Grand Tour of Australia
30 days from £6,599 per person
Australians are renowned for their love of the outdoors, and you’ll quickly discover why on this all-encompassing trip of a lifetime. Soak up the sunshine in the country’s greatest cities, sample shiraz in its finest wine regions and meet the diverse wildlife as we delve into Outback, rainforest and parkland. With 30 days, we’re able to see even more of Australia’s highlights, from the creeks of the ‘Top End’ to the bohemian beach town of Noosa.
Your holiday includes:
21 excursions and visits
- Tours of Perth and Fremantle (including river cruise); Alice Springs; Darwin (including Military Museum); Brisbane (including koala sanctuary); Sydney; and Melbourne
- Uluru sunset and sunrise viewing
- Kata Tjuta
- Kakadu National Park
- Yellow Water cruise
- Nitmiluk Gorge cruise
- Great Barrier Reef cruise
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Kuranda Skyrail
- Fraser Island
- Pacific Coast drive (stopping at Gold Coast & Byron Bay)
- Hunter Valley winery tour
- Sydney harbour cruise
- Yarra Valley wine tasting
- Excursion to Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy train ride
- 27 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Qantas or Emirates from London Heathrow - inbound via Perth. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 30 meals: 27 breakfasts (days 3-29) 3 lunches (days 14, 17 and 23)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Perth.
On arrival, the evening is at leisure.
Mercure Perth (3.5 star) or Pan Pacific Perth (4-star)
We start our day with a tour of Perth and then make our way towards the ocean to spend time in Fremantle - an eclectic, arty suburb that has retained an element of its historic, colonial precinct. We board a ferry to follow the weaving Swan River through Fremantle back to Perth, sailing past multi-million-dollar waterfront mansions.
Today is free to explore Australia’s sunniest capital. Maybe follow a nature trail, take an Indigenous Heritage Tour in Kings Park, find adventure on the river or visit the Art Gallery WA to see one of the world’s finest collections of indigenous art. Alternatively, choose an optional excursion to Rottnest Island. It’s of great spiritual significance - known as Wadjemup to the Aboriginal people who have inhabited this island for more than 6,500 years. This car-free island has stunning beaches, incredible pink salt lakes and an abundance of wildlife including the adorably cheerful quokkas. Wadjemup Lighthouse, still operating today, offers fantastic views over Rottnest and the sapphire ocean. Kings Park is a wonderful spot to end your day, strolling through 400 hectares of beautiful gardens and protected bushland, before watching the sun set over the city.
Perth - Alice Springs
Fly early to Alice Springs, where our tour includes a visit to the Royal Flying Doctors Service Base, founded to provide medical care for residents in over 1,500,000 square kilometres of isolated bushland; and the Old Telegraph Station, built in the 1870s to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs (4-star) or Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (4-star)
Alice Springs - Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) - Uluru
Our journey continues to one of Australia’s natural highlights, Uluru. We head to the Olgas, a collection of rounded rocks known to Aborigines as Kata Tjuta (‘Many Heads’), and then continue closer to Uluru to enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.
Desert Gardens Hotel, Uluru (3.5 star)
Uluru - Darwin
Early this morning we travel the short distance back to Uluru to watch this phenomenal rock change as the sun rises, before flying to Darwin.
Novotel Darwin CBD (4-star)
This morning we take a tour of this tropical capital, including entrance to the Darwin Military Museum, which tells the story of Japan’s devastating air raids on 19 February 1942. They dropped more bombs here than on Pearl Harbor. The afternoon is at leisure. Maybe visit the wonderful markets or the superb Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Darwin - Kakadu
We spend a full day touring Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest national park and home to Aboriginal people for over 50,000 years. Look out for native wildlife and huge termite mounds along the roadside as we traverse stunning scenery and landscapes.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (3-star)
Kakadu - Katherine
Cruise Kakadu’s wetlands, an ever-changing landscape. More than 10,000 saltwater crocodiles live in the park, as well as an uncountable number of bird species that includes the whistling duck, jabiru and white-bellied sea eagle. Experienced guides will give fascinating insights into the region’s wildlife, Bininj people and survival through the seasons. Returning to our coach, we travel to Katherine.
Ibis Styles Katherine (3-star)
Katherine - Darwin
Nitmiluk National Park includes a breathtaking series of towering gorges along the Katherine River. This morning we’ll take a leisurely cruise on its tranquil waters, before returning to Darwin.
Novotel Darwin CBD (4-star)
Darwin - Cairns
A day at leisure in Darwin before we fly to Cairns.
Pullman Cairns International (4-star) or Bailey Hotel (4-star)
Today is free to explore Cairns. The Esplanade lagoon or the Pier marina, are the places to head to if you want to spend time on the coast. Despite the lack of beach, this small town is still popular for boardshort-clad tourists, and for those looking to experience the great outdoors.
Great Barrier Reef
Today we experience another of Australia’s incredible natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an unforgettable cruise to Michaelmas Cay, a small sand island on the outer reef. You can choose to remain on deck, take a tour on a semi-submersible vessel, or experience the warmth of the water as you snorkel between the corals in search of tropical fish, giant clams and green sea turtles.
We board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a journey through some of the world’s oldest rainforest, with an incredibly vivid display of plants and some spectacular waterfalls, including Barron Falls, where we stop for photos. You’re free to explore the village of Kuranda, with several options to get closer to native wildlife. Our return to Cairns is on the spectacular Kuranda Skyrail, a sedate 7.5km gondola ride gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy, allowing a unique opportunity to see, hear and smell this beautiful area.
Cairns - Brisbane - Noosa
Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Noosa - the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
The Sebel Noosa (4-star)
Today we visit Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand. As your 4WD drive vehicle navigates the stunning east coast beach - the island’s main road - you’ll enjoy translucent freshwater lakes, and may catch sight of the wild dingos and native birds.
Spend your free day relaxing in the tropical town of Noosa. Maybe take to the expansive golden beaches or stroll to beautiful Noosa Heads for gorgeous views and a chance to spot koalas in the eucalyptus trees at Noosa National Park. You may find opportunities to sail down Noosa River or go whale watching.
Noosa - Brisbane
We drive to Brisbane for a tour of this booming city, including a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The world’s largest koala sanctuary has over 130 of these gentle marsupials, as well as kangaroos, possums and wombats.
Novotel Brisbane (4-star)
Today is free to spend time in Brisbane’s historic precinct, the delightful Botanic Gardens or the world-class galleries along the South Bank. Alternatively, choose an optional excursion to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island - a 75-minute cruise from the mainland. This protected island offers fabulous opportunities: hand feed wild bottlenose dolphins; or snorkel amongst wrecks which have become home to reef fish.
Brisbane - Pacific Coast - Byron Bay - Coffs Harbour
Board our coach after breakfast to enjoy the scenery as we head south along the legendary Pacific Coast. We stop to see the fun-filled Gold Coast, where a virtually unbroken 40km beach braces for the waves of renowned surf spots; and Byron Bay, a small hippy town at the end of a beautiful sweeping bay, at mainland Australia’s most easterly point. We continue to Coffs Harbour, where the Great Dividing Range meets the South Pacific Ocean.
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour (3.5 star)
Coffs Harbour - Hunter Valley
Travel into New South Wales’ best-known wine region - Hunter Valley. Spend this afternoon on a winery tour and sample specialities such as semillon and shiraz.
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley (3.5 star)
Hunter Valley - Sydney
Board our coach to Sydney, where we take a tour to see the city’s highlights. Enjoy a seafood lunch on a harbour cruise while we witness iconic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
Sydney Boulevard Hotel (4-star) or Parkroyal Darling Harbour (4-star)
You have two free days to experience the delights of Sydney. There’s a vast choice of galleries and historical museums, the gorgeous Botanical Gardens and The Rocks - the fabulous heart of historic Sydney where Captain Arthur Phillip proclaimed the establishment of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788. Maybe see a performance at the Royal Opera House, climb the Harbour Bridge or ascend the Sydney Tower for impressive views. Although the city is walkable, there is a fantastic transport system which can also take you to more distant attractions such as Bondi Beach, North Head Sanctuary in Manly or Botany Bay.
Sydney - Melbourne
After a flight to Melbourne, we take a tour of the city, including entrance to Cooks Cottage, which was built in Yorkshire by Captain James Cook’s parents, painstakingly disassembled, shipped to Australia and rebuilt in Fitzroy Gardens in 1934.
Novotel Melbourne on Collins (4-star) or Novotel Melbourne Central (4-star)
Dandenong - Yarra Valley
Enjoy a day in Victoria’s beautiful countryside. As we drive through endless rows of vines in Yarra Valley, we break at a few fine wineries to compare their signature flavours; and continue to the Dandenong Ranges for a trip on Puffing Billy steam train. The view of the Dandenong Ranges can often be seen under a blue haze, created by the eucalyptus trees that cover much of the area.
There’s plenty to see on a free day in Melbourne, including the beautiful Victorian façades of Flinders Street Station and Old Customs House, Queen Victoria Market and the Old Melbourne Gaol, now a museum dedicated to Melbourne’s most dangerous offenders, including Ned Kelly. Alternatively, join us for an optional excursion along the Great Ocean Road, a stunning coastal route that includes the Twelve Apostles; or travel to Phillip Island, best known for the enchanting parade of adorable little (fairy) penguins that waddle across the shores at dusk to nest.
Day 29 Melbourne - In flight
Enjoy a second free day in this exciting city before we transfer to the airport this evening for your return flight to the UK.
Day 30 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.