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Ultimate Highlights of Australia

13 days from $9,345pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Sydney
  • Cairns
  • Port Douglas
  • Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne
  • Watch the sunset over majestic Uluru/Ayers Rock.

  • Take a helicopter trip over Sydney Harbour and Opera House.

  • Sail the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley.

Audley Travel specialist Rachele

What our specialists say...

This trip is for those wishing to experience the very best that Australia has to offer. Enjoy luxury accommodation in the heart of the iconic cities of Sydney and Melbourne, sail in a catamaran over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef and head into the remote Outback to watch the sunset over Uluru/Ayers Rock. As part of this iconic Audley experience we've incorporated some of our favourite tried and tested excursions to allow you to truly experience Australia in all its majesty, including a helicopter flight over Sydney's most famous landmarks, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, hot air ballooning in the Yarra Valley and a scenic flight over the Great Ocean Road.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Sydney
  • Cairns
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Sydney

Sydney

Arriving in Sydney, you're met by an Audley representative and driven to your hotel by private transfer. You'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to a heliport before embarking on a 30 minute shared scenic flight. You'll fly over the coastline and the city, over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Tea and coffee is served after landing and you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Day 2 Sydney

Sydney

Today you will have a full day exploring Sydney, learning about the city's history and visiting a number of key highlights including Bondi Beach, the historic Rocks area, the leafy suburb of Manly and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Day 3 Sydney

Sydney

Today you will enjoy a boutique guided tour of the Blue Mountains in a smart 4WD. Spend time exploring the flora, fauna, culture and history of this wonderful region. This small and exclusive tour offers a wonderful experience away from the crowds and is a great way to experience this beautiful area. Lunch is served at a private look out where you can enjoy some incredible views.

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Day 4 Port Douglas

Sydney , Cairns , Port Douglas

This morning you will fly to Cairns, landing around midday. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the luxurious Thala Beach Lodge, on the coast just south of Port Douglas. Spend the rest of the afternoon simply relaxing in the beautiful surroundings or explore at your leisure.

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Day 5 Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Today you will head into the ancient Daintree rainforest where you will learn about aboriginal bush food and medicines, look for saltwater crocodiles on the Daintree River and travel to the stunning Cape Tribulation lookout- the point where the Great Barrier Reef meets the rainforest.

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Day 6 Port Douglas

Port Douglas

This morning you will head out on a luxury sailing catamaran to the low isles of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the incredible marine life within the world’s largest reef as you snorkel among the corals, or relax on board a glass bottom boat and enjoy the underwater show. Lunch and other light refreshments will be served on board.

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Day 7 Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Today will be a final full day to relax on the beach or perhaps try your hand at some waters ports if you wish. In the evening you'll enjoy a sunset cruise, a fitting end to your stay here.

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Day 8 Uluru/Ayers Rock

Port Douglas , Cairns , Uluru/Ayers Rock

This morning you will depart from Cairns and fly to Uluru/Ayers Rock. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the outback. This evening you will be collected from your accommodation and transported out into the desert for a wonderful dinner and experience under the Outback sky. During the evening there will be a didgeridoo player along with an astronomer to point out the Southern Hemisphere stars.

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Day 9 Uluru/Ayers Rock

Uluru/Ayers Rock

This morning you'll travel to the Kata Tjuta lookout where your small group will watch the sun come up over this wonderful formation before enjoying a continental breakfast and walk into Walpa Gorge. Returning to your hotel to relax, in the afternoon you will be collected for your sunset tour which begins with a walk along the base of Uluru, learning about the monolith's geology and cultural significance. You'll then travel to a quiet lookout where you can enjoy some canapés and watch the sunset.

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Day 10 Melbourne

Uluru/Ayers Rock , Alice Springs , Melbourne

After a leisurely start this morning you will fly to Melbourne for the final section of your trip, arriving in the late afternoon. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at leisure and explore this vibrant city. We are more than happy to provide you with a list of recommended restaurants in the area and make any advance reservations for you should you wish.

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Day 11 Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne's café and restaurant culture is considered the best in Australia, and this morning you will have the opportunity to discover some of the city's hidden gems! Your tour guide will take you through Melbourne, highlighting the history of the city and eluding to some of the city's more renowned restaurants and bars while pointing out regions that would fit you best to visit.

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Day 12 Melbourne

Melbourne

Today you will enjoy a Champagne breakfast and hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the area's unique artisan and wildlife heritage along with visiting a number of vineyards. A gourmet lunch is also included at either the Oak Ridge or Tarrawarra Estate winery.

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Day 13 Return home

Melbourne

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne airport for your onward flights.

Audley Travel specialist Brian
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The specialist who designs your trip to Australia will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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