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Classic Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef: Sydney to Cairns

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,171

Visit two of the most popular parts of Australia, particularly for first time visitors: Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, the harbour city. See the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and more, snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, and get to know the secrets of North Queensland's rainforest.


This 9-day Australia vacation invites you to explore the best of Sydney before flying to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef.

Touch down in Australia’s Harbour City and take the day at leisure to shake off any jetlag. A morning city tour gets your Australia vacation off on the right foot. See the magnificent Sydney Opera House, explore colonial streets and back alleys in the Rocks district, and enjoy the beloved public playgrounds of Darling Harbour and world renowned Bondi Beach. Trendy, yet unpretentious, Sydney has a little something for every interest. It’s perhaps best explored on the water though, which is exactly what your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass allows. Use it to visit Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Manly Beach, Luna Park, the views from South Head and The Gap, and much more. A full day at leisure gives you time to pick up any sights you missed, or just enjoy some of Sydney’s most colourful neighbourhoods such as Paddington or Newtown.

Fly to Cairns and check in for your cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver takes you to the very edge of Australia’s continental shelf, where the Agincourt Reef gives you access to its colourful underwater world. Take in the view from a semi-sub, snorkel around the reef for yourself, or upgrade to a diving or helicopter experience. Still, there’s more to Cairns than its greatest undersea wonder. Head inland to Kuranda for a rainforest experience that will immerse you both in Queensland’s beauty and its ancient Aboriginal culture. Visit Rainforestation, a park designed to give visitors the ultimate North Queensland 101 with an amphibious Army Duck tour, Aboriginal dance performances, and dreamtime walks. Enjoy a guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park and ride the Kuranda scenic railway and Skyrail. A day at leisure lets you enjoy Cairns proper, or perhaps opt for a visit to Port Douglas and the Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,171

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Day 1

Sydney International Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

The Ultimo

The Ultimo offers a range of boutique hotel rooms in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown district. The Ultimo is within walking distance of countless attractions including Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, the Star Casino, Oxford Street, and the Powerhouse Museum.

The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access, a tour desk, and a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of their guests. It also offers a barista coffee station, a guest laundry, and a daily breakfast menu with both takeaway and in-room dining options available. With It's incredible location and unique astrological stylings, The Ultimo is the perfect choice for business travellers and holidaymakers looking for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Sydney.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Ultimo

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    The Ultimo



    The Ultimo offers a range of boutique hotel rooms in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown district. The Ultimo is within walking distance of countless attractions including Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, the Star Casino, Oxford Street, and the Powerhouse Museum. The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access, …

    The Ultimo offers a range of boutique hotel rooms in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown district. The Ultimo is within walking distance of countless attractions including Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, the Star Casino, Oxford Street, and the Powerhouse Museum.

    The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access, a tour desk, and a 24-hour front desk for the convenience of their guests. It also offers a barista coffee station, a guest laundry, and a daily breakfast menu with both takeaway and in-room dining options available. With It's incredible location and unique astrological stylings, The Ultimo is the perfect choice for business travellers and holidaymakers looking for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Sydney.

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Parking

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Day 2

Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Duration6 Hours
Day 3

Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise Plus Zoo

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Duration1 Hour
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Cairns Domestic Airport to Cairns City

Duration15 Minutes

Cairns Plaza Hotel

The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day of the week and offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Cairns Plaza Hotel

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    Cairns Plaza Hotel



    The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The …

    The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day of the week and offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Duration7 Hours
Day 6

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.

You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.

A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Duration10 Hours
Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Cairns City to Cairns Domestic Airport

Duration15 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation in Sydney
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Cairns
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in each city
  • Full Day Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Full Day Kuranda Classic Tour 
  • Rainforest Cableway & Rainforestation tour
  • Full Day Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise with Taronga Zoo
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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