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Australian Highlights

Group Tour | General interest | Non-exclusive 13 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3445 Current prices from: £3445

Discover outback life, Aboriginal culture and
native wildlife on this introductory nonexclusive
group tour to Australia. Watch the
sun set and rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock), take
a catamaran cruise out to the Great Barrier
Reef and explore the cosmopolitan cities of
Melbourne and Sydney.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sunset excursions at Uluru & Kata Tjuta with sparkling wine
  • Catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef with snorkelling & semi-submersible boats
  • Learn about outback life at the School of Air and Royal Flying Doctors Service
  • Lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 46
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Melbourne

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)

Day 2: Melbourne

Morning walking tour taking in Melbourne’s eclectic little alleyways, arcades and cafe society. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3: Melbourne

Day at leisure in Melbourne. Optional excursions to Yarra Valley, Mornington peninsula, Phillip Island or the Great Ocean Road can be booked locally. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Alice Springs

Morning flight to the outback town of Alice Springs. Visit the School of the Air, an educational facility for remote families of the outback; the Royal Flying Doctors Service; and historic Telegraph Station. Stay overnight at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort. Barbecue dinner at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre. (B, D)

Day 5: Uluru

Morning drive 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. Stay 2 nights at Desert Gardens Hotel. Late afternoon excursion to view the striking colour changes of Uluru as the sun sets. (B)

Day 6: Uluru • Kata Tjuta

Early morning sunrise tour of Uluru to learn about the significance of the site to local Aboriginal tribes. Afternoon visit to the Kata Tjuta rock formations 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)

Day 7: Fly to Cairns

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)

Day 8: Cairns

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)

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef

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 semisubmersible. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Cairns • Fly to Sydney

Morning visit to the Cairns Wildlife Dome to view native wildlife. Afternoon flight to Sydney. On arrival, transfer to the InterContinental Sydney for 3 nights. (B)

Day 11: Sydney

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 12: Sydney

Day at leisure in Sydney. Optional excursions may be booked locally and include visits to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley. Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 13: Onward travel

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your holiday. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Group tour manager:

This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Melbourne.

Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.


International and internal flights are not included. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings tour consultant.

Non-exclusive group tour:

Please note that this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a nonexclusive basis. Therefore other passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.


The itinerary is provisional and subject to change. Itinerary and departure dates may change from 1 October 2020. AAT Kings operates itineraries in other parts of Australia, including South Australia, the Kimberley and Tasmania. For more information and prices, contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Single supplement

From £1,185pp.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • InterContinental Sydney
    InterContinental Sydney

    The InterContinental Sydney, once Australia's Treasury Building, has been fully restored using a fusion of colonial and contemporary architecture. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the hotel is in the heart of Sydney city centre. The opera house, Circular Quay, Art Gallery of New South Wales and historic Rocks area are all within easy reach. Guestrooms are modern and elegant, well appointed and designed with comfort in mind. The restaurant and cosy bar are ideal places to unwind with a drink after a busy day.

  • Hilton Cairns
    Hilton Cairns

    The Hilton Cairns is located right on the waterfront with spectacular views of Trinity Inlet and the surrounding mountains. The guestrooms and suites are stylish and all have private balconies with either water, city or mountain views. The hotel's award-winning Mondo on the Waterfront restaurant offers alfresco dining, serving flavours from around the world on the waterfront of Trinity Inlet.

Superior group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3090 per person

High season from £3445 per person

Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions available
    • Experienced travel director & driver guide
    • Arrival & departure transfers
    • Air-conditioned vehicles
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Maximum of 46 passengers
    • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Destinations on this tour

  • Melbourne

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  • Alice Springs

    Named after the wife of Charles Todd, the Superintendent of Telegraphs, Alice...

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  • Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    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...

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  • Cairns

    Located in Northern Queensland, Cairns is one of the main gateways to the Great Barrier...

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  • Sydney

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