Cruise Planners NZ and Aust Highlights [CUA4387]


25 Days / 23 Nights - New Zealand and Australia

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Arrive in Auckland and enjoy the city's blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment. This creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Not only is Auckland close to the beaches but it is also close to over twelve different Islands. There are 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands in the Auckland region. It is the largest city in New Zealand claiming one third of the entire population of the country.

Rotorua is an exciting city with a vast history, tradition and culture. It is surrounded by volcanoes, lakes, parks and is a great place to go hiking or to view native birds and animals. The surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters. Rotorua is also a showcase of Maori cultural activities and a place of exceptional natural beauty.

You will venture to Queenstown, which is known as the Adventure Capital of the World. A reputation earned through the actions of a number of locally residing thrill seekers who have developed several unbelievable, adrenaline stirring, sanity-reducing adventures in a wildly exciting environment. Over the years, Queenstown has quietly expanded into all sorts of attractions, including new wineries, art galleries, and challenging golf courses.

Sydney is Australia's oldest city and the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. Enjoy the sights of Sydney, a world class city blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. You can choose to experience the beauty of the Harbour, the Opera House and marvel at the expansive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take advantage of the many tour options or just relax and go at your own pace as you enjoy the excellent restaurants and entertainment that only Sydney can offer.

The colorful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, Cairns city is alive with life and charm. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day. There are so many unique attractions and activities to see when you visit to the reef or islands, take a safari to the outback, trek into the rainforest or see it from the rainforest cableway above its green canopy on your way to or from Kuranda. Listed by the World Heritage Society and acclaimed as amongst the world's most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. These year round natural attractions are truly memorable and inspiring.

Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometers from the bay. From cutting-edge architecture and blockbuster musicals to art exhibitions and popular festivals, Melbourne is a city where cultural pursuits are woven into the fabric of everyday life. Regional Victoria also boasts a flourishing arts scene, with impressive galleries, museums, and heritage buildings.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is about 450 kilometers by road from Alice Springs; Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to the most recognized Australian landmark - Uluru (previously called Ayers Rock). World-Heritage listed, Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park covers an area of approximately 1325 square kilometers of striking landscape. In addition to the Rock the park also includes Kata Tjuta (previously called the Olgas).

Adelaide is a city of great visual harmony and has a classical elegant style, superbly set beside the River Torrens between the Adelaide Hills and waters of Gulf St Vincent. Be sure and visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere. Another must see is the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (Tandanya) the world's largest display of Aboriginal culture and artifacts. Nearby in the Adelaide Hills is the National Motor Museum which comprises over 300 cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles and is considered to be one of the best displays in the world.


  • Accommodation - Auckland (1 Night), Rotorua (2), Queenstown (2), Sydney (2), Cairns (3), Ayers Rock (2), Melbourne (2), Adelaide, Own Arrangements (9)
  • US Domestic Flights - are not included as per your request
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland, Queenstown to Sydney, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • New Zealand Domestic Flights - Rotorua to Queenstown via Christchurch
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Melbourne, Adelaide to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Accommodation, Rotorua Accommodation to Airport, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hires - 8 Days Car Rental for Pick-up at Adelaide City and Drop-off at Adelaide Airport
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • Day Tours - Auckland: Deluxe Coach to Rotorua with Caves, Agrodome & Te Puia; Rotorua: Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience; Sydney: Sydney Opera House Tour; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch; Ayers Rock: Camel Ride into the Sunrise; Melbourne: Phillip Island & Penguin Parade with Exclusive Viewing Area, Train Ride between Melbourne and Adelaide
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

25th Apr 2019 (Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland
25th Apr 2019 (Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!
Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).
27th Apr (Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation
27th Apr (Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Auckland Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
27th - 28th Apr (Days 2 to 3) - 1 Night Accommodation in Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Enjoy your stay in Auckland's tallest residential building with breathtaking bold views. Stretch out in the suite life beside Albert Park and inhale the sea air. You will feel at home in a downtown haven full of freedom and convenience. Take time to pause for a moment of 'Wow' as you walk through the lobby, a sleek century-old courthouse transformed for an impressive arrival. Once climbed by legendary French Spiderman Alain Robert, your towering hotel takes the meaning of 'home away from home' to new heights. Above it all, slide into a contemporary vibe and discover Auckland from the city centre. You have got culture, entertainment and the great outdoors on your doorstep!
27th Apr (Day 2) - Free Day to Explore Auckland
Visit one of Auckland's many attractions.
Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee in the beautifully landscaped Auckland Domain, the city's oldest park. Critique a giant selection of both traditional and contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery. Take a walking, swim or hike through any of Auckland's 25 Regional Parks. Have a laugh at The Classic Comedy and Bar in Queen Street, New Zealand's home of live comedy. Take the bus over to Eden Park, New Zealand's largest stadium. In the evening you can join the dancing on K'Road and party on till the wee hours at one of the many nightclubs. Or maybe you would rather visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste. And if it is cafes, bars and restaurants you're after, the Viaduct Harbour has a great selection.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand - Julian Apse
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Auckland City Sights
Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live, with a half-day tour of its scenic highlights.
Travel through the city centre, along Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and Auckland's famous Queen Street before continuing to the Auckland Domain.

The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

After visiting the Domain, the tour continues to Parnell Village for a morning tea stop. The historic buildings of Parnell have been transformed into a trendy shopping area featuring a range of boutiques, craft and specialty stores.

Our tour will then take you along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, above Mission Bay. Named after one of New Zealand's most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers a panoramic outlook over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour.
Optional Afternoon Tour (Not Included) - Wilderness Experience
Visiting Piha beach and the rainforest, this nature tour is a great introduction to New Zealand nature and visits some stunning rainforest scenery and Piha’s black sand surf beach. This small group tour encompasses easy walking tracks and dramatic coastlines only a short drive from Auckland city centre.

Your first stop is at a visitor’s centre at the entrance to the largest native rainforest area around Auckland. The Arataki visitor’s centre has dramatic panoramic views across the rainforest to both of Auckland’s harbours as well as views back to Auckland City. The visitor’s centre is also home to some traditional Maori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.
Continue on to the lush native rainforest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns. See and find out about the famous New Zealand silver fern, manuka and kauri trees as your guide talks about what makes New Zealand nature so unique.
Move on to experience the power of the rugged west coast, stopping at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to the black sand beach. There you get the chance to stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in.
A New Zealand style afternoon tea including biscuits (cookies), manuka honey and tea and coffee or juice is included.
Daily except Christmas Day from 12:30p-5:30p (5 hours)
- Visiting Piha’s black sand beach
- Guided walk in the rainforest
- Views and Maori carvings at Arataki Visitor Centre
- Maori history of the area
- Afternoon tea
- Pick up and drop off at inner city accommodation
Need to Know
Please note: lunch is not included but there is the opportunity to purchase it enroute.
Can upgrade to a private tour or combine with a morning Auckland city tour for a full day experience
28th Apr (Day 3) - Day Tour, Deluxe Coach to Rotorua with Caves, Agrodome & Te Puia
Experience New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, plus a trip through the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo, on this full day sightseeing tour by deluxe luxury coach.
Depart Auckland: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.

Waikato: Travel through New Zealand's largest dairy and sheep farming province. See the small farming settlements on the outskirts of Hamilton City, as you travel towards King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.

Light Lunch: Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.

Rotorua: New Zealand's highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity where you will visit the following attractions:

Agrodome Farm Tour: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.

Lake Rotorua: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then travel through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.

Te Puia Institute (Maori Arts, Crafts & Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve): One of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.

This tour ends in Rotorua.
28th - 30th Apr (Days 3 to 5) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua
Located on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua with commanding views over the lake and surrounding hinterland, your 2 nights accommodation is just a few minutes stroll to the city centre.
Your 4 star accommodation features the best of everything in Rotorua! The spa and fitness club have combined the benefits of the areas geothermal waters, culture and relaxation to enhance a holistic sense of wellbeing. Take some time to experience the Matariki Cultural Centre and encounter the warmth and spirit of the Maori people.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room

Image Credit: Tourism New Zealand
29th Apr (Day 4) - Evening Event, Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience
Te Po is an authentic, one-of-a-kind evening event. It is a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine like no other you'll ever experience.

Your evening begins with a visit to the hangi pit to watch the baskets being lifted from their distinctive underground oven in preparation for the evening’s traditional feast. Hangi preparation begins in the early afternoon to ensure your meal is cooked to perfection.

A true highlight of any Te Puia outing are the stunning cultural performances featuring traditional storytelling and entertainment. You'll have the opportunity to join in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka for a more intimate Maori cultural experience.

After a traditional blessing, you will be treated to an entrée of New Zealand mussels, corn on the cob, traditional rewana bread and dips, and a local drink made from kawakawa extract and manuka honey.

The main meal is an event in itself, with the hangi-cooked foods accompanied by flavoured meats, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. A range of drinks is available to complement your meal including wine, beer, juices, tea and coffee. We recommend leaving room for dessert, as you will definitely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka (transporter) for a journey into the valley at night. Enjoy the ride and marvel at the sights before disembarking at Pohutu Geyser for the final stage of a magical evening.

End your unforgettable evening by sitting upon the warmth of the naturally hot rocks armed with a delicious hot chocolate. Listen to your guide tell stories while Pohutu Geyser sits before you, illuminated in its full glory beneath starry skies.

Return transfers from your Rotorua accommodation is included.
30th Apr (Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Rotorua Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, to Napier.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
30th Apr (Day 5) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Christchurch
30th Apr (Day 5) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Christchurch Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Christchurch (South Island).
30th Apr (Day 5) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Christchurch to Queenstown
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island).
30th Apr (Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation
30th Apr (Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
30th Apr - 2nd May (Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel features rooms most of which have spectacular views over the lake and the remarkable mountain range. Facilities include a range of hotel amenities that invite those who want to relax from their travel. These include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and a ski and boot drying room. A convenient shuttle service to the town centre is also available at own expense. Travel and explore the surroundings by visiting New Zealand's Milford Sound, Central Otago Wineries. For the nature lover, maybe enjoy a nice stroll on walking trails that meander along the lakes shores. In the evening perhaps dine whilst enjoying a Maori Concert and see powerful performances of The Haka and other songs of New Zealand custom.

Upgrade Available (extra cost)
1st May (Day 6) - Free Day to Explore Queenstown
Spend a day to relax or explore dynamic Queenstown.
This region is renowned for its incedible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There's a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you'll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Gondola & Taste of New Zealand Buffet
Gaze in awe at panoramic views of Queenstown before you sit down and enjoy a truly unique New Zealand buffet.

Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 meters above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak.

En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown.

On arrival, there are purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces that provide great photo opportunities.

After the Gondola ride, you will step foot in Stratosfare Restaurant, one of the best restauarants with a spectacular lake and mountain view. The famous Taste of New Zealand buffet offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from our windows will captivate you day or night. It's the ideal place for that special night out and the best place in Queenstown to watch the sun go down! With live music creating a relaxing atmosphere and never ending scenery to admire, you will be entertained as you dine on the award winning cuisine.

Daily. Stratosfare Restaurant closed on Wednesdays.
Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 8:30pm Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday. Gondola rides operate from 9:30am to 6:30pm Tuesday & Wednesday. Saturday operation hours are 8:50am to 8:30pm.
Stratosfare Restaurant opens from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, Thursday & Friday. Restaurant opens from 12:30pm to 3pm on Tuesday and 12:30pm to 8pm on Saturday & Sunday.

- Gondola ride
- Buffet-style dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant

Need to Know
Gondola ride approximately 7-10 minutes one way.

Premium Dining Experience for up to 6 guests with:
- Guaranteed window seating
- One beverage (house beer, house wine, cocktail, or soft drink per guest)
- Unlimited sparkling and still water
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Discover Milford Sound Scenic Cruise - Full Day
Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand's most famous tourist destination. You'll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory - surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.
Today you will visit Milford Sound and experience a world of cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and dense rainforest. Your sightseeing tour to Milford Sound is made even more enjoyable by our glass-roofed coaches, which provide spectacular panoramic views as you travel along the Milford Road - one of the world's most scenic roads - and through the Homer Tunnel, before arriving for your Milford Sound cruise. Enjoy striking views of iconic Mitre Peak from the head of the Sound - it rises 1,692 metres from the south shore and is named for its resemblance to a bishop's mitre (headdress).

Upon leaving Queenstown, you will travel in comfort through rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau, a quiet town on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Your glass-roof coach will provide amazing views of the skyline. Your journey continues through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest and gushing waterfalls and one of only a few road-accessible glacier valleys in New Zealand.

Take advantage of the photo opportunities on offer along the Milford Road, like the stunning Mirror Lakes, where on a calm day the surrounding mountain ranges are perfectly reflected in the still waters, and Knobs Flat, where glaciers have carved their mark on the terrain. Travel through the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km passageway drilled into solid rock, then experience The Chasm, a short but impressive walk over footbridges spanning a series of powerful, swirling waterfalls and rapids.

At Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. At the pinnacle of the sound, Mitre Peak rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level. Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary.

After your cruise, you will return to Queenstown by coach. Alternatively, book a scenic flight option (optional extra) and wing your way back high over the mountains, lakes and rivers of the South Island.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dart River Safari - Half Day
This jet boat adventure offers your senses a feast of spectacular natural beauty on a journey into the wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Your day begins with 1.5 hour journey on a jet boat through the Dart River system. You'll be surrounded by beautiful snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys & waterfalls. Your day includes a guided walk (30 minutes) along the 'Heritage Trail' at Paradise. Your guide will provide you with informative & entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest. The forests of this region sit within a World Heritage Area, one of the only natural sites of its kind that is accessible to the public.

Your guide details the fascinating history of this area from the days of Gondwanaland, to quests by Maori for prized pounamu, to the present-day efforts of New Zealand's department of conservation for the preservation of the area. On the ride home, you will stop to view the epic backdrop for many international movies, including 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

Dart River Wilderness Safari is a high-country adventure. To ensure that your experience is truly enjoyable, please: Dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes, regardless of season or weather. Bring sunglasses, a sunhat and sunscreen (insect repellent could also be useful in some weather conditions). Note that cameras are carried at customer's risk.

Tour itself is approximately 3 hours.

Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Departs Queentown 8:30am
Departs Glenorchy 9:30am

- Highly experienced professional driver and guide 
- Thrilling ride on a modern, well maintained twin engine jet boat
- Life jackets 
- Transport from central Queenstown location or Glenorchy central location

Need to Know
This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, those with specific medical conditions, including people who suffer from back or neck injuries. Children must be at least 3 years old to join tour. Warm layers of clothing are recommended, including waterproof jacket, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. A small bag can be carried with you for the entire duration of the tour, should you require any extra items.
2nd May (Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport
2nd May (Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Queenstown Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
2nd May (Day 7) - International Flight, Queenstown to Sydney
2nd May (Day 7) - International Flight, Queenstown to Sydney After departing from Queenstown, this short International Flight takes you overseas to Sydney, Australia.
2nd May (Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation
2nd May (Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel via shuttle to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
2nd - 4th May (Days 7 to 9) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Centrally located, a perfect place from which to explore major Sydney attractions, making it the ideal hotel for guests travelling for either business or leisure. All 517 modern contemporary rooms features modern splashes of colour toreflect the vibrant Sydney backdrop. Be tantalized by the modern Four Elements Restaurant & Bar, Eve's Place Bistro & Bar, or make use of the indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna located on the rooftop
3rd May (Day 8) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity.

Daily 9a-5p – one hour in duration
- One hour guided experience
Need to Know
This tour has 200+ stairs - Low Impact
Cloaking: Backpacks and small items to be cloaked
No luggage or large bags accepted
Can upgrade to private tour, tasting plates, backstage tour, architectural tour or performance
4th May (Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport
4th May (Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
4th May (Day 9) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Cairns
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.
4th May (Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation
4th May (Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Cairns, Australia.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
4th - 7th May (Days 9 to 12) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, free wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.
5th May (Day 10) - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise
This Great Barrier Reef experience is perfect for swimmers with all levels of confidence! This all-weather platform offers a plethora of options to see the amazing under water wonderland that is the Great Barrier Reef!
Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari, or go scuba diving (no experience necessary)

For those not confident in swimming, stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory or try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet.

If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out on the spacious sundeck where you will also find the regions only reef-based massage therapist.  You'll have plenty of time to do it all!

Operates: Daily; Depart around 8:00am & Return around 4:00pm 

Inclusions: 90 minute return cruise transfer to reef platform on fast, stable catamaran; 5 Hours at the Marine World reef activity platform; All snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes; FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings; Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary; Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary; Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist; Underwater Observatory; Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms; Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options; Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day; Access to reference materials on the reef; Child/Infant safety swimming enclosure

Upgrades: Helicopter Flight (10 min); 1 Way Helicopter Transfer (25 min); Introductory Diving; Helmet Diving (Great for non-swimmers!); Certified Diving; Coral Gardens Tour (30 min); Adventure Snokel Safari (50 min); Seabob Jet Snorkeling
6th May (Day 11) - Day Tour, Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch - Full Day
6th May (Day 11) - Day Tour, Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch - Full Day A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, our Kuranda Boarding Pass enables you to avoid the ticketing lines as seating has been pre-allocated. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck, see unique tropical fruits, ancient rainforest plants & native animals, before a performance by the Pamagirri Dancers. A BBQ lunch is included as well, then it's time to board Skyrail for your return journey.

Check in: Our Driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using our Kuranda Boarding pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions.

Kuranda Scenic Rail: Boarding the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village: Once you alight at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. An experienced guide will show you unique tropical fruits, ancient rainforest plants and point out a number of our native animals as you meander through the rainforest. Join the Dreamtime Walk for an insight into ancient Aboriginal Culture. The Pamagirri Dancers perform a range of native dances in the Rainforest Amphitheatre that reflects their humour and excitement of their culture. A delicious BBQ lunch is included before visiting the Koala & Wildlife Park. Cuddle a koala (own expense), smile at a crocodile and hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies before returning to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your pre-allocated time board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Your return transfer departs at 4.50pm where our hostess is waiting to assist you with your return transfer.

Operates Daily Pick Up Between 7-8am Return at 5:30 aproximately
7th May (Day 12) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
7th May (Day 12) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Ayers Rock
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru).
7th - 9th May (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
7th - 9th May (Days 12 to 14) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.
8th May (Day 13) - Early Morning Tour, Camel Ride into the Sunrise
Wake up for an invigorating sunrise camel ride at Uluru, the heart of Australia's outback.

Central Australia is home to approximately 700,000 wild camels and supports a thriving camel industry. Many wild camels are herded and exported to Arabian countries for breeding and racing.

Meet our friendly dromedary camels and ride away from the crowds and get closer to nature. Your skilled guides will describe the flora and fauna along the way.

This camel to sunrise tour travels for an hour over big red sand dunes to watch the sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Olgas). Billy tea and freshly baked beer bread is served at the depot. Enjoy the camel story in the display and take home unique souvenirs from the Camel Shop.

Operates All year round except December 25th and January 1. Pick ups from accommodation are 1 hour prior to sunrise (seasonal) and returns 2.5 hours later.

Need to Know Two passengers travel per camel. Maximum number of 40 guests allowed. Please advise if your weight exceeds 220 lbs. Helmets may be provided on request. No bags, fanny packs or large camera bags allowed while riding. Bags and other loose items may be stored for passengers upon request. Guests with disabilities will be accommodated where possible, however all guests must be able to mount the camel unaided. Sunset tour also available.

Inclusions One hour camel ride. Light breakfast. Time in museum and shop. Return transfers.
9th May (Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Melbourne
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Melbourne.
9th May (Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation
9th May (Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.
9th - 11th May (Days 14 to 16) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You'll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You'll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.
10th May (Day 15) - Day Tour, Phillip Island & Penguin Parade with Exclusive Viewing Area - Full Day
Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.
Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas.

Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.

First you'll get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on the Mornington Peninsula, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. This eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders.

Next, visit historic Churchill Island and see sheep shearing in action and have some time to explore the historic buildings.

Afterward is the Koala Conservation Centre, where you'll see koalas in their natural environment. You'll also take a stroll along the boardwalks at the Nobbies & Seal Rock Centre, before arriving at Summerland Beach for the nightly penguin parade.

Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland Beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night.

Enjoy an exclusive viewing area and private boardwalk situated next to the main path of penguins and limited visitor numbers, offering fantastic close viewing of penguins with rangers on hand to answer questions.

Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.


Daily, except December 25

Need to Know

- Minimum of 1 passenger required.
- Maximum of 27 passenger permitted.
- Warm layers are recommended as temperatures drop in the evening on island.
- No photography is permitted at the penguin parade.
- Lunch, dinner, refreshments and snacks are all at own expense.
- No children under age 4 permitted.
- Transfers from your accommodation are available - please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist.


Departs between 9:45am - 10:45am (seasonal) and returns between 10pm - midnight (seasonal).


- Entry fee to Moonlit Sanctuary.
- 2 Parks pass (Churchill Island & Penguin Parade).
- Guided tour


- Enjoy up-close viewing of the penguins in their natural habitat through an underground viewing window, with the comfort and convenience of being indoors, under cover and out of the elements.
- VIP access to an elevated indoor viewing box for the Penguin Parade with drinks and canapes.
- Join a Guided Ranger experiences at Penguin Parade with front row viewing on the beach with a small group and private ranger guide.
Photo Credit: Visit Victoria
11th May (Day 16) - Day Tour, Train Ride between Melbourne and Adelaide
Ride the newly refurbished Overland train providing a comfortable, relaxing way to travel between Melbourne & Adelaide.
This historic train pioneered inter-capital rail travel way back in 1887, its name inspired by the historic Overlanders who travelled the route on horseback. Todays train-travelling Overlanders will enjoy the journey in relaxing comfort arriving at their destination in the early evening. Throughout this interstate journey, guests can soak up a diverse range of landscapes from rugged mallee scrubland, to fields of golden crops, over vast open plains and through gently rolling hills. The Overland passes through classic Australian country towns including Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham, Ararat and Geelong. So whichever direction you travel, the journey is a wonderful opportunity to relax in comfort, mingle with fellow travellers and delight in the ever changing countryside along the way.

Departs: Tuesdays & Saturdays
11th - 20th May (Days 16 to 25) - 9 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide, Own Arrangements
11th - 20th May (Days 16 to 25) - 9 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide, Own Arrangements Your vacation accommodation as per your own arrangement.
12th - 20th May (Days 17 to 25) - 8 Days Car Rental, for Adelaide
12th - 20th May (Days 17 to 25) - 8 Days Car Rental, for Adelaide Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for eight days.
As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a tasmanian devil, wombat, kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver's credit card.
12th May (Day 17) - Free Day to Explore Adelaide
Rest, Relax or Explore Adelaide
This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated "eat streets" or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or fish from the jetty in Henley or take the tram to Glenelg Beach and learn to sail. Glenelg Beach is also a fabulous area to explore and full of terrific restaurants. Just beyond the city centre you'll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.

Photo Credit: South Australia
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Barossa Food & Wine Experience
Enjoy a gorgeous day out with this food and wine tour to South Australia’s premium wine region the Barossa Valley.
Today you'll sample some of the Barossa’s finest wines and gourmet food that makes this wine region so special. On this tour you will visit 5 cellar doors including the world famous Wolf Blass Visitor Centre where you'll enjoy a Barossa gourmet lunch and wine tastings at this spectacular cellar door facility.

Inclusions: Morning pick-up and evening set down at selected Adelaide Hotels; Full day guided small coach tour; Morning tea and tastings at TeAro Estate, Williamstown; Wine tastings at Kellermeister, Lyndoch; Visit to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop*; Delicious Barossa platter style lunch & wine tastings at the Wolf Blass Visitor Centre; Cellar door tastings and learn about the ‘Saltram Story’ at Saltram Wine Estate, Angaston; Wine tastings at the award winning Pindarie Cellar Door, Gomersal; Expert commentary by local driver/guide

Notes: Itinerary subject to change and some of the inclusions may be replaced temporarily without notice.This tour is not recommended for children.

*Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is not included in the tour itinerary during South Australian & Victorian School Holidays (20th Sep - 12th Oct & 13th Dec - 26th Jan) and free time will be spent on the main street of Tanunda.
Insider's Tip: Adelaide Central Market
Be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market, the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Adelaide Central Market is a community of people: traders, artisans and shoppers, who share a passion for food. It buzzes with life and colour all year round.

The range of fresh food is extensive! You can find fruit & vegetables, meat & poultry, seafood, gourmet cheeses, cakes and more all under one roof. People love to return again and again for the delicious aromas, vivid colours and atmosphere of this international and cultural melting pot.

Hours of Operation: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesdays - 7:00am to 5:30pm; Wednesdays* - 9:00am to 5:30pm; Thursdays - 9:00am to 5:30pm; Fridays - 7:00am to 9:00pm; Saturdays - 7:00am to 3:00pm

*Be sure to visit their website for their most update to date hours and current events:

Photo Credit: Adelaide Central Market
Insider's Tip: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Insider's Tip: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Be sure to see the world's largest display of Aboriginal culture and artifacts in the South Australian Museum and Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute).
As a visitor to Tandanya, you can meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, walk through diverse and exciting exhibitions in the art galleries, watch a cultural presentation and yidaki (didgeridoo) or dance performance (Tuesday - Sunday at 12pm) and browse in the colourful award winning shop. On Thursdays at 11am join in learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history on a free guided cultural tour.

Free Entry (Cultural Performance is an additional cost)
Open Daily: 10am to 5pm & Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
20th May (Day 25) - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Sydney
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Sydney
20th May (Day 25) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles
20th May (Day 25) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.