Australia Travel Deal | Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef - About Australia

Australia Vacation Deal | Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef

8 Days Brisbane & Great Barrier Reef from $1,995*

Highlights & Inclusions:

  • 8 Days/ 6 Nights, Australia
  • International Flights: Los Angeles to Brisbane (1 Stop), Brisbane to Los Angeles (1 Stop)
  • Australia Domestic Flights: Brisbane to Cairns (Return)
  • 4-Star Accommodation: Brisbane (3 Nights), Cairns (3)
  • US Domestic Flights: Are not included, but can be included on request
  • Discounted Tours and Transfers Add-Ons available!
  • Free and Independent Travel (Not a Group Tour)
  • This trip itinerary is customizable

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Discounted Tours and Transfers Package!

Add $350+ to include:

  • Full Day Tour: Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo with transfers from Brisbane hotel
  • Full Day Tour: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling and Lunch
  • Shuttle Transfers: Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers: Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)

Discounted Add Sydney Package!

Add $500+ to include:

  • 3 Nights in Sydney (4-Star Hotel)
  • Flights to get you there
  • Totaling 11 Days, 9 Nights

 

Have it All!

Add $850+ to have it all plus a few bonuses!

  • 4-Star Accommodation: Brisbane (3 Nights, Cairns (3), Sydney (3)
  • Brisbane Full Day Tour: Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo with transfers
  • Cairns Full Day Tour: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling and Lunch
  • Sydney 1-Day Pass: Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise 
  • Shuttle Transfers: Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers: Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers: Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • International Flights: Los Angeles to Brisbane (1 Stop), Sydney to Los Angeles (1 Stop)
  • Australia Domestic Flights: Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Totaling 11 Days, 9 Nights
Australia Travel Map Brisbane 3 Nights, Cairns 3

To Book: 888-359-2877 (M-F, 8:30am-5pm CT USA)

Permitted US Departure Dates: Select Dates August 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Lowest Prices found: For 8 Day Itinerary: Select Saturdays – Mondays ; For 11 Day itinerary: Select Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Booking Code: ST-TA2206F

Book By: July 29, 2022

Travel Agency Reviews

Rating of  Average of 4.86 on a total of 186 Ratings
Alexandra Stra
It was an amazing trip. The tours were excellent.
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Sadie Larkin
Amazing Trip

So glad About Australia and Koda could make my dream come true. Such an incredible trip. Managed to accomplish so many things: Great Barrier Reef, Tjapuka dinner show, whitewater rafting, Wildlife Dome (picture holding koala bear), shopping, Blue Mountain tour (feeding and petting kangaroos), seeing 3 Sisters, using 2 day Harbour Pass to visit most stops, walking the Harbour Bridge and Rocks District, Sydney Opera House, Whale Watching Tour, couple of massages, and more shopping. (...)

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Diane Ridderhoff
Amazing Aussie Experience, Mate!

We loved our time in Australia! The diversity between Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney was great. We did several tours including the Phillip Island Penguins, the snorkeling/diving in Cairns (would like to do that one about 10 more times!), the Kuranda Rainforeststation, and the Hop on/Hop off tour in Sydney. We also did some extra exploring at those places and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We highly recommend time in Australia - LOTS of time vs. just the 11 days we spent there! We just may(...)

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Nicole Williamson
Vacation of a Lifetime

This was the most hassle-free vacation I've ever been on. We didn't communicate with the About Australia group very much before the trip simply because we didn't have to. They had all of our travel documents completely organized and squared away. To be honest, I was a little nervous checking into our first hotel in Melbourne simply because I never confirmed that we had a reservation. We didn't have to. Everything at every hotel was set and we didn't have any trouble at all. All of(...)

COVID Travel Restrictions and Additional Costs

Australia COVID Travel Restrictions and Additional Costs

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Questions about Australia’s COVID travel restrictions? We’re here for you! As specialists in travel to Australia, we are keeping up to date on all restrictions and providing our clients with the information they need to make their trip to Australia a reality.

Great news! Australia is making it easier to visit!

We will update this as often as possible, but please understand these are fluid and may change. Costs associated with travel requirements to Australia are not included in your itinerary unless specifically listed. We will update this information with approximate costs as we become aware of them.

Last Updated: 6/13/2022

Going to Australia

Travelers are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are traveling with and any countries you transit through.

Here’s what you need to visit Australia:

  • Proof of full vaccination
  • Complete Australia Travel Declaration 7 to 3 days before your flight. 
  • Required masking on the plane and in all Australian airports.
  • Rapid Antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolation until a negative result is received.
  • Valid visa to enter Australia

Stay up to date on Australia Travel Requirements, click here. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here.

Proof of Full Vaccination

You will need to provide proof of vaccination in the form of a paper or digital certificate. If you have your paper card CDC vaccination card, you can use this to enter Australia. If you have lost your card or if you are interested in obtaining a verified digital certificate of your card to ensure you have a safe and secure back up, please click here to find out more information.  If possible, we do recommend a digital certificate for stress free travel. It will allow you to pull up your verified record in the event you lose your card while traveling. 

Are you considered fully up to date on your vaccines? If you’ve followed CDC guidelines, the answer is yes! If you have a more complicated story, click here to find out.

Digital Travel Declaration 

All inbound travelers must complete an Digital Travel Declaration (DTD) at least 72 hours before to departure. This is a form that may be filled out online on your mobile device by downloading the Australia Digital Travel Declaration app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android). You may also fill out the form online on a desktop computer here. When filling out the DTD, you will need to provide your contact details, declare your vaccination status, declare your last 14 days travel history, and acknowledge quarantine and testing requirements that apply when entering Australia.

When to Wear a Mask

You must wear a mask for the duration of your flight while traveling to Australia,, and in all Australian airports. A cloth or surgical mask is acceptable. You may remove your mask to eat and drink, or if directed by an airline or government official. Children ages 11 or younger and anyone with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask and can provide a medical certificate as evidence do not need to wear a mask.

Testing on Arrival

Testing and quarantine requirements differ by state and territory, however most states require a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of your arrival. You must self-isolate until you receive a negative result from your test taken after your arrival. You can bring an at home test with you and take the test as soon as you arrive in Australia.

Testing and quarantine requirements differ by state and territory. To check if you will be subject to quarantine on arrival visit your local state or territory’s website:

Traveling with Children 

Children under 12 are considered fully vaccinated, meaning they may travel without a vaccination. However, it is recommended that if your child is able to get vaccinated, that they do so before they travel. Children 12 years and older will need to meet the same testing requirements as adults.

For more information about restrictions and requirements to travel to Australia, click here. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here.

To Return to the USA

As of June 12, 2022, air passengers no longer need to get tested or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship. Please note, the CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen non-immigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information, see COVID-19 Vaccination Travel Information on the U.S. Department of State’s travel website.

Stay up to date on USA travel restrictions: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html

Trip Details

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip to Australia that You Don’t Need to Lift a Finger to Plan

Your first trip to Australia should never be complicated.

The laid-back culture is renowned for its sun-kissed smiles and easy-going nature. Its boundless beaches, rugged coasts and raw wilderness emanate an overpowering sense of earthly wonder that jumps right out of the photographs.

So why is planning a trip to Australia so stressful?

The romance and inspiration quickly fades as you navigate through the flights to Australia. Not to mention the hotels, tours and even multiple flights once you’re there!

With our Brisbane, Australia Wildlife and Great Barrier Reef vacation package, you’ll travel on a seamless journey through Australia where EVERY DETAIL is arranged for you.

We’ve created the perfect trip at a fantastic price that travels to Australia’s top destinations. From start to finish, we put the pieces together and put the wheels in motion – all you need to do is enjoy the ride.

Brisbane Story Bridge

Brisbane Story Bridge Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Brisbane

With stunning natural assets and clear blue skies all year round, Brisbane is your first stop on this Australia vacation

An adventurous urban metropolis with a relaxed and welcoming vibe, Australia’s third largest city is as friendly as an Australian “G’day, mate!”

Travelers can expect a pristine skyline, open-air dining, street markets and gorgeous parklands with the Brisbane River at its heart.

With world-class galleries and museums you can experience quiet culture as well as active urban adventures – from abseiling to kayaking and bridge climbing.

This new world city has a backdrop of mountain peaks, World Heritage rainforests, pristine bays and idyllic islands.

Embrace Brisbane’s enviable outdoor lifestyle.

You’ll spend 3 nights in Brisbane at an elegantly restored 4-star accommodation, set within a classically designed heritage-listed building freshly coming our of a multi-million dollar makeover. Its unbeatable location in the center of the city puts you within minutes of Brisbane’s most popular attractions, not to mention hundreds of restaurants and coffee shops.

Your days are free to explore Brisbane and get to know the city in your own way. With temperatures rarely dipping below the 70’s, Brisbane is primed for days outside:

Add our Discounted Tours & Transfer Package to Visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo

From hand-feeding kangaroos and wallabies to petting a koala, this where Australia’s magical wildlife moments happen. Add-on the Tours and Transfers Package to include, return transport to the zoo from your hotel, entry into the famous Australia Zoo with access to shows throughout the day and a 45-minute guided introduction to the zoo.

Meet Australia’s unique wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils, as well as exotic animals from around the world.
Catch the interactive conservation shows, including the famous Wildlife Warriors show, an action-packed display of slithering snakes, swooping birds, and Steve Irwin’s favorite – the saltwater crocodile!

When you visit Australia Zoo, you are making a difference to the conservation of wildlife. Every dollar you spend supports conservation projects around the world.

There conservation projects are helping to protect species from tigers in Sumatra and cheetah in Africa, to saltwater crocodiles and koalas in Australia. The ultimate mission of Australia Zoo is to save one, save the species.

Koala at Australia Zoo

Koala at Australia Zoo

  • Witness the famous Wildlife Warriors Show at the Crocoseum and learn about the zoo’s amazing animals with some jaw-dropping wildlife action!
  • Visit Bindi’s Island, a slice of tropical island paradise where lemurs, giant tortoises, and colorful macaws roam.
  • See Australia’s most exotic animals including Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, koalas and more!
  • Step into the kangaroo habitat and make some new Australian friends (a bag of kangaroo room is just a few bucks).

This small group tour picks you up at your Brisbane hotel, drives through the Glasshouse Mountains and gives you an introduction to the zoo, filled with tips and tricks to make the most of your experience.

Cairns

After your stay in Brisbane you’ll board a flight to Cairns. This coastal city is primed for venturing into the Great Barrier Reef, exotic Daintree Rainforest, or relaxing at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

You’ll spend 3 nights in a 4-star accommodation located in the heart of Cairns. Your days are free to enjoy this tropical paradise, where the warm waters of the Coral Sea invite you to discover the underwater wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef.

Add Tours and Transfers to Experience the Great Barrier Reef!

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Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Tourism Australia

No trip to Australia is complete without seeing the Great Barrier Reef!

  • See bright tropical fish, sea turtles and giant clams mix with the mesmerizing colors of coral gardens.
  • If you have never snorkeled before, don’t worry – a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put on and use the snorkeling gear.
  • Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on board and warm up with fresh, hot water showers.

Ask your Destination Specialist about other ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Reef Platform with a variety of activities: Non-swimmers and snorkelers both enjoy out pontoon adventure on the outer reef with snorkeling for the swimmers and glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory and semi-submersible – perfect for seeing the reef without getting wet!  
  • Aboriginal Cruise & Snorkel/Dive: Enjoy one of Cairns’ most unique & exclusive Great Barrier Reef tours that offers a cultural experience for snorkelers and divers. Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. 
  • Great Barrier Reef Island Day: Take a rainforest river cruise out to Normanby Island to enjoy this natural paradise above and below the water.

You’ll have 1 free day in Cairns to explore. The city is great, but we recommend trekking into the ancient tropical rainforests.

Tropical North Queensland is home to the exotic Wet Tropics, part of the oldest rainforest ecosystem on the planet. From Cairns, you can see the rainforest for yourself!

Let yourself surrender to the warm vibes of Cairns, where every day feels like the weekend, and toast to a rejuvenating holiday in Australia.

Not ready to end your Australia adventure? There’s still more of Australia to see!

Our discounted Add Sydney Package is a perfect way to keep the fun going!

Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Choose our discounted Add Sydney package to include Sydney, Australia’s famous harbor city. Sydney is the envy of harbor cities around the world, framed by unspoiled beaches and iconic cityscapes. The blend of metropolitan city life and sunny coastal splendor ranks Sydney among the world’s finest cities.

You’ll stay 3 nights in a stylish and comfortable accommodation conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney central business district, in the heart of the city action.

Sydney Harbour Cruise credit Tourism Australia

Sydney Harbour Cruise. Photo: Tourism Australia

Have it All

With our “Have it All” package you’ll get everything in the basic package, the Add Tours Package and Add Sydney Package, plus a 1-Day Sydney Harbour Cruise Pass and shuttle transfers in Sydney.

As Australia’s largest and internationally renowned harbor city, Sydney is best explored by water. Included in the Have it all Package is an essential experience: A 1-Day pass for Sydney’s Hop on Hop off cruise. When in one of the world’s top harbor cities, a cruise is a must! Explore the city with an included Sydney Harbour Cruise Pass, a hop on hop off cruise along the harbor’s top attractions. Stop at sites such as Manly Beach, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Circular Quay and much more.

As your final day in Australia comes to a close, you’ll look back on the wealth of incredible memories you’ve made:

You’ve traveled all across the world, visited two (or maybe three) iconic Australian cities, and discovered some of the world’s most unique natural wonders. A trip to Australia doesn’t get better than this.

Your Australia vacation shouldn’t be complicated. From booking connecting flights and hotels with your time and budget in mind, no one does it like an experienced travel professional.

As experts in Australian travel, we put trips like these together all day. From the moment you speak to our Destination Specialists to your plane touching down back home, we’ll make sure every aspect of your trip goes without a hitch.

Putting together all the parts of a trip to the other side of the world can be overwhelming. From booking flights and hotels to communicating with shuttle services and tours, making sure everything goes smoothly can be a full-job.

That doesn’t even begin to factor in the time and stress it takes you to plan out every detail.

What would a seamless trip to Australia like this mean to you?

Getting it all going can be more overwhelming once you sit down to start planning. We make it easy by planning it all for you. Contact us to start planning your Australia trip today!

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