- Uluru/Ayers Rock
- Port Douglas
- Atherton Tablelands
Cruise Sydney Harbour and see iconic buildings such as the Opera House.
Visit the great monolith of Uluru in the Red Centre.
Discover the underwater kingdom of the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience the wilderness of the Atherton Tablelands.
What our specialists say...
An ideal trip for first-time visitors to Australia, taking in three of the country's most well-known sights – Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef. After a few days in the bustling city of Sydney, you’ll fly to the heart of the country, the Red Centre, where you’ll learn about the Aboriginal culture surrounding the geological marvels of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. Then you’ll travel to Port Douglas in Queensland to spend time on the Great Barrier Reef and explore the lesser-known Atherton Tablelands region. Car hire, flights and a catamaran day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef are included.
We recommend this trip for:
- Uluru/Ayers Rock
- Port Douglas
- Atherton Tablelands
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Day 1 Sydney
On arriving in Sydney you're met by an Audley representative and transferred by private vehicle to your downtown accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax after your long flight. If you do have some energy, or fancy a walk, we suggest ambling around the historic Rocks district, full of art galleries, heritage buildings, and cafes.
Day 2 Sydney
Walk down to the relevant point in the harbour (usually King's Street Wharf 5 or Circular Quay Jetty 6) in time to meet your skipper and take in the sights of Sydney Harbour on board a catamaran cruise. It's a great, relaxed introduction to this city. On this two hour meander around Port Jackson Harbour, you'll get views of the Rocks, Darling Harbour, the striking Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. A buffet lunch of local seafood, salads, hot and cold dishes and desserts is included in the cruise. You'll be dropped off back on dry land afterwards. You have the rest of the day at leisure. We suggest climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (affectionately nicknamed 'the coathanger', and not as strenuous as it looks). In the evening, we can arrange for you to see a performance at the Opera House.
Day 3 Sydney
You have another day at leisure to enjoy Sydney. Take a stroll along the waterfront and through the Botanic Gardens, or you may like to explore further afield, taking a trip out to the Blue Mountains to go bushwalking or admire the striking Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. Located about an hour and a half from the city, you can take the train there and back or hire a car for the day.
Day 4 Uluru/Ayers Rock
This morning you will make your way to the airport in time for your domestic flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Red Centre. The flight time is 3 hours and 40 minutes. On arriving you're met by an Audley representative and transferred to your nearby hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure. Relax by your hotel pool, or, if you're keen to get out exploring, we recommend circumnavigating Uluru on a base walk. A visit to the Cultural Centre within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, is also highly recommended: it gives you a glimpse into the cultural significance of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu people.
Day 5 Uluru/Ayers Rock
You wake early this morning in time for the spectacle that is sunrise over the Kata Tjuta (Olgas) ranges. You'll enjoy this from a viewing platform, with a small group tour of only 12-16 passengers. Afterwards you'll be dropped off back at your hotel to relax for a few hours before being collected again for another desert experience: a guided visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Here your guide will explain the history and aboriginal significance of this iconic site as you walk amongst the folds of the rock. Notice how its reddish hue changes or deepens with the light. Later you'll watch sunset over Uluru, before being returned to your hotel.
Day 6 Port Douglas
Your morning is spent at leisure. For those still keen to explore the desert, we can arrange a Harley Davidson ride. You're transferred back to the airport in time for your onward flight to Cairns in tropical north Queensland. Flight time is about two and a half hours. On arriving, you'll collect your hire car and make your way to the beach town of Palm Cove, just north of Cairns, and a half hour drive from the airport. Your flight will likely arrive in the evening, so tonight you'll relax in your hotel.
Day 7 Port Douglas
Spend the day aboard your Reef Cruiser to snorkel the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Get lost in a vast underwater ecosystem, exploring the fragile reefs and swimming alongside the many fish it houses. You may even see a giant clam, Manta Ray, or reef shark prowling the waters! Lunch is included aboard the ship.
Day 8 Port Douglas
Today you will be collected from your accommodation for a full day tour of the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Through your guide, you will learn of the ecological history of the rainforest, and how the local indigenous peoples of the area have lived symbiotically with the rainforests for tens of thousands of years. The tour will continue on to the famed Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef. You will head back to your hotel in Port Douglas later this afternoon.
Day 9 Port Douglas
Day 10 Atherton Tablelands
Day 11 Atherton Tablelands
Spend today at leisure exploring the region and perhaps taking in some of the area's waterfalls and walking trails, such as the routes around Lake Tinaroo. Alternatively, explore the Crystal Caves, a network of subterranean chambers filled with crystals, fossils and fluorescent minerals.
Day 12 Return home
This morning, return to Cairns Airport (a drive of 3 hours 40 minutes) and drop off your hire car before boarding your onward flight.
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