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An outback camping experience sandwiched between the delights of city life. If you like to be where the action is, you can't beat Sydney and Melbourne, perhaps see Sydney from a different perspective and take a bike tour or a "understanding the Real Melbourne" walking tour. In between journey outback style from Uluru to Alice Springs with a 4 day camping Safari, see Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon whilst sleeping under the desert stars and sampling traditional Aussie outback meals

Inclusions:

  • Economy airfare from Los Angeles (please ask for add-on fares from other US cities)
  • Internal Australia flight
  • 4 nights accommodation Sydney in 4 star hotel
  • 4 day/3 nights Red Center Camping Adventure Ayers Rock to Alice Springs (breakfast, lunch, dinner included)
  • 3 nights accommodation Melbourne in 4 star hotel
  • Airport transfers in a seat in coach basis
  • ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
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Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, harbor scenic flights, dining, fishing, climbing the harbor bridge and sightseeing at the Opera House. Take a stroll through The Rocks, the site of the first European settlement. Don’t miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. Be entertained with great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Circular Quay is the gateway to the harbor and the starting point for most of Sydney’s harbor cruises and passenger ferries. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach. Sydney’s shopping is second to none with its endless selection of boutiques, markets and malls. Unique Australian specialty shops reside at The Rocks and Darling harbor’s Shopping Centre and a visit to the Queen Victoria Building in the city center is a must. Dining out at one of the many fabulous harbor side restaurants is a must. Fresh produce, great views, inspiring chefs and a multicultural flavor turn a meal into a gastronomic delight.

Days 4 - 6 - Sydney
Explore Sydney at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

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Day 7 - Fly Sydney - Ayers Rock
Begin your four day Red centre camping adventure!

Uluru (Ayers Rock), in the heart of the Red Centre, has a desert climate - mostly dry, with brilliant blue skies all year. It is a World Heritage Area, managed jointly by the Aboriginal traditional owners and the Australian Nature Conservation Agency.

Commence a four day Central Explorer camping safari. Enjoy lunch at your campsite on arrival. The afternoon is spent exploring Uluru (Ayers Rock), a World Heritage listed area. Join your guide for a base tour of Uluru, exploring ancient caves where Aboriginal paintings can be seen, and learn about the oldest culture in the world. At sunset, you will appreciate the spectacular color changes of Uluru. Later return to camp for a traditional Aussie meal. After dinner, relax around the camp under starry desert skies. Overnight accommodation in permanent campsite at Ayers Rock.

Day 8 - Ayers Rock
It’s an early rise for an exciting morning with breathtaking views of sunrise at Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Go for a walk to appreciate the beauty of the 36 magical domes and learn about unique fauna, flora and fire management of the national park. Return to camp for lunch. This afternoon, travel through red sand dune and desert oak country to Kings Creek Cattle Station where optional activities are abundant. Tonight, try a traditional "camp oven" dinner, cooked in the coals of the fire. Overnight accommodation in permanent campsite at Kings Creek.

Day 9 - Kings Canyon hike
This morning visit breathtaking Kings Canyon. Hike around the canyon rim viewing sites like the "Lost City" and the "Garden of Eden". After a picnic lunch, travel on the famous Mereenie Loop Road towards the MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon stop at Hermannsburg, one of the most famous Aboriginal missions and also home to well known artist Albert Namatjira. There is time to visit the Heritage Museum to learn a bit more about the history of this community. Then travel to Wallace Rockhole Aboriginal Community and your overnight camp. Overnight accommodation in permanent campsite at Wallace Rockhole.

Day 10 - Ayers Rock - Alice Springs
This morning join your local guide and visit the Rockhole to view Aboriginal rock art and to learn about the Aboriginal culture (seasonal). Participate in an Aboriginal Dot Painting Class, learning and practising some of the traditional techniques used in the arts and crafts. Also explore some of the Western MacDonnell Ranges' highlights such as Standley Chasm and Simpson Gap, enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings, and do some hiking to possibly spot rock wallabies. Commence the return journey to Alice Springs. Tour concludes at approximately 6.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

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Day 11 - Fly Alice Springs - Melbourne
This morning make your way to Alice Springs airport and arrive in Melbourne.

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s market precinct, next to Melbourne’s famous Queen Victoria Markets. It is just a short walk to Melbourne’s major shopping precinct and has easy access to sporting venues.  Offering contemporary boutique accommodation designed for savvy, leisure travellers. Guest services include a smoke free environment, there is a guest laundry and valet service as well as internet access. The hotel has well appointed and non smoking hotel rooms that are well lit and tastefully decorated. All rooms have air conditioning, wall mounted televisions, wireless internet access and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

Days 12 - 13 - Melbourne
Explore Melbourne at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

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Day 14 - Depart for US from Melbourne Airport.

 

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Conditions

* Starting from pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 December 2016. Prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.