Discover the highlights of Australia on a tailor-made journey that combines sophisticated Sydney, the sacred sites of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

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Highlights of Australia: A Tailor-Made Journey

12 days from $5,875

Discover the highlights of Australia on a tailor-made journey that combines sophisticated Sydney, the sacred sites of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The tailor-made journey to Australia was excellent. I only wish I could have stayed longer and gone to the West Coast.

- Kenneth S.

Our trip to New Zealand and Australia was fabulous! We had fun planning it with our country specialist, Alison. She quickly figured out what we like to do and organized a trip that exceeded our expectations.

- Tina W.

This trip was the completion of my goal of traveling to all of the 7 continents! I could not have selected a better way to complete my quest!

- Thomas H.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Luxurious amenities, modern décor and a relaxing ambience make the Shangri-La Sydney an ideal place to continue our exploration of Australia. This five-star hotel features plush beds and soundproofed windows for a tranquil atmosphere and uninterrupted views of the city skyline, the harbour and the Sydney Opera House. 

Number of nights: 3

Sails in the Desert Ayers Rock Resort

Uluru, Australia

Comfortable and chic Sails in the Desert Hotel is a beautiful contrast to Uluru's raw natural beauty. The resort features the stunning Mulgara Gallery, which showcases indigenous art and style. Also onsite is a gumtree-lined heated outdoor swimming pool and a variety of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Guest rooms feature indigenous artwork and artifacts.

Number of nights: 2



Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Port Douglas, Australia

The Port Douglas Peninsula Hotel offers a boutique style hotel experience – enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. 40 metres to the beach and a 2 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options.

Number of nights: 4

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Atherton Tablelands, Australia

Number of nights: 2

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The tailor-made journey to Australia was excellent. I only wish I could have stayed longer and gone to the West Coast.

- Kenneth S.

Our trip to New Zealand and Australia was fabulous! We had fun planning it with our country specialist, Alison. She quickly figured out what we like to do and organized a trip that exceeded our expectations.

- Tina W.

This trip was the completion of my goal of traveling to all of the 7 continents! I could not have selected a better way to complete my quest!

- Thomas H.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

In a Sunburned Country
By: Bryson, Bill
DK Eyewitness Australia (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
The Songlines (Penguin Classics)
By: Chatwin, Bruce
Aboriginal Australians
By: Broome, Richard

Also Recommended

A History of Australia (Macmillan Essential Histories, 27)
By: Peel, Mark, Twomey, Christina
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
By: Hughes, Robert
Sydney Opera House
By: Doust, Sam, Gibson, Peter
The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru: The History and Legacy of Australia's Most Famous Landmarks
By: Charles River Editors
A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
By: Keneally, Thomas
The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change
By: McCalman, Iain
The Turning: Stories
By: Winton, Tim
Australia: the East (Travellers' Wildlife Guides)
By: Beletsky, Les
Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Creature
By: Flannery, Tim
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

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Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.