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AAT Kings: Australian Highlights 24/25

13 days 12 nights
Melbourne to Sydney
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Embark on an unforgettable 13-day Australian adventure with a dedicated travel director and driver guide, showcasing its iconic cityscapes and breathtaking natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the energy of Melbourne, exploring its vibrant street art scene, and Sydney, marveling at the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. Relax in centrally located premium hotels and enjoy seamless travel with included arrival and departure private airport transfers.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne

Settle into your hotel on the banks of the Yarra River and meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Staying in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (1 night)
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Melbourne Laneway

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience to the Penguin Parade (own expense) or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Staying in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (1 night)

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Great Ocean Road

If you’re still getting your Melbourne bearings, linger in town to explore boutiques, galleries, and eclectic suburbs. Or, perhaps exploring the city on foot with a History and Donuts Walking Tour is more your thing. But if it’s time to venture further afield, you might want to sign up to discover the Great Ocean Road, a stretch of coastline that deserves its reputation as one of the most scenic touring routes in the world.

Staying in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (1 night)

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Telegraph Station, Alice Springs

Some parts of Australia are so remote that the only way kids can get an education is remotely via the School of the Air. Your next stop is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Being this far flung also means there’s no light pollution from cars or skyscrapers. The result? Unrivalled stargazing (and a BBQ feast) with the Falzon family at their eco-oriented Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.

Staying in:

  • Mercure Alice Springs Resort (1 night)
Domestic Flight - Melbourne to Alice Springs

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Spiritual, sacred and spectacular, the world's largest rock monolith will give you goosebumps. In Australia's Red Centre, Uluru has been home to the Anangu for millennia. Their connection is palpable, as you'll discover when you arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, at sunset watching the shifting colours transform the desert with every last ray (sparkling wine essential).

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  • Desert Gardens (1 night)

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Uluru

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for, it’s sunrise over Uluru. Incredibly, the Rock’s base caves are home to First Nations art that dates back tens of thousands of years. What an honour to glimpse it. The ochres and silvery greens of the NT outback follow you to Kata Tjuta, where Walpa Gorge humbles with its soaring cliffs. Wander through the tallest domes before yet another sparkling sunset (and sparkling wine).

Staying in:

  • Desert Gardens (1 night)

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Bruce Munro’s Field of Light

Ok, so the other reason to get up early is to view artist Bruce Munro’s installation Field of Light at dawn – 50,000 glowing spindles of light blanketing the desert. Clamber to the top of a sand dune to marvel in the morning unfolding over this very special part of the world. Later an Anangu artist will explain just what makes it so spiritual over an introduction to Western Desert art, introducing totems and symbols important to the region and represented in paintings and installations. Head to your next stop in tropical Cairns.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)
Domestic Flight - Uluru to Cairns

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Scenic Railway to Kuranda

If you’re in the habit of getting up early now, you may wish to begin your day with an optional horizon-bending hot-air-balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Prefer to stay grounded? Sign up for a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest, or surround yourself with nature riding the Scenic Railway to Kuranda returning on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – perhaps with a side visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for wetlands cruise? Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)

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Great Barrier Reef, Cairns

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on a catamaran to explore this natural wonder of over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents. Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet. A tropical buffet lunch is served on board before returning to Cairns.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)

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Sydney Opera House

Touch down in Australia’s largest city, and spend time at leisure in the buzzing metropolis of Sydney. Take a stroll along the iconic harbour, visit one of the city’s many bars, pubs, or restaurants, or simply while away the day at the beach. You decide how best to enjoy this bustling city of delights.

Staying in:

  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (1 night)
Domestic Flight - Cairns to Sydney

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go on a tour of the Sydney Opera House, discovering its architectural and performance secrets. If these sails could talk. Then see the city from the water on a Sydney Harbour Highlight Lunch Cruise enjoying a menu focusing on local food and wine. One icon to another: The world’s most famous beach beckons this afternoon, with your chance to pad along the sand at Bondi with Sydney’s beautiful people.

Staying in:

  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Blue Mountains

The hardest decision you have to make today: explore more of Sydney, or head to the Blue Mountains, 11,400 square kilometres of World Heritage listed wilderness. Or why not linger around the harbour – perhaps it’s time to glimpse it from above on a Sydney BridgeClimb? Back at ground level, you’re in the heart of the Rocks, the city’s original colonial settlement and a place of cobbled alleys and private galleries. This evening, farewell Sydney at Dinner at Midden restaurant at the Sydney Opera House.

Staying in:

  • InterContinental Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Uluru Base Walk

What an epic journey, with so many destinations explored in less than two weeks. Now you just have to sort through the photos…

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