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Key Australia; from the Reef to the Outback with Aboriginal Experiences

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6799

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Begin the tour with a Sensational Sydney cruise of the harbor and its iconic sites.
  • Stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala.
  • Visit a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley for gorgeous views of beautiful vistas in a stress and hurry free environment.
  • Watch the sun rise over Ayers Rock and hear about the Mala people.
  • Visit Agincourt Reef at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef where special reefs known as ribbons run parallel to the Continental Shelf.
  • Wander into the lush rainforest of the Daintree National Park, and experience one of the world's oldest and most beautiful rainforests.
  • Learn of the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men's ceremonial site where the spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.
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Tour Overview

Experience two of Australia’s most iconic sceneries with Key Australia; from the Reef to the Outback with Aboriginal Experiences.

Yampu Travelers will begin by exploring the essential must-sees of Sydney including a cruise through the famous harbor and a tour of the city’s most known attraction, the Sydney Operahouse. The tour doesn’t end there! End the day with an exhilarating bridge scaling for a unique 360 view of the entire harbor. After a fun day in Sydney, travelers will travel to the Blue Mountains to soak in Australia’s vast landscape and possibly get a glimpse of Koala and kangaroo.

A Tour of Australia is not complete without venturing through the Outback. Hop a quick flight from Sydney to Uluru to watch the sunrise over the amazing monolith, Ayers Rock. Cap the day off with a tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to learn of the region’s natural and spiritual significance as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site.

Finally, end the 9-day tour in Cairns, the entry gate into the country’s magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Yampu Travelers will spend their last few days in Australia taking in the rich colors of the reefs and aquatic life and wandering the lush rainforest.

 

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A N/A £$6799 N/A
Single N/A N/A £$10499 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Sydney

Upon arrival to Sydney, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival to Sydney, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
2

Exploring Essential Sydney

Group Sensational Sydney Cruise
Begin your day with a Sensational Sydney 2 hour cruise that visits the Harbour's stand out attractions. Take in the sights and delights with a small group of like-minded individuals whilst navigating the waterways of Sydney harbour. Your informative captain and crew will entertain you throughout your two hour morning cruise. Whilst at sea enjoy a refreshing morning tea, served with coffee, tea and juice.

Group Opera House Tour
More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. But for Utzon, the Sydney Opera House story was no fairy tale. The 1 hour tour brings to life the saga behind the making of the world's most famous house. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece, putting Jorn Utzon on centre stage and is a tribute to his creative genius. You will discover why Utzon was more than an architect: he was an architect of change. And how, against a landslide of political and public criticism, he created the youngest building ever to be World Heritage listed. You will be taken inside one of the working venues to experience the magic behind the world's most extraordinary opera, ballet, symphony and dramatic performances.
Note: The Sydney Opera House Tour includes up to 200 steps. Flat, enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn. While on a tour, all bags larger than an A4 size will need to be cloaked. A complimentary, secure cloaking facility is available near the tour desk.

Group Sydney Bridge Climb Tour
Your 3.5 hour tour commences with a comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration, before you are led by one of BridgeClimb's Climb Leaders, on a guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The tour takes you along the top arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour City surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your group, a personalised commemorative climbing tour certificate and cap. Make your own way to your Sydney accommodation.


Note:
• All participants must wear suitable enclosed rubber soled shoes such as runners, track or hiking shoes.
• All climbers must pass an alcohol breath test with a blood alcohol reading below 0.05%. Any persons over the limit will not be allowed to climb.
• Climbers must have reasonable levels of fitness and strength, full body control and able to walk & climb independently.
• No cameras, mobile phones or other personal belongings can be taken on the climb. These can be stored at the BridgeClimb office.
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Day
3

Group Full Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

This 9.5 hour tour travels to the Blue Mountains. Stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas and enjoy a stress and hurry free environment. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours.

Stop at Blackheath and enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea/coffee (beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the bar). Visit a selection of lookouts. Experience the view Govetts Leap and the magnificent waterfall. Stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you will enjoy sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to Sydney. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Sydney city accommodation. ...read less

Day
4

Sydney - Uluru

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Uluru.

Domestic Flight to Uluru

Upon arrival to Uluru, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Uluru.

Domestic Flight to Uluru

Upon arrival to Uluru, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
5

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Group Morning SEIT Uluru Highlights Tour
Your 3 hour tour commences with a transfer from your hotel, where you will travel towards Uluru. Its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru. Return to Ayers Rock Resort, where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

What to Bring: Hat, Sunscreen


Group Afternoon SEIT Kata Tjuta Domes Tour

This 3 hour tour travels to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men's ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge, walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. Your guide will return you to your hotel in time for those people joining the Sounds of Silence dinner, Tali Wiru dinner or Field of Lights.
What to bring: Hat, Sunscreen
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Day
6

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Cairns

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

Upon arrival to Cairns, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

Upon arrival to Cairns, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day
7

Group Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Port Douglas Marina, where you will board your vessel for your 6.5 hour tour. Visit Agincourt Reef which is located at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as ribbons run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef's environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. Upon arrival at Port Douglas Marina you will be transferred by coach to your Port Douglas area accommodation.

What to Bring:
• Swimwear and a towel
• camera
• hat
• sunscreen
• shirt for sun protection
• sunglasses
• cash for drinks at the bar and a credit card for shopping and optional activities such as diving.

Note: If you are subject to motion sickness, you may want to take medication prior to boarding (check with your physician for recommendations). Motion sickness medication is also available onboard for purchase, and ginger tablets are available free onboard as a natural alternative.
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Day
8

Group Full Day Daintree Dreaming Tour

This nearly 11 hour tour will travel to Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) which is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people. Join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers on their beach, mudflat and mangrove walks followed by an introduction to traditional fishing and gathering techniques with the aim of finding your own tucker (food).

Visit Mossman Gorge where you will be welcomed with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people which will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country. Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge and experience one of the world's oldest and most beautiful rainforests. Enjoy an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges, view spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. You will have the opportunity to swim in a beautiful private swimming hole encased in the rainforest. You will return to Cairns, where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

What to bring:
• Shorts
• t-shirt
• hat
• sunscreen
• insect repellent
• towel
• swimwear
• bottle of water
• rain poncho provided when required

Note: This itinerary is subject to change depending on tides.
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Day
9

Cairns - Home

International Flight Home

International Flight Home

Sydney NSW, Australia

Uluru, Petermann NT, Australia

67 Courtney St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

Places You'll See

  • Sydney-Australia-Opera-House

    Sydney

    Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.

  • Uluru

    A sacred area to the local aboriginal people is the famous Uluru Rock located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Home to an abundance of cave paintings, springs as well as local wildlife and vegetation, Uluru is a spectacular destination to visit. From the perfect vantage point, view the incredible desert sun setting behind the gargantuan rock.

  • Cairns

    Pronounced like “cans” , the city of Cairns, Australia is known as the entry gate into the country’s magnificent Great Barrier Reef as well as the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Visitors can appreciate the laidback coastal lifestyle before enjoying a once in a lifetime tour to view the reefs. Take in magnificent views of the rainforest high above the forest canopy on a Skyrail ride. Those who want to witness the rainforest up close can hop a train on a historic railway to weave past gorges and waterfalls before learning of the city’s Aboriginal culture and history.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Sydney : The Langham Hotel

Cairns : Thala Beach Nature Reserve

5 Star Properties

Uluru : Sails in the Desert Hotel

Testimonials

Bryony and Peter C, from Australia

Traveled April, 2013

Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides

Just letting you know that we arrived safely back in Australia today. We would like to thank you for arranging such a great trip through central-america for us. Everything went completely to plan and we cannot speak highly enough of all our guides. We were picked up and dropped off at the advised times with the minimum of fuss, tours were excellent, well planned and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and easy to get on with. Our accommodation was very good and all included meals were of top quality and organized for our requests.

Chris

Traveled July, 2007

Thank you so much for looking after us so well.

My girlfriend, Annie, and I had the most awesome time in South America. We arrived to snow which was a bit of bonus for me, coming from Australia. Apparently it was the first time in 80 years that they had had snow in BsAs (Buenos Aires).The Kempinski Hotel was absolutely fabulous. They had a helpful staff, and it was probably the best position in town for us. They looked after our luggage while we went off to Iguazu Falls and Uruguay, and couldn’t have been more helpful.In fact, all arrangements were on time in Argentina (apart from Aerolinas’ flights!) and after that first hiccup I must say we were impressed.Iguazu Falls, what can I say? You booked the Grand Adventure for us and I shall never forget the boat trip and seeing the falls for the first time from the water! It was awesome. I am so glad we booked the Sheraton Hotel for its situation.Staff at all hotels were excellent. Mabel and Mercedes at Colonia sorted out our vouchers and travel details for us, and we found that one of the male members on staff at The Balmoral spoke excellent English and even tuned the TV in so that we could watch the BBC World News.I would definitely recommend the tour we did and we are even talking about seeing more of Argentina later on, perhaps combining it with a trip to Chile.We met some very interesting people and thoroughly enjoyed all our tours. Thank you so much for looking after us so well.

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Paul from Australia

Traveled March, 2013

Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip

Just to advise you that we arrived home in Australia yesterday after another successful trip to Chile and Argentina (plus a short side trip to Uruguay!). Apart from a couple of hiccups in the first half of the trip that you were aware of, the trip overall went very well. All the connections worked out, the hotel/hospedaje accommodation was overall very good, with some outstanding (e.g. Tierra Atacama, KKala, Nothofagus, Entre Hielos) and we lucked a presidential suite (without the President) at the Hotel Antofagasta. Bahia Bustamante was also a refreshing highlight. The guide services also worked out well and as it eventuated, all aspects of the original itinerary were met, including the remote area crossing from Chile into Argentina from Cochrane to Los Antiguos. There were many geographic, geological and cultural highlights and we were generally very fortunate with weather conditions. Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip. Graham and Anita were spending an extra couple of days in Santiago and return to Australia tomorrow.

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