Australia has so much to offer and it is fun to visit different parts each time to piece together a holistic experience of this magnificent continent. If you are bringing your family to Australia for the very first time and would like to give them a good overview experience of Aussie Urban as well as Outback in just one single trip, I have just the itinerary for you. This was a family trip which was planned and executed in 2019. We went for 11 days, exploring both the vibrant Melbourne city and rough it out at Uluru.

DayTimeCityActivityLocation
Day 19.50pmSingaporeCheck-in Qantas QF038Changi Airport T1
10.00pmCollect the Router at Changi Recommends
11.50pmTake Off Qantas QF038
Day 29.15amMelbourneTouch DownMelbourne Tullamarine Airport T2
10.00amUber To Hotel (30 mins)
10.30amReach The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne ( Check-in 2pm, Luggage with concierge)630 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia
11.00amBrunch at Higher Ground Cafe (3 mins walk)650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
12.30pmExplore Laneways – Hosier, Degraves St, Flinders, Union & Hardware LaneTake Tram 86 / 96 from Spencer St/Bourke St to Russell St – Stop 7 (Free Tram)
1.30pmEnd with a coffee from Brother Baba Budan1 min from Hardware Lane
2.00pmCheck In Hotel & RestThe Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
2.15pmGet Myke Card – Bus Central $15 with $9 valueSouthern Cross Station or SkyBus Station
5.00pmUber To Dinner (15 mins)Uber or Didi
5.30pmEasey’s Rooftop Dinner.48 EASEY STREET, COLLINGWOOD 3066
7.00pmDrinks at Naked In The Sky (if not too tired). 11 minutes walk285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
9.00pmRest for the dayThe Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
Day 39.00amMelbourneSouth Melbourne Market Breakfast & Grocery ShoppingCoventry St & Cecil Street, Australia (8 mins from hotel on Tram 96)
1.00amLuna Park Melbourne (Close at 6pm)Luna Park Melbourne (23 mins from hotel on Tram 96)
3.30pmBeach Stroll / Cakes & CoffeeSt Kilda Beach / Monarch Cakes / Europa Cake Shop
5.45pmSunset & Penguin Watching (Choose a good spot by 5pm)St Kilda Pier
8.00pmDinner at The Local TapHouseTake Tram 16 from The Esplanade (7 mins)
9.30pmDrinks with Live BandThe Local TapHouse
10.30pmRestThe Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
Day 47.00amMelbourneCheck out & leave for airport (30 mins)The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
7.45amCheck in JetStar JQ664Melbourne Tullamarine Airport T4 Domestic
9.45amTake Off JetStar JQ664
12.15pmAyers RockTouch Down, exit airport and look for AAT Kings coaches (free shuttle. no booking required)Ayers Rock Connellan Airport
1.00pmReach Desert Garden Resort (10 mins away). Early check in before 3pm requested.Yulara Drive, Yulara, Ayers Rock, 0872, Australia
2.00pmCultural Performance at Arkani TheatreMani Mani Indigenous Cultural Theatre
3.00pmRest at roomDesert Gardens Hotel (No breakfast)
4.45pmGuided Garden Walk. Meet at Hotel Lobby
5.45pmDinner at Resort
7.45pmField of Light Pass Departure 2 (1hr 15 mins after sunset)
9.45pmBack to Resort & rest for the night
Day 56.00amAyers RockCamel To Sunrise Tours (Sunrise 7am). Simple bread & coffee breakfastDesert Gardens Hotel
8.30amBack to Resort
9.00amBreakfast at resort
10.25am15 Mins Helicopter Flight (Between 1pm to 5pm) Paid
11.30amBarn Yard (30 mins Complimentary). Meet at Circle of Sand at Town Centre
12.30pmLunch. Free & Easy
5.30pmUluru Sunset & BBQ Dinner (75 mins before sunset)
10.00pmBack to Resort & rest for the night
Day 66.00amAyers RockUluru Morning Guided Base Walk (10km walk). Light Breakfast providedDesert Gardens Hotel
12.00pmBack to Resort for Lunch
1.00pmBush Food Experience (45 mins Complimentary). Meet at Winjiri Arts and Museum
2.00pmExplore Town Square
3.00pmEcology & Museum Tour
5.30pmSound Of Silence Dinner
9.30pmBack to Resort & rest for the night
Day 78.30amAyers RockBreakfastDesert Gardens Hotel
10.00amCheck out & leave for airport
10.55pmCheck In JetStar JQ665Ayers Rock Connellan Airport
12.55pnTake Off JetStar JQ665
4.05pmMelbourneTouch Down & Uber to hotel (35 mins)Melbourne Tullamarine Airport T4 Domestic
5.15pmReach Mantra City Central Hotel (Hotel aware of late check in)Mantra City Central, 318 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
6.00pmReach HotelMantra City Central Hotel
7.00pmWinter Night Market Dinner, Shopping & Drinks (Only on Wednesdays)Queen Victoria Market (Tram 59, Free Tram Zone)
10.00pmRest for the dayMantra City Central Hotel
Day 87.30amMelbourneBreakfast on the goMantra City Central Hotel
8.00pmGreat Ocean Road Experience (Chinese Tour)108 Little Bourke Street. 7 mins walk from hotel. Drop off same place
8.30pmBack to Melbourne City
8.45pmDinner at Juicy Bao, Si Chuan House or Shandong MamaAll within 5 mins walking distance from drop off
9.45pmDrinks at Madame Brussels / The Rooftop Bar (if not too tired)10 mins walk away
10.30pmRest for the dayMantra City Central Hotel
Day 97.00amMelbourneLune Croissanterie CBD (Weekday 7am only, 11 mins from hotel)Entrance on Russell Street at Flinders Lane, Shop 16/161 Collins St
9.00amCoffee & Shopping (on the way to high tea)Bourke Street Mall, Block Arcade & Emporium Melbourne
11.00amHopetoun Tea Rooms Brunch High Tea. Reserved OnlineThe Block Arcade. 4 mins walk from hotel
1.30pmFederation Square, Flinders Street Railway Station & Prince Bridge (8 mins walk)Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
3.30pmExplore Gertrude StreetLonsdale Street and Swanston St,
6.00pmDinner at Grub87-89 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia (Tram 96)
7.00pmShop at Melbourne Central & QV Melbourne (Close at 9pm)Cnr La Trobe St &, Swanston St
9.00pmExplore Tattersalls & Drinks At Chuckle Park Bar400m from hotel
10.00pmRest for the dayMantra City Central Hotel
Day 108.00amMelbourneLeave HotelMantra City Central Hotel
8.30amYarra Valley Winery Tour (1 min walk from hotel)Meet in front of Somerset Hotel. 250 Elizabeth Street (Meet at Elizabeth St entry). Drop off at same place.
5.00pmBack to Melbourne City
7.45pmDinner ReservedFancy Hanks BBQ Restaurant
9.00pmDrinksGood Heavens Rooftop Bar
10.00amRest for the dayMantra City Central Hotel
Day 118.00amMelbourneBreakfast & Grocery ShoppingQueen Victoria Market  (Tram 19,57 & 59, Free Tram Zone)
12.00pmFinal PackingMantra City Central Hotel
1.00pmCheck out & leave for airport (35 mins).
2.15pmCheck In Qantas QF037Melbourne Tullamarine Airport T2
4.15pmTake Off Qantas QF037
10.25pmTouch downChangi Airport T1

 

Overall, we felt it was a really good mix of experience. We used the outback period as a period to ‘detox’ from the urban hustle. I usually like to pack the trip with loads of things to do. Please use the itinerary as a guide and plan your own preferred journey. Do note to check in on the opening hours for the respective attractions and entrance regulations as there may be changes due to COVID. Travel safe and have fun!

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