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Australia with ‘Top End’ Extension

25 days from only £6,439pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Stay in Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Cairns and Sydney
  • Visit timeless Uluru (Ayers Rock) at both sunrise and sunset, and experience a guided walk at its base
  • Journey along the full route of the Great Ocean Road, enjoying spectacular coastal scenery and the Twelve Apostles
  • Full-day catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Enjoy a guided walk of Sydney ending in Bondi Beach and a guided tour of the famous Sydney Harbour
  • Explore Alice Springs, enjoy an amazing Outback dinner under the stars and take a walk in the MacDonnell Ranges
  • Enjoy a dinner on the iconic Colonial Tramcar in Melbourne and a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train
  • Experience the Barossa Valley, including a winery tour and tasting
  • Visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum
  • See the incredible domes of the Olgas 
  • Discover the amazing rainforest around Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Experience the breathtaking landscapes and Eucalypt forests of the Blue Mountains
  • Visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, see ancient rock art and discover Aboriginal culture, plus enjoy a dinner cruise along the stunning Katherine Gorge
  • Return flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester
  • Stay in hand-picked three-star to five-star hotels, with daily breakfast and three meals
  • The services of our experienced tour manager throughout

Selected departures in June 2019

 
At a Glance
3 to 5-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
23 meals: 20 breakfasts , 1 lunch & 2 dinners
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Explore Australia’s larger-than-life natural and man-made wonders, from the sun-baked Outback, lush rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef,  to some of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

Australia is big... really big! This vast island continent could swallow up Europe whole, with room to spare. For some 50,000 years, a tiny Aboriginal population lived here in harmony with the untamed primal wilderness, undisturbed by the outside world until European colonisers arrived, spearheaded by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. Since then Australia has flourished, and now makes her presence felt around the world, thanks in large part to the boundless enthusiasm and resourcefulness of her people, the outgoing, energetic descendants of convicts, gold miners, explorers, traders and adventurous settlers down the centuries.

You’ll travel in style on trains, boats and planes (and luxury coach) on your escorted Australian adventure, where diversity is the watchword at every turn, serving up sights, sounds and exotic experiences to delight all your senses. Our itinerary reads like a roll-call of world-renowned tourist icons, from sunset-reddened Ayers Rock to Sydney Harbour Bridge, ‘the Coathanger’, silhouetted against the evening sky; the wine-rich Barossa Valley; eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains; and the 1,400-mile-long underwater paradise teeming with life that is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on the planet.

Australia’s land-based fauna is extraordinary too; kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, kookaburras and emus are strangely familiar from a thousand wildlife documentaries, but never less than astonishing when you finally meet them in the flesh in their natural habitat.

Our adventure begins in sporting-mad Melbourne, capital of culture, whose 88-storey glass and steel Eureka Skydeck Tower commands spectacular vistas over the city’s Victorian architecture and historic ‘Queen Vic’ street market, the illustrious Cricket Ground, and the Rod Laver Arena. We’ll head out to the Dandenong Ranges and ride the famous Puffing Billy steam train, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to roam the city at leisure on its free tramcar services, and wander among the boutiques, cafés and bars in the winding ‘laneways’.

We’ll leave Melbourne and head along the Great Ocean Road towards the garden city of Adelaide, enjoying breath-taking scenery, most memorably the Shipwreck Coast’s crumbling limestone stacks, known as the ’Twelve Apostles’, offshore of the Port Campbell National Park. Our route also takes in the stunning Blue Lake at volcanic Mount Gambier, and the wine-growing Coonawarra Region, before arriving in the South Australian capital for some more ‘city time’. Another fine wine region, the Barossa Valley, lies close enough to Adelaide to afford us a wonderful day out, and the chance for you to sample the produce at its oldest winery.

From Adelaide you’ll fly to Alice Springs and the ‘Red Centre’ where the barren outcrop of iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock), shrouded in Dreamtime legends, towers incongruously above the flat vastness of the sun-baked Outback. In ‘the Alice’ you’ll enjoy a wonderful outback dinner around the campfire and under the awe-inspiring southern constellations. Our two night stays in both Alice Springs and Ayers Rock ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy both these amazing places without feeling ‘hurried’.

On selected departures we offer an even more complete Aussie experience when our tour includes an extra three nights in Darwin, Kakadu National Park and the stunning Katherine Gorge - some of Australia’s most memorable landscapes and wildlife, including the famous saltwater crocs!

Of course, no visit to Australia would be complete without experiencing the astounding Great Barrier Reef, lying sandwiched between white coral sand beaches with turquoise waters and the lush, green tropical rainforest. We have a relaxing four night stay at one of Cairn’s best hotels so that you have plenty of time to enjoy the many experiences on offer. Whether snorkelling or in a glass-bottomed boat, you’ll be astounded at the coral reef’s vividly colourful inhabitants, and with such a teeming abundance of wildlife all around you in forest, ocean and sky, you cannot help but feel a strong connection with the life force of the natural world here.

If you had to choose a spectacular venue for the finale to this holiday experience of a lifetime, surely none could surpass sophisticated, cosmopolitan Sydney, the coastal city ‘par excellence’, with its iconic Opera House, the glorious surfer’s paradise of Bondi Beach, and the soaring Harbour Bridge – climb it, if you dare! Wonderful beaches, harbour cruises, opera, fine dining, excellent shopping, a superb day’s excursion into the glorious Blue Mountains - Sydney is a ‘holiday in a city’ in its own right.

Big, brash and beautiful, Australia serves up a heady cocktail, with extraordinary ingredients: modern cities and ancient folklore, mountains and rainforest, desert and seascapes, culture and the ‘great outdoors’, all mixed to exhilarating effect. It’s unmissable!

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. It includes scheduled flights to Melbourne and returning from Sydney and all domestic flights within Australia; all transfers; 21 nights’ accommodation on the 25-day tour in three, four and five-star hotels; daily breakfast and three meals hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person; all local accommodation taxes; all flight/airport charges and taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Melbourne Airport Melbourne 40 mins Sydney Sydney Airport 20 mins

Useful Information

Australian Visa

All British passport holders need to obtain an Australian eVisitor visa prior to departure. By using the eVisitor system you will not need to send your passport away for a visa stamp or label. The eVisitor visa is free of charge and valid for a three-month stay within a twelve-month period from the date that the eVisitor visa is granted.

It may be applied for only online at http://www.border.gov.au. Click on to ‘ImmiAccount’ and follow the instructions. Once you have successfully completed the online application form, your approval should be received by email within 24 hours. You should print this and take it with you on holiday. When checking-in for your flight to Australia at the airport, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Deposit: £500 per person
  • Flight times -
  • Outbound - London to Singapore approx. 13 hrs. Singapore to Melbourne approx. 7 hrs 20 mins. 
  • Inbound - Sydney to Singapore approx. 8 hrs 20 mins. Singapore to London approx. 14 hrs.
  • Language: English
  • Time zone: GMT+10
  • Country: Australia

Health

There are no current health requirements for Dubai or Australia. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) so this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.


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