Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef

7 days from $2,401 per person*
  • Get up close and personal with the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, on a glass bottom boat.
  • Journey into the rainforest and swim beneath beautiful waterfalls.
  • Explore Sydney’s iconic Opera House, and cruise Sydney Harbor.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Sail the Great Barrier Reef on a catamaran, meet cuddly koalas, safari through the rainforest and enjoy a picturesque Sydney harbour cruise on this incredible value tour.

Welcome to Australia! When you land in Sydney you’ll have a representative and car waiting for you at the airport, ready to whisk you into the stylish city. Explore the iconic Sydney Opera House, cruise Sydney Harbor and see the city's most famous including the historic Rocks district before venturing outward to explore the scenic wilderness of the Blue Mountains. From Sydney you will fly up to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - widely considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Spend a day sailing on a glass bottom boat exploring the stunning reef and its vibrant ecosystem, and back on land, enjoy a short walk to a series of dramatic cascading waterfalls amidst the lush tropical rainforest, for more incredible natural surroundings.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels
    • Australia - Welcome Package
    • Tour - Shared - Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Morning Panoramic Sydney (with Lunch Cruise) (5-5.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Tour - Shared - Blue Mountains and Breakfast with the Koalas (with Lunch) (10hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 4 Sydney to Cairns
    Sydney to Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Sydney - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 5 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Wooroonooran Rainforest Safari (with Lunch) (11hrs) - Mini-Coach
  • Day 6 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Tour - Shared - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch) (9hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 7 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Transfer - Private - 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: Sydney

For your added comfort, we will have an assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will assist you to coordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Sydney. 

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. 

Experience all the mystery and majesty of a one-hour Sydney Opera House Tour. Become privy to all the stories and secrets behind the commissioning, construction, and controversy surrounding Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece. What’s left to do now but relax and enjoy a delicious tasting plate for two overlooking sparkling Sydney Harbour? On this Tour and Tasting Plate Experience, you’ll find yourself seated at the al fresco Opera Kitchen, where Sydney’s finest culinary treats are coupled with one of the world’s best views. With a sumptuous three-tiered sample menu consisting of fresh sushi, succulent prawns, plank-roasted salmon, delicate mini wagyu and chicken burgers, dumplings and more, it’s the perfect end to your day of Sydney Opera House discovery.  Please note, there are approximately 200 steps on this tour! Access to individual theatres is subject to availability and may be limited due to performances, rehearsals or other events.

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 & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney
Sydney
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel

Day 2: 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.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Day 3: Sydney

You will be picked up at the hotel by your guide and commence your small group deluxe tour into the Blue Mountains National Park, a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and the world’s steepest railway. Your first stop is at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you'll arrive early to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and to meet the native Australian animals – you can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies & emus! Departing from Featherdale, continue to the Blue Mountains, with majestic vistas en route, stopping away from tour crowds where possible, allowing you to enjoy a stress and hurry-free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide. Continue on towards Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. 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. Enjoy a 2 course lunch (beverages not included) in this relaxed venue with stunning views. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher). The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you experience the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a nearly 600 feet to the base of the cliff. The last stop is at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you will stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney while sipping a glass of Sparkling Wine or Orange Juice before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel late afternoon. Note: Itinerary may change slightly depending on weather conditions.

Accommodation: Grace Hotel Sydney (4*)
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Koala Bears
Koala Bears

Day 4: Sydney - Cairns

A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.

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. 

Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cairns
Cairns
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 5: Cairns

Enjoy your tour to Wooroonooran National Park which is located half an hour drive south of Cairns city. It offers stunning pristine rainforest with fantastic World Heritage attractions. This area of unsurpassed beauty contains the 2 highest mountains in Queensland, numerous rivers, waterfalls, swimming holes and some of the World's lushest and most ancient rainforests. You can revitalize yourself in tranquil rainforest settings. In addition to the educational first-hand rainforest experience, the tour also includes fun activities you may never have experienced before, including crocodile spotting and bird watching. You will have a fantastic time in the diverse locations described below. Brilliant photographic opportunities abound at each location. This tour will provide you with awesome lifetime memories. Please bring swimming costume and towel.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ulysses Butterfly
Ulysses Butterfly

Day 6: 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*)
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 7: Cairns

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

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.

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.

Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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. 

Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

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.
  • 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!

  • Michael P — August 22, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything went like clockwork! Our family absolutely loved our trip which was made possible by the Kensington travel team.

  • Pam Gerus — May 23, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    We've never done tours before and planning for Australia seemed overwhelming until I looked at tour options. Kensington was highly rated. I really liked the basics of the tour we picked and Jessica customized it and changed things around to better fit what we were interested in and the timing we preferred. I liked the multiple, smaller tours as opposed to being with the same group for a week. The tours selected were with great companies, small groups, very informative and fun. Also, I was pretty scrambled after the long flight. Having Lyn Redfern meet us at the airport, talk us through the plans, answer our questions, get us situated at the hotel was really comforting and welcoming. The selected hotels were great. Overall a good experience and I'd definitely consider having Kensington set up future trips.

  • Adeline R — February 07, 2017 — Australia & Pacific

    Right from working with Jessica on setting our vacation plan to the execution was fantastic.

  • Ken S. — August 10, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This was a great trip from start to finish. Everything planned was right on schedule without any problems. All the drivers and tour guides were very helpful and friendly. The accommodations were top notch. Thank you Kensington tours for a perfect vacation to Australia.

  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

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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