Australia

​Head off on an epic adventure as you discover Australia's iconic sights and spend Christmas and New Year in the 'Land Down Under'.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 UK - Perth

​Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Perth.

Day 3 Perth

​On arrival in the beautiful city of Perth early on day 3, we'll transfer you to your hotel. Head off with your travelling companions for a half-day tour of this exciting, cosmopolitan city. Among your discoveries will be clean, uncrowded beaches and lush green parks all set against a stunning backdrop of modern skyscrapers.​
In the afternoon, why not join an optional tour of the lively port city of Fremantle, which we'll reach via a cruise on the Swan River. During free time, coffee-lovers should head to Cappuccino Strip, lined with open-air coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Other highlights include the fishing boat harbour, a host of interesting museums and the historic Fremantle markets - more than 150 stalls selling everything from local delicacies to jewellery. We'll head back to the hotel by road.​

Day 4 Perth - at Leisure

​​Perth has so much to offer and you can get out and about to discover its delights just as you wish today. It's one of the world's most envied locations in which to live, with lush parks, excellent restaurants, the stunning Swan River and a lovely warm climate.
As an alternative, you might choose to join an optional tour to Rottnest Island, which is home to the friendly quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial, and beautiful white-sand beaches.

Day 5 Christmas Eve, Perth - Melbourne

​You will fly to Melbourne today, where you'll celebrate Christmas during a four-night stay.

Day 6 Christmas Day, Melbourne

​It's Christmas Day, so enjoy a leisurely morning before gathering with your travelling companions for a festive Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Spend a relaxing afternoon at your hotel, or head out into the city for a stroll. Although it's Christmas Day, you'll still find plenty to see and do in this vibrant metropolis.

Day 7 Boxing Day Melbourne

This morning we'll head off on a guided tour of Melbourne. Highlights include Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Flinders Street Station and the Grand Prix Circuit that circles Albert Park Lake. Another stop is Fitzroy Gardens, which features pathways lined with towering elms, colourful floral displays and the Fairies' Tree sculpture - a centuries-old tree stump featuring delightful carvings.

Day 8 Melbourne - at Leisure

​You can spend today at leisure if you wish, or you might be tempted to join an optional excursion to Phillip Island to see the remarkable penguin parade. At sunset, after a hard day's fishing, hundreds of these delightful creatures - the world's smallest penguin - appear from out of the ocean and waddle their way across the beach to their sand dune burrows. You can take in this marvellous spectacle from special viewing stands and boardwalks, which give you the chance to get up close to nature.​

Day 9 Melbourne - Sydney

​After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney, where a five-night stay gives you plenty of time to see all the sights.
As we explore together this afternoon you can tick off the gorgeous white sands of Bondi Beach and Hyde Park, which is home to numerous monuments including the ANZAC Memorial. We'll also head to Darling Harbour, which hosts a dazzling array of attractions from bars and bistros to an aquarium and a zoo, as well as Mrs Macquarie's Chair. This huge sandstone rock was hand-carved by convicts into the shape of a bench for Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth, in 1810. Why not sit for a while and take in the views from this wonderful vantage point.

Day 10 Sydney - at Leisure

​What you do in Sydney is now up to you, you can head off to explore independently or in the company of your travelling companions. Its centre is surprisingly compact, so you'll see so much.
Alternatively, you could choose to discover Sydney Harbour from the water. This hour-long optional cruise will introduce many wonderful sights, from beautiful gardens and parkland to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Bridge. For an entirely different perspective, you could discover Sydney from an entirely different perspective during a thrilling helicopter flight. emember to take your camera along and snap shots of Bondi Beach, Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and Opera House, and much more, as you listen to your pilot's informative commentary through headphones.
Another option is to step beneath the sails and enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. You'll learn about the history of the building, uncover stories about artists and the shows performed here and have an opportunity to visit areas usually off limits to the general public.

Day 11 Sydney - at Leisure

If you want to join an organised trip, come with us on a thrilling optional excursion today. You'll head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest, or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.​

Day 12 New Year's Eve, Sydney

​After a day at leisure, enjoy a fabulous night out in Sydney to see in the New Year. We'll head to Sydney Harbour for a New Year's Eve fireworks cruise, which promises to be a night to remember. A five-course gourmet dinner will be served aboard your luxury vessel as you take in wonderful views. An onboard DJ and a bar stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks will keep you entertained until midnight, when you'll witness Sydney's world-famous dazzling fireworks display from an amazing vantage point. The music then continues, so why not take to the dancefloor.

Day 13 New Year's Day, Sydney

After celebrating the New Year in style last night, you might choose to enjoy a late breakfast and a day at leisure.

Day 14 Sydney - Uluru

​​We're going to fly to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, this morning, via Alice Springs. This gigantic sandstone monolith, which is two miles long, 1,000ft high and measures six miles around the base, is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. One of the most impressive landmarks in Australia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a sacred place in Aboriginal culture and features many caves and ancient rock paintings. It's an incredible sight at any time of the day, but at sunrise and sunset it changes colour dramatically with the light. Today we're going to visit at sunset.

Day 15 Uluru - Alice Springs

​There's an early start today, but it's definitely worth it as we head back to Uluru, but this time at sunrise. You can also tour the base of the rock and view Aboriginal rock paintings in the caves here. After this we'll head to the mysterious Kata Tjuta, although you may know these 36 domed rock formations better as the Olgas. Located to the west of Uluru, they are thought to have similarly been one huge piece of rock but over millions of years they have been shaped this way by nature.
We then continue by road to Alice Springs. This evening you might be tempted to join an optional bush barbecue - an authenic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of stargazing.​

Day 16 Alice Springs - Darwin

Our included tour this morning will introduce the Flying Doctor Base and the old Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement in central Australia, which is now a museum. Depending on timings, we'll also visit the famous School of the Air. 
Early this evening we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Darwin.

Day 17 Darwin - Kakadu National Park

​Our destination today is Kakadu National Park to discover lush rainforest, scenic rivers and a diverse range of wildlife. It is most famous though for its natural galleries of fascinating Aboriginal rock art. Before heading to our hotel, there's the chance to walk up Ubirr Rock to see some of the most outstanding examples of rock art in the world.

Day 18 Kakadu National Park - Katherine

​This morning we'll drive to Katherine via the stunning Nourlangie Rock, where you can set off on a walk to discover more fascinating rock art.
Next, we'll head off on a thrilling cruise on the famous Yellow Water Lagoon. As you go, keep a lookout for many species of birds - from whistling ducks to eagles - as well as crocodiles in their natural habitat.​

Day 19 Katherine - Darwin

​Today's highlight is a cruise through the Katherine Gorge to see ancient rocks and caves decorated with Aboriginal rock paintings. As we sail through this picturesque gorge, expert Local Guides will explain the history and geology of the area and tell us all about the flora and fauna we're likely to see. We'll step ashore for a walk before boarding another boat for our return journey.​

Day 20 Darwin - Port Douglas

​We'll head to Cairns this morning, with an onward transfer to Port Douglas. This picturesque resort boasts white-sand beaches and tropical rainforest - it's also our gateway to the incredible Great Barrier Reef.

Day 21 Great Barrier Reef

​​There's a whole new world waiting to be discovered today as we take an included trip by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Marine life comes incredibly close to the vessel and you can experience the reef without getting wet from the comfort of a semi-submersible or an underwater observatory. Of course, you can also go snorkelling in this amazing underwater world – all the equipment and guidance you need is provided, as well as lunch.

Day 22 Port Douglas - at Leisure

​If you wish you can spend the day at leisure, soaking up the sun in Port Douglas. However, if you want to see even more, a ride on the Kuranda Railway is an option today to see the Atherton Tablelands.
First stop will be the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where you'll glide over and through heritage rainforest. After free time in the village of Kuranda, take a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, with the Barron Falls just one of the incredible highlights.​

Day 23 Port Douglas - at Leisure

​You've another day at leisure to do just as you wish. If you want to get out in the great outdoors, why not join an optional excursion to Daintree Rainforest. Daintree is an ecologically unique tropical forest, which is home to an extensive range of flora and fauna. Also included is an environmental wilderness cruise as you go in search of crocodiles with an expert Local Guide. After lunch at the Daintree Tea House, enjoy a tour of Daintree.​

Day 24 Port Douglas - Brisbane

Today we'll transfer to Cairns for our flight to Brisbane.

Day 25 Brisbane - at Leisure

​​Before flying home tomorrow you might choose to spend a day at leisure. Alternatively, why not join an optional excursion to North Stradbroke Island. Fondly known as Straddie by the locals, it is the world's second largest sand island at about 38km long and 11km wide. Relax on the beach or maybe head off on a bush walk, keeping an eye out for resident kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras - the largest member of the kingfisher family.

Days 26 & 27 Brisbane - UK

​We'll transfer to the airport today for our return flight to the UK, arriving on day 27.

Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Local Drive Guides
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airways via Singapore
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 24 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 28 included meals: 24 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners including a Christmas Day lunch & 5-course New Year's Eve dinner on board a Sydney Harbour cruise, welcome & farewell d​rinks
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage
Included Excursions
  • Tour of Perth
  • Discover Melbourne
  • Christmas Day lunch in Melbourne
  • Sydney’s iconic sights
  • New Year's Eve dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset & sunrise
  • See the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
  • Tour of Alice Springs
  • Kakadu National Park
  • See Aboriginal paintings at Nourlangie Rock
  • Cruise the Katherine Gorge
  • Great Barrier Reef catamaran cruise
  • Discover Brisbane

Optional Excurions

  • Fremantle & Swan River cruise
  • Rottnest Island
  • Phillip Island’s ‘penguin parade’
  • Helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour
  • Tour of Sydney Opera House
  • The Blue Mountains & Scenic World
  • Field of Light, Uluru
  • Bush barbecue
  • Kuranda Railway ride
  • Daintree Rainforest
  • North Stradbroke Island

Accommodation

Travelodge Perth

Travelodge Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, and enjoys a picturesque setting in the centre of the city, with access to major Perth attractions, entertainment venues, shopping and dining, Kings Park and the Swan River. Rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, and hairdryer.

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

The Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is a heritage listed hotel. Within walking distance you can find shopping, dining & entertainment, perfect for exploring. There is also a bar, restaurant and fitness centre, if you wish to stay at the hotel. Rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, safe, TV and tea & coffee-making facilities.

Travelodge Wynyard - Sydney

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Wynyard is ideally located in the Central Business District of Sydney within the easy reach of many major attractions. Hotel rooms feature en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and flat-screen TVs. Other hotel amenities include a restaurant and a bar.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Situated within an oasis of native gardens, Desert Gardens Hotel offers elegant guestrooms. Each room is air-conditioned and has a TV with movies-on-demand and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Arnguli Grill, restaurant located on-site, offers an à la carte menu of traditional Australian cuisine.

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs

Experience eco-friendly settings and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off the Stuart Highway, hotel is within walking distance of downtown and provides easy access to many local attractions such as Anzac Hill. All hotel rooms feature air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include fitness centre, outdoor heated swimming pool and restaurant, serving modern Australian cuisine.

Travelodge Resort Darwin

Travelodge Resort Darwin is located close to great shopping areas and many major city attractions. The resort is positioned in the perfect location to experience all the area has to offer. The hotel has a pool and a gym.

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

From the marble foyer to the uniquely shaped exterior, the 4-star Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park’s wilderness and the ideal base to explore the Ubirr, Nourlangie and Jim Jim areas of Kakadu. Facilities include a restaurant and bar/lounge. All rooms feature en suite facilities, air-conditioning, coffee/tea-making facilities, TV and hairdryer.

Ibis Styles Katherine

Ibis Styles Katherine is ideally located in reach of the Katherine town centre. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, tennis court and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Travelodge Resort Darwin

Travelodge Resort Darwin is located close to great shopping areas and many major city attractions. The resort is positioned in the perfect location to experience all the area has to offer. The hotel has a pool and a gym.

Oaks Resort Port Douglas

Oaks Resort Port Douglas is a contemporary hotel set among lush tropical gardens in the heart of tropical North Queensland. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs alongside with desks and minibars. Other hotel amenities include a lagoon-style swimming pool with a swim up bar and an on-site spa, a fitness centre and a tennis court. There is also a restaurant and a cocktail lounge located on-site.

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, located on George Street, is conveniently positioned for some of Brisbane''s fine attractions and numerous dining options of Eagle Street Pier. Contemporary decorated rooms feature en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee-making facilities and small kitchenettes. Other hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool and a gym, as well a restaurant.

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