Small Group Escorted Tours

Small Group Escorted Tours


15 days/14 nights. Tour commences Sydney every saturday year round - minimum 2 passengers. Shorter options available.
This tour links to and from our New Zealand tours.

This tour is guaranteed to operate for a minimum of 2 and is semi independent using the best local day tours (usually with AAT Kings - big bus) we can find.The package is totally adaptable - spend an extra day in your chosen city/cities, start any day of the week, (unless Ghan is included), we can adapt it to your requirements. Tell us what you would like to do and we will give you a quote.
Exclusive vehicle and driver/guide can be provided in any city for additional cost.
You will have an exclusive vehicle and driver/guide in each city and all transfers are included.

ESCORTED GROUP DEPARTURE: Tour commencing Sydney saturday 23 March, 2019 will be escorted from Sydney to Cairns subject to a minimum of 10 travelling.

BONUS: Combine our BEST OF NEW ZEALAND, BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND, or MAGNIFICENT NEW ZEALAND tours with BEST OF AUSTRALIA and receive a free air ticket from Christchurch to Sydney between tours. (seat and 1 checked bag provided on flight - no meals)

Day 1. Saturday. ARRIVE SYDNEY
Arrive Sydney. Arrive Sydney and you will be met and transferred to our accommodation handy to the main railway station and Darling Harbour.

Day 2. Sunday. SYDNEY (BL)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Australia’s largest and most vibrant city. Drive through the historic "Rocks" area and cross the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore beaches. Stroll along famous Manly Surf beach before returning to Sydney to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour with lunch included. This afternoon continue your sightseeing. See the Opera House, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross, Bondi Beach, and the exclusive suburb of Double Bay and popular Paddington.

Drive to the Blue Mountains with many scenic views along the way including Govetts Leap, Echo Point, the Three Sisters, and hear the ‘folk tales’ as you view the marvellous escarpments and ‘Australia’s Grand Canyon’. Optional rides on the Sceniscender and/or the world's steepest incline railway are available - own expense. Visit a wildlife park to cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, and see wombats, dingoes, crocodiles, penguins, and other Australian wildlife. Cruise along the Parramatta river to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay where the tour ends.

Day 4. Tuesday. SYDNEY. (B)
Free day to explore Sydney as you wish.

Optional Tours
Drive south to Canberra - Australia's capital city. Enjoy a guided tour through Parliament House and the renowned National Museum, visit Mt Ainslie, for a panoramic view over the city, see Lake Burley Griffen, Captain Cook Memorial Fountain, Commonwealth Park, High Court, and drive through the embassy and residential areas. Return to Sydney around 9pm. Extra cost $NZ290

Your choice of 2 full day tours
(A) Hunter Valley wineries including tasting and lunch... $NZ290
(B) Hunter Valley Gardens including lunch...$NZ290

Day 5. Wednesday. SYDNEY - MELBOURNE. (B)
Make your way to the rail station. Join the Countrylink XPT express and travel south through New South Wales and Victoria. 1st class seats provided. Arrival Melbourne is scheduled for early evening. Accommodation is a short taxi ride away in the city - own expense
Note: You are welcome to fly this sector if you wish but costs will increase.

Day 6. Thursday. MELBOURNE (B)
Morning tour of Melbourne city includes tailored gardens, historic Victorian buildings, Royal Botanic gardens, Fitzroy Gardens including a visit to Captain Cooks Cottage. Stroll through the Royal Botanic gardens and see the Royal Exhibition buildings, and Federation Square. This afternoon trfavel to the Maru Koala and animal Park to get up close to Koala's kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and other native animals. View the Nobbies Rock formations overlooking Bass Strait and enjoy the evening penguin parade at Phillip Island. Tour ends back at your hotel about 11pm.

Day 7. Friday. MELBOURNE (B)
We have left today free for your own options. Enjoy the ‘culture capital’ of Australia or take one of the following optional tours
A. Gold fever at Sovereign Hill! 8.20am - 5.30pm $NZ230
B. Great Ocean Road including Bells Beach, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, and Loch Ard gorge - $NZ230
C> Puffing Billy Heritage steam train. 8.10am - 1.00pm. - $140

Day 8. Saturday. MELBOURNE - ADELAIDE (B)
Make your way to the airport (shuttles and taxis are available from your hotel - own expense). Fly to Adelaide this morning. You will be met on arrival for your tour to the Adelaide Hills and the charming Bavarian style town of Hahndorf. Also visit Mt Lofty summit for panoramic views over Adelaide. This afternoon tour the city including Chinatown, Montefiore Hill, Rundle Mall, etc. Accommodation at Grand Chancellor Hotel or similar.
Note: If you prefer to experience more train you are welcome to travel by "Overland" train departing Melbourne 8.05am and arriving Adelaide at 5.55pm with Adelaide sightseeing sunday.

Day 9. Sunday. ADELAIDE (B)
Free day to explore at your leisure. Optional tours are available including
(A) Barossa Valley Premium food and wine experience...$NZ190
(B) Kangaroo Island by coach. 6.45am to 10.40pm. $NZ390 Includes coach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, island tour including Seal Bay National Park, Birds of Prey display, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. A 2 course lunch is included.
NOTE: You have the option to fly from Kangaroo Island back to Adelaide for an additional $NZ190, or fly both ways for an additional $NZ370. Airport taxes and levies additional.

The famed "Ghan" train departs Adelaide station 12.15pm on Sundays for one of the worlds great rail journeys arriving Alice Springs 1.45pm monday. Optional walking tour of Marla in the morning.
Extra cost per person in New Zealand dollars
RED SERVICE DAYNIGHTER SEAT - $140. Meals are not included but may be bought in the dining car.
GOLD SERVICE SLEEPER CABINS - $950. meals are included.

Fly to Alice Springs this morning.
This afternoon enjoy a Highlights of Alice Springs tour including the Flying Doctor base and School of the Air, panoramic view of the city from Anzac Hill, see the Old Telegraph Station and Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Drive through the McDonnell ranges and enjoy a short stop at a camel farm with the opportunity to take a ride (extra expense). Continue past the remarkable Mt Connor Mesa before arriving at Ayers Rock resort. This afternoon tour the magnificent domes of the Kata Tjuta mountains (Olga's). Walk between the domes in Walpa Gorge and during the return to your hotel enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the changing colours of Uluru as the sun sets over the desert plain.

Day 12. Wednesday. ULURU - CAIRNS (B)
Up early for the best of the day and be in position to watch the sun rise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) before joining a guided walk to Mutitjulu waterhole and see the ancient rock paintings. Continue along the Mala way and your guide will point out the unique flora and fauna of the area. Visit the cultural centre and Arts and Crafts co-operative. This afternoon fly to Cairns and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13. Thursday. GREAT BARRIER REEF (BL)
Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef this morning. Enjoy the magical coral gardens and teeming marine life while swimming, snorkelling. or on the air conditioned semi submersible. Morning and afternoon tea and a lunch buffet are included.

Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Cultural Park and discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows, and demonstrations before joining the Skyrail to glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda. Free time to explore the town. Maybe visit the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens, or Bird World (admissions extra) before joining the world famed Kuranda Scenic Rail ride back to Cairns with views of Barron falls en route. You will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Day 15.Saturday. CAIRNS DEPART (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.

Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars valid to 30 September, 2018. 2 per room Single room
Full tour 15 days/14 nights (4 star hotels*) $NZ5,950 $NZ7,360

Tour Cost Includes (Full Tour):

** All travel by mini bus, coach, plane, and train within Australia
** 14 nights accommodation including breakfast daily
** 3 lunches on day tours
** Sightseeing listed including all admissions
** Services of tour escort from Sydney to Cairns for minimum of 10 travelling


Day 12. ULURU - DARWIN (B)
Fly from Uluru to Darwin (usually via Alice Springs) and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13. DARWIN (B)
Visit the Territory Wildlife Park this morning and this afternoon tour Darwin including the Botanic Gardens, historic areas including the East Point Military Precinct, Stokes Hill wharf, museum, and art gallery.

Drive deep into the Kakadu National Park for a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch join the famous Yellow Water Billabong cruise to observe salt water crocodiles and the colourful range of prolific bird life. Also visit the Warradjan Cultural centre with its displays and exhibits of the Aboriginal people. Overnight at Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn hotel or similar

Visit the Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art and cruise on the east Alligator river and go ashore in Arnhem land. return to Darwin this evening.

Fly from Darwin to Cairns today to continue your tour.

Extra cost per person $NZ 2,350 2 per room $2,750 single room


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