Australian East Coast, Outback & Reef [ST-882A]
18 Days: Australian East Coast, Outback & Reef [ST-882A]
AUSTRALIA VACATION

Book By: December 31, 2018

Starting at
$4,733
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Melbourne (2), Alice Springs (1), Ayers Rock (2), Cairns (4), Gold Coast (2), Brisbane (2)
  • International Air (not included - can be included on request) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
  • USA Domestic Flights are NOT included (as per your own arrangements)
  • Australian Domestic Air - Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Alice, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House Tour; Melbourne: Puffing Billy & Wineries Tour; Alice Springs: Deluxe Coach to Ayers Rock; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Kuranda Rainforestation; Brisbane: Australian Zoo
  • Shuttle Transfer- Sydney Airport to Accommodation (return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (return), Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (return), Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation (one way), Gold Coast Accommodation to Brisbane Accommodation (one way), Brisbane Accommodation to Airport (one way)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included.
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia is additional $15 per person
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organised Group Tour)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney

Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)

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

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 2 to 5 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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) - Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth on a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and Journey into Dreamtime, the culture of Aboriginal People.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have Margret’s permission to share her cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime Symbology – all within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbour and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in cosmopolitan Sydney.

The tour content is grounded in Aboriginal Culture with Aboriginal guides who are experts in culture, horticulture and storytelling. The journey will begin with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in an interactive leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.

This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal Culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and very informative.

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. 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 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. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Opera House Performance

Enjoy a Spectacular performance at the Sydney Opera House.

The Showcase package allows visitors to see a performance of choice and enjoy a drink during the interval under the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

This package also includes a voucher for a guided tour of Sydney Opera House which can be redeemed at any point during your stay.

Inclusions:
Priority access to best available performance tickets via the Tourism Reservations team, Personal meet and greet at SOH Information Desk by a member of the Tourism team, Voucher for a Guided Tour of Sydney Opera House, Drink at Interval (includes soft drinks, premium Australian wine and beer, as well as spirits and cocktails) and Exclusive Sydney Opera House value-add gift.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley Scenic Wine Tasting Tour

Enjoy touring through the scenic regions to Hunter Valley, wine tasting at boutique wineries, a gourmet lunch experience, cheese, olive oil and chocolate tasting then sit back and snooze on the way home!

Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel. Departing from the city, we travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the Pacific Highway and then the F3 freeway. We will travel directly to the Hunter Valley, which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. Enroute we will stop for a short restroom visit.

180 years young, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Our first visit is to a 5-star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticulture area. Sample exquisite wines in your own private area.

From here we continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award-winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here we will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.

On conclusion of the tour, we enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.

After lunch we travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here we will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier “Cocoa Nib”. You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine – a sensational way to conclude our day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.

From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5:00 – 5:30pm.

Departs: Monday through Friday.

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

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

View the world famous black opal, the ‘Aurora Australis’, valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.

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. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. 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.

Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:

18 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 5 - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Melbourne

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Melbourne.

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 5 to 7 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

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

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Colonial Tram Car Early Dinner

As you cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, you will enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.



The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Dining aboard the Tramcar is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.



The tram is air-conditioned for total comfort and piped music helps to create a unique mood on wheels. Smart casual, suit or similar dress is appropriate when dining.

Early Dinner 5:45-7:15pm (Daily)

Also available: Lunch 1:00-3:00pm (On Request); Late Dinner 8:35-11:30pm (Daily)

(Please note that a surcharge will apply for Christmas Day Luncheon and New Years Eve Late dinner.)

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.




Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower, currently the world’s tallest residential building. 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 & fascinating facts. Touch & discover “Serendipity” – the 6 metre long, interactive “Table of Knowledge”, follow the scrolling LED floor & wall displays; 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 and maybe the world. Eureka Skydeck 88 -an experience above all else.

Day 6 - Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style - Full Day

Journey into wine country and ride Australia’s oldest steam train.

Ride the Puffing Billy Steam Train through lush forests before sampling traditional Australian billy tea and lamington cakes. In the Yarra Valley enjoy wine tasting and the company of local winemakers at Fergusson’s Winery. After lunch, continue on to visit two more vineyards, Domaine Chandon and Rockford’s Eyton for further wine-tastings and a winery tour.

Tour Operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Day 7 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 7 - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Alice Springs

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

Day 7 - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 7 to 8 - 1 Night Accommodation in Alice Springs

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Alice Springs, Australia’s Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It’s where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave “tough” a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia’s Outback and its magnificent monolith – Uluru.

Day 8 - Day Tour, Travel by Deluxe Coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock / Uluru

On your vacation travel by luxury coach from Alice Springs to Uluru, in Australia’s Red Centre.

Travel from Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre, via the MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The MacDonnell Ranges, consisting of sandstone peaks and gorges, are to the East and West of Alice Springs and are 400 miles long. Stop at the Stuarts Well Road House for refreshments (own expense). Continue on to the Ayers Rock Accommodation.

Departs: Approximately 7:00am from Alice Springs
Arrives: Approximately 1:00pm at Ayers Rock Resort

Days 8 to 10 - 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.

Days 8 & 9 - 2 Day 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.

Day 9 - Evening Event, Sounds of Silence Dinner

On your vacation participate in a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, 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.

Minimum Age is 10 yrs

Day 10 - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Cairns

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

Day 10 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation

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

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 10 to 14 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

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

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

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

Day 11 - Day Tour, Cruise the Great Barrier Reef on a Glass Bottom Boat

Today you’ll go on a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.

Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at the ribbon reefs on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Experience the unsurpassed coral formations, marine life and underwater visibility of the Agincourt Ribbon Reef system where you can explore this reef world. Visit Moore Reef, located on the outer reef, and swim and snorkel, or view the aquatic world from a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat. Marvel at the spectacular beauty of the reef teeming with tropical fishes, and explore the colourful coral. Visit the marine life touch tank and underwater theatre. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included). With facilities for swimmers and non-swimmers it’s sure to be fun for the whole family.

Upgrades Available at Additional Cost: Introductory & Certified Diving, Ocean Walker Helmet Dive, Adventure Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist & Helicopter Scenic Flights.

Not Included: Fees Payable on Board: EMC AUD$6.50, Fuel Surcharge may be applicable. Subject to change, please verify before tour.

Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional). Cameras available from any local chemist or convenience store.

Day 12 - Day Tour, Kuranda Rainforestation - Full Day

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



Check in: Our Driver will check you in at your accommodation using our Kuranda Boarding pass, offering pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.




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

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

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

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

Operates Daily Pick Up Between 7-8am Return at 5:30 approximately
Optional Upgrade: Include Lunch and Pamagirri Dancers

Day 13 - Free Day to Explore Cairns

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

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

Photo Credit: Tropical Tablelands Tourism

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest, Jungle Surfing

Spend the day in Tropical Queensland’s World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Includes the best of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, with Jungle Surfing, lunch, and guaranteed wildlife spotting.




Begin the day by visiting the Wildlife Habitat. See the endangered cassowary, along with other wildlife, as well as the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Have your picture taken with a koala, snake, or crocodile (extra cost). Morning Tea included.




Arrive at Cape Tribulation and enjoy lunch before embarking on a fantastic adventure Jungle Surfing. Set in the pristine Daintree rainforest at Cape Tribulation, Jungle Surfing takes you on a unique rainforest tour where your feet don’t touch the ground. Fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops. Highly trained abseiling masters and scientist guides will make sure your adventure is exciting, educational, and safe.

Cross the Daintree River on the Daintree River Cruise spotting Crocodiles, birds and other animals in the wild as you journey through the mangroves. Venture to Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views of the Daintree River and Coral Sea.

After an exciting day, relax and enjoy some afternoon tea before heading home.

Approximately 7:30am to 7:30pm. Ages 8 and older.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife Dome

Discover the ‘Zoo in the City’ built atop the Cairns Reef Hotel Casino!

At Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome located in the heart of the city, you can explore the sights, sounds and secrets of the rainforest wildlife in this spectacular enclosed glass dome wildlife exhibit. Immerse yourself in the replicated rainforest environment while different species of birds fly freely and pet the roaming wallabies in their enclosure. Enjoy the complimentary guided tours, daily interactive animal presentations, and great photo opportunities. You’ll have a blast as you watch the afternoon feedings, get up close with a crocodile, watch the free flying birds, cuddle with furry friends and watch the nocturnal creatures awaken. Don’t miss out on taking your photo with a koala (own expense)! If you do no worries, the dome is within walking distance of your accommodation and your ticket is good for re-entry for up to 4 days.

Show & Presentation Schedule:
10:00am Morning Feeding Tour (Meet at Cockatoo Corner)
11:00am Reptile Show (Meet at the Presentation Stage)
1:00pm Koala Talk (Meet at the Koala Photo area at reception)
2:00pm Reptile Show (Meet at the Presentation Stage)
3:00pm Crocodile Show (Meet at the top boardwalk next to Goliath’s enclosure)
4:00pm Afternoon Feeding Tour (Meet at Cockatoo Corner)
5:00pm Nocturnal Mammals (Meet at the Presentation Stage)

Koala & Reptile Photos (Additional Expense): 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please meet at the Koala Photo Area at Reception five minutes prior. (Photo times are subject to without notice)

Operation Days: Daily (Closed Christmas)
Includes: 4-Day Entry Ticket for Shows & Presentations
Open: 9:00am-6:15pm Sun-Fri; 9:00am-8:00pm Sat

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Tjapukai Night Fire

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


Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.


Settle in for a magical night of entertainment as you journey into a Dreamtime legend to discover the magic of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal culture.



Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival before the performers lead a didgeridoo blessing ceremony followed by a spectacular fire performance and cultural dance celebration. If you’re keen, you can even take to the stage to learn a traditional dance yourself! This evening of entertainment is complemented by a delicious dinner, photo opportunity with the Tjapukai warriors & even time to shop in the retail gallery full of authentic souvenirs.

Optional Evening Tour (Not Included) - Cairns Sunset Cruise and Dinner

Cairns Sunset Cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. 90 minute cruise plus the Dundees Dinner Packge
Dundees Dinner Package includes:
3 course dinner at Dundees Restaurant (on the waterfront)

Our Cairns sunset tour rates as one of the top ten things to do in Cairns and is sure to be an unforgettable evening. Picture yourself relaxing on a sunset cruise in Cairns, standing on the deck with a drink in hand, the breeze blowing through your hair with the sun setting over Cairns’ lush mountains throwing out a glorious mix of colours into the sky above.

As our friendly crew greet you on board, you will be offered a welcome drink to enjoy on deck prior to departure. Departing at 5.30pm, the cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun.

The Sunset Cruise & Dinner Package includes dinner with a choice of entrees, mains and desserts at Dundees Restaurant, one of Cairns best restaurants and only a short stroll (100 metres) from the Marina.

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

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

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

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

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

Day 14 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport

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

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

Day 14 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

Day 14 - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from Brisbane Airport to your Gold Coast vacation accommodation. (Estimated travel time is 1.5 hours.)

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. Valuable items (e.g. jewellery, expensive equipment, cash etc) should be carried by the passenger on their person. Passengers are strongly advised to take out appropriate travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

Days 14 to 16 - 2 Nights Accommodation on the Gold Coast

Travel to your accommodation on the Gold Coast, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation brings a new level of comfort and style to the heart of the boutique destination of Broadbeach, Australia. Just one block from patrolled surf beaches overlooking Victoria Park and directly opposite the casino and Gold Coast Convention Centre, the vacation property perfectly embodies the Mantra philosophy of providing unforgettable holidays in prime positions. Offering a range of first class facilities for guests to tailor their vacation and enhance their resort experience, the accommodation features spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, a heated pool, 25 metre lap pool, fully equipped gymnasium, steam room, sauna & spa, barbecue area, conference facilities, games room and more.

Day 15 - Free Day to Explore the Gold Coast

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

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Byron Bay, Mt Warning & Tropical Fruit World

Enjoy a day at Byron Bay, Tropical Fruit World and some other great local spots!

Enrich your spirit on this popular tour. Stand on the eastern most edge of the Australian continent at lifestyle capital and international tourism magnet, Byron Bay. See cliff top Cape Byron Lighthouse , trendy shops, eateries and the sapphire blue Pacific Ocean. If you a lucky, spot turtles, dolphins and whales. Admire Elephant Rock on famous surf beach, Currumbin Beach as we journey southward. We stop on the journey home for Mount Warning views and exotic fruit tasting at Tropical Fruit World.

Operation Days: Daily
Approximate Times: Departure: 8:00am Return: 5:00pm

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Lamington National Park & Rainforest Tour

This tour provides an opportunity to truly experience the beauty of this world heritage region.


Iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is situated in the heart of the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park with spectacular panoramic views of the McPherson Ranges. The scenic drive will take us via quaint Tamborine Mountain’s shopping precinct through the township of Canungra where you can sample Queensland made wines, the fertile Canungra Valley and army training grounds before climbing 1000 metres through subtropical rainforest to the scenic Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s.


Enroute we visit the Alpaca Farm with its unique retail outlet and quality alpaca products, finer than cashmere. Along the road, spot pretty faced wallabies, exotic birds and if you are lucky, a koala! Approx 2hrs free time at O’Reilly’s Plateau.

Operation Days: Daily
Alpaca Farm is Closed on Tuesdays
Includes: Morning Tea, Wine Tasting
Estimated Time: Departure: 8:45am Return: 5:00pm

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Tangalooma Resort - Full Day

Take a short vacation on an island paradise. Cruise with us across glistening Moreton Bay and spend a few divine hours soaking up the ambience of Tangalooma Island Resort. The island is one of the few sand islands in the world and delights with plant, animal and marine life.

Why not escape for the day? Take advantage of a relaxing 75-minute cruise across glistening Moreton Bay to spend a few hours soaking up the tropical lifestyle at Tangalooma Island Resort. Spend the day on the world’s third largest sand island where there are over 80 activities offered, and more than 40 are FREE! Try archery, boules, tennis or swim in the beautiful waters of the bay. Optional tours include snorkelling at the wrecks, Segway tours, ATV quad bikes and many more.

Includes: Cruise across Moreton Bay to Tangalooma Resort, Use of Resort Facilities,$20 per adult/$15 per child lunch voucher provided. Valid at any open resort food outlet.

Operation: Daily
Estimated Times: Departure: 7:30am Return: 6:30pm
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Springbrook Natural Arch & Glowworm Cave

Take a walk through the rainforest and gaze at the stars before heading to the caves to gaze and the worms who glow just the same!

An experienced guide will take you on a short walk through the rainforests of Springbrook Plateau into the Natural Arch. There is also the opportunity for some star gazing in the unpolluted night sky. In the cool dark environment of the Natural Arch Cave, millions of glow worms make their home. These tiny creatures invisible to the eye during daylight create a spectacular display at night. See the city highrise lights of the Gold Coast and enjoy coffee and cake in the forest before returning to the Gold Coast. Note: Wear walking shoes, bring warm clothing

Includes: Rainforest walk, National Park Fees, coffee and cake in the forest, torch and equipment (as required)

Operation Days: Daily
Estimated Times: Departure: 7:00pm Return: 10:00pm

Insider's Tip: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Australian Animals featuring over 1500 individual animals from over 200 species! Enjoy having a photo taken with a koala, feed a kangaroo, Aboriginal Dancers and a variety of shows.

A Translink bus runs from the Gold Coast Convention Center (Adjacent to Jupiter’s Casino) to the sanctuary about every 30 minutes. Fare is about $3.40 AUD and Admission to the Sanctuary Adult 32.00 AUD and Children $21.00AUD.

Note: This is not a pre-organised day tour, but is a recommendation for a nice day out (pay as you go).

Insider's Tip: Gold Coast Nightlife

Visit and enjoy the Gold Coast Nightlife and experience a once in a lifetime chance to feel the Australian beat.

Venture into the glitz and glam of the Gold Coast neon lights. If you are into the slow beats or want to jam out to the Aussie club scene, get your groove on at the centre of Surfer’s Paradise. The Gold Coast has everything you need to enjoy a memorable and fun time under the moon. We have some great recommendations for you to take pleasure in what will be one of your biggest highlights which no other place but Queensland can give you.

Gold Coast Night Clubs:
https://www.goldcoasteguide.com/nightclubs.php

Gold Coast Pubs:
https://www.goldcoasteguide.com/pubs.php

Day 16 - Shuttle Transfer, Gold Coast Accommodation to Brisbane Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from your Gold Coast vacation accommodation to the 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. Valuable items (e.g. jewellery, expensive equipment, cash etc) should be carried by the passenger on their person. Passengers are strongly advised to take out appropriate travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

Days 16 to 18 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

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



Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is within walking distance to the city centre and shopping precinct. All rooms are spacious offering a view across Brisbane and are equipped with free coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer in room, mini bar, and air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, cafe, pool, gym, and sauna.




Brisbane, Australia, is a vibrant city offering many vacation activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here). See Kodak Beach, one of Australia’s large man-made inland beach/pool, surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Explore and 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 (River Cat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop. Or perhaps rest from your travel through the city and enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk cafe as you watch the world go by.

Insiders Tip: Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (established in 1927) is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit Australian native animals in a natural Aussie bush country setting. At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can hug one of 130 cute koalas any time of the day (cuddling Koala’s is only legal in the state of Queensland). 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. Hours are 8am – 5pm.

Admission is $36.00 AUD for Adults & $22.00 AUD for Children (Ages 3-13). Escorted Tour also available (afternoon only).

There are regular buses to and from Lone Pine operated by the Brisbane City Council. They are relatively cheap and start from the city centre, dropping you off inside Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Adult fares are $6.70 and children are $3.40. Prices are subject to change.

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

Insider's Tip: Dining in Brisbane

Brisbane is known for its foodies atmosphere and culture, and won’t disappoint when you’re looking for a bite to eat.

If you’d like to take detour from the fresh seafood, why not stop at Chur Burger. Owned by Warren Turnbull, owner of the “Best Burger” restaurant in Sydney, Chur Burger has brought the award winning taste to Brisbane. At $10 a burger, it’s an afforable and mouth-watering meal.

If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, make a quick stop in Monty’s Chocolates in Brisbane. This chocolate store is filled with exquisite chocolates from all over the world and the perfect afternoon snack on a warm day.

Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

Day 17 - Day Tour, 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

Optional Day Tour Upgrade (Not Included) - Personalized Caddie Tour of Australia Zoo

Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!

This Zoo experience is all about YOU and creating lifetime memories of this amazing wildlife theme park!

Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You’ll never forget this “insider tour” discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.

Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.

This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.

Includes: Private Caddie Tour and Australia Zoo Guide for 5 hours, Refreshments, Reserved seating in the Crocoseum

Duration: Five hours. No. of people: Maximum of five people per caddie

Departure: 9:30am

Optional Day Tour Add-On (Not Included) - Behind-the-Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour at Australia Zoo

Visit the busiest wildlife hospital in the world. Since its opening, the facility has cared for more than 50,000 sick and injured animals.

Steve Irwin built the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in 2004. He dedicated the hospital to his mother, Lyn, who was a pioneer in wildlife caring and dedicated her life to saving sick and injured wildlife.

Take a 30 minute behind the scenes tour of this state-of-the-art facility during your stop at Australia Zoo. Observe the amazing team of vets as they care for and save precious wildlife right before your eyes.

Operates daily at 2:30pm
Wildlife Hospital located outside the Zoo grounds (in the carpark)

Day 18 - 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 18 - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles

Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. 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 $4,733 $6,580 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) $5,554 $7,401 Jan 12 2019 - Dec 10 2019
USA Departures: JAN 12 - APR 20, MAY 1 - OCT 4 & OCT 16 - DEC 10, 2019. Expires DEC 31, 2018
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) $6,668 $8,515 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2018 and 1MAY-8JUN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Shoulder (Economy Class) $6,875 $8,722 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2018, 22SEP-8DEC 2018 and 1FEB-30APR 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability
Peak (Economy Class) $7,393 $9,240 Peak: 9DEC 2018 - 31JAN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply) Subject to Availability
Premium (Economy Class) $9,645 $11,492 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,253 $13,100 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.