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Australia

November 30 - December 11, 2022

Classic Tour

Escape to a wild and beautiful place, a land whose colour palette of red outback sands and Technicolor reefs frames sophisticated cities and soulful Indigenous stories. Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.

 

Signature Moments

  • Marvel at the mystery of Ayers Rock and the raw beauty of the Outback
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture in Alice Springs and see the desert come alive at night
  • Explore the stunning beauty of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy a true world class city in Sydney
  • Discover the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains from a Scenic Cableway
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Airport group transfer
  • 11 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Melbourne City Tour
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel with Canapes & Dinner
  • Phillip Island Tour
  • Admission to Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Full Day Yarra Valley Tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Olgas and Sunset Tour
  • Sunrise over Ayers Rock
  • Sunset & Starlight bush dinner
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Rail Journey
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Rocks Walking Tour
  • Full Day Blue Mountain Tour
  • Sydney City Harbour Tour
  • Sydney Flagship Dinner Cruise
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Local taxes on accommodations
  • Internal Flights
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club tour host
Itinerary

 

Day 1
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Melbourne
Welcome to Australia!

On arrival in this beautiful city you’ll be met in the luggage hall by your local guide. Board your coach and make your way to your Melbourne hotel. If arriving outside of group transfer time we can arrange a private transfer (own expense).
Simply stated, Melbourne is friendly elegance.

Enjoy Melbourne's Old World charm and sophisticated elegance, as you stroll through formal gardens, boat on the lazy Yarra River, wander down broad, tree-lined avenues, admire stately buildings, or shop in the fine boutiques. There is a wonderfully friendly welcome found in the charming sidewalk cafes, the delightful trams, and the streets and markets of distinctive ethnic neighbourhoods. This is especially so in the boisterous crowds at an Aussie Rules Football match.
Melbourne is a blend of magnificent gold-rush heritage architecture and ultra-modern skyscrapers. It is surrounded by lush parkland, beautiful waterways and charming urban suburbs. This tour is a discovery of Melbourne's past and present. The drive will take in the central business district with its eclectic architecture, past the 170 million dollar Victorian Arts Centre and on to fashionable Toorak with its luxurious homes. View Captain Cook's Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens with avenues of huge English elms planted along gently contoured lawns. Pass by the Botanical Gardens and observe the hustle and bustle of the famous Queen Victorian Markets. Continue along taking in views of the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral. The tour concludes at your hotel.
Come fly on Melbourne Star, one of the largest giant observation wheels in the world, for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget. Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Melbourne Star glides on its gentle arc through the sky. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, located in Melbourne's waterfront precinct of Docklands, takes you on a 30-minute ride in fully enclosed glass cabins and offers extraordinary bird's-eye views of the city and surrounds, including Port Phillip Bay and as far away as Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges. Learn about Melbourne’s history, culture and eccentricities from the Tales of Melbourne information panels before you board and reach expert level with the audio commentary in the observation cabins. Your evening begins with taking a flight on Melbourne Star in Private Cabins with a drink and some delicious savoury canapés. At the end of the 30-minute ride, we continue onto Berth’s Restaurant for a 3-course dinner. One drink is included as part of your dinner package (other beverages at own expense).
Accommodations: Vibe Melbourne Hotel

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Kangaroo
Phillip Island Tour

Late morning, board your private coach as we travel inland to the Mornington Peninsula, across the San Remo Bridge to Phillip Island. Absorb the peace and quiet of this sleepy island paradise – a popular get-away spot for city dwellers. Enjoy a visit to Churchill Island Heritage farm where you can wander the old homestead and experience some of the daily heritage farm activities that can include cow milking, sheep shearing and working dogs demonstrations.

After Churchill continue onto the Koala Conservation Centre where you come ‘face to face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. Explore the treetop boardwalks and stroll through the woodlands, home to many animals including wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds. Later we head to the Penguin Reserve, which occupies most of the island. Witness the penguin’s daily journey from the sea to the land. From the day’s catch of fish, they return to their nests on the beach to feed their awaiting families. Convenient boardwalks and platforms ensure your view and protect the penguins.
Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia from the Penguins Plus viewing platform. Enjoy a more personal viewing experience, limited to 190 people. At the end of the evening, re-board your coach for the return journey to Melbourne.
Accommodations: Vibe Melbourne Hotel

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley

After breakfast, board your private coach for today’s tour. Under an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is famous for its wine, fresh food and breathtaking scenery. The place where Victorian winegrowing started, the Yarra Valley is now home to over 55 wineries, most of which offer cellar door tastings and sales. Many are as serious about food as they are about their harvest, matching the wine they make with local produce in restaurants located in beautiful vineyards.

The Yarra Valley is richly endowed with some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria. Distant blue ranges, rolling hills strung with vines, towering trees, and verdant valleys with pristine rivers make up the spectacular scenery on offer around Marysville and Warburton. Enjoy wine tasting at 2 local wineries including a delicious lunch at Rochford Wines Restaurant situated in a stunning vineyard and offers modern Australian cuisines sourced from fresh local produce.
Accommodations: Vibe Melbourne Hotel

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon depart by private coach for the Olgas and Sunset Tour. Visit the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The Olgas are a cluster of rounded massive rocks equally mysterious. "Katatjuta", meaning many heads, is the Aboriginal name for the Olgas, and each of the 36 domes has a story in their mythology and significance in their beliefs.

In the afternoon, depart by private coach for the Olgas and Sunset Tour. Visit the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The Olgas are a cluster of rounded massive rocks equally mysterious. "Katatjuta", meaning many heads, is the Aboriginal name for the Olgas, and each of the 36 domes has a story in their mythology and significance in their beliefs. Many of the domes are as tall as Ayers Rock and rise commandingly above the desert landscape. Photographic stops are made on our way to the awesome Olga Gorge. The walking trail through Olga Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the domes of Kata Tjuta. Spend some time exploring the Gorge and the unusual rock formations. Return to the sunset viewing strip to see the Rock at its most dramatic. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the striking colour changes that can take place in this majestic part of Australia while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine, juice and nibbles. When conditions are right, the Rock glows crimson for a few short minutes as the sun sets.
Accommodations: Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Alice Springs
Alice Springs

We depart the hotel early this morning approximately 75 minutes prior to sunrise and travel to the sunrise viewing area of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and watch the first sunlight of the day creep across the desert plains.

This is a unique time of the day in the desert and should not be missed. After we sunrise we travel to the Cultural Centre for breakfast and opportunity to learn about Uluru and its traditional owners through many interesting displays. Depart the Cultural Centre for your Base Tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Begin with a drive around the base of Uluru. Your driver will point out a number of interesting features of the monolith and then take you on a walking tour of Mutitjulu Waterhole where you can view Aboriginal rock art. The tour will end at the airport in time for your flight to Alice Springs.
On arrival into Alice Springs, you will be met by your coach driver in the luggage collection area and taken on an Alice Town tour en-route to the hotel. In Alice Springs, you may be expecting to find a quiet old country town but in fact, what you will find is a bustling township of more than 25,000 friendly Territorians with every service and facility you could want. There are also several you will probably not be expecting - like a casino, an arts and entertainment centre, date and camel farms, a winery, a picturesque golf course and hot-air ballooning, just to name a few. Alice Springs has been an important stop for travellers since the early Overland Telegraph days of the 1800s. Today ‘The Alice’ has developed into such a significant town that it is more than just an oasis in the Outback. Aboriginal culture has been an important part of Central Australia for 30,000 years and the galleries in Alice Springs provide plenty of opportunities to view and purchase some original art and craft. There is much to learn from the Arrernte (the Aboriginal people) whose traditional lands include the area in and around Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. The interactive Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre and Museum tells the story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides health services to people living, working or travelling in rural and remote communities within Australia. Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia. Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom.
This afternoon, you will be picked from the hotel for your evening experience. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback, from the moment you step off the coach you’ll be captivated by the setting sun exploding in a ray of colour adrift the great expanse of the Central Australian sky. This fun-filled evening of entertainment and outback cuisine is set in the remote and isolated East MacDonnell Ranges. Relax and get to know the local people who will share with you the epic story of their life and survival in this harsh land. An authentic bush balladeer sings timeless Australian songs. The music delights and captivates all who listen. Sensational scotch fillet steak, prime beef sausages, a steaming hot potato and fresh salads, followed by a dessert of baked bush pie with outback cream. Enjoy a delicious cup of Billy tea and a piece of Australian damper. The stars are unbelievable, and a local astronomer will point out the constellations with a laser light. It makes for a fascinating end to a wonderful evening. At the end of the night, you will be transferred back to the hotel.
Accommodations: Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Australia Beach
Cairns

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Cairns.
Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North and is your gateway to some of the best scenery in Australia. Founded in 1876 as the port for inland gold fields, Cairns has matured from a flighty frontier town to a friendly international gateway and has become the most welcoming of all Queensland cities.

The Cairns region is internationally recognized for world class attractions, superb natural features and friendly north Queensland hospitality. The city is a delightful blend of colonial architecture, ranging from grand public and commercial buildings to wooden houses built in the distinctive north Queensland style. Cairns is the focal point for the magnificent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforests.To the west are the lush Atherton Tablelands and the outback plains and gorges of the gulf savannah.
Accommodations: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

This morning you will be collected from your hotel by a Quicksilver Connections coach and taken on a scenic drive to Port Douglas. Quicksilver's friendly crew will take you to Agincourt Reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.

Here you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater (please note diving is an extra cost). Watch the fish feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Complimentary morning and afternoon tea and a delicious lunch are included.
Other refreshments are available at an additional cost. There will be a Marine Biologist presentation shown on the vessel televisions as well as a snorkelling demonstration. The evening is at own leisure.
Accommodations: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Kuranda Rail
Cairns

This morning depart the hotel by private coach for transfer to Freshwater Station, here you will join the historic Kuranda Rail for one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia. Travelling slowly, it winds its way up the epic pioneer track with every turn revealing a new panorama - sugar plantations, Barron Falls, Stoney Creek Falls - until it reaches Kuranda Station, a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers.

Later re-board your coach for the short transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park, boasting 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest set amidst World Heritage areas. Ride the amphibious army duck through the rainforest and visit the Koala and Wildlife Park. The Dreamtime Walk provides a comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture and history with practical experiences including boomerang lessons on spear throwing. Witness the dynamic performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers in the natural amphitheatre where the rainforest serves as the theatre walls and the sounds of the forest and the didgeridoo create the backing music. Lunch is included at Rainforestation.
In the afternoon, transfer from Rainforestation back to Kuranda to board the Skyrail. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. A one-way experience should take approximately 1½ hours this includes spending time at the two different rainforest mid-stations. On arrival at Smithfield Terminal, your coach will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel.
Accommodations: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Koala
Sydney

After breakfast this morning you’ll transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney you’ll be met by a local guide transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
As Australia's largest city, Sydney embraces its harbour, taking the sea and natural waterways to its heart.

The grand style of the Sydney Opera House has made the city the landmark of the South Pacific. Sydney, with some 4 million people is the oldest, biggest, and liveliest city in Australia. Sydney's facilities for sightseeing and holiday activities are unequalled by any other Australian city.
It is a paradise for surfers, swimmers, yachtsmen, fishermen, and golfers. Full of history and great nightlife, the choice of things to do in Sydney is endless.
Accommodations: Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Tour

Explore the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Crisp, clean, fresh mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest carpeting the valley floor. Waterfalls, sleepy hamlets and the rich warm smell of the Australian bush make this a very special place for every visitor.

Highlights include Katoomba, a visit to Scenic World with lunch (rides additional), Echo Point and the famous Three Sisters rock formation, and a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park with one of the largest collections of Australian native animals and birdlife in the country. The day ends with a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour enjoying the sunset views.
Accommodations: Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour - Sydney Opera House
Sydney

This morning, drive through the historic 'Rocks' area where Australia was first founded with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Continue through the commercial area of the city passing the historical buildings of Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks.

We make a stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense) at the iconic Bondi Beach before return to Sydney via Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace. The tour will end at Rocks Walking Tour office to meet your private guide for your Rocks Walking Tour. Explore Australia’s birthplace on this award winning tour. See the haunts of soldiers, sailors, convicts and merchants. View some of Sydney’s oldest buildings and hear fascinating tales of the early history and colourful characters. This is a relaxed and leisurely way to see one of Sydney’s most picturesque precincts.
Your last night in Australia will be highlighted by a spectacular dinner cruise. Cruise, dine and dance aboard Sydney's flagship MV Sydney 2000. This is the most popular Dinner Cruise and a must for special occasions, visitors to Sydney or for those who just love a great night out. Highlights include a contemporary a la carte menu, private dining rooms are available, a dance band, full bar facilities and upper deck star gazing.
Accommodations: Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 12
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour
Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight home.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $8499 CAD per person (sharing a room) - approx. $6800 USD
Single Occupancy - $9979 CAD per person (your own room) - approx. $8000 USD

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

A deposit of $500 CAD due at time of booking.
Second deposit of $1000 CAD due on March 1, 2022
Final Payment due - September 1, 2022

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare
  • Airport transfers outside of group times
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
Please don't book flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Melbourne
Depart from Sydney

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

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Accommodations
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Vibe Melbourne Hotel

Discover the changing and unchanging face of Melbourne’s streetscape with a stay in the heart of the CBD. Vibe Hotel Melbourne is a brand-new build that dominates the intersection of Melbourne’s iconic Flinders and Queen Streets and allows our guests to lose themselves in the city’s famed laneways and historic arcades – all of which are in striking distance from the hotel

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Desert Gardens Hotel

A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Mercure Alice Springs Resort combines efficient and friendly outback service with modern, comfortable facilities. Low rise architecture and lush green lawns contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of this award-winning resort, situated on the banks of the famous Todd River with its magnificent river red gums. The hotel is only a five to ten minute walk away from the towns bustling cultural, shopping and business centre. The resort features 139 comfortable rooms.

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Pacific Hotel Cairns

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalised service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambiance, befitting a bygone era, an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Spacious rooms all offer balconies. Enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel.

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Travelodge Wynward Sydney

Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, many theatres, a variety of restaurants, and a great selection of major shopping outlets. The property features 277 rooms that are warm, welcoming and well equipped.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request