Highlights of Australia (3350)

12 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

2018 Tour Details

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.

 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 (ST)
SYDNEY Travelodge Wynyard (MF)

 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
Uluru
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Melbourne's Legendary Colonial Tramcar -  Lunch

Melbourne's Legendary Colonial Tramcar - Lunch

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: $$

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: $

Penguins Express

Penguins Express

Witness the magical Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. On your Penguins Express evening tour, watch the penguins' arrival on Summerland Beach with premium viewing where you are guaranteed to see these little penguins waddling right past you. Walk with them from elevated boardwalks and see if their burrow is nearby! At the Visitor's Information Centre, visit "Penguin Experience" exhibit and learn more about the life of these little flightless birds. Dinner is available (though not included) from the Penguin Parade Restaurant.

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: $$

Puffing Billy Steam Train & the Maginificent Dandenong Ranges

Puffing Billy Steam Train & the Maginificent Dandenong Ranges

The journey on the historic Puffing Billy steam train takes you through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, located only one hour east of Melbourne.

Price Range: $$

Uluru

Camel Ride

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: $$$

Cairns

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Scenic Flight over the Great Barrier Reef

Experience natures finest with Australia's best. Enjoy the exhilaration of flying over the 8th wonder of the world - The Great Barrier Reef. Flying low over the reef, our pilot will show you the wonders that live beneath the sea as you search for sea turtles, manta rays and the interesting marine mammal, the dugong. You will marvel at the sheer size of coral displays that form part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Price Range: $$$

Upgrade One Way Helicopter Flight from Great Barrier Reef

Upgrade One Way Helicopter Flight from Great Barrier Reef

Take a scenic Helicopter flight back to Cairns from the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

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 tour and attraction spanning 7.5kms 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: $$

Daintree Walkabout

Daintree Walkabout

Spend a full day exploring the Daintree region of Australia. VIsit Mossman Gorge with an indigenous guide and sample traditional bush tea and damper (soda bread). Take a cruise to see birds, snakes, unique plants and crocodiles> Enjoy tasting delicious tropical fruits at a local fruit farm, and visit the historical charming town of Port Douglas.

Price Range: $$$$

Chillagoe Outback Tour

Chillagoe Outback Tour

Travel off the beaten track on an a 4WD backroads tour in the outback. Spot kangaroos, emus, wallabies , wedgetail eagles and wildlife galore. Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves, historic mining towns, and have lunch in a 100 year-old pub.

Price Range: $$$$

Tjapukai Aborginal Cultural Park Night Fire Dinner

Tjapukai Aborginal Cultural Park 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. Dinner will see you enjoy 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: $$$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the World Heritage Listed 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: $$$

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: $$$$

Sydney Wild Life World

Sydney Wild Life World

Sydney Wildlife World showcases Australia's unique & bizarre flora & fauna. Encounte some of the world's most exciting animals including koalas, Tasmanian devils, beautiful birds, deadly snakes and much more.

Price Range: $

Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium

Visit the Sydney Aquarium where you'll take a journey through one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and explore Australia's rich & diverse aquatic environments.

Price Range: $

Sydney Harbour Helicopter Flight

Sydney Harbour Helicopter Flight

This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of Sydney's eastern coastline including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Cove, Sydney's spectactular Harbour and city skyline, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

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: $$$$

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