Mon, Feb 4: Board an overnight flight to Australia.
Tue, Feb 5: Cross the International Date Line.
Wed, Feb 6: Arrive in Sydney. Check in to your hotel for the night.
Thu, Feb 7: A sightseeing tour of Sydney includes the Sydney Opera House, Watson’s Bay and Bondi Beach. Enjoy a seafood lunch cruise at Circular Quay. (B,L,D)
Fri, Feb 8: Observe koalas, wombats, kookaburras, parrots and kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Sat, Feb 9: Fly to Cairns and check in to your hotel for three nights. (B)
Sun, Feb 10: Spend a full day on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, scuba dive or see the reef from a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat. (B,L)
Mon, Feb 11: Travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the rainforest to Kuranda, where you’ll have time to explore the village. Board the Skyrail for a 90-minute ride spanning the ancient tropical rainforest. Immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. (B,D)
Tue, Feb 12: Depart by air for Uluru (Ayers Rock). Create your own Maruku dot painting with an aboriginal artist. Travel through the desert to The Olgas. Enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the Uluru sunset. (B)
Wed, Feb 13: Rise early to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Tour Mutitjulu waterhole and view Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about Aboriginal history. Experience a second sunset over Uluru as you enjoy a Sounds of Silence Dinner in the desert with a stargazer guide. (B,D)
Thu, Feb 14: Depart by air for Melbourne. The day is yours to explore. (B)
Fri, Feb 15: Enjoy a tour of Melbourne. Stop at Cooks’ Cottage. Built in 1755, it was moved from England to Melbourne in 1934. Dinner is a five-course meal with a sightseeing tour on the 1948 Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. (B,D)
Sat, Feb 16: Spend the day exploring the Great Ocean Road. Experience the worlds most impressive coastline, finishing at the famous Twelve Apostles. (B,L)
Sun, Feb 17: Fly home to Indianapolis and arrive the same day. (B)
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Breathtaking heritage elements merge with contemporary features. This boutique-style hotel features large windows and high ceilings for a spacious atmosphere. Walk to major city attractions such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanical Gardens Highlights: spacious, contemporary guestrooms • bathrobes provided during stay • in-room coffee and tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • bar • 24-hour room service • fitness center • steam room • indoor pool • spa.
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Cairns, Australia
Beautiful tropical surroundings make this a true resort-style treat. This multi-award-winning resort is located near the popular Cairns Esplanade. Highlights: contemporary guestrooms with private terraces or balconies • restaurant • bar • 24-hour room service • complimentary Wi-Fi access in lobby and public areas • fitness center • large lagoon-style pool with sandy beach and swim-up bar • day spa.
Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Ayers Rock, Australia.
An incredible place to discover aboriginal culture. Highlights: spacious guestrooms with private balconies or courtyard areas • in-room coffee/tea makers • restaurant • bar • room service • complimentary Wi-Fi access• outdoor pool • tennis court • native gardens.
Vibe Savoy Hotel, Melbourne, Australia.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s city business district . Highlights: spacious guestrooms • in-room coffee/tea makers • high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access (fees apply) • restaurant • bar/lounge • room service • fitness center.