Australian Open, the Red Center and the Top End

11 days from $2,395

See Melbourne, the Australian Open, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Outback, Darwin and the Kakadu & Nitmiluk National Parks

The Deal

Highlights

This vacation package includes:
  • Accommodation for 10 nights in Melbourne (4), Uluru/Ayers Rock (2), Alice Springs (1) and Darwin (3)
  • Tickets to the Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena
  • Uluru/Ayers Rock touring & BBQ dinner
  • Kata Tjuta Cultural center and sunset tour
  • Tour to Kings Canyon
  • Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls tour including lunch
  • Kakadu National Park tour including lunch & cruise on Yellow Water Billabong
  • Airport transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan

 

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE - WELCOME TO MELBOURNE!

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts.

You'll stay 4 nights at Batman's Hill on Collins is located in the heart of Melbourne and is superbly positioned, opposite Southern Cross Rail Station.

DAY TWO - AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Tickets to the morning & afternoon matches in the Rod Laver Arena - Category 3 Seating

The eyes of the sporting world turn to Melbourne in January as the world’s best players battle it out for the first Grand Slam® title of the year. We are the Official International Tour Operator for the Australian Open Tennis held in Melbourne each January. Be there for the angst, excitement, grace and intensity as more than 500 athletes push each other to the limits in their quest to conquer and walk away with the crown. Summer in Australia IS tennis! Even if you are not big tennis fans, it really is a lot of fun with concerts, entertainment, bars and restaurants to enjoy!

DAY THREE - AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Tickets to the morning & afternoon matches in the Rod Laver Arena - Category 3 Seating

DAY FOUR - AT LEISURE

Enjoy Melbourne! Australia’s second-largest city is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River.
 

DAY FIVE - WELCOME TO THE RED CENTER!

This morning you'll be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. (Flight not included.) 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.

This evening view sunset and the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying complimentary wine. Travel to our exclusive venue to enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting). Overnight at the Outback Pioneer Hotel 2 nights.

DAY SIX - 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 to Kata Tjuta and enjoy a walk through the domes to the Valley of the Winds.  This afternoon you will travel to the base of Uluru where you will meet your Indigenous Guide. Watch the sunset and witness to the majestic presence and many shades of color for which Uluru is famous. Enjoy our delicious award-winning barbecue dinner and stargazing (weather permitting).

DAY SEVEN - KINGS CANYON TO ALICE SPRINGS

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. This afternoon travel on to Alice Springs. Stay 1 night at Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis.

DAY EIGHT - ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN

This morning fly to Darwin (flights not included). Darwin is the gateway to the tropical Northern Territory - the Top End. The city houses many galleries and museums, including many Aboriginal collections.

You'll stay 3 nights at the Novotel Darwin hotel - a short stroll to the dining and entertainment precinct of Mitchell Street. Novotel Atrium features a magnificent tropical indoor rainforest, complete with cascading vines, palm trees, and the soothing sound of running water.

DAY NINE - 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. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurists and nature lovers alike. Throughout the park you’ll see original Aboriginal rock art that expresses in images this very deep spiritual culture.

DAY TEN - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TOUR

This morning travel on the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park. At Nourlangie Rock your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong and search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of bird life.

DAY ELEVEN - FLY HOME

This morning you'll be transfered to Darwin Airport for your flight home (flights not included).

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

$2,395 for travel starting 14 January and tickets to 4 sessions of 1st Round matches
$2,495 for travel starting 16 January and tickets to 4 sessions of 2nd Round matches
$2,855 for travel from 18 January and tickets to either 4 sessions of the 3rd or 4th Round or Quarterfinal matches
$2,955 for travel starting 24 January and tickets to the Semifinal matches
$2,955 for travel starting 26 January and tickets to the Women's and Men's Final matches

Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together

Category 3 Reserve seating in the Rod Laver Arena

Upgrade to Category 2, 1 or even Courtside Seating

For travel January/February 2018

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's foreign exchange rate

Starts in Melbourne, ends in Darwin

Land only - does not include airfares

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