This relaxed, 2-week Australia multi-centre holiday includes city breaks in Melbourne and Sydney, plus beach time on the Gold Coast and is perfect for families or couples. With day trips already included and no long drives, it’s an ideal combination of relaxation and adventure and a great introduction to Australia.
Beginning in Melbourne, we’ve included a 4-night stay and a day trip into the bush to see kangaroos and koalas in the wild. This unique experience allows you to learn more about these indigenous animals from a wildlife guide in their natural environment.
Next stop is Sydney for four more nights. You could head down to Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, take a tour around the Sydney Opera House, or even not rent a car and venture further afield to the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley.
Finally, you will fly north to spend a week enjoying the beaches of the Sunshine Coast. We’ve included a trip to Fraser Island; the world’s largest sand island and home to spectacular lakes, dunes and wildlife, a real ‘must-do’ for any trip to Australia. Staying in Noosa, you’ll find it’s the perfect spot for some rest. We’ve included a cruise through the lakes and wetlands of the Noosa Everglades, a high end to your trip!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Melbourne, you'll be met and driven to your apartment, with the rest of the day free to start exploring the city.
Why not visit the Eureka Skydeck on the Southbank of the Yarra River for incredible, 360-degree views across Melbourne – especially beautiful at sunset.
Today you have a free day to see what Melbourne has to offer. We can arrange specific tours for you; sports lovers can visit the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and the National Sports Museum; foodies will love the café culture and Chocolate walking tours. You could head out of the city for some dolphin watching, take a bike tour or pay a visit to the cute Little Penguins on Phillip Island.
Today we've included the 'Koalas and kangaroos in the wild tour' - a unique experience the kids will love. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel.
First, you'll take a walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas; then you'll learn a little about each one's history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and koala researcher. You can get involved in helping to remove Boneseed (a weed) and improving the koalas' habitat.
Look out for mobs of wild kangaroos on the plains and in open forests - if you're fortunate you may get close enough to take photographs and observe their social life. While you walk, you can help your guide to record sightings of all native wildlife.
You may also spot some other native wildlife, including parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies and lizards. Your Wildlife Guide will be able to tell you about each creature and help you understand them a little more.
At the end of the tour, all participants will receive a certificate of thanks for helping the wildlife, and an opportunity to stay in touch with each of the koalas seen on the day.
Enjoy some more time in the city. With great shopping and beaches, you'll be spoiled for choice. Why not head out for brunch in the chilled beach suburb of St Kilda where there are plenty of places to people-watch and enjoy the local lifestyle.
You'll be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken to the airport for your flight to Sydney.
On arrival, you will be driven to your apartment, with the rest of the day free to begin your Sydney adventure.
You have a couple of days to explore Sydney so why not start by walking to Darling Harbour to watch the street entertainment and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.
Why not take a scenic harbour cruise (you can hop off at Taronga Zoo), or perhaps book the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb for the ultimate harbour views! If that’s a bit too much, why not enjoy a picnic in the spectacular Botanical Gardens with views over the harbour and the opera house?
We can arrange tours in and around the city; from surf lessons to whale watching. You could visit the Blue Mountains, go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley or take a dolphin cruise in Jervis Bay. Tell us what you like, and we’ll include it in your itinerary.
You'll be driven to the airport for your flight to the Sunshine Coast where you will be met and taken to your accommodation. After checking into your resort, the rest of the day is yours to explore this lovely beachside village.
We can include car hire here if you’d like it - just ask.
Spend the day enjoying the sand and sea and making the most of Australian beach culture - it's addictive!
Today you’ll head across the Noosa River to Cooloola National Park, where you'll stop at Rainbow Beach to admire its pretty coloured sands.
Next, you'll cross over to Fraser Island (the world's largest sand island) and drive along the spectacular ‘Seventy-Five Mile Beach’. Explore the natural beauty of this magnificent wilderness with a guided rainforest walk, before continuing on a self-guided trail through Wanggoolba Creek and Pile Valley.
Before lunch, head to Lake McKenzie (a stunning freshwater lake) for a refreshing swim and a bit to eat. Making your way back, you'll pass through the towering forests of Satinay and Brushbox trees. Navigate your way down the 'beach highway' before enjoying afternoon tea on a remote stretch of beach, and crossing back over to the mainland.
Take some time to soak up the sunshine and relax. We’ve included a tour through the Noosa Everglades, so let us know which day you’d prefer to take this.
You'll cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands of the Noosa Everglades - the River of Mirrors. As you navigate, explore the historic loggers’ camp of Harry's Hut and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Go for a swim in pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife and enjoy this unique natural environment - home to over 44% of Australia's bird species.
Your time in Queensland has come to an end, so today you will be driven back to Brisbane before boarding your onward flight.
Summertime in Australia runs between November & February when the weather will be hot and sunny, Sydney, Melbourne & the Sunshine Coast enjoy the sunshine and blue skies at this time. Prices will be at a premium over the Christmas and New Year holidays and availability limited so be sure to book in advance. March-May & Sept-Nov can be mild and pleasant and crowds fewer.
We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury Australia holiday, ideas for a road trip, or multi-stop flights to Australia with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for - this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
We’ve chosen apartment -style properties for this itinerary, as they’re great for both couples and families. This itinerary is priced on two adults & two children travelling, but this can be changed to fit suit your family - just ask us.