Australian Highlights

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  • Cruise Sydney Harbour
  • Take a luxury catamaran on The Great Barrier Reef and snorkel the reef itself 
  • Discover Melbourne on a walking tour
  • Enjoy dinner at Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant 
  • Toast an Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset with sparkling wine
  • Savor a unique Aussie BBQ experience at Earth Sanctuary 
  • Experience a spectacular Red Centre sunrise
  • Discover Aboriginal rock art & learn about sacred sites at Uluru
  • Explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and hike through Walpa Gorge
  • Interact with local Aboriginal artists & create your own dot painting masterpiece
  • Visit the school of the Air - the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Unique landscapes and indigenous culture, Australia is rich in culture and history. We take you from cosmopolitan cities to the outback and all the highlights in-between on this all-encompassing flying tour.


Selected Destination: Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral formation is also one of its most diverse ecosystems with a huge array of marine life inhabiting the incredible reef. Above the water the scenery is just as stunning with islands dotting the landscape featuring white sand beaches, forests, mountain peaks and amazing resorts. We’ll cruise the seas here discovering all this amazing area has to offer.

Selected Destination: Uluru

Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta have both been important Aboriginal sites for thousands of years, appearing in their mythology and being considered sacred places in their culture. It is easy to see how this place has inspired such feeling when you visit, the rocks seem to glow red against the dim light of the sunrise and sunset and there is an air of magic in the quiet, remoteness of the place. While here why not discover some of the fascinating stories that Uluru and Kata Tjuta have inspired in ancient aboriginal folklore.

Selected Destination: Sydney

The oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia enjoys a fantastic reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and habitable. Of course the view over Sydney Harbour is one of the best in the world and something not to be missed with the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge dominating the vista. For a different side to the city head to one of its many beaches to see how the locals spend their leisure time, Bondi and Manly are the most popular, or head to Tamarama or Bilgola for a less busy and more scenic experience.

  • Australasia
  • Australia
  • Sydney
  • Cairns
  • Uluru
  • Alice Springs
  • Melbourne
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Wildlife
  • Foodie
  • Scenic
  • City
  • Seniors

Day 1: Melbourne

On arrival in Melbourne, you will be transferred to your hotel. On the first evening, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception with your tour leader and fellow travellers at Melbourne’s famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. (Dinner)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Day 2: Melbourne

This morning we’ll explore the sights of Melbourne on a private walking tour, discover the arcades, cafes and street art of this diverse and cosmopolitan city. Then enjoy time at leisure or join an optional tour to Phillip Island to see its famous penguin parade. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Day 3: Melbourne

Today is at leisure to see as much or as little as you fancy. There is an optional tour along the magnificent Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles. Otherwise, treat yourself to one of the city’s fabulous theatre productions or Melbourne’s delicious international fare. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Day 4: Melbourne to Alice Springs

We fly today from Melbourne to Alice Springs. We first visit the School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service, which celebrated its 90th birthday in May 2018, and delivers education and healthcare to remote outback communities respectively. This evening we enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue and hear stories of ecology, culture and astronomy from our hosts who then lead a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Day 5: Alice Springs to Uluru

Travelling past the majestic horseshoe shaped Attila also known as Mount Conner we arrive at Ayers Rock Resort where you’ll be free to enjoy the facilities. Later you can witness a beautiful sunset at the Uluru viewing platform while enjoying canapes and wine. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 6: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

This morning experience the magnificent Uluru sunrise after which we will find out more about the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu. Tour the caves at the foot of Uluru, discover ancient rock art, and learn the stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. We then travel through the desert to Kata Tjuta, a magnificent rock formation of rounded rock and walk through amazing Walpa Gorge. Later experience a Kata Tjuta sunset with sparkling wine and nibbles. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 7: Uluru to Cairns

We’ll join an Anangu Aboriginal artist who will introduce us to Western Desert Art, giving a cultural insight to the art form and assisting you in painting your own piece to take home as a memento. This afternoon fly to Cairns. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns

Day 8: Cairns

Today is free time to explore the cosmopolitan seaside city of Cairns. Learn about indigenous cultures at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park or travel to Kuranda on the famous scenic railway. Or staying in town, simply relax. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns

Day 9: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef – Cairns

Discover one of the largest and most breathtaking natural Wonders of the World as we board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkeling to view the reef up close or explore from the dryness of a semi-submersible craft. We’ll enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before we return to Cairns. This evening enjoy a fabulous meal while overlooking the seafront. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hotel: Hilton Cairns

Day 10: Cairns to Sydney

In the afternoon, we fly to Sydney where you will have the evening free to begin exploring this amazing city. Take a walk down to the quays for a fabulous view of Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up at night. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Day 11: Sydney

Our first full day in Sydney will take in the very best sights of this wonderful harbour city. We’ll discover the Eastern Suburbs where you’ll be able to enjoy the sands of world famous Bondi Beach. We then return to the centre of the city to take a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House before taking a Captain Cook lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour. In the afternoon choose to take an optional experience climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge or spend it at leisure exploring the city. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Day 12: Sydney

Spend the day at leisure or choose to join an optional tour to the spectacular Blue Mountains. On the tour, you’ll visit Leura, a heritage village surrounded by the stunning natural wonders of the mountains. You’ll also see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and a wildlife park where you can get up close to koala bears, kangaroos and more. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group at a waterside restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Hotel: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Day 13: Sydney

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

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

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Touring with Shearings

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Their knowledgeable and friendly teams look after every aspect of your journey from start to finish. The drivers, tour managers and hotel staff are always on-hand to take care of you and ensure you get the very best from your holiday.

Shearings offer a superb selection of amazing holidays by air and rail, as well as an extraordinary range of beautiful river cruises, sailing along some of Europe’s most enchanting waterways. You will find an assortment of inspiring itineraries to choose from, including Festival & Events breaks, Horticultural & Garden tours, BattlefieldsTours, and premium Grand Tourer holidays.

Shearings also caters for the single travellers, with its award-winning Your Time breaks, designed exclusively with the independent traveller in mind.


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