Tour begins: 5:30 PM, The Langham, Melbourne. A transfer is included from Melbourne Airport to The Langham, Melbourne; you'll enjoy a room overlooking the river. Join us for a welcome dinner as we say "g'day" to the Land of Oz.
Melbourne's Victorian charms
You'll see a lot of Melbourne on a sightseeing tour of the city - a guided walking tour discovers the real city (and its amazing coffee) along its distinctive laneways where you'll view sights such as the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The rest of the day and evening are yours to spend as you please in Melbourne.
On to Uluru in the Outback
Take a morning flight to the heart of Australia's desert Outback, arriving at Ayers Rock (Uluru) for lunch and an overnight stay at Sails in the Desert in the country's "Red Centre." Following a free afternoon at the resort, enjoy champagne and canapés this evening as you watch the light of the setting sun bathe mystical Uluru with a palette of ever-changing color.
From Uluru to the Coral Sea in Queensland
Aboriginal traditions define life in the Outback, especially at Uluru (Ayers Rock); learn about the "dreamtime" legends associated with this massive monolith on a guided tour. After lunch, fly to Cairns in Queensland, gateway to the amazing Great Barrier Reef, via a private charter flight. After a stop for sightseeing in Cairns, continue on to Thala Beach Nature Reserve, your beachfront eco-resort on the Coral Sea, for a three-night stay; enjoy dinner at your leisure at the hotel this evening.
Cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure on Earth visible from the moon. Cruise today to the Agincourt Reef, at the edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, for swimming, snorkeling and marine views with superb underwater visibility. Relax this evening at your beachfront resort.
Fun in Queensland's rainforest
Join us for a day of natural wonders around tropical Port Douglas! Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway through the rainforest canopy. Learn all about crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures with a tour and feeding presentation, then an exclusive boat cruise. Tonight enjoy a taste of Queensland on a dine-around dinner in Port Douglas.
Optional Balloon Ride & on to Sydney
Soar over the Atherton Tablelands on an optional early morning balloon ride* (additional cost of $229 per person applies) or spend the morning at the resort at your leisure. Everyone takes off for Sydney late this morning for a four-night stay in the heart of the city. Your hotel overlooks Sydney Harbour, near the Sydney Opera House and within walking distance of the Royal Botanic Gardens, shopping and restaurants.
Sydney Opera House & a Sydney Harbour cruise
Sightseeing includes a guided visit inside Sydney's iconic Opera House, followed by a luncheon cruise on stunning Sydney Harbour. An orientation drive around Sydney offers you an overview of city sights, before you have the opportunity to discover what interests you most on your own.
Sydney's Featherdale Wildlife Park and a "Foodie" city tour
Rise early for a visit to Sydney's Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to local animal residents that thrive in a natural bush setting, including koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Then taste your way through some very cool culinary nooks and crannies on a Sydney "Foodie Tour," stopping at a variety of local eateries including an Italian deli, chocolate shop, fish market, a post-WWII pie-cart-turned-café, and a 150-year-old pub (with a craft beer tasting). The remainder of the day is free to sample Sydney's sensory delights as you like.
Sydney as you please
Enjoy this laid-back and easy to-get-around-in city at your leisure, with historic sites, museums and beaches within easy reach, along with stylish shops and hip dining; meet us for a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant.
Tour ends: Sydney. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the InterContinental Sydney to Sydney Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in; ask about booking additional hotel nights.