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AUSTRALIA

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13 day Inspiring Australia Palm Cove • Daintree • Great Barrier Reef • Alice Springs • Kings Canyon • Uluru • Kata Tjuta • Sydney • Blue Mountains • Hunter Valley

Day 1: Arrive Cairns Sit back and relax while you’re transferred by private car to your resort. That afternoon meet your Travel Director and join them for a cocktail reception and dinner at an award-winning restaurant overlooking the stunning crystal-clear waters of the Coral Sea. (D) Alamanda Palm Cove (3 nights) Day 2: Daintree Day 2 will be one to remember. Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive journey to discover the Daintree and gain insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yulanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and traditional medicine and experience traditional hunting techniques. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a mud crab. Enjoy lunch in a tranquil and relaxing rainforest setting in the Daintree before returning to your resort for an evening at your leisure. (BL) Day 3: Great Barrier Reef Discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a Quicksilver cruise that will take you by catamaran to the outer edge of this natural wonder of the world. Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures. Snorkel around underwater gardens or if you prefer to stay dry, you can view the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board the boat in air conditioned comfort before returning to Palm Cove. (BL) Day 4: Cairns – Alice Springs Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs. In the afternoon you’ll take a tour of Alice Springs to discover what life is like in an isolated Australian town. You’ll visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service that provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. That night you’ll enjoy an incredible 3-course meal in a bush setting cooked in a traditional bush oven. Your host, Bob, will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the night sky. (BD) Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters Hotel

Day 5: Alice Springs – Kings Canyon Travel onwards today through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Kings Canyon. Along the way you’ll stop at the dramatic Standley Chasm, forged over millions of years in the deep red sandstone landscape and home to a variety of lush green ferns and gum trees. Later, enjoy a relaxed walk along the creek-bed of spectacular Kings Canyon before a delicious dinner at Carmichael’s Restaurant. (BLD) Kings Canyon Resort (Deluxe Spa Room) Day 6: Kings Canyon – Uluru At sunrise you’re off on a rim walk of the spectacular Kings Canyon with highlights including the domed ‘Lost City’ and a stop at Cotterill’s Lookout. Or you can opt for an easier shorter walk along the canyon creek bed. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time and sit down to a barbecue lunch with the locals, as you hear stories of the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. That afternoon you enter Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park to witness a spectacular Uluru sunset. Enjoy a sparkling wine while you watch the changing colours as the sun sets below the horizon. (BL) Sails in the Desert Hotel (2 nights) Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta Enjoy a later start to the day before heading to the impressive domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy a guided-walk through Walpa Gorge and later visit the Uluru–Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people and learn about Tjukurpa – the history, knowledge, religion, morality and law of the Aboriginal people and their ancestors. This afternoon you have the opportunity to take a walk around the base of Uluru and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole. In the evening, enjoy dining under the sparkling outback sky at the award winning Sounds of Silence dinner. (BD) Day 8: Ayers Rock - Sydney This morning, rise early to witness the magical Uluru sunrise before returning to your hotel for breakfast and some time to relax. This afternoon fly to Sydney and on arrival at your harbour side hotel, enjoy a drink and some canapés overlooking Walsh Bay. (B) The Langham Hotel Sydney

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