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Melbourne, Red Centre & Sydney Discovery

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,689

Unlock the secrets of the Red Centre and Australia’s most popular cities on this great introductory vacation. Start in Sydney, where you’ll see the famous harbour and Sydney Opera House, before you head to the Northern Territory to see Uluru and stretches of the Outback. Cap off your trip in trendy Melbourne.


This 11-day Australian vacation takes you to the Red Centre as well as the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. It features your choice of accommodation level, shared tours, and is a great introduction to Australia. 

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean that takes you to Sydney, the largest city in Australia and home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. You’ll have two nights in Sydney to explore at your leisure. You can spend your time exploring the obvious landmarks, from the beautiful Sydney Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, where you can book a BridgeClimb if you’re so daring. You can head to Taronga Zoo to see some of the loveable marsupials that make Australia so famous, or spend a sunny afternoon on Bondi Beach, getting in touch with the surfer culture that helps define the country. 

After seeing Sydney as you see fit, fly to the Red Centre and Uluru/Ayers Rock, your base for the next few nights. This sacred monolith is Australia’s premiere natural icon and one of the cornerstones of Indigenous culture in the centre of the country. On your first night, spend four hours unlocking the magic of the rock with the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Stroll through the sand dunes, watch sunset over Uluru, and enjoy the Milky Way come alive in the hours after sundown. The next morning, wake before dawn to watch the sun rise over the sandstone monolith. You’ll also go for a walk in the company of an Indigenous guide and see the rock paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole before enjoying drinks at sunset near Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. 

Head north to Kings Canyon Resort, where you’ll spend sunset enjoying views at Carmichaels Crag. The next morning, explore the rim of Kings Canyon and have the option of hiking down to the oasis in the canyon. That evening, head along the Stuart Highway on route to Alice Springs, the quintessential Outback town. From Alice Springs, fly to Melbourne, where you’ll have two nights to explore one of Australia’s most exciting cities. Experience the buzzed-about appeal of this famously livable city. Visit Federation Square to discover new laneway cafes and bars around each corner or venture into the Yarra Valley to enjoy celebrated Australia wines. Head up to the Eureka Skydeck for spectacular views or stroll along the famous pier at St. Kilda Beach. 

At the end of your stay, you’ll head to the airport to fly back home. 


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,689

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America today for your flight to Australia.

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day as you cross the international dateline.  This day is regained on your return journey

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will met and transferred by private vehicle to your Sydney accommodation. The remainder of your day is at leisure.   Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy The Ultimo 
Moderate Rydges World Square Sydney
First Class

Rydges Sydney Harbour

Deluxe

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Sydney.  Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Sydney sightseeing options

Day 5

Sydney to Ayers Rock and Sounds of Silence Dinner

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight on Ayers Rock.  On arrival in Ayers Rock enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax.

Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you are the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on a barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as our resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after a delicious dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine.

 

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Outback Pioneer Hotel 
Moderate The Lost Camel
First Class

Sails in the Desert Hotel- Superior Room 

Deluxe

Sails in the Desert Hotel- Terrace Room

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Uluru Sunrise with Kata Tjuta and Sunset

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta.

Later, visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. Later travel around the base of Uluru with a local Driver Guide. Learn about the native flora, fauna and intriguing cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu, and discover an array of fascinating sacred sites. Join your Driver Guide for a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You'll explore a number of caves and view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Guide interprets their meaning and significance. Travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area, 'Sunset Strip' and relax with a glass of wine and Nibbles as the sun sets over the western horizon and the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

 

Day 7

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

Enjoy a well deserved sleep in, or perhaps join a sunrise tour to view the Field of Light, a spectacular outdoor art installation at the base of Ayers Rock. 

Travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.

 

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy/
Moderate

Kings Canyon Resort - Standard Room 

First Class/
Deluxe
Kings Canyon Resort - Deluxe Spa Room
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Kings Canyon Climb & Alice Springs

Your guide will escort you on the rocky climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. The views of Watarrka National Park from the top of the canyon are magnificent as are the views down into the canyon itself. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to view the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend to the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The walk may take up to 3 hours and is rocky and steep in parts. It is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor with our Driver/Guide.

Travel by luxury coach through beautiful desert landscapes. Stop at Kings Creek Station, a working cattle/camel station for lunch (own expense), why not try their famous camel burger. Followed by a brief stop at Angus Downs. From Angus Downs the coach stops at Erldunda, where you may purchase afternoon tea. Travel along the Stuart Highway before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Aurora Alice Springs 

Moderate

DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs  

First Class Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Deluxe Room
Deluxe Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters - Premier Room
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Alice Springs to Melbourne

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne, on arrival you will be met and transferred again to your hotel.  Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining on an Australia vacation.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

The Victoria Hotel 

Moderate

Clarion Suites Gateway  

First Class Crown Promenade Hotel
Deluxe Crown Metropol Hotel
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Melbourne.  Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Melbourne sightseeing options.

Day 11

Depart Melbourne for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to North America.  Of course, if you have time, why not stay longer and explore more of Australia?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in US $

Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

1 Apr - 31 May '20 $2,599 $2,849 $3,069 $3,099
1 - 28 Jun '20 $2,679 $2,899 $3,149 $3,189
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $2,979 $3,199 $3,469 $3,499
24 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $2,799 $3,039 $3,299 $3,339
15 Aug - 30 Sep '20 $2,719 $2,949 $3,199 $3,249
1  - 31 Oct '20 $2,739 $3,029 $3,229 $3,369
1  - 30 Nov '20 $2,689 $2,979 $3,159 $3,299
1 - 5 Dec '20  $2,759 $2,999 $3,169 $3,299

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco/Sacramento add $180, Dallas/ Seattle add $240, from Portland add $275, New York add $300, Denver/Houston/Salt Lake City add $315, Minneapolis/St Louis/New Orleans add $325 Buffalo/Boston/Detroit/Memphis/ Orlando add $400, Atlanta add $480.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

 

Departures from
Vancouver 
Prices in CAD$


Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

1 Apr - 31 May '20 $3,349 $3,579 $3,789 $3,879
1 - 8 Jun '20 $3,389 $3,649 $3,889 $4,169
9 - 28 Jun '20 $3,559 $3,799 $4,059 $4,139
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $3,599 $3,869 $4,129 $4,219
24 Jul - 30 Sep '20 $3,449 $3,699 $3,959 $4,049
1 - 31 Oct '20 $3,479 $3,789 $4,019 $4,189
1 - 30 Nov '20  $3,429 $3,739 $3,939 $4,099
1 - 5 Dec '20 $3,429 $3,669 $3,839 $3,999

For departures from Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna/Kamloops/Winnipeg add $120, Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/Halifax add $240 pp, Saskatoon add $500, St Johns /Quebec City/Regina add $775, Charlottetown/Sydney/Fredericton/ Moncton/St John/Halifax add $930.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD)
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Ayers Rock 
  • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner
  • Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta Excursion
  • Uluru Sacred Sites and Sunset Excursion
  • Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon Excursion
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Kings Canyon
  • Kings Canyon Climb Excursion
  • Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Excursion
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Alice Springs
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Melbourne

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Actual order of touring may vary depending on departure date. Due to flight schedules, itinerary may not depart every day.

Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over ­­any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

The Ultimo 8 Aug   
Rydges World Square

8 Aug, 19 Sep, 11 Nov

Aurora Alice Springs

4 - 8 Jun, 10 - 17 Oct   

Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs 4 - 8 Jun, 13 - 20 Oct, 
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs 1 - 4 May, 5 - 8 Jun, 4 - 7 Sep, 13 - 20 Sep, 10 - 17 Oct
Victoria Hotel 25 - 26 Sep, 31 Oct - 7 Nov, 14 - 15 Nov  
Clarion Suites 25 - 26 Sep, 31 Oct - 3 Nov     
Crown Promenade   25 - 26 Sep, 16 - 17 Oct, 23 - 24 Oct, 30 - 31 Oct, 2 - 3 Nov

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, upgrades, extensions and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire.    

 


19 Nov 2020
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