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12 Day Classic Vacation - Australian Adventure - Sydney, Ayers Rock, Port Douglas
Classic Australia, Sydney, Rock and Reef includes travel to New South Wales, the outback Northern Territory and tropical north Queensland
Don’t Go Small, Go Australia!
The real heart Australia is in its wide-open spaces of the outback Northern Territory! This region has so much to offer from rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, aboriginal carvings and much more. The cities are also delightful – Sydney offers a variety of remarkable experiences, world-renowned dining and the delightful Blue Mountains just under two hours west of the city. Cairns and Port Douglas is known as the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north and filled with sun-kissed coastal adventures and provides access to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef!
- Travel between:
15 Jan – 31 Mar 2024
Subject to availability
- Package Includes: Accommodation for 4nts Sydney, 4nts Port Douglas, 3nts Ayers Rock, Sightseeing excursions per itinerary, Airport transfers.
- Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
- Contact us for Solo Traveller rates or to travel on alternate dates.
Included in your trip
EXCLUDED FROM YOUR TRIP
WHERE WILL YOU VISIT?
- The Blue Mountains N.P.
- Ayers Rock
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta N.P.
- Kings Canyon
- Watarrka N.P.
- Port Douglas
- Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Rainforest
- Mossman Gorge
Australian Adventure - Sydney, Ayers Rock, Port Douglas
12 Day Adventure
Day 1: Arrive Sydney, Australia
Welcome to Sydney! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your centrally located Sydney hotel where you will stay for 4 nights. The balance of your day is at your leisure.
Days 2-4: Sydney & The Blue Mountains
You will have 3 days in Sydney to explore the city, iconic sights and surrounding areas. Your package includes two sightseeing excursions:
Discover the Rocks – A walking tour of the historic Sydney rocks precinct that holds a unique place in Sydney’s colonial history as the birthplace of European Australia. This is a great introduction, including legends and history of the city as you stroll the shoreline of the sparkling Sydney Harbour and wander down hidden alleyways, shady courtyards and cobbled lanes. This short, guided heritage walk is one of our most popular experiences.
Blue Mountains National Park – Spend a full day exploring outside Sydney to the majestic Blue Mountains on a small group Blue Mountains wildlife excursion. Explore stunning lookouts, valleys, rainforest areas and bush walks. Wander through a small mountain village and if you are lucky, get up close to iconic Australian animals.
Day 5: Sydney to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Transfer to Sydney Airport today for your flight to Ayers Rock (flight not included, must arrive in Ayers Rock prior to 3.00pm). On arrival, you will be met at Ayers Rock Airport and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for 3 nights.
This afternoon, take an excursion to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) where you will enjoy a magnificent desert sunset with a glass of sparkling wine.
Day 6: Kings Canyon & Watarrka National Park
Travel to Kings Canyon today to climb to the rim of the canyon for views of Watarrka National Park. Time permitting, you may descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’. Or you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon creek bed.
Depart early to travel to Kings Canyon, stopping along the way at Kings Creek Station. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watrarrka National Park. The Rim Walk is 6 kms/3.7 miles, time permitting, you may descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours and is rocky and steep in parts, a good level of fitness is recommended. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor. Return to Ayers Rock in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Rise early today to witness sunrise at Uluru, before travelling to Kata Tjuta to explore Walpa Gorge. This afternoon, visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before driving around the base of Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk and the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and learn about the history of Uluru. Later this afternoon, you have the chance to witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset.
Day 8: Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Port Douglas
This morning you will take a trip to an art installation in the middle of the outback desert called Field of Light, by artist Bruce Munro. While it is still dark, wander through 50,000 magical handmade glass light spheres. Then make your way to the top of a dune to enjoy a warm drink as you watch the sunrise in the distance behind Uluru. Morning light floods the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you. Later in the day, you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport and depart the red centre of Australia to head to Cairns (flight is not included, must depart Ayers Rock after 9.30am).
On arrival in Cairns, you will be transferred further north to Port Douglas where you will stay for 4 nights. The balance of your day is at your leisure.
Days 9-11: Port Douglas, The Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest
You have 3 days in tropical north Queensland to explore. We have included the following two experiences in your package:
Great Barrier Reef cruise – Explore the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, an extraordinary living organism including 3 breathtaking sites on the reef with ample time to relax, explore and snorkel spectacular reefs with abundant marine life. Meals included: Lunch
Daintree Rainforest Aboriginal Art & Culture – Immerse yourself in the Daintree Rainforest and ancient Aboriginal culture of the Kuku Yalanji people. Join an art class with a local Aboriginal artist to learn how their stories are shared through art. Experience a traditional ‘welcome to country’ smoking ceremony on arrival. Take a guided rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge (Manjal Dimbi). Wander through one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests with an Aboriginal guide, an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges to protect the delicate ecosystem.
Day 12: Depart Cairns, Australia
Your Australia adventure concludes today. Transfer from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport for your departure flight (flight not included).
This is a suggested itinerary, if you would like us to design and price a modified version of this vacation, contact our team of Australia specialists to customise a trip for you.
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