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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)
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)
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)
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)
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 Sydney airport and fly to Auckland.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred
to the Cordis Auckland for 2 nights. Dinner
at Eight restaurant, featuring eight different
kitchens. (B, D) Morning cruise the following
day in Waitemata harbour, followed by a city
Continue to Rotorua with a stop for a countrystyle
lunch at a Waikato farm en route. Evening
Maori hangi (food cooked using heated rocks)
and concert. Stay 1 night at the Millennium
Hotel Rotorua. (B, L, D)
Explore the Rainbow Springs Nature Park,
including Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a guided
tour of the bubbling mud pools and thermal
springs. Afternoon flight to Christchurch and
stay overnight at Distinction 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 glacier 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)
Travel to Milford Sound for a nature cruise.
Return to Queenstown. (B, L)
Day at leisure to relax and this evening there
will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Queenstown 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 travel
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.
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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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...