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Essence of Sydney, Wildlife and the Reef

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,891

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See many Australian icons on one essential tour. Drop anchor in Sydney’s famous harbour aboard a luxury yacht, get up close and personal with Australian wildlife on Kangaroo Island, snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef, and discover the natural beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.


This 10-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree Rainforest. It includes first-class accommodations and small group tours.

Your journey begins in beautiful Sydney, Australia’s largest city, where you’ll get your bearings with a city tour. Start in the historic Rocks district before continuing to Sydney Harbour, home to the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Oxford Street, Bondi Beach, and ending the tour at Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for incredible views over the harbour. Then board a cruising yacht for a luncheon cruise across the harbour. Learn about the history of the city and enjoy the best views of the harbour while dining on a three-course barbeque lunch. Take another day to explore the Blue Mountains, a breathtaking mountain landscape of sandstone peaks, drop waterfalls, and Aboriginal rock art sites.

Connect to Adelaide and see the highlights of the South Australian capital on a city walking tour. Of special interest is the Art Gallery of South Australia, home to arguably the country’s best art collection. Fly to nearby Kangaroo Island, a biodiverse wonderland known for its dense animal population, and explore the conservation park, spotting wild kangaroos, wallabies, and glossy black cockatoos. During your time on Kangaroo Island, you’ll visit the sea lion colony at Seal Bay Conservation Park, hike through Flinders Chase National Park, and spot the beautiful geological formations of Admiral’s Arch and the Remarkable Rocks.

Fly back to Adelaide and connect onward to Cairns in Northern Queensland and eventually Port Douglas. Based at a beachside resort, you’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Cruise out into the Low Isles of the reef to snorkel through coral gardens and lounge on remote white-sand beaches. You’ll also have the chance to ride in a glass bottom boat to enjoy intimate views of the sea life. Back on the mainland, trek from Mossman to Cape Tribulation to explore the Daintree Rainforest. You’ll hike along jungle boardwalks, keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive cassowary, swim in the rainforest waters of Emmagen Creek, and cap off your journey at Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef.

At the end of your stay, connect back to Cairns for onward travels.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,891

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney

On arrival at Sydney Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy before beginning your exploration of the largest city in Australia.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and …

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Panoramic Sydney Sights & Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise

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).

Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, four hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking - or sit back, relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 3

Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

7.00- 7.30AM Depart from the hotel with AEA Luxury Tours. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus our guests will enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.

Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can't help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

We then make our way around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Hydro Majestic. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views. We enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea/coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you'll know why it's one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you're not mesmerised by the dancing waves of water spray, you'll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens our last stop, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00pm.

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Day 4

Sydney to Adelaide & Insiders Adelaide Walking Tour

Today, transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Adelaide.

On arrival at Adelaide Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the Cultural Boulevard, walking amongst the statuesque Government and University buildings. Visit famous Art Gallery, Museum, and the Artlab to view the talented team restoring historic paintings, books and fabrics. Enjoy visits of little streets and lanes whilst indulging from the famous icon producer Haighs, SA's own Jurlique store, discovering hidden secrets along the way.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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    Majestic Roof Garden Hotel



    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes …

    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes to the Art Gallery, Adelaide University and Museum. 20 minutes will find you at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval, Central Markets or Adelaide Zoo.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

Today, transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Kangaroo Island.

On arrival at Kangaroo Island, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Take a walk through Red Gum forest along the Cygnet River valley - seek out koalas sleeping in the forks of the trees. Travel through some of the best wool-producing areas on the Island to a conservation park on the north coast. Here, you explore the habitat of Kangaroo Island kangaroos, tammar wallabies and the endangered glossy black cockatoo.

Visit Stokes Bay where local holiday homes are clustered in a protected cove - one of the locals favourite beaches. Break for a delicious seafood barbecue lunch at a private bush lunch site - King George whiting, haloumi, grilled potatoes and a fresh garden salad served with a choice of local wines.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park, walk with your guide on a private interpretive tour of a colony of Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn of their unique breeding biology.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Stranraer Homestead

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    Stranraer Homestead



    "Stranraer" is an historic federation homestead built in 1920 from limestone gathered on the 1290 hectares of working property producing prime lamb, wool and grain. Stranraer offers a country experience with peace and tranquility. The homesteads central location on the island makes it convenient for …

    "Stranraer" is an historic federation homestead built in 1920 from limestone gathered on the 1290 hectares of working property producing prime lamb, wool and grain. Stranraer offers a country experience with peace and tranquility. The homesteads central location on the island makes it convenient for exploring local highlights, natural beauty and wildlife. Relax in one of the 4 guestrooms each with a cosy fireplace, and indulge in gourmet meals served in the elegant dining room.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 6

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Today, you will visit Flinders Chase National Park. The park is a 74,000 hectare (190,000 acre) wilderness which covers the entire west end of the Island. Visit Rocky River Homestead - originally a small farm and now the Park headquarters. This park has a fascinating place in the history of wildlife and wilderness conservation and many tangible elements of this still remain.

At Cape du Couedic on the south-west tip visit a fur seal colony which is rapidly expanding. These animals can be observed at rest on the rocks or frolicking in the surf under Admirals Arch - a spectacular coastal grotto.

On the headland above is Cape du Couedic Lighthouse which plays an important role in navigation. Further down the coast explore Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures on the cliff top which look like a meeting of the minds of Henry Moore and Salvador Dali. Lunch today is an elegant picnic on the cliff tops or in the bush before heading east to Kelly Hill Conservation Park. Here, a story of solitude and remote lifestyles sees former sheep pastures enjoyed by grazing kangaroos.

Return to Kingscote in time to connect with the return flight to Adelaide.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

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    Majestic Roof Garden Hotel



    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes …

    The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is the award winning flagship property of Majestic Hotels. This Adelaide hotel is only 50 metres from the ever-vibrant Rundle Street with its huge variety of bars, restaurants and eclectic shopping. Walk 5 minutes to Rundle Mall or 10 minutes to the Art Gallery, Adelaide University and Museum. 20 minutes will find you at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Oval, Central Markets or Adelaide Zoo.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

Adelaide to Cairns to Port Douglas

Today, transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Cairns.

On arrival at Cairns Airport, you will be transferred to your resort in Port Douglas.

The balance of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort facilities.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Shantara Resort and Spa Port Douglas

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    Shantara Resort and Spa Port Douglas



    Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers adult only boutique accommodation which is suited for couples or the independent traveler who are looking to unwind in a tranquil and tropical ambience. Resort features include the Shantara Day Spa, gym, 2 swimming pools, undercover BBQ area, free secure …

    Shantara Resort Port Douglas offers adult only boutique accommodation which is suited for couples or the independent traveler who are looking to unwind in a tranquil and tropical ambience. Resort features include the Shantara Day Spa, gym, 2 swimming pools, undercover BBQ area, free secure car parking and elevators. Shantara is a short stroll to Four Mile Beach and cosmopolitan Macrossan Street with its array of restaurants, cafes and shops. The Shantara team offers personalised service and peace and tranquility, in the heart of Port Douglas. If arriving outside regular reception hours (Mon to Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm), arrangements must be made prior to arrival directly with the Resort.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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Day 8

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 9

Cape Tribulation Daintree

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'.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 10

Port Douglas to Cairns

Today, transfer to Cairns Airport from Port Douglas for your onward travels.

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first- class accommodation in Sydney
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation in Adelaide
  • 1 night first-class accommodation on Kangaroo Island
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Port Douglas
  • Small group half day Panoramic Sydney Sights
  • Small group half day Sydney Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
  • Small group full day Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience*
  • Small group Insider Walking Tour in Adelaide
  • 2 day small group touring on Kangaroo Island
  • Shared full day Low Isle Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Port Douglas
  • Shared full day 4WD Cape Tribulation Tour from Port Douglas
  • 1 breakfast, 6 lunches
    *Guests may substitute a Full Day Hunter Valley Wine Tasting tour.

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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15 Jun 2022
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