Arrive in Melbourne

Crowned "The World's Most Liveable City" for seven years in a row, friendly Melbourne is the perfect place to begin your Australian self-drive adventure.

This compact, diverse metropolis is begging to be explored after settling into your comfortable accommodation. There are hidden charms around every corner, beautiful Botanic Gardens and chic city squares where you can soak up the atmosphere to your heart's content.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Melbourne:

  • Lose yourself in cobbled laneways lined with tempting coffee shops, chic boutiques and cozy bars.
  • Admire the always-evolving street art covering every inch of Hosier Lane
  • Take a tram to St Kilda beach's historic esplanade and drop into Acland St's irresistible cake shops.
  • Make a sporting pilgrimage to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Grab a bite to eat at Queen Victoria Market - it's the largest market in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Choose from a dizzying array of restaurants & eateries — you're in Australia's foodie capital.

Accommodation: Melbourne - 2 Nights

Little Bourke offers modern accommodation in Melbourne's Chinatown. All self-contained apartments include high-speed internet access and flat-screen cable TV. Little Bourke is surrounded by the restaurants, bars and cafes of Melbourne’s vibrant CBD. Her Majesty’s Theatre is next door and Princess Theatre is a 5-minute walk away.


Great Ocean Road Guided Day Tour

Discover amazing coastal scenery, adventure and wildlife on a full day coach tour along the famous Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road - One of the World's Greatest Drives

Experience and enjoy the breathtaking Great Ocean Road: every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges. This remarkable scenery provides an amazing backdrop for a day that will be etched in your memory forever.

Visit Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse at Apollo Bay, enjoy a typical Aussie BBQ lunch, take a rainforest walk in the Otway Ranges and see the world famous limestone rock stacks — the 12 Apostles – at the western end of the Great Ocean Road.

There are plenty of opportunities to see the native wildlife in its natural habitat including koalas and a variety of Australian birdlife.


Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Bid farewell to the city and fly to Australia's Red Centre for your first glimpse of magnificent Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it is also known.

Ayers Rock stands 348 metres above the ground and reaches over 700 metres underground. Uluru is also home to the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is of extreme importance to the local Aboriginal people.

Settle into your self-catering apartment at Ayers Rock Resort and prepare to witness the most epic sunset you can imagine over Uluru: it's a moment the whole family will remember forever.

Accommodation: Ayers Rock - 2 Nights

Emu Walk Apartments are just a short walk from Ayers Rock Resort centre. Each apartment is air-conditioned and has a TV with free-to-air channels, plus a balcony or veranda. All apartments are self-contained, with separate kitchen, living and bedroom areas. Emu Walk Apartments are close to Gecko’s cafe which offers gourmet pizzas, pasta and Mediterranean-style dishes.
Emu Walk Apartments


Field of Light: Star Pass by Camel

Cross the desert on a friendly camel and see the 50,000 glass spheres of Bruce Munro's amazing Field of Light installation.

Desert Camel Ride

Believe it or not, Australia is home to over a million camels! Today you will ride high above the red desert dunes on a camel of your very own with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop.

The Magical "Field of Light"

After your camel ride ends, you will be welcomed at a raised viewing area for canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo. As the sun slowly sets, the coloured lights of 50,000 glass spheres come to life before you. Created by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, this magical installation has to be seen to be believed.


Ayers Rock to Sydney

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Scenic Flight

Experience the beauty of Uluru on a dramatic scenic flight. Soaring over Uluru and the incredible rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) gives you amazing views of the area from a whole new perspective.

Ayers Rock to Sydney

Fly onwards to Sydney, the oldest and grandest of Australia's big cities. Blessed with a glorious natural harbour, golden beaches and a blissful climate, this incredible metropolis offers a stunning introduction to East Coast Australia.

Sydney Harbour Dining Cruise

Tonight's Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Harbour shows off Sydney in style. Sparkling wine in hand, enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as you dine.

Accommodation: Sydney - 2 Nights

Featuring a swimming pool, fitness centre and a sauna and overlooking beautiful Cockle Bay, Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Darling Harbour is located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District), and offers self-contained accommodation with flat-screen satellite TV. Most rooms offer a private balcony. Located in Sydney’s entertainment hub of King Street Wharf, Adina Apartment Hotel is less than 3 minutes’ walk from Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World. Chinatown is a 5-minute walk away and Sydney’s city centre is just 10 minutes' walk away.


Explore Sydney At Your Leisure

Enjoy some free time to discover Sydney in depth, at your own pace.

Take a ferry to Manly for a laid-back beach day, or cruise to Taronga Zoo, where both animals and visitors alike can enjoy jaw-dropping harbour views.
Adventurers can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge or tackle the Bondi to Bronte walking trail along the rugged sandstone cliffs.

Foodies will love visiting the Sydney Fish Market, where you can pile your plate high with freshly caught & cooked seafood and take your haul outside to eat on the pier.

However you choose to spend your day, Sydney is guaranteed to win your heart.


Depart Sydney

Your 7 Day Contrasts of Australia family adventure ends here in Sydney today, and we know you will leave with magical memories of a truly exceptional Australian experience as you board your onward flight.

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What Amelia says about this tour: "A short break in Australia needn't be confined to one area - we have carefully planned the Contrasts of Australia itinerary for time-poor families who love life on the go. With hip Melbourne, the rugged Great Ocean Road, beautiful Uluru, the Red Centre's deserts and Sydney's iconic harbour on the itinerary, no two days are the same!"
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