Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef

9 days from $3,220 pp*
  • Cruise along the Great Barrier Reef & swim in crystalline waters.
  • Journey through the Rainforest canopy on the Skyrail.
  • Dine under the stars at Ayers Rock.
  • Cuddle with adorable Koalas at a wildlife park.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart.

This is just one experience in an itinerary that will lead you deep into the soul of the great southern land. The journey begins in Australia’s glittering harbor city where you’ll wander the cobblestone lanes of Sydney’s quaint Rocks district, soak in the picture-perfect views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and experience the city’s relaxed beach-side lifestyle. Then you’ll travel deep into Australia’s red centre where the shifting shadows of Uluru and the Olgas rock formations emphasize the deep spiritual connection the Aboriginal people have with this remarkable region. Finally, you’ll journey to the tropical north coast where you’ll cruise crocodile-infested rainforest rivers and dive the vibrant coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.

This is a travel experience that delves well below the surface of this diverse country. From Sydney’s infamous convict history to the rich traditions of Aboriginal Dreamtime storytelling, local guides lead you beyond the travel-guide clichés and into the true heart of the sunburnt country. No expense is spared as you sail the Great Barrier Reef aboard a luxury catamaran, recharge your batteries in premium hotels and delight your senses with world-class dining experiences. ... Show More »

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.

NOTE: Tour does not include international nor domestic airfare. Speak to our in house airfare specialist. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Transfer - International Airport Pick Up with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver/City Hotels
    • Australia - Welcome Package
    • Sydney at Leisure
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Morning Panoramic Sydney (with Lunch Cruise, 5.5 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • At Leisure
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience (with Lunch, 10 hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 4 Sydney to Ayers Rock
    Sydney to Ayers Rock
    • Private Transfer - City to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Sydney - Ayers Rock [Separate Purchase] -
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
  • Day 5 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour (5 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Sunset Tour (5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 6 Ayers Rock to Cairns
    Ayers Rock to Cairns
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 8 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Shared Tour - Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail (9 hrs) - Coach/Train
  • Day 9 Cairns
    Cairns
    • Private Transfer - 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 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 Sydney 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. 

From modern monuments to historic districts with excellent shopping in between, Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. During your free time, consider exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes, gift shops and gorgeous waterfront, or perhaps head to the Queen Victoria Building to shop at a few high-end designer boutiques. At Bondi Beach, whisk the shores barefoot, enjoying the soft golden sands beneath your toes. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to enjoy your time at leisure in sensational Sydney.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and an array of creature comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, this dynamic property is just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centers and popular shopping districts. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant or an evening cocktail at Zephyr, a unique rooftop bar, which is also the perfect spot to take in spectacular views of the surrounding area. 

Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney
Sydney
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Day 2: Sydney

On this shared panoramic sightseeing tour of Sydney, visit the cities top highlights while gaining key insights into its rich history. In the historic Rocks district, learn about the cities early history as a penal colony while taking in excellent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then carry on to the Queen Victoria Building and Centrepoint for some time in Sydney’s central shopping district. Tour along trendy Oxford Street and elegant Paddington en route to the coast of the Pacific Ocean, passing the impressive coast cliff walk between Tamarama and Bronte to arrive at world-renowned Bondi Beach, where you’ll break to enjoy some time on the soft, golden sands. On the way back into the downtown core, you’ll stop at Mrs. Macquaries Point which affords what is arguably the most striking viewpoint of the Sydney harbor area, and upon arrival to the pier, embark on a cruise of Sydney harbor while dining on a replenishing lunch. With a comprehensive commentary detailing the history of the harbor-front throughout the journey, this relaxing cruise will also detail a fascinating history before arriving at the King Street Wharf and later, Circular Quay. After exiting the vessel you’ll be left to enjoy time on your own, so depending on your personal interests, you may wish to depart at King Street Wharf or Circular Quay.

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Day 3: Sydney

Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and striking views, and today’s small group adventure will take you off the beaten track to visit several remote lookouts while detailing the history, flora and fauna of this impressive region. Departing from the city, travel to the Blue Mountains and make your first stop of the day at Euroka Clearing. Here, a range of birdlife as well as wild kangaroos are often spotted, so be sure to keep on the lookout as you explore the area and while your guide prepares a refreshing morning tea or coffee. From Euroka Clearing, ascend further into the Blue Mountains park system, stopping to take in the views from one of the fantastic outlooks over the Jamison Valley, then carry onward to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote point removed from the crowds to appreciate the famous Three Sisters. Snap a few keepsake photos while your guide discusses the legends behind this famous rock formation, and then head toward the village of Blackheath to enjoy an included two-course lunch at Hydro Majestic (drinks not included). Following lunch, visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia; here, a magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 590 feet from the base of a cliff down to the valley below. Next you’ll travel to the western boundary of the park and descend down into Hartley Vale to learn the history of this picturesque farmland valley that is also home to kangaroos, emus and a number of endemic bird species. Rounding out the day, visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens for a brief inspection of the flora which includes the ancient Wollemi Pine before being returned to your accommodations in Sydney.

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*)
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters

Day 4: Sydney - Ayers Rock

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

Board a flight in Sydney with service to Ayers Rock. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

Dine under the canopy of the desert night while a storyteller shares tales long foretold in the stars during this, the Sounds of Silence dinner. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, the Sounds of Silence dining experience offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. The experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the striking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture as you take in a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. With sounds of a didgeridoo dancing in the air, attentive staff will keep your glass full with a selection of Australian wine and beer as the first course is served. With the night sky twinkling to life, feast on a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi, and quandong. You appetite sated, listen to the resident star-talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible in the exceptional clarity of Uluru. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee. Please note: Each table seats eight to 10 guests, and the program hosts up to 10 tables for a maximum of 100 guests. Please reconfirm your pick-up time with hotel reception upon arrival to your hotel.

Accommodation: Sails In The Desert (5*)

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails In The Desert Hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. While located only a five minute walk from Town Square, the majesty of Mother Nature is still within reach of your terrace or verandah. Sails In The Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool, Red Ochre Spa treatment, and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar.  

Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sails In The Desert
Sails In The Desert

Day 5: Ayers Rock

Before dawn, depart from your accommodations and travel to the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then make the journey through the desert landscape to the indomitable rock formation to revel in the early morning serenity of Kata Tjuta. With the morning sun on the rise, you’ll pause at an excellent vantage point to set your sights on the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta while the desert comes to life, and later relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on the western flank of the domes. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named after the wind that whistles between the massive domes and has shaped Kata Tjuta over thousands of years, your guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site and then grant time for you to saunter between mighty rock walls as you learn how the region and its famed geologic formations have evolved over millions of years. Wrapping up the experience, you will be returned to your accommodation in Ayers Rock. Please note: Departure is between 4:45 and 6:15 am, depending on the time of year. Group size may vary between two and 11 passengers.

Join your guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia on this small group tour. Begin by traveling to the entrance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then marvel as the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes in a matter of minutes. During your first stop you’ll visit an area that affords an outstanding view to snap a few photographs, and then - with Uluru looming in front of you – your guide will start the journey toward the base of the formation. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility, surrendering yourself to awe as the sheer size of the monolith comes into focus, then drive around the base of Uluru to reach the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the fabled creation stories of Liru and Kuniya, as well as a number of other legends associated with prominent tjukurpa stories (or dreaming stories). See firsthand the rock art of the ancients while learning how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people, then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta as a backdrop. Following your sunset experience, you will be transferred back to your accommodations.

Accommodation: Sails In The Desert (5*)
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
The Domes of the Kata Tjuta
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Ayers Rock at Sunset
Ayers Rock at Sunset

Day 6: Ayers Rock - Cairns

A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.

Board a flight in Ayers Rock with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 30 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.

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, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cairns
Cairns
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Day 7: Cairns

Cruise in style to the Great Barrier Reef, the ideal way to experience this famed natural wonder. Enjoy personalized snorkeling, certified and introductory diving lessons, and a glass-bottom boat tour alongside a friendly and professional crew. At pristine Upolu Cay - a coral formation surrounded by crystal waters - set your sights on a moving system, the shape and size of which alters as the currents, wind and waves carve its form. A naturally occurring pontoon, the size and visibility of the cay, and access to it, is subject to a host of conditions; on certain days, fortunate guests will not only be able to spot the cay but also to physically set foot on the formation (this cannot be guaranteed). No matter the weather, this six hour cruise through the Great Barrier Reef will also include a range of scrumptious seafood lunch to enjoy in tow. With an enthusiastic crew committed to catering to your every need, a memorable and safe experience on the Great Barrier Reef is yours to discover. Please note: The cruise operates with a maximum of 75 passengers.

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

Day 8: Cairns

Make your visit to Kuranda a memorable one with expedited service, pre-arranged seating aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway, and skip-the-line passes to avoid lengthy queues. Once comfortably seated, get set for a breathtaking journey along one of the world’s most scenic train routes. The journey will take you through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges that offer striking views, stopping at Barron Gorge to view the tumbling cascade of waterfalls before arriving at picturesque Kuranda Station. Here, your Kuranda Boarding Pass provides you with discounted entry into Birdworld, Kuranda Koala Gardens, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation Nature Park, as well as a detailed map of Kuranda. At the scheduled time, bypass the ticketing lines and go directly to the Skyrail boarding area to participate in what is arguably the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience. Glide over the rainforest canopy, take advantage of the two stops on the way and enjoy a walk through the rainforest or visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Your journey ends at Caravonica Lakes where your host will be waiting to assist you onto the return coach, which will then deliver you to your accommodations. Please note: This shared excursion begins with a hotel pick-up between 7:45 and 8:20 am, and operates with up to 53 guests.

Accommodation: Pacific Cairns (4*)
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Day 9: Cairns

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

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Cairns 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.

Hyatt Regency Sydney (4*): Sydney

Australia’s largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sydney boasts elegant rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities and an array of creature comforts. Located in Sydney’s central business district, this dynamic property is just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and cafes, major entertainment centers and popular shopping districts. Enjoy a great meal at The Sailmaker restaurant or an evening cocktail at Zephyr, a unique rooftop bar, which is also the perfect spot to take in spectacular views of the surrounding area. 

Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Sails In The Desert (5*): Ayers Rock

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails In The Desert Hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. While located only a five minute walk from Town Square, the majesty of Mother Nature is still within reach of your terrace or verandah. Sails In The Desert hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool, Red Ochre Spa treatment, and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar.  

Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Sails In The Desert
Sails In The Desert
Sydney, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pool
Pool

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, Ayers Rock & the Great Barrier Reef Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pacific Cairns
Pacific Cairns

Depart (Int`l Airport): Cairns

Depart from Cairns 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.
  • Sheri S — March 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    The Kensington guides were the best guides with whom we have worked with. They were authentic and truly knowledgeable of every aspect of our trip. Renee, our destination expert, did an unparalleled job of bringing it all together, even with our last minute requests. Thank you for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!

  • Lauren J. — January 31, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Our trip was flawless! All of the operators and guides were knowledgeable and friendly!

  • 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!

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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