Vibrant Cities and Red Centre

16 days,

13 nights |

from $8899 per person*


Experience the best of Australia with this 13-night adventure, designed to immerse you in the diverse landscapes, culture, and culinary delights of this remarkable continent. Your journey begins with a round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Melbourne where you’ll embark on an unforgettable exploration.

In Melbourne, you’ll stay for three nights at the modern Pan Pacific Melbourne, complete with daily breakfast. Your time here includes a Yarra Valley and Gin Tasting at Four Pillars Tour, a tantalizing Melbourne Experience Food Indulgence Walk, and a full-day Great Ocean Road Tour, where you’ll witness the breathtaking Twelve Apostles.

Next, venture to the heart of the Australian Outback with a two-night stay at Ayers Rock’s Sails in the Desert in a Superior Room. Immerse yourself in the magic of the desert with the Sounds of Silence Dinner, Desert Awakenings morning experience, and a Kata Tjuta Domes Tour, where you’ll learn about the rich Aboriginal culture and stunning landscapes.

Port Douglas welcomes you for four nights at the Thala Beach Nature Reserve, where you’ll reside in a Jungle Walk Bungalow with breakfast included. Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with a full-day Low Isles Reef Experience and explore the lush rainforests during Brett’s Kuranda Day Tour.

Your final destination is Sydney, where you’ll spend four nights at The Grace Hotel in a Signature Superior Room. Enjoy a Sydney Harbour Long Lunch with iconic views and delve into the world of performing arts with a Sydney Opera House Bennelong Experience, featuring a guided tour.

Your adventure culminates with a Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour, showcasing the dramatic landscapes of the Blue Mountains. Throughout your journey, you’ll have the convenience of round-trip private transfers in Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney, as well as round-trip shuttle transfers in Ayers Rock.

This extraordinary itinerary combines Australia’s natural wonders, vibrant cities, and exceptional gastronomy, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with unforgettable memories. Explore the diverse beauty of Australia from the bustling streets of Melbourne to the pristine shores of Sydney, all while enjoying superior accommodations and guided adventures.

  • Round-trip airfare on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles to Melbourne, returning from Sydney
  • Internal Australian flights Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Cairns, and Sydney
  • 3-nights Melbourne, Pan Pacific Melbourne, Pacific Club Room including breakfast
    • Yarra Valley and Gin Tasting at Four Pillars Tour
    • The Melbourne Experience Food Indulgence Walk
    • Full-day Great Ocean Road Tour
  • 2-nights Ayers Rock, Sails in the Desert in a Superior Room
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner
    • Desert Awakenings morning experience
    • Kata Tjuta Domes Tour
  • 4-nights Thala Beach Nature Reserve in a Jungle Walk Bungalow including breakfast
    • Full Day Low Isles Reef Experience
    • Brett’s Kuranda Day Tour
  • 4-nights Sydney, The Grace Hotel in a Signature Superior Room
    • Sydney Harbour Long Lunch
    • Sydney Opera House Bennelong Experience Package including a 1- hour VIP guided tour and a 2-course dinner at Bennelong paired with 2 Australian wines
    • Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour
  • Round-trip airport/hotel private transfers in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney
  • Round-trip airport/hotel shuttle transfers Ayers Rock
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

May 31, 2024

Valid for travel between:

April 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Day 1: Depart USA

This evening make your way to the Los Angeles for your overnight flight to Melbourne.

Day 2: International Date Line

During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.

Day 3: Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a 3-night stay.

This afternoon, make your own way to Federation Square to join your Afternoon Lanes and Arcades tour. Join this indulgent afternoon walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover artisan and specialty retailers, and see quirky cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and learn of historic tales in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses and engage with passionate creatives. There is something for everyone. Afternoon tea is included.

Day 4: Great Ocean Road (B,L)

Embark on a day-long Great Ocean Road adventure with a city hotel pickup. Starting in Torquay, enjoy coastal roads, wildlife sightings, and gourmet treats in Lorne. Your guide will showcase scenic lookouts and share the road’s history. Stop at Kennett River to spot koalas and native birds. Savor a gourmet lunch in Apollo Bay, explore a temperate rainforest in the Otway Ranges, and learn about ancient history. Explore the Shipwreck Coast, admire the Twelve Apostles, and hear their formation story. Visit ‘Loch Ard Gorge,’ a famous shipwreck site, and discover its tragic tale through original artifacts. Return to Melbourne, passing through fertile lands and a vast volcanic plain, concluding a remarkable Great Ocean Road experience.

Day 5: Yarra Valley (B,L)

The Yarra Valley, a world-renowned wine region, is a must-visit destination when in Melbourne. Just a little over an hour’s drive from Melbourne City, the journey to this picturesque area encompasses scenic country roads and the opportunity to spot Kangaroos along the way. The wineries selected by Epicurean Day Tours for your Yarra Valley wine tour, featured in “Best of the Yarra Valley,” encapsulate the region’s essence. They not only showcase the talents of local winemakers but also delve into the rich family histories that underpin their success. Epicurean Day Tours offers a glimpse into the resilience of Yarra Valley winemaking families, who have persevered through generations of seasonal challenges, transforming humble beginnings into the magnificent wineries they are today. Whether you prefer a large-scale operation or a boutique winery, our tours connect you with captivating family narratives, making it the ultimate Yarra Valley wine experience.

Day 6: Melbourne – Ayers Rock (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Sydney Airport for your onward flight to Ayers Rock. On arrival transfer to your accommodation for a 2-night stay. This afternoon, journey to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), where your knowledgeable guide will unveil the wonders of this varied landscape. Upon reaching Walpa Gorge, you’ll stroll amidst the impressive conglomerate domes, learning about the millions of years of evolution that have shaped the 36 domes comprising Kata Tjuta. Your guide will ensure a safe return to your hotel at the tour’s end.

Day 7: Ayers Rock (B,D)

Experience the serene pre-dawn desert landscape under a starlit canopy with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of an expert guide, Desert Awakenings offers an immersive introduction to this unique region. Witness Kata Tjuta’s distant domes emerge as you savor a traditional Aussie breakfast in the open air, featuring bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee, and homemade damper with Golden bush honey. Following breakfast, your guide will share the region’s natural history, revealing the nighttime activities through animal tracks in the sand. As the sun rises, embark on a guided Uluru base tour. Continue to the Cultural Centre, an enlightening hub where Anangu lore is intricately detailed.

Experience an enchanting four-hour experience Sounds of Silence evening. Commence your unforgettable evening on a dune top, overlooking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with canapes and chilled sparkling wine. As the sun sets and night descends, the haunting notes of a didgeridoo accompany your table gathering. Attentive staff offer Australian wine and beer as the first course is served at your table. Under the twinkling outback sky, explore an interactive chef’s station, where you’ll savor a choice from a freshly prepared, native bush-inspired menu. Relax and listen to the resident star talker as they decipher the southern night sky, pointing out constellations like the Southern Cross, zodiac signs, the Milky Way, and visible planets and galaxies, all thanks to the remarkable atmosphere clarity. Sounds of Silence is an exceptional evening of culinary and celestial delight.

Day 8: Ayers Rock – Cairns – Port Douglas

Transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to Port Douglas for your 4-night stay. The remainder of your day is free to relax and enjoy the Resort facilities.

Day 9: Port Douglas (B)

Today is free to relax or explore the region at your leisure. Thala’s Nature Reserve supports many interesting and rare habitats with a constantly changing kaleidoscope of natural wonders, making the experience very rewarding for naturalists and wildlife photographers. Their highly knowledgeable Rangers and Guides are here to show you Thala’s many wildlife and nature secrets. From nature and garden walks, bird and butterfly walks to stargazing.

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef (B,L)

This morning, your adventure begins with a hotel pickup, taking you to the cruise departure point in Port Douglas for an unforgettable day trip to the Low Isles with Sailaway VI. Arrive at the Sailaway office at the marina by 8:00am. Upon boarding, you’ll be greeted with local tea, coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit, followed by a safety briefing. Set sail from Port Douglas at 8:30am, bound for the Low Isles. Upon reaching the Low Isles, receive a snorkel safety briefing and equipment, then transfer to the beach for a variety of activities like swimming, snorkeling, guided tours by a marine naturalist, heritage walks, or simply unwinding under a coconut palm tree. Return to Sailaway VI for a tropical buffet lunch on board. After lunch, the adventures continue. Relax on deck, snorkel off the back of the boat, or take a swim. Enjoy afternoon tea with coffee, cakes, and fresh fruit platters. At 3:00 pm, Sailaway VI sets sail from Low Isles, heading back to Port Douglas. The journey concludes as the boat docks in Port Douglas at 4:00pm, followed by your transfer back to your hotel.

Day 11: Kuranda (B)

Depart Port Douglas at 11:00 AM, avoiding the crowds and allowing you a relaxing morning at your Port Douglas accommodation before pick-up. The first stop is the renowned Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, offering breathtaking views of a UNESCO-listed rainforest. Upon reaching Kuranda, you will be met at the Skyrail terminal/Train platform, and driver into the “Village in the Rainforest” without any walking involved. You’ll have 2 hours of free time to explore markets, cafes, and more. Your journey concludes at dusk upon returning to Port Douglas.

Day 12: Port Douglas – Cairns – Sydney (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 4-night stay. Enjoy exploring the city at your leisure for the remainder of the day.

Day 13: Sydney (B,L)

Embark on a Sydney Harbour luxury cruise to dine at iconic waterside restaurants while marveling at the harbor’s beauty. The journey begins with a warm welcome aboard the cruiser, offering soft drinks, wine, beer, tea, and coffee. Sail past famous landmarks like the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, accompanied by historical insights. Admire Woolloomoolloo Bay, then pass Double Bay and Point Piper with their lavish homes. Cruise by Clarke and Shark Islands, both national parks, before your first stop at Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay for an entrée. After disembarking and dining, resume the cruise past Sydney Heads, Manly, and Middle Head into Middle Harbour. Stop at Balmoral Jetty for the main course at the Balmoral Public Dining Room. Dessert and cheese platters are available onboard. Continue through Middle Harbour, glimpse Sydney’s northern shores, Taronga Zoo, and the Prime Minister’s residence, with an optional swim stop time permitting. This long lunch cruise showcases Sydney Harbour’s beauty and flavors.

Day 14: Blue Mountains (B,L)

Explore the heart of the unique World Heritage Blue Mountains region. Begin at Calmsley Hill, a scenic working farm near Sydney, where you can interact with native and farmyard animals, including Kangaroos and Koalas, while enjoying morning tea. Next, head to the Blue Mountains, visiting stunning Jamison Valley outlooks away from the crowds. Stop at Eaglehawk Lookout to view the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and hear its legends. Lunch is at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, offering beautiful views and a two-course meal (beverages at your expense). Explore more scenic lookouts in the afternoon, including Govett’s Leap with its 180m waterfall. Finally, unwind at Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens with panoramic views and a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before returning to your hotel.

Day 15: Sydney (B,D)

Today is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a guided VIP tour of Sydney Opera House followed by Dinner at Bennelong. As you step inside the Sydney Opera House, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of the harbor and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Bennelong Experience Package treats guests to a meticulously curated dining experience that combines innovative dishes with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Day 16: Depart Sydney (B)

After breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Sydney Airport for your return flight back to the US.

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