Great Adventure Down Under
About Sydney Opera House, Australia
If you like spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, and cosmopolitan cities this voyage to the South Pacific is the perfect vacation for you! In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, and explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, the harborside area where the first convicts settled. In Melbourne, dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets, and explore the café lifestyle that the city is known for. Outside Adelaide, visit one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island, where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian Devil—now’s your chance to see one.On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Māori concert in New Zealand; and learn how education and medical services are provided to those living in the remote regions of the Outback.This tour goes beyond the highlights to uncover the unique destinations often overlooked and is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!
MELBOURNEWelcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; [LF] Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunchHOBARTExcursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation ParkADELAIDEOrientation tour; [LF] excursion to Kangaroo IslandADELAIDE–ALICE SPRINGSTravel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan trainALICE SPRINGSSightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air, Old Telegraph Station, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service; [LF] Outback barbecueULURU (AYERS ROCK)Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; sunset toast DARWINOrientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art galleryKAKADU NATIONAL PARKSightseeing tour; [LF] wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Windows on the Wetlands Visitor CentreCAIRNSGreat Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Cairns Tropical ZooSYDNEYSightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and [LF] Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Sydney Harbour lunch cruise; dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour MOUNT COOKSightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine CenterQUEENSTOWNCruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm; visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford SoundROTORUAEnjoy a Maori cultural performance and [LF] Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow SpringsWAITOMOVisit the Waitomo Glowworm CavesAUCKLANDFarewell dinner
MELBOURNE Novotel Melbourne on Collins (SF)HOBART Wrest Point Hotel (SF)ADELAIDE Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (F)GREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAY The Ghan trainALICE SPRINGS Lasseters Hotel (F)ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Desert Gardens Hotel (F)DARWIN Hilton Darwin (SF)KAKADU N.P. Holiday Inn Gagudju Crocodile (F)CAIRNS Novotel Cairns Oasis (F)SYDNEY Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (F)CHRISTCHURCH Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square (F)QUEENSTOWN Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (F)ROTORUA Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (SF)AUCKLAND SKYCITY Hotel (SF)
American breakfast (B) daily, 7 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) including an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs and a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua