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, as well as the option to take a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. If you prefer to venture further a?eld, a day trip to the nearby World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, is a fascinating experience. The tour gives a wonderful insight into the rainforest’s unique ?ora and fauna, including a walk with an aboriginal guide and a cruise spotting saltwater crocodiles.
Leaving Cairns on an early ?ight, we head to Uluru, the icon of Australia’s outback, and the world’s largest monolith. Rising from the ?at surrounding scrubland, Uluru is a site of deep cultural signi?cance to the aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. Relax and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst witnessing the changing colours as the sun begins to set. It’s truly a photographer’s delight. Overnight at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel.
This morning there’s an opportunity to see the sunrise over Uluru for those of us who wish to do so. A little later, we take a tour of the impressive series of rounded sandstone domes known as the Olgas. This afternoon we travel east through amazing outback landscapes as we journey along the scenic Lasseter and Stuart Highways and make our way to the outback town of Alice Springs. Our home for the next two nights is the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton. for guests departing before September 2020 or the Crowne Plaza Lasseters Hotel, for those departing after this date.
Uluru to Alice Springs: 5hrs 30min
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.
This morning, we board our coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs. 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.
Then it’s time to make our way to Alice Springs Rail Terminal ready for our magni?cent overland rail journey to Adelaide, on Australia’s southern 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, featuring air-conditioned, private sleepers, all with upper and lower bunk beds, en-suite shower, washbasin and toilet. Single travellers will be accommodated in Gold Service single cabins, which are con?gured as a lounge chair by day, converting into a bed at night, with shared bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage. Whilst onboard, all our meals are included, as are a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. During lunch, marvel at the everchanging landscape as we journey south. Later enjoy an o?-train experience as The Ghan makes a short stop in Manguri. This evening following dinner, sleep to the rhythm of the rails.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected onboard drinks included
In 25 hours aboard The Ghan we will have covered 1,555 kilometres and passed golden wheat ?elds, vast sheep stations, rugged mountain ranges, salt lakes and the ?erce Simpson Desert. Following breakfast this morning, we arrive into Adelaide. Surrounded by grassy parkland, picturesque hills and the Mount Lofty Range, Adelaide could scarcely present a more captivating aspect. We shall take a sightseeing tour and be introduced to Adelaide’s streets, ?ne Victorian buildings and attractive parks and gardens that surround the city. Later, we arrive at the excellent Stamford Plaza for our next two nights.
A Freedom Day to spend as you please. Take a look around Adelaide on foot or perhaps take an optional tour to the famous wine-growing region of the Barossa Valley. Alternatively visit Kangaroo Island, situated o? the Fleurieu Peninsula, which o?ers a unique touring experience combining friendly, native wildlife with the natural, unspoilt wilderness.
This morning we make our way to Adelaide Airport in time for our ?ight to Sydney. Upon arrival, we head to the four-star Novotel Darling Square Hotel, or the View Hotel Sydney. 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 and In-flight drinks included
This morning’s sightseeing tour begins with a drive through some of Sydney’s most fashionable inner-city suburbs en route to Bondi Beach. Travel by Double Bay and Rushcutters Bay as we make our way back to the city centre. We journey via Hyde Park and Parliament House to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where we stop for the classic photo opportunity of the 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
Today has been left free, but 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.
The day is yours until it’s time to depart for the airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Dubai where there will be a change of aircraft.
Breakfast, In-flight meals and drinks included
SPECIAL OFFER: If you would like to experience an exciting new destination on your homebound journey from Australia, our Special Offer gives early bookers the opportunity to do this at an incredible price. Any customers booking a Wonders of Australia tour in our new 2020/2021 season (departing from October 2020) will enjoy a two-night homebound stopover for only £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover options from £99pp are Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and a full daily breakfast. To enjoy this special offer, all you need to do is book your holiday by 29 June 2020.
This morning we arrive at our chosen airport; London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.
In-flight meals and drinks included
At Distant Journeys, we offer a great range of tours of Australia all of which include so much in the price. And our Wonders of Australia holiday is no exception. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides, an overnight rail journey on The Ghan and many amazing excursions are all included.
SPECIAL OFFER: What’s more, if you book any tour departing from October 2020 by the 30 June 2020, you can enjoy a two-night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok for the fantastic price of only £99 per person including transfers and accommodation in a four-star hotel with daily breakfast. The price for single occupancy on the special offer homebound stopover if £198. Alternatively, you may choose to spend three nights on the tropical island of Bali for the special launch offer price of only £249 per person (£448 for single occupancy).
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability||Offer|
|31 July*||£5,495||ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT||Call for details|
|22 October||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|05 November||£5,295||ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|12 December^||£6,295||NEW DATE||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|29 January*||£5,295||NEW DATE||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|11 February||£5,295||HALF FULL||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|12 March*||£5,295||ONLY 8 ROOMS LEFT||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|09 April*||£4,995||HALF FULL||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
*These 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. Please click here to view the full amended itinerary.
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single supplement for tours: £1,195 for departures prior to September 2020 (£1,795 for the 11th December 2019 tour) and £1,275 for departures from September 2020 (£1,795 for the 12th December 2020 tour).
When travelling overnight on The Ghan, passengers booked in a room for single use will be accommodated in single sleeper cabins with washbasin. Showers and toilets are available at the end of each compartment.
Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.
Visa: To enter Australia, you need an ETA (electronic travel authority).We will obtain this on your behalf and the £25 per person processing fee will be added to your confirmation invoice.
Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however, the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.
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.
Explore Victoria’s enormous food and wine scene with this wonderful Melbourne food and wine tour. From Melbourne, you’ll to travel around and taste your way around the nearby Bellarine and...AUD $199 / GBP £112 Read More >
Escape from the city for a day and discover the beauty of Melbourne Bay, also known as Port Phillip Bay, with a guided Melbourne Bay tour, taking in the stunning...AUD $189 / GBP £106 Read More >
Our evening tour from Melbourne will take you directly to Phillip Island to witness the evening ritual of the Penguin Parade. During your journey to Phillip Island, take in the panoramic...AUD $167 / GBP £94 Read More >
This morning tour begins with the lush rain forest of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, before we make our way in to Sherbrooke Forest with its tall eucalyptus and chatting kooaburras....AUD $104 / £58 Read More >
Enjoy a truly remarkable experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - a world-class experience. Your day will begin with an early start, as your ballooning adventure...AUD $495 / GBP £278 Read More >
The Puffing Billy Yarra Valley Tour is a tour for those with an appreciation for food, wine and a little history. The Puffing Billy Steam Train is an icon in...AUD $218 / GBP £121 Read More >
Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Visit Churchill Island where you can explore this working farm or simply enjoy ocean...AUD $189 / GBP £106 Read More >
A Great Ocean Road Day Trip introduces one of the world’s most stunning coastlines, offering ocean vistas, crashing surf, dramatic coastal cliffs and endless long sandy beaches. Your Great Ocean...AUD $202 / GBP £113 Read More >
Enjoy an evening of calm water cruising, taking in the sights and sounds of Cairns by night. The evening includes a welcome drink, entertainment and a delicious buffet featuring some...AUD $95 / GBP £53 Read More >
Immerse yourself in Tropical Far North Queensland with the Wooroonooran Rainforest Tour. Enjoy a visit to Eubenangee Wetlands and the Josephine Waterfalls. The tour includes lunch in Innisfail, a cruise...AUD $219 / GBP £123 Read More >
Learn about Australia's indigenous Aboriginal people in the timeless and spiritual setting of the world's oldest living rainforest. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, connect with two local indigenous brothers whilst...AUD $239 / GBP £134 Read More >
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Queensland and is situated just 40 minutes’ drive north of Cairns. Your excursion price includes return transport...AUD $83 / £47 Read More >
Port Douglas’ Flames of the Forest is an exclusive, intimate and romantic experience. The Rainforest Restaurant in Port Douglas will transport you into a world beyond your imagination. Completely surrounded...AUD $205 / GBP £115 Read More >
You begin the day with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, to meet your indigenous guide who will show you through the park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations,...AUD $218 / GBP £122 Read More >
Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area. In the morning visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by...AUD $218 / £122 Read More >
Hot air ballooning in Cairns, Australia, is a popular and exhilarating experience. The Atherton Tablelands, also known as the Cairns Highlands, is a much-admired destination for visitors from all around...AUD $320 / £180 Read More >
Included in our Australian itineraries is a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll be amazed by its magical marine life and colourful coral from the moment you...From AUD $39 / GBP £22 Read More >
Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...AUD $265 / GBP £149 Read More >
Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...AUD $95 / GBP £53 Read More >
Field of Light art installation, and global phenomenon, by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, is coming to Australia for the first time. As part of Ayers Rock Resort’s commitment to...AUD $43 / GBP £24 Read More >
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling...AUD $225 / GBP £126 Read More >
One of the best ways to experience Uluru and the sprawling domes of Kata Tjuta is on an Ayers Rock Helicopter tour. Your aerial view will take in Uluru and...AUD $285 / GBP £160 Read More >
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, out to Lake Amadeus, Kings Canyon and Gosses’ Bluff on an Ayers Rock scenic flight. During this exhilarating experience, you...AUD $240 / GBP £135 Read More >
Perfect for those who wish to visit Desert Park without taking the full day Western MacDonnell tour, this morning excursion includes return transfers from your hotel plus admission to Alice...AUD $64 / GBP £36 Read More >
The dazzling and unique sunsets that pass over Australia’s Red Centre each day are not to be missed during any visit to Australia, and during your time in Australia, you...AUD $89 / GBP £50 Read More >
Alice Springs - Original Outback Bush BBQ Dinner Show A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian...AUD $185 / GBP £104 Read More >
Our Australia Tour Packages give you the opportunity to visit the Western MacDonnell Ranges during your stay in Alice Springs. Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured Western...From AUD $139 / GBP £78 Read More >
Visit Alice Springs and you’ll get to enjoy an amazing hot air balloon flight. Get to know your friendly crew as you journey to the launch site in the cool...From AUD $305 / GBP £171 Read More >
Relax on this lunch-time cruise along the Murray River aboard the Proud Mary boat. Enjoy the spectacular views of this unique river system with its historic cliffs and stunning landscapes....AUD $162 / GBP £91 Read More >
Travel from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills with a stop at the Whispering Wall, famous for its acoustic qualities. Visit the beautiful and historic winery of Château Yaldara, one of...AUD $139 / GBP £78 Read More >
Enjoy Sydney from the best possible vantage point – by air. You will take a spectacular 20 minute flight in a luxury helicopter, including return transfers from your hotel. The...AUD $220 / £123 Read More >
The Sydney Opera House is a must-see landmark during your time in Australia. On this tour, you can take in all the mystery and majesty of the Australian icon on...AUD $42 / GBP £23 Read More >
The ultimate way to experience the most famous Sydney icon – the Sydney Opera House – is the Red Carpet Package. This includes an informative guided tour of the public...From AUD $346 / GBP £210 Read More >
Prepare to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on this exhilarating excursion. Known to Sydneysiders as ‘The Coathanger’, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch...AUD $388 / GBP £216 Read More >
A flexible boutique wine tour of the picturesque Hunter Valley. Relax in comfortable small-group vehicles for the 2 hour drive north to the Hunter Valley. Along the way your guide...AUD $198 / GBP £110 Read More >
Explore this million-acre World Heritage-listed area. This tour takes you away from the obvious tourist traps to show you the Blue Mountains from an insider’s perspective – from secluded lookouts,...From AUD $222 / GBP £124 Read More >
Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...THB 1,150 / GBP £28 Read More >
Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...THB 1,250 / GBP £30 Read More >
A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...THB 1,300 / GBP £32 Read More >
All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...USD $194 / GBP £155 Read More >
A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalised service and a contemporary...USD $172/ GBP £137 Read More >
For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...USD $133 / GBP £110 Read More >
This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...USD $51 / GBP £41 Read More >
Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...From USD $66 / £53 Read More >
The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...SGD $90 / GBP £53 Read More >
The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...SGD$112/ GBP £66 Read More >
Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...From SGD $32 / GBP £19 Read More >
The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...SGD $89 / GBP £50 Read More >
The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...SGD $101 / GBP £59 Read More >
Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...HKD $750 / GBP £78 Read More >
Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...From HK $995 / GBP £104 Read More >
Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...HK $850 / GBP £89 Read More >
This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...HK $400 / GBP £42 Read More >
The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...USD $56 / GBP £46 Read More >
Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...USD $48 / GBP £40 Read More >
Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...USD $66 / GBP £55 Read More >
Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...USD $58 / GBP £48 Read More >
Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...USD $67 / GBP £55 Read More >
Book your place on our new season (tours departing from September 2020) Wonders of Australia tour by 30 June 2020 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.
Add on a two night stopover in either Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai for just £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and a full daily breakfast.
Enjoy a three-night stopover in beautiful Bali, for just £249pp (£448 for single occupancy). Your package includes return airport transfers, three nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and a full daily breakfast.
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