Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture
and history, and view native wildlife on
this introductory non-exclusive group
tour to Australia. Watch the sun set and
rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and take
a catamaran cruise out to the Great
Barrier Reef where you can snorkel amid
the colourful corals. Tours and time at
leisure in the cosmopolitan cities of
Melbourne and Sydney are also included.
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On arrival in Melbourne, you will be met and
transferred to the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights. In
the evening there will be a welcome dinner on
board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. (D)
Morning walking tour taking in Melbourne’s
eclectic little alleyways, arcades and cafe
society. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day at leisure in Melbourne. Optional excursions
to Yarra Valley, Mornington peninsula, Phillip
Island or the Great Ocean Road can be booked
Morning flight to the outback town of Alice
Springs. On arrival, visit the School of the Air,
which provides an educational facility for
remote families of the outback. Continue to
the Royal Flying Doctors Service and historic
Telegraph Station. Stay overnight at the Chifley
Alice Springs Resort. Barbecue dinner at the
Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre. (B, D)
In the morning, travel to Uluru via the
MacDonnell and James ranges. En route, view
the majestic Attila, a distinctive mountain
which, in pioneering times, was often mistaken
for Uluru. On arrival, transfer to the Desert
Gardens Hotel for 2 nights. Late afternoon
excursion to view the striking colour changes of
Uluru as the sun sets. (B)
Early morning sunrise tour of Uluru, where you
will learn about the significance and history of
the site to local Aboriginal tribes. Afternoon visit
to the rock formations known as Kata Tjuta for
a walk along the creek bed between two of the tallest domes, before watching the sun set over
them with a glass of sparkling wine. (B)
Join a local artist for an introduction to the
indigenous art of the Western Desert. Afternoon
flight to Cairns, then transfer to the Hilton Cairns
for 3 nights. (B)
Travel out to the world heritage-listed Great
Barrier Reef on board a catamaran to a pontoon
situated on the reef. During the day, there will be
opportunities to go snorkelling and also view the
reef from a semi-submersible. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure in Cairns. Optional excursions may
be booked locally and include a hot air balloon
ride over the Atherton Tablelands or a visit to
the mountain retreat of Kuranda. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to
Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the Sofitel Sydney
Wentworth for 3 nights. (B)
Morning tour of Sydney, including visits to the
Sydney Opera House, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
and Bondi Beach. Return to the city for a cruise
with lunch in Sydney harbour. Remainder of the
afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Day at leisure in Sydney. Optional excursions
may be booked locally and include visits to the
Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley. In the evening
there will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly from Sydney to Auckland. On arrival, you will be met and
transferred to The Langham for 2 nights. Dinner
at Eight restaurant, featuring eight different
kitchens. (B, D)
Morning cruise in Waitemata harbour, followed
by a city tour. (B)
Continue to Rotorua, visiting the glow-worm
caves at Waitomo en route. On arrival, visit Te
Puia for a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa
Thermal Reserve. Evening Maori hangi (food
cooked using heated rocks) and concert. Stay
1 night at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (B, D)
This morning explore the Rainbow Springs
Nature Park and stop at the Agrodome sheep
show. Afternoon flight to Christchurch. Stay
overnight at the Novotel Hotel Christchurch. (B)
Morning rail journey aboard the TranzAlpine
through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass,
followed by a factory visit at Hokitika, the home
of native greenstone (jade). Continue by coach
to Franz Josef and stay overnight at the Te
Waonui Forest Retreat. (B, D)
Travel to Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown en
route, a historic gold-mining settlement. Stay
3 nights at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown.
Dinner at The Boatshed. (B, D)
Travel to Milford Sound for a nature cruise. (B, L)
Day at leisure to relax. (B)
Travel back to Christchurch, visiting Lake
Tekapo and a working farm for lunch en route.
Overnight at the Novotel Hotel Christchurch. Farewell dinner (B, L, D)
Transfer to Christchurch airport to fly home, or
continue your holiday. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4-star
International and internal flights are
not included with this itinerary. For flight options
and prices, please call one of our Australia tour
This tour operates with a maximum
group size of 46 passengers. Passengers may or
may not be Cox & Kings clients.
AAT Kings also
operates a number of touring itineraries in other
parts of Australia, including South Australia, the
Kimberley and Tasmania.
Situated on the Yarra river, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and attractions of the city. The property has 383 rooms and suites, each with modern decor and amenities. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and a bar.
The hotel has advised of building work taking place which is expected to be completed by 31 July 2015. The former Convention Centre adjacent to the hotel is being deconstructed. The site will be visible from some of the accommodation but rooms are located away from the work area so minimal noise disruption is expected. The building is attached to the hotel and as a result some minor adjustments will need to be made to the hotel lobby. During this time, reception and guest services will be relocated to level 3 and pedestrian access to the hotel will be via the Clarendon Street entrance. Work...
A superior 4.5 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, it is only a short stroll to Desert Gardens' numerous lookouts, where you can view one of Australia's best sunsets, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Once the sun sets, savour Australian native delicacies at White Gums...
The Hilton Cairns is located right on the waterfront with spectacular water views of Trinity Inlet and the surrounding mountains. The 264 rooms and suites all have private balconies with either water, city or mountain views. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and...
Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the property, situated on the banks of the famous Todd river with its magnificent river red gums. The resort is only a five-minute stroll from the town's cultural and shopping centre. The 139 rooms each have a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and air conditioning. The restaurant and bar offers a range of contemporary cuisine, beer, wine and cocktails. The hotel also has a solar-heated outdoor swimming...
The 4-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping and entertainment area. The hotel has 220 rooms, each elegantly decorated with modern furnishings including a minibar, air conditioning, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and...
The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter...
Located on Cathedral Square at the centre of Christchurch, the Novotel Christchurch is a modern 4-star property. The hotel has 154 spacious rooms each with modern amenities. Facilities include a fitness centre, restaurant and bar.
The Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is located in the city centre, which as a result of the February 2011 earthquake is both a demolition and a construction zone. It is possible that the surrounding area will be noisy, dusty and for some it may even be distressing...
A heritage-listed 5-star hotel set in the heart of Sydney's shopping and business district, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers modern facilities combined with historic charm and a rich character. Expect warm personal service, 436 luxurious rooms with most overlooking a central Garden Courtyard, a health club, a stylish French-inspired restaurant and a fashionable 60s-inspired...
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a 5 star hotel
located amongst the native west coast rainforest
at Franz Josef. Designed to be sensitive to the
surrounding environment, guests at the property
are encircled by rainforest and accommodated
in natural and sustainable luxury. The retreat has
100 rooms, a restaurant and...
Situated in the heart of this vibrant city, The Langham Hotel Auckland is a luxurious hotel within walking distance of Auckland's spectacular waterfront, nearby fashion houses and tourist attractions. With a welcoming atmosphere the hotel has 410 comfortable rooms, with stylish décor and elegant furnishings. Guests have full access to the health club with heated rooftop pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Barolo restaurant offers a selection of Italian cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine list. At the end of the day relax and unwind in the Winery, where a wide selection of drinks can be...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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OZN2018: 21 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
Just a short drive from Ayers Rock Airport, are both Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), the setting for a cluster of hotels, shops and restaurants...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Located in Northern Queensland, Cairns is one of the main gateways to the Great Barrier...
The state capital of Victoria, Melbourne is often regarded as the most European of Australian cities thanks partly to the number of galleries...
Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...
Sydney is one of the world's most recognisable and beautiful cities. Build around the...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...