Australia with ‘Top End’ Extension

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Explore Australia’s larger-than-life natural and man-made wonders, from the sun-baked Outback, lush rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, to some of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

Australia is big... really big!This vast island continentcould swallow up Europewhole, with room to spare.For some 50,000 years, a tinyAboriginal population lived herein harmony with the untamedprimal wilderness, undisturbed bythe outside world until Europeancolonisers arrived, spearheaded byLieutenant James Cook in 1770. Since thenAustralia has flourished, and now makes herpresence felt around the world, thanks inlarge part to the boundless enthusiasm andresourcefulness of her people, the outgoing,energetic descendants of convicts, gold miners,explorers, traders and adventurous settlers downthe centuries.

You’ll travel in style on trains, boats and planes(and luxury coach) on your escorted Australianadventure, where diversity is the watchword atevery turn, serving up sights, sounds and exoticexperiences to delight all your senses. Our itineraryreads like a roll-call of world-renowned touristicons, from sunset-reddened Ayers Rock to SydneyHarbour Bridge, ‘the Coathanger’, silhouetted againstthe evening sky; the wine-rich Barossa Valley;eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains; and the1,400-mile-long underwater paradise teeming withlife that is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest livingstructure on the planet.

Australia’s land-based fauna is extraordinarytoo; kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, kookaburras andemus are strangely familiar from a thousand wildlifedocumentaries, but never less than astonishing whenyou finally meet them in the flesh in their naturalhabitat.

Our adventure begins in sporting-mad Melbourne,capital of culture, whose 88-storey glass and steelEureka Skydeck Tower commands spectacular vistasover the city’s Victorian architecture and historic‘Queen Vic’ street market, the illustrious Cricket Ground, and the Rod Laver Arena. We’ll head outto the Dandenong Ranges and ride the famousPuffing Billy steam train, and you’ll have plenty ofopportunities to roam the city at leisure on its freetramcar services, and wander among the boutiques,cafés and bars in the winding ‘laneways’.

We’ll leave Melbourne and head along the GreatOcean Road towards the garden city of Adelaide,enjoying breath-taking scenery, most memorablythe Shipwreck Coast’s crumbling limestone stacks,known as the ’Twelve Apostles’, offshore of the PortCampbell National Park. Our route also takes inthe stunning Blue Lake at volcanic Mount Gambier,and the wine-growing Coonawarra Region, beforearriving in the South Australian capital for somemore ‘city time’. Another fine wine region, theBarossa Valley, lies close enough to Adelaide toafford us a wonderful day out, and the chance foryou to sample the produce at its oldest winery.

From Adelaide you’ll fly to Alice Springs and the‘Red Centre’ where the barren outcrop of iconicUluru (Ayers Rock), shrouded in Dreamtime legends,towers incongruously above the flat vastness ofthe sun-baked Outback. In ‘the Alice’ you’ll enjoy awonderful outback dinner around the campfire andunder the awe-inspiring southern constellations. Ourtwo night stays in both Alice Springs and Ayers Rockensure you have plenty of time to enjoy both theseamazing places without feeling ‘hurried’.

On selected departures we offer an even morecomplete Aussie experience when our tour includesan extra three nights in Darwin, Kakadu NationalPark and the stunning Katherine Gorge - some ofAustralia’s most memorable landscapes and wildlife, including the famous saltwater crocs!

Of course, no visit to Australia would be completewithout experiencing the astounding Great BarrierReef, lying sandwiched between white coral sandbeaches with turquoise waters and the lush, greentropical rainforest. We have a relaxing four nightstay at one of Cairn’s best hotels so that you haveplenty of time to enjoy the many experiences onoffer. Whether snorkelling or in a glass-bottomedboat, you’ll be astounded at the coral reef’s vividlycolourful inhabitants, and with such a teemingabundance of wildlife all around you in forest,ocean and sky, you cannot help but feel a strongconnection with the life force of the naturalworld here.

If you had to choose a spectacular venue for thefinale to this holiday experience of a lifetime, surelynone could surpass sophisticated, cosmopolitanSydney, the coastal city ‘par excellence’, with itsiconic Opera House, the glorious surfer’s paradise ofBondi Beach, and the soaring Harbour Bridge – climbit, if you dare! Wonderful beaches, harbour cruises,opera, fine dining, excellent shopping, a superb day’sexcursion into the glorious Blue Mountains - Sydneyis a ‘holiday in a city’ in its own right.

Big, brash and beautiful, Australia serves up aheady cocktail, with extraordinary ingredients:modern cities and ancient folklore, mountains andrainforest, desert and seascapes, culture and the‘great outdoors’, all mixed to exhilarating effect.It’s unmissable!

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Cairns and Sydney
  • Visit timeless Uluru (Ayers Rock) at both sunrise and sunset, and experience a guided walk at its base
  • Journey along the full route of the Great Ocean Road, enjoying spectacular coastal scenery and the Twelve Apostles
  • Full-day catamaran cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a guided walk of Sydney ending in Bondi Beach and a guided tour of the famous Sydney Harbour
  • Explore Alice Springs, enjoy an amazing Outback dinner under the stars and take a walk in the MacDonnell Ranges
  • Enjoy a dinner on the iconic Colonial Tramcar in Melbourne and a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train
  • Experience the Barossa Valley, including a winery tour and tasting
  • Visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum
  • See the incredible domes of the Olgas
  • Discover the amazing rainforest around Cairns on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Experience the breathtaking landscapes and Eucalypt forests of the Blue Mountains
  • Visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, see ancient rock art and discover Aboriginal culture, plus enjoy a dinner cruise along the stunning Katherine Gorge
  • Return flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester
  • Stay in hand-picked three-star to five-star hotels, with daily breakfast and three meals
  • The services of our experienced tour manager throughout
  • Selected departures in June 2019

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. It includes scheduled flights to Melbourne and returning from Sydney and all domestic flights within Australia; all transfers; 21 nights’ accommodation on the 25-day tour in three, four and five-star hotels; daily breakfast and three meals hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person; all local accommodation taxes; all flight/airport charges and taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

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