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9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney

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9 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Sydney | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020

Contrasts of Australia

9 Day Guided Vacation

Melbourne to Sydney

Time to explore the many exciting aspects that make up Eastern Australia. Visit the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne which is home to great food, shopping and history. Take a flight to the Northern Queensland city of Cairns for some cultural and natural experiences. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights including The Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

Please Note: Internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

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  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne
  • Be introduced to some native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  • Tjapukai ‘Be My Guest’ Dinner with local host, welcome to country ceremony/creation story, indigenous dance and sounds of the didgeridoo
  • Take a walk beneath the famous sails of Sydney Opera House
  • Meet a Bondi Life Saver for an insight into Australian beach culture join them for a traditional Aussie lunch.

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner in a riverside restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.


Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights

Included Meals: Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Included Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! This evening is free for your to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.

Hotel: Pacific Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today is a free day to do as you choose. A great option is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, be amazed as you travel over and through World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village and later board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for this historic rail journey. If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too! In the evening rejoin your travelling companions for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park. Hear dreamtime stories, witness a high impact dance performance and enjoy dinner with your local host to the sounds of the didgeridoo.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest dinner

This morning you'll fly to Sydney! On arrival there's time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House. Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before enjoying a delicious lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club and share with you the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy and Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. You’ll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. If you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘Bridgeclimb’. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner on the harbourfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Bid farewell to your fellow traveller when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne is located on Spencer Street on the fringe of the CBD. Just a short stroll to Crown Casino, Docklands and South Wharf, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a Southbank hotel ideally situated on the bank of the Yarra River.


  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Communal self-catering kitchen
  • 220/240 V AC
  • Radio
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Manual temperature control
  • Wi-Fi
  • Microwave
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Pacific Hotel Cairns is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area, the Pacific is also a short walk to the Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands.


  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Laundry facilities (Self-Service)
  • Swimming Pool
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away!


  • Hair Dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • iPhone/iPad connectivity
  • Newly Refurbished
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  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 218.00
Child Price: AUD 142.00

Cape Tribulation Day Tour (CTR)

Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 167.00
Child Price: AUD 88.00

Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Railway (KQS)

Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation. 

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 170.00

Great Adventures Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Adult Price: AUD 122.00 - 1 Certified Scuba Dive

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on day of travel)

Adult Price: AUD 175.00

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters

Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef - spectacular! 

Adult Price: AUD 260.00 + flight levy
Child Price: AUD 219.00 + flight levy

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight

Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere.

*Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies.

** If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 55.00
Child Price: AUD 55.00

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner

Ochre Restaurant has created a whole new Australian Cuisine utilising the abundant and, until recently, untapped traditional native fruits, berries, game meats and seafood, as well as the best of Australian wines and beers.

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00
Child Price: From AUD 50.00

Dinner and Harbour Cruise on Spirit of Cairns

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Step aboard the luxury catamaran Spirit of Cairns for a 2.5 hour cruise of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views. Throughout the evening you cruise the calm water inlet and waterfront precinct of Cairns, whilst enjoying fabulous dining, live music, and (optional!) dancing after dinner.  (Operates Wednesday to Saturday)

* If your tour ends in Cairns, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 152.10
Child Price: AUD 76.50

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas

Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.
* If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 130.50 
Child Price: AUD 65.70

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late

Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne.  (Operates Daily in Summer only)

*If your tour ends in Melbourne, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Adult Price: AUD 145.80
Child Price: AUD 72.90

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15)

Explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park with over one million hectares of dramatic cliffs, unspoiled bushland and lush rainforest. Visit the famous Three Sisters rock formation up close from Echo Point before arriving at Scenic World where you can witness the vastness of the Blue Mountains as you join the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway. These rides are a great way to see the steep valleys and canyons and follow the boardwalk along the valley floor, be sure to look out for native animals along the way. Enjoy a casual lunch break in a quaint Mountain town and wander the picturesque streets or browse the local shops.


Adult Price: AUD 308.00
Child Price: AUD 208.00

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. 

*Various climb options available. Ask your Travel Director for details.

** If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 220.00
Child Price: AUD 220.00

Sydney Heli Tours  - 20min Flight

This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: AUD 75.00
Child Price: AUD 22.00

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted panoramic views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes, from a range of cuisines including Australian, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and a selection of fresh seafood.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Adult Price: From AUD 95.00

The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement.

Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level fitness required


  • 8 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight Lunch
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 1 Highlight dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Melbourne Airport
  • Day 9 - Flights to depart anytime from Sydney Airpor
  • Required Internal Flights are to be purchased in order to fulfil the itinerary and are not included in the land content price
  • Day 3 - Melbourne to Cairns: QF702 (required internal flight)
  • Day 6 - Cairns to Sydney: JQ957 (required internal flight)


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