Australia Explorer

7 days from $1,638 per person*
  • Get up close and personal with marine life in a semi-sub.
  • Journey into the rainforest and swim beneath beautiful waterfalls.
  • Explore Sydney’s highlights led by expert guide.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
Request a Quote

Welcome to Australia! This trip is designed for those on a tight travel budget and those pressed for time to this massive, but glorious continent. Arrive in Sydney, home of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tour out to the Northern Beaches and explore the historic Rocks district and enjoy some of the best views Sydney has to offer! From Sydney you will fly up to Cairns, and stay in the lovely beachside village of Port Douglas. Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, is known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Spend a day sailing on a catamaran exploring the reef. Enjoy a full 5 hours to dive and snorkel while enjoying a buffet lunch onboard the catamaran. You will also visit the National Park, which is located half-hour drive south of Cairns city. Take a short walk to a series of dramatic cascading waterfalls amidst the lush tropical rainforest and transfer back to Cairns for your onward journey throughout Australia, New Zealand or back home. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Welcome Package - Documents
    • Optional Activities
    • Shared - Afternoon City Sights & Bondi (4 hrs) - Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - 4WD Blue Mountain Wildlife Discovery with Lunch (11hrs) - Mini Van - 4WD
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - Rocks Walking Tour (1.5hrs) - Guide
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Sydney to Cairns
    Sydney to Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Full Day Wooroonooran Rainforest Safari with Lunch (11hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 6 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Full Day Michaelmas Cay Cruise with Lunch (8.5hrs) - Catamaran (Cairns)
  • Day 7 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.

Day 1: Sydney

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

In the package you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be provided about a month prior to your departure date.

From modern monuments to historic districts, the Australian capital Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy including trips to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Try spending some time exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes and gift shops.  Head out on a half day tour or picturesque harbour cruise.  The SmartVisit allows visitors to visit the sight they want to see, on their own schedule.  Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.

Enjoy this afternoon half day tour beginning from downtown Sydney, making stops along the way to Bondi and Kings Cross, a perfect option for those who have a tight schedule or those who don’t wish to be on tour for a full day. This tour is a thorough introduction to Sydney and its neighbours.  Tour through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit The Gap and enjoy stunning views. Stop at the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Join the coach for your return to Sydney, travelling through Paddington and the exclusive Eastern suburbs.

Accommodation: Swissotel (4.5*)

Swissotel Sydney on Market Street is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of Sydney CBD. The hotel’s 359 beautifully appointed rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city skyline. Guests can choose to sit back and relax at Crossroads Bar or sample fine cuisine at JPB Restaurant. For the ultimate approach of wellbeing, Amrita Spa offers an oasis of rest and relaxation.

Sydney
Sydney
Swissotel Sydney
Swissotel Sydney

Day 2: Sydney

Set out today aboard a luxury 4-wheel drive vehicle to explore some of the many landmarks and sites around Sydney and the Blue Mountain Range.  Begin with a visit to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge before venturing onto a memorable visit to the Wildlife Park.  See the powerful Australian Kangaroo and get up close and personal with some friendly Dingoes – and yes, even pat the cuddly Aussie Koala.  Next, it’s off to explore the historic Richmond area before travelling off the beaten path deep into the Blue Mountain Range.  Enjoy a rejuvenating morning tea amongst the natural creatures that live in this bush.  Experience real back country exploration as you view these vistas of magnificent cliffs and canyons of this World Heritage recognized area.  Marvel at the sight of the Three Sisters monolith and the Australian Grand Canyon during your explorations.  Enjoy trekking through the bush before feasting on a scrumptious country style lunch at a local Australian homestead.  Upon completion of your tour a return transfer back to your accommodations is provided. The tour departs at approximately 7.00 a.m. and returns at 6.00 p.m. The group size may vary between 2 and 18 passengers. Please reconfirm the pick-up time and location of your accommodation 48 hours prior to departure by calling 02 94393010.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Swissotel (4.5*)
The Australian Koala
The Australian Koala

Day 3: Sydney

The Rocks may be Sydney’s oldest neighborhood but it’s lost none of its zest for life. The stories are alive in the sandstone. You will be introduced to the fascinating story of this unique place in Sydney’s history. Hear how The Rocks was inhabited by that First Fleet of convicts arriving as they did into Sydney Cove in 1788 thus impacting forever on the local Indigenous people’s way of life. Up onto the rocky land that human cargo was disgorged and so began the British Australian story. Still to be seen today are the storehouses, pubs and working class cottages from the time when this place took on all of the characteristics of a dockside area and a disease ridden slum. Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings. The tour departs from Shop 4a - Clock Square, Corner Argyle & Harrington Street, The Rocks at 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. and returns 1.5 hours later. The tour is conducted in all weather. Wet weather protection is not provided and participants are encouraged to bring appropriate attire for an outdoor activity. Ponchos can be arranged prior at an additional cost if requested.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Swissotel (4.5*)
The Rocks, Sydney
The Rocks, Sydney

Day 4: Sydney - Cairns

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Accommodation: The Hotel Cairns (4*)

The Hotel Cairns, with its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, is architecturally designed with reference to Queenslander heritage and its façade is one of the most beautiful examples of this. Positioned just a ten minute drive from the airport and one block from the famous Esplanade, it sits within the heart of Cairns and its pulsing beat.  Set back from the street and well shaded by tropical trees and plants, the appearance and style is a popular talking point among many of the hotel’s guests and visitors. The rooms are adorned with marble flooring, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. The Plantation Restaurant is a tropical feast for the senses involving not only your taste buds, but live music and candle-lit tables creating a lively and intimate atmosphere. The hotel also boasts a tourist information service, an outdoor pool and spa, function rooms, and on site car parking.

Cairns
Cairns
The Hotel Cairns
The Hotel Cairns

Day 5: Cairns

Head out on an excursion to the Wooroonooran National Park located half an hour south of Cairns. The park offers stunning pristine rainforest with fantastic World Heritage attractions. This area of unsurpassed beauty contains the two highest mountains in Queensland, numerous rivers, waterfalls, swimming holes and some of the World's lushest and most ancient rainforests. Revitalize yourself in tranquil rainforest settings. In addition to the educational first-hand rainforest experience, the tour also includes fun activities you may never have experienced before. You will have a fantastic time in the diverse locations. The tour will provide you with awesome lifetime memories. Visit Kuranda Rainforest Station and learn about Australian animals. Then continue to the Curtain Fig Tree, this unique and stunning massively formed strangler fig is simply not to be missed. Over hundreds of years, it has effectively “strangled” 4 trees to create a high rise building sized eco system. Enjoy a delicious Australian style lunch with a great variety of salads, ham, chicken, pasta, quiche, bread, fruit salad and cake at Gallo's Dairyland. In the afternoon you visit the Millaa Millaa Falls and watch out for the Ulysses Butterfly. Arrive at Mamu Canopy Walk to explore the rainforest from the forest floor to the canopy, in comfort and safety. The skywalk passes through one of the largest-remaining, continuous stands of complex vine forest on basalt soils in the Wet Tropics. Enjoy close-up views of rainforest plants, insects and birds, and take in sweeping vistas of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. At Josephine Falls take a short walk to a series of dramatic cascading waterfalls and enjoy a swim at the large rock-pools before returning to Cairns. The tour takes approximately 11 hours and departs Cairns at 8.00 a.m. and the Northern Beaches at 7.20 a.m. You will be picked-up from your hotel. The group size may vary between 4 and 12 passengers. Please bring swim wear and a towel.

Accommodation: The Hotel Cairns (4*)

The Hotel Cairns, with its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, is architecturally designed with reference to Queenslander heritage and its façade is one of the most beautiful examples of this. Positioned just a ten minute drive from the airport and one block from the famous Esplanade, it sits within the heart of Cairns and its pulsing beat.  Set back from the street and well shaded by tropical trees and plants, the appearance and style is a popular talking point among many of the hotel’s guests and visitors. The rooms are adorned with marble flooring, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. The Plantation Restaurant is a tropical feast for the senses involving not only your taste buds, but live music and candle-lit tables creating a lively and intimate atmosphere. The hotel also boasts a tourist information service, an outdoor pool and spa, function rooms, and on site car parking.

Ulysses Butterfly
Ulysses Butterfly

Day 6: Cairns

Set sail aboard a 32 meter luxury sailing catamaran for a day to remember to Michaelmas Cay - a low lying vegetated sand cay encircled by a spectacular fringing reef, a National Park and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Today's experience with a wide range of activities will make you fully experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment. Be active and enjoy all the included activities. Snorkeling is fun and a great way to experience the many treasures of the Great Barrier Reef. With easy access from the beach at Michaelmas Cay, people of all ages can enjoy the reef, quietly drifting over the myriad of corals and colorful fish. The Cay, with its calm, shallow waters, is ideal for first-timers and young families who want to experience it together. Most of the reef's diversity, around 90% of it, is known to be in the top 4 meters of the water. Take a cruise on a semi-sub. Seated one meter below the waterline, you will get a diver’s view of the reef without getting wet. With the large viewing windows, the expert crew provides an informative commentary on the corals and marine life. Learn about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef in this interactive tour. Included are morning and afternoon teas, a tropical smorgasbord lunch, the use of snorkeling equipment, coral viewing in air-conditioned semi-submersible, ecological presentation by a marine biologist and guided nature tour of the island and bird sanctuary. The vessel can accommodate up to 150 passengers. The cruise departs from the Reef Fleet Terminal at 8.30 a.m. and returns at approximately 5.00 p.m.

Accommodation: The Hotel Cairns (4*)
Harlequin Ghost Pipefish
Harlequin Ghost Pipefish

Day 7: Cairns

A private transfer between Cairns airport and your accommodation is provided for today.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Swissotel (4.5*): Sydney

Swissotel Sydney on Market Street is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of Sydney CBD. The hotel’s 359 beautifully appointed rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city skyline. Guests can choose to sit back and relax at Crossroads Bar or sample fine cuisine at JPB Restaurant. For the ultimate approach of wellbeing, Amrita Spa offers an oasis of rest and relaxation.

Swissotel Sydney
Swissotel Sydney

The Hotel Cairns (4*): Cairns

The Hotel Cairns, with its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, is architecturally designed with reference to Queenslander heritage and its façade is one of the most beautiful examples of this. Positioned just a ten minute drive from the airport and one block from the famous Esplanade, it sits within the heart of Cairns and its pulsing beat.  Set back from the street and well shaded by tropical trees and plants, the appearance and style is a popular talking point among many of the hotel’s guests and visitors. The rooms are adorned with marble flooring, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. The Plantation Restaurant is a tropical feast for the senses involving not only your taste buds, but live music and candle-lit tables creating a lively and intimate atmosphere. The hotel also boasts a tourist information service, an outdoor pool and spa, function rooms, and on site car parking.

The Hotel Cairns
The Hotel Cairns
Hotel Cairns - Pool
Hotel Cairns - Pool

The Hotel Cairns (4*): Cairns

The Hotel Cairns, with its impeccably private and tropical ambiance, is architecturally designed with reference to Queenslander heritage and its façade is one of the most beautiful examples of this. Positioned just a ten minute drive from the airport and one block from the famous Esplanade, it sits within the heart of Cairns and its pulsing beat.  Set back from the street and well shaded by tropical trees and plants, the appearance and style is a popular talking point among many of the hotel’s guests and visitors. The rooms are adorned with marble flooring, terracotta tiles, elegant and functional fittings and luxurious linens. The Plantation Restaurant is a tropical feast for the senses involving not only your taste buds, but live music and candle-lit tables creating a lively and intimate atmosphere. The hotel also boasts a tourist information service, an outdoor pool and spa, function rooms, and on site car parking.

The Hotel Cairns
The Hotel Cairns
Hotel Cairns - Pool
Hotel Cairns - Pool
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • JohnDanielson — December 12, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    We have used a number of small group travel companies and Kensington is the one we would recommend. All details of the trip to New Zealand went as planned. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our travel consultant Daniel did a great job, both pre-trip and post-trip. We will certainly use them again.

  • Susan Pope — April 21, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals.

  • Sharon Weckenbrock — May 15, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.

    We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!

  • Donna Brennan — April 18, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.

    Thank you again,

    Donna

  • Paula McNally — April 24, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went.

  • Marcia Nunn — April 01, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place.

  • Cindy Burns — April 04, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent

  • Sheila Black — April 08, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!

    Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!

    The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!

    We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!

    We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.

  • Josie Rodriguez — March 19, 2013 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.

    For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.

    Again, thank you!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

Kensington Tours is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring you have a positive experience on our website. You can read our complete Privacy Policy here. You can Contact Us here.

National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014 Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime