Explore two icons of Australia thoroughly: the metropolitan city of Sydney, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. Australia is big enough that one can spend years exploring it and not see everything there is to see. During this thirteen day itinerary, we leave that ambition behind, and instead concentrate on two locations worthy of more than a glance. Sydney is truly one of the greatest cities in the world, incorporating modern art and culture, beautiful architecture, and surrounded by impressive landscapes. The city of Cairns, the base from which to explore the Reef, is driven by tourism. The city plays host to travelers from all over the world who come here to dive and snorkel their way through the Reef, as well as explore the land wilderness.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Sydney Arrival

Sydney Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel

Today, you will be picked up at the airport in Sydney and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

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
  • Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 3: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Exploration
  • Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel
  • 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
  • Tour: Harbor Kayaking Tour
  • Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel
  • Meals: L

Harbor Kayaking Tour

For those looking to kayak in Sydney this is the ultimate guided kayaking tour of Sydney and one of the most beautiful paddles on Sydney Harbor. This kayak tours explores the inner harbor where you can admire the magnificent views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. During your Sydney kayak we'll stop for a delicious picnic lunch along the way at Shark Island in the middle of Sydney Harbor. Suitable for beginners or advanced kayakers. Four hour kayak experience including kayak tuition, paddling and lunch. Fully guided tour by our professional kayaking guide. (This service is on a group basis.)

Days 5 - 6: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Harbour Rocks Hotel

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 7: Sydney - Cairns

Sydney - Cairns
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation: Rental Car Transport
  • Accommodation: Kewarra Beach Resort

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

On arrival in Cairns, you will pick up your car rental at the Cairns Airport to transfer to your hotel. You will have the use of your car rental until November 17th with the drop off location at the Cairns Airport. Parking is available at your hotel at no additional charge.

Cairns

Cairns is a city-sized playground for adventure seekers, reef enthusiasts, and beach lovers. From here, launch into the one of many national parks on land, or north into the oceanic horizon. For good or bad, Cairns is a city dedicated 100% to tourism. There are similar cities in every beautiful country in the world, and a few themes cross over. These themes include plenty of fun-seeking fellow tourists ready to join your adventure, more than enough bars to keep the party going, and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes.

Day 8: Cairns

Cairns
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Great Barrier Reef Tour
  • Accommodation: Kewarra Beach Resort
  • Meals: B, L

Great Barrier Reef Tour

The complete reef and island experience awaits with this exciting cruise. A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay. A day of adventure and discovery continues onto a spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef. All the features of the Great Barrier Reef Adventure with the additional inclusion of a two hour stopover to explore beautiful Green Island. Snorkeling equipment is included at Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 9: Cairns

Cairns
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Kewarra Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 10: Cairns

Cairns
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Daintree Highlights & Cape Tribulation Tour
  • Accommodation: Kewarra Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Daintree Highlights & Cape Tribulation Tour

Today's journey begins with a scenic drive through the world famous Captain Cook Highway. As it winds along the tropical coast towards Port Douglas, this route offers views of the azure blue coastal waters. Upon arrival at the Rainforest Habitat, step inside the world of Australian creatures at this award winning ECO certified attraction. From snapping crocodiles, to sleepy Koalas, kangaroos, an abundant bird selection and beyond, this is an amazing open and interactive environment. Continue to the north, past sugar cane fields, through the famous rain trees at Mossman, and onto the Daintree River Crossing. Your guide will teach you about the history of sugar cane within this area and you can learn about the local produce and tropical harvests that come from the north.

From here, you will be whisked away on a Daintree river cruise. Aboard this small personalized boat, you will explore the lush green riverbanks of the Daintree River, looking out for wild crocodiles. Your guide will explain the incredible eco system of the mangrove forest, the habitat of the crocodile, and you will discover a unique prehistoric world! The majestic world heritage of the Daintree Rainforest awaits. Back on land, you will be surrounded by ancient trees and plant species that exist nowhere else in the world, but here. Take off on a drive to Alexandra Lookout, a place which provides excellent views across to the Coral Sea. It is a perfect example of two world Heritage Areas side by side, where “rainforest meets the reef”.

Take a break to enjoy lunch at a local Daintree Restaurant this afternoon, before your exploration continues. After lunch, will be a visit to Thornton Beach, which is a spectacular stretch of the coast, with a wide soft white sand beach littered by giant “Beauty Leaf” Trees. Heading south again, towards the Mossman Gorge World Heritage National Park, lookout for more crocodiles or jumping Barramundi fish in the Daintree River. Visit Mossman Gorge, where you will be warmly welcomed by the traditional aboriginal owners. Enjoy an interpretive walk and hear the enchanting stories from the rich indigenous culture about how traditional owners survived in this forest. Enjoy a cool afternoon swim in crystal rainforest waters, before it is time to say goodbye. A scenic ride home at sunset along the coastal route, will be the perfect ending to the perfect day. You will be dropped off at the hotel this evening around 6:00 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)

Days 11 - 12: Cairns

Cairns
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Kewarra Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 13: Cairns Departure

Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Rental Car Transport
  • Meals: B

Early this morning you will return to the Cairns airport to drop off your car rental before catching your flight home. We hope that you enjoyed your stay!

Accommodation

Harbour Rocks Hotel

Harbour Rocks Hotel

In the heart of lively Sydney lies the Harbour Rocks Hotel, an intimate four-star, 55-room boutique style property steeped in the atmosphere and history of the Rocks precinct. This heritage-listed building, offers a fascinating glimpse into Sydney's past and with everything at your doorstep it is a unique base from which to explore the city today. Best of all, the city's harbour, Opera House and famous Rocks precinct are right on your doorstep. Each of the 55 rooms are well appointed with modern amenities and facilities whilst preserving the historic charm of the 150-year-old building. Decorated in rich heritage tonings and complimented by soft lighting, character and charm exudes throughout the hotel and surrounding area.

Kewarra Beach Resort

Kewarra Beach Resort

The holiday accommodation at Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is unique and exclusive. Beautifully appointed individual deluxe bungalows and spacious suites are discretely situated throughout the 30 hectares of lush tropical gardens. Couples will love our signature bungalows each individually set beside the lagoon, nestled within the rainforest or under the palm trees overlooking the beach The resort is within easy access to Cairns local shopping and provides an abundance of holiday services to make your stay more enjoyable including Cairns city transfers, Great Barrier Reef cruises and tours to Kuranda.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 2,798 per person

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

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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