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Australian Highlights

13 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

See and taste the best of Australia, taking in Alice Springs, Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney, Cairns and more.

"Quality of activities was first rate"


About this trip

A chance to explore Australia's must-sees: from the Great Barrier Reef to Aboriginal culture, the sights and sounds of Sydney, pleasures of arty Melbourne and Western Desert art.  You'll enjoy Insider moments like... discovering the beauty and meaning of Aboriginal dot painting, then creating your own to take home. And going under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House on a private tour of this historic site.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IMSE

12 Nights


18 Meals
  • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Australian Highlights

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Melbourne (3 Nights)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Early evening join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, for what is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Welcome Reception
Dinner with wine
Crowne Plaza

2. Melbourne Sightseeing

Explore Melbourne on a city sights tour then discover its eclectic little laneways, arcades, café society and fascinating street art on your Cultural Insight private walking tour. The rest of your day is free for you to do as you please. You may like to take an Optional Experience to Phillip Island to see the famous Penguin Parade on Summerland Beach or maybe you'd prefer to relax or even experience some of Melbourne's well-known food and culture.

Buffet Breakfast

3. Melbourne Free Time

Today is free for you to explore the delights of Melbourne. Consider a full day Optional Experience to the Great Ocean Road to discover the stunning coastline and the Twelve Apostles. Or maybe treat yourself to a theatre production or indulge in some world-class fare at one of the city's famous eateries.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Melbourne - Alice Springs

Today you fly to Alice Springs. On arrival visit School of the Air and hear from a Local Specialist how it delivers education to children living in remote areas. Next stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, where you'll join a Local Specialist to learn how this facility provides a 'mantle of safety' to the people of the outback. This evening join us on a discovery tour at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner and afterwards hear from the Falzon brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Chifley Alice Springs Resort

5. Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2 Nights)

Journey across rugged outback landscapes to Ayers Rock Resort. On arrival, travel to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park to see the spectacular sunset. Enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as Uluru (Ayers Rock) changes colour as the sun dips below the western horizon.

Buffet Breakfast
Desert Gardens Authentic Accommodation

6. Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This morning, view the magical Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunrise. Afterwards, gain a Cultural Insight into the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu, as you tour the caves at the base of Uluru discovering ancient rock art and hearing stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Travel through the desert plains to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Take a walk at Walpa Gorge and later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine.

Buffet Breakfast

7. Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns (3 Nights)

Join your Local Specialist Aboriginal artist for a fun introduction to Western Desert Art. Your Anangu artist will explain the meanings of their totems, before assisting you to complete your own painting to take home as a memento of your experience. In the afternoon you will fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Buffet Breakfast

8. Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns. This evening you'll dine at Dundee's Restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

9. Cairns Free Time

Spend your free day relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatre, didgeridoo and fire-making demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai dance. Or visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an opportunity to encounter native Australian animals. You could travel to Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and return to the lowlands above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park through some of the oldest rainforest in the world on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Buffet Breakfast

10. Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

Today you will fly to Sydney. This evening is free for you to do as you wish. Your Travel Director will give you hints and tips on the best places to eat, and after dinner why not take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront.

Buffet Breakfast
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

11. Sydney Sightseeing

A day of sightseeing around this stunning harbour city awaits! Join a Local Specialist for a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House before discovering Sydney's Eastern Suburbs and putting your feet in the sand on famous Bondi Beach. Then take to the water on a Captain Cook Lunch Cruise Regional Meal, sailing around the glistening harbour while you enjoy a fresh seasonal menu. Spend the rest of your day seeing the sights of your choice or relax and take a stroll around the harbour front. Maybe even take an Optional Experience to see a performance under the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

12. Sydney Free Time

Enjoy a free day in exciting Sydney. Maybe take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. You'll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pat a cuddly koala. See our amazing Australian animals including kangaroos and crocodiles. Or if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'. Tonight celebrate your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends at a local restaurant by the water.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

13. Depart Sydney

This morning after breakfast say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your memorable holiday throughout Australia comes to an end. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Desert Gardens Hotel - Ayers Rock You'll discover the stunning heart of the Red Centre from this Authentic Accommodation. Revealing the natural beauty of this unique landscape, the hotel offers incredible views of towering gums, flowering native shrubs, glowing red dunes and legendary Uluṟu.

  • Be My Guest
    at an Aussie Barbecue in the Outback.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Melbourne's hidden laneways and discover ancient rock art at the base of Uluru.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park - Red Centre Northern Territory You'll explore the park and discover how your visit helps support not only the environment, but the traditions of the native Mutitjulu community.

  • Local Specialists
    with a teacher at School of the Air, a guide at Royal Flying Doctor Service and Sydney Opera House and an Aboriginal artist in Uluru.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Sydney.

    • Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

    • View spectacular outback sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

    • Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

What's Included


    • 12 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

    • 2 lunches.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience


Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.

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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 17 Reviews

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    It was a very well organized trip that was just as advertised. The Tour Director and drivers were great

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    the hotels were nice , the trip was well organized, the sites were amazing. We had a wonderful time . the travel guide Christin was very knowledgeable.

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    Service rating : Outstanding, friendly, and caring service. I know it wasn't always easy herding around a bunch of cats (tourists) everywhere they're supposed to go but they did a tremendous job.Product : The "Be my guest" night was fantastic. Learned so much and so so many things I never

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    Service rating : A week before we departed I looked at the resorts we were going to be staying the Sheraton Island resort & Spa was closed due to the hurricane. I phone my agent and informed her of this. So she called Trafalgar and ask if this was true. Trafalgar had no idea that the resort

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    It was excellent

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13 Days, 1 Country, 5 Cities

Australian Highlights

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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Melbourne to Alice Springs - QF796; Day 7 from Ayers Rock to Cairns - QF1854; Day 10 from Cairns to Sydney - QF925. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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