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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest

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From 1 April 2018

$3495 adult twin $4770 single $3145 child

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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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City sophistication meets sun, surf and idyllic island vistas on this unforgettable East Coast journey. Visit Sydney’s historic Rocks, dine on its iconic harbour, tour the Opera House and stroll on legendary Bondi Beach. Then sample the carefree tropical lifestyle in Port Douglas and on Hamilton Island in the glorious Whitsundays. Experience Aboriginal culture in the Daintree, ride the Kuranda Skyrail, and cruise on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.


1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1 - 3
Welcome to Sydney
Day 1: Welcome to Sydney

Begin your discovery of Australia’s largest city with a visit to The Rocks, the place where the first European settlers stepped ashore in 1788. Cobblestone streets and original sandstone buildings characterise this vibrant, historic precinct, where you’ll have time to browse the myriad stalls of the popular Rocks Markets. In the late afternoon, get to know your fellow travellers on board a Captain Cook Cruise as you enjoy your Welcome Reception and dinner. Glide past beaches, parklands, magnificent waterfront homes, and of course the legendary Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Day 2: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House this morning with a local guide, then board your coach and head to Bondi Beach for lunch at an Australian institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, which affords uninterrupted views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host, a local surf lifesaver, will lead you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Leaving the beach and the beautiful people behind us, we return to the bustling city streets of Sydney to spend the rest of the day strolling along Darling Harbour, indulging in a delicious gelato and some serious people watching, or spending your afternoon window-shopping in the QVB.

Day 3: Sydney Free Time

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney, or perhaps you might take an excursion to the nearby Blue Mountains and spectacular Jenolan Caves. Canberra, the national capital, is only a few hours’ drive away, as is the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine-growing region.

Hotel: The Grace Hotel , Sydney, 3 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast and lunch. Day 3: Breakfast

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

This morning you’ll fly to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular, car-free island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure for you to relax or explore your tropical paradise.

Day 5: Hamilton Island

Famous Whitehaven Beach beckons this morning. Cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim or get involved in some fun beach activities. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is all yours to indulge in your own pleasures – hire a buggy and ramble along the island’s winding roads, visit the island’s wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals or sit back with a good book by the resort’s stunning 35 metre pool.

Hotel: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast. Day 5: Breakfast

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

This morning, board your aircraft bound for Cairns, where you’ll take the short journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. Relax this afternoon by the lagoon-style pool, join in one of the resort’s activities, or perhaps take a stroll around the village of Port Douglas. The celebrated Estilo Bar is perfect for a cocktail tonight before dinner.

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Following a presentation by a marine naturalist, you’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) to view this natural living wonder at first hand, or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Port Douglas in the late 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 cultureYour first stop today is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for a hands-on experience with an Indigenous Guide who’ll share his knowledge of traditional plant use and bush food sources. Try bush tea and damper before journeying on to Kuranda, the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. Later, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take you high above the canopy of the spectacular Barron Gorge National Park back down to the lowlands. Be my guest dining experienceThere can be no better end to a day spent celebrating the beauty of nature than a real Aussie BBQ, which you’ll enjoy at a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend the evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes.

Day 9: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to relax or pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. The award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park provides fascinating insights into ancient Indigenous culture, and an array of native wildlife can be observed at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Or you may prefer to spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant overlooking Cairns Harbour.

Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner. Day 9: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Day 10
Farewell from Cairns

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

10 Day Guided Vacation

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Tour departs from Sydney and returns to Cairns


  • Sail Sydney Harbour on a dinner cruise
  • Discover the Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
  • Explore the Rocks Markets
  • Learn about Surf Life Saving in Bondi and indulge in lunch overlooking Bondi Beach
  • Free time to explore Sydney
  • Experience island life on Hamilton Island
  • Cruise to idyllic Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays
  • Dine with an Aussie family in CairnsBe my guest dining experience
  • Relax in the resort town of Port Douglas
  • Cruise and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore the Daintree Rainforest
  • Experience an Aboriginal smoking ceremony at Mossman GorgeAboriginal culture
  • Discover the village in the rainforest, Kuranda
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above Barron Gorge National Park
  • Indulge with a Farewell Dinner on the Cairns waterfront


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


  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

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 11.00am into Sydney Airport
Day 10   Flights to depart anytime from Cairns Airport

Required Internal Flights

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

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

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 2019
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

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • The Grace Hotel
    77 York St, Sydney NSW, 2000

    Sydney, 3 nights

    • The Grace Hotel - Superior Room

    Built in the 1920s; The Grace Hotel has been restored to its former glory, making it one of Sydney’s most prominent historical landmark. Located in the heart of Sydney, this heritage-listed hotel offers warm and personal service and projects a unique blend of old world charm with modern comfort.

    • Features
    • 32-inch flat-screen TV
    • Work Desk
    • High-speed, wireless internet broadband
    • Mini Bar
    • Communal self-catering kitchen
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
  • Reef View Hotel
    12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island, QLD 4803

    Hamilton Island, 2 nights

    • Reef View Hotel - Coral Sea View Twin Room

    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
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
    Pierpoint Road Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia

    2 nights

    • Exterior
    • Lobby
    • Superior Room

    Located on the marina in the heart of Cairns, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns is the ultimate place to stay for business or pleasure. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina Cairns is conveniently situated at the marina, with uninterrupted panoramic views of spectacular Trinity Bay, world-class Marlin Marina and breathtaking mountain ranges allowing you to experience the tropical north at its best.

    • Features
    • Wi-Fi
    • Private balcony or courtyard
    • In-room safe
    • Hair Dryer
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Swimming Pool
    • Gym facilities
    • Business Facilities
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • In-house movies
    • Pillow Menu (Choice of pillows)
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Bathroom Amenities
    • Bathrobe
    • Flat Screen TV

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 2018 - 31 March 2019

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15) (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 160.00

Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife (J15)

Discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife whilst you explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. 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 (own expense). See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

Bridge Climb (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 308.00 - 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.

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

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

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner (Sydney)

Adult Price: AUD 75.00

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

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours (Cairns)

Adult Price: AUD 48.00 - Dep 1.30pm from Reef Fleet Terminal

Cairns Harbour Afternoon Cruise - 2 hours

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

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.

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

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day (Cairns )

Adult Price: AUD 83.00

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - By Day

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

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

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience (J14) (Sydney)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price: AUD 199.00

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience (J14)

You’ll head out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and through the leafy Northern Suburbs, heading to the beautiful Hunter Valley. Today you’re going to taste some of the finest wines this country has to offer, amid the stunning landscape of the Hunter Valley. Your Driver Guide will give you details of the day’s itinerary as you sit back and enjoy the view. Includes a tasting platter lunch of seasonal local produce along with a range of wine tastings to complement the food.

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


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 indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2018. 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.