On this journey, experience unique wildlife, brilliant colors in the tropics, an Outback adventure, sumptuous cuisine, lively nightlife, fun shopping, and much more! Discover some of Australia’s unique wildlife, including the famed Tasmanian Devil, a carnivorous marsupial with the appearance of a small, stocky dog; the iconic kangaroo, which number roughly 40 million in Australia; koala; wallaby; crocodile in Kakadu National Park; and rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals on Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats.Learn about the way of life in the remote Outback with your visit to Alice Springs and a trip highlight—a journey on the Ghan train. This overnight train journey will offer a fascinating perspective of the Outback as you travel from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Of course, this vacation offers you the opportunity to see Australia’s most famous sights, including the remarkable and colorful Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Also discover its most popular cities. 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. Dine aboard Melbourne’s historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets, and enjoy time on your own to explore the city and surrounding area. Perhaps take a trip to see the Penguin Parade or go wine tasting in the Yarra Valley. After this in-depth vacation you’re sure to return home with lots of photos, memories, and stories to share with friends and family!
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 toastDARWINOrientation 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
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)
American breakfast (B) daily, 6 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D) including an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs