(Cairns, Ayers Rock, Sydney, Melbourne)
Catamaran cruise, surfing, 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.
Escape on a journey under the sea during this breathtaking aquatic experience exploring the Outer Great Barrier Reef. This natural haven is home to various sea-life species which you have the pleasure of viewing and interacting with today. From the safe and comfortable stable reef platform, swimmers and non-swimmers are provided the perfect home base to start there exploration. Equip yourself with the provided snorkelling gear and dive right into this underwater adventure. For land-lovers whom prefer to stay somewhat dryer, take a ride on the semi-submersible sub or marvel at the sea-life from the underwater observatory. Your meals are taken care of as well including morning tea with some delicious cake selections, afternoon tea, a hot & cold lunch buffet, and some cheese and biscuit during the return journey.
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. Wait times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.
Delicious delicacies and silent serenity best describes this evening Sound of Silence Outback Dinner experience. Be whisked away to a secluded and specially chosen location shortly before sundown to the solitary sounds of didgeridoo’s echoing across the outback desert as you enjoy champagne and canapés. Marvel at all the different hues of red and orange as the sun sets below the horizon and the stars begin there dance across the ever-increasingly darkened dance-floor sky, as you feast upon an array of Northern Territorial culinary delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and Aussie deserts. Allow your guide and resident astronomer to provide color commentary on what is considered by many as one of the world’s best stargazing experiences. Wind down the evening with a coffee, tea or hot mulled wine before heading back to your accommodation.
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 includes drinks and bush snacks at end of tour.
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 the Sydney airport to the city/hotel, or vice versa, 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.
Sydney's zoo - Taronga Zoo - is situated on Bradley's Head and enjoys one of the most spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city. This prime location forms an unrivalled backdrop for the enclosures and pens of all the animals that call Taronga Zoo home. Taronga Zoo repeatedly makes the list of the world's top zoos, not only for the incredible diversity of animal species it houses, but for the education, conservation, veterinary and research operations it undertakes. You will also have an opportunity to pet a koala bear.
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.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Set out on a shared 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.
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.
Depart from Melbourne international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTAmerican and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Australia. Americans and Canadians must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers. Please note that American citizens who overstay their ETA or visa, even for short periods, may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about the ETA, other visas, and entry requirements with the Embassy of Australia HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/australia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Canberra. Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901. Language: The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages. Religion: 27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions. Time: Australia spans three time zones: GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania). GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory). GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum). Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels. Telephone: Country code: 61. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in and around populated areas; access in some of the more isolated, outback and rural areas is limited. US handsets are not compatible. Internet: Available throughout Australia. Internet cafes are prevalent in all capital cities and tourist towns, and individual hotels may also provide facilities. Wi-Fi access is increasing in cities and is mainly found in hotels, bars and cafes.
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