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Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory
Yarra River, Melbourne
Melbourne Laneways
Yarra River, Melbourne
Mt Conner Alice Springs
Kata Tjuta National Park
Field Of Light
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Balmoral Beach, Sydney
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales

Australian Highlights

13 day Escorted Tour – from £7205 £6390

With flights from £8070

Diverse red desert landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef; this superb escorted tour ticks all the boxes!

Highlights:
  • Explore Melbourne’s hidden Laneways on a private walking tour
  • Experience sunset at Uluru and venture through The Outback to Kata Tjuta
  • Marvel at the colourful corals of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Go backstage at the Opera House and enjoy a Sydney Harbour dinner cruise

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Australian Highlights tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 1 – Welcome to Melbourne

Is there such a thing as too much time in Melbourne? Arrive early before meeting your…

Is there such a thing as too much time in Melbourne? Arrive early before meeting your fellow adventure-seekers over a beverage or two.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Dinner with wine
Yarra River, Melbourne
Melbourne Laneways

Day 2 – Melbourne

Melbourne is known for its cool cafés – we recommend grabbing a coffee to fuel you…

Melbourne is known for its cool cafés – we recommend grabbing a coffee to fuel you through a walking tour exploring the city’s most eye-popping laneways. This afternoon, you decide. Perhaps a nature-based sojourn to Phillip Island to see penguins waddle from the ocean to the sand? We wouldn’t blame you for lingering and taking a deep dive into Melbourne’s culinary offerings. Ask us for tips on the hottest spots to drink and dine.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Melbourne Laneways
Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 3 – Melbourne

If you’re still getting your Melbourne bearings, linger in town to explore boutiques, galleries, and eclectic…

If you’re still getting your Melbourne bearings, linger in town to explore boutiques, galleries, and eclectic suburbs. But if it’s time to venture further afield, you might want to sign up to discover the Great Ocean Road, a stretch of coastline that deserves its reputation as one of the most scenic touring routes in the world. Wherever you wander, be sure to take in a show at one of the city’s glorious theatres. We can assist with tickets.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Yarra River, Melbourne
Mt Conner Alice Springs

Day 4 – Melbourne to Alice Springs

Some parts of Australia are so remote that the only way kids can get an education…

Some parts of Australia are so remote that the only way kids can get an education is remotely via the School of the Air. Your next stop is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Being this far flung also means there’s no light pollution from cars or skyscrapers. The result? Unrivalled stargazing (and a BBQ feast) with the Falzon family at their eco-oriented Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort

    Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
Mt Conner Alice Springs
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory

Day 5 – Alice Springs to Uluru

Spiritual, sacred and spectacular, the world’s largest rock monolith will give you goosebumps. In Australia’s Red…

Spiritual, sacred and spectacular, the world’s largest rock monolith will give you goosebumps. In Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru has been home to the Anangu people for millennia. Their connection is palpable, as you’ll discover when you arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, at sunset watching the shifting colours transform the desert with every last ray (sparkling wine essential).

    Desert Gardens

    Breakfast
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory
Kata Tjuta National Park

Day 6 – Uluru & Kata Tjuta

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for, it’s sunrise over Uluru. Incredibly,…

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for, it’s sunrise over Uluru. Incredibly, the Rock’s base caves are home to First Nations art that dates back tens of thousands of years. What an honour to glimpse it. The ochres and silvery greens of the NT outback follow you to Kata Tjuta, where Walpa Gorge humbles with its soaring cliffs. Wander through the tallest domes before yet another sparkling sunset (and sparkling wine).

    Desert Gardens

    Breakfast
Kata Tjuta National Park
Field Of Light

Day 7 – Uluru to Cairns

OK, so the other reason to get up early is to view artist Bruce Munro’s installation…

OK, so the other reason to get up early is to view artist Bruce Munro’s installation Field of Light at dawn – 50,000 glowing spindles of light blanketing the desert. Clamber to the top of a sand dune to marvel in the morning unfolding over this very special part of the world. An Anangu artist will explain just what makes it so spiritual over an introduction to Western Desert art, introducing totems and symbols important to the region and represented in paintings and installations. Head to your next stop in sunny Cairns.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast
Field Of Light

Day 8 – Cairns

If you’re in the habit of getting up early now, you may wish to begin your…

If you’re in the habit of getting up early now, you may wish to begin your day with an optional horizon-bending hot-air-balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Prefer to stay grounded? Sign up for a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest, or surround yourself with nature riding the Scenic Railway to Kuranda returning on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – perhaps with a side visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for wetlands cruise? Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Day 9 – Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on…

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on a catamaran to explore a kaleidoscope of colour: over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents. Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast, Lunch
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Balmoral Beach, Sydney

Day 10 – Cairns to Sydney

Touch down in Australia’s largest city, and spend time at leisure in the buzzing metropolis of…

Touch down in Australia’s largest city, and spend time at leisure in the buzzing metropolis of Sydney. Take a stroll along the iconic harbour, visit one of the city’s many bars, pubs, or restaurants, or simply while away the day at the beach. You decide how best to enjoy this bustling city of delights.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast
Balmoral Beach, Sydney
Sydney Harbour Cruise

Day 11 – Sydney

Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go behind the scenes at the Sydney…

Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House, discovering its architectural and performance secrets. If these sails could talk. Then see the city from the water on a Sydney Harbour Highlight Lunch Cruise enjoying a menu focusing on local food and wine. One icon to another: The world’s most famous beach beckons this afternoon, with your chance to pad along the sand at Bondi with Sydney’s beautiful people.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast, Lunch
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

Day 12 – Sydney

You could spend weeks exploring Sydney. Months even. But you have today, so get set for…

You could spend weeks exploring Sydney. Months even. But you have today, so get set for a wild ride. Your agenda is completely up to you, but we have more than a few ideas. Perhaps a ferry ride to Manly for fish and chips on the beach? And ideally a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden, which offers so many lookouts for sparkling harbour views. This evening, celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner at Midden restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. Talk about ending on a high.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast, Dinner
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales

Day 13 – Farewell from Sydney

What an epic journey, with so many destinations explored in less than two weeks. Now you…

What an epic journey, with so many destinations explored in less than two weeks. Now you just have to sort through the photos…

    Breakfast
Sydney, New South Wales

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before of after your Australian Highlights tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Melbourne

Is there such a thing as too much time in Melbourne? Arrive early before meeting your fellow adventure-seekers over a beverage or two.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Dinner with wine
Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 2

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Melbourne

Melbourne is known for its cool cafés – we recommend grabbing a coffee to fuel you through a walking tour exploring the city’s most eye-popping laneways. This afternoon, you decide. Perhaps a nature-based sojourn to Phillip Island to see penguins waddle from the ocean to the sand? We wouldn’t blame you for lingering and taking a deep dive into Melbourne’s culinary offerings. Ask us for tips on the hottest spots to drink and dine.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Melbourne Laneways

Day 3

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Melbourne

If you’re still getting your Melbourne bearings, linger in town to explore boutiques, galleries, and eclectic suburbs. But if it’s time to venture further afield, you might want to sign up to discover the Great Ocean Road, a stretch of coastline that deserves its reputation as one of the most scenic touring routes in the world. Wherever you wander, be sure to take in a show at one of the city’s glorious theatres. We can assist with tickets.

    Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne

    Breakfast
Yarra River, Melbourne

Day 4

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Melbourne to Alice Springs

Some parts of Australia are so remote that the only way kids can get an education is remotely via the School of the Air. Your next stop is the birthplace of the Alice Springs township, the historic Telegraph Station. Being this far flung also means there’s no light pollution from cars or skyscrapers. The result? Unrivalled stargazing (and a BBQ feast) with the Falzon family at their eco-oriented Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre.

    Mercure Alice Springs Resort

    Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
Mt Conner Alice Springs

Day 5

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Alice Springs to Uluru

Spiritual, sacred and spectacular, the world’s largest rock monolith will give you goosebumps. In Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru has been home to the Anangu people for millennia. Their connection is palpable, as you’ll discover when you arrive at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, at sunset watching the shifting colours transform the desert with every last ray (sparkling wine essential).

    Desert Gardens

    Breakfast
Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory

Day 6

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Uluru & Kata Tjuta

If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed early for, it’s sunrise over Uluru. Incredibly, the Rock’s base caves are home to First Nations art that dates back tens of thousands of years. What an honour to glimpse it. The ochres and silvery greens of the NT outback follow you to Kata Tjuta, where Walpa Gorge humbles with its soaring cliffs. Wander through the tallest domes before yet another sparkling sunset (and sparkling wine).

    Desert Gardens

    Breakfast
Kata Tjuta National Park

Day 7

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Uluru to Cairns

OK, so the other reason to get up early is to view artist Bruce Munro’s installation Field of Light at dawn – 50,000 glowing spindles of light blanketing the desert. Clamber to the top of a sand dune to marvel in the morning unfolding over this very special part of the world. An Anangu artist will explain just what makes it so spiritual over an introduction to Western Desert art, introducing totems and symbols important to the region and represented in paintings and installations. Head to your next stop in sunny Cairns.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast
Field Of Light

Day 8

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Cairns

If you’re in the habit of getting up early now, you may wish to begin your day with an optional horizon-bending hot-air-balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands. Prefer to stay grounded? Sign up for a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest, or surround yourself with nature riding the Scenic Railway to Kuranda returning on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – perhaps with a side visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for wetlands cruise? Tonight, celebrate the end of an incredible day at dinner on Cairns’ waterfront at Salt House for regional seafood plucked straight from the ocean, highlighting fresh, local ingredients, and prepared on their custom-built Argentinian wood fired grill.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 9

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Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living organism, the Great Barrier Reef, never fails to dazzle. Set out on a catamaran to explore a kaleidoscope of colour: over 1,500 species of fish, 215 different birds, 3,000 molluscs, six of the world’s seven marine turtle species, and 30 species of dolphins and whales are residents. Strap on a snorkel or visit an underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft to take in the menagerie without getting your hair wet.

    Hilton Hotel Cairns

    Breakfast, Lunch
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Day 10

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Cairns to Sydney

Touch down in Australia’s largest city, and spend time at leisure in the buzzing metropolis of Sydney. Take a stroll along the iconic harbour, visit one of the city’s many bars, pubs, or restaurants, or simply while away the day at the beach. You decide how best to enjoy this bustling city of delights.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast
Balmoral Beach, Sydney

Day 11

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Sydney

Bring your stamina: today is one of innumerable highlights. Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House, discovering its architectural and performance secrets. If these sails could talk. Then see the city from the water on a Sydney Harbour Highlight Lunch Cruise enjoying a menu focusing on local food and wine. One icon to another: The world’s most famous beach beckons this afternoon, with your chance to pad along the sand at Bondi with Sydney’s beautiful people.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast, Lunch
Sydney Harbour Cruise

Day 12

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Sydney

You could spend weeks exploring Sydney. Months even. But you have today, so get set for a wild ride. Your agenda is completely up to you, but we have more than a few ideas. Perhaps a ferry ride to Manly for fish and chips on the beach? And ideally a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden, which offers so many lookouts for sparkling harbour views. This evening, celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner at Midden restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. Talk about ending on a high.

    InterContinental Hotel Sydney

    Breakfast, Dinner
Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

Day 13

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Farewell from Sydney

What an epic journey, with so many destinations explored in less than two weeks. Now you just have to sort through the photos…

    Breakfast
Sydney, New South Wales

This Tour Includes

12 nights accommodation
12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 dinners
Expert tour director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Professional and experienced driver
Travel by luxury, air-conditioned coach

Departure Dates

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2024-06-23

2024-08-25

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2024-10-06

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2025-08-24

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2025-09-21

2025-10-05

2025-10-26

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2025-12-07

2026-01-04

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2026-02-22

2026-03-01

2026-03-08

2026-03-15

2026-03-22

To confirm availability call 0333 234 2889

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Australian Highlights escorted tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Melbourne or Sydney before or after your tour
  • A stopover to Australia in Dubai, Singapore or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Australia Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Australian Highlights

13 day Escorted Tour – from £7205 £6390

With flights from £8070

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Internal flights are not included. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates, availability and book internal flights.

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