Great Barrier Reef Drive & Sydney Trip [ST-RT2037]
14 Days: Great Barrier Reef Drive & Sydney Trip [ST-RT2037]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Port Douglas (3 Nights), Daintree (2), Rose Gums (2), Cairns (2), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Brisbane, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Car Hire - 7 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Cairns Airport and drop-off at Cairns City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Accommodation to Airport
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • 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- International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.

Days 2 to 9 - 7 Day Car Rental, for Cairns

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for seven days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 2 - Self Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas

Enjoy your self drive from Cairns to Port Douglas.

Cairns is just an hour drive from Port Doulgas via the spectacular coastal road that is surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea. It is the only place on Earth where two World heritage listed jewels exist; the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest of Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Port Douglas is a laid back tropical oasis with a small friendly village atmosphere. Refresh, restore and revitalise, in the aquamarine reef waters of the Coral Sea, the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge, and the palm fringed golden sands of Port Douglas Four Mile Beach.

Days 2 to 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

Included Meals: Breakfast selection on arrival including fresh fruit, yoghurts, juice, cereals, toast and spreads (sufficient to provide daily breakfasts for 3 days)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

Day 3 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

One of the best things to do in Port Douglas is a day trip to Outer Great Barrier Reef. Explore this major wonder of the world with a friendly and professional crew on a new custom-built luxury dive and snorkel vessel.

With the reef being just a few meters away from the waters’ surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating! 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 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.

With exclusive access to 9 mooring sites, you will visit 2 sites on the Great Barrier Reef at Agincourt, St Crispins and/or Opal reefs. The use of a wide variety of these ensures a minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations. These sites are frequented by myriads of tropical and Palegic Fish, Rays, Turtles, (friendly) Sharks and the ever friendly Maori Wrasse.

Divers can enjoy 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. Up to 3 dives are available per day.

Operates

Daily

Need to Know

Bring along: Hat, towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, Cert-Card & logbook (if diving) and approx. $7AUD per person for EMC (Environmental Management Charge, subject to change).

Times

Approximately 8:00am to 4:30pm from Port Douglas Marina.

Inclusions

– 4 hours on the outer reef
– Visit two exclusive dive locations
– Morning tea including pastries with choice of tea or coffee
– Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
– Hot fresh water showers
– Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
– Free guided snorkeling tour and safety spotters
– Free professional certified diver guides (optional)
– Free use of dive / snorkel equipment (including masks, snorkel, fins and flotation devices)
– Free use of wet and stinger suits
– Free prescription mask (deposit required)
– Transfers from your Port Douglas Accommodation

Upgrades

Certified Divers can add 1, 2, or 3 dives. 1st Time divers can add an Introductory Dive to their tour. Available PADI Dive Course are: PADI Nitrox Course, PADI Advance Course, PADI Open Water Referral Courses.

Extras Onboard

– Snacks (choc, chips etc)
– Alcoholic beverages
– Photo purchases
– Digital camera hire
– Souvenirs

Day 4 - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

Visit four environments and experience a cacophony of wildlife all at once at the Wildlife Habitat Animal Sanctuary located at the entrance of Port Douglas.

Situated on eight acres of land, the park recreates four very unique environments that allow you to see various and numerous species through meandering boardwalks.

Enter through the Savannah, a new habitat offering an opportunity to wander amongst the beautifully rich colored birds of northern Australian open woodland. Check out the Wetlands where you can view wading birds as they forage for fish beneath the boardwalks, along with marsupials, fruit bats and other bird species.

Come hungry and have the original “Breakfast with the Birds” (extra cost) which will tempt you with Hot/Cold Buffet, juices, exotic tropical fruit selection and bottomless tea and coffee. Watch the clock and make sure to be on time for the Koala Photos (extra cost).

Stop off at the Presentation Hut where you can meet up close with various reptiles, including pythons and crocodiles (check times). If you get hungry stop off at the Cafe where meals and snacks are available or have “Lunch with the Lorikeets” (extra cost).

View the native species of the Wet Tropics at the Rainforest with such animals as the endangered Southern Cassowary, Boyd’s Forest Dragon and colorful Eclectus parrots. Interact and hand feed Queensland’s largest range of kangaroos and wallabies at the Grasslands. Double check the lagoons where the crocodiles are lurking beneath the murky waters or basking on the sunlit banks.

Don’t forget to check out the gift shop, ask about the free guided tours or inquire about 3 day entry passes. Wildlife Care Behind the Scenes Tour is at 1:30pm. (Extra Cost)

Daily Tour Schedule:
9:00am Breakfast with the Birds Interactive Experience
9:15am Feature Creature photos
9:30am Rainforest & Cassowary Feeding Tour
10:10am Wetlands Feeding Tour
10:45am Koala Presentation/ Koala Souvenir Photos
11:15am Savannah & Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo Tour
11:45am North Queensland Reptile Experience
12:30pm Lunch with the Lorikeets Interactive Experience
1:00pm Feature Creature photos
1:30pm Rainforest & Turtle Feeding Tour
2:10pm Wetlands Feeding Tour
2:40pm Koala Feeding
3:00pm Reptile Interaction
3:30pm Feature Creature photos
4:00pm Savannah & Pelican Feeding Tour

Kangaroo food can be purchased for $2.00 per bag (own expense) at the Wildlife Habitat.

Operates

Daily. Closed on Christmas Day (December 15).

Need to Know

Child pricing and family rates are available on request.

Times

Opening hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Inclusions

– Entry into Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat
– Animal presentations
– Re-entry for the next four days

Day 5 - Self Drive from Port Douglas to Daintree

This drive is about 1 hour.

Head north on Captain Cook Highway. The short drive from Port Douglas to Daintree Village offers the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal people who have called the Wet Tropics rainforest home for thousands of years. The Port Douglas and Daintree region is the traditional country of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people who continue to have ongoing connections with the area and offer tours where you can experience their culture.
Mossman Gorge is the southern section of the Daintree National Park where steep mountains, thick with rainforest send the Mossman River tumbling over the Gorge’s massive granite boulders creating cool, clear freshwater swimming holes. Take a picnic and discover the rainforest on one of the free walks around the Gorge or join a local Indigenous guide on their traditional land to learn how their ancestors trapped fish and safely prepared poisonous foods to eat.
In Mossman you can visit an Indigenous gallery where the resident artist will show you how to paint your own burnie bean. Experience traditional hunting at the coastal village of Cooya Beach where an Indigenous guide can show you how to hunt mud crab with a spear or relax with an Indigenous spa treatment at Daintree Village.

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Days 5 to 7 - 2 Nights Accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest

Travel to your accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest, Australia, where you will be staying for 2 nights.

Welcome to your eco-friendly Daintree accommodation. The eco-lodge is surrounded on all sides by the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park and is ideally situated half way between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, in the very heart of the worlds oldest rainforest.

Your unique accommodation provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest in a thoroughly relaxing setting. With seven individual cabins all set apart throughout the property, you can enjoy the wonders of the Daintree and its unique flora and fauna in complete privacy and comfort.

The Wilderness Lodge has an Advanced Eco Certification ensuring we make minimal impact on the pristine environment that we feel privileged to be able to showcase to our guests from all over the world. Being ‘off the grid’ we have pioneered techniques to ensure the smallest ecological footprint without sacrificing on the facilities you would expect of accommodation closer to ‘civilisation’.

Once you cross the Daintree River by ferry you enter an environment like no other. Jungle-clad mountains sweep down towards the blue of the Coral Sea with only long white deserted beaches to separate them creating a visually spectacular scene.

The Daintree is often referred to as a Botanical Ark containing ancient plant species and rare and unusual wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. It is the only place you will find two World Heritage Listed areas right next to each other being located adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Day 6 - Free Day to Explore Daintree

Enjoy free time to rest, relax or explore this enchanting region of Queensland. Located on the doorstep of the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree region is surrounded by stunning natural beauty brimming with unique adventures.

Walk beneath emerald green canopies, through ancient ferns and flowering plants found nowhere else on Earth. Discover cool watering holes, hidden within moss-covered boulders streaming with gentle cascades, or cruise on the winding waterways of the Daintree River.

Explore the Daintree on your own or join a tour led by an expert guide. From ancient Aboriginal heritage to wildlife spotting, guided tours offer profound insight into the natural and cultural history of this unique region.

Ready to get starting exploring on your own? Here are a few of our favorite must-do’s in Daintree:

Daintree Discovery Centre
Experience the world’s oldest rainforest from every angle at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Climb the 75 foot Rainforest Canopy Tower with access to aerial walkways and boardwalks for exploring the rainforest from a new perspective. As a hot spot for cassowary viewing, the center is one of the most popular places in the world for seeing this unique birds in the wild. The center also features audio guides, native wildlife displays, an interpretive center with touch screens and a coffee shop with sweeping views overlooking MacLean’s Creek.

Daintree Entomological Museum
This private collection of butterflies, insects and bugs displays some of the rarest species found in Daintree and around the world. Founded by Australian naturalist Stephen Lamond, the collection is his life’s work of collecting insects from his extensive travels, made up of over 150,000 specimens. See evolution at work for yourself within the vast collection, allowing you an up close look at how much size, color and shape can vary within a species.

Jungle Adventures Day and Night Tours
Enjoy an expert touring experience led by professional guides on an adventure to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. Zip line through the rainforest canopy on a thrilling jungle surfing tour, horse ride through the rainforest, join a Daintree River cruise and so much more. Your Destination Specialist can help you find the perfect tour to fit into your trip.

Cape Tribulation
This magical region is where two World Heritage-listed sites collide in a scene of spell-binding natural beauty. Lush rainforest headlands of the Daintree stretch out into the fringing reefs part of the world renowned Great Barrier Reef. Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef, where self-guided walks, crab-hunting tours and snorkeling adventures are on offer.

For more ideas download the Activity Map

Insider's Tip: Daintree Ferry

The vehicle ferry is the only way to cross the Daintree River.

It takes about 30 vehicles and operates daily from 6am to midnight except Christmas Day (25 December 2019, from 7.30 am to 5 pm only)

The crossing itself takes about 10 minutes but there can be a waiting times, especially during the peak season (July to September). During these months the busiest hours tend to be mid morning to lunch time going north, and between mid afternoon and 5pm returning south.

The cost for cars is about $30 return. If, however, you are staying for a while there is a Multi-day Pass for about $59, allowing for 5 return trips.

EFTPOS is available at the ferry between 8am-4:30pm seven days a week. At all other times users of the ferry need to pay cash unless they have a concessional card.

Use the ferry to go deep into the heart of the rainforst.

Day 7 - Self Drive from Daintree to Rose Gums

This drive through the Atherton Tablelands is about 2 hours and 40 mins.


Today you’ll travel south along Mossman Daintree Road. If you haven’t already took the ferry across the river up to Cape Tribulation to see where the Great Barrier Reef meets the rainforest, now is a great time to do so. At Mossman Gorge take Mount Molloy road through the Tablelands toward Yungaburra to Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat. Maybe check out some stops along the way.

-Mossman mount molly road lookout for a quick photo opportunity.
Mareeba, a fertile district has a reputation as a food lovers’ paradise which can be discovered by visits to tropical fruit farms, coffee plantations, wineries and the Mareeba Markets held on the second and fifth Saturdays of the month.
-The bustling township of Atherton for an education on crystals and caves.
Hasties Swamp, a seasonal wetland and national park which has an annual cycle of wet and dry, attracting a range of more than 300 resident and migrant birds. The two-storey Nyleta (the park’s Indigenous name) Wetlands Bird Hide has wheelchair access on the lower section.
Upon reaching Rose Gums, you will be adjoining World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park – a nature lover’s paradise. Rose Gums itself has 230 acres of private tropical forest offering an unforgettable bush experience.

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Photo Credit: Atherton Tablelands

Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation at Rose Gums

Travel to your accommodation in Cairns Highlands, Australia, where you will be staying for 2 nights.

Your luxury vacation accommodation is a nature lover’s paradise, and an award winning and advanced eco accredited Wilderness Retreat. Situated on approximately 230 acres of land uniquely located next to World Heritage acclaimed Wooroonooran National Park, the luxury vacation retreat features the finest wilderness lodging available.

Guests enjoy private accommodation in one of the nine timber tree houses. Each tree house has been designed not just to blend into the environment but to also be an important interactive part with the rainforest ecology. All accommodations have their own large spa bath, wood burning fireplace, self-contained kitchen and private elevated verandas with dual view of the tree canopy and forest floor. A leisurely stroll on one of the many rainforest walking trails will lead you to an environment filled with exciting bird and animal life. Perhaps even see a platypus! Relax from your travel in front of a cozy wood fire or with a cup of locally grown coffee on your private balcony. An array of outstanding nature and wildlife tours entice you to fill your days with your favorite activities. Enjoy morning wildlife viewing to see stunningly beautiful Australian parrots and the world’s smallest kangaroo. Please ask your hosts for tips on wildlife spotting, they will help you find walks, trails & creeks where you will be most likely to find some of Australia’s unique creatures.

Within 30-min are 2 volcanic crater lakes if you fancy a swim, picturesque waterfalls, tea farms where you could see tree kangaroos, quaint villages, national parks, and the awesome Curtain Fig Tree.

Meal Inclusions: A generous breakfast hamper is included for the first morning’s breakfast for all treehouses. Additional breakfast supplies can be purchased at reception.

Image Credit: Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Day 8 - Free Day to Explore Rose Gums

Free time to rest, relax or explore.

You don’t have to venture far to have amazing adventures at Rose Gums!

Walking Trails
Explore rainforest walking trails to rainforest creeks, a charming waterfall & through the reforestation plots where 25,000 native rainforest trees were planted since 1995. Options include:

  • Creek Walk – 90 minutes return -moderate grade Look for platypus in the pristine rainforest creek which borders World Heritage Wooroonooran National Park
  • Waterfall Walk – 90 minute return – moderate grade Venture down to a hidden 5 metre (16 Foot) waterfall, a peaceful walk through remnant Wet Sclerophyll forest; perhaps see the Musky rat-kangaroo and unique birdlife
  • Reforestation Walk – 40 minute return – easy grade Enjoy a relaxed walk though the new forest and study the Mullunburra Bush Medicine Trail
  • Giant Rose Gums Walk – 20 minutes return – easy grade Admire one of nature’s giants, a 45 metre (148 foot) 600 year old gum tree, home to much wildlife

Wildlife
As Rose Gums itself has 230 acres of private tropical forests, the retreat offers its guests an unforgettable bush experience. There is a unique mix of endangered wet sclerophyll and rainforest which makes for a large diversity in the plant & animal life.

  • Every morning at 8am food will be put out for the parrots beside reception and the musky rat-kangaroo’s behind reception. A Wildlife information sheet is in your room for you to self guide at this time.
  • Platypus inhabit the large rainforest creeks and are often seen.
  • A wild Southern Cassowary often saunters through the forests, particularly when the rainforest fruit trees such as the quandong are dropping their fruit. Cassowaries are only found in the rainforests of north Queensland and their conservation status is endangered.
  • Another endangered animal that can be found in the rainforest areas of the Atherton Tablelands is the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
  • At Rose Gums over 160 species of birds have been recorded. Your hosts Jon & Peta are keen naturalists and are more than happy to explain the uniqueness of this special place.
  • For those of you seeking a Kangaroo experience ( all wild, not fenced in), why not follow the Kangaroo Trail during your stay here at Rose Gums! Ranging from the oldest and smallest, the Musky Rat-kangaroo, to one of the biggest, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. The self-drive Kangaroo Trail provides something for all ages and interests.
  • Join a Nature Photo Workshop with Internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Juergen (Yogi) Freund (Additional Cost)

Inquire at the front desk for help planning the perfect itinerary for your interests!

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Day & Nighttime Rainforest and Wildlife Tour

Visit the scenic Atherton Tablelands, an area rich in biodiversity that features a range of habitats including lush World Heritage Listed Rainforest and volcanic crater lakes.

Meet your tour and enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the world renowned, Lake Barrine, before an afternoon walk through the rainforest to see two massive Bull Kauri Pine Trees. During our adventure by day we may see the Musky Rat Kangaroo, Boyds Forest Dragon, a selection of rainforest birds, butterflies and Flying Foxes.

After a quick stop at Lake Eacham we head to a private access platypus viewing area in Yungaburra where we have a 90% success rate of seeing platypus – one of the most unique mammals on earth. After dinner at a local country restaurant, our night time spotlighting adventure begins. As we walk under the night stars, and into the World Heritage Rainforest, we may be lucky enough to spot a Lumholtzs Tree Kangaroo, Northern Leaf Tailed Gecko, Ringtail Possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more (most are endemic to the region). Every night is full of discoveries.

Later, on the trip home, we can reflect on what we have seen, and return with an increased appreciation of Australian Wildlife and the World Heritage Rainforests of North Queensland.

Includes:
Pickup and return from Lake Barrine (approx 30 min from Rose Gums)
Afternoon tea at Lake Barrine
Dinner at a country restaurant in Yungaburra
Wet weather gear if required
Expert Guide with commentary throughout

Pick-up: 3:15pm: Return: 8:30pm

Photo Credit: Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Day 9 - Self Drive from Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat to Cairns

Begin your self-drive from Yungaburra. You will drive along the Great Tropical Drive headed towards Cairns, Australia.


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Departing Rose Gums, you will go to the town of Malanda to start your journey back to Cairns. If you’d like, stop and enjoy a visit to the nearby Tarzali Lakes, Nerada Tea Plantation Malanda Falls, or Rainforest Trails. Your next stop will be Ravenshoe, which is Queensland’s highest town. From here you can relish a swim in the Innot Hot Springs, or tour Mt. Garnet. If you’re the more adventurous type, enjoy one of the walking tracks to see the local wildlife and landscape of the region.

Continue your self-drive to Millaa Millaa. Here you can view some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the area! If you’re feeling hungry, you might want to go explore Mungali Creek, and sample their entire range of award winning bio-cynamic/organic dairy products. Keep heading south towards the MaMu Rainforest Canopy Walkway and experience the thrill of climbing the 37 metre observation tower offering beautiful far-reaching views.

Finally, head back to Cairns via Palmerston Highway, The Great Green Way and Bruce Highway for your overnight in Cairns.


Image Credit: The Great Tropical Drive Tourism Image Gallery

Day 9 - Taxi from Cairns Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

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

Day 10 - Free Day 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) - Kuranda Rainforestation

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

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Dinner Cruise

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Enjoy the Ultimate waterside dining on a lovely sail boat.

Set sail aboard the newly refurbished 26-metre catamaran on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views.

The ultimate in waterfront dining, your cruise includes a gourmet buffet style dinner, complimentary beverage on arrival, live entertainment, and (optional!) dancing after dinner. A selection of beverages and cocktails are also available for purchase from our fully licensed bar.

Operates

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Need to Know

One way transfers from Northern Beaches accommodations to the Cairns Marlin Marina available. Drop offs are by own arrangement.

Times

Boarding time is from 6:00pm – 6:15pm at Cairns Marlin Marina with departure at 6:30pm. Returns at 8:30pm.

Inclusions

– 2 hour calm water evening cruise
– Luxurious air-conditioned vessel with large outdoor decks
– Complimentary glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink on arrival
– Delicious hot and cold buffet, featuring fresh seafood and local produce.
– Live entertainment

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!

With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don’t forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don’t miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground “Muddy” with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!

If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you’re there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am – 4pm.

Lagoon Hours: All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance

Day 11 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 11 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 11 to 14 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 3 nights in your Sydney accommodation, perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city center.

Sydney’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are only minutes away with public transport right on your doorstep. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney’s fringe suburbs such as Surry Hills or discover the downtown entertainment precinct offering live theater and music all year round.

Your spacious and modern guest room features inviting queen or twin beds, spotless shower over bath with amenities, and free WiFi to stay connected. Check in is a breeze at the friendly 24-hour reception, with room service available at certain hours. Venture to the top floor to access the rooftop pool and gym, and tuck in to a selection of delectable share plates and with a glass of wine at the onsite café and bar.

Feeling a little adventurous? Located within walking distance to over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, your hotel is an ideal base for discovering Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

Inclusions
– Work desk with lamp
– In-room safe
– Shower over bath
– Bathroom amenities
– Hair dryer
– Iron and ironing board
– Tea and coffee making facilities
– Free WiFi
– Flat screen TV

Day 12 - Day Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise (2-Day Pass)

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2-day 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.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

Day 12 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.


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.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

Day 13 - 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) - Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour - Full Day

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers.
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Summit

Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!

Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.

It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.

All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Operates:
Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).

Need to Know:
– Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing;
– Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings;
– No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb;
– Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb;
– Maximum of 14 people per group.

Times:
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions:
BridgeClimb cap;
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.

Optional Lunch Cruise (Not Included) - Sydney Cruise Like a Local

Treat yourself to one of Sydney Harbours most sensational lunch cruises. This small group cruise offers the experienced traveler a personalized service like no other. You’ll feel as if you are spending the day aboard your historically savvy local mate’s yacht while he shows you around his favorite spots.

Offering a unique and exclusive cruise experience, your personal host will cruise back in time sharing the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in Sydney’s most famous sites, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy the company of a small group and immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers, including swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back and relax on the tempting sunbed,

Operates

7 Days a week (October – March); Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday (April – September). Does not operate on Easter holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday), ANZAC Day (April 25), June 8, October 5, Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26), December 28, New Year’s Day (January 1) and Australia Day (January 26).

Need to Know

Please make your own way to departure – Commissioners Steps, Circular Quay, located in front of the Museum if Contemporary Art.

Times

Cruise departs at 12:30pm and returns at 4:30pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Inclusions

  • 3 course bbq lunch with beverages
  • 4 hour cruise
  • Captain and crew entertaining passengers
  • On-board activities, swimming, fishing and kayaking
Insider's Tip: The Rocks

Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!



Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia’s finest arts and crafts.




If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you’re after don’t forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!

On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.

With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am – 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

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 14 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 14 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles(can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, 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 $2,484 $4,069 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) $3,468 $5,053 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
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) $4,305 $5,890 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) $4,408 $5,993 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) $5,118 $6,703 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) $6,098 $7,683 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,004 $10,589 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.