Welcome to Australia, the largest island and the world! Learn about the landscapes that host cosmopolitan cities, outstanding nature experiences and diverse regions. Great for groups interested in nature,science,sustainability,culture, photography and art.
International and Domestic Flights
Meals not noted
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities for local guides and drivers
Call (630) 369-2995 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13198059
- Tour Operator
- Learning Journeys
- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Departure Day||Departure Day!|
Depart from your home city to the beautiful continent of Australia!
|Day 2||In Flight||IN FLIGHT|
Cross the international dateline.
|Day 3||Sydney||WECOME TO SYDNEY!|
Welcome to Sydney!
Experience Sydney's natural beauty and culture around Sydney Harbour and the historic Rocks. Here you will have time to explore famous coastal beaches such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Palm Beach. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.
|Day 4||Sydney||SYDNEY CITY AND HARBOR TOUR|
This morning depart for a guided tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Later, board a luncheon cruise on Sydney Harbor.
Sydney Harbour is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. With more than 240 kilometres of shoreline and meandering waterways, there's plenty to explore and discover. Sydney Harbour is one big aquatic playground for Sydneysiders, and on a warm sunny day, the harbour is a vibrant blue and dotted with hundreds of sailing boats, cruise boats and ferries. Dinner and overnight.
|Day 5||Sydney||SYDNEY AT LEISURE|
SYDNEY AT LEISURE
|Day 7||Great Barrier Reef Cruise||Great Barrier Reef Cruise|
Cruise out to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef with a local academic expert who will teach the group about the abundance of marine life and over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays. Opportunity to snorkel and swim. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board. Dinner and overnight in Cairns.
|Day 8||Cairns||Skyrail, Kuranda, Scenic Railway and Cairns|
Today we will ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over the tree tops to Kuranda. Visit a wildlife park and then meet with and watch performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers. Later, return to Cairns, driving through beautiful lush rain forest. Dinner and overnight.
|Day 9||Uluru||Cairns- Fly to Uluru-Sounds of Silence Dinner|
Today we will enjoy a magical visit to Ayers Rock, Uluru Base Tour, and the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Fly to Uluru from Cairns. Head into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for a tour of Uluru's base. See ancient Aboriginal rock art and walk to Mutitjulu waterhole. Meet with Aboriginal artists at work at the Maruku Arts and Crafts Gallery. Tonight enjoy an unforgetable sounds of silence dinner.
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Center distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo for an unforgettable dining experience.
|Day 10||Alice Springs||Sacred Kata Tjuta, Olgas and Alice Springs|
Today, visit the stunning Kata Tjuta, a cluster of 36 unique dome formations, and learn about this sacred place from a local guide. Here, you'll walk through the domes to the majestic Walpa, Olga Gorge, a tranquil place of great significance to local Aboriginal people.
Kata Tjuta is a Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal tribe word meaning 'many heads'. There are many Pitjantjatjara legends associated with Kata Tjuta. One legend tells the story of the great snake king Wanambi who is said to live on the summit of Mount Olga and only come down during the dry season. Kata Tjuta is a sacred site for men in the Anangu Aboriginal culture and many of the legends surrounding the site are kept secret.
Later, travel to Alice Springs. Dinner and overnight.
|Day 11||Melbourne||Alice Springs Tour and Fly to Melbourne|
On a tour of Alice Springs, you'll visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base and Anzac Hill. Then, board a flight for Melbourne, and on arrival take a brief city tour. Tonight, indulge in a meal aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.
|Day 12||Melbourne||Melbourne Day At Leisure|
Today, spend the day at leisure or perhaps take a day trip. Dinner and overnight.
|Day 13||Depart Melbourne||Depart Melbourne|
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.