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2017 Ultimate Australia

Australia: Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove, Sydney

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17 Days from only $6245 including international airfare

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Follow along with Rudy Maxa as he sails to scenic beaches, treks into the Blue Mountains, and samples the cuisine of Sydney

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Dingo’s Got My Baby: Trial by Media

Discover the dark story behind the famous Australian phrase, “dingo’s got my baby.”

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Auckland- A Tranquil City

Watch this time lapse film for a glimpse of the subtle grace and beauty of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Going Local: Sydney

Join correspondent Carmen Roberts as she explores Sydney.

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See Melbournes’s streets come alive with art from some of the region's talented graffiti artists.

including international airfare
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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Tasmania: Australia's Natural Heritage

6 nights from: $1995 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Tasmania

Meet Tasmanians who introduce their island’s history, natural beauty, and art on this extension.

One hundred and fifty miles off the southeastern coast of mainland Australia sits Tasmania—a land of pristine natural beauty with a history that is equally well-preserved. Begin your travel in Australia with an exploration of the continent's only island state.

It's Included:
Airfare from Sydney or Melbourne to Hobart and from Launceston to Melbourne (for Land Tour-only travelers, airfare from Sydney or Melbourne to Hobart is not included)
Accommodations for 3 nights in Hobart, 1 night in Cradle Mountain, and 2 nights in Launceston
11 meals—6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
5 small group activities
Services of an expert O.A.T. Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and luggage porters
All transfers
  • Relax on your overnight flight from as you begin your journey to Tasmania.

  • Continue your journey to Tasmania. By crossing the International Date Line you lose a day, but you will make it up on the return end of your adventure.

  • Upon arrival on the Australian mainland—either Sydney or Melbourne, depending on your departure date—an O.A.T. Trip Leader will meet our group and accompany us on our connecting flight to Hobart. In the evening, we'll enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

  • We'll rise early for breakfast this morning and then enjoy an early morning guided walking tour of historic Hobart. Here we'll get a glimpse of Hobart's rich history as we tour the city center, Salamanca Place, and its surrounding areas.

    This rather small city is the capital of the Australian State of Tasmania, the largest offshore island in the country. It is a seaport where you are never far from the water, while on its landward side Mount Wellington rises more than 4,100 feet above the ocean's edge. Hobart has a fascinating blend of Aboriginal, colonial, and maritime history that includes a wealth of Georgian architecture dating from its colonial period in the 1830s.

    After the walking tour, we'll visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Tasmania's most popular wildlife park and a haven for injured and orphaned animals. Here we may see species that are extinct everywhere but Tasmania, such as the Tasmanian Devil, the Eastern Quoll, the Tasmanian Pademelon, and the shy Tasmanian Bettong.

    Then we'll stop by the historic town of Richmond, which is unarguably picturesque: You'll pass sights such as well-preserved sandstone buildings and a tranquil riverbank. Lunch is included today, after which you'll have the afternoon free in Hobart. Dinner will be on your own.

  • The day is yours to continue exploring Hobart on your own.

    Or, perhaps you'll join us for an optional tour of Port Arthur, one of Australia's most historical sites. Port Arthur served as a prison colony for Australia between 1830 and 1877 when some 12,000 convicts were confined here; in fact, a whole network of prisons once dominated the island. We'll start by exploring the Visitor Center, where an interactive gallery will help explain much of the history of the penal colony. We'll then take a guided walking tour that will bring us to some of the restored buildings and ruins that were part of the prison system, followed by a one-hour harbor cruise. We'll also have some free time to stroll around the charming and well-maintained grounds before returning to our hotel.

    This evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.

  • After breakfast at our hotel, we'll set off for Cradle Mountain. Along the way, we'll stop in the colonial town of Ross, where four storied corners of temptation, recreation, salvation, and damnation mark its downtown. We'll enjoy an included lunch as we travel today.

    Early this evening, we'll arrive in Cradle Mountain. Dinner will be at our hotel. And before we retire for the evening, we'll go on a "spotlighting" tour where we'll enjoy a nature drive, spotting nocturnal animals like wombats and wallabies in the wild.

  • Today we'll spend the morning in Cradle Mountain National Park, part of Tasmania's World Heritage area. Cradle Mountain is Tasmania's best-known national park, and you will quickly see why. This is an area of spectacular natural vistas—high mountains towering over gorges and lakes, and with unusual wild moorlands that stretch for miles beyond the park. There are several excellent walking and hiking trails to choose from that will bring you close to the sights and sounds of the park.

    We'll leave the park and travel to Launceston, via Sheffield. Located near Mount Roland, Sheffield is known as the "Town of Murals" for the spectacular paintings that the town's history and landscape inspire.

    Upon arriving in Launceston early this evening, we'll check into our hotel. After we've settled in, we'll walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

  • After breakfast this morning, we'll depart for a half-day tour of Launceston and the surrounding region.

    We'll visit Cataract Gorge, a wild, magnificent spot where high vertical cliffs stretch along the banks of the South Esk River. We'll cross the Gorge over the Alexandra Suspension Bridge and enjoy some stunning views.

    We'll then head back to town and meander through the city itself, where 19th-century houses and Victorian-era warehouses still stand. We pass by Princes Square and City Park, where an excellent collection of exotic trees, gardens, and fountains enliven the landscape. We'll also visit the Platypus House wildlife center for a guided tour of its platypus ponds—where we'll witness its duck-billed occupants playing and feeding—and we'll stop by the echidna (or spiny anteater) room.

    Lunch will be on your own. Afterward, you'll have the afternoon to make your own discoveries.

    Tonight, dinner will be on your own.

    • Meals included:

    This morning, we have breakfast before transferring to the airport for our flight to Melbourne to join the main trip. We arrive in Melbourne to begin a new series of explorations and discoveries, arriving on Day 3 of Ultimate Australia.

Please note: If you make your own international air arrangements, your extension price may increase due to internal air transportation. This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Adventure Specialists for details. Call 1-800-955-1925.

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