Authentic Vacations Celebrates UNESCO World Heritage Sites

With stays in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Uluru, Port Douglas, and Sydney—plus unique experiences—this is the Australia vacation of a lifetime. Your tour is designed to include extraordinary day trips and purely authentic guided tours. Begin in Melbourne for an insider’s view of the city’s street art, lanes, and arcades. Day-trip out of the city for the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes.

Discover the lesser-known, wild regions of Tasmania. Hobart, its capital, is the perfect base for spotting whales, pink granite cliffs, and the crystalline waters of Wineglass Bay. Be there as the Adelaide Central Market comes alive while you enjoy breakfast with a local guide. Nearby Kangaroo Island is Australia’s prime, remote location for up-close experiences with native wildlife. Koalas sleep in the trees above you, and kangaroos join you on the beach. Your historic homestead lodging and cuisine gives you a taste of real island life.

Move onto Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the Red Heart of Australia. This is the soul of Indigenous culture. Uluru is sacred—it is believed that it holds the secrets of The Dreamtime, the era before creation as we know it. You’ll tour Uluru at both sunrise and sunset with your guide. The changing sun creates a genuine awareness of the stories that tie Australians to their land.

Next, there’s a change of scenery as you go north to Port Douglas. A pretty seaside village, this is an ideal tropical base. Become familiar with the earth’s oldest rainforest—the vines and lush canopy have been growing for 180 million years. Dine under the Daintree stars with a local storyteller. On another day, you’ll swim and snorkel among the Great Barrier Reef. Your travels end in Sydney with a historic tour of the Rocks, a small group cruise in the harbor, and a day-trip to the UNESCO Blue Mountains Region. This is truly the authentic Australia vacation you’ve been dreaming about!

PLAN AND BOOK

Included Unique Activities

  • Discover the Secrets of Melbourne with a Locally Led Tour through its Lanes and Arcades
  • Take a luxury Small Group Coastal Drive down the Iconic Great Ocean Road
  • Follow Your History Guide on Walking Tour of Downtown Hobart - Discover Landmarks and Heritage Buildings
  • Spend the Day Discovering Some of Tasmania’s Famous Landmarks Including the Port Arthur Historic Site - the Convict Settlement Site
  • Travel from Hobart to Freycinet National Park and Spend the Day Hiking Around Wineglass Bay
  • Head to the Famous Adelaide Central Market for Breakfast, Coffee, and Local Interaction and Tastings
  • Spend Two Full Days Exploring the Exotic Wildlife of Kangaroo Island by Small Group Tour, Enjoy a BBQ out on the Bush, an Al Fresco Picnic Lunch and a Visit to the Wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park, Complete With Return Flights From Adelaide and a Night at a Traditional Homestead With Dinner
  • Enjoy the sunset over Uluru whilst enjoying sparkling wine and appetizers
  • Watch the sunrise over Kata Tjuta followed by an outback picnic breakfast
  • Dine Under the Stars in the World’s Oldest Rainforest As You Enjoy a Live Performance
  • Immerse yourself in the Indigenous Culture with a Daintree Dreaming tour of the world's oldest rainforest 
  • Learn how to throw a spear, track and gather your own tucker (food) and be welcomed with a traditional 'smoking ceremony'
  • Head to the famous Adelaide Central Market for breakfast, coffee, and a guided tour!
  • Join an Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise of the Outer Great Barrier Reef -  the Largest Living Structure on the Planet
  • Explore Sydney’s Convict History on a locally led Walking Tour of the Rocks and Cove
  • Enjoy a truly local experience aboard a small group cruise of Sydney Harbour, enjoy a gourmet BBQ with regional wines and local beers
  • Visit a Working Farm, Home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats, and Koalas
  • Journey into the heart of the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch with magnificent views during your small group tour
Outer Barrier Reef Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure

Outer Barrier Reef Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure

Luxury Blue Mountains Day Trip

Luxury Blue Mountains Day Trip

Authentic Walking Tour of The Rocks

Authentic Walking Tour of The Rocks

Best of Uluru including Sunset

Best of Uluru including Sunset

Sunrise Kata Tjuta Tour

Sunrise Kata Tjuta Tour

Unique Rainforest Dining Experience

Unique Rainforest Dining Experience

Traditional Daintree Dreaming Tour

Traditional Daintree Dreaming Tour

Local Experience Lunch Cruise

Local Experience Lunch Cruise

Accommodations

3 Nights

Vibrant Boutique Hotel

4 Nights

5-Star Waterfront Hotel

1 Night

Historic Homesread B & B

1 Night

Luxurious Boutique Hotel

2 Nights

5-Star Destination Hotel

4 Nights

Luxury Boutique Hotel

4 Nights

Victorian Boutique Hotel

Transportation and Guides

    • Transfers to/from Airports in all locations
    • Flights Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Points of Interest

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Hunter Valley Wine Region
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Daintree Rainforest and National Park
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Tasman National Park
  • Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay)
  • Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)
  • Mona Museum and Art Gallery
  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Eureka Tower

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

North Terrace, Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia

South Australian Museum, Australia

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Australia

Kingscote, Australia

Lathami Conservation Park, Australia

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Dining Options Included (inclusions)

  • 19 Full Australian breakfasts at your hotels
  • 2 Unique Breakfasts; Outback picnic breakfast and at a local market
  • 8 Lunch Experiences
  • 2 Dinners; amongst the world’s oldest rainforest and at a traditional homestead

2025

Available Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $12,388 per person

Your Price Includes

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 11 Nights Authentic 4 Star Hotels
  • 9 Nights Authentic 5 Star Hotels
  • 1-night Traditional Homestead

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transfers to/from Airports in all locations
  • Flights Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED (Inclusions)

  • 19 Full Australian breakfasts at your hotels
  • 2 Unique Breakfasts; Outback picnic breakfast and at a local market
  • 8 Lunch Experiences
  • 2 Dinners; amongst the world’s oldest rainforest and at a traditional homestead

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Discover the Secrets of Melbourne with a Locally Led Tour through its Lanes and Arcades
  • Take a luxury Small Group Coastal Drive down the Iconic Great Ocean Road
  • Follow Your History Guide on Walking Tour of Downtown Hobart - Discover Landmarks and Heritage Buildings
  • Spend the Day Discovering Some of Tasmania’s Famous Landmarks Including the Port Arthur Historic Site - the Convict Settlement Site
  • Travel from Hobart to Freycinet National Park and Spend the Day Hiking Around Wineglass Bay
  • Head to the Famous Adelaide Central Market for Breakfast, Coffee, and Local Interaction and Tastings
  • Spend Two Full Days Exploring the Exotic Wildlife of Kangaroo Island by Small Group Tour, Enjoy a BBQ out on the Bush, an Al Fresco Picnic Lunch and a Visit to the Wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park, Complete With Return Flights From Adelaide and a Night at a Traditional Homestead With Dinner
  • Enjoy the sunset over Uluru whilst enjoying sparkling wine and appetizers
  • Watch the sunrise over Kata Tjuta followed by an outback picnic breakfast
  • Dine Under the Stars in the World’s Oldest Rainforest As You Enjoy a Live Performance
  • Immerse yourself in the Indigenous Culture with a Daintree Dreaming tour of the world's oldest rainforest 
  • Learn how to throw a spear, track and gather your own tucker (food) and be welcomed with a traditional 'smoking ceremony'
  • Head to the famous Adelaide Central Market for breakfast, coffee, and a guided tour!
  • Join an Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise of the Outer Great Barrier Reef -  the Largest Living Structure on the Planet
  • Explore Sydney’s Convict History on a locally led Walking Tour of the Rocks and Cove
  • Enjoy a truly local experience aboard a small group cruise of Sydney Harbour, enjoy a gourmet BBQ with regional wines and local beers
  • Visit a Working Farm, Home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats, and Koalas
  • Journey into the heart of the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch with magnificent views during your small group tour

**Please note: the days your activities fall on may vary depending on the start date of your tour as activities take place on certain days of the week**

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Daintree Rainforest and National Park
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Tasman National Park
  • Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay)
  • Mona Museum and Art Gallery
  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Annual Vacation - Self Drive of Ireland and Scotland"

Raymond

Henderson NV

Best two weeks ever! Jennifer at Authentic Vacations planned the most spectacular itinerary for my clients and did it with just a three-week notice. The itinerary, accommodations, and experiences were truly spectacular.


Very much look forward to working with Authentic Vacations and Jennifer again on another Ireland/UK/Iceland Trip.

"Family vacation and the ND/Navy Game in Dublin"

William

Deer Park, IL

We worked with Authentic Vacations as we planned a trip in Ireland around the Notre Dame/Navy game in Dublin. Specifically, we worked with Joleen and her team for planning and during our trip. I cannot express enough positive comments about how great this organization is to work with, and I have referred them to many friends that are planning trips to Ireland! The hotels were just amazing and in perfect locations for our travels, can’t say enough good things about the tours booked and choices and recommendations you provided. But what I was most impressed with was the ability to reach out to Joleen during our trip to make last minute changes to our itinerary! It was like I had a full-time person on staff that I could reach out to any time! All of my guest were so impressed and appreciative that we selected Authentic Vacations! Thank you very much!

"Iceland & Ireland - Mother & Son Adventure"

Mary

Washington

Amber, we just returned from our trip to Iceland & Ireland, and we had a wonderful time. I really want to thank you for putting our trip together. Everything went like clockwork! We will definitely be back in touch with you when we plan our next trip. Thank you again!!

"UK Ladies Adventure"

Megan

Tennessee

Ellie, I wanted to share the below with you!  I appreciate all you do to make it possible!!! This feedback is from my clients you helped me with.


Hey Megan- before I get too immersed in catching up at work, I wanted to take a minute and thank you. You knocked it out of the park! The hotels were so amazing and well placed for convenience, can’t say enough good things about the tours you booked and choices and recommendations you provided. It’s hard to imagine how it could have been any better with you in the background thinking everything through from airport transfers to day excursions. You’re my/our travel agent for life and we’re going to keep you really really busy. Thanks for everything- you created an amazing, fun, memorable, once in a lifetime intro to Europe that I’ll never forget.

"Scotland Chauffered"

Lavonne

California

Ellie, Thank you for the best, most beautiful and easiest vacation we have ever been on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jerry, our driver, was so knowledgeable and kind-hearted that I think it wouldn't have been so exciting to be there without him. HE'S THE BEST!!!! And you Ellie, what a God send that you were to our beautiful vacation. The Gordon Castle at the end was something we will never forget. THANK YOU FOR EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND ALLOWING FOR US TO HAVE AN AMAZING TIME. (Oh, except our luggage got lost and we didn't get it until we got home. Jerry was nice enough to take us places to buy some new clothes !!!!! )

"Small Guided - Devon & Cornwall"

Steve

Ontario

Hi Joleen, thank you! We had a wonderful time - really enjoyed exploring the small coastal villages in Cornwall and the moors in Devon. Fascinating history and folklore - our guide Chris was very knowledgeable and made it very interesting. Some of the highlights for us was a visit to the Tea plantation Tregothnan as well as visiting Doc Martin’s house in Port Isaac! The Wells Cathedral was fascinating with its history and architecture, featuring a novel scissor-arches to sustain the weight of stone.  We enjoyed the small group (17 in total) and mantra - off the main roads and willing to take suggestions from the group - even to visit a small village for an Australian lady with family roots in Cornwall. The itinerary was well planned, without hurrying from point A to B - more like meandering through the countryside and catching some lesser-known sites, like an abandoned tin mine site near the sea, or stopping to mingle with Dartmoor ponies on a hillside in the moors. Having a free day to explore on our own was also great - we walked to a nearby village called Charlestown, which had an interesting museum on shipwrecks and Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica. The harbour is also featured in filming Poldark with a two masted tall ship alongside. All in all, I felt that this was a fantastic vacation for us and I’m very happy that we signed up for it. Thanks for your support in getting us prepared for this adventure- I hope there’ll be more!

"Ireland & Scotland Combo"

Charlene

Ohio

We had such a wonderful, beautiful vacation! Everyone thought the spacing of activities and traveling every few days fit us all perfectly. I loved that we started in the beautiful countryside and then had the city life keep building as we changed locations. Scott’s favorite activity was St. Andrews golf. They loved their car service driver as well! The guys had a rainy day of golf in Dublin, but still enjoyed the course. I think the guys were both sad they couldn't play Lacinth (spelling?), however, they did have lunch there and enjoyed. My favorite activity was the Guinness Connoisseur Experience. Loved the private bar, tasting, and pouring my own draft! Also, I loved the Military Tattoo. Perfect ending to the trip. All activities were spot on and enjoyable! My favorite hotel was Fiddle and Bow, so unique and cute in the country. Excellent breakfast! A nice add on that we didn’t expect was the Fringe Street shows in Scotland. We also visited the Queens Royal yacht. Traveling was easy. The Irish and Scottish people were very friendly and welcoming. We can’t say enough good things about the trip. Thank you for organizing such a wonderful, memorable trip for us Joleen! I love that you are always reachable and go above and beyond to help us when needed. You are truly amazing! Hopefully we can get something on the calendar for next year! Thanks a million! 

"Italian Honeymoon"

Daley

Minnesota

We worked with Mandie at Authentic Vacations to plan our Honeymoon. We picked the "Opulent Italian Lakes and Cities" trip and then worked with Mandie to customize a few pieces that made more sense for our trip. Let me tell you that this was the best trip of our lives! The hotels that we stayed at were beyond incredible, and there were the perfect number of activities planned. Everything went extremely smoothly, and we didn't have to worry about a thing while we were on our trip! We can't wait to book another vacation through Authentic Vacations!

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