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Essential Aussie Highlights: Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,602

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore and experience the highlights of Australia with small group touring. Discover the hidden secrets in Melbourne, the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road and get up close and personal with wildlife. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and visit the rainforest that meets this incredible reef. Finish your journey visiting Sydney’s famous sites and cruising the harbour.


This 12-day Australian vacation takes you Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, and Sydney. It features first-class accommodations and small group tours.

Your journey through Australia begins in Melbourne, one of the most livable cities on the planet. A private tour showcases the iconic laneways and arcades of the downtown. Outside the city, explore the Australian bush and meet wild koalas and kangaroos in the company of an expert guide and researcher. Drive the Great Ocean Road, one of the world’s most remarkable coastal drives, and spot the iconic rock monuments, the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Hike through Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park to spot echidnas and lizards, before ending your time in the state with a trek across the Western Plains.

Connect to Cairns in Northern Queensland and nearby Port Douglas. Based at a beachside resort, you’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Cruise the Low Isles of the reef to snorkel through coral gardens and lounge on remote white-sand beaches. Back on the mainland, trek from Mossman to Cape Tribulation to walk along jungle boardwalks, keeping your eyes peeled for the elusive cassowary, swim in the rainforest waters of Emmagen Creek, and cap off your tour at Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef.

Your time in Australia closes out in Sydney, the nation’s largest city and home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. A panoramic city sights tour will introduce you to some of the city’s 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 luncheon cruise of the harbour. Learn about the city’s history and feast on a three-course barbeque lunch as you enjoy the best views of the city from the water. Take another day to explore the Blue Mountains, a breathtaking landscape of sandstone peaks, drop waterfalls, and Aboriginal rock art sites.

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


 

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Accommodation in Perth

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    Crown Promenade Perth



    Crown Promenade Perth, situated in Burswood Entertainment Complex, offers a relaxed atmosphere combined with friendly service, comfort and great value. There are 291 guest rooms on 8 levels, all offering modern, spacious and comfortable facilities with everything you expect from an international hotel. Featuring a …

    Crown Promenade Perth, situated in Burswood Entertainment Complex, offers a relaxed atmosphere combined with friendly service, comfort and great value. There are 291 guest rooms on 8 levels, all offering modern, spacious and comfortable facilities with everything you expect from an international hotel. Featuring a sparkling outdoor pool with modern gym facilities for those who need a workout, an internet kiosk, reception and concierge are all available 24 hours a day. Offering convenient and quick access to Perth CBD and surrounding areas it is the ideal location for leisure or business. With access to a range of award winning restaurants and bars, there is always regular international entertainment and countless leisure options right on the Hotel's doorstep.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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    Crown Promenade Perth



    Crown Promenade Perth, situated in Burswood Entertainment Complex, offers a relaxed atmosphere combined with friendly service, comfort and great value. There are 291 guest rooms on 8 levels, all offering modern, spacious and comfortable facilities with everything you expect from an international hotel. Featuring a …

    Crown Promenade Perth, situated in Burswood Entertainment Complex, offers a relaxed atmosphere combined with friendly service, comfort and great value. There are 291 guest rooms on 8 levels, all offering modern, spacious and comfortable facilities with everything you expect from an international hotel. Featuring a sparkling outdoor pool with modern gym facilities for those who need a workout, an internet kiosk, reception and concierge are all available 24 hours a day. Offering convenient and quick access to Perth CBD and surrounding areas it is the ideal location for leisure or business. With access to a range of award winning restaurants and bars, there is always regular international entertainment and countless leisure options right on the Hotel's doorstep.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,602

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Day 1

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival at Melbourne 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 Australia's Garden City.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

    Facilities

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

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Day 2

Lanes and Arcades Afternoon Tour

Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told of, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne's arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent afternoon walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love.  Discover artisanal and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Soak in the city via all your senses, and engage with passionate creatives. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike.

Day 3

Kangaroos and Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then learn about each one's history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. Help remove Boneseed (a weed) and make a difference to koala habitat. Join wild mobs of Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care you often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. While you walk, help your Guide record sightings of all native wildlife.

The natural environments you visit are also home to parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, possums, wallabies and lizards. Your Wildlife Guide will help you understand them, and teach you how to find and enjoy them without disturbing their natural behaviour - techniques that will be useful to you wherever you go. A substantial picnic lunch is included.

Dinner is at the local Pub, a real Aussie experience!

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Little River Bed and Breakfast

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    Little River Bed and Breakfast



    Little River Bed and Breakfast Little River came into existence in the 1850s after the Melbourne - Geelong railway was established. It is a friendly, comfortable B&B and offers five en-suite rooms 4 King doubles and 1 Queen double. There are many things to see …

    Little River Bed and Breakfast Little River came into existence in the 1850s after the Melbourne - Geelong railway was established. It is a friendly, comfortable B&B and offers five en-suite rooms 4 King doubles and 1 Queen double. There are many things to see and do in and around Little River. All of it within an easy 5 to 20 minute drive.

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Day 4

Great Ocean Road

See some of the world's most spectacular coastal scenery. Follow the Great Ocean Road to the surging surf coast, and walk in the magnificent rainforests of the Otway National Park. Your Wildlife Guide will explain the formation of these mighty forests. Travel through Port Campbell National Park, looking out for echidnas, wallabies, lizards and colourful birds which make their home in the coastal heathlands. Linger a while to take in some of nature's handiwork at the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge. Hear stories about the terrible shipwrecks of the past.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Loch Ard Bed and Breakfast

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    Loch Ard Bed and Breakfast



    A warm and friendly welcome awaits you on this 480 acre cattle farm with its brand new unique bluestone English country style B&B. Built in 2005, and opened in January 2006 for B&B, it was designed by Patrick Cox to the owners liking and requirements …

    A warm and friendly welcome awaits you on this 480 acre cattle farm with its brand new unique bluestone English country style B&B. Built in 2005, and opened in January 2006 for B&B, it was designed by Patrick Cox to the owners liking and requirements to capture magnificent the views and the winter sun. Charming lace and chandeliers adorn the two spacious guest rooms with large en-suites, a guest lounge and kitchenette.

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Day 5

Western Plains to Melbourne

This morning have one last look at the coast in the dramatic morning light before returning to Melbourne across the vast grasslands of the Western Plains. Created by intense volcanic activity over the past 2 million years, the 7000 volcanoes of the Western Plains are now extinct but the resultant savannah is pasture to a rich wool growing area - a wonderful example of Australia's great range lands. Stop en route to drive to the top of an extinct volcano with spectacular views across the plains. From the summit you see some of the hundreds of volcanic lakes scattered across the plains. Later you pass Lake Corangamite, the largest permanent lake in Australia, often covered with prolific birdlife. Return to Melbourne in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Crown Promenade Hotel

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    Crown Promenade Hotel



    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's …

    The Crown Promenade Hotel is located in the heart of the action in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank entertainment precinct and it is directly linked to the exciting Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel is close to the Central Business District, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and the city's most famous arts and sporting facilities. The hotel features spacious rooms with fantastic views overlooking Port Phillip Bay or the Melbourne Central Business District and Yarra River.

    Facilities

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

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Day 6

Melbourne to Cairns to Port Douglas

Today, transfer to Melbourne 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.

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

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Day 7

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 8

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 9

Port Douglas to Cairns to Sydney

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

On arrival at Sydney Airport, you will be 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.

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    • 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 10

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 11

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 12

Depart Sydney

Today, transfer to Sydney Airport for your onward travels.

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DEPARTURES:

Sundays and Wednesdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Melbourne
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Little River
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Port Campbell
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Port Douglas
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation in Sydney
  • Small group Lanes and Arcades Walking tour
  • Small group tour along the Great Ocean Road
  • Shared full day Low Isle Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise in Port Douglas
  • Shared full day 4WD Cape Tribulation Tour from 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*
  • 2 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
    *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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