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Essential Australia Tour

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Australia is a land of dreams, a land of world-famous landmarks and experiences, a land rich with Aboriginal culture. It’s a land with an historic past that will always tie us closely together. For many, a holiday to Australia is a holiday of a lifetime.

Let Distant Journeys introduce you to this amazing country on our 19-day Essential Australia tour. Perfect for those who want to visit Australia but don’t have the time to take one of our longer itineraries, this tour visits the colourful, cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Perth; indulges in the beauty of tropical North Queensland with a three night stay in Cairns including an unforgettable day at the Great Barrier Reef; and takes you to the heart of Dreamtime in Australia’s Red Centre with a memorable visit to Uluru and a two night stay in the remote outback town of Alice Springs.

Throughout your tour, you’ll enjoy high-quality accommodation, daily breakfast and many included activities and sightseeing tours, plus Freedom Days to explore and relax as you wish.  Accompanied throughout by a friendly, knowledgeable Tour Manager and offering great value for money, you will make new friends, enjoy unmissable experiences and take home many unforgettable memories of Essential Australia.

Essential Australia, 19 days from £4,295 per person

Our 19-day Essential Australia holiday is the perfect choice for those who are short on time but want to see Australia’s must-see attractions.


  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Melbourne, 3 nights
  • Day 3: Melbourne
  • Day 4: Melbourne
  • Day 5: Sydney, 3 nights
  • Day 6: Sydney
  • Day 7: Sydney
  • Day 8: Cairns, 3 nights
  • Day 9: Great Barrier Reef
  • Day 10: Cairns
  • Day 11: Uluru, 2 nights
  • Day 12: Uluru
  • Day 13: Alice Springs, 2 nights
  • Day 14: Alice Springs
  • Day 15: Perth, 3 nights
  • Day 16: Perth
  • Day 17: Perth
  • Day 18: Depart Perth
  • Day 19: Arrive UK

Sydney skyline at sunset, taken from water - Sydney Opera House in foreground

Day 1: Depart UK

Fly with Qantas & Emirates from the most convenient UK airport for you, for no extra cost. Our tours currently depart from these UK airports: Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

Melbourne at dawn, featuring the CBD in the far distance, and the river and sports grounds in the foreground

Day 2: Melbourne, 3 nights

All flights with Qantas & Emirates to Melbourne travel via Dubai. After clearing customs and collecting our luggage we board our waiting coach and transfer to the the Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

Inside of the Melbourne Victoria Markets, with local deli counters and people shopping

Day 3: Melbourne

Our first day in Melbourne starts with a sightseeing tour, taking in the city’s most notable sights and places of interest. Among the places our tour visits are Federation Square, the Victoria Markets, Treasury Gardens, the Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After exploring the heart of the city, we also head to the scenic waterside suburbs of Port Melbourne and St Kilda.

Included meals: Breakfast

A waddle of penguins emerging from the water of Phillip Island, and travelling along the beach.

Day 4: Melbourne Freedom Day

This is the first Freedom Day of our tour, where you’re free to do as you please and discover Melbourne at your own pace. If you need any advice, our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be there to recommend the best things to do and places to eat in Melbourne, as well as to help book excursions and make any other arrangements you may need. Alternatively, why not take advantage of our Freedom Days optional tours, to experience even more of Victoria. The first is a tour along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most spectacular road trips in the road. This tour sets off from Torquay, where you’ll find the iconic surfing beach of Bells Beach, following the road along the stunning coastline to the end destination of the Twelve Apostles. Or, why not visit the world’s largest colony of little penguins? They can be found on Philip Island, where you can watch the Penguin Parade.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sydney Opera House at dusk, lit up blue that imitates the pale blue colour of the sky.

Day 5: Sydney, 3 nights

Tour Highlight

This morning we say goodbye to Melbourne, heading to the airport to fly to Sydney. Once we’ve arrived, we start our tour of Sydney in style with a luncheon cruise around the city’s beautiful harbour. The cruise offers some truly magnificent views over to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as to the many gorgeous waterside houses. Following the cruise, our tour takes us around many of the city’s trendy suburbs, taking in Bondi Beach, Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay before returning to the city centre. As we head into the heart of the city, we’ll see Hyde Park, Parliament House and the unique Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. A sandstone rock carved into a bench by convicts in 1810 as a gift to Governor Macquarie’s wife, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is not only an incredible sight, but also offers the perfect photo opportunity for Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Our first day in Sydney ends at the Novotel Sydney Central, where we will stay for the next three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Photo of the three sisters in the Blue Mountains at dawn, with rippling hills covered in vegetation in background

Day 6: Sydney Freedom Day

This is your first of two Freedom Days in Sydney, where you’re free to enjoy Sydney as you wish, or join us on our optional excursion to the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rugged National Park west of Sydney is a perfect example of native Australian bushland, characterised by its towering peaks, dramatic cliffs, eucalyptus forests and stunning waterfalls. During our tour you’ll be able to soak up the scenery from a variety of vantage points, including Echo Point, the best place from which you can see the Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation. Among the other landmarks you’ll get to visit are Wentworth Falls, an incredible three-tiered waterfall, and the pretty village of Leura, a hub for local art and culture, famous for its annual garden festivals.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sydney skyline in the daytime, taken from the edge of the harbour.

Day 7: Sydney Freedom Day

A second Freedom Day in Sydney to further explore this wonderful city. Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Sydney’s suburbs are blessed with lush native bushland and pristine sandy beaches. Add to this the excellent restaurants and cafes, endless shopping opportunities and vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities. Enjoy!

Included meals: Breakfast

CBD of Cairns in Australia, showing silhouettes of hills in background

Day 8: Cairns, 3 nights

Sadly, we must say goodbye to Sydney, but our sadness is short-lived as we know the beauty of tropical Queensland awaits. We return to Sydney Airport in time for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton, which will be our home for the next three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Diverse group of fish swimming around the colourful coral of the Great Barrier Reef

Day 9: The Great Barrier Reef

Tour Highlight

A holiday to Australia would not be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Its vibrantly coloured marine life and breathtakingly beautiful coral make this World Heritage site a must see for all visitors. During our full-day Great Barrier Reef excursion, we board our high speed catamaran and journey to the Outer Reef. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, or if you prefer to stay dry, view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer or glass-bottomed boat. With four hours at the reef, there is plenty of time to do it all. A number of activities are available at an additional cost, including SCUBA diving (introductory or certified), a Seawalker Helmet dive, joining the marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari, or soaring above the reef on a spectacular scenic helicopter flight.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

the Kuranda Rail train travelling on a bridge, surrounded by a steep valley full of dense vegetation

Day 10: Cairns Freedom Day

Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda. Our tour begins as we ascend to Kuranda by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a beautiful experience gliding over the rainforest canopy. ‘The village in the rainforest’ Kuranda awaits. It’s a lovely place to while away a few hours visiting the markets and butterfly sanctuary. We continue our adventure with a visit to Rainforest Station, where we spend time with the Pamagirri Aboriginal people and learn about one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Travel back to Cairns along one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. See how the track clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip. During our journey we encounter no fewer than 40 bridges and 15 tunnels as we make our way back to Cairns.

Or, if you prefer to venture further afield, we suggest a day trip to the nearby Daintree Rainforest, where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the reef at the World Heritage-listed Cape Tribulation. The tour gives a wonderful insight into rainforest’s unique flora and fauna, including a walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.

Included meals: Breakfast

Couple viewing the red rock of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset

Day 11: Uluru, 2 nights

Following breakfast, we make our way to Cairns Airport in time for our lunchtime flight to Australia’s Red Centre and the next leg of our exciting journey. Dating back some 300 million years, we may have the opportunity to catch our first glimpse of Uluru from our aircraft as we make our approach.

Tour Highlight

After checking into the Outback Pioneer, our hotel for the next two nights, we travel to Uluru where we embark on a tour around the base of Uluru to learn of its historical and cultural importance before enjoying a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight

Included meals: Breakfast

Aboriginal-dressed man stood in front of the culturally historic Ayers rock

Day 12: Uluru 

Tour Highlight

This morning, we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas, before returning to Uluru, visiting the Mutijulu Waterhole and the informative visitor centre. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy one of the many activities on offer. On your second evening in Ayers Rock Resort, the Sounds of Silence dinner is highly recommended.

Included meals: Breakfast

Aerial view of Alice Springs at sunset

Day 13: Alice Springs, 2 nights

Uluru is the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. For early risers, a dawn visit to the rock has been arranged. Seeing Uluru at sunrise, from a different position and a different light, offers a totally new perspective on the ever-changing colours and character of the rock. This afternoon we travel east through amazing landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to the outback town of Alice Springs. Upon arrival, we shall transfer to the Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon floating high in the sky above the vast red outback of the red centre, near Alice Springs

Day 14: Alice Springs Freedom Day

Nestled within the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice is the geographical centre of Australia, made famous by its rich pioneering history and ancient indigenous culture. This morning you may wish to take an adventure in slow motion with an optional hot air balloon trip over the outback landscapes. After breakfast, there is a choice of optional tours available. Perhaps join a half-day sightseeing tour of this ‘Town Called Alice’. Visits include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Old Telegraph Station, now a museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name. Alternatively, you may wish to take a trip to the Western MacDonnell Ranges; an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full-day excursion takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.

Included meals: Breakfast

King's Park pond, with tranquil water reflecting the Perth skyline.

Day 15: Perth, 3 nights

This morning we make our way to Alice Springs Airport in time for our flight to Perth, via Melbourne. Upon our arrival we shall transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This afternoon take a stroll by the river and get yourself acquainted with this stunning city.

Included meals: Breakfast

Scenic view of Perth, with autumn colours in the dense tree line - sunset reflecting in the skyscrapers

Day 16: Perth

Nicknamed the ‘friendly city’, Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital and the world’s most isolated city. Today we take a tour of this coastal city and explore the variety of sights it has to offer. During our tour we will visit King’s Park, where there are wonderful views over the city as well as the park’s own flowers and bushland. We also head to Fremantle, a nearby port town, where we’ll discover more about the many ships that have wrecked off the coast of Western Australia at the Shipwreck Galleries. As we return from Fremantle, we’ll see the Millionaire Mansions before embarking on a cruise along the Swan River, ready for an evening of relaxation at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Jagged rocks of the Pinnacles in Perth, with sand dunes weathered away around the rocks

Day 17: Perth Freedom Day

Your final full day in Australia gives you the chance to spend the day as you please. We also offer two optional tours so you can take advantage of the remainder of your time in Perth. The first tour takes you to the nearby Nambung National Park, highly regarded for its beautiful beaches, towering sand dunes and the truly unique Pinnacles Desert, where thousands of limestone pillars known as Pinnacles rise out of the ground. Alternatively, you can take a short trip to the protected nature reserve of Rottnest Island. Here you will find secluded coves, unspoilt white sandy beaches and fascinating wildlife, such as the quokka, a small marsupial.

Included meals: Breakfast

The coast of the Great Ocean Road with sandstone cliffs and islands

Day 18: Depart Perth

The day is your own until it’s time to depart for the airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft. London Heathrow passengers may be able to take advantage of the non-stop Qantas flight from Perth.

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals & drinks

Day 19: Arrive UK

We bring an end to our unforgettable Australian adventure, arriving into the airport of your choice out of Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

Essential Australia – Departure dates & prices

Guarantee your place and best possible price by booking now. Once your holiday is confirmed, you will be covered by our Price Promise, which guarantees Distant Journeys will never add any surcharges to your holiday price

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 12 February £4,595 ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT Please call for details
 05 March £4,595 HALF FULL Please call for details
 23 April £4,295 HALF FULL Please call for details

Please Note that our holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. Air fares have risen steeply in recent weeks, and as a result there may be a flight surcharge to add to the price of your holiday. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases.

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £895.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

Visa: To enter Australia, you need an ETA (electronic travel authority).We will obtain this on your behalf and the £25 per person processing fee will be added to your confirmation invoice.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

Exceptional value inclusions

Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And our Essential Australia tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas & Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £297 per person
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth
  • Experience Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Great Barrier Reef

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee

Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne

Your room at Clarion Suites Getaway is perfectly positioned for your time exploring Melbourne. Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Yarra River, you’re just… Find out more >
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Novotel Sydney Central Hotel, Sydney

Novotel Sydney Central is conveniently located within easy walking distance of Darling Harbour. The hotel also offers easy access to the Sydney CBD. From here you have easy access to attractions such as the Imax Theatre Sydney, Sydney Sea Life… Find out more >
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DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

Centred around a unique rainforest atrium, the charming DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is surrounded by landscaped, tropical gardens with views of the Coral Sea. The hotel is just a short walk from Cairns Aquarium, the Esplanade Lagoon, and the city… Find out more >
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Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

After an evening of watching the glorious sunset over Ayers Rock and admiring its ever-changing hues in the light,  retreat to the Outback Pioneer Hotel, set at the heart of the Ayers Rock Resort. A top-quality service is guaranteed the… Find out more >
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Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs

In picture-perfect surroundings beneath the stunning MacDonnell Ranges, Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel lazes along the banks of the Todd River and backs onto the Alice Springs Golf Course. Throughout each of the rooms at the Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel, you’ll… Find out more >
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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Perth

Crowne Plaza Perth is a modern, friendly hotel conveniently located in Perth’s lower east side, close to picturesque Langley Park and the beautiful Swan River, with Perth city centre just a short distance away. Your Stay The hotel rooms are… Find out more >
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Melbourne: Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste Tour

Explore Victoria’s enormous food and wine scene with this wonderful Melbourne food and wine tour. From Melbourne, you’ll to travel around and taste your way around the nearby Bellarine and...

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Melbourne: Around the Bay Sightseeing & Bay Cruise

Escape from the city for a day and discover the beauty of Melbourne Bay, also known as Port Phillip Bay, with a guided Melbourne Bay tour, taking in the stunning...

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Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade Express Tour

Our evening tour from Melbourne will take you directly to Phillip Island to witness the evening ritual of the Penguin Parade. During your journey to Phillip Island, take in the panoramic...

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Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Train Morning Tour with Morning Tea

This morning tour begins with the lush rain forest of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, before we make our way in to Sherbrooke Forest with its tall eucalyptus and chatting kooaburras....

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Melbourne: Sunrise Balloon Flight

Enjoy a truly remarkable experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - a world-class experience. Your day will begin with an early start, as your ballooning adventure...

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Melbourne: Puffing Billy with Yarra Valley Wineries

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Melbourne: Phillip Island and Penguin Parade

Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Visit Churchill Island where you can explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean...

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Melbourne: Great Ocean Road

A Great Ocean Road Day Trip introduces one of the world’s most stunning coastlines, offering ocean vistas, crashing surf, dramatic coastal cliffs and endless long sandy beaches. Your Great Ocean...

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Sydney: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is Australia’s second oldest National Park, and amongst the variety of flora and fauna you’ll also find over 1,000 Aboriginal heritage sites, the most concentrated collection in the...

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Sydney: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy Sydney from the best possible vantage point – by air. You will take a spectacular 20 minute flight in a luxury helicopter, including return transfers from your hotel. The...

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Sydney – Opera House Tour

The Sydney Opera House is a must-see landmark during your time in Australia. On this tour, you can take in all the mystery and majesty of the Australian icon on...

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney – Red Carpet Package

The ultimate way to experience the most famous Sydney icon – the Sydney Opera House – is the Red Carpet Package. This includes an informative guided tour of the public...

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Sydney – Bridge Climb

Prepare to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on this exhilarating excursion. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘The Coathanger’, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch...

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Wine cellar

Sydney – Hunter Valley

A flexible boutique wine tour of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Relax in comfortable small-group vehicles for the 2 hour drive north to the Hunter Valley. Along the way your guide...

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Blue Mountains scenic view

Sydney – Blue Mountains

Explore this million-acre World Heritage-listed area. This tour takes you away from the obvious tourist traps to show you the Blue Mountains from an insider’s perspective – from secluded lookouts,...

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Cairns: Harbour Dinner Cruise

Enjoy an evening of calm water cruising, taking in the sights and sounds of Cairns by night.  The evening includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a delicious buffet featuring some...

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Cairns: Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour

Immerse yourself in Tropical Far North Queensland with the Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour.  Enjoy a visit to Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls. The tour includes lunch in Innisfail, a cruise...

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HCA Boat Pole Feeding a Crocodile

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Queensland and is situated just 40 minutes’ drive north of Cairns. Your excursion price includes return transport...

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway travelling over the rainforest canopy and Barron Gorge waterfalls, Cairns, Australia

Cairns: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Join us on a day of discovery into the stunning rainforest clad mountains that surround tropical Cairns. We begin our day with a stunning journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway....

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Cairns – Daintree National Park

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area. In the morning visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by...

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Cairns – Hot Air Balloon Flight

Hot air ballooning in Cairns, Australia, is a popular and exhilarating experience. The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, is a much-admired destination for visitors from all around...

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CNS Diver silhouette

Great Barrier Reef – Optional activities during included full day tour

Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you...

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Uluru: A Night at Field of Light

Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...

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Uluru: Field of Light Star Pass

Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...

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Uluru: Field of Light

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Sounds of Silence Dinner

Uluru: Sounds of Silence Dinner

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling...

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Uluru: Sunrise Helicopter Flight

One of the best ways to experience Uluru and the sprawling domes of Kata Tjuta is on an Ayers Rock Helicopter tour. Your aerial view will take in Uluru and...

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Uluru: Scenic Fixed Wing Flights

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, out to Lake Amadeus, Kings Canyon and Gosses’ Bluff on an Ayers Rock scenic flight. During this exhilarating experience, you...

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aerial view of Alice Springs at sunset

Alice Springs: Alice Springs Sightseeing

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of the remote Red Centre town of Alice Springs. Known to locals as Alice, the town is situated roughly in Australia's geographic centre, almost...

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Australia Alice Springs Desert Park tour outback bird of prey

Alice Springs: Desert Park

Situated at the base of the West MacDonnell Ranges and just 10 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs, Alice Springs Desert Park is an authentic recreation of the different desert habitats...

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Alice Springs: Sunset Camel Tour

The dazzling and unique sunsets that pass over Australia’s Red Centre each day are not to be missed during any visit to Australia, and during your time in Australia, you...

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Australia Alice Springs Outback bush bbq music show performance

Alice Springs: Outback Bush BBQ

Alice Springs - Original Outback Bush BBQ Dinner Show A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian...

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Australia inside MacDonnell Ranges Standley Chasm Alice Springs

Alice Springs: Western MacDonnell Ranges

Our Australia Tour Packages give you the opportunity to visit the Western MacDonnell Ranges during your stay in Alice Springs. Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured Western...

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Alice Springs: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Visit Alice Springs and you’ll get to enjoy an amazing hot air balloon flight. Get to know your friendly crew as you journey to the launch site in the cool...

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Perth: Day Tour Cruise to Rottnest Island

This full day tour takes you to the beautiful wildlife haven of Rottnest Island, and can be enjoyed during your Very Best of Australia tour.  Famed for its white sandy...

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Perth: Swan Valley food & wine tour

The Swan Valley is a lovely area a short drive away from the centre of Perth, and is home to award-winning wineries, breweries and restaurants.  Our Swan Valley tour is...

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Perth: Swim with Dolphins – Swimmer or Spectator options

This day tour from Perth offer visitors a unique opportunity to interact with dolphins in their natural environment. You may see mothers nursing their calves, discover how they use stingrays...

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Perth: Pinnacles Desert Sunset Tour & Star Gazing

The Pinnacles are one of the most iconic sights in Western Australia: a series of unique limestone rock formations sticking up out of a vast, remote desert. Pay a visit...

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Dubai – Helicopter Flight Tour

All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...

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Dubai – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalized service and a contemporary...

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Dubai – Desert Safari and Dinner

For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...

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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...

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DXB Cityscape night

Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...

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Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...

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Singapore by Night tour

The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...

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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...

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Singapore Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...

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Homebound stopovers at fantastic prices

A two or three night outbound stopover is included on the majority of our holidays to Australia and New Zealand. There is also the opportunity to experience another country on your way home, with a stopover in fantastic destinations such as Singapore, Sentosa Island, Bangkok, Dubai or Bali.

Prices are available from £165 per person (£265 single occupancy). Please call for details.


Singapore Skyline

Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Sentosa Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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