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Essence of Australia with Airfare: Sydney, Rock and Reef

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,629

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit Australia’s must sees on this quintessential vacation. Drop anchor in Sydney’s famous harbour from the comfort of a luxury yacht. Discover the unique landscape, history and culture in Ayers Rock and then finish your vacation snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.


This 13-day Australia vacation with flights included takes you to Sydney, Uluru/Ayers Rock, and the Great Barrier Reef. It features first-class accommodations and small-group tours.

Your journey across Australia begins in Sydney, the nation’s largest city and home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Get to know the people who've lived here for thousands of years on a Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour. A panoramic city sights tour will then introduce you to some of the most famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point. Afterwards, board a luxury yacht for a cruise of the beautiful harbour. Feast on a two-course lunch onboard with views of the harbour's icons. Enjoy two more Sydney days at leisure, or consider a trip into the Blue Mountains, traversing sandstone mountains, deep ravines, and thick eucalypt forests, or Hunter Valley, the heart of New South Wales wine production.

Fly to Australia’s Red Centre, where you’ll discover the mystical sandstone configurations of Uluru/Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas. With Uluru as the backdrop, enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets and 50,000 glass spheres come to life in the desert, while you enjoy a bush tucker inspired buffet menu. Spend the rest of your time in the Red Centre learning about Aboriginal culture and stories of the Dreamtime. You’ll experience the desert before dawn and watch the light of dawn transform Kata Tjuta and Uluru into brilliant shades of red and orange.  End your stay with a tour of Walpa Gorge and explore the 36 sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta.

Connect to Cairns in North Queensland and head onwards to Port Douglas, where you’ll explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living structure. Cruise through the Low Isles and snorkel through protected coral gardens. You’ll also have the chance to ride in a glass bottom boat for intimate views of the undersea life and plenty of time to swim off white-sand beaches. Back on the mainland, explore the Daintree Rainforest from Mossman to Cape Tribulation. Spot Estuarine Crocodiles during a Daintree River cruise, admire views of the Coral Sea from Alexandra Range, search for cassowaries along the jungle boardwalk, and go for a rainforest swim in Emmagen Creek before reaching famous Cape Tribulation beach. A day at leisure gives you time to relax or squeeze in another day trip.

At the end of your stay, you’ll connect back to the airport in Cairns for onward travels.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,629

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America for your onward flight to Australia.

Day 2

En Route to Australia

A day will be lost to travel as you approach Australia.

Day 3

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration4 Nights
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ParkRoyal Darling Harbour

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    ParkRoyal Darling Harbour



    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to …

    You'll always be in the centre of the action at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour hotel, with a convenient location just minutes away from the city's top sights and attractions. The friendly, well-informed hotel associates at the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour, Sydney are always on hand to share their knowledge of the city's best-kept secrets with you. Explore the neighbourhood and feel the buzz of energy in the bustling Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. Go for a stroll and enjoy the amazing views at Cockle Bay, take in the city's history and culture at The Rocks, or enjoy some retail therapy at Harbourside and Pitt Street Mall. Once you're finished exploring, simply rest and relax in the comfort of the 340 rooms and suites at this premium Sydney hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour

Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti - Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share her cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal DreamTime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year old harbour, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today.

Duration1 Hour
Day 4

Panoramic Sydney Sights

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point.

Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour before returning to the city centre.

Passengers can join our optional harbour lunch cruises, seaplane tours or return directly to their hotels.

The designated harbour lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium).

Duration4 Hours

Sydney Harbour Top Deck 2 Course Lunch Cruise

There isn't another harbour in the world to rival Sydney's beauty and vibrancy. This 2 course luncheon cruise is an exceptional 360 degree waterfront restaurant experience. The menu is premium a la carte and served on the uppermost restaurant deck with the best views in Sydney.

Duration1 Hour
Day 5

Day at Leisure

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

Day 6

Day at Leisure

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

Day 7

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Resort

Duration10 Minutes

Desert Gardens Hotel

A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Desert Gardens Hotel

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    Desert Gardens Hotel



    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock …

    A comfortable 4 star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions at your fingertips, your days will be action-packed or for a more relaxing experience, a visit to the new Red Ochre Spa is highly recommended.

    Relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru. Once the sun sets, you can try some Australian native delicacies at White Gums Restaurant, or try one of the other 13 dining experiences available throughout the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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A Night at Field of Light

This exclusive dining experience combines the award-winning "Sounds of Silence" dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation. With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines and beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your "A Night at Field of Light" experience is complete.

The evening begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. As the sun sets on the horizon to the music of a didgeridoo, enjoy gourmet canapes and chilled sparkling wine.

As darkness falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently come to life, join your table of fellow travellers for an exceptional three-course menu infused with bush tucker flavours. As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky.

The host will provide insights to the art installation that awaits you, before you are invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light, its pathways glistening softly with rhythms of coloured light, beckoning you to explore. After dinner, guests are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Desert Awakenings

Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of an expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.

Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with golden syrup in the open air. After breakfast, the guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.
Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you will take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike. The guide will explain some of the rock paintings and stories from the creation period as told by the Anangu people. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained in detail. Return to your Ayers Rock Resort hotel.

Duration6 Hours

SEIT Kata Tjuta Domes

Travel to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) where your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that makeup Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return you to your hotel in time for those joining Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru dinner or Field of Lights.

Duration3 Hours
Day 9

Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Cairns Airport to Port Douglas

Duration45 Minutes

The Meridian at Port Douglas

Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over 16 years of age.

The resorts central feature is the heated lagoon style pool with a sundeck, large BBQ area all set amongst lush tropical gardens. Meridian is a true haven for adults only looking for an escape, in the heart of vibrant Port Douglas. Rooms are not serviced daily (daily housekeeping for an additional fee is available).

Meal Plan Room Only - Weekly Service
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Meridian at Port Douglas

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    The Meridian at Port Douglas



    Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over …

    Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique resort that offers 33 luxury 4 star apartments in a selection of self catering Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over 16 years of age.

    The resorts central feature is the heated lagoon style pool with a sundeck, large BBQ area all set amongst lush tropical gardens. Meridian is a true haven for adults only looking for an escape, in the heart of vibrant Port Douglas. Rooms are not serviced daily (daily housekeeping for an additional fee is available).

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Low Isles Sailing and Snorkelling Cruise

Join your coach transfer to the wharf this morning and board the vessel to enjoy a full day reef and island cruise to Low Isles. Sail to and explore this protected coral cay, with white sandy beaches and coconut palms, surrounded by coral gardens and the Coral Sea. Sailaway moors in the sheltered blue lagoon for five hours. Just relax on the island, join the guided snorkel tour, take a trip on the glass bottom boat or laze on the deck after a buffet lunch. Later, enjoy sailing back to the mainland.

Duration8 Hours
Day 11

Cape Tribulation Daintree ex Port Douglas

Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and after introductions all round we then drive north along the scenic route via Mossman to Cape Tribulation.

Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as we approach the majestic Daintree River. Time for a short morning tea break then its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!

We ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on our elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this habitat.

A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads (dietary requirements catered for with prior notice) is served while you can hand feed Wallabies and enjoy a cold drink from the bar (own cost). Our tour does a little more, it takes you beyond Cape Tribulation along 7klms of the 4WD Bloomfield Track too pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest fresh water swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a taste testing of tropical fruit, a cup of traditional Billy Tea, and damper all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings.

At Cape Tribulation Beach, there is a little time to stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef. (There is no swimming at Cape Tribulation Beach due to dangerous Hazards)

After a short afternoon refreshment stop at the Daintree Ice-creamery (own cost), we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our 'Total Rainforest Experience'.

Duration8 Hours
Day 12

Day at Leisure

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

Day 13

Depart Port Douglas

Today you will depart Port Douglas for your flight to Cairns, where you will connect to your onward international flight back to North America.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US $

Price Per Person

1 Feb - 31 Mar '23 $4,759
1 Apr - 31 May '23 $4,629
1 - 28 Jun, 24 Jul - 30 Sep '23 $4,759
29 Jun - 23 Jul '23 $4,949
1 - 31 Oct '23 $4,919
1 - 30 Nov '23 $4,849
Add-on Airfare Information: 
For departures from San Francisco add $43 per person
For departures from New York or Dallas add $362 per person
For departures from Chicago or Buffalo add $452 per person
For departures from Miami add $542 per person
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Departures from
Vancouver/Edmonton/Calgary
Price in CA $

Price Per Person

1 Feb - 31 Mar '23 $5,969
1 - 30 Apr '23 $5,819
1 - 30 May '23 $5,629
1 - 8 Jun, 24 Jul - 31 Aug '23 $5,789
9 Jun - 23 Jul, 1 - 30 Sep '23 $5,979
1 - 31 Oct '23 $6.079
1 - 21 Nov '23 $5,999
Add-on Airfare Information: 
For departures from Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal add $408 per person
For departures from Winnipeg, Regina or Saskatoon add $258 per person
For departures from Halifax add $623 per person
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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Sydney
  • Shared arrival and departure transfers in Ayers Rock and Cairns
  • 4 nights first class accommodation in Sydney
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Ayers Rock
  • 4 nights first-class accommodation in Port Douglas
  • Small group half day Panoramic Sydney Sights
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise with Lunch
  • Small group morning Desert Awakenings
  • Small Group Kata Tjuta Domes afternoon tour
  • Shared Night at Field of Light Dinner Experience
  • Shared full day Low Isle Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Port Douglas
  • Shared full day 4WD Cape Tribulation Tour from Port Douglas
  • 1 breakfast, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • 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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