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Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary

Explore the Beaches and Bustling Cities of the East Coast, Discover the Outback, and See the Great Barrier Reef!

Booking Code: AA-31136

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our unbeatable Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary package. Designed with incredible experiences surrounded in the wonders of nature, this itinerary is a testament to the unparalleled beauty of Australia’s landscapes.

Be captivated by Sydney and Melbourne, where you’ll indulge in fine dining and awe-inspiring coastal views. Experience the untamed wilderness of the Outback, immersing yourself in its rugged landscapes and ancient Indigenous culture. And don’t forget the highlight of this remarkable journey, diving into the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll see vibrant marine life and breathtaking coral formations.

Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary

Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary Map

Day 1: International Flight to Sydney
Days 2 – 5: Sydney
Days 5 – 7: Melbourne
Days 7 – 8: Alice Springs
Days 8 – 10: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Days 10 – 14: Cairns
Days 14 – 16: Gold Coast, Broadbeach
Days 16 – 18: Brisbane
Day 18: International Flight from Brisbane

Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary Map
Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary

What’s included in your
Highlights & East Coast Australia Itinerary

Accommodation

Sydney (3 Nights), Melbourne (2), Alice Springs (1), Uluru (Ayers Rock) (2), Cairns (4), Gold Coast (2), Brisbane (2)

Flights

International – Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
Australian Domestic – Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Alice Springs, Uluru to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane

Transfers

Private – Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)
Shuttle – Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Uluru Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation, Gold Coast Accommodation to Brisbane Accommodation, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport

Day Tours

Sydney – Opera House Tour
Melbourne – Yarra Valley Winery Tasting with Lunch
Alice Springs – Deluxe Coach to Uluru
Uluru – Uluru National Park Entry Pass, Sunset & Sunrise Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Sounds of Silence Dinner
Cairns – Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Flight, Kuranda Rainforestation
Brisbane – Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo

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DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney

The estimated cost for this package includes the average price of international airfare from Los Angeles. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in Australia. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an easy overnight flight!

Your international flight offers the perfect start, with a relaxing evening meal and ample entertainment options to make the most of your time in the air.

DAYS 2 – 5

Sydney – Welcome to Australia!

Sydney harbor

Photo Credit: Jamie Davies

Upon arrival in Sydney, indulge in the luxury of a private transfer to your accommodation.

For the next three nights, settle into your 4-star Sydney accommodation, where sleek design and modern amenities await. From plush bedding to stunning rooftop views, this hotel offers a chic retreat in the heart of the city. With free Wi-Fi, a refreshing swimming pool, and delicious dining options, every moment promises relaxation and enjoyment.

Included in your unforgettable stay in Sydney, is an expertly guided tour of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant and diverse culture of this iconic site.  Delve into the fascinating history and marvel at the intricate design that has captivated visitors for decades. As you venture through the architectural masterpiece, be prepared to indulge your senses with awe-inspiring views of the stunning harbor that surrounds it.

With an entire free day at your disposal, the options for exploration are boundless. Take a leisurely stroll along the vibrant Darling Harbour, where you can soak up the bustling atmosphere and immerse yourself in the lively waterfront scene.

Alternatively, embark on an adventure by hopping on a ferry to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly Beach, where you can bask in the beauty of the Australian coastline. For those seeking relaxation and sun-soaked bliss, a visit to the iconic Bondi Beach is a must. Lounge on the golden sand, take a refreshing dip in the azure waters, and soak up the laid-back beachside vibe.

Don’t miss the opportunity to peruse the local markets, brimming with a delightful array of unique Australian souvenirs and exquisite crafts.

Sydney offers a plethora of breathtaking natural landscapes to explore. One must-visit destination is the Royal Botanic Garden, located just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House. This stunning oasis is home to a wide variety of plant species, including beautiful flowers, towering trees, and tranquil ponds. Take a leisurely walk through the garden’s well-manicured paths and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature.

Another must-see natural wonder in Sydney is the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. Just a short drive from the city, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site is known for its dramatic cliffs, deep valleys, and breathtaking waterfalls. As you explore the park, you’ll be surrounded by lush vegetation, native wildlife, and stunning vistas. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Three Sisters rock formation, which is a major highlight of the Blue Mountains. If this sounds fun to you, ask your Travel Advisor to add our luxury Blue Mountains tour to your itinerary!

Your Sydney adventure awaits – full of excitement, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences!

Sydney harbor

Photo Credit: Jamie Davies

Sea Bondi

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Sydney

Photo Credit: Anson Smart

Yarra valley wine

DAYS 5 – 7

Melbourne – Dive into Luxury, Wine & Culture

Yarra valley wine

Next, you’ll make your way from your Sydney accommodation to the airport in style with a private transfer service. Let a friendly chauffeur whisk you away in a comfy sedan, ensuring a stress-free start to your day.

After a flight from Sydney to Melbourne, continue the VIP treatment with another private transfer from the Melbourne airport to your vacation hotel.

Nestle into a two-night stay at an exquisite 5-star Melbourne accommodation. Dive into comfort with deluxe rooms featuring top-notch amenities and if you crave more space, indulge in a plush room upgrades.

Then, enjoy a full-day tour of the Yarra Valley, of Australia’s premier wine regions where you’ll sample exquisite wines and savor a gourmet lunch at four renowned estates. With a knowledgeable wine expert as your guide, this tour promises not only tantalizing tastes but also a fun and educational experience.

The Yarra Valley is renowned for its cool climate wines, particularly its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. As you visit four renowned estates, you will have the chance to sample a wide variety of these exquisite wines. From crisp and refreshing whites to rich and velvety reds, the Yarra Valley offers a diverse range of flavors that are sure to delight even the most discerning palate.

Each estate on the tour has its own distinct character and winemaking philosophy, offering you a unique glimpse into the world of Australian winemaking. Your guide will share fascinating insights into the winemaking process, from grape varietals and terroir to barrel ageing and blending techniques.

In addition to the wine tastings, this tour also includes a gourmet lunch at one of the estates. Featuring locally sourced ingredients and expertly paired with wines, this sumptuous meal will be a highlight of your day. Whether you prefer a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with fresh seafood or a robust Shiraz with a juicy steak, the gourmet lunch on this tour is sure to satisfy your culinary cravings.

DAYS 7 – 8

Alice Springs – Australia’s Outback Oasis

Alice Springs Group

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory - Hannah Millerick

Say goodbye to Melbourne in style as you travel effortlessly from your hotel to the airport in a private car transfer.

Next stop: Alice Springs! Board a domestic flight for an adventure in the heart of Australia’s Outback. Upon arrival, a shuttle will whisk you away to your accommodation where eco-friendly luxury awaits. Nestled amidst the breathtaking MacDonnell Mountain Ranges, this haven offers not just comfort but also stunning views. Conveniently located near all the action, you’ll have easy access to all the wonders Alice Springs has to offer.

Immerse yourself in the splendor of the Outback with optional tours of the majestic MacDonnell Mountains and iconic landmarks like Simpsons Gap and Anzac Hill. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the area at attractions like the Alice Springs Desert Park and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tourist Facility.

Alice Springs Group

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory - Hannah Millerick

Happy Couple

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Couple walking

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Boomerang Lesson Uluru Australia

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

DAYS 8 – 10

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – The Cultural Heart of the Outback

Happy Couple

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory

Hop aboard a deluxe coach for an unforgettable journey from Alice Springs to Uluru, where adventure awaits in Australia’s iconic Red Centre! As you traverse the stunning Outback landscapes, your friendly driver will regale you with fascinating tales of the region’s natural wonders, Aboriginal customs, and unique wildlife.

Upon arrival at Ayers Rock Resort, immerse yourself in ultimate comfort during your 2-night stay at your 4-star accommodations. From shaded poolside rooms to deluxe desert-view suites, your comfort is our priority. Plus, with easy access to prime sunset viewing spots, including the majestic Uluru, your vacation is sure to be filled with memorable moments.

Then, experience the magic of Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park with a guided sunset and sunrise tour. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes, venture into Walpa Gorge, and delve into the rich cultural stories of the region. As the sun begins to set over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the desert landscape transforms into a mesmerizing display of colors. The rich red sandstone of Uluru seems to glow even brighter, as if it’s absorbing the last rays of sunlight. It’s a sight that simply cannot be missed, and a guided sunset tour is the perfect way to experience this natural wonder. A knowledgeable guide will lead you to the best vantage points, ensuring that you capture the most stunning views of Uluru as it changes hues with the setting sun.

Cap off your day with the Sounds of Silence Dinner Star Gazing event, where you’ll indulge in a bush tucker-inspired feast under the outback sky. Sip on Australian wine, savor delicious cuisine, and let your resident star-talker guide you through the mesmerizing southern night sky. This is an unique, unforgettable, and yummy experience! Our clients always rave about it! Set in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this enchanting event offers a truly immersive way to connect with the natural beauty and cultural significance of the region.

As the sun starts to set on the horizon, you’ll be treated to a bush tucker-inspired feast, featuring an array of delectable dishes that showcase the flavors of the Australian Outback. Indulge in freshly harvested local produce, sample aromatic Australian spice blends, and savor mouthwatering meats cooked to perfection. With the stunning backdrop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop, this dining experience is a feast for the senses.

To complement your meal, a selection of fine Australian wines will be available for you to savor. From crisp whites to full-bodied reds, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the unique flavors and characteristics of Australian vineyards. Each sip will transport you further into the spirit of the outback, enhancing your dining experience with the perfect drink pairing.

As the sun rises the next morning, a guided sunrise tour offers a completely different perspective of Uluru and its surrounds. The sunrise tour allows you to witness the transformation of Uluru as it bathes in the soft golden light of dawn. As the darkness gives way to the warm glow of the rising sun, the colors of the rock formation come alive before your eyes. The vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow dance across the surface of Uluru, creating a captivating visual spectacle.

During the guided sunrise tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with fascinating insights into the geological significance and cultural significance of Uluru. You’ll learn about the spiritual beliefs and Dreamtime stories that are intertwined with this ancient landmark. Gain a deeper understanding of the traditional custodians of the land, the Anangu people, and their deep connection to Uluru and the surrounding landscape.

DAYS 10 – 14

Cairns – Tropical East Coast Paradise Awaits

Cairns

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

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Start your next day with a seamless shuttle transfer from your Uluru resort to the airport, where you’ll catch a flight from Uluru to Cairns. Once you land at the Cairns Airport, a shuttle transfer aways to take you to your hotel, ensuring a smooth transition to your tropical oasis.

For the next four nights, indulge in the comforts of your 4-star Cairns accommodation, strategically located to offer easy access to the city’s vibrant dining, shopping, and cultural hotspots. From spacious rooms with private balconies to refreshing swimming pools, every detail is designed to enhance your Cairns experience.

Then, dive into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with a full-day cruise and flight adventure. Cruise aboard a luxury vessel to exclusive reef locations, where you’ll snorkel amidst colorful marine life and enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the stunning coral formations.

The adventure begins as you step aboard a luxury vessel, where friendly staff will greet you and provide you with all the necessary equipment for your snorkeling adventure.

Once you arrive at the exclusive reef locations, you’ll be amazed by the vibrant colors and diversity of marine life that awaits you. Slip on your snorkeling gear and dive into the water to explore the underwater world. Swim alongside schools of tropical fish, marvel at the intricate coral formations, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a majestic sea turtle or a graceful manta ray gliding through the water.

After an exciting snorkeling session, get ready for an unforgettable experience – a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef. As you soar above the reef, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking coral formations that stretch as far as the eye can see. The helicopter flight allows you to appreciate the sheer magnitude and beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from a unique perspective.

From above, you’ll see the diverse shapes and sizes of the coral, ranging from delicate branching structures to massive dome-like formations. The vibrant hues of blue, green, and purple will captivate your senses as you glide over this natural wonder.

Then, your next day in Cairns will take you on a captivating journey through the rainforest with the Kuranda Skyrail, Scenic Rail, and Rainforestation tour. Experience the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail, explore Rainforestation’s lush gardens and wildlife park, and soar above the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.

Starting with the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail, you’ll embark on a picturesque journey through the rainforest. This iconic railway route, built over a century ago, passes through breathtaking landscapes, including waterfalls, lush valleys, and rugged mountains.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, explore Rainforestation’s lush gardens and wildlife park. Immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the rainforest as you wander through the stunning tropical gardens. Encounter native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, and colorful bird species.

After exploring Rainforestation, get ready for a thrilling experience as you soar above the canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. This 7.5-kilometer journey offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest. Glide above the treetops in a comfortable gondola, taking in the lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife below. Along the cableway, make sure to listen to the informative audio commentary that shares fascinating insights into the flora and fauna of the region.

As your Cairns adventure unfolds, take a day to explore the city’s eclectic charm. From the bustling Esplanade to the serene waterfront, Cairns offers a myriad of experiences for every traveler.

Cairns

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Cairns

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

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Couple on Gold Coast Australia

Photo Credit: Tourism Queensland

Surfers Paradise

Photo Credit: Destination Gold Coast

DAYS 14 – 16

Gold Coast – Boundless Beach Days

Couple on the beach in Gold Coast

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Get ready for an exciting journey on Day 14! First up, hop on a shuttle from your Cairns accommodation to the airport.

Then, it’s time to soar as you catch a flight from Cairns to Brisbane. After touching down, another shuttle whisks you away to your Gold Coast hotel. Get comfy as you settle into your accommodation in Gold Coast’s Broadbeach for two blissful nights.

Your stay promises the best of luxury and convenience. With panoramic views of the ocean, city, or hinterland, you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re lounging by the infinity pool, hitting the gym, or indulging in delicious cuisine at the in-house restaurant, relaxation and enjoyment are the order of the day.

And let’s not forget your free day to explore the Gold Coast! From thrilling adventures to serene spa days, the options are endless. Gold Coast, located on the eastern coast of Australia, is a vibrant and exciting city known for its stunning beaches, thrilling theme parks, and lively nightlife. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or a food lover, Gold Coast has something for everyone.

Gold Coast is famous for its pristine beaches, offering miles of golden sand and crystal clear waters. Surfers Paradise Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gold Coast, where you can catch some waves or simply soak up the sun. If you prefer a quieter beach experience, head to Burleigh Heads or Currumbin Beach, where you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and take a stroll along the shore.

While the beaches are undoubtedly a major drawcard, the Gold Coast hinterland is equally breathtaking. Just a short drive from the coastline, you’ll find lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails. One of the most popular destinations in the hinterland is Lamington National Park, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest and spot native wildlife. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Natural Bridge, a stunning rock formation that features a waterfall cascading through a cave.

With easy access to scenic wonders like Mount Tamborine and Byron Bay, every moment here is a treasure waiting to be discovered. So go ahead, soak up the sun and the fun on the Gold Coast!

DAYS 16 – 18

Brisbane – Wildlife Adventure Awaits

Two Kangaroos

Photo Credit : Melissa Maxwell

Today starts with a seamless shuttle ride from your Gold Coast getaway to your next stop: Brisbane!

Then, get ready to be wowed as you settle into your Brisbane accommodation for two fantastic nights. Nestled in the heart of the CBD, this hotel offers a perfect blend of heritage charm and modern comforts. With fully equipped kitchens, comfy living areas, and free Wi-Fi, you’ll feel right at home. Plus, with a 24-hour reception and plenty of communal spaces, everything you need is at your fingertips.

Then, get ready for an unforgettable adventure at the Australia Zoo, home to incredible wildlife and thrilling shows. Travel in style with a small group and be sure to upgrade for the VIP caddie tour for a truly exclusive experience!

Located on the picturesque Sunshine Coast in Queensland, this world-renowned zoo offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic animals.

From cuddly koalas to slithering snakes, the Australia Zoo is home to a diverse range of species. You’ll to meet kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and friendly giraffes. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the stunning African Savannah exhibit, where you can observe majestic rhinos, zebras, and cheetahs in their natural habitat.

One of the highlights of your visit to the Australia Zoo is undoubtedly the thrilling shows that take place throughout the day. Watch in awe as highly skilled zookeepers demonstrate the incredible feats of crocodiles, birds of prey, and the famous Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warriors. These captivating shows educate visitors about the importance of wildlife conservation while providing unforgettable entertainment.

Two Kangaroos

Photo Credit : Melissa Maxwell

Brisbane Aerial

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

DAY 18

International Flight from Brisbane

As your Brisbane journey comes to a close, hop back on the shuttle for a ride to the airport. With memories of koalas and kangaroos fresh in your mind, it’s time to jet off to Los Angeles. And here’s a fun twist: thanks to crossing the International Date Line, you’ll actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia! So, buckle up for departure, in-flight entertainment, and the excitement of gaining a bonus day as you touch down in the USA. Bon voyage!

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