Australia Family Escape

9 days from $6,444 per person*
  • Up-close encounters with koalas at a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Glide past the iconic Sydney harbor on a private sailing excursion.
  • Ride bikes alongside stunning beaches with private guide.
  • Snorkel and cruise amidst vibrant marine life on the majestic Great Barrier Reef.
  • Family-friendly accommodations selected by a Destination Expert.
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Far from a one-trick pony, Australia offers a cornucopia of experiences that are perfect for the whole family. From beaches to reefs, sailing to snorkeling, zoos to wildlife sanctuaries, and incredible street art, embark on a family-friendly Australian adventure that's sure to please.

Start in the culture capital of the country, Melbourne, where the stunning street art will dazzle and impress, before a unique opportunity to join an artist for a spray paint workshop to make some art of your own. In Cairns, ride a scenic railway through a UNESCO-listed rainforest, and cuddle with koalas at a wildlife sanctuary. Cruise out to the massive Great Barrier Reef where you can snorkel with schools of fish in one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the only living thing visible from outer space. Wrap everything up in Sydney, one of those shimmering global cities that should be experienced by everyone at least once. It's world-renowned harbor offers picture-perfect views as you glide past on a private sailboat, while cycling along palm-lined beaches, and behind-the-scenes zoo experiences are memorable moments that'll leave smiles on faces. This is Australia for the family.

Kensington Tours creates customized trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Transfer - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Australia - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Private Tour - Hands-on Street Art Experience (6 hrs, with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Melbourne to Cairns
    Melbourne to Cairns
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Air - Melbourne - Cairns [[3 hr 25 min] - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Riley at Leisure
  • Day 4 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Private Tour - Kuranda and Koalas (with Lunch, 8.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Full-Day Snorkel & Sail on the Great Barrier Reef - Boat/Snorkeling
  • Day 6 Cairns to Sydney
    Cairns to Sydney
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Sydney [3 hrs ] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Tour - Taronga Zoo Behind-the-Scenes & Beachfront Beauty (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Tour - Ultimate Sailing Excursion (with Lunch, 7.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - International Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver
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

You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Melbourne's international airport alongside a professional driver.

A welcome package with a detailed itinerary, supplier contact list, various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon arrival at the first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto

Beautifully appointed and designed, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto fuses contemporary and heritage elements creating a stunning luxury hotel in the heart of the city’s financial district. Convenient to both business and leisure guests, the hotel is situated close to all that Melbourne has to offer. Incorporating exquisite guest rooms and suites within one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture, means that many of these accommodations have distinctive period features, displaying high ceilings and ornate windows.  Offering a sumptuous lounge, wine bar, fine dining and a range of meeting rooms from board room to elegant ballroom, the establishment is prepared for any type of gathering. While putting a modern and eclectic twist on the use of old materials, such as bluestone, to create a bold yet elegant style throughout all public areas, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto delivers the complete luxury experience.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto

Day 2: Melbourne

Commence your tour with your private guide to explore Melbourne’s grooviest streets, parks, shops, cafes, hidden lane ways and multicultural neighborhoods by. A fun, city lane way dining hot spot awaits with its culinary delights. After lunch you’ll be joined by a local Melbourne street-artist for a guided tour through the lane ways of the city center, or bohemian neighborhoods of Fitzroy and Collingwood. Discover murals both commissioned and freelance, created by world-renowned artists and newcomers alike –learn about the different styles, techniques and much of the symbolism behind the art. A memorable treat to finish the tour is an expert-led spray-painting workshop held at Melbourne’s Blender Studios –a share space for budding artists to explore their creativity. Your stencil art will be the perfect Melbourne souvenir to take home. Nearby Blender is Artvo–an immersive gallery where visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibits. More than 100 artworks are on display and you’ll be mesmerized by their stunning beauty. This tour reveals classic Melbourne and will leave entirely unique memories for everyone.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Melbourne Street Art
Melbourne Street Art

Day 3: Melbourne - Cairns

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne's domestic airport alongside a professional driver.

Board a flight in Melbourne with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 20 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Cairns Airport alongside a professional driver.

Riley is the most exciting new address in Cairns and is a fabulous place to relax and indulge. The beautiful resort-style pools are a hit for adults and children alike. Across the street, follow along the city's famous esplanade and keep an eye out for resident pelicans along the seashore. The spa, fitness and dining facilities are also not-to-be-missed including three landmark eateries, one of which is the city's highest rooftop bar and restaurant. Beyond the resort's grounds, it is a quick walk to the Cairns Aquarium. Consider having dinner surrounded by aquaria of tropical fish!

Accommodation: Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Live in the moment at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. Here – in the heart of Cairns harbor – enjoy modern comforts, all paired with incredible design and leading technology. With 311 guestrooms and suites that are the height of playful sophistication and elegant contemporary design, you’re invited to recharge in luxury. Staff pride themselves on providing best-in-class service, delivered professionally and with good spirit. A top option for guests seeking a truly luxurious hotel in Cairns, Riley by Crystalbook is sure to please.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Cairns
Cairns
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Day 4: Cairns

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel before making your way to the train station to board the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This spectacular journey features unsurpassed views of World Heritage listed rainforest, steep ravines, and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. Constructed between 1882 and 1891, the railway is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to build the 15 handmade tunnels and 37 bridges that stand as a monument to the pioneers of tropical North Queensland. Arriving at Kuranda, you’ll visit the local village to enjoy a café lunch before wandering through the colorful arts and crafts market and boutique stores. Continue to a wildlife sanctuary for a very up close and personal experience with a koala where you’ll be able to cuddle the mischievous marsupial and pose for a photo. Afterwards, your guide will take you to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, considered one of the world's most beautiful rainforest experiences. Your gondola trip takes you above the canopy of the scenic national park with stops along the way to visit Red Peak station. A walk down to the forest floor is recommended where boardwalks allow you to view the fern-covered forest floor. Your guide will be waiting to collect you at the other end and return you to your accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation: Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Kuranda Railway
Kuranda Railway

Day 5: Cairns

Today you’ll have the opportunity to expose your senses to the breathtaking beauty wonder of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. As the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, this extraordinary natural wonder is the only living structure that can be seen from space. Grab a snorkel and let your guide show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover diverse marine life and vivid coral reefs at an exclusive reef mooring where only you and your group will be snorkeling. After snorkeling, enjoy a personalized sailing tour of this stunning tropical island paradise before getting the chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef’s only rain forest. Your adventure concludes with a transfer back to Cairns.

Accommodation: Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Day 6: Cairns - Sydney

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Cairns Airport alongside a professional driver.

Board a direct flight in Cairns with service to Sydney. Approximate flight time is 3 hrs, and is a separate purchase.

You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Sydney Airport alongside a professional driver.

Accommodation: Amora Jamison Hotel

Welcome to the contemporary hotel that is the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney. From the moment you arrive, you'll experience the Amora difference. In the heart of this dynamic city, this award winning hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure. There are 415 stylish accommodation guest rooms, two restaurants and two bars offering exceptional wining and dining facilities, Amora Spa, swimming pool, gymnasium and business center.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sydney
Sydney
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Amora Jamison Hotel
Amora Jamison Hotel

Day 7: Sydney

Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel before immersing yourself in one of the most up-close and personal wildlife tours that Australia has to offer. Transfer north over the Sydney Harbour bridge to arrive at Taronga Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals, many from threatened species. Here you’ll experience an exclusive tour of the zoo’s unique Australian animal collection designed especially for the inquisitive traveler. Guided by an official zookeeper, you’ll be introduced to the country’s notably unusual wildlife, posing for photos alongside kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats and echidnas. Upon the completion of your wildlife experience you’ll make your way to Balmoral Beach for a lunch stop served with a side of amazing panoramic views. Continue onto the seaside town of Manly, considered a must-visit waterfront destination with its famous tree-fringed beachfront. Climb up North Head for a short walk to see stunning views of the harbor before hopping on a bicycle for a leisurely peddle along the promenade. Enjoy a well-earned ice cream before returning to the vehicle for a private transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Amora Jamison Hotel
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Taronga Zoo Koala
Taronga Zoo Koala

Day 8: Sydney

This unique day is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney alongside a private, experienced guide. Your guide will meet you at your city hotel for a drive around the historic Rocks precinct, considered the birthplace of Sydney. Meander through the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens, taking a short walk to view Mrs Macquarie’s chair and excellent views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your drive continues through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters bay where you'll stop to enjoy a lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Australia’s premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting’s ‘Everest’ – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Next it's on through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs to see some of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses. Pass by scenic bays before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s beachside Mecca of Bondi Beach. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals, maybe even enjoying an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle. On return to the city, you'll arrive at Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits to transport you around Sydney Harbour for a leisurely cruise and delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling Harbour. You may choose to stay and enjoy the lively atmosphere here or return to your hotel at your leisure.

Accommodation: Amora Jamison Hotel
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sydney Harbour Sailing
Sydney Harbour Sailing

Day 9: Sydney

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto : Melbourne

Beautifully appointed and designed, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto fuses contemporary and heritage elements creating a stunning luxury hotel in the heart of the city’s financial district. Convenient to both business and leisure guests, the hotel is situated close to all that Melbourne has to offer. Incorporating exquisite guest rooms and suites within one of the city’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture, means that many of these accommodations have distinctive period features, displaying high ceilings and ornate windows.  Offering a sumptuous lounge, wine bar, fine dining and a range of meeting rooms from board room to elegant ballroom, the establishment is prepared for any type of gathering. While putting a modern and eclectic twist on the use of old materials, such as bluestone, to create a bold yet elegant style throughout all public areas, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto delivers the complete luxury experience.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Guestroom
Guestroom

Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort : Cairns

Live in the moment at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort. Here – in the heart of Cairns harbor – enjoy modern comforts, all paired with incredible design and leading technology. With 311 guestrooms and suites that are the height of playful sophistication and elegant contemporary design, you’re invited to recharge in luxury. Staff pride themselves on providing best-in-class service, delivered professionally and with good spirit. A top option for guests seeking a truly luxurious hotel in Cairns, Riley by Crystalbook is sure to please.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Riley – a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Amora Jamison Hotel : Sydney

Welcome to the contemporary hotel that is the Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney. From the moment you arrive, you'll experience the Amora difference. In the heart of this dynamic city, this award winning hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure. There are 415 stylish accommodation guest rooms, two restaurants and two bars offering exceptional wining and dining facilities, Amora Spa, swimming pool, gymnasium and business center.

Australia Family Escape Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Amora Jamison Hotel
Amora Jamison Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Mona Y — June 14, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Rehana was wonderful. Her recommendations were all top notch and made me realize how well she knew Australia. Everything ran like clockwork and that allowed us to make the most of what was actually a short time in Australia. She was also very patient with my many questions and gave me alternatives when I asked. It is the third time that we've used Kensington Tours and I can't imagine using anyone else. We've never been disappointed.

  • Curtis L — March 21, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Kerry Brown was an exceptional travel consultant throughout the entire planning phase as well as a responsive resource as we encountered a few challenges while travelling. Her personal interest in our comfort, convenience, and pleasure made our trip an unforgettable experience. We will definitely consider using Kensington for international travel.

  • Ellen M — February 12, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Wonderful trip, tailored to our exact needs and wishes, quality hotels, tours, experiences. Very satisfied, the best part of our trip was through Kensington.

  • Holly T — April 17, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha was amazing and the trip was wonderful and enchanting! Guides were amazing and super knowledgeable. Special shout out to Kenn Holmes (Brisbane) who not only provided an amazing tour of the Australian Zoo but went above and beyond to look for medical care for me for an ear infection during our day together. He was amazing!

  • Susan S — June 05, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip to New Zealand was a special occasion in that I was celebrating my 70th birthday. Our itinerary was jam-packed as we were visiting both the North and South Islands, that included 6 cities and 4 national parks. Kensington Tours truly did an outstanding job arranging for our transportation, hotels and tour guides. They far exceeded my expectations.

  • Jennifer B — February 19, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    We felt like rock stars on this trip! Everything was so well arranged and of high quality. The guides were all excellent and even the drivers to and from the airports provided a mini-tour during the transport. Many thanks for Jennifer May for accommodating our preferences of activities and hotels and making this all possible.

  • Jennifer U. — September 30, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    We had run into a snag on our trip. When we could not resolve this on our own we reached out to the after-hours contact at Kensington and between her and our original trip organizer, the issue was resolved for us promptly. It let us enjoy the rest of our trip without the stress of having to deal with the issue on our own. Peace of mind is priceless.

  • Ronald J. — August 13, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Ashwarya, my Destination Expert, was on top of everything and answered all my questions.

  • Joshua J. — July 24, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    I am always thrilled with Kensington and their experts.

  • Emily D. — June 22, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee, our Destination Expert, put together a great trip for our family. She listened to what our priorities were and designed a trip within our budget.

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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