Exploring Australia (PX) - 2016 / 2015

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20 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney


Exploring Australia
Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand
Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand
The illuminated city of Melbourne at night
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, Australia
Sydney Harbor
Visit New Zealand
The iconic Sydney Opera House at night
New Zealand’s beautiful coast
Sydney’s famed Opera House
The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June, 28 2007

Vacation Overview

On this journey, experience unique wildlife, brilliant colors in the tropics, an Outback adventure, sumptuous cuisine, lively nightlife, fun shopping, and much more!

Discover some of Australia’s unique wildlife, including the famed Tasmanian devil, a carnivorous marsupial with the appearance of a small, stocky dog; the iconic kangaroo, which number roughly 40 million in Australia; koala; wallaby; crocodile in Kakadu National Park; and rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals on Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats.

A trip highlight is a journey on the Ghan train. This overnight train journey will offer a fascinating perspective of the Outback as you travel from Alice Springs to Darwin. Visit magnificent Katherine Gorge where you’ll have your choice of included sightseeing. Of course, this vacation offers you the opportunity to see Australia’s most famous sights, including the remarkable and colorful Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Also discover its most popular cities. 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. Dine aboard Melbourne’s historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the city streets, and enjoy time on your own to explore the city and surrounding area. Perhaps take a trip to see the Penguin Parade, the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, or go wine tasting in the Yarra Valley.

After this in-depth vacation you’re sure to return home with lots of photos, memories, and stories to share with friends and family!

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

HOBART
Guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

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

ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue

ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train

KATHERINE GORGE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Choice of included sightseeing

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
Outer 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

NOTE:

  • The May 14 departure will be in Sydney during the annual Vivid Sydney festival. Recognized as the largest event of its kind in the world, combining music, light, and ideas, the city transforms into a breathtaking canvas of creative expression. The festival features an outdoor gallery of extraordinary lighting sculptures, cuttingedge contemporary music, and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.


DAY 1Arrive in Melbourne, Australia

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and 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. Then, 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)

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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)

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DAY 4Melbourne–Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur

Tour the scenic Tasman Peninsula with its blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. On a guided tour of the penal settlement, see the ruins of the penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see 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 day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)

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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)

A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand Stunning views in New Zealand Visit New Zealand Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand 
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DAY 8Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. (Breakfast)

Ayers Rock in Australia Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, is sacred to the Aboriginal people 
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.
The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 9Uluru (Ayers Rock)

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience: an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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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 10Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Alice Springs-Ghan Train

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your vacation. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. (Breakfast, Dinner)

NOTE:
Plan to pack an overnight-bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

The Ghan Train 
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DAY 11Ghan Train-Katherine–Darwin

This morning, the train stops at Katherine with a visit to nearby Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a HIKE with a local indigenous guide, or a CANOE EXCURSION. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 12Darwin–Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOW 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)

NOTE:
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. This evening, 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. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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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 a talk by a wildlife keeper, and the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. (Breakfast)

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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. Lunch today is at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The iconic Sydney Opera House at night Sydney’s famed Opera House 
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 the 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 WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The majestic Three Sisters peaks in the Blue Mountain Range 
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DAY 20Sydney

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 7 dinners including an Outback barbecue at Uluru (Ayers Rock)


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Where else in the world can you view a sunrise over an ancient landform from the back of a camel, swim with marine life at the Great Barrier Reef, eat under a million stars, and learn about the people of the world's oldest continuous culture? Australia offers all this, and I look forward to showing you this fabulous place.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Exploring Australia:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Kakadu National Park