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Australia Tour Packages from India

Book Tours and Tour packages to Australia from India with Exotiqtours, a Travel Agency with many years of experience. Send an enquiry online for customised itineraries or Group packages. Travel from the cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Lucknow, Guwahati or Mumbai. Book Tours and Tour packages to Australia from India with Exotiqtours, a Travel Agency with many years of experience. Send an enquiry online for customised itineraries or Group packages. Travel from the cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Lucknow, Guwahati or Mumbai. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its major cities Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide are coastal and its capital Canberra is inland. Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, rainforests, “the bush” and the Outback. Most Australians live along the coast in the major cities, which are brimming with fun and plenty of activities. Sydney is famous for its world class beaches, Melbourne is all arts, alleyways and stellar food scene, Brisbane is a sub tropical town and Adelaide has festive grace and pubby poise. Australia is an extraordinarily beautiful place – rich in rainforest in Cairns and Port Douglas, with remote rocky outcrops in Uluru and Kakadu and red sand desert in Alice Springs, with a wealth of wildlife scattered all across the country. For the fun lovers and thrill seekers, Gold coast with its many theme parks is one of the must visit places.

You will get the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Australia in this tour. Begin your tour from Port Douglas, a beachside town, from where you will proceed on your excursion to explore the Great Barrier Reef, on the Catmaran cruise and then visit the Daintree National park, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Get a glimpse of the native Australian creatures like repltile, crocodiles, and many exotic birds and butterflies while cruising on the Daintree River surrounded by lush green rainforest. In Darwin – the top end of Australia, you will enjoy your excursion to the Kakadu National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the natural history of the wetlands as you look for wild bird life and crocodiles poking above the water’s calm surface. In Adelaide your trip to Kangaroo Island, will be filled with fun and adventure s you explore Australia’s most popular wildlife destination to discover the natural attractions and the local animals - witness Australian sea lions lazing on the beach, lazy koalas and kangaroos, and many more. In Melbourne you will join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, a unique sight, that will truly fascinate you. Your final destination, Sydney, will be enjoyable. Explore this beautiful city and then visit the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site to admire the Three Sisters Rock Formations and many ancient plateaus and cliffs.

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Tour Inclusion:

  • Accommodation in 3*/4* hotels on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Sight seeing as per itinerary
  • Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas
  • Full day excursion to Daintree National Park from Port Douglas
  • Excursion to Kakadu National Park in Darwin
  • Excursion to Kata Tjuta in Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Full day excursion to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide
  • Full day trip to Blue Mountains in Sydney
  • Excursion to Phillip Island in Melbourne
  • Flight tickets Cairns—Darwin -Uluru-Adelaide-Melbourne-Sydney
  • International air tickets to Cairns and return from Sydney

Tour Exclusion:

  • Visa charges/fees
  • Meals other than those specified in itinerary
  • Overseas travel Insurance
  • Tips/Porterage and expenses of personal nature
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Duration: 16 nights/17 day

Destinations: Port Douglas - Darwin – Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Adelaide – Melbourne - Sydney

Day 1

Arrive Cairns – Port Douglas

On your arrival at Cairns airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and be transferred to Port Douglas , - a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea, far north of Queensland. Located 60kms north of Cairns, it has developed as a tropical oasis retaining its traditional beauty and carm of an old fishing village. It has a plethora of attractions including two world class golf courses and a diverse range of shops and galleries all in a pleasant, relaxing tropical lifestyle. It is also a base for visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites of both Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National park, home to biodiverse rainforest. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise. Rest of the day is free for independent activities. Overngiht at the Hotel.

Day 2

Port Douglas – Great Barrier Reef – Port Douglas

Have an early breakfast in the morning. Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Encompassing roughly 3,000 individual reefs and dotted with almost 900 islands and coral cays (small sandy islands) the Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s most unforgettable treasures. With unparalleled marine life in its underwater world, ranging from thousands of different varieties of fish, birds and clams to hundreds of types of birds, seaweed and turtles, this place is a paradise for the snorkelers and certified divers. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Observe the marine life from a glass bottomed boat, or Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3

Port Douglas – Daintree forest – Port Douglas

Have an early breakfast at the hotel. You will then embark on a full day excursion to Daintree Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Your first stop is Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, an eco Park where you will observe unique wildlife of Australia’s rain forest, wetlands and grasslands. Continue to Mossman Gorge on the southern border of Daintree National park. Take a guided walk through the rainforest keeping an eye out for native species like the Ulysses Butterfly and Boyd’s forest dragon. Observe the lush landscape from platforms above the Mossman River and learn about the customs of local Kuku Yalanji People. Cross the Daintree river on a ferry and make your way to Cape Tribulation. Admire spectacular views from Mt. Alexandria lookout where you can see all the way upto Great Barrier Reef on a clear day. At the Cape Tribulation Beach House stop for a delicious lunch (at own expense). After lunch enjoy a stroll along the sandy beaches and board walk at Cape Tribulation, swim in a nearby tropical pool or take a dip in the coral sea. Finally you will take a one hour cruise along the daintree river where you can spot salt water crocodiles, reptiles, exotic birds and butterflies that make their home in the mangrove islands. You will then make one last stop at Rex Lookout before returning to your hotel at Port Douglas. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4

Port Douglas - Darwin

After your breakfast, spend some time at leisure this morning. Later, transfer to Cairns and fly to Darwin at the top end of Australia. Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea. The city is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour and is the gateway to the massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Darwin has plenty to offer to travellers – chairs and tables spill out of street side restaurants and bars, innovative museums celebrate the city’s past and galleries showcase the region’s indigenous art. On arrival at Darwin, you will transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5

Darwin – Kakadu National Park - Darwin

Have an early breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart Darwin for a full-day excursion to Kakadu National park, the largest park in Australia, and UNESCO World heritage site. On arriving at the Park make your way towards the remarkable collection of Ancient Aboriginal rock art in the desert at Nourlangie Rock. Take a journey thousands of years back in time as you see stories of daily life depicted through well preserved cave paintings. In the afternoon you will glide along the Yellow Water Billabong on a river cruise. Learn about the natural history of the wetlands as you look for wild bird life and crocodiles poking above the water’s calm surface. Finally you will delve deeper into the area’s indigenous history with a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn more about the cultural significance of the park. At the end of your adventure, relax and soak up the scenery on the return drive to Darwin.

Day 6

Darwin – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This morning after your breakfast you will transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Uluru - or Ayers Rock is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre” . Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago. It is within Uluru –Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the 36 red rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially the Olgas) formation. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. On arrival at Uluru, you will transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure or free to explore the area on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This morning, rise early and drive to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – to view an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). During the journey your guide will share some history on the numerous sacred sites that you will pass along the way. These stories form part of what is known to the local Anangu people as Tjukurpa – the foundation of Anangu life and culture. Once at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, you will be served morning tea/ hot chocolate and an assortment of biscuits before you begin to familiarize yourself with the beautiful surroundings. You can just relax and take a seat or wander around the viewing area in search of your own personal place to watch the sunrise. Witness the incredible views of the first rays over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Take advantage of amazing photo opportunities. As the sun rises, so too does the incredible bird life that calls Uluru its home. Listen to the songs of the birds as they welcome you to a new day to experience the tranquillity of nature. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings, and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta and enjoy panoramic views of the southern side before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and as the sun casts its shadows on the rock witness the changing colors from orange to red – that will leave you spellbound. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8

Uluru (Ayers Rock) – Adelaide

Today morning after breakfast you will transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Adelaide - South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. The city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia. Adelaide is known as “The City of Churches” since the mid 19th century, referring to its diversity of faiths rather than the piety of its denizens. In Adelaide you can enjoy stylish architecture, boutique shopping, sandy swimming beaches, fabulous art events, fine dining and a vibrant night life. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia displaying indigenous collections and the South Australian museum devoted to natural history. On arrival at Adelaide transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

Adelaide

This morning you will start early for an excursion to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations to discover the natural attractions and the local animals, from Vivonne Bay and Seal Bay Conservation Park to the Remarkable Rocks, Finders Chase National Park, Admiral Arch and more. Spot for wallabies, echidnas, fur seals, koalas and of course kangaroos. Drive across Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis, where you will catch a ferry for a 45 mins cruise across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival you will board another coach for a tour of the island. Experience the Seal Bay Conservation park to witness Australian sea lions lazing on the beach, take a coastal walk with a National Parks ranger for a close up look at the colony. Continue to Vivonne Bay for a 2 course lunch, where picture windows and a deck provide opportunities to watch for koalas and kangaroos in the surrounding bush. After lunch visit Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas roam free and koalas stay lazy in their eucalyptus groves. Head to Flinders Chase National Park on the rugged south west coast of the island and walk among the granite boulders known as Remarkable rocks. See the Rock Archway known as Admirals Arch, admire Cape Du Couedic and watch long nosed fur seals as they play and relax. Learn about the history of Kangaroo Island and the interesting facts about its animals during the tour from your guide. Later, return to your hotel in Adelaide. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Adelaide

This morning after breakfast, you will proceed on a sight seeing tour of the city - drive past China town, where you will admire the red lanterns, pagoda style architecture, grocery stands and eateries marked with a traditional Chinese arch and lion statues. Then pass by the central market, the centre of the city’s culinary scene where hundreds of local farmers and speciality shops sell seafood, locally sourced meat and fresh produce. Continue to Victoria Square –home to many of South Australia’s most important historical and present day civic buildings and see St. Francis Xavier Cathedral before cruising down King William Street, where you will pass Governor’s residence. Drive along trendy Hutt Street on your way to North and East Terraces, home to cultural venues like Adelaide Botanic Gardens and South Australian Museum. Then head outside the city to climb upto the too of the Mt. Lofty Ranges for panoramic views of the Adelaide area including Glenelg and the Gulf St. Vincent. You will next venture to Hahndorf, passing by the villages of Crafers, Stirling and Aldgate and hop out of the coach when you arrive Hahndorf. Spend some time exploring the charming streets independently. Listen to the history of Hahndorf, the oldest German settlement in the country. Then head back towards Adelaide. Return to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11

Adelaide – Melbourne

This morning after breakfast you will transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Melbourne – the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, after which it became the capital of the newly founded Victoria in 1851. During the Victorian Gold Rush, it was transformed into one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities. It is recognised as UNESCO City of Literature and a major centre for street art, music and theatre. Melbourne’s inner city is the most European of any in Australia - there are more than 230 laneways that penetrate into the heart of the city blocks. It is here that inner city’s true nature resides, crammed into narrow lanes concealing world beating restaurants, bars and street arts. It is not the high rises and bridges that strike you when you first visit Melbourne, but the vast sporting edifices that fringe the city centre. On arrival at Melbourne, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 12

Melbourne

After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square – at the heart of the city, the famous venue for arts, culture and events, built above busy railway lines, which houses many cultural institutions, as well as cafes and bars in a series of buildings; St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Queen Victoria Market (when open); the Italian Quarter – known as Little Italy which is the cultural precinct of the Italian community of Melbourne; the Shrine of Remembrance – war memorial to honour the men and women who served in World War I; and St. Kilda Beach – The most famous sandy beach of Melbourne, about 700 mtrs long. Your tour ends at the Eureka Skydeck - a 297 metre skyscraper perfectly positioned for a compete 360 degrees awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13

Melbourne

Have your breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne After your drive for 1.5 hours you make a stop at Maru Koala and Animal Park where you can see kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian Devils. Continue your drive to Phillip Island, which you will reach by a bridge from the coastal town of San Remo. Explore the coastline, and as the sunset approaches, head to Summerland Beach, where you will first visit the information centre to read about the beloved Penguins of Phillip Island that come ashore each evening after spending a day fishing at the sea. Their adorable waddle along the sand to their burrows is known as the Penguin Parade and you cannot miss it. Head to the appropriate area to watch this nightly ritual, which will be a memorable experience. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 14

Melbourne - Sydney

Todayf after your breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Sydney. On your arrival at the Sydney transfer to your hotel. Sydney - Located on Australia’s east coast. The capital of New South Wales is one of Austraila’s largest cities and is best known for its harbour front Opera House, with its distinctive sail like design. Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years and the region is one of the richest in Australia in terms of aboriginal archaeological sites. In the mid 19th century, the city transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. Sydney boasts of over 1,000,000 ha (2,500,000 acres) of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, The Royal National Park and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man made attractions such as Sydney Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House –UNESCO World Heritage site, which attracts millions of tourists every year. The rest of the day is at your leisure for independent activities and exploring the city on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15

Sydney

After your breakfast this morning you will proceed on a guided sightseeing tour – learn the history of Sydney beginning at The Rocks – the historic district where Sydney was founded, walk through the area and continue your drive passing St. Mary’s Cathedral, Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, and a photo stop at the Opera House. Continue to Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and more. Take in views overlooking Sydney Harbour when you stop at Mrs. Marcquarie’s Chair. Then drive through exclusive districts like Double Bay and Vaucluse en route to BONDI BEACH, one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. Take a stroll on the sand and the water front. Then return to Sydney for the harbour cruise in a spacious catamaran with all modern conveniences. Enjoy Your lunch cruise while you see the famous landmarks during the 2 hours cruise, which glides by Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison and Shark Island. Disembark at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour perfectly positioned to explore more of Sydney on your own. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 16

Sydney – Blue Mountains - Sydney

After breakfast this morning be prepared for an exciting day – You will embark on a tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Blue Mountains National Park, just 1.5 hours drive from Sydney. See the park’s ancient plateaus and valleys along the spectacular cliff drive. Visit Scenic World, at the edge of the park near Katoomba, where you can ride the world’s steepest passenger railway and get an aerial park view from the gondola skyway. Take panoramic views of the Megalong Valley and the Three Sisters Rock formation and hear the aboriginal legends associated with the awe inspiring landscape. For a taste of mountain culture visit the charming township of Leura. Browse antique shops, indulge your sweet tooth with authentic international treats at the Candy store, and enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant (own expense). You will then continue to Featherdale Wildlife Park to ,see native Australian animals. Snap pictures of Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and observe exotic birds in a natural bush setting. Later, relax on a scenic drive to Sydney where your day concludes. Overnight at hotel in Sydney.

Day 17

Depart Sydney

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. You will then be transferred to the airport to connect flight for your onward destination or back home with unforgettable memories of this tour of Australia.

This is a suggestive itinerary, the duration of the tour can be modified or customisation done to suit your specific requirements.

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