Begin your time in Australia exploring the city nearly synonymous with the country, Sydney. From the bay, to the mountain landscapes around it, one should not miss the iconic sights offered it. Next continue onto Melbourne, the funky city to the south that gets less attention than Sydney, but makes up for it in attitude. Then spend a couple of days exploring the beautiful sand dunes of Mildura, before continuing on to Cairns, the base from which to explore the Great Barrier Reef and adventure capital of Australia. From Great Reefs, to dense green forests, towering mountains, epic outback plains, and perfect beaches, Australia's diversity is immense, and does not stop at its landscapes. If you only ever wanted to travel through one country for the rest of your life, Australia might be a good choice. Such sheer scope of natural diversity has rendered Australia a premier destination for the outdoor enthusiast, boasting bungee-jumping, white-water rafting, hiking, skiing, surfing and scuba-diving opportunities. Whatever your intentions for visiting Australia, and wherever your wanderings may lead you, you cannot escape Australia's astounding beauty, relaxing atmosphere and colorful locals.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney Arrival

Sydney Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott

Welcome to Australia! Today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day free after your long flight.

Sydney

Hugging one of the world's most famous harbors, and defined by its two iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia's capital is instantly recognizable. But for a city that is so defined by a building though, its people sure do love spending time outdoors. From surfing, to hiking and just hanging in a park, it's the city's active population that gives it real life. There are always new restaurants to try, a different hiking trail to hit, and a sea of excitable locals down for a pint. Sydney is a true modern metropolis, and happy people form all over the world seem to funnel here, and the result is one of our favorite cities in the world.

Day 2: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Panoramic City Tour & Cruise
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: L

Panoramic City Tour & Cruise

Depart this morning for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney City sights tour. On the tour you visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House & Harbor Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centerpoint. Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Then travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at your own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney's best panoramic view. You’ll then return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross & city center. End your tour aboard a Sydney Harbor cruise ship and enjoy stunning harbor views with a comprehensive commentary and a delicious seafood buffet lunch.

Day 3: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Exploration
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: L

Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Exploration

Today’s Blue Mountain adventure is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests, to towering sandstone escarpments, you will see and experience it all. Your knowledgeable guide will collect you from your hotel this morning, as you kick off this small group tour into the Blue Mountains. This excursion will guide you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this region.

Your first stop will be at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you will arrive before other tourists, to meet the native Australian animals. You can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies & emus...an incredible experience! Proceed to the picturesque village of Wentworth Falls next, home to a collection of Victorian and historic buildings and a spectacular lookout. With amazing views over the Jamison Valley, you will enjoy a leisurely walk to see the Waterfalls.

Your tour will then lead you to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote and secluded point for views of the famous Three Sisters. While 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. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons, as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. From there, head to the historic Boiler House Cafe at the Hydro Majestic Property, to enjoy a 2 course cafe style lunch.

After lunch, you will travel around the mountains to Evans Lookout. This is without a doubt one of the most scenic hikes in the area, taking you across a number of valleys and ridges, as you trek to Govetts Leap. Marvel at the views across Australia’s Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley. The magnificent waterfalls drops at a whopping 180 m to the base of the cliff. Your last stop will be at the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, before traveling down the Bells Line of Road, arriving back at your hotel around 5:00 PM this evening. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 5: Sydney - Melbourne

Sydney - Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Transfer - Domestic Flight - Transfer
  • Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Sydney and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival in Melbourne, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Melbourne

Melbourne is perhaps best characterized as Sydney's young, artsy, hip sister. Intricate, multicultural, intense art covers many walls in this colorful city, and locals are fiercely proud of their home's artistic streak. Like all the coolest cities, Melbourne's urban center is divided into small neighborhoods, and wandering three blocks brings one new vibe after another. There's always a street festival to wander through, an art exhibit to appreciate, or a coffee tasting to sit in on. The university and the city's sports teams are ingrained into the culture as well, so expect a young, enthusiastic local crowd cheering at a football or cricket match.

Day 6: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Morning City Tour
  • Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Morning City Tour

This morning at 8:30am, you will be picked up from your hotel to head off on a 3 hour city tour of Melbourne. This tour will allow you to marvel at the attractions of Melbourne in a relaxed and entertaining way. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the buildings to life and explain the rich history of this city as you make your way through the sites. Enjoy a walk in the park, visit the Cathedral (when permitted), stop for a coffee if you want, just like if you were exploring your own city. A highlight of the excursion includes a visit to the Eureka Skydeck 88. At the end of this morning's tour, you can continue on an individual exploration, or make your own way back to the hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 7: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Great Ocean Road Tour
  • Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Great Ocean Road Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel today, to embark on a tour of the Great Ocean Road. This adventure will reward you with time to fully appreciate the views and surrounding area of one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world! You will have the chance to explore an authentic eucalyptus forest, listen to and observe native birds, come into close contact with koalas and wallabies at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge, admire the ocean crashing on the rocks, enjoy a relaxing walk on the beach and finally, be blown away by the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles. Visitors here don't only take home breathtaking photos, they leave with life long memories as well. At the end of your outing, you will be returned to your hotel, with the evening at your leisure to relax. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 8: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 9: Melbourne - Mildura

Melbourne - Mildura
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Transfer - Domestic Flight - Transfer
  • Accommodation: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Melbourne and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Mildura. Upon arrival in Mildura, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Days 10 - 12: Mildura

Mildura
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 13: Mildura - Cairns - Port Douglas

Mildura - Cairns - Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Transfer - Domestic Flight - Transfer
  • Accommodation: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Mildura and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Cairns. Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas.

Day 14: Port Douglas

Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise
  • Accommodation: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
  • Meals: B, L

Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise

Today you will enjoy a catamaran cruise to Low Isles.

Low Isles is an idyllic, unspoiled coral cay island in the Great Barrier Reef, just one hour’s sailing from Port Douglas. Combined with the romance of sailing aboard Quicksilver’s luxury sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation. Snorkel, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour, take a guided beach walk and snorkel tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 15: Port Douglas

Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Kuranda Rail, Rainforest & Skyrail
  • Accommodation: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
  • Meals: B, L

Kuranda Rail, Rainforest & Skyrail

Today your driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using your Kuranda Boarding pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Railway seating, map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda attractions. Boarding the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, an amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorge.

Once you alight at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. An experienced guide will show you unique tropical fruits, ancient rainforest plants and point out a number of their native animals as you meander through the rainforest.

Join the Dreamtime Walk for an insight into ancient Aboriginal Culture. The Pamagirri Dancers perform a range of native dances in the Rainforest Amphitheatre that reflects their humor and excitement of their culture. A delicious BBQ lunch is included before visiting the Koala & Wildlife Park. Cuddle a koala (own expense), smile at a crocodile and hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies before returning to Kuranda. At your pre-allocated time board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Your return transfer departs at 4:50pm where their hostess is waiting to assist you with your return transfer.

Days 16 - 17: Port Douglas

Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure in Port Douglas.

Day 18: Port Douglas Departure

Port Douglas Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Today you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a pleasant flight home.

Accommodation

Sydney Harbour Marriott

Sydney Harbour Marriott

Location, location, location: The Sydney Harbor Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay boasts the best there is. Perfectly situated overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbor and national landmark, the Sydney Opera House, our Circular Quay hotel is mere steps from the historic Rocks District and world-class shopping. Spend your day sightseeing, then return to our five-star Marriott Sydney hotel for much-deserved pampering in our spa. Satisfy your inner foodie at our beloved onsite restaurant, Icons Brasserie, sip on a carefully crafted cocktail or well-poured pint at Customs House Bar, or indulge in a coffee at Macquarie Lounge. Find a restorative respite in our Circular Quay hotel's immaculately appointed rooms, offering luxe amenities and awe-inspiring harbor views. Reserve your stay at one of travelers' favorite Sydney Harbor hotels online easily, and start daydreaming about your harbor view hotel stay today.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city's vibrant docklands. The bright Lobby is alive with conversation and as you step to our Front Desk you'll know you're in good company. They'll take your bags if you want to sit back with a local microbrew in the Lobby Bar. You're surrounded by restaurants on the Yarra's north bank, just over the bridge from the Crown Casino and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a 5-minute walk from Southern Cross rail station and a 2-minute stroll to the tramways for swift travel across the city.

Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn

Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn

Located in the thriving city of Mildura, the Best Western Chaffey Motor Inn is ideally situated a short 3km from the grand Murray River, from which guests can explore the regions natural attractions, heritage trails, museums, galleries and extensive offering of food and wine.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

This luxury beachfront resort is located on Four Mile Beach, surrounded by 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens, an 18 Hole Golf course and 2 hectares of sparkling saltwater lagoon pools. Enjoy luxurious accommodation and recreational facilities and start your Port Douglas holiday here.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 8,558 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

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  • Tours/activities as mentioned
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  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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