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There’s simply no better way to discover our award-winning tours to Australia at an affordable price than on our highlight hitting, hidden gem uncovering, 17-day tour. What’s more, it’s fantastic value for money, with flights from Manchester or London onboard the award-winning Etihad Airways included in the price. Add to this hand-picked hotels at every stop, a delicious breakfast every day, numerous exciting excursions, and the help and knowledge of your very own Distant Journeys Tour Manager all covered in the cost of your trip, and we think you’ll be delighted by both the once-in-a-lifetime experience and the price.

Discover Australia itinerary

The Discover Australia tour takes advantage of highly competitive airfares and hotel rates, and offers truly unbeatable value for money. This Australia holiday includes all flights, sightseeing tours in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast and the expert guidance of an experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager.

With only two dates released, departing in November 2019, there are extremely limited spaces available, so don’t delay in booking your place. To book your holiday call us on the number above. 

17-day Discover Australia, from only £2,745pp


Day 1: Depart UK

This morning we set off from either London Heathrow or Manchester Airport on-board Etihad Airways. Choose whichever airport is most convenient for you and it won’t cost you a penny more.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Brisbane, 3 nights

After a short break to your journey in Abu Dhabi to change aircraft, we will continue to Brisbane where our Tour Manager will be waiting to take us to the Next Hotel, Brisbane. Here we will spend our first three nights in Australia.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Brisbane

A city sightseeing tour of Brisbane takes us to the blooming Botanic Gardens, scenic Fortitude Valley and to Kangaroo Point Cliffs where we’ll have uninterrupted and unrivalled city views, so be sure to have cameras at the ready. We have a choice in the afternoon to enjoy a cruise along Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in the afternoon (at an additional cost) where there is a chance to hold one of these unique marsupials. Or you may prefer to further explore the city at your leisure.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Brisbane Freedom Day

It’s our first Freedom Day in Australia, where we can choose to relax or explore as we please. If you would like to explore further, simply speak to your Distant Journeys Tour Manager who’ll be able to make any arrangements, book excursions or offer some great suggestions too. Perhaps you’d like to explore the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland, home to pretty Montville, Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve and Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin.
Breakfast included

Day 5: Cairns, 4 nights

This afternoon we return to Brisbane Airport and travel to our next stop in Cairns. The Novotel Oasis Hotel, with its great central location, is where we’ll check in and spend the next four nights.
Breakfast included

Day 6: Cairns Freedom Day

The Great Barrier Reef: coral, exotic marine life and paradise-like lagoons make this World Heritage Site unmissable. And you have plenty of time to explore it all during an optional excursion on your Freedom Day. With five hours at the reef, you can hop on a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the Marine World platform on the Outer Reef; swim among the marine life by snorkelling in the sheltered coral lagoon; or simply relax and take in the beauty of the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass-bottomed boat, or underwater observatory. Plus once you’re there, activities like scuba diving, a guided snorkel safari with a marine biologist, and a helicopter flight for a breathtaking bird’s eye view, are all available at an extra cost.

With limited spaces on this excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, we recommend booking at the earliest opportunity. Plus, book more than 60 days before you depart and save 5% on the normal price.
Breakfast included

Day 7: Cairns Freedom Day

Another Freedom Day to spend as you please in tropical Queensland. Maybe you’d like to join us on an optional trip to Kuranda where you’ll experience traditional Tjapukai aboriginal culture and enjoy music, dance and storytelling performances that truly bring the tour to life? Aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway you’ll soar over the rainforest canopy looking out onto spectacular views. In Kuranda village, you can visit the markets or Koala Gardens. And just like your journey to the village on the Skyrail was a fantastic part of the trip, your journey back to Cairns on the the Kuranda Scenic Railway is too a memorable way to experience the tropical Rainforest.
Breakfast included

Day 8: Cairns Freedom Day

A day trip to the Daintree Rainforest is a great way to spend our final Freedom Day in Cairns. The tour takes us deep into the world’s oldest rainforest to see the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation. Alternatively, if you prefer to have a more relaxing day, you have your pick of museums, art galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants and more to explore in Cairns.
Breakfast included

Day 9: Sydney, 3 nights

Sydney is our next stop, so this morning we’re off to Cairns Airport to catch our flight. We’ll tick some of Sydney’s must-see sights off on tomorrow’s sightseeing tour, but once we’re settled in at the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, we can start to explore our surroundings. Enjoy a stroll along the sparkling harbour, grab a bite to eat at any of its many loved restaurants and cafes, enjoy a little retail therapy or simply take in the city’s sights at our leisure.
Breakfast included

Day 10: Sydney

Get ready to be under Sydney’s spell on this morning’s magical sightseeing tour. We swap chic city vibes for golden sand as we set off to Bondi Beach – a sun seeker’s paradise. The beauty of Rushcutters Bay and Double Bay is also on the itinerary, before a trip to Hyde Park and Parliament House. And of course, no good tour of Sydney would pass by the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge – iconic landmarks you’ll want to capture on camera. Now you’ve seen what makes Sydney so special, why not spend the afternoon relaxing on an optional lunch cruise around the harbour with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your backdrop?
Breakfast included

Day 11: Sydney Freedom Day

If you haven’t planned anything in particular for your Freedom Day in Sydney, we have a trip we think you’ll love. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is an exciting contrast to the city experience, and is native Australian bushland at its best! Think gum trees and gorges, towering peaks and rugged rocks, and you’re part way to picturing the spectacle of the mountains. You’ll get to enjoy incredible views from lookouts such as Echo Point – a prime position to spot the Three Sisters rock formation. Plus Wentworth Falls and a stop off in Leura village are also on the agenda if this is how you choose to spend your day.
Breakfast included

Day 12: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight

Yet another of Australia’s icons will be ticked off our list today, because after breakfast we fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Red Centre. After a tour to see the series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas, we’ll be guided around Uluru’s base, learning why it has such deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. And what better way to round off a fantastic day in the Red Centre than sipping a glass of sparkling wine while witnessing the changing colours of Uluru as the sun begins to set. The Outback Pioneer Hotel, situated within Ayers Rock Resort, is where we’ll rest after a day you’ll never forget.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Melbourne, 3 nights

If you thought Uluru was magical at sunset, you won’t want to miss it at sunrise. We’ll have the option to get up nice and early to see the view if we so desire. After breakfast we’ll be setting off to fly to our final stop – Melbourne. Here we’ll stay at the Parkview Hotel, located between Albert and Fawkner Parks, and only a short tram ride from the city’s centre.
Breakfast included

Day 14: Melbourne

With so much history to uncover and landmarks to discover, our carefully put together city tour will encapsulate everything that makes Melbourne one of Australia’s favourite destinations. From its public buildings’ beautifully preserved Victorian architecture and the bustling Victoria Markets, to famous Federation Square and the relaxing waterside suburb of Port Melbourne and St Kilda. In the afternoon you have the chance to see something quite remarkable – the Penguin Parade. Join us on a trip to Phillip Island and we’ll introduce you to the world’s largest colony of fairy penguins.
Breakfast included

Day 15: Melbourne Freedom Day

Melbourne is yours to explore today. Why not join us as we take to the Great Ocean Road? As we set off on one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, you’ll see real Australian beauty at its finest. Or if a trip to the mountains is more to your taste, board the Puffing Billy steam train and journey through the incredible landscapes of the Blue Dandenong Ranges.
Breakfast included

Day 16: Depart Melbourne

This morning brings our Australian experience to a close with time to spend in our final destination as we please. Cases packed and with plenty of memories to bring back, we’ll be setting off on our journey home to our chosen UK airport via Abu Dhabi.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 17: Arrive UK

Welcome home! Our morning arrival at London Heathrow or Manchester Airport will give us the rest of the day to recuperate or tell others all about our amazing holiday down under.
In-flight meals and drinks included


Departure dates & prices

At only £2,745 per person, the Discover Australia tour is incredible value for money. Your scheduled international flights with Etihad, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides are all included in the price.

Discover Australia Departures

Departure datePrice (pp)Availability
12 November*£2,745ONLY 8 ROOMS LEFT
21 November£2,745ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT

*This date operates in reverse, starting in Melbourne and ending in Brisbane. Please call for details.

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

Single supplement for tours: £745

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class 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: This tour cannot be combined with any special offers featured on different Distant Journeys holidays. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Etihad airways from London Heathrow or Manchester
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty


On the ground

  • Carefully selected hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes
  • Daily breakfast, worth £258 per person
  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise


100% confidence

  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected



Hand-picked hotels

Here at Distant Journeys, we take great pride in choosing the hotels and accommodation you’ll be staying in during your Australia group tour. Our Directors personally take charge of finding the hotels that have a great location and are high quality too – the two most important considerations on any touring holiday to Australia. These are the hotels we’ve chosen for you…

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Next Hotel, Brisbane

With design-led interior, the Next Hotel Brisbane is ideal for your stay in Brisbane. Within easy reach of the city's botanic gardens, the cathedral and the river, the Next Hotel in a great location. You'll find plenty of shops and… Find out more >
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Novotel Oasis, Cairns

The Novotel Oasis offers a resort-style escape, but in the heart of Cairns CBD. With views over the city gardens or mountains, your room here is a wonderful base for exploring Cairns. All day dining is available at Moku, with… Find out more >
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Sydney, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

  The Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Sydney is perfectly located in the heart of Darling Harbour. A former 1890s wool store, the now contemporary Holiday Inn is now a lovely place to stay while you’re in Sydney – situated close… Find out more >
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Outback Pioneer Hotel Ayers Rock

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

The Melbourne Parkview Hotel is a lovely base for your stay in the city. Uniquely enclosed by a chapel, a theatre and a museum, the hotel offers a great view over the city. Not too far from Melbourne Parkview Hotel… Find out more >
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Freedom Days

Throughout your Australia tour holiday, we want you to enjoy a good mix of visits to must-see landmarks and time to experience your destinations in a way that suits you. For example, you might like to try an adventurous activity like climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge or a helicopter ride over Uluru, or if you prefer, a more relaxing experience like sampling exquisite wines in The Hunter Valley. Thanks to our Freedom Days, you’ll have the chance to choose the experiences that interest you the most.


Find out more about the excursions available by clicking on the descriptions below.


Price pp in Australian Dollars (AUD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Day Trip Australia Zoo, Montville, Glass House Mountains and Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (Private charter with our own guide, minimum 12 passengers)$190£106
Brisbane River Cruise and visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary$80£45
Historical Village with Aboriginal live theatre experience and dinner, includes transfer$120£67
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands  0500-0830hrs$320£178
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$218£121
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park at own cost) 0800-1700hrs$218£121
Rainforest dining experience incl drinks in Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) with Aboriginal Cultural programme, incl transfers (Tue, Thu only), 1830-2300hrs  **Not recommended for vegetarians **$239£133
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2300*$205£114
Dinner & Harbour Cruise 2.5 hours – Complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink on arrival. Hot & cold buffett and live entertainment$95£53
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$83£46
Wooroonooran Rainforest Full day tour, Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls, including lunch in Innisfail, a cruise on Johnstone River to view crocodiles, the gorges of Babinda Boulders.$219£122
Great Barrier Reef
10 minute scenic helicopter flight$189£105
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$49£27
Guided coral gardens (approx 30 mins)$39£22
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$129£72
Certified Diving (qualification required)$79£44
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$129£72
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
$222 to $295£124 to £164
Day Trip to Kuringai National Park – 45mins from Sydney, includes transfers, Westarm lookout, aboriginal rock art, 2 hour cruise and lunch (Mon, Thur, Fri & Sat) 0800-1700hrs$229£128
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings$198£110
Bridge Climb (peak time, other times of day less)*$388£216
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating*$346 to $585£210 to £338
Sydney Opera House tour$42£23
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers (minimum 2 passengers for transfers)$220£123
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$240£134
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£159
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$225£125
Field of Light Pass *$43£24
Field of Light Star Pass *$95£53
A Night at the Field of Light *$265£148
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1930hrs)$203£113
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express including premium viewing (1630 – 2330 approx)$167£93
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2330hrs (approx)$193£108
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Apr-Sep: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun / Oct-Mar: Daily except for Thur, Sat)) 0810-1745hrs$223£124
Puffing Billy Dandenong Ranges National Park, Morning Tea$104£8
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$495£276
Around the Bay sightseeing and Bay Cruise including lunch, Dolphin spotting and gondola ride (Tue, Thu & Sat only)$189£105
Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste tour including lunch, afternoon tea and gondola ride (Mon, Weds & Fri only)$199£111

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 90 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you. If booked within 30 days of departure, there will be a  surcharge added to the cost of the excursion.

Please note, if paying by Visa or Mastercard in Australia there will be an additional 2.2% card charge applied.

Special offer

At an unbeatable price of only £2,745 per person, and with so much included, we believe our Discover Australia tour is a special offer in its own right!


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The Discover Australia tour is a new itinerary with departures in late 2019 . This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our returning customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. In the meantime, please feel free to look at the reviews for our other tours to Australia – we’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

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