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Arrive Melbourne and arrange your own transfer to hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is free for you enjoy your Hop on Hop off our on the complimentary Melbourne City Tram. Overnight in Melbourne. Accommodation for 4 nights in Melbourne. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner together. Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.
Morning Half Day Seat in Coach Melbourne City Tour. This tour is packed with city sights and historical landmarks. Highlights include: Sporting Complexes, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Market, Flinders Street Station, Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook’s Cottage, Shrine of Remembrance and The Royal Botanic Gardens. The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure (or join one of our optional tours). Overnight in Melbourne.
Visit a Wildlife Park then Phillip Island to see spectacular scenery and the famous Penguins make their way to their burrows at sunset after the day at sea! Cuddly koalas, tiny penguins, and kangaroos—this is your chance to meet some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most exotic and downright adorable animals. Interact with wallabies and dingoes at an animal park, and then head to the beach for the impossibly cute Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Coastal cliffs greet you as you cross the bridge onto rugged Phillip Island, home to swooping seabirds and Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. Your first stop is at the Maru Koala & Animal Park, where a plethora of native Aussie creatures await. Get up close to long-legged emus, pet a hopping kangaroo, feed a eucalyptus-munching koala, and watch Tasmanian devils scurry through the grass. Leave the koalas behind and ride along the island’s southwest coast towards the Phillip Island Nature Park. In the distance, the rocky outcrops of the aptly named Nobbies are visible beyond the headlands. As the sun begins to set, find a spot at Summerland Beach for the grand finale to your time on the island—the Penguin Parade. When the sun sinks down, a mass of tiny little penguins emerge from fishing in the sea to waddle towards the safety of their burrows on the sandy shore. Just 13 inches (33 cm) tall, these pocket-sized, blue-plumed birds are the world’s smallest penguins, and 70,000 of them call Phillip Island home. Once the penguins are in for the night and the ritual comes to a close.
Overnight in Melbourne.
Miles of rugged beaches, wave-carved rock formations, and dense rainforest await on this full-day adventure along Australia’s most famous scenic highway. Cruise along the Great Ocean Road to see icons like the 12 Apostles, stroll beneath towering trees to spot koalas and lorikeets, and linger over lunch in seaside Apollo Bay. Head out of Melbourne and hit the road—the Great Ocean Road, that is. This 151-mile (243-km) highway winds its way along the southeastern coast of Victoria and is the world’s largest war memorial. Your first stop en route is at Surf Beach, where you can enjoy morning tea while watching surfers catch waves before continuing on to Memorial Arch. Venture into the woods to look for koalas perched in the treetops, colourful parrots and lorikeets, and the gum tree-loving kookaburra. In Apollo Bay, relax over lunch as you soak in the atmosphere of this waterfront locale, and then work off your meal with a guided bushwalk through the towering trees that line the Maits Rest board walk in the Otway Ranges, a cool and ancient temperate rainforest. Make your way to the striking 12 Apostles, limestone stacks rising up from the waves, and Loch Ard Gorge, where you can take a walk while listening to the tale of Australia’s most notorious shipwreck. Your final stop is at the arch nicknamed London Bridge or the cliffs known as the Gibson Steps, where you can feel the breeze off the sea before heading back to Melbourne.
Today you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flights to Sydney. When we arrive in the Harbour City, we will take you to your accommodation for 3 nights in Sydney. The remainder of the day is free to explore Sydney at leisure. Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.
Morning Half Day Seat in Coach Manly Sights & Northern Beaches Tour. Highlights of this tour include the Sydney Harbour Bridge (the largest steel bridge in the world), picturesque Milsons Point with fantastic views of the Opera House, Arabanoo Lookout offering views out to North and South Head and over the incredible Pacific Ocean and the famous Manly Beach. The evening is free time to enjoy at your leisure (or join one of our optional tours). Overnight in Sydney.
Join this small-group day tour for an adventure into the heart of the enchanting Blue Mountains. Stroll through Featherdale Wildlife Park, admire breathtaking views over Jamison Valley, and take a stunning river cruise along the Parramatta River. Start your journey with a hotel pickup and travel to the award-winning Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here, hand feed kangaroos, have your photo taken with a koala, and encounter other native Australian animals. Next head to the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, and see native plants and animals on an easy guided bush-walk to Wentworth Falls. Learn about the aboriginal storey of the Three Sisters at the Echo Point lookout and take in the fresh mountain air as you gaze over the magnificent Jamison Valley. Afterwards, ride the steepest railway in the world 1,361 feet (415 metres) down to the valley floor at Scenic World (own expense), and take a stroll through the temperate rainforest. Leave the Blue Mountains behind and return to Sydney on a scenic cruise from Homebush Bay down the Parramatta River and into Sydney Harbour. Take in the unique views as you go under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and see the Sydney Opera House close up before you arrive at your hotel, where your tour finishes. Overnight Sydney.
Today you will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Perth. When we arrive in the Western Australia Capital City, we will take you to your hotel accommodation in central Perth for next 5 nights. Perth City, is renowned for its shopping, cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues. The neighbourhood is home to Perth’s Chinatown and offers great coffee and brunch options, vintage stores, local fashion, homewares and small bars. William Street is bursting with young designers whose quirky stores will delight even the most discerning fashionista. You’ll find unique pieces that are fashion-forward, the perfect gift for someone who has everything or hard to find designer pieces from overseas. Northbridge is also home to Perth’s Cultural Centre which houses the the new WA Museum (currently under redevelopment and reopening in 2020), the State Theatre of Western Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of Western Australia which houses the State Art Collection and showcases more than 1,000 pieces of national and international art.
See the city highlights of Perth including the Botanic Gardens at Kings Park, WACA cricket ground, historic Perth Mint, Swan Bell Tower, Royal Yacht club and St Georges Road before heading to Fremantle. Here take lunch at your leisure (own expense), peruse the shops and markets or soak up the charming sandstone buildings. Enjoy a 1 hour tram ride taking in many of the sights of Fremantle before joining the river cruise from Fremantle to Perth. Sample wines and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee as you enjoy the stunning views cruising back into Perth.
Visit spectacular Rottnest Island, the “Emerald Isle in a Sea of Sapphire”, only 19 kilometres off the mainland coast. Join the most comprehensive guided tour of the island allowing you to explore the stunning beauty of this A-Class natural reserve in air-conditioned comfort, taking in the amazing fauna and flora of the island, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes – commencing with a unique historic train ride. This 4-hour all-inclusive island tour takes in all of Rottnest’s must-see locations featuring the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels and the majestic look-out point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. All major habitats are covered on this amazing tour, including Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history right up to future developments. Finish the day by exploring the island settlement or enjoy a drink at the Rottnest Quokka Arms Pub.
We travel south from Perth driving through farmland with grazing cattle and passing by coastal towns. Arriving at Busselton, known as the gateway to the Margaret River Region we stop for morning tea (own expense) at the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Driving into the heart of the region we head to one of Margaret River’s oldest breweries for a gourmet platter lunch of local produce, with complimentary beer and cider tastings.
Following lunch, we continue south through the forest to an internationally renowned winery to taste some of their best award-winning wines, whilst gaining some industry insight on wine production with the opportunity to purchase. Next, it’s on to Mammoth Cave for a guided tour through this gothic cave with vast chambers that reveal fascinating information on the region’s flora and fauna. Continuing south, through the Boranup Forest of enormous Karri Trees we reach the most fascinating part of the region Augusta. Here at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, marvel at the dividing point between the Southern and Indian Oceans, a rare phenomenon to view the meetings of the two Oceans.
Then we head North up to the township of Margaret River for a brief stop to stroll the main street. After a long by fantastic day giving, you a full taste of this wonderful region, we break at a restaurant en route for a light dinner (own expense) then it’s back to Perth arriving at approximately 9:30pm.
Today we enjoy a special day to the Kimberley region of Western Australia with flights to Exmouth in the north west of the state.
You will depart Perth at 6.00 am Arrive in Learmonth at 8.00 am
Get ready for the journey to your unique eclipse-viewing site in Exmouth, where you’ll will enjoy a cocktail while standing in the moons shadow and observing the total Solar Eclipse. This evening we will celebrate great eclipse in our hotel followed by farewell dinner.
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
Duration: 2 hours, 55 minutes, 14 seconds
Duration of totality: 1 minute, 16.0 seconds
Partial begins: April 20, 2023 at 10:00:55 am
Full begins: April 20, 2023 at 11:27:00 pm
Maximum: April 20, 2023 at 11:28:00 pm
Full ends: April 20, 2023 at 11:28:16 pm
Partial ends: April 23, 2023 at 12:57:09 pm
Times shown in local time (AWST)
The flights will leave Learmonth at 5.15 pm. Arrive in Perth at 7.10 pm. This evening we will celebrate great eclipse in our hotel followed by farewell dinner.
After you check out of the hotel today, arrange your own transfer you to Perth Airport for your onward flights. We hope you enjoyed your time in amazing Australia
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Single Room: $ 10,595
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