Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture
and history, and get up close to native
wildlife on this introductory non-exclusive
group tour to Australia. Highlights
include the major sights of Uluru (Ayers
Rock), the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney
In New Zealand, visit the country’s most
fascinating sites, including geothermal
Rotorua, Franz Josef glacier and a cruise on
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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 Atila, 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 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
Morning visit to the Cairns Wildlife Dome for an
opportunity to get up close to native wildlife.
Afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival, transfer to
the Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour
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. This
evening eat at the hotel’s Eight restaurant,
featuring eight different kitchens. (B, D)
Morning cruise in Waitemata harbour to see the
‘City of Sails’ from the water, followed by a city
In the morning, travel to Rotorua, visiting the
glow-worm caves at Waitomo en route. On
arrival, you will visit Te Puia for a guided tour
of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with
its bubbling pools of mud and geysers. In the
evening, there will be a Maori hangi (food
cooked using heated rocks) and concert for an
insight into Maori culture. 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 before an 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, passing spectacular
scenery and visiting Arrowtown en route, a
historic gold-mining settlement. Stay 3 nights
at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown and this
evening join your fellow guests for a meal at The
Boatshed. (B, D)
Travel to Milford Sound, passing breathtaking
scenery before joining a nature cruise on Milford
Sound. (B, L)
Day at leisure to relax. Alternatively, take an
optional excursion in Queenstown. (B)
Travel back to Christchurch, visiting Lake Tekapo
and a working farm for lunch en route. Stay
overnight at the Novotel Hotel Christchurch. This
evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Transfer to Christchurch airport to fly home, or
continue your holiday. (B)
Meal basis: 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
Based in 4-star accommodation
internal flights are not included with this
itinerary. For flight options and prices, please call
one of our Australia tour consultants.
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 Southern Australia,
The Kimberley and Tasmania.
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...
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 Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour is Australia's largest hotel with 630 rooms and suites. Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is just a short walk from many of the city's fascinating sights and museums. Each of the modern rooms features air conditioning, an in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar. The hotel has a seafood restaurant and two bars, and is within walking distance of many other dining options. In addition, the 24-hour fitness centre on the first floor offers views of Darling...
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...
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...
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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OZN2016: 21 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture...
Located in Northern Queensland, Cairns is one of the main gateways to the Great Barrier...
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...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic....