Welcome to Australia

Topping many a bucket list, it is not hard to see why Australia truly is a travel experience of a lifetime.  From dramatic coastlines, breathtaking beaches, barren inland and exotic wetlands; Australia has it all. Join Traveleyes as we journey to some of the most notable areas of this amazing country, starting our journey in Cairns, where we’ll head out to the Great Barrier Reef, travel through ancient rainforests and through dense and vibrant scenery.

Our next stop takes us to the world renowned Ayers Rock, a vast and imposing formation with a rich and interesting history of the Aboriginals, before flying to our next base in Sydney. Here we’ll explore one of the world’s most famous cities which is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach, arguably Australia’s most famous beach.

Our final destination on our tour of Australia takes us to the buzzing city of Melbourne, home to some of the country’s coolest spots and best coffee! Here we’ll explore the surrounding wine valleys and even manage a trip along the Great Ocean Road.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit nature's outstanding Great Barrier Reef
  • Experience Ayers Rock at sunset
  • Climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Uncover quirky Melbourne on a city tour
  • Take the stunning coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road
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  • Dates & Prices

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    February 6 - February 22, 2020 (17 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £5269 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £3969 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 4169 GBP Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 2869 GBP Contact us for availability

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    Bright pink flowers dusted over greenery next to Bondi Beach.
  • Flinders street station illuminated as the night draws in.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights' accommodation at Bay Village Tropical Retreat in Cairns
    • 2 nights' accommodation at The Outback Pioneer in Uluru
    • 4 nights' accommodation at Ibis Sydney World Square in Sydney
    • 4 nights' accommodation at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street in Melbourne
    • Internal flight Cairns to Ayers Rock
    • Internal flight Ayers Rock to Sydney
    • Internal flight Sydney to Melbourne
    • All breakfasts and one lunch
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Great Barrier Reef full day boat cruise
    • Olgas & Ayers Rock sunset tour
    • Ayers Rock sunrise and base tour
    • City tour of Sydney
    • Bondi Beach Visit
    • City tour of Melbourne
    • Kuranda Scenic Rail Tour (optional - £125)
    • Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour (optional - £125)
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (optional - £165)
    • Sydney Harbour boat cruise (optional - £25)
    • Blue Mountains and Wildlife Park (optional - £95)
    • Puffing Billy Train and Wine Valley tour (optional - £110)
    • Great Ocean Road tour (optional - £95)
    A bright blue channel of water between banks of sand and turquoise pools of water in the Great Barrier Reef.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 6th February

Today we depart and begin our journey to the land down under!

Overnight in flight.

Friday 7th February

This afternoon we touch down in Cairns, Australia! We shall head straight to our hotel and spend this evening at leisure after our long journey.

Overnight in Cairns.

Saturday 8th February

Today we shall take a boat cruise to the incomparable Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world and the only living phenomenon on the planet that can be seen from space. We set sail to Michaelmas Cay – a sand cay encircled by reef, National Park, and a sanctuary for seabirds. Lounge atop the deck and bask in the glorious Australian sun, as we voyage to the cay. Here we can dive into the tranquil, crystal clear waters, and swim and snorkel with the delights that lie beneath the ocean’s surface to take in the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. We shall later return to our hotel and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Cairns.

Sunday 9th February

Today is a free day, so take some time to explore one of Australia’s most popular cities. Wander through the town to get a feel for life here, or hop on a local bus and head to Trinity Beach about 20km away for some time on the sand!

Alternatively, you may wish to join us for an optional excursion along the Kuranda Railway. Our day starts at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where we’ll be met by our indigenous guide who will show us through the park, including bush food demonstrations, didgeridoo demonstrations and the famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe. Following this, we venture to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where we then glide through the rainforest. We’ll then arrive into Kuranda village before boarding the world-famous train for a spectacular journey through breathtaking scenery, dense rainforests, and across vast bridges.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Cairns.

Monday 10th February

With no scheduled activities, today is at leisure. Take some time to embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Cairns, and maybe spend the day relaxing by the pool side.

For those looking to explore the area more, you may wish to join our optional excursion to the ancient rainforests of the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park. Here we’ll visit Mossman Gorge Centre, to sample some morning tea before boarding the shuttle to Mossman Gorge itself. Our guide shall take us through a walk along the boardwalk and share the secrets of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. We’ll then board the Daintree River Cruise as we discover the intricate ecosystem here. As we voyage down the river, keep a lookout for the saltwater crocodiles that reside here! Back on land, we shall then enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch (a true Aussie staple) in the rainforest of Noah Valley. Finally, we make our way to Cape Tribulation, where the forest meets the reef! Snack on the refreshing ice cream provided here, as you take in the outstanding, glorious, and unforgettable scenery of this area.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Cairns.

Tuesday 11th February

Today we must bid farewell to Cairns as we make our way to one of the most famous landmarks in Australia – Ayers Rock! Considered sacred to local aboriginals, the spectacular rock changes colours in accordance with the sun, from bright orange, to deep red, and then to grey as the night comes in.

This afternoon, we’ll travel to the western section of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to witness the 36 rock domes that have formed there. Here we can take a walk into Walpa Gorge to discover the fauna and flora of the region, many of which have only ever been found in between these rocky formations and cease to exist elsewhere in the world. Just in time for sunset, we’ll head to a special vantage point where we can witness the ever changing colours as they transform from gentle, dusky blues to the vivid and fierce reds and oranges that are synonymous with the area.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ayers Rock.

Wednesday 12th February

This morning we rise early to witness the day’s first light as it falls over the region, illuminating the spectacular Uluru in an array of fantastic colours. We’ll then explore the base of Uluru, where we can see the marks and carvings left from the Aboriginals, before heading to the Maruka Arts, Crafts and Cultural Centre to learn some more about the Anangu Aboriginal culture. With roots back to the Stone Age, the Aboriginals of Australia hold an extremely important role in the country’s history. Here we can hope to learn more about their culture and beliefs, the injustices they have faced, and their respect for the land on which they have lived.

This afternoon is at leisure. Some of you may wish to relax by the pool after a busy few days, or there are many opportunities to join in traditional Aboriginal activities around Uluru. These include indigenous markets, guided garden walks, cultural dance workshops, or spear and boomerang throwing!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Ayers Rock.

Thursday 13th February

Today we travel from Uluru to Sydney, which will be our base of exploration for the next few days. Upon arriving, we’ll transfer to our hotel and the evening is free time for you to explore the area!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Sydney.

Friday 14th February

On our first day in Australia’s most iconic city, we get acclimatised with Sydney on a guided tour. We’ll head to “The Rocks”, an area once home to British convicts, before visiting the world famous Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, and Darling Harbour. This afternoon, we’ll wind down the tempo as we visit Bondi Beach. Here you’ll have some free time, so it’s up to you if you want to catch some rays, take a dip in the ocean or, for the daring, hop on a surfboard to catch some waves. For those not prone to beach life, the Bondi Coastal Walk is a great way to explore the area!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Sydney.

Saturday 15th February

For your first free day in Sydney, you may want to head to the bustling central district to check out the shops or find a cafe to sample some of Australia’s notoriously tasty coffee.

You may choose to participate in one of today’s optional excursions, which is a once in a lifetime experience – climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge! The tour begins with a briefing and explanation of the climb, before you head along the top arch of the bridge as you make your way to the summit; an impressive 134 metres above the harbour!

This afternoon there will also be the opportunity to take to the water on a boat cruise around the harbour, sailing past the Opera House, under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past Sydney’s iconic and impressive million dollar waterfront mansions!

Breakfast included. Overnight in Sydney.

Sunday 16th February

With so much to do in Sydney, another free day is exactly what you need to make sure you get the most out of this magnificent city! For those who wish to, there is the option to visit the Blue Mountains. This vast region of over 14,000km2 is largely covered by eucalyptus tress, and gained its name from the mist which rises from the forests, coating the area in a mystical blue haze.

We’ll stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, before arriving to Scenic World where you may wish to join one of the Blue Mountain rides. Following this, we’ll stop for lunch in Leura village before heading to the wildlife park where a selection of Australia’s most iconic animals can be seen (here’s looking at you Koalas!). You may wish to take the ferry back to Sydney, ending your day cruising down the Parramatta River, or stay on the bus for your included transportation home.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Sydney.

Monday 17th February

Today we bid farewell to Sydney as we head to Australia’s capital of cool, Melbourne. Victoria’s cultural hub, home to creative and mouth-watering food, bustling streets adorned with vibrant graffiti and an abundance of entertainment, it’s easy to see why this is a must visit destination for many. Enjoy an evening of leisure in this buzzing city before we begin our exploring tomorrow.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Melbourne.

Tuesday 18th February

This morning we’ll embark on a tour of Melbourne which will introduce us to the city’s most notable sights, such as Bourke Street Mall, China Town, Queen Victoria Markets, and Flinders Street Station. As we journey through the city’s famous lanes and alleyways, we’ll learn more about how this thriving metropolis evolved its appealing present-day persona.

This afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to visit Phillip Island to witness the Penguin Parade, or head out of the CBD to one of the surrounding neighbourhoods such as Fitzroy. Each neighbourhood in Melbourne has its own identity, from the beach vibes in St Kilda, to the hipster feel of Brunswick.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Melbourne.

Wednesday 19th February

Enjoy a day at your own pace today. You may wish to head out and find a cosy café to settle in and watch the world go by. After all, Melbourne boasts some of the best brunch spots in the world. Or head to Edithville for some rays on the beach.

Today’s optional excursion sees us venture from the CBD to further inland, as we drive through Ferntree Gully to the Dandenong Ranges and Grants Reserve. On the way we’ll stop at Sherbrooke Forest, home to an abundance of local wildlife such as lyrebirds and kookaburras. We’ll then enjoy a ride on the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train, which is arguably Australia’s most notable narrow gauge railway and takes us through beautiful scenery. We’ll journey into Melbourne’s most premium wine making region, home to dozens of vineyards and gourmet food producers. Here we’ll be able to sample some of the delectable wines produced here, before enjoying lunch overlooking the lush vineyards.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Melbourne.

Thursday 20th February

Some of you may wish to spend the day shopping in the CBD, strolling down the Yarra, and immersing yourself into the Melbourne way of life.

Alternatively, join our optional excursion to the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles, known as one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. There are countless beautiful spots here to stop along the way and experience notable rock formations such as Gipson Steps, the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and The Grotto.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Melbourne.

Friday 21st February

Unfortunately, our time in the land down under must come to an end today, as we transfer to the airport to begin our journey home.

Breakfast included. Overnight in flight.

Saturday 22nd February

We touch down in the UK today and bid farewell to the group, until next time!

Single supplement – £750

Optional excursions – please note optional excursions are subject to availability and must be booked 12 weeks before departure.

  • Please note all optional excursions are public tours.

Visas – All travellers are required to have a visa to enter Australia. Please check you meet the individual visa requirements before booking this holiday.