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Aussie Cities & Great Barrier Reef

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,259

Escape to Australia to experience a brilliant combination of urban highlights and natural icons. On this Australia vacation, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, snorkel and dive through the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, and enjoy the trendy bars and restaurants of the world’s most livable city, Melbourne.


This 14-day Australia vacation takes you from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef and finally to trendy Melbourne.

Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney. You’ll find few cities as naturally appealing as Australia’s largest urban centre. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse array of go-getters, Sydney is gorgeous and vibrant and one of the world’s true urban highlights. There are a lot of ways to spend your time while in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northerly countries grow cold. To say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums, world-class restaurants, and thumping nightclubs, you’ll find a lot to keep you occupied.

From Sydney, head north to tropical Cairns, the nation’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns may be small, but it boasts an incredible tropical atmosphere. Be sure to shop the Promenade and take a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon before heading on an excursion onto the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living structure and home to over 1,500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a marvel. You’ll enjoy snorkelling in the Low Isles, glass bottom boat coral viewing, where you  journey through elaborate coral gardens, take a guided beach walk or just relax on the beach. After you return to Cairns, you can explore the wonders of the mainland by heading to the Daintree Rainforest, the mystical home of the “dreamtime” that has been a significant part of indigenous Australian culture for thousands of years.

Continue along to Melbourne on your Australia vacation. Sydney may have been blessed with nature’s bounty, but Melbourne is the country’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city according to The Economist. It also keeps getting cooler. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts and culture and high living standards in the country. Ground zero for the trendy scene is Federation Square, where you’ll find the laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that lead the city’s culinary innovation. For more traditional sites, head to St. Kilda’s to visit the famous amusement park, Luna Park, or enjoy a pint and talk football, cricket, or Formula One with the sports-crazed locals of bohemian Fitzroy.

While in Melbourne, you can take advantage of the nearby highlights. Head to Philip Island to see the Little Penguin parade where, every night, as the sun goes down, up to a hundred Little Penguins (pint-sized birds less than a foot tall) waddle onto land and head to their nests. It’s an enchanting experience and unfathomably adorable. You can also head to the Yarra Valley to enjoy some of Australia’s best wines, surf the breaks at Geelong, or drive the Great Ocean Road to the see the Twelve Apostles and other natural icons of Australia.

This Australia vacation showcases the natural and urban highlights of this incredible nation.


 

 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,259

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia 

 

Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home

 

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. Goway can assist with prebooking transfers throughout your vacation if required (additional charge applies). The remainder of your day is at leisure.   Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

 

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Duration4 Nights
Days 4 - 6

Sydney at leisure

These days are free to explore Sydney. We have included in your vacation package the i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Sydney as well as Melbourne later in your trip.  Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…

 

Day 7

Depart Sydney for Cairns

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Tropical North Queensland.  On arrival you will need to make your way to your Cairns hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 

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Duration4 Nights
Day 8

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

A full day cruise to Michaelmas Cay for snorkelling, diving and sailing on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Set sail aboard Ocean Spirit's five star catamaran and enjoy a reef experience like no other. Your tour includes: four full hours on the reef, morning refreshments, superb hot and cold buffet with seafood, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition plus use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, informative ecological presentations by a qualified marine biologists, coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, guided bird tours, musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns and a high crew to guest ratio (1:9).

 

Meal Plan Lunch
Days 9 - 10

Cairns at leisure

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city.
Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city.

To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling and, why not travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.

 

Day 11

Depart Cairns for Melbourne

Please make your way to the airport for your flight to Melbourne.  On arrival you will need to make your way to your Melbourne hotel.  Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.

 

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Duration3 Nights
Days 12 - 13

At leisure in Melbourne

These days are free to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne from a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower (included in the I-Venture Pass) for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.

A new development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes. For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.

Outside of Melbourne, one not to be missed excursion (additional cost) is to Phillip Island to see the penguin colonies living in their natural habitat. Another is to the Yarra Valley famous for its wineries and rainforests. Other worthwhile places to visit are Ballarat, a small city, once famous as the centre of the gold rush and Geelong, with its beautiful surf beaches and spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road and the unique rock formation, the Twelve Apostles. We have included in your vacation package an i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Sydney as well as Melbourne, some Melbourne ideas include a Melbourne River Cruise, Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and more.

 

Day 14

Depart Melbourne

Make your own way to the airport today for your flight back to North America.

 

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily

Pricing in USD departing from Los Angeles

 Economy Hotels

Moderate Hotels

1 - 31 Oct '18 $2,339 $2,519
1 Nov - 10 Dec '18 & 12 Jan - 31 Mar '19 $2,259 $2,429
11 Dec ' 18 - 11 Jan ' 19 $3,089 $3,229

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/San Diego/San Francisco/Sacramento add $175pp. From Austin/Denver/Houston/Salt Lake City/Chicago/Cleveland/New Orleans add $310 pp. From Boston/Buffalo/Detroit/Miami/Philadelphia/Memphis add $375 pp. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.

Pricing in CAD departing from Vancouver

 Economy Hotels

Moderate Hotels

1 - 31 Oct '18 $3,399 $3,679
1 Nov - 10 Dec '18 & 12 Jan - 31 Mar '19 $3,259 $3,539
11 Dec ' 18 - 11 Jan '19 $4,399 $4,619

Please enquire about airfares from any other Canadian city.

Book By: 31 Oct ’18.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) to Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Melbourne at Travelodge Southbank Hotel (Economy) or Vibe Savoy Hotel (Moderate)
  • iVenture Multi City Attraction Pass – includes entry to 5 top attractions in Melbourne and Sydney
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney at the Travelodge Hotel Sydney (Economy) or Travelodge Wynyardl Sydney (Moderate)
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns at the Cairns Colonial Club Hotel (Economy)  or The Hotel Cairns (Moderate)
  • Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Airport – hotel transfers

*Limited seats, subject to availability*

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, and for single pricing, please inquire. All prices include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from Los Angeles (USD) or Vancouver (CAD) on Virgin Australia  (and partner airlines to/from Virgin Australia cities). Add on airfares are available your home city – please inquire. Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays. If flying on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday a surcharge will apply.

Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.

Hotel

Dates

Travelodge Hotel Sydney 18-29 Oct, 13-14 Dec
Travelodge Southbank 26-28 Oct, 5-6 Nov
Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne 26-28 Oct, 5-6 Nov
Travelodge Wynyard 18-29 Oct,
13-14 Dec



 

 


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