20 Day fly tour from Heathrow
Explore Australia's breathtaking natural wonders and the attractive cities of Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
Perth - Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Sydney - Melbourne
Discover the highlights of Australia on this awe-inspiring 20-day tour, where you can journey to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, watch the sun set at Ayers Rock, be charmed by the penguin parade in Melbourne and soak up the sights in Sydney and Perth.
Day One - UK / Perth
Today you will depart on your scheduled flight to Australia.
Day Two & Three - Perth
You will arrive in the beautiful city of Perth in the early hours of day 3. You will stay here for a further two nights.
Day Four - Perth
Experience has shown us that our clients appreciate the opportunity to relax and rest after their flight, so we have allowed plenty of time for this.
You will also have the opportunity to explore the delightful surroundings of Perth, the ideal first stop for our Australian extravaganza. This wonderful city, with its neighbouring port of Fremantle, is one of the most envied locations in the world in which to live. The golden beaches, superb restaurants, lush green parks, stunning broad expanses of the Swan River and lovely warm climate give the visitor a fine introduction to the relaxed, contented lifestyle of modern-day Australia.
A half-day sightseeing tour is included during your stay.
Day Five - Alice Springs
Late this morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Alice Springs. You will arrive in Alice Springs early this evening, where two nights’ accommodation has been arranged for you. Alice Springs is situated amid a vast area of natural springs and shimmering red desert.
This evening we include a bush BBQ experience, where you can try your hand at throwing a boomerang and gaze at the stars in the night sky.
Day Six - Alice Springs
Today we include a half-day sightseeing tour, showing you the famous flying doctor base, the old telegraph station and the School of the Air (subject to opening times) where children are educated over the wireless.
This afternoon you can join our optional excursion to the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Day Seven - Ayers Rock
You will travel through the heart of Australia, stopping en route at a camel farm, where you may take a camel ride if you wish. Uluru (Ayers Rock), situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, is one of the world’s most remarkable sights. This gigantic sandstone monolith remains the property of the Anangu tribe of the Northern Territory. The rock is two miles long, 1,000ft high and measures six miles around the base. It changes colour dramatically with the light and is a wondrous sight at sunrise and sunset. You will be at Uluru (Ayers Rock) for both of these moments, with a sunset visit included today.
Day Eight - Ayers Rock & Cairns
You have an early start today for your visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for sunrise. As well as this spectacular sight, you will also tour the base to see the caves. An excursion will be made to the mysterious Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a nearby range of 28 spectacular rock domes.
Your journey continues with a flight to Cairns, a lively seaside resort situated on the Great Barrier Reef, where you will stay for four nights.
Day Nine - Cairns
Join us on today’s included excursion, an exciting trip by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Described as the world’s largest living thing, the eighth wonder of the world and the marine equivalent of Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef is a stupendous 1,400-mile wonderland of beautiful coral and colourful marine life, studded with unspoilt tropical islands.
You will journey right to the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, where you can don a snorkel, take to the water and marvel at the amazing world that stretches beneath you. Enjoy lunch on board, then you can visit an underwater observatory, take a cruise in a semi-submersible submarine, or just relax on the sundeck with a drink - the choice is yours.
Day 10 & 11 - Cairns
Now that you are halfway through your tour you’ll probably appreciate some time to relax and soak up the glorious sunshine. Cairns enjoys an idyllic location, sandwiched between the deep blue ocean and lush green tropical forests. If you’re after adventure, there are plenty of optional excursions available here. The most popular is a ride on the Kuranda Railway, which is widely regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys. The track burrows through 15 tunnels and traverses 40 bridges as it clings to the rockface along a narrow coastal strip.
Day 12 - Sydney
You will leave Cairns early this morning and fly to Sydney, where you will stay for four nights. Sydney is Australia’s biggest city, although the centre is surprisingly compact and can be explored easily on foot. The world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House dominate the vast and picturesque harbour.
Day 13-15 - Sydney
On the morning of day 13 we include a sightseeing tour which will introduce you to such highlights as Bondi Beach, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – a rock cut into the shape of a bench which offers one of the best vantage points in the city.
Enjoy the rest of your time in Sydney at leisure soaking up the exciting atmosphere and sheer beauty of Australia’s premier city. You’ll find an excellent choice of optional excursions, including a drive to the Blue Mountains and the wildlife park where you will see koalas, possums, wombats and kangaroos.
Day 16 - Melbourne
This morning we travel to Melbourne for a three-night stay. This afternoon we include a city sightseeing tour with highlights including Captain Cook’s cottage and the old gaol where the notorious outlaw Ned Kelly was executed. Sports fans will know Melbourne as the home of Australian Rules Football, the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cup. It is also home to some of the finest restaurants in Australia.
Day 17 & 18 - Melbourne
See the sights of Melbourne at your own pace today. This afternoon you may choose to join our optional excursion to Phillip Island, where you can view the remarkable penguin parade – a charming sight of hundreds of these creatures emerging from the sea and waddling across the beach to their sand dune burrows.
Day 19 - Melbourne / UK
Enjoy a free morning before you transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to the UK.
Day 20 - Home
Arrive in the UK.
Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Qantas Airways or similar scheduled airline and internal flights
Overseas transfers and other transportation
17 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis plus 1 lunch and 1 dinner and 2 nights in flight
The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
Tour of Perth, located on the Indian Ocean
Tour of the Outback town of Alice Springs
Experience a real Aussie bush BBQ
Sunset and sunrise visits to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Catamaran cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, including lunch
Sydney’s iconic sights such as the famed Harbour Bridge
Discover stylish and cosmopolitan Melbourne
Australia Touring Hotels
Hotels on Land
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Day 2 - 4: Travelodge, Perth
The 4-star Travelodge Hotel Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, and enjoys a picturesque setting in the centre of the city, with access to major Perth attractions, entertainment venues, shopping and dining, Kings Park and the Swan River. Rooms have en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, tea & coffee making facilities, and hairdryer.
Day 5 - 6: Double Tree by Hilton, Alice Springs
Experience eco-friendly luxury and enjoy stunning views of the majestic MacDonnell Mountain Ranges when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs. Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the hotel is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown. Enjoy easy access to many businesses, government offices and attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Desert Park and Anzac Hill. Ideal for both corporate and leisure guests, this Alice Springs hotel offers fantastic business and recreational facilities and friendly service from our dedicated staff. We will even welcome you with a signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie when you check in.
Day 7: Outback Pioneer Hotel, Ayers Rock
The 3.5-star Outback Pioneer Hotel in Ayers Rock is a welcoming hotel with friendly service and relaxed surroundings.
Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, bar and a choice of restaurants. Bedrooms have private facilities, minibar and TV.
Day 8 - 11: Cairns Queenslander Hotel, Cairns
The 3.5-star Cairns Queenslander Hotel is located in Cairns, in reach of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest.
Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
Day 12 - 15: Holiday Inn Old Sydney
Perfectly located for the best of Sydney's attractions, the 4-star Holiday Inn Old Sydney effortlessly combines new and old world charm right in the historic Rocks district. The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, where you can eat in restaurants located in some the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. Set only a street back from Sydney Harbour, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is just a short stroll from the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and hence ideally located for an unforgettable experience. Circular Quay is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel, and you can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour to view local and exotic wildlife at Taronga Zoo or over to Manly beach. Native plants are on show at the 30- hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, located 300 metres away and stylish boutiques in the surrounding cosmopolitan Rocks precinct. Climb the outer arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, metres away, for stunning views across the city. Wireless Internet is available from your guest room, our Lobby Lounge Bar and the rooftop terrace. They say a picture paints a thousand words and, by day or night, it is one of the hotels in Sydney city with the most magnificent views of the world’s most beautiful harbour, Sydney Harbour. Each of the modern guestrooms come equipped with a choice of soft & firm pillows, flat screen TVs, mini fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, high speed internet access and comfortable ensuite facilities with dual pressure showerhead. Enjoy spectacular views to Sydney Harbour or an outlook onto the historic Rocks from the comfort of your room.
Day 16 - 18: Best Western Travel Inn, Melbourne
The 3.5-star Best Western Travel Inn in Melbourne is a comfortable hotel located in the Italian district of Carlton, just outside central Melbourne. The hotel is within easy reach of the city's main attractions, and there is a choice of local restaurants, bars and cafes close by. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.