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The Very Best of Australia Tour

The Very Best of Australia Tour

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 September 2018. The stopover choices are Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai. To take advantage of this early booking you simply need to book by the 15th March 2018.

 

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: London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2 – Singapore, 2 nights
All flights to Singapore will travel via Dubai. Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to either the four star Furama Riverfront Hotel or Copthorne Kings Hotel (if departing after 1st September 2018), situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative Stopover – Dubai
We have based days 2 – 4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. Alternatively you may choose to stop in Dubai for the same price – or if you are departing after 1st September 2018, you may choose to spend an extra two nights in Perth before the holiday starts instead. All stopovers include transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast and (if choosing Dubai) a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings vary on the alternative stopovers – 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. Also visit 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
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 our arrival into Perth later tonight, clear customs and transfer to the Novotel Langley or Pan Pacific (for tours arriving after 1st September 2018) for our first three nights in Australia.
Breakfast and 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 surrounding area, including a visit to King’s Park, with its enchanting wildflowers and bushland, and amazing views over the city’s skyline. We will also travel to the nearby port town of Fremantle and enjoy an included visit to the fascinating Maritime Museum. Later, we see the Millionaires 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 to help with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps take a cruise to the wineries along the beautiful Swan River or an optional trip 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 – 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 either the Aurora Ozone Hotel or 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 the wonderful 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, which provide 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 Long-nosed Fur Seals. After a wonderful day spent amongst Australia’s very best wildlife, we return to our hotel for a second night.
Breakfast 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 attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the Stamford Plaza for our next two nights.
Breakfast included

Day 10 – 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 a lunch cruise along the Murray River may be a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Breakfast included

**PLEASE NOTE THAT TOURS DEPARTING BEFORE 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 WILL VISIT ADELAIDE BEFORE KANGAROO ISLAND**

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 and in-flight drinks 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 Fairy 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 the city’s 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, 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 shall 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, before stopping to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine 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 leave for a tour of the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known at 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, which is 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 between 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. Or you may prefer to simply relax by the hotel pool. 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 most iconic rail journeys, The Ghan was named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route. 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 be accommodated in 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. Afterward return to The Ghan in time for lunch as we continue our journey to Darwin. Upon arrival we transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade situated on Darwin’s striking esplanade.
Breakfast and lunch PLUS selected on-board drinks 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 sights 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 Pacific International Hotel or DoubleTree by Hilton (for tours departing after 1st September 2018), which will be our home for the next four nights.
Breakfast and in-flight drinks 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 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 22 – 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 a scenic railway journey; see how the track clings to the rock face along a narrow coastal strip.
Breakfast included

Day 23 – Cairns Freedom Day
Another free day to enjoy and relax 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 Heritage-listed Cape Tribulation. The tour gives a wonderful insight into the 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 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 either the Parkroyal Hotel situated overlooking vibrant Darling Harbour, or North Sydney Harbourview Hotel (if departing after 1st September 2018). Sydney is a city that takes full advantage of its natural setting – its sparkling harbour is host to the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately known as ‘the coat hanger’ 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 and in-flight drinks 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 en route 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, enjoy an exhilarating float plane trip over the harbour, catch up on some shopping, experience sailing an America’s Cup yacht 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, and in-flight meals and drinks included

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE UP TO £592 PER COUPLE

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 £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 15th March 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 £219 per person in a twin or double and £438 for single occupancy. Again this offer only applies in our Very Best of Australia tours departing after 1st September 2018.

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

Our escorted holidays to Australia are designed to include a lot in your tour. 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 September 2018. Just don’t forget to book by 15th March 2018.

 

2017 / 18 Very Best of Australia departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2018
06 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
20 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
27 January£5,995HAPPY TO SHARE: 1 FEMALE ONLY Call for prices
03 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
17 February*SOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
24 February**£5,995ON REQUEST Call for prices
03 MarchSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
14 AprilSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
04 August£6,195AVAILABLE Call for prices

*Please note, this departure will spend four nights in Melbourne and 1 night in Alice Springs.

**This tour stays at Peppers Hotel, Adelaide.

2018 / 19 Very Best of Australia departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2018
 22 September£6,195ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT £49 stopover
 27 October£6,195ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT £49 stopover
 06 December
*including Christmas and New Year
£6,995NEW DATE £49 stopover
2019
 05 January£6,195HALF FULL £49 stopover
 19 January£6,195HALF FULL £49 stopover
 09 February£6,195HALF FULL £49 stopover
 02 March£6,195NEW DATE £49 stopover
 16 March£6,195HALF FULL £49 stopover
 13 April£5,995NEW DATE £49 stopover
03 August£6,495NEW DATE £49 stopover


Christmas and New Year tour

* The 6th December 2018 departure is a special tour taking in Australia over the Christmas and New Year period. The itinerary is slightly different from the one featured as it does not include The Ghan and includes five nights in Cairns. This departure includes Christmas Dinner with drinks in Cairns and a New Year’s Eve celebration at the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, including dinner, drinks, a live band and fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge fireworks. Please book early as spaces are limited.

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

Single supplement for departures up to August 2018: £1,495
Single supplement for departure dates from September 2018: £1,795
Single supplement for Christmas & New Year tour: £2,495

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.

Happy to Share: Single Travellers taking our Happy to Share option will share a room on holiday with a single traveller of the same gender and will avoid paying a single room supplement. Simply choose our Happy to Share option at the time of booking, and if there isn’t another single traveller of the same gender on your departure, you’ll enjoy a single room on your own at no extra cost.  Happy to Share guests may be accommodated in a single or twin share accommodation on The Ghan.

PLEASE NOTE:  Happy to Share is not available on tours departing from September 2018

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 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

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations as detailed in the itinerary
  • All-inclusive overnight accommodation on-board The Ghan

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £463 per person
  • Buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Luncheon cruise around Sydney Harbour

All-inclusive on the Ghan

  • Lunch, dinner and breakfast included
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney
  • Full day touring Kangaroo Island
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset and sunrise
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Full day on the Outer Barrier Reef
  • 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

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…


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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Cairns, DoubleTree by Hilton

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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Melbourne, Clarion Suites Gateway

Just a gentle stroll from the Yarra River, Clarion Suites Gateway is ideally located close to Melbourne’s Central Business District, just minutes from the city’s world-class shopping and restaurants. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and William’s Bar &… Find out more >
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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 >
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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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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 >
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Ozone Hotel in Kangaroo Island

Situated opposite the beach and overlooking Nepean Bay on stunning Kangaroo Island, the friendly and comfortable Ozone Hotel has an outdoor pool and barbecue area for al fresco relaxation and dining. Indoors, Zone Restaurant features locally sourced food in a… 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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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel

Set in the city centre, the imposing Stamford Plaza Hotel is located close to Adelaide's beautiful parks, stylish shopping and lively entertainment facilities. Food and drink options at the Stamford Plaza Hotel include La Boca Bar and Grill featuring flame… 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)
Perth
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
Melbourne
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1830hrs)$200£116
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2200hrs (approx)$179£103
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0800-1745hrs$206£119
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 1745-1915hrs 3 courses including wine*$85£49
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Sun – Thurs.*$130£75
Colonial Tramcar Dinner 2035-2330hrs 5 courses including wine Friday & Saturday*$145£84
Sportslovers’ Tour – full day including National Sports Museum & Rod Laver Arena$135£78
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$440£254
Adelaide
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting$129£75
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 (Available until 31st March 2018) *$39£23
Field of Light Star Pass (Available until 31st March 2018) *$85£49
A Night at the Field of Light (Available until 31st March 2018) *$245£142
Darwin
Litchfield National Park – Including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Lunch 0720-1800hrs$179-$189£103-£109
Darwin City Sights Explorer incl World War II Tunnels, Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, Qantas Hangar 0900-1400hrs$110£64
Darwin Harbour Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruise incl buffet dinner, welcome drink incl, (transfers extra $16 pp). 1730-2030hrs$104£60
Kakadu Adventure incl. Yellow Water cruise, tropical buffet lunch, guided walks and National Park entry 0620-1930hrs$292£169
Fixed wing flight Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Touring within National Park, park entry fee included$750£434
Cairns
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
Sydney
Sydney Floatplane plus 3 course lunch at Cottage Point in Kuringai National Park from 1130hrs, allow 4 hours$625£361
Sydney Secrets Floatplane 30 minute flight from Rose Bay. Coastal flight up to Palm Beach and return$315£182
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
$200-$269£116-£155
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)
Bangkok
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
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 £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). 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 15th March 2018.

The offer is available on tours departing after 1st September 2018 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 Sept 2018. 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 15th March, at the reduced rate of £219 per person in a double and £438 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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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 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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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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  • 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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