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The Land Down Under awaits you on this hand-crafted Story adventure.

12 Day Story's Australia Tour

Traveling the 'STORY Way' Down Under Includes:

    • Select Story departures feature exclusive charter flights
    • Story Exclusive: Winery Visit in Hunter Valley
    • Sunset in Ayer's Rock - Sunrise at Ayer's Rock in the Outback
    • Full Day VIP Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
    • World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail
    • Crocodile Farm: Look at those choppers!
    • Story Exclusive Reception: Wine & Plates Cruise on Sydney Harbour
    • 3 Styles of Travel: Deluxe, Classic or Cost-Savers

Story's Australia: The Adventure Begins

Story Land & Sea's Australia Tour begins in metropolitan Melbourne and then we're off to the very heart of Australia: The Outback, home to Ayer's Rock or Uluru (the world's largest monolith). Discover this itinerary for incredible cuisine and wine, exceptional beauty, rugged wilderness and tropical rainforests brimming with green. Finally discover true 'technicolor' with the stunning Great Barrier Reef.

We've found the right hotels throughout Australia and now you have a choice of style:

• Our Story Deluxe hotels feature 4+ to 5+ Star boutique properties in locations where you want to be! Located a few minutes away are STORY's 3+ to 4-Star Classic and 2+ to 4-Star Cost-Savers' hotels –  a less costly way to explore Australia in the company of Story's small group tour experience. All with private ensuite bathrooms, and daily breakfast.
•  Customary gratuities are included for our Expert Guides, wait staff at included dinners and our exceptional Aussie drivers. Tour Captain / STORY Local Host® gratuities are optional and at your discretion.
• Select Dinners with regional wine included per the itinerary. Super Budget guests may opt to upgrade their dining plan.
•  Unique Perspective Experiences —  STORY Land & Sea® exclusives perfectly placed throughout the itinerary.
• Daily Breakfast, Select Lunch and Dinners Included per itinerary.

STORY Land & Sea® Tours extends a personal invitation to you on Story's Australia Tour — it's the trip of a lifetime, and one journey you won’t soon forget. 

Your satisfaction and sense of real discovery is what we consider as priority with your Australia Tour vacation. Please sit back and review our tour itinerary, and then let us know how we might be able to help you book your "Dream Time" vacation with us, down under!

Australia Mate! It's Great!

More on Story's Classic and Cost-Savers' Styles
Now enjoy Australia for less with STORY'S Classic style or Cost-Savers' style option.

Classic Style
Enjoy our classic hotel accommodations within minutes of STORY's hotels including continental breakfast, all sightseeing as Deluxe (review itinerary tab for optionals) along with the great services of your Story Tour Captain.

Cost-Saver's Style
Enjoy economical, budget hotel accommodations within minutes of STORY's Deluxe and Classic hotels with a lite-continental breakfast, choose your sightseeing (review itinerary tab for optionals) along with the great services of your Story Tour Captain.


Deluxe/Classic Itineraries

  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Kangaroo, Australian Outback
  • Sydney Opera House
Gone Down Under
Australian Small Group Tour

Day 1: Your Overnight Transpacific Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Transpacific flight to Australia ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 3 (Day 2 is lost crossing the international dateline) upon arrival into Sydney, Australia (airport code: SYD).

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the STORY Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether STORY Land & Sea has arranged your air.

 Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

Australian Travel Visa

When traveling to Australia from the USA or Canada, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter. Most U.S. & Canada passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Inquire with your Story Sales Associate with any questions regarding this visa.



Cross the International Dateline

Day 2

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

Extend your vacation with an optional pre-tour excursion to Darwin and Kakadu National Park

From USD:
$1,837.00 PP
Based on Double occupancy.
Solo supplement $549.00

Inquire at 1 (877) 865-6711

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G'day Australia!

Day 3: Welcome to Sydney, Australia

food icon   STORY Way® Dining: Included Welcome Dinner. All guests will enjoy a wonderful dinner in Australia.

WELCOME TO STORY'S AUSTRALIA TOUR. One of STORY Land & Sea® 's most popular itineraries commences this afternoon at our 5-Star hotel in Sydney, Australia.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain for a light lunch and Orientation Walkabout. The amazing city and historic heart come to life as you are welcomed to Sydney!

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Sydney Australia




Story Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives under the Southern Hemisphere.

WELCOME DINNER
Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner —  welcome to Australia! Tonight's dinner is included for all guests.

About the STORY Way® of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorite dishes represent the region we're traveling through. From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic local food and wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For most included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." Certain dining experiences will feature designed menus and experiences.

Tonight is an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience and breath deeply in the very heart of Australia. Classic Travelers: Add this dinner by opting for our 5 total dinners included package for $700 per person.

Lodging in the Heart of the City
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and STORY Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Deluxe Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel, Intercontinental or similar, 2 Nights
Classic Accommodation: Rendevous Hotel or similar, 2 Nights
Cost-Savers Accommodation: See Itinerary tab located above, "Cost-Saver's Itinerary"

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Sydney | Sightseeing Immersion

Day 4: The Story of Sydney

star icon   Exclusives: Sunset Cruise Dinner. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add tonight's special dinner experience.

After breakfast, meet the Tour Captain and then enjoy our included sightseeing experience of Sydney, Australia. The Story of Sydney begins in the heart of the city and the historic "Rocks District." The original settlement of Australia, we learn all about the amazing past. We enjoy an immersion in everything Sydney with our Panoramic drive.

Sydney-Siders, as they're called, are a warm people for such a cosmopolitan city. We return early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

Story Exclusive: AN AUSTRALIAN WELCOME
Tonight enjoy a STORY Exclusives' Welcome Experience with your Tour Captain onboard our sunset cruise via our private yacht on beautiful Sydney Harbour at night. These are the experiences life-time memories are made of ~ enjoy and welcome to Sydney!

There's a beauty here, that's fresh, raw, untamed. It's real. It's 'fair dink.'

Welcome to the land down under! Enjoy the balance of the evening after our event at leisure.

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The Outback
Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

Day 5: AYER'S ROCK AND THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included
star icon  
 STORY Exclusive: Sounds of Silence Dinner. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add this fantastic experience.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the heart of the Australian Outback, the "red center," and home to Ayer's Rock. Your required on-tour air flight is included in your tour price.

City: Ayer's Rock
State/Territory:
Northern Territory

WELCOME TO THE OUTBACK
Upon arrival to the "red center" we make our way to the Ayer's Rock Resort complex where we check-in, and then enjoy the resort until our adventure begins late afternoon.

Deluxe Accommodation: 5-Star Sails in the Desert, 1 Night
Classic Accommodation: Desert Gardens or similar, 1 Night

We return to the hotel and enjoy the balance of day free until our included experience tonight:

TONIGHT: STORY Exclusive Experience
The Award-Winning SOUNDS OF SILENCE dinner under the Southern Hemisphere  —  and we've built in something a little extra!

It all starts at Sunset with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. Classic Travelers: Add this dinner by opting for our 5 total dinners included package for $700 per person.

We return to the hotels for a good night's rest.


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Sunrise in the Outback —  Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Pinnacle in the Australian Outback
A pinnacle rock in the Outback

Day 6: SUNRISE IN THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
& then on to the GATEWAY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF


food icon   STORY Way® Dining Included Tonight. Cost-Savers Travelers: Opt to add tonight's dinner experience.

THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
At dawn, we arrive the literal "Red Center of Australia." Get ready for something unlike anything you've experienced from the Rock to the Southern Hemisphere.

SUNRISE AT THE ROCK
We depart before sunrise for Ayer's Rock, Uluru to the Aboriginal people. Enjoy an impressive display of color as the sun rises. It's a brisk morning, but well worth it to experience Ayer's Rock up close with its own brilliant display of colors. Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning at the Rock as we soak in the amazing colors on the Rock.

After our experience at the Rock, we then continue to the airport and our onward flight to Queensland.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef today. Your required on-tour air flight is included in your tour price.

Sunny Tropical Far North Queensland
Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel and freshen up before a Queensland welcome dinner with your Tour Captain.

GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF
QueensLander Tours, now STORY Land & Sea's name was inspired as a result of the adventures our founder experienced while exploring Queensland's natural beauty and delightful people.

Deluxe: STORY Way Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner in Cairns with your Tour Captain. Classic Travelers: Add this dinner by opting for our 5 total dinners included package for $700 per person.

Deluxe Accommodation: Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Silly Oaks Lodge or similar, 3 Nights
Classic Accommodation: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort or similar, 3 Nights

You've got to earn the right to live up here.
~ AB "Banjo" Paterson, The Man from Snowy River



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The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 7: THE STORY OF THE REEF

food icon   Included VIP Dining for Lunch on the Reef
star icon   Exclusives: Snorkeling on the Outer Reef


After breakfast, on our first full day in Queensland, we are all off to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. This is one of the most stunning experiences on our tour and we enjoy it from the VIP section of our boating adventure.

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef - complete with glass bottom boats and snorkeling - get up close to the technicolor banks of coral reef teeming with tropical fish. This experience is one which makes a lasting impression on STORY Land & Sea® patrons - if at all possible, you must try snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Are you a SCUBA diver? Yes, you can SCUBA today —  inquire with reservations.

The day is highlighted with a smorgasbord lunch on the water and ample free time for relaxing and soaking in the sun. We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Australia, Mate. She's great!



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Cairns | Exploring tropical Queensland

Day 8: Kuranda Rainforest by SkyRail + Koala & Crocs

This morning enjoy our sightseeing immersion far above the Kuranda Rainforest via the SkyRail ‘Rainforest Cableway,' followed by our admission and experience at the Koala and Wildlife Park.

On the SkyRail, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with two stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak stations. At each stop the friendly Skyrail staff will help you disembark your gondola to enjoy the spectacular boardwalks that descend into the pristine rainforest.

Then we make our way to the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with Crocodiles, hand feed Barramundi, Kangaroos and Wallabies. There is also the opportunity to view other native species, including Rainforest Pythons, Cassowaries and Dingoes. You may also take the opportunity to cuddle a Koala and have your photograph taken (for an optional extra!).

At the end of today's journey we transfer back to our hotel —  an amazing day.

Tonight, your Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

A man can be hard to find in the mountains.
You're welcome at my fire anytime.

~ Character Jim Craig from The Man from Snowy River.

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To Melbourne
Ayer's Rock

Day 9: Welcome to Melbourne

food icon   STORY Way® Dining: Included Dinner.

We board our on-tour flight from Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival, we make our way to the heart of the city, check-in, freshen up and then enjoy a walking tour with our Expert Guide.

Sightseeing Experience
Today our Story Expert Guide immerses us in the history and culture of Melbourne.

Highlights include:

  • Learn about arts and history at the the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and see the Arts Centre -Melbourne
  • Stroll around the vibrant suburb of St Kilda, perhaps purchasing a treat at one its famous European-style patisseries

    Walking Level: Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light to Moderate

    We return to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

    STORY Exclusive: A Fine Experience in Melbourne
    Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner in this amazing city. Classic Travelers: Add this dinner by opting for our 5 total dinners included package for $700 per person.

Deluxe Accommodation: 5-star hotel, The Westin Melbourne or similar Deluxe King room (1 king bed) – with Juliet balcony or Bay window, 3 Nights
Classic Accommodation: Novotel Melbourne Central or similar, 3 Nights

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Discovering Melbourne

Day 10: Day 10: MELBOURNE

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

City: Melbourne
State/Territory:
Victoria

STORY Exclusive —  Finding unique experiences that are off the beaten path and not overrun by the throngs of toursists is the idea with our STORY Exclusives. Today enjoy our special experience in the Yarra Valley wine district complete with tour, tasting and paired with plates – delectable!

The exceptional Yarra Valley
Famous for it’s Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir, the Yarra Valley producers provide a stunning selection of Sparkling wines and innovative savoury Rosés.

Return to the hotel tonight for a free evening.


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The Great Ocean Road
Ayer's Rock

Day 11: THE STORY OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

After breakfast, we make our way via chartered air-craft for our flight-seeing tour along the amazing coastline of southern Australia.

We touchdown in Barwon Heads to explore the Great Ocean Road and see the amazing limestone formation, the Twelve Apostles. Be mesmerized by the natural beauty as you explore the Surf Coast of Victoria.

We return by our craft to Melbourne for a free evening.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring Melbourne at your leisure.

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Departure Day

Day 12: Say "Gidday!" to Australia as you make your way Homeward Bound

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast

OPTIONS TODAY:
DEPARTURE TO USA
EXTENSION MELBOURNE: ADD A DAY
EXTENSION TO NEW ZEALAND'S BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ISLAND
—  See this complete itinerary by clicking here.

## Tour Ends ##

Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


 


Cost-Savers Itinerary

  • Uluru (Ayer's Rock)
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Kangaroo, Australian Outback
  • Sydney Opera House
Gone Down Under
Australian Small Group Tour

Day 1: Your Overnight Transatlantic Flight

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Pacific flight to Australia ~ Flight not included, but inquire for special fare with our Air Service.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date, and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport. Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 3 (Day 2 is lost crossing the international dateline) upon arrival into Sydney, Australia (airport code: SYD).

Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the STORY Land & Sea air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether STORY Land & Sea has arranged your air.

 Travel Protection
Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

Australian Travel Visa

When traveling to Australia from the USA or Canada, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter. Most U.S. & Canada passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Inquire with your Story Sales Associate with any questions regarding this visa.



Cross the International Dateline

Day 2

This day will be "lost" as we cross the International Dateline. We will regain this day on our return.

Extend your vacation with an optional pre-tour excursion to Darwin and Kakadu National Park

From USD:
$1,837.00 PP
Based on Double occupancy.
Solo supplement $549.00

Inquire at 1 (877) 865-6711

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G'day Australia!

Day 3: Welcome to Sydney, Australia

food icon   STORY Way® Dining: Included Welcome Dinner. All guests will enjoy a wonderful dinner in Australia.

WELCOME TO STORY'S AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR. One of STORY Land & Sea® 's most popular itineraries commences this afternoon in Sydney, Australia.

ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain for a light lunch and Orientation Walkabout. The amazing city and historic heart come to life as you are welcomed to Sydney!

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Sydney Australia



Story Exclusive: Tonight, join us for our Unique Perspectives Experience with a special Reception & Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives under the Southern Hemisphere.

WELCOME DINNER
Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner —  welcome to Australia! Tonight's dinner is included for all guests.

About the STORY Way® of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic local food and wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For most included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine flows." Certain dining experiences will feature designed menus and experiences.

Cost-Savers' is one of the most economical ways to experience Australia while still enjoying a true small group tour.

Tonight is an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience and breath deeply in the very heart of Australia. Cost-Savers Travelers - enjoy tonight's included welcome dinner - inquire to upgrade to include our special dining package for the balance of your itinerary - $700 Per Person for a total of six dinners included (the Sydney Sunset Cruise is not included in this package).

Cost-Saver's Travelers: Tonight's Welcome Dinner is included. Consider opting for our 5 total dinners included package for $700 per person.

Lodging in the Heart of the City
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and STORY Land & Sea's Heart of City hotels.

Cost-Savers Accommodation: Amora Hotel or similar, 2 Nights

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Sydney Sights

Day 4: THE STORY OF SYDNEY

star icon   Welcome to Sydney!

Optional Excursions to Consider Today:

  • STORY Sightseeing Immersion of Sydney Historic Heart - $79 Per Person
    After breakfast, meet the Tour Captain and then enjoy our sightseeing experience of Sydney, Australia. The Story of Sydney begins in the heart of the city and the historic "Rocks District." The original settlement of Australia, we learn all about the amazing past. We enjoy an immersion in everything Sydney with our Panoramic drive. Sydney-Siders, as they're called, are a warm people for such a cosmopolitan city. We return early afternoon for the balance of the day at leisure.

  • STORY Exclusive: Sunset Cruise on Sydney Harbour - $548 Per Person
    AN AUSTRALIAN WELCOME— Tonight consider a STORY Exclusive very special Welcome Experience with your Tour Captain onboard our sunset cruise via our private yacht on beautiful Sydney Harbour. Enjoy this 3 to 4 hour experience complete with STORY Aperitivo! These are the experiences life-time memories are made of ~ enjoy and welcome to Sydney!

Or consider exploring Sydney on your own —  there is so much to see and do!

There's a beauty here, that's fresh, raw, untamed. It's real. It's 'fair dink.'

Welcome to the land down under!

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The Outback
Ayer's Rock - ULURU

Day 5: AYER'S ROCK AND THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the heart of the Australian Outback, the "red center," and home to Ayer's Rock. Your required on-tour air flight is included in your tour price.

City: Ayer's Rock
State/Territory:
Northern Territory

WELCOME TO THE OUTBACK
Upon arrival to the "red center" we make our way to the Ayer's Rock Resort complex where we check-in, and then enjoy the resort until our optional adventure begins late afternoon.

Optional Excursions to Consider This Afternoon/Evening:

  • STORY Exclusive: Sounds of Silence Dinner + Surprise - $379 Per Person
    The Award-Winning SOUNDS OF SILENCE dinner under the Southern Hemisphere  —  and we've built in something a little extra! It all starts a bit before Sunset with canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience. Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

    We return to the hotels for a good night's rest.

Cost-Savers Accommodation: Emu Walk Apts. or similar, 1 Night


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Sunrise in the Outback —  Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Uluru (Ayer's Rock)

Day 6: SUNRISE IN THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
& then on to the GATEWAY TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

STORY Sightseeing Immersion
THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK –  This morning at dawn, we arrive the literal "Red Center of Australia." Get ready for something unlike anything you've experienced from the Rock to the Southern Hemisphere.

SUNRISE AT THE ROCK
We depart before sunrise for Ayer's Rock, Uluru to the Aboriginal people. Enjoy an impressive display of color as the sun rises. It's a brisk morning, but well worth it to experience Ayer's Rock up close with its own brilliant display of colors. Enjoy a continental breakfast this morning at the Rock as we soak in the amazing colors on the Rock.

After our experience at the Rock, we then continue to the airport and our onward flight to Queensland.

Air Hop Today: We make our way to the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef today. Your required on-tour air flight is included in your tour price.

Sunny Tropical Far North Queensland –  THE CAPTAIN COOK HIGHWAY
Welcome to Tropical Far North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef. Upon arrival, we transfer via the amazingly scenic Captain Cook Highway to our hotel and freshen up before a Queensland welcome dinner with your Tour Captain.

GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF
QueensLander Tours, now STORY Land & Sea's name was inspired as a result of the adventures our founder experienced while exploring Queensland's natural beauty and delightful people.

Optional Dining to Consider This Evening:

  • STORY Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner in Cairns with your Tour Captain - $140 Per Person

Cost-Savers Accommodation: Thala Beach Nature Reserve Standard Rooms or similar, 3 Nights

You've got to earn the right to live up here.
~ AB "Banjo" Paterson, The Man from Snowy River



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The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 7: THE STORY OF THE REEF

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

After breakfast, on our first full day in Queensland, we are all off to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. This is one of the most stunning experiences on our tour and we enjoy it from the VIP section of our boating adventure.

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef - complete with glass bottom boats and snorkeling - get up close to the technicolor banks of coral reef teeming with tropical fish. This experience is one which makes a lasting impression on STORY Land & Sea® patrons - if at all possible, you must try snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Are you a SCUBA diver? Yes, you can SCUBA today —  inquire with reservations.

The day is highlighted with a smorgasbord lunch on the water and ample free time for relaxing and soaking in the sun. We return to our hotel for a free evening.

Australia, Mate. She's great!



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Discovering Tropical Queensland's Treasures

Day 8: THE STORY OF KURANDA

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

Optional Excursions to Consider Today:

  • STORY Sightseeing Immersion - $169 Per Person
    This morning enjoy our sightseeing immersion far above the Kuranda Rainforest via the SkyRail ‘Rainforest Cableway,' followed by our admission and experience at the Koala and Wildlife Park
    • Award winning Rainforestation Nature Park: On the SkyRail, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of pristine World Heritage Rainforest with two stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak stations. At each stop the friendly Skyrail staff will help you disembark your gondola to enjoy the spectacular boardwalks that descend into the pristine rainforest.
    • Then we make our way to the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with Crocodiles, hand feed Barramundi, Kangaroos and Wallabies. There is also the opportunity to view other native species, including Rainforest Pythons, Cassowaries and Dingoes. You may also take the opportunity to cuddle a Koala and have your photograph taken (for an optional extra!). At the end of today's journey we transfer back to our hotel —  an amazing day.

Tonight, your Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner or explore on your own.

A man can be hard to find in the mountains.
You're welcome at my fire anytime.

~ Character Jim Craig from The Man from Snowy River.

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To Melbourne

Day 9: Welcome to Melbourne

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

We board our on-tour flight from Cairns to Melbourne. Upon arrival, we make our way to the heart of the city, check-in, freshen up and then you may optionally enjoy a walking tour with our Expert Guide.

Optional Excursions to Consider Today:

  • STORY Sightseeing Immersion
    Today our Story Expert Guide immerses us in the history and culture of Melbourne.
    Highlights include:
    • Learn about arts and history at the the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and see the Arts Centre Melbourne
    • Stroll around the vibrant suburb of St Kilda, perhaps purchasing a treat at one its famous European-style patisseries. We return to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.

  • STORY Exclusive: A Fine Experience in Melbourne - $175 Per Person
    Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner in this amazing city.

Cost-Savers Accommodation: Breakfree on Collins Apartments, 3 Nights

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Discovering Melbourne

Day 10: MELBOURNE

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

City: Melbourne
State/Territory:
Victoria

Optional Excursions to Consider Today:

  • STORY Exclusive — Winery Experience in the Yarra Valley - $429 Per Person
    Finding unique experiences that are off the beaten path and not overrun by the throngs of toursists is the idea with our STORY Exclusives. Today enjoy our special experience in the Yarra Valley wine district complete with tour, tasting and paired with plates – delectable! The exceptional Yarra Valley: Famous for it's Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir, the Yarra Valley producers provide a stunning selection of Sparkling wines and innovative savoury Rosés.

Consider joining the Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner.


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The Great Ocean Road

Day 11: THE STORY OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

food icon   Dining: Daily Breakfast Included

Optional Excursions to Consider Today:

  • STORY Sightseeing Immersion - Flight-Seeing + Land Explore on Great Ocean Road - $489 Per Person
    After breakfast, we make our way via chartered air-craft for our flight-seeing tour along the amazing coastline of southern Australia. We touchdown in Barwon Heads to explore the Great Ocean Road and see the amazing limestone formation, the Twelve Apostles. Be mesmerized by the natural beauty as you explore the Surf Coast of Victoria.

    We return by our craft to Melbourne for a free evening.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring Melbourne at your leisure.

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Departure Day

Day 12: Say "Gidday!" to Australia as you make your way Homeward Bound

food icon   Included Dining: Breakfast

OPTIONS TODAY:
DEPARTURE TO USA
EXTENSION MELBOURNE: ADD A DAY
EXTENSION TO NEW ZEALAND'S BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ISLAND
—  See this complete itinerary by clicking here.

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To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711


 

 

Sydney Hotels - 2 Nights



Ayer's Rock Resort - 1 Night



Queensland Hotel - 3 Nights



Melbourne Hotels - 3 Nights

 

Story's Australia Tour

Small Group Touring Down Under

Story's Small Group advantage means you are not waiting to get on and off big traditional sized tour buses, and you get to interact with our Story Tour Captain®'s and local Expert Guides more easily (not to mention our boutique hotels, skip-the-line sightseeing experiences and Story's signature 'unique perspective experiences'). See the world more easily and continue your Story of Travel with our small groups in the South Pacific.


2019 South Pacific Departures
Published Date

Deluxe Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Classic Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Cost-Saver's Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Feb 16 $11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Mar 16 $11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Apr 13
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
May 18
$10,969 $9,969 $5,969
June 14
$10,969 $9,969 $5,969
Sep 21
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Oct 5
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Nov 4
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Dec 5
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
 
2020 South Pacific Departures
Published Date

Deluxe Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Classic Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Cost-Saver's Style

Includes Land + On Tour Air

Feb 15 $11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Mar 14 $11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Apr 11
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
May 16
$10,969 $9,969 $5,969
June 12
$10,969 $9,969 $5,969
Sep 19
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Oct 5
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Nov 2
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
Dec 5
$11,369 $10,269 $6,369
 

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

Or do these dates not work for your schedule?

Call us: 1 877 865 6711

Take over a departure for your own private group.

Inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you?
Inquire for our Private Journey option.

Note: Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas

 

Story's Australia Tour
A world-class tour of Australia in the company of a few new friends and travelers...Why Story Land & Sea Tours for Australia?

STORY DELUXE SERIES includes:

  • 5-Star Deluxe Hotel Accommodation:
    • 2 Nights Sydney featuring the 5-Star Harbour Rocks Hotel, Intercontinental Sydney or Similar
    • 1 Night Ayer's Rock featuring the 5-Star Sails in the Desert
    • 3 Nights Queensland featuring the Thala Beach Nature Reserve Hotel or Similar
    • 3 Nights Melbourne featuring the 5-Star The Westin Melbourne
    • Services of our Professional Story Tour Captain®
    • Services of our local Expert Guides
    • Comfortable Small Group Touring Vehicle with air-conditioning (no big buses)
    • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Tour Captain
      • STORY Way Dining for the Sydney Welcome Dinner
      • Sightseeing Immersion walking tour of the Historic Center of Sydney, The Rocks
      • Story Exclusive Sydney Harbour Sunset Dining Experience with our private boat.
    • OUTBACK, AYER'S ROCK, AUSTRALIA
      • Story Exclusive 'Sounds of Silence' Dinner under the Southern Hemisphere with Surprise
      • Sunrise at Ayer's Rock with Breakfast - watch the amazing 'technicolor' change on the monolith
    • FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
      • Drive along the Captain Cook Highway - stunning!
      • STORY Way Dining for the Queensland Welcome Dinner
      • Sightseeing Immersion tour with Kuranda SkyRail Rainforest Cableway
      • Koala & Crocs Experience: Koala & Wildlife Park
      • Great Barrier Reef VIP Top Deck Experience
        • Included Dive, Included Snorkeling
        • VIP Lunch+ Experience on the Boat
    • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • Orientation Walkabout + Tour of Historic Melbourne
      • STORY Way Dining for the Melbourne Welcome Dinner
      • Story Exclusive Winery Experience in the Yarra Valley
      • Story Exclusive Flight-Seeing Tour + Land Tour of The Great Ocean Road
    • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Sydney is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
    • Services of professional tour director called a Tour Captain. 
      The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
    • Services of Professional Guides
      We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the tour.
    • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
    • Not Included on your Journey
      • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
      • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
      • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.

STORY CLASSIC BUDGET SERIES includes:

  • 3+ Star to 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Accommodation:
    • 2 Nights Sydney featuring the Rendevous Hotel or similar
    • 1 Night Ayer's Rock featuring the Desert Gardens Hotel or similar
    • 3 Nights Queensland featuring Coastal Hotel or Similar
    • 3 Nights Melbourne featuring Classic Budget Hotel
    • Services of our Professional Story Tour Captain®
    • Services of our local Expert Guides
    • Comfortable Small Group Touring Vehicle with air-conditioning (no big buses)
    • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Tour Captain
      • STORY Way Dining for the Sydney Welcome Dinner
      • Sightseeing Immersion walking tour of the Historic Center of Sydney, The Rocks
      • Story Exclusive Sydney Harbour Sunset Dining Experience with our private boat.
    • OUTBACK, AYER'S ROCK, AUSTRALIA
      • OPTION: Story Exclusive 'Sounds of Silence' Dinner under the Southern Hemisphere with Surprise
      • Sunrise at Ayer's Rock with Breakfast - watch the amazing 'technicolor' change on the monolith
    • FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
      • Drive along the Captain Cook Highway - stunning!
      • OPTION: STORY Way Dining for the Queensland Welcome Dinner
      • Sightseeing Immersion tour with Kuranda SkyRail Rainforest Cableway
      • Koala & Crocs Experience: Koala & Wildlife Park
      • Great Barrier Reef VIP Top Deck Experience
        • Included Dive, Included Snorkeling
        • VIP Lunch+ Experience on the Boat
    • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • Orientation Walkabout + Tour of Historic Melbourne
      • OPTION: STORY Way Dining for the Melbourne Welcome Dinner
      • Story Exclusive Winery Experience in the Yarra Valley
      • Story Exclusive Flight-Seeing Tour + Land Tour of The Great Ocean Road
    • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Sydney is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
    • Services of professional tour director called a Tour Captain. 
      The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
    • Services of Professional Guides
      We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the tour.
    • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
  • Not Included on your Journey
    • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.

STORY COST-SAVERS SERIES includes:

  • Superior Tourist Budget Hotel Accommodation:
    • 2 Nights Sydney Rendevous Hotel or similar
    • 1 Night Ayer's Rock featuring the Desert Gardens Hotel
    • 3 Nights Queensland Coastal Hotel
    • 3 Nights Melbourne Superior Tourist Hotel
  • Services of our Professional Story Tour Captain®
  • Services of our local Expert Guides
  • Comfortable Small Group Touring Vehicle with air-conditioning (no big buses)
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to Australia and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Customary Gratuities Included. Optional gratuities for your Tour Captain are at your discretion.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary.
    Unique restaurants that are designed for discerning diners, not big tour groups.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner per itinerary. Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • Upgrade to Five (5) total dinners included for $595 per person.
  • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
    • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Tour Captain
    • STORY Way Dining for the Sydney Welcome Dinner
    • Sightseeing Immersion walking tour of the Historic Center of Sydney, The Rocks
    • OPTION: Story Exclusive Sydney Harbour Sunset Dining Experience with our private boat.
  • OUTBACK, AYER'S ROCK, AUSTRALIA
    • OPTION: Story Exclusive 'Sounds of Silence' Dinner under the Southern Hemisphere with Surprise
    • Sunrise at Ayer's Rock with Breakfast - watch the amazing 'technicolor' change on the monolith
  • FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
    • Drive along the Captain Cook Highway - stunning!
    • OPTION: STORY Way Dining for the Queensland Welcome Dinner
    • OPTION: Sightseeing Immersion tour with Kuranda SkyRail Rainforest Cableway
    • OPTION: Koala & Crocs Experience: Koala & Wildlife Park
    • OPTION: Great Barrier Reef VIP Top Deck Experience
      • Included Dive, Included Snorkeling
      • VIP Lunch+ Experience on the Boat
  • MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
    • Orientation Walkabout + Tour of Historic Melbourne
    • OPTION: STORY Way Dining for the Melbourne Welcome Dinner
    • OPTION: Story Exclusive Winery Experience in the Yarra Valley
    • OPTION: Story Exclusive Flight-Seeing Tour + Land Tour of The Great Ocean Road
  • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.
  • Not Included on your Journey
    • Our Airport Arrival Transfer into Melbourne or Ayer's Rock Resort is $69 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Our Departure Airport Transfer is $59 per person, 2 guest minimum.
    • Portage Included through your Tour except during required air flights (due to security requirements). You may have surcharges for carry-ons or overweight luggage.

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. 

INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
On Tour Airfare is not included and is required.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD50 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED 
International Airfare is not included.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. Please make sure that you have completed your Australia entrance Visa. Information for this is:https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas.

PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are Deluxe class categories (4 and 5-Star) you choose based on your preferences.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group Italy tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if Story Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea® recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on available plans or to enroll, go to travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9297 and reference location number 06-0051.

 

Australian Travel Visa

When traveling to Australia from the USA or Canada, you will need a valid passport and a visa to enter. Most U.S. & Canada passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Inquire with your Story Sales Associate with any questions regarding this visa.


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