat harbour, a host of interesting museums and the historic Fremantle markets - more than 150 stalls selling everything from local delicacies to jewellery. We'll head back to the hotel by road.
Perth has so much to offer and you can get out and about to discover its delights just as you wish today. It's one of the world's most envied locations in which to live, with lush parks, excellent restaurants, the stunning Swan River and a lovely warm climate.
As an alternative, you might choose to join an optional tour to Rottnest Island, which is home to the friendly quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial, and beautiful white-sand beaches.
You will fly to Melbourne today, where you'll celebrate Christmas during a four-night stay.
It's Christmas Day, so enjoy a leisurely morning before gathering with your travelling companions for a festive Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Spend a relaxing afternoon at your hotel, or head out into the city for a stroll. Although it's Christmas Day, you'll still find plenty to see and do in this vibrant metropolis.
This morning we'll head off on a guided tour of Melbourne. Highlights include Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Flinders Street Station and the Grand Prix Circuit that circles Albert Park Lake. Another stop is Fitzroy Gardens, which features pathways lined with towering elms, colourful floral displays and the Fairies' Tree sculpture - a centuries-old tree stump featuring delightful carvings.
You can spend today at leisure if you wish, or you might be tempted to join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, to see the remarkable penguin parade. At sunset, after a hard day's fishing, hundreds of these delightful creatures - the world's smallest penguin - appear from out of the ocean and waddle their way across the beach to their sand dune burrows. You can take in this marvellous spectacle from special viewing stands and boardwalks, which give you the chance to get up close to nature.
After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney, where a five-night stay gives you plenty of time to see all the sights.
As we explore together this afternoon you can tick off the gorgeous white sands of Bondi Beach, and Hyde Park, which is home to numerous monuments including the ANZAC Memorial. We'll also head to Darling Harbour, which hosts a dazzling array of attractions from bars and bistros to an aquarium and a zoo, as well as Mrs Macquarie's Chair. This huge sandstone rock was hand-carved by convicts into the shape of a bench for Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth, in 1810. Why not sit for a while and take in the views from this wonderful vantage point.
What you do in Sydney is now up to you, you can head off to explore independently or in the company of your travelling companions. Its centre is surprisingly compact, so you'll see so much.
Alternatively, you could discover Sydney from an entirely different perspective during a thrilling helicopter flight, or why not join an optional Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Don't worry, you'll get a safety briefing beforehand and will wear a harness at all times. At the end you'll receive a group photo, a cap, certificate and a pass to the Pylon Lookout for further sweeping views.
If you want to join an organised trip, come with us on a thrilling optional excursion today. You'll head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest, or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.
After a day at leisure, enjoy a fabulous night out in Sydney to see in the New Year. We'll head to Sydney Harbour for a New Year's Eve fireworks cruise, which promises to be a night to remember. A five-course gourmet dinner will be served aboard your luxury vessel as you take in wonderful views. An onboard DJ and a bar stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks will keep you entertained until midnight, when you'll witness Sydney's world-famous dazzling fireworks display from an amazing vantage point. The music then continues, so why not take to the dancefloor.
After celebrating the New Year in style last night, you might choose to enjoy a late breakfast and a day at leisure.
We're going to fly to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, this morning, via Alice Springs. This gigantic sandstone monolith, which is two miles long, 1,000ft high and measures six miles around the base, is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. One of the most impressive landmarks in Australia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sacred place in Aboriginal culture and features many caves and ancient rock paintings. It's an incredible sight at any time of the day, but at sunrise and sunset it changes colour dramatically with the light. Today we're going to visit at sunset.
There's an early start today, but it's definitely worth it as we head back to Uluru, but this time at sunrise. You can also tour the base of the rock and view Aboriginal rock paintings in the caves here. After this we'll head to the mysterious Kata Tjuta, although you may know these 36 domed rock formations better as the Olgas. Located to the west of Uluru, they are thought to have similarly been one huge piece of rock but over millions of years they have been shaped this way by nature.
We then continue by road to Alice Springs. This evening you might be tempted to join an optional bush barbecue - an authenic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of star-gazing.
Our included tour this morning will introduce the Flying Doctor Base and the old Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement in central Australia, which is now a museum. Depending on timings, we'll also visit the famous School of the Air.
Early this evening we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Darwin.
Our destination today is Kakadu National Park, to discover lush rainforest, scenic rivers and a diverse range of wildlife. It is most famous though for its natural galleries of fascinating Aboriginal rock art. Before heading to our hotel, there's the chance to walk up Ubirr Rock, to see some of the most outstanding examples of rock art in the world.
This morning we'll drive to Katherine, via the stunning Nourlangie Rock, where you can set off on a walk to discover more fascinating rock art.
Next, we'll head off on a thrilling cruise on the famous Yellow Water Lagoon. As you go, keep a lookout for many species of birds - from whistling ducks to eagles - as well as crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Today's highlight is a cruise through the Katherine Gorge, to see ancient rocks and caves decorated with Aboriginal rock paintings. As we sail through this picturesque gorge, expert guides will explain the history and geology of the area and tell us all about the flora and fauna we're likely to see. We'll step ashore for a walk before boarding another boat for our return journey.
We'll head to Cairns this morning, with an onward transfer to Port Douglas. This picturesque resort boasts white-sand beaches and tropical rainforest - it's also our gateway to the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
There's a whole new world waiting to be discovered today as we take an included trip by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Marine life comes incredibly close to the vessel, and you can experience the reef without getting wet from the comfort of a semi-submersible or an underwater observatory. Of course, you can also go snorkelling in this amazing underwater world – all the equipment and guidance you need is provided, as well as lunch.
If you wish you can spend the day at leisure, soaking up the sun in Port Douglas. However, if you want to see even more, a ride on the Kuranda Railway is an option today to see the Atherton Tablelands.
First stop will be the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you'll glide over and through heritage rainforest. After free time in the village of Kuranda, take a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, with the Barron Falls just one of the incredible highlights.
You've another day at leisure to do just as you wish. If you want to get out in the great outdoors, why not join an optional excursion to Daintree Rainforest. Daintree is an ecologically unique tropical forest, which is home to an extensive range of flora and fauna. Also included is an environmental wilderness cruise as you go in search of crocodiles with an expert guide. After lunch at the Daintree Village Hotel, enjoy a tour of Daintree.
Today we'll transfer to Cairns for our flight to Brisbane.
Before flying home tomorrow you might choose to spend a day at leisure. Alternatively, why not join an optional excursion to North Stradbroke Island. Fondly known as Straddie by the locals, it is the world's second largest sand island at about 38km long and 11km wide. Relax on the beach, or maybe head off on a bush walk, keeping an eye out for resident kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras - the largest member of the kingfisher family.
We'll transfer to the airport today for our return flight to the UK.
We'll arrive back in the UK today.
Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.
By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.
Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change. The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.
Australia - Fremantle Cruise and Swan River Cruise - Perth
A leisurely one way cruise to the bustling and dynamic port town of Fremantle. On arrival in Fremantle, you will enjoy a tour around, followed by some free time to explore the port. You could get a coffee from the famous ‘Cappuccino strip’, or take a look around the Fremantle Market, Fishing Boat Harbour and the many sights and museums Fremantle has to offer. You will return by coach.
Please note that the market is only open on Fri/Sat/Sun
Half Day – Minimal/Moderate Walking – Highly Recommended
Australia - Bush BBQ - Alice Springs
A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed! You will become truly immersed in the spirit and grandeur of the Australian Outback from the moment you step off the coach as the sun begins to set in exploding ray of colour adrift the great expanse of sky.
A fun evening which starts with a drive around the land trying to spot kangaroos, which will be followed by trying your hand at boomerang throwing and then followed by a real Aussie BBQ. There will also be some star watching (weather permitting) and some music.
Please Note : Jackets will be required in the winter months.
Evening Excursion – Great Fun – Authentic experience
Australia - Kuranda Railway and Skyrail - Cairns
A fantastic opportunity to see the Atherton Tablelands. Your first stop this morning will be Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you will glide over and through world heritage rainforest including time at the two rainforest mid-stations. After some free time in the village of Kuranda you will continue on the second part of your tour, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You will spend time viewing the Barron Falls, a wonderful photo opportunity, before arriving at Freshwater Station.
Full Day – Scenic
Australia - Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Magical Blue Mountains - Sydney
At Featherdale Wildlife Park you will have the chance to see over 300 species of Australian wildlife, from koalas to Tasmanian devils. You will then drive through the Blue Mountains to the Three Sisters and along the Jamison Valley (Australia's Grand Canyon), before departing for Scenic World where you will have the chance to ride the world's steepest incline railway, as well as take a ride in the scenic cable car with views of the World Heritage listed Jamison Valley.
Full Day – Highly Recommended
Australia - Sydney Harbour Cruise - Sydney
On any day the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats and the only way to fully enjoy the harbour and visit its many sights is to take a cruise.
Sydney Harbour is known to be one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and on this hour long cruise you will see why. You will see the beautiful parklands, reserves and gardens, not to mention the famous Sydney Opera House.
Hour Cruise – Not To Be Missed
Australia - Sydney Bridge climb - Day climb
Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original Climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.
The Journey - Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks below the road-deck until you reach the South-East Pylon. Here you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent to our Climb Base. Every ticket to the top includes a Climb group photograph, a Bridge Climb cap, a certificate of achievement and a free pass to The Pylon Lookout.
***Please be advised that Sydney Bridge Climb has updated its pre-climb health & safety requirements for climbers over the age of 75. Climbers over the age of 75 can climb with a Certificate of Fitness, signed by your GP. You can get the form (which you need to take with you) and more details on their website on https://www.bridgeclimb.com/things-you-need-to-know-to-climb
Australia - Uluru - Field of Light
Your Field of Light experience begins with a hotel pick up and transfer to a remote desert location. Guests then have time to immersive themselves in the monumental light installation as they walk through Field of Light. As darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light, art installation by international artist Bruce Munro, illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert creating several options for you to immerse in Munro's grand-scale experiential artwork taking one of the pathways.
Evening Excursion – Moderate Walking – Once in a Lifetime
Australia - Sydney - Tour of Sydney Opera House
Step beneath the sails to find out what makes the Sydney Opera House so inspiring. Discover insider secrets and stories of the Opera House artists and performances, and step inside the iconic theatres & foyers that bring to life 1800 performances each year. Explore the building with our knowledgeable guides, learn about how Jorn Utzon’s vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points, off limits to the general public.
One Hour Tour - Cultural Must See
Australia - Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus - Melbourne
Join us on an afternoon into evening excursion to Phillip Island, home to the largest colony of Little Penguins. This area allows you to experience a more personalised wildlife viewing experience. Limited to 150 people, this viewing platform provides a closer viewing of the penguin arrival than the main viewing stands at the Penguin Parade. Rangers are on hand to provide full interpretation of the world’s smallest penguins and their fascinating lives. Entry also includes drink or snack voucher. Ideal for those people seeking a closer viewing of the penguins and more in-depth knowledge of their lives and environment.
Extended Afternoon Excursion – Nature Interest – Unforgettable
Australia - Sydney Harbour Heli Flight - Sydney
Your helicopter flight experience begins with a greeting and check-in from our friendly operations staff, followed by a thorough safety briefing in the comfort of our modern and spacious guest lounge. After the safety briefing, we will head out to the helicopter and use your own camera for some photos in front of your helicopter before boarding. Cameras and video recorders can be taken with you on the helicopter for more fantastic memories of your flight over picturesque Sydney Harbour and beyond.
Upon take-off enjoy full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within minutes of departure your experienced and skilled pilot will have you above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and tracking north along the coast at 500 feet. You will contour fly the picturesque coastline of the eastern suburbs beaches including Coogee, Clovelly and also the world famous Bondi Beach, the aquamarine waters sparkling against the Sydney sun. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights and Vaucluse perched on the chiselled sandstone cliffs as you continue northbound to Sydney Harbour heads and the world’s largest and most beautiful natural harbour. Your experienced pilot will guide your aircraft through the magnificent Sydney Harbour giving you an unforgettable view of icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Looking towards the horizon you can see the rest of Sydney stretching out towards the Sydney Olympic site and further afield to the foothills of the world renowned heritage listed Blue Mountains.
As you start your return journey to the heliport you will fly past some of Sydney’s great sporting arenas including the Sydney Football Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground, as well as Randwick Racecourse. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with informative commentary via Bose voice activated headsets, you will also be able to talk with the pilot and your other passengers whilst on the helicopter.
Duration 20 mins
Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
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Dates and Prices
You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.
Sunday 20 December 2020
Sunday 20 December 2020
21:05 London (Heathrow)
17:25 Singapore (Changi)
Monday 21 December 2020
18:40 Singapore (Changi)
23:50 Perth (Intl)
Thursday 14 January 2021
21:00 Brisbane (Intl)
Friday 15 January 2021
12:25 London (Heathrow)
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