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- Accommodation - Melbourne (4 Nights), Launceston (2), Hobart (2), Sydney (4), Port Douglas (4)
- US Domestic Flights are not included (as per your own arrangements)
- International Flights (can be included on request) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
- Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Launceston, Hobart to Sydney, Sydney to Cairns (Return)
- Day Tours - Melbourne: Great Ocean Road; Sydney: Blue Mountains; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise;
- Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
- Rental Car - Pick up in Launceston and Drop off in Hobart
- Day Tours are Optional and not included
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (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.
19 Days/ 17 Nights – Melbourne, Launceston, Hobart, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef
First stop in Australia is Melbourne, a City Full of Life. Its grand city centre, including the dynamic docklands precinct, is one of the world’s great city hearts. It bustles with daytime shoppers, night time revelers, and those out to enjoy its many attractions. Melbourne is recognized as Australia’s retail and fashion capital. Don’t miss the Victoria markets if shopping is your thing, but if not there is plenty of beautiful architecture, art and activities to keep you busy.
Next off to Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities and has many historical buildings and sights. It is the second largest city in Tasmania after the state capital Hobart. Launceston is a major tourist centre and home to a large collection of magnificently preserved Victorian architecture. See the Cataract Gorge, a natural wonder of Tasmania and only five minutes walk from the city – Home to the longest single span chairlift in the world. Be sure to visit The Tamar Valley, which is home to some of Australia’s best vineyards.
Then travel to perhaps Australia’s most stress-free and engaging city, Hobart belies the conservative and provincial reputation it has amongst some mainlanders. There’s not a lot you won’t find here; Hobart has a thriving festival scene and a real sense of history. For walking, eating and just soaking in the atmosphere it can’t be bettered.
Enjoy the sights of Sydney, a World Class City from your Downtown Accommodation next. Experience the beauty of the Harbour, the Opera House and marvel at the expansive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take advantage of the many tour options or just go at your own pace and enjoy the excellent restaurants and entertainment that only Sydney can offer.
Next is the winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and a friendly village in Port Douglas. It has world class resorts and shopping, award winning restaurants and superb galleries and craft stores. With pristine wilderness, total tranquility, superb golf courses and a wealth of activities including the magnificent underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, this is a magnetic destination for travelers of all ages and all walks of life.
End your trip in the colourful, sophisticated capital of the tropical north, Cairns city that’s alive with life and charm. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day. There are so many unique attractions and activities to see when you visit …cruise to the reef or islands, take a 4WD safari to the outback, trek into the rainforest or see it from the rainforest cableway above its green canopy on your way to or from Kuranda. Listed by the World Heritage Society and acclaimed as amongst the world’s most wonderful assets are the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests. These year round natural attractions are truly memorable and inspiring.
Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Melbourne.
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).
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.
The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. Experience views of uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges with this small group eco-tour.
Travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road and pass the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse, mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait.
Discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the famous 12 Apostles and descend the Gibson’s Steps, where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. With this small tour group, there is plenty of time to get out and explore nature at its very best.
The highlights of this Great Ocean Road adventure include a visit to Bells Beach, where you’ll see one of Australia’s famous surfing beaches, world renowned for the Rip Curl Surfing Pro.
Enjoy the breathtaking view from iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse and learn about the fascinating history of the Aboriginal owners of the Gadabanud Peoples’ Cultural Centre. You will be afforded stops where you’ll see wildlife like Eastern grey kangaroos, koalas and native birds in the wild.
Pass through coastal towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Enjoy a rainforest experience in the luscious surrounds of the Otway Rainforest and marvel at some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia.
Daily, except December 25
Need to Know
- Minimum of 1 passenger required.
- Maximum of 24 passengers allowed.
- No children under the age of 4.
- Consider wearing warm, interchangeable layers.
- Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes.
- Lunch, dinner, refreshments, water and snacks are at own expense.
Tour departs between 6:45am – 7:45am and returns by 9:00pm.
- Return transfers from accommodation available – please ask your About Australia Destination Specialist.
- National Park entrance fees.
- Guided tour.
Add a 15-minute helicopter flight to see the magnificent 12 Apostles from above!
Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.
Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.
Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.
Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.
Discover the beauty of Melbourne on this morning coach tour.
The city of Melbourne is a wonderful blend of heritage architecture, modern skyscrapers and contemporary designs. Vibrant cafes and cosmopolitan restaurants, colorful parklands and beautiful waterways are all found throughout this charming city. Discover its appeal for yourself and explore the cosmopolitan city with wide boulevards and fine historic buildings. View Bourke Street Mall and the tree-lined beauty of Collins Street, the ultimate shopping strip and business center. View fine examples of Melbourne’s architectural splendor, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Princess and Regent Theatres. Also see Melbourne Town Hall, the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square.
Stroll around Melbourne’s spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens. Visit the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens and explore Captain Cooks Cottage (optional, additional expense). See the bustling Queen Victoria Market and tranquil Albert Park Lake. See the city’s world renowned sporting arenas, including the MCG and Rod Laver Arena (home of the Australian Tennis Open). Pay tribute to the soldiers of war at the historic Shrine of Remembrance.
View Southbank, a world of waterfront shopping, dining and arts incorporating the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct and Crown Entertainment Complex (casino). Cross the West Gate Bridge for amazing views of the city skyline as well as the scenic bay side suburbs, St. Kilda and Albert Park.
Daily, except December 25 & January 1. Tour departs at 8:00am and returns at 11:50am, lasting approximately 3.5 – 4 hours.
Need to Know
Tour departs and returns at Federation Square. Wear warm layers during cooler months.
– Experienced driver guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the centre of the city known as Melbourne’s meeting place, Federation Square! Showcasing a creative mix of attractions it boasts 15 restaurants, cafes and bars and over 2000 events annually making this a must see in Melbourne!
Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards, Federation Square embraces some of the world’s most stunning architecture with a wide array of attractions. Situated on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation the Square supports the nation’s contemporary expression and values the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people of this area. Be sure to check out the Atrium, a major challenge made of glass, steel and zinc.
Flanked by Zinc, this centre provides access to The Square which features the paved sandstone cobbles from Western Australia and spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River. Don’t forget to make a stop off at the Wharf which offers up the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service.
If you just happen to be in Melbourne on a Thursday night be sure to take advantage of the late night program! Open until 9pm, the Ian Potter Centre is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art which showcases a spectacular array of over 20 galleries housed within this landmark architectural complex. Also open until 9pm, don’t miss the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which is the first centre of its kind in the world with its dedication to the moving image in all its forms – from early cinema to the latest digital media – it certainly offers a unique experience for visitors from around the globe.
Tours can be booked via the Melbourne Visitors Centre onsite at Federation Square: Tours depart daily, Monday – Saturday at 11am (50 minutes duration) Group limit: 15 people Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Federation Square
Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic small group, guided walking tour!
Join your passionate local guide, who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia.
Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!
On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques.
After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne!
Operates Daily except Sundays. Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.
Need to Know Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case. Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required. General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way. Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking. Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.
Inclusions Morning coffee & tea. 3 hour guided walking tour. Knowledgeable and professional local guide. Lunch. City map.
Alternate Tours Available Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers. Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues. Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks. Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots. Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.
Experience the essence of Australia through the pride of sports.
Located within iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia’s greatest showcase of sports at the world-class National Sports Museum.
This museum honors Australian Football, cricket, soccer, Olympic Games and more! Immerse yourself in this spiritual home of sports, contained within a new, modern museum on two levels of the MCGs new Olympic Stand.
See over 2,500 of the finest sports-related artifacts from Australia’s rich sporting history along with innovative interactive technology. The eight permanent exhibitions offer insight into all levels of achievement, values, fair play and the pursuit of excellence of Australian sportsmen and women.
It is recommended to spend at the least one to one and half hours touring the museum. Re-entry is available the day of with your original entry ticket.
Need to Know
– Self-guided audio tours are available and guided tours are available for an additional cost.
– Guided tours depart regularly between 10am and 3pm daily, and take approximately 75 minutes.
– Café is available for coffee and lunch (own expense).
– Tickets for entry are recommended to be purchased before arrival.
The National Sports Museum is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Times may vary on weekends for event days or public holidays.
Entry into the museum.
Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. From there travel to Phillip Island where you see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks before travelling on to Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife and make this a journey to remember. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.
Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)
Operates Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria
See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!
Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.
The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafes offering delicious homemade produce.
Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – just a treat!
Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colorful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.
Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat!
This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.
You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!
From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday except December 25.
Need to Know
– Tour departs from Federation Square, Melbourne, corner of Flinders & Russell Streets.
– Return transfers from your accommodation are available – advise prior to booking.
– Wear enclosed walking shoes.
– Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and water bottle are recommended.
– Wear warm layers in cooler months.
Departs at 8:10am and returns at 1:00pm, lasting approximately 4.5 hours.
– Puffing Billy Steam Train ride.
– Devonshire Tea.
– Experienced driver guide.
– Comprehensive commentary.
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach.
– Add a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary to meet native Australian wildlife at the end of your Puffing Billy journey – additional cost.
– Add a wine tour with tastings at three boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley at the end of your Puffing Billy journey – additional cost.
The Queen Victoria Market is an historic Melbourne landmark and a Melbourne institution dating back to more than 120 years ago.
Queen Victoria Market hasn’t been just a market. At different times in the past it has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a place to sell fruit and veggies (vegetables) wholesale. It is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market offering a variety of fresh farm produce and, on Sundays, a wider range of merchant items which turn the market into a modern Arabian Nights bazaar. This is the place to buy your souvenirs.
Aside from the variety of wares offered at the Queen Victoria Market, buskers and street entertainment are a market feature, particularly on Sundays when Queen St is closed and becomes a place of cafes, carnival rides and other activities. And there’s always the sound of spruikers cajoling visitors into buying their goods, and you can haggle for the best prices you’re able to get.
The Queen Victoria Market trading hours are 6am to 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 6am to 6pm (with the general merchandise section closing at 4pm) on Friday; 6am to 3pm on Saturday; and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday, and on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. (Please double check times before you go.)
Photo Credit: Queen Victoria Market
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel within Australia by Domestic Air from Melbourne to Launceston Tasmania.
Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for four 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.
Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation is conveniently located in the city centre, 15 minutes drive from the airport, 2 minutes walk from the main shopping precinct and features 116 rooms. It includes a contemporary restaurant set around a central fish tank that specializes in modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on the freshest seafood and exquisite local Tasmanian produce. It is famous for their Friday night seafood buffet which is a favourite with locals! The cocktail bar features an original No. 11 Tram and serves as a vibrant meeting place for both hotel guests and locals. There are also many local attractions to explore and participate in such as the Launceston Planetarium, James Boag Brewery, Launceston Seaport, Penny Royal World, Cataract Gorge, and the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, just to name a few. In Launceston there is something for everyone!
Discover Launceston’s intriguing stories.
Take a coach tour of Launceston city or enjoy a Tamar River cruise on the luxury ‘Tamar Odyssey’ or ‘Lady Launceston’. Explore Launceston by night with a Ghost Tour at dusk through the city’s history with a professional theatrical guide.
Take a Heritage Walk to explore the city’s history, colonial churches and fine buildings (self-guided walk brochure and details of guided historic walks are available. Browse George Street’s crafts and gift shops and the Inveresk Cultural Precinct with it’s Sunday market, art & craft. Visit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery housed at Inveresk and at Royal Park. Don’t miss the Planetarium at Royal Park and Aurora Stadium (Tasmania’s home of AFL).
See Tasmanian devils and other wildlife at nearby Launceston Lakes or visit Launceston’s colony of Japanese macaque monkeys in their home in City Park.
Follow the ‘Tamar Valley Wine Route from Legana to sample award-winning wines and cheeses, or visit the Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers for tours and tastings of Tasmania’s ‘other sparkling’. get high in the Cataract Gorge and join a guided rock-climbing and abseiling group, or be challenged by cable hang gliding at Trevallyn. then, be pampered with an indulgent dip in the hot pools and spas at the Aquarius Roman Baths.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania
Travel to your accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart is a pretty city located on the Derwent River with many waterfront restaurants and cafes. In Salamanca Place, stroll around the 1830’s era sandstone warehouses now converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants. Every Saturday this area is a bustling outdoor market featuring live music, stalls with locally made crafts, artisinal cheese, honey, lavender products and more. Take a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington for unsurpassed views over Hobart and enjoy one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks in the Mt Wellington Reserve.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett
See Tasmania’s special species, Devils, Quolls, Wombats, Echidna and you can hand feed the Forester Kangaroos. Meet a variety of wildlife at Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre near Brighton.
Adults and children alike will be fascinated by Tasmania’s special species, Devils, Quolls, Wombats, Echidna and you can hand feed the Forester Kangaroos with complimentary food, share unforgettable moments with the Koalas and their dedicated keepers. Enhance your visit with a light lunch or Damper with jam and cream on the verandah of the Bush Shed Cafe and look for interesting wildlife and Australiana souvenirs in the Bush Gift Shop.
Then capture the essence of Richmond, where you can discover local crafts, see St.John’s Church and Richmond Bridge.
Travel to the historic site of Port Arthur, set amid the tall dark forests of the Tasman Peninsula. It is located only one and a half hours drive from Hobart along the Tasman (A9) and Arthur (A3) Highways.
The Visitor Centre is open from 8:30am until after the last Historic Ghost Tour at night. Tours operate and buildings are open at various times between 9am and 5pm. Please check today’s times at the Visitor Centre and in the signs. The grounds ruins are open from 8:30 am until dusk.
Enjoy a guided walking tour, interpretation gallery, interactive centre where you can play the Lottery of Life game and harbour cruise (excluding August) around the Isle of the Dead and Boys Prison. Take in the spectacular views of Pirates Bay Lookout and Eaglehawk Neck. See the glorious Port Arthur Formal Gardens and visit the Port Arthur Museum. Hear spine-tingling stories of strange events going back to convict days as you experience the atmosphere of the site at night on a Historic Ghost Tour.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania
This is an excellent introduction to Hobart.
The pinnacle of Mt Wellington offers spectacular views of Hobart and surrounds. Travel to such sites as Hobart’s waterfront, Salamanca Place and Battery Point and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market on Saturdays is open from 8:30am – 3pm.
Tour Hobart by day on a double decker London bus or a coach tram. Chocolate lovers can visit the Cadbury factory at Claremont and beer connoisseurs can book a guided tour at the Cascade Brewery in South Hobart. Discover Hobart and step out on a Hobart Historic Walk or lap up a Historic Pub Tour. See the lights of Hobart from Rosny Lookout or the summit of Mt Nelson on an evening coach tour.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Hobart to Sydney.
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Embrace Sydney’s best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.
Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property – Fees Apply
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.
Hot-air ballooning over the Sydney Camden Valley with Breakfast.
Look out one side of the basket and the Blue Mountains are at your feet, look out the other side… and on a clear day, the Sydney skyline and harbour glisten in the distance. Look below and be amazed that such green rolling fields are in such close proximity to the city. Enjoy a truly spectacular experience floating above the pristine fields surrounding Sydney.
Fridays – Sundays Year-Round
May operate on Mondays or Thursday during busy times of the year.
Need to Know
Each passenger will need to supply their weight and confirmation that they are fit and well with no significant knee, hip or back problems, broken bones, recent surgeries, are able to stand unassisted for 1 hour and are not pregnant. Special Dietary requirements can be catered to with advanced notice.
Early Morning Pick-Up at Hotel, time to be confirmed after booking.
– One hour flight
– Tea & coffee on arrival
– Return transfers from any Sydney CBD hotels
– Insurance & levy
– Sumptuous buffet breakfast and champagne celebration
Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.
A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.
Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.
Dress Code: Smart casual
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.
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.
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.
Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Full Day Tour): Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Australia’s national capital, including Parliament House, National Museum and Mt Ainslie.
Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Australia’s national capital, Canberra. Standing as a symbol of the nation’s prosperity, take in all of the highlights of this ultra modern city. See contemporary architecture set amid many gardens and parks. Enjoy a guided tour through Parliament House and the renowned National Museum before viewing the fascinating foreign embassies. Hear the history of the ANZACs as you travel along the boulevard dedicated to participants of two World Wars and visit the War Memorial. Travel to the summit of Mt Ainslie and view the city and surrounding landscape. Full Day Tour.
Operates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Only.
Photo Credit: Canberra Tourism
Spend today touring Sydney, having lunch as you’re cruising on the harbour, and seeing its wonderful beaches. Full Day Tour
In the morning enjoy a tour of Northern Sydney followed by an unforgettable Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise on one of the world’s most attractive harbours. The cruise offers a la carte dining, million dollar views, licensed bar, first class service and quality contemporary Australian cuisine. In the afternoon tour Kings Cross and Bondi Beach. Walk along the beach, see cosmopolitan Kings Cross, exclusive Double Bay and stop at Sydney’s famous Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair before returning to your Hotel early evening with the rest of the evening to spend at your leisure; maybe see a show at the Sydney Opera House (bookings well in advance required).
Experience all the excitement of Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city, and the capital of NSW with the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Explorer – Sydney’s only Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus service.
The Sydney and Bondi Tours are included with this pass. The Sydney tour features 23 stops and the Bondi tour features 11 stops.
As well as Sydney’s glorious harbour and stunning beaches the city offers a multi cultural lifestyle, exuberant festivals and events, a dynamic food scene and a striking cityscape of modern and colonial architecture.
Don’t miss a thing aboard this open-top double-decker bus tours with 34 stops in Sydney and Bondi Beach. Plan your own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at your own pace. Buses run frequently so rejoining the tour is easy! Plus, you’ll receive a booklet with travel information, detailed maps, discount vouchers and much more!
Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the excitement!
– Sydney Tour: 1hr 45min end to end with 23 featured stops
First tour departs Circular Quay at 8:30am. Frequency every 20-30 mins
– Bondi Tour: 1hr 30min end to end with 11 featured stops
First tour departs 9:30am. Frequency every 30 minutes
All services terminate at 7:30pm in peak season (Oct – April) and 6:30pm in off peak season (May – Sept).
Need to Know
– Frequency and tour times very according to season and traffic. Please check with the bud driver on your day to travel to confirm pick up and drop off times.
– 1-Day Hop-on-Hop Off Bus Pass for Sydney Route and Bondi Route with 34 stops including: Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Kings Cross, Hyde Park, Maritime Museum, SeaLife Sydney Aquarium, Barangaroo, The Rocks, Australia Museum, Bondi Beach, Rose Bay & More!
Upgrade to a 2-Day Pass and receive a complimentary walking tour of Sydney’s laneways, bars, cafes and galleries.
On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia via a harbour cruise.
The Sydney Harbour Cruise travels around famous Sydney Harbour. No Australia vacation would be complete without seeing the Harbour, it’s Bridge or the Sydney Opera House, and what better way than from the Harbour itself!
This harbour cruise includes a full-day express pass so you can hop off the tour at locations which interest you, and hop back on when you’re ready to resume the tour. It’s a great way to not only learn about the harbour but explore the city at leisure. The round-trip tour takes approximately 1.5 hours if you don’t disembark.
One hour cruise available at request should you want to forego the cruise which stops at various locations and just enjoy a cruise with commentary.
Cruise options with meals (lunch, dinner, etc.) also available. Ask for details.
Today enjoy a tour to the Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy discovering the beauty of World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park (near Katoomba), taking in views over stunning eucalyptus forests and age-old rock formations and the unusual Blue Lake. Also visit the western spur and see Australia’s largest and best known underground limestone caves called Jenolan Caves. Explore this extensive network of caves, tucked away inside a sleepy valley. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the Lucas, Imperial or Chifley caves and discover the deep chamber of intricate limestone formations. Learn about the folklore of the settlers and bushrangers of this region. Overnight tour available.
Operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Photo Credit: Jenolan Caves
Enjoy a Spectacular performance at the Sydney Opera House.
The Showcase package allows visitors to see a performance of choice and enjoy a drink during the interval under the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
This package also includes a voucher for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House which can be redeemed at any point during your stay.
Priority access to best available performance tickets via the Tourism Reservations team, Personal meet and greet at SOH Information Desk by a member of the Tourism team, Voucher for a Guided Tour of Sydney Opera House, Drink at Interval (includes soft drinks, premium Australian wine and beer, as well as spirits and cocktails) and Exclusive Sydney Opera House value-add gift.
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.
Taronga Zoo is the nation’s leading zoological garden, featuring Australia’s finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species.
What makes Taronga something special is its location. It is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Taronga Zoo is approximately 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and the CBD. Ferries depart Circular Quay, every quarter past and quarter to the hour and can be purchased at your own expense.
As you zigzag your way along the paths among the animal enclosures, you are able to enjoy magnificent harbour views. The Taronga Zoo has its own jetty and you are able step off the boat and walk directly into the zoo. It is always best to start your tour of the Zoo from the top entrance. That way you’ll be walking downhill facing the harbor. You’ll then be continually surprised as you turn a corner and catch a different vista of the horizon. Then, when you reach the bottom you can catch the Zoo Sky Safari chair lift to take you to the top again and begin your downhill trek along a different path.
Sky Safari cable car operates between the Zoo wharf and the Top Entrance from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily.
Need to Know
Sky Safari cable car operation is subject to weather and maintenance periods.
Taronga Zoo opening hours:
Winter hours (May 1 – August 31) 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Summer hours (September 1 – April 30) 9:30am – 5:00pm.
– General admission entry to Taronga Zoo.
– Use of Sky Safari cable car.
See the fantastic views of the city, the harbour and the world famous icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge! This is a wonderful alternative if you do not wish to climb the bridge.
Access is via the pedestrian pathway on the Eastern side of the Bridge from the city side (use the Bridge Stairs in Cumberland Street, The Rocks). There are 200 stairs to the Lookout, but on the way up there are 3 levels of exhibits where you will discover the history and construction of the Bridge, the men who built it, and the vision of JJC Bradfield, chief engineer
At the end of (or even before) your visit to the Museum, enjoy the scenery and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The walk to the North side of Sydney will take approximately 15-20 minutes from the Pylon.
Costs are (AUD) $15.00 ages over 13, $8.50 ages 5-12 and under 4 Free. Open Daily 10-5 (Closed Christmas)
What better place to learn to surf than on World Famous Bondi Beach? Fully qualified staff will help you catch the wave of your dreams, whether it’s your first time setting foot in the ocean or you’re a surf fanatic looking to ride the big one.
To build up your knowledge and confidence, you will first start out on the beach and your instructor will teach you how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water.
Then it’s off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.
Your lesson will cover surf awareness and safety, sport-specific warm-ups and stretches, standing up, paddling techniques, catching waves and equipment selection advice.
Need to Know
Please bring your own swimsuit and towel.
Lessons are in small groups of 5.
Lessons are 2 hours long available beginning from 7:00am – 4:00pm.
– 2 Hour lesson
– Surfboard and wetsuit rental
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
Experience the wonder of one of Nature’s great migrations as the Humpback and Southern Wright whales journey between Antarctica and their winter feeding grounds as far north as the Great Barrier Reef.
This open water cruise takes you through the entrance of Sydney Harbour onboard a 100-passenger coastal catamaran.The upper deck offers spectacular open air viewing whilst the main deck provides a comfortable all weather lounge with large viewing windows for the entire family.
The number of whales passing Sydney on the annual northern migration is expected to reach its traditional peak around the Winter Solstice in June. After calving in the northern waters between August and September, they then head south once more making their long journey back to Antarctica.
Approx 3hrs 15mins including return boat transfers.
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
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.
Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise us immediately so appropriate trailer size is available.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights, this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.
Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Perfectly situated on Macrossan Street, Port Douglas’ main street,your accommodation is surrounded by outdoor cafes serving world-class cuisine, resort shops, and galleries. The traditional colonial-style architecture and cedar-accented modern furnishings offer all the charm of the past with comforts of the present. This 4 star resort offers beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites and is located opposite Dickson’s Inlet.
Spend your vacation days snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, visiting a crocodile farm, wandering through a butterfly sanctuary, riding a scenic mountain railway, or experiencing Tropical North Queensland’s many other unique pastimes.The traditional colonial-style architecture and cedar-accented modern furnishings offer all the charm of the past with comforts of the present.
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
Today you will cruise out to the crystal clear waters, beautiful corals and incredible fish life found at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs located on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, which is the best possible for boat diving and snorkeling.
Your cruise will include courtesy transfers from the Port Douglas area, Morning and Afternoon tea, Delicious tropical buffet lunch, reef interpretation talk, guided snorkel tour with marine naturalist, all snorkel equipment and tuition to include prescription masks, flotation devices, spacious air conditioned bar and saloon area, 3 spectacular reef sites, professional photographer on board.
No problems if you wish to dive. This can be coordinated and will include DRIFT and WALL DIVES, isolated pinnacles surrounded by Pelagic fish, and coral gardens with their endless variety of colorful wrasses, cods, parrot fish, angel fish, clams and anemones, that make a healthy living reef so beautiful. All our sites have been selected for both the shallower coral gardens favored by snorkellers, and the adjacent deeper walls and drop-offs preferred by scuba divers. Introductory Diving available on request.
If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, picturesque Atherton Tablelands is the perfect place! Treat yourself with this tour from Port Douglas for a sunrise fly!
Your day starts early, with a big payoff! An air conditioned coach will pick you up at your Port Douglas hotel and drive an hour west to the Atherton Tablelands. Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 30 minutes minimum flying time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! This is a great experience with Australia’s largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximize the fun of your morning.
Your balloon will return and the group enjoys hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs. You’ll then have some time to enjoy the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.
Need to Know
– Payable on Board (Not Included) – 30.00AUD* Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
– Child Age Restriction: 3 Years and Under Not Allowed to Fly
Pick-up around 5:00am and Drop-Off around 9:30am.
– Free door to door air conditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodations
– Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
– Expert interpretive commentary
– Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
– Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
Extended Fly (60 minutes):
– Luxury Fly with Extra Sleep In
– Personal Chauffeur & Private Transfers
– Extended Hot Air Balloon ride
– 5 star gourmet beachside breakfast at Palm Cove
– A bottle of Champagne to take home
– Complimentary photo set – delivered digitally
Enjoy a great Australian night out at the Cairns Night Zoo!
Enjoy a sumptuous Australian barbeque dinner including steak, sausages, chicken, and seafood’s with salads and delicious desserts then perhaps enjoy a drink from the licensed bar (not included). After your savory dinner, explore the creatures of the night by torchlight as you journey into the darkness. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum, pat a koala and see the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in your torchlight as you enter their lair. If you have a clear night, look up towards the skies and star gaze to see the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations. Cross paths with a “Swaggie” (an original Australian bushman), and join them for billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. Their friends, the kangaroos, will come down and maybe even share a bite to eat! After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as you le
Dine on an award winning tropical banquet including local exotic produce and Australian wines. All this as you sit in flickering candlelight by a rushing mountain creek under the canopy of the rainforest.
Journey to a hidden place, you are collected from your accommodation, and leave the highway down a winding road as the forest welcomes you into the night. In a secluded glade your evening begins greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres you are introduced to a culture that has been in existence for over forty thousand years.
The evening unfolds as it would have many generations before with an ancient tale from the Aboriginal Dreamtime. After dessert, enjoy some Daintree tea and local coffee, explore the river surrounds or simply sit back & let the sounds of the rainforest tell its own story.
And finally, before you depart, if you leave your mark in our handmade book of trees, one tree will be planted from that signature and you will have contributed to preserve local habitats, and these soul nurturing rainforests will last another million years.
Available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. April – December Only.
Flames of the Forest is not suitable for children under six.
A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda. The 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.
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 Return at 5:30 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
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.
Daily. Closed on Christmas Day (December 15).
Need to Know
Child pricing and family rates are available on request.
Opening hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
– Entry into Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat
– Animal presentations
– Re-entry for the next four days
Enjoy a day to remember with a sail out to the protected Low Isles, an unspoiled coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef on this high-end small group tour.
Set sail to the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-star Luxury Lagoon 500 Catamaran, Sailaway. Your destination, a protected island situated on a large coral platform consisting of a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. Surrounded by 55 acres of coral reef, comprised of 150 species of hard corals and dominated by 15 species of soft corals, this is an ideal place for snorkeling.
Living in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily. Be sure not to miss out on the Heritage Walk where you can learn about the islands history and environment and visit the lighthouse built in 1878. There are also a number of bird species including pelicans, honeyeaters, white breasted wood swallows, mangrove kingfishers, reef egrets with sea eagles and ospreys wheeling overhead.
Operates Daily: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Highlights & Inclusions Courtesy coach transfers in Port Douglas area; Upon boarding, enjoy morning tea and coffee along with muffins and pastries all made with local produce; Afternoon tea and coffee, additional cut fresh fruit platter and home-made cakes; Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns); Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal Lycra snorkeling suits, wet suits & flotation devices; Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance; Guided snorkel tour with a marine guide; Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation; Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 local forestation; Low Isles Heritage Walk; 4.5 hours at Tropical Low Isles; The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VI.
White Water Rafting on the Barron River
Experience the thrill of white water rafting down the Barron River. No previous experience is necessary to raft these exhilarating grade 2 and 3 rapids through Barron Gorge National Park. Passengers need to bring a swimming suit, lace up shoes or reef sandals that will get wet, sunscreen and a change of clothes and towel.
1/2 Day Tour departs 12:30 pm and returns 6:30 on Tues/Thur/Sat/Sun
Minimum age required is 13yrs old.
AUD$25.00 Environmental Levy to be paid at the time of the Raft Ride.
Stop in for a bite to eat at Zinc, where the Great Barrier Reef is at its doorstep and the tropical spirit is embraced. Come and taste what locals and visitors alike have been raving about!
Zinc is contemporary dining with a relaxed coastal feel. Experience modern Australian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, such as local seafood, on either the outdoor terrace with views of Four Mile Beach or in the modern decor indoor dining area. Zinc is home to the largest privately owned aquarium on the east coast of Australia.
Zinc’s relaxed lounge bar features a large range of wines by the glass, over 70 cocktails, as well as over 110 spirits, liqueurs and a selection of cold beers on tap…perfect for that pre-dinner drink or after-dinner nightcap.
Zinc, a unique combination of restaurant, cafe and lounge, is located in the Portico Building on the corner of Macrossan & Davidson Streets. Lunch is served from 12 noon, Dinner from 5:30pm and Tapas are available all day from midday. Lounge closing time varies by day. Reservations are highly recommended; make yours by calling (07) 4099 6260. (Children’s menu available until 6:30pm)
Photo Credit: Zinc Port Douglas
Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.
Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
- a) All prices are USD$/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.