Sydney, the Outback & The Ghan

Sydney, Journey from the Red Centre to the Top End

10 nights

Overview

Overview

This adventure across Australia includes:
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in Sydney (3), Ayers Rock (2), Alice Springs (1), The Ghan (1) and Darwin (3)
  • Tour the Sydney Opera House
  • Escorted bicycle tour of Sydney
  • Ayers Rock sunset tour and BBQ dinner
  • Sunrise tour at Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Afternoon tour to Kata Tjut/The Olgas
  • Tour and hike Kings Canyon
  • Overnight on The Ghan train from Alice Springs to Darwin in Gold Sleeper Class
  • Full day tour to Kakadu National Park and cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong
  • Full day tour to Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge adn Edith Falls
  • Airport transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Complimentary Springboard Vacations Travel Protection Plan
  • Australian GST (10%)

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE - WELCOME TO SYDNEY!
SydneyStylish Sydney…a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences. While you will find all the icons you know, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you will also find interesting people, cultural vibrancy and a positive spirit.  You'll stay 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in downtown Sydney with easy walking distance of all major tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants, theatre and the commercial districts.
DAY TWO - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds - to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building - our guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns.

Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million. Duration: Approx. 1 hour

DAY THREE - ESCORTED CITY BICYCLE TOUR
There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic! We will take you to all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. Our expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip to Sydney. We'll take you to see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (including the Flying Foxes), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and over 30 more great attractions! We'll even stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour! (But just for a quick drink...there's a lot to see on this tour.)

 
DAY FOUR - FLY SYDNEY TO ULURU/AYERS ROCK

Flight not included.

WELCOME TO THE RED CENTER!
The Red Center is more than the center or middle of Australia.  The sheer size of Uluru/Ayers Rock, the strong sense of spirituality and culture you will find here, combined with amazing stories means a visit here is an encounter with the very heart of the country. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.

On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening view sunset and the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying nibbles and complimentary wine. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting).

DAY FIVE - ULURU/KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS) - VALLEY OF THE WINDS

Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. After sunrise join your Guide for a drive around the base of Uluru. Then travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock art and hear about the Aboriginal and European history of the area. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locally-made arts and crafts. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta. Enjoy a 2-3 hour walk through the domes to the Valley of the Winds (shorter walk available). Marvel at an outback sunset while enjoying complimentary wine.

DAY SIX - KINGS CANYON

Drive through sandhill country towards Kings Canyon, stopping for a breakfast at Kings Creek Station. Climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watarrka National Park. Continue the walk around the canyon with your guide and learn about its geology. This afternoon travel on to Alice Springs.

WELCOME TO ALICE SPRINGS!
Alice Springs is the Red Center's headquarters and the perfect base for exploration. The town itself is well equipped with ample facilities for travelers and offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all visitors. Local attractions include an arts and cultural centre, reptile centre, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and one of the best desert golf courses in the world. You'll stay 1 night in a 3 star hotel on the banks of the Todd River.
DAY SEVEN - THE GHAN, GOLD SERVICE SLEEPER
Alice Springs to Darwin. Experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. This transcontinental adventure offers an unsurpassed view of Australia. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes from the rusty hues of the Red Center to the tropical splendor of the Top End. The Ghan is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.
DAY EIGHT - WELCOME TO DARWIN!
Darwin is the gateway to the tropical Northern Territory - the Top End.  The city houses many galleries and museums, including many Aboriginal collections. Aboriginal culture is very much etched into the community as it has the largest proportional population of Indigenous Australians.  Darwin is an ideal base for visits to spectacular World Heritage sites including the National Parks of Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge. You'll stay 3 nights in a 3.5 star hotel in easy walking distance to the dining and entertainment precinct of Mitchell Street.

 
DAT NINE - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TOUR
KakaduThis morning travel on the Arnhem Highway across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. A wide selection of native wildlife has made this region their home. Stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch we join our local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of bird life this region is renowned for. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu, before returning to Darwin. An optional spectacular 50 minute scenic flight over Kakadu is available today.

The Kakadu National Park Entry Fee $29 is an additional charge and is valid for 14 consecutive days. It is a compulsory government charge and payable direct. Children 15 years and under are not required to pay the entry fee.
DAY TEN - KATHERINE GORGE & EDITH FALLS
It’s an early start this morning to travel down ‘the Track’ (Stuart Highway), heading to the amazing Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge. Your Driver Guide will keep you entertained along the way with stories about Australia’s longest highway and the history of the region. This park spans more than 292,000 hectares. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurists and nature lovers alike. 
DAY ELEVEN - FLY DARWIN TO SYDNEY AND SYDNEY TO LOS ANGELES

Flights not included.

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

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Departs Sydney on Tuesdays, or Tuesdays and Fridays July to August

Price is per person and based on twin share

60 day advance purchase

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's exchange rate

Additional surcharges apply for travel during special events such as New Year's Eve in Sydney

Currency data courtesy www.coinmill.com

 

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