Tour the Outback, Reef & Rainforest [ST-2086]
22 Days: Tour the Outback, Reef & Rainforest [ST-2086]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (4 Nights), Ayers Rock (2), Brisbane (2), Heron Island (4), Outback Farmstay (3), Rainforest Retreat (2), Sydney (3)
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • US Domestic Flights not included (as per your own arrangements)
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Alice Springs, Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Sydney, Sydney to Brisbane, Brisbane to Gladstone, Gladstone to Brisbane, Brisbane to Sydney
  • Day Tours - Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Winery Tour; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Ferry Transfers - Gladstone Marina to Heron Island (Return)
  • Private Car Transfers - Brisbane Airport to Outback Farmstay, Outback Farmstay to Rainforest Retreat, Rainforest Retreat to Brisbane Airport
  • Rental Car (Base rate only) does not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • All Other 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.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne

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 airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 2 to 6) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

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

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Great Ocean Road Tour - Full Day

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.

Operates: Daily (Except Easter Holidays, April 25, June 10, November 5, December 25 – 26 & 31, January 1 & 26, March 9). Tour departs between 7:15am – 7:30am and returns between 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

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.

Inclusions: Return transfers from accommodation available – please ask your About Australia Destination Specialist. National Park entrance fees. Guided tour.

Upgrades: Add a 15-minute helicopter flight to see the magnificent 12 Apostles from above!

(Day 4) - Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train and Winery Tour - Full Day

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

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.

After your journey on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You’ll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (additional cost). Then you’ll stop at two more wineries to sample a selection of quality wines.

(Day 5) - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Eureka Skydeck 88 & Edge Cube

Be amazed by the awesome views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows of Skydeck 88 & Edge Cube.


Be amazed by the awesome views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows of Skydeck 88 & Edge Cube. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere! Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower is currently the world’s tallest residential building, and its Skydeck 88 is Australia’s newest “must see” attraction.



Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds – and only Skydeck 88 can give you the world’s only “Edge Experience” – a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building – with you inside!

Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities. Touch & discover “Serendipity,” the 19-foot long, interactive “Table of Knowledge”, which displays fascinating facts on LED floor & wall displays. Viewfinders positioned around Eureka Skydeck help you discover famous landmarks and attractions across the city below you, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Match the sounds to the Melbourne landmark or simply step on to the “Terrace” & expose yourself to the outside elements. Located beside the Yarra River in Southbank, Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne.

Eureka Skydeck 88 – an experience above all else.

Operates: Open daily.

Need to Know: Eureka Skydeck 88 is a self-guided experience. EDGE Experience must be pre-booked.

Times: Eureka Skydeck is open from 10:00am – 10:00pm, with last entry at 9:30pm.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - National Australian Sports Museum

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.

Operates

Open daily.

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.

Times

The National Sports Museum is open from 10am – 5pm. Times may vary on weekends for event days or public holidays.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Phillip Island & Penguin Parade - Afternoon/Even

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.

Insider Tip: Queen Victoria Market

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

Insider Tip: Federation Square

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

(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

(Days 6 to 8) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

(Day 6) - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Ayers Rock

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Ayers Rock (Uluru).

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sounds of Silence Dinner

Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre.

Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you.

As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts.

Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.

Operates Daily; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under. This evening event is wheelchair event.

Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.

(Day 7) - Day Tours, Tour Pass to include Uluru, the Olgas and Cultural Center

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s outback in the Red Centre.

Sunrise/Morning Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity.

After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history. Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Sunset/Afternoon Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood.

Time to head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing outback sunset.

Operates Daily. Morning tour pick ups are 1.5 hours before sunrise and returns approximately 11:00 – 11:30am, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal). Afternoon tour pick ups are 2:30pm – 3:00pm and returns half an hour after sunset, lasting approximately 5 hours (seasonal).

Need to Know Full breakfast is not provided. Bringing snacks for breakfast is recommended. Please wear closed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Bring your own water bottle. Wear warm layers in cooler months.

Inclusions Morning tour: Tea, coffee and cookies at sunrise and snacks. Afternoon tour: Wine and canapes at sunset. National Park Entry Pass

Upgrades Add a BBQ dinner with your Uluru sunset tour.

(Day 8) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Brisbane.

(Day 8) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Accommodation

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Lone Pine Koala Sancturary & City Tour

This guided tour showcases the sights of Brisbane including the historic Tower Mill Observatory. Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary to cuddle a koala.

Experience Brisbane’s past by touring historic buildings including the oldest Mill and Observatory. Travel through the sub tropic suburbs and observe the classic architecture of these traditional “tin and timber” homes which sit on stilts before you head through to trendy Paddington and past Lang Park Stadium. Also have a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (established in 1927) which is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. It is one of the best places to visit Australian native animals in a natural Aussie bush country setting. Here you can hug one of 130 cute koalas anytime of the day (cuddling Koala’s is only legal in the state of Queensland) and get a photo (own expense). You can also hand feed friendly kangaroos & emus, see Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more. The sanctuary is 20 hectares (50 acres) and is available for you to explore at your leisure. Finish the afternoon with “top of the world” views of the city, bay and islands from Mt Coot-tha.

Includes: Lone Pine Sanctuary, Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Operation Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Approximate Times: Departure: 12:45pm Return: 5:00pm
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day

(Days 8 to 10) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

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

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane’s city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.

(Day 9) - Free Day to Explore Brisbane

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Brisbane. We suggest you use this opportunity to take in the sights of this beautiful city. Perhaps purchase a few souvenirs for family or friends back home.

Brisbane is a vibrant city with many activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here) and see Kodak Beach, a large man-made inland beach/pool surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Also experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (CityCat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop, or enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.

Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Insiders Tip: Tour of Brisbane by Ferry, Bus & Train - Hop-on Hop-off

Get a ticket on the City Cat Ferry – it’s good for all day & lets you ride bus, train and ferry.


Include Mount Cootha as part of the zones you will cross – you can get off at a ferry stop and take a bus from there to Mount Cootha and take in some great city views. Be sure to do this earlier in the day since the buses stop running out to Mount Cootha later in the day.

Brisbane has a great public transportation system in place and free tours of both the Parliament House and the Botanical Gardens.


To check ferry timetables, please visit:
https://www.translink.com.au/tt_results.php?routett=&mode=FER

Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo

Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the wildlife park of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, at the Australia Zoo.


You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.


Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!

Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day); Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am; Return: 5:30pm

Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo

Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour

(Day 10) - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Gladstone

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Gladstone.

(Day 10) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

(Day 14) - Australian Domestic Flight, Gladstone to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Gladstone to Brisbane.

(Days 14 to 17) - 3 Nights Accommodation at Outback Farmstay

Travel to your accommodation at an Australia Outback Farmstay, where you will be staying whilst on vacation

for 3 nights.

Your vacation Outback Farmstay is situated on a 10,000 acre working cattle station in Queensland, Australia. The boutique hotel accommodation is centered around the historic homestead and each room offers panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque mountains and valleys from large verandahs. Experience an escape our 4WD and horseriding tours, bushwalks, orienteering and abseiling, to massage and beauty treatments and fine dining. You can camp

out and gaze at the stars with an overnight stay in one of our cabins. Experience a muster at the Australia Outback Farmstay with an experienced guide, the properties stockman and trained cattle dogs. You will treasure your vacation memories and want to tell a ‘yarn’ or two about it. Accommodation: Valley Room (maximum of three people per room) with buffet breakfasts, or upgrade to the Junior Heritage Suite for Spa bath and private verandah.

(Days 10 to 14) - 4 Nights Accommodation on Heron Island

Travel to your accommodation on a Great Barrier Reef Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

This luxury vacation resort is set amongst a dazzling parade of aquamarine waters, shimmering white sand beaches and colour-splashed reef teeming with life. It’s what you don’t see around the island that makes the resort so special. You won’t see any buildings above the tree line. And you won’t bump into any day trippers either. The reef vacation experience is exclusively for guests, a unique experience few other resorts in the world can offer. There’s a relaxed island lifestyle that sets the island apart, a sophisticated yet casual resort atmosphere. Here the emphasis is on exploring and discovering the natural attractions that have made this island famous around the world. The vacation resort rooms are equipped with either balcony or terrace, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerators, hairdryers, and many more. In order to help guests leave the outside world behind, televisions and telephones, while available on the island, are not found in guest rooms. Breakfast Included. Upgrade to Beachside Suite available (pricing upon request).

(Day 14) - Private Car Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Outback Farmstay

Travel by private luxury sedan from Brisbane Airport to your vacation accommodation in Grandchester, Australia.

A private chauffeur will pick you up upon arrival in Brisbane, Australia. He will be holding a sign with your name on it.

(Day 17) - Private Car Transfer, Outback Farmstay to Rainforest Retreat

Travel from the Australia Outback Farmstay to your Rainforest Retreat vacation accommodation.

(Day 19) - Private Car Transfer, Rainforest Retreat to Brisbane Airport

Travel by private luxury sedan from your vacation accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat to the Airport in Brisbane, Australia.

(Day 19) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 17 to 19) - 2 Nights Accommodation at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Travel to your accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation Rainforest Retreat is located in one of Australia’s most enchanted rainforests. You will enjoy the spectacular mountain view on your drive to this eighty year old hideaway. The Rainforest Retreat offers a range of guestrooms to cater to all tastes, from the grandeur of the luxurious Canopy Suites through the most popular Mountain View Rooms to the simple yet comfortable Garden View (subject to availability). Most rooms also take advantage of the magnificent mountain views. Enjoy the birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. Or relax from your travel and ponder the beauty of life as you sit on a rock amongst the ferns and greenery and admire waterfalls, creeks and other pleasures of nature.

(Day 19) - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Sydney.

(Days 19 to 22) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights in your studio room apartment.

Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

(Day 20) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

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

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 harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

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

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.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

(Day 20) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hr)

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

Insider's Tip: Blu Bar 36 in the Shangri La Hotel

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

(Day 21) - 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 colours. 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 our last stop, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates Daily: 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

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

Optional Upgrade: Private Touring

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb - ½ Day

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

Insider's Tip: Hop on the Sydney Explorer bus to explore the city (own expense)

The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).


Experience all the excitement of Australia’s famous harbour city aboard the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Beach, double decker buses. Both tours are included in the one flexible sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off ticket. The Sydney tour is the perfect introduction to this dynamic city, showcasing the iconic landmarks including the impressive arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the glorious Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney and Darling Harbour.


The tour passes bustling shops, restaurants and attractions set amongst Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture. To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks.

Includes: 1 Ticket, 2 routes: Sydney and Bondi Beach Routes; 1 day validity
Up to 33 stops to Hop-on and Hop-off; Digital commentary in a choice of 8 languages; Free Wi-Fi onboard

For additional information, please visit: https://www.bigbustours.com/en/sydney/sydney-bus-tours/

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Hunter Valley Wine Tour - Full Day

Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.

Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils. Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region. Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines. Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).

Operates Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays; Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:00 – 7:55am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
 
Inclusions 3 Wine Tastings; Lunch; Experienced Driver Guide; Comprehensive commentary; Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades Available Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour

Insider's Tip: Sydney Harbour Pylon Museum and Lookout - Bridgeclimb Alternative

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)

Optional Day Tour (Not Included)- Surfing Lesson on Bondi Beach - ½ Day

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, we first start you out on the beach and 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, Equipment selection advice
Includes 2 Hour lesson, surfboard and wetsuit rental.

Insider's Tip: Taronga Zoo

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 harbour. 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.

Taronga Zoo is open every day of the year from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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: Australian Opals

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

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

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

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

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

(Day 22) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 22) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles

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.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $5,246 $8,425 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) $6,044 $9,223 Nov 1 2019 - Sep 17 2020
USA Departures: 01NOV-15DEC, 28DEC-28JUN, 24JUL-17SEP. EXP 21NOV19
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) $7,181 $10,361 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) $7,388 $10,568 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) $7,905 $11,085 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) $10,158 $13,337 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,766 $14,946 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.