This island-continent offers a multitude of exceptional natural attractions throughout its vastness: long beaches of fine sand brimming with surfers, red deserts in Ayers Rock and other aboriginal sites in the northern territories, not to mention Sydney Bay with its spectacular scenery and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
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Day 1 : Sydney
- Arrival to Sydney Airport and transfer to your hotel
- Mid-morning, you will go on foot with your guide from the hotel to Circular Quay to discover the historical area of the Rocks, cradle of colonization. The picturesque streets bring back the first penal colonies. This charming neighbourhood is now home to faithfully restored buildings dating back to the 19th century as well as restaurants and aboriginal art galleries.
- Lunch cruise in Sydney Bay (buffet) on board of a catamaran that will take you through Sydney’s most renowned sites: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park and the houses of the billionaires that front the bay.
- You will pass by the famous Sydney Opera House (from the outside), a building of bold shapes designed in 1957 by the Danish architect Utzon. Located on Bennelong Point, its white ethereal sail-like roof perfectly falls into the marine setting. A walk in the botanic gardens, a green oasis in the heart of the city offering unique views of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
- Discover the magnificent Queen Victoria Building (QVB), St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park, the green lungs of the city of Sydney.
- Return to your hotel.
Day 2 : Sydney
- Breakfast at the hotel
- You will go on foot with your guide to discover Darling Harbour Marina surrounding the calm waters of Cockle Bay. Once a shipyard, this popular neighbourhood was transformed in the eighties. Today, it is one of the main hubs of activity in the city.
- Visit to Sydney Aquarium at the eastern end of Pyrmont Bridge. Its 140-meter underwater glass tunnel allows you to watch the magnificent schools of tropical fish, rays and sharks. Lunch at the top of Sydney Tower (buffet) where you will enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the city.
- Your bus will take you to Bondi, Sydney’s most mythical beaches, known for its stretches of sand. Campbell Parade abounds with cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
- Then you will head to Watson Bay, located on the southern side of the mouth of Sydney Bay, to enjoy an unrestricted view of the city.
- Return to the hotel, free time in the late afternoon.
Day 3 : Sydney
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- You will go with your guide on a hike in the Blue Mountains, located 100 kms west of Sydney. The blue haze to which the mountains owe their name is due to the evaporation of eucalyptus oil. Along the way, you will stop at Homebush where the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games took place.
- Continue to the Blue Mountains passing by Featherdale Wildlife Park, home of all the specimens of Australia’s fauna: koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus.
- Lunch at the charming city of Leura.
- Arrival to Echo Point where you can admire the Three Sisters, an impressive rock formation that gets its name from the Aboriginal Dreamtime Legend. Return to Sydney by late afternoon.
Day 4 : Sydney / Alice Springs
- Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer with your guide to the airport where you will fly to Alice Springs
- Flight Sydney/ Alice Springs
- Meet your local French-speaking guide, private transfer and city tour.
- Alice Springs was founded in 1872 with the installation of a telegraph line. The city is emblematic of the Outback, located in the Northern Territory of Australia, in the heart of the desert.
- You will visit an institution in the Outback: the base of the Flying Doctors, created in the 1920s.
- Based in Alice Springs and connected by radios, the Flying Doctors move around by plane to tend to all medical emergencies. During his ministry in the Northern Territory, Pastor John Flynn noticed that many people die in situations where they can be easily saved if given basic medical aid. Hence, he thought of utilizing two modern technologies for this purpose: planes and radios.
- Free time in the late afternoon.
- Return to your hotel on foot.
Day 5 : Alice Springs / Kings Canyon (around 435km)
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Morning departure with your French-speaking guide to Kings Canyon, located in Watarrka National Park.
- Lunch on the way.
- You will discover the spectacular desert, but also the journey and life of the pioneers, the camel drivers and the Aborigines. Arrival to Kings Creek Station, a ranch in the Outback, by late afternoon.
- Dinner and overnight at KINGS CREEK STATION permanent campsite, in tents with double beds and shared bathrooms.
Day 6 : Kings Canyon / Ayers Rock (approximately 280km)
- Morning departure for a spectacular six-kilometre walk with your guide to the top of Kings Canyon (Rim Walk). A more leisurely but equally beautiful walk in the canyon (Kings Creek Walk) is also possible (without a guide).
- Free lunch time.
- Photo break at the impressive Mount Connor. You will arrive to Ayers Rock in the afternoon and settle at your hotel. At the end of the day, you will watch the beautiful sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) while sipping a glass of sparkling Australian wine. You will get to listen to the legends and myths associated with this sacred site. A truly unforgettable moment!
- BBQ dinner where you will cook your meat yourself in a friendly bush atmosphere.
Day 7 : Ayers Rock / Cairns / Palm Cove.
- Morning departure with your guide to watch the spectacular sunrise over Mount Olga. After that, you will go for a one-hour walk with your guide in the midst of Mount Olga, called Kata-Tjuta “many heads” by the Aborigines. Discover these remarkable rock formations by taking the Walpa Gorge road.
- Return to Uluru, for a closer discovery of this rock. Your guide will show you sites such as Kantju Gorge and its water hole (billabong). He will talk about the spirituality of the Aborigines, their beliefs and their ancestors such as the Mala (hare-wallabies). Then you will go to Mutijulu, sacred billabong where you can admire the rupestrian paintings and listen to another origin myth, the Kuniya Tjukurrpa.
- Your guide will then take you to the cultural centre dedicated to the Anangu where you will discover their art and their handicraft
- Free lunch time
- Early afternoon, transfer to Ayers Rock Airport for your flight to Cairns, the most famous city along Queensland.
- Flight Ayers Rock. Cairns- Upon arrival, meet your local French-speaking guide and transfer to Palm Cove, a nice seaside resort twenty minutes away from north of Cairns.
Day 8: Palm Cove / Mossman Gorges (approximtely 50km)
- Departure with your guide to visit a crocodile farm. There, you will learn much about these fearsome predators as well as Australia’s other famous animals: wallabies, koalas, etc.
- Lunch at Port Douglas, sea resort with its calm small village atmosphere.
- In the early afternoon, you will visit Mossman Gorges with an aboriginal guide for an hour-and-a-half walk.
- Return to the hotel by late afternoon.
Day 9: Palm Cove / Great Barrier Reef
- Departure for a cruise on a catamaran all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, an exceptional natural site extending over 2,000 kilometres along the eastern coastline of Queensland, featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Day for swimming and discovering the seabed of the fabulous natural site. You will have masks and snorkels at your disposal. An English-speaking marine biologist will introduce you to the underwater fauna and flora evolving in waters of rare purity.
- You will also discover the seabed thanks to a glass-bottom boat. No French-speaking guide for the day.
- Buffet lunch on board.
- Return by late afternoon.
Day 10: Free day
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Free day to relax in Palm Cove or discover Cairns and the region.
- Free dinner time at GRAND CHANCELLOR PALM COVE 4* Hotel, standard room
Day 11 :
Starting 8600 USD per person (group of 10 persons)
The price includes:
- International and domestic flights
- Accommodation in 4* hotel with half-board
- Private transfers as per the itinerary
- Guided tour of the beautiful city of Sydney
- Hike in the Blue Mountains
- Sydney Opera House
- Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, off the coast of Queensland.
- The Aborigines : Meet the Aboriginal Australians that have lived in the region for more than 40,000 years
- Ayers Rock and the sacred aboriginal site of Urulu
- Kakadu National Park
- 4 nights lounging on the most beautiful beaches of Cairns.
Our price does not include:
- Airport taxes