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The Grand Australian Tour

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Join us on our new Grand Australian tour for a holiday full of memorable experiences and magical adventures. All the must-see places are included but the Grand Australian also offers something a little different, including six nights in Tasmania and a two-night journey on board The Great Southern railway.

Over a leisurely 31 days, admire the elegant cities of Melbourne and Adelaide and delve into the rural idyll and colourful history of Tasmania. Aboard the Great Southern, you’ll travel through Australia’s south-east, stopping in many fascinating places en route to sunny Brisbane. Our four nights in Cairns allow us to soak up the beauty of tropical Queensland, before we are immersed in Aboriginal culture in the Red Centre. Sydney is a natural climax to the tour; an iconic city which sums up this incredible country.

You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Tour Manager, ensuring that every moment of The Grand Australian will make memories to last a lifetime.

SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £492 per couple! Book by 30th June 2022 on any tour to Australia departing from September 2022 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £99 per person.

The Grand Australian, 31 days from only £7,995 per person

Welcome to the Grand Australian, Distant Journeys’ brand new 31-day tour. Packed full of excitement and adventure, yet conducted at an unhurried pace, you will explore elegant, world-class cities, relax in rural idylls and be immersed in breath-taking scenery throughout Australia.


  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Singapore, 3 nights
  • Day 3: Singapore
  • Day 4: Singapore
  • Day 5: Melbourne, 3 nights
  • Day 6: Melbourne
  • Day 7: Melbourne
  • Day 8: Cradle Mountain, 2 nights
  • Day 9: Cradle Mountain
  • Day 10: Strahan, 2 nights
  • Day 11: Strahan
  • Day 12: Hobart, 2 nights
  • Day 13: Hobart
  • Day 14: Adelaide, 2 nights
  • Day 15: Adelaide
  • Day 16: The Great Southern, 2 nights
  • Day 17: The Great Southern
  • Day 18: Brisbane, 2 nights
  • Day 19: Brisbane
  • Day 20: Cairns, 4 nights
  • Day 21: Cairns
  • Day 22: Great Barrier Reef
  • Day 23: Cairns
  • Day 24: Uluru, Overnight
  • Day 25: Alice Springs, 2 nights
  • Day 26: Alice Springs
  • Day 27: Sydney, 3 nights
  • Day 28: Sydney
  • Day 29: Sydney
  • Day 30: Depart Sydney
  • Day 31: Arrive UK

young koala in tree

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas & Emirates, at no extra cost. Choose from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

Singapore skyline at night with Merlion

Day 2: Singapore, 3 nights

Flights from London Heathrow may travel direct to Singapore. All other UK regional flights will travel via Dubai. We arrive into Singapore to be met by our friendly guide and transferred to our hotel for the next two nights, the Copthorne Kings Hotel, which occupies a great position close to the Singapore River.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks


Alternative stopover

Days 2-5 of this itinerary are based around a stopover in Singapore. Should you prefer, you may choose to stop in Dubai instead, at no extra cost. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary. Please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Singapore Botanical Garden water display with flowers and trees in background

Day 3: Singapore

Singapore is a city state rich in history and diversity. This morning we enjoy a tour of this wonderful city, including the intriguing ethnic quarters where Chinese, Malay and Indian influences fuse to produce Singapore’s distinctive culture. We also visit the Merlion – Singapore’s mythical symbol, and the Botanical Gardens, home to a unique orchid collection. The rest of our day is at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast

Gardens by the Bay trees and upper walkway with person walking across

Day 4: Singapore Freedom Day

Today is left free to explore further. Maybe visit the Gardens by the Bay, a multi award-winning attraction featuring over half a million plants and two climate-controlled conservatory domes? For a truly iconic Singaporean experience, take a seat in the famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel and enjoy a Singapore Sling.

Included meals: Breakfast

Melbourne city behind Yarra river with lights reflecting on water

Day 5: Melbourne, 3 nights

We leave Singapore after breakfast and fly to Melbourne. Our flight arrives late in the evening, and we transfer straight to the Stamford Plaza Hotel, our home for the first three nights in Australia.

Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

People walking along St Kilda pier, Melbourne. Sun low in the sky and reflecting on the sea

Day 6: Melbourne

After a leisurely start, we head out for a city tour to discover Melbourne’s sights. We see its well-preserved Victorian buildings, leafy parks, and sporting venues such as the MCG and the Rod Laver Arena. Also included are Port Melbourne and St Kilda, Melbourne’s waterside suburbs. The remainder of the day is left free for us to enjoy.

Included meals: Breakfast

12 Apostles on Great Ocean Road with view along coastline and cliffs

Day 7: Melbourne Freedom Day

Our first Australian Freedom Day, where we can choose to take an optional excursion to explore Melbourne’s surrounding areas. For some railway nostalgia, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges; or visit Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, to view the nightly ‘Penguin Parade’. To enjoy truly spectacular coastal scenery, take an excursion along the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tasmanian Devil looking over a rock and tree branch

Day 8: Cradle Mountain, 2 nights

After breakfast we leave for the airport and our short flight across the Bass Strait to Launceston, Tasmania. Known as the ‘Apple Isle’, for its abundant fruit orchards as well as its shape, Tasmania is an island state of captivating beauty. On arrival, our first port of call is Trowunna Wildlife Reserve, an 85-acre wildlife sanctuary where native Tasmanian fauna and flora thrive. Among the residents are bandicoots, wombats, wallabies and quolls, plus the famous Tasmanian Devil. We continue with a scenic journey to Cradle Mountain, and the Cradle Mountain Hotel, our home for the next two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

View of the Boat Shed and Dove lake with hills and forest in the background on a clear day

Day 9: Cradle Mountain

This morning we make a short journey to Dove Lake, a glacially carved tarn in the Cradle Mountain National Park. We will enjoy a walk around the lake, which has epic views of Cradle Mountain and takes us through some of Tasmania’s unique vegetation, such as sassafras and buttongrass. Our afternoon is at leisure – maybe visit the Wilderness Gallery, in the grounds of the hotel, showcasing the work of Tasmanian artists and craftspeople, and enjoy a free tasting of delicious local honey?

Included meals: Breakfast

Elevated view of Strahan harbour with boats and some buildings on the front

Day 10: Strahan, 2 nights

We journey west today, making a stop at the Vale of Belvoir lookout for a different view of Cradle Mountain before arriving at Zeehan, an historic mining ‘boom and bust’ town named after explorer Abel Tasman’s sailing brig. Next, we see the Henty Sand Dunes, a series of giant dunes behind Ocean Beach, formed by the wild winds of the Roaring Forties. We watch the huge breakers crash down onto Ocean Beach before reaching our destination, the small town of Strahan. Our hotel is Strahan Village, and after settling in we enjoy dinner together.

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

Gordon river cruise boat sailing up river towards bend with landscape surrounded by trees

Day 11: Strahan

Tour Highlight

After breakfast we board the ‘Spirit of the Wild’ for a wonderful cruise along the Gordon River. We cruise through the notorious Hells Gates, where Macquarie Harbour and the Southern Ocean meet, learn about salmon and trout farming on the west coast of Tasmania before entering the beautiful Gordon River. Our vessel is purpose-built for cruising in the sensitive environment of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and we cruise in ‘whisper mode’, enjoying the serenity from the comfort of our window seats. Stopping at Heritage Landing we’ll walk through the temperate rainforest, before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch on board. To finish, we explore the ruins of Sarah Island, a former penal colony where our guide will regale us with chilling tales of its convict history. We arrive back in Strahan mid-afternoon, and this evening we gather again to enjoy dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

West Coast Wilderness train travelling on hiillside producing lots of steam

Day 12: Hobart, 2 nights

This morning we travel to Queenstown in time to board the West Coast Wilderness Railway, for a steam powered trip deep into cool, remote rainforest. We climb one of the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest tracks using a rare rack and pinion system. Later, we continue to Hobart with a stop to view Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. On arrival in Hobart, the state capital, we take a short orientation tour before checking in to our home for the next two nights, the Crowne Plaza Hobart.

Included meals: Breakfast

Hobart waterfront with boats in the calm water and clear skies

Day 13: Hobart

Our morning begins with a spectacular drive along the Tasman Peninsula to the Port Arthur Historic site. Port Arthur began life as a penal settlement in 1830 and quickly grew in importance within the colonies. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation. During our visit we’ll explore the site to learn about its fascinating history, and enjoy a short harbour cruise. After lunch, we return to Hobart where the rest of the day is free to enjoy at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

elevated view of an Adelaide street with people sat outside restaurants and on a balcony

Day 14: Adelaide, 2 nights

Leaving Tasmania behind, we fly this morning to Adelaide. Surrounded by rolling parkland and the Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. This afternoon’s sightseeing tour of Adelaide will introduce us to the attractive parks and riverside gardens that surround this compact city. Known as the 20-minute city, it’s said that you can get to anywhere in Adelaide within 20 minutes! Later this afternoon, we check in to the Peppers Waymouth Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast

View of winery fields with hills and trees in the background

Day 15: Adelaide Freedom Day

A Freedom Day for us to further explore the area. For wildlife enthusiasts, a day trip to Kangaroo Island offers a blend of wonderful scenery and native wildlife. Alternatively, an excursion to the world-famous Barossa Valley wine growing region may be your preference; or simply exploring Adelaide’s sights further on foot.

Included meals: Breakfast

Great Southern crossing Boambee Bridge at sunset

Day 16: The Great Southern, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

Excitement builds this morning as we check in to Adelaide Parklands Terminal, ready for our magnificent Great Southern rail journey to Brisbane. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service cabins; air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold Service single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair by day, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst onboard, all our meals are included, as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

As the Great Southern rolls out of Adelaide, settle in as morning tea is served followed by a relaxed lunch on board while the ever-changing landscape glides by. In the afternoon, the train will arrive in Victoria, and the spectacular wilderness of the Grampians National Park, where we disembark to explore the area. Once back aboard the Great Southern, a late supper is served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant before we retire to our cabins to sleep to the rhythm of the rails.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks

Parliament House Canberra with bright blue sky

Day 17: The Great Southern

After breakfast, we once again disembark our train and travel by coach into the Australian Capital Territory, and reach Canberra, Australia’s political capital. A splendid lunch is served in Parliament House after which we enjoy a tour of either the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia or Parliament House itself. After dinner back on board the train, unwind with a nightcap in the Outback Explorer Lounge.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks

Great Southern going over a bridge near the coast

Day 18: Brisbane, 2 nights

This morning’s choice of activities from the Great Southern are all based in Coffs Harbour, a coastal city north of Sydney. Opt for the Boardwalk to Beach excursion, taking in views of the spectacular coastline and the Great Dividing Range from the Urunga Boardwalk before travelling to Coffs Harbour for a relaxing morning wandering around the Sunday markets. Or take the Coffs Explorer Experience to Sealy Lookout, where the Forest Sky Pier viewing platform soars dramatically out from the hillside, affording magnificent views of the coastline to Solitary Islands Marine Park.

You may prefer just to spend the entire morning soaking up the sunshine and beach vibe of Coffs Harbour; whatever you choose, a final lunch will be served back on board before the Great Southern arrives into Brisbane, and we bid farewell to our home for the last two nights. Our waiting coach will whisk us downtown to the Stamford Plaza Hotel, which occupies a superb position on the banks of the Brisbane River and close to the Botanical Gardens.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch PLUS selected onboard drinks

Brisbane city skyline on both sides of the river at sunset

Day 19: Brisbane Freedom Day

A Freedom Day in Brisbane, to enjoy as we wish. Have a lazy day strolling around Brisbane’s gardens and river boardwalk, and enjoy a bite to eat at the recently restored Howard Smith Wharves, under the city’s iconic Story Bridge. If you would like to venture further afield, a Scenic Rim day tour may fit the bill. However you spend your day, enjoy!

Included meals: Breakfast

Cairns aerial view of harbour with boats in the water and hills in the background

Day 20: Cairns, 4 nights

This morning we take a short flight to Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Our hotel the Hilton Cairns is beautifully positioned right on Cairns’ Esplanade, and will be home for the next four nights. Settle in ready for the adventures ahead.

Included meals: Breakfast

Kuranda skyrail cablecar travelling over rainforest passing waterfall

Day 21: Cairns Freedom Day

Today is a Freedom Day to take advantage of your choice of optional excursion, or just relax in Cairns. A very popular excursion is to Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’, travelling there by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which glides over the canopy of the rainforest below. In Kuranda, spend an enjoyable few hours visiting its Koala Gardens, Butterfly Sanctuary and heritage craft markets before descending via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This spectacular journey travels over bridges and through tunnels hewn by North Queensland’s pioneers over 100 years ago.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sea turtle swimming over coral in Great Barrier reef

Day 22: Great Barrier Reef

Tour Highlight

One of the seven wonders of the natural world, larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is our destination today. We travel by high-speed catamaran to our platform on the Outer Reef, where we spend the next few hours snorkelling and swimming in the sheltered coral lagoon and viewing the reef from a glass-bottomed boat or a semi-submersible vessel. There are more activities available, at extra cost, such as scuba diving (no experience necessary); joining a marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari or fly above the reef on a spectacular scenic helicopter journey. Return to Cairns late afternoon to reflect on an amazing day.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Cape Tribulation beach with inlet running inland into rainforest

Day 23: Cairns Freedom Day

A Freedom Day for you to spend as you please. The nearby Daintree Rainforest is UNESCO World Heritage listed, and there is the option of a day excursion to explore its unique ecosystem with a guided walk and a cruise to spot saltwater crocodiles. If you prefer to stay closer to home, Cairns has lots to do, with walking tracks, art galleries and craft markets and a laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy your day!

Included meals: Breakfast

Uluru at sunset with changing colours in the background

Day 24: Uluru, Overnight

Tour Highlight

This morning we take an early flight to the heart of the Red Centre and Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock. We’ll firstly visit the soaring sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta, otherwise known as the Olgas, before checking in to our hotel for tonight, the Desert Gardens Hotel. This evening we enjoy a truly special experience. As the sun sinks behind Uluru, its colours change by the minute, and we will witness this awe-inspiring sight at a dedicated viewing area, glass of sparkling wine and canapes to hand. Once darkness has settled, we’re taken back to the hotel to spend the remainder of the evening as we wish.

Included meals: Breakfast

couple exploring the Old Telegraph station in Alice Springs looking at a horse carriage

Day 25: Alice Springs, 2 nights

This morning, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a sunrise viewing at Uluru, and witness yet more changing colours of this strangely beautiful monolith. Leaving Uluru behind, we drive east through the Outback towards our next destination, Alice Springs. On arrival, we visit the Old Telegraph Station, a heritage museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name. The Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel is our home for the next two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Simpsons Gap in Western Macdonnell ranges with reflection of gap in the water

Day 26: Alice Springs Freedom Day

Today is free to enjoy; perhaps take a trip to the Western MacDonnell Ranges, where the stunning landscape includes Standley Chasm, a spectacular geological and significant cultural icon of the Red Centre, with a striking deep red cleft that glows with reflected sunlight. Tonight, there’s the option to enjoy an evening of Aussie food and laughter at the Outback Bush Barbecue.

Included meals: Breakfast

Aerial view of Sydney Harbour with bridge and Luna Park and boats in the water

Day 27: Sydney, 3 nights

This morning we take a tour of Alice Springs and visit two of its most notable institutions: the School of the Air, which provides an education for children living in some of the remotest parts of the outback; and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is an essential lifeline for the health and wellbeing of isolated communities. Later, we board a flight which will take us to Sydney, New South Wales. From its world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, to its sandy beaches and native bushland, vibrant culture and lively entertainment scene, Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities. We’ll transfer to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth and settle in for the first of our three nights here.

Included meals: Breakfast

Bondi Beach, with people on the sand and waves coming into the beach

Day 28: Sydney 

Tour Highlight

We begin our Sydney sightseeing today with a drive through some of the inner city’s most stylish suburbs to Bondi Beach. Australia’s most famous beach is blessed with golden sands and rolling surf – stroll along the water’s edge, breathe in the salty air and enjoy the Bondi vibe. Heading back to the city centre via Double Bay and Rushcutters’ Bay, we’ll see Parliament House in Hyde Park before arriving at the Royal Botanical Gardens, home to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the classic photo opportunity with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House behind us. Our tour ends with a fabulous cruise on Sydney Harbour; enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch while taking in some of the finest views around. The rest of the day is left free; as the cruise ends at Circular Quay you could take a behind-the- scenes tour of Jørn Utzon’s iconic Opera House, or just take a stroll around the harbourside.

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains, surrounded by green forest

Day 29: Sydney Freedom Day

A final Freedom Day in Australia, and for those who wish to there is an optional trip to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. The National Park is home to an expansive area of Australia’s iconic bushland carpeted with gum trees, with deep gorges and towering peaks and during our excursion, we will visit a series of lookouts where you can take in some of the best views of the Blue Mountains, including some lesser-known vantage points. If you prefer to explore Sydney instead, there’s no shortage of things to see and do – you could even climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an exhilarating experience like no other!

Included meals: Breakfast

Sydney harbour at sunset with people in park and Opera House and Bridge in the background

Day 30: Depart Sydney

We have some free time, ideal for last minute gift-buying, until it’s time to depart for the airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai or Singapore, where there will be a change of aircraft.

Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks


SPECIAL OFFERSAVE up to £492 per couple!

If you would like to stopover on your way home we have an amazing stopover offer available from £99 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Dubai. Alternatively, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £249 per person, or if you prefer stay on Sentosa Island for £169 per person. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is book any departure by 30th June 2022.

Closeup of young Kangaroo

Day 31: Arrive UK

This morning your flight lands at your chosen airport; London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, and brings to a close your Grand Australian adventure.

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

Why not combine with a tour of New Zealand?

Exploring both Australia and New Zealand for the experience of a lifetime, we offer the possibility to embark on the ultimate Australasian adventure with our Australia and New Zealand combination tours. These tours combine The Very Best of Australia with our excellent Magnificent New Zealand, New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea, or Very Best of New Zealand tours.

Take a look at our Australia and New Zealand combination tours for more details.

The Grand Australian – Departure dates & prices

Secure your reservation on the brand-new Grand Australian tour before 30th June 2022, and SAVE up to £492 per couple on tours departing from September 2022 onwards. Choose a two-night stopover on the homebound journey for just £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy) in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai or Singapore. The price includes two nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel, and return airport to hotel transfers. Alternatively enjoy a three-night stay in Bali for only £249 per person (£398 for single occupancy) or a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for only £169 per person (£298 for single occupancy).

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 12 January £7,995 HALF FULL SAVE up to £492 per couple
 02 February* £7,995 ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £492 per couple

*Please note this tour will stay in a different hotel on days 10-11, please call for details

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

Single supplement for tours: £1,695

When travelling on The Great Southern, passengers booked in a room for single use will be accommodated in single sleeper cabins with wash basin. Showers and toilets are available at the end of each compartment.

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.

So much included

We believe in offering superb value for money on all our tours, and our new Grand Australian tour is no exception. Included as standard are scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several lunches and dinners, the services of a Tour Manager and a variety of memorable experiences.

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

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Three-night outbound stopover; choose from Singapore or Dubai

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior and first class hotels in great locations
  • Two night train journey onboard The Great Southern
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £498 per person
  • Two dinners and one lunch in Strahan
  • Lunch at Port Arthur
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

All-inclusive on The Great Southern

  • All off-train experiences and excursions
  • All meals, including lunch in Parliament House, Canberra
  • Selected alcoholic and soft drinks

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Dubai), Melbourne, Cradle Mountain, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Cruise Tasmania’s Gordon River
  • Explore historic Port Arthur
  • Full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

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

Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore

Standing proud on the historic and picturesque Singapore River, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore is close to a dazzling array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Its central location means Orchard Road, Chinatown and Central Business District are all just a… Find out more >
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Stamford Plaza Melbourne

The Stamford Plaza Melbourne enjoys an excellent location right in the heart of Melbourne, with some of the city’s most popular and important landmarks just a short walk away. A short walk east will bring you to Parliament House, as… Find out more >
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Cradle Mountain Hotel, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain Hotel is nestled within breath-taking alpine woodland in the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, making it a perfect retreat after a day exploring the pristine surrounds of north-west Tasmania. Your Stay Guest rooms at… Find out more >
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Strahan Village, Strahan

Set on the shores of Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania, Strahan Village offers charming waterfront accommodation and delicious local dining. Strahan Village’s location in the heart of town makes for direct access to its many museums, galleries… Find out more >
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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hobart

Boasting a great location with views of the sea, Crowne Plaza Hobart is a modern, stylish hotel offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Tasmania’s capital. Within easy walking distance are many of Hobart’s main attractions, including Salamanca Place whose… Find out more >
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Peppers Waymouth Hotel, Adelaide

You’ll be staying in the heart of the city at Peppers Waymouth Hotel, which means you have museums, galleries, shopping, dining and more right on your doorstep. Not too far from your hotel are plenty of ways to explore all… Find out more >
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The Great Southern

There's something mesmerising about travelling by rail. Whether it’s the sense of occasion, the rhythm of the rails or the romance of bygone times, to journey deep into the heart of Australia in comfort and style is to experience one… Find out more >
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Stamford Plaza Hotel, Brisbane

The Stamford Plaza Brisbane occupies a superb position on the banks of the Brisbane River and close to the Botanical Gardens. It’s also just minutes away from Brisbane’s best shopping, dining and entertainment venues, and boasts great views of the… Find out more >
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Cairns Hilton Hotel, Cairns

After a day of exploring Cairns and its many nearby attractions, the Hilton Cairns is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your evening. Set in a wonderful waterfront location, the Cairns Hilton Hotel is located just a short walk… Find out more >
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Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Welcome to the Desert Gardens Hotel – a magnificent sanctuary surrounded by towering ghost gums and flowering native shrubs among the red dunes. During your time at the Desert Garden Ayers Rock Resort, relax in the comfort of your own… 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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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District), the historic Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers stylish accommodation only minutes from Sydney’s world-famous attractions such as the Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The hotel… Find out more >
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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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Adelaide: Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf Tour

The Adelaide Hills, east of Adelaide is a region famed for its rugged beauty, mountain views and its cool-climate wines, as well as the historic German settlement of Hahndorf. Our...

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Adelaide: Murray River Highlights Tour

Relax on this lunch-time cruise along the Murray River aboard the Proud Mary boat. Enjoy the spectacular views of this unique river system with its historic cliffs and stunning landscapes....

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Adelaide: Kangaroo Island Tour

Kangaroo Island Australia is South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destination. Your Kangaroo Island tour from Adelaide begins early morning when you take a scenic coach journey to Cape Jervis taking...

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Adelaide: Barossa Valley Wineries Tour

Travel from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills with a stop at the Whispering Wall, famous for its acoustic qualities. Visit the beautiful and historic winery of Château Yaldara, one of...

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Brisbane: Scenic Rim Day Tour

Leave the city behind and enjoy a day in the country on this delightful full day tour exploring the spectacular and picturesque scenery of the Scenic Rim. This region is...

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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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Cairns: Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Learn about Australia's indigenous Aboriginal people in the timeless and spiritual setting of the world's oldest living rainforest. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, connect with two local indigenous brothers whilst...

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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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Cairns – Rainforest Dinner in Port Douglas

Port Douglas’ Flames of the Forest is an exclusive, intimate and romantic experience. The Rainforest Restaurant in Port Douglas will transport you into a world beyond your imagination. Completely surrounded...

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Cairns: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail

Experience spectacular views above the World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Once aboard, be amazed as you glide silently over the rainforest. There are 2 stations en route where...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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Bangkok – City and Temples Tour

Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...

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Bangkok – Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...

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Bangkok – Floating Markets

A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...

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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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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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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

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Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Lantau Island tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Special Offers

Book now and SAVE up to £492 per couple!

Make a booking by 30th June 2022 and take advantage of our most popular Special Offer, available on all our Australia tours departing after September 2022.  You can enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey in either Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai for just £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy).

There is also a different Special Offer for those looking for a more restful stopover; choose between a three-night stay in Bali for only £249 (£398 for single occupancy) per person, or a two-night stopover on Sentosa Island in Singapore for £169 per person (£298 for single occupancy.

It really does pay to book early, as these stopovers usually cost up to £690 per couple for two nights’ accommodation in a four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers.

Special Offers: terms and conditions
Special Offer is £99pp in twin / double room, £198 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £249 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £169 per person (£298 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £492 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2022.


Hong Kong Temple

Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you simply need to look across the harbour to see the…

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Bangkok Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through floating markets. Make sure…

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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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Melia Hotel Bali

Bali Offer, Meliá Hotel

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of the Balinese people await you in this blissful beachfront sanctuary.…

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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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