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Sydney, Red Centre and Great Barrier Reef

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,299

Enjoy three icons of Downunder on this unforgettable Australian vacation. Catch your first glimpse of Sydney Harbour Bridge from the air before diving in to explore the Harbour City, then be awed by two of Australia’s most famous natural stars, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.


This 12-day Australian vacation is the ideal trip for ticking off several Aussie bucket list items, including the sights of Sydney, Uluru/Ayers Rock, and the Great Barrier Reef. It includes moderate, first-class, or deluxe accommodations depending on preference, shared tours, and international airfare.

After crossing the Pacific, you’ll have two nights in Sydney to see the wonders of Australia’s most popular city. Your itinerary offers you leisure time to explore the city on your own, with an ever-handy iVenture Card giving you access to five of the city’s prime attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and the Taronga Zoo. You can also opt for a tour if you want more structure, such as a Sydney Harbour Cruise or a walking tour of The Rocks, the city’s oldest neighbourhood.

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 Sounds of Silence dinner, an unforgettable desert experience that combines a delicious meal with the image of Uluru at sunset. On your second day, head into the desert for a Field of Light tour that’ll showcase Uluru and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas, its sister formation, at sunrise. Learn about this incredible landscape and enjoy views you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Continue on to Kings Canyon, one of the other icons of the Northern Territory.  Venture through the Outback landscape of desert and cattle stations and wind your way through the canyon for beautiful views. Reach Alice Springs, the quintessential Outback town, where 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 of the Red Centre at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Finally, fly to Cairns in tropical North Queensland. The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a small city offering a warm welcome. Venture out on a cruise to the Outer Reef and have the option of snorkelling or riding in a glass bottom boat for the best views of the coral gardens and the world beneath the waves. After exploring the reef, you’ll have one final night in town before connecting back home via Sydney or Brisbane.

Consider extending your stay in Australia if you have the time. There’s always more to see in the world Downunder.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,299

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart your home city today for Los Angeles to connect with your Qantas 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 be met and transferred 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 eye-appealing 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 Type Hotel
Economy

Travelodge Sydney 

Moderate

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour  

First Class Radisson Blu  
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Sydney using i-Venture Card

Enjoy Sydney at leisure using your included  iVenture Attraction Pass This includes entry to 3 top attractions in Sydney.  Here are some touring options you can choose from, A historic Sydney Walking Tour brings alive the story of the early convict settlement. Let your guide show you some of Sydney's earliest buildings, shops, old and new, homes of the "well-to-do" and the quaint cottages of the working class.  Or perhaps a 1.5 hour hop on hop off Sydney Harbour Cruise. The cruise takes in all the sights of Sydney Harbour including Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.  Perhaps explore Sydney and Bondi Beach on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, with 34 stops around the city including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and more.  During your tour, stop for a tour at the Sydney Opera House. Venture inside on a guided tour for a journey through the extraordinary history, breathtaking architecture and unseen workings in the daily life of this remarkable and fascinating building.

 

Day 5

Depart Sydney for Ayers Rock & Uluru

You will be transferred 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 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.  Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you are the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on a barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as our resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after a delicious dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Outback Pioneer Hotel  

Moderate

The Lost Camel  

First Class Sails in the Desert  
Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Uluru/Ayers Rock Touring

This morning you will be picked up at your accommodation to be taken to the exclusive Field of Light location. With just enough time for some background commentary on the internationally renowned artist Bruce Monroe, you will arrive very excited to see his latest artistic endeavour. Arriving in complete darkness, you will be able to enjoy the 50,000 globes of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Field of Light sunrise viewing platform. Once at the platform, you will be served tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can enjoy your beverage as the sun starts to creep light throughout the sky and then watch in awe as it pops up in the distance behind Uluru, flooding the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, with light. As the natural light brightens the landscape, the Field of Light will dim for the day. Enjoy some amazing photos from this unique raised location that allows you to view both Kata Tjuta and Uluru in all their natural glory.

This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with canapés and Australian wine. Tour returns to Ayers Rock Resort approximately 60 minutes after sunset.

Day 7

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

Travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kings Canyon Resort

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    Kings Canyon Resort



    Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National ...

    Kings Canyon Resort is an oasis in the outback for travellers looking to explore the Red Centre from a well-appointed base, complete with pampering amenities and activities for everyone to enjoy. After exciting, fun-filled days hiking and sightseeing in the rugged terrain of Watarrka National Park, enjoy outstanding hotel facilities and relax in the comfort and convenience of your Kings Canyon hotel room.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 8

Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

Your guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the canyon are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep in parts. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide.  Next, travel by luxury coach through beautiful desert landscapes. Stop at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle/camel station for lunch (own expense), why not try their famous camel burger. Followed by a brief stop at Angus Downs. 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 Type Hotel
Economy

Aurora Alice Springs  

Moderate

Alice on Todd Apartments  

First Class Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters  
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Days 9

A Town Like Alice

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 10

Alice Springs to Cairns

Today you depart Alice Springs for the Tropical North Queensland city of Cairns. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life. In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. Explore the picturesque coastal drive towards Port Douglas and board a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Cairns Plaza Hotel  

Moderate

Park Regis City Quay  

First Class Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort  
Duration2 Nights
Day 11

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

A full day cruise to Michaelmas Cay for snorkelling, diving and sailing on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Set sail aboard Ocean Spirit's five star catamaran and enjoy a reef experience like no other. Your tour includes: four full hours on the reef, morning refreshments, superb hot and cold buffet with seafood, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition plus use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, informative ecological presentations by a qualified marine biologists, coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, guided bird tours, musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns and a high crew to guest ratio (1:9).

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 12

Depart Cairns

You will be transferred this morning to the airport for your flight back to North America, connecting via Sydney or Brisbane.  If you have time, why not stay longer?

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily departures

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in USD

Economy Hotels Moderate Hotels First Class Hotels

1 - 17 Sep '19 $3,299 $3,519 $3,719
18 - 30 Sep '19 $3,489 $3,729 $3,869
1 - 31 Oct '19 $3,719 $3,899 $4,129
1 - 30 Nov '19 $3,329 $3,489 $3,699
1 - 5 Dec '19 $3,299 $3,439 $3,629
6 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20 $4,899 $5,049 $5,139
12 - 31 Jan '20 $3,299 $3,439 $3,529
1 - 28 Feb 20 $3,299 $3,389 $3,569

 From Las Vegas add $335, Seattle/Chicago/New Orleans/Cleveland add $530, Denver/Atlanta/ Minneapolis/St Louis/Buffalo/Fort Lauderdale/Miami add $630, Boston/Detroit add $726, New York City add $761. These add on amounts are approximate only and may change upon reservation.  Please enquire cities not listed here.

Departures from Vancouver
Prices in CAD

Economy Hotels

Moderate Hotels

First Class Hotels

1 - 30 Sep '19 $4,829 $5,099 $5,299
1 - 31 Oct '19 $4,899 $5,099 $5,479
1 - 30 Nov '19 $4,829 $4,999 $5,349
1 - 10 Dec '19 $5,439 $5,589 $5,729
11 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20 $5,439 $5,589 $5,729
12 - 31 Jan '20 $4,729 $4,879 $5,019
1 - 28 Feb '20 $4,669 $4,819 $5,129

For departures from Calgary or Edmonton add $20, Victoria/Kelowna/Kamloops add $100, Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa add $275, Winnipeg/Regina/Saskatoon add $300, Halifax/Charlottetown/Fredericton/ Moncton/St Johns/Sydney add $350. These add on amounts are approximate only and may change upon reservation.  Please enquire cities not listed here.

Book by 30 Sep '19.  

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip economy class airfares with Qantas Airways from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Cairns
  • Transfers throughout your vacation
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney 
  • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner
  • Uluru Sunrise with Field of Light Sightseeing Tour
  • Kata Tjuta Sunset Sightseeing Tour
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Kings Canyon with breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Alice Springs
  • A Town Like Alice Sightseeing Tour
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cairns 
  • Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance,
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

:Prices are quoted in CAD/USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplements apply. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Travel is based 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.Australia is very busy with special events, if your travel falls over the following dates a surcharge will apply or this package may not be available. Any stay at a hotel that crosses over seasons will also alter package pricing. Your Goway Agent will prepare a customized quotation for you for any travel over these dates:

Travelodge Sydney: 5-6 Oct, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 28 Feb - 8 Mar
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour: 30 Dec - I Jan, 16 - 19 Jan, 21 - 28 Jan, 2 Mar 
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel: 12-13 Dec. 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 1 -2 Feb
Crown Plaza Lasseters: 29 Aug - 2 Sep, 16 - 19 Sep, 2 - 10 Feb 
Park Regis City Quays Cairns: 24 Dec - 6 Jan
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort: 25 - 30 Dec - 1 Jan 20 - 30 Jan


Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases. Prices are current at time of posting (20-Aug-19). All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice and all pricing subject to availability and may not be available every day at listed prices. Advance Purchase and minimum stay requirements may apply to the airfares used. Please call for a customized quote.


22 Feb 2020
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