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$4200

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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  • Hamilton Island

    Hamilton Island

  • Mossman Gorge

    Mossman Gorge

  • Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

  • Bondi Beach, Sydney

    Bondi Beach, Sydney


Tour code: QFSC

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Cosmopolitan style meets historical charm on your journey through Sydney. Visit Sydney’s historic district, The Rocks and its cobblestone streets with stores full of indigenous artwork, sweet and savoury treats and more. Cruise along Sydney’s iconic harbour and enjoy a sumptuous contemporary Australian menu while taking in the stunning view. A tour of Sydney Opera House and The Royal Botanical Gardens is next, followed by a trip to the world renowned Bondi Beach.  Board a flight to Queensland’s jewel, the Whitsundays for you to enjoy at your leisure. You can do as much or as little as you like on your free day at Hamilton Island, but we’re sure the tropical waters will be beckoning you. Cairns is the next port of call with a quick catamaran ride to the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying the colourful marine life from a semi-sub, or go snorkelling to get up close and personal. You’ll then return to tropical Cairns to explore before bidding farewell to your new friends.

Itinerary

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 ?
Day 1-3
Sydney
Day 1: Welcome to Sydney

Welcome to Sydney! Join your Travel Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets. Explore the narrow lanes and stroll along cobblestone streets. Now it’s time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers.

 Day 2: Sydney

This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Later, You're Invited Dining Icon‘You’re invited’ to Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Sydney ‘Free Time’

Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. Or travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Included Meals: Day 1: Highlight Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast and You're invited Lunch. Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4-5
Sydney – Hamilton Island
Day 4: Sydney – Hamilton Island

You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland’s Whitsundays (airfare not included). The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to relax or explore and orientate yourself with the picturesque surroundings.

Day 5: Hamilton Island- Included Choice

Today in paradise, choose from a selection of included sightseeing experiences. You may like to strap on a snorkel and mask for a guided tour to spot turtles or even hire a buggy to discover the island at your own pace. If sitting back and relaxing with lunch or discovering native Australian animals is more your thing, you can choose to do that too. This afternoon you may like to consider a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach but whatever you do, at some stage, grab a good book and sit back and relax by the resort pool. 

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast both days

Day 6-7
Hamilton Island – Port Douglas & Great Barrier Reef
Day 6: Hamilton Island – Cairns – Port Douglas

This morning you'll fly to Cairns. On arrival you’ll board your coach for the short journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. This afternoon you can relax by the lagoon-style pool, join in one of the resort’s activities or take a stroll around the village of Port Douglas. This evening perhaps be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace.

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef

Board your Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The friendly, professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish- feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet lunch including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.

Hotel: QT Port Douglas, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 6: Breakfast and Dinner with wine. Day 7: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8-9
Port Douglas – Cairns
Day 8: Port Douglas – Cairns

Aboriginal Cultural Icon Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you'll learn about traditional plant use and your Indigenous Guide will help you identify bush food sources. They will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Later, journey to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' including the Heritage Village Markets. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. This evening You're Invited for a dining experience with a local family. Enjoy a great Aussie BBQ dinner with your hosts in their family home.

Day 9: Cairns

Spend today as you choose. Maybe take an optional experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture through theatres, stages shows and demonstrations or spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. You could visit Cairns Tropical Zoo or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife, including koalas, beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Tour Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel Cairns, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast and 'You're invited dinner'. Day 9: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 10
Farewell from Cairns

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holidays comes to an end after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Tour departs from Sydney and returns to Cairns

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Koala amongst the leaves of eucalyptus tree

Breakfast with the Koalas

Start your day on Hamilton Island with Breakfast with the Koalas! You’ll dine on a full Aussie buffet breakfast with koalas lazing about in the trees right next to your table. Did you know that koalas sleep between 18 and 20 hours every day?

Highlights

  • Dinner on Sydney Harbour
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Stay on Hamilton Island
  • Resort in Port Douglas
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Explore Mossman Gorge
  • Kuranda & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Aboriginal Cultural Icon Aboriginal cultural experience
  • You're Invited Dining Icon ‘You’re Invited’ experience

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (9)
  • Lunch (1)
  • ‘You’re invited’ lunch (1)
  • ‘You’re invited’ dinner (1)
  • Dinner with wine (1)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

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 into Sydney
– domestic flights: prior to 12 noon 
– international flights: prior to 10.30am
Day 10   Flights to depart anytime from Cairns

 

Required Flights

Day 4   Sydney to Hamilton Island - QF866
Day 6   Hamilton Island to Cairns - QF2504

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

Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $310
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $155
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $465
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $310
 
Triple share     Save up to $155
Kings Club     Save up to $155

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
    161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

    Sydney.

    • Atrium at Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour
    • Exterior of Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbou
    • City View Room at Four Points by Sheraton

    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
  • Reef View Hotel
    12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island, QLD 4803

    Hamilton Island, 2 nights.

    • Reef View Hotel - Balcony
    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room
    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room
    • Reef View Hotel

    With large, comfortable, modern rooms, the Reef View Hotel offers a perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. Spacious, comfortable and with most rooms boasting incredible sea views, the Reef View Hotel offers stylish and family-friendly Hamilton Island accommodation.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Air-conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Clock Radio
    • Ensuite
    • Bathtub and shower
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Refrigerator
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Room service
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV
    • iPod connectivity
  • QT Port Douglas
    87-109 Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD, 4877

    2 nights.

    • Resort Room at QT Port Douglas
    • Swimming Pool at QT Port Douglas
    • Resort Room at QT Port Douglas

    You'll be welcomed by an inspiring open-spaced setting with a contemporary yet quirky tropical feel.

    • Features
    • Private balcony
    • Work Desk
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Ensuite
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Mini Bar
  • Hilton Hotel Cairns
    34 Esplanade, Cairns QLD, 4870

    2 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

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 2016 - 31 March 2017

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience - (J14) (Sydney)

$170.10 adult

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience - (J14)

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge then be treated to magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River. Experience a private tasting at Lindemans Wines. Visit Hunter Resort and learn about the history of wine in the Hunter region. Enjoy a tasting platter lunch offering a range of local produce. Further tastings include a visit to McGuigan Wines. You’ll have free time to explore the many hidden delights in the Hunter Valley Gardens village - why not try some chocolate at the candy store! *Post tour bookings only

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife - (J15) (Sydney)

$135.00 adult

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife - (J15)

Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Stop at Echo Point and 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.

Sydney Heli Tours (Sydney)

Prices starting from $220 for 20min Flight

Sydney Heli Tours

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.

Bridge Climb (Sydney)

Prices starting from $268 - Day Climb
Prices starting from $228 - Night Climb

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.

GBR - Outer Reef Scenic Flight (Cairns)

$175 adult

GBR - Outer Reef Scenic Flight

Complete your reef experience by joining a reef scenic flight to view the majestic coral formations from the air.

Great Adventures - Introductory Dive (Cairns)

$162 adult

Great Adventures - Introductory Dive

No experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive and explore the reef and its amazing marine life. Snorkel tours are a great way to maximise your experience on the Great Barrier Reef with many magnificent sites to capture the excitement. Note: Age and medical restrictions may apply to diving.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Tour 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 2016. 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.