Australia Itinerary

Day 1
Depart USA

Day 2
In Transit

Day 3
Arrive in Australia

Day 4
Morning Excursion to either
• University of New South Wales OR
• Macquarie University
Unscheduled afternoon

Day 5
Walking Tour of the Rocks
The Rocks holds a unique place in Sydney’s colonial history and is considered to be the birthplace of European Australia situated, as it is on the western shoreline of Sydney Cove. Today, The Rocks village has retained its unique heritage qualities nestled as it is beneath the dominance of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge in a spectacular picturesque, harbour side location. The ambiance and setting of The Rocks is enhanced by the preservation of the heritage buildings and streets of nineteenth century Sydney. The Rocks is an essential visitor destination - taking you to places of cultural & historical significance - and promises to be a memorable Sydney experience.

Sydney Harbour Highlights Cruise
The pride and joy of Sydney is its magnificent harbour. Hundreds of bays, coves and beaches and waterways contribute to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The ultimate way to capture the excitement is from the water. Lining the shores of the harbour are extensive green parklands and botanic gardens. Elegant sandstone buildings add charm and atmosphere to the Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney where you can enjoy shopping and entertainment. Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney’s water traffic where buskers gather to entertain passers-by. At the head of Sydney Harbour are the towering cliffs of North and South Heads. Amazing city views from the bluff along with the pounding of the surf makes this an impressive place
to admire the glory of Sydney.

Unscheduled afternoon once your cruise concludes.

Day 6
Travel to the Jenolan Caves and participate in the Plug Hole Adventure Tour The Jenolan Caves are regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system – with 11 spectacular show caves, pure underground rivers and amazing formations – Jenolan Caves is among the finest and oldest cave
systems in the world.

The Plughole Adventure Tour is Jenolan's comprehensive introduction to Adventure Caving. On this tour, you abseil 10 metres into the Elder Cave. The first 'dark' cave to be entered at Jenolan in 1848, the Elder includes several large chambers, some fine crystal and many historical signatures perfectly preserved from the 1800's. You slowly make your way down approx 100 metres, exploring through roomy caverns and snaking through narrow tunnels, eventually coming out in the Imperial Cave far below.

Even though you don't need to be especially fit (though some flexibility helps), Adventure Caving is quite different from viewing one of our 'show' caves. You abseil, wear overalls, a hard hat and find your way by the light of a miners' lamp. You crawl in the dust, climb and slide over rocks, squeeze through narrow tunnels, holes and crevices deep underground.

Day 7
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Upon arrival travel to KataTjuta (The Olga’s) and participate in a hike in and around Kata Tjuta. The hike will be determined based on what time the sunsets today. Your driver will let you know which hike you will have time for so you have enough time to view the spectacular sunset and colour change over Kata Tjuta. Watching the colour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta change is a spectacular and popular activity. The colour changes result from the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays. The ash, dust particles and water vapour present in the earth's atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of day. Reflections from the
rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours.

Day 8
Watch the sunrise over Uluru where you will witness the amazing colour changes as the sunrises over Uluru. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre At the Cultural Centre you can get an introduction to Tjukurpa (law, knowledge, religion, philosophy), Anangu art, Anangu way of life (traditional and current), history, languages, wildlife and joint management of the Park.

The displays feature photo collages, oral history sound panels, Pitjantjatjara language learning interactives, soundscapes, videos and artefacts. There are bush tucker sessions, plants walks and cultural sessions for visitors to experience.

Dot Painting Workshop
Join Aboriginal artists at the Uluru Cultural Centre for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and the chance to join the artists to try your own hand. Aboriginal Guides provide an introduction to their culture and how this is expressed in their art works. Join the artists to complete your own painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience.

Unscheduled Afternoon

Watch the magnificent sunset over Uluru. Included is Champaign (or a non alcoholic beverage) and snacks before returning back to your ccommodation.

Day 9
This morning we will get an early morning start to travel to Kings Canyon Kings Canyon Rim Walk Upon arrival at Kings Canyon participate in The Canyon Walk (6 km loop Approx. 3-4 hrs duration) This walk begins with a steep climb to the top of the Canyon, then follows the Canyon rim around before descending to the carpark. Approximately half way along the walk is the 'Garden of Eden', a delightful area of cool waterholes and riverine vegetation communities. This is an amazing walk providing spectacular scenery. The walking tracks of the Canyon area are well sign posted with metal trail markers. The direction arrows are Navy Blue for the Canyon Walk.

Day 10
Travel back to Uluru to fly to Cairns. Unscheduled time upon arrival

Day 11
Unscheduled Day

Day 12
All Day Excursion to Undara
Today’s adventure delivers us into the ancient realm of Undara in the Atherton Tablelands where you will discover the undulating relics of what once were gargantuan Lava Tubes. Your day begins with a scenic drive up the dramatic Gillies Range, with stunning views over the breathtaking beauty of the Mulgrave Valley. The infamous Giant Curtain Fig Tree will inspire a photograph or two, before a visit to the picturesque Millaa Millaa Falls, one of the most renowned waterfalls in Australia. We continue deeper into the Atherton Tablelands, where we come upon the Savannah Land region, with its distinctive semi-arid vegetation and landscapes. The Savannah Land is the geographical home of our ultimate destination, Undara Lava Tubes and Lodge.

Day 13
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over Australia's World Heritage protected Tropical Rainforests. Spanning seven and a half kilometres, Skyrail has comfortable six person gondola cabins which glide just metres above the canopy, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Witness
the wonders of the world's oldest continually surviving rainforests from Skyrail's unique vantage point, before alighting at Skyrail's two mid-stations to explore and learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. At Red Peak Station Skyrail's qualified Rangers provide regular guided boardwalk tours throughout the day, sharing their environmental expertise and answering any visitor questions. Meanwhile, easy access walkways at Barron Falls Station take you to three separate lookouts providing breathtaking views of Barron Gorge and Falls. A one way Skyrail journey takes approximately 90 minutes while a return trip is two and a half hours.

Excursion to Rainforestation
At the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park, you'll get to experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site. Set on 100 acres (40 hectares) in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, this unique tourist attraction is situated five minutes from Kuranda Village, and half an hour by coach from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.

Have time to explore the Kuranda Village

Day 14
Check out of accommodation
Depart Australia

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