Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef

9 days from $1,953 per person*
  • Hand feed a kangaroo as you journey through Daintree.
  • Cruise along the Great Barrier Reef, stopping to snorkel and dive.
  • Enjoy a mouthwatering lunch as you sail through the Sydney Harbor.
  • Enjoy guided city tours of Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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 well chosen value 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. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
    • Welcome Package - Documents
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared - Half Day Morning City Tour (3hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Melbourne to Cairns
    Melbourne to Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 4 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Full Day Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour with Lunch (11.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise with Lunch (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 6 Cairns to Sydney
    Cairns to Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 7 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared - Morning Panoramic Sydney with Lunch Cruise (5-5.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 8 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 9 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver(5)
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.
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Day 1: Melbourne

A transfer between the International Airport in Melbourne and your hotel or Melbourne with private vehicle and driver 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.

Accommodation: Vibe Savoy (4*)

Vibe Savoy Hotel is the ideal base to explore Melbourne. From downtown in the Melbourne city center to the trendy inner-Melbourne suburbs, the Vibe Melbourne Hotel is surrounded by streets lined with cafes, Melbourne restaurants and exquisite Melbourne shopping.

Melbourne
Melbourne
Vibe Savoy Hotel
Vibe Savoy Hotel

Day 2: Melbourne

The tour of the city will allow you to enjoy the attractions of Marvellous Melbourne in a relaxed and entertaining way. The guides will bring to life the buildings and the rich history of this city. Enjoy a walk in the park, visit the Cathedral (when permitted), have a coffee (at own expense), just like if you were in your own city. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Eureka Skydeck 88. You are required to make your own way back to the hotel, as a hotel drop off service is not offered with this tour. The tour departs 8:30 a.m. or earlier for hotel pick up and ends at Eureka Tower at approximately 11:30 a.m. The group size is limited to 12 passengers.

Accommodation: Vibe Savoy (4*)
Melbourne
Melbourne

Day 3: Melbourne - Cairns

A vehicle with private driver will provide you with a transfer between the Domestic Airport and your hotel.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

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

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience then at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve.

Cairns
Cairns
Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 4: Cairns

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!  You 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.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest

Day 5: Cairns

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.  The cruise is limited to 75 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 6: Cairns - Sydney

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

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between the airport and city or hotel is provided.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. 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 and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

Sydney
Sydney
The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel

Day 7: Sydney

Begin this half-day panoramic city tour of beautiful Sydney today as you depart your hotel in a shared mini-coach on route to the renowned “Rocks” area, where your guide will explain the historic significance of this popular tourist harbour.  Have you camera handy as you marvel at two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  Visit the city’s shopping center and the trendy new Oxford Street before traveling to the swanky Paddington area boasting some elegant terrace lined houses.  After, travel to the superb coastal cliff area around Tamarama and Bronte for a brief walkabout before heading to the Bondi Beach area to explore the beachfront promenade.  You’ll then return back to the Sydney harbour for a lunchtime cruise. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Sydney between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. The tour finished at King Street Wharf at 1.45 p.m. and Circular Quay at 2.20 p.m. The tour group size for the land portion may vary between 2 and 18 passengers. The lunch cruise can accommodate larger groups.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Day 8: Sydney

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.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
The Rocks
The Rocks

Day 9: Sydney

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

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.

Vibe Savoy (4*): Melbourne

Vibe Savoy Hotel is the ideal base to explore Melbourne. From downtown in the Melbourne city center to the trendy inner-Melbourne suburbs, the Vibe Melbourne Hotel is surrounded by streets lined with cafes, Melbourne restaurants and exquisite Melbourne shopping.

Vibe Savoy Hotel
Vibe Savoy Hotel

Pacific Cairns (4*): Cairns

The Pacific Hotel Cairns boasts a magnificent location, personalized service and award winning hospitality. Located on the waterfront, this hotel introduces you to the charms and beauty of Cairns, boasting its impressive Esplanade of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other entertainment avenues. The rooms all present a contemporary simplicity and offer grand views of the surrounding city. With the Thrill of the Grill tradition, there can be no better way to capture your Cairns experience then at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve.

Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Grace Hotel Sydney (4*): Sydney

The Grace Hotel is an elegantly restored Neo Gothic hotel built in 1930. It is superbly located in the center of Sydney’s CBD and is only minutes away from exciting and bustling hubs including George Street, Pitt Street Mall, the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Circular Quay and The Rocks. The hotel is a prominent historical landmark of its own, and its contemporary guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, tastefully designed with the frequent traveler in mind. 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 and enjoy complimentary WiFi for the duration of your stay.

The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
Lobby
Lobby
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.

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