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Melbourne, Rock & Reef
This fantastic two week adventure delves a little deeper into Australia’s cultural roots, uncovering artistic cities, the raw natural beauty of the outback and the magical allure of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Style: Multi Centre Holiday
- Duration: 15 days/14 nights
- Starts in: Melbourne
- The Red Centre
- Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef
Days 1-2 Melbourne
With an abundance of 19th Century architecture and a quirky café culture, Melbourne is a dream to explore on foot. Join a local guide for a Lanes and Arcades walking tour to discover Melbourne’s cobbled lanes and opulently designed arcades.
Day 3 Melbourne
Browse the food stalls of the bustling Queen Victoria Market, enjoy a riverside stroll along the Southbank or perhaps watch a rousing Aussie Rules match. With a diverse melting pot of cultures, Melbourne’s restaurant scene is legendary with influences coming from across the globe. This evening, whether your choice is rustic, innovative or fine dining, you’re in for a culinary treat.
Day 4 Melbourne to Alice Springs
Fly north to the rugged outback town of Alice Springs and pick up your car. Spend the afternoon visiting the fascinating base of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, then stop at ANZAC Hill for panoramic views.
Days 5-6 Alice Springs to Kings Canyon
Take the scenic Mareenie Loop gravel road to Kings Canyon, passing the MacDonnell Ranges. On your second day, join a guided climb to the canyon rim, for superb views.
Day 7 Kings Canyon to Uluru
Continue to Uluru, dropping your car at Ayers Rock airport. Take the shuttle bus to your resort and join an Aboriginal cultural talk or bush tucker tasting.
Day 8 Uluru
Rise early and join a guided tour to watch an atmospheric sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Later, as the heat of the day fades, travel to a remote location to enjoy canapés and bubbles with a spectacular sunset view of the rock, followed by an outback dinner under the stars. As your evening draws to a close, walk through the spectacular Field of Light art installation, a ‘carpet’ of 50,000 coloured spheres.
Days 9-10 Uluru to Brisbane
After a few thrilling days in the bush, the bright lights of Brisbane offer a pleasing change of pace. With swathes of gorgeous parkland and a pretty riverside setting, this thriving city is perfect to explore on two wheels. Join a guided bike tour led by a knowledgeable local, then enjoy dinner in one of the city’s many balmy restaurants.
Day 11 Brisbane to Daydream Island
Fly to Great Barrier Reef airport on Hamilton Island today, transferring by ferry for the final portion of your journey to Daydream Island.
Days 12-14 Daydream Island
Whilst the Great Barrier Reef is an underwater mecca for incredible marine life, Daydream also plays host to an onisland ‘Living Reef’, where you can get up close to baby sharks and graceful stingrays. On your second day, visit Heart Pontoon in spectacular Hardy Reef. Snorkel and swim in turquoise waters and visit the pontoon’s fascinating underwater observatory.
Day 15 Daydream Island
Transfer back to Hamilton Island for your onward journey.
Optional Excursions:Yarra Valley Wine Experience, from Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road Experience, from Melbourne
Uluru & Kata Tjuta by Helicopter
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 4 days Standard SUV Inclusive Plus car hire including zero excess insurance, unlimited mileage, 24 hour Roadside Assistance & additional drivers
- 14 nights 4 accommodation
- 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
- Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour, Melbourne
- Kings Canyon Scenic Climb
- Desert Awakenings Breakfast, Uluru
- A Night at Field of Light, Uluru
- Brisbane By Bicycle
- Barrier Reef Adventure, from Daydream Island
- Return shared transfers from Great Barrier Reef airport, Hamilton Island to Daydream Island
- International flights
- Internal flights
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However, to give you a general idea of prices, flights to Melbourne currently cost from £753 in Economy, £2,523 in Premium Economy and £2,936 in Business Class
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Puffing Billy Heritage Steam Train Journey
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Kangaroo & Koala Wildlife Walkabout
Alice Springs City Tour
Alice Springs to Uluru One Way
Outback Hot Air Ballooning - 60 Mins
Outback Hot Air Ballooning - 30 Mins
Koala Sanctuary & River Cruise
Crocodile Express to Australia Zoo
Tangalooma Dolphin Adventure
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