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Cairns to Perth – Australia’s Longest Shortcut Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Cairns
  • Half Day Cruise to Green Island
  • Age of Dinosaurs Centre, Winton
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station
  • Kings Canyon
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta
  • Gwalia Museum
  • Motel Accommodation
  • 14 evening meals, 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches

 State

Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia
Golden Outback and Western Australia

Accommodation

14 nights motel

Departure Dates

9 August - Cairns to Perth

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$4,990

Adult

$5,050

Land Only

$4,690

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

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$0

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

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$0

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

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$0

Departure from Brisbane

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$0

Adult

$0

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$0

Departure from Hobart

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$0

Adult

$0

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$0

Single Accomodation

$1,120

Single Tent Only

$80

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

 

(PD, Motel) Fly to Cairns where we are met by the coach and transferred to our motel. Note: Flights arriving after 6pm will have snack evening meal provided in the room.

Day 2

(CB, RD, Motel) Take a cruise out into the Great Barrier Reef to Green Island. Enjoy a snorkel in the beautiful waters or view them from a glass bottom boat. Return to Cairns for lunch and wander the recently redeveloped foreshore. Free afternoon on the esplanade of Cairns, with many cafés and restaurants, galleries, markets and stalls in this lovely coastal Queensland city. Note: Green Island cruise included.

Day 3

(CB, MD, Motel) Climbing the Great Dividing Range through the winding forest highway enjoying the lush rainforest and tropical plantations. To Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet to reach Mount Surprize on the Gulf Development Road.

Day 4

(CB, PL, MD, Motel) We take a guided tour through the Undara Lava Tubes, the world’s largest lava tube system. In the afternoon we visit Einasleigh. Note: Lava Tubes Tour included.

Day 5

(CB, RD, Motel) Onto the first of many dirt roads on this tour we have lunch at Hughenden. In the afternoon we reach the sheep cattle town of Winton on the sprawling Western River.

Day 6

(CB, RD, Motel) Morning visit to the Age of Dinosaurs Centre, the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. Followed by free time in Winton and a wander of this romantic, classic outback QLD town. Note: Dinosaur Centre entry included.

Day 7

(CB, PL, CAD, Motel) Out across the Queensland Channel Country and over the Diamantina which flows south past Birdsville to Lake Eyre. Through Middleton to Boulia this highway is the home of the Min Min Lights, a unusual shimmering light phenomenon that can appear at night.

Day 8

(CAB, PL, RD, Motel) An early start on the dirt of the Donohue Highway shadowing the Georgina River with its many tributaries to cross the Northern Territory border. Through the Toko, Tarlton, Jervois and Harts Ranges on the Plenty Highway in the northern reaches of the Simpson Desert. To the hub of Central Australia, Alice Springs for two nights.

Day 9

(CAB, RD, Motel) Take an optional early morning Hot Air Balloon through the rugged outback or have a restful morning followed by a tour of “The Alice” nestled on the north side of the MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park. Note: Optional Hot Air Balloon approx $400.

Day 10

(CAB, PL, CAD, Basic Motel) Continuing across Australia to Watarrka National Park and a 2.5km walk up Kings Creek inside Kings Canyon. After lunch we make for Curtin Springs Station along the Lasseter Highway with the impressive plateau of Mount Conner on our south.

Day 11

(CAB, PD, Basic Motel) The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after a day in the park we can see why. We spend the morning at Uluru and the information centre. Return to Yulara Village for lunch and an optional flight over the spectacular sandstone formations. Later we visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to walk through the valleys between the mighty domes before enjoying a sausage sizzle dinner watching the sunset on Uluru. Note: Optional Flight over Uluru approx $300

Day 12

(CAB, PL, CAD, Basic Motel) Deep into the South West corner of the Northern Territory we visit Lasseters Cave and learn a little of the mystery of Lewis Lasseter and his elusive reef of gold. Crossing into WA on the Great Central Road through the Gibson Desert, passing the Schwerin Mural Ranges we reach Warburton.

Day 13

(CAB, PL, RD, Motel) The dirt road winding through the ranges, sand hills and salt lakes of the desert has a beauty that is iconically Australian. We leave the dirt behind at Laverton.

Day 14

(CAB, MD, Motel) Travelling through mining towns of all sizes and minerals, Ghost Towns to Cities from Nickel to Gold. Visit the Gwalia Museum on the edge of the large open pit Sons of Gwalia Mine. After a visit to the historic Two-Up ring out in the scrub its south to Kalgoorlie to lookout over the Super-Pit, Australia’s Largest Open Cut Gold Mine. Note: Museum entry Included

Day 15

(CB) Leaving WA’s city of Gold we finish off Australia’s Longest Shortcut through the Wheatbelt for lunch in Merredin and down the Darling Scarp into Perth.

Notes

This tour is accommodated in cabin and motels but due to the remote regions through which we travel the coach will carry all camping gear onboard. In the case of any disruptions (weather, mechanical or other) we may be required to camp.

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