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Ultimate Australia and Tasmania

Resort:Ultimate Australia and Tasmania
Operator: Saga
Destination: Australia, Tasmania
Price From: £6699.00

Say g’day to Australia

For an epic holiday Down Under, join this month-long exploration of Australia. Experience the best of the Red Continent’s unconquerable spirit and multifaceted nature, from its cosmopolitan capitals and outback communities, to the breathtaking deserts, tropical rainforests and sun-kissed coasts.

Including…

27 nights in hotels and 2 in flight 

30 meals: 27 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide state capitals
  • Alice Springs guided tour
  • Uluru at sunset and sunrise
  • Sounds of Silence experience
  • Visit the Olgas
  • Cruise to Frankland Island in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Sightseeing tour of Canberra
  • Australian War Memorial visit
  • Visit the former convict site of Port Arthur
  • Scenic tour to Cradle Mountain
  • Visit Dove Lake
  • Riding aboard the ‘Puffing Billy’
  • Scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • Wine tasting in Coonawarra
  • Cleland Wildlife Park visit

Itinerary

Day 1 UK-Perth

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to Heathrow, fly overnight to Perth.

Day 2 UK-Perth

Transfer to the Mercure Perth (3Q+) for a two-night stay.

Day 3 Perth

You can enjoy fabulous views from Kings Park, a magnificent swathe of unspoilt bushland, and on a short cruise along the Swan River to the port town of Fremantle, all on an included full-day city tour. B

Day 4 Perth-Alice Springs

Fly to Alice Springs this afternoon and stay two nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton (4Q). B

Day 5 Alice Springs

Gain an insight into the challenges of life in The Alice on a half-day tour, including to the famous Flying Doctor base and the old telegraph station. B

Day 6 Alice Springs-Uluru

Today you travel through the outback to Uluru where, this evening, you’ll be served wine while watching the sunset over what’s also known as Ayres Rock. Stay two nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel (3Q) or Outback Pioneer Hotel (3Q). B

Day 7 Uluru

Admire the spectacular domed-rock formations of the Olgas this morning. Later, look forward to a unique Sounds of Silence dining experience at Uluru. B. D

Day 8 Uluru

Return to see the sunrise over monumental Uluru and enjoy a tour of the rock’s base before joining an afternoon flight to Cairns where you stay four nights at the Pacific Hotel (4Q). B

Day 9 Cairns

An optional excursion to the village of Kuranda gives you the chance to explore Queensland’s tropical rainforest. B

Optional excursions

Kuranda |

Travel into The Wet Tropics World-Heritage listed rainforest to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. From here you can choose to ride on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway or journey aboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Day 10 Great Barrier Reef

After cruising along the Mulgrave River, spend the day on Frankland Island for a unique reef encounter. B, L

Day 11 Cairns

Enjoy the day at leisure. B

Day 12 Cairns-Brisbane

Fly to Brisbane and join a half-day sightseeing tour of Queensland’s arty capital. Stay two nights at the Novotel Brisbane (4Q). B

Day 13 Brisbane

Perhaps visit the home of the late Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, on an optional excursion to Australia Zoo. B

Optional excursions

Australia Zoo |Full day

This conservation zoo is home to an incredible array of animals from around the world, including tigers, elephants, crocodiles and rhinos.

Day 14 Brisbane-Canberra

Fly to the Australian capital of Canberra and appreciate the city’s splendid setting and design on a half-day sightseeing tour. Stay overnight at the Novotel Canberra (4Q). B

Day 15 Canberra-Sydney

After a morning visit to the Australian War Memorial Museum, continue to Sydney for a three-night stay at the Rydges World Square Hotel (3Q). B

Day 16 Sydney

See the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge on a half-day city tour with lunch at a local restaurant. B, L

Day 17 Sydney

An optional outing will reveal the immense beauty of the Blue Mountains. B

Optional excursions

Blue Mountains |Full day

Travel into the Blue Mountains where you’ll be greeted by magnificent vistas and some fascinating features, such as the sandstone formation towering over the Jamieson Valley. 

Day 18 Sydney-Hobart

Fly south to the island of Tasmania and stay two nights at the Best Western Hobart (3Q). B

Day 19 Port Arthur

Explore the restored buildings and ruins of the former convict site of Port Arthur on an included full-day tour which also features a cruise around the Isle of the Dead in Camarvon Bay. B

Day 20 Hobart-Cradle Mountain

Travel to Cradle Mountain and take in the majestic scenery of ancient rainforest, mountains, lakes and alpine heath which form part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, one of the largest conservation areas in Australia. Stay overnight at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (3Q). B

Day 21 Cradle Mountain-Launceston

On this morning’s journey you’ll pause at Dove Lake where you have the opportunity to follow some of the boardwalk trail and take in the views on one of the island’s most beautiful walks. Back on the coach, you continue to Launceston and stay overnight at the Hotel Grand Chancellor (3Q+). B

Day 22 Launceston-Malbourne

Fly to the modern metropolis of Melbourne and stay three nights at the Rydges Hotel (4Q). B

Day 23 Melbourne

Board the historic ‘Puffing Billy’ steam train and travel through the Dandenong Ranges. Afterwards, see the city’s highlights, including Captain Cook’s family home. B

Day 24 Melbourne

Spend the day at leisure. B

Day 25 Melbourne-Portland

Travel along the scenic Great Ocean Drive, passing the Twelve Apostles limestone stacks en route to the historic harbour city of Portland. Overnight at the Comfort Inn (3Q). B

Day 26 Portland-Coonawarra -Adelaide

Journey through the lush winelands of Coonawarra with a tasting at a local winery. Continue to the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel (4Q) in Adelaide for a three-night stay. B

Day 27 Adelaide

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of graceful Adelaide, then visit the koalas and kangaroos at Cleland Wildlife Park this afternoon. B

Day 28 Adelaide

An optional excursion visits Kangaroo Island. B

Optional excursions

Kangaroo Island |Half day

A wildlife lovers’ paradise, Kangaroo Island is a haven for native species such as koalas, echidnas, goannas, possums, black cockatoos and, of course, kangaroos. 

Day 29 Adelaide-UK

This afternoon travel to the airport for your return overnight flight back to the UK. B

Day 30 Adelaide-UK

You arrive in the UK to take your included UK door-to-door travel service home.