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  • 27 Days "Sydney to WA Across the Top" package: Includes flights, 17 day "Northern Explorer" cruise from Sydney across the top of Australia, 5 nights 4-star pre/post cruise accommodation, 5-day Perth to Margaret River and Albany self-drive tour with 4WD car hire, activities and top-rated accommodation, dinner cruise, guided tour, and more...

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    • Brisbane's South Bank
      Unique and a great place to visit
    • Alotau festival Papua New Guinea
    • Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
    • Florence Falls Litchfield National Park
    • Margaret River
    • Dolphins in Bunbury
    • Cable Beach
    • Winery in Margaret River
    • Giant Tingle trees Walpole WA
    • Quokkas on Rottnest Island
      The world's happiest animal


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    Trip Highlights

    Enjoy a unique Australia holiday experience. You start with a night in Sydney's Darling Harbour then board your cruise ship the Sun Princess. You'll cruise up the east coast of Australia, stopping in at Brisbane and Cairns, as well as Alotau in Papua New Guinea. Then you'll head west to Darwin, Broome and the Kimberley Coast with scenic cruising. Next, you'll cruise south to Geraldton before finishing the cruise in Perth. But your holiday doesn’t stop there! After a few days exploring Perth you'll pick up a 4WD hire car to see the beautiful Margaret River region. Staying in Bunbury, Margaret River and Albany you'll get to see the region’s famous wineries and scenery. After a final night in Perth your journey comes to an end with a flight home and many new memories about your travels across this great land.

    Trip highlights*:

    • 17-day cruise from Sydney to Perth along the North Coast of Australia
    • See remote parts of northern Australia
    • Alotau Papua New Guinea
    • 4 nights, 4-star accommodation in Perth
    • Swan River dinner cruise
    • 5-day self-guided tour of South-west WA
    • Tour of Swan Valley, Lancelin, and Nambung National Park
    • Bunbury Dolphin cruise
    • Wine tasting and gourmet lunch at Voyager Estate
    • Jewel Cave tour

    * Various itinerary options are available. See full itinerary for details. Package price varies according to season and departure city.

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    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

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    "Discover one of the world's favourite destinations... "Australia is an extraordinarily beautiful place, as rich in rainforest as it is in remote rocky outcrops like Uluru, Kakadu and the Kimberleys. The coastline, too, beset as it is with islands and deserted shores, is wild and wonderful." Lonely Planet"

    This package is an unmissable deal - almost a month-long holiday through wonders like tropics and white sand beaches, trendy cities and wonderful wineries. Indulge yourself in this jam-packed holiday that explores parts of Australia that very few see. With a full itinerary and comfortable accommodation, you don't have to worry, just leave all the organising to us. If you have any additions or changes just let us know and we will personalise this itinerary for you.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

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    Package inclusions:

    • 1 night 4-star pre-cruise accommodation at Sydney's Darling Harbour
    • 17-day cruise from Sydney to Perth across the top-end of Australia
    • 4 nights, 4-star accommodation in Perth
    • Swan River dinner cruise from Perth
    • 5-day self-drive package with 4WD car hire, 1 night Bunbury, 2 nights Margaret River, and 1 night Albany (all top-rated, 3.5 to 4-star accommodation) plus activities as follows
    • Tour of Swan Valley, Lancelin, and Nambung National Park
    • Bunbury Dolphin cruise
    • Wine tasting and gourmet lunch at Voyager Estate in Margaret River
    • Jewel Cave tour
    • Flight back to the east coast from Perth
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and driving map
    • Free help to choose and plan your cruise excursions
    • Personal travel consultant

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.

    Comprehensive travel insurance included:

    Comprehensive, best-in-class, travel insurance is included*. Valued at over $538 per couple. No more to pay. Full insurance cover details are available in the PDS supplied.

    Special value:

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    You will receive these guides to help you gain the most out of your holiday. Recommendation: Take the time to read suggestions for things to see and do before you leave home. Take your Lonely Planet guides with you in your luggage.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and all bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. A flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to booking. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Travel insurance pricing if stated is based on two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. Surcharge applies for travellers aged 70 years and over. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Your Itinerary

    Cruise from Sydney to Brisbane and Cairns, Alotau in Papua New Guinea, to Darwin, Broome and the Kimberley Coast, then to Geraldton and finishing in Perth. Explore sophisticated and gorgeous Perth before you pick up a hire car to see the Margaret River region, where you can delight in the region’s famous wineries and scenery.

    Tip: For each part of your cruise and tour you'll have a Lonely Planet guide book to help you plan and make the most of your time. We'll also help you choose and plan your excursions.

    "Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing." – Gayle Foreman


    One night staying at Sydney's Darling Harbour prior to the start of the cruise.


    Today your cruise leaves from beautiful Sydney Harbour. Bon Voyage!

    Oasis pool Sun Princess

    While on board you can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, as well as your stateroom.

    DAY 3: AT SEA


    Welcome to Brisbane, the first of your tropical destinations. Explore the river city and enjoy the wide range of fun you can have.

    Brisbane's South Bank

    From beautiful beaches, including one in the city centre at Southban (pictured), to chic shopping destinations, some of the most famous animal sanctuaries in Australia, or for thrill seekers; head out to the Gold Coast for the awesome theme parks. Excursions are available from the cruise operator.

    DAY 5: AT SEA

    DAY 6: AT SEA


    Alotau is a unique destination, a tropical paradise with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, emerald green rainforests and friendly people.

    Alotau festival Papua New Guinea

    Relax and enjoy the tropical bliss or explore the interesting history, immerse yourself in festival fun and culture of this region with a tour from the cruise operator.

    DAY 8: AT SEA


    Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Surrounded by natural wonders; the Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful beaches of the Marlin Coast and the Daintree Rainforest, but also a beautiful city in its own right. There are many things to see and do, but if you’ve never seen the Great Barrier Reef then it's a highly recommended excursion.

    DAY 10: AT SEA

    DAY 11: AT SEA

    DAY 12: DARWIN

    Today you will be calling into Darwin, known for its tropical rainforests and wild-life, including the infamous saltwater crocodile. Darwin has a plethora of activities to enjoy. You can explore the harbour and discover the unique city of Darwin or head out to glorious Litchfield National Park.

    Florence Falls Litchfield National Park

    There are many possible excursions hosted by the cruise company.

    DAY 13: AT SEA


    The practically untouched Kimberley Coast is a breathtaking panorama of contrasting natural sights, red rocks and white sand, blue water and colourful reefs. Look out upon prehistoric environments and be blown away by pure, untamed beauty.

    DAY 15: BROOME

    Today you will be stopping in at the beautiful but isolated city of Broome. Famous for its pearling past and beautiful white sand beaches Broome is as unique as the pearls found in its bay.

    Cable Beach

    Explore famous Cable Beach or the historical areas in and around the city. The cruise offers excursions for all the sights to see.

    DAY 16: AT SEA

    DAY 17: AT SEA


    The city of Geraldton is where you will be stopping today. It's a historic yet trendy city. Geraldton has stunning inner-city beaches and a splendid climate, perfect for a beach day. There is also some very interesting history surrounding the area for those who wish to learn. Excursions are available from the cruise operator.

    DAY 19: PERTH

    Today is your final day of the cruise. After disembarking, check into your Perth hotel and explore the city. The choices are endless and your Lonely Planet guide will help you plan, and make the most of, each day of your three-night stay here.

    DAY 20: PERTH

    Today you have the day to explore Perth, we recommend Kings Park, a city park even bigger than Central Park.

    Quokkas on Rottnest Island

    Or head to Rottnest Island, a car-free island full of adorable quokkas. Tonight, you will be seeing the beauty of Perth from a dinner cruise on the Swan River. Enjoy!

    DAY 21: PERTH

    Today you will be seeing some of the unique wonders of Western Australia with a tour to the Swan Valley, Lancelin and Nambung National Park. This tour is filled with friendly animals, wine and chocolate, spectacular white dunes, and more special scenery.


    Depart Perth for the port town of Bunbury, a little under two hours' drive away, so you can head straight there or stop in at one of the many beautiful towns on the way.

    Dolphins in Bunbury

    At Bunbury you will be heading out into Koombana Bay on a special cruise. This will allow you to see Bunbury’s most famous attractions, the adorable bottlenose dolphins.


    Today is a wine-lover's dream. Margaret River is in the heart of one of the world's most famous wine regions.

    Winery in Margaret River

    You will enjoy some of the best wine at a wine-tasting and lunch at a beautiful estate. After this, you can head to your accommodation to rest up and plan your next day here.


    Today you have plenty of options to choose from such as the beautiful beaches and nearby towns, or the wonderful boutiques in the area. But there is one activity we definitely recommend, a tour of one of the beautiful limestone caves. These caves are as breathtaking as they are monumentally large. Later, there is no shortage of wonderful restaurants from which to choose.

    DAY 25: ALBANY

    This morning you are driving towards Albany. Head down scenic Caves Road to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where two oceans meet. Then drive along the southern coast towards Pemberton, where we recommend stopping for a forest walk or tram ride to marvel at some of the tallest trees on earth.

    Giant Tingle trees Walpole WA

    Check out the "Valley of the Giants" tree-top walk, Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool.

    DAY 26: PERTH

    Before leaving Albany you can explore the beautiful beaches, and maybe catch a glimpse of the last few whales migrating through this area. Heading north you can stop at Stirling Range National Park and see the only alpine area in WA. We also recommend stopping in at Kojonup and seeing Kodja Place, a centre exploring rural life and history.

    DAY 27: SYDNEY

    Today you will be flying back home to Sydney. What a holiday!

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