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Essential Australia


Australia is a far-off land filled with natural wonders and a fascinating mix of ancient and modern cultures. Our ‘value-for-money’ tour includes the “essentials” of Australia: the iconic cities of Sydney and Melbourne; the world famous Great Barrier Reef; encounters with koalas and kangaroos; opportunities to learn more about the ancient Aboriginal Culture; time to savour the delicious Aussie cuisine and wines; interactions with the friendly locals. Australia is a dream group destination that is unique and affordable!

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Sydney

Day 2

Lose One Day Crossing the International Dateline

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a delicious “Welcome to Australia” dinner at local
restaurant.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Park Regis City Centre Sydney

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    Park Regis City Centre Sydney



    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are ...

    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are all within walking distance. The hotel has 122 guest rooms ranging in style and size.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 4

In Sydney - City Sights

This morning we set out for a full day touring of Sydney. We start the day with a guided walking tour of the historic Rocks area where the first settlers landed. We will hear the fascinating stories from our knowledgeable guide as we walk through its many alleyways and narrow streets. Time to wander along Circular Quay, Sydney’s famous harbour front area before we board our coach for our afternoon city tour including views of the Opera House, Botanical Gardens, the terraced houses of Paddington and the famous surfing beach at Bondi. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

In Sydney - Morning Harbour Cruise

We head back down to Circular Quay this morning and join our Captain Cook vessel for our morning coffee cruise around Sydney’s stunning harbour. We will journey under the harbour bridge, past the Opera House and the affluent beachside suburbs of Rose Bay and Double Bay.
After our cruise the rest of your day is free to explore on your own. There is so much to do: visit a museum or art gallery, shop in all the boutiques and stores in the downtown core, ride the monorail to Darling Harbour or the ferry to the Taronga Zoo… the list is endless!

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Fly Sydney to Cairns

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to tropical North Queensland and the city of Cairns, our gateway to the rainforest and to the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival in Cairns, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to relax and explore Cairns on your own. The town is compact and perfect for walking along the main streets in the downtown area and along the beautiful waterfront esplanade.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

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    Cairns Colonial Club Resort



    Cairns Colonial Club Resort's friendly staff are looking forward to welcoming you. This resort style accommodation is set on 5 hectares of lush tropical landscaped gardens. It features 345 classic, standard and studio apartments surrounding 3 lagoon style pools. Relax and enjoy the amenities or ...

    Cairns Colonial Club Resort's friendly staff are looking forward to welcoming you. This resort style accommodation is set on 5 hectares of lush tropical landscaped gardens. It features 345 classic, standard and studio apartments surrounding 3 lagoon style pools. Relax and enjoy the amenities or go and explore all that the Cairns area has to offer.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Games Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Great Barrier Reef

We have a short transfer this morning to the Cairns Terminal to board our wave-piercing catamaran for the cruise out to Green Island, a true coral cay. We take time to explore this tiny coral gem before continuing on to the Outer Reef to snorkel, take a ride in a glass-bottom boat and to just revel in the sheer majesty of it all.  A delicious smorgasbord lunch is included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Kuranda Rail / Rainforestation

Another great day as we transfer to Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda Rail for the journey through the rainforest to the village of Kuranda. Here we have time to explore Kuranda before a short drive by coach takes us to Rainforestation for a full afternoon of activities including a BBQ lunch, an exciting ride on a WW2 vintage Army Duck on a billabong, a performance by an authentic Aboriginal Cultural troupe and a boomerang throwing demonstration. We return to Cairns via Skyrail, a 7.5km cableway across the rainforest. Our coach will meet us at the terminus to transfer us back to our hotel for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Fly Cairns to Melbourne

We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Melbourne, Australia’s fashion and financial capital. Situated on the Yarra River, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and enjoys its own unique character and charm. It is a city of tramcars, many ethnic restaurants, tree-lined streets, and a wide range of parks and gardens that surround the city. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Later this afternoon, we board our coach and head down to Phillip Island to see the amazing Fairy Penguin Parade which takes place every night of the year as the sun sets.  From our vantage point in the viewing stands we will watch the 100’s of penguins come out of the ocean and waddle up the beach to their burrows.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Travelodge Southbank

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    Travelodge Southbank



    Travelodge Hotel Southbank is ideally located in the heart of Melbourne's Southbank precinct, right on the Yarra River and just a short stroll from downtown. The hotel is within easy walking distance to many attractions and is close to transport, shopping and dining. With 24 ...

    Travelodge Hotel Southbank is ideally located in the heart of Melbourne's Southbank precinct, right on the Yarra River and just a short stroll from downtown. The hotel is within easy walking distance to many attractions and is close to transport, shopping and dining. With 24 hour reception, friendly service and complimentary WIFI internet this hotel offers great value and access to everything this diverse city has to offer

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Conference Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 10

In Melbourne - Morning City Tour

On our guided tour this morning we will view Melbourne’s well-known sights including historic cathedrals and landmarks, Flinders Station and the many parks and gardens that circle the city. Our afternoon is free to explore on our own. Tonight we enjoy a ‘Farewell’ dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Fly Melbourne to Hometown

After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport to connect with our flights home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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