(Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney)
Sand, sun, vibrant cities & colorful coral reefs come together on this tour through Australia's Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney.
From cuddling with koalas, feeding kangaroos, parades of tiny penguins & tropical rainforest safaris to sunbathing on golden beaches, a glass bottom boat cruise & the underwater utopia of the Great Barrier Reef, be prepared to fall under the spell of the land "Down Under" on this exotic customizable adventure through Oz.
Sit back, relax & enjoy the ride as you discover the highlights of chic Sydney, multicultural Melbourne & laidback Cairns on a fusion of great private guided & shared tours. Follow in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling to the town of Lorne, sample gourmet Aussie delicacies in historic Queen Vic, meet the seal lions of Phillip Island, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, hike the Blue Mountains, watch the surfers of Bondi Beach, climb Sydney Bridge & much more.
Complete with stylish 4* heritage hotels & the option of customizing your adventure with winery tours & tastings, a trip to the Outback, or sailing excursions.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Transfer between International airport to your hotel accommodation.
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 various brochures of some of the destinations you will be visiting.
You will be picked up from your Melbourne hotel by private car and driver to discover Melbourne's sights. On this tour, you will view fine examples of Melbourne's architectural splendour such as Town Hall, the opulent St.Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent theatres, and Federation Square. Visit the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens or see the bustling Queen Victoria Market or view Southbank: a world of shopping, dining and arts.
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.
Drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road and enjoy the spectacular views of the Southern Ocean as the local surfers ride the waves. Stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach in the town of Lorne. The small group allows for more stops along the way to take photos or just enjoy the sound of the ocean breaking on the waves. The wildlife you may see include, whales, dolphins, kangaroos, echidnas, bandicoots, and many different birds.See Koalas very close in their natural habitat. Stop in the town of Apollo Bay for lunch (not included, go for a short Rainforest walk, at Maits Rest (Otway National Park). Visit the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
Travel to Phillip Island and enjoy a day of amazing views and experiences. The attractions will have a focus on the environment and the protection of wildlife. No extra fees for taking a photo with the animals! Visit the Koala Conservation Centre and see the 'Nobbies" with its colonie of sealions. Have dinner in the lovely seaside town of Cowes and get a close view of the little penguins from the Penguin Plus viewing platform.
A transfer from the International Airport in Melbourne to the hotel/city with private vehicle and driver is provided.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private transfer between Cairns airport and your hotel accommodation, or vice versa, is provided for today.
The Pullman Cairns International is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. The largest five star hotel in Cairns, The Pullman Cairns International boasts 321 very spacious rooms, with floor spaces of over 40 square metres, and include private balconies. Bathrooms are made from Italian marble, with back-heated mirrors. The Pullman Cairns International has two pools, plus a childrens’ pool, and Jacuzzi located on Daintrees pool deck. Refreshments can be ordered on the pool deck and enjoyed on soft sun lounge chairs. Nearby, a fully equipped gymnasium, equipped with two saunas is located on level three. The Pullman Cairns International is host to one of Cairns’ finest dining outlets – Coco’s Restaurant. Coco’s is renowned in the local area and to guests alike for Cairns’ best Seafood Buffet: the Chef’s Choice Seafood Buffet, nightly from 6pm. In addition to various breakfast, lunch and dinner options, Coco’s also features a lovely High Tea, available daily from 11.00am, and a Sunday Brunch from 11.30am each Sunday, featuring plenty of Seafood, cocktails, champagne and live entertainment. For the ultimate relaxation, unwind at Mii Spa, The Pullman Cairns International’ luxurious ten-room day spa. The largest day spa in Cairns, Mii Spa is the perfect place to turn your holiday into a truly indulgent experience, with a range of products featuring local indigenous ingredients, and relaxation or beauty treatments to have you truly glowing.
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.
Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round it is time to drive north along the scenic route via Mossman to Cape Tribulation. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach the majestic Daintree River. After a short morning tea break its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best! We ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat. A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while you have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. The tour takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of tropical fruit, a complimentary glass of wine and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. At Cape Tribulation Beach there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'. After a short afternoon refreshment stop, you cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin your homeward journey. You will be picked-up from your hotel at approximately 7.00 a.m., returns at 6.30 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 16 passengers.
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
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.
The Grace Hotel (4*) is an elegantly restored heritage listed Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. The 382 contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, designed with the frequent traveler in mind. The Grace Cafe serves modern Australian cuisine and the Grace Brasserie offers a sumptuous buffet lunch available on weekdays. Drop in at P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness in the heart of Sydney. Take advantage of the Rooftop Health Club offering state-of-the-art Cybex fitness equipment, an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and sun terrace. For a rejuvenating experience, the Oriental Spa is also available, with the treatments assured to revitalize and invigorate.
Depart this morning in a luxury 4WD vehicle to see the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, before enjoying a memorable wildlife park visit. See koalas, kangaroos up close plus friendly dingoes - and yes, even pat the koalas! Explore the historic Richmond area before travelling deep into the Blue Mountains. Enjoy morning tea in the bush surrounded by wildlife. Experience the real back country boasting magnificent cliffs, canyons and world heritage wilderness. Stretch your legs if you like with a short bush walk. Enjoy a country style lunch in a magnificent homestead with Australian hospitality at its best. See the renowned Three Sisters plus Australia’s Grand Canyon.
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 meters 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). On the climb enclosed rubber-soled shoes such as running, sport or hiking shoes need to be worn. Every climber will need to pass an alcohol breath test not exceeding the 0.05 limit. Climbing is possible for pregnant women if under 24 weeks pregnant with a medical practitioner’s certificate of fitness. The tour operates daily (except 25, 30 & 31 Dec, 1 Jan) with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 14 passengers. Please check in 15 minutes prior to the climb at 5 Cumberland Street, the Rocks. Please note that you are required to make your own way to and from the climb.
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.
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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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