Adorned with serene beaches and lush forests, Cairns is a prominent holiday destination in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef that runs along the coast of the city is renowned all over the world and is a must see. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport, move to the hotel on seat in coach basis. After check-in relax and spend your day in leisure or explore the city on your own. Next day, head out to the marina and enjoy a full-day cruise to the Green Island. Located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Green Island is a well-known attraction in the region. Situated around 27 km off the shores of Cairns, it is also among the most popular island national parks in the world. The coral bay supports a vine forest and a wide array of diverse plant life can be seen here. Choose to snorkel, dive, stay dry or view the spectacular underwater reefs of the Coral Sea in a semi submarine or a glass bottom boat, or simply laze on the white sandy beach. You can also put on some snorkelling gear to get close to these amazing formations.
Join your coach to commence on a full day tour to Kuranda. Arrive at Freshwater Station and perhaps purchase a light breakfast or explore the souvenir shop and museum. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway on its arrival for this breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes. The journey will take you through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges with amazing views. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the Falls before arriving at beautiful Kuranda station. Next up, board the Skyrail for the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. Glide over the Rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops enroute to enjoy a walk through the rainforest.
Arrive Alice Springs Airport.This afternoon join half Day seat in coach tour to “A Town like Alice Tour departing 1330hours as an optional. Tour the sights of 'The Alice' including The School of the Air. We learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio, we may have the opportunity to listen to and observe lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote 'outback'. We also make a stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia's semi-arid desert, such as the Perentie Lizard and the Thorny Devil. The tour concludes with a panoramic view of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
Post breakfast; this morning join the full day seat in coach West MacDonald ranges tour (a bit of walking in rough terrain is required during this tour) on own (Optional).First stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pool. Attract a great array of wildlife and birds. Return from your walk and enjoy morning tea. Next up is Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular watercourse, which cuts through a gorge in the ranges. Visit the Ochre Pits to see the natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for indigenous people for thousands of years. At Ormiston Gorge, the rugged scenery is complemented by a near-permanent waterhole, which attracts a range of water birds and fish. Enjoy a Ploughman’s Lunch at Glen Helen Gorge. Final stop is Simpson Gap, one of the best known destinations in the ranges. Walk through the gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks.
After breakfast, check-out and head to Ayers Rock. This early morning join the half day seat in coach transfer to Ayers Rock Resort enroute travel south through the MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm where there is time to take a short camel ride (own expense). Later you will have the opportunity to purchase a light lunch at Mount Ebenezer. Marvel at majestic Atila (Mt. Conner) before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.Arrive Ayers Rock Resort and check-in, later afternoon half day seat in coach Uluru Sunset Tour as on optional is available. Late evening seat in coach transfers to Field of Light Self Guided Tour (Keep National Park Ticket handy - Infant above 1year charged as Child) as an option.
Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (included) along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvelous views of Watarraka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor. After lunch (own expense), return to Ayers Rock Resort. All great holidays must end. Relish a yummy breakfast at the hotel and pack your bags and memories Check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Tour Ends.
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