(Cairns, Ayers Rock, Sydney, Melbourne)
Catamaran cruise, camel ride, rainforest adventures, koala cuddling, penguin play & legendary Ayers Rock – if your family is looking for action Australia’s the ticket. Tour Cairns, Ayers Rock, Sydney & Melbourne on thrilling guided tours. Experience aboriginal culture on village visits, dine alfresco in the outback & learn about the stars from an astrologist. Travel through the Blue Mountains & visit a wildlife sanctuary. This unforgettable sundrenched journey is fun for children & parents of every age! Featuring a fusion of shared & guided tours, fabulous kid friendly hotels, much more this once-in-a-life-time adventure can be customized however you like!
NOTE: Tour does not include domestic airfare, which can be worked into your international ticket.
A private transfer between Cairns airport and your hotel accommodation, or vice versa, is provided for today.
Upon check in at your hotel you will be provided with your document package. In the document package you shall receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as brochures of some of the destinations you will be visiting.
Ideally situated on Cairns' stunning waterfront with amazing views over the marina, The Sebel Harbour Lights (4.5*) offers fully self-contained apartments with furnished balconies that make the most of the stunning views of the marina, Marlin Parade or parklands. Boasting a central location in the heart of Cairns, take advantage of easy access to the major shopping areas, restaurants and attractions of Cairns as well as first class facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool.
Get a wild start to the day with Breakfast at Cairns Tropical Zoo. Have breakfast with a koala, a python, and other of the Zoo’s inquisitive animals. Breakfast is a full cooked breakfast, plus fresh fruit, fruit juice, cereals, toasts and spread, tea or coffee. Or, for the sweet tooth try the delicious Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, cream and ice cream. During breakfast one of the wildlife keepers will be there to answer all of your ‘wildlife’ questions. Established in 1980, Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest and most diverse wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland and is set amidst six hectares of tropically landscaped gardens. Locally owned and operated, the zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, many of which are indigenous to the Northern wet tropics. Cairns Tropical Zoo has broken the mould of traditional zoos by creating opportunities for you to interact with our animals. There are numerous opportunities during the day to get close, touch, feel and make some new animal friends. The zoo’s philosophy is that personal interaction with animals encourages a greater understanding of native wildlife and promotes the need to preserve their natural habitats. You will have the chance to hold a Koala Bear for a $16 extra fee.
Spend the day exploring Cairns at your own pace. The city of Cairns has recently been renovated to enhance its image and provide a relaxing place for tourists and Cairns locals to congregate and have fun. Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children's playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and a Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal. But Cairns is only really the hub to the attractions of Far North Queensland.
Ocean Freedom cruises in style and speed to the Great Barrier Reef, providing you with a first class way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving and a glass bottom boat tour, with the friendly, professional crew. Enjoy being the first boat to arrive at the pristine Upolu Cay, allowing yours to be the first footsteps on its golden beaches. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom, for an unforgettable day in paradise without the crowds. Ocean Freedom provides six hours at the Great Barrier Reef, visiting two destinations and offering scrumptious seafood smorgasbord lunch. With small guest numbers this will ensure maximum customer service and passenger comfort. Experience the Wonder Wall a truly magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Their enthusiastic crew is committed to providing for your every need, ensuring all guests have a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.
Come and join a local Aboriginal guide on this 2 hour bush tucker tour showcasing the traditional bush food of Central Australia. Your host will walk you through the country, and you will learn how the local people lived in such a hot desert climate, surviving on a variety of bush plants and animals. Taste a selection of the bush foods, grind native seeds and have the opportunity to talk with your Aboriginal host about desert life. The tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 passengers and departs Ayers Rock Resort from September 23 to March 31 at 9.00 a.m. and from April 1 to September 22 at 10.00 a.m. Please bring your own water.
The Desert Gardens (4.5*) Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. Each of the rooms feature the unique flora designs and patterns found within the Central Australian Desert. Guest will journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room to experience what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. When the sun has gone down, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavours of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.
Travel for one hour on with Uluru Camel Tours in this spectacular desert, enjoy a close-up look at the desert environment and enjoy great views of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A refreshing glass of champagne or beer & bush snacks wait at the end of the trail. The tour takes approximately 2.5 hours in total and includes drinks and bush snacks at end of the trip. Departure is either 1 hour before sunrise or 1.5 hours before sunset.
Head out into the Outback with an expert Australia Guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolithic structure in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel through the outback landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence. Within your first step you are presented with a photographic opportunity of this amazing Australian icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide will take you closer towards the base. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realisation of the sheer size and magnitude of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people about their culture. You'll then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you can marvel at an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. A return transfer to your accommodation is provided upon completion of the tour.
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
The Sydney Classic Tour is one of the most popular biking tour. There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic! You will be taken to all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. The expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip to Sydney. See the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (including the Flying Foxes), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and over 30 more great attractions! There’s even a stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour!
Soak up the heritage-listed ambiance of Medina Executive Sydney Central (4*), the ideal location from which to take the pulse of this great city. Impeccably restored, Medina Executive Sydney Central is situated near Sydney's Central Railway Station, offering easy access both to the Sydney CBD, and to the fast new train lines to the domestic and international airports. Executive Sydney Central is surrounded by a myriad of dining, entertainment and shopping options. You are just a block away from Sydney's lively Chinatown district, where you can enjoy some of the city's finest Asian seafood restaurants before taking in a show at Sydney's leading live music and theatre venues such as the Capitol Theatre, the Sydney Entertainment Centre and Her Majesty's Theatre. And don't forget to snap up a bargain at Paddy's Market in Chinatown, Sydney's famous flea market.
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 Bridge Climb is a 3 ½ hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by a professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over! The Bridge Climb is the ultimate Sydney experience. Each professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the Climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, Climber Cap and a complimentary group photograph, with all Climbers in the group receiving an identical photo. For safety reasons Climbers cannot take up personal items onto the Bridge (including cameras).
Transfer between City/Hotel to Airport with private vehicle and driver.
Positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's CBD and city, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is a 4.5 star hotel on Swanston Street surrounded by the city's most popular business and shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure invites guests to discover its spacious and stylish rooms, allowing for maximum relaxation in modern comfort. Put your feet up and enjoy supremely comfortable beds, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, large flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and opening windows for fresh air. You'll find it’s easy to relax in the comfort of our hospitality in the vibrant city of Melbourne. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure offers guests a range of eateries and a cosy bar for casual culinary comfort and pleasurable evening drinks. With vibrant Bourke St Mall right on your doorstep, other attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty’s and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central Shopping Complex are just a short stroll away. In addition, a quick tram ride will take you to all major sporting venues including the MCG and Etihad Stadium plus the city’s cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment hotspots such as St Kilda, Chapel St, Bridge Rd and Brunswick St.
Set out on a shared 9 hour tour of the surrounding Melbourne area beginning with a visit to a boutique winery which overlooks the Westernport Bay area. Listen to the colourful tales and stories from your guide regarding the explorers, sealers and whalers who inhabited this fertile land. Travel to Phillip Island, known as the “wildlife island” for an opportunity to walk amongst the treetops of the Koala Conservation Centre to observe a protected Koala company. Continue trekking through the nature reserve, exploring the bush and wetlands for habitual wildlife, flora and fauna. Wildlife sightings include a wide range of birds and one of Australia’s famed marsupials, the Wallaby. This dynamic location is also renowned for its Penguins which come ashore each evening at dusk from their ocean feedings. These Penguins walk and talk there way loudly as they make their way through the sand dunes to their burrow nests. Make use of the boardwalk to snap some up close photos of the Penguins as they march. Enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch at the Jetty Restaurant in the township of Cowes on Phillip Island. This small group tour has a maximum group size of 12 passengers. The departure time is form April to October at 1 p.m. and from November to March at 2.00 p.m.
Set out today on an exploratory journey of the Melbourne surrounding area. Begin by departing the suburbs en-route to the Westgate Bridge for some spectacular viewing of the Port Phillip Bay area. From here, you’ll enter the volcanic western plains of Victoria, an area where the first European settlers forged their way as far as the Otway ranges, establishing large agricultural based properties and homesteads to harvest the land and develop the sheep trade industry. Next, you will head into the Geelong area to marvel at the picturesque waterfront of Corio Bay. This was an important port area during the famous “gold-rush” era of the 19th century. Travel across the fertile sheep and dairy farmlands en-route to the cooler temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges National Park. Enjoy a delicious, café-style lunch at Port Campbell as the fresh crisp air rises from the southern oceans and fills your lungs with relaxation and rejuvenation. Travel only a short drive away to the “Shipwreck Coast” where you’ll hear the tales of heroes and follies, outlining the attempt made by captains whom tried navigating this wild coastline, some ending in triumph whilst others…well the proof remains rusting is the ocean sea-bed. Visit the famed shipwreck site at “Loch Ard” and hear the story of how two survivors struggled ashore amidst the wreckage. Marvel at the monolithic site of the 12 Apostle Rock formations which occupy this dramatic coastal boardwalk. The tour departs Melbourne at 8.00 a.m. returns at 7.30 p.m. This small group tour has a maximum group size of 12 passengers.
Depart from Melbourne international airport - end of itinerary.
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"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!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"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,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"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. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"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"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"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.
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Larry Sanders ,
February 28, 2013
"We had an amazing trip, all the Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii connections worked out great. The hotels, and tours were wonderful. People ask what was your favorite? All of it! We sure saw a lot, everyday was a new adventure. We especially loved the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, and the condo in Hawaii was over the top.
Thank you so much for making our trip so successful.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"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!
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Iain Campbell ,
March 13, 2012
"This was our third long haul vacation with Kensington and was truly fantastic trip, probably the best to date. The balance with adventures and activities in New Zealand followed by a restfull couple of days in Bora Bora was just right. I cannot say enough about the local support team who were following up to adjust our schedule following the earthquake in Christchurch right into the evening of Christmas Eve, all changes were made efficiently with the addedd bonus of being able to do a wilderness jet boat tour outside of Queeenstown with our extra day. Many thanks for all you help - we will not hesitate to use Kensington for our future travel adventures
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Laura Hollenbaugh ,
February 11, 2013
"It was a great trip. The Medina was great, centrally located and helpful staff. We enjoyed Christmas Mass at the Cathedral with the Cardinal celebrating and the famed boys choir singing. The dinner cruise was fine despite the rain. The driver's tip about the ferries, being a good way to see more of the harbour without great expense was a good one. We especially enjoyed the tour to the Blue Mountains, wonderful lunch at the quaint lodge, and Fetherdale Wild life Sanctuary (fantastic). The accommodations at Uluru were fine and the activities were great, especially the camel ride. We loved the resort at Kewarra. Wonderful service and accommodations and grounds. We spotted a mama and baby Wallabee living in the jungle just outside the suite! We ended up booking 2 days of diving and also a tour of Mossman and Daintree. Wonderful trip. The food was great everywhere but extremely expensive! The locals were always polite and helpful and often amusing! Thanks for all your help! Laura"
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