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Exploring Australia-Including the Barossa Valley Wine Region

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Explore the diverse wonder of the land “Down Under.” A 3-day adventure in the rugged Outback introduces you to the Aboriginal life and culture of Alice Springs and Uluru, the indigenous name for Ayers Rock. Delve into the colorful world of the Great Barrier Reef.

Explore the Barossa Valley, a premier winemaking region. Meet Australia’s famous wildlife up-close with a chance to see crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, and other fascinating animals from the region. You’ll explore the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Melbourne and dine aboard its colonial tramcar.

Relax with 4-night stays in Sydney and in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Ride through the rainforest canopy in tropical Queensland and have a guided tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House. Choose to spend the day exploring the famous Blue Mountains or discover the sites of Sydney Harbor by high-speed ferry.

28 Tour dates available 2018-2020

Rate will be quoted in $USD per person, land only, double occupancy, tour inclusions and available options may vary based on departure date.

Activity level 3

This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

Day 1-3
Depart from Home

The adventure of a lifetime awaits. Cross the International Dateline, skipping a day ahead as you set out to see Australia’s vibrant cities, coastal gems, captivating Outback, and so much more!

Day 3

Melbourne, Australia – Tour Begins

Arrive today in Melbourne,* a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. You’re in for a treat tonight as you dine aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant,** the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world!

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Temperature: High  57°  Low  42°
  • Rainfall: 14″
  • Hotel: The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure

Day 4

Melbourne

Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Later, you may join an optional tour to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  57°  Low  42°
  • Rainfall: 14″
  • Hotel: The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure

Day 5

Melbourne – Adelaide – Barossa Valley

Fly to Adelaide and explore this lovely coastal city before proceeding to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  60°  Low  44°
  • Rainfall: 1″
  • Hotel: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Day 6

Barossa Valley

Set out for the 19th-century Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th generation working farm and winery set on 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside. Caretakers John and Jan Angas will welcome you and share their family’s story that extends back to the founding of Australia. Tour the farm’s historic buildings, see their livestock and one of the many vineyards before partaking in some tea and homemade specialties. Perhaps you’ll give their sweet crisp Riesling a try. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield winery for a private tour, followed by a tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  60°  Low  44°
  • Rainfall: 1″
  • Hotel: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Day 7

Barossa Valley – Alice Springs

Welcome to the Outback. Your Alice Springs tour highlights the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with amazing panoramas of the area. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme.*** Supported by the Collette Foundation, Drum Atweme is a musical organization comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, savor a memorable bush dinner set against the desert backdrop.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  72°  Low  45°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs

Day 8

Alice Springs

Come to know the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a “Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. Later, gain insight into the educational system in the Outback at the School of the Air; you may even see a class in session. Take the rest of the day to explore this quintessential Outback town.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  72°  Low  45°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Doubletree By Hilton Alice Springs

Day 9

Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock) Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock). This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying a champagne toast.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  69°  Low  40°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Desert Gardens

Day 10

Uluru – Cairns

Set off in the cool of the morning for Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” to learn about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Later, fly to Cairns – the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO World Heritage site). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  80°  Low  63°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Pacific International Cairns

Day 11

Cairns

Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy. There are two stops where you may get off and experience the forest floor’s diversity of plants, birds and animals from specially designed boardwalks. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tropical surroundings.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  80°  Low  63°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Pacific International Cairns

Day 12

Great Barrier Reef

Hop aboard a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the reef’s fascinating underwater world. Choose how you spend your day: relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or, for the more adventurous, go snorkeling, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to learn from a marine biologist. Maybe you will opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Temperature: High  80°  Low  63°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Pacific International Cairns

Day 13

Cairns

This morning, explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. Later, set out for Hartley’s Croc Farm. Get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying an authentic Aussie barbecue.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  80°  Low  63°
  • Rainfall: 0″
  • Hotel: Pacific International Cairns

Day 14

Cairns – Sydney

After a leisurely morning, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, where British settlers first dropped anchor in 1788. This evening it’s Diner’s Choice as you choose from a variety of local restaurants along bustling Darling Harbour.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  64°  Low  46°
  • Rainfall: 3″
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 15

Sydney

Join a local resident for a tour of Sydney. Begin on a driving tour of the landmarks of Sydney before disembarking for a walking tour. See Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and fashionable Paddington. Then it’s time for a stroll through the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest district. Next, discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you’re in for a unique experience as you learn firsthand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later, uncover the wonders of Sydney during free time. Your Tour Manager will be on hand to offer suggestions.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  64°  Low  46°
  • Rainfall: 3″
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 16

Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea

The choice is yours! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO). Come to know its countless geological wonders – sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness. See the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction. Or, further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass. Travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour. Visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo. Hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Temperature: High  64°  Low  46°
  • Rainfall: 3″
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Sydney               

Day 17

Sydney

Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will explore more of Sydney’s fascinating attractions, do some shopping or find yourself relaxing at a local café. This evening, say farewell to Sydney and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Temperature: High  64°  Low  46°
  • Rainfall: 3″
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Sydney                    

Day 18

Sydney – Tour Ends

You depart for home with wonderful memories of this inspiring country

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About the Author:

Laurie Johnson is travel writer, agent, and founder of Pura Vida Vacations. She finds her inspirations from travelling of the beaten path, meeting the locals, and sharing her travel stories, reviews, and tips with her readers.

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