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Icons of Australia Tour

Icons of Australia Tour

Small Group Touring

We know from listening to our guests’ valued comments that some would prefer a touring holiday with fewer people than our usual groups. So for this season, Distant Journeys is pleased to introduce our new Icons of Australia tour, taking you to the most iconic places of this vast country in a group of no more than 24 like-minded travellers.

As well as a smaller party, this wonderful tour also offers increased flexibility with two different itinerary options; either enjoy three nights in the gorgeous resort of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with a full day tour of Fraser Island, or alternatively spend two nights in Adelaide then travel in style to Sydney aboard the world-renowned Indian Pacific train.

Small yet perfectly formed, welcome to the Icons of Australia.

Special Offer – Save up to £492 per couple

If you book an Icons of Australia tour now, you will be able to enjoy a two night homebound stopover for the incredible price of only £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy). This offer saves you up to £492 per couple and ends on the 30th June 2018. Please note, this offer is only available on tours departing after 1st September 2018.

Day 1 – Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas / Emirates, at no extra cost: London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2 – Singapore, 2 nights 

Just so you know, all our flights to Singapore travel via Dubai. When you arrive into the fantastic city of Singapore, you’ll transfer to the Four Points by Sheraton, which is ideally located close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative Stopover – Dubai or Perth

We have based days 2 – 4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. Alternatively you may choose to stop in Dubai or spend an extra two nights in Perth for the same price. The alternative stopovers include transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast, and if choosing Dubai a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings and departure airports vary with alternative stopovers – please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 3 – Singapore

Singapore is a city where east and west meet; both cosmopolitan and culturally rich. Chinese, Malay and Indian influences fuse to produce Singapore’s unique culture which you’ll have the opportunity to explore during a morning city tour. Your visit also includes Singapore’s Merlion and the Botanical Gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.
Breakfast included

Day 4 – Perth, 3 nights

Enjoy a leisurely day in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Perth. Why not see a little more of this wonderful city by taking a cruise around Singapore’s harbour, or begin celebrating your holiday in style with high tea at Raffles. Once we’ve arrived into Perth this evening, we’ll transfer straight to our hotel – the Pan Pacific – for our first three nights on this small group tour of Australia.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5 – Perth

Although Perth is the world’s most isolated city, the capital of Western Australia is known across the globe as ‘the friendly city’. This morning’s tour however will explore the city’s beauty. King’s Park is a notable stop not only for the flora and fauna, but for the incredible views of the city. We’ll visit the nearby port of Fremantle with its historic buildings and interesting Maritime Museum. We’ll return to Perth along the beautiful Swan River, cruising past some of the impressive waterside homes.
Breakfast included

Day 6 – Perth Freedom Day

We can spend the day as we please, for today is our first Freedom Day. Perhaps take a stroll around nearby Elizabeth Quay and visit the Swan Bell Tower to learn about its fascinating connection to St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. Alternatively you may prefer to take an excursion to the Nambung National Park to visit the fascinating limestone formations known as the Pinnacles. However you spend your day – enjoy!
Breakfast included

Day 7 – Alice Springs, 2 nights

Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight to Alice Springs, in Australia’s Red Centre. Nestled between the MacDonnell Ranges, this iconic town is the geographical centre of Australia, made famous by its rich pioneering history and ancient indigenous culture. Upon arrival, we shall transfer to the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 8 – Alice Springs

This morning you may wish to take an adventure in slow motion on an optional hot air balloon trip over the outback landscapes. Then, after breakfast, board our coach and enjoy a 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. Continue to the nearby Western MacDonnell Ranges and explore the towering granite walls of Standley Chasm. Return to the hotel in time for lunch and the rest of your day is at leisure to spend as you please.
Breakfast included

Day 9 – Tour Highlight

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight

Leaving Alice Springs, we head west through amazing outback landscapes featuring desert oaks, 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. This afternoon we visit the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. Later in the day we return 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 the four star Desert Gardens Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 10 – Cairns, 4 nights

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. After breakfast, we take a drive around the monolith and stop at the only permanent waterhole. We walk to close enough to touch this icon of Australia and wonder at its textured surface and deep red colour. This afternoon we depart in time for our flight to Cairns. Upon arrival, we shall transfer to the delightful resort of Palm Cove and the superbly located five star Peppers Beach Club & Spa, situated in wonderful location, overlooking the palm fringed beach and Pacific Ocean.
Breakfast included

Day 11 – Tour Highlight 

Great Barrier Reef 

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 out to the Marine World platform located on 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, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. With five 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.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 12 – Cairns Freedom Day

Although today has been left free, you may wish to take an optional trip to Kuranda. To begin the day, guests are able to immerse themselves in traditional aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Cultural Centre, with authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people.  We then take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a beautiful experience gliding over the rainforest canopy, to the picturesque market town of Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’.  Kuranda is a lovely place to while away a few hours visiting the daily markets, the butterfly sanctuary or the Koala Gardens. The tour returns to Cairns by train, travelling along the scenic Kuranda railway, encountering no less than 40 bridges and 15 tunnels.
Breakfast included

Day 13 – Cairns Freedom Day

Another free day to enjoy and relax in tropical northern Queensland. Spend the day by the beach, which features a swimming enclosure, patrolled by life guards or hire a canoe to paddle in the sparkling coral sea. If you prefer to venture further afield, a day trip to the nearby Daintree Rainforest, where the oldest rainforest in the world meets the reef at the World Heritage-listed Cape Tribulation. The tour gives a wonderful insight into rainforest’s unique flora and fauna, including a guided walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles. Enjoy your day!
Breakfast included

Day 14 – Noosa

This morning we return to Cairns in time for our flight to Brisbane. Upon arrival our waiting coach will take us along the Bruce Highway to the spectacular resort of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. We make our way to the fabulous Peppers Noosa Resort, ideally situated within the serenity of the Noosa National Park, but with easy access to the towns wonderful beaches and impressive selection of shops and restaurants. Accommodation for the next three nights is in elegantly appointed one-bedroomed apartments.
Breakfast included

Day 15 – Tour Highlight

Fraser Island

Following an early breakfast we embark on a journey to explore the world’s largest sand island. Fraser Island is part of the Great Sandy National Park and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Fraser Island is composed almost entirely of vegetation covered sand, with over 40 freshwater lakes and dense rainforest. As we traverse the island in our purpose-built vehicles, we will make numerous stops. Witness the Pinnacles Coloured Sands as we drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Visit Lake McKenzie and enjoy a photo stop at the Maheno Shipwreck. During your day keep your eyes open for wildlife including numerous bird species, dingoes and various reptiles. We return to the hotel later in the afternoon where our evening is at leisure.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 16 – Noosa

A day completely free to spend as you please. Relax on the pristine beach, or by the hotel’s pool. Perhaps spoil yourself with a treatment in the hotel’s spa? For those wishing to explore further the Noosa River and Everglades tour is a great way to spend a few hours discovering these tranquil, mirrored waters. Enjoy your day!
Breakfast included

Day 17 – Sydney, 3 nights

This morning we make our way back to Brisbane Airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival we head to the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, superbly located on Sydney’s north shore overlooking Sydney Harbour. 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 cafes, endless shopping opportunities and a vibrant culture and it’s very easy to understand why Sydney is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Breakfast included


Adelaide & The Indian Pacific

As an alternative to visiting Noosa, on selected departure dates, you have the option to enjoy two nights in Adelaide and a journey from Adelaide to Sydney aboard The Indian Pacific, undoubtedly one of the world’s great train journeys. Experience the splendour of The Indian Pacific for the final leg of its great traverse from Perth to Sydney.

If choosing Adelaide and Indian Pacific, your itinerary will be as follows:

Day 14 – Adelaide, 2 nights

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. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour and be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, fine Victorian buildings and attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, arrive at the five star Mayfair Hotel for your next two nights.
Breakfast included

Day 15 – Adelaide Freedom Day

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, some 80 kilometres from Adelaide, which offers a unique touring experience combining friendly, native wildlife with natural, unspoilt wilderness.
Breakfast included

Day 16 – Tour Highlight

The Indian Pacific, Overnight

This morning we make our way to Parklands Adelaide Rail Terminal in time for a magnificent overland rail journey to Australia’s harbour city, Sydney. Named after the two great oceans it joins, and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney. Undeniably, one of the world’s great train journeys, we join The Indian Pacific for the final leg of its great traverse. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service, air-conditioned, 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 bathrooms facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst on board, all our meals are included as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

As we depart Adelaide, relax in the Outback Explorer lounge car with your new found friends viewing the passing scenery. Enjoy lunch in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant as we make our way to Broken Hill, with its countless tales of riches won and lost. Enjoy an included tour of this former mining town; known as Silver City and sitting amidst distinctive desert landscapes and an oasis of lakes. Later, we continue through some of Australia’s most productive farming country and into the arid outback as the sun sets. Following dinner this evening, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks included

Day 17 – Sydney, 3 nights

This morning wake to witness the sandstone cliffs, forested valleys, escarpments and waterfalls of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. We disembark for a half day tour, viewing this 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. Later, we board a local train to complete our journey to Sydney. In just 25 hours we will have covered 1,693 kilometres of one of the most memorable rail journeys on the planet. Upon arrival into Sydney, our waiting coach will transfer us to the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, superbly located on Sydney’s north shore overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Breakfast included

Day 18 – Tour Highlight

Sydney – Sightseeing and luncheon cruise

This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through 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. Journey via Hyde Park Barracks, The Mint and Parliament House to Mrs Macquaire’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the Opera House and the 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 water’s edge are truly amazing. The afternoon has been left free to spend as we please.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 19 – Sydney Freedom Day

A Sydney Freedom Day to spend as you please. Today has been left free, but for those that have visited Noosa and Fraser Island, there is an opportunity to visit the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. As well as visiting all the spectacular landscapes, the excursion 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. Alternatively, you may wish to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Sydney Opera House, climb the Harbour Bridge or explore wonderful views and Aboriginal art of Kuringai National Park.
Breakfast included

Day 20 – Depart Sydney

The day is your own until it’s time to depart for the airport in the early afternoon. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included


If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing offer on a selection of stopovers for you to choose from: Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.

The price is only £99 per person if sharing a twin or double and £198 for single occupancy.

Included are return airport transfers and two nights accommodation in a four or five star hotel with full daily breakfast. See the departure dates and prices for full details, but remember, to take advantage of this special offer, you must book by 30th June 2018. This offer is only available on tours departing after the 1st September 2018.

Should you prefer a relaxing stay on your way home, then as part of our special offer, you may choose Bali for a three night stay at the reduced price of £249 per person in a twin or double and £498 for single occupancy. Again this offer only applies in our Very Best of Australia tours departing after 1st September 2018.

Day 21 – Arrive UK

This morning we arrive into our chosen airport (London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow) bringing an end to our incredible adventure.
In-flight meals and drinks included


Departure dates & prices

Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include a lot in your tour price. And the new Icons of Australia small group 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 many other meals too, experienced local Tour Manager and several amazing excursions, already paid for.

And remember, on top of the great value of the Icons of Australia tour, you can save up to £492 per couple by taking advantage of our two night stopover offer, from just £99 per person.

2018/2019 Icons of Australia departures with Noosa

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
14 January£5,495NEW DATE £99 stopover
28 January£5,495NEW DATE £99 stopover
06 May£4,995NEW DATE £99 stopover
29 July£5,795NEW DATE £99 stopover


2018/2019 Icons of Australia departures with Adelaide and the Indian Pacific

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
07 January£5,695NEW DATE £99 stopover
11 February£5,695NEW DATE £99 stopover
04 March£5,695NEW DATE £99 stopover
29 April£5,195NEW DATE £99 stopover

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

Single supplement: £1,295.

When travelling overnight on The Indian Pacific (if selected),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: £25 per person. To enter Australia, you need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). We will obtain this on your behalf and the cost 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

Small Group Touring

  • Maximum 24 passengers per departure

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Qantas / Emirates
  • Depart from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow at no additional cost
  • All domestic flights within Australia
  • Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are available on selected international routes for a supplement

Great choice of included stopovers

  • Your choice of two night outbound stopover in Singapore or Dubai
  • Your stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation, full daily breakfast and a sightseeing tour
  • Alternatively, enjoy a two night pre-stay in Perth

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All-inclusive overnight journey on-board the Indian Pacific (if selected)

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £418 per person
  • Barbecue lunch at Standley Chasm
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore, Perth, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Full day on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • Full day tour to Fraser Island (if selected)
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

We include even more…

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

Hand-picked hotels

At Distant Journeys, we understand the importance of a good hotel on a touring holiday, and we take great pride in choosing the hotels and accommodation you’ll be staying in during your Australia small 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 four-star hotels we’ve chosen for you…

Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

Alice Springs, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Situated between the Todd River and Alice Springs Golf Club, the DoubleTree by Hilton is a luxury resort awarded for its environmentally friendly innovations, offering stunning views of the MacDonnell Mountain Ranges. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance… Find out more >
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Ayers Rock, Desert Gardens Hotel

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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North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

As the name suggests, the North Sydney Harbourview hotel boasts an excellent location overlooking the Harbour Bridge on the north side of Sydney Harbour and is just minutes away from the main shopping areas, the Botanic Gardens, the Opera House… Find out more >
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Pan Pacific Hotel Perth

The Pan Pacific Perth Hotel is located just a short stroll from the famous Swan River and Perth’s main shopping and entertainment hub. Rooms are bright, spacious and modern perfect for your stay in the city. Guests can enjoy complementary… Find out more >
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Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove

Set beside the majestic palm-fringed beachfront Peppers Palm Cove is a tropical oasis. Take a dip in the lagoon pool and enjoy a refreshing drink or two at the swim-up pool bar. The hotel enjoys an on-site tennis clubhouse and… Find out more >
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Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas

A beautiful hotel located in the peaceful Noosa National Park and surrounded with incredible vistas. Just a short walk to the Laguna Bay lookout where you can enjoy panoramic views of the park. Peppers Resort Noosa boasts contemporary and spacious… Find out more >
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The Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Situated right in the heart of Adelaide, the Mayfair Hotel Adelaide offers an elegant and stylish base. Each room enjoys modern facilities and boutique style décor. The stunning Mayflower Restaurant and Bar offers a delicious a la carte menu and… 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 leisure 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 hot air balloon ride over Alice Springs, or if you prefer a more relaxing experience, perhaps take a cruise to the wineries along the lovely Swan River . Thanks to our Freedom Days, you’ll have the chance to choose an experience to enjoy depending on what interests you 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)
Full Day Pinnacles, Koalas and Sandboarding 4WD Adventure 0800-1930hrs approx., lunch ($25 for upgrade to lobster option)$215£124
Full Day Pinnacles, Desert, New Norcia Benedictine History and Wildflowers 0800-1930hrs, lunch$215£124
Swim with Dolphins Day tour, transfer from Perth to Rockingham, light lunch – Swimmer$225£130
Swim with Dolphins Day tour, transfer from Perth to Rockingham, light lunch – Spectator$115£66
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$295£171
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$390£225
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, Drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$159£92
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1700hrs)
$132 – $172£76 – £99
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$230£133
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£165
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$199£115
Field of Light Pass*$39£23
Field of Light Star Pass*$85£49
A Night at the Field of Light*$245£142
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs$290£168
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$208£120
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park pax own cost) 0800-1730hrs$211£122
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 **$234£135
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330$199£115
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$77£45
Great Barrier Reef
10 minute helicopter flight from the pontoon$175£101
One way helicopter flight from Cairns to the pontoon$395£228
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$45£26
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$125£72
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$125£72
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting$129£75
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$199£115
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings $189£109
Bridge Climb, twilight (peak time, other times of day less)*$378£218
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating$238 to $455£136 to £261
Sydney Opera House tour with 3 tiered tasting plate$80£46
Americas Cup Yacht Sailing 1300-1600hrs from Darling Harbour, no transfers included$129 to $169£74 to £97

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Optional excursions for stopover destinations

If you’ve taken advantage of one of our two night stopovers on your journey home from Australia you may want to make the most of your short stay in these exciting destinations by taking an optional excursion or two.

After all, who could visit Singapore without a trip to the world-famous and historic Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea or a Singapore Sling? Or if you’re in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with its beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must-see. And if Dubai is where you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari?

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Price pp in Thai Baht (THB)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half Day) 1,100£24
Grand Palace (half day)1,200£27
Temples & City (half day) tour1,150£26
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai – Sightseeing tours
Traditional Dubai City Tour$45£35
New Dubai City Tour$96£76
Dubai – Excursions
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$136£107
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$163£128
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$96£54
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£21
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles *  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$109£61
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018)$65£37
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour *$400£41
Lantau Island tour with lunch *$850£87
Macau Tour with lunch *$995£102
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£77

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Special offer – save up to £492 per couple

Travelling to the other side of the world naturally means you have a long journey ahead. So to help make the journey a little easier, we’re pleased to include a two-night outbound stopover in either Dubai or Singapore. Alternatively, you may choose to stay in Perth for an extra two nights before the beginning of your tour. And when we say included, that means your airport transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis and a comprehensive city tour (if choosing Singapore or Dubai) is already taken care of.

In addition to your included stopover on the way out, right now we’re offering two-night homebound stopovers for just £49 per person (£198 for single occupancy). This amounts to a saving of up to £492 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 30th June 2018.

The offer is available on all Icons of Australia tours and is subject to availability of flights and accommodation at the time of booking. Your special offer homebound stopovers are Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. The offer includes return transfers and accommodation for two nights including full breakfast.

As an alternative you may also choose Bali for a 3 night homebound stopover after your Icons of Australia tour. As flights from Sydney are not daily, this stopover may require an extra stay in Sydney. The price of the Bali stopover is also on special offer if booked by 30th June, at the reduced rate of £249 per person in a double and £498 if taking a room for single occupancy.

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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Bangkok Offer, Amari Watergate 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…

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf

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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A colour picture of a Singapore business district at dusk.

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Singapore - Stopover Offer

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. So if you didn't get to see everything you hoped to see on your…

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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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The Icons of Australia tour is a new itinerary with departures in late 2018 and early 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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