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Day 10: Cairns Freedom Day
Although today has been left free you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda. Our tour begins with traditional Tjapukai aboriginal culture including authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people. 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.
Day 11: Cairns Freedom Day
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. If you prefer to venture further aﬁeld, we suggest a day trip to the nearby Daintree Rainforest, where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the reef at the World Heritagelisted Cape Tribulation. The tour gives a wonderful insight into rainforest’s unique ﬂora and fauna, including a walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.
Day 12: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight
An early start today as we make our way to Cairns Airport in time for our ﬂight to Australia’s Red Centre and the next leg of our exciting journey. Upon arrival we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Later in the day we travel to Uluru where we can 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 either the Outback Pioneer or Desert Gardens Hotel.
Day 13: Alice Springs, 2 nights
Uluru is the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. For early risers, a dawn visit to the rock has been arranged. Seeing Uluru at sunrise, from a diﬀerent position and a diﬀerent light, oﬀers a totally new perspective on the ever-changing colours and character of the rock. This afternoon we travel east through amazing landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to the outback town of Alice Springs. Upon arrival, we shall transfer to the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton or Mercure Hotel.
Uluru to Alice Springs: 5hrs 30min
Day 14: Alice Springs Freedom Day
Nestled within the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice is the geographical centre of Australia, made famous by its rich pioneering history and ancient indigenous culture. This morning you may wish to take an adventure in slow motion with an optional hot air balloon trip over the outback landscapes. After breakfast, there is a choice of optional tours available. Perhaps join a half day sightseeing tour of this ‘Town Called Alice’. Visits include the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the School of the Air, and the Old Telegraph Station, now a museum and the site of the old springs from which Alice gets its name. Alternatively, you may wish to take a trip to the Western MacDonnell Ranges; an excellent opportunity to get a real picture of life in the outback. The full day excursion takes us through the wondrous and picturesque scenery of Simpson’s Gap and the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm.
Day 15: Perth, 3 nights
This morning we make our way to Alice Springs Airport in time for our ﬂight to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Upon our arrival we shall transfer to the Pan Paciﬁc Hotel, overlooking the beautiful Swan River. This afternoon take a stroll by the river and get yourself acquainted with this stunning city.
Day 16: Perth
Nicknamed the ‘friendly city’, Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital and the world’s most isolated city. Today we take a tour of this coastal city and explore the variety of sights it has to offer. During our tour we will visit King’s Park, where there are wonderful views over the city as well as the park’s own flowers and bushland. We also head to Fremantle, a nearby port town, where we’ll discover more about the many ships that have wrecked off the coast of Western Australia at the Shipwreck Galleries. As we return from Fremantle, we’ll see the Millionaire Mansions before embarking on a cruise along the Swan River, ready for an evening of relaxation at the hotel.
Day 17: Perth Freedom Day
Your final full day in Australia gives you the chance to spend the day as you please. We also offer two optional tours so you can take the advantage of the remainder of your time in Perth. The first tour takes you to the nearby Nambung National Park, highly regarded for its beautiful beaches, towering sand dunes and the truly unique Pinnacles Desert, where thousands of limestone pillars known as Pinnacles rise out of the ground. Alternatively, you can take a short trip to the protected nature reserve of Rottnest Island. Here you will find secluded coves, unspoilt white sandy beaches and fascinating wildlife, such as the quokka, a small marsupial.
Day 18: Depart Perth
The day is your own until it’s time to depart for the airport. Our ﬂights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft. London Heathrow passengers may be able to take advantage of the non-stop Qantas ﬂight from Perth.
Breakfast and in-ﬂight meals & drinks included
SPECIAL OFFER: If you would like to break the long journey home to the UK after your Essential Australia tour, then why not add on a stopover in either Singapore or Dubai? To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, we are offering any guests travelling in our new season (departing from October 2020) a two night homebound stopover for only £49pp (£98 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four star hotel and a fully daily breakfast. To enjoy this special launch offer, simply book by 29 February 2020.
Day 19: Arrive UK
We bring an end to our unforgettable Australian adventure, arriving into the airport of your choice out of Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle.
In-ﬂight meals and drinks included
Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include must-see sights and memorable experiences in your tour price. And the new Essential Australia tour is no exception as so much of what you will experience is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast and several other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.
SPECIAL OFFER: If you book any tour departing from October 2020 by the 29 February 2020, you can enjoy a two night homebound stopover in either Dubai or Singapore for the fantastic price of only £49 per person including transfers and, accommodation in a four star hotel with daily breakfast. The price for single occupancy on the special offer homebound stopover if £98.
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability||Offer|
|15 February||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|18 April||£3,995||ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT||Call for details|
|25 October||£4,295||ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT||£49pp stopover|
|14 February||£4,295||NEW DATE||£49pp stopover|
|11 April||£3,995||NEW DATE||£49pp stopover|
|08 August||£4,495||NEW DATE||£49pp stopover|
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single occupancy supplement: £1,195
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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