Discover Melbourne

15 Days / 14 Nights

Day 1

Arrive Melbourne

Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your own leisure time. Overnight at your preferred hotel.

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Day 2

Melbourne

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour at the distinct element of Melbourne the way new and old intertwine in its streets. Day two will allow you to better explore this dichotomy with a full-day tour of the city. You’ll get to wander along the Yarra River, passing artists and street performers, then set your sights on Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook’s Cottage – the original homestead of Captain Cook’s parents which was transported from England to Australia in the 20th century.

In the afternoon will stroll through Albert Park, which hosted the Australian Grand Prix from 1953 to 1958 and then again from 1996, before finishing with dinner aboard a colonial tram. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 3

Phillip Island

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your tour with a scenic drive from Melbourne to Phillip Island; a natural haven located 135km southeast of the city. Your first stop will be the Koala Conservation Centre, where a treetop boardwalk will give you the rare opportunity to see the endangered marsupials in their natural environment. Next you’ll head to The Nobbies, a headland which offers sweeping views over Bass Strait and the Mornington Peninsula. It is also home to Seal Rocks where you’ll find Australia’s largest fur seal colony. In the afternoon enjoy leisure time. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 4

Melbourne – Adelaide – Hahndorf

Breakfast at the hotel, wait until transfer to Adelaide. First taste of South Australia will be of its capital city, where you’ll be taken on a quick tour of some of Adelaide’s most famous landmarks. From here you’ll continue to Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, Hahndorf. Embrace its heritage by admiring historic buildings like the Hahndorf Academy, St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Old Mill Restaurant and the Hahndorf Inn Hotel. Pop into one of its many galleries, try German sausages and don’t miss the Leathersmith and Bush Gallery. The quirky store offers everything from plaited kangaroo belts to traditional akubra hats to hand-embossed diary covers. In the afternoon enjoy leisure time until transfer to Adelaide. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 5

Kangaroo Island

Breakfast at the hotel. Hop onto a coach and head to Cape Jervis, from where you’ll take a ferry to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival, stroll through a rock tunnel to secluded Stokes Bay and check out its pristine beach and natural rock pool.

Naturally a visit to Kangaroo Island wouldn’t be complete without seeing the bouncy marsupials responsible for its name. Tick this off the list at natural sanctuary, Parndana Wildlife Park, where you’ll get to hand-feed a kangaroo or two. The park also has a selection of other Australian critters such as sugar gliders, koalas and wombats, as well as orphaned baby animals.

In the afternoon continue your wildlife adventure with a visit to Seal Bay, home to a colony of Australian sea lions, and walk among the endangered species in its natural habitat. Then pop into a local honey farm for a taste before visiting Emu Ridge — the only eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia. Take a tour of the historic distillery and purchase a bottle of its famous oil; the only of its kind in the world. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 6

Kangaroo Island – Adelaide

Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready  for a day of quintessentially local experiences. Begin with a visit to the Kelly Hill Caves, named after a local legend involving a man and his horse. Walk past glistening cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites and helictites, while glimpsing the remnants of the first candlelight tours.

In the afternoon, set your sights on one of the island’s best-known flora and fauna sanctuaries; Flinders Chase National Park. Keep a lookout for kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, koalas and echidnas as you wander along its winding pathways. Then head up to Remarkable Rocks, curious formations resembling abstract pieces of art, and Admiral’s Arch, a commanding jagged rock gateway sculpted over thousands of years, under which you’re likely to see a lively colony of New Zealand fur seals. Your next stop will be the Island Pure Sheep Dairy farm, which is home to some 1200 well-tempered milking ewes and world-class cheeses, yoghurts and milk. See how a sheep is milked, learn about the production and taste the premium result. At the close of the day catch a ferry and coach back to Adelaide. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 7

Uluru

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy leisure time. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 8

Uluru

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour at Uluru, so prepare for some spectacular views. Watch as “the red center” comes alive under the rays of the sun, as you walk around the base of the world’s largest monolith. In the afternoon enjoy leisure time. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 9

Uluru – Cairns

Private transfer to Airport flight going to Cairns. Enjoy leisure time. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 10

Cairns – Port Douglas

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a scenic trip up the Marlin Coast to the town of Port Douglas, then board a luxurious 120-foot catamaran and set off on a full-day cruise to the edge of Australia’s continental shelf. When you reach Agincourt Reef — renowned for its clear waters, effervescent coral and vibrant fish life — hop into the water and see what all the fuss is about. Snorkel through bright underwater gardens, dive to see staggering coral structures or remain dry and explore it all from a semi-sub.

Aboard the catamaran, you’ll be treated to a refreshing hot and cold lunch, while a professional marine biologist tells you about the reef and its inhabitants. Then enjoy the ocean breeze and coastline landscapes as you sail back to shore.Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 11

Cairns

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your tour at the Cascading waterfalls, verdant tropical flora and rainforest villages await you in Cairns’ hinterland. Board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and travel through World Heritage protected rainforest, passing waterfalls, ravines, bridges and handmade tunnels. Disembark in the village of Kuranda and walk its leafy streets, pop into art galleries or take an easy rainforest canopy walk to the Barron Falls lookout for spectacular views.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take you over the leafy canopy of the McAlister Range and back to Cairns. Once your feet are on firm ground, take a glimpse into one of the world’s oldest living cultures through a stirring dance performance at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the largest indigenous cultural park in Australia. Then spend the afternoon exploring more of city’s restaurant and entertainment scene at your own leisure. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 12

Cairns – Sydney

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your tour walk through the city to the iconic Sydney Tower (locally known as “centrepoint”), darting into shopping arcades and cafes along the way. Ride the elevator to the viewing platform and take the city in from above. Follow your nose to Chinatown and sit down for yum cha (a Chinese meal involving tea and dim sum), before strolling to Darling Harbour for a turn through the Chinese Garden of Friendship — a green sanctuary modeled after the gardens of the Ming Dynasty. Alternatively, head for Sydney’s historic Rocks area; walk its cobblestone streets, peruse its galleries and opal stores or organise to climb the Harbour Bridge for unbeatable vistas of the city. Overnight saty in your preferred hotel.

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Day 13

Sydney

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a day becoming chums with Sydney. Admire the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House, wander through the Botanic Gardens up to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (a sandstone bench carved for the governor’s wife in 1810) and spend a few minutes taking in the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Swing past the Conservatorium of Music and continue to Darling Harbour for a coffee at a trendy waterfront cafe.

In the afternoon discover the elegant suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay, where cosmopolitan cafes, designer boutiques and stylish restaurants line the leafy streets, before heading to The Gap — a steep cliff on Sydney’s South Head renowned for its sweeping ocean panoramas. Enjoy the serenity before setting your sights on the popular Bondi Beach. As one of Sydney’s iconic city beaches, Bondi is a thrilling mix of locals, tourists, fitness enthusiasts, surfers and — of course — the famous Bondi Lifesavers. Grab some fish and chips and watch the waves roll in. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 14

Sydney – Katoomba

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a day becoming chums with Sydney. Admire the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House, wander through the Botanic Gardens up to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (a sandstone bench carved for the governor’s wife in 1810) and spend a few minutes taking in the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Swing past the Conservatorium of Music and continue to Darling Harbour for a coffee at a trendy waterfront cafe.

In the afternoon discover the elegant suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay, where cosmopolitan cafes, designer boutiques and stylish restaurants line the leafy streets, before heading to The Gap — a steep cliff on Sydney’s South Head renowned for its sweeping ocean panoramas. Enjoy the serenity before setting your sights on the popular Bondi Beach. As one of Sydney’s iconic city beaches, Bondi is a thrilling mix of locals, tourists, fitness enthusiasts, surfers and — of course — the famous Bondi Lifesavers. Grab some fish and chips and watch the waves roll in. Overnight stay in your preferred hotel.

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Day 15

Depart Sydney

Departure transfer, After breakfast, transfer from hotel to Sydney Airport  to board your flight back home.

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