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Australia

May 12-23, 2020

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 transfer
  • 11 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Private minivan transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
  • Phillip Island Tour
  • Admission to Koala Conservation Centre
  • Admission to Churchill Island Heritabe Farm
  • Full Day Yarra Valley Tour
  • Wine tasting at 3 wineries
  • Olgas and Sunset Tour
  • Sunrise over Ayers Rock
  • Alice Town Tour
  • Sunset & Starlight dinner tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Rail Journey
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Rocks Walking Tour
  • Full Day Blue Mountain Tour
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Local taxes on accommodations
  • Internal Flights
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Women's Travel Club Australia Tour
Day 1 - Arrive 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 enjoy a sightseeing tour of Melbourne enroute to your hotel. 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. Inspect 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. The balance of the day is at leisure, until your dinner this evening. You’ll be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the late dinner seating. This unique dinner is on board the World’s only working tramcar restaurant; the tram travels leisurely along Melbourne’s grand leafy boulevards as you dine and is a delightful way to experience the sights and tastes of this elegant city. Bar service is included with your meal this evening.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

 

Day 2 - Melbourne

Today we visit Phillip Island Nature Park and experience a range of unique Australian attractions including the world famous Churchill Island heritage farm, Koala Conservation Centre and the famous Penguin Parade.
Journey back in time and explore the heritage and tranquil scenery. Wander the old homestead and experience daily heritage farming activities including cow milking, sheep shearing and working dogs demonstrations. 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.
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, along with a commentary from an experienced ranger. Penguins arrive at sunset. Please arrive 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time. Free time for dinner during the tour (dinner at own expense). At the end of the evening re-board the coach for the journey back to Melbourne.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

 

Day 3 - Yarra Valley

This morning depart Melbourne by private coach for a Full day Yarra Valley 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. Wine tasting a 2 local wineries plus tasting at lunch at Rochford Wines Restaurant situated in a stunning vineyard and offers Modern Australian cuisines sourced from fresh local produce.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

 

Day 4 - 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. 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. When conditions are right, the Rock glows crimson for a few short minutes as the sun sets, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or juice & nibbles
Accommodations - Desert Gardens Hotel

 

Day 5 - Alice Springs

It is an early start this morning to view sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock). This is a unique time of the day in the desert and should not be missed. After sunrise enjoy breakfast at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before continuing on with the Base Tour. Ayers Rock is the most popular tourist destination in the Red Center. The Rock has become one of the symbols of Australia that is recognized everywhere in the world. Nothing can give a sense of its size except standing beneath the towering 348 meters wall of rock. As you tour the Rock's base you will fully appreciate not only its size but also the way it appears to continually change. From one angle it looks almost like a huge box; from another, it sprawls elegantly across the plain.
Coach overland to Alice Springs and check in to your hotel. Later we drive out along the Western McDonnell Ranges arriving at our magnificent Bush Setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven or BBQ with the beautiful flavours of the Mulga wood burning giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some of the flavours of the bush foods. You can learn from Bob some of his cooking style and about the foods of the Aboriginal people. Dinner will be under the Milky Way where we can hear the sounds of the desert. After dinner we will try and spot light the wildlife. The desert comes alive at night. Then travel back to your hotel for the night.
Accommodations - Mercure Alice Springs Resort

 

Day 6 - Cairns

After breakfast meet by your coach driver and enjoy an Alice Town tour en-route to the airport. 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.
Your tour ends at the airport in time for your flight to Cairns On arrival in Cairns you will be met by your coach driver in the luggage collection area and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at own leisure
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

 

Day 7 - 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. Arrive back at Marina Mirage at approximately 4.30pm and join your coach for the transfer back to your hotel. The evening is at own leisure
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

 

Day 8 - 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. Upon reaching Kuranda, you will have some brief time to explore and enjoy the old-world charm of this “village in the Rainforest”. 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. A BBQ lunch is included at Rainforestation. In the afternoon we return to Kuranda and 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 rainforest mid-stations. On arrival at Smithfield Terminal your coach will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel. Evening at own leisure.
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

 

Day 9 - 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.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

 

Day 10 - Sydney

This morning we 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. This evening Cruise, dine and dance aboard Sydney's flagship MV Sydney 2000. This is one of the most popular Dinner Cruises and a must for special occasions, visitors to Sydney or for those who just love a great night out. Includes a 3 course contemporary a la carte menu, dance band, full bar facilities with a selection of fine Australian wines available for purchase, and upper deck star gazing.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

 

Day 11 - Blue Mountains Tour

After breakfast you will be collected by your private guide and taken on a Full Day Blue Mountains Tour. Today you will travel 100km west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Follow the trail of Australia's early explorers as the coach ascends into the Blue Mountains National Park. Our first stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park for a memorable and unique experience in a natural and well established bush setting. Featherdale has one of Australia's largest private collections of Australian animals. Take the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a koala (souvenir memento available), view kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, fairy penguins and Australian reptiles. The Blue Mountains, named for their distinctive blue haze (a result of eucalyptus oil evaporating from millions of gum trees), have long been a popular getaway destination for Sydneysiders. The mountains are a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife. This is one of the most spectacular and captivating wilderness parks in the country, and a supreme example of Australia’s diversity. Travel through the historic townships of Blaxland, Springwood, Lawson and Wentworth Falls and view the National Trust township of Leura. Leura is a little town made up of cafes, craft shops, art galleries, tea houses and quant boutiques. It is situated at the edge of the Blue Mountain National Park and has magnificent views of Mt Solitary. Continue along Cliff Drive to Echo Point to view the world famous "Three Sisters". Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Echo Point precinct provides panoramic views of the southern Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness and the iconic Three Sisters rock formation from a variety of lookouts. Located at the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Scenic World is renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains Adventure – from native birds and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Jamison Valley. The Unlimited Discovery Pass offers unlimited experience on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and walkway. Scenic Railway - Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. A whole new visitor experience awaits, with glass-roofed red carriages offering expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley. Scenic Walkway - Discover the tranquility of ancient rainforest whilst strolling along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway. The elevated boardwalk immerses you in Jurassic rainforest on the Jamison Valley floor with minimal impact on the environment. Along the way, explore elements of the site’s coal mining history including the mine entrance, a replica miners’ hut and scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony. Scenic Cableway - Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway. The 545 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns you to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin is a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Scenic Skyway - Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! Suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating and solid flooring is also available. With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon. At the end of activities re-board your coach for journey back to Sydney arriving at hotel late afternoon.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

 

Day 12 - Sydney - 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 - $7799 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $9189 CAD per person (your own room)

 

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 very limited. Rate includes $135 tax on internal flight which is subject to change until booked.

Deposit of $400 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - January 20, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

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 (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Debbie Groulx
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Melbourne
Depart from Sydney

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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 Savoy Melbourne

Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is set in an entertainment area, 15 minutes' walk of Federation Square. Featuring traditional architecture, the hotel occupies an 11-story building opened in 1926.

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Desert Gardens Hotel

Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers 218 elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Located on the Todd River and only a few minutes' walk from the town centre, galleries and cultural precinct. Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar offers distinctive cuisine and delectable dishes seasoned with local flavours. They offer 139 comfortable, spacious rooms including refurbished Standard and Superior rooms with stunning imagery of the Red Centre.

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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area,

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Travelodge Wynward Sydney

Close to Wynyard Station, this straightforward hotel in a high-rise building is 2 km from both Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The simply furnished rooms feature minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, sitting rooms and dining areas. Some have kitchenettes with microwaves, while others include balconies. Room service is available.

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.

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