Highlights of Australia (3350)

12 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

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Stunning natural attractions, vibrant cities, remote regions, and friendly people…this is Australia, and on this Australia tour, you’ll experience all of this and more. Start in Melbourne, end in Sydney, and overnight along the way in Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), and Cairns.

No vacation to Australia is complete without seeing the incomparable Great Barrier Reef. On this Australia tour, you’ll take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and have the chance to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. With the radiant colors and fish swimming by you, it is nothing short of spectacular! But that’s not all. You’ll also witness the spectacular geological wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the iconic monolith and symbol of the Outback, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), with its red rocks and 36 brilliant domes. Tour the base of Uluru with its caves and Aboriginal paintings, and enjoy a champagne toast while watching Uluru change colors at sunset—an amazing sight indeed!

Also visit some of Australia’s most famous cities. In Alice Springs, learn about life, education, and medical services in the remote regions of the Outback. In Sydney, cruise along the world-famous Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy guided sightseeing of the city’s landmarks. In Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney, you’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore and discover on your own.

From the remote Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef, this Australia tour designed for value-minded, savvy travelers is a dream vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Melbourne, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney.

Guides:

Service of a professional Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:

Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Uluru (Ayers Rock), Outer Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 lunch

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring this vibrant city.

Day 2 MELBOURNE

This morning begins with a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, FITZROY GARDENS, the Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Day 3 MELBOURNE

A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

Day 4 MELBOURNE–ALICE SPRINGS

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the SCHOOL OF THE AIR and ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to discover how early settlers developed communications.

Day 5 ALICE SPRINGS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a champagne TOAST while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles—Uluru at sunset.

Day 6 ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–CAIRNS

Enjoy a tour around the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”

Day 7 CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

The world’s largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet’s most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure.

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Day 8 CAIRNS

Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amongst lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia’s World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy.

Day 9 CAIRNS–SYDNEY

Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

Day 10 SYDNEY

Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder—the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the commercial and shopping heart of Sydney. End the day with a CRUISE along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline.

Day 11 SYDNEY

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city.

Day 12 SYDNEY

Your vacation ends this morning.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANJA SOLL

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I love Sydney, my hometown, because it is such a vibrant city. We have so many beaches to choose from, the harbour is a must to visit, take a harbour cruise, or just the ferry to Manly and enjoy the hospitality Sydney has to offer.

Tour Director - ANJA SOLL

 Accommodations

MELBOURNE Citadines on Bourke (SF)
ALICE SPRINGS Mercure Alice Springs (ST)
ULURU Sails in the Desert (SF) or Desert Gardens Hotel (F) or Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge (ST)
SYDNEY Travelodge Wynyard (MF)

Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Melbourne
Alice Springs
Uluru
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a pecial glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Price Range: $

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Experience the majestic Great Ocean Road in style, with time to really appreciate the wonders of Australia's most scenic drive. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged, because there's plenty to see and photograph throughout the day. In the company of an expert Local Guide, watch for animal life, including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Stroll along the beaches or grab a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse, and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Next, stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town.Gain exclusive access to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's eucalyptus forest for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, and native birds. Your adventure concludes with a visit to the ancient Twelve Apostles rock formations and dramatic Loch Ard Gorge.

Price Range: $$$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley on a full-day food and wine tour. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$

Melbourne's Legendary Colonial Tramcar -  Dinner

Melbourne's Legendary Colonial Tramcar - Dinner

Get a unique view of Melbourne's most famous sights as you dine in style aboard the city's legendary Colonial Tramcar Restaurant! Join us for this fun and memorable journey on a historical tram that will whisk you into the past with authentic period ambiance and décor. You'll savor a fine, 4-course luncheon and the very best Australian wines as your shiny, burgundy mobile restaurant cruises along the streets of Melbourne. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Price Range: $$

Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne

Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne

Love sports? Then, you will love the sports lovers¿ tour featuring the National Sports Museum! Your knowledgeable and passionate tour-host will take you behind the scenes of Melbourne¿s world class sporting venues and show you why, in Melbourne, sport is a way of life. Explore behind the scenes of the venues that host Australia¿s favorite sporting events. Visit Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup ¿ the horse race that stops the nation. Drive around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Visit the National Sports Museum at The Melbourne Cricket Ground, home of Australia¿s most extensive collection of sporting artefacts. More than just a museum, it captures the spirit of Australia's rich sporting traditions and more. Please note that all venues are subject to availability. Lunch included.

Price Range: $$

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland and experience Australia¿s wildlife up close, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide. On this one day Melbourne wildlife tour, you¿ll not only gain some great experiences, but you¿ll also be contributing to the health and wellbeing of Australia¿s native animals.

Price Range: $$$$

Alice Springs

Outback Barbecue Evening

Outback Barbecue Evening

A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. Highlights include a boomerang demonstration, bush damper cooking, star gazing, Aboriginal insights, and superb food from an array of unique Australian dishes.

Price Range: $$$

Uluru

Field of Light Uluru  - Limited Time Special Exhibit

Field of Light Uluru - Limited Time Special Exhibit

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist, Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it - Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australias' spiritual heartland. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Price Range: $$$$

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Ayers Rock by Helicopter

Take in Ayers Rock and the stunning surroundings on an exciting helicopter journey.

Price Range: $$$$

Aussie Barbecue Dinner

Aussie Barbecue Dinner

After sunset continue to an exclusive venue for an Aussie Barbecue Dinner, with Uluru as your stunning backdrop. Relax in the company of friends and fellow travelers and enjoy sparkling wine on arrival then dine on a menu of steak, kangaroo meat, lamb sausages, chicken skewers and garlic prawns, salads and a tasty dessert. All accompanied by a selection of red and white wines, beer and soft drinks. There's time for stargazing too (weather permitting)! An evening not to miss!

Price Range: $$$

Stargazing in the Outback

Stargazing in the Outback

This star gazing tour will take you on a fact finding journey through the southern night sky, enhancing your knowledge on astronomy and its beginnings.

Price Range: $

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Ayers Rock Sunrise Camel Ride

Experience the Red Centre the Australian way! In the company of an expert Local Guide, head out into the fresh morning air for a peaceful, one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes of the Outback.

Price Range: $$

Harley Around the Rock

Harley Around the Rock

Are you a thrill seeker? Do you want to try something different? Now is your chance - see Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back of a late model Heritage Softail Harley Davidson.

Price Range: $$$$

Cairns

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th Wonder of the World - The Great Barrier Reef. You've seen the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from below, now get ready to see if from a whole new angle! Flying low over the reef, your pilot will show you the wonders that live beneath the sea as you search for sea turtles, manta rays and dugong (an aquatic mammal). You will marvel at the sheer size of coral displays that form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Price Range: $$$

Barron River Rafting

Barron River Rafting

For an action packed afternoon of fun and adventure, raft your way through the world Heritage Listed rainforest of the stunning Barron Gorge! Grade 2-3 guided White Water Rafting with no experience necessary. Tea and coffee included.

Price Range: $$$

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Mix and mingle with the local wildlife of Tropical North Queensland including crocodiles, cassowaries, kolas and more!

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction spanning 7.5kms (4.6 miles) over pristine railforest, allowing you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Price Range: $$

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Night Fire is Tjapukai's signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. You'll enjoy traditional Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.

Price Range: $$$

Sydney

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and some of its famous destinations. The Eco Hopper takes you to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, North Sydney, Fort Denison and Q Station. All on one 24 hour Hop-On-Hop Off Pass. Includes travel on Manly Fast Ferry, Harbour Beaches Sightseeing Ferry, Manley-Darling Harbour Ferry. Commentary and bar onboard.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title ¿Sydney¿s Oldest Pub¿, what is the 6 O¿clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Bondi Beach Like a Local Tour

Join your friendly local Bondi Surf Instructor and experience Australia¿s most beautiful beach... the way the locals do! Enjoy a half day Bondi Beach group tour that includes hotel transfers, surf lifesaving club tour, a surf or body board lesson and a casual beachside lunch with 5 star views across Bondi. There are awesome sight-seeing and photo opportunities and all the equipment is included. These tours depart daily and will pick you up from your city accommodation at 10am and drop you back around 2pm. You¿re never a tourist when you¿re cruising Bondi with a local!

Price Range: $$$$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering.

Price Range: $

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