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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.


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 £6,195pp

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


Day 1: Depart UK

Fly with Qantas or Emirates from the airport most convenient to you. Depart from Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle – whichever you depart from, there is no extra cost.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

The next two days of our itinerary are based on a stopover in Singapore. Upon arriving into this wonderful modern city, you’ll be staying close to the banks of the scenic Singapore River at the four-star Copthorne Kings Hotel, in a perfect location for exploring the city.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Stopovers: Singapore, Dubai or Perth

Our London Heathrow flights travel to Singapore, where you can enjoy a 2-night stopover. All of other our UK flights will travel via Dubai, where there is also a 2-day stopover. There is also the option to spend an extra two nights in Perth for the same price. Flight times will vary depending on your choice – get in touch with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

Wherever you choose to spend your stopover, transfers, accommodation and breakfast are all included, whilst Dubai stopovers also include a sightseeing tour of the city.

Day 3: Singapore

Singapore is one of the most exciting destinations in all of Asia, a real melting pot where Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures have merged with Western influences to create a vibrant and city. This morning you’ll embark on a tour to take in the main highlights of the city, such as the ethnic quarters that have helped make the city what it is today; the waterfront Merlion Park, home to the famous Merlion Statue, a national symbol of Singapore; and the beautiful botanical gardens. Your tour will return you to your hotel, from where you can enjoy the rest of your day as you wish.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Perth, 3 nights

Spend the rest of your time in Singapore as you please until it’s time for us to head to the airport, ready for our evening flight to our first stop in Australia, Perth. We can recommend a few suggestions for your second day in Singapore, such as high tea at Raffles, or perhaps a visit to nearby Sentosa Island, with its myriad of attractions including wildlife parks, cable cars and light shows. Once we arrive in Perth, we will clear customs and then head to the five-star Pan Pacific Hotel.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5: Perth

Our first day in Perth, the capital of Western Australia and the world’s most isolated city, begins with a sightseeing tour of the city and the surrounding area. First of all, we’ll visit King’s Park, a landscape of bushland and pretty wild flowers, offering astounding views out over the city’s skyline. We will then take a small excursion to the nearby port town of Fremantle to pay a visit to the fascinating Shipwreck Galleries. The tour will end with a relaxing cruise along the Swan River back to our hotel, passing the Millionaire Mansions on the way.
Breakfast included

Day 6: Perth Freedom Day

Day 6 is the first of our Freedom Days in Australia, where you can spend the day however you please. If you need a little guidance, our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be there for you to offer expert advice and recommendations on things to do and places to eat, and they can also help to make any arrangements you may need or book additional excursions for you. On this first Freedom Day we also offer two optional excursions to some spectacular natural landscapes close to the city. The first is the Nambung National Park, home to hundreds of striking limestone towers known as the Pinnacles. Alternatively, you can take a trip to Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve with a coastline of hidden coves and white sandy beaches. Rich in wildlife, here you can spot the quokka, a wallaby-like marsupial. However you choose to spend your first Freedom 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 day on the amazing Kangaroo Island starts with a drive through breath-taking scenery to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, where a National Park Ranger will guide us amongst the colony of rare Australian sea lions who live on the beach. We’ll then get to wander among the gumtrees of the Hanson Bay Sanctuary, the next stop on our tour, to look for cuddly koalas. The afternoon will be spent at the Flinders Chase National Park, home to some of Australia’s best-known native wildlife. During your tour of this park, you’ll be able to spot wallabies, echidnas, koalas and the kangaroos which give the island its name. We’ll also take in some incredible scenery, travelling along the island’s southern coastline to the Remarkable Rocks, offering spectacular sea views and photo opportunities. Another natural landmark we will visit is the Admirals Arch boardwalk, where we will head down the rugged cliff face to the unique rock archway, natural nursery and the happy Long-Nosed Fur Seals which call this part of the island home. After a truly unforgettable day on Kangaroo Island, packed with incredible wildlife and scenery, it’s time to head back 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 head to the airport for our first internal flight to Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. It’s also one of the most historic, as seen in the stunning and extremely well-preserved Victorian architecture of its public buildings and grand houses. Once we arrive, you’ll get to witness the gorgeous architecture and much more with a sightseeing tour of the city. Among the places we will visit are the Victoria Markets, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Captain Cook’s Cottage (which you can also enter at your own expense), the Rod Laver Arena and Federation Square. After soaking up these sights, we also head out of the city centre to see two lovely waterside suburbs: Port Melbourne and St Kilda. For the next three nights, you’ll be staying at the four-star Clarion Suites Hotel, which is set in a great location just a short walk from the fashionable South Bank.
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.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Melbourne Freedom Day

Melbourne is a place offering so much to see and do, so we are offering a second Freedom Day to enjoy even more of this wonderful part of Australia. Today you can also join us for a tour along one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road. Departing from Torquay, home to the world-famous Bells Beach, our tour will take us along Victoria’s dramatic coastline to our end destination, the iconic 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

After a leisurely on-board breakfast, The Ghan arrives into Katherine, where we have the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Katherine Gorge and the surrounding Nitmiluk National Park. Katherine Gorge is one of a series of thirteen sandstone gorges the Katherine River has carved into the landscape over time, and during your visit, you’ll learn all about how the gorge was named, as well as the local flora and fauna. After our stop, we once again board The Ghan for lunch and the final leg of the train journey to Darwin. Here we’ll be staying at one of two quality hotels on Darwin’s esplanade: Mantra Esplanade or Doubletree by Hilton 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

We rise early to make our way to the airport for our one-stop flight to Cairns. Once we arrive in this coastal city, we will be transferred to our home for the next four nights, the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton, ready for our adventures to the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.
Breakfast included

Day 21: Great Barrier Reef

No holiday to Australia is compete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most famous natural wonders. It’s a truly once in a lifetime experience, with its stunningly beautiful coral and colourful marine life making this a place like no other. Our full-day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef begins with a journey aboard a high-speed catamaran to the Marine World platform on the Outer Reef. We have five hours here at the Outer Reef for you to enjoy as you wish, and you don’t even need to get wet to see the wonders of the Reef with a glass-bottomed boat, underwater observatory and semi-submersible reef viewer all offering the chance to see the array of life and colour beneath the water. For the more active, you can snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, or, for an additional cost, join the marine biologist on a snorkel safari or perhaps have a go at scuba diving. There is also the option to see the reef from above on a scenic helicopter flight.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 22: Cairns Freedom Day

Today is another of our Freedom Days to spend how you wish in Cairns, although we are also offering an optional excursion to the rainforest village of Kuranda. Our visit begins with a performance by the local Tjapukai people of dance, music and storytelling, before we take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda village, ascending above the treetops with far-reaching views over the rainforest. Once in Kuranda, there are several pleasant ways to spend the next few hours, including perusing the markets, visiting the butterfly sanctuary or exploring the Koala Gardens. We will then make our way back to Cairns on the unique Kuranda Scenic Railway. Passing over 40 bridges and through 15 tunnels, along one narrow part the track even has to cling to the rock face: a railway journey to remember.
Breakfast included

Day 23: Cairns Freedom Day

This is the second of our Freedom Days during your stay in tropical northern Queensland. If you prefer to stay in Cairns today, there’s much to see and do, including numerous museums and art galleries, as well as over 200 walking tracks, each leading somewhere different. Today you can also come with us the nearby Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest rainforest. It’s also home to the World Heritage Site Cape Tribulation, an isolated headland where the rainforest meets the reef. During our rainforest tour, you’ll see the rainforest’s dazzling variety of flora and fauna, taking a walk with an Aboriginal guide as well as embarking on a cruise to spot saltwater crocodiles.
Breakfast included

Day 24: Sydney, 4 nights

This morning we leave Cairns, heading to the airport ready for our flight to Sydney. Our transfer will then take us to our new home for the next four nights, the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, offering incredible views over Sydney Harbour Bridge. The sparkling harbour is of course also home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House. Sydney has plenty to discover outside of the harbour however; for instance its suburbs promise a real change of scenery with their pristine sandy beaches and native bushland. The heart of the city itself is also bursting with excellent shopping opportunities, world-class eateries and a lively arts culture.
Breakfast included

Day 25: Sydney – sightseeing and luncheon cruise

This morning we will see Sydney in all its glory with an extensive sightseeing tour and luncheon cruise. We start by travelling through some of the city’s trendiest inner city areas to the iconic Bondi Beach, before passing the beautiful Rushcutters Bay and Double Bay on our way back to the city centre. Our tour will then bring us to Hyde Park, Parliament House and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. This unique ‘chair’ and landmark is in fact an exposed sandstone rock, cut into a bench shape in 1810 by convicts as a gift to Governor Macquarie’s wife. It’s not only a fascinating landmark but also the perfect spot for a photo of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sightseeing tour will then lead us on to a relaxed luncheon cruise around the stunning Sydney Harbour – the perfect way to end our first morning in Sydney.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 26: Sydney Freedom Day

Today is the first of our Freedom Days in Sydney, though you are also welcome to join us on our optional trip to the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This National Park is home to an expansive area of Australia’s iconic bushland carpeted with gum trees, with deep gorges and towering peaks making this a simply spectacular place not to be missed. During our excursion, we will visit a series of lookouts where you can take in some of the best views of the Blue Mountains, including Echo Point, the prime viewing point for the striking Three Sisters rock formation. We will also take in the beautiful Wentworth Falls and the village of Leura, which showcases many of the region’s local artists and hosts several garden festivals.
Breakfast included

Day 27: Sydney Freedom Day

Explore Sydney at your own pace with this second Freedom Day. Today there’s the opportunity to take an optional behind the scenes tour of Sydney Opera House, otherwise the choice is completely yours. Our Tour Manager will be happy to help and lend their recommendations – you could do anything from visiting the Kuringai National Park to climbing the Harbour Bridge! Sydney is home to some amazing experiences and our Tour Manager will do their best to suggest the best for you.
Breakfast included

Day 28: Depart Sydney

Our last day in Sydney is yours to enjoy as you like until we depart for the airport: the end of an amazing adventure in Australia. Flights to our chosen UK airport all stop in Dubai for a change of aircraft before the second leg back to the UK.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 29: Arrive UK

This morning our unforgettable journey comes to an end back in the UK at your chosen airport: either Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle.
In-flight meals and drinks included


Why not combine with a tour of New Zealand?

For an experience of a lifetime exploring both Australia and New Zealand, we offer the chance to embark on the ultimate Australasian adventure with our Australia and New Zealand combination tours. These tours combine The Very Best of Australia with our excellent Magnificent New Zealand or Very Best of New Zealand tours.

Take a look at 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.


Very Best of Australia departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
 06 December^£6,995ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
 18 January++£6,195ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
 29 February*£6,195HALF FULLCall for details
 21 March£6,195ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFTCall for details

* These dates operate slightly different to the itinerary featured. For full details of this itinerary, please click here

^Christmas departure: An altered  itinerary including 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.

++ Alternative hotel: Please note this tour will stay at the Melbourne Parkview hotel

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)

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…

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 >
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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 >
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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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Peppers Waymouth

Peppers Waymouth Hotel, Adelaide

You’ll be staying in the heart of the city at Peppers Waymouth Hotel, which means you have museums, galleries, shopping, dining and more right on your doorstep. Not too far from your hotel are plenty of ways to explore all… 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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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Novotel Darling Square

Novotel Sydney Darling Square Hotel, Darling Harbour

In the heart of Darling Harbour, sits your hotel, Sydney Novotel Darling Square. Here, you’re just walking distance from the Darling Quarter, central business district and Chinatown. During your stay you can take a leisurely sunset cruise on the harbour,… 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)
Pinnacles Desert Sunset & Star Gazing$169£94
Discover Rottnest Island$180£100
Swim with Dolphins Day tour, transfer from Perth to Rockingham, light lunch – Swimmer$225£125
Swim with Dolphins Day tour, transfer from Perth to Rockingham, light lunch – Spectator$115£64
Swan Valley Food & Drink tour$115£64
Winery tour of the Barossa Valley, including lunch and winetasting$139£77
Murray River Highlights full day tour including cruise, lunch and visit to historic river town of Mannum$162£90
Adelaide Hills & Hahndorf half day tour, Mount Lofty summit lookout, afternoon tea in the Hahndorf Inn$75£42
Great Ocean Road (full day tour – 0800hrs to 1930hrs)$203£113
Phillip Island Penguin Parade Express including premium viewing (1630 – 2330 approx)$167£93
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade including premium viewing 1315-2330hrs (approx)$193£108
Puffing Billy, including lunch and winery tour (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) 0810-1745hrs$223£124
Puffing Billy Dandenong Ranges National Park, Morning Tea$104£58
Sunrise Balloon Flight over Melbourne (1 hour flight)$495£276
Around the Bay sightseeing and Bay Cruise including lunch, Dolphin spotting and gondola ride (Tue, Thu & Sat only)$189£105
Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste tour including lunch, afternoon tea and gondola ride (Mon, Weds & Fri only)$199£111
Alice Springs
Outback hot air ballooning – 30 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$305£170
Outback hot air ballooning – 60 minute flight (starts 1 hour before first light) 4 hours duration$395£220
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion Visit to Desert Park wildlife, Easy access to natural wonders like Ellery Creek swimming Rock Hole, Simpson Gap, Flynns Grave, Standley Chasm, Lunch included (Private charter – minimum 17 passengers) 0815-1630hrs$175£97
Western MacDonnell Ranges day excursion including Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, Lunch (0800-1730hrs)$139£77
Alice Wanderer – 0745-1200 approx (return transfers from hotel to Alice Springs Desert Park plus entry)$64£36
Sunset Camel Tour – 1 hour camel ride through the McDonnell Ranges$89£50
Bush BBQ and show – BBQ Scotch fillet steak, Drinks & transfers incl, Boomerang throwing, Cattlemans talk, Bush Balladeer and Star Gazing talk (minimum 15 customers)$185£103
Ayers Rock
Fixed wing flights over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) 40 min$240£134
Helicopter Flight over Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta 30min$285£159
Sounds of Silence – Dinner at Uluru under the stars, drinks and Star talk included 1700-2230hrs*$225£125
Field of Light Pass *$43£24
Field of Light Star Pass *$95£53
A Night at the Field of Light*$265£148
Litchfield National Park – Including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Lunch 0720-1800hrs$191-$225£106-£125
Darwin City Sights Explorer incl World War II Tunnels, Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin Military Museum, Qantas Hangar 0900-1400hrs$125£70
Darwin Harbour Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruise incl buffet dinner, welcome drink incl, (transfers extra $16 pp). 1730-2030hrs$125£70
Wetland Experience – including Fog Dam Reserve, 2.5 hours wetland cruise, lunch, return transfers departing 0900hrs (May-Oct only)$150£84
Kakadu Adventure incl. Yellow Water cruise, tropical buffet lunch, guided walks and National Park entry 0620-1930hrs$307£171
Fixed wing flight Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Touring within National Park, park entry fee included$750£418
Hot Air Balloon over Atherton Tablelands including insurance and transfers, 0500-0830hrs ($30 high season surcharge 20th Jan – 5th Feb 2020)$320£178
Day Excursion Daintree National Park incl Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman Gorge, Lunch 0645-1900hrs$218£121
Kuranda Daytrip: Historic Rail, Sky Gondola, Tjapukai Centre (Butterfly /Koala Park at own cost) 0800-1700hrs$218£121
Rainforest dining experience incl drinks in Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) with Aboriginal Cultural programme, incl transfers (Tue, Thu only), 1830-2300hrs  **Not recommended for vegetarians **$239£133
Stunning Rainforest Dinner incl drinks Port Douglas (1hr from Cairns) incl transfers 1830-2300*$205£114
Dinner & Harbour Cruise 2.5 hours – Complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink on arrival. Hot & cold buffett and live entertainment$95£53
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures incl. admission and return transfers from Cairns$83£46
Wooroonooran Rainforest Full day tour, Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls, including lunch in Innisfail, a cruise on Johnstone River to view crocodiles, the gorges of Babinda Boulders$219£122
Great Barrier Reef
10 minute scenic helicopter flight$189£105
Snorkel safari (approx. 50mins)$49£27
Guided coral gardens (approx 30 mins)$39£22
Introductory dive (no experience necessary)$129£72
Certified Diving (qualification required)$79£44
Helmet dive to 3 metres without getting head wet$129£72
Day Trip to Blue Mountains including Wentworth Falls,
3 Sisters, Govetts Leap, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, Lunch
Day Trip to Kuringai National Park – 45mins from Sydney, includes transfers, Westarm lookout, aboriginal rock art, 2 hour cruise and lunch (Mon, Thur, Fri & Sat) 0800-1700hrs$229£128
Hunter Valley Day Tour (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun 0800-1830hrs) including gourmet lunch and wine tastings $198£110
Bridge Climb, dawn (peak time, other times of day less)*$388£216
Sydney Opera House tour, dinner and show – price depends on type of performance and quality of seating*$346 to $585£210 to £338
Sydney Opera House tour$42£23
Sydney Helicopter scenic flight over Sydney 20mins. including return Sydney City Hotel transfers (minimum 2 passengers for transfers)$220£123

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

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

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£32
Grand Palace (Half day)$1,250£30
Temples & City tour (Half day)$1,150£28
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£41
Modern Dubai City Tour$71£57
Modern Dubai City Tour – including At The Top$101£81
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$133£106
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£137
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£155
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$101£59
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$39£23
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$32£119
Al fresco afternoon tea at Raffles*  (Operating daily from October 2019)$72£42
Afternoon tea in the Grand Lobby at Raffles*  (Operating daily)$90£53
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles$112£66
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour*$400£42
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£78
Lantau Island tour with lunch*$850£89
Macau Tour with lunch*$995£104
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Kecak at Uluwatu & BBQ seafood dinner$67£54
Mengwi Temple, Monkey forest & Tanah Lot$58£46
Bali Hai dinner cruise$66£53
Jatiluwih & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour$48£38
Balinese Purifying$56£45

*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.

We regularly have special offers on a homebound stopover to Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bali. For details of our latest offers, please speak with one of our travel experts.

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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.
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