If you could plan a single visit to Australia, how would you do it? This incredible tour is our answer! Featuring ample time in lively Sydney, Outback experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime, including both a sunrise and sunset at Ayers Rock, and a three-night stay at the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
- Round trip airfare and 3 inter-country flights
- Cruise to Kangaroo Island and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
- See koalas, penguins, kangaroos, wallabies, and more
- Visit the largest monolith in the world, Ayers Rock
- Field of Light Dinner experience in the Outback
- Savor 35 meals, and quality wines at most dinners
- Baggage Handling (1 per person) at hotels
- 24-hour emergency call service
DAYS 1-2—FLY TO SYDNEY
(Depart February 10 or 16, 2023) meals included in flight.
DAY 3—ARRIVE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (February 12 or 18, 2023)
Meet our Australian guide and enjoy lunch and an orientation of this world class city before checking in for a four-night stay at the Five-star Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel, located in the bustling heart of Sydney’s shopping and business district. L, D
DAY 4—SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Enjoy a guided tour of Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales and home to over five million, including a guided tour of the famous Opera House, spectacular views of the Harbor Bridge and a visit to the National Opal Collection and Showroom. B, L
DAY 5—TOBRUK SHEEP STATION, FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE
Just an hour outside Sydney, Tobruk Sheep Station is a working sheep farm with breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains where visitors learn about the Australian wool industry. See stockman on horseback and working dogs maneuver the flock, witness a whip and boomerang presentation, and enjoy an outback barbecue lunch. Learn about unique local wildlife including koalas, dingoes, wombats and penguins at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. B, L
DAY 6—SYDNEY FREE DAY
After a free day to explore Sydney, enjoy million dollar views, live music, dinner and dancing aboard the prestigious MV Sydney 2000 with the sparkling lights of Sydney as a backdrop. B, D
DAY 7—FLY TO ADELAIDE
Fly to South Australia’s coastal capital and the region’s most cosmopolitan city, Adelaide. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and check into the five-star Intercontinental Adelaide Hotel for a three night stay. B
DAY 8—KANGAROO ISLAND
Board the Sea Lion 2000 for a 45-minute ferry ride to Penneshaw for an exploration of Kangaroo Island included a guided Seal Bay beach walk, visit to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (home to recuperating koala, wallabies and more) and unparalleled photo ops at Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. An incredible day of salty air, natural wonders and visual splendor! B, L
DAY 9—BAROSSA VALLEY
Known as the wine capital of Australia, the Barossa Valley is dotted with Lutheran churches, stone cottages and Shiraz vineyards. Dating to 1851, Seppeltsfield Winery is the only winery in the world to release a 100-year old vintage wine each year. Australia’s oldest German settlement, Hahndorf is a charming village of historic streets lined with timber-framed cafes and boutique shops. B, L
DAY 10—FLY TO ALICE SPRINGS
Named after the wife of the telegraph surveyor who plotted an Overland Telegraph Service station next to a fortuitous water hole, Alice Springs is our gateway to the Outback. Framed by the McDonnell Ranges, the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters is our home for two nights. Enjoy some relaxing free time this afternoon before a special dinner show at the Earth Sanctuary, Spirit of the Outback. B, D
DAY 11—ALICE SPRINGS
Enjoy a guided tour of Alice Springs including the historic telegraph station and the Royal Flying Doctors Service, providing emergency care to people over an of 7.7 million square kilometers. Ascend Anzac Hill for a panoramic view of Alice Springs and the surrounding ranges. B, D
Fly to Yulara for an unforgettable experience at Uluru, Ayers Rock. For 25 years, A Field of Lights Dinner features a memorable dinner under the Outback sky and the sounds of a didgeridoo with a post meal guided viewing of the night sky of the southern hemisphere – what a night! Two-night stay at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel. B, D
DAY 13—AYERS ROCK
Arise early for a drive to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku — the Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) viewing area. Learn the history and significance of Ayers Rock to aboriginal people and an incredible sight as the sun rises from your vantage point among the colorful sand dunes. After a relaxing afternoon at the hotel before returning to watch the sun set over Ayers Rock, the penultimate photo op at this world-famous site. B, D
After another spectacular sunrise fly to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, for a three-night stay at the Hilton Cairns. B, D
DAY 15—GREAT BARRIER REEF
Cruise aboard Ocean Freedom for a full day exploration of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Upolu Cay Reef and the Outer Edge, hear a reef talk by a marine interpreter, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour and take a dip or snorkel for an even closer look. B, L
DAY 16—KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY
The Kuranda Scenic Railway winds its way through a tropical mountain range from Cairns to Kuranda, located amidst a World Heritage Rain Forest. See the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show and venture into the rain forest aboard a WWII era Army Duck. B, L
Fly to Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia and capital of the state of Victoria and enjoy a local guided tour before checking into the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for a four night-night stay. B
DAY 18—PHILLIP ISLAND
Visit the The National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Just outside Melbourne lies Phillip Island, home to the Koala Conservation Centre and the Penguin Parade, a nightly sunset parade of one of the largest little penguin colonies in the world! B, D
DAY 19—SURF COAST
Travel the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles, a spectacular rock formation of limestone stacks in Port Campbell National Park. B, L
DAY 20—YARRA VALLEY
Explore the Yarra River Valley, an important agricultural region of Victoria, and visit Rayner’s Orchard, a family owned and operated farm producing over 450 varieties of fruit! Enjoy a wine tasting with lunch and spend the evening at Docklands, a bustling entertainment hub of Melbourne for a scenic farewell dinner. B, L, D
DAY 21—FLY HOME
Today you’ll fly home with treasured memories of this once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia.
Nights 1-2: En route to Australia
Nights 3-6: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Nights 7-9: Sofitel Adelaide
Nights 10-11: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
Nights 12-13: Voyages Sails in the Desert
Nights 14-16: Hilton Cairns
Nights 17-20: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Feb 10-Mar 2, 2023 Sold Out!
Feb 16-Mar 8, 2023 New Date
Price Per Person:
Chicago, IL $178/night
Los Angeles, CA $268/night
Chicago, IL or Los Angeles, CA
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our Pre and Post hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare Int’l or Los Angeles Int’l Airports. Parking is offered during the tour at our hotels in Chicago or Los Angeles at a reduced rate of $10 per day with a Pre or Post night booked.
Extensive walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
February/March – high’s will range in mid 70’s in Sydney to mid 90’s in Alice Springs with low’s in the mid 60s. Average temperature around 75°.
GMT+11 (16 hours ahead of New York)
Each hotel will have hair dryers, WI-FI, fitness rooms, some will have swimming pools, and/or spas
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual. Comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
On Days 12 -13, Voyages Sails in the Desert at Ayers Rock has self-service laundry available. The other hotels on tour will have laundry service available should you wish to plan ahead for packing purposes.
A valid US Passport is required for travel to/from the United States.
Travel Protection Available
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.