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From its spectacular scenery and fascinating wildlife to its vibrant cities, see the best of Australia on this vacation from Melbourne to Sydney with overnights along the way in Hobart, Adelaide, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Darwin, Kakadu National Park, and Cairns. Start in Melbourne with a city tour along with lunch on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a unique and unforgettable way to experience the city—a local favorite offered by lARK TOURS. End your Australia tour in Sydney with sightseeing, a visit to the famous Sydney Opera House, a Sydney Harbour cruise, and free time to explore on your own.
Tour highlights include an excursion to Kangaroo Island, where you’ll get up close and personal with sea lions, fur seals, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. It is sure to be a day you’ll never forget! This is another out-of-the-ordinary adventure arranged by Lark Tours to make your vacation unique. Another special experience is a cruise through Kakadu National Park’s most famous wetland, where you’ll have an opportunity to see crocodiles and to see ancient Aboriginal rock petroglyphs. In Cairns, cruise to the spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef, an experience of a lifetime! You’ll even get to snorkel or take a watercraft tour! Plus, in Cairns, you’ll visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure for a guided tour to see native animals, including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and Crocodiles.
You’ve heard of Australia’s Outback, and now’s your time to spend two nights there. Enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset at Ayers Rock (Uluru) and take a tour around its base, learning of its significance to the Aboriginal people. You’ll also enjoy views of amazing Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). As a special treat, Lark Tours has included an Outback Barbecue featuring a typical campfire meal and Outback ambiance.
Vibrant cities, amazing scenery, enthralling wildlife, special experiences…all are offered on this fun-filled Australia tour.
DAY 1 Arrive in Melbourne, Australia
Welcome to the “Land Down Under” and Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne. 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.
DAY 2 Melbourne
Start your day with a city sightseeing tour including such landmarks at Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, FITZROY GARDENS, Parliament House, the Shrine of Remembrance, and more. Today’s lunch is served aboard the historic [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT. Enjoy fine food and drink as you wind your way through the streets of Melbourne, a truly unique experience. In the evening, you may wish to take an optional excursion to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.Breakfast
DAY 3 Melbourne
A full day to explore more of this cosmopolitan city. You may wish to shop for a favorite souvenir at Queen Victoria Market, stroll along the Yarra River, see the city from new heights at the Eureka Skydeck, or explore the many lanes and alleys of this city. You may also want to consider a day tour to see the “Twelve Apostles” along the Great Ocean Road or visit the nearby Yarra Valley to sample the region’s award-winning wines.
DAY 4 Melbourne–Hobart
Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided [Globus Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.Breakfast
DAY 5 Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur
Our first stop this morning is at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see and learn about the famous Tasmanian devil, once almost extinct. You’ll also have a chance to interact with some of Australia’s other native animals, like kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, and parrots. Next, we visit some of the Tasman Peninsula’s famous features, such as the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch. On to PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE. Originally designed as a timber camp, the town grew in importance as it began housing convicts. On a guided tour, hear stories of former prisoners, and see the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary—a grim reminder of Australia’s days as a penal colony.Breakfast
DAY 6 Hobart–Adelaide
Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of this colonial city. During your free time today, you may wish to stroll Adelaide’s bustling streets, visit the Art Gallery of South Australia, or enjoy al fresco dining at one of the city’s many restaurants.
DAY 7 Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island
This morning, take a ferry to [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] KANGAROO ISLAND, home to unspoiled white-sand beaches, barking sea lions, dozing koalas, and amazing scenery. At SEAL BAY, there’s a chance to get up close to these magnificent creatures and learn more about them from a park ranger. Have your cameras ready as we visit REMARKABLE ROCKS with its stunning views, and ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals. Our last stop on the island is FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas.Breakfast
DAY 8 Adelaide–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 cool DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.Breakfast
DAY 9 Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. There is 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.
DAY 10 Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Darwin
For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Later, fly to Darwin (via Alice Springs). Tonight, why not explore Darwin’s waterfront, lined with restaurants, shops, and walking trails?
DAY 11 Darwin–Kakadu National Park
Travel to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, Australia’s largest national park covering almost 20,000 square kilometers. Spend time at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE to learn more about the natural and cultural features including the abundant wildlife and the European and Aboriginal history of this region. Dinner this evening is at your hotel.Breakfast
DAY 12 Kakadu National Park
Time to explore more of this massive park today. Spend time at the BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to learn more about the flora, fauna, and geology of the park. Then, enjoy a [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] CRUISE through Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. An Aboriginal guide will share the history of the region and point out wildlife, which could include crocodiles, water buffalo, and an abundance of bird life. A short walk on an ancient trail takes us to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Take a hike, join in an optional scenic flight over the park, or just relax at your hotel.
During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.Breakfast
DAY 13 Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns
Return to Darwin and enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and ART GALLERY. There’s time to explore, stroll the relaxed streets of Darwin, and take in the historic colonial architecture and buildings. Later this evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
DAY 14 Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
Prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world—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
DAY 15 Cairns
A full day to explore more of this tropical paradise. You may wish to visit the Daintree Rainforest, considered to be the oldest rainforest in the world, stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, take a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, enjoy a scenic sunset cruise, or shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the popular Cairns Night Market. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to make the most of your day.
DAY 16 Cairns–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 vibrant Sydney.
Starting April 1, 2016, the Cairns Zoo will be closed. Passengers will instead visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure for a guided tour to see native animals, including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and Crocodiles. For an additional fee, passengers can get their photo taken while holding a koala.
DAY 17 Sydney
Today’s sightseeing includes the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of the interior and theaters. Then, travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping view of the harbor. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus Local Favorite] BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB. Meet with one of the lifesavers and learn about the history of the club and the training needed to become a lifeguard. Lunch today is at the [Lark Tours Local Favorite] [Globus 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
DAY 18 Sydney
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Why not reach new heights on the thrilling Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb or take in amazing views from atop Sydney Tower? Ferry across the harbor and explore Taronga Zoo, take a walking tour along the cobblestone lanes of the Rocks, or relax on beautiful Manly Beach. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney.Breakfast
DAY 19 Sydney
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.Breakfast