Contrasts of Australia summer 2018
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018
The steady rattle of Melbourne's famed trams kick-off our unforgettable journey through the land of koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos. Experience the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Bondi's surfer paradise in Sydney, whose iconic night skyline we will enjoy from tranquil harbour waters on a special sunset dinner cruise.Sightseeing Highlights
- City tour in Melbourne and Sydney.
- Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour.
- View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water.
- Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
First class travel Highlights
8 hot buffet breakfasts
4 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage, local tips and charges
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
- All hotel charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Melbourne||Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights): Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. It will not only be a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. Plus, it's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine|
|Day 2||Melbourne||Melbourne Sightseeing: Join your Travel Director for a Cultural Insight. Your city tour includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, cafe society and fascinating street art. View the fine cathedrals and theatres; see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Then there's time to explore the city on your own.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 3||Cairns||Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights): Say farewell to Melbourne as you fly to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a Local Specialist for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, and of course, crocodiles! This evening is free for you to dine at one of the local restaurants.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 4||Great Barrier Reef||Great Barrier Reef: Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkeling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided).Buffet Breakfast, Lunch|
|Day 5||Cairns||Cairns Free Time: Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could journey on the Scenic Railway to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest', including the Heritage Village Markets. Then return to the lowlands high above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. If you'd prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local cafe for lunch watching the world go by, you can do that too! This evening be prepared for a special Be My Guest dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime and witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group. Then enjoy dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining|
|Day 6||Sydney||Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights): Depart Cairns on your flight to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a two course a la carte Regional Meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
|Day 7||Sydney||Sydney Sightseeing: Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist. Later, board your coach to visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Your next destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Regional Meal at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen's Club. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for an insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later spend free time exploring, shopping or perhaps strolling along the harbour front.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 8||Sydney||Sydney Free Time: The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Or, if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner to celebrate your trip at a restaurant on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 9||DEPART SYDNEY||Depart Sydney: Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your memorable vacation comes to an end and we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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