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Australia Escorted Tours 2019/2020

Australia’s Blue Mountains

Three ways to explore the gorges, valleys and ancient forests of this World Heritage area.
The Blue Mountains spread across a million acres, and are blanketed in eucalyptus forests (which cause the blue-tinted haze that gave the area its name). They’re just a couple of hours from Sydney, so make a great day trip. On our optional excursions here, we’ll head for the Jamison Valley, one of the most spectacular parts.
Scenic World offers a trio of options to explore. Scenic Skyway is a glass-floored gondola. It glides across a gorge 270 metres above the valley floor, offering 360-degree views of Mount Solitary, the famous Three Sisters rock formation and Katoomba Falls.

Scenic Cableway (a panoramic cable car) and Scenic Railway (the world’s steepest passenger railway, with a staggering 52-degree incline) both take passengers down to the valley floor. At the bottom, a walkway through ancient rainforest links the two attractions, so you can journey down on one and back up on the other if you like. Or walk one direction – the paths are steep but the surroundings are stunning.

From reef to rainforest

The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,300 kilometres along the coast of Queensland.
Thousands of different marine species call the corals home – don a mask and flippers (or board a glass-bottom boat) and you could be spotting angelfish, clownfish, blue tangs, turtles and more.
The Great Barrier Reef isn’t the only attraction up here, though. You can journey through some of the world’s oldest rainforest at Kuranda, where a gondola can take you high above the canopy. And you can see where rainforest meets reef at Cape Tribulation – one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Oz.

We include tropical north Queensland on all of our Australian tours. All you need to decide is what you’d like to combine it with. The Top End, Red Centre and Sunshine Coast on ‘Grand Tour of Australia’? New Zealand’s fiords and glaciers on ‘Grand Antipodean Odyssey’?

Spotlight on: Sydney

You’ve likely seen it a thousand times on postcards, in magazines and on TV.
But there’s nothing quite like standing on the edge of Sydney Harbour, surveying the city’s iconic skyline.
With its golden sandy beaches, leafy parks, yacht-dotted marinas and gleaming skyscrapers, Sydney is one good-looking city. We think it’s a must-do on any Australian itinerary, so we’ve made sure to include time here on every one of our tours ‘down under’.
We’ll help you get to know the city with a guided tour and cruise around the harbour, and give you free time to explore on your own. Museums, shops, galleries, walks – there’s heaps to see and do. Just make sure you save at least a few hours for some Aussie favourites – a relaxed brunch (Australia does it better than anywhere else), a wander along the waterfront and a chilled glass of chardonnay in a sunny pub garden.

Visit Bondi Beach
This huge curve of sand is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Stroll, swim, surf or simply soak up the atmosphere.

Explore the Rocks
One of the oldest parts of the city, the Rocks district boasts plenty of Victorian character and a great shopping and dining scene.

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens is a lovely oasis in the city centre. Entry is free, plus you’ll get photo-worthy views of the harbour from here.

See Sydney Opera House
The Opera House’s white sails are instantly recognisable. They’re best seen from the water on a harbour cruise – we include one on every tour.

Featured Australia Tours

The Best of Australia

Spend 4 nights each in Sydney, Melbourne and Palm Cove; see Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef; and drive the Great Ocean Road en route to Adelaide.
Fly from five UK airports
22 days from £4,999pp

Highlights of Australia

Journey from Sydney Harbour to the beaches of Perth, via cosmopolitan Melbourne, tropical Queensland and the Red Centre.
Fly from five UK airports
19 days from £3,999pp

Grand Tour of Australia

As well as icons like Sydney, Uluru and the Reef, this month-long adventure includes Kakadu’s creeks and beachy, bohemian Noosa.
Fly from five UK airports
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Grand Antipodean Odyssey

See Uluru and the Reef, and explore Perth and Sydney. Then fly to New Zealand to discover fiords, mountains and Maori traditions.
Fly from five UK airports
26 days form £6,399pp

Festive New Zealand

2019 will be the final year we run this trip, which includes Christmas in Queenstown, an overnight Fiordland cruise and Sydney’s NYE fireworks.
Last chance to book!
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