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Inspiring Australia

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Adventure across Australia on this 13-day guided tour.

Inspiring Australia

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Adventure across Australia on this 13-day guided tour. Just outside of Cairns, explore the tropical rainforest of Daintree National Park with a Local Expert, who will teach you about the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people who live there. Fly to Uluru, where a guide will lead you through the Walpa Gorge and past its red, rocky domes. Later, watch as 50,000 solar powered lights illuminate the desert during its Field of Light display by Artist Bruce Munro. See Alice Springs your way: visit the School of the Air to learn about the technology used to teach children, or the Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Service, which helps to save lives in the Outback. Cruise the Sydney Harbor, then go inside its famous Opera House for a VIP tour. Celebrate your incredible trip with dinner at Bennelong Restaurant, set inside the opera house’s iconic sails.

highlights

Dining Summary
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 6 Lunch (L)
Choice Highlights
    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Great Barrier Reef: Dive into one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef and one of the most complex ecosystems we have. See incredible aquatic life beneath the surface as you swim.
  • Kuranda: Board your SkyRail cable car to ascend through rainforest to reach the mountain village of Kuranda. Take time to explore the vibrant local markets before returning to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Alice Springs: Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and learn how this non-profit organization is saving lives in the outback.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the School of the Air and learn about the technology used to teach children in these remote areas.
Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travel Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary airport transfers are included on start and end dates, on Days 4 and 8 for your internal-holiday flights, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travelers that arrive on the same flight.
Exceptional Dining
  • Palm Cove: Savor a meal made from the finest quality local seasonal ingredients at this award-winning restaurant. Relax in the tropical setting with a glass of wine as you overlook the stunning crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea while nestled beneath Melaleuca trees.
  • Uluru: Experience the magic of this powerful place as the sun sets and darkness cloaks the land. The soulful sound of the digeridoo plays as you feast on fine local cuisine during the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.
  • Curtin Springs: Be welcomed by the Severin family, who have lived on this land for several generations, at their ranch. Experience a lively barbecue lunch near the 4,000 head of cattle who roam the land and hear from the locals about what life is like in the unforgiving Outback.
  • Alice Springs: Dine in the wilderness of the Outback at an authentic Bush BBQ as you feast under the stars.
  • Hunter Valley: Discover the bouquets of one of Australia's most famous wine regions. Arrive to a private wine tasting at a boutique winery, where you can sample the wines that grow here, then enjoy an exquisite tasting lunch with your fellow travelers.
Journey Highlights
  • Daintree Rainforest: Join your Local Expert for an insightful exploration in the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. Learn about the close relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with the land here, which they've been connected to for thousands of years. The experience reduces inequalities for indigenous people & preserves local traditions, protects natural culturally sensitive sites and promotes cultural vibrancy. This experience creates employment opportunities for local Kuku Yalanji people who are proud to share and preserve their land and culture.
  • Kata Tjuta: Join your Travel Concierge for a guided walk through the sacred Walpa Gorge, which is a refuge from the hot desert sun for a variety of flora and fauna. Admire the change in color on the gorge walls and spot the odd wallaby.
  • Uluru: Arrive at the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in the afternoon in time to see the sun slipping behind the majestic rock. See the vibrant colors of the landscape lit up as you sip on sparkling wine.
  • Uluru: Watch the sunrise over Uluru as you are enchanted by the magical 'Field of Light' art installation by Artist Bruce Munro.
  • Uluru: Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home to the Anangu’s wanampi, an ancestral water snake.
  • Uluru: Learn about the strong connection shared over millennia between the Anangu and this ancient land on a visit to the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center.
  • Uluru: Watch as the sun rises behind the majestic Uluṟu and it is cast in glowing red hues. The rest of the morning is yours to enjoy at leisure, basking in the warm sun of this remote stretch of sacred land.
  • Curtin Springs: Visit Curtin Springs Station and learn about the legacy of the Severin family and their wrangling heritage.
  • Rise with the sun and embark on a vigorous 6-kilometer Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Ascend the canyon for awe-inspiring views from Cotterill's Lookout and marvel at the many sandstone domes, naturally created in weird and wonderful shapes.
  • Hunter Valley: Marvel at the vastness of untouched landscape on your journey northwards to the Hunter Valley. After miles of pristine natural terrain, the neat rows of vineyards will appear, whetting your appetite for what's to come.
  • Sydney: Step on board a luxurious cruiser and sail around the glistening Sydney harbor while you savor a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines.
Luxury Hotels
  • Uluru: Situated in the heart of Australia’s Red Center, the five-star Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort is a beautiful oasis amid the raw beauty of the Outback. It comes with a wellness spa, swimming-pool, gourmet restaurants and an impressive collection of indigenous artworks.
Personalize your day
  • Great Barrier Reef: Dive into one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef and one of the most complex ecosystems we have. See incredible aquatic life beneath the surface as you swim.
  • Kuranda: Board your SkyRail cable car to ascend through rainforest to reach the mountain village of Kuranda. Take time to explore the vibrant local markets before returning to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and learn how this non-profit organization is saving lives in the outback.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the School of the Air and learn about the technology used to teach children in these remote areas.
VIP Experiences
  • Sydney: Embark on a behind the scenes VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House and uncover its intriguing secrets. Afterward, enjoy an unforgettable Celebration Dinner at creative chef Peter Gilmore's Bennelong restaurant, set in the building's iconic sails.
Well-being
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Concierges and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Highlights

Dining Summary
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 6 Lunch (L)
Choice Highlights
    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Great Barrier Reef: Dive into one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef and one of the most complex ecosystems we have. See incredible aquatic life beneath the surface as you swim.
  • Kuranda: Board your SkyRail cable car to ascend through rainforest to reach the mountain village of Kuranda. Take time to explore the vibrant local markets before returning to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Alice Springs: Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and learn how this non-profit organization is saving lives in the outback.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the School of the Air and learn about the technology used to teach children in these remote areas.
Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travel Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary airport transfers are included on start and end dates, on Days 4 and 8 for your internal-holiday flights, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travelers that arrive on the same flight.
Exceptional Dining
  • Palm Cove: Savor a meal made from the finest quality local seasonal ingredients at this award-winning restaurant. Relax in the tropical setting with a glass of wine as you overlook the stunning crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea while nestled beneath Melaleuca trees.
  • Uluru: Experience the magic of this powerful place as the sun sets and darkness cloaks the land. The soulful sound of the digeridoo plays as you feast on fine local cuisine during the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.
  • Curtin Springs: Be welcomed by the Severin family, who have lived on this land for several generations, at their ranch. Experience a lively barbecue lunch near the 4,000 head of cattle who roam the land and hear from the locals about what life is like in the unforgiving Outback.
  • Alice Springs: Dine in the wilderness of the Outback at an authentic Bush BBQ as you feast under the stars.
  • Hunter Valley: Discover the bouquets of one of Australia's most famous wine regions. Arrive to a private wine tasting at a boutique winery, where you can sample the wines that grow here, then enjoy an exquisite tasting lunch with your fellow travelers.
Journey Highlights
  • Daintree Rainforest: Join your Local Expert for an insightful exploration in the oldest tropical rainforest on earth. Learn about the close relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with the land here, which they've been connected to for thousands of years. The experience reduces inequalities for indigenous people & preserves local traditions, protects natural culturally sensitive sites and promotes cultural vibrancy. This experience creates employment opportunities for local Kuku Yalanji people who are proud to share and preserve their land and culture.
  • Kata Tjuta: Join your Travel Concierge for a guided walk through the sacred Walpa Gorge, which is a refuge from the hot desert sun for a variety of flora and fauna. Admire the change in color on the gorge walls and spot the odd wallaby.
  • Uluru: Arrive at the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in the afternoon in time to see the sun slipping behind the majestic rock. See the vibrant colors of the landscape lit up as you sip on sparkling wine.
  • Uluru: Watch the sunrise over Uluru as you are enchanted by the magical 'Field of Light' art installation by Artist Bruce Munro.
  • Uluru: Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, home to the Anangu’s wanampi, an ancestral water snake.
  • Uluru: Learn about the strong connection shared over millennia between the Anangu and this ancient land on a visit to the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center.
  • Uluru: Watch as the sun rises behind the majestic Uluṟu and it is cast in glowing red hues. The rest of the morning is yours to enjoy at leisure, basking in the warm sun of this remote stretch of sacred land.
  • Curtin Springs: Visit Curtin Springs Station and learn about the legacy of the Severin family and their wrangling heritage.
  • Rise with the sun and embark on a vigorous 6-kilometer Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Ascend the canyon for awe-inspiring views from Cotterill's Lookout and marvel at the many sandstone domes, naturally created in weird and wonderful shapes.
  • Hunter Valley: Marvel at the vastness of untouched landscape on your journey northwards to the Hunter Valley. After miles of pristine natural terrain, the neat rows of vineyards will appear, whetting your appetite for what's to come.
  • Sydney: Step on board a luxurious cruiser and sail around the glistening Sydney harbor while you savor a delicious lunch with a strong focus on local produce and wines.
Luxury Hotels
  • Uluru: Situated in the heart of Australia’s Red Center, the five-star Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort is a beautiful oasis amid the raw beauty of the Outback. It comes with a wellness spa, swimming-pool, gourmet restaurants and an impressive collection of indigenous artworks.
Personalize your day
  • Great Barrier Reef: Dive into one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef and one of the most complex ecosystems we have. See incredible aquatic life beneath the surface as you swim.
  • Kuranda: Board your SkyRail cable car to ascend through rainforest to reach the mountain village of Kuranda. Take time to explore the vibrant local markets before returning to Cairns via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and learn how this non-profit organization is saving lives in the outback.
  • Alice Springs: Visit the School of the Air and learn about the technology used to teach children in these remote areas.
VIP Experiences
  • Sydney: Embark on a behind the scenes VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House and uncover its intriguing secrets. Afterward, enjoy an unforgettable Celebration Dinner at creative chef Peter Gilmore's Bennelong restaurant, set in the building's iconic sails.
Well-being
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Concierges and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Adventure across Australia on this 13-day guided tour. Just outside of Cairns, explore the tropical rainforest of Daintree National Park with a Local Expert, who will teach you about the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people who live there. Fly to Uluru, where a guide will lead you through the Walpa Gorge and past its red, rocky domes. Later, watch as 50,000 solar powered lights illuminate the desert during its Field of Light display by Artist Bruce Munro. See Alice Springs your way: visit the School of the Air to learn about the technology used to teach children, or the Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Service, which helps to save lives in the Outback. Cruise the Sydney Harbor, then go inside its famous Opera House for a VIP tour. Celebrate your incredible trip with dinner at Bennelong Restaurant, set inside the opera house’s iconic sails.

Trip details

Trip Type: Group Tour

Comfort: Deluxe

Travel Styles: Family, 55+, Luxury

Starts: Cairns, Australia

Finishes: Sydney, Australia

Duration: 13 days

Includes

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

ITINERARY

1Day 1: Welcome to Cairns

Meet your Travel Concierge for a Welcome Dinner at the Reef House Restaurant, where you will enjoy a meal made from seasonal ingredients as you overlook the crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Dinner

2Day 2: The Ancient Daintree Rainforest and Indigenous Culture

Join your Local Expert for a fascinating exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Site Daintree National Park and learn about the relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with their land. Enjoy lunch in the quaint Daintree village.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

3Day 3: Cairns Natural Wonders

Choose to cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef immersed in the kaleidoscope of colors. Or, take in the local culture visiting the vibrant Kuranda village.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

4Day 4: Into the Outback

Discover the domes of Kata Tjuṯa, and join your Travel Concierge for a guided walk deep through whistling Walpa Gorge. Tonight, delight your senses over sparkling wine, appetizers and a multi-colored sunset at Uluru, an icon of Australia.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluṟu.
Meals: Breakfast

5Day 5: Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa

Greet the dawn as renowned Artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light art installation of colored glass spheres light up Uluṟu. Embrace the ancient stories of the Anangu people before visiting the Mutitjulu Waterhole and enjoying a three-course The Sounds of Silence Dinner.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluṟu.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

6Day 6: Spectacular Sunrise

Witness a mesmerizing sunrise over Uluru before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Travel towards Kings Canyon, stopping Curtin Springs Station. Learn about the legacy of the Severin family and their wrangling heritage and then kick back in true Aussie style at a barbecue lunch. Continue to your destination, Kings Canyon Resort.

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7Day 7: Desert and Canyons

Take a sunrise walk through Kings Canyon to the domed Lost City and Garden of Eden watering hole or stroll the Canyon Creek Bed. In Alice Springs, join host Danny for stories and songs while feasting on barbecue around a campfire.

Accommodation: Alice Springs Lasseters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

8Day 8: Alice Springs to Sydney

Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility to learn how they save lives in the Outback. Or, head to the School of the Air to see how technology is used to educate in this remote area. Later, take a flight to Sydney.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast

9Day 9: Sydney Included Choice & Hunter Valley

Enjoy a Sydney sightseeing tour including seeing the famed Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Customize your day and join an Aboriginal guide for a 90-minute leisurely walkabout through the Rocks District. Or say ‘cheers’ to your local guide on a historic walking tour of some of Sydney’s oldest pubs.

Accommodation: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

10Day 10: Hunter Valley Wine Region

Spend the day exploring the amazing Hunter Valley Wine Region. Indulge in exclusive private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional tasting lunch. There will be time to explore cellar doors, a cheese shop, chocolatier, and more before spending the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

11Day 11: Sydney Harbor Lunch Cruise

Return to Sydney to explore its harbor on a lunch cruise. Pass iconic sights, including the Sydney Opera House and harbor Bridge.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

12Day 12: Sydney at Leisure Relaxed Start

Wake up to a day at leisure in the harbor city of Sydney. You may choose to climb the Sydney harbor Bridge or take the ferry to Manly Beach. Late afternoon, join a VIP guided tour of the Sydney Opera House before a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong restaurant.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

13Day 13: Farewell Sydney

After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns
Meet your Travel Concierge for a Welcome Dinner at the Reef House Restaurant, where you will enjoy a meal made from seasonal ingredients as you overlook the crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: The Ancient Daintree Rainforest and Indigenous Culture
Join your Local Expert for a fascinating exploration of UNESCO World Heritage Site Daintree National Park and learn about the relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with their land. Enjoy lunch in the quaint Daintree village.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Cairns Natural Wonders
Choose to cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef immersed in the kaleidoscope of colors. Or, take in the local culture visiting the vibrant Kuranda village.

Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove, Cairns.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Into the Outback
Discover the domes of Kata Tjuṯa, and join your Travel Concierge for a guided walk deep through whistling Walpa Gorge. Tonight, delight your senses over sparkling wine, appetizers and a multi-colored sunset at Uluru, an icon of Australia.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluṟu.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa
Greet the dawn as renowned Artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light art installation of colored glass spheres light up Uluṟu. Embrace the ancient stories of the Anangu people before visiting the Mutitjulu Waterhole and enjoying a three-course The Sounds of Silence Dinner.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluṟu.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Spectacular Sunrise
Witness a mesmerizing sunrise over Uluru before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Travel towards Kings Canyon, stopping Curtin Springs Station. Learn about the legacy of the Severin family and their wrangling heritage and then kick back in true Aussie style at a barbecue lunch. Continue to your destination, Kings Canyon Resort.

Accommodation: Kings Canyon Resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Desert and Canyons
Take a sunrise walk through Kings Canyon to the domed Lost City and Garden of Eden watering hole or stroll the Canyon Creek Bed. In Alice Springs, join host Danny for stories and songs while feasting on barbecue around a campfire.

Accommodation: Alice Springs Lasseters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Alice Springs to Sydney
Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility to learn how they save lives in the Outback. Or, head to the School of the Air to see how technology is used to educate in this remote area. Later, take a flight to Sydney.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Sydney Included Choice & Hunter Valley
Enjoy a Sydney sightseeing tour including seeing the famed Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Customize your day and join an Aboriginal guide for a 90-minute leisurely walkabout through the Rocks District. Or say ‘cheers’ to your local guide on a historic walking tour of some of Sydney’s oldest pubs.

Accommodation: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Hunter Valley Wine Region
Spend the day exploring the amazing Hunter Valley Wine Region. Indulge in exclusive private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional tasting lunch. There will be time to explore cellar doors, a cheese shop, chocolatier, and more before spending the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Sydney Harbor Lunch Cruise
Return to Sydney to explore its harbor on a lunch cruise. Pass iconic sights, including the Sydney Opera House and harbor Bridge.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Sydney at Leisure Relaxed Start
Wake up to a day at leisure in the harbor city of Sydney. You may choose to climb the Sydney harbor Bridge or take the ferry to Manly Beach. Late afternoon, join a VIP guided tour of the Sydney Opera House before a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong restaurant.

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Farewell Sydney
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

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