Holiday Itinerary - Highlights of Australia

Day 1: Arrive in Melbourne, Australia.

Welcome to Australia! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 4pm for a welcome meeting.

Day 2: Melbourne.

This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then, enjoy a city sightseeing tour which includes landmarks such as Flinders St. Station, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the botanic gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Melbourne

A full free day to explore more of Melbourne on your own. You may wish to consider a day tour to the scenic Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles” or travel to Phillip Island and see the famous Penguin Parade.

Day 4: Melbourne - Alice Springs.

Today, fly to the Outback and visit the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn how education and medical services are provided in remote regions (subject to opening times). Also, visit the Old Telegraph Station to discover how early settlers developed communications. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Alice Springs - Uluru (Ayres Rock).

Today, journey through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “Brumbies.” Upon arrival, travel to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a geological splendor of some 36 brilliant domes. Later, visit the Sunset Strip, where you will enjoy a champagne toast while experiencing one of the world’s greatest spectacles--Uluru at sunset. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Uluru - Cairns.

Enjoy a tour at the base of Uluru, the extraordinary monolith whose circumference is studded with caves decorated with Aboriginal paintings. In the afternoon, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.” Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

The world’s largest coral reef, made up of over 3,000 individual reefs and over 1,250 miles long, is one of our planet’s most amazing natural wonders. Board a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Experience this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a glass-bottom-boat tour, view the reef from an underwater observatory, and watch a fish feeding. Return to Cairns, where your evening is at leisure. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Cairns.

Today is yours to relax and explore. Set amid lush rainforests, soaring peaks, and the ocean, Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. It has many attractions including a scenic railway, which runs to the picturesque market town of Kuranda and a cable car that glides over Australia’s World-Heritage-listed tropical rainforest canopy. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Cairns - Sydney.

Board your flight to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Tonight, you may wish to enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Sydney.

Sydney boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, home to the instantly recognizable Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous architectural wonder--the Sydney Opera House. This morning, your sightseeing tour will take you through the heart of Sydney. End the day with a harbor cruise along Sydney Harbour for uninterrupted views of the city skyline. Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Sydney.

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. You may wish to wander the cobblestone streets of the Rocks district, explore vibrant Darling Harbour, or climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

Day 12: Sydney.

Your vacation ends this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Sydney and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. Included meals: Breakfast

All this included

Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring.

Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, complimentary headsets, and private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.

Enhance your free time to explore like a local with your CosmosGO mobile app!

Departure dates & prices 2024/2025 Highlights of Australia : 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £3508

Travel 55 discount price in red from £3263

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Melbourne ends Sydney - tour 3350

Dates 2024
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March 19


November 5 £3558
September 24 £3558
November 26 £3558
0ctober 15 £3558

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February 4, 25


September 23


March 18


0ctober 14


April 8, 29


November 4, 11


Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. 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


Barrier Reef

Cosmos Tours
Highlights of Australia

7% discount - 12 days escorted touring holiday

2024/2025 discount prices from only £3263

Stunning natural attractions, vibrant cities, remote regions, and friendly people…this is Australia, and on this Australia tour, you’ll experience all of this and more. Start in Melbourne, end in Sydney, and overnight along the way in Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock), and Cairns.

No vacation to Australia is complete without seeing the incomparable Great Barrier Reef. On this Australia tour, you’ll take a catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef and have the chance to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. With the radiant colors and fish swimming by you, it is nothing short of spectacular! But that’s not all. You’ll also witness the spectacular geological wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the iconic monolith and symbol of the Outback, and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), with its red rocks and 36 brilliant domes. Tour the base of Uluru with its caves and Aboriginal paintings, and enjoy a champagne toast while watching Uluru change colors at sunset—an amazing sight indeed!

Also visit some of Australia’s most famous cities. In Alice Springs, learn about life, education, and medical services in the remote regions of the Outback. In Sydney, cruise along the world-famous Sydney Harbour. In Melbourne, enjoy guided sightseeing of the city’s landmarks. In Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney, you’ll also enjoy plenty of free time to explore and discover on your own.

From the remote Outback to the tropical Great Barrier Reef, this Australia tour designed for value-minded, savvy travelers is a dream vacation!

This amazing 12 day tour Highlights of Australia comes with a 7% discount discount saving off the tour only price. Book this wonderful holiday direct with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Wet Tropics of Queensland


  • Melbourne: Welcome briefing; sightseeing tour, including Fitzroy Gardens.
  • Alice Springs:  School of the Air; Royal Flying Doctor Service; and the Old Telegraph Station.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock): Visit to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock.
  • Cairns: Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities.
  • Sydney: Sightseeing tour; Sydney Harbour cruise.

Professional tour director

Transportation: Private, first-class airconditioned motorcoach while touring. 

Headsets throughout your tour.

Included meals. Breakfast 11, Lunch 1, Dinner 1

Accommodation as shown or similar

Hotels: After a day of traveling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel. We select hotels with the best guestrooms (always with a private bathroom), service, and food for the money.

Melbourne: Citadines on Bourke SuperiorFirst-Class - Citadines on Bourke is the epitome of Melbourne; vibrant and modern. Located in the heart of the city, Citadines on Bourke has the perfect location to experience all the world's most livable city has to offer. The hotel features a fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, sundeck, business corner, dining options, coin-operated self-service laundry, laundry through the hotel (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Alice Springs - Mecure Alice Springs SuperiorTourist-Class - Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, Mercure offers spectacular views of the towering River Red Gum, while the well-manicured lush green lawns of the Resort create a relaxing atmosphere as you soak in the Australian Outback charm of the Northern Territory. The hotel features a swimming pool, fitness center, gift shop, restaurant, lounge, coin-operated self-service laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Outback Pioneer SuperiorTourist-Class - Australian hospitality has its own style of service that combines both professionalism and genuine warmth. You'll find this authentic brand of service at the Outback Pioneer Hotel. It offers comfortable rooms and is perfect for the demands of travelers looking for quality service in relaxed surroundings. The hotel features an outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge, and complimentary Wi-Fi. As a guest, you have access to all the facilities the resort has to offer including swimming pools, Resort Town Square shops, tennis courts, coin-operated self-service laundry, visitor centre, tour desk, and more.

Cairns - Park Regis City Quays SuperiorTourist-Class - Park Regis City Quays is close to everything that makes Cairns a great destination; the Esplanade, restaurants, shops, night markets, Reef Casino, and the Marlin Marina. The hotel features a roof top pool, spa, hair salon, fitness center, and business center. Guestrooms offer air-conditioning, minibar, in-room safe, and laundry.

Sydney: Travelodge Wynyard ModerateFirst-Class - The Mercure Wynyard is ideally located adjacent to the Wynyard railway station and is a stones throw away from many major Sydney attractions including The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the historical The Rocks area. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness center, concierge service, internet access, and coin-operated, self-service laundry.

Flights and air fare

Tour prices are shown without flights: make your own arrangements, or purchase your flights with us from most UK airports. All flight-inclusive tours are ATOL-protected, so you can book with confidence.

Low-Priced, Hassle-Free, Air-Inclusive Vacations & Free Airport Transfers. Competitive Prices. No Surprises. 

With Cosmos, think of your entire holiday as one-stop shopping. Rather than spending hours researching flights to coordinate with your vacation start and end dates, let us handle the work. And when we book your flights, if there are any changes to your vacation schedule, we make the air changes for you. As a completely independent company, we have no ties to any one airline. We negotiate the lowest possible airfares with the world’s finest carriers on your behalf.

Cosmos offers 2 air options—Flex Air and Instant Purchase Air. Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some holidays may only offer one Air-type option.

Low Air-Inclusive Prices & Free Airport Transfers

Regardless which air option you choose when you book your  air-inclusive Cosmos holiday, the transfer to and from the airport to your start and end hotel is included (on published departure and return dates). This can be a substantial savings and give you peace of mind. Airport transfers for US and Canada tours will not be included and are not available for purchase.

Land-only holiday clients who make their own air arrangements on regularly scheduled direct or nonstop flights (not chartered flights) into terminals may purchase our airport transfer service.


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