Amazing Australia

5-star Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Reef and Kangaroo Island

13 days from $

This luxury tour of Australia begins in Sydney and takes in all the highlights of the country including Melbourne, Ayers Rock/Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Adelaide and Kangaroo Island!

Overview

Overview

This 5-star independent vacation package includes:
  • Luxury accommodation for 12 nights in Sydney (3), Ayers Rock (1), Adelaide (3), Melbourne (2) and Port Douglas (3)
  • Half Day private guided sightseeing tour of Sydney
  • Private tour of Sydney Opera House
  • Luxury yacht cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Uluru Sunrise Tour
  • Private wine tour of the Barossa Valley
  • Private guided tour of Kangaroo Island
  • Private guided sightseeing tour of Melbourne
  • Private guided sightseeing tour of Phillip Island, including Little Penguins
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Private airport transfers (shared transfers in Ayers Rock)
  • Australian GST (10%)
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan

Land only - does not include international or domestic flights

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.
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SYDNEY
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney3 nights DELUXE OPERA HOUSE CITY VIEW ROOM
The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is a luxury hotel that offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites among Sydney hotels. The hotel is impeccably positioned between the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. All rooms have breathtaking views of the Harbour and are exquisitely appointed with contemporary furnishings. Rooms feature triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets and signature bed linens.
PRIVATE LUXURY TOUR OF SYDNEY
Half Day. Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as we commence our private journey of Sydney. We begin by visiting the Rocks, Sydney’s birthplace, where we’ll explore fascinating relics and buildings of the city’s turbulent past, beautifully restored. We’ll view the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Conservatorium of Music and Parliament House. We’ll stop superb view of the Harbour, and then continue east through Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Rose Bay. Following lunch, we return to the city arriving at your hotel approximately 3:00pm.
DAY TWO - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Private guided tour. Get an exclusive look 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. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns.
YACHT CRUISE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
Luxury yacht cruise on Sydney Harbour4 hour luxury cruise. Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational lunch cruise. A unique, luxury four hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard Ambiance - a 54 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a gourmet 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back, relax and do nothing at all.
DAY THREE - FULL DAY BLUE MOUNTAINS DIAMOND CHARTER
Private Tour. Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel to commence our private journey to the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. Head out of the city and reach Featherdale Wildlife Park before any other tourists, enjoying the exclusive VIP Breakfast with the Koalas. Continuing on, head up through the northern section of the Blue Mountains National Park, passing through the historic town of Hartley Vale, we search for kangaroos grazing in the pastoral areas.

Our lunch destination is in the heart of the Blue Mountains, where we relax to enjoy the delicious food. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Three Sisters and a walk through the rainforest, before heading down the southern section. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne or orange juice at Wentworth Falls to finish the day, before departing the national park and returning to the city.
DAY FOUR - SYDNEY TO ULURU/AYERS ROCK

Fly SYdney to Uluru (flights not included)

WELCOME TO THE RED CENTER!
The Red Center is more than the center or middle of Australia. 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.
SAILS IN THE DESERT HOTEL
1 night SUPERIOR ROOM
Slip into comfort and luxury right in the heart of the Central Australian Outback at Sails in the Desert Hotel.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER
Sounds of SilenceBe transported to a desert dune where you sip champagne and listen to haunting sounds of didgeridoo as you watch a magnificent sunset over Kata Tjuta. When the sun has finally set, lanterns are lit and dinner is served under the stars. After dinner view the heavens. The night sky is star studded, clearer and brighter than most city dwellers ever see. The resident astronomer will introduce guests to the magnificent constellations, stars and planets that make up the skies of the Southern Hemisphere.
DAY FIVE - ULURU HIGHLIGHTS
Early morning tour & outback picnic breakfast. As you travel towards Uluru its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutijulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort.

Includes National Park fee.

Fly Uluru to Adelaide (flights not included)

WELCOME TO ADELAIDE!
AdelaideAdelaide, South Australia's capital city, is renowned for its compact size and accessibility. Colonel William Light's vision in 1836 saw the city streets designed in a grid pattern surrounded by parklands.
INTERCONTINENTAL ADELAIDE

3 nights SUPERIOR ROOM
The hotel is situated in one of Adelaide’s most prominent locations in the heart of the city on the banks of the picturesque River Torrens.

DAY SIX - BAROSSA VALLEY WINE TOUR
Full Day Private Tour. This is a personally escorted journey that takes you into and behind the scenes of some of Australia’s finest vineyards. There will be visits to wineries with the opportunity to meet well-known wine identities. Lunch will be alfresco under the vines or at Vintners restaurant just out of Angaston. There will be selected winery visits after lunch before returning to Adelaide late afternoon.
DAY SEVEN - KANGAROO ISLAND PRIVATE CHARTER
Full day touring. Early morning flight from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. You will be met on Kangaroo Island by your guide for a basic orientation before departing on the tour in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Explore a red gum forest in the Cygnet River valley and seek out koalas sleeping in the forks of trees. Stretch your legs and take a walk through the habitat of Kangaroo Island kangaroos, tammar wallabies and endangered glossy black cockatoos. You will then break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring local seafood, fresh salads and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location. At Seal Bay Conservation Park, you will walk with your guide amongst Australian sea lions on a beautiful sandy beach... At the conclusion of your tour, you will transferred to Kingscote Airport to connect with your return flight to Adelaide.
DAY EIGHT - ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE

Fly Adelaide to Melbourne (flights not included)

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE!
MelbourneAustralia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse.
ESSENTIAL MELBOURNE EXPERIENCE
Private Touring & lunch. Truly a city like no other – an eclectic mix of cultures and history. Join us. Immerse yourself in ‘real’ Melbourne. Hear stories of the early indigenous history of Melbourne. Enjoy some indigenous artworks and learn more about how this remarkable history is reflected in modern day Melbourne. See how the discovery of gold in the 1850’s shaped our city.

Meet the faces behind the produce at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Many are true entertainers and have had their stalls passed down through generations. Your taste buds will be left tingling as you sample their wares. Take in the grandeur of Melbourne’s sporting precinct to help you truly understand this city’s obsession with Sport.
CROWN TOWERS
Crown Towers2 nights DELUXE ROOM
Beautifully located on the southern bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Crown Towers sets the benchmark for luxury hotels in Australia. Lavishly appointed and offering an impeccable standard of customer service and attention to detail, Crown Towers is a hotel that truly understands the meaning of opulence. All of Crown Towers’ 482 luxuriously appointed oversized guest rooms have spectacular views to the city or Port Phillip Bay and feature a truly unique level of comfort and finish.
DAY NINE - ALL INCLUSIVE LUXURIOUS PENGUIN PARADE TOUR
Private Tour. Take in the unrivalled natural beauty of Phillip Island as you greet your very own Phillip Island Nature Parks Ranger. Each Ranger has his/her passions and expertise so tours will vary. Visit the south coast middens to learn about the Island’s shipwrecks and the indigenous Bunurong people that called this region home for over 30,000 years. Explore Churchill Island, Victoria’s first European settlement.

Get up close and personal with our most iconic of marsupials at the Koala Conservation Centre, while immersing yourself in the Australian Bush. For dinner we invite you to dine on delicious local produce as you take in the panoramic ocean views. End an unforgettable day with one of the world’s great wildlife wonders. Enjoy the sunset return of the Little Penguins on The Ultimate Penguin Tour.
DAY TEN - MELBOURNE TO PORT DOUGLAS

Fly Melbourne to Cairns (flights not included). Then private transfer from Cairns to Port Douglas.

THALA BEACH NATURE RESERVE
3 nights JUNGLE WALK BUNGALOW
Thala Beach Lodge is located at the northern most headland of a mile of tranquil, private and unspoiled beach, which overlooks the beautiful Coral Sea and Cape Tribulation. The 5 star family-owned and operated Thala Beach Lodge has achieved the highest accreditation of eco certification through its sustainable practice and environmental sensitivity. Deluxe timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy providing a magical and unobtrusive relationship with the natural world.
DAY ELEVEN - GREAT BARRIER REEF
Full day Great Barrier Reef cruise. Today you’ll journey to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory or fly in a helicopter (additional cost) over the reef. Whatever you choose, this will be a day to remember!
DAY TWELVE - AT LEISURE

Spend the day on the beach, relaxing at Thala, or spend the day in Port Douglas.

DAY THIRTEEN - HOME

Early morning transfer back to Cairns to connect with your flight home. (Flights not included)

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Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

 
$ for travel through 01 April to 30 September 2016
$ for travel through 01 October 2016 to 31 March 2017

Price is per person based on 2 people traveling together

Independent travel - departs daily

Begins in Sydney, ends in Cairns

Subject to availability

Prices in USD based on today's exchange rates

Additional surcharges apply for travel during special events such as New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australian Open Tennis is Melbourne. Please call for details.

Currency data courtesy www.coinmill.com

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