Fly free to the Outback with Qantas from $2,999 per person

Posted on Friday, 10 Feb 2012 03:01 AM

Purchase the following package to Sydney, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock & The Great Barrier Reef and your flight to Alice Springs at a $150 per person value is on us.


See the diverse yet equally breathtaking cities and natural wonders that Australia has to offer with cosmopolitan Sydney, Alice Springs and the red center at Uluru & then onto Cairns and journey an hour north to Port Douglas, the gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest.

 

 

Inclusions

  • Round trip International airfare on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles in Economy class
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Internal Australian flights
  • 4 nights accommodation Sydney at the 3.5* Mercure Sydney Potts Point
  • 1 night Alice Springs at 4* Lasseters Hotel including full breakfast
  • Alice Springs to Ayers Rock coach tour transfer
  • 2 nights accommodation Ayers Rock at 3.5* Outback Pioneer Hotel
  • 4 nights accommodation Port Douglas at 3.5* Mantra Portsea including continental breakfast daily
  • Airport transfers in a seat in coach basis & transfer between Alice Springs and Ayers Rock by coach tour/transfer
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges to package inclusions
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart US

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Take a stroll through The Rocks, the site of the first European settlement. Don’t miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight.

Day 4 - 6 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one or more of our great value day touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

Exclusive - Our favourite Small Group touring - Buy 1 tour get the 2nd 50% off
Blue Mountains Day Tour with Diamond Tours
Before heading west, enjoy some of the sites of the Sydney Central Business District. Head out of Sydney and visit Canada Bay area before arriving in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea at the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls. Arrive at Scenic World and join the Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway (own expense). Experience Scenic Skyway with the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 metres below. Or dare yourself to ride the steepest railway, with an incline of 52 degrees. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway and see spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Visit Echo Point for the closest and best view of the Three Sisters, then visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and watch artists perform traditional song and dance whilst playing the didgeridoo. Experience an exclusive behind the scenes look into Aboriginal Art & Culture which dates back 40,000 years and listen as they explain their way of life and living off the land. Enjoy a hot lunch, then return to Sydney via Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can encounter Australian native animals. Cuddle up to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. Last stop is Cabarita (Inner West) to board the Rivercat ferry for a relaxing cruise to Circular Quay, and view the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour concludes at approximately 5.15pm at Circular Quay.
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Tobruk Sheep Station Tour with Diamond Tours
Drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge whilst taking in the views of Sydney Harbour. Just over an hour from Sydney, Tobruk Sheep Station is set on over 150 acres and surrounded by State Forests and bushland. Arrive at Tobruk Sheep Station where a stockman on horseback will greet you. Enjoy a traditional morning tea of damper straight from the pot with maple syrup served with billy tea. After morning tea a stockman will demonstrate the art of whip cracking and boomerang throwing before they work together with their dogs to muster the sheep into trap yards. Head to the shearing shed to watch and learn how to shear a sheep. A stockman will introduce you to the grading of wool and the history of how sheep were introduced to Australia. Leave Tobruk Station for a lunch stop at a heritage listed cottage over 100 years old. After lunch, head back to the city. Tour concludes at approximately 3.00pm,
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Blue Mountains (daily except Monday), Tobruk Sheep Station Tour (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Other Sydney touring options to consider (additional cost applies):

Tour Sydney differently! Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.

Not feeling so energetic? See Sydney’s best spots on an air-conditioned luxury mini coach tour with full commentary from an expert driver / guide. See the historic Rocks area, the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s shopping heart! Visit trendy local suburbs and famous beaches. See fabulous views of the city from many great vantage points that allow you time to get a real feel for the city.

If there is one thing you should do in Sydney, that is to experience Sydney Harbour like a local. On board the luxurious Calypso motor yacht you will experience the harbour like you would if you had your own boat. As well as fabulous sightseeing, you can swim, fish, kayak, relax and sunbake at your leisure after your gourmet barbeque lunch served with local wine and beer.

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Day 7 - Fly Sydney - Alice Springs
Enjoy your complimentary flight to the Outback!

The outback town of Alice Springs is the gateway for exploring the Red Centre. Perhaps visit the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Desert Park, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Telegraph Station and the School of the Air. Join the optional "A Town Like Alice" tour this afternoon to take in the main sights of this Outback town (additional cost applies)

Day 8 - Coach - Alice Springs - Ayers Rock & Optional Sounds of Silence Dinner- 
Included in your package today is a tour transfer from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock.

Travel south from Alice Springs through the MacDonnell and James Ranges, viewing beautiful rugged scenery of the ‘outback’ along the way.  Visit a camel farm where there is the time for a short camel ride (own expense). Later, stop at Mt Ebenezer roadhouse for morning tea (own expense) and the opportunity to purchase locally made Aboriginal art.

Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Centre, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency. You will spend two nights at the centrally located Ayers Rock Resort. The resort is a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

This evening consider adding the Sounds of Silence Dinner  - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing:

A gourmet desert barbecue under the stars, Sounds of Silence is a unique outback experience. The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of Kata-Tjuta (Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock), the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo, sumptuous outback fare and the star filled heavens.

Day 9 - Ayers Rock - Morning Sunrise or Afternoon Kata Tjuta
Consider adding one or more of our great value touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

As the sun rises over the desert walk around the base of Uluru. Enjoy a picnic breakfast and explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Visit water holes and rock art sites and embrace the culture and stories of the Anangu people.

In the afternoon visit Kata Tjuta – a place where unique floras and fauna thrive. Learn about the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal’s ceremonial site. Listen to the wind, wonder at the dome walls and embrace the spirituality of this amazing location.

Enjoy a camel ride amongst the red sand dunes to watch the sunset over Uluru and the surrounding plains. After the ride, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and snacks at the camel farm. Or Enjoy a camel ride amongst the red sand dunes to watch the sunrise over Uluru and the surrounding plains. After the ride, enjoy billy tea at the camel farm.

Our exclusive offer -20% discount when you purchase two half day tours at Ayers Rock!

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Day 10 - Ayers Rock to Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas
Fly to tropical North Queensland. Cairns is the colorful capital of Tropical North Queensland and the major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The city is a gateway to an amazing selection of touring options encompassing the Reef, the Outback and the Rainforest. Take the Skyrail gondola to the market town of Kuranda and return to Cairns via the Kuranda scenic railway through lush rainforest. A visit to the Tjupukai Aboriginal Park is a must to learn of the local Aboriginal tribes and culture. An hour north of Cairns brings you to Port Douglas, the closest town to the Great Barrier Reef with Rainforest clad mountains sweeping down to sparkling sandy beaches.

Days 11 - 13 - Port Douglas
Explore Tropical North Queensland at your leisure or consider adding one or more of our great value day touring options - ADDITIONAL COST to package pricing.

Cruise to the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, to find superb, completely unspoiled reefs. Snorkel or dive in small groups at 3 different sites to see a spectacular array of fish, sea creatures and coral in the clear waters. Float in this amazing aquatic world a million miles from your office.
Special Value Add - FREE transfers to and from your hotel to the boat for the cruise!

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Discover the rainforest through the eyes of the 60,000 year old indigenous culture of Australia. Spend the day with local Aboriginal guides as they take you wandering through the coastal mud flats in search of lunch, teach you the art of dot painting, then talk about the magic and magnificence of the rainforest. View the world in a totally new way…
Our exclusive offer -20% discount!

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Find you inner child and challenge your need for the predictable as you zip-line through the rainforest canopy above the bustling forest floor. Fly through the trees, rediscover your sense of adventure, and take away a new understanding and appreciation of the vibrant and intricate life of the rainforest.
Our exclusive offer - second person receives a 20% discount!

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Day 14 - Depart Cairns for US (via Brisbane or Sydney)   

Costing for travel (starting from*) 3-star 4-star 5-star
24 July - 17 September 2014 $2,999  $3,299 $3,599
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Bigger seats, more legroom, smaller cabin... Here are the some of the features we frequently discuss with our clients upgrading from economy to premium economy and premium economy to business class...
 
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International Economy
- Sit back and relax in an ergonomically designed, slimline seats with built-in lumbar support for your comfort.
- An adjustable headrest and seat recline are sure to keep you comfortable for the duration of your journey.
- 1500 options on our A380 and refurbished B747 aircraft using your in-seat control or touch screen monitor.
- Treat yourself to the self-serve snack bars (for between meal snacks)

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International Premium Economy
- dedicated check-in counters and priority access to a dedicated boarding lane
- Relax and enjoy your journey in a private cabin of between 32 and 40 seats. With more space and dedicated flight attendants, you’ll experience personalised service in an exclusive environment.
- Sit back and relax in your Premium Economy seat, designed by Marc Newson and built by Recaro. With an ergonomic design, multi-way adjustable headrest and wide seat, you’ll enjoy greater comfort on your flight.
- Optimised legroom so you can stretch out while feeling supported by the footrest, which extends from your seat. The centre and side consoles offer extra elbow room, as well as clever storage for your tray table and inflight entertainment screen.
- Relax as soon as you’re on board with a complimentary sparkling wine or beverage.
- large cotton pillows and a blanket backed with a soft sheet to help you relax on board.
- Enjoy a speedy arrival once at the terminal with priority disembarkation.
Upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy from $450 per person each way

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International Business Class
- Before boarding, visit the International Business Lounge to relax.
- When you’re ready to sleep, convert your Marc Newson-designed, second generation Skybed into a two-metre, fully-flat bed.
- Decide when you’d like to dine with a signature, made-to-order menu designed by leading Australian restaurateur, Neil Perry. Choose from a room-service style breakfast, to a multi-course dinner, perhaps dining later or eating an express meal.
- Kate Spade and Jack Spade have teamed with Qantas to develop an exclusive new amenity kit
- Upon arrival, you will be among the first to leave the aircraft and your bags among the first to be ready for collection.
Upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Class from $2,200 per person each way

 

From $2,999 package prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles for bookings by August 31, 2014. Add $300 for New York departures. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.