Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer

  • Explore Sydney with a private guide, spotting the iconic Opera House , and visiting world-famous Bondi Beach.
  • Snorkel and sail on the majestic Great Barrier Reef, one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on Earth.
  • Visit the sacred Ayers Rock and watch the sunset in the sacred site of Uluru.
  • Spot kangaroos in the wild on a full day tour of Blue Mountains National Park.
  • Enjoy leisure time on the coast, and stay in an curated selection of accommodations.
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With a mix of private and small group touring, experience Australia’s most iconic trio; the sunny city of Sydney, the mystical Uluru (Ayers Rock), and the remarkable Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder of the world. Begin your journey in the land down under in the cosmopolitan capital city of Sydney. Enjoy a private-guided tour of the capital city’s most iconic sites, including the world-renowned Opera House, and the white sand shoreline of Bondi Beach. Fly from Sydney to Ayers Rock, home to the sacred sites of Walpa Gorge and Uluru, and arguably one of the best places to enjoy Australia’s famed sunsets. Sail and snorkel through the miraculous Great Barrier Reef, the only living thing on Earth visible from outer space. Discover the best of the Blue Mountains on an intimate small group tour where you’ll spot wild kangaroos, see the famed Three Sisters rock formation, and admire the Kings Tableland plateau. Relax with some beach time in the charming costal village of Cairn’s Cairns’ Palm Cove, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can soak up the golden sun and reminisce on your travels before your adventure comes to a close.

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

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 - Walking Tour of Sydney (4.5 hrs) - Guide
    • Dining Suggestions: The Rocks
  • Day 3 Sydney
    Sydney
    • Small Group 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 [3 hrs 30 min - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Ayers Rock Resort to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Kata Tjuta Sunset Tour (3-5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Ayers Rock
    Ayers Rock
    • Private Tour - Uluru Highlights at Sunrise (with Breakfast, 3 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    • Activity - Sounds of Silence Dinner (4 hrs) - Dinner
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    Ayers Rock to Cairns to Palm Cove
    • Self-Guided - Optional Activities - At Leisure
    • Private Transfer - Ayers Rock Resort to Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Ayers Rock - Cairns [2 hrs 30 min - Separate Purchase] -
    • Private Transfer - Cairns - Palm Cove [30 mins] - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Shared Tour - Full-Day Snorkel & Sail on the Great Barrier Reef - Boat/Snorkeling
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Palm Cove at Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Palm Cove
    Palm Cove
    • Private Transfer - Palm Cove - Cairns [30 mins] - 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. 

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: Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery

Discover the beautiful heritage Harbour Rocks Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Sydney's The Rocks precinct. Perfectly situated just minutes’ walk from the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD, Harbour Rocks Hotel is richly steeped in history. Built in 1887, the location was the original grounds of Sydney Hospital. As part of an ambitious plan to revive Sydney’s oldest precinct in 1989, the building was transformed into a boutique hotel, christened The Harbour Rocks Hotel. Now, as the result of an extensive refurbishment, the original structure can once again be enjoyed, with the interiors pared back to reveal the original brickwork, sandstone and beams. Here you can enjoy stylish accommodation reflected in 59 comfortable rooms while taking a journey through time. 

Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Garden Terrace
Garden Terrace

Day 2: Sydney

Journey into the heart of Sydney on a private-guided walking tour through The Harbour City. After meeting your private guide in your hotel lobby, your tour begins with a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, a beautiful 30- hectare garden in the heart of the city. Wander in the shade of the majestic trees, see vibrantly colored flowers, and listen to the serene soundscape of birdlife. During your walk, you'll pass by the world-famous Sydney Opera House, one of Australia's iconic landmarks. Visit the grand Art Gallery of New South Wales where you'll see some of the best Australian and European art work on display before exploring the open spaces of The Domain parkland, home to the prominent gothic-styled St Mary’s Cathedral. Continue to Hyde Park, Australia's oldest public parkland, before reaching the ornate Sydney Town Hall, a testament to intricately crafted 19th-century design. Walking back through the heart of the city you’ll pass by the mighty Sydney Tower and the spectacular Queen Victoria Building, a late 19th-century structure housing designer shopping boutiques and unique eateries.

Later today, enjoy an evening in The Rocks, one of the city’s most lively neighborhoods. We suggest a reservation at one of this area's outstanding restaurants, specifically Pony Dining on the Rocks for modern, wood-fired Australian cuisine or Sake Restaurant and Bar for its exceptional Japanese cuisine and its vibrant, rustic-chic dining room with inventive sushi and sashimi.

The Rocks precinct of Sydney is among the city's most lively neighbourhoods for both shopping and dining. This evening, consider making a reservation at one of this area's outstanding restaurants. For modern Australian cuisine, we suggest visiting Pony Dining on the Rocks, featuring wood fired local cuisine. For something more adventuresome, visit Sake Restaurant and Bar, celebrated for its exceptional Japanese cuisine and beautiful Japanese atmosphere.

Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sake Restaurant & Bar
Sake Restaurant & Bar

Day 3: Sydney

Today you’ll discover the best of the stunning scenery of Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests and waterfalls. On this small group tour, you’ll visit preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls this region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks neighborhood– Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church, before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next up, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pet a koala, handfeed a kangaroo and get up-close with wallabies and wombats.

Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Explore the gorgeous park in search of wild kangaroos and magnificent 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. A guide will take you 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 visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points.

Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Sydney, arriving at your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.

Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  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 private transfer between the Ayers Rock Resort and the airport is provided today.

This afternoon, make your way to a group of magnificent large domed rock formations called Kata Tjuta with your private guide. Arriving at Walpa Gorge, a very sacred place to the Aboriginal people, take a walk between the magnificent domes to hear how it has evolved over millions of years. Take the time to listen to the wind “Walpa” far above and feel in awe of the size of the walls that surround you.

Afterwards, take in a mesmerizing sunset at Kata Tjuta with a glass of bubbly and enjoy a light snack of a selection of local foods as you observe the mesmerizing colour changes on this extraordinary monolith. Return to your accommodation in time for your evening meal.

Accommodation: Desert Gardens

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 Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Day 5: Ayers Rock

This morning, a private guide will pick you up between 4:45 am and 6:15 am (depending on the time of the year) for an incredible sunrise experience.  You’ll travel towards Uluru to marvel at vast monolithic shapes that rise from the sand dunes in the early dawn hours and get an unparalleled opportunity to watch the most beautiful sunrise over the outback. Your private guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. Enjoy creation stores of Liru and Kuniya and hear about the culture and traditions of the Mala people. After breakfast, you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. Please bring your own water bottle.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

An outback experience like no other, the Sounds of Silence dinner offers guests an unforgettable evening dining event under the canopy of the desert night sky. Awarded by the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, enjoy the best of the Red Centre during these 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, join your table for an introduction to Aboriginal culture as you take in a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. As the sounds of the didgeridoo dances in the air, attentive staff will keep your glass full with a selection of Australian wine and beer as the first course is served. As the sky full of twinkling stars comes to life, you’ll feast on buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi, and quandong. The evening continues as the resident star-talker decodes the exceptionally clear southern night sky. Locate the famous Southern Cross, the Milky Way, the signs of the zodiac, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible in the exceptional clarity of Uluru. The evening ends with a delightful dessert and your choice of a glass of port, coffee or tea.

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: Desert Gardens
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Landscape at Kata Tjuta Olgas
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Sounds of Silence Dinner
Sounds of Silence Dinner

Day 6: Ayers Rock - Cairns - Palm Cove

Today you are free to enjoy the facilities of this beautiful property and the surrounding area. Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 kilometers (280 miles) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.

A private transfer between the Ayers Rock Resort and the airport is provided today.

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

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 Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock

Day 7: Palm Cove

Today you’ll have the opportunity to expose your senses to the breathtaking beauty wonder of the Great Barrier Reef as it was intended. As the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, this extraordinary natural wonder is the only living structure that can be seen from space.

Grab a snorkel and let your guide show you the incredible underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover diverse marine life and vivid coral reefs at an exclusive reef mooring where only you and your group will be snorkeling. After snorkeling, enjoy a personalized sailing tour of this stunning tropical island paradise before getting the chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef’s only rain forest.

Following your adventures at the Great Barrier Reef, spend the rest of the day soaking up the Australian sun in Palm Cove. Home to one of the country's loveliest beaches lined with palm trees, this is one of the most beautiful locations in Australia. Consider popping into several of the town's vibrant shops and restaurants or simply relaxing in this idyllic tropical location.

Accommodation: The Reef House
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Palm Cove
Palm Cove

Day 8: Palm Cove

Spend the day soaking up the Australian sun in Palm Cove. Home to one of the country's loveliest beaches lined with palm trees, this is one of the most beautiful locations in Australia. Consider popping into several of the town's vibrant shops and restaurants or simply relaxing in this idyllic tropical location.

Accommodation: The Reef House

Day 9: Palm Cove

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 the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery: Sydney

Discover the beautiful heritage Harbour Rocks Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Sydney's The Rocks precinct. Perfectly situated just minutes’ walk from the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD, Harbour Rocks Hotel is richly steeped in history. Built in 1887, the location was the original grounds of Sydney Hospital. As part of an ambitious plan to revive Sydney’s oldest precinct in 1989, the building was transformed into a boutique hotel, christened The Harbour Rocks Hotel. Now, as the result of an extensive refurbishment, the original structure can once again be enjoyed, with the interiors pared back to reveal the original brickwork, sandstone and beams. Here you can enjoy stylish accommodation reflected in 59 comfortable rooms while taking a journey through time. 

Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Harbour Rocks Hotel by M Gallery
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Lobby
Lobby

Desert Gardens : 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 Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Desert Garden Hotel
Desert Garden Hotel
Sydney, Rock & Reef Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance
Desert Gardens Hotel Entrance

The Reef House : 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 Explorer  Tours 2020 - 2021 -  The Reef House
The Reef House

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

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    Rehana was wonderful. Her recommendations were all top notch and made me realize how well she knew Australia. Everything ran like clockwork and that allowed us to make the most of what was actually a short time in Australia. She was also very patient with my many questions and gave me alternatives when I asked. It is the third time that we've used Kensington Tours and I can't imagine using anyone else. We've never been disappointed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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

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

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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