9 days from $4,014 per person*
  • Explore the wonders of Sydney on a private tour in a vintage car.
  • Watch the sun rise and set over Uluru in Australia’s rugged Red Center.
  • Take in the incredible scenery on a cruise of Upolu Cay & the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Spot all sorts of wild creatures on a private tour of Daintree National Park.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Stunning Sydney aglitter at night; the majestic profile of Uluru; the enveloping closeness of the northeastern rainforests; more picturesque sights than your camera has room for… this is Australia like it was meant to be seen. Come along with us on this fascinating voyage that merges urban sophistication with all-natural wonderment.

We start in Sydney, Australia’s largest city and star of a thousand travel-magazine spreads. You’ll get to know it a little better with the help of a private guide, driver and a vintage 1964 Holden sedan as you embark on a tour of The Rocks, a stylish inner-city enclave, before hitting three of Sydney’s stunning beaches – Bronte, Tamarama, and Bondi – and visiting Sydney Harbour National Park. (The best part: access to a secluded beach with an incredible view of the skyline and a free afternoon to explore on your own.) Later, meet kangaroos, koalas, and wombats at Featherdale Wildlife Park before exploring the picturesque Blue Mountains region, home to the Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls, and the famous Three Sisters rock formation.

From Sydney, the tour moves inland to Australia’s famed Red Centre, the bastion of mighty Uluru (Ayers Rock). Inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you’ll get your first glimpse of this majestic UNESCO-protected landmark and the 36 Kata Tjuta domes (nicknamed the Olga Rocks) on an illuminating tour of Walpa Gorge. Catching the first rays of the morning sun over Uluru is one of Australia’s quintessential experiences, and you’ll get to see it yourself on a guided morning tour of the massive monolith. Later, compare the morning view with an evening one as part of the “A Night at Field of Light” experience, where you’ll be treated to a twilight performance of Aboriginal culture, a three-course bush tucker-inspired dinner, and more as the sun sets. ... Show More »

Next, we move north to the edge of the Coral Sea and Palm Cove, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your first introduction to his magical stretch of Australia’s northern coast is aboard a catamaran, which ferries you through Upolu Cay and the Great Barrier Reef. Later near Cape Tribulation, you’ll get even closer to nature on a privately guided tour of Daintree National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. (Keep an eye peeled for cassowaries, rat-kangaroos, ringtail possum, and all sorts of colorful butterflies.) Deep inside the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, you’ll spot all kinds of exotic flora and fauna with the help of expert guides, and even sit down to a delicious rainforest-inspired lunch before returning to your hotel and points beyond.

Kensington Tours creates private 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 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
  • Day 2 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Sydney Detour in a Holden (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Sydney at Leisure
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Shared Tour - The Best of the Blue Mountains (with Lunch, 9-10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • 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
    • Shared Tour - Kata Tjuta Domes (3 hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 5 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Shared Tour - Uluru Highlights at Sunrise (with Breakfast, 3 hrs) - Mini Coach
    • Shared Tour - A Night at Field of Light (4.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 6 Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Shared Transfer - Airport Shuttle Service
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Cairns [Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Cairns - Palm Cove [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Shared Tour - Upolu Cay & Reef Cruise (with Lunch, 9 hrs) - Cruise
  • Day 8 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Private Tour - Daintree and Cape Tribulation Wanderer (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 9 Palm Cove to Cairns
    Palm Cove to Cairns
    • Private Transfer - Palm Cove - Cairns [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
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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. 

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: Amora Jamison Hotel (4.5*)

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.

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sydney
Sydney
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amora Jamison Hotel
Amora Jamison Hotel

Day 2: Sydney

Your adventure begins with a greeting from your local tour guide, who will be arriving in a vintage 1964 Holden - the most popular and iconic luxury car ever made in Australia. After a scenic drive around The Rocks – Sydney’s first borough – you will arrive at your first destination. With your guides insider knowledge, you will have the chance to discover a thriving inner-city enclave like a local, where Aboriginal murals and street art decorate laneways lined with coffee shops and turn-of-the-century terrace houses. Get ready for an education on everything from architecture to soaring house prices, local lifestyle and Aboriginal culture. As no trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to its iconic beaches you will be taken to a sprawling seaside cemetery, a site that provides breathtaking views of the ancient sandstone coastline. From there, you will be whisked off to three of Sydney’s most iconic beaches: Bronte, Tamarama, and world-famous Bondi. Ask your guide to wind down the windows so that you can breathe the fresh eucalyptus as you weave through the hills of Sydney's most exclusive suburbs’ in the midst of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Led down a secret street, you will emerge at your final destination: a remote beach with panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. Here, you can choose to be left to your own devices, or be returned to your hotel.

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: Amora Jamison Hotel (4.5*)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sydney by Restored Holden
Sydney by Restored Holden
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Harbour Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Day 3: Sydney

Discover the best of the Blue Mountains on this small group tour that will bring you to preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls the region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks precinct – Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Following a short westbound drive, you’ll arrive at Featherdale Wildlife Park to get up-close with a range of native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats. Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Roam the area in search of wild kangaroos and birdlife and then set off for magnificent Kings Tableland to bask in the incredible views overlooking the Jamison Valley. Break for lunch at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains, then track to Wentworth Falls, a beautiful waterfall found between Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. You will be guided down a well-worn path towards the falls, taking in excellent views along the way and learning about the geological conditions that spawned the Blue Mountains. Next you’ll hop into an awaiting vehicle and skirt around cliffs, driving towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout you will see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, marveling at the views of the Jamison Valley and then visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points. Having discovered the essential highlights of the Blue Mountains, you’ll return to Sydney, arriving at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: Amora Jamison Hotel (4.5*)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.

Travel into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive, at the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and departs your Ayers Rock accommodation between 2.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. depending on the time of the year. The group size may vary between 2 and 12 passengers. Please bring at least one liter of water (per person) with you.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill. 

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kata Tjuta Domes
Kata Tjuta Domes
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Day 5: Ayers Rock

Today you will travel towards Uluru to marvel at vast monolithic shapes that rise from the sand dunes in the early dawn hours. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. Departure is from your Ayers Rock accommodation between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on the time of the year. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and has a maximum group size of 11 passengers. Please bring your own water bottle.

'A Night at Field of Light’ experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, you will enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the colored lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life you will enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming you to this unique country, before being invited to join fellow travelers at the dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and you are invited to immerse yourself and walk through Field of Light. After dinner you are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens (4*)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  A Night at Field of Light
A Night at Field of Light

Day 6: Ayers Rock - Cairns - Palm Cove

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. 

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Cairns and Palm Cove is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Accommodation: The Reef House (4*)

The Reef House is a beachfront boutique accommodation in Palm Cove, only 25 minutes north of Cairns. This luxurious and sophisticated hotel offers both rooms and suites, for guests to relax and rejuvenate. The award winning Reef House Restaurant, Brigadiers Bar, and pool-side dining are all available onsite for delectable cuisine. Guests can take refreshing swims in both freshwater and saltwater pools, and pamper themselves at The Reef House Spa.

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Palm Cove
Palm Cove
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Reef House
The Reef House

Day 7: Palm Cove

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: The Reef House (4*)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Footprints in the sand...
Footprints in the sand...

Day 8: Palm Cove

After being picked up from your accommodation by your private driver-guide, travel through rich farming areas toward the World Heritage Forest region of Daintree National Park. Step aboard your own personalized craft to cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of the Daintree River. Coast close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest in search of rare and endemic species include the Ulysses butterfly, kingfishers, and pythons. Arriving on the northern side of the river, you'll enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Enjoy a home-made morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy while your guide provides key insights into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is incredibly biodiverse, and this rugged land of mountains, gorges and rivers dazzles even the most seasoned and intrepid of travelers. Continuing along, your next stop is one of magical beaches that adorn the coastline of Cape Tribulation; here your guide will discuss the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world and arrange lunch, which will consist of rainforest-inspired local produce. After lunch, you will get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe's tropical regions in an orchard that is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the rainforest and onto your homeward road, from where your driver-guide will return you to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Reef House (4*)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park

Day 9: Palm Cove - Cairns

A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between Palm Cove and Cairns is provided. Transfer time is approximately 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Cairns international airport - end of itinerary.

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cairns
Cairns
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.

Amora Jamison Hotel (4.5*): 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.

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amora Jamison Hotel
Amora Jamison Hotel

Desert Gardens (4*): Ayers Rock

The Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. It is located within a short walking distance of numerous vantage points and features what is possibly Australia’s best sunset. Guests can journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room as the sun retreats from view. When the light has faded, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savor Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavors of the a la carte Arnguli Grill. 

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

The Reef House (4*): Palm Cove

The Reef House is a beachfront boutique accommodation in Palm Cove, only 25 minutes north of Cairns. This luxurious and sophisticated hotel offers both rooms and suites, for guests to relax and rejuvenate. The award winning Reef House Restaurant, Brigadiers Bar, and pool-side dining are all available onsite for delectable cuisine. Guests can take refreshing swims in both freshwater and saltwater pools, and pamper themselves at The Reef House Spa.

Sydney, Rock & Reef Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Reef House
The Reef House

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.
  • 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.

  • William H. — September 10, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Samantha created a great tour itinerary for us. It included all of the sights and activities that we truly wanted to see and do. We were impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of Samantha, our travel consultant. This was a trip of a lifetime and we want to thank Kensington Tours for making it happen!

  • Linda R. — January 06, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    This was a great way to travel, not having to worry about how to get from place to place and decide from day to day on sites to see.

  • Frances Y. — January 12, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Every detail of our trip was meticulously planned out to include the sights we wanted to see, and the additional excursions added to our itinerary made the entire two weeks a vacation we will never forget. From our arrival in Sydney where we met by the wonderful Lyn Redfern at the airport, all of our accommodation and travel arrangements exceeded our expectations. We were impressed by the professional and friendly individuals we met at every turn, including the drivers, hotel staffs and tour guides. They all contributed to the remarkable time we experienced in both countries.

  • James R. — November 29, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    This was our first tour with Kensington and by all counts it was excellent! Everything was very well planned and organized. Accommodations were world class and the tour operators, drivers, etc. were top shelf and very experienced.

  • Dan D. — September 26, 2018 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything went as planned. The accommodations were great, the tours were better than expected, and the transfers were excellent.

  • Bruce L. — January 05, 2019 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything was absolutely perfect. Planning and trip ideas beforehand we're awesome. Every hotel, every tour, every tour guide could not have been better. Absolutely the trip of a lifetime and I saw penguins in Akaroa Harbor. New Zealand and it's people are wonderful!

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