Outback, Reef & Rainforest Tour [ST-2498]
15 Days: Outback, Reef & Rainforest Tour [ST-2498]
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$3,463
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Brisbane (2), Port Douglas (4), Ayers Rock (2), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Brisbane, Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Brisbane: Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo & Koala Cuddle; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Wilderness Safari; Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park Entry Pass, Sunset & Sunrise Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Sounds of Silence Dinner; Sydney: Opera House Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

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

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 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 - 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), Melbourne Star Fly & Dine Flight (30 min)

Experience unparalleled panoramic views of Melbourne on the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel.

With its striking scale and innovative design, the Melbourne Star is an iconic feature of Melbourne’s waterfront precinct, Docklands.

Combine a flight on the Melbourne Star with lunch or dinner at Urban Alley Brewery located across the Piazza. Enjoy the sights from over 390 feet above the city streets below on your 30-minute “Flight.” Afterward head over to the Urban Alley Brewery to enjoy your 2 course meal and beverage of your choice.

Walk around and take in the sights from all angles, while our audio commentary gives you a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks below.

Operates Daily. 1:00pm – 6:00pm. Total ride time is time 30 minutes.

Need to Know 21 cabins available; Maximum of 20 guests per cabin; Due to operational requirements, restrictions on motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs apply; A maximum of 6 wheelchairs at any one time is allowable, with a maximum of 2 wheelchairs per cabin.

Inclusions 30 minute flight; a Two-course meal and a beverage with your choice of an entrée and main or main and dessert, complemented by a house beverage served at Urban Alley Brewery, before or after your Melbourne Star flight.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island Day Tour with Penguin Plus

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.

Your first stop is at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies and koalas plus an array of colourful birds and reptiles.

Our journey then leads onto Phillip Island, the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the Island, depending on the time of year and your interests, we will visit Woolamai beach to see surfers riding the waves.

Next you will be amazed by the dramatic west coast of the Island. At the Nobbies stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this rugged coastline, see the blowhole and be mesmerised by the stunning views. You might even encounter your first penguin nests.

During the daylight savings months, you will travel to the town of Cowes where you will have free time for dinner. In the winter months you can have something to eat at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.

Finally, a trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its blacktie gala event: the Penguin Parade. Head to the Visitor Centre to shop, have a coffee and meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform where you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Great Ocean Road Tour - Full Day

Experience this majestic coastal drive in style with your small group and enjoy time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.

Sit back and relax as you enjoy the wonders of this world-famous touring route. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots and of course koalas and kangaroos along the way. Your camera will get a good workout along this exciting journey where we will stop for plenty of photo opportunities.

Visit the striking Split Point Lighthouse which dates back to 1891 and offers breathtaking views over Bass Strait. Stop at the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay and stroll along the magnificent beach and enjoy a bite to eat. Enjoy a stroll through pristine forests, before arriving at the star attraction of our day the spectacular Twelve Apostles, one of the most iconic natural formations in the world; as well as infamous Loch Ard Gorge, along the wild and unpredictable Shipwreck Coast before returning to Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

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.

Insider's 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

Day 4 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 4 - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Day 4 - 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.

Days 4 to 6 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

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

Set in Spring Hill on the doorstep of Brisbane’s vibrant CBD, this stylish hotel takes its design cues from celebrated Australian abstract artist, Michael Johnson.

Your luxury boutique hotel hosts a myriad of features including 97 self-contained, open-plan suites and two elegant penthouses, a large pool with a sundeck and gymnasium. The guest experience is further complimented with onsite restaurant and bar, artworks, in-house art libraries and a dedicated art channel.

Set in Spring Hill, less than a mile from the CBD, you’ll have access to the best galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping in Spring Hill, the city center and entertainment hot-spot, Fortitude Valley. For those wanting to adventure a little further afield, Smart Cars and Bicycles are available for rent.

For a day out on the water, try kayaking on the river or catch the City Hopper Ferry to various riverside attractions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and South Bank Brisbane’s very own inner city beach with swimming lagoons that you can enjoy perfect for the whole family and a way to cool off from the Queensland heat during the warmer months.

To get out into nature, the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and Roma Street Parklands offer lots of wide green open spaces, with grassy areas to sit and enjoy a picnic, walking tracks and wildlife including native lizards, birds and insect species. Soak in a panoramic vista of Brisbane City from the Wheel of Brisbane, or for those who are a little more adventurous the Story Bridge Climb will take you 262m feet above sea level for the ultimate view.

When it comes to shopping Brisbane offers a number of options including the Queen Street Mall and Fortitude Valley, with an extensive assortment of retail and entertainment stores. Treasury Casino is not far from the hotel, with some great shows and restaurants.

Discover the Eagle Street Pier with its collection of restaurants, bars and cafés, is a great place to eat and enjoy the scenery. Home also to the Riverside Craft Markets, held each Sunday, you can meet up with friends to share a meal before taking a walk along the pier and browsing the local crafts on showcase.

Day 5 - Day Tour, Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo & Koala Cuddle

Today you’ll visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Explore the Zoo, take a sneak peek visit into the amazing wildlife hospital & enjoy a happy Koala Cuddle inclusive of a 8×10 souvenir photo.

You’ll travel in style and comfort with a small group in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle that will pick you up and drop you off right at your hotel.

Travel 2 hours through the scenic Glass House Mountains and make a stop to take in a Scenic Lookout before your zoo visit.

Australia Zoo on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, is nestled on over 70 acres of natural Australian bushland. Steve and Terri Irwin’s vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world, and there is no other zoo like Australia Zoo. The friendly and experienced zoo keepers will expand your knowledge and passion, and the drop-dead gorgeous animals love to get up close and personal with everyone! There is always something new to see or do, with a multi-million dollar expansion currently in progress.

Australia Zoo was recently named Major Tourist Attraction at the Queensland Tourism Awards for the third year running, and was inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame! This isn’t like many zoos you’ve encountered. The love and dedication to our planet’s wildlife is palpable in every corner of this seventy acres facility. In fact, many of our clients who “normally wouldn’t like zoos” have reported loving their experience at Steve Irwin’s Croc Zoo!

Your Day Tour includes: Pick-up & Drop-off from your hotel or accommodation; A stop in the Glass House Mountains Scenic Lookout (bring your camera!); Day Admission into Australia Zoo; Short guided introduction to the Zoo; 5 Hours to Explore the Zoo; Koala Cuddle inclusive of an 8×10 photograph to take home; Sneak Peek Visit into the Wildlife Hospital

Day 6 - 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 6 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.

Day 6 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

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.

Days 6 to 10 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

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

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

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

Day 7 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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

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

Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don’t worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkeling gear. All of the snorkeling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

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

Divers can enjoy swim-throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience. The dive sites are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions. Up to 3 dives are available per day.

Operates

Daily

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Inclusions

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

Upgrades

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

Extras Onboard

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

Day 8 - Day Tour, Cape Tribulation & Daintree Wilderness Safari - Full Day

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area with a visit to Mossman Gorge Center and Cape Tribulation.



Mossman Gorge Centre: Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests.



Daintree River Cruise: Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile.

Tropical Lunch: With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Cape Tribulation: Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Daintree Ice Cream Company: Enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is a delicious cup of exotic fruit ice cream, made from fruit grown on their on-site orchard. Gluten / Dairy free options are available.

Alexandra Lookout: After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

Operates: Daily (Does not operate on Christmas Day); Departs Port Douglas 7:45am & Returns 6:00pm (approximate times)

Includes: Return Hotel Transfers; Professional driver/guide; Mossman Gorge Centre with Morning Tea, Driver Guided Walk in Mossman Gorge; Daintree River Cruise; Lunch at Noah Valley in rainforest setting, Cape Tribulation Beach & boardwalk; Daintree Ice Cream Company; Alexandra Lookout

Need to Know: Tour not recommended for children under 4yrs due to the length of the tour & time spent in the vehicle.

Day 9 - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

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

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

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

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Outback Tasting Tour

The tropical delights of the Atherton Tablelands. Port Douglas’ Favorite Food & Wine Tour, Outback Tasting Adventures.


Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper & Jams and Platypus viewing!

This unique food and wine experience from Port Douglas will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. We will take you through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains.


The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many and diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more which you will learn about as we taste our way around the regions ‘Food Bowl.’

Sit back and relax, take in the beautiful views as we take you on a fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Far North Queensland. (time permitting we will also stop to buy incredible fresh produce along the way)

Maximum 12 Persons

Departing From Port Douglas: 8:30am – returns 6:00pm

June thru October – 5 DAYS – Tuesday thru Saturday
November thru May – 3 DAYS – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Not Suitable for Children (older teenagers considered)

Optional Morning Tour (Not Included) - Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Rainforest

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.

Operates

Daily

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

Times

Pick-up around 5:00am and Drop-Off around 9:30am.

Inclusions

– 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

Upgrades

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

Insider's Tip: Zinc Restaurant

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

Day 10 - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

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.

Day 10 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Ayers Rock

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

Days 10 to 12 - 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.

Uluru National Park Entry Pass

A national park fee is required to enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This fee has been included in your itinerary cost. This Park Entry Pass is valid for 3 Days.

Day 10 and 11 - 2 Day Tour, Sunset & Sunrise Pass at Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s Red Centre.

Day 1 – 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 Red Centre sunset.

Day 2 – 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.

Includes National Park Entry Pass

Day 11 - Evening Event, 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.

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

Day 12 - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Sydney

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

Day 12 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

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

Days 12 to 15 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

Day 13 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

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


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

Day 14 - Free Day to Explore Sydney

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

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Panoramic City Sights

See The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney business & shopping districts, historic homes, Tamarama, Bronte & Bondi Beaches (stroll the beachfront at Bondi), Dover Heights, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Kings Cross, Mrs Macquaries Point.

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.

Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost), then continue on to Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to the city center. Passengers can join an optional harbor lunch cruises or seaplane tours (additional expense). The designated harbor lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium). If you do not wish to join a lunch cruise you will be returned directly to your hotel.

Operates

Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Afternoon tour also does not operate on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Need to Know

Child pricing available on request.

Times

Morning tour departs at 7:30am and returns at 11:30am.
Afternoon tour departs at 1:00pm and returns at 4:30pm.

Inclusions

Hotel pick-up & small group touring for 3.5 hours, as per above.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

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

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

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

Operates

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

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Inclusions

  • 3 course bbq lunch with beverages
  • 4 hour cruise
  • Captain and crew entertaining passengers
  • On-board activities, swimming, fishing and kayaking
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains Hike the World Heritage Tour

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. Join us, 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 which is 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. You will get to 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 get 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 point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Traveling around the mountains, you will arrive at Evans Lookout where you will be issued your lunch pack and instructions on the hiking track. This is without doubt one of the most scenic hikes available in the mountains taking you across a number of valleys and ridges as you hike from Evans Lookout to Govetts Leap all the while looking out across Australia’s Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley. The Hike Concludes at Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfalls drop 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. Suitable for active people with a reasonable level of fitness.

Your last stop will be at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens where you will have an opportunity for a short inspection of the flora including the ancient Wollemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis).

Operates

Daily

Times

7:00am – 7:30am Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up & 4:30pm – 5:00pm Sydney CBD hotel Drop-off

Need to Know

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

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off
– Morning tea
– Small group touring
– National Park Fees
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit
– Picnic Lunch with Bottled Water

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Private Tour

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley Food & Wine Experience - 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

Daily

Times

Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:45 – 8:00am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
 
Inclusions

– 3 Wine Tastings
– Lunch
– Experienced Driver Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.

Day 15 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

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

Day 15 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

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

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,463 $4,897 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) $4,447 $5,881 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $5,399 $6,833 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) $5,606 $7,040 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) $6,123 $7,557 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) $8,375 $9,809 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,984 $11,418 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.