Australian Highlights

Australian Highlights

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Australian Highlights

23 Days Starting in Sydney NSW, Australia and ending in Melbourne VIC, Australia

Visiting: Sydney, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Brisbane, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Warrnambool, Melbourne

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:

SLAH

Recommended For:

Singles

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Beach Tours

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Tour Overview

Tick off many of Australia's most famous sights on an incredible journey Down Under from Sydney to Melbourne. Sydney's highlights are equally thrilling, with Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Mrs Macquarie's Chair, all part of your tour here. Prepare to be dazzled by the paradise beaches of Port Stephens and stop to admire Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse as you travel along the stunning Gold Coast to Brisbane. Your next destination is Cairns, where you'll board a catamaran for a thrilling cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. More iconic sights await in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with sunrise and sunset visits to the giant monolith Uluru within your reach, as well as the chance to view Aboriginal rock art. We'll continue to explore Australia's Red Centre and stop in Alice Springs, where the Flying Doctor Base and the School of the Air are two sightseeing highlights. You'll then travel to Adelaide, where a tour is followed by a tasting of wines in the famed Barossa Valley. Take a scenic journey along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Melbourne and opt to visit Phillip Island to watch the charming penguin parade.

Highlights

  • Sydney's iconic sights

  • Visit to Port Stephens

  • Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse

  • Discover Brisbane

  • Great Barrier Reef catamaran cruise

  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunrise & sunset

  • See the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

  • Tour of Alice Springs

  • Authentic Aussie bush barbecue

  • Discover Adelaide

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Day 1 : Days 1 & 2 Uk - Sydney
Location:

Sydney


Today, you will fly to Sydney, arriving in the early hours of day 3.

Day 3 : Sydney
Location:

Sydney


Accommodation Name:

Travelodge Wynyard - Sydney


​On arrival in Sydney early this morning, we'll transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, settling in and exploring this vibrant city at your own pace.​

Day 4 : Sydney
Location:

Sydney


Accommodation Name:

Travelodge Wynyard - Sydney


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


​Our included sightseeing tour will show you Sydney's highlights, including the world-famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, which dominate the vast and picturesque harbour. Other memorable sights include Bondi Beach, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. This huge sandstone rock was hand-carved by convicts in the shape of a bench for Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth, in 1810. It's a great vantage point, so take a few minutes to enjoy the view. This evening, get to know your travelling companions better over a welcome drink and dinner.​

Day 5 : Sydney - At Leisure
Location:

Sydney


Accommodation Name:

Travelodge Wynyard - Sydney


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​If you choose to join today's optional excursion, you've a full day of thrills ahead. You head through the Blue Mountains, past the Three Sisters rock formation and along Jamieson Valley - Australia's answer to the Grand Canyon. Finally, you'll visit Scenic World, where you can opt to take a journey on the world's steepest incline railway into ancient rainforest, or enjoy a cable-car ride over the valley.​

Day 6 : Sydney - At Leisure
Location:

Sydney


Accommodation Name:

Travelodge Wynyard - Sydney


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​You can choose from a couple of exciting optional excursions today. If you've a head for heights, you could take in exceptional views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding area on a guided Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Don't worry, you'll get a safety briefing beforehand and will wear a harness at all times. At the end you'll receive a group photo, a cap, certificate and a pass to the Pylon Lookout for further sweeping views. Another option is to step beneath the sails and enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. You'll learn about the history of the building, uncover stories about artists and the shows performed here and have an opportunity to visit areas usually off limits to the general public.​

Day 7 : Sydney - Port Stephens - Port Macquarie
Location:

Port Stephens, Port Macquarie


Accommodation Name:

Mercure Centro Port Macquarie


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​We've a lovely journey along the coast this morning as we leave Sydney behind and head to Port Stephens. This idyllic coastal resort, known as the 'blue water paradise', is home to white-sand beaches, picturesque bays lapped by turquoise seas, and immense sand dunes. Enjoy some time at leisure here, lazing on the beach or maybe you'll choose to head off on an optional dolphin-watching cruise. Later, we'll continue to Port Macquarie.​

Day 8 : Port Macquarie - Brisbane
Location:

Brisbane


Accommodation Name:

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​This morning, we'll take to the road once again, making our way along the coast to Byron Bay, famous for its beautiful beaches and laid-back surf culture. We'll stop here to admire its iconic lighthouse, which sits on a rocky headland. We'll then continue along the stunning Gold Coast, renowned for its fabulous beaches, and on to Brisbane.​

Day 9 : Brisbane - At Leisure
Location:

Brisbane


Accommodation Name:

Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​You can spend today at leisure in Brisbane, or you could choose to join an optional excursion to North Stradbroke Island. Fondly known as Straddie by the locals, it is the world's second largest sand island at about 38km long and 11km wide. You can relax on the beach, or maybe head off on a bush walk, keeping an eye out for resident wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras - the largest member of the kingfisher family.​

Day 10 : Brisbane - Cairns
Location:

Cairns, Great Barrier Reef


Accommodation Name:

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Enjoy a morning tour of Brisbane, Queensland's cosmopolitan capital, which boasts spectacular architecture and is set on the Brisbane River.
This afternoon we'll fly to Cairns, where we'll stay, it's your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

Day 11 : Great Barrier Reef
Location:

Cairns


Accommodation Name:

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


​Today you have the chance to explore a whole new world on an included trip by catamaran to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Marine life comes incredibly close to the vessel, and you can experience the reef without getting wet from the comfort of a semi-submersible or an underwater observatory. Of course, you can also go snorkelling in this amazing underwater world – all the equipment and guidance you need is provided, as well as lunch.​

Day 12 : Cairns - Uluru
Location:

Cairns, Uluru


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

DESERT GARDENS HOTEL


Meals Included:

Breakfast


This morning we'll fly to Ayres Rock or Uluru, situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, This huge sandstone monolith, is a majestic sight and one of the world's most treasured natural wonders. It is a wondrous sight at any time of day, but is is even more so at sunrise and sunset, when its colours change dramatically.

Day 13 : Uluru
Location:

Uluru, Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, Uluru


Accommodation:

Hotel


Accommodation Name:

Desert Gardens Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast


We will visit Uluru as the sun rises this morning. We will also have the opportunity to step into some of the caves in the base of the rock and admire the fascinating Aboriginal art that graces the walls. Off in the distance you will spot the mysterious Kata Tjuta or the Olgas, a range of 36 spectacular rock domes. This afternoon is free to relax and explore the Ayres Rock Resort, maybe take a guided walk through the native gardens.
This evening you can enjoy an optional visit to the impressive Field of Light installation.

Day 14 : Uluru - Alice Springs
Location:

Alice Springs


Accommodation Name:

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs


Meals Included:

Breakfast


This morning we'll take to the road and journey to the outback town of Alice Springs.
This evening attend an Aussie bush barbecue - a fantastic included highlight where you can sample traditional cuisine. This is an authentic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of stargazing.

Day 15 : Alice Springs
Location:

Alice Springs


Accommodation Name:

Double Tree by Hilton Alice Springs


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner


​A fascinating tour today will introduce you to the Flying Doctor Base and the old Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement in central Australia, which is now a museum. Depending on timings we'll also visit the famous School of the Air. This evening attend an Aussie bush barbecue - a fantastic included highlight where you can sample traditional cuisine. This is an authentic experience that really sums up the spirit of the Australian Outback. The fun starts at sunset as we take to the road to try to spot kangaroos. Before you eat you can try your hand at boomerang throwing, and afterwards you can indulge in a spot of stargazing.​

Day 16 : Alice Springs - Adelaide
Location:

Adelaide


Accommodation Name:

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​Your tour now continues as we fly to Adelaide, South Australia's cosmopolitan capital.

Day 17 : Adelaide
Location:

Adelaide


Accommodation Name:

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch


​We'll start the day with a tour of Adelaide's main highlights, including the cricket and football stadium, the Adelaide Oval, broad expanses of lush parkland and the imposing St Peter's Cathedral. Next, we continue to the Barossa Valley, which is famous for its wines. At the Jacobs Creek visitor centre we'll stop for a tasting and lunch. We'll also taste wines at the award-winning Wolf Blass winery.​

Day 18 : Adelaide - Warrnambool
Location:

Warrnambool


Accommodation Name:

Mid City Motel Warrnambool


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​We'll depart Adelaide today and travel further along the coast to Warrnambool.​

Day 19 : Warrnambool - Melbourne
Location:

Melbourne


Accommodation Name:

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​Your journey to Melbourne today takes you along one of the most spectacular coastal routes in the world, the Great Ocean Road. As you go you'll see the Twelve Apostles, although only eight of these towering limestone stacks remain, the Arch and many other fantastic rock formations.

Day 20 : Melbourne
Location:

Melbourne


Accommodation Name:

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​Enjoy a tour of Melbourne this morning. Highlights include Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Flinders Street Station and the Grand Prix Circuit that circles Albert Park Lake. Another stop is Fitzroy Gardens, which features pathways lined with towering elms, colourful floral displays and the Fairies' Tree sculpture - a centuries-old tree stump featuring delightful carvings​.

Day 21 : Melbourne - At Leisure
Location:

Melbourne


Accommodation Name:

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne


Meals Included:

Breakfast


​You can spend a further day at leisure, making your own discoveries. Alternatively, you might be tempted to join an optional excursion to Phillip Island to see the remarkable penguin parade. At sunset, after a hard day's fishing, hundreds of these delightful creatures - the world's smallest penguin - appear from out of the ocean and waddle their way across the beach to their sand dune burrows. You can take in this marvellous spectacle from special viewing stands and boardwalks, which give you the chance to get up close to nature.

Day 22 : 22 & 23 Melbourne - Uk
Location:

Melbourne


Meals Included:

Breakfast


Enjoy time at leisure before your return flight to the UK, arriving the next day.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London

  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK

  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own

  • Accommodation

    20 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight

  • Meals

    23 meals: 19 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners including welcome drink

  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    35 passengers

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Australian Dollar

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this Operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

Featured on Trustpilot
Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019

21/06/2021

Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Jan Clark  

My Go-to tour company!

16-Nov-2021

I’ve travelled many times with Just You and have always experienced 5-star service from them; so much so that they are always my go-to travel company. Realising a life-time’s dream of visiting Petra and touring Jordan with JY was amazing. Every day was a highlight and the tour manager, Jenny, was lovely and so professional. I can even see me doing this tour again next year.

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PAtrick Roche  

I have taken seven Just You holidays

21/06/2021

I have taken seven Just You holidays - collectively a first rate experience. Excellent tour guides, wonderful locations with good accommodation and food - and perhaps most important of all great company. For anyone considering a Just You holiday, go for it!

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Suzanne Ward  

Unforgettable holiday

24/06/2021

Of all the holidays I have had my trip to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii with Just You was the most memorable experience Everything was well organised and I felt comfortable and relaxed, our tour manager was great and I never felt as if I was on my own.

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Rachael Raghuram  

Incredible Experience!

06-Aug-2021

I had never been on a guided touring holiday before my trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest with Just you. It was an incredible experience being able to travel on my own but with like-minded travellers. Our tour manager was exceptional, always available, showing us the sights along the way and keeping the group entertained. I loved that I had the option to go on excursions with the group or on my own too. Everything was taken care of! Would definitely do it again!

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

21-Sep-2023

Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in online..you can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

Vivien Dagley (Google Reviewer)  

03-Jul-2023

Holiday to Santorini, Paros and Mykonos 6-13 May 2023 Awful holiday, hotels not up to standard. Very poor quality. Alkistis Hotel in Mykonos - built into a very steep hillside. Not good if you have a walking impairment or any kind of breathing difficulties. This is NOT mentioned in the Just You brochure. Very rude staff. If you have booked for September, please, please rethink. Not worth the money, worst holiday of my life EVER!

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  • Free Date Changes

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Just You allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform just you, 75 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Just You requires a minimum deposit of 20% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of just you charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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    When you book your holiday with Just You, you can have complete peace of mind. Your money is 100% protected through our Independent Trust Fund, any money you pay to us is held by them & governed by 3rd?party trustees. It is also a condition of our ATOL license and is regularly monitored by the Civil Aviation Authority. We don’t receive any money until after you’ve come back from your holiday – so your money is 100% protected no matter what. If you have any questions you can speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable holiday advisors.

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