Australia’s Outback to New Zealand’s South Island

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  • Collette, Inc.

Venture through the natural splendor of New Zealand's Southern Alps and the stillness of Australia’s rugged Outback. Delve into the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Take a “Dreamtime tour” in the Outback, introducing you to Aboriginal life and culture. Tour Sydney Opera House with an expert guide. Enjoy a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Meet Australia and New Zealand's famous wildlife up-close. Settle in for a 3-night stay in Queenstown. Cruise Milford Sound. From Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) to snow-capped peaks and fjords, explore the diverse wonders of the lands Down Under.

Highlights
  • Discover the origins of the Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Witness Ayers Rock at sunset while you sip champagne.
  • Explore Kata Tjuta and the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru).
  • Dine with a Kiwi family in their home.
  • Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
  • Discover the origins of the Arrente Aboriginal people on a "Dreamtime Tour."
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Cruise Milford Sound taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Options
Cairns: Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy

Glide over and through the lush rainforests of Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest gondola cableway. The comfortable gondola carries you 4½ miles through the rugged beauty of Barron Gorge National Park, part of the Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage area. The gondola dips through the layers of the canopy to bring you deep into the rainforest, stopping at two viewing platforms along the way. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of this vibrant ecosystem up close and see the dramatic Barron gorge and waterfalls. Duration approximately 2 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.

Price: £120


Melbourne: In the Footsteps of the Little Penguins

Each night at sunset the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from a day’s fishing at sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. Travel to Phillip Island, home to one of the world’s largest colonies of Little Penguins and see the Penguin Parade for yourself. Observe the busy penguin rookeries from elevated boardwalks, so as not to disturb the nests. Take advantage of exclusive "Penguins Plus" access to have the best viewing possible. Explore the Visitor Centre and learn all there is to know about the lives of the Little Penguins and their daily commute. Duration approximately 9 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Bring warm, waterproof clothing with you as nights can be cold on the island in any season. Timing of this option varies throughout the year based on the time of sunset.

Price: £130


Alice Springs: Outback Ballooning

Drift over the Outback on the gentle winds in the welcome cool of the early morning. The landscape erupts into color as the sun’s rays strike the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Watch as balloons slowly inflate and gracefully rise into the sky. Float aloft and enjoy the spectacular Australian scenery below you. Kangaroos and wallabies love the early mornings, so keep your eyes open for them as you glide over the bush. Return to the ground and enjoy a light breakfast as you toast your airborne experience! Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Actual balloon flight time is 30 minutes. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only. Time is seasonal and will begin approximately one hour before sunrise. This option requires riding in a basket which does not have an entrance. To enter, guests will need to step up and over into the basket using a step stool.

Price: £275


Yulara: A Camel Ride, the Rock and a Sunrise

Experience the majesty of sunrise on Ayers Rock from a unique vantage point – the back of a camel! A peaceful one-hour camel ride brings you across the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air. Watch the sunrise over Ayers Rock bring the warm hues of the monolith alive. Learn about the flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage site from your friendly cameleer. After the ride, enjoy fresh-baked damper bread and hot, fresh tea and coffee. Duration approximately 2.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. During winter months this option may not be available due to timing of sunrise. Due to the nature of this option, we require advance notice for any guest weighing 100kg/220lbs or more. Please enquire at time of booking.

Price: £130


Queenstown: Flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown

Soar over the plunging cliffs, snowfields and alpine lakes of the pristine Southern Alps on a flightseeing plane that carries you back from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Seeing Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from the air will give you a whole new perspective on the overwhelming beauty of this region. You’ll be captivated by 9,000 foot peaks and frozen lakes that can only be seen from above. Enjoy amazing views and skip the lengthy return coach ride to Queenstown. A truly spectacular trip! Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Availability for flightseeing is limited. This option is only available to purchase while on tour through your Tour Manager. This option operates on a weather permitting basis only. Duration: 40 minutes. This option does have a weight restriction, which your Tour Manager will advise as it varies by aircraft type.

Price: £325


Queenstown: A Blaze of Glory on the Shotover River!

Zoom through the sheer canyons of the Shotover River on this thrilling ride. Shotover Jet boats race along in mere centimeters of the glacial water which flows down from the Southern Alps, providing an exhilarating, but safe and enjoyable ride for all ages. You may get a little wet, but it is a unique and fun way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the South Island of New Zealand and absorb a little of the spirit that has made Queenstown a world center for adventure tourism. Many people think adventure is only for the young. Guests on these jet boats consistently illustrate otherwise – this adventure is perfect for the young at heart! Duration approximately 1.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Weather may be cold (boat has heated handlebars) and you may get wet during this option. Actual high speed boating time is 25 minutes.

Price: £120


Queenstown: Take a Steamship to Dinner

Step back in time when you board the TSS Earnslaw, the beloved steamship that has been transporting goods and people on Lake Wakatipu since 1912. Nicknamed "The Lady of the Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the pristine waters to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the hospitality of the Colonel’s Homestead at an impressive buffet where you can indulge in the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, fresh vegetables and garden salads. You are sure to find the house dessert specialties hard to resist! An after-dinner visit to the farm provides an entertaining glimpse into farming life in the high country. Cruise back to Queenstown, relaxing or joining in the revelry of the lively sing-along. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only available from July through April as it is drydocked during the other months of the year.

Price: £130


Experiences
  • Overnight in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park.
  • Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House – an architectural wonder.
  • Cruise Milford Sound taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Destinations
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Australasia
  • Australasia
Tour Types
  • Collette

Location: Cairns

Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including their unparalleled beauty and captivating culture.

Accommodation: Bailey Hotel by Crystalbrook

Location: Cairns

Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

Accommodation: Bailey Hotel by Crystalbrook

Meals: Dinner

Location: Cairns

Soak up the tropical atmosphere – the morning is yours. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you above the rainforest canopy for a bird’s-eye view of unspoiled nature. This afternoon, visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles on a nature cruise. Head through rainforests on boardwalks to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles, and wallabies. Visit with a koala and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these furry creatures.

Accommodation: Mantra on Little Bourke

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Cairns

Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island*, located along the outer reef. Or consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island.

Accommodation: Mantra on Little Bourke

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Cairns

Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Accommodation: Mantra on Little Bourke

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Melbourne

Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne’s bustling “laneways.” Then, it’s your choice! Enjoy free time to explore on your own -OR- visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. With an afternoon to yourself, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins, where you’ll see hundreds of these birds waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their dune burrows.

Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Melbourne

The day is yours. Often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is home to a plethora of captivating art, delicious cuisine, and unique neighborhoods. Perhaps you’ll wander through its vibrant “laneways” – narrow roads home to local restaurants, colorful murals, and trendy boutiques. Or, you may choose to join an optional full day journey through Yarra Valley, Australia’s Wine Country, where you’ll learn about the regional wines at a tasting paired with lunch.

Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Melbourne

Experience the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Alice Springs

Access the history and culture of the Arrente Aboriginal people by enjoying a guided walk on their sacred land, followed by a talk with an Aboriginal guide. Gain insight into their cultural history and discover what makes this place so special. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback-living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.

Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Alice Springs

Traverse the “Red Centre” and head to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through upheaval and erosion. Tour the base of "the Rock," learning about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Witness the changing colors of Uluru at sunset accompanied by a champagne toast.

Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Uluru

This morning, tour Kata Tjuta before saying farewell to the rugged Outback. Fly to Sydney, an energetic metropolis. Upon arrival in Sydney, enjoy dinner in lively Darling Harbour.

Accommodation: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Sydney

See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, featuring Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Take an expert-led tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. You’ll have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. In the evening, consider an optional dinner and engaging performance at the famous Opera House.

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Sydney

Deepen your exploration of Sydney’s many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, say your farewell to Australia and take in the scenic vistas during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Sydney

Leave Australia behind and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s most popular towns, Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Home to ski resorts, hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty, the city is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Settle into your new home for 3 nights.

Accommodation: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Queenstown

Soak in the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following the cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Accommodation: The Hermitage

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Queenstown

Enjoy a day at leisure. Shop in the bustling village center or enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River. You might also consider joining an optional tour of the countryside, showcasing many of the locations where blockbuster movies have been filmed.

Accommodation: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Queenstown

Set off for the 19th-century settlement of Arrowtown, founded in the gold fever. Sample the freshness of the Central Otago region with a stop at a local fruit stand. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park – Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk, enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour (weather permitting) or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

Accommodation: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Mount Cook

Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” up close and personal. Later, join a local Kiwi family for a home hosted dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Christchurch

Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. The remainder of your day is free to continue exploring Christchurch on your own. As the day draws to a close, toast to your adventure down under at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Christchurch

Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the South Pacific.

Meals: Breakfast

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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This tour is operated by Collette, Inc.

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Start:Australia
Finish:New Zealand
Physical rating:3
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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