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Explore Australia

12 Days, Sydney to Melbourne
Explore Australia

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Imagine getting to Australia's greatest highlights in 12 legendary, stress-free days. From its world-class cities and sacred red centre, to the Great Barrier Reef read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 12 nights accommodation (Hotels (11 nts).
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flight
  • Sydney Harbour cruise and orientation walk .
  • Aboriginal walk through the Daintree Rainforest .
  • James Cook University Aquarium visit .
  • Sunrise interpretive walk at Uluru .
  • Melbourne orientation walk .
  • Farewell Dinner with three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 570-745 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Sydney
Day 2 Sydney
Day 3 Sydney/Port Douglas
Day 4 Port Douglas
Day 5 Port Douglas/Cairns
Day 6 Cairns
Day 7 Cairns/Uluru
Day 8 Uluru
Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs
Day 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne
Day 11 Melbourne
Day 12 Melbourne
Departures
  • Dec
    2017
  • Jan
    2018
  • Feb
    2018
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Oct
    2018
  • Nov
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Wed, 06 Dec '17
  • Sun, 17 Dec '17
  • Wed, 20 Dec '17
  • Sun, 31 Dec '17
  • Wed, 27 Dec '17
  • Sun, 07 Jan '18
  • Wed, 10 Jan '18
  • Sun, 21 Jan '18
  • Wed, 17 Jan '18
  • Sun, 28 Jan '18
  • Wed, 31 Jan '18
  • Sun, 11 Feb '18
  • Wed, 14 Feb '18
  • Sun, 25 Feb '18
  • Wed, 21 Feb '18
  • Sun, 04 Mar '18
  • Wed, 28 Feb '18
  • Sun, 11 Mar '18
  • Wed, 07 Mar '18
  • Sun, 18 Mar '18
  • Wed, 04 Apr '18
  • Sun, 15 Apr '18
  • Wed, 11 Jul '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Wed, 01 Aug '18
  • Sun, 12 Aug '18
  • Wed, 15 Aug '18
  • Sun, 26 Aug '18
  • Wed, 05 Sep '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Wed, 26 Sep '18
  • Sun, 07 Oct '18
  • Wed, 03 Oct '18
  • Sun, 14 Oct '18
  • Wed, 10 Oct '18
  • Sun, 21 Oct '18
  • Wed, 17 Oct '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Wed, 24 Oct '18
  • Sun, 04 Nov '18
  • Wed, 31 Oct '18
  • Sun, 11 Nov '18
  • Wed, 07 Nov '18
  • Sun, 18 Nov '18
  • Wed, 14 Nov '18
  • Sun, 25 Nov '18
  • Wed, 21 Nov '18
  • Sun, 02 Dec '18
  • Wed, 12 Dec '18
  • Sun, 23 Dec '18
  • Wed, 26 Dec '18
  • Sun, 06 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Sydney
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne
  • DAY 1 Arrive Sydney

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h19:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Sydney

    Explore Sydney Harbour and walk to the iconic Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon, board a private yacht and enjoy a sunset cruise with dinner. Navigating the bays and coves, our captain shares the rich history of Sydney and its famed harbour. Opt to swim, fish or kayak - or sit back, on the sunbed and relax. Enjoy the sunset over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and be dazzled as the vivid lights come alive on these two Sydney Icons.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Metro
    Sydney
    Get around underground via public transit.

    Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
    Sydney 3h
    Board Sydney Harbour's most sensational sunset dinner cruise. Step aboard a private 52-foot motor yacht and enjoy a luxurious three-hour cruise. Whilst navigating the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour our captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney and its famed harbour. Enjoy all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking - or sit back, on the expansive sunbed and relax. Have dinner onboard then be mesmerized as the sun sets over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and be dazzled as the vivid lights come alive on these two Sydney Icons. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Sydney/Port Douglas

    Fly to Cairns then travel up the coastal road to Mossman Gorge. Take an interpretive walk with a local Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional ways of life and survival techniques in the Daintree Rainforest.

    Transfer to our resort in Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights.

    Taxicab
    Sydney 30m-1h
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Plane
    Sydney - Cairns 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Cairns - Port Douglas 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Aboriginal Interpretive Walk
    Mossman Gorge 2h-3h
    Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Port Douglas

    Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, enjoy the beach or opt to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Free Time
    Port Douglas Full Day
    Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling trip of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.

    Optional Activities
    Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

    Great Barrier Reef 8h-9h
    159AUD per person
    Don a mask and snorkel the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Say g'day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia's east coast. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Port Douglas/Cairns

    Return to the tropical city of Cairns. Take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Enjoy a private tour of the facility and get an up close look at some of these marvelous creatures, and we'll hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

    Private Vehicle
    Port Douglas - Cairns 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    James Cook University Research Aquarium
    Cairns
    Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist and National Geographic grant recipient Dr. Jamie Seymour. Jamie has studied Australia's venomous marine creatures for over 20 years. We'll enjoy an exclusive tour of the facility (not normally open to the public), get an up-close look at some of these marvellous creatures, and hear about the latest research from Jamie or one of his colleagues.

    Free Time
    Cairns Full Day
    Free time to explore the famed city of Cairns. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cairns

    Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive, Indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years, to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch and visit to the Ingan Cultural Museum and to participate in a painting class with Jirrbal Aboriginal Artists.

    Private Vehicle
    Cairns - Tully 1h30m-2h140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience
    Tully
    Travel to Tully for an authentic and interactive indigenous experience, supported by G Adventures. Upon arrival, enjoy a private lecture about the history and culture of the Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest people. Learn about their deep connection to the land and how they have continued for thousands of years to live in harmony with nature. Our cultural immersion continues with a traditional lunch including barramundi wrapped in ngurgi leaf (rainforest ginger) with sweet potato chips or jacket potato and salad. Finish off with miniature dampers served with muyginy jam (rainforest berries). After lunch, visit the Ingan Cultural Museum and participate in a painting class with Jirrbal aboriginal artists.

    Private Vehicle
    Tully - Cairns 1h30m-2h140km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Cairns/Uluru

    Catch a flight to Uluru and witness the incredible sunset with a glass of bubbly.

    Plane
    Cairns - Uluru 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Taxicab
    Uluru 30m
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Free Time
    Uluru Full Day
    Relax and watch the sunset over Uluru

    Sunset at Uluru
    Uluru 1h-1h30m
    Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while watching the sunset over Uluru. Marvel at the changing colours over the desert and keep reminding yourself that yes, you really are there. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Uluru

    Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. Continue on with a guided Mala walk around the base of Uluru gaining insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food, and music.

    Uluru Mala Walk
    Uluru 1h-1h30m 2km
    Walk along the northwest side of Uluru with your CEO to learn about the history of the area, stories of the Anangu people and these awe-inspiring uplifted sandstone rock formations.

    Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit
    Learn about the Aboriginal culture in the area to get a better perspective of the history, beliefs and present-day life of the Anangu people. Discover the wild world of bush tucker (indigenous food), find out which plants are used in bush medicine, and hear stories from the Dreaming.

    The afternoon is at your leisure.

    Free Time
    Uluru
    Enjoy some time at leisure.

    Optional Activities
    Sound of Silence Dinner

    Uluru
    195AUD per person
    Enjoy a decadent three-course buffet while watching the sunset over Uluru. Try traditional bush tucker inspired food, including crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi, while listening to a didgeridoo performance as day turns to night. After dinner, learn more about the southern night sky during an astronomy tour with a local expert.

    Uluru Helicopter Flight
    Uluru
    150-285AUD per person
    See some of the highlights of the red centre from a bird's-eye view. Take to the air and choose between a 15-minute loop around Uluru, or opt to also see Kata Tjuta on a 30-minute flight.

    Outback Astronomy Tour
    Uluru
    42AUD per person
    Enjoy a tour of the night sky, learning how Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions while getting a chance to stargaze through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback is one of the best places to stargaze, with low humidity and surrounding light - take a peek and see whats out there! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Uluru/Alice Springs

    Enjoy another sunrise over Uluru, then take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park and view the beautiful red-domed rock formations.
    Continue to Alice Springs for the night.

    Kata Tjuta National Park
    Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga 1h30m-2h
    Take a walk in Kata Tjuta National Park to explore the beautiful, red, domed rocks that comprise the site. While Uluru is the most famous landmark in the park, we explore a bit further afield to enjoy this stunning landscape.

    Minibus
    Uluru - Alice Springs 6h470km
    It's bigger than a van, smaller than a bus, and just the right size for adventure. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne

    Catch a flight and arrive in the afternoon. Enjoy a free evening to explore the city.

    Taxicab
    Alice Springs - Alice Springs Airport 30m
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.

    Plane
    Alice Springs - Melbourne 2h45m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Taxicab
    Melbourne 30m-1h
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Melbourne

    Enjoy a free day with option to explore the Great Ocean Road or the many wineries in the area.

    Free Time
    Melbourne Full Day
    Free time to explore the city or take an excursion.

    Optional Activities
    Great Ocean Road Day excursion

    Great Ocean Road 12h-13h
    150-195AUD per person
    Enjoy an excursion along the Great Ocean Road showcasing some of Australia's most scenic coastal views.

    This evening, enjoy a discussion on Australian wines with a three-plate tasting menu and wine pairings at the Mill House chef's table.

    Mill House Food and Wine Experience
    Melbourne 1h30m
    Enjoy a discussion on Australian wines with a tasting menu with matching wines at the chef's table of a popular Melbourne restaurant. Tasting dishes can include: King fish Cerviche, Beef Empanada with Chimichurri sauce, Chicken Parfait with flat bread, Brisket, cous cous and Red wine Jus and Apple and Rhubarb desert. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Melbourne

    Depart at any time.

    If you want more time to explore Melbourne, we recommend booking post nights with your agent

    Departure Day (Activities)
    Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 570-745 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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