Highlights of Australia

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Best time to go: January to April, July to December

14 Nights | from £4,270pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover multicultural Melbourne and sophisticated Adelaide with private guides
  • Hit the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's great drives
  • Watch the sun rise over the Red Centre
  • Snorkel with pristine coral and colourful fish on the outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore all of Sydney, from your harbourside bolthole to Bondi Beach


Day 1 to 2 - UK / Melbourne

Fly overnight from the UK to Australia.

Day 3 - Melbourne
Cosmopolitan, culture-rich, sport-mad Melbourne provides a warm Australian welcome after a long flight. After you've freshened up, head out on a private walking tour of 'Marvellous Melbourne' with Kenneth W Park, local historian, curator, entertainer and raconteur.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Day 4 - Melbourne / Great Ocean Road
Hit one of the world's most dramatic highways: the Great Ocean Road. Follow the wild coast, dotted with bays and shipwrecks, and stop to hike amid huge trees and wild koalas in the fringing rainforest. Head as far west as Port Campbell National Park to see the wave-crashed rock stacks of the Twelve Apostles before heading back to Melbourne for a night on the town.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Melbourne
Make the most of your last day here. You could cruise the cafes of the hip St Kilda neighbourhood or perhaps leave the city to explore the artsy communities on the nearby Mornington Peninsula or watch the little penguins waddle across Phillip Island.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Melbourne / Adelaide
A short flight west will take you to graceful Adelaide, capital of South Australia. A private guided tour will give you your bearings, leading you through the city centres wide streets, terraces and large leafy squares. Then explore independently, taking in a mix of Adelaide's churches, art galleries, farmers' markets and sophisticated bars.
InterContinental Adelaide | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Adelaide
Whatever your taste, Adelaide has a day-trip to suit. Wildlife lovers should head for Kangaroo Island, Australia's answer to the Galapagos: here you'll meet an overload of native animals and birds, from koalas and 'roos to seals and penguins. Alternatively, gourmands can sip and swill their way through the beautiful Barossa Valley, home to some of Australia's best wines.
InterContinental Adelaide | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Adelaide / Uluru
Fly from the Southern Ocean to the Red Centre for a close-up with Australia's most iconic natural site: Uluru. No matter how many photos you've seen, nothing prepares for the vision of this mighty blood-orange monolith rearing up from the endless desert.
Desert Gardens Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Uluru / Palm Cove
Rise before dawn to see one of nature's greatest spectacles: the sun rising on all the wonderful red-rock wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. From the best lookout, watch the colours intensify, explode and simmer as the day breaks on this breathtaking landscape. It certainly makes quite a spot for a morning picnic, and a striking contrast to your next stop: Cairns. Just a short flight north-east and you'll swap red sand for the lush green and glittering blues of northern Queensland at the pretty seaside village of Palm Cove.
Reef House Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
 
Day 10 - Palm Cove / Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef extends for 2,300km along Australia's east coast;today you'll head to the Outer Reef, to the protective lagoons on the reef's very edge, renowned for crystal-clear waters, pristine coral and some of the best snorkelling in the world.
Reef House Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
 
Day 11 - Palm Cove
Relax on the tree-lined sands of Palm Cove, looking for the resident wildlife (tree frogs, butterflies, rainbow lorikeets and cockatoos can all be seen). Or explore further afield: the rainforest runs into sea here, and it's easy to plan forays into the lush hills and gorges of Daintree National Park.
Reef House Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Palm Cove / Sydney
Fly down the east coast to end your Australian adventure in Sydney –arguably the world's most handsome city. The Park Royal Darling Harbour, your home for three nights, is ideal, placing you waterside, central and in heart of the action.
Park Royal Darling Harbour | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Sydney
Let a local expert guide you around the sites, from the historic Rocks (home to the city's first settlers) and Botanic Gardens to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Further out, the beautiful bays – Watson's, Tamarama, Bronte Beach – continue to unfurl all the way to famous Bondi, the place to relax with a coffee and watch the surf (and surfers) roll in. Peek into trendy Paddington, busy Oxford Street and colourful China Town too.
Park Royal Darling Harbour | Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Sydney
The city is yours to explore. Those with a head for heights might fancy climbing the Harbour Bridge;water-lovers could sea kayak or cruise the world-famous inlet instead. Beyond the city limits, the magnificent Blue Mountains offer enticing hikes though gigantic gum trees while the Hunter Valley serves up New South Wales' best wine-tasting.
Park Royal Darling Harbour | Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Sydney / UK
Say so long to Sydney as you head to the airport for your flight home.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 15 day suggested holiday will cost from £4,270 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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