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Independent Vacations in Australia

Koalas & Kangaroos: 13 days

Great Barrier Reef: 10 days

Romance in Australia: 11 days

Outback & Wine Country: 14 days

Reef & Rock: 12 days

Australia Spectacular: 16 days

Australian Explorer: 20 days

 

 

Independent Vacations in Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand on Sale from $2,179
Fly-Drive Vacation from $3,059
Kiwis & Koalas from $5,679
Getaway Downunder from $3,889
Pacific Explorer from $8,449

Independent Vacations in New Zealand

RV Vacation Special from $1,889
New Zealand on Sale from $2,179
New Zealand Highlights from $3,689

New Zealand Explorer from $3,779

New Zealand Naturally from $4,689

Independent Vacations in New Zealand & the South Pacific

Island Escapade from $3,859

South Pacific Explorer from $4,479

Pacific Island Hopper from $5,139

 

Sample Gold Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Gold category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Heritage
Cairns - Kewarra Beach Resort
Christchurch - Heritage
Melbourne - Lindrum

Perth - Duxton

Queenstown - Millenium

Rotorua - Heritage

Sydney - Swissotel

Wellington - James Cook

 

Sample Silver Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Silver category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Amora

Cairns - Cairns Beach Resort

Christchurch - Scenic Heartland

Dunedin - Victoria

Melbourne - Ibis Little Bourke

Queenstown - Rydges Lakeland

Rotorua - Sudima

Sydney - The Cambridge

Wellington - Mercure

 

Your introduction to Australia starts with a few days in Sydney – joyful and exciting, with its famous landmarks like the Opera House, the magnificent harbor and lively downtown. Then get behind the wheel and experience stunning scenery, exquisite foods, wines and antiques, and beautiful towns and people, starting off with a stay in Canberra, Australia’s capital. The magnificent stretch of coastline between Sydney and Melbourne is one of Australia’s most dramatic and naturally beautiful self-drive experiences. Along its length, the great waters of the Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait have carved out dramatic headlands and created beautiful coves and beaches. The ancient ranges that follow it inland are covered in vast expanses of national parks and forests protecting pristine lakes and rivers. Nestled amongst these natural wonders are dozens of quaint fishing villages, tiny colonial hamlets and thriving rural towns built by the country’s most adventurous settlers. Arrive in Melbourne and spend a few days filled with arts, culture, food and sights, before heading home. [A detailed itinerary follows]

New Year's Eve Fireworks display, Sydney harbor, Australia
New Year's Eve Fireworks display, Sydney harbor

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Your Koalas & Kangaroos vacation package includes:

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Round-trip air from Los Angeles/San Francisco to Australia

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3 Nights’ accommodations in Sydney

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Half-day escorted city tour of Sydney

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A guided cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbor.

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5 days Car Rental (midsize, automatic) from Sydney to Melbourne

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1 Night's accommodation in Canberra

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1 Night’s accommodation in Merimbula

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1 Night’s accommodation in Lake’s Entrance

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1 Night’s accommodation in Yarra Valley

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3 Nights’ accommodations in Melbourne

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Airport-hotel transfers in Sydney & Melbourne.

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All hotel service charges and Australian government taxes applicable on the above services

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A selection of your hotels
LocationSilver CategoryGold Category
Canberra

Grand Chancellor 

Park Hyatt
Melbourne

Grand Chancellor 

Grand Hyatt
Sydney

Pacific International

Swissotel

The above are just representative samples of hotels used in each category. We reserve the right to substitute these with similar hotels (or better) in each location, depending upon factors such as availability, rate changes etc.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Depart for Australia today from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Crossing the International Date Line, you will arrive in Australia two days later.

Day 3 - Arrival Sydney
Arrive in Sydney this morning. Your vacation package includes a shuttle transfer to your downtown hotel, and this allows you to get a first glimpse at the city in the beautiful morning light. Also included for your stay in Sydney is a half-day guided tour of the city as well as a harbor cruise. These tours may be taken at your leisure, over the next couple of days.

Days 4 & 5 - in Sydney
Sydney richly deserves its reputation as one of the world’s most spectacular cities, and you have ample time to explore it at your own pace. Walk through the historic Rocks district, with the former maritime buildings converted into interesting boutiques and cafes, perhaps have a seafood meal while sitting out on one of the waterfront restaurants or spend some time at one of the interesting museums. Many of these portray the art and heritage of Australia’s native Aboriginal people – a culture that dates back many thousands of years. Landmarks like the famous Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge are easily accessible and well worth the visit.

Day 6 - Sydney to Canberra
This morning, make your way to the car rental depot, located in the downtown area. Pick up your rental car. As you travel through the scenic Australian countryside, pass by large Australian sheep and cattle ranches and quaint country towns. After arriving in Canberra, Australia’s capital, take time to see the highlights like the the Australian War Memorial, the futuristic Parliament House, the fascinating architecture of Embassies of different countries of the world, the National Gallery, Lake Burley Griffin and Captain Cook’s Memorial Fountain. Spend the night in Canberra. The drive takes approx 3 ˝ hrs inland, or around 5˝ hrs along the coast via the Royal National Park.

Day 7 - on Country Roads
Leave Canberra towards Bateman’s Bay, located on the Pacific Coast. Then continue south along the scenic coast, famous for its surf beaches, quaint towns with names like Moruya, Naoorma and Bega, until you reach Merimbula where you will be spending the night. The drive takes approx. 4 hours.

Day 8  - on Country Roads
Head inland, crossing the state line into Victoria. Take your time driving, taking in the beautiful green countryside, magnificent vistas, mountain scenery and historic villages. Arrive in Lake’s Entrance, a picturesque and popular vacation spot, located on the Southern Coast. Spend one night at Lake’s Entrance. The drive takes approx. 3˝ hrs.

Day 9  - Vineyards & Wineries
Heading further inland, arrive in the Yarra Valley wine country, home for some of Australia’s famous wines. If you are a wine enthusiast, go vineyard hopping, where you will be spending the night. Driving time is approx. 4 hrs.

Day 10 - Melbourne arrival
Today it is only a short drive from Yarra Valley to Melbourne (approx. 1 ˝ hrs). You will have time for some detours – or a visit to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary to get in touch with Australia’s ‘locals’. After arrival Melbourne return your rental car at the downtown office (before 6pm, or the next morning). You won’t need a car in Melbourne, where many sights are within walking distance and public transportation is convenient. Spend the next three nights in Melbourne.

Days11 & 12  - Melbourne
For the next couple of days, explore Melbourne at your leisure. Known for its old-world charm, manicured gardens and Victorian architecture, Melbourne is a lovely city to explore. Visit the Royal Botanic and Fitzroy Gardens, the colorful Italian quarter of Carlton or the fashionable suburb of Toorak, full of trendy boutiques and great restaurants.

Day 13  - Melbourne to USA
Begin your trip back home to the US today. Transfer from your hotel to the airport, then fly across the Pacific. Crossing the Date Line in the other direction, you will achieve the strange feat of having arrived in the US earlier than the time you left Australia
 

13 Day Vacation in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne.
From $2,499 only
See Koala Bears during an Australian vacation

2017/18
Departures

Silver
Hotels
Gold
Hotels
06/01 - 08/31/17$2,589$3,249
09/01 - 09/30/17$2,499$3,179
10/01 - 11/30/17$2,729$3,389
12/01/17 - 01/31/18$3,349$3,989
02/01 - 03/31/18$2,899$3,569
04/01 - 05/31/18$2,529$3,19
Daily Departures

We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.

Weekend flights (Thu - Sunday inclusive) attract a surcharge of $50.
The tour price does not include meals (other than those indicated), personal expenses and travel / rental car insurance.

 
 
 

Opera House, Sydney Harbor, Australia
At the Sydney Opera House

Countrylink train between Sydney and Melbourne
Enjoy the countryside

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia

 
 

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