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Short Break Tours in Australia

Choose from a great selection of short break tours and get away from the big cities,

e.g. Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley ex Sydney, Great Ocean Road ex Melbourne, Fraser Island or Cairns in Queensland, learn to dive in Cairns, Kangaroo Island ex Adelaide, Top End and Red Centre tours, Monkey Mia or Margaret River ex Perth.


Blue Mountains

2 Day Blue Mountains:  Lilianfels with full breakfast

Day 1: The first stop will be Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and an opportunity to visit the Koomurri Centre and hear the ancient Aboriginal legends of this impressive formation. Upon departing Echo Point, your coach driver will drop you off for your overnight accommodation at Lilianfels.  

Day 2: Your coach driver will meet you at Scenic World at 11.30am. There are walking tracks for you to enjoy through the Blue Mountains National Park. Discover Leura village, a delightful  blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy an afternoon at Featherdale Park and have your photo taken with a koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and fairy penguins. Finally, stop at Homebush Bay, the venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
From €472 per person sharing


Great Ocean Road

2 Day Great Ocean Road

Day 1: The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most renowned drives. The rugged cliffs and dazzling azure ocean waves have carved a masterpiece of rock formations that stretch along this famous coastal region. Nestled into the cliffs and sweeping beaches is a blend of beach resort towns. Here the ambiance ranges from trendy and sophisticated in places such as Lorne, to sleepy and peaceful in Apollo Bay. Arrive at your accommodation late morning and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Continue along the Great Ocean Road and observe the powerful ocean as you visit the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the remains of London Bridge. Discover why this coastline has been named “The Shipwreck Coast”

From €298 per person sharing


Fraser Island Cool Dingo

3 Day Fraser Island Cool Dingo Tour

This tour is ideal for the young or young at heart who would like to experience Fraser Island in a more adventurous and fun way. The tour will include 3 days of guided 4WD touring and accommodation at Kingfisher Bay’s Wilderness Lodge plus meals. Your guide is a true Fraser guru who will not only take you to the island’s most incredible spots, such as Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach or Indian Heads but also wow you with fascinating facts about the Island’s history, fauna and flora.

From €392 per person sharing  (Transport to/from Fraser Island extra)


Learn to Dive Cairns

5 Day PADI Learn to Dive Course

Do you want to learn how to dive? This 5 day PADI Open Water Dive Course is a very popular option for visitors to Cairns. The dive course consists of 2 days of theory and pool training followed by a 3 day, 2 night live-aboard dive trip, which includes the opportunity to experience up to 9 dives. These dives, especially the night dive, will be the highlight of the course.
The tour price includes a PADI Gold Open Water Certification, PADI Open Water manual, dive log book, two passport photos (needed for certification), accommodation transfers, dive insurance and all dive equipment including wetsuit, dive computer and torches. Accommodation onboard the vessel is twin share and includes all meals and bed linen while onboard. Accommodation not included for the 2 days of theory and pool  training.

From €714 per person


Liveaboard Diving Cairns

3 Day, 2 Night Live-aboard Diving

One of the best ways to appreciate the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef is to stay out there for a few days. Pro Dive Cairns is a premier PADI dive school and a leading Outer Reef live-aboard dive trip operator.
For certified divers and snorkelers, the 3 day/2 night live-aboard dive trip offers the opportunity to participate in up to 11 dives (9 day and 2 night with a maximum of 2 dives per dive site) as well as snorkelling on a variety of the 16 exclusive outer reef dive sites. You will be diving off one of three premium multi-million dollar dive boats in air-conditioned comfort with a maximum of only 32 passengers onboard, staying in either double or twin share accommodation. This very special dive trip will be a highlight of your time in Cairns, making it a treasured memory of your holiday experience.


Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast

2 Day  Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast

On this two day small group, guided tour you will experience the wildlife and spectacular coastal scenery of beautiful Kangaroo Island.
Day 1: Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm then travel on to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a two course lunch. After lunch visit pristine Seal Bay for a guided beach walk amongst a colony of wild Australian sea lions. Visit the fascinating Birds of Prey free-flight demonstration before heading to Kingscote to watch the pelican feeding. Overnight accommodation of your choice is included.
Day 2: Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Parndana Wildlife Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you will enjoy a two course lunch. Walk amongst the trees to look for koalas nestled in the eucalypts. After lunch, travel to Flinders Chase National park where you will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk on Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch.

From €461 per person


Kakadu & Alligator River

2 Day Kakadu & Alligator River

Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. After lunch, join your Local Guide on a cruise of the fabled Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. There is time for an optional 50 minute scenic flight over the Arnhem Land Escarpment (cost to be advised at time of booking).
Hotel: Aurora Kakadu (budget), Kakadu Lodge (budget studio), Aurora Kakadu (standard), Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn (superior) or Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge* (superior wilderness), Kakadu. 
Day 2: Kakadu – Darwin
This morning stop at Ubirr to view Aboriginal rock art, believed to be 20,000 years old. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River in search of saltwater crocodiles. You have an Aboriginal Guide with you and, with the special permission of the local people, you will be able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin. 

From €465 per person sharing


Sounds of Silence Dinner

3 Day Red Centre Sights and Sounds

Day 1: Sounds of Silence Dinner
On arrival at Ayers Rock Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 3.00pm). This evening dine under a million stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet buffet of Australian delicacies accompanied by fine Australian wines, then sit back and relax as a startalker takes you on a tour of the night skies (conditions permitting).
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Budget Rooms (budget), Outback Pioneer Hotel (standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (superior) or Sails in the Desert (first class), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights. 

Day 2: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)
Rise early to watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre and Uluru alight. After sunrise join your Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru then travel to the Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here view Aboriginal rock art and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates native flora and fauna and explains the history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre to see locally-made arts and crafts. This afternoon travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) stopping en route for panoramic views of its southern side. Continue to Walpa Gorge where the walking trail through the gorge follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. Enjoy nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine while watching striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset.

Day 3: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
This morning time is available for an optional scenic helicopter flight or perhaps a Harley Davidson Ride around Uluru. This afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight.

From €715 per person sharing based on Standard room in Low Season (1DEC13-31MAR14 & 1APR14-30JUN14)


Kings Canyon

3 Day Kings Canyon & Uluru Explorer

Day 1: Alice Springs – Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Travel through the West MacDonnell and James Ranges. Visit a camel farm for an optional camel ride on these ‘ships of the desert’ (own expense) and later stop to view majestic Atila (Mt Conner), before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort. This afternoon travel to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) where your AAT Kings Guide will explain the geological history of these giant domes. Your Guide will then escort you on a 2-3 hour walk in the valley between the massive red conglomerate rocks. The walking path is rocky and requires a good level of fitness. Marvel at the unique flora and fauna that has survived in this harsh environment. When you reach the Valley of the Winds Lookout, take some time to gaze out over the central valley of Kata Tjuta. Then take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Hotel: Outback Pioneer Budget Rooms (budget), Outback Pioneer Hotel (standard), Desert Gardens Hotel (superior) or Sails in the Desert (first class), Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights.

Day 2: Kings Canyon
An early start this morning to drive through sand hill country to Kings Canyon, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station (own expense) along the way. Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon to be rewarded with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. The climb may take up to 3 hours and is for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor, a more leisurely walk. After lunch (own expense) we make our way back to Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 3: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Rise early this morning to travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area, Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. After watching the sunrise you will join your AAT Kings Driver Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide indicates some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts, before returning to Ayers Rock Resort. On days when the Uluru Climb is open, those with a good level of fitness will have the opportunity to climb Uluru as an alternative to the Uluru Base Tour. Depart Ayers Rock.
Departs: 7.30am daily from Alice Springs (pre night hotel in Alice Springs may be required at extra cost)
From €855 per person sharing based on Standard Room in Low Season (1DEC13-31MAR141APR13-30JUN13 & 1APR14-30JUN14)


Monkey Mia

3 Day Pinnacles, Kalbarri and Monkey Mia

Day 1: Perth to Monkey Mia
Journey to the lobster fishing town of Port Denison for lunch by the water’s edge, head to Greenough Flats, known for unusual ‘leaning trees’, travel via Geraldton and Northampton to Shark Bay to our accommodation at Monkey Mia. (LD) Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort or similar.

Day 2: Monkey Mia to Kalbarri
Spend time at the water's edge this morning for a chance to interact with the wild dolphins (not guaranteed). This afternoon we visit Denham for lunch, then Shell Beach and the Stromatolites, and travel to Kalbarri National Park and visit Hawks Head. (BLD) Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort or similar.
Day 3: Kalbarri to Perth
Homeward bound, we enjoy sightseeing along coastal gorges, breaking for lunch at the rock lobster fishing village of Cervantes. We stroll through Pinnacles Desert before continuing back to Perth. (BL)

From €1043 per person sharing


Margaret River

3 Day Margaret River & Tree Top Walk

Day 1: Perth to Margaret River region
Travel to the Margaret River wine region via Yallingup Shearing Shed. After lunch visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting) then Busselton. (LD) Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton or similar.

Day 2: Margaret River to Pemberton region
Enjoy free time in the township of Margaret River before heading to Surfers Point Lookout. Tour Mammoth Cave, then through Boranup Forest to visit Augusta and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Climb the Gloucester Tree and get an amazing view across the tall timber forest. (BLD) Accommodation: Karri Valley Resort, or similar.

Day 3: Pemberton region to Perth via Tree Top Walk
Stroll to majestic Beedelup Falls then travel to the coastal resort town of Walpole.
Then take a luncheon cruise on the Nornalup Inlet and visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Change to another vehicle and head back to Perth, via Kodja Place Visitor Centre for dinner (own expense). (BL)

From €898 per person sharing

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