Australia’s Best- 16 Day Australian Tour
The 16-day Australia’s Best itinerary offers Australia’s iconic destinations from the ethnic diversity of the cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney contrasting with the smaller unique communities of Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. Travel the Great Ocean Road with the great stone pillars of the Twelve Apostles rising out of the Southern Ocean. An overnight stay at Kings Canyon Station – a working cattle and camel station is sure to be a tour highlight. Encounter wildlife including sea-lions, kangaroos, koalas, wombats and a host of Australian birds. Learn about the Aboriginal people through demonstrations of traditional bush skills and dance performances.
16 Day Australia’s Best Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Melbourne, Australia Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival in Melbourne, transfer to your accommodation. Enjoy a city highlights tour visiting the many parks and gardens of this gracious city. See the tranquil Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook’s cottage. Pass the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens and make a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance. See the Arts and Cultural Centre, Albert Park Lake and the gracious tree lined St. Kilda Road.
Day 2 – Melbourne / Warrnambool Via The Great Ocean Rd This morning travel across the spectacular Westgate Bridge to Geelong, Victoria’s largest provincial city. Join the Great Ocean Road at Torquay and explore this magnificent road carved into the cliffside offering some of the most spectacular coastal views in Australia. Travelling through the popular seaside resorts of Anglesea and Lorne, enjoy the scenery passing wide surf beaches, dramatic stretches of precipitous cliffs and idyllic coves. Stop at the peaceful township of Apollo Bay then cross the beautiful Otway Ranges, arriving at the Port Campbell National Park, an area of immense beauty featuring some of the most rugged and dangerous coastline in Victoria. See the power of the ocean at work at the Twelve Apostles, a row of great stone pillars, and the remains of London Bridge. Behold the marvel of nature, which is Loch Ard Gorge, the scene of the dramatic shipwreck of the ‘Loch Ard’ over 100 years ago. Continue on to Warrnambool.
Day 3 – Warrnambool / Adelaide Today travel through Port Fairy and Portland before crossing the Victorian State border into South Australia. Travelling through Mt Gambier and Kingston SE, arrive in Adelaide. Enjoy a orientation tour of this quaint and charming city, contrasting the blend of historic architecture and unique landmarks such as St Peters Cathedral, Government House, Colonel Lights Lookout, and the Festival Centre.
Day 4 – Full Day Kangaroo Island Tour The day begins with an early morning scenic trip to Cape Jervis to connect with SeaLink’s ferry for the 45-minute journey to Kangaroo Island. On arrival at Kangaroo Island, settle back in the comfort of your coach and let the scenery slide past on your way to Seal Bay for a beach walk among a breeding colony of Australian sea-lions. Guided by a National Parks Guide, this really is the experience of a lifetime. In the afternoon travel to Flinders Chase National Park, internationally renowned as a sanctuary for a host of native Australian animals – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, goannas and more. Walk along the rugged southern coastline (on specially constructed walkways to protect both you and the environment) to Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch. The tour concludes at Penneshaw for return ferry to Cape Jervis then transfer back to Adelaide.
Day 5 – Adelaide Today is at leisure to relax and further explore Adelaide and its environs. With a population of more than one million residents, this planned city is easy to navigate due to its grid design. A long history of immigration has influenced the city’s development and its ethnic diversity is reflected in its markets, restaurants and cafes.
Day 6 Adelaide / Alice Springs Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Alice Springs. Upon arrival in Alice Springs, transfer to your accommodation via the sights of this historic town. See the original water hole – the Alice Spring – at the historic Old Telegraph Station. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a ‘Mantle of Safety’ to people of the outback. Continue on to the School of the Air, the biggest classroom in the world at 1.3 million square kilometres and catering for children living in isolated communities around the territory. Take in the panoramic view of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from Anzac Hill Lookout before arriving at your accommodation.
Day 7 – Alice Springs / Kings Canyon Today travel to the Kings Canyon region. Your accommodation this evening is situated at the foot of the beautiful George Gill Range. Situated just 35 kilometres from Kings Canyon, Kings Creek Station is a truly unique 2000-square-kilometre slice of the real Australian outback. Owned and operated by locals, brimming with true outback hospitality, Kings Creek Station is where your outback adventure begins. A working cattle/camel station, this outback station is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia and also sells camels for live export, live domestic sales and meat. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this unique environment.
Day 8 – Kings Canyon / Ayers Rock Rise early this morning to make the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon for marvellous views. The climb and walking may take up to three hours, so it is not for the faint-hearted or unfit. In hotter months, swimming in one of the rock pools in the Garden of Eden may be available or you may wish to explore the boulder strewn Canyon floor – an easier, shady river walk. Mid-morning travel to Ayers Rock, in the heart of the Red Centre. This afternoon visit Mt Olga to view the spectacular rock formations and be dwarfed by these 36 huge, mysterious domes. Part of Uluru National Park, this region has been returned to the Aboriginal people and leased back to the nation. This evening enjoy the ‘Sounds of Silence’ – the quietest restaurant on earth. Sip sparkling wine and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo while watching a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta. After sunset enjoy a delicious Northern Territory gourmet barbecue. Lights go down revealing a star-filled sky with a resident astronomer providing introduction to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 9 – Ayers Rock / Sydney Enjoy continental breakfast in the early morning light with panoramic views of Uluru from the magnificent Uluru Cultural Centre restaurant. Browse the Cultural Centre’s Aboriginal art galleries, shops and interpretative displays, before joining your Aboriginal guides on the Liru Tour. This tour is a walk of discovery along a path to Uluru following the track of the ancestral Liru. Hear the ancient Tjukurpa of the Western Brown Snake, the Liru. Watch demonstrations of traditional bush skills such as how to make adhesive resin from spinifex grass, a multi-purpose spear thrower from the mulga tree and a water carrying bowl from the inner bark of the bloodwood tree. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival transfer to your accommodation.
Day 10 – Sydney This morning join a city sights tour visiting the historical Rocks area, where the First Fleet landed in 1788 to establish Australia’s first European settlement. Visit the Sydney Opera House, described as the Eighth Wonder of the World for a guided tour. See St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for splendid views over the harbour. Continue through cosmopolitan Kings Cross, and Rushcutters Bay before stopping at the world famous Bondi Beach. This afternoon return to Circular Quay for an afternoon cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour. See spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison, million dollar mansions and the inlets that dot the harbour.
Day 11 – Full Day Blue Mountains Excursion Today discover the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, which houses a variety of wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, Australian reptiles, Tasmanian devils and wombats. Enter enclosures for face to face, touch to touch meetings with friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas. Your coach climbs up the Blue Mountains, an awe-inspiring ‘Grand Canyon’ of giant rock formations, deep tree-studded valleys and cascading waterfalls. Experience a thrilling ride on the world’s steepest incline railway that descends 700 feet into the valley. A 900-foot boardwalk takes you to the base of the ‘Sceniscender’ Cable Car for the trip back to the top. See the famous ‘The Three Sisters’ rock formation and distant vistas including the Jamieson Valley and Mount Solitary, before returning to Sydney.
Day 12 – Sydney Enjoy Sydney at leisure. The city offers a multitude of activities – surf the breakers at Bondi Beach or enjoy some of Sydney’s galleries, museums, parks and shopping.
Day 13 – Sydney / Cairns Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Cairns. Set against a magnificent backdrop of high mountain ranges covered with lush, tropical rainforests, the city of Cairns is intimate, yet sophisticated, with designer shops and gourmet restaurants; a perfect contrast to the natural paradise of the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 14 – Full Day Michaelmas Cay Cruise The Great Barrier Reef supports 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral and over 30 types of whales and dolphins. It is the only living structure visible from the moon; an Australian national treasure and one of the true wonders of the world. Today sail by catamaran to Michaelmas Cay, a unique sand cay which is a protected sanctuary for more than 20,000 migratory sea birds of 14 species. The surrounding outer reef is a spectacular garden of exotic marine life, magnificent coral and giant clams, boasting more varieties of tropical fish than the entire Atlantic Ocean. Ride a semi-submersible vessel for coral viewing, enjoy guided snorkel tours from the beach accompanied by a marine biologist and a smorgasbord luncheon. Return to Cairns in the afternoon.
Day 15 – Kuranda Day Excursion Today board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for a spectacular journey. Pass massive Baron Falls, Stoney Creek and cross steep ravines to the unique rainforest village of Kuranda where you transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park set in a lush tropical environment. Tour the world heritage rainforest in a 6-wheel drive amphibious army duck and learn of rainforest ecology on land and water. See the Pamagirri Aboriginal dancers perform in the rainforest amphitheatre. Experience a dreamtime walk and learn of aboriginal culture and spear throwing. After a BBQ lunch, transfer back to Kuranda village to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which will take you skimming over the pristine rainforest canopy. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon.
Day 16 – Depart Cairns Farewell from Australia. Transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight home.
*Itinerary subject to change.