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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Melbourne: City Tour & Yarra Valley; Canberra & Sydney: City Tours; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Darwin & Kakadu National Park; The 'Red Centre'

Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner or lunch daily (hotels and local restaurants). All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable). Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

ATTENTION: This tour is based on a Qantas air pass that MUST be booked by Adventures Abroad in conjunction with Qantas international air tickets. If you intend to secure your own international air a SURCHARGE (approx 600-1000 USD) will apply.

Seasonality and Weather

There are two climatic zones: the tropical zone (in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn) and the temperate zone. The tropical zone (consisting of 40 percent of Australia) has two seasons: summer (wet) and winter (dry) while the temperate zone has a four seasons. Nov-Mar (spring/summer) Warm or hot everywhere, tropical in the north, and warm to hot with mild nights in the south. Out tour covers a huge area with varied weather-you must be prepared for a wide range of conditions.

KAKADU: Oct-Dec: pre-monsoon season of hot weather, which becomes increasingly humid. Along the creeks of Kakadu, the air is heavy with the scent of blossoming paperbark trees, which in the evenings attract colonies of feeding fruit bats. Feb/March: time of thunderstorms and rich plant and animal life. Most plants are fruiting and animals are caring for their young. Expanses of water recede and streams run clear.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Transportation throughout the southern Australian states is by a/c private motor coach; all flights booked in economy class. Australia is BIG; some journeys are long but frequent stops are made for photos and refreshment. This tour is based on an air pass that MUST be booked by us in conjunction with your international air tickets.

Accommodation

Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3-star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available at hotels though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at train stations and airports. Our hotels in Australia are chosen primarily for location, cleanliness, security, and comfort. We regret that mid-range hotels in Australia do not generally provide free wifi; it is available, but it may be costly.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver/s, local step-on guides in several locales.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)