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Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Sydney to Alice Springs

Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,545

From sparkling Sydney to the red centre, discover Australia in detail on this amazing journey.


This 17-day trip takes you to some of Australia’s most popular highlights from Sydney to Alice Springs.

Start with a coach tour of Sydney, Australia’s most glamourous and diverse city. Take it all in over dinner atop Sydney Tower then set out for Port Macquarie, a beautiful beach town on the New South Wales coast. Continue north to Byron Bay. Australia’s most easterly point has been a haven for hippies and free thinkers for decades, and offers some relaxation and respite before you cross the border into Queensland. Here, you’ll visit Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

Overnight on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, where a half-day sightseeing tour takes you to highlights such as the Maheno wreck. Back on the mainland, travel through sugarcane country before reaching Rockhampton, your gateway to Daydream Island. Another of Queensland’s offshore gems, Daydream is part of the Whitsunday Islands, with secluded beaches and a wide variety of marine life. You may opt to visit the famously unspoiled sands of Whitehaven Beach.

Heading north to Cairns, turn inland to discover the Atherton Tablelands, and the rainforests they support. You’ll visit some of the local towns before returning to Cairns aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Then it’s on to the Great Barrier Reef, the jewel in North Queensland’s crown. Snorkel in a sheltered coral lagoon or join a semi-submersible tour to admire the colourful inhabitants of the world’s largest reef system.

Say goodbye to your Tour Director today and get airborne for your final stop, Australia’s red centre. Start in Alice Springs, then follow the trail of the early settlers to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Uluru is a sacred site to Australia’s indigenous people, who ask guests to refrain from climbing it. Instead, you’ll tour the base of this awesome monolith, discovering its many stories along the way. Just as essential is a visit to Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. Visit awe-inspiring Kings Canyon on your way back to Alice Springs.  Your Northern Territory touring arrangements are operated on an independent basis by a local driver guide.


 

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,545

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Day 1

Arrive Alice Springs

Arrive in Alice Springs where your adventure of the Red Centre of Australia commences.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 2

Alice Springs, Uluru

Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense).

Insider Experience
Head to your resort and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset at a viewing platform overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • 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 3

Uluru, Kings Canyon

Rise early to view sunrise over Uluru. Visit the rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge before travelling to Kings Canyon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 4

Kings Canyon, Alice Springs

Explore Kings Canyon today, where you can choose between two guided walks here.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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

Depart Alice Springs to Cairns

Depart Alice Springs and travel to Cairns. Later, take in an Insider Experience. Settle in to your room at Pullman Cairns International.

Insider Experience
Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at Tjapukai by Night.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pullman Cairns International

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    Pullman Cairns International



    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the centre of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 6

Great Barrier Reef

Like a Local - cruise from Cairns by fast catamaran to Reef Magic's exclusive activity platform and enjoy five hours amid the colourful coral and marine life. Enjoy the unique chance to snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, walk through the underwater observatory, join a tour on the semi-submersible or glass bottom boat, or relax on the sun deck of your ship. This is one of the best destinations on the Great Barrier Reef for viewing the unique and vibrant species of coral and fish that call the reef home.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Cairns, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach

Today, ride the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. This memorable experience will take you over the World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy, all the while introducing you to one of the world's most botanically diverse areas. Later, visit the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. Experience the serene atmosphere of Millaa Millaa Falls, known to be some of the most photographed falls in Australia, and marvel at the unusual formations of the Curtain Fig Tree. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort & Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won't be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Castaways on Mission Beach

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    Castaways on Mission Beach



    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day …

    Castaways on Mission Beach is your ultimate beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest, the resort is the perfect destination for couples, families or groups of friends. Resort features include a restaurant and cocktail bar, day spa and a beautiful swimming pool with ocean views. With direct access to a 14 km long white sandy beach, Castaways on Mission Beach is your perfect choice!

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Townsville, Hamilton Island

Travel from Mission Beach to Townsville for a tour of this tropical city. From Airlie Beach, cruise to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays for a special stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

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    Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel



    The 4-Star Reef View Hotel features extremely spacious, well-appointed rooms, offering the perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. All rooms feature a private balcony overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. The hotel has its own swimming …

    The 4-Star Reef View Hotel features extremely spacious, well-appointed rooms, offering the perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. All rooms feature a private balcony overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. The hotel has its own swimming pool, lounge, restaurant, concierge and tour desk, complimentary guest access to the Hamilton Island Sports Club and use of non-motorised watersports

    Facilities

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

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Day 9

Hamilton Island

Enjoy today at leisure on beautiful Hamilton Island. You might like to snorkel off the beach and discover the abundance of tropical fish, take a stroll through the rainforest, or simply relax by one of the resort's many swimming pools.

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Day 10

Hamilton Island, Rockhampton

This morning, cruise back to the mainland and rejoin your coach for the journey south to Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia. Here, you'll see wide streets lined with Victorian-style buildings - a reminder of the region's 19th-century gold and copper mining boom, and its prosperous cattle industry.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Central Park Motel Rockhampton

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    Central Park Motel Rockhampton



    Comfortable and spacious, Central Park Motel is located in the centre of town making it the perfect place to stay when visiting Rockhampton.

    Comfortable and spacious, Central Park Motel is located in the centre of town making it the perfect place to stay when visiting Rockhampton.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 11

Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island

This morning, travel to Hervey Bay while keeping an eye out for marine-life. Then, enjoy a stay on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island



    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and …

    Queensland's Fraser Island offers up an ever-changing dune scape as the worlds largest sand island. This World Heritage-listed national park, which sits within the Great Sandy Biosphere and adjoins the Great Sandy Marine Park, offers a unique blend of action and adventure versus relaxation and total immersion in nature. The natural diversity of this island paradise - sub-tropical rainforest, stunning dune lakes, arid dunes, fresh-water creeks and the seaside - makes it a must-see on any Australian east coast itinerary.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Fraser Island

Enjoy a half-day tour of Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. This afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or perhaps explore the island's walking tracks.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 13

Fraser Island, Noosa

Departing the Fraser Island this morning, you'll head south to the Sunshine Coast. Continue to the chic resort town of Noosa where you'll enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers as you settle in tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sebel Noosa

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    Sebel Noosa



    The elegant Sebel Noosa, set in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street, offers location and luxury with an opportunity to enjoy the best Noosa accommodation and Noosa Holidays. Surrounded by world-class restaurants, hotels and up-market fashion boutiques, the Sebel Noosa is less than a minute's …

    The elegant Sebel Noosa, set in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street, offers location and luxury with an opportunity to enjoy the best Noosa accommodation and Noosa Holidays. Surrounded by world-class restaurants, hotels and up-market fashion boutiques, the Sebel Noosa is less than a minute's walk from Noosa's famed main beach and the beautiful Noosa River.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 14

Noosa, Australia Zoo, Gold Coast

Visit Australia Zoo today, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steven Irwin. Then, travel to the Gold Coast for a beautiful two-night stay.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mantra on View Hotel Surfers Paradise

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    Mantra on View Hotel Surfers Paradise



    Located in the heart of Australia's most popular resort destination and just 500 metres from magnificent Surfers Paradise beach, the hotel offers spacious rooms and suites all with balconies with sweeping views of the city, beach and meandering river. The hotel features a gymnasium, spa …

    Located in the heart of Australia's most popular resort destination and just 500 metres from magnificent Surfers Paradise beach, the hotel offers spacious rooms and suites all with balconies with sweeping views of the city, beach and meandering river. The hotel features a gymnasium, spa facilities, tour desk, business centre, tennis courts, spas, swimming pools, restaurant, bar, beauty salon, concierge and much more.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Day Spa
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 15

Gold Coast

After breakfast this morning, spend the day at leisure exploring beautiful Surfers Paradise. Perhaps wander downtown or walk along the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach.

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Day 16

Gold Coast, Sydney

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Gold Coast to Sydney. On arrival, you will undertake a city sights tour and see icons such as the Sydney Opera House, before delighting on your evening harbour cruise.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

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    ParkRoyal Darling Harbour



    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to …

    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 17

Depart Sydney

Your morning is spent at leisure before your transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2020:
From Sydney: Jan 19; Feb 16; Mar 15; Sep 6; Oct 4; Nov 1
From Alice Springs:Jan 28; Feb 25; Mar 24; 

BOLD indicates Guaranteed Departure

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Luxurious coach travel
  • Dedicated Coach Driver and Tour Director
  • Local expert guides in select locations
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

From Day 13, Your Tour Director will say goodbye before your flight to Alice Springs.  From here, the Northern Territory portion of this trip is operated by AAT Kings using local driver/guides

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

 

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