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Sydney, Red Centre & Sunshine Coast Escape

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,889

Experience a sample of the highlights of Australia on this three-state escape. Start in beautiful Sydney, where you’ll explore the harbour and visit the Sydney Opera House. It’s then to Uluru to experience the heart of the Outback and finally to the Sunshine Coast to savour the sunny days of Australia’s west coast.


This 13-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney, Uluru, and the Sunshine Coast. It features economy, moderate, or first-class accommodations depending on preference, international airfare, shared tours, and is an ideal first-time visit to Australia.

Cross the Pacific Ocean and arrive in Sydney, Australia’s largest city and one of the most beautiful centres in the world. You’ll have four nights in Sydney to experience its many cultural and natural wonders. A walking tour will unveil the historical attractions of The Rocks, the oldest neighbourhood in the city, while a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House will take you behind the scenes of the city’s most famous attraction and one of the world’s most beloved architectural works. You'll then have two days at leisure to take advantage of the Hop on Hop off Sydney Harbour Cruise to see sights like the Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos and koalas, and venture along the waters of Darling Harbour for the best views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. You can also connect to nearby natural highlights like the Blue Mountains, the wine region of the Hunter Valley, and the Indigenous rock art sites of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

From Sydney, fly to Uluru/Ayers Rock and bask in the magnificence of Australia’s greatest icon, the sandstone monolith that has been a sacred site to the Anangu people for thousands of years. Your first day in the Red Centre ends with a Night at Field of Light Tour and Dinner, where you’ll venture through the red stretches of the Outback to see the landscape transformed under the sky. The next morning, rise early to take in sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas, its sister formation, with the first rays of dawn bathing it in golden hues. You’ll then hike through Walpa Gorge and learn the legends of the Dreamtime that are still alive in the Red Centre.

Drive along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs, the quintessential Outback town, where you’ll learn all about this quirky desert community on A Town Like Alice tour. In addition to learning about the Flying Doctor service and the town’s historical importance as a telegraph station, you’ll also see fascinating reptiles like Bearded Dragons at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

The final stop on your Australian vacation is the Sunshine Coast. You’ll fly to Brisbane and connect up the coastline to the Sunshine Coast, where you’ll have a full day at leisure to take advantage of the sunny days and laidback surf culture. Visit Australia Zoo to cuddle a koala and learn about the conservation efforts started by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and still continued by his family. You can also visit the Noosa Everglades and explore Mooloolaba Wharf, one of the busiest fishing ports in Australia.

At the end of your stay, connect back to the airport to return home.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,889

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America on your Virgin Australia flight from Los Angeles non stop to Sydney.  Enjoy delicious restaurant inspired cuisine, delicious wines and state of the art entertainment enroute

Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline on your flight to Australia

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.   Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large, sparkling harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.  

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Travelodge Sydney Hotel 
Moderate Travelodge Wynyard
First Class

Radisson Blu

Duration4 Nights
Day 4

Sydney Sightseeing and Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Day 5

Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Day 6

Sydney at Leisure

Today is at leisure to explore even more of spectacular Syndey, or just relax at a cafe or beach and watch the world go by.

Day 7

Depart Sydney for Ayers Rock & Night at Field of Light Tour and Dinner

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock,  Ayers rock is a sandstone rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site situated 450 kilometres/280 miles south west of Alice Springs. It is 348 metres/1140 feet high but the bulk of the rock is actually underneath the ground. To give an idea of its size, the distance around the circumference is 9.4 kilometres/5.8 miles.

It is a very significant site for the local aboriginals. It belongs to the Anunga who have managed this for tens of thousands of years. The aboriginal name is Uluru which means Island Mountain. The rock changes colour at different times of the day and year. It glows particularly red at dawn and sunset.

'A Night at Field of Light' experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, guests enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life guests enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming them to this unique country, before being invited to join their fellow travellers at their dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and guests are invited to immerse themselves and walk through Field of Light. After dinner guests are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Outback Pioneer Hotel 
Moderate The Lost Camel
First Class Sails in the Desert 
Duration2 Nights
Day 8

Desert Awakenings and Kata Tjuta Domes

Travel by 4WD away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 16 other passengers, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. You arrive at your private dune-top look out well before the sun breaches the horizon, enjoying a light breakfast around the fire as your guide explains the retreating star-scape above. Next stop is Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park and the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the ancient lore of local Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained in fantastic detail. A visit to Mutitjulu waterhole in the shadow of Uluru will help you appreciate its cathedral-like proportions and why it is such a powerful, spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike. Desert Awakenings is a much sought after experience that delivers an insight into the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage and history of what is now regarded as Australia's heartland. 

Later, you will travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men's ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.

Day 9

Depart Ayers Rock for Alice Springs

Travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort, stopping at Angus Downs by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). If you are continuing on to Alice Springs this day, you will be dropped at Angus Downs for your transfer by luxury coach to your hotel in Alice Springs. From Angus Downs the coach stops at Erldunda, where you may purchase afternoon tea. Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Aurora Alice Springs 
Moderate Alice on Todd Apartments
First Class DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs 
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

A Town Like Alice Tour

Tour the sights of 'The Alice' including The School of the Air. We learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio, we may have the opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback'. We also make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia's semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

Day 11

Alice Springs to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Brisbane.  On arrival you will be transferred to the Sunshine Coast and your Noosa accommodation.  Just one hour north of Brisbane in Queensland is the region known as the Sunshine Coast – Australia’s best kept secret and Queensland’s hidden gem. The Sunshine Coast offers you an Australia vacation abundant in nature, with a relaxed beach culture, fresh local food, world-class events, and bucket list experiences just waiting to be explored

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Noosa Lakes Resort 
Moderate Ocean Breeze Resort
First Class Sebel Noosa 
Duration2 Nights
Day 12

Sunshine Coast at Leisure

Enjoy a well deserved day of leisure on the Sunshine Coast. Tick off your bucket list experiences on the Sunshine Coast, visiting leading attractions such as Steve Irwin’s Zoo (also known as Australia Zoo) to get up close to Australia’s wildlife. Swim alongside humpback whales at Mooloolaba (July-October), visit one of the world’s finest producers of Ginger at the Ginger Factory, with its historic train rides, great shopping, educational tours, and stunning tropical gardens, and cruise the waterways and rivers of the Noosa Everglades, one of only two in the world. Make a visit to Mooloolaba Wharf - one of the busiest fishing ports in Australia, with trawlers bringing in fresh catches of fish, Mooloolaba prawns, lobsters, and spanner crabs, all available for purchase at local seafood shops. 

Day 13

Depart Sunshine Coast for North America.

You will be transferred to the Brisbane airport for your flight back to North America.  Perhaps if you have time, why not stay longer?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily

Departures from
Vancouver/Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna
Price in CA$

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

1 - 31 Oct '19 $4,139 $4,349 $4,629
1 - 30 Nov '19, $4,059 $4,299 $4,579
1 - 12 Dec '19  $4,129 $4,369 $4,649
13 Dec ' 19 - 2 Jan '20 $4,499 $4,699 $4,889
3 Jan - 31 Jan '20 $4,499 $4,699  $5,299
1 - 28 Feb '20 $4,089 $4,289 $4,529
1 - 31 Mar '20 $4,029 $4,229 $4,479
1 - 30 Apr '20 $3,849 $4,049 $4,379
1 - 31 May '20 $3,799 $3,989 $4,329
1 - 30 Jun '20 $3,839 $4,059 $4,429
1 - 23 Jul '20 $3,899 $4,129 $4,499
For departures from Calgary/Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa/Quebec add $120 pp, from Winnipeg/Kamloops add $140 pp, Regina add $190, Charlottetown add $250, Halifax/ Fredericton/Moncton/Sydney add $290. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please inquire about add on airfares from cities not listed.

Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US$

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

1 - 31 Oct & 6 - 12 Dec '19  $3,279 $3,459 $3,639
1 Nov - 5 Dec '19, $3,099 $3,289 $3,469
13 Dec '19 - 2 Jan '20 $4,049 $4,209 $4,339
3 Jan - 31 Jan '20 $2,959 $3,109  $3,529
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20 $3,079 $3,239 $3,399
1 Apr - 31 May '20 $2,889 $3,059 $3,299
1 - 28 Jun '20 $2,929 $3,109 $3,389
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $3,099 $3,279 $3,559
For departures from Las Vegas add $100, Phoenix add $205. Austin/New Orleans/Seattle add $310, Seattle/Portland add $385, Cleveland/Orlando/Chicago add $415, Atlanta/ Denver/Minneapolis add $485, Dallas add $510. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.

Book By: 31 Oct '19. The order of the itinerary may change depending on departure date.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia to Sydney, Ayers Rock  then Alice Springs and Brisbane
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Sydney
  • Sydney City Sightseeing Tour
  • Guided Sydney Opera House Tour 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise with entry to Taronga Zoo. 
  • Round trip airport – hotel  coach transfers in Ayers Rock 
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Ayers Rock
  • Night at Field of Light Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings Ayers Rock Tour
  • A Town Like Alice Tour 
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Alice Springs
  • A Town Like Alice Tour 
  • Roundtrip transfers between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Noosa 
  • Koala and River Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

*Limited seats, subject to availability*

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are ‘from’ per person and based on twin share travel including round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from Los Angeles on midweek (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu) travel, if flying on a Fri/Sat/Sun a surcharge of $50 per person each will need to be added to the package pricing. Seats may not be available at listed prices every day, please enquire for pricing for single supplements, upgrades or extensions. Australia is very popular, some hotels and tour operators will have blackout dates including (but not limited to the following dates: 

Hotel

Dates

Travelodge Sydney 5 - 6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 31 Jan, 28 Feb - 3 Mar 
Travelodge Wynyard 5-6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 31 Jan, 28 Feb - 3 Mar 
Holiday Inn Old Sydney 30 - 31 Dec
Radisson Blu 1- 5 Oct, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 29 - 31 Jan
Aurora Alice Springs 4 - 8 Jun
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Spring 4 - 8 Jun
Ocean Breeze 1 - 13 Oct, 31 Oct - 3 Nov, 22 Dec - 19 Jan
Sebel Noosa 1 - 7 Oct, 1 - 3 Nov, 24 Dec - 5 Jan, 24 Dec - 26 Jan.  Every Friday or Saturday night

19 May 2020
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