Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef

10 days from $3,780 per person*
  • See penguins and koalas on Phillip Island.
  • Cruise along the Great Barrier Reef, stopping to snorkel and dive.
  • Enjoy a mouthwatering lunch as you sail through the Sydney Harbor.
  • Take to the scenic Daintree region in a 4WD vehicle.
  • 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 cuddly koalas, bouncing 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, and laid-back Cairns, on a fusion of exciting small group tours. Meet the fur seals of Phillip Island, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, explore the Blue Mountains, watch the surfers of Bondi Beach, climb Sydney Bridge, sample gourmet Aussie delicacies & 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
    • Private Transfer - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Southbank & St Kilda
    • Australia - Welcome Package
    • Self-Guided - Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (3hrs) - Late Dinner (Sun-Thu)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • Shared Tour - Afternoon Phillip Island Tour (8-9hrs) - Mini Coach
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Melbourne
    Melbourne
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Melbourne to Cairns
    Melbourne to Cairns
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver/CBD
    • Air - Melbourne - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Daintree Wanderer (with Lunch) (10hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 6 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch) (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 7 Cairns to Sydney
    Cairns to Sydney
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cairns - Sydney [3 hrs ] - Separate Purchase
    • Private Transfer - Domestic Airport to City/Hotel - Vehicle/Driver
    • At Leisure
  • Day 8 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Morning Panoramic Sydney (with Lunch Cruise) (5-5.5hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 9 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery (with Lunch) (11hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 10 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - City to Airport - 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

For your comfort, an assistant will be waiting for you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will assist you in meeting your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Melbourne to assist with check-in. 

In the package, you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. 

Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, you can enjoy the fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from the fully stocked bar. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these tramcars reflect. The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983 and has since become a star attraction and tourist symbol for the city of Melbourne. Dining aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is not only a culinary delight but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. The tram departs from Tramstop #125 Normandy Road, near the corner of Clarendon St, South Melbourne at 5.45 p.m. (early dinner) or 8.35 p.m. (late dinner) and returns at approximately at7.15 p.m. (early dinner) and 11.30 p.m. (late dinner). Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. The tram can accommodate up to 36 passengers.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits at the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives a reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Melbourne
Melbourne
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum

Day 2: Melbourne

This tour to Phillip Island is a day full of amazing views and experiences. The attractions have a focus on the environment and the protection of the wildlife. Visit the Koala Conservation Centre to see koalas very close in their natural habitat. You may also see wallabies and echidnas on this park. From the Nobbies – Seals Rock you can appreciate the full force of the ocean and you may also see penguins here. Visit the town of Cowes for a stroll along the main road, the pier or to have dinner (included during daylight saving time (October-March). Arrive at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre with time to shop, have a coffee or walk straight to the viewing platform to see the arrival of the little penguins. Situated next to the main path of penguins, and limited to 190 people, Penguins Plus offers fantastic up close viewing of penguins. Rangers are on hand throughout the night to answer your questions and give a talk 30 minutes prior to the estimated penguin arrival time. Please note taking photos or videos of the little penguins is not permitted. Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended. The tour departs between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. and returns between 8.30 and 11.30 p.m. The group size is limited to 11 passengers. 

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Little Penguins
Little Penguins

Day 3: Melbourne

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Lindrum (4*)

Day 4: Melbourne - Cairns

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

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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 than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cairns
Cairns
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 5: Cairns

Departing your accommodation you will travel by mini-coach along with other travellers to visit the rich farming areas of the World Heritage Listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River, seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, and various other wildlife species. The cruise takes you through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks. Arriving on the northern side of the river, you will now enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Travel up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through the rainforest to wrap up this adventurous day of touring.  Upon completion of the tour a return transfer to your accommodation is provided. The tour departs between 6.45 a.m. and 8.15 a.m., returns at approximately 5.30 p.m. and accommodates up to 12 passengers.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ulysses Butterfly
Ulysses Butterfly

Day 6: Cairns

Cruise in style to the Great Barrier Reef, the ideal way to experience this natural paradise. Enjoy personalised snorkeling, certified and introductory diving lessons, and a glass bottom boat tour alongside a friendly and professional crew. Enjoy the pristine Upolu Cay, a coral formation surrounded by dazzling crystal waters. A moving, changing system, the shape and size of the cay alters as the currents, wind and waves carve its form. A naturally occurring pontoon, the size, visibility and access to the cay is subject to a host of conditions; on certain days, fortunate guests will not only be able to spot the cay, but actually step foot on this incredible formation (please note, this cannot be guaranteed). Marvel at this natural wonder as part of a six hour cruise through the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying a scrumptious seafood lunch in tow. Experience the Wonder Wall, a magnificent dive and snorkel site on the outer edge of Upolu Reef. With an enthusiastic is committed to providing for your every need, a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef is yours to discover. Please note: The cruise is limited to 75 passengers

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 7: Cairns - Sydney

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

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

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer today between the airport and the city or hotel.  

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area. The property also features a 24-hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney
Sydney
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 8: Sydney

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour, you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB and Centrepoint. Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street and travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost) and see bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquaries Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre. Join your harbour lunch cruise and enjoy stunning harbour views with a comprehensive commentary and a delicious lunch. Disembark at King Street Wharf or Circular Quay and make your own way back to the hotel. Departs Sydney City Hotels 7.30am and returns to King St Wharf at 1.45pm or Circular Quay at 2.20pm.

From modern monuments to historic districts, 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 sites they want to see, on their own schedule.  Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Harbour Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Day 9: Sydney

Your first stop this morning is to Featherdale Wildlife Park where you will meet native Australian animals; here you can get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Departing from Featherdale, set out to the Blue Mountains. Visit a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley offering beautiful views. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day.

Continuing on to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote point away from the crowds that affords excellent views of the famous Three Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Arrive at your lunch venue - the historic Boiler House Cafe at the stunning Hydro Majestic Property. With spectacular views enjoy a relaxing two course cafe style lunch. All diets are catered for (excluding kosher meals). Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 590 feet to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness at a beautiful remote lookout location. The last stop is the delightful Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens where you will stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00pm.

Please note: Guests arriving on April 1st,2018 or thereafter will visit Euroka Clearing in lieu of Featherdale Wildlife Park. As well, the tour may change slightly depending on weather conditions.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Australian Koala
The Australian Koala

Day 10: Sydney

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from 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.

Hotel Lindrum (4*): Melbourne

Known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel, Hotel Lindrum sits at the core of Australia’s fashion and dining capital enabling easy access to everything the world-famous city has to offer. Within walking distance of theatres, restaurants, Federation Square, and sporting venues such as Olympic Park, this hotel will provide you with an experience that gives a reason for its enviable reputation. With a concept that evokes true home away from home comfort, the design of Hotel Lindrum features a domestic intimacy that is rarely seen throughout the hotel market. The rooms are complemented with rich wood furnishings and heavy wooden carpets fusing to create a classic rich interior. Sophisticated, yet unassuming, felt Restaurant has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best dining locations. With a style and comfort that one would expect from the building that houses it, Hotel Lindrum is as timeless as its enchanting history. 

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hotel Lindrum
Hotel Lindrum
Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lobby
Lobby

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 than at the Bushfire Flame Grill. With its tropical ambience, the Pacific Hotel will welcome you to Cairns in the style you deserve. 

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Darling Harbour boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and various simple comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, formerly a Four Points by Sheraton property, this dynamic property is also just a short walk away from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centres and the popular shopping district of the city. Well-appointed guest rooms provide the space you need to work and play, with large desks and cable TV for news and entertainment. Rooms are feature beautiful floor to ceiling windows, feather pillows, and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant. The unique, onsite rooftop bar, Zephyr is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening cocktail or beer, whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding area. The property also features a 24-hour fitness centre for those looking to keep up with their usual workout routine.

Oz Explorer: Melbourne, Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

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

Depart from 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.
  • Frank M — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    This is our 6th Tour with Kensington. Needless to say we love every tour that we took. Kerry Brown was a very wonderful agent who attended to every one of our requests with enthusiasm and dedication. We really "loved " her.

  • Jayshree R — October 06, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We enjoyed our tour very much!

  • Caren M — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Kensington Tours did a great job in setting up our itinerary for a trip to Australia. We were wowed by the Alamanda Resort hotel in Palm Cove, Queensland. We were also very impressed with all but one of the drivers who transported us. The company that led the trip out to the Great Barrier Reef was outstanding.

  • Mary S — October 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Renee Need was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable!

  • Leonard C — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Can't think of a trip where everything went so well. Every transfer, every tour, both hotels, exceeded expectations. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable people from Renee through all we met on the ground in Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman.

  • Juliet G — November 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Colin Rowe was fabulous. He showed real concern for our comfort and was always there to answer our questions. He is very knowledgeable and a real asset to your organization. We would ask for him by name if we travel again. The meals were delightful, and the tour guides were not only well versed in the culture and surroundings, but offered delightful personal stories during the ride that enhanced our trip. Our accommodations were excellent - both the Four Points Sheraton in Perth and the Radisson Blu in Sydney were first class. Clean and very comfortable. Overall, a wonderful trip!

  • Arthur P — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    It was all we hoped for and more, fantastic experience.

  • Kathleen H — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. My family and I travelled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Kathleen H. — September 26, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Our Kensington destination expert, Kate Perrier, did an extraordinary job of putting together a custom itinerary for my family. We wanted a wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, wallabies) focus and Kate suggested a multi day stay on Kangaroo Island. I hadn't even heard of Kangaroo Island but researched it on the internet after her suggestion and realized it was the perfect Australian destination for us. Our stay there was amazing - she arranged two full day tours that were superb. My family and I traveled nearly 11,000 miles to get to Australia and got to see everything we were most interested in thanks to Kate's expert planning!

  • Amy S — September 08, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Sydney was excellent all the way around.

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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