12 Day The Spirit of Australia

08/31/2019 through 12/17/2020
08/03/2018 through 12/31/2020
Kensington Tours

12 Day The Spirit of Australia
A majestic land of wide-open landscapes, unusual creatures, ancient legend, and world-class cities, Australia is a place tailor-made for epic adventures. This gripping itinerary combines stylish Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, alluring Uluru, and sophisticated Melbourne into a journey that must be experienced to be believed.

We kick things off on a stylish note in Sydney, Australia’s largest and, as far as the locals are concerned, most beautiful city. First, get to know its most iconic landmark, the grand Sydney Opera House, on a privately guided tour that chronicles its difficult beginnings. Next, see the city as her connected inhabitants do on a private tour that begins in the historic Rocks district and passes landmarks like the Parliament House, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Harbour Bridge, and other highlights en route to lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Bondi Beach, and the boutiques of Oxford Street. Still later, take a full-day tour of the scenic Blue Mountains region (known for its picturesque sandstone escarpments, Wentworth Falls, and the Three Sisters rock formation) and Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and other species.

From Sydney, the trip heads north to the eastern edge of Queensland and Palm Cove, your entry point to the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll enjoy a full day of snorkeling and swimming from a glass-bottomed boat around Upolu Cay, a section of the UNESCO-protected natural wonder. Farther north awaits Cape Tribulation, site of the biodiverse Daintree National Park. With an eye out for cassowaries, ringtail possum, rat-kangaroos, and butterflies, explore the dazzling rainforest environment on a guided tour before visiting the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to take in the incredible views offered by the Alexandra Range.

From the coast, we move west and into Australia’s world-famous Red Centre, the realm of towering monoliths and ancient legend. Get your first glimpse of Uluru (Ayers Rock) on a sunset tour where, with the help of a local guide, you’ll learn about the site’s significance to Aboriginal culture. At sunrise, a tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park will bring you face-to-face with the 36 Kata Tjuta domes (nicknamed the Olga Rocks). Later, witness the stirring “A Night at Field of Light” spectacle, a twilight performance of Aboriginal culture accompanied by a delicious three-course dinner of bush tucker-inspired cuisine.

Last stop: the shores of Port Phillip Bay and cosmopolitan Melbourne, Australia’s most Europe-like city. First, get acquainted with the city courtesy of a private half-day sightseeing tour that takes in local landmarks like Saint Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square, and the bustling Queen Victoria Market. Even in the city, nature is never far away in Melbourne. The experience concludes with a captivating day on Phillip Island where, accompanied by a ranger guide, you’ll learn all about the local flora and fauna, hear fascinating tales of Aboriginal history, meet koalas and fur seals, and watch penguins return to their burrows after a day in the surf before enjoying a delicious dinner of locally inspired delicacies.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Sydney To Welcome
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Day 2 Sydney
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Day 3 Sydney
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Day 4 Sydney To Cairns To Palm Cove
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Day 5 Palm Cove
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Day 6 Palm Cove
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Day 7 Palm Cove To Cairns To Ayers Rock
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Day 8 Ayers Rock
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Day 9 Ayers Rock To Melbourne
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Day 10 Melbourne
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Day 11 Melbourne
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Day 12 Melbourne
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