Australia Tours – Holiday Comparisons with Top Tips and Insider Insights

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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 brings 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 tour 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.

Covid19 is leading to unprecedented amounts of change throughout the travel industry, leading to even more changes that we might normally expect.

This information is designed to give you a quick and easy overview of some of the options for an Azores holiday. It is based on my views having spent 25 years as a Tour Manager, including taking trips to the Azores.

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.

Now that we have dealt with the important information about how to use this guide let’s jump into 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.

SAGA – Australian Adventure

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.

Holiday Headlines

  • 17 nights in hotels
  • 2 in flight
  • Return flights and internal flights
  • Saga Tour Manager
  • Welcome drink
  • Tourist visa
  • Porterage
  • 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.

Day 1 – Fly to Perth

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.

Day 2 – Arrive in Perth

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.

Rendevous Hotel, Perth

Rendevous Grand Hotel, Scarborough

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews for the Rendevous Grand Hotel

Day 3 – Perth


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

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.

PT Note:

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.

Pinnacles Desert

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.

PT Note:

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.

Day 4 – Perth to Alice Springs


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.

Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs

Day 5 – 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.

Day 6 – Alice Springs to Uluru

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.

Desert Gardens, Yulara

Desert Gardens Hotel

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Desert Gardens Hotel.

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.

Day 7 – Uluru to Cairns


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.

Novotel Cairns

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Novotel Cairns resort.

Day 8 – Cairns


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.

PT Note;

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.

Day 9 – Great Barrier Reef

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.

Day 10 – Cairns


Free Day

Kuranda Optional Excursion

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.

Day 11 – Cairns to Sydney


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.

Vibe Hotel, Sydney

Vibe Hotel Sydney

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Vibe Hotel

There are plenty of places close to the hotel for dining.

Day 12 – Sydney

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.

Day 13 – Sydney


This is a free day in Sydney.

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Optional

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.

PT Note;

The Hunter Valley is around 2 hours North of Sydney.

Day 14 – Sydney


This is another free day.

Blue Mountains Optional

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.

PT Note;

The Blue Mountains are not actually blue. This is a deeply forested area located around 115km away from Sydney.

Day 15 – Sydney to Melbourne


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.

Crowne Plaza, Melbourne

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Crowne Plaza

Day 16 – Melbourne


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.

Day 17 – Melbourne


Free Day.

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.

Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife

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.

PT Note;

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.

Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles

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.

PT Note;

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.

Day 18 – Melbourne

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.

Day 19 – Melbourne


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.

PT Note:

It might be worth checking the return flight times before booking.

Professional Traveller View

  • 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 Program and Value for Money

Titan – Best of Australia

Holiday Headlines

  • 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

PT Note;

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.

Day 1 – UK to Melbourne

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.

Day 2 – Melbourne

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.

Mantra on Little Bourke, Melbourne

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Little Mantra

Day 3 – Melbourne


Free day

Day 4 – Melbourne City Tour & Dandenong Mountains


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.

Day 5 – Phillip Island


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.

Day 6 – Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool


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.

Deep Blue Hotel, Warrnambool

Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs, Warrnambool

This hotel has 80 bedrooms and is set close to the ocean. Rooms are spacious and bright.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Deep Blue Hotel

There is a dinner included in at the hotel this evening.

PT Note;

There are only 8 Apostles left standing from the original 12.

Day 7 – Coonawarra, Murray River, Adelaide


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 Waymouth, Adelaide

Peppers Waymouth Adelaide

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of he Peppers Waymouth

Day 8 – Adelaide


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.

Day 9 – Adelaide


Free day to explore Adelaide. It is easy to reach Glenelg from Adelaide – this is located by the sea.

Day 10 – Adelaide to Alice Springs


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.

Crowne Plaza, Alice Springs

Crown Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

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.

Read the reviews of the Crowne Plaza

Day 11 – Uluru


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.

PT Note;

Uluru is set within a national park which is 20km from the Yulara resort where the hotels and facilities are located.

Voyages, Yulara

Voyages Sails in the Desert

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.

Read the reviews of the Sails in the Desert Hotel

Day 12


Sunrise viewing of Uluru followed by a visit to the Olgas. The Olgas are a collection of rounded rocks with one being taller than Uluru.

Return to the hotel for the afternoon.

Then an included visit to the Field of Light exhibition.

Day 13


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.

Reef House, Palm Cove

Reef House Palm Cove

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Reef House

Day 14 – Great Barrier Reef


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.

Day 15 – Palm Cove


Free Day

Day 16 – Kuranda


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.

Day 17 – Cairns to Sydney


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.

Park Royal Darling Harbour

Park Royal Darling Harbour

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Park Royal

Day 18 – Sydney


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.

Day 19 – Sydney


Free day

Day 20 – Sydney


Free Day

Day 21 – Flight Home

Qantas Flight QF1 departs from Sydney at 17:00 arriving London Heathrow 06.15

PT Note;

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

Leger – Uncover Australia

Holiday Headlines

  • 17 nights in hotels
  • 2 nights in flight
  • 17 included excursions
  • 9 included evening meals
  • 4 lunches included
  • Porterage included


February 2022

£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.

Stamford Plaza, Melbourne

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Stamford Plaza Hotel.

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.

There is free time in the afternoon before an included dinner at the Berth restaurant in Melbourne. This is followed by coffee in a cabin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

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

PT Note;

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.

Lasseters Hotel, Alice Springs

Lasseters Hotel, Alice Spring

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Lasseters 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.

Desert Gardens Hotel, Yulara

Desert Gardens Hotel

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Desert Gardens Hotel

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

Pullmain Cairns

Pullman Cairns Hotel

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Pullman Cairns

Day 12 – Kuranda

A morning trip on the Skyrail up to the village of Kuranda, followed by free time for lunch. Then a return journey on the Kuranda railway back down.

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


Free day

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

Park Royal, Darling Harbour

Park Royal Darling Harbour

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.

Read the TripAdvisor reviews of the Park Royal Darling Harbour

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

The first visit this morning is Sydney Zoo. Then the tour heads up to the Blue Mountains to the Three Sisters rock formation. Then there is a trip on the Scenic Flyway and the Scenic Skyway.

Day 18 – Sydney

Breakfast and dinner

Free day

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 1UK to PerthUK to MelbourneUK to Melbourne
Day 2Arrival in PerthArrival in MelbourneArrival in Melbourne
Day 3Swan River and Freemantle visitMelbourneMelbourne City Tour, Berth Restaurant and Observation Deck
Day 4Perth to Alice SpringsMelbourne and DandenongsDandenong visit and Phillip Island Penguins
Day 5Alice Springs optional tourPhillip Island visitFree day
Day 6Alice Springs to Uluru
Alice tour
Uluru sunset
Great Ocean RoadGreat Ocean Road
Day 7Uluru to CairnsCoonoawarra Winery
Alice Springs Tour
Day 8Rainforest optional tourAdelaide tour
Cleland Park visit
Telegraph station
Day 9Great Barrier ReefAdelaideAlice to Uluru
Uluru Sunset
Day 10Optional Kuranda TourAlice Springs TourUluru Sunrise
Kata Tjuta Visit
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Day 11Cairns to SydneyAlice to Uluru
Uluru Sunset
Uluru to Cairns
Day 12Sydney City TourUluru Sunrise
Kata Tjuta
Field of Light
Kuranda Visit
Kuranda Skyrail
Kuranda Rail
Day 13Hunter Valley Optional TourUluru to Palm CoveGreat Barrier Reef
Day 14Blue Mountains Optional TourGreat Barrier ReefFree Day
Day 15Sydney to MelbourneOptional Rainforest TourCairns to Sydney
Harbour Dinner Cruise
Day 16Melbourne City TourKuranda Visit & Tjapukai Park visitSydney Tour and Opera House Tour
Day 17Phillip Island Optional Tour
Cairns to SydneyBlue Mountains Tour
Day 18Great Ocean Road Optional TourSydney tour and harbour cruiseRevolving Tower Dinner
Day 19Melbourne to UKBlue Moutains Optional tourFlight to the UK
Day 20Arrival to the UKSydneyArrival to the UK
Day 21Sydney to the UK
Day 22Arrival to the UK

Australia Tours Pricing and Features Comparisons

Cost per person - based on two569950996299
Included Excursions17517
Review Score9.8None availableNone available
Tour ManagerUK Tour ManagerLocal Tour ManagerNot specified in itinerary
TransfersVIP Car ServiceVIP Car Service
Welcome Drink
Cost Per Person Single70985699
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