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  • Coastal Walk from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach

    Coastal Walk from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Melbourne City

    Melbourne City

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

  • A Tour of Sydney Opera House with a Local Guide

    A Tour of Sydney Opera House with a Local Guide


Tour code: ACANA

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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. 

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 30 November 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Melbourne!
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne!

Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival you are transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board Melbourne's famous restaurant on wheels, Colonial Tramcar Restaurant! It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting where you’re ensured a delightful innovative approach to dining.

Day 2: Melbourne Sights

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.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast

Day 3-5
Melbourne – Cairns – Great Barrier Reef
Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns

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 enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Cairns waterfront.*

Day 4: Cairns Free Time

Today is a free day to do as you choose. Maybe visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park* for an insightful look at indigenous culture or even journey to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest by historic train. If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café for lunch watching the world go by, you can do that too!

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

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.

* During 21st December 2017 - 31st March 2018 your dinner on Day 3 will be moved to Day 4 for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Cultural Park instead. See later itinerary

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 4: Breakfast. Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6-8
Cairns to Sydney
Day 6: Cairns to Sydney

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.

Day 7: Sydney Sights

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.

Day 8: Sydney free Time

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’.

Be my guest dining experienceThis evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a unique Be My Guest experience at Gardeners Lodge Caf&eacute*;. Join Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. It will be an evening to remember.

* During 21st December 2017 - 31st March 2018 you will have a farewell dinner on the harbourfront instead. See later itinerary

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 6: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 8: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner

Day 9
Farewell from Sydney

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

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9 Day Guided Vacation

Tour departs from Melbourne and returns to Sydney

Highlights

  • Be introduced to some super cute native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  • Take a walk beneath the famous sails of Sydney Opera House
  • Meet a Bondi Life Saver for a super cool look at Australian beach culture then join them for a traditional Aussie lunch.
  • Discover the hidden gems of Melbourne’s famous laneways on a private walking tour.

Inclusions

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Breakfasts (8)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Be My Guest Dinner(1)
  • Dinners (3)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon
into Melbourne Airport
Day 9   Flights to depart anytime
from Sydney Airport



Required Internal Flights

Day 3    Melbourne to Cairns - QF702
Day 6    Cairns to Sydney - JQ957

 

These internal holiday flights must be purchased separately in order to fulfill the holiday itinerary.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2018

Triple share    Save up to $150
Kings Club    Save up to $150

All savings are per person.

 

Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 10% saving

when you pay in full by 31 January 2018

Pay by 31 Jan 2018   10% saving
Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
 
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
 
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

 

See itinerary from 1 April 2018 >

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne
    1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne, VIC 3008

    2 nights

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Entry/Foyer
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne Standard Room
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne by the Yarra River

    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.

     

    Please Note: The Crowne Plaza Melboure will be refurbishing guest rooms from 14 Nov 2017-31 Oct 2018. There will be minimal disturbance and refurbishment will not take place in public areas.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Hair Dryer
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • Manual temperature control
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    3 nights

    • Swimming Pool at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Bar at at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Pool & Deck area at Cairns Hilton Hotel
    • Cairns Hilton Hotel at sunset
    • King Deluxe Room at Cairns Hilton Hotel

    The Hilton Cairns hotel boasts a unique tropical setting, enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by lush gardens. The hotel offers bright accommodation with spacious bathrooms and private balconies with stunning waterfront views of Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Esplanade and blue-green mountains beyond

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Radio
    • Phone
    • Private balcony
    • Bathrobe
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Hair Dryer
    • Internet Access
    • Hair dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour
    161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

    3 nights

    • Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour - Exterior
    • Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour - Lobby
    • Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour -Twin Room
    • Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour - Bar

    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!

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
    • In-room safe
    • Mini Bar
    • iPhone/iPad connectivity
    • Newly Refurbished

Experience more on your holiday

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. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2017 - 30 November 2017

Phillip Island - Penguins, Kangaroos & Koalas (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 165.00

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.

Phillip Island - Penguins Up Late (Melbourne)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 139.00

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. Ask your Travel Director about options to upgrade to viewing platform or underground viewing access.

Great Adventures Certified Dive - 40min (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 116.00 - 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 the day of travel.)

Great Adventures Introductory Dive (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 164.00

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.

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour (Cairns)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 211.00

Kuranda, Skyrail and Tjapukai Day Tour

Visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience the history, creation and dance theatres where the legends of the dreamtime are brought to life. Ride the Skyrail Cableway above the Barron Gorge National Park to the village of Kuranda, where there is time to stroll through the markets.

Hot Air Cairns - 30 Minute Flight (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 230.00 + 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.

Ochre Restaurant - 2 Course Dinner (Cairns)

AUD$49 Adult

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.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Three theatres, a museum, art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give a fascinating glimpse of the rich and ancient culture of the traditional inhabitants. 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 144.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Night

More than just a dinner and show; Tjapukai by Night takes you on a magical adventure into the legends of Australia’s dreamtime. Here you will enter another world as Australia’s Aboriginal culture is brought to life through a series of award winning performances as you feast on modern cuisine from the Far North.

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 46.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from the crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months.

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 155.00

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife

Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. See the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

Blue Mountains in Style - Small Group Experience (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 195.00

Blue Mountains in Style - Small Group Experience

Lose yourself in the wonderful Blue Mountains. Take in 360 views from Scenic World where you can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway and Skyway. A great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and get another perspective of the Three Sisters before indulging in a delicious lunch. Get acquainted with Aussie Wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park - interact with all of Australia's native animals, get up close to a koala and have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu before returning to Sydney.

Bridge Climb (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 298.00 - Day Climb

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 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.

Sydney Heli Tours - 20min Flight (Sydney)

Adult 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.
*Post tour bookings only.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. 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.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.