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Icons of Australia - Australian Air Safaris

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 5,288

The Icons of Australia’ is an all-inclusive, fully escorted, premium air journey from Melbourne through the Red Centre of Australia to Cairns. Travel by 50 seater private aircraft and experience the wildlife and spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island. Stay at Coober Pedy, the fascination mining town. Visit the Outback and the mysterious Ayers Rock followed by a stay in Alice Springs. Finally stay in Cairns and visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Rainforest.


Many trips to Australia offer a range of amazing sights, but few combine them like this.

Starting with a flight on a private aircraft from Melbourne and have a bird’s eye view of the coastline of Victoria en route to Kangaroo Island in South Australia. . The island, which is Australia’s third largest, teems with animal and bird life. It also offers spectacular scenery including rugged coastal cliffs, natural bushland, pristine beaches and vineyards. Enjoy time here at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park which is home to over 150 species of Native Australian Wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Afterwards, explore Flinders Chase National Park which offers amazing wildlife experiences as well as unusual windblown rock formations that sit on top of a smooth granite dome called Remarkable Rocks. There is also Admirals Arch under which the surf pounds and where fur seals play. Overnight on Kangaroo Island.

The following morning, visit Seal Bay for a professionally guided walk to view the large colony of sea lions here. This is followed by Raptor Domain to experience a "Birds of Prey" free-flight demonstration featuring wedge tailed eagles, barn owls, kookaburras and much more. Then go to Andermel Marron Farm for a mouth-watering lunch of fresh crayfish and local wines.

Later in the day, fly directly from Kangaroo Island to Coober Pedy on the mainland where you will stay overnight. The next day, have a tour of the town visiting two amazing and serenely beautiful underground churches and its unusual grassless golf course. Coober Pedy’s most famous site is the fascinating Umoona Mine where you will learn about the story of the opal and experience a cutting demonstration.

In the afternoon, catch a plane taking you to the heart of the Outback and Ayers Rock where you will overnight. This evening, enjoy a special “Sounds of Silence” dinner under the stars with Ayers Rock in the background, a monolith of red sandstone rising out of the flat desert landscape and known to the indigenous Aboriginal people as Uluru and a very sacred place.

The following morning, have a guided tour of The Olgas not far from Ayers Rock The Olgas are a group of large ancient rock formations and are located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. They consist of 36 domes spread over an area of more than 20 square kilometres/12 square miles and are believed to be around 500 million years old. This is followed by lunch at the Cultural Centre with time to browse the indigenous arts and crafts and perhaps purchase a souvenir boomerang, didgeridoo or an authentic aboriginal painting. Later, catch a low-flying flight over the area to Alice Springs. On arrival, visit the Kangaroo Sanctuary and have a leisurely walk through the bush as the kangaroos wake up from their daytime sleep. Overnight in Alice Springs.

The next day brings a tour of Alice Springs which includes a bird's eye view of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill then a visit to the Old Telegraph Station used to transmit messages between Darwin and Adelaide from the 1870's until 1932. Then continue to the spectacular Standley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges where you will have a short walk through the chasm followed by lunch in the park. Also visit Simpsons Gap with its permanent water hole which is of great spiritual importance to the indigenous people. Later transfer to the airport for departure to Cairns where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Cairns is best known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The following morning, have a cruise from Cairns on a fast catamaran to a large floating platform and enjoy 5 hours amid the colourful coral and marine life with the opportunity to snorkel, have a tour on a semi-submerged or glass bottom boat or simply relax on board. The Great Barrier Reef is situated off the coast of Queensland, Australia and is the largest coral reef system in the world, roughly as big in area as Italy, Japan or Germany and half as big as Texas. It is also the only living thing on earth visible from outer space. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch and have an informative presentation by a marine naturalist. Return to Cairns in the late afternoon.

The next day, ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to above the treetops. You will travel over a tropical rainforest canopy and also visit the Atherton Tablelands. Upon reaching Kuranda, visit the markets in a beautiful tropical rainforest setting. The markets offer a wide range of Aboriginal artifacts, locally produced jewellery and leather goods. After lunch, head back to Cairns airport for departure.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,288

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Day 1

Melbourne, Kangaroo Island

Pick up from Melbourne CBD Hotels and transfer to Essendon Airport. Fly by Private aircraft 'low and slow' along the spectacular Victorian coastline of the Great Ocean Road, past the famous 12 Apostles, to Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Visit Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park - home to over 150 species of Native Australian Wildlife. Get up close to koalas, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, interact with snakes, crocodiles and reptiles.

Explore Flinders Chase National Park. Highlights of the Park include; the Remarkable Rocks - a huge rocky outcrop of weather sculptured granite boulders. Cape du Couedic features Admirals Arch, home to a large colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. Time to walk the viewing platform to observe these fascinating creatures.

Transfer to Ozone Hotel Kingscote for the night. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner together.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Aurora Ozone Hotel

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    Aurora Ozone Hotel



    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce ...

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce and seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast. Sample some of the Islands' finest wines from either the bistro or Ozone Cellars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Kangaroo Island, Coober Pedy

Visit one of Kangaroo Island's most famous attractions - 500 strong Sea Lion colony at Seal Bay. Participate in a professionally guided walk to the beach where the sea lions can be observed from a safe distance.

View more wildlife at Raptor Domain at its first class "Birds of Prey" free-flight demonstration featuring wedge tailed eagles, barn owls, kookaburras and much more.

Visit Andermel Marron Farm for a mouth-watering Marron (fresh water crayfish) lunch and local wines.

Transfer to Kingscote Airport where our private aircraft awaits for the onward flight to Coober Pedy the Opal Capital of the world!

Overnight at the unique Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy, with the opportunity to stay in an underground room (subject to availability).

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Duration1 Night
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Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy

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    Desert Cave Hotel Coober Pedy



    The Desert Cave Hotel enables you to experience dugout style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas, all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Visitors can stay underground, or if they prefer, above ground rooms are also available. This hotel is ...

    The Desert Cave Hotel enables you to experience dugout style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas, all within sandstone surrounds in the heart of Coober Pedy. Visitors can stay underground, or if they prefer, above ground rooms are also available. This hotel is perfect for leisure stays.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 3

Coober Pedy, Uluru

Discover with a colourful and knowledgeable local guide the unique, weird and wonderful sights of Coober Pedy.

Visit the town's two amazing and serenely beautiful underground churches and its unusual grassless golf course. The only course in the world that has reciprocal playing rights with St Andrew's Scotland!

Tour Coober Pedy's most famous attraction - the fascinating Umoona Mine. Learn about the story of opal and view an opal cutting demonstration. See how half the population live in a 'dug out' home and learn how they function so well.

Mid-afternoon transfer to our waiting aircraft and fly to the spiritual heart of Australia - Uluru. Transfer to the luxurious 5 star Sails in the Desert Resort.

Experience the magical quietness of the vast Australian outback with a special 'Sounds of Silence' dinner under the starry sky with the imposing Uluru monolith as the back drop.

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Duration1 Night
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Sails in the Desert Hotel

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    Sails in the Desert Hotel



    In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local indigenous Anangu people is ...

    In Australia's Red Centre, the five star Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru's raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. Against a canvas of neutral tones and textures, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local indigenous Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert's modern design. Discover the passion behind Aboriginal art at Sails in the Desert's Mulgara Gallery. Then be lulled into complete relaxation by one of the Red Ochre Spa's package treatments.

    Sails in the Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined heated swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Awaken your taste buds with Mayu's signature dining experience, relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar. Choose Sails in the Desert for an outback holiday with a unique style and modern luxury.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis

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Day 4

Uluru, Alice Springs

Join an expert guide for an amazing ground tour of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) meaning "many heads" a cluster of domed rocks as impressive as Uluru. The tallest rock, Mt Olga at 546 metres is approximately 200m higher than Uluru.

Feel the magnificence of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about its geographical features and fascinating cultural significance.

Lunch at the Cultural Centre with time to browse the indigenous arts and crafts perhaps purchase a souvenir boomerang, didgeridoo or an authentic aboriginal painting.

Fly "low and slow" over Kata Tjuta, Uluru and along the West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs. Simply spectacular flightseeing!

Transfer to Chifley Alice Springs Resort, home for the night before heading to the Kangaroo Sanctuary. It's a leisurely walk through the bush as the kangaroos wake from their daytime sleep. Learn about the significance of Kangaroo and other wildlife through the eyes of Brolga and your Aboriginal guide.

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

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    Mercure Alice Springs Resort



    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. ...

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Alice Springs, Cairns

A bird's eye view of Alice Springs from Anzac Hill then visit the Old Telegraph Station used to transmit messages between Darwin and Adelaide from the 1870's until 1932.

On to the spectacular Standley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Take the 20 minute walk on the old creek path through the Chasm. Lunch in the park served from the shady veranda of the natural bush surrounds.

To Simpsons Gap, with its permanent water hole is of great spiritual importance to indigenous people.

Fly commercially with your tour leader from Alice Springs to Cairns, dinner tonight is on flight. On arrival transfer to Cairns Harbour Lights located on Cairns splendid waterfront for 2 nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Cairns Harbour Lights

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    Cairns Harbour Lights



    Welcome to Cairns Harbour Lights, the only absolute waterfront apartment complex in Cairns city. Uniquely positioned in the heart of all dining, cultural and shopping activities and near the Port of Cairns, this prestigious development boasts 98 apartments with unrivalled views. Come and enjoy Cairns ...

    Welcome to Cairns Harbour Lights, the only absolute waterfront apartment complex in Cairns city. Uniquely positioned in the heart of all dining, cultural and shopping activities and near the Port of Cairns, this prestigious development boasts 98 apartments with unrivalled views. Come and enjoy Cairns Harbour Lights many on-site features.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 6

Cairns, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Board a fast, air conditioned catamaran to a large floating platform located at a pristine reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Spend the day snorkeling, or for non-swimmers take a guided coral viewing from a semi-submersible vessel and glass bottom boat tour or all of the above. (Please note on today's excursion, there are optional activities such as scuba diving and scenic helicopter flights which are an additional cost).

Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch and informative presentation by a marine naturalist. Return to Cairns late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Cairns, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Onward Flights

This morning ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway one of the most stunning and unique rail journeys in Australia. The train meanders through world heritage rainforest that is millions of years old.

Upon reaching Kuranda wander its world famous markets in its beautiful tropical rainforest setting. The Market offers a wide range of Aboriginal artifacts, locally produced jewelry and leather goods.

Following a final lunch together, travel by coach back to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. This concludes an exhilarating and exceptional tour through this wide and diverse country.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:
May 07, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 22, November 05, December 03

2018:
March 11, April 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Charter flights from Melbourne to all ports on tour
  • Return to Alice Springs
  • Commercial flight Alice Springs to Cairns
  • All meals listed
  • Selected beverages
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Attractions
  • Admittances as listed in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are per person twin share and are current as of 1st June 2016.  Australian Air Holidays reserves the right to amend fares as circumstances change.  Fully paid fares are not subject to any increase.

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