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Best of Australia: Holiday of a Lifetime

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13 Days
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Experience the highlights of Australia under two weeks on our fully escorted Holidays of a Lifetime. Visit major urban centres such as Sydney with its harbour and opera house, Melbourne and Adelaide. Get into the Outback with visits to Ayers Rock and Alice springs. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.


Australia offers a wide variety of scenery, cultural variations and local attractions. The tour starts in Cairns situated on the Great Barrier Reef where sightseeing activities include a trip to a coral island, a miniature train ride into the neighbouring mountains and the opportunity to meet Goway’s “adopted” koala bears. Next fly to Sydney with its beautiful harbour and Opera House.  A flight to the Outback brings you to Ayers Rock in the heart of the Australian desert, the sacred site for Aboriginals. Next is an overland journey to Alice Springs, home of the Flying Doctors. Here you have a choice to take the upscale Ghan overnight train to Adelaide or fly directly to Adelaide. Enjoy Adelaide sightseeing including a visit to the National Wine Centre and touring in the lovely Adelaide Hills.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,899

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

Welcome to the island continent of Australia! On arrival in Sydney, Australia's largest city, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Sydney, Australia's gateway city and the capital of New South Wales, is a vibrant city of unsurpassed style and variety. Established in 1788 as a convict settlement, Sydney has grown from these humble beginnings to become Australia's biggest, oldest and liveliest city and one of the great international cities of the world. Today, over 5 million people live in Sydney and its suburbs. Sydney is built around one of the largest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Miles of surfing beaches stretch north and south of the city on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

The most famous of Sydney's landmarks are the Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Opera House with its graceful 'sails' - the centre of Sydney's cultural activities. Combined with a sunny climate and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, Sydney is a magnet for the best the world has to offer.

We will have a Welcome to Australia dinner at Lady Fairfax Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in a special private room

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and ...

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Sydney Sightseeing

After a relaxing breakfast this morning at our hotel, we head out of downtown Sydney via the historic Rocks area and through the suburb of Paddington known for its turn-of-the century terraced houses before arriving at Sydney’s famous surfing mecca, Bondi Beach. Here we will enjoy a lifesaving demonstration followed by morning tea. Later, we return to the city following the scenic route through Watson Bay and Rose Bay before arriving at the Sydney Opera House for a ‘Tasting Plate’ light lunch before a guided walking tour. At completion of the tour, we will return to our hotel and have free time until the late afternoon.

Enjoy some free time and early this evening, we will transfer to the King Street Wharf in Darling Harbour where we will join Captain Cook's Sunset Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour. Relax and enjoy the sights of Sydney's foreshore suburbs and the upper and lower reaches of Sydney Harbour while enjoying a unique dining experience. At the end of the cruise, transfer back to the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel for a free evening.

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Day 3

Blue Mountains

A full day tour today takes us to the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. On arrival into the small town of Leura, we will visit the Tea Pot Museum and have morning tea. Afterwards, visit Scenic World and enjoy rides on the Skyway - a glass bottomed aerial cable car, the Scenic Cableway - the steepest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere and the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world followed by a short walk through the Cold Mountain Rainforest. We then stop for a two course lunch after which we head to one of the lookout points to experience the full beauty of the Blue Mountains.  The views from the park’s lookouts are magnificent; we will look out over hazy blue forests, waterfalls and interesting rock formations.  We return to Sydney in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Fly Sydney to Cairns

This morning we transfer to Sydney Airport for the flight to Cairns (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately). Cairns is a modern, vibrant city and the unofficial capital of tropical North Queensland. Not only is the city the gateway to two amazing natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park, it is also connected to a strong Aboriginal Culture and historical links to WW II and the battles for the Pacific. On arrival there will free time to explore Cairns until your room is ready for check in. This evening we are transferred to the Tjapukai by Night and you are taken you on a magical adventure in to the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival before the performers lead a didgeridoo blessing ceremony followed by a spectacular fire performance and cultural dance celebration. If you are keen, you can even take to the stage to learn a traditional dance yourself! This evening of entertainment is complemented by a delicious dinner, photo opportunity with the Tjapukai warriors & even time to shop in the retail gallery full of authentic souvenirs.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Hilton Cairns

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    Hilton Cairns



    Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant ...

    Boasting an absolute waterfront location, the Hilton Cairns Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the diverse wonders of this unique region. Hilton Cairns is situated 10 minutes from Cairns International Airport and walking distance to the Reef Fleet terminal, shopping and restaurant precincts.

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    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Full Day Kuranda Rail/Rainforestation Tour

After breakfast, we board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for one of the most spectacular journeys in Australia. We will enjoy "Royale Champagne Service" as the train slowly winds its way up the epic pioneer track with every turn revealing a new panorama - sugar plantations, Barron Falls and Stoney Creek Falls. Our Royale service includes champagne and orange juice which we can sip while we listen to the informative commentary as the majesty of this area unfolds.

On arrival into Kuranda Station - a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers - we meet up with our coach driver for the short transfer to Kuranda Village, where we will have some free time to browse around the quaint township before enjoying lunch at Frog’s Restaurant. After lunch, we head to our next adventure at Rainforestation.

Our visit includes the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers who perform in the Rainforest Amphitheatre, a guided Dreamtime Walk, a boomerang throwing demonstration and an exciting ride on an amphibious army duck for an informative tour through the rainforest. Later we will also have the opportunity to visit the native animal enclosure to meet "Matilda", "Walter" and "Kiah" - three koalas who are proudly sponsored by Goway Travel. From Rainforestation, we take our coach back down to Cairns arriving at approximately 5.00pm.

Tonight enjoy a sumptuous seafood buffet dinner poolside at the hotel or if the weather is not co-operating a delicious 3 course dinner indoors.

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Day 6

Full Day Green Island and Great Barrier Reef

Another great day today as we board our Great Adventures catamaran for our Great Barrier Reef experience. Details of your chosen option - Green Island or Outer Reef Excursion -- are outlined below.

Green Island/Outer Reef Option:
Depart Cairns at 8:30am on Great Adventures fast catamaran for the short trip to Green Island, a true coral cay. On arrival, you have 2 hours free time to explore the island. The island is perfect for strolling through cool rainforest, lazing on white coral sands, swimming or snorkeling on the surrounding coral reef or relaxing around the resort's pool. From Green Island, you re-board the catamaran and head to Great Adventure's 3-level pontoon on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The pontoon features undercover seating and tables where you will enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. The pontoon also has a large sundeck, full bar facilities, an underwater observatory, and a semi-submersible coral viewing tour. You will be able to snorkel or dive (surcharge applies for diving) among the reef's spectacular coral gardens and beautiful marine life. Return to Cairns at approximately 5:30 pm.

Green Island Only Option:
Depart Cairns at 8:30am on Great Adventures fast catamaran for the short trip to Green Island, a true coral cay. On arrival, you have the rest of the day to explore the island. The island is perfect for strolling through cool rainforest, lazing on white coral sands, swimming or snorkeling on the surrounding coral reef or relaxing around the resort's pool. While on the island, your snorkeling equipment and an excursion on a glass-bottom boat are included. A delicious buffet lunch is also included in the island's resort restaurant. Return to Cairns at 2:30pm or you can choose to stay until 4.30pm. 

For both options we strongly recommend you take a hat, swimsuit and plenty of sunscreen lotion. This evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Fly Cairns to Ayers Rock

A box breakfast is arranged by the hotel due to an early flight this morning. This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately) to the "Red Centre" of Australia and Ayers Rock. Upon arrival into Ayers Rock Airport, our coach will be waiting to transfer us to the hotel and then out to the Olgas also known in the Aboriginal language as "Kata Tjuta" translated as "many heads." The Olgas are a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks, located 32km to the west of Ayers Rock. Each of the 36 domes has a story in mythology and is of significance to the Aboriginal Dreamtime (legends).

There is a stop at the Cultural Centre for lunch (at own expense).

We have time to freshen up at our hotel before being transferred to the site of the amazing Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience. This evening we will absorb the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo and dine, al fresco, on true outback cuisine whilst witnessing the sunset. After a feast of Northern Territory delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads, and classic Australian desserts, we will then be treated to some of the world's best stargazing before returning to our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock ...

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

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    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Ayers Rock to Alice Springs

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we check out of the hotel and embark on our Base Tour of Ayers Rock. The Rock has become one of the symbols of Australia that is recognized everywhere in the world. Nothing can give a sense of its size except standing beneath the towering 348 meters wall of rock.

As we tour the Rock's base with our knowledgeable driver/guide, we will fully appreciate not only its size but also the way it appears to continually change. From one angle it looks almost like a huge box; from another, it sprawls elegantly across the plain. We then journey to Alice Springs via the Lasseter and Stuart Highways. Places of interest along the way include Curtin Springs Station and Roadhouse, one of the largest in the district, and Mt. Connor, a large rock formation which is often mistaken for Ayers Rock and is visible from the roadside. A lunch-stop will be made enroute (own expense).

This evening, we enjoy an exciting Outback experience at the Mbantua Sunset and Starlight Dinner under the Milky Way! Here we have a chance to take in some spectacular scenery while getting some insights into bush foods and Aboriginal culture while enjoying a delicious meal prepared by an Aboriginal Master Bush Chef.

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Duration1 Night
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs



    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs 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 ...

    Conveniently located just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs 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.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Fly Alice Springs to Adelaide

Our morning begins after breakfast with a tour of Alice Springs, the main service centre for the vast Outback region. Alice Springs is set against the rugged mountain backdrop of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges 1500kms from the nearest capital city. 'Alice' was originally known as Stuart Town after the first European who, on his fifth attempt to cross Australia from Adelaide to Darwin surveying the route for the Overland Telegraph Line, discovered the spectacular mountain range now known as the MacDonnell Ranges. The largest of the many repeater Telegraph Stations completed in 1872, it was situated at Stuart Town, later renamed Alice Springs after the Postmaster's wife.

Our tour includes visits to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to see how this marvelous facility operates to provide a "Mantle of Safety" to the people of the Outback as well as a visit to the School of the Air. After our tour, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Adelaide (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately) in the state of South Australia. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hilton Adelaide

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    Hilton Adelaide



    The Hilton Adelaide hotel overlooks Victoria Square in the heart of the city center. From this central location you can enjoy easy access to many businesses, theater, dining and shopping districts. Browse Adelaide Central Market or catch the tram from the hotel doorstep to the ...

    The Hilton Adelaide hotel overlooks Victoria Square in the heart of the city center. From this central location you can enjoy easy access to many businesses, theater, dining and shopping districts. Browse Adelaide Central Market or catch the tram from the hotel doorstep to the city's North Terrace or to seaside Glenelg. The Hilton Adelaide hotel is also conveniently located just four miles from the airport and one mile from the Convention Center. Every room at this Adelaide hotel offers delightful views east towards the Adelaide Hills or west towards the Bay.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Adelaide Sightseeing

Breakfast is at your leisure this morning. Enjoy some free time before heading out for a private tour of the Adelaide Hills including a visit to the National Wine Centre, the historic village of Hahndorf, wine tasting and an early dinner at Maximilian’s, a superb restaurant where you will delight in the sweeping views over the lake and vineyard. At the National Wine enjoy a tour of the wine discovery museum and a single wine tasting station - receive an insight into five wines from South Australia’s premium winemaking regions by tasting their most renowned wine variety. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

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Day 11

Fly Adelaide to Melbourne

This morning, we transfer to Adelaide airport for our flight to Melbourne (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately). On arrival in Melbourne, enjoy a brief city orientation tour before transferring to our hotel for check-in. Melbourne is a magnet for people because its distinctive characteristics create memorable experiences and a vibrant lifestyle. Encircled by parkland, Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia with everything from grand opera to sidewalk art. The city is rich in its multi-cultural identity, classic buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, sophisticated dining and enviable shopping. Later, we travel to Phillip Island to enjoy watching the little penguins return from their day at sea as dusk falls over Summerland Beach during what is known as the Penguin Parade. The sight of the little penguins waddling along the beach to their burrows is utterly priceless. We then enjoy a 3 course dinner at Harry’s on the Esplanade before returning to Melbourne late this evening.

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Duration2 Nights
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Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's ...

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

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    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Melbourne Sightseeing

After breakfast this morning we discover the secrets and hidden treasures of Melbourne’s lanes and arcades on a walking tour. We will immerse ourselves in the heritage and culture of this cosmopolitan city, visit local artisans and up and coming fashion designers. Join the café society and soak up the atmosphere of old world charm as well as discover a little history, architecture, street art and more! There will be a tea/coffee stop in the middle in addition to bottled water and chocolate tasting. After the tour the afternoon is free to explore Melbourne.

Early evening, enjoy a special farewell to Australia dinner on board a converted 1927 tram that has become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly and the food a culinary delight. As you cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, enjoy a 3 course dinner with wine and a trip into a little piece of history.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 13

Depart Melbourne

This morning enjoy breakfast and a transfer to Melbourne Airport where your Best of Australia Holiday of a Lifetime ends. We know you will take home a lifetime of memories.

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