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
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. Relax and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
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, prior to a gentle stroll around significant areas of the rock to learn more about its historical and cultural importance. Later, we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Afterwards we leave for the airport in time for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the perfectly located four-star Hilton Hotel, which will be our home for the next four nights.
Included meals: Breakfast
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. For the more adventurous, there are a number of activities available at an additional cost, including scuba diving (no experience necessary), 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
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, butterfly sanctuary or the Koala Gardens. 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.
Included meals: Breakfast
Another Freedom Day to enjoy in tropical northern Queensland. Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, Cairns boasts over 200 walking tracks; there are also numerous interesting museums and art galleries to explore, as well as 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 nearby 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 a walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.
Included meals: Breakfast
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
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
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 Wentworth Falls and 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
The day is yours 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.
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 an amazing stopover offer available from £49 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Dubai. Alternatively, if you prefer, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £199 per person or Sentosa Island for £139 person. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is book a departure after September 2022 by 28th February 2022.
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
Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £592 per couple on a homebound stopover, if you take a tour departing after September 2022. Just make sure you book by 28th February 2022. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok for only £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy), or a two night stay on Sentosa Island for only £139 per person (£258 single occupancy).
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability||Offer|
|22 April||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|29 July||£5,695||ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT|
|07 October||£5,395||ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
|03 November*||£5,395||ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
|19 January*||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|02 February*||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|24 February||£5,395||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
|10 March||£5,395||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
|14 April||£4,995||HALF FULL||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
|28 July||£5,695||JUST LAUNCHED||SAVE up to £592 per couple|
NOTE: * These dates operate a variation of the tour as shown. Please call for details.
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement for tours: £1,095.
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.
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.
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Book now and SAVE up to £592 per couple!
Our most popular Special Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £49 per person (£98 for single occupancy) – on all our Australia tours departing after September 2022 if you book by 28th February 2022.
There are several options for your £49 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 (£398 for single occupancy) per person or stay two nights on Sentosa Island for only £139 (£258 single occupancy) per person.
These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.
Special Offers: terms and conditions
Special Offer is £49pp in twin / double room, £98 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £139 per person (£258 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £592 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2022.
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For your peace of mind, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, you will be given the choice of changing your tour or you may choose to receive a full refund.