Are you looking for Australia Tours?
Considering the trip of a lifetime to this wonderful country?
Great! Then I have something that might help finding your perfect tour a little easier.
I’ve compared Australia tours from 4 of the biggest operators, giving you detailed information on their itinerary to help you find which tour might suit you best.
Tour itineraries do change and this article is meant to help you narrow down your choices for further research of your own – after all you know what you are interested in and what a tour that suits you needs to include.
So let’s jump in.
Australia Tours – A Wonderful Option To Cover Alot in this Amazing Country
Australia. Even the mention of the name conjures up a little sigh and thoughts of the beautiful red centre, the amazing great barrier reef and of course the iconic sights in Sydney to name but a few.
Australia tours bring up thoughts of wonderful visits, great hotels, sunshine, fab food and that laid back Aussie attitude that makes visiting such fun.
A continent, island and country all in one Australia is huge – so huge infact that flying across Australia takes 5 hours.
Australia is a great place to visit and it’s also a great place to take touring holiday. A touring holiday means that you can pack alot in, all the itinerary is arranged and you can get to all the main places and highlights during your tour – ideal for a once in a lifetime kind of trip.
I’m lucky to have taken 5 or 6 tours to Australia over my time working as a Tour Manager including several round Australia trips, a wonderful round trip which included the West Coast and the amazing spring flowers, and a great trip that drove down from Cairns to Sydney giving time to explore the East Coast in much more detail.
In this Australia tours comparison I have chosen the biggest tour operators and compared their itineraries giving you a good starting point for planning your trip.
Australia is really somewhere that gets under your skin. The people are great, the food is lovely, every bit you visit is very different and of course so is the weather. There’s so much history and culture too – it really has got everything you need for a wonderful and truly memorable trip.
I have gone through each itinerary in detail adding notes about particular aspects of the trip that I would ask about if I was booking.
I’ve also done a side by side comparison of the itineraries and also the costs and features so you can compare more easily.
For this comparison I have focussed on tours which visit the main sights and highlights of Australia and are around 20 days in length. There are generally options to extend with layovers if the flights are not direct and also to add on New Zealand trips but for now I am focussing on Australia.
But let’s start with a very important piece of information first;
You need to check the itineraries and information with the tour operators directly. I have used what information I can find that is publicly available – however, tour itineraries do change.
This information is designed to give you a quick and easy overview of some of the options for Austrlia tours. It is based on my views having spent 25 years as a Tour Manager, including taking trips to Australia.
This information is designed to help you identify what questions you need to ask before making a booking, to understand more about the itinerary and how it works in practice, and to get a feel for which tour operator might suit your needs best.
This comparison was written in 2020 – the travel industry has been through unprecented changes since then with more to come.
Now that we have dealt with the important information about how to use this guide let’s get to the fun stuff in the Australia Tours comparison!
Australia Tours Comparison
Saga have several Australia tours to choose from including an Ultimate Australia tour which is 29 nights long, Ultimate Australia and Tasmania which is 29 nights long and a combined Australia and New Zealand Tour which is 34 nights long.
For this comparison of Australia Tours I have chosen their Australian Adventure tour which is a similar duration to the others in this post.
This tour is currently available from September 2021 to October 2022. There are departures showing for September and November 2021, January, February, March, September and October 2022. These departure dates avoid the winter period in Australia which is June to August. December to January is summer and temperatures can be quite high.
Find more information on Australian weather here.
- 17 nights in hotels
- 2 in flight
- Return flights and internal flights
- Saga Tour Manager
- Welcome drink
- Tourist visa
- 7 trips and excursions included
- Use of headsets on guided tours
From £5399 per person based on two sharing
£6498 for single travellers
There is currently no online availability for this tour, with customers asked to telephone the reservation team if interested in departures in 2021. There are departures shown for September and November 2021.
The information below is for tours in 2022. There are departures from various airports in January, February, March, September and October 2022.
Fly from the UK to Perth.
Fly from London Heathrow on QF10 departing 11.55 and arriving Perth 12.30. The actual flying time is 16 hours and 45 minutes.
Arrival in Perth at 12.30 local time.
Arrive into Perth and meet the local Tour Manager. This means you will not have a SAGA Tour Manager with you during your flights to or from the UK and the Tour Manager will meet you once you get through customs in Australia and say goodbye before security when leaving Australia.
The hotel is the Rendevous Grand is in the Scarborough Beach area. This is approximately 40 minutes away from Perth airport and 25 minutes from Perth city centre.
The hotel is located beside the Indian Ocean and rooms are bright and light. The hotel is a large multi storey hotel with pools, leisure facilities and lots of meeting spaces available.
There is an included cruise on the Swan River with an included sightseeing tour which takes in the botanical gardens. The tour carries on to Freemantle.
Optional Excursions in Perth
Rottnest Island is located just off the coast from Perth. It is famous for having Quokkas resident which are very friendly and photogenic. It is a 25 minute boat ride to Rottnest from Perth.
This tour is shown as being a full day trip. However, it is not clear which day in the program this would be offered on. As such it might be worth asking more about this optional trip before booking, especially if you were very keen to go.
This tour is being shows as an optional during your stay in Perth. Again it is a full day trip. The Pinnacles are located about 2 hours drive from Perth. They are limestone peaks that are 30,000 years old.
This tour is also shown as being a full day trip and again it is not clear which day this would be offered again. As such it might be worth asking more about this optional trip before booking.
The itinerary mentions an optional excursion being available for today before the flight to Alice Springs.
The flight to Alice Springs departs at 05.45 and arrives at 10.05. The actual flight time is 2 hours and 50 minutes. A group check in for a domestic flight generally requires arriving at the airport 2 – 1.5 hours before the departure.
The Crowne Plaza has 205 bedrooms and a swimming pool. It is located close to the Todd River, which is a dry river running through Alice Springs.
The itinerary online doesn’t specify that breakfast is included on this day. However, the website shows a total number of 17 breakfasts included which means breakfast would be included on this day.
This is a free day to enjoy Alice Springs.
There is also an optional excursion available today.
Breakfast and Dinner
There is a tour of Alice Springs during the morning including a visit to the Telegraph Station which is the reason for Alice Springs developing as the town is today. The tour includes a visit to the Flying Doctor Base.
The trip to Uluru is by road and arrival will be in time to see the sunset at Uluru.
Accommodation is at the Desert Gardens Hotel in Yulara resort. Yulara has several hotels within in, as well as a small shopping centre. It is located close to the national park that Uluru is within. Guests staying in any of the hotels at Yulara can visit and dine/drink at any of the hotels in the resort.
A free shuttle bus also enables you to move round the hotels without having to walk between them!
The Desert Gardens Hotel has 218 bedrooms and is set within gardens.
Uluru sunset viewing is included this evening with canapes and sparkling wine.
Dinner is included this evening which will most likely be after the sunset viewing.
Optional Helicopter Trip over Uluru
There is a 1.5 hour optional helicopter trip which takes in Uluru and the surrounding area available during your stay at the Desert Gardens Hotel.
There is no mention of seeing the sunrise at Uluru on this itinerary.
The flight to Cairns departs at 14.20 and arrives at 17.20.
The actual flying time is 2.5 hours.
The airport is located approximately 10 minutes away from the resort. It is a very small airport.
On arrival transfer to the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. It is 7kms from Cairns airport to the hotel.
This hotel is located in the central area of Cairns giving great access to the beach area, the night market and the main attractions in Cairns. It is a large hotel with several restaurants, and leisure facilities.
It’s a large resort styled hotel.
It is located 7 kilometres from Cairns airport.
This is a free day.
There is an optional trip to the rainforest which is mentioned in the itinerary.
However, there are no details of this in the optional tours program.
The Daintree rainforest area is absolutely stunning and well worth visiting. Tours visit various places including Cape Tribulation made famous by Captain Cook, and the Daintree River. However, given there are no details of this trip on the SAGA website it might be worth asking more about this optional tour before booking if it is something you are really interested in.
Breakfast and lunch.
This includes a trip out to Green Island by catamaran for a day of snorkelling, relaxing on a sandy beach or taking a glass bottomed boat trip to explore the reef.
It takes around 45 minutes to reach Green Island by catamaran from Cairns. Green Island is actually a resort so the island has all the facilities you might need. It’s location means it is close to the Great Barrier Reef with the area around the island being a marine park.
You can see full details of Green Island including a video of the island here.
Lunch is included on the island.
This trip includes a ride on a historic railway or the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Kuranda is a quirky and interesting arts and crafts type village in the rainforest.
The flight to Sydney departs at 12.00 and arrives at 16.00
Flights are around 3 hours long (there is a time difference between the two states)
You will transfer to the Vibe Hotel Sydney. It is 10km from the airport to the hotel.
The hotel is located in the CBD district of Sydney – this is the Central Business District. It is located in the city part, with easy access to Darling Harbour. It is a little further to Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House area of the city.
Hyde Park is very close to the hotel and this is a lovely park to explore.
The Vibe Hotel has 198 rooms. It is a modern business styled hotel with good sized rooms. It is located in a city centre location so there may be some noise from the surrounding traffic etc. You can see the location of the hotel on a map here.
The hotel has good facilities including a pool.
There are plenty of places close to the hotel for dining.
Breakfast and lunch
There is a full day included excursion which includes seeing the Rocks area of Sydney, an area close to the harbour which has been restored and is famous for it’s cobble streets.
This excursion also includes a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, the iconic and much loved, but controversial building on the edge of Sydney Harbour.
A sightseeing cruise of Sydney Harbour is included alongwith lunch at a local restaurant.
This is a free day in Sydney.
This full day excursion travels to Lindemans and the Hunters Resort for tastings. There is also a two course lunch, with wine of course, included. There are two further tastings at McGuigans Winery and Hunter Valley Gardens before returning back to Sydney.
The Hunter Valley is around 2 hours North of Sydney.
This is another free day.
There is a full day tour to visit the Blue Mountains today. The SAGA description says it is a long day but with magnificent vistas.
The Blue Mountains are not actually blue. This is a deeply forested area located around 115km away from Sydney.
The flight to Sydney departs at 12.00 and arrives in Melbourne at 13.35
It is 25km from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Hotel.
The Crowne Plaza has a great location on the edge of the Yarra River. It is close to some of the major attractions in Melbourne such as the Immigration Museum and the National Gallery.
It has 438 rooms and has recently been refurbished. Rooms are a little more compact than other hotels on the tour possibly, but they have everything you might need. The hotel itself has 3 dining options in house and there are plenty of options nearby.
The hotel also has a wellness centre and pool with a good sized gym.
A full day excursion explores Melbourne today including the Queen Victoria Market and Captain Cooks cottage. After some free time where you can enjoy lunch (not included) the tour heads out to South Melbourne to visit the oldest swimming beach before heading out for views of Port Phillip Bay and Williamstown.
Melbourne Optional Excursions
There are 3 optional excursions available during the time in Melbourne.
It is not clear which day they would be offered on or if they are all available on each trip.
This is an afternoon and evening trip.
Phillip Island is home to a fairy penguin colony. At dusk hundreds of these little penguins come out of the sea and head to the their burrows. The area of Phillip Island now includes a fur seal and koala colony too. There is a boardwalk to see Koalas in the trees and a trip to Nobbies to see the fur seals.
Whilst dinner isn’t included generally there is a stop made in a nearby town for dinner before going to the see the penguins.
Koalas and Kangaroos in the Wild
This full day trip includes a visit to the Koala Research project and the opportunity to walk between mobs of kangaroos. A bush lunch is included.
This full day tour includes travelling the length of the Great Ocean Road. There is a visit to London Bridge (known now as London Arch) and the Twelve Apostles.
This road can be quite twisty so if you suffer from travel sickness like you you might want to take precautions. It is a beautiful drive though.
Also note that due to rock collapse there are not Twelve Apostles in the rock formation, but 8.
PT Note Re Melbourne Optional Exursions;
It might be worth asking for more detail on the timings and days of these optional tours, especially if you are really interested in them.
It looks like one of the optional tours runs on the very last day before your flight home.
Breakfast and dinner.
There is another optional excursion included today.
This evening there is an included farewell dinner cruise on the Yarra River, a great way to finish up the Australian part of the tour.
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
QF9 departs from Melbourne at 16.50 and arrives London Heathrow at 05.05. This flight may well include a stop at Perth on the return.
It might be worth checking the return flight times before booking.
Professional Traveller Review
- This tour has the lowest single traveller cost
- It has the shortest visit to the Red Centre – Uluru area
- It has the least included excursions with most being optional – there are no pricing details online but this will add significantly to the cost of the trip if you plan to do all the optional tours
- There is a local Tour Manager who will meet you in Australia
Professional Traveller Rating of Saga Australian Adventure Itinerary and Value for Money
- 19 nights hotels
- 2 nights flights
- All international and internal flights on Qantas or Emirates (Qantas for 2022 program)
- 19 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 evening meal
- Titan VIP door to door travel service
- Titan Tour Manager
- Porterage at all hotels
- 17 included excursions and visits
January 2022 prices from £5699 per person based on two sharing
Single travellers £7098 per person
Currently there are departures shown as available for October 2021 and November 2021 but there is no availability online for these departures.
For 2022 there are departures shown for January, February, March, October and November 2022.
This information is for departures in 2022.
There are also regional departures available.
Depart from London Heathrow Airport on QF10 at 11.55. This flight lands in Perth the next day with a flight time of 16 hours and 45 minutes (non stop).
The flight is on the Dreamliner which in economy has a 3 x 3 x 3 configuration.
The plane then flies onto Melbourne after approximately 1.5 hours in Perth. The flight time to Melbourne is 3.5 hours.
The arrival time into Melbourne is 20.25 local time. (Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of the UK)
It is 23km from Melbourne Airport to the Mantra on Little Bourke.
The hotel is located in the CBD (central business district) of Melbourne. It is located North of the Yarra River and to the South of the Queen Victoria Market.
The hotel is made up of studios and apartment type accommodation rather than just bedrooms.
Studios have a large bedroom area with king beds or twin beds, a separate seating area, a small kitchenette, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities.
The hotel has a gym and an onsite gastropub.
There is an included city tour today which includes a visit to the wonderful botanical gardens.
Lunch is not included so there will most likely be a chance to get some lunch before the trip out to the Dandenong Mountains.
The trip out to the mountains includes a ride of Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest narrow gauge steam train. Be prepared for a fun and bumpy ride.
There is some great birdlife in the area too.
The morning is free before an afternoon and evening trip out to Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins as they emerge from the sea and head across Summerland beach to their burrows.
Dinner isn’t included this evening but there is generally an option to have a meal in a nearby town.
The Great Ocean Road heads out from Melbourne. It is a dramatic and photogenic drive. There will be a stop to see the Twelve Apostles.
The distance travelled is around 250km today.
Lunch isn’t included on this day.
This hotel has 80 bedrooms and is set close to the ocean. Rooms are spacious and bright.
There is a dinner included in at the hotel this evening.
There are only 8 Apostles left standing from the original 12.
It is 600km from Warrnambool to Adelaide. The first part of this journey follows the coast but then turns inland.
It is 250km from Warrnambool to Coonawarra. There is a tasting at a Coonawarra winery en route to Adelaide today.
As such today involves a lot of time travelling on the coach.
Peppers is located in the CBD (central business district) of Adelaide. It is close to Victoria Square. Rooms are contemporary with large windows.
There is a leisure centre with a pool and a two onsite dining choices available to guests.
There is a morning trip to the Cleland Wildlife Park on Mount Lofty. This is quite close to Adelaide and there is a chance to see wombats, kangaroos and perhaps meet a koala.
In the afternoon there is a city tour which includes a visit to the largest glasshouse in the Southern hemisphere.
Free day to explore Adelaide. It is easy to reach Glenelg from Adelaide – this is located by the sea.
It is 6km from Peppers Hotel to Adelaide airport. Groups generally have to arrive around 2-1.5 hours ahead of a departure.
Flight QF723 departs Adelaide at 10.25am
Arrives Alice Springs 11.30am
On arrival you will take a tour of the Telegraph Station, the reason for the town of Alice developing here. There is free time to explore the town yourself.
This hotel has 205 bedrooms and it is located in the Lasseters complex which includes a casino and a variety of restaurants and bars.
Rooms include art and colours inspired by indigenous art.
The hotel is located close to the Todd River which is a dry riverbed running through Alice Springs.
It is 450km from Alice Springs to the Yulara Resort at Uluru. This travels the famous Lasseter Highway.
There will be a sunset viewing at Uluru this evening.
Uluru is set within a national park which is 20km from the Yulara resort where the hotels and facilities are located.
All the hotels located at Uluru are at the Yulara resort. There are several available and Voyages is the premium hotel at the resort.
The hotel rooms are spacious and the hotel only has two floors.
All guests staying at any of the hotels can use the facilities and bars of any of the hotels on site. There is also a free shuttle bus to transfer you between the hotels.
Return to the hotel for the afternoon.
Then an included visit to the Field of Light exhibition.
There is a free morning this morning.
Then there is a transfer to the airport, which is 10 minutes away from the hotel for the flight to Cairns.
Flight QF1854 departs 14.20 and arrives 17.20 to Cairns. The actual flying time is 2.5 hours.
Transfer to the Reef House Palm Cove. Palm Cove is located 25kms North of Cairns.
This boutique hotel is colonially styled and located just across from the sandy beach at Palm Cove. Rooms are spacious and studios rather than bedrooms. The whole hotel has a relaxing and wellness focussed with a mineral pool and quirky things such as free sketch kits, board games library and book exchange.
There is a restaurant and bar on site as well.
There is an included visit to the Great Barrier Reef today. The boat leaves from Port Douglas and travels to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is 43km North of Palm Cove.
Once out at the pontoon there is the option to take do some snorkelling, take a submersible boat ride amongst other things. There is likely to be plenty of fish to see.
Lunch is included today.
There is a trip up to Kuranda on the Kuranda railway today. This quirky arts and crafts town is set up in the rainforest There are market stalls and plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
There is an option to return via the coach or take the Skyrail. The Skyrail is a cable car which runs over the top of the rainforest and offers spectacular views as you head back down from Kuranda.
The afternoon includes a visit to the Tjapukai Park where there is a visit to the Aboriginal Dance Theatre to see a show.
There is a transfer back to the airport for QF923 which departs Cairns airport at 12:00 and arrives in Sydney at 16:00. The actual flying time is 3 hours.
Transfer to the Park Royal Darling Harbour Hotel.
It is 15km from the airport at Sydney to the Park Royal Darling Harbour Hotel.
This hotel is located close to Darling Harbour. There are a several roads running directly infront of the hotel between the hotel and the harbour itself.
Hotel rooms are a little smaller, not unsurprising given the hotel’s city location. Rooms are simpler and business styled. There is a restaurant and bar on site at the hotel. There is a small fitness centre.
Darling Harbour is a lively and interesting spot. Ferries run from Darling Harbour under the Sydney Harbour bridge into Circular Quay. There are also some nice gardens, plenty of restaurants and a great maritime museum.
There is an included city tour today which includes a visit to the harbour area and the botanical gardens.
In the afternoon there is an included harbour cruise.
Qantas Flight QF1 departs from Sydney at 17:00 arriving London Heathrow 06.15
Currently due to Singapore airport not accepting transit passengers QF1 flies to Darwin for a refuelling stop before flying direct to London Heathrow. Previously QF1 stopped at Singapore Changi airport for around 2 hours before flying onto London.
It might be worth asking for more information about flight timings before booking.
Professional Traveller View
- This is the longest tour in this comparison with a total of 19 nights
- Most of the excursions are included in the program
- The Tour Manager travels with you from the UK and back again
- The itinerary is extensive and nicely paced with plenty of time in each destination
- The hotels are great
Professional Traveller Rating of Program and Value for Money
- 17 nights in hotels
- 2 nights in flight
- 17 included excursions
- 9 included evening meals
- 4 lunches included
- Porterage included
£6299 per person based on two sharing
£7978 single travellers
Day 1 – Fly to Melbourne
There are no flight details given online. Qantas QF10 flight which Depart from London Heathrow Airport on QF10 at 11.55. This flight lands in Perth the next day with a flight time of 16 hours and 45 minutes (non stop). It then continues to Melbourne
PT Note: It might be worth checking the flight information before booking this tour
Day 2 – Arrival in Melbourne
Transfer to the Stamford Plaza Melbourne. It is 22km from the airport to the Stamford Plaza.
The hotel has 282 suites which are studio type rooms with a small kitchenette, and separate lounge area. The rooms are well appointed and the hotel is a 5 star hotel. It also has a pool and gym on site as well as a restaurant. It also has a nightclub onsite.
The hotels is located in the central business district of Melbourne, within easy reach of the Yarra River and Fitzroy Gardens.
Day 3 – Melbourne Tour
Breakfast and dinner
The city tour of Melbourne includes driving by the Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Cricket Ground. It includes a visit to the Eureka Skydeck with views across the whole city.
Day 4 – Dandenongs & Penguins
Breakfast and dinner
The morning the trip heads out to the Dandenong Mountains for a ride on Puffing Billy. After the train ride head to the Nobbies visitor centre to see the wildlife.
After dinner in Cowes head to Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins coming in to Summerland Beach, before a late return back to Melbourne.
Day 5 – Free Day
Day 6 – Great Ocean Road
Tour out along the Great Ocean Road to Lorne. Then onto Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell via the Twelve Apostles. Then return back to Melbourne
It is 286km from the Stamford Plaza to Port Campbell via the Great Ocean Road and 241km back to Melbourne along the main highway. This means there is a lot of travelling on the coach this day. The Great Ocean Road is quite a twisty road in places so the coach is not able to travel at the same speed as a motorway.
Also note that there are only 8 left of the 12 Apostles due to rock collapses.
Day 7 – Alice Springs
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
There is a morning flight to Alice Springs followed by a visit to Anzac Hill on arrival. After that there is a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service which includes lunch as well.
In the afternoon there is a visit to the School of the Air to learn how children are taught remotely.
This hotel is in the Lasseters Casino resort. As such there is a selection of restaurants and bars located in the resort, alongwith the casino. There is a pool at the hotel alongwith a restaurant and bar. Rooms are bright with decor inspired by the indigenous art of Australia.
Dinner this evening is at the hotel.
Day 8 – Alice Springs
Breakfast and dinner
In the morning there is a visit to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the reason that Alice Springs exists as the town you see today.
There is free time to explore Alice Springs
Later in the day there is a visit to the Earth Sanctuary for a BBQ dinner, including a chance to make damper bread.
Day 9 – Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
It is 361km from Alice Springs to Curtain Springs where there is a stop for lunch. The road is a regular road, not a motorway so the travel time will depend on the other traffic.
Curtin Springs is a million acre cattle station set in the heart of the outback. It has been run by the Severin family for many years.
After lunch it is 86km from Curtin Springs to Yulara resort.
Yulara is where all the hotels and facilities are for visitors to Uluru.
The Desert Gardens Hotel has spacious light rooms. Each room is bright and airy with a balcony or a terrace. There is a swimming pool and bar on site.
Guests at each hotel can use the facilities at any of the hotels at Yulara giving easy access to all the hotels and bars on site. There is also a shuttle bus to make moving around between hotels easy.
In the evening there is a drive out to Uluru. This is 25km from Yulara and set in a national park. There will be a chance to see the sunset over Uluru.
After the sunset viewing there will be dinner at the Yulara resort.
Day 10 – Uluru
Breakfast and dinner
There is an early morning trip back to see the sunrise at Uluru this morning.
Then there is a visit to Kata Tjuta also known as The Olgas. Mount Olga is higher than Uluru.
There is free time in the afternoon.
In the evening there is a trip out to the Sounds of Silence dinner. This is an upscale outback dinner under the stars.
Day 11 – Ayers Rock to Cairns
Breakfast and dinner
After some free time there is a transfer to the airport for a flight to Cairns
The Pullmain Cairns has 321 bedrooms with a fitness centre and pool.
The hotels has a good location in the central part of Cairns close to the Zoo.
Day 12 – Kuranda
Day 13 – Great Barrier Reef
Breakfast and lunch
There is a catamaran trip out to Michaelmas Cay where you are able to snorkel and take a trip on a semi submersible boat.
Day 14 – Cairns
Day 15 – Cairns to Sydney
Breakfast and dinner
There is a flight to Sydney today and a transfer to the Park Royal Darling Harbour.
The distance from Sydney airport o the Park Royal is 15km
The Park Royal is set close to Darling Harbour, a lively spot with a wealth of restaurants and attractions. It is easy to reach Cicular Quay via one of the ferries.
The hotel has business styled rooms and a fitness centre.
This evening there is a dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour.
Day 16 – Sydney
The city tour takes in the Rocks area of Sydney, Bondi beach and Macquarie’s chair. In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House
Day 17 – Blue Mountains
Breakfast and lunch
Day 18 – Sydney
Breakfast and dinner
In the evening there is dinner at the Revolving Restaurant in Sydney.
Day 19 – Flight to UK
There are no flight details but flights to the UK generally leave late evening meaning there is likely to be some time for additional exploring on the last day
Day 20 – Arrive in the UK
Professional Traveller View
- This tour has the most meals included and includes some great dining experiences such as a Sydney dinner cruise and Sounds of Silence dinner
- Most of the exursions are included
- It is nicely paced with 2 free days in the program
Professional Traveller Rating of Program and Value for Money
Australia Tours Itinerary Comparisons
These side by side comparisions compare the itinerary of each tour and the features giving you an easy overview of each program.
|Day 1||UK to Perth||UK to Melbourne||UK to Melbourne|
|Day 2||Arrival in Perth||Arrival in Melbourne||Arrival in Melbourne|
|Day 3||Swan River and Freemantle visit||Melbourne||Melbourne City Tour, Berth Restaurant and Observation Deck|
|Day 4||Perth to Alice Springs||Melbourne and Dandenongs||Dandenong visit and Phillip Island Penguins|
|Day 5||Alice Springs optional tour||Phillip Island visit||Free day|
|Day 6||Alice Springs to Uluru|
|Great Ocean Road||Great Ocean Road|
|Day 7||Uluru to Cairns||Coonoawarra Winery|
|Alice Springs Tour|
|Day 8||Rainforest optional tour||Adelaide tour|
Cleland Park visit
|Day 9||Great Barrier Reef||Adelaide||Alice to Uluru
|Day 10||Optional Kuranda Tour||Alice Springs Tour||Uluru Sunrise
Kata Tjuta Visit
Sounds of Silence Dinner
|Day 11||Cairns to Sydney||Alice to Uluru|
|Uluru to Cairns|
|Day 12||Sydney City Tour||Uluru Sunrise|
Field of Light
|Day 13||Hunter Valley Optional Tour||Uluru to Palm Cove||Great Barrier Reef|
|Day 14||Blue Mountains Optional Tour||Great Barrier Reef||Free Day|
|Day 15||Sydney to Melbourne||Optional Rainforest Tour||Cairns to Sydney
Harbour Dinner Cruise
|Day 16||Melbourne City Tour||Kuranda Visit & Tjapukai Park visit||Sydney Tour and Opera House Tour|
|Day 17||Phillip Island Optional Tour||Cairns to Sydney||Blue Mountains Tour|
|Day 18||Great Ocean Road Optional Tour||Sydney tour and harbour cruise||Revolving Tower Dinner|
|Day 19||Melbourne to UK||Blue Moutains Optional tour||Flight to the UK|
|Day 20||Arrival to the UK||Sydney||Arrival to the UK|
|Day 21||Sydney to the UK|
|Day 22||Arrival to the UK|
Australia Tours Pricing and Features Comparisons
|Cost per person - based on two||5699||5099||6299|
|Review Score||9.8||None available||None available|
|Tour Manager||UK Tour Manager||Local Tour Manager||Not specified in itinerary|
|Transfers||VIP Car Service||VIP Car Service|
|Cost Per Person Single||7098||5699|
(No longer available online but other departures with no single supplements)
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🌍 Professional Traveller
🧳+30 years travel experience
🚌 Coach Holiday Expert
🛏️ Hotel & Holiday Consultancy
🤑 Helping you travel more and spend less
Melanie uses her coach holiday expertise to help people find their perfect coach holiday.
Her years of travel experience means she can help people travel smarter with professional travel tips.
Having spent over 10 years in hotels Melanie is an expert guest and is now using her experience as a hotel consultant – helping hotels improve their group stay experience, and holiday companies to have even happier travellers.
As a newbie to solo travel Melanie is also sharing trip reports to help other female travellers experience this amazing way to seeing the world.