About the tour: Uncover Australia – Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock & Sydney

Stunning natural wonders and unique wildlife coupled with iconic cities and adventurous outback expeditions – See the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, where you can take in their famous sights and soak up their bustling atmospheres. In Melbourne we take you on a tour of the town, seeing the beautiful gardens and fine buildings. In Sydney, see the Opera house and the brilliant Harbour Bridge set against the beautiful back drop of Sydney Harbour. In contrast to the celebrated cities, we see Australia’s stunning natural sites, from the Great Barrier Reef with magical coral gardens, Phillip Island, to the spectacle that is Alice Springs and Ayers Rock at sunset. Visit Australia, the perfect destination for a truly unforgettable holiday.

Tour Includes

  • 17 nights hotel with breakfast
  • 4 lunches & 9 evening meals
  • Flights to Melbourne, returning from Sydney
  • Airport transfers in Australia
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Excursions and visits as shown in the itinerary

20 days from £5,899 pp

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly from London to Melbourne, Australia.

    Arrival in Melbourne. Transfer to your hotel for a five-night stay.

    This morning following breakfast, we will embark on a tour of the city. Melbourne really is a great place! Within the parks and gardens around the city centre are many gracious buildings such as Government House, the Old Treasury Building and the Exhibition Building, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880.

    Melbourne also has many beautiful gardens within easy reach of the city. We take a drive past the MCG (the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground) and Rod Laver Arena (where the Australian Open Tennis is played each year), the parklands and the War Memorial, the stately old buildings in town and the odd-looking Federation Square.

    We also visit the Eureka Skydeck for amazing views over the city and Port Phillip Bay. We have the rest of the day free for personal sightseeing and shopping.

    Dinner this evening will be taken aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – an interesting perspective of Melbourne's leafy boulevards. We’ll enjoy fine cuisine and the best of Australian wines on this glossy, burgundy “restaurant on wheels”. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Dinner On Board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
    • Melbourne Introductory Sightseeing Tour
    • Melbourne

    This morning, we head for the hills – literally – as we travel through the eastern suburbs to The Dandenong Ranges. Take a ride through the lush mountainside from Belgrave on the historic 'Puffing Billy' steam train, through picturesque surroundings and stunning scenery.

    We disembark at Emerald, where our coach will be waiting to take us to Phillip Island, known for its stunning white beaches and iconic wildlife. Once on the island, we visit the Nobbies Centre. Overlooking the waters of Bass Strait, the Nobbies Centre showcases Australian fur seals and the unique marine life in Australia's southern oceans.

    After dinner in Cowes, the main town on the island, we head to the Penguin Parade, part of the Phillip Island Nature Park. The area is a reserve designed to protect and promote awareness of Little Penguin. At sunset, the penguins cross Summerland Beach to return to their sand dune burrows after a day's fishing. To see them come out of the surf in small groups and waddle up the beach is an absolutely fascinating spectacle. This unique 'parade' can be experienced from environmentally friendly observation boardwalks and viewing stands. We will view the Penguins from a special Penguin Plus platform accompanied by a Ranger who will explain the comings and goings of these little charmers! It will be quite late by the time we return to Melbourne, but what a great day!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Dandenong Ranges
    • Phillip Island
    • Philip Island Penguin Parade

    Today you will have time at leisure to explore. Maybe head to Southbank and the Crown Casino Complex, which are within easy walking distance over the Yarra River via a pedestrian bridge.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Melbourne

    A full day exploring one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal drives. Travel to west Anglesea where we join the Great Ocean Road.

    We travel to the popular Victorian seaside village of Lorne. From Lorne, we continue on to Apollo Bay, where we leave the coast and wind our way through the slopes of the Otway Ranges.

    This afternoon, we continue along a section of the Port Campbell National Park known as the 'Shipwreck Coast'. We stop to see the famous Twelve Apostles, towering limestone stacks with wild waves crashing at their bases, as they dominate the coastline near Port Campbell. After sightseeing, we return to Melbourne.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Great Ocean Road
    • Port Campbell
    • Lorne

    It's time for our next adventure, as we fly to Alice Springs where we spend two nights. A drive around 'The Alice' will help you get your bearings, stopping at ANZAC Hill for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area, before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Base (RFDS), which is also where you'll enjoy lunch. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive aero-medical organisations in the world.

    The Reverend John Flynn, the founder of the RFDS, has been brought back to life as a hologram to tell the story of the foundation of the service.

    Our final visit for the day is a visit to the world’s largest classroom – The School of the Air. Here you'll be given an insight into this unique outback school which caters for the education of children in remote communities. Dinner tonight is in our hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Anzac Hill
    • Alice Springs
    This morning we visit the nearby Old Telegraph Station, the original Alice Springs, established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, and linking with an underwater cable network to London, it was the first real communication between Australia and England.

    After our visit, there will be be time for a stroll down Alice Springs' Todd Mall to purchase lunch and perhaps view some local artwork in one of the galleries. We return to our hotel this afternoon for some free time to relax before our special dinner this evening.

    At The Earth Sanctuary – a World Nature Centre at Quandong Homestead, just 15 minutes out of Alice Springs – you'll enjoy a mouth-watering bush BBQ with music and entertainment and experience the spirit of the outback through stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. You'll even learn how to cook a 'swagman’s damper'! After dinner, relax around the camp fire and take in the unforgettable night sky before heading back to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Alice Springs
    • The Earth Sanctuary Bush BBQ & Entertainment

    Today, we drive across the 'Outback' from Alice Springs to Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock for a two-night stay in Yulara.

    We pass through the desert country, dotted with spinifex and desert oaks. Along the way, you'll also see Mount Conner, a distinctive flat-topped mountain often confused with Ayers Rock.

    We stop at Curtin Springs for lunch, before continuing on to Yulara.

    This evening, we drive to the special viewing area known as the Ayers Rock Sunset Strip. The colour of the rock changes depending on the time of day and the weather, but in the evening – particularly at sunset – Ayers Rock puts on a remarkable light show as it changes colour from red to orange to lilac in a matter of minutes. Enjoy this special experience before returning to the resort for dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Ayers Rock

    It's an early start this morning as we head to the Ayers Rock sunrise viewing area to experience the first light of the day, before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

    We then transfer back to the rock for a guided walk. Learn about Aboriginal perceptions of Uluru, its powerful spiritual significance and how Anangu Traditional Owners and Rangers are looking after the park together. There are many fine examples of Anangu art to see along the way. We spend some time at the Cultural Centre and take a drive around the rock, stopping for photo opportunities.

    Ayers Rock is located in the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It rises 348 metres from the desert floor and has a width of 9.4km. It’s the world’s most famous monolith, with at least two thirds of the rock lying beneath the surface.

    We will visit the Olgas, known by the Aboriginal people as ‘Kata Tjuta’, or place of many domes. Enjoy excellent views from an observation deck and take a walk around the area, before returning to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

    Dinner tonight will be very special and one of the highlights of our tour – you'll be dining out – way, way out! Shortly before sundown, we will be driven to a special location in the desert. To the sounds of a didgeridoo, you'll enjoy canapés and witness a spectacular sunset. The Sounds of Silence Dinner – winner of many tourism awards – is a magical four hour gourmet desert dinner eaten under the stars, a unique outback experience and a must-do, once-in-a-lifetime event for visitors.

    After a feast of Northern Territory delights, including barramundi, bush salads and classic Australian desserts, guests are treated to some of the world’s best stargazing with the assistance of a resident astronomer. Finally there’s tea or coffee before returning to the resort. What a memorable experience!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Ayers Rock Guided Walk
    • The Sounds of Silence Dinner

    Following breakfast, we complete our check-out procedures. We have some free time to purchase some lunch then head to the airport for our flight to Cairns in tropical North Queensland where we stay for four nights. Dinner tonight is in our hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a spectacular journey with stunning views. We pass the massive Barron Falls and Stoney Creek and cross steep ravines to the unique rainforest village of Kuranda. You’ll have time to explore this pretty village and purchase lunch before boarding the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which will take us skimming over the pristine rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins.

    Stretching 7.5 kilometres, Skyrail is the world’s longest gondola cableway, providing spectacular panoramic views of the rainforest scenery.

    We stop off during our descent to visit a rainforest interpretative centre and for a short walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest. We return to our hotel where the evening is at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    We sail by Catamaran to Michaelmas Cay, a picturesque reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens teeming with an incredible diversity of marine life. The Cay is a protected seabird sanctuary playing host to over 20,000 migratory seabirds. The surrounding outer reef is a spectacular garden of exotic marine life, magnificent coral and giant clams, boasting more varieties of tropical fish than the entire Atlantic Ocean. Ride a semi-submersible vessel for coral viewing, enjoy snorkelling from the beach and a smorgasbord luncheon. What a great day!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Included Highlights

    • Great Barrier Reef Catamaran Cruise

    Enjoy a day at leisure today in Cairns. You may choose a day of relaxation or retail therapy, or one of the various day tours available: head north for the Daintree Wilderness and surround yourself with beautiful white sandy beaches, spectacular views, colourful butterflies, tree frogs, climbing vines and crystal clear streams; to the west is Atherton Tablelands, an area known for its wildlife, impressive waterfalls and stunning rainforest backdrops; or choose Paronella Park to the south, where you can explore the incredible castle and fountains, and admire the exotic plants and tropical palms and ferns in the park created by José Paronella.

    You might choose to visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, with over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, tropical birds, reptiles and insects, and take a boat cruise to see crocodiles and more reptiles, mammals and birds.

    Or, you may choose to head to Port Douglas. Favoured by A-list celebrities as the place to get away, the town is a place where food, wine and culture are appreciated. Enjoy a swim here at beautiful Four Mile Beach, a pristine strip of palm-fringed, white sand, or wander down the main street, a great place for shopping, wining and dining.

    There are so many ways to spend your free day – the choice is yours!

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Cairns

    We fly to Sydney, then transfer to our city hotel for a four-night stay. We dine in style tonight, with an unforgettable dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, possibly one of the most exciting and beautiful harbours in the world. Relax and take in the sights of the harbour, the bridge and the beautifully-lit Opera House at night as you enjoy a wonderful cooked meal in a superb atmosphere. What a way to start the final part of our tour!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Sydney

    Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its harbour, beaches and warm, sunny climate combine to create a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle.

    This morning's sightseeing tour will take in the harbour and surrounding beaches, which provide some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia.

    We visit the historic area known as 'The Rocks', a strip of land where European settlers came ashore in 1788. With its cobbled lanes, cosy cafés, museums, galleries and Australia's oldest pubs, The Rocks is a popular place for visitors and locals alike.

    We also visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a historic chair carved out of a sandstone ledge by convicts for Governor Macquarie’s wife so that she could watch the activity on the harbour and await the arrival of ships from England. This vantage point provides wonderful views and photo opportunities of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

    From here, we make our way through the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay, a picturesque bayside village packed with exclusive boutiques, and via one of Sydney's most affluent and prestigious suburbs, Vaucluse, with its wealth of history and many heritage listed buildings.

    We continue to The Gap, a spectacular cliff on the southern side of the Sydney Harbour Heads with amazing views over the ocean.

    Next it's Bondi Beach, where you can stroll along the promenade, purchase lunch and watch the surfers ride the waves.

    Returning to town, we make our way to the iconic Sydney Opera House, where we'll meet our guide for a tour with a difference. In the late 1950s, Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. The Sydney Opera House is also the youngest cultural site ever to be included on the World Heritage List. This will be a fascinating tour.

    The rest of the day and evening is free for some personal sightseeing and for you to enjoy the city's waterfront.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Sydney Sightseeing Tour
    • Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
    • Bondi Beach

    We travel out of Sydney and make our way into the spectacular Blue Mountains. First stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to one of Australia's largest private collections of native animals and birds. Here you'll see Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting and get the opportunity to hand-feed a kangaroo.

    We continue westward over the Nepean River and climb up to almost 1000m above sea level into the Blue Mountains, famous for its eucalyptus forests and spectacular sandstone cliffs.

    We stop for lunch in the picturesque village of Leura, located in the Katoomba area of the Blue Mountains region and known for its quality cafés, restaurants and speciality food shops.

    We then take the Cliff Drive to Echo Point which provides panoramic views of the southern Blue Mountains and the iconic Three Sisters.

    This afternoon we visit Scenic World, where you can enjoy the thrill of a 52º incline riding one of the steepest passenger railways in the world, the Scenic Railway. The glass-roofed carriages make for an unforgettable experience giving you amazing views of the rainforest and the spectacular Jamison Valley. The railway descends 310m through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Once in the rainforest, there's a 10, 30 or 50-minute stroll through the tranquil rainforest on an elevated boardwalk, the Scenic Walkway. The boardwalk will take you to the Scenic Cableway, the steepest and largest aerial cable car in Australia, which gently descends 545m into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area rainforest of the Jamison valley and then returns you to the escarpment. The Cableway's fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

    Your final adventure is to join the Scenic Skyway. You'll glide between the cliff tops and admire the rainforest canopy through the glass floor! At the flip of a switch, breathtaking views of ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls are revealed through the cabin floor 270m directly below. The 360º bird's eye view takes in the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary and the never-ending expanse of the Jamison Valley. Another experience not to be missed!

    After an exhilarating afternoon, we make our way back to Sydney where once again, the evening is yours to enjoy.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Included Highlights

    • Blue Mountains

    Enjoy a day at leisure for shopping or personal sightseeing. There are so many choices today: visit the Taronga Park Zoo the nation's leading zoological garden, with over 4000 animals to see, keeper talks and shows, and uninterrupted views of Sydney harbour; take a coffee cruise on the harbour where you can take in the panoramic views and listen to the commentary as you snack on tea, coffee and light refreshments.

    If you're feeling adventurous, you could climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pre-booking essential) and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the harbour; or for something a little more relaxing, enjoy one of the many harbour side restaurants and soak up the atmosphere.

    Tonight, we join together for our special farewell dinner. There’ll be an opportunity to get dressed up as you indulge in a three-course dinner at 360º Bar and Dining restaurant at the top of Sydney Tower. The views will be spectacular as the restaurant boasts 360º revolving views of the Sydney skyline. What a great way to complete your holiday in Australia!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Sydney

    Return flight to the UK.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrive in the UK.

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this exciting tour for a low deposit of just £300 per person. A further payment of £1,200pp will need to be paid to us 30 weeks before departure and the balance 10 weeks before departure.  

    Memorable Dining Experiences: Throughout your adventure, you'll experience amazing dining in unusual and unforgettable places...

    • - Dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne
    • - A mouth-watering bush BBQ around the campfire in Alice Springs
    • - Gourmet dinner under the stars at Ayers Rock
    • - A superb dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour
    • - Farewell dinner with revolving 360 degree views at the top of Sydney Tower

    Travel Insurance from £83.00 (20 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £1,599.00 (20 days).

    Uncover Australia – Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock & Sydney 20 days from £5,899pp

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    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    We will stay for four nights at the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, or similar, Melbourne; you will then stay for two nights at the Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs; your next two nights stay will be at the Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara; we then move to Cairns for a four night stay at the Pullman Cairns International; finally we move on to Sydney for a four night stay at the Park Royal Darling Harbour Sydney. 

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

    Price quoted includes scheduled economy flights from London Heathrow to Melbourne and returning from Sydney. Regional connections to Heathrow are available from Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle for a supplement. All prices, airlines and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

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