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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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Sydney

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.

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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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Easy

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

Moderate

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

Strenuous

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.

Accommodations

Main Trip

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens

Melbourne, Australia

Located adjacent to the Treasury Gardens, a landscaped city park, the Mercure Melbourne is within walking distance of many other highlights of the city center. Each of the 164 air-conditioned rooms features cable television, a direct-dial phone, wireless Internet access, coffee- and tea-making facilties, a safe, a minibar, and a private bath with a hair dryer. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar on site.

Mercure Grosvenor Hotel 

Adelaide, Australia

Located in North Adelaide, the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel is surrounded by several parks and is near the Adelaide Botanic Garden and Adelaide Zoo. Each of the 181 WiFi-connected rooms features On Demand movies, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibar, iron and ironing board, and a private bath with hair dryer. Hotel services include 24-hour room service, an exercise room, and available laundry services.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Yulara, Australia Rating: First Class

We spend one night at this 218-room hotel in the small town of Yulara, just a short drive from Uluru National Park. This accommodation reflects sensitivity toward the environment with its landscaped desert setting and offers a swimming pool, restaurant, and bar. Each air-conditioned room features coffee- and tea-making facilities, in addition to a refrigerator, minibar, and private bath.

The Reef House

Palm Cove, Australia

The Reef House of Palm Cove is a boutique hotel that is nothing short of inviting. This beachfront property features three outdoor pools, walking trails, and an open-air restaurant overlooking the ocean. Its 69 rooms include amenities such as air-conditioning, coffee- and tea-making facilities, refrigerator, minibar, and private bath.

The Sydney Boulevard Hotel

Sydney, Australia

The 270-room Sydney Boulevard Hotel is just four blocks from Sydney Harbour in the CBD (central business district), which makes it conveniently within walking distance of several cafés and shops, and local attractions such as the Australian Museum. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and each air-conditioned room features amenities such as tea- and coffee-making facilities and a private bath with hair dryer.

Doubletree Alice Springs

Alice Springs, Australia

Granting lovely views of the MacDonnell Ranges, this environmentally friendly hotel is within walking distance from downtown Alice Springs. Each of the 243 air-conditioned rooms has a balcony, refrigerator, minibar, and private bath. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, pool, sauna, tennis court, and three on-site eateries.

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Best Western Hobart

Hobart, Tasmania

The Best Western Hobart is conveniently located in the city center, offering easy access to the main shopping area, Battery Point, Salamanca Place, and the Hobart waterfront.  Each of the hotel’s 140 guest rooms features a private bath with hair dryer, direct-dial phone, coffee- and tea-making facilities, iron and ironing board, and TV. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant and fitness center.

Cradle Mountain Hotel

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

This stylish hotel is situated on the northern edge of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Each room contains a private balcony, TV, and coffee- and tea-making facilities. Guests can explore an art gallery adjacent to the hotel and take advantage of an on-site restaurant and bar.

Best Western Plus Launceston

Launceston, Tasmania

The Best Western Plus Launceston is located in the city center—a very short walk to the main shopping area and near local attractions like James Boag’s Brewery, Launceston Seaport, Cataract Gorge, and Aurora Stadium. Each of the 116 guest rooms features a private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, direct-dial phone, iron and ironing board, and TV. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant and bar.

Heritage Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

The 245-room hotel of Heritage Auckland is located within what used to be the Farmers department store, a historic landmark. The building's original art deco accents have been maintained, most noticeably in the Grand Tearoom which dates back to 1930. Conveniently located within walking distance of Auckland's waterfront, the hotel features an indoor and outdoor rooftop pool, along with a hot tub and fitness center. Each room includes amenities such as air-conditioning and a minibar, refrigerator, and private bath.

Peppers Beacon

Queenstown, New Zealand

Set on the shore of Lake Wakatipu just a five-minute walk from the heart of Queenstown, the Peppers Beacon offers fine lake and mountain views from the grounds and its Gallery breakfast room. Each of the 82 air-conditioned guest rooms features a fridge,  coffee- and tea-making facilities, TV, wireless Internet access, and private bath with hair dryer. The hotel's amenities include a courtyard with BBQ facilities, a gym, and a spa.

The Sydney Boulevard Hotel

Sydney, Australia

The 270-room Sydney Boulevard Hotel is just four blocks from Sydney Harbour in the CBD (central business district), which makes it conveniently within walking distance of several cafés and shops, and local attractions such as the Australian Museum. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and each air-conditioned room features amenities such as tea- and coffee-making facilities and a private bath with hair dryer.

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