Holiday Itinerary - Great Adventure Down Under

Day 1: Depart UK.

Day 2: In flight.

Day 3: Arrive in Melbourne, Australia.

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. (D)

Day 4: Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Enjoy a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the worldfamous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended. (B,L)

Day 5: Melbourne.

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.” (B)

Day 6: Melbourne - Hobart.

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7: Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur.

Today’s tour of the scenic Tasman Peninsula features the blowhole, the Devil’s Kitchen, and the Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. A guided tour of the penal settlement shows you the ruins of the 4-story penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Also, stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see the famous Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. (B,L)

Day 8: Hobart - Adelaide.

Today, fly to Adelaide (via Melbourne). Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 9: Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island.

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by coach and ferry to KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening. (B,L)

Day 10: Adelaide - Uluru (Ayres Rock).

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Centre of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colours as they fall across the landscape. Later, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambience. (B,D)

Day 11: Uluru (Ayers Rock).

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of Uluru, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendour of views of some 36 brilliant domes. Evening is at leisure. (B)

Day 12: Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Alice Springs - The Ghan Train.

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic THE GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your holiday. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, The Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit. (B,D)

NOTE: Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

Day 13: Ghan Train - Katherine - Darwin.

This morning, the train stops in Katherine and there is time to visit nearby KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, this is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and home to unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a CRUISE that features Indigenous rock art dating back 40,000 years or a visit to a working Outback CATTLE STATION to learn about the history and inner workings of the cattle industry. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory. (B,L)

NOTE: Off train activities are subject to change and will be advised by the Tour Director while on tour.

Day 14: Darwin - Kakadu National Park.

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE and BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 15: Kakadu National Park.

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed. (B,L)

NOTE: During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

Day 16: Kakadu National Park - Darwin - Cairns.

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (B)

Day 17: Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR, view the reef from an underwater observatory, watch a fish feeding, and enjoy a marine touch tank. (B,L)

Day 18: Cairns.

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest. (B)

Day 19: Cairns - Sydney.

This morning, enjoy a special visit to KOALA GARDENS for your chance to see koalas doing what they do best—eating, sleeping, and looking adorable. There’s also the chance to meet Australia’s other native animals. Before your visit ends, you’ll have your picture taken with a koala—the perfect souvenir! Afterward, fly to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. (B)

Day 20: Sydney.

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theatres. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbour, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous BONDI BEACH with time to explore on your own. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views. (B)

Day 21: Sydney.

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading winegrowing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at a WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour. (B,D)

Day 22: Sydney - Christchurch, New Zealand - Mount Cook.

Fly to Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, then travel south to magnificent MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, named after New Zealand’s highest peak. Weather permitting, you may wish to join in a stargazing programme this evening. The Mount Cook region offers some of the darkest skies in the world—perfect for viewing the southern night sky. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the evening at the historic Hermitage Hotel, located at the base of Mount Cook. Enjoy splendid views, fresh mountain air, and all the modern amenities of this first-class property.

Day 23: Mount Cook - Queenstown.

Start the day with a visit to the SIR EDMUND HILLARY ALPINE CENTRE for unique insight into the history and culture of this region. Then, time to explore on your own. You may wish to enjoy a scenic walk or perhaps an optional scenic flight that lands on the nearby Tasman Glacier. Continue to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” (B)

Day 24: Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound.

Today, travel into FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK through Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, this region of New Zealand has been honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. CRUISE on the fiord, with sheer rock walls rising thousands of feet from the water’s great depths. (B,L)

Day 25: Queenstown.

A full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Consider an optional visit to a local vineyard and sample some of the prize vintages, or maybe a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Kawarau and Dart Rivers. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you plan your day to explore, shop, and enjoy optional activities. This evening, take the scenic GONDOLA RIDE to the top of Bob’s Peak for amazing views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. See spectacular views and be treated to a fabulous dinner. (B,D)

Day 26: Queenstown - Rotorua.

Fly north to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional HANGI DINNER, followed by an authentic MAORI CULTURAL PERFORMANCE. (B,D)

Day 27: Rotorua.

This morning, start with a visit to the AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! Continue on to RAINBOW SPRINGS to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is TE PUIA, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure. You may wish to board a float plane for flightseeing of this beautiful area, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, or indulge yourself in the relaxing hot springs, sumptuous spa treatments, and massage therapies at the Polynesian Spa. (B)

Day 28: Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland.

Leave Rotorua and cross the Mamaku Ranges to the famous WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES. Experience a guided tour through the limestone chambers and passages of the cavern. Take a silent boat trip through
Glowworm Grotto as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Continue on to Auckland. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner atop Auckland’s SKY TOWER. Enjoy fine dining with spectacular views. (B,D)

Day 29: Auckland.

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Day 30:

Flight lands in the UK.

NOTE: Departure 14 Mar 2019 will be in Melbourne during the Australian Grand Prix, a motor race held annually in Australia since 1968. Tickets are not included to the event but may be purchased in advance through the Australian Grand Prix website. 2020 dates are still to be determined.

Departure dates 2019/2020 - Great Adventure Down Under (30 Days) - 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price from £8799

Travel 55 discount price from £8184

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Prices are ‘guide from’ prices, all of Cosmos holidays are based on live flight pricing which can change at any time and are subject to your individual requirements - telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 for up to date availability and prices. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code TR55C to receive your 7% discount.

January 3, 10 2019

April 4, 11, 18 2019

November 7, 14 2019

February 14, 28 2019

September 5, 19, 26 2019

February 6, 20, 27 2020

March 7, 14, 28 2019

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2019

March 5, 12, 19, 26 2020

Cosmos access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The ‘from’ price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a room, travelling on 24 Oct 2019. Please call Cosmos to get a quote for your own party size and chosen departure date/airport. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Cosmos Tours
Great Adventure Down Under

7% discount - 30 days escorted touring holiday

Discount prices start from only £8184

Your adventure begins in Australia with sightseeing in Melbourne, Kakadu National Park, and Sydney together with excursion to Kangaroo Island, visit to Uluru with outback barbecue and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train.

In New Zealand you will visit Mount Cook National Park, Fjordland National Park with a cruise on Milford Sound and gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for a scenic dinner. In Rotorua enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner.

This amazing 30 day Great Adventure Down Under tour comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

All this included

Flights - Home pick up service* - Transfers

Sightseeing and more -

MELBOURNE Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch

HOBART Guided walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

ADELAIDE Orientation tour; excursion to Kangaroo Island

ULURU (AYERS ROCK) Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; Outback barbecue; visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

ALICE SPRINGS–DARWIN Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train

KATHERINE GORGE Choice of included sightseeing 

DARWIN Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing tour; wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre and Bowali Visitor Centre

CAIRNS Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Koala Gardens with souvenir photo

SYDNEY Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Bondi Beach; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

MOUNT COOK Sightseeing in Mount Cook National Park; visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center

QUEENSTOWN Visit Fiordland National Park and cruise on Milford Sound; gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for a scenic dinner

ROTORUA Enjoy a Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner; visit the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, and Te Puia

WAITOMO Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

AUCKLAND Farewell dinner atop Sky Tower

FIJI EXTENSION Sightseeing tour; visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant and Viseisei Village; stop at Vuda Lookout, Namaka Market, and Sri Siva Subramaniya Hindu Temple


Melbourne Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Hobart Wrest Point Hotel

Aelaide Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Desert Gardens Hote

Journey Beyond Ghan train

Darwin Hilton Darwin,

Kakadu N.P. Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Cairns Pullman Cairns International

Sydney Sydney Harbour Marriott

Mount Cook The Hermitage

Queenstown Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakeside

Rotorua Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Auckland SKYCITY Hotel

Fiji extension Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

Meals Breakfast (B) daily, 7 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) including an Outback barbecue at Uluru (Ayers Rock), a traditional Hangi dinner in Rotorua, and farewell dinner in Auckland; Fiji Extension: breakfast (B) daily

Your train

The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the “Red Centre of Australia” 150 years ago.

Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Outback Explorer Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes.

Twin cabins feature upper and lower berths, washbasin, toilet, and shower. Single cabins feature a single berth and washbasin with shared toilet and shower facilities.

Globus tours

A Globus tour is more than just a holiday – it’s everything you need, taken care of. All of Globus tours include:

Sightseeing and VIP access: Globus offers you more included features and behind-the-scenes local experiences than any other tour operator – plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sights. We actually take you inside the most awe-inspiring places – right to the front of the queue and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and included features by putting them into UPPERCASE.

Superior hotels: Only on a Globus tour can you see all the sights, hit the town for the evening and then stroll back to a comfortable bed. Our hotels have been selected for their comfort, beauty and central location so you’re perfectly positioned to make the most of each stop. All hotel and city taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling are included.

Meals: Food and wine tastings, plus traditional meals at local restaurants, help you experience your destination’s
culture through its cuisine. Globus tours always include several meals, each featuring at least one complimentary glass of regional wine, beer, soft drinks, coff ee or tea for an additional taste of local flavour.

Local Favourites: Globus go beyond the excursions off ered by other tour operators and arrange special events and activities
just for Globus guests to get an authentic taste of local life. Whether that’s learning to dance the Viennese waltz in an exclusive lesson in Strauss, or discovering life on a husky farm in Finnish Lapland, see which Local Favorites are included on each tour, just look out for the icons on the holiday pages.

Plus: Your Globus tour also includes our private home pick-up service, transfers, Wi-Fi (where available) and air-conditioning on our deluxe coaches, porterage, and any airport or port charges.

You even have the chance to personalise your trip with extra days and additional optional excursions.

Extend your holiday

Add Fijhi to your holiday - 3 nights

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