Australian Odyssey - Australian Tours

Australia is a land of diversity, in cultures, landscapes and wildlife; on this journey you’ll experience some of its popular and yet very different regions. Melbourne and Sydney, Australia’s two largest cities couldn’t be more different; Melbourne is almost European, a throwback to its founding fathers whilst Sydney is every bit the big cosmopolitan city with an exciting vibe. Compare these to the tranquillity of the Barossa valley, one of Australia’s foremost wine regions and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Then there’s the stunning natural beauty of tropical north Queensland, with the Great Barrier Reef and pretty Kuranda.

Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive Melbourne

On arrival, a private transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is free.

Hotel for 3 nights: Standard - Travelodge Southbank; Superior - Vibe Savoy; Deluxe - Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Day 2 Melbourne

This morning enjoy a tour of some of Melbourne’s many sights. You’ll tour the city and see the Parliament House and St Patrick’s Cathedral, the University and the café culture of Little Italy. You’ll visit the Queen Victoria Market to soak up the atmosphere and maybe hunt out a bargain, and stroll through Chinatown. See Captain Cooke’s cottage in Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station. And stroll through the arcades and alleyways like Block Arcade and Degraves Street, and perhaps pause to buy a coffee from a street side barista. The rest of the day is free.

Day 3 Melbourne -free day

You’ve a free day today to explore this cultural melting pot. Perhaps you’ll visit the new Southbank area, where restaurants and bars line the bank of the Yarra River, or visit the quaint shopping alleys and arcades, galleries and highlights that you saw on yesterday’s city tour. For something different perhaps a cruise on the river, or a day trip to the Yarra Valley, the Great Ocean Road or to see the Penguin parade; the choices are yours today.

Day 4 Melbourne - Adelaide*

Take an included transfer to Melbourne airport for your flight to Adelaide (flight not included). On arrival you will be transferred to your Adelaide hotel and then the rest of the day is free to explore this cosmopolitan city. Often named the “City of Churches” it is easily explored on foot with all the main attractions within walking distance. With a laid back lifestyle, Aboriginal culture and great dining scene you are sure to enjoy your time here. 

Hotel for 3 nights: Standard - Mercure Grosvenor; Superior - Stamford Plaza; Deluxe - Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury

Day 5 Kangaroo Island 

From the Remarkable Rocks to playful fur seals, your full day coach tour will show you the highlights of remarkable Kangaroo Island. Walk on the beach with a ranger amongst a colony of Australian Sea Lions; tour the Flinders Chase National Park with its kangaroos, wallabies and koala’s and enjoy a lunch at Vivonne Bay. (L)

This tour is available by air in one or both directions

Day 6 Adelaide - Barossa Valley

A full day tour today takes you to the Barossa valley. Your first stop will be at the Whispering Wall prior to enjoying morning tea at Lyndoch Bakery. Your tour then continues to Kaesler Restaurant for lunch then on to the old mill town of Woodside and the Adelaide Hills where you will visit the Australia’s oldest German settlement - Hahndorf with time to explore cottage industry shops, pubs, traditional small goods shops and bakeries. Return to Adelaide for your overnight stay. (L)

Day 7 Adelaide - Port Douglas 

A transfer will take you to Adelaide airport for your flight to Cairns (flight not included). On arrival you will be transferred along the scenic coastal road to Port Douglas. An hour north of Cairns, Port Douglas is one of the leading holiday resorts in Australia. This is the home of Four Mile Beach, an immense strip of soft white sand backed by tropical forest and lapped by sparkling azure blue waters. A laid back resort with a bustling marina, shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants it’s an ideal holiday location and a great starting point for trips north to the Daintree Rainforest and snorkelling and diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel for 3 nights: Standard - Bay Villas; Superior - Mantra Portsea; Deluxe - Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Day 8 Great Barrier Reef

Imagine sailing on catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef island of your dreams, lying under a palm thatched umbrella, then slipping into the water to drift over coral gardens alive with turtles and brilliantly coloured fishes. An hour sailing time from Port Douglas, Low Isles is set like a jewel in a Great Barrier Reef lagoon, an idyllic unspoilt tropical paradise that appeals to everyone. The wide sandy beach and clear, calm lagoon are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Take your mask and snorkel and swim gently around the coral gardens where you’ll see curious clownfi sh and graceful turtles. You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Port Douglas Marina to board your 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran, Wavedancer. Relax in the air-conditioned lounge with its fully licensed bar, or soak up the sun and sea under the sails on the deck. Enjoy morning coffee, afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch onboard. (L)

Day 9 Kuranda Excursion

Experience the contrast of the region’s oldest railway and the world’s most beautiful Cableway and learn of Aboriginal culture. Tjapukai is your first stop; meet your guide for the morning to explore all its attractions including the Aboriginal village and the  Dance Troupe. After your included lunch board the Skyrail and glide across the rainforest canopy to the village of Kuranda. See its colourful market and art & craft stores, before returning to the station by the river in Kuranda. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and journey back through 15 hand cut tunnels, rainforest and past spectacular waterfalls to Cairns. (L)

Day 10 Cairns - Sydney

Enjoy a final glimpse of the sparkling blue seas and verdant jungle landscapes on a shuttle transfer from your hotel to Cairns Airport this morning. Fly from Cairns to Sydney (not included) and on arrival in Sydney, you will be transferred by shuttle service from the airport to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll around Darling harbour or Circular Quay this evening.

Hotel for 3 nights: Standard - Travelodge Wynyard; Superior - ParkRoyal Darling Harbour; Deluxe - InterContinental

Day 11 Sydney sightseeing

This morning enjoy a city tour that will introduce you to some of Sydney’s many highlights. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for an iconic photograph of the Sydney Harbour Bridge behind the Opera House, before heading out to Bondi Beach through the affluent eastern suburbs. This afternoon enjoy a cruise to see the Main Harbour attractions such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison before cruising into the magnificent upper reaches of Middle Harbour with its waterfront homes, parks, beaches and marinas. Your cruise includes afternoon tea served onboard.

Day 12 Sydney

The day is free for you to explore Sydney on your own, and you have plenty of options. Perhaps you’ll hit the shops, or explore the famous Rocks area; stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, get an adrenalin rush on a Bridge Climb or hop across the water and visit Taronga Zoo. This evening maybe indulge in one of the waterfront restaurants for your final night, the choices are yours.

Day 13 Depart Sydney

An included shuttle transfer will take you to the airport.

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 12 nights Standard Grade accommodation as shown based on two sharing
  • Airport transfers as described
  • Meals on days shown (L- Lunch)
  • City tours of Melbourne & Sydney; Sydney Harbour Cruise; Barossa Valley Tour; Kuranda Tour; Low Isles Cruise; Kangaroo Island Tour

Not included

  • Airfares to/from Australia*
  • Airfares within Australia*: Melbourne to Adelaide (day 4); Adelaide to Cairns (day 7); Cairns to Sydney (day 10)
  • Meals other than specified above
  • Sightseeing not shown as included above, or shown as optional
  • * We would be happy to make these flight arrangements for you, please ask for an airfare when making your enquiry.


 

 

 

 

Holiday Name : Australian Odyssey 
Reference : 1CH


Tour Highlights

  • Melbourne City Sightseeing Tour
  • Sightseeing tour to the Barossa Valley including tastings and lunch
  • Kuranda Tour  Reef Cruise including snorkelling and lunch
  • Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
  • Cruise on Sydney Harbour
     
Guide price per person,
All prices and details are subject to change and availability.
Prices start from £1,567

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