Great Adventure Down Under (PT) - 2014 / 2015

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27 Day Tour from Melbourne to Auckland


Great Adventure Down Under
Ayers Rock in Australia
Ayers Rock in Australia
The Ghan Train
Fiordland National Park
Uluru
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbor
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The illuminated city of Melbourne at night
Stunning views in New Zealand

Vacation Overview

If you like spectacular scenery, unique wildlife, and cosmopolitan cities this voyage to the South Pacific is the perfect vacation for you!

In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, and explore the cobblestone streets of the Rocks, the harborside area where the first convicts settled. In Melbourne, dine aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets, and explore the café lifestyle that the city is known for. Outside Adelaide, visit one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island, where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, and in Queenstown, enjoy the many activities offered in this “Adventure Capital of the World,” including a cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound.

You’ve seen photos of the Great Barrier Reef—now’s your chance to snorkel in it. You’ve seen photos of Uluru (Ayers Rock)—now’s your chance to walk around it. You’ve heard of Australia’s Ghan train, traveling through the very center of Australia—now’s your chance to ride it. You’ve heard of the famous Tasmanian Devil—now’s your chance to see one.

On this tour, you’ll also learn about the native cultures and way of life. See Aboriginal rock petroglyphs in Kakadu National Park; enjoy a Māori concert in New Zealand; and learn how education and medical services are provided to those living in the remote regions of the Outback.

This tour goes beyond the highlights to uncover the unique destinations often overlooked and is sure to be your vacation of a lifetime!

     
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MELBOURNE
Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

HOBART
Excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

ADELAIDE
Orientation tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite excursion to Kangaroo Island

ADELAIDE–ALICE SPRINGS
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train

ALICE SPRINGS
Sightseeing tour; visit the School of the Air, Old Telegraph Station, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; sunset toast

DARWIN
Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre

CAIRNS
Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Cairns Tropical Zoo

SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Sydney Harbour lunch cruise; dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

MOUNT COOK
Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

QUEENSTOWN
Cruise on Lake Wakatipu; dinner & farm demonstration at Walter Peak High Country Farm; visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound

ROTORUA
Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Hangi dinner; visit Te Puia, the Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs

WAITOMO
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

AUCKLAND
Farewell dinner


DAY 1Arrive in Melbourne, Australia

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The illuminated city of Melbourne at night 
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DAY 2Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Enjoy a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The illuminated city of Melbourne at night 
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DAY 3Melbourne

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.” (Breakfast)

The illuminated city of Melbourne at night 
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DAY 4Melbourne–Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian Devil. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see the famous Tasmanian Devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 6Hobart–Adelaide

Today, fly via Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (Breakfast)

The illuminated city of Melbourne at night 
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DAY 7Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Stunning views in New Zealand A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand Visit New Zealand Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand 
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DAY 8Adelaide–Ghan Train

This morning, enjoy free time to relax. Later, a highlight of your vacation begins as you board the GHAN TRAIN for an overnight journey that offers a fascinating perspective of the Outback. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Ghan Train passing through the Outback 
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DAY 9Ghan Train–Alice Springs

You are scheduled to arrive in Alice Springs midday. Upon arrival, visit the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE and the SCHOOL OF THE AIR to appreciate how medical and education services are provided to those living in remote regions. Then, on to Anzac Hill, a tribute to the war heroes of Australia and New Zealand. You will also visit the historic OLD TELEGRAPH STATION to learn how early settlers developed communications. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare, fascinating tales of the Outback, and Aboriginal folklore. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit New Zealand Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand Stunning views in New Zealand 
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DAY 10Alice Springs–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today, fly to the “Center of Australia.” Travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant monoliths. There is time to take photos before returning to “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK and the changing colors of the rock. (Breakfast)

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DAY 11Uluru (Ayers Rock)–Darwin

Your Outback adventure continues this morning. For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Then, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Later, fly to Darwin (via Alice Springs) and enjoy an orientation tour. (Breakfast)

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Uluru

Ayers or Uluru?


Almost everything has two names in the Outback these days. Ayers Rock, the symbol of the Red Center, is now more correctly known by its traditional Aboriginal name, Uluru. The famous monolith sprouting from the desert had been given its stolid English title in 1873 by the first European explorer to clap eyes on it in 1873, Ernest Giles, in honor of his dull British benefactor, Sir Henry Ayer. But for all of 20,000 years before that, the local inhabitants had called it Uluru (apparently after one of the ancient clans in the area) and regarded it as a sacred site.
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DAY 12Darwin–Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure in the morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOWS ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE & BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 13Kakadu National Park

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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During the wet season (December through April) it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

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DAY 14Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. Later, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (Breakfast)

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world 
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DAY 15Cairns. Great Barrier Reef Excursion

Board a fast catamaran and CRUISE to Green Island, one of the many tropical islands on Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. Here you can choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, or walk through the island’s cool rainforest. This afternoon, your Tour Director can assist you with a variety of optional activities. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world 
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DAY 16Cairns

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. (Breakfast)

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DAY 17Cairns–Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO for your chance to meet Australia’s native animals. You’ll also enjoy breakfast in the park, a talk by a wildlife keeper, and will have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. (Breakfast)

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House 
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DAY 18Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Along the way, learn the history of the club and enjoy a lifesaving demonstration! See some of the city’s suburbs and the historic Rocks area, home to Sydney’s original convicts. For a truly memorable experience, enjoy lunch as you CRUISE on Sydney Harbour. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Sydney Opera House Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney’s famed Opera House The iconic Sydney Opera House at night 
Sydney Harbor

Sydney Harbor


Few visitors realize that Sydney’s most iconic landmark, the Opera House, was almost never completed. The radical design by Danish architect Jørn Utzon was chosen from an international competition in 1957, even though engineers at the time had no idea how to build it. Within five years, the prototype sails had to be taken down and totally recommenced. Budget blowouts dogged the project until the perfectionist Utzon resigned over cost-cutting measures. Construction continued anyway, with the interior design modified. The embittered Utzon, however, refused to visit Sydney again, and has still never seen the finished building hailed regularly as one of the seven architectural wonders of the modern world. A recent reconciliation occurred when an interior annex was completed to Utzon’s original design, but the architect was too old to visit; he sent his son to the Opera House instead.
Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach


As the Harbor stretches its turquoise tentacles into every inner suburb of Sydney, the 70 beaches that lace the city’s edges have created a hedonistic surf culture on a par with Rio and Waikiki. The most beloved of the urban beaches is Bondi (pronounced Bond-eye). Here, between sandstone headlands at the eastern fringe of the city, the long glassy rollers of the Pacific Ocean thunder onto a half-mile of golden powdery sand. In the 1920s, Bondi was a modest version of Coney Island, where city dwellers in need of fresh air would travel here by a rattling tram to cool off with an ice cream or cheap fish-and-chips by the sea. In the 1950s, the surf craze arrived from Hawaii, luring thousands with their boards into the crashing surf. And since the 1990s, Bondi has gentrified, attracting millionaires and movie stars.
The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 19Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Opera House The majestic Three Sisters peaks in the Blue Mountain Range 
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DAY 20Sydney–Christchurch, New Zealand

Fly across the Tasman Sea to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 21Christchurch–Mount Cook–Queenstown

Drive south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Stop at the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTER for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Afterward, continue on to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” (Breakfast)

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DAY 22Queenstown. Cruise on Milford Sound

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fjord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 23Queenstown

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe take a thrilling jetboat ride on the Dart River. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, CRUISE across Lake Wakatipu on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and take in views of the rugged Southern Alps. Stop at Walter Peak High Country Farm for DINNER and a FARM DEMONSTRATION that provides a glimpse of life on the farm. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 24Queenstown–Rotorua

Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CONCERT. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History in New Zealand 
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DAY 25Rotorua

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a floatplane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa. (Breakfast)

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History in New Zealand Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand Stunning views in New Zealand Visit New Zealand 
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DAY 26Rotorua–Waitomo–Auckland

Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 27Auckland

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 10 dinners including an Outback barbecue in Alice Springs and a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

STEVE MCHARDY

Years of Experience: 7 years

I feel privileged to show visitors around the sharply contrasting country of Australia. The diversity of landscapes, the inviting climate, and the exciting sights make our region one of the most interesting travel destinations. We are known for our laid-back nature and a sense of humor as dry as the country itself.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Great Adventure Down Under:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Uluru-KataTjuta National Park
  • Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Port Arthur