Groups to Australia
The world is a big place and it is impossible to know every country in depth.
Do you have a group that wants to travel to Australia?
You know your clients and we know Australia. We work in partnership with you to provide the perfect tour for your specific group clients.
Expanding Horizons (Aust) Pty Ltd has been an Inbound Tour Operator and member of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) for over 10 years. We specialise in managing the travel arrangements of overseas travel groups wishing to travel to Australia.
Not only do we know the “must see” destinations but we also know the gems that show the real Australia. Our large domestic group tour wholesaling program provides you access to over 1,500 group ready tourism suppliers and enables us to offer you access to popular Australian tourism destinations as well as locations that are "off the beaten track" - places that may not be on the traditional international travellers itinerary.
Expanding Horizons staff are passionate about travel and are often “on the road”, inspecting hotels, researching new tours and they are always on the lookout for something different, even when they are on their own holidays.
We partner with a large number of Australian based transport and coach companies enabling you access to a wide range of quality group tour transport options and luxury touring coaches all over the country.
Our valuable local knowledge and extensive network of reliable group tourism suppliers all over the country is your assurance of a successful tour Downunder.
Expanding Horizons provides you with comprehensive itinerary planning and tour processing services for your tour groups wanting to visit Australia – We make group travel to Australia easy.
14 Day Tour
Tour Features & Highlights
DAY 1: ARRIVE MELBOURNEWelcome to Australia! Once we pass through Customs and Immigration, we are ready to begin our holiday. Melbourne is consistently listed as one of the world's most liveable cities. The city centre is located at the top of Port Phillip Bay - a great natural seaport. Our local Coach Captain will transfer us straight to our hotel, our "home" for the next three nights.
DAY 2: EXPLORING MELBOURNEAfter our travel days we can have a relaxing breakfast before we take a sightseeing tour of this grand city. Our first stop for the day is the spectacular Eureka Skydeck where we have awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Our lunch today is at one of Melbourne's waterfront restaurant followed by a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
DAY 3: GREAT OCEAN ROADToday we travel on one of the country's most spectacular coastal roads, the Great Ocean Road. We wind through the slopes of the Otway Ranges and Otway National Park. To the west of the Otway Ranges we join the "Shipwreck Coast", it's here we have the chance to see the Twelve Apostles - huge pillars which loom out of the surf, carved over time by the fury of the ocean, Loch Ard Gorge, the ill-fated London Bridge.
DAY 4: TO ALICE SPRINGSWe farewell the south today as we fly to Alice Springs. We head to ANZAC Hill for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area. We also visit the Old Telegraph Station and the original Alice Springs. Tonight we are in for a treat at The Earth Sanctuary. We enjoy a mouth-watering bush BBQ with music and experience the spirit of the outback through stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. We will even learn how to cook a swagman's damper!
DAY 5: EXPLORING ALICE SPRINGSThis morning we take a virtual journey in 'The World's Largest Classroom' as we visit The School of the Air. We also visit the Royal Flying Doctor Base. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive aero-medical organisations in the world. This afternoon, we explore the majestic Western MacDonnell Ranges. We can take a walk into Standley Chasm. The chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a picturesque natural alleyway.
DAY 6: ALICE SPRINGS TO ULURUWe farewell Alice Springs this morning and begin our journey south. We turn west at Erldunda towards our destination - Uluru National Park. We'll spend some time at the Rock tomorrow, but this evening we drive to Sunset Strip - the colour of the Rock changes depending on the time of day and the weather but in the evening, at sunset, Uluru puts on a remarkable light show as it changes colour from red to orange to lilac in a matter of minutes.
DAY 7: ULURU NATIONAL PARKToday we will spend exploring Uluru learning about the Aboriginal perceptions, its powerful spiritual significance and how Anangu traditional owners and ranges are looking after the Park together. We also visit the nearby Kata Tjuta or 'place of many heads'. Tonight we join the Sounds of Silence Dinner, a gourmet desert dinner under the stars. The sounds of a didgeridoo, a sumptuous outback fare - this is the best of the Red Centre.
DAY 8: TO CAIRNSToday we fly to Cairns for our next adventure in Australia's Tropical Far North Queensland. The city of Cairns is considered to be the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, the hotel is just moments from the city's best dining, shopping and touring departure points.
DAY 9: THE BARRIER REEFNo visit to Cairns would be complete without a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef - this is the largest and most complex expanse of living coral on earth, extending from Cape York in the north to the Tropic of Capricorn in the south. It is also one of the world's great natural wonders. We enjoy a day of snorkeling, ride on a semi-submersible, a fish feeding presentation as well as a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch. After our full day we return to Cairns.
DAY 10: KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY & SKYRAILFollowing breakfast we join the Kuranda Scenic Railway, climbing more than 300 metres through the magnificent Barron Falls National Park. We disembark at the town of Kuranda. Surrounded by World Heritage listed Rainforest the village is full of arts and crafts shops and stalls that we can wander through. We return to the coast via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking us across the rooftop of the rainforest and back down to the coastal plain via Gondolas.
DAY 11: CAIRNS TO SYDNEYWe farewell Cairns this morning and transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney, sadly, the final sector of our tour - but what a way to finish in this stunning city of Sydney! We have the afternoon and evening to explore.
DAY 12: EXPLORING SYDNEYThis morning we take a drive through the historic area known as 'The Rocks'. We then visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, this vantage point provides us with wonderful views of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and is an iconic photo opportunity. Onto famous Bondi Beach where we have time to take a stroll along the promenade. This afternoon we take a sightseeing cruise on the spectacular Sydney Harbour taking in one of the most exciting and beautiful harbours of the world.
DAY 13: THE BLUE MOUNTAINSToday is to the stunning Blue Mountains, we make a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. We get the opportunity here to feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu. Leaving the park we climb up to almost 1000m above sea level into the Blue Mountains, we stop for a photo of The Three Sisters, an ancient rock formation. We also visit Scenic World, take a ride on the world's steepest incline railway, or the steepest aerial cable car in Australia or take the journey 270m above ravines and waterfalls.
Group ready trade partners included in this tour:
Paronella ParkMena Creek, QLD
Hartley's Crocodile Adventuresvia Cairns, QLD
Skyrail Rainforest CablewayCairns, QLD
Great AdventuresCairns, QLD
Phillip Island Nature ParkPhillip Island, VIC
Captain Cook Cruises Sydney (Sightseeing & Dining Cruises)Sydney, NSW
Sunlover Reef CruisesCairns, QLD
Puffing Billy RailwayBelgrave, VIC
Standley ChasmAlice Springs, NT
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs LassetersAlice Springs, NT
Ibis Styles CairnsCairns, QLD
Atura DandenongEumemmering, VIC
Best Western Plus Travel Inn HotelMelbourne, VIC
Glen Helen LodgeAlice Springs, NT
Zig Zag MotelLithgow, NSW