(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 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.
A transfer between the airport and the city by shuttle bus 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.
Melbourne has it all - magnificent architecture, fine restaurants and bars, beautiful gardens, a fascinating history and a great diversity of arts and culture. On this informative city tour you will see the highlights of this wonderful city. The aim is to show you a variety of sights and experiences incorporating modern Melbourne and its history and cultural presence - a city considered to be one of the most livable cities on earth. You will be picked up at approximately 8.00 a.m. depending on the location of your hotel. The tour concludes at the Eureka Skydeck at 12.30 noon (return transfer to your hotel not included). This small group tour is limited to 8 passengers.
A transfer between the airport and the city by shuttle bus is provided. Passengers will be met by the Sunbus driver holding a SUNBUS sign with the logo of a kangaroo with the orange sun. The service operates between 3.45 a.m. and 12 a.m. If you arrive at the International Terminal: Proceed to "the Meeting Point" in the Arrivals Hall. For pick up from the Domestic Terminal T3 (Virgin Blue) your driver will be waiting at the Meeting point at the bottom of the escalator in the Arrivals Hall. If you arrive at T1 (Quantas) you driver will be waiting at the Meeting Point near the luggage area.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A shuttle transfer from Cairns to the airport is provided. Should you be unable to locate the transfer driver, please call 07 4098 5473 to locate driver.
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.
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.
Take a pre-arranged shared shuttle bus from Sydney airport to your city hotel with Sunbus. Look for the "Sunbus" sign (with the logo of a kangaroo with the orange sun). The driver will be waiting for you at the "Meeting Point" identified with a blue wall, located between exit gates A/B and C/D in the Arrivals Hall of the Sydney International Airport. If you can not seem to locate the driver, call Sunbus at 02 9666 6777. Please be aware that there may be a wait of up to 40 minutes before shuttle bus departs due to collecting time of other passengers.
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 may vary between 2 and 18 passengers.
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.
Take a pre-arranged shared shuttle bus from your city hotel to the Sydney airport with Sunbus. If you can not seem to locate the driver, call Sunbus at 02 9666 6777.
Vibe Savoy Hotel (4*) 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.
The Hotel Cairns (4*) with its impeccably private and tropical ambiance is superbly situated in the heart of Cairns, one block from the famous Esplanade. Architecturally designed, the facade is one of the most beautiful examples of Queenslander heritage, and is a popular talking point among many of the hotel’s visitors and guests. Set back from the street and well shaded by tropical trees and plants the hotel boasts a tourist information service, an outdoor pool and spa, function rooms, on site car park and restaurant.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Sydney CBD, Vibe Hotel Sydney is surrounded by Sydney’s premier attractions such as Hyde Park, Chinatown, and Centrepoint Tower as well as minutes away from the exciting suburbs of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. Several major transport hubs are moments away from Vibe Hotel Sydney’s doorstep, so getting to places all over Sydney and beyond is simple and quick. The hotel is right in the middle of some of Sydney’s finest cuisine, with cafés, restaurants and trendy bars all being within walking distance. Curve Café + Bar, located on the ground floor of the hotel, also offers tasty all day dining and room service options. At the end of a busy day, there is no better place to retire than to Vibe Hotel Sydney. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, relax in the sauna, work out in the gym, or simply lay back and take it easy in your spacious room.
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Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"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."
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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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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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