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Sydney, Red Centre Highlights & Reef Escape

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,789

Unlock the secrets of Australia’s Red Centre on this journey across the country. Start in Sydney, the largest city, where you can see the famous Sydney Opera House. Then connect to the Red Centre to explore Uluru/Ayers Rock and the heart of the Outback. Cap off the trip in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.


This 11-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney, the Red Centre, and Cairns. 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 unique Outback town where you’ll spend a night.

Fly to Cairns in tropical northern Queensland. There you’ll have two nights to explore the city and its surrounds. You can head to the Esplanade to enjoy views of the water or book a rainforest excursion into the nearby Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda. Of course, the big draw of Cairns is its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. You can book a day trip out to the reef to explore the underwater world of the planet’s largest living structure. Be sure to take advantage of the chance to explore this magnificent natural wonder.

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


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,789

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America today on 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 Type Hotel
Economy

The Ultimo 

Moderate

Rydges World Square Sydney  

First Class Rydges Sydney Harbour
Deluxe Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Sydney 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 brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Outback Pioneer Hotel 

Moderate

The Lost Camel  

First Class/
Deluxe
Sails in the Desert Hotel - Superior Room
Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Desert Awakenings & Kata Tjuta Sunset

Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with Golden Syrup in the open air. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night. Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you'll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail.

This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with canapés and Australian wine. Tour returns to Ayers Rock Resort approximately 60 minutes after sunset.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon

Enjoy a well deserved sleep in this morning, or perhaps consider joining a morning excursion to the Field Of Light – an amazing art installation at the bast of Ayers Rock.

Later, 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
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
Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Alice Springs to Cairns

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival you will be met and transferred again to your hotel.  Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. It enjoys easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling, getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life on your Australia vacation.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Cairns Plaza Hotel 

Moderate

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside  

First Class Pacific Hotel Cairns
Deluxe Riley Hotel - Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Duration2 Nights
Day 10

Cairns at Leisure

Today is a free day to explore Cairns.  Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Great Barrier Reef or rainforest sightseeing options.

Day 11

Depart Cairns 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:

2020: 1 Apr - 5 Dec

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in USD

Economy Hotels Moderate Hotels First Class Hotels
Deluxe
Hotels
1 Apr - 31 May '20 $2,699 $2,889 $3,079 $3,169
1 - 28 Jun '20 $2,779 $2,949 $3,159 $3,259
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $3,169 $3,379 $3,569 $3,659
24 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $2,999 $3,199 $3,399 $3,489
15 Aug - 17 Sep '20 $2,829 $3,029 $3,219 $3,319
18 - 30 Sep '20 $2,829 $2,999 $3,239 $3,439
1 - 31 Oct ' 20 $2,839 $3,059 $3,299 $3,379
1 - 30 Nov '20 $2,789 $2,999 $3,179 $3,379
1 - 5 Dec '20 $2,939 $3,129 $3,269 $3,469

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 - 8 Jun '20 $3,469 $3,629 $3,779 $3,949
9 - 28 Jun '20 $3,669 $3,859 $4,049 $4,199
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $3,719 $3,959 $4,119 $4,289
24 Jul - 30 Sep '20 $3,549 $3,789 $3,949 $4,119
1 - 31 Oct '20 $3,579 $3,799 $4,019 $4,259
1 - 30 Nov '20 $3,529 $3,759 $3,939 $4,179
1 - 5 Dec '20 $3,529 $3,699 $3,839 $4,079

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 airfares from listed cities to Sydney, Ayers Rock then Alice Springs, Cairns
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney
  • Accommodation for 2 night in Ayers Rock
  • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner
  • Desert Awakenings Excursion
  • Kata Tjuta 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 nights in Alice Springs
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Cairns

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance,
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and Drinks unless specifical indicated

OTHER INFORMATION:

Actual order of touring may vary depending on departure date. due to flight schedules. Itinerary may not depart every day.

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.

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
The Lost Camel, Outback Pioneer, Sails in the Desert: 24 - 25 Jul
Aurora Alice Springs: 4 - 8 Jun, 10 - 17 Oct
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs: 4 - 8 Jun, 13 - 20 Oct,
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside: 3 - 6 Jun


19 Nov 2020
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