Australia Tour with Airfare - Sydney, Ayers Rock & Cairns

14-Day, 11-Night Australia Tour with Airfare, Accommodations, and Daily Breakfast from Down Under Answers

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Australia Adventure to the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock National Park, and Sydney

On the plains of central Australia, Ayers Rock—one of the largest monoliths in the world—stands at the approximate geographical center of the continent. To circle the base of this sandstone behemoth requires a more than 5-mile trek. The site is sacred to aborigines, whose ancestors carved petroglyphs into the rock, which they called Uluru. On this 14-day, 11-night Australia tour from Down Under Answers, you'll get to see Ayers Rock along with several other landmarks, from Sydney's iconic opera house to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef near Cairns.

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Days 1–3: After departing from LAX, you'll cross the Pacific Ocean (and lose a day flying over the International Date Line) en route to Sydney, where you'll drop anchor at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park.

Days 4–6: The tour stops for a full three days in Sydney. To kick things off, a half-day Essential Sydney Tour spotlights some of the city's most distinctive landmarks. The Rocks precinct supplies a taste of Sydney's rich history. Cobblestone streets lead past quaint cottages, many of which were built nearly two centuries ago, when Australia was still a penal colony. After a visit to downtown Sydney's botanical gardens, you'll voyage past a number of bays before arriving at Bondi Beach. Here you can enjoy the breaking surf and stroll past pubs and boutiques along the nearby boardwalk. Spend the next two days taking in Sydney's sights and sounds at your leisure.

Days 7–9: A brief flight brings you to Ayers Rock, where you'll spend three nights at Voyages Sails in the Desert. A trek into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ends at Ayers Rock, whose red sandstone glows a brilliant orange at sunrise and sunset.

Bright and early the next day, you'll tour the mountain's base before continuing to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here you'll see rock paintings from ancient aboriginal cultures. You can delve deeper into aboriginal customs at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center or roll up your sleeves to climb Ayers Rock, weather permitting. The next day is another free day to spend however you'd like.

Days 10–11: After arrival at Cairns, you'll check into the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns. Private garden balconies and a communal rooftop pool make the hotel a relaxing base camp for exploring nearby attractions. In the morning, you'll hop on a luxury cruiser to the Great Barrier Reef. The largest such ecosystem in the world, the Great Barrier Reef comprises more than 2,900 smaller reefs where more than 1,500 resident species of fish live year-round and six well-to-do kraken families keep summer homes. Over five hours, a professional crew will watch over passengers as they go snorkeling or join an introductory diving session (fee not included with this Groupon). The boat also has glass paneling you can peer through to get an up-close view of the reef.

Days 12–14: After two more free days, head to Cairns Airport and board a flight that stops briefly in Brisbane or Sydney before flying back to the U.S. for same-day arrival at LAX.

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What You Get

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14-day, 11-night tour of Australia

  • $3,749 for a Travel with a Friend package, departing July 24–September 21
  • $5,299 for a Solo Traveler package, departing July 24–September 21
  • $4,099 for a Travel with a Friend package, departing September 22–December 8
  • $5,599 for a Solo Traveler package, departing September 22–December 8

Each option includes the following:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney, Ayers Rock, and Cairns
  • Four nights at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park in an executive club room
  • Three nights at Sails in the Desert in a standard room
  • Four nights at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in a deluxe room
  • Half-day Essential Sydney tour
  • Outer-barrier-reef cruise from Cairns
  • First 70 passengers receive Ayers Rock sunrise tour
  • Roundtrip transfers in Sydney, Ayers Rock, and Cairns
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airline fuel surcharges and United States and foreign taxes and fees

Book by: 7/27/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/27/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 9/21/12 or 12/8/12 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • Unredeemed vouchers will result in a gift card for a future trip minus a 20% processing fee
  • Must provide full name as appears on passport at time of booking
  • No refunds or name changes for travel or airfare once booked; changes to flights incur a $150 fee
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) req'd to enter Australia; must obtain ETA before departure.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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What It's Worth

14-day, 11-night tour of Australia

  • $3,749 for a Travel with a Friend package, departing July 24–September 21 (up to a $5,878 value)
  • $5,299 for a Solo Traveler package, departing July 24–September 21 (up to an $8,222 value)
  • $4,099 for a Travel with a Friend package, departing September 22–December 8 (up to a $6,248 value)
  • $5,599 for a Solo Traveler package, departing September 22–December 8 (up to an $8,613 value)

Each option includes the following:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney, Ayers Rock, and Cairns
  • Four nights at Pullman Sydney Hyde Park in an executive club room
  • Three nights at Sails in the Desert in a standard room
  • Four nights at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in a deluxe room
  • Half-day Essential Sydney tour
  • Outer-barrier-reef cruise from Cairns
  • First 70 passengers receive Ayers Rock sunrise tour
  • Roundtrip transfers in Sydney, Ayers Rock, and Cairns
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airline fuel surcharges and United States and foreign taxes and fees

Getting There

  • By plane: roundtrip airfare from LAX to Sydney and all domestic flights in Australia included in this deal

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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