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Discover Australia tour

Discover Australia

AAT Kings
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Sail on Sydney Harbour and toast the sunset on a dinner cruise
  • Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean at famous Bondi Beach
  • Indulge in local delights in three top restaurants on a progressive lunch
  • Toast an Uluṟu Sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art and learn about Uluṟu’s sacred sites
  • Explore Kata Tjuṯa & hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists and create your own dot painting masterpiece 
  • Cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

Short Description

AAT Kings’ professionally guided 9 day Discovery Australia Tour and Experience Sydney Opera House on a guided tour and have a Awesome Experience on Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Sydney
End City Cairns

Trip Includes

  • Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see below flight information)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour

On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Early this evening it’s time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your welcome reception and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Witness spring twilight, summer evenings, autumn sunsets or winter city lights while enjoying a delicious contemporary Australian menu.

Day 2: Sydney

Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

This morning board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach.  This afternoon ‘you’re invited’ to three top Sydney restaurants for a progressive three course lunch, one course at each venue. Feast on fresh Australian produce including some of our world-famous seafood. Later, if you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’. B YL

Day 3: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Or perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. You may even choose to travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.

Day 4: Sydney – Ayers Rock

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

You’ll fly to Ayers Rock Resort. Late afternoon travel to the Uluṟu sunset viewing area. Witness and photograph the striking colour changes of Uluṟu at sunset while enjoying a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and canapés.

Day 5: Ayers Rock – The Olgas

Meals: Breakfast

Rise early this morning to experience sunrise at Uluṟu (Ayers Rock). Watch the first rays of dawn set the Red Centre alight. Travel by coach to the base of Uluṟu (Ayers Rock). Your guide will walk with you to Mutiṯjulu Waterhole, indicating the natural features of the landscape. Hear traditional Aboriginal stories and gain a unique insight into this special place. Later visit Uluṟu -  Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas), 36 massive domes of red conglomerate rock. The walking trail through the Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Later, enjoy complimentary wine and nibbles as the sun sets at Kata Tjuṯa (the Olgas).

Day 6: Uluṟu (Ayers Rock) - Cairns

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 3 nights.

Join a local Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to western desert art. Your Aṉangu artist will provide you with an introduction to their culture. You’ll be assisted to complete your own painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience. You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your flight to the resort town of Cairns.

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Encounter unique Australian animals at Cairns Wildlife Dome, then board a high speed catamaran for an unforgettable day on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a local expert. Snorkel in the underwater paradise with its colourful coral and tropical fish and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Visit the underwater observatory and watch the marine life glide by plus take a ride in the semi-submersible vessel. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns in the late afternoon. This evening visit the Cairns Night Markets for the chance to purchase some souvenirs.

Day 8: Cairns ‘Free Time’

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in this tropical city. Perhaps take a ride on the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway for the breathtaking journey to the village of Kuranda with time to stroll through the market. Return to the lowlands by Skyrail Cableway above Barron Gorge National Park, a beautiful experience. You may even choose to visit award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience the history, creation and dance theatres, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. If nature is your thing, you could take a trip to Cape Tribulation. This evening join your Tour Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Farewell from Cairns

Meals: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

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An entertaining afternoon was spent with our guides Kevin & Dylan for the sunset at Uluru on Friday! We couldn’t have wished for more perfect conditions with full Moon & Mars hanging off the majestic rock
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Went on the Uluru base tour this morning, Greg & Scott were the best tour guides, fun, relaxed, full of knowledge, definitely recommend & can't wait for tomo's tour to the Algas
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We just came back from Uluru & you guys have one of the best tour services I’ve had in Oz! I loved the warm welcome & informative tour guide, Dylan, Rob & Greg were fantastic on the day of our base walk & were accommodating considering we were part of a group of 18! we would definitely recommend you guys on to other visitors to the special place Uluru!
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Awesome 3 day tour of Kakadu and Katherine Gorge! Experienced some insanely beautiful things that NT has to offer across 3 days. Awesome group of people on tour to experience it all with and massive thank you to our tour director Chris for being such a wonderful guy and I thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humour and being so knowledgeable like a walking encyclopaedia!! Thanks heaps.
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Awesome 3 day tour of Kakadu and Katherine Gorge! Experienced some insanely beautiful things that NT has to offer across 3 days. Awesome group of people on tour to experience it all with and massive thank you to our tour director Chris for being such a wonderful guy and I thoroughly enjoyed your sense of humor and being so knowledgeable like a walking encyclopedia!! Thanks heaps.
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Just finished Wonders of Kimberley tour with AAT Kings travelling from Broome WA to Darwin NT with Delma as Tour Director and Warren as Coach Driver. Fantastic landscape and places in this amazing remote part of Australia. Both Delma and Warren very informative and knowledgeable about the area, caring and helpful to guests and very professional with the time schedules and places visited. Great holiday with 33 happy guests enjoying the top class travel and accommodation on this tour. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Cancellation Policy:

You or any member of your party may cancel your booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is notified to us in writing by the person who made the original booking, if applicable, via the travel agent with whom you made the booking. The cancellation will be effective from when an acknowledgement is sent out by AAT Kings confirming the cancellation, once the written request has been received at our offices. As this incurs administration expenses and losses, we shall apply cancellation charges as shown below (including Kangaroo Island & Tiwi Island day tours):

Period Of Notice And Cancellation Fee

More than 56 days prior to departure: Deposit forfeited

56-29 days prior to departure is 35% of tour price

28-12 days prior to departure is 60% of tour price

11-0 days prior to departure is 100% of tour price

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Accommodation

Run of house rooms are used at all hotels featured in this brochure unless otherwise specified. A twin room generally means a room with two single beds but some hotels may offer one double bed or include a bunk bed within the room. We cannot guarantee the room configuration in advance. In Triple share rooms the third bed may be a ‘foldaway’, ‘sofa bed’ or ‘roll away’ which can sometimes restrict the amount of available space in the room. Quad share rooms are unavailable and clients are required to book two twin rooms. Inter-connecting rooms are available on request and subject to availability. Generally hotel rooms will be available from 3pm and are to be vacated by 10am, irrespective of your arrival or departure times. Should you wish your room to be available prior to 3pm on your first day of arrival or available after 10am the day you depart it may be possible to reserve the room at the time of booking for the cost of an extra night.

Solo Travellers

If you are travelling alone on a First Choice or Best Buys Guided Holiday and do not wish to pay the single supplement, AAT Kings will ensure that you share a room with a person of the same gender. If we fail to match you, we’ll provide the single room at no extra cost. Please request at time of booking. Does not apply to Small Group Tours and Independent Tours.

Airfares

Please note that AAT Kings does not incur any liability for airfares purchased by travel agents or clients. In the unlikely event that a tour is cancelled, AAT Kings cannot be held responsible for airfare conditions. All risk, loss and expense must be borne by the travel agent or client.

Luggage allowance

One medium size suitcase per person (with maximum total dimensions of 150cm and weighing no more than 23kg) plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on board the coach. Please note that luggage with wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. We are required by strict Government vehicle weight regulations to enforce and adhere to this limit. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. Please note we suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available. All luggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Luggage insurance is strongly recommended.

Airlines may impose stricter weight and size limits for luggage and may also charge fees for checked luggage, including the first checked bag. Please check with your airline(s) directly for their most current luggage regulations and related fees. AAT Kings is not responsible for additional fees imposed by carriers regarding luggage.

Smoking and Seat Rotation

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en route. To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses

Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts,2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

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