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Australia From Coast to Coast

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Perth
  • Alice Springs
  • Ayers Rock
  • Cairns
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • UK
TOUR PACE:
17 DAYS from £5059pp

Tour Highlights

  • Witness the amazing Great Barrier Reef
  • Travel along the Kuranda Railway
  • See sunset and sunrise over Ayers Rock
  • Tours of Perth, Melbourne & Sydney
  • Spot native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Australia From Coast to Coast

A land of starkly beautiful desert landscapes, world-renowned beaches, unique wildlife and effortlessly cosmopolitan cities, Australia offers something for everyone. Leave no corner of the country untouched as you travel from the sunny shores of Perth to the red desert sands of Alice Springs, continuing on to the underwater marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, the spectacular coastal stretch of the Great Ocean Road and the iconic sights of Melbourne and Sydney.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Perth

Depart London on your scheduled overnight flight direct to Perth.

    Day 2: Perth

    Upon your arrival in Perth, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

      Day 3: Perth

      Boasting 40km of soft, sandy beaches, a canopy of blue sky and the highest number of sunshine hours of all Australian cities, Perth promotes the perfect outdoor lifestyle. Bask in its year-round sunshine and friendly charm on today's city tour. Enjoy fantastic vistas of the city's skyline from King's Park, a botanical garden and park that features stretches of cultivated gardens and untamed bushland. Travel to the bohemian port city of Fremantle where you have free time to enjoy the town's many al fresco cafes or take a scenic walk around the harbour before returning to your hotel.

      • Breakfast

      Day 4: Perth to Alice Springs

      After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the remote desert town of Alice Springs, your springboard to the Australian Outback. Take in the far-reaching views from Anzac Hill before travelling onward to your hotel. This evening, experience a unique dinner in the Outback. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you watch the sun set over the Eastern McDonnell Ranges. Feast on a BBQ meal and try your hand at making your own dessert over hot coals. Listen to traditional songs and stories of the history of the area and, when the lights are turned out, marvel at the starry expanse of sky before returning to your hotel for the night.

      • Breakfast & Dinner

      Day 5: Alice Springs

      Today's tour of the pioneering town of Alice Springs covers its many highlights, including the original waterhole for which it was named, before taking you deep into Australia's Red Centre with a tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, an area steeped in Aboriginal history and natural geological beauty. Visit the waterhole at Simpsons Gap, often frequented by wallabies, and the sheer cliffs of Standley Chasm, carved by years of surging flood waters.

      • Breakfast

      Day 6: Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

      Journey to the famed Ayers Rock, or Uluru, takes you through the dramatic scenery of the MacDonnell and James Ranges before you stop at a camel farm. On your way to Ayers Rock, view Mt. Conner, called 'Fool-uru' by locals because of its similarity in shape. Your afternoon tour of the Olgas explores this collection of 36 immense, domed rocks, which hold spiritual significance in Aboriginal mythology. Enjoy a walk to Olga Gorge before a dramatic viewing of Ayers Rock from the sunset viewing strip.

      • Breakfast

      Day 7: Ayers Rock to Cairns

      Early risers can enjoy a sunrise viewing of Ayers Rock before your group sets out for a drive around the base of the rock. Your driver will point out a number of interesting features of the monolith before taking you on a walking tour of Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you can view Aboriginal rock art. This afternoon, fly from Ayers Rock to the coastal city of Cairns.

      • Breakfast

      Day 8: Cairns

      Experience the fantastic marine diversity and clear, aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef as you travel by catamaran to the Marine World activity platform, located on a private patch of the reef. With five hours to snorkel, swim and sunbathe in your own piece of paradise, and access to a sundeck, glass bottom boat tour and underwater observatory, there's no better way to explore the world's most amazing underwater ecosystem.

      • Breakfast & Lunch

      Day 9: Cairns

      Board the historic Kuranda Rail for the spectacular rail journey from Cairns to Kuranda. Travel along the pioneers' track, through sugar plantations and gorges and past the thundering Stoney Creek Falls, until you reach tropical Kuranda - a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers, where you will have time to explore this 'village in the rainforest'. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will provide the chance to discover the oldest rainforest on earth. Glide above the rainforest canopy, explore two rainforest mid-stations with lookouts and enjoy informational ranger guided tours and interpretive displays, before you return to Cairns by coach.

      • Breakfast

      Day 10: Cairns

      Enjoy the day at leisure, with time to explore the city's beaches, cafes, art galleries and markets at your own pace.

      • Breakfast

      Day 11: Cairns to Melbourne

      After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day free.

      • Breakfast

      Day 12: Melbourne

      Today's morning tour takes you past the eclectic architecture of Melbourne's central business district and the futuristic spire of the Victorian Arts Centre to Captain Cook's Cottage, the oldest building in Australia. Pass the lush greenery of the Botanical Gardens and the famed Queen Victorian Market before continuing past the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral. This afternoon, a guided exploration of Melbourne's arcades and laneways takes you to the most notable of these iconic pathways.

      • Breakfast

      Day 13: Melbourne

      A full-day Great Ocean Road tour, passing some of Australia's most breath-taking coastal scenery en route. Visit the surfing haven of Torquay, travel through the quaint township of Lorne and make a stop at Kennett River, one of the best places to see koalas in the wild. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach at spectacular Apollo Bay, then enjoy the dramatic mountainside scenery as you drive to the Twelve Apostles - huge stone pillars rising from the surf.

      • Breakfast

      Day 14: Melbourne to Sydney

      After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival, embark on a half-day city tour of the city's highlights en route to your hotel, passing the long, sandy stretch of world-famous Bondi Beach then stopping at Watson's Bay to take in the sweeping views from The Gap. Travel into the city via the charming suburb of Paddington with a stop at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, a bench-like rock ledge that affords fantastic views of the city. Admire the architectural beauty of the iconic Sydney Opera House as you take a behind-the-scenes audio-visual tour of this spectacular structure. Continue on to your hotel, passing the historic 'Rocks' area on your way.

      • Breakfast

      Day 15: Sydney

      Enjoy a day at leisure in Australia's largest city, giving you the chance to enjoy Sydney's beaches, explore the area further or simply relax.

      • Breakfast

      Day 16: Sydney

      Journey into the Blue Mountains and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to one of Australia's largest private collections of indigenous animals where you can spot koalas, kangaroos and wombats. Explore the historic township of Leura then take in panoramic views of the three-pronged rock formation of the Three Sisters from Echo Point. Enjoy some time at Scenic World, an attraction that offers cable car rides, railway rides and walkways through the mountains, before returning to your hotel via Sydney Olympic Park.

      • Breakfast

      Day 17: Sydney to London

      After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to London.

      • Breakfast
      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Important Information

      Visas

      British passport holders are required to obtain an eVisitor visa (free of charge) prior to entering Australia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding passport validity.

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Flight Information

      Your flight to Perth International Airport is with Qantas (QF) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 7kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. If you wish to arrange airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Physical Accessibility

      This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

      Group Size

      The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10 and the maximum will be 25. In the unlikely event, there are fewer than 10 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

      Tour Guide

      On arrival at each destination, you will be met by a local guide who will escort you during your stay, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Guides will not accompany you on internal flights but will meet you at each airport and transfer you to and from your hotel.

      Currency Information

      The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

      Personal Expenses

      You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. We would recommend a minimum of £65 per person, per day for the duration of the tour. Tipping is not included and at your discretion.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKPrice
      2018 Dates
      23 Apr 201809 May 2018£4899pp
      21 May 201806 Jun 2018£4399pp
      25 Jun 201811 Jul 2018£4699pp
      17 Sep 201803 Oct 2018£4999pp
      15 Oct 201831 Oct 2018£5099pp
      12 Nov 201828 Nov 2018£4999pp

      Itinerary changes

      The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

      Tour Map

      Australia From Coast to Coast Route Map

      Tour Dossiers

      2017 Dossier

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