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Australian Adventure


Route:
  • UK
  • Cairns
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide
  • Barossa Valley
  • Adelaide
  • Warrnambool
  • Melbourne
  • UK
Tour Pace:

18 DAYS from £4369pp

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the Great barrier reef on a full day catamaran cruise
  • Venture into the Rainforest, ride Kurandas scenic railway & and sky rail
  • Explore Australia's bustling capital city, and enjoy a Sydney harbour cruise
  • Discover impressive scenery and native wildlife at the Blue mountains
  • Sample South Australia's finest wines on a full day Barossa Valley wine tour
  • Journey along the Great ocean road
  • Wander Australia's cultural capital and uncover the magic of Melbourne
  • Visit Phillip island and experience the charm of the Penguin Parade

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Australian Adventure

A land of extraordinary beauty, famed for its sun-drenched beaches, stunning coastal cities and vast landscapes. Discover mist-wreathed mountains and verdant vineyards, sample fine Australian wines, meet adorable Koalas and cruise through Sydney Harbour. Experience a country of incredible vistas from the dizzying heights of the Blue Mountains to the pristine underwater kingdom of the Great Barrier Reef.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Cairns

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Cairns.

2
Cairns

In flight.

3
Cairns

Upon arrival, transfer to tonight's hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, re-joining the group later this evening for a delicious welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
4
Cairns

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef is the largest and most awe-inspiring coral reef in the world; spanning a colossal 2,300km. Gently sail across the glistening emerald waters on a Catamaran Cruise for the chance to witness this natural spectacle. Discover the exotic marine life that make the reef home, consisting of over 1,500 species of fish, 134 species of sharks and more than 30 species of marine mammals. An ecological presentation led by knowledgeable Marine Biologists follows the opportunity to snorkel near the reef.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
5
Cairns to Kuranda

After breakfast, travel into the midst of Cairns' tropical rainforest on an extraordinary winding trail along Kuranda's Scenic Railway; incomparable views of Barron Gorge National Park dominate this journey, with a stop at Barron Falls. On arrival into Kuranda Village, explore Heritage Market's energetic boutiques. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and delight in a spectacular birds-eye view over this flourishing haven.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
6
Cairns to Sydney

Board your morning flight to Sydney and upon arrival, spend the afternoon exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world at leisure, you could wander down to the harbour or explore the historic Rocks area.

  • Breakfast
7
Sydney

A unique city where skyscrapers boldly merge with natural splendour, Sydney abounds in iconic landmarks and mesmerising attractions. A morning walking tour begins with visits to the picturesque Darling Harbour, followed by the rapidly emerging cultural district of Barangaroo. Next, experience an infectious buzz emanating from Sydney's Central Business District, before admiring the architecturally prestigious Queen Victoria Building. This afternoon, join Captain Cook's Harbour Story Cruise, sailing upon Sydney Harbour's turquoise waters, whose rippling waves hug the golden coast, and enjoy a unique perspective of the megalithic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

  • Breakfast
8
Sydney

Enjoy a day at leisure, perhaps choosing to ascend 134 metres above Sydney Harbour to soak in astonishing vistas at the summit of Harbour Bridge, or alternatively, visit Bondi Beach's famous crescent of golden sand.

  • Breakfast
9
Sydney/Blue Mountains

Bask in the refreshing mountainous air and tranquil ambience exuding the exquisitely beautiful Blue Mountains on a full day tour of this thriving wilderness. Majestically soaring above Sydney, begin a thrilling 310m descent on the world's steepest railway, arriving in the breath-taking Jamison Valley, whose stunning backdrop comprises of grandiose rock formations and towering eucalyptus trees stretching along the horizon. Next, offering enchanting 360-degree views over this tropical jungle, glide between clifftops on an exhilarating glass-floored cable car journey to Echo Point lookout. Behold the distinctive Three Sister rock, which symbolises the three sisters who were, according to Aboriginal Legend, captured and turned into stone.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
Sydney to Adelaide

After breakfast, board a morning flight to Adelaide and spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore this sophisticated city.

  • Breakfast
11
Adelaide

This morning, a glimpse into Adelaide's fascinating heritage will be revealed on a comprehensive tour of this historic capital. Incorporating a visit to the city's most revered heritage sites, begin at the oldest colonial building in Adelaide - Government House, which presently serves as the official residence of South Australia's Governor. Standing adjacently is the majestic Parliament Building, whose classic design, complete with marble columns, emanates an air of sophistication, a quintessential feature for the seat of South Australia's Parliament. Continuing past the city's Railway station, absorb the scenic views of the River Torrens.

  • Breakfast
12
Barossa Valley

A vision of supreme beauty, Barossa Valley is a land dominated by views of rolling grasslands and expansive vineyards. Renowned for its hot summers and mild winters, this picturesque retreat provides the perfect conditions for wine-making; over a delectable 2-course lunch, savour the taste of Australia's finest wines at the Jacobs Creek Winery.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
13
Adelaide/Warrnambool

Depart Adelaide and travel towards Warrnambool for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
14
Great Ocean Road

Travel along the incredibly scenic Great Ocean Road, a route stretching 250km of Australia's windswept south-west coast, where a plethora of visual treats await. Saunter amongst a play-ground for adventure lovers, winding through Otway National Park's vast hinterlands and thundering waterfalls, before retreating to the coast to feast your eyes on a collection of solitary rock formations in Port Campbell National Park. Rising elegantly from the crashing waves of the ocean, marvel at the seven remaining limestone structures of the 12 Apostles, and take a short drive to the charming sheltered cove of Loch Ard Gorge and later, London Bridge's freestanding natural arch.

  • Breakfast
15
Melbourne

An impeccable blend of old and new, gain an insight into Melbourne's humble beginnings on a walking tour, wandering past some of the region's most regal heritage buildings which gracefully rub shoulders with copious contemporary commercial avenues. Renowned for its chic back-lane scene, teeming with bustling cafes and hidden bars, experience the lively ambience pulsating from Australia's second-largest metropolis.

  • Breakfast
16
Melbourne

Spend the morning at leisure before enjoying an afternoon amongst Australia's enchanting wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, an award-winning nature haven, spanning ten hectares of forestland. It is home to kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species. Next continue to Phillip Island to experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia.

  • Breakfast
17
Melbourne

Take in the delights of Melbourne on a full day at leisure and discover why the city is frequently voted amongst the world's most liveable. Re-join your group this evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast
18
Melbourne to UK

Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your return flight via Singapore or chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A eVisitor visa and travel insurance is required for your trip to Australia. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Cairns international Airport via Singapore with Singapore airlines departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final doc-umentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage, Sum of length, width and height of each piece should not exceed 115cm and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10 and the maximum will be 30. In the unlikely event there are fewer than 10 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Australia is Australian Dollar, we recommend that you exchange your currency be-fore you leave the UK. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals that are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $50.00 - $75.00 per person/per day should be sufficient for the duration of your tour.
Tipping is not compulsory and is at your discretion. We would recommend approximately $4 per person per day which is split between the drive and guide. Should you wish to tip, this will be col-lected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2020 Dates
05 May 202021 May 2020£4369.00
16 Jun 202002 Jul 2020£4484.00
08 Sep 202024 Sep 2020£4599.00
13 Oct 202029 Oct 2020£4886.00
10 Nov 202026 Nov 2020£4599.00
2021 Dates
Itinerary Note

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Australian Dollar

Average Flying time

18-24 hours

Spoken languages

English

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • A plug adaptor - the electricity in Australia is 230 V. You will need plug adapter
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater and jacket for the cooler months
Tour Map
Australian Adventure Route Map
Tour Dossiers
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