Skip to content

Worldwide Destinations
Freedom To Wander

Explore More

Australian Outback to New Zeland's South Island

Australian Outback to New Zeland's South Island

Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs, Uluru, Melbourne, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt. Cook National Park, Christchurch are a few of the place you will see & visit on this exciting 20 day excursion to the Outback. There is also an optional 4 Days 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension

<
>

Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs, Uluru, Melbourne, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt. Cook National Park, Christchurch are a few of the place you will see & visit on this exciting 20 day excursion to the Outback. There is also an optional 4 Days 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension

BOOK NOW & SAVE $450 PER PERSON

Book Now rates valid until Sept. 21, 2024, valid on air inclusive packages only

For bookings made after Sept. 21, 2024 call for rates

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Cairns

Great Barrier Reef

Alice Springs

Uluru

Melbourne

Queenstown

Milford Sound

Mt. Cook National Park

Christchurch

 

Optional Post Tour Extension

4 Days 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension

Per Person Rates: $699.00 USD double, $999.00 USD single, land only

 

Optional Tours

Alice Springs - Outback Ballooning (Approximately 3 hours) - $275 USD p/p

Drift over the Outback on the gentle winds in the welcome cool of the early morning. The landscape erupts into color as the sun’s rays strike the rugged MacDonnell Ranges.

This option operates on a weather permitting basis only. Time is seasonal and will begin approximately one hour before sunrise.

Queenstown - Take a Steamship to Dinner (Approximately 4 hours)- $150 USD p/p

Nicknamed "The Lady of the Lake," she is the only coal-fired steamship still in operation in the southern hemisphere. Embark on a leisurely cruise across the pristine waters to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Yulara - A Camel Ride, the Rock and a Sunrise (Approximately 2.5 hours) - $130 USD p/p

Experience the majesty of sunrise on Ayers Rock from a unique vantage point on the back of a camel!

Cairns - Over and Through the Rainforest Canopy (Approximately 2 hours) -  $120 USD p/p

Glide over and through the lush rainforests of Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the world’s longest gondola cableway. The comfortable gondola carries you 4½ miles through the rugged beauty of Barron Gorge National Park, part of the Wet Tropics, a UNESCO World Heritage area.

Melbourne - In the Footsteps of the Little Penguins (Approximately 9 hours) - $130 USD p/p

Each night at sunset the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from a day’s fishing at sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. Travel to Phillip Island, home to one of the world’s largest colonies of Little Penguins and see the Penguin Parade for yourself.

Cairns - Outer Reef ExpIerience (Approximately 9 hours) - $150 USD p/p

Jump in and explore the vibrant, colorful world teeming with life at the Agincourt Reef at the very edge of the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef. This massive reef system, the largest in the world, can actually be seen from space.

 

 

Supplement Single Price $12,349.00

Supplement Double Price $10,349.00 per person

 

Day One & Two

Depart from Home - Cross the International Dateline (skipping a day ahead) for an adventure discovering the treasures of Australia and New Zealand, including their unparalleled beauty and captivating culture.

Day Three

Sydney, Australia - Tour Begins Your tour opens in Sydney, perhaps one of the friendliest metropolis in the world. Tonight join your fellow travelers and toast to the start of your adventure down under during dinner in lively Darling Harbour.

D

Day Four

Sydney - See where English colonists first settled during a city tour of Sydney, starting with an Aboriginal-guided walking tour of The Rocks district, after which you visit Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and the fashionable suburb of poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Then, have the chance to join a special presentation at the National Opal Collection.

FB

Day Five

Sydney - Deepen your exploration of Sydney’s many wonders with a day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy scenic vistas of Sydney during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

FB, D

Day Six

Sydney - Cairns - Fly to Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions – the Great Barrier Reef (UNESCO). Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.

FB

Day Seven

Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns - Board a glass-bottom catamaran and sail to the Low Isles to discover the aquatic realm of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day however you please, perhaps choosing from a selection of included activities. Maybe you’ll soak up the sun on a tiny remote island,* located along the outer reef. Or, consider snorkeling in the rolling waves, uncovering a pod of vibrant sea life. You can also meet with a marine biologist or join an expert on a heritage trail walk along the island.

FB, L

Day Eight

Cairns - Soak up the tropical atmosphere – the morning is yours. Perhaps you will take an optional tour on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you above the rainforest canopy for a bird’s-eye view of unspoiled nature. This afternoon, visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to see crocodiles on a nature cruise. Head through rainforests on boardwalks to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles, and wallabies. Visit with a koala and chat with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these furry creatures.

FB, D

Day Nine

Cairns - Alice Springs - Experience the vast landscapes and tranquility of the Outback. Your flight takes you to Alice Springs, the perfect place to begin exploring this unique land. Tonight, continue your cultural immersion with a memorable bush dinner set against the backdrop of this unique desert environment.

FB, D

Day Ten

Alice Springs - Access the history and culture of the Arrernte Aboriginal people by enjoying a guided walk on their sacred land, followed by a talk with an Aboriginal guide. Gain insight into their cultural history and discover what makes this place so special. This afternoon, discover a more modern side to Outback living when you visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a lifeline to thousands across the vast terrain of Central Australia. Later, tour the Old Telegraph Station and Anzac Hill with its excellent views of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.

FB

Day Eleven

Alice Springs - Uluru - Traverse the “Red Centre” and head to Uluru (the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback. This huge monolith and the sandstone domes known as Kata Tjuta were created through upheaval and erosion. Tour the base of "the Rock," learning about its geology and significance to Aboriginal culture. Witness the changing colors of Uluru at sunset accompanied by a champagne toast.

FB

Day Twelve

Uluru - Melbourne - Fly to the beautiful Victorian city of Melbourne. Set upon the shores of Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, the city exudes a lively and mopolitan atmosphere.

FB, D

Day Thirteen

Melbourne - Set out on a city tour and see Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne’s bustling “laneways.” Then, it’s your choice! Enjoy free time to explore on your own -OR- visit the Melbourne Botanical Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance. With an afternoon to yourself, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Phillip Island, home to the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins, where you’ll see hundreds of these birds waddle out of the sea and cross the beach to their dune burrows.

FB

Day Fourteen

Melbourne - Queenstown, New Zealand - Leave Australia behind and fly to Queenstown, New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s most popular towns, Queenstown is nestled against a picturesque bay and snowcapped mountains. Home to ski resorts, hiking trails and an abundance of natural beauty, the city is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Settle into your new home for the next 3 nights.

FB, D

Day Fifteen

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Soak in the rugged grandeur of Hollyford Valley as you travel through an ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. Cruise the Milford Sound and see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Following the cruise, consider returning to Queenstown via a short optional flight (weather permitting) for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

FB, L

Day Sixteen

Queenstown - Your day is free to experience Queenstown your way. Shop or people-watch in the village, find a unique eatery for lunch, sample some New Zealand wine – the day is yours to enjoy this stunning city.

FB

Day Seventeen

Queenstown - Mt. Cook National Park - Set off for the 19th-century settlement of Arrowtown, founded in the gold fever. Follow the Kawarau River and cross Lindis Pass before arriving in New Zealand’s most famous national park – Mt. Cook. Savor some free time in this Alpine paradise. You may choose to take a nature walk or simply meditate on the beauty of the Southern Alps.

FB, D

Day Eighteen

Mt. Cook National Park - Christchurch - Depart for Christchurch this morning and pay a visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A leader in the conservation of New Zealand species, Willowbank offers the chance to view New Zealand’s “Big 5” up close and personal. After, enjoy a Maori cultural performance. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

FB, D

Day Nineteen

Christchurch - Devastated by an earthquake in early 2011, see firsthand how the “Garden City” is recreating itself during a sightseeing tour that highlights the city’s magnificent gardens and elegant park district. As the day draws to a close, toast to your adventure down under at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

FB, D

Day Twenty

Christchurch - Tour Ends - Your tour comes to a close, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the South Pacific.

FB

FB=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Suggested Packing

-Casual Clothing that can be mixed and layered

-Comfortable walking shoes

-Hat and Sunscreen

-Cash and Credit Cards (Only those needed)

-Medicine and spare prescriptions

-Extra glasses and/or contacts

-Book, Word Search and/or Crossword Puzzle

-Binoculars

-Seat Cushions and/or Blanket (If attending a parade or show)

-Ear plugs and sleep mask

-Mini-Sewing Kit

-Toiletries and Tissues

-Chargers for devices (Cell phones, Tablets, etc.)

-Extra Memory Cards (Digital Cameras) or Extra Film

 

Activity Level 3

This travel experience is perfect for those who want to see everything their destination has to offer. With the ability to navigate hills and uneven ground (1-2 hours with little difficulty), as well as climb into various modes of transportation, you'll be able to explore every corner of your destination without missing a thing. Plus, with some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure, you'll have the perfect harmony of flexibility and exploration.

 

Accommodations

Days 1, 2 Overnight Flight

Days 3 – 5 Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sydney

Days 6 – 8 Bailey Hotel by Crystalbrook, Cairns

Days 9, 10 Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs

Day 11 Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock

Days 12, 13 Crown Promenade Melbourne, Melbourne

Days 14 – 16 Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Day 17 The Hermitage, Mount Cook Natl. Park

Days 18, 19 Distinction Christchurch Hotel, Christchurch

On some dates alternate hotels may be used

 

Inclusions

Round Trip Air from Sky Harbor Intl Airport

Inter-flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, Australia

Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers

28 Meals: 17 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 9 Dinners

 

Exclusions

Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $599 per person

 

All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from PHX

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Loading
Name Address Contact Details
S/D PHX Sky Harbor Self Drive Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
From Price Book Now Call Back Telephone Favorites
Loading

Keyword Search

Availability Search

Connect With Us

#freedomtowander

Contact Us

FREE SPIRIT VACATIONS AND EVENTS
3510 N. Miller Road #1005, Scottsdale AZ 85251, United States

This website uses cookies to store information. By continuing to browse the website you are agreeing to their use. For more information view our cookie policy.