Sydney, Red Centre & Reef

Book By

Sep 30, 2020

Duration

11 Days

from USD

$2699

from CAD

$3469

 
Price Includes
  • Round trip airfare on Virgin Australia from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD)

  • Round trip airport to hotel transfers

  • 2 nights' accommodation in Sydney

  • 2 nights accommodation in Ayers Rock

  • Sounds of Silence Outback Dinner

  • Desert Awakenings Tour

  • Kata Tjuta Sunset tour

  • Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon tour

  • 1 night accommodation in Kings Canyon

  • Kings Canyon Climb

  • Kings Canyon to Alice Springs tour

  • 1 night accommodation in Alice Springs

  • 2 nights accomodation in Cairns

Price Excludes
  • Travel insurance,

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Meals and Drinks unless specifical indicated

 
About this Trip

Unlock the secrets of Australia’s Red Centre on this journey across the country. Start in Sydney, the largest city, where you can see the famous Sydney Opera House. Then connect to the Red Centre to explore Uluru/Ayers Rock and the heart of the Outback. Cap off the trip in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

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This 11-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney, the Red Centre, and Cairns. It features your choice of accommodation level, shared tours, and is a great introduction to Australia.

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean that takes you to Sydney, the largest city in Australia and home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. You’ll have two nights in Sydney to explore at your leisure. You can spend your time exploring the obvious landmarks, from the beautiful Sydney Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, where you can book a BridgeClimb if you’re so daring. You can head to Taronga Zoo to see some of the loveable marsupials that make Australia so famous, or spend a sunny afternoon on Bondi Beach, getting in touch with the surfer culture that helps define the country.

After seeing Sydney as you see fit, fly to the Red Centre and Uluru/Ayers Rock, your base for the next few nights. This sacred monolith is Australia’s premiere natural icon and one of the cornerstones of Indigenous culture in the centre of the country. On your first night, spend four hours unlocking the magic of the rock with the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Stroll through the sand dunes, watch sunset over Uluru, and enjoy the Milky Way come alive in the hours after sundown. The next morning, wake before dawn to watch the sun rise over the sandstone monolith. You’ll also go for a walk in the company of an Indigenous guide and see the rock paintings near Mutitjulu Waterhole before enjoying drinks at sunset near Kata Tjuta/The Olgas.

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart North America


Depart from North America today on your flight to Australia.




Day 2: Cross the International Dateline


You will lose a day as you cross the international dateline. This day is regained on your return journey.




Day 3: Arrive Sydney


On arrival in Sydney you will met and transferred by private vehicle to your Sydney accommodation. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.




Day 4: Sydney at Leisure


Today is a free day to explore Sydney. Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Sydney sightseeing options.




Day 5: Sydney to Ayers Rock and Sounds of Silence Dinner


You will be transferred to the airport for your flight on Ayers Rock. On arrival in Ayers Rock enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An unforgettable evening, dining under the sparkling outback sky. Your journey begins on a lone sand dune. A meandering path takes you to an uninterrupted, three hundred and sixty degree view of this vast landscape. In front of you are the fabled Uluru; behind you are the domes of Kata Tjuta and, possibly the most spectacular sunset you have ever seen. Here you enjoy sparkling wine and a selection of delectable canapes. As the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on a barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, as our resident astronomer takes you on an unforgettable tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after a delicious dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. In winter, guests gather around a campfire to savour a special treat of hot mulled wine brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.




Day 6: Desert Awakenings & Kata Tjuta Sunset


Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region. Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with Golden Syrup in the open air. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night. Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you'll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike. Your guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail. This afternoon enjoy a leisurely drive out to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) for one of our favourite sunset experiences in Central Australia. Along the way your Driver Guide will explain the geological and cultural history of the area. Marvel at the unique flora and admire the view of the central valley of the domes of Kata Tjuta while you take in a magnificent outback sunset with canapés and Australian wine. Tour returns to Ayers Rock Resort approximately 60 minutes after sunset.




Day 7: Ayers Rock to Kings Canyon


Enjoy a well deserved sleep in this morning, or perhaps consider joining a morning excursion to the Field Of Light – an amazing art installation at the bast of Ayers Rock. Later, travel through spectacular desert scenery from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon Resort by luxury coach. Pass through Curtin Springs and view Atila (Mt. Conner). After turning off the Lasseter Highway and onto Luritja Road your Driver/Guide will provide informative commentary about the history of the surrounding cattle stations. Arrive at Kings Canyon Resort before dusk. You may have time to view the sun set behind Carmichaels Crag to finish off the day.




Day 8: Skyline Gondola with Free Buffet Lunch


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 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. On arrival purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. Then enjoy the famous Taste of New Zealand buffet which offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from the windows will captivate you.




Day 9: Alice Springs to Cairns


Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival you will be met and transferred again to your hotel. Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. It enjoys easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling, getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life on your Australia vacation.




Day 10: Cairns at Leisure


Today is a free day to explore Cairns. Ask your Goway Agent about our range of exciting Great Barrier Reef or rainforest sightseeing options.




Day 11: Depart Cairns for North America


You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to North America. Of course, if you have time, why not stay longer and explore more of Australia?





Pricing Information

2020: 1 Apr - 5 Dec

 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, upgrades, extensions and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability.

Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire.

Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

The Ultimo: 8 Aug
Rydges World Square: 8 Aug, 19 Sep, 11 Nov
The Lost Camel, Outback Pioneer, Sails in the Desert: 24 - 25 Jul
Aurora Alice Springs: 4 - 8 Jun, 10 - 17 Oct
Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs: 4 - 8 Jun, 13 - 20 Oct,
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside: 3 - 6 Jun

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