Gold Coast, Reef & Sydney [ST-QGQ1]
11 Days: Gold Coast, Reef & Sydney [ST-QGQ1]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Gold Coast (3 Nights), Cairns (4), Sydney (2)
  • US Domestic Flights - Not included. A quote can be provided at your request.
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Brisbane, Sydney to Los Angeles Not included. A quote can be provided at your request.
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Transfers (Pay as you go) - Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return) (Not included)
  • All Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included). Ask about our Discounted Tours and Transfers Package!
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - US Domestic Flight, Hometown to Los Angeles (Please see quote for inclusion )

Travel by domestic air to your destination.

If you request US domestic air pricing, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane (Please see quote for inclusion)

Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Brisbane.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!

Please confirm with the airline at check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record (if applicable).

Day 2 - Taxi, Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

Days 2 to 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation on the Gold Coast

Stay in the beautiful & tropical Gold Coast for 3 nights whilst on vacation.

Positioned right in the heart of Surfers Paradise just 160m from the beach, your hotel is an ideal choice when visiting Queensland’s famous Gold Coast. Every room within this Surfers Paradise accommodation provides all of the facilities you need to make yourself at home.

All guest rooms feature high-speed internet (fee applies) and cable TV with pay-per-view movies. Relax on your own private balcony with stunning Pacific Ocean views and the Gold Coast skyline. There’s plenty to do at this Surfers Paradise hotel which features a resort style outdoor swimming pool and children’s pool, along with a fully equipped gymnasium and tennis courts.

While enjoying your stay you may wish dine onsite or wander into the nearby heart of Surfers Paradise for a great choice of Gold Coast bars and eateries. With excellent shopping, famous beaches, the natural wonders of the hinterland and Gold Coast theme parks nearby, your accommodation is the ideal Surfers Paradise hotel.

Days 3 - 4 - Free Days to Explore the Gold Coast

With so much to see and do take the day to explore the many unforgettable moments of the Gold Coast!

You have your pick from action and adventure, pampering at a spa or follow your hunger on the Food & Wine Trail. Go ahead and dance til the sun comes up at Surfer’s Paradise, venture out to the deserted South Stradbroke Island or head to the lush rainforests of Lamington National Park. With easy access to Mount Tamborine, Byron Bay and the Natural Arch it makes this area the perfect spot to explore the many natural wonders. Don’t hesistate to check out the many beaches each with their own unique flavor!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with Koala Photo & Transfers

A visit to the Sanctuary is a great opportunity for you to view native Australian animals in natural settings.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is voted #1 Gold Coast Wildlife Attraction and is nestled within 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rainforest.
Come face-to-face with extraordinary wildlife in exciting daily shows and hands-on encounters. There are so many must-do experiences. Cuddle a koala, ride the miniature train, pat a kangaroo or feed a crocodile.

Discover Lost Valley as you wander your way along elevated walkways where you are able to experience and interact with exotic species such as Lemurs, Cotton-top Tamarins, Red Panda, and Capybaras along with free-flying birds and exotic reptiles and so much more… You can walk on the wild side with 15 exciting animal encounters and experiences on offer so much animal action in one day!

Watch vets in action at one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, and learn how you can help protect some of Australia’s endangered species.
Experience Aboriginal Culture Storytelling through sance shows or fly over to WILD SKIES Free Flight Bird Show where you will see some of Australia’s most beautiful species of birds all in this incredible new show! You’ll find a number of different food and beverage outlets to cater to everyone’s taste, as well as options for buying the perfect Australian gift for family and friends at a number of retail outlets. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs.

Need to Know: As a guide, the recommended height of a guest to be able to safely and securely hold a koala is 140cm (4’6″); The size, age, weight and temperament of the koala working on the day is a determining factor to ensure the welfare of both guests and animal; Any other variables as determined by Koala Handler that would compromise the safety of themselves, guest or koala on the day; When a Koala Handler determines a guest will require assistance with holding a koala one of two options will be offered: A Tree photo. Meet and greet your koala. Koala will safely sit in fork of tree prop and guest can stand next to koala and stroke its back for a professional photo. Professional family/group photo. Meet and greet your koala. A suitable member of the family/group can hold the koala whilst other guest/s can stand next to koala stroke its back for a professional photo.

Operates: Open Daily 8:00am – 5:00pm (Excluding Christmas Day (December 25) & Anzac Day (April 25); Koala Photos Studio is open from 8am to 4pm meaning you can hold a koala ANY TIME of the day!

Inclusions: Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary; Return Transfers to/from Gold Coast Hotel; Koala Cuddle & Photo

Upgrades Available: Koala “Behind the Scenes” Experience – Get up close and personal to one of Australia’s biggest icons. Learn about the koala’s features, habitat, reproduction, gum species preferences and other quirky little facts about these gorgeous critters. Treetop Challenge – Located inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the TreeTop Challenge will get your adrenaline pumping! With 80 huge TreeTop Challenges, including 11 insane ziplines, we guarantee you will have an unforgettable day of thrills, action and adventure.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - SkyPoint Observation Deck

Venture high in the sky at the Skypoint Observation Deck.

Rising a sheer 755 feet (230 meters) into the sky, SkyPoint is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular attractions and has become a must see destination for locals and visitors alike. It provides stunning 360 degree panoramic views that stretch from the surf to the hinterland and beyond and provides the perfect location for visitors to experience the shimmering Gold Coast skyline at night or take in views from Brisbane to Byron Bay during the day.

Enjoy a freshly prepared meal from SkyPoint Bistro + Bar as you spot whales migrating along the eastern coast or as a new storm rolls in. By night, SkyPoint Observation Deck transforms into a chic, high altitude lounge bar with music every Friday and Saturday night and Sunset Sounds on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy drinks and delicious platters with friends and take in the glittering skyline. SkyPoint Observation Deck is an 18+ venue on Friday and Saturday night from 8:00pm. Experience unsurpassed 360’ views of the Gold Coast day or night from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

Times General public opening hours are from 7:30am – 8:00pm Sunday – Thursday and 7:30am – 9:00pm on Friday & Saturday.

Inclusions Entry during general public opening hours only.

Upgrades Discounted Dining Voucher; SkyPoint Climb

Image Credit: Destination Gold Coast

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Natural Bridge Springbrook Tour - Half Day

Visit the World Heritage Rainforests of Springbrook and Natural Bridge in half a day. With so much to offer a drive from the Gold Coast you can get your Rainforest and Waterfall fix while on holiday. View up to 5 waterfalls including Purling Brook Falls.

The Gondwana Rainforests have so much to offer only a short drive from the Gold Coast beaches. This small group tour offers a truly personalized experience with no more than 16 people per tour and door to door service from your central Gold Coast hotel. Visit the Stunning Natural Arch waterfall with a fully guided walk from an expert local guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the rainforest as you make you way. From inside the cave see the water cascading through the roof of the basalt cave which has been formed over millions of years.

Continuing the tour, Best of All Lookout offers a view of northern New South Wales and Mount Warning. The walk to this magnificent lookout takes you through one of the few remaining pockets of ancient Antarctic beech forest.

During the journey tour commentary on the area and wildlife is provided along with great scenery of the Numinbah valley. Take in the views of Twin Falls and Rainbow falls from Canyon Lookout on the way home. On the return journey to the Gold Coast, sightings of kangaroos and the pretty faced wallabies is common as they emerge from their bush retreats to feed on the lush grass in the cooler part of the day.

Daily – Subject to availability and minimum numbers
Half Day Tour
Departure: 12:00pm-12:45pm & Return: 5:30pm-6:00pm (Approximate Times)

Need to Know This is a small group tour with a maximum of 16 seats in a Luxury Mercedes vehicle including commentary.

Inclusions Return coach transfers; Afternoon Refreshments; Natural Bridge Guided Rainforest walk to waterfall; Stunning views from Best of all lookout; View 3000 year old beech Trees; Breathtaking views over Mt Warning and Green Cauldron of Northern NSW; Visit 5 Waterfalls including Purling Brook and Natural Bridge; Travel through Numinbah Valley with it high cliffs and green country pastures; A chance to spot wildlife in their own environment.

Insider's Tip: Gold Coast Dining

Some of the most spectacular water-view restauarants are located in Gold Coast.

From upscale bistros like Seascape, with cocktails and chef-selected five course banquets to the casual, pub-style Helm Bar in Surfers Paradise, delicious dining locations are awaiting you along the beach. Take a stroll and try one of the many restuarants with a view.

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Insider's Tip: Gold Coast Markets

The Gold Coast is well known for its sensational shopping and the weekly markets in and around the region provide shoppers with an opportunity to purchase handmade local arts and crafts, a wide variety of fresh produce and delicious food.

  • The Surfers Beachfront Markets are an institution, running for the past 23 years. Evening strollers can browse more than 120 stalls featuring mainly handmade or home-grown wares, while enjoying the live entertainment and beachfront location.
  • Set on the Sanctuary’s Village Green, the Sanctuary Markets feature a slew of international street food trucks with live music from 5pm.
  • The Art and Craft on the Coast markets feature more than 150 stalls of handmade fashion, jewelry, homewares, skincare, food, plants and the creative wares of local arts and craftspeople. Many a tourist has snared a unique souvenir during the market’s 20-year history and locals enjoy browsing the stalls on their way to and from the beach.
  • HOTA comes alive on Sunday mornings as locals emerge to stock their pantries for the week ahead. There are more than 80 stalls manned at the Bundall Farmers Markets by local farmers, growers, producers and creators of fine artisan foods. As well as ticking off the food shopping, market-goers can take in breakfast or brunch, enjoy live music and wander the arts precinct, including the gallery, Evandale Lake and the children’s playground. Remember to bring your own bags as single-use plastic ones aren’tt available on-site.
  • From its humble beginnings as a boutique fashion market, The Village Markets has been the launching pad for a string of successful local labels including Peony Swimwear, Kivari boho creations and designer pet outfitter Bones Society. TVM prides itself on its carefully curated selection of funky fashion, preloved and vintage clothing and homeware stalls, with food trucks, live music and its trademark relaxed Sunday vibe thrown in.

Content: Destination Gold Coast

Photo Credit: Surfers Paradise Alliance

Day 5 - Taxi, Gold Coast Accommodation to Brisbane Airport (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Day 5 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.

Day 5 - Taxi, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

Days 5 to 9 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire
Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.

Days 6 to 8 - Free Days to Explore Cairns

Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!

A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there’s enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you’re visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling

Cruise onboard a luxury vessel to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.

The reef being just a few meters away from the waters surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating at the surface. Relax, breathe in your snorkel and be ready to discover a multitude of fishes, corals and other wildlife populating the reef.

Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. 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. All of the snorkeling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

There are 17 exclusive moorings on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs. This tour operator uses a wide variety of these moorings to ensure a minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations you visit. The dive sites are frequented by myriads of tropical and Palegic Fish, Rays, Turtles, (friendly) Sharks and the ever popular diver friendly Maori Wrasse. There are swim throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience. The dive sites are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions.

Need to Know

– Extra Charges to be paid at check-in EMC, Port Authority & Fuel at $20AUD per Person per Day (subject to change without notice).
– Please bring a hat, towel, swimsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses.


Check in is at 8:00am at Cairns Marlin Marina. Returns at approximately 4:30pm.


– Return transfers
– Morning tea
– Snorkel Equiptment
– Wetsuit and/or Lycra Suits
– Prescription Masks (Subject to avilability)
– Tropical buffet lunch
– Tea/coffee (when stationary)
– Fresh hot water showers


– Up to 3 SCUBA Dives
– Introductory Scuba Diving

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Great Barrier Reef Platform

Not into snorkeling? Let your Destination Specialist know so they can set you up with thistour instead! This is a great option for people who want to expereince the Great Barrier Reef in their own style! For a limited time, we have a special deal on this tour. There will be a small increase in the cost of your trip.

Go on a cruise on a catamaran to an all-weather platform on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.

On arrival at the Great Barrier Reef, you will be provided some handy tips on the correct use of snorkelling equipment and then help fit you with a mask, snorkel and fins so you can take to the water with confidence. The snorkel area is supervised at all times and personal flotation devices are readily available in adult and child sizes. Stairs lead down from the main deck to a submersed snorkel platform where you can sit down and put on your mask and fins. Access to the water could not be easier with the snorkel platform opening directly into a shallow, bright and sheltered coral lagoon.

Floating snorkeller rest stations are strategically located around the site where you can take a rest at any time. This prevents tired snorkellers standing on and damaging the corals and is part of our commitment to ensuring our site is kept in it’s current pristine condition.

Also included is a range of activities and facilities for the non-swimmer or those simply wanting to take time out of the water: the Semi-Submersible, the Glass Bottom Boat and the Underwater reef viewing observatory all offer experiences with different perspectives.

At lunch time our Marine Biologist will announce the fish feeding demonstration which starts in front of the observatory windows before moving to the snorkel platform. The feeding frenzy includes large schools of Red Bass, Trevally and the star of the show, Wally, our resident Giant Maori Wrasse!

Inclusions: 90 minute cruise (each way) on a spacious fast catamaran; Morning and afternoon tea & Hot/Cold Tropical Buffet Lunch; 5 hours at the Marine World reef activity platform; All snorkelling equipment (mask / snorkel / fins) plus free lycra or wet suit hire; Semi-Submersible AND Glass Bottom Boat Tours; Underwater reef viewing observatory

Optional Upgrades Include: Intro to Diving: No experience necessary. You’ll be provided with all the equipment and guidance necessary for an amazing first scuba-experience.

Certified Diving: Already a card-carrying experienced diver? We’ll give you all the necessary equipment and get you set-up quick with a guide and dive tender vessel. With the time you save on instruction, you’ll get to complete up to 3 unique dives in one day.

Helmet Diving: Perfect for the non-swimmer! Get as close as you can get to a real diving experience without even getting your hair wet. The special helmet provides a scuba-like experience you’ll love.

Guided Snorkel Tours: Informative small group tours with an expert Marine Biologist guide. A Coral Gardens Tour takes you to a sheltered lagoon that’s suitable for beginner snorkelers. Or if you’re looking for a bit more adventure, take the Snorkel Safari. This drift snorkeling adventuring takes you to the outer reef wall for unique views.

SEABOB Guided Tours: For the ultimate in easy, underwater mobility try a SEABOB. This advanced, underwater jet scooter uses simple body movements to steer as you are propelled past coral, tropical fish and more. Spend your energy seeing the sights, let the SEABOB do the rest.

Heli-Magic: Elevate your Great Barrier Reef experience with a scenic helicopter flight. Take a scenic flight from the Marine World platform or take the helicopter to and from the platform for a bird’s eye commute to the reef. You’ll see the immensity of the Great Barrier Reef and pristine, blue waters from the perfect vantage point.

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Tjapukai Night Fire

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai Night Fire takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime.

Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North. Settle in for a magical night of entertainment as you journey into a Dreamtime legend to discover the magic of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal culture.

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival before the performers lead a didgeridoo blessing ceremony followed by a spectacular fire performance and cultural dance celebration.

If you’re keen, you can even take to the stage to learn a traditional dance yourself! This evening of entertainment is complemented by a delicious dinner, photo opportunity with the Tjapukai warriors & even time to shop in the retail gallery full of authentic souvenirs.

Operates Daily, except Christmas Day (December 25). Event is from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Need to Know Child pricing and family rates are available on request.

Inclusions Welcome Drink and Canapes; Delicious Buffet Dinner; Didgeridoo Journey; Fire-making Ceremony; Tjapukai Dance Performance; Fireside Farewell

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Daintree Dreaming Tour

This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
never forget!

Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.

The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day. Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialized cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.

Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors. After lunch, wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.

Operates Daily. Does not operate on December 25 & 26, January 1 & 26, Easter & Anzac Day holidays. Departs from 7:30am and Returns at 6:15pm.

Need to Know What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water. Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.

Inclusions Experienced guiding and commentary; Welcome to Country smoking ceremony; Interpretive Rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge; Lunch at the Mossman Gorge Centre; 2 hour coast and cultural walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member; Damper and catch of the day; Return hotel transfers

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kuranda Scenic Railway & Aboriginal Culture

A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to the famous village in the rainforest – Kuranda. Your Kuranda Boarding Pass ensures preferential seating, discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions and a detailed map is also included. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck and enjoy the Koala & Wildlife Park. Transfer back to Kuranda, then it’s time to board Skyrail for your return journey.

Check in: A driver will check you in at your accommodation. You special Kuranda Boarding pass offerings pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.

Kuranda Scenic Rail: At the scheduled time board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village: Once you arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. Also included in your tour is the Koala & Wildlife Park. The shuttle bus will then take you back to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Our hostess will meet you on completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.

Operates: Daily (Subject to black outs for Kuranda maintainance.) Pick-up Between 7:00-8:00am and at Return at 5:30pm (approximately).

Upgrade to Gold Class: Dedicated host service; Individual seating, lounge-style chairs; Quality refreshments including sparkling Australian wine, beer, orange juice, soft drink, ice water, mocktails, tea, coffee and appetisers and a chilled refresher towel during the journey; Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior; Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage; Souvenir trip guide

Day 9 - Taxi, Cairns Accommodation to Airport (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Day 9 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 9 - Taxi, Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your accommodation is located on George Street, right in the heart of the city, with easy access to major attractions such as Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and all the shopping of the CBD.

Day 10 - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Sydney Opera House Tour

This inspiring tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to venture inside one of the world’s most recognised global landmarks.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece.

You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room.

You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.



Need to Know

1 – 11 guests maximum per group. No large bags or luggage accepted. This tour contains approximately 200 steps – low impact.


Departs every hour between 9:00am – 5:00pm.


Guided tour of the Sydney Opera House.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2 pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.

Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbor. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary.

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia.



Need to Know

Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.


Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.


2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

Insider's Tip: Bondi Beach Cliffside Walk

Want to see Sydney’s spectacular beaches but don’t know where to start? Lace up your walking shoes and hit up the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, threading along five of Sydney’s sunniest beaches. This paved track runs along seaside clifftops, dappled and eroded by the exfoliating salt water, connecting the beaches together.

With the backdrop of stunning azure waters and the relaxing sound of rhythmic waves, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike get their steps in at the Bondi to Coogee Walk. This track is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, and is often broken up into sections: Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, Tamarama to Bronte Beach, Bronte to Clovelly Beach, and Clovelly to Coogee Beach.

Start with a morning swim and beachside breakfast at Bondi before capturing your glam beach photos at Tamarama, fondly known as “Glamarama” by the locals. Then head to Bronte where surfers like to catch the barreling waves, and take a dip in the oceanside Bogey Hole and Rock Pools. Afterwards head to Coogee, where you can snorkel and dive at Gordon’s Bay.

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Day 11 - Taxi, Sydney Accommodation to Airport (Pay as you go)

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Day 11 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (Please see quote for inclusion)

Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

Day 11 - US Domestic Flight, Los Angeles to Hometown (Please see quote for inclusion )

Travel by domestic air to your destination.

If you request US domestic air pricing, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $1,491 $2,467 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $2,631 $3,607 Nov 17 2020 - Nov 30 2021
USA Departures: 1 April - 30 November 2021
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $3,312 $4,288 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $3,415 $4,391 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $4,125 $5,101 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $5,105 $6,081 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $8,011 $8,987 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $19,525 $20,501 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.

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