The Twelve Apostles (Victoria)

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  • Group of limestone stacks off the store of Victoria
  • Formed by erosion in the harsh and extreme weather conditions of the Southern Ocean
  • Of the original 12, only 8 Apostles are left
  • The 9th Apostle dramatically collapsed in 2005

 

Wave Rock

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  • Natural rock formation shaped like a breaking ocean wave

 

Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park

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  • Park with a large sandstone rock formation sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu Aboriginal people of the area
  • Around the formation is an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient paintings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Whitehaven Beach

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The Pinnacles (Western Australia)

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  • Limestone formations which came from seashells in an earlier era that was rich with marine life
  • Shells were broken down into sands that were blown inland to form high mobile dunes
  • The way in which the Pinnacles were formed is subject to debate

 

Bungle Bungle Range

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  • Beehive-shaped towers made up of sandstones and rocks such as pebbles and boulders cemented together by finer material
  • Emerged 375-350 million years ago when active faults were altering the landscape
  • Wind and rainfall over millions of years shaped the domes

 

Manly Beach

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  • #16 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Sydney Opera House

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  • Multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney
  • #25 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Opened in 1973
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fraser Island

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  • Largest sand island in the world
  • Made up of sand that has been accumulating for 750,000 years on volcanic bedroom
  • Inhabited by humans for as much as 5,000 years
  • Named after stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Blue Mountains (New South Wales)

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  • Mountainous region inhabited for several millennia by the Gundungurra Aboriginal people
  • Examples of Aboriginal habitation can be found throughout the area, such as a rocky knoll with a large number of grinding grooves created by rubbing stone implements on the rock to shape and sharpen them

 

Great Barrier Reef

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  • World’s largest coral reef
  • World’s biggest single structure made by living organisms
  • Composed of 900 islands stretching for 1,400 miles
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Kakadu National Park

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  • Protected area park the size of Slovenia
  • Contains The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive uranium mines in the world
  • Renowned for its natural and cultural value to the Aboriginal people
  • Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40,000 years
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

City Circle Tram

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  • Zero-fare tram that runs around the Melbourne City Centre and passes through many tourist attractions
  • Began service in 1994

 

Port Jackson

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  • Harbour with walkways that lead to views of Sydney and its famous landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

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Bondi to Coogee Walk

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  • Cliff top urban coastal walk

 

Australian War Memorial

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  • National museum and memorial to Australia’s armed forces and supporting organizations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Opened in 1941

 


 

Costs

all flights $4,626

food $42/day x 27 days = $1,134

hotel $76/day x 24 days = $1,824

tickets (all attractions) $880

TOTAL for whole itinerary $8,464