Tick off world-famous wonders and epic natural icons on this 10-night adventure from Sydney. From fiery Outback sunsets to an offshore marvel, this journey takes in the most iconic of Australian treasures.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested route 10 nights from Sydney
• Sydney: 4 nights
• Uluru (Ayers Rock): 2 nights
• Port Douglas: 4 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this itinerary
• Tick off three of Australia’s most world-famous destinations – Uluru (Ayers Rock), Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef
• Spend time in Queensland’s gorgeous Tropical North
• See the world’s oldest living rainforest in Daintree National Park
• Discover ancient rock art in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
• See the famous sails of the Opera House in Sydney
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Sydney Start your adventure in New South Wales’ superstar city. Spend a day in The Rocks, have beach time at Bondi and take a tour of the Opera House. Stay 4 nights at ParkRoyal Darling Harbour.
Day 5: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Leave for the Outback’s Red Centre. See ancient rock art, discover an extraordinary indigenous culture and see the iconic sandstone monolith of Uluru (sunrise and sunset views are the best). Stay 2 nights at Voyages Desert Gardens.
Day 7: Port Douglas Continue to Queensland’s Tropical North, discover a prehistoric rainforest and see the jaw-dropping phenomenon of the Great Barrier Reef. Stay 4 nights at Oaks Resort Port Douglas.
For the best views of Sydney’s harbour, book the Bridge Climb at Sydney Harbour Bridge
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This giant sandstone monolith is Australia’s most iconic and sacred Aboriginal site
Add on a sailing trip to the Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven natural wonders of the world
Spend the day in the rainforest and see the spot where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve featured hotels that are modern and comfortable, but there’s the option to upgrade for the ultimate Australian experience. Choose the Shangri-La or Four Seasons hotels in Sydney for the best harbour views, and add Longitude 131° (p42) for the most incredible views of Uluru.
This itinerary takes you to Australia’s most famous sights, but can easily be added to. Sydney is best explored on foot, so add on a walking tour to really get to know the city. We recommend the ‘Night at the Field of Light’ which combines an Outback dinner with the exhibition at Uluru.
If you have a bit more time to spare, it’s worth extending your time in the Northern Territory to include a visit to Alice Springs. Or, you could stay longer in Port Douglas for tropical relaxation in this sophisticated spot.
It’s easy to include another stop or two on this itinerary – you could add in a stopover on the way to or from Australia (p110), or even end the itinerary in Melbourne, Victoria’s sporting, food and culture capital.
Good to know
When to go
• Summer in Sydney (November to March) brings the warm and sunny weather, but this is also peak season so it can get busy
• November to March is the hottest time to visit the Red Centre, but it’s also the wettest period to see North Queensland
• For the best weather in all three states, plan this itinerary between May and October – Sydney and Uluru will be cooler and it’s the driest time to visit Queensland’s tropics
• If you’re planning to visit Sydney in May, look out for the spectacular Vivid Light Festival that takes over the city