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The Very Best of Australia Tour

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If you’re going to travel all the way to the other side of the world, you will really want to make the most of your trip. So, to make sure you don’t miss out on the country’s many highlights and hidden gems, we’ve put together the ultimate Australian adventure. Introducing, The Very Best of Australia tour…

What makes this tour magical is the diversity of the destinations you’ll visit, which allow you to experience all of the country’s different cultures and traditions. The incredible cities will give you a taste of modern ‘down under’, whilst your visit to the outback offers an authentic insight into the country’s rugged natural beauty and ancient culture.

As always with a Distant Journeys tour, you’ll also enjoy a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For example, you’ll have the chance to discover The Great Barrier Reef; explore the wonderful wildlife on Kangaroo Island; spend a night on the legendary Ghan; and enjoy an enchanting cruise on Katherine Gorge.

Special Offer – Save up to £592 per couple

Our amazing special offer gives you a chance to experience a new destination on your way home from Australia for only £49 per person (£98 for singles), if you are travelling on a departure after 1st August 2019. The stopover choices are Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai. To take advantage of this early booking you simply need to book by the 28th February 2019.


The Very Best of Australia itinerary

Get ready to discover Australia on Distant Journeys’ The Very Best of Australia Tour. This 29-day escorted holiday to Australia includes so many highlights and visits all the country’s must-see attractions. We explore the country’s breath-taking scenery, vibrant cities and rich local culture – and experience an unforgettable overnight train journey aboard the legendary Ghan.

Our unhurried itinerary generally includes two or three night stops in each destination, allowing plenty of Freedom Days to fully explore each area at your own pace and discover the very best of Australia for yourself.


29-day Very Best of Australia, from only £5,995pp

To find out more information about a particular hotel or destination, please click on any orange text.


Day 1: Depart UK

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.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

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 Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative stopovers: Dubai or Perth

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you prefer, you may choose to stop in Dubai or spend an extra two nights in Perth for the same price. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast, and if choosing Dubai a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary. Please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Day 3: Singapore

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. Witness the intriguing ethnic quarters where Chinese, Malay and Indian influences fuse to produce Singapore’s unique culture. Visit Singapore’s Merlion and the botanical gardens before returning to the hotel, where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Perth, 3 nights

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Perth. Possibly visit nearby Sentosa Island or enjoy high tea at Raffles. Upon arrival into Perth later tonight, clear customs and transfer to the Pan Pacific Hotel for our first three nights in Australia.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5: Perth

Named ‘the friendly city’ by tourists from all over the world, Perth is the world’s most isolated city and is the capital of Western Australia. Today, we have arranged a tour to explore the city and its surrounds. Visit King’s Park, with its enchanting wild flowers and bushland, and amazing views over the city’s skyline. We will also travel to the nearby port town of Fremantle and enjoy a visit to the fascinating Shipwreck Gallery. Later, we see the Millionaire Mansions as we return to the hotel with a cruise along the Swan River.
Breakfast included

Day 6: Perth Freedom Day

Our first Australian Freedom Day allows us to spend the day as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps take an optional trip to the Nambung National Park to visit the fascinating limestone formations known as the Pinnacles. Alternatively, make the short journey to Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve with white-sand beaches and secluded coves, and home to the small wallaby-like marsupial, the quokka. However you choose to spend your day – enjoy!
Breakfast included

Day 7: Kangaroo Island, 2 nights

Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight to Adelaide, capital of South Australia. Upon arrival, meet our waiting coach and continue to the Fleurieu Peninsula, where we board a ferry to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. We make our way to the Aurora Ozone Hotel or the Mercure Kangaroo Island, situated in a prime position on Kangaroo Island, where we spend two nights
Breakfast included

Day 8: TOUR HIGHLIGHT Kangaroo Island

Our Kangaroo Island adventure commences with a scenic drive to Seal Bay Conservation Park. Here we will walk on the beach amongst a colony of rare Australian sea lions with a National Parks Ranger. Our next stop is Hanson Bay Sanctuary, where we stroll among eucalypti looking for koalas. Spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour of the park will also take us to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on the Remarkable Rocks, providing us with great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. We continue to Admirals Arch boardwalk, which takes us down a rugged cliff face to reveal a spectacular rock archway, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful LongNosed Fur Seals. After a wonderful day spent amongst Australia’s very best wildlife, we return to our hotel for a second night.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9: Adelaide, 2 nights

After meeting a variety of Australia’s wildlife up close and personal, it’s time to make our way back to the mainland by ferry. En route to Adelaide, we visit Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in the quaint village of Hahndorf, with its tree-lined streets and original ‘Fachwerk’ buildings. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. During this afternoon’s sightseeing tour we will be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, fine Victorian buildings and the attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the Peppers Waymouth Hotel or Stamford Plaza for our next two nights.
Breakfast included

Day 10: Adelaide Freedom Day

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 a lunch cruise along the Murray River is a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Breakfast included

Day 11: Melbourne, 3 nights

This morning we make our way to the airport in plenty of time for our flight to Melbourne, capital of Victoria state and Australia’s second largest city. Melbourne’s allure lies in the fabulously preserved Victorian architecture of its many public buildings and gracious homes. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including Captain Cook’s Cottage (optional entry at own expense), 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. Home for the next three nights is the four star Clarion Suites, situated in a wonderful location, just a short stroll from Melbourne’s fashionable Southbank.
Breakfast included

Day 12: Melbourne Freedom Day

This is our first Freedom Day in Melbourne, where we have the opportunity to take a trip to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of little penguins, to view the ‘Penguin Parade’. Alternatively, take the Puffing Billy steam train through the Blue Dandenong Ranges, explore the city’s most famous sporting landmarks or take dinner on an historic tramcar.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Melbourne Freedom Day

With so much to do and see in and around Melbourne, a further Freedom Day is an opportunity to enjoy an optional tour along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the internationally renowned Great Ocean Road. The full day tour begins in Torquay (home to the surfing paradise of Bells Beach) and meanders along the dramatic southwest coastline of Victoria to the impressive Twelve Apostles.
Breakfast included

Day 14: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Overnight

Following breakfast this morning, we board our flight via Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Red Centre. Before landing we may have the opportunity to view the world’s largest monolith from our aircraft. Rising from the flat surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural significance to the Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. Upon arrival we make our way to the four star Desert Gardens Hotel. Later, we depart for a rock base tour enabling us to discover more about its historical and cultural importance. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with your travelling companions whilst witnessing the changing colours of Uluru as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight.
Breakfast included

Day 15: Alice Springs, 2 nights

This morning, we have the option of viewing Uluru at sunrise. After breakfast we leave for a tour of the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas, before travelling along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways to Alice Springs. Upon arrival we make our way to the four star DoubleTree by Hilton.
Breakfast included

Day 16: Alice Springs Freedom Day

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.
Breakfast included

Day 17: The Ghan, Overnight

Nestled within the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs is an iconic town made famous by its rich pioneering history and ancient indigenous culture. This morning you may wish to take an adventure in slow motion on an optional hot air balloon trip over the outback landscapes. Later, we board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour. 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 it’s time to make our way to Alice Springs Rail Terminal ready for our magnificent overland rail journey to Darwin, on Australia’s northern coastline. Known for being one of the world’s iconic rail journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. Our twin accommodation is in Gold Service cabins, air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, wash basin and toilet. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold Service single cabins, which are configured as a lounge chair by day, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom 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. Following dinner in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant, enjoy drinks with your travelling companions in the Outback Explorer Lounge.
Breakfast and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks included

Day 18: Darwin, 2 nights

Following breakfast, The Ghan arrives into Katherine. Here we have the opportunity to visit nearby Nitmiluk National Park, home to the spectacular Katherine Gorge. The gorge is a series of 13 sandstone gorges carved over many millions of years by the Katherine River. As we cruise up the river, calls of the cicada resonate across the water between the towering sandstone cliffs. Listen to stories of how the gorge was named, whilst marvelling at the sheer walls, etched by time and the elements, and home to a myriad of plant and animal life. Afterwards, return to The Ghan in time for lunch as we continue our journey to Darwin. Upon arrival we transfer to the Mantra Esplanade or Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade, situated on Darwin’s striking esplanade.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 19: Darwin Freedom Day

Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and is known for its laid-back fusion of frontier outpost and modern city. Your day has been left totally free to spend in your own particular way. Perhaps visit the Defence of Darwin Experience, an immersive, interactive multimedia experience telling the story of Darwin’s role in World War II – a very important time in Northern Territory history. Alternatively visit the thundering waterfalls, rainforest pockets and sacred sites of Litchfield National Park. For those wishing to venture further afield, a full day overland or flightseeing excursion to Kakadu National Park can be arranged.
Breakfast included

Day 20: Cairns, 4 nights

An early start, as we leave for the airport in time for our one-stop flight to Cairns. Upon arrival we shall transfer to the ideally located four star DoubleTree by Hilton, which will be our home for the next four nights
Breakfast included

Day 21: 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-bottomed 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 22: 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 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.
Breakfast included

Day 23: 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 the rainforest’s unique flora and fauna, including a walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles. Enjoy your day!
Breakfast included

Day 24: Sydney, 4 nights

This morning we make our way to Cairns Airport in time for our flight to Sydney. Upon arrival we head to the four star North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge. 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.
Breakfast included

Day 25: Sydney – sightseeing and luncheon cruise

This morning, our sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner city suburbs enroute to Bondi Beach. Travel by Rushcutters Bay and Double Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. Travel via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench by convicts in 1810, as a gift to Governor Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth. Here we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the world famous 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.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 26: Sydney Freedom Day

A Sydney Freedom Day to spend as you please. Although today has been left free, 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.
Breakfast included

Day 27: Sydney Freedom Day

A further Freedom Day to experience Sydney in a way that suits you. Take an optional behind the scenes tour of Sydney Opera House, visit fascinating Kuringai National Park, catch up on some shopping or possibly climb the impressive Harbour Bridge. Whatever you wish to do, our Tour Manager will be very happy to help.
Breakfast included

Day 28: Depart Sydney

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


If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing offer on a homebound stopover in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.

The price is only £49 per person if sharing a twin or double and £98 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 28th February 2019 and travel on a tour departing after 1st August 2019.

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 £229 per person in a twin or double and £458 for single occupancy. Again, this only applies to our Very Best of Australia tours departing after 1st August 2019.

Day 29: 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


Why not combine with a tour of New Zealand?

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

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

Departure dates & prices

We believe in offering great value for money, so on the Very Best of Australia tour, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local Tour Mangers, and many amazing excursions, including a two night stay on Kangaroo Island, already paid for. All you need to do is bring a bit of spending money.

And remember, on top of the great value of the Very Best of Australia tour, you can save up to £592 per couple on a homeward stopover, if you take a tour departing after the 1st August 2019. Just don’t forget to book by 28th February 2019

Very Best of Australia departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
 05 January£6,195ON REQUESTCall for details
 19 January£6,195ON REQUESTCall for details
 09 February£6,195ON REQUESTCall for details
 16 February£6,195ONLY 1 ROOM LEFTCall for details
 02 March£6,195ONLY 1 ROOM LEFTCall for details
 12 October£6,195ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT£49 stopover
 26 October£6,195NEW DATE £49 stopover
 06 December^£6,995HALF FULL £49 stopover
 25 January£6,195ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFT£49 stopover
 08 February*£6,195HALF FULL£49 stopover
 14 March£6,195HALF FULL£49 stopover
 18 April£5,995HALF FULL£49 stopover


*This dates operate a variation of the tour as shown and may use alternative hotels of the same standard. Please call for details.

^Christmas departure: An altered 24 day itinerary included Christmas dinner and drinks in tropical Cairns and New Year’s Eve dinner, drinks and live music overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Ghan does not operate on this date. Please click here for an itinerary.

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

Single supplement for departure dates from August 2019: £1,595 (£2,195 for the 6th December 2019 tour)

Single supplement for departure dates from September 2018: £1,795 (£2,495 for the 6th December 2018 tour)

When travelling overnight on The Ghan, 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.

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

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-night outbound stopover; choose from Singapore or Dubai
  • Alternatively, add two nights to the beginning of your stay in Perth


Carefully selected hotels

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


Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £443 per person
  • Lunch on Kangaroo Island
  • 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), Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Full day touring Kangaroo Island
  • Experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Cruise down the scenic Katherine Gorge
  • Full day on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Lunch 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

Hand-picked hotels

Here 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 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…

Pacific International Hotel

Cairns, Pacific International Hotel

There’s nowhere better to stay when you’re exploring the Great Barrier Reef than the Pacific International Hotel, Cairns. Aside from enjoying the esplanade nearby, you can enjoy a taste of local artistry and history at Cairns Regional Gallery and Cairns… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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MEL Clarion Entrance

Clarion Suites Gateway, Melbourne

Your room at Clarion Suites Getaway is perfectly positioned for your time exploring Melbourne. Whether you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Yarra River, you’re just… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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  • Star Rating 4
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DRW Doubletree pool

Darwin, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade

Enjoy a wonderful stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin. Centrally located in Darwin, the hotel is within walking distance of many popular attractions, including Bicentennial Park, Darwin Convention Centre, downtown Darwin and Smith Street Mall. Should you have… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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Ayers Rock resort + Uluru

Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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Alice Springs DoubleTree by Hilton at dusk

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs

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 >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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CNS Doubletree exterior

DoubleTree by Hilton, Cairns

Centred around a unique rainforest atrium, the charming DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns offers the most incredible views. Set within tropical gardens, the oceanfront hotel is just a short walk away from the city centre and entertainment districts. In your free time,… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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Mantra on the Esplanade

Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin

When the time comes to explore Australia’s Top End, Mantra on the Esplanade will be your base in the heart of the action, close to the wonderful waterfront. Your hotel is just a short walk from Mitchell Street which is… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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KI Mercure patio night

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

Kangaroo Island Lodge has been designed to blend in with its unique wilderness location and natural surroundings, and is situated on a hillside amidst native bushland.   The hotel is steeped in history, as it was the first guesthouse built on Kangaroo… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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SYD North Sydney Harbourview

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

When it comes to staying in the heat of the action, with views of some of the country’s most famous landmarks, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is the place to stay in Sydney – the views of the harbour make its… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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PER Novotel Langley exterior

Novotel Perth Langley

Surrounded by many of Perth's top attractions, Novotel Perth Langley is an ideal base from which to explore the city.  The hotel is located within easy reach of the city's numerous restaurants, shops and bars, and the local beaches of… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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KI Ozone Exterior

Ozone Hotel, Kangaroo Island

Located on the foreshore of Kangaroo Island, with stunning views overlooking Nepean Bay, Ozone Hotel is the idea base for an exciting exploration of the island. Kangaroo Island’s stunning beaches and coastlines are all just short distances from your hotel.… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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Pan Pacific PER Exterior Evening

Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth

Just a short stroll from the famous Swan River is your hotel for your stay in Perth. The Pan Pacific Perth Hotel manages to remain charming and serene while being located right in the heart of Perth’s main shopping and… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 5
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  • Star Rating 4
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SYD Parkroyal Superior Twin Room

Parkroyal Sydney Darling Harbour Hotel

The contemporary and stylish Parkroyal Sydney Darling Harbour Hotel has a great waterfront location at the heart of Darling Harbour, within easy reach of all that Sydney has to offer. The hotel boasts modern facilities including a state of the… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4.5
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  • Star Rating 4
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SIN CKS - Superior Room

Singapore, Copthorne King's Hotel

Standing proud on the historic and picturesque Singapore River, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore is close to a dazzling array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Its central location means Orchard Road, Chinatown and Central Business District are all just a… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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  • Star Rating 4
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SIN Furama lobby

Singapore, Furama Riverfront Hotel

  Located between the colourful Chinatown and Orchard Road, Furama RiverFront sits along the banks of Singapore River. A free shuttle service to Clarke Quay and Orchard Road is provided for those who want to explore. And for those who… Find out more >
  • Star Rating 4
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ADL Stamford Plaza Exterior Night

Stamford Plaza, Adelaide

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city’s North Terrace, the Stamford Plaza Adelaide puts all of the area’s top attractions right on your doorstep. So many of Adelaide’s best places to visit are just minutes’ away, including Adelaide Festival… Find out more >
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The Ghan

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. Prepare to journey deep into the heart of Australia on the legendary Ghan, accessing parts of Australia no other holiday… 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, 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£129
Swim with Dolphins Day tour, transfer from Perth to Rockingham, light lunch – Spectator$115£66
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting$139£80
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1930hrs)$202£116
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$187£107
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$215£124
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine* (Not operating until July 2019)$90£52
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun – Thurs.* (Not operating until July 2019)$130£75
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Friday & Saturday* (Not operating until July 2019)$150£86
Sportslovers’ Tour – including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£78
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$480£276
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$295£170
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$390£224
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, Drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk$165£95
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion
including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1700hrs)
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$240£138
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£164
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$210£121
Field of Light Pass *$45£26
Field of Light Star Pass *$90£52
A Night at the Field of Light*$250£144
Litchfield National Park – Including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Lunch 0720-1800hrs$185-$189£106-£109
Darwin City Sights Explorer incl World War II Tunnels, Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, Qantas Hangar 0900-1400hrs$110£63
Darwin Harbour Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruise incl buffet dinner, welcome drink incl, (transfers extra $16 pp). 1730-2030hrs$118£68
Kakadu Adventure incl. Yellow Water cruise, tropical buffet lunch, guided walks and National Park entry 0620-1930hrs$307£176
Fixed wing flight Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Touring within National Park, park entry fee included$750£431
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0400-0930hrs$290£167
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$214£123
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park pax own cost) 0800-1730hrs$215£124
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 **$235£135
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2330*$202£116
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$80£46
Great Barrier Reef
5 minute helicopter flight $113£65
10 minute helicopter flight$189£109
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$45£26
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$125£72
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$125£72
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers$229£132
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 $194£111
Bridge Climb, dawn (peak time, other times of day less)*$388£223
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 with 3 tiered tasting plate$82£47
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.

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

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) $1,300£31
Grand Palace (half day)$1,250£30
Temples & City (half day) tour$1,150£28
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£40
New Dubai City Tour*$101£80
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£135
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£153
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$96£56
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£22
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles*  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019$98£57
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – early 2019)$65£38
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
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Kecak at Uluwatu & BBQ seafood dinner$67£53
Mengwi Temple, Monkey forest & Tanah Lot$58£46
Bali Hai dinner cruise$66£52
Jatiluwih & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour$48£38
Balinese Purifying$56£44

*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 £592 per couple

Travelling to the other side of the world naturally means you have a long journey ahead. So to help break up your flights, 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 (£98 for single occupancy) on tours departing after 1st August 2019.  This amounts to a saving of up to £592 on the normal price. To take advantage of this special offer price, all you need to do is book by 28th February 2019.

The offer is available on tours departing after 12th October 2019 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 on tours departing after 1st August 2019. The price of the Bali stopover is also on special offer if booked by 28th February, at the reduced rate of £229 per person in a double and £458 if taking a room for single occupancy.

Melia Hotel Bali

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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Singapore Skyline

Copthorne Kings Hotel in 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. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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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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Hong Kong Temple

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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Customer reviews

The Very Best of Australia tour was a brand new itinerary with departures starting in late 2017. The reviews for the Very Best of Australia tour tour found below have been independently verified by Feefo, who are a leading independent reviews company.

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We were taken to all the places we wanted to see, accommodated in first class hotels, flew from a town to another without a hitch, had a sight-seeing tour in every city and were always accompanied by James, our Australian guide who we couldn't praise enough.
Dr Tawfik, Wonders of Australia
The organisation and skill devoted to making this special was exceptional. From the tour managers down to the coach drivers and the choice of hotels there is really nothing I could fault. One big, perfect adventure from start to finish. Thank you!
Mr & Mrs Waters, Wonders of Australia
Have just returned from Australia with this excellent company. When you phone the company you nearly always speak to the same knowledgeable person, nothing was too much trouble. The trip was well planned and all the hotels they used excellent.
Mrs P (Bedford), Visions of Australia


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