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Wonders of Australia Tour

Home Icon 22-day Wonders of Australia starting at £6,895pp

When you think of Australia, you think of the Outback, sunshine and sparkling seas, vast desert landscapes, vibrant world class cities and rich Aboriginal culture. The Wonders of Australia tour encompasses all of these highlights and so much more, all with the expert local guidance of your Tour Manager.

On this wonderful tour of Australia, you can look forward to visiting the cosmopolitan cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney; each with their own distinctive character. You will witness the sun set over Uluru, the sandstone monolith sacred to the local indigenous people; spend a full day enjoying the living masterpiece that is the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy one the world’s greatest railway journeys on board The Ghan.

As well as these amazing experiences, the tour includes visits to various hidden gems and lesser-known places, and plenty of free time to explore and discover Australia and its warm, friendly people.  This unmissable, 22-day tour truly showcases the Wonders of Australia.

SAVE up to £492 per couple! Book any tour to Australia and/or New Zealand departing from September 2024 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £99 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024.

Day 1

Depart UK

The Ghan train passing through the cobalt red land of the outback

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:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Singapore, 3 nights

Singapore skyline reflected in the water of the Marina Bay, with streaks of purple in the sky

Flights from London Heathrow may travel direct to Singapore. All UK regional flights will travel via Dubai. Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four-star M Hotel City Centre, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Alternative stopover: Dubai

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you prefer, you may choose to stop in Dubai for the same price. 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.

Day 3

Singapore

Aerial view of Marina Bay, Singapore at dawn, with the famous Art Science museum in foreground

Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where east meets west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. This morning enjoy a tour of this wonderful city. Included is a stop at Merlion Park and the impressive views of Marina Bay. We continue to the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4

Singapore Freedom Day

Inside Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

A Freedom Day in Singapore to further explore the city. Possibly visit historic Raffles for high tea or to savour a Singapore Sling. Discover the wonderful Gardens by the Bay, visit Singapore Zoo or maybe indulge in some of the amazing shopping opportunities that can be found around the city.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 5

Melbourne, 3 nights

Dense Melbourne CBD with the national train station and modern Federation Square in the foreground

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne. With a late arrival into Melbourne we transfer directly to our hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Docklands conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Day 6

Melbourne

Close up of the neo-futuristic architecture of Federation Square in Melbourne

After breakfast, we begin our day with a city tour of Melbourne. Sights include Treasury Gardens, Victoria Markets, Federation Square, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. We also head out of the city to see the waterside suburbs of St. Kilda and Port Melbourne. Our afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps use this opportunity to take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Fairy Penguins, to view the ‘Penguin Parade’.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7

Melbourne Freedom Day

Puffing billy suspended on an old bridge with tourists hanging out of the side taking photos - surrounded by steam and dense forest

Today we can choose to relax or explore as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to help with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. For example, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges, explore the city’s most famous sporting landmarks or tour along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 8

Adelaide, 2 nights

Pelicans stood in the Torrens River in Adelaide.

Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight to Adelaide. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. We shall take a sightseeing tour and be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, fine Victorian buildings and attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the Peppers Waymouth Hotel for our next two nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 9

Adelaide Freedom Day

Kangaroo pictured in between vineyards at Barossa Valley

A Freedom Day to spend as you please. Take a look around Adelaide on foot or perhaps take an optional tour to the famous wine growing region of the Barossa Valley. Alternatively visit Kangaroo Island, situated off the Fleurieu Peninsula, which offers a unique touring experience combining friendly, native wildlife with natural, unspoilt wilderness.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 10

The Ghan, overnight

The Ghan train travelling over a bridge separating dense forest

Tour Highlight

A morning at leisure until it’s time to make our way to Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal in time for a magnificent overland journey to Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia’s outback. Renowned as one of the world’s most iconic train journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service, airconditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. Single travellers will stay in single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst on board, all meals are included as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Marvel at the ever changing landscape as we journey north. This evening, following dinner, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks included

Day 11

Alice Springs, 2 nights

Alice Springs sign on rock at the top of a sand hill with blue skies

Awake this morning to notice the contrast between the fiery red earth and the cobalt blue skies. Enjoy an off train experience as The Ghan makes a short stop in Marla – in the middle of the Australian outback. In just 25 hours aboard The Ghan we will have covered 1,555 kilometres and passed golden wheatfields, vast sheep stations, rugged mountain ranges, salt lakes and the fierce Simpson Desert. Upon arrival into Alice Springs we will board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the outback’s largest town. 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. Later in the afternoon we arrive at the four-star Crowne Plaza Lasserters Hotel. Later, you may wish to join a fun evening at our optional Bush BBQ.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 12

Alice Springs Freedom Day

Couple enjoying the refreshing waters or Ormiston Gorge in Australia's Western MacDonnell Ranges

Our day is free to relax or explore the outback. 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

Day 13

Uluru, Overnight

Impressive aerial of Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Tour Highlight

Leaving Alice Springs, we head west through amazing outback landscapes as we travel along the scenic Stuart and Lasseter Highways and make our way to Uluru, the icon of Australia’s outback and the world’s largest monolith. Rising from the flat surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. We begin our red centre adventure enjoying a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours over Uluru as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional Sounds of Silence dinner. Our next two nights is at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 14

Cairns, 4 nights

Couple walking towards Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta also known as The Olgas, in Australia's red centre

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 changing colours and character of the rock. We return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, we discover more about Uluru’s historical and cultural importance, with a tour of the rock followed with a visit to the intriguing Kata Tjuṯa, (The Olgas), an impressive series of rounded ochre-coloured sandstone domes. Afterwards, we leave for the airport in time for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the perfectly located Hilton Hotel, which will be our home for the next three nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 15

Great Barrier Reef

One of the wonders of the underwater world, showing colourful marine life

Tour Highlight

The Great Barrier Reef is an amazing array of coral reef and marine wildlife just waiting to be explored. In fact, a holiday to Australia would not be complete without viewing this must-see World Heritage site. Boarding our high speed catamaran in Cairns, we travel out to our platform, situated on the Outer Reef. Activities commence as soon as we arrive. If you’re a non-swimmer, or just don’t fancy getting wet then there are options to view the reef from a glass bottom boat, or semi-submersible. Or for an additional cost, you can view the reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight. For anyone happy to get into the water, there’s snorkelling in the sheltered coral lagoon, or join a marine biologist on a guided snorkel safari. For the more adventurous, further optional activities include a Seawalker Helmet dive, an introductory scuba dive, or if qualified a certified scuba dive.

In between activities, included is a tropical fresh buffet lunch and after four hours at the reef, we return to Cairns sharing stories of our day’s adventures

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch

Day 16

Cairns Freedom Day

Cairns Skyrail travelling over dense rainforest, with strong waterfall flowing through a gorge

Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to the rainforest village of Kuranda. We depart Cairns for Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. As we glide over the rainforest canopy take in the breath-taking views of the rainforest canopy and stunning coast line. Enjoy free time in Kuranda village to explore the markets and independent shops, before taking our coach to Rainforest Station, where we have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s aboriginal culture. Our aboriginal guides will share stories in the Yarning Circle, before entertaining us with a traditional dance performance. We finish with the opportunity to try boomerang and spear throwing. We arrive at Kuranda Scenic Railway station in time to board our train for one of the most unique rail journeys in Australia. As we journey back to Cairns, see how the track clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip and encountering no fewer than 40 bridges and 15 tunnels.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 17

Cairns Freedom Day

Couple looking towards a hot air balloon before take off

Another Freedom Day to enjoy the delights of Cairns and tropical northern Queensland. Cairns is perfect for strolling and there are also numerous art galleries and museums to explore. Alternatively, there is the option to take a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. If you prefer to venture further afield, a day trip to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, is a fascinating experience. The tour gives a wonderful insight into the rainforest’s unique flora and fauna, including an informative nature walk and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 18

Sydney, 3 nights

Sydney Harbour at sunset, featuring the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the distance

This morning we make our way to Cairns Airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival, we head to the four-star Mantra 2 Bond Street. 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 cafés, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 19

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge from above at day time, with calm emerald waters below

Tour Highlight

This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner-city suburbs en route to Bondi Beach. Travel by Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. We journey via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We complete our tour in the best possible way – enjoying a luncheon cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour. The views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the many dream homes nestled along the edge of the water are truly amazing. The afternoon has been left free to spend as we please.

Included meals:

Breakfast and lunch

Day 20

Sydney Freedom Day

Dramatic overhanging cliff in the Blue Mountain range, with two trees perched atop of the cliff

Today has been left free, but for those that so desire, we shall be taking an optional trip to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are a perfect example of native Australian bushland, with gum trees, majestic peaks and deep gorges stretching as far as the eye can see. Experience the panoramas from a series of lookouts, including Echo Point – the prime position to view the Three Sisters rock formation. The excursion also visits  the pretty village of Leura, famous for their annual garden festivals and playing host to many of the region’s local artists.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 21

Depart Sydney

Sky of purples and oranges as sun sets over Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House

The day is yours 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 OFFER: SAVE up to £592 per couple!
If you would like to stopover on your way home we have a sensational stopover offer available from £49 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. Alternatively, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £129 per person, or if you prefer stay on Sentosa Island, from £149 per person. All you need to do to take advantage of this huge saving is book any departure after September 2024 by 29th February 2024.

Day 22

Arrive UK

Aboriginal Elder with children

This morning we arrive at our chosen airport; London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Why not combine with one of our New Zealand tours?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, combining the Wonders of Australia tour and either the Magnificent New Zealand or Very Best of New Zealand tour makes perfect sense.

Please see our Australia & New Zealand combination tours for more details.

Departure dates & prices

Book your place on Wonders of Australia before 1st July 2024, and SAVE up to £492 per couple on tours departing from September 2024. Enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey for just £99 per person (£198 single occupancy) in either Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. The price includes two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, full breakfast each morning and return airport to hotel transfers. Also available is a three-night stay in Bali for only £149 per person (£298 single occupancy) or a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for only £179 per person (£358 single occupancy).

Departure dateGold Service (The Ghan)Gold Premium (The Ghan)AvailabilityOffer
 2024
11 October£6,895£7,115ON REQUEST Two-night stopover from £99 per person
07 November^£6,895£7,115ON REQUEST Two-night stopover from £99 per person
 2025
28 February£6,895£7,115AVAILABLETwo-night stopover from £99 per person
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04 April£6,895£7,115JUST LAUNCHED Two-night stopover from £99 per person
21 July£7,195£7,415JUST LAUNCHED Two-night stopover from £99 per person

^An altered itinerary is available on this departure. Please call for details.
# If booking double or twin occupancy on this date the night on the Ghan will be in single berth cabins

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

Single supplement for tours: £1,245 (October 2023 to July 2025)

When travelling overnight on The Ghan, passengers booked in a room for single use will be accommodated in single sleeper cabins with washbasin. 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.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy on selected routes from £2,295 per person return. Upgrade to Business Class from £4,995 per person return.

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.

Important Information: Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. 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. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

At Distant Journeys, we offer a great range of tours of Australia all of which include so much in the price. And our Wonders of Australia holiday is no exception. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides, an overnight rail journey on The Ghan and many amazing excursions are all included.

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

  • Two or three night outbound stopover (departures from September 2024 are three nights)
  • Choose from Singapore or Dubai

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior and first class hotels in great locations
  • Overnight train journey onboard the legendary Ghan
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Meals worth £596 per person
  • Daily breakfast
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour

All-inclusive on The Ghan

  • All meals
  • Selected alcoholic and soft drinks

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Dubai), Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Experience Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 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

 

 

M Hotel City Centre, Singapore

Occupying a great location in Singapore city centre, M Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel offering a warm welcome and a range of services alongside comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Your Stay The spacious guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV… Find out more >
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Vibe Hotel Melbourne Docklands, Melbourne

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Peppers Waymouth Hotel, Adelaide

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The Ghan

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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. Your Stay Throughout each of the rooms at the Crowne Plaza Lasseters… Find out more >
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Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock

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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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Mantra 2 Bond Street Hotel, Sydney

Mantra 2 Bond Street is located at the heart of Sydney’s bustling centre, with tourist attractions such as Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour all just a short walk away. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2016. Your… Find out more >
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway travelling over the rainforest canopy and Barron Gorge waterfalls, Cairns, Australia

Cairns: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail

We begin our day with a stunning journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Take in the world’s oldest rainforest as you glide silently over this pristine jungle canopy that has remained relatively unchanged for 130 million years.

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Cairns: Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation

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 the traditional owners of the gorge, the Kuku Yalanji people, before boarding your eco shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge.

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Cairns: 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 from Cairns and the admission fee.

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Cairns: Sunset Dinner Cruise

A popular evening choice is our Sunset Dinner cruise. Departing from Marlin Marina, an evening dinner cruise on the Spirit of Cairns takes you along Cairns’ waterfront and Esplanade and onwards into the calm waters of Trinity Inlet and its many tributaries.

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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 the world.

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close view of a Maori Wasse on a guided snorkelling tour at Moore Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef: Guided Snorkel Tour

Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s many ‘must-see’ attractions. World Heritage listed, it is the worlds largest coral reef. Snorkelling is not only a popular activity; it is one of the best ways to see and experience the reef. Once moored at our floating platform, you will find a dedicated snorkelling area, complete with rest stations where you can check out a dazzling world of amazing marine life and beautiful coral.

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Great Barrier Reef: Seawalker Helmet Dive

On arrival on our floating pontoon, located in a natural lagoon fringed colourful coral, you will find marine biologists, dive instructors, qualified lifeguards and cruise attendants all waiting to share the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Great Barrier Reef: Scenic Helicopter Flight

A breath-taking alternative to in-water activities and coral viewing vessels is to soar above it all in a helicopter for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef! As you fly high above this natural wonder you will be amazed by its sheer size and beauty.

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Great Barrier Reef: Scuba Diving

You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you step off your catamaran and out onto the floating platform located on the Outer Reef. For a much closer look at this World-Heritage Listed site, why not make your Great Barrier Reef experience even more fascinating with either an Introductory SCUBA dive, or for qualified divers, a Certified dive.

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Great Barrier Reef: Scenic Helicopter Transfer

We travel to the outer reef and our floating pontoon by high-speed catamaran. If you wish, you can make your day extra special by upgrading to a scenic helicopter transfer either to, or from the reef, providing the complete Great Barrier Reef experience from below and above the water.

From AUD $399 (approx. GBP £203) Read More >
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Sydney: Harbour Explorer and Taronga Zoo

Experience Sydney like a local on the Harbour highway. With the option for a one day pass or a two day pass giving you the flexibility to hop on hop off at your convenience. This optional includes entrance to Taronga Zoo situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour offering stunning views of the city skyline and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Sydney Harbour

Sydney: Harbour Explorer and Taronga Zoo

Experience Sydney like a local on the Harbour highway. With the option for a one day pass or a two day pass giving you the flexibility to hop on hop off at your convenience. This optional includes entrance to Taronga Zoo situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour offering stunning views of the city skyline and the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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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, rainforest bush tracks and pristine valleys You still see all the main sights, like the fascinating Three Sisters, but you will be taken to the smaller lookouts where you’ll hopefully be the only ones enjoying the view. Peaceful bushwalks enhance the experience.

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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 bridge. Connecting the northern and southern shores of Sydney’s sparkling harbour, the Bridge is an instantly recognisable symbol of Australia.

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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 a one-hour VIP Sydney Opera House Tour. Discover the stories and secrets behind the commissioning, construction and controversy surrounding Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece.

From AUD $45 (approx. GBP £23) Read More >
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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 flight begins from a private lounge at Sydney’s Mascot Airport, and heads out to the coast, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the amazing luxury homes that nestle above the dramatic cliffs along Maroubra and Coogee.

From AUD $240 (approx. GBP £123) Read More >
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Bali: Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple

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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Bali: 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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Bali: 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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Bali: 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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Bangkok: Half Day 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 Wat Traimit, the temple of the Golden Buddha.

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Bangkok: Half Day 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) and is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today.

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Bangkok: Half Day 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 on a unique Bangkok floating market tour. You’ll take an exhilarating narrow long-tailed speedboat ride through the marshes and stilt houses, which leads you to the Damnern Saduak Market.

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Dubai: Helicopter Flight Tour

Highlights:  Fly over the iconic tower - Burj Khalifa! Explore sites of Jumeirah Beach and downtown Enjoy a helicopter tour over Dubai by flying from the most famous man-made island,...

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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 the trained hands of your safari guides.

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Night out at Colonial Charms of the City

To truly experience the vibrant heartbeat of Singapore, immerse yourself in the pulsating urban life of the Civic District. A heady blend of old and new, the precinct is home to a trove of cultural gems, hip bars and unforgettable feasts.

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Singapore: Night out at Chinatown and Little India

Chinatown has come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed, especially in the evening when everything really comes alive.

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Singapore: Night out at Marina Bay

Discover birds-eye view of the city and Marina Bay from the top of Marina's Bay Sand's Skypark. Enjoy one complimentary drink at CÉ LA VI Kiosk, Level 56, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Hotel Tower 3. Experience the breath-taking view of the city lights, before moving onto the picturesque Marina Bay area where you experience Gardens by the Bay under the moonlit sky.

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Singapore: Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

Highlights:  Afternoon Tea at Raffles Tour Description:  The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great...

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

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 1 million plants from more than 5,000 species, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a must-see destination filled with wonders from around the world.

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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 Safari.

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Early Booking Offers – SAVE up to £492 per couple!

Enjoy a homebound stopover from as little as £99 per person when you book one of our Australia and/or New Zealand tours departing after September 2024. Choose a city stay in bustling Bangkok, fashionable Dubai or the cosmopolitan Singapore, or opt to relax beachside in Bali, or Sentosa Island.

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.

Destinations and prices as follows:

  • Two-night stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai for just £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy).
  • Three-night stopover in Bali for only £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy).
  • Two-night stopover on Sentosa Island for £179 per person (£358 for single occupancy).

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The savings quoted on Australia & New Zealand tours are off the price of a homeward stopover which normally costs up to £690 per couple. Early booking offers are for tours featured in our 2024/25 Australia & New Zealand brochure, departing from September 2024. All offers are based on specific flights and booking classes and are subject to availability at the time of booking. If choosing to fly with Singapore Airlines your homebound stopover options are limited to Singapore or Sentosa Island. All offers must end 1st July 2024


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Singapore Stopover Offer, M Hotel City Centre

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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Bangkok Stopover 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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Dubai Stopover 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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Bali Stopover Offer, Merusaka Nusa Dua

The beachfront Merusaka in Nusa Dua is an oasis of calm surrounded by tropical beauty, where turquoise waters lap white-sand shores and swaying palm trees. Guests can expect modern, comfortable rooms with elements of Balinese design; three outdoor pools and…

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Sentosa Stopover 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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