Discover the land Down Under on this 20-day group tour with Travelmarvel by APT
- Cruise the Swan River, watch sunset over Uluru, sail across the Great Barrier Reef, explore Sydney Harbour and indulge in fish ‘n’ chips on Bondi Beach
- Upgrade your tour with a host of exciting optional excursions, including a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and a trip down the Great Ocean Road
- Enjoy comfortable, well-located accommodation and the expert services of a dedicated Travelmarvel tour director
- 3 Nights Fremantle
- 2 Nights Alice Springs
- 1 Night Ayers Rock
- 2 Nights Cairns
- 2 Nights Port Douglas
- 3 Nights Melbourne
- 4 Nights Sydney
This 20-day escorted Travelmarvel tour by APT takes in beautiful beaches, vast deserts, ancient rainforests, vibrant cities and the world's largest coral reef as well as introducing visitors to some of Australia's incredible wildlife and fascinating indigenous culture along the way.
Day by day itinerary
Depart the UK to fly to Australia and begin your tailor-made journey.
Perth & Fremantle
Arrive in Perth where you'll be met and transferred to the colourful port town of Fremantle. On arrival, check into your hotel before enjoying a welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel - the perfect chance to get to know your fellow travellers and Tour Director.
Spend two days exploring Fremantle and Perth. A guided tour of Perth, Western Australia's state capital, will take you to the city's beautiful Botanic Gardens and walkways of Kings Park as well as a leisurely cruise along the Swan River from Perth back to Fremantle.
The following day you'll have a day at leisure to explore Fremantle, known to the locals as Freo. Enjoy a coffee on the town's lively Cappuccino Strip, visit the Maritime Museum or experience the history of Fremantle Prison. Alternatively you may wish to take an optional excursion to the Swan Valley wine region to sample some locally produced wines, or to nearby Rottnest Island, Western Australia's premier island destination.
Stay: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
Transfer back to Perth Airport and board a flight to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the largest town in Australia's Red Centre. This pioneering outback town is at Australia's geographical centre and boasts a fascinating history, as well as a wealth of ancient indigenous culture.
Early in the morning on your second day in Alice Springs you'll have the chance to enjoy an incredible optional excursion - a hot air balloon flight over the desert at sunrise. You'll then meet up with the rest of the group and head to Anzac Hill where you'll enjoy superb views of the town and surrounding MacDonnell Ranges. You'll then visit the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air before spending an afternoon at leisure. You may also like to join an optional camel ride at sunset.
Stay: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
After breakfast head by coach through the awe-inspiring desert landscapes of the Northern Territory to Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afternoon you'll visit Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, enjoying a glass of wine as you watch the sunset over the incredible landscape. In the evening you'll have the option of truly unique dining experience - out in the open air under a beautiful canopy of stars.
Stay: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (Superior)
Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
Like a Local – this morning, marvel at the magnificent sunrise over Uluru and take a guided tour around the base of this famous monolith, viewing ancient caves and fascinating Indigenous rock art sites. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a dramatic change of scenery as you fly from the heart of Australia’s Red Centre to the sparkling blue waters and lush green rainforests of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Special Stay – enjoy a two-night escape at the Pullman Cairns International in a stylish room with mountain views. After time to settle in, the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Experience a real tour highlight on your second day, as you cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic’s exclusive activity platform and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life. Here you’ll snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a guided tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or simply relax on the spacious sun deck, before enjoying a lunch of local specialities on board. On return to the mainland, enjoy the evening at leisure.
Stay: Pullman Cairns International
Farewell Cairns and take a short drive north to idyllic Port Douglas. This patch of paradise is the meeting point of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Special Stay – relax in the open spaces and lush gardens of Peppers Beach Club.
Spend your second day in Port Douglas relaxing and enjoying the tranquil surrounds. Perhaps explore Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park, home to the world’s oldest living rainforest, or ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda.
Stay: Peppers Beach Club, Port Douglas
Depart Cairns today and fly south to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan state capital of Victoria. Spend three action-packed days exploring the heritage architecture, spacious parks and diverse suburbs of one of Australia's liveliest and most multicultural cities.
On your second day in Melbourne, explore the city’s highlights on a tour, including the quaint Cook’s Cottage, lively Federation Square and the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. Venture outside of the city to the renowned Yarra Valley wine region where lunch awaits amid the vine-covered countryside.
As well as having plenty of free time to explore at your own pace you may also like to join up with one or more of a number of optional experiences on offer. These include a sightseeing cruise along the Yarra River for views of the impressive Melbourne skyline; a trip to the Great Ocean Road where you'll discover breathtaking coastal scenery, pretty villages and native flora and fauna; a memorable dinner aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and a visit to Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade.
Stay: Pullman Melbourne on the Park
The final stop on your journey across Australia is its most iconic city - Sydney. You'll spend four nights here, allowing plenty of time to explore this spectacular metropolis, situated around the emerald waters of Sydney Harbour and boasting some of the country's most instantly recognisable sites including the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There's so much to see and do in this remarkable city, as you'll discover. During your stay, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city and have the chance to visit beautiful Darling Harbour, Hyde Park and the Botanical Gardens, as well as the golden sands of Bondi Beach where you'll enjoy a traditional fish 'n' chip dinner. You'll also enjoy a relaxing cruise on Sydney Harbour and step foot inside the iconic Sydney Opera House.
There's the option of some exciting optional excursions as well, including a trip to the picturesque wine region of the Hunter Valley and the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains National Park (both own expense). On your final evening you'll enjoy a farewell drinks reception and dinner, the perfect chance to reflect on a truly memorable holiday and say farewell to your group.
Stay: Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney
Meals: Breakfast included, dinner included on days 16 and 18
After breakfast this morning your tour ends.
Arrive in the UK after an overnight flight and continue your onward journey.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
20-day escorted tour from £4,990 incl. flights
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