CONTRASTS OF AUSTRALIA

Melbourne, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney

Overview

TOUR CODE: T2-ACANA

Trip Type: Guided Vacation

Time to explore the many exciting aspects that make up Eastern Australia. Visit the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne which is home to great food, shopping and history. Take a flight to the Northern Queensland city of Cairns for some cultural and natural experiences. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights including The Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

What’s Included

  • 2 nights in a Standard Room at Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
  • 3 nights in a Guest Room at Hilton Hotel Cairns
  • 3 nights in a Guest Room at Hyatt Regency Sydney
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours and cultural activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE (DW)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

DAY 02

MELBOURNE SIGHTS (B)

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society, and fascinating street art. There’s time afterward to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or relax and watch the world go by.

DAY 03

MELBOURNE/CAIRNS (B)

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival, join a private wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles, and more! There will be time to partake in regenerating the rainforest, particularly to the Wangetti Valley, which Hartley’s is located in. Feel free to join us as much or as little as you can with this tree planting project and be a part of keeping the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics alive! This evening is free for you to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.

DAY 04

GREAT BARRIER REEF (B/L)

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime. We board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just 3.2 feet underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

DAY 05

CAIRNS FREE TIME (B/DW)

Today is a free day to do as you choose. A great option is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, be amazed as you travel over and through the World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village, and later board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for this historic rail journey. If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too! In the evening rejoin your traveling companions for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park.  Hear dreamtime stories, witness a high-impact dance performance and enjoy dinner with your local host to the sounds of the didgeridoo.  

DAY 06

CAIRNS/SYDNEY (B/DW)

Following a leisurely start to the morning, it’s time to switch the tropical vibes back to city highlights as you fly to Sydney. What a way to kick off your arrival in Sydney with a dinner cruise enjoying the famous Sydney Harbour! You’ll pass under the Harbour Bridge, cruise past the Opera House, and see many magnificent waterfront homes, beaches, and parklands.

 

DAY 07

SYDNEY (B/L)

Enjoy a later start to the day, perhaps you’ll take an early morning stroll or simply make the most of a slow start. Today we explore the vibrant Inner West suburbs of Sydney. Tour Newtown, a community rich with a lively culture and home to numerous street art sites that will surprise you. Continue through the suburb of Marrickville, recently crowned the 10th “coolest” and most livable neighborhood in the world before arriving at Dear Delicious Café. Meet the owner Greg in his sustainable garden and learn about how he has brought urban farming to the community before enjoying a tasty meal made with fresh local produce for your Be My Guest Lunch. After lunch, you will meet Andrew the founder of Batch Brewery. Take part in a masterclass on-site and learn how they combine creatively inspired limited release batches with sustainable practices. Later take some free time to do some shopping or enjoy an Optional Experience with free time this evening.

DAY 08

SYDNEY HARBOR (B/DW)

Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay, overlooking Sydney Harbour. Meet a local volunteer and learn the story of how the garden was formed from unused wasteland and how it is beautifully maintained by a group of volunteer gardeners. Most importantly, your visit to the garden provides a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of the enchanting garden. Take the opportunity to walk along the Sydney Harbour foreshore and make the most of some free time. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner on the harbourfront.

DAY 09

FAREWELL FROM SYDNEY (B)

Bid farewell to your fellow traveler when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch   D= Dinner

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Dates & Prices

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2022Land OnlySingle Supplement
    Departs / Returns
    Nov 17 / Nov 25$4,437$1,438
    Dec 01 / Dec 09$4,437$1,438
    2023
    Jan 19 / Jan 27$4,437$1,438
    Feb 16 / Feb 24$4,437$1,438
    Mar 09 / Mar 17$4,437$1,438
    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. This is a land-only package without international and domestic airfares. Tour prices include hotel taxes and service charges. Itinerary and routing are subject to change. Tour Code: QPACA (LO/020422/C-0)
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