Exploring Australia (PX) - 2016 / 2017

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20 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

Exploring Australia
Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, is sacred to the Aboriginal people
Experience the beautiful island of New Zealand
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world
A pasture on the hillsides of New Zealand
The Ghan Train
Stunning views in New Zealand
The illuminated city of Melbourne at night

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience Nothing will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from this glass cube observation deck suspended 984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower in Paris).

Approximate value: $32 AUD per person

Great Ocean Road Embark on Australia's most scenic drive on this incredible excursion featuring the Great Ocean Road. Journey into a land of towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white-sand beaches, and stunning forest scenery. Enjoy delicious two course lunch at the Apollo Bay Hotel featuring magnificent ocean views. Have your camera ready for the world famous scenes of Port Campbell National Park, also known as "The Shipwreck Coast". View the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles from the board walk and explore the natural treasures of Loch Ard Gorge.

Approximate value: $195 AUD per person

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour Enjoy a casual stroll, with a passionate guide, through the back streets and beautiful historic lanes and arcades of Melbourne. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, and historical tales. Like many cities throughout the world there are fabulous malls and department stores, but Melbourne has a unique charm that is clearly evident. This tour is about seeing the smaller independent retailers that are often only found in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one off pieces are not uncommon. Melbourne is thriving with small businesses, and you will be amazed at what they offer - fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage and more! A delicious morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map and special offers from local retailers.

Approximate value: $120 AUD per person

Penguins Express Witness the magical Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. On your Penguins Express evening tour, watch the penguins' arrival on Summerland Beach with premium viewing where you are guaranteed to see these little penguins waddling right past you. Walk with them from elevated boardwalks and see if their burrow is nearby! At the Visitor's Information Centre, visit "Penguin Experience" exhibit and learn more about the life of these little flightless birds. Dinner is available (though not included) from the Penguin Parade Restaurant.

Approximate value: $139 AUD per person

Penguins Parade Experience the beauty and nature of Australia on this incredibly journey. Visit Phillip Island, a treasure trove of Australian wildlife including seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Begin at Churchill Island to explore a working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. Next, look for koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Before sunset, head to the Penguin Parade where you will have time to view the 'Penguine Experience' exhibit before the main event. Every evening at dusk little penguins come home to Phillip Island. Your premium viewing area on Summerland Beach, invites you to watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. This incredible experience is sure to have you talking for years to come.

Approximate value: $162 AUD per person

Penguins Up Late with Viewing Platform Head down to Summerland Beach to witness a Little Penguin magic. Just as the sun sets over the ocean, the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is fortunate enough to be home to the largest colony in the world. From your viewing platform you are placed in the heart of 'penguin central' where a Local Guide is on hand to tell you all about these gorgeous little creatures and their lifestyle.

Approximate value: $159 AUD per person

Sports Lovers Tour with Rod Laver Arena Unique tour of Melbourne for the sports fan. Visit the venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. Sit in the coach's box, media centers and exclusive member areas. Smell the liniment in the change rooms and walk on the hallowed turf. Visit Flemington racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup- the race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games 2006 Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit alongside Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre & Rod Laver Arena.

Approximate value: $115 AUD per person

Yarra Valley Wine Tour A perfect day trip from Melbourne - the Yarra Valley is one of Australia's premium wine regions. With its cool climate, the valley is perfect for high quality grape growing and the area is well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and a wide range of varietals. Your small group tour with no more than 10 people is led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the best the area has to offer. Along the way enjoy stunning scenery and visit a range of boutique wineries that dot the valley including tastings at five of them! A highlight is a stop at Domaine Chandon Winery, where you will sample sparkling wine and a tasting platter with several types of cheese. You will also enjoy an a la carte lunch (with a glass of wine of course!) at one of the wineries.

Approximate value: $195 AUD per person

Ayers Rock (Uluru) Scenic Flight Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty-six 36 minute scenic flight. It's no secret that Uluru's beauty is ever changing depending on the angle and time of day in which you view, so why not take a look from high in the sky? During this excursion you'll also get an aerial peek at more than 36 massive rock formations including the famous, Kata Tjuta. The unmistakable beauty of Uluru and its accompanying rock formations is magnified when set against an otherwise flat backdrop providing a horizon extending far beyond your imagination.

Approximate value: $310 AUD per person

Camel Ride to Sunrise Enjoy a peaceful one hour camel ride among the red sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air and watch the dawn as it breaks over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Learn about the native flora and fauna as they wake to the rising sun, and finish the morning off right with a cup of Billy Tea or coffee and freshly baked beer bread with quandong jam.

Approximate value: $129 AUD per person

Crocosaurus Cove Bringing together some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia & boasting the world's largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove is a must see attraction allowing visitors a unique, up close and personal view of Australia's iconic saltwater crocodiles.

Approximate value: $35 AUD per person

Kakadu National Park 30min Scenic Flight Only from an aircraft can you appreciate the size and diversity of Kakadu National Park. On this 30 minute scenic flight you'll have the opportunity to explore it in depth including some of the most well-known features including the Archway, Arnhem Land Escarpment's, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley Billabongs and Magela Floodplains.

Approximate value: $150 AUD per person

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour Enjoy a full day exploring the Daintree. Cruise along the backwaters for your chance to view crocodiles in their natural habitat before continuing on your guided walk through the rainforest. Later stop at Emmagen Creek for a refreshing swim in a rainforest stream prior to visiting Cape Tribulation for a stroll along the beach.

Approximate value: $220 AUD per person

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail - Private Excursion This excursion package combines the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway with the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. The Skyrail will take you on an amazing adventure above the World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. The duration of the Skyrail experience is approximately one and a half hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations where you can participate in a Ranger guided boardwalk tour, visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre or take in the vistas from one of the lookout areas. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda. This package includes time to explore Kuranda 'The Village in the Rainforest'. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit.

Approximate value: $153 AUD per person

Sunset Cruise A sunset cruise is the perfect way to start your evening. Soak in the beautiful views of the Trinity Inlet waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun.

Approximate value: $44 AUD per person

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park by Night Including Dinner Meet the Tjapukai performers before the show and enjoy a welcome drink in the retail gallery where authentic Aboriginal art including didgeridoos and boomerangs can be found. After your welcome drink, it is time for your journey into the world of the rainforest people. The Tjapukai performers will lead you into the Magic Space for an emotive didgeridoo blessing ceremony and the mystical Quinkan spirit performance. Your initiation continues with traditional face painting as the Tjapukai performers escort you to the lake. With clapsticks in hand you add to the pulsating rhythm of the corroboree while Tjapukai warriors use traditional fire sticks to create fire. Suddenly a spear is launched and a spectacular fire ball explodes into the night sky. Enjoy dining in the Boomerang Restaurant with an international buffet of hot and cold dishes plus delicious desserts. Relax after dinner while the world famous Tjapukai dancers perform live on stage. Join the cultural celebrations and learn traditional dances from the people of the rainforest.

Approximate value: $145 AUD per person

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour Your off the beaten track Blue Mountains experience starts with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park (before other tourists arrive) where you can meet all the native Australian animals and feed a kangaroo. Continue on to Blue Mountains National Park and enjoy the stunning views of the remote region (weather permitting). Breathe the fresh air during a leisurely 30 minute round trip walk to Wentworth Falls and gaze at the spectacular views over Jamison Valley. Visit Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. After a delicious lunch, spend the afternoon visiting a unique selection of lookouts including the famous Govetts Leap. Toast to all the beauty with a glass of sparkling wine at the delightful Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens and enjoy sweeping views of Sydney before returning to your hotel.

Approximate value: $208 AUD per person

Hunter Valley Wine Tour Travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Australia Reptile Park and enjoy exclusive morning tea/coffee with native Australian Animals. Visit Mt View Estate, home to two of the oldest vineyards in the picturesque Mount View region. Experience an exclusive Wine and Cheese tasting. Next visit Brokenwood Wines, home of premium grapes, from the Graveyard Shiraz to the Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cricket Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Dine amongst the vines during a relaxing lunch with a selection of shared food platters, glass of red and white wine, and a choice of desserts with a dessert wine. After lunch, consider a Wine Theatre production or additional Wine or Beer Tasting, or relax and chat with fellow guests and your guide before returning to Sydney.

Approximate value: $208 AUD per person

Revolving Restaurant Dinner 360 Bar and Dining is the preeminent restaurant space in Sydney Tower boasting unsurpassed 360 revolving views of the Sydney skyline. With dark mahogany wood finishes and soft ambient lighting, 360 Bar and Dining provides a breathtaking setting with an unbeatable backdrop a perfect compliment to the excellent Modern Australian cuisine.

Approximate value: $95 AUD per person

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour climb where you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side and make your descent.

Approximate value: $262 AUD per person