Sydney to Brisbane Drive & Reef Trip [ST-RT2040]
15 Days: Sydney to Brisbane Drive & Reef Trip [ST-RT2040]
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$2,431
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Newcastle (1), Port Macquarie (2), Coffs Harbour (1), Byron Bay (2), Brisbane (1), Spirit of Queensland Train (1), Cairns (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flight - Cairns to Brisbane
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation
  • Car Hire - 6 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Sydney City Location and drop-off at Brisbane City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Shuttle Transfers - Cairns Accommodation to Airport
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House Tour; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • 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 Sydney (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 - 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 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 2 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2 pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.

Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbor. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water.

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

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary.

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

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

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

Insider's Tip: The Rocks

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



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




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

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

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

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Insider's Tip: Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Want to see Sydney’s spectacular beaches but don’t know where to start? Lace up your walking shoes and hit up the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, threading along five of Sydney’s sunniest beaches. This paved track runs along seaside clifftops, dappled and eroded by the exfoliating salt water, connecting the beaches together.

With the backdrop of stunning azure waters and the relaxing sound of rhythmic waves, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike get their steps in at the Bondi to Coogee Walk. This track is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, and is often broken up into sections: Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, Tamarama to Bronte Beach, Bronte to Clovelly Beach, and Clovelly to Coogee Beach.

Start with a morning swim and beachside breakfast at Bondi before capturing your glam beach photos at Tamarama, fondly known as “Glamarama” by the locals. Then head to Bronte where surfers like to catch the barreling waves, and take a dip in the oceanside Bogey Hole and Rock Pools. Afterwards head to Coogee, where you can snorkel and dive at Gordon’s Bay.

Day 4 - Taxi from Sydney Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

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

Days 4 to 10 - 6 Day Car Rental, for Sydney to Brisbane

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

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

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

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

Day 4 - Self Drive from Sydney to Newcastle

Start your drive from Sydney by heading over the iconic Harbour Bridge toward Newcastle. Australia’s second oldest city. ‘Newie’ as it is affectionately known, like Sydney, is bound by a harbor and glorious beaches.


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Notable beaches along your drive:

– Blacksmiths Beach is a patrolled beach at the southern end of a sandy nine mile stretch of coastline, popular with families and a good beach for swimming.

– Catherine Hill Bay is a State Heritage Listed historic mining village featuring a stunning patrolled beach, popular for swimming, surfing and fishing.

– Famous for its network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, Caves Beach also has well maintained barbecue facilities and a picnic area.

Newcastle on the NSW North Coast has become the new capital of cool. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it’s now a culinary and artistic hot-spot that’s also home to some of the best beaches in the whole country. There’s plenty to do here, for both indoor and outdoor types.

Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation in Newcastle

Travel to your accommodation in Newcastle, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

A 4.5 star Newcastle hotel beautifully located on one of Australia’s best surf breaks, Newcastle Beach.

This hotel is an easy 2 hour drive north of Sydney via the F3, only 2 minutes walk from the centre of Newcastle and offers easy access to:

-Newcastle CBD
-The beachside precinct, including chic cafés and restaurants, vibrant bars with live music
-Shopping precinct
-Local recreational activities including ocean baths, jogging tracks and nature walks
The hotel offers 88 stylish, well-appointed guestrooms with contemporary furnishings, many with spectacular ocean and harbour vistas.

The restaurant and bar’s chic design and stylish décor, make this the perfect spot for meeting up with business colleagues, family and friends.

Offering a relaxed atmosphere, with the choice of either alfresco or indoor dining, the restaurant’s modern Australian menu features many tempting local, seasonal dishes, along with traditional favourites, complemented by a comprehensive wine list.

The bar will delight with an imaginative cocktail and drinks menu along with espresso coffee and blended teas.

Day 5 - Self Drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie

Depart Newcastle heading up the east coast toward Port Macquarie. If you are interested in a detour, check out Port Stephens and Nelsons Bay. Enjoy a dolphin cruise or go quad biking on the sand dunes, if you are up for adventure. After lunch continue north passing through Myall Lakes National park, offering great walking, kayaking and fishing opportunities.


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Myall Lakes National Park is part of the Country of the Worimi Aboriginal people, who used the area’s natural resources, like freshwater lakes, the ocean and native flora and fauna to live a traditional fisher-hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Much evidence of their long connection with this Country can be seen today throughout the middens in the park. The landscape of Myall Lakes includes important spiritual sites that are an important part of the identity of local Aboriginal people. Make sure you visit Dark Point Aboriginal Place while you’re at visiting the park. This rocky headland has been of significance to Worimi people for at least 4000 years. The clans or nuras (family groups) within the Worimi people would gather together here for ceremonies and feasts.

Days 5 to 7 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Port Macquarie

Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights. This sleek and sophisticated 4-star hotel offers an upscale retreat near the water’s edge of Port Macquarie.

With modern and stylish furnishings and ocean views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, your room exudes understated luxury. The spacious and inviting king bed is ideal for couples, and fabulous for solo travelers stopping in Port Macquarie. Inside you can relax with free WiFi, TV and DVD player, but your gorgeous coastal surroundings beg to be explored.

Hit the sand and surf and get a taste of Port Macquarie’s coastal cuisine at delightful local cafes. Unwind at the beach as your toes sink into the soft golden sand and soak in the North Coast sunshine. Stroll into town for a little retail therapy where you’ll find a treasure trove of fashionable boutiques, gift shops and retail chains.

Explore the area’s overflowing collection of spectacular beaches, scenic picnic spots and relaxing nature walks. For a little more adventure, dive into coast thrills from surfing to kayaking, fishing, horse riding and camel safaris.

Day 6 - Free Day to Explore Port Macquarie

Enjoy free time to rest, relax or explore in Port Macquarie. Check out the fabulous walks, wildlife experiences and coastal moments that make this region so unique!

Walks
5.6 mile Coastal Walk from Town to Lighthouse Beach.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre for tranquility along the elevated rainforest loop walk and indigenous bush tucker tour.

Rainforest Loop around the top of North Brother Mountain in the Dooragan National Park for 360-degree views and a picnic in the clouds.

Wauchope Old Bottlebutt is the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere, 52-foot wide, and access is now easy along a short walk in the Burrawan State Forest.

Bago Vineyards & Maze is home to a hedge maze where along the pathways there are musical instruments and other hidden delights. Be sure to drop into their chocolate shop too for a tasting while you’re there.

Animal Encounters
Billabong Zoo has an exciting Africa Exhibit with lion cubs and cheetahs, plus the Jurassic Pond exhibit is home to a 15 foot monster croc called Shrek. There are shows and feeding times all day.

At Cassegrain Winery you’ll find the Port Macquarie Horseriding Centre where you can take a ride through the vines, or have a lesson in the sand arena.

Every day at 3pm the Koala Hospital offers a free Feed, Walk and Talk tour to learn about the sick and injured koalas at this unique, volunteer run attraction.

At heritage theme park Timbertown there are farmyard animals, Clydesdale horses and bullock demonstrations.

If you love a sense of adventure take a Camel Ride along Lighthouse Beach for a 30-minute gentle safari.

Waterways
Hire a BBQ Boat from Dunbogan Boatshed – gather the family, grab the fishing rods and relax on board a special BBQ boat while drifting down the Camden Haven River, no license is required.

Head to Swans Crossing and float down Upsalls Creek on an air bed or boogie board. The creek gurgles along and is clean, clear and cool. There are plenty of rocks for the kids to explore and clamber over, guaranteed to tucker the kids out so they sleep well that night!

Float down the Hastings River and learn about the natural environment on an eco-cruise or roar along at 62m/hr on the fastest boat in NSW. Head to Town Wharf and pick your tempo with Port Jet Cruise Adventures.

Insider's Tip: Port Macquarie

A walk along this iconic breakwall, provides you with stunning views of the Hastings River towards Town Beach. The colourful grafitti rocks that lead you along the breakwall are a collage of messages, tributes and memories from visitors and locals. Sunrises and Sunsets are magical from the breakwall and the sight of dolphins playing in the river are a very regular occurrence.

Construction started in 1897 and ended in 1904 to help ships navigate the Hastings bar. 6 horse drawn carriages brought the rocks from a nearby quarry where the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council now sits.

Credit: portmacquarieinfo.com.au

Day 7 - Self Drive from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour

Start your drive from Port Macquarie heading north along the Pacific Highway toward Coffs Harbour.


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About half way to your destination you might want to stop in the town of Southwest Rocks. You will find many bushwalking attractions and tranquil beaches around Arakoon National Park and Hat Head National Park.Visit the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol, on the cliffs above the sea. Taking 13 years to build, it opened in 1886 and was an internment camp in the First World War for people of German descent living in Australia. For spectacular views visit the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses in Australia. Smoky Cape is a great vantage point for whale watching between May and November. The Smoky Cape walking track begins at Captain Cook’s lookout and meanders through one of Australia’s largest remnant littoral rainforest, home to wallabies and swallow-tailed butterflies.

The drive to Coffs Harbour winds through spectacular scenery. Natural beauty and fun attractions draw families and adventurers to this delightful coastal city.

Days 7 to 8 - 1 Night Accommodation in Coffs Harbour

Travel to your accommodation in Coffs Harbour, Australia, where you will be staying while on vacation for 1 night.

Welcome to your 4-star rated central hotel, the highest rated accommodation within the heart of Coffs Harbour. This resort sits just a short drive away from the renowned beaches and rainforests of the Coffs Coast region.

Step into you comfortable hotel room, fitted with an inviting queen bed you’ll love to return to at the end of the day. Freshen up in the sparkling restroom, equipped with essential toiletries, shower and a hairdryer. Catch a movie on the flat screen TV, including sports and movie channels, or check in with your loved ones back home with free WiFi.

Ready for a bite to eat? Your resort features a delightful restaurant open seven days for breakfast and dinner (own expense).

Day 8 - Self Drive from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay

Depart Coffs Harbour and head north towards Byron Bay on the Pacific Highway.


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The scenic drive from Coffs Harbour takes you into the Byron Bay area. From a lush hinterland to a spectacular coast, this region is acclaimed for its natural beauty, creative communities and fresh produce. For those seeking respite in nature, meditative renewal or surfing paradise, the region is a marvellous destination.Impeccable natural attractions are a drawcard, with Cape Byron Marine Park extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. Walk in rainforest in national parks including Bundjalung, near Ballina, and visit the magnificent Minyon Falls, near Byron Bay. Take the kids to The Macadamia Castle for native furry friends and cuddly nursery animals, mini golf, train rides, playgrounds and barbecues.

Bundjalung National Park on the north coast, offers opportunities for beach walking, fishing and mountain biking. Canoe along Evans River or Jerusalem Creek, mountain bike the Macaulays Lead or Serendipity fire trail, or walking along Ten Mile Beach. There are also boat launching facilities, snorkeling on the shallow reefs and fishing.

Days 8 to 10 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Byron Bay

Stay 2 nights in beautiful Byron Bay.

Your relaxing vacation accommodation is located in the world famous Byron Bay in New South Wales.
Here you can expect private surrounds with a central swimming pool, spa and a barbeque area far removed from the busy heart of Byron Bay. If you want to laze on the beach or hit the waves, the beach is just a 350 metre walk away.
Our contemporary studio rooms and suites offer affordable Byron Bay accommodation and all have their own courtyard or balcony where you can enjoy the temperate northern NSW climate. All balconies face different ways to deliver a sense of privacy.
You can treat your taste-buds to the many eateries in town, do some seaside shopping, learn to surf, whale watch off Cape Byron during whale watching season or even hang-glide high above the most easterly point of Australia.

Day 9 - Free Day to Explore Byron Bay

Free day to rest, relax or explore Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a popular beach resort and offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand surfing beaches and surrounding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports, boutique shopping, fine dining and live entertainment.

Insider's Tip: Byron Bay

There’s a beach for everyone in Byron. Main, Clarkes and Wategos beaches are patrolled year-round. The quiet Belongil Beach is dog-friendly. Little Wategos is Australia’s easternmost beach and is accessible on foot from the path to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Look out for dolphins, turtles and whales offshore.

In Cape Byron Marine Park, you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters, dive off famous Julian Rocks and kayak up close to dolphins or whales during whale-watching season. The Cape Byron walking track has stunning ocean views or follow trails through ancient rainforest around Wollumbin (Mount Warning).

Make time to check out the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. A short scenic journey into the Byron Bay hinterland lies a tranquil and magical sanctuary. Welcome to the home of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals, where you can sit in an ancient crystal cave.

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

Day 10 - Self Drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane

Start your drive from Byron Bay to Brisbane early and include a stop along the Gold Coast, Australia’s favorite playground!


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The Gold Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches that stretch across 35 miles of coastline. Choose from the sheltered waters at Coolangatta and Currumbin beaches or the popular surfing breaks at Main Beach or Burleigh Heads. First-time surfers can book a group or private lesson with Get Wet Surf School at The Spit, Surfers Paradise. Wave Break Island lies just off Main Beach and offers fantastic snorkeling and diving, with more than 50 species of fish.

Day 10 - Taxi from Brisbane Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

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

Days 10 to 11 - 1 Night Accommodation in Brisbane

Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

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 11 - Taxi from Brisbane Accommodation to Train Station, pay as you go

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

Days 11 to 12 - 1 Night Aboard the Spirit of Queensland, Brisbane to Cairns

Spirit of Queenland Luxury Train Tour (Rail Bed Sleeper) from Brisbane to Cairns, Queensland (1 night).

The Spirit of Queensland offers an experience which is more than just a train journey.
Redefining the modern rail travel experience, with a comfortable and convenient way to access Queensland. Combining modern seating and entertainment options with the charm of long distance rail travel. Contemporary, comfortable and designed for relaxation.
The Spirit of Queensland ‘s innovative tilt mechanism allows it to travel faster around bends and offer a smoother ride. With speeds of up to 160km per hour, its not only convenient, its efficient.

Railbed customers enjoy all inclusive in seat dining. The menu is bprepared using the freshest Queensland product and a selection of Queensland wines and beverages also available.

The spacious and comfortable seat by day, converts to a lie flat bed at night.

Day 12 - Taxi from Cairns Train Station to Accommodation, pay as you go

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

Days 12 to 15 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 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 13 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

This Great Barrier Reef experience is perfect for swimmers with all levels of confidence! This all-weather platform offers a plethora of options to see the amazing under water wonderland that is the Great Barrier Reef!

Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari, or go scuba diving (no experience necessary)

For those not confident in swimming, stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory or try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet.

If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out on the spacious sundeck where you will also find the regions only reef-based massage therapist.  You’ll have plenty of time to do it all!

Operates: Daily; Depart around 8:00am & Return around 5:00pm 

Inclusions: 90 minute return cruise transfer to reef platform on a spacious, fast catamaran; 5 Hours at the Marine World reef activity platform; All snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes; FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings; Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary; Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary; Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist; Underwater Observatory; Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms; Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options; Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day; Access to reference materials on the reef; Child/Infant safety swimming enclosure

Upgrades: Helicopter Flight (10 min); 1 Way Helicopter Transfer (25 min); Introductory Diving; Helmet Diving (Great for non-swimmers!); Certified Diving; Coral Gardens Tour (30 min); Adventure Snokel Safari (50 min); Seabob Jet Snorkeling

Day 14 - Free Day to Explore Cairns

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

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch

A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda, our Kuranda Boarding Pass enables you to avoid the ticketing lines as seating has been pre-allocated. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck, see unique tropical fruits, ancient rainforest plants & native animals, before a performance by the Pamagirri Dancers. A BBQ lunch is included as well, then it’s time to board Skyrail for your return journey.



Check in: Our Driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using our Kuranda Boarding pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions.




Kuranda Scenic Rail: Boarding 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 alight 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, a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. An experienced guide will show you unique tropical fruits, ancient rainforest plants and point out a number of our native animals as you meander through the rainforest. Join the Dreamtime Walk for an insight into ancient Aboriginal Culture. The Pamagirri Dancers perform a range of native dances in the Rainforest Amphitheatre that reflects their humour and excitement of their culture. Visit the Koala & Wildlife Park; cuddle a koala (own expense), smile at a crocodile and hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies before returning to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At your pre-allocated time 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. Your return transfer departs at 4.50pm where our hostess is waiting to asssit you with your return transfer.

Operates Daily Pick Up Between 7-8am Return at 5:30 aproximately

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Dinner Cruise

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

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

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

Operates

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Need to Know

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

Times

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

Inclusions

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

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

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

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

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

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

Day 15 - 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 15 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

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

Travel by international air to your destination.

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

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $2,431 $3,754 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $3,415 $4,738 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $4,367 $5,689 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $4,574 $5,896 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $5,091 $6,414 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) $7,343 $8,666 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $8,952 $10,274 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.