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Exploring Australia (16 Days, Standard)

Code: CV-459-S-16

A 16-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $4,999.00

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All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

Escorted Tour Highlights

Countries Visited:

Australia

Cities Visited:

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Sightseeing Highlights

Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populated city in Australia. It is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip. The city was founded on August 30th 1835. Melbourne is often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital because it is a major center for the performing and visual arts. Melbourne is said to be the birthplace of Australian dance styles, the Australian film industry, Australian impressionist art and the Australian television industry.

Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is a valley in South Australia. The valley is known as a major wine producing region, and is said to be one of the finest wine producing regions in the world. Located about 37 miles northeast of Adelaide, the valley is formed by the North Pala River. The valley derives its name from the Barossa Ranges, which were named in 1837. The valley is about 8 miles by 9 miles.

Hutton Vale Farm and Winery
In the family for 8 generations, Hutton Vale Farm spans across 2,000 acres of bucolic landscape. Tour their historic farm, visit with the livestock and see one of the many vineyards on the property before enjoying a cup of tea, homemade treats and perhaps even a sip of crisp Riesling.

Alice Springs
Alice Springs is the third largest town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is situated in the geographic center of Australia neat the southern border of the Northern Territory. The region around the area is referred to as the Red Center. This indigenous area is filled with endless desert landscapes and much aboriginal culture of the past.

Uluru
Uluru, also called Ayers rock, is a large, sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. It lies 208 miles southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The rock is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks. The rock stands at 1,142 feet tall and is 2,381 feet above sea level.

Cairns
Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia. The city was founded in 1876 and named after the then governor of Queensland. The region of Cairns ranks as the 4th most popular destination for international travelers in Australia. The city serves as a gateway point for those visiting the Great Barrier Reef. While being a gateway to Australia’s surrounding ocean, Cairns is also surrounded by rainforest, and also serves as a gateway to destinations like Daintree.

Great Barrier Reef
Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world when you climb aboard a high speed catamaran and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, you’ll find over 2,800 individual coral reef systems which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Their bright colors look remarkable against the turquoise waters, and the boat reveals it all. Jump in the water to snorkel and really experience the Reef in an immersive way! Stroll along the walking trails, relax on the beaches, or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. It’s a truly good day at the Reef, mate.

Sydney
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is located on Australia’s east coast, with the metropolis surrounding one of the world’s largest natural harbors. The first British settlers founded Sydney is 1788, but the area around Sydney is said to have been inhabited for many years before. Millions of tourists come to Sydney each year to see its natural features such as Sydney Harbor and Bondi Beach, as well as Sydney’s man made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Sydney Opera House Peformance
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on Bennelong Port in Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Sydney’s Central Business District and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The facility opened on October 20th, 1973. The opera house comprises several performance venues which together make one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world hosting 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. More than 7 million people visit the opera house each year.

Choice of Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea
You may choose to visit the Blue Mountains of New South Wales which are known for dramatic scenery—a nature lover’s delight. There, you’ll find sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and endless pristine wilderness. Don’t forget that camera! -OR- Travel by high-speed boat and hop around to visit various hot spots on Sydney Harbour. See the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo. You can choose to leave the boat for an excursion to one of these great places or stay on board for a relaxing narrated cruise.

Overview

Explore the diverse wonder of the land "Down Under." An adventure in the rugged Outback introduces you to the Aboriginal life and culture of Alice Springs and Uluru, the indigenous name for Ayers Rock. Behold the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Barossa Valley, a premier winemaking region. Meet Australia’s famous wildlife up-close with a chance to see crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, and other fascinating animals from the region. You’ll explore the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Melbourne and dine aboard its colonial tramcar. Relax with 4-night stays in Sydney and in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Ride through the rainforest canopy in tropical Queensland and have a guided tour, dinner and performance at the world famous Sydney Opera House. Choose to spend the day exploring the famous Blue Mountains or discover the sites of Sydney Harbour by high-speed ferry.

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Exploring Australia (16 Days, Standard)

Day 1: Melbourne, Australia - Tour Begins
Arrive today in Melbourne,* a Victorian city with an energetic modern vibe. You’re in for a treat tonight as you dine aboard the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant,** the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world!
(Meals: Dinner)

Day 2: Melbourne
Get to know Melbourne on a tour that features the historic Fitzroy Gardens. Later, you may join an optional tour to Phillip Island, the home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins. Protected and studied by rangers, hundreds of them waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes. At the interpretation center, you have a chance to learn about the lives of the Little Penguins and their significance to the area.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 3: Melbourne - Adelaide - Barossa Valley
Fly to Adelaide and explore this lovely coastal city before proceeding to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. Renowned among connoisseurs, the valley’s award-winning winemakers attract visitors from around the world. Tonight, enjoy a scenic dinner overlooking the vineyards.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Barossa Valley
Set out for the 19th-century Hutton Vale Farm, an 8th generation working farm and winery set on 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside. Caretakers John and Jan Angas will welcome you and share their family’s story that extends back to the founding of Australia. Tour the farm’s historic buildings, see their livestock and one of the many vineyards before partaking in some tea and homemade specialties. Perhaps you’ll give their sweet crisp Riesling a try. Next, travel to the Seppeltsfield winery for a private tour, followed by a tasting of their world-class wines. Quench your palate with varietals ranging from fruit-forward Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5: Barossa Valley - Alice Springs
Welcome to the Outback. Your Alice Springs tour highlights the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill, with amazing panoramas of the area. Meet the young Aboriginal group, Drum Atweme.*** Supported by the Collette Foundation, Drum Atweme is a musical organization comprised of at-risk youth from the local community. Tonight, savor a memorable bush dinner set against the desert backdrop.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: Alice Springs
Come to know the history and culture of the Walpiri Aboriginal people during a "Dreamtime Tour.” A specialist guide shares Aboriginal creation stories and explains everyday life. Later, gain insight into the educational system in the Outback at the School of the Air; you may even see a class in session. Take the rest of the day to explore this quintessential Outback town.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 7: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Traverse the “Red Centre” as you drive to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock). This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through the process of upheaval and erosion. Prepare for a truly majestic sunset as you witness the changing colors of Uluru while enjoying a champagne toast.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 8: Uluru - Cairns
Set off in the cool of the morning for Kata Tjuta and the base of “The Rock” to learn about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Later, fly to Cairns – the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO World Heritage site). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 9: Cairns
Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for an unforgettable ride above the rainforest canopy. There are two stops where you may get off and experience the forest floor’s diversity of plants, birds and animals from specially designed boardwalks. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the tropical surroundings.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Great Barrier Reef
Board a catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Choose how you want to spend your day in paradise by making your time on the reef as educational or as laid back as you like. Perhaps you will relax and independently explore the pristine shores of this tiny sand island located on the outer reef. Or maybe you are a bit more adventurous and will go snorkeling, revealing a wealth of vibrant sea life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a marine biologist during an informative presentation. Or you may also opt to join an expert for a beach and heritage trail walk along the island.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 11: Cairns
This morning, explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. Later, set out for Hartley’s Croc Farm. Get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands, home to birds, reptiles and wallabies. You may meet some of the local koalas and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Then, take an exciting cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying an authentic Aussie barbecue.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Cairns - Sydney
After a leisurely morning, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, where British settlers first dropped anchor in 1788.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 13: Sydney
See where the original English colonists first settled in 1788 during a city tour of Sydney. Highlights of the tour include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of Darlinghurst. Discover the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then you are in for a unique experience as you learn first-hand about opals during a special presentation at the National Opal Collection. Later, experience a once-in-a-lifetime dinner and performance at the Sydney Opera House.****
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14: Choice of the Blue Mountains or Sydney by Sea
It’s your choice! Travel to the stunning Blue Mountains of New South Wales (UNESCO) and come to know its countless geological wonders – sandstone plateaus, rich valleys, river gorges and endless pristine wilderness; see the Three Sisters sandstone rock formations, the region’s most notable attraction -OR- further experience Sydney at your own pace with a Sydney cruise pass; travel by high-speed boat to a variety of spots on Sydney Harbour; visit the famous beach resorts of Manly and Watson’s Bay, historic Fort Denison or Taronga Zoo; hop off to explore places of interest or stay on and relax during a narrated cruise.
(Meals: Breakfast)

Day 15: Sydney
Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will explore more of Sydney’s fascinating attractions, do some shopping or find yourself relaxing at a local café. This evening, say farewell to Sydney and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas of the harbour showcasing Sydney’s magnificent skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge.
(Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 16: Sydney - Tour Ends
You depart for home with wonderful memories of this inspiring country.
(Meals: Breakfast)

All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

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• 15 night accommodations.

• Centrally- located hotels provide a home away from home.

• Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.

• A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip

• Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.

• Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the “must-sees.”

• Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.

• Private climate-controlled motor coach enhances your tour.

• Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).

• 17 meals. Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.



All prices are per person, double occupancy, subject to availability and are quoted in U.S. Dollars. These pages are not endorsed or supported by the tour operator in any way. All information presented is based on promotional material provided by the tour operator. All prices, itineraries, accommodations and dates are subject to change without notice and at any time by the tour operators. Availability is limited and must be reconfirmed at time of booking. The prices on this website are not guaranteed. We are not responsible for errors, omissions, or changes in pricing. Please call us toll free at 1-800-942-3301 to confirm availability and pricing.

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