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Waltzing Matilda: Holiday of a Lifetime

Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 9,379

Embark on an unforgettable journey across Australia and New Zealand with the Waltzing Matilda Holiday of a Lifetime. As one of Goway’s premier tours, Waltzing Matilda showcases the icons of two remarkable nations, taking you from the twin harbours of Auckland to the Outback and Uluru/Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef and finally to cosmopolitan Sydney.


This 20-day fully-escorted Holiday of a Lifetime is very different from the other programs we offer to Australia and the South Pacific. It is one of Goway’s specifically-design fully-escorted Holidays of a Lifetime, which carry a promise of something special! Our professional Tour Director will take care of all the day-to-day details, allowing you to enjoy the history, culture, and natural beauty of both Australia and New Zealand.

You Holiday of a Lifetime begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where you’ll tour the waterfront and climb Mt. Eden to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city and its gorgeous twin harbours. Head south and stop off at the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore all things Lord of the Rings. Continue along to Waitomo, where you’ll pass into the magical Glowworm Caves where thousands of bioluminescent glowworms light up the caves like the night sky. Arrive at your destination, Rotorua, a natural marvel known for its geothermal activity, including boiling hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and exploding geysers. Rotorua is also one of New Zealand’s Maori cultural centres; you’ll enjoy a traditional Maori evening of food and entertainment and a sheep shearing exhibition during your stay.

Fly to the South Island and Queenstown, a lovely resort town and the nation’s adventure capital, where you can indulge your inner daredevil by bungee jumping or sky diving. From Queenstown, you’ll also take a day trip to the magnificent fjord, Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise and take in the majesty of towering Mitre Peak. Continue overland, driving through some of New Zealand’s most picturesque countryside on the way to Christchurch, known as the Garden City and often described as the most English city outside of England. Close out your time in New Zealand in Christchurch.

The next day, fly to Australia and Melbourne, the country’s coolest and the “World’s Most Livable City.” Get a taste for its urban chic from the laneway and arcades that make its downtown so popular to the heritage sites that lend the city some historical weight. Continue on to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and a charming city full of Victorian architecture. You can explore the city or take a day trip to nearby Kangaroo Island, known for its animal diversity. Then fly to Alice Springs, or upgrade to take an overnight journey on the legendary Ghan Train into Alice Springs and the heart of the Outback. In Alice Springs, you’ll learn about the Flying Doctors who service remote communities and explore the Outback, the country’s rugged interior. Visit Uluru/Ayers Rock, the enormous sandstone monolith that is sacred to the local indigenous peoples and the icon of the Australian Outback.

Leave the Outback and connect to Cairns, the tropical Queensland city sitting on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. In Cairns, you’ll head on a variety of sightseeing tours to take in the incredible nearby sites; you’ll visit a coral island in the reef, ride a train into the neighbouring mountains and rainforests, and even have the opportunity to meet Goway’s “adopted” koalas. You’ll end your Holiday of a Lifetime in Sydney, the gorgeous coastal metropolis that’s home to the famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and the spectacular natural harbour. After touring the city and exploring the nearby Blue Mountains, you’ll close out your Australia vacation with a “Farewell to Downunder” sunset dinner cruise aboard the famous harbour. It’s a perfect way to end an unforgettable trip.

Come join us on the Waltzing Matilda tour, the ultimate, fully-escort Holiday of a Lifetime tour to Australia and New Zealand. Book your trip today!


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HOMESTAY OPTION (must be pre-booked)

Included in the cost of your tour, is the option to spend a night with a Kiwi Family in Rotorua.  This must be pre-booked.  For those guests who have chosen to be guests of a "Kiwi" family. Your hosts will pick you up from your Rotorua hotel at approximately 3:00pm and take you to their homes for dinner and overnight. After a hearty country breakfast the next morning, you will be taken back to the hotel to rejoin the group. Note: We suggest you only take a small overnight bag and store your large suitcase at the hotel.


This 20-day fully-escorting Holiday of a Lifetime is very different from the other programs we offer to Australia and the South Pacific. It is one of Goway’s specifically-design fully-escorted Holidays of a Lifetime, which carry a promise of something special! Our professional Tour Director will take care of all the day-to-day details, allowing you to enjoy the history, culture, and natural beauty of both Australia and New Zealand.

You Holiday of a Lifetime begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, where you’ll tour the waterfront and climb Mt. Eden to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city and its gorgeous twin harbours. Head south and stop off at the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore all things Lord of the Rings. Continue along to Waitomo, where you’ll pass into the magical Glowworm Caves where thousands of bioluminescent glowworms transforms the caves into the night sky. Arrive at your destination, Rotorua, a natural marvel known for its geothermal activity, including boiling hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and exploding geysers. Rotorua is also one of New Zealand’s Maori cultural centres; you’ll enjoy a traditional Maori evening of food and entertainment and a sheep shearing exhibition during your stay.

Fly to the South Island and Queenstown, a lovely resort town and the nation’s adventure capital, where you can indulge your inner daredevil by bungee jumping or sky diving. From Queenstown, you’ll also take a day trip to the magnificent fjord, Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise and take in the majesty of towering Mitre Peak. Continue overland, driving through some of New Zealand’s most picturesque countryside on the way to Christchurch, known as the Garden City and often described as the most English city outside of England. Close out your time in New Zealand in Christchurch.

The next day, fly to Australia and Melbourne, the country’s coolest and the “World’s Most Livable City.” Get a taste for its urban chic from the laneway and arcades that make its downtown so popular to the heritage sites that lend the city some historical weight. Continue on to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia and a charming city full of Victorian architecture. You can explore the city or take a day trip to nearby Kangaroo Island, known for its animal diversity. Then fly to Alice Springs, or upgrade to take an overnight journey on the legendary Ghan Train into Alice Springs and the heart of the Outback. In Alice Springs, you’ll learn about the Flying Doctors who service remote communities and explore the Outback, the country’s rugged interior. Visit Uluru/Ayers Rock, the enormous sandstone monolith that is sacred to the local indigenous peoples and the icon of the Australian Outback.

Leave the Outback and connect to Cairns, the tropical Queensland city sitting on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. In Cairns, you’ll head on a variety of sightseeing tours to take in the incredible nearby sites; you’ll visit a coral island in the reef, ride a train into the neighbouring mountains and rainforests, and even have the opportunity to meet Goway’s “adopted” koalas. You’ll end your Holiday of a Lifetime in Sydney, the gorgeous coastal metropolis that’s home to the famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and the spectacular natural harbour. After touring the city and exploring the nearby Blue Mountains, you’ll close out your Australia vacation with a “Farewell to Downunder” sunset dinner cruise aboard the famous harbour. It’s a perfect way to end an unforgettable trip.

Come join us on the Waltzing Matilda tour, the ultimate, fully-escort Holiday of a Lifetime tour to Australia and New Zealand. Book your trip today!

 

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Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 9,379

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Kia Ora and Welcome to New Zealand! After clearing Customs, you will be met and transferred to your Auckland hotel.  This afternoon, we join our coach for city orientation tour including the bustling downtown and waterfront areas, 360 degree panoramic views of the city from the summit of Mt Eden and the pretty north shore from the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  Tonight you will meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at a special interactive buffet ‘Welcome to New Zealand’ dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Cordis Auckland

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    Cordis Auckland



    Designed for guests who value heartfelt service and engaging experiences, Cordis Auckland is located in a lively uptown area, within walking distance of the city's museum, galleries and thriving retail scene. The 411 modern rooms and suites are meticulously tailored to your way of life. ...

    Designed for guests who value heartfelt service and engaging experiences, Cordis Auckland is located in a lively uptown area, within walking distance of the city's museum, galleries and thriving retail scene. The 411 modern rooms and suites are meticulously tailored to your way of life. Thoughtful extras and stylish interiors reveal a genuine attention to detail, and high-speed tech features reflect the best in modern design. A contemporary restaurant and sophisticated Lobby Lounge offer stylish places to dine and socialise, while peaceful Chuan Spa and a heated roof-top pool create the perfect urban retreat for guests to relax and unwind.

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

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Day 2

Auckland to Rotorua

This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel before we depart Auckland.  Our journey takes us first to the amazing Hobbiton Movie Set where many of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies were filmed. The set has been completely rebuilt for these films and are the authentic sets as seen in the movies. During our tour we will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn and The Mill. Also to be viewed is the double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the movies.    

After our Hobbit experience, we relax over lunch at the Waitomo Homestead, famous for its great coffee, beautiful gardens and dining options.  We continue our journey to Waitomo, where we enjoy a guided excursion underground through the Waitomo Cave Complex with its fascinating natural landforms including tiny glow-worms that shine in the dark like stars.  Following our cave visit, we continue our scenic journey through rich farming country crossing the mighty Waikato River and the forest-clad Mamaku Hills before reaching Rotorua, in New Zealand’s thermal heartland.

This evening visit an authentic Maori village in the midst of Rotorua's ancient Tawa Forest and immerse yourself in the colourful culture on the Tamaki Maori Cultural Experience. It is an evening of ritual, ceremony, amazing Maori cultural performance, cultural storytelling, interaction and traditional feasting as you relive significant portions of New Zealand’s pre-European history and real events!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

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    Novotel Rotorua Lakeside



    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location is easily accessible to cafes, restaurants and local attractions. Stunning natural scenery, geothermal wonders and a vast array of leisure activities make Novotel Rotorua Lakeside the ...

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location is easily accessible to cafes, restaurants and local attractions. Stunning natural scenery, geothermal wonders and a vast array of leisure activities make Novotel Rotorua Lakeside the ultimate holiday destination. Enjoy a world of culinary excitement at the Atlas Restaurant or relax at the spa.

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    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Rotorua Sightseeing

Start your day with a hearty kiwi breakfast.  After breakfast, we meet our coach and guide for our in-depth sightseeing tour of Rotorua. Our first stop this morning is the Te Puia Arts and Culture Centre, where you will see the renowned geothermal activity including boiling mud pools, gentle hot springs and violent geysers; this includes the world famous Pohutu Geyser and the opportunity to sample eggs cooked  in a natural thermal pool.

From Te Puia, we are off to the Agrodome where we will learn more about the thriving sheep industry in New Zealand and be entertained with sheep shearing and dog herding demonstrations. We will also watch a parade of sheep from different breeds, strutting their stuff.  Our day concludes at our hotel, where we will have dinner and relax for the remainder of the evening.

OPTION – MUST BE PREBOOKED
Choose to be guests of a "Kiwi" family tonight, your hosts will pick you up at the hotel at approximately 3:00PM and take you to their homes for dinner and overnight. After a hearty country breakfast the next morning, you will be taken back to the hotel to rejoin the group.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Rotorua to Queenstown

This morning after breakfast we leave the thermal wonderland and fly south to the mountain resort town of Queenstown (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately).  On arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel.  This region is home to the rugged, snow-capped Remarkable Mountains towering over the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, fringed by poplars and weeping willows that form the backdrop to Queenstown - probably New Zealand's most spectacular and popular resort town. Magnificent scenery, lovely promenades, lake cruises and great shopping - there is something for everyone.  

This evening we transfer to the Skyline Gondola Restaurant where we will enjoy a relaxing dinner while the sun sets over the Remarkable Mountains. After dinner, we will be transferred back to our hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
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Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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    Whether staying for business or pleasure this hotel has something for everyone to enjoy. The Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping, entertainment areas and minutes from various other outdoors activities such as bungee jumping, white water ...

    Whether staying for business or pleasure this hotel has something for everyone to enjoy. The Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping, entertainment areas and minutes from various other outdoors activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating. All of the 220 rooms and suites have been created with touches of luxury and have an atmosphere of relaxation.

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    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
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    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Milford Sound Tour

After a hearty breakfast, we depart on our full day tour to spectacular Fiordland National Park and world famous Milford Sound. Our route takes us along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, one of New Zealand's prettiest lakes, and through some of the world's finest vertical landscapes, hanging valleys, precipices and raging torrents surround us on our way to this beautiful Sound. The road follows through the Homer Tunnel and the Eglinton Valley to Milford and famous mile-high Mitre Peak. Rudyard Kipling once described this Sound as the "eighth wonder of the world." Our cruise includes a picnic style lunch and will cover the length of the fiord right up to the 1200-foot cliffs and thundering waterfalls. As our vessel turns at the point where the fiord meets the Tasman Sea, we will see how this majestic fiord, hidden at first, unfolds before us. The captain is an expert at seeking out playful schools of dolphins and fur seals basking on the sunny rocks. We return to our hotel in the early evening.

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Day 6

Queenstown at Leisure.

We have a full day at leisure to relax or to join one of the many optional tours and activities that are available (additional cost).  Some suggestions are: get a thrill on the famous Shotover Jetboats; take a guided walking tour of the Queenstown Wine Trail including an underground wine cave tour; cruise Lake Wakatipu on the historic Earnslaw Steamer; shop in all the stores and boutiques in the town centre or just relax in the sheer beauty of it all! Your Goway Tour Director will help you arrange the activities for you.

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Day 7

Queenstown to Christchurch

Travelling past Lake Wanaka and over historic Lindis Pass, we cross the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, renowned as the "most English city outside of "England". Enjoy a brief city orientation before checking  in to your hotel followed by a 3 course dinner  tonight.

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Duration1 Night
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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

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    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at ...

    Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is just one block from Cathedral Square in the heart of the city. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will appreciate the central location that puts the best of Christchurch within easy reach. The 171 rooms and suites at Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch are designed for your comfort with uninterrupted views of the city or the Southern Alps. At Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere and superb facilities are all designed to provide you with superior value.

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    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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    • Sauna

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Day 8

Fly Christchurch to Melbourne

This morning, we transfer to Christchurch 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.

Early evening, enjoy a special welcome 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Crown Promenade Hotel

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

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Day 9

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.  

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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Day 10

Melbourne to Adelaide

Enjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel before transferring 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 head out for a private tour of the Adelaide Hills for wine tasting and lunch at Maximilian’s, a superb restaurant where you will delight in the sweeping views over the lake and vineyard. Next, meet unique Aussie wildlife at the Cleland Wildlife Park before a special visit to the National Wine Centre.  We will 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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Duration2 Nights
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Stamford Plaza Adelaide

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    Stamford Plaza Adelaide



    Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. The excellent location means that you're just a short stroll to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Festival Centre and Rundle Mall shopping, with the beach ...

    Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. The excellent location means that you're just a short stroll to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Festival Centre and Rundle Mall shopping, with the beach only 20 minutes away door to door, via the new tram. One of Adelaide's leading hotels, it caters to a mix of business and leisure travelers and is renowned for providing service that is exceptional in every sense. It provides 334 elegantly furnished, spacious guest rooms and suites, with views of the Adelaide parklands, Adelaide oval or city, along with three restaurants and two bars to cater to every taste and occasion.

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    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Secretarial Service
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Day 11

Adelaide Sightseeing

Breakfast is at your leisure this morning.   The day is free to explore the city.  Perhaps consider adding a day excursion to Kangaroo Island, known as Australia’s Zoo without fences.  Other options include city walking tours, 4WD safari style tours or even an intimate visit to the Adelaide Central Market (optional sightseeing not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately).

OPTION.  Upgrade your Holiday of a Lifetime (additional cost applies) and journey overnight from Adelaide to Alice Springs on board the Ghan Train.  This is one of the world's great and legendary train journeys. This famous train was named after the Afghan Cameleers and their camel trains, the most efficient transport through the desert in the late 1800s, linking Central Australia and other parts of the continent.  After settling into our first class berths, lunch will be served as the train pulls out of Adelaide Station. Relax and enjoy the rhythm of the rails for the afternoon before our dinner sitting in the comfortable dining car.

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Day 12

Adelaide to Alice Springs

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.  Transfer to the airport for our flight to Alice Springs (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately.  On arrival take a short drive to Alice Springs Airport to collect your fellow guests who are arriving on the Ghan Train.  When everyone is together again, we tour 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 marvellous facility operates to provide a "Mantle of Safety" to the people of the Outback.  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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    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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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
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    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Day 13

Alice Springs to Ayers Rock

After breakfast, journey through the semi arid desert that is known by the locals as the ‘Red Centre’ to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. We will explore the fascinating base of Ayers Rock and hear some of the Aboriginal legends about this sacred land. 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 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.

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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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    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
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Day 14

Fly Ayers Rock to Cairns

After breakfast at our hotel, our coach will be waiting to transfer us 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 and an interesting Dot Art Painting workshop before transferring to the airport for our 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.

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Duration3 Nights
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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.

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    • 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 15

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 snorkelling 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 snorkelling on the surrounding coral reef or relaxing around the resort's pool. While on the island, your snorkelling 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.

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Day 16

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 17

Cairns to Sydney

Transfer to airport this morning after breakfast for our flight to Sydney (airfare not included in tour cost, to be purchased separately). On arrival in 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.

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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 18

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.

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Day 19

Sydney Sightseeing – City Tour / Sydney Opera House / Sunset Dinner Cruise

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.  The Opera House is Australia's premier venue for the performing arts and home to the Australian Opera Company, the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Theatre Company.

It was designed by Jorn Utzon, and, on completion in 1973, was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Beneath the huge sail roofs are four major halls which are acoustically balanced to suit its own particular form of entertainment. In addition to the spectacular architecture, the appeal of the Opera House is its location on the harbour foreshores, bounded by the Botanical Gardens, Circular Quay and overlooked by the Harbour Bridge. 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 enjoy our ‘Farewell to Australia” 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. We then cruise past Fort Denison, a fortress island also known as "Pinchgut," where convicts prone to escaping were detained on a diet of bread and water. Looking back at the city skyline we gain a totally different perspective of Sydney's best known landmarks - the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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Day 20

Depart Sydney

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning at the hotel. This is the end of your Holiday of a Lifetime.  If you are flying out of Sydney today you will be transferred to the airport. Of course, if you have the time, why not stay longer and explore some different parts of Australia.


4 Apr 2019
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