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An Australian Journey

Tour Pace:

20 DAYS from €6495pp

Tour Highlights
  • Witness the amazing marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit the iconic sights of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney on guided city tours
  • Enjoy a visit to the Koala Conservation Reserve
  • Travel along the picturesque Great Ocean Road
  • Witness the 'Penguin Parade' at sunset on the shores of Phillip Island
  • Experience the sunset over the desert landscape of Uluru
  • Journey to the stunning Blue Mountains National Park
  • Spot koalas, kangaroos, and wombats in the Featherdale Wildlife Park

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An Australian Journey

The world's oldest culture, its greatest ocean reef, the awe-inspiring monolith of Uluru, mountains tinged with vibrant blue, sun-kissed beaches, rolling vineyards, vast deserts, cosmopolitan cities, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, it can only be Australia.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Melbourne

Depart the UK on your overnight flight, via Kuala Lumpur.


On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening have a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner

Take a morning tour of Melbourne including Fitzroy Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. After lunch have some free time to relax or explore.

  • Breakfast
Phillip Island

Head to the pristine white beaches of Phillip Island to visit the Koala Conservation Reserve and witness the 'Penguin Parade', at sunset the world's smallest penguins, the Little Penguins, emerge from the sea and waddle ashore to their sand dune burrows. Elevated boardwalks allow you to view the action up close without disturbing the wildlife.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Spend some time exploring the most stylish and fashionable city in Australia at your own pace with its maze of hidden laneways and independent cafes, shops, and bars.

  • Breakfast
Melbourn to Great Ocean Road

Depart Melbourne for the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, a 250km route of Australia's windswept coast. Wind through Otway National Park's vast hinterlands and thundering waterfalls before hitting the coast to see the rock formations of Port Campbell National Park including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the free-standing natural arch known as London Bridge!

  • Breakfast
Great Ocean Road to Adelaide

Enter South Australia on your drive along the Limestone Coast, pass the historic fishing town of Port Fairy and continue to Mount Gambier and Robe before reaching Adelaide.

  • Breakfast

Tour this delightful city of parklands and historic buildings and then head out of the city to visit Haigh's Chocolate factory and stop at the seaside town of Glenelg.

  • Breakfast

Take a day at leisure to explore the food and wine capital of Australia or join a day trip to Kangaroo Island or the Barossa Valley, booked locally at an additional cost.

  • Breakfast
Adelaide to Alice Springs

Take a flight to Alice Springs. Upon arrival join a city tour including the School of Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service for a real insight into life in the outback.

  • Breakfast
Alice Springs to UIuru

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) through rugged desert landscapes. Take a short time to relax upon arrival before heading to Kata Tjuta for the best sunset experience in Australia. Admire the magnificent outback and domes of Kata Tjuta whilst relaxing with canapes and Australian wine.

  • Breakfast
Uluru to Cairns

Start early and arrive in darkness for the Uluru Sunrise & Field of Light. Marvel at the 50,000 globes of light in the desert that make up the work of artist Bruce Monroe before heading to the viewing platform where you can enjoy a hot drink whilst the sun creeps into the sky past Uluru, transforming the colours of the great rock and flooding the landscape with light all the way to Kata Tjuta in the distance. After the tour, catch your flight to Cairns.

  • Breakfast
Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

After breakfast, join your Michaelmas Cay Cruise. Set sail aboard the beautiful catamaran to experience Michaelmas Cay's unique reef environment - a pristine sand cay surrounded by fringing reef and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Enjoy all the included activities of the day, snorkelling, cruising in the semi-sub for a diver's view, watching the fish feeding and observing the island birdlife. Throughout the day, the 'beach buggy shuttle' will transfer you between your catamaran and the beach. If you prefer a more leisurely day, simply relax on the beach or on deck.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

After breakfast transfer to Freshwater Station to board the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Upon arrival in Kuranda, it's time to explore this fascinating village. After lunch board the Kuranda Skyrail cable car for your return journey to Caravonica Lakes from where your coach will transfer you to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Today is at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city with a laid-back, outdoor lifestyle, the city centre is a short walk away where you could visit the Cairns Aquarium, Art Gallery, or the Esplanade Lagoon.

  • Breakfast
Cairns to Sydney

Fly to Sydney, on arrival you will have some time to relax.

  • Breakfast

Take a morning tour of Sydney including the historic Rocks, a guided tour of the Opera House and a lunch cruise on Sydney Harbour.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Sydney to the Blue Mountains

Travel to the UNESCO-list Blue Mountains National Park stopping at Scenic World and Echo Point famed for their spectacular views. Stop in Leura, a beautiful town famous for its antique stores and the on to Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can hand-feed Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus, and come face-to-face with Koalas. Return to Sydney via the Olympic Park.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

Take a day to relax in Sydney, explore, head to one of the beaches or get some last-minute souvenirs.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Sydney to the UK

After breakfast, you will be transferred for your return flight, via Kuala Lumpur or continue to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


All travellers, except citizens of New Zealand, must obtain a visa or electronic travel authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. You can find out more about applying for an Australian visa on the website of the Department of Home Affairs ( Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote ?Mercury Holidays?. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations? Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Melbourne Airport via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines (MH), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport and boarding pass to the staff at the desk.
Each passenger is entitled to 23KG of hold luggage plus I item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - 56cm/45cm/25cm) in size and I personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Currency Information

The currency in Australia is Australian Dollars. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. It is important to budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will be available in major cities throughout the tour to withdraw money in your local currency.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2023 Dates
22 Oct 202310 Nov 2023SOLD OUT
2024 Dates
18 Feb 202410 Mar 2024€6495.00
12 May 202402 Jun 2024€6719.00
08 Sep 202429 Sep 2024€7055.00
10 Nov 202401 Dec 2024€6831.00

What to expect

Fact File

Australian Dollar

Average Flying time

18-24 hours

Spoken languages


What to pack
Tour Map
An Australian Journey Route Map
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  • Australia
    Sydney City Stay Extension

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  • Western Australia Mini Tour

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Hotels & Accommodation


Kuala Lumpur City Stay
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  • Sukau
  • Kota Kinabalu
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Situated within Malaysia's mainland, the vibrant capital of Kuala Lumpur's high-rise skyscrapers and Mogul domes overlook a canopy of banyan trees and aromatic food stalls, which infuse the air with the unmistakable scent of Malaysian spices.

2 nights
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Sydney City Stay Extension
Tour Route
  • London
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Ashburton
  • Fox Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Dunedin
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch
  • Sydney
  • London

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities and is best known for its iconic harbourfront and Opera House.

3 nights
from €335pp
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Western Australia Mini Tour
Tour Route

Extend your stay with our Western Australia mini tour where you will visit some highlights of Western Australia and witness some unusual landscapes, as well as an array of diverse wildlife, fauna and flora. You will also get to experience off-road driving and sandboarding on huge white sand dunes and see wildlife up close.

5 nights
from €1567pp
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