Sydney Opera House
Caption: Sydney Opera House
Caption: Ayers Rock
Caption: Bondi Beach
Caption: Sydney
Caption: Sydney aerial view

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility or require a wheelchair/mobility scooter.
Destination: Australia
Extension to New Zealand by Rail
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Flight information: Return international flights from London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to Auckland Airport [AUK], NZ for the start of the New Zealand by Rail to and to depart from Sydney [SYD], Australia at the end of the Australia extension to London Heathrow [LRH]
Pickup location: Sydney

Overview

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Extend your stay to Australia and explore the vibrant city of Sydney, discover Uluru and relax at a luxury resort on Hamilton Island.

Travel to neighbouring Australia on this extension to your New Zealand by rail escorted journey. Enjoy time to visit Sydney's most recognisable landmarks such as the iconic Sydney Opera House, stroll along the picturesque Sydney Harbour Bridge, or relax at the stunning Bondi Beach. Enjoy a picnic breakfast whilst you explore the most profound, cultural and natural significance of the iconic monolith in Uluru National Park and learn about Australia's Aboriginal Heritage. Enjoy dinner "in the outback" and experience a unique light show over the rock. Finally, enjoy time at leisure on the stunning pristine beaches of Hamilton Island. This is an experience not to be missed!

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome To Sydney
DAY 2 - Uluru National Park
DAY 3 - Sunrise over Uluru
DAY 4 - Explore Sydney
DAY 5 - Hamilton Island
DAY 6 - Day at Leisure on Hamilton Island
DAY 7 - Out and About in Sydney
DAY 8 - Farewell to Sydney
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DAY 1 - Welcome To Sydney

Arrive Sydney and meet your tour guide who will transfer you from Sydney International Airport to Spicers Potts Point hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and explore the vibrant city. Take some time to relax and acclimate to the city. Sydney offers a plethora of activities, such as exploring the iconic Sydney Opera House, strolling along the picturesque Sydney Harbour Bridge, or relaxing at the stunning Bondi Beach.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Spicers Potts Point, Sydney 

DAY 2 - Uluru National Park

After a full breakfast, transfer to Sydney Domestic Airport for your flight to Ayers Rock (Uluru). Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a local guide who will take you to Desert Gardens. Explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith Uluru National Park, experiencing the cultural and natural significance of this iconic monolith. Take a walk into Mutitjulu Waterhole, visit rock art sites, and learn about Uluru's significance to the local Aboriginal people. Enjoy a sunset viewing over Uluru with light refreshments.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Desert Gardens, Uluru 

DAY 3 - Sunrise over Uluru

Start your day with SEIT Uluru Highlights Picnic Breakfast. Watch the sun rise over Uluru from a special location with uninterrupted views. Enjoy a picnic breakfast and then embark on a guided walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, where you'll hear the creation stories of Liru and Kuniya.Tonight we will enjoy the Field of Light Dinner, an exclusive dining experience under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime art light installation. Then we drive around the base of Uluru before returning to the resort.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Desert Gardens, Uluru 

DAY 4 - Explore Sydney

After a full breakfast, transfer to Ayers Rock airport for your flight back to Sydney. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to Spicers Potts Point hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to further explore Sydney's attractions.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Spicers Potts Point, Sydney 

DAY 5 - Hamilton Island

After breakfast, transfer to Sydney Domestic Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island. Upon arrival, you'll be met by private transfers and transferred to your luxurious accommodation at Hamilton Island Beach Club.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hamilton Island Beach Club 

DAY 6 - Day at Leisure on Hamilton Island

Savour a full breakfast and enjoy a day of leisure on Hamilton Island. Relax by the beach or explore the island's stunning surroundings and activities at your own pace. You can make the most of complimentary access to all (non-motorised) sports equipment, including catamarans, paddle boards, windsurfers, snorkelling equipment and use of the island’s gym, spa, sauna and tennis court hire.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hamilton Island Beach Club 

DAY 7 - Out and About in Sydney

Enjoy a full breakfast before being transferred to Hamilton Island Airport for your flight back to Sydney. Upon arrival, transfer to Spicers Potts Point hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the city's offerings.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Spicers Potts Point, Sydney 

DAY 8 - Farewell to Sydney

After a full breakfast, transfer to Sydney International Airport for your departure flight home, concluding your luxury tour experience in Sydney, Uluru, and Hamilton Island.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: None 

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Meet & Greet at Sydney Airport on arrival
  • Transport as detailed in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • One way international flight: Queenstown [ZQN] - Sydney [SYD]
  • Return internal flights: Sydney [SYD] - Ayres Rock Airport [AYQ]; Sydney [SYD] - Hamilton Island [HTI]
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Local guides where applicable
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company (subject to minimum group size being reached.)

What's not included

  • ATOL Protection
  • Flights to Auckland Airport [AUK], NZ for the start of the New Zealand by Rail and from Sydney [SYD], Australia at the end of the Australia extension - flights quotations available on request
  • Gratuities
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Visas, travel insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals or drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • Visas are required for entry to Australia. Please consult your own government's authorities for further details.
  • Please consult your doctor for advice on vaccinations and innoculations before travel. Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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