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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest Magic

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,759

Escape to Australia for an ideal trip that combines the magic of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest with beautiful Sydney. Start in Sydney and enjoy its cosmopolitan atmosphere before heading to North Queensland to cruise the reef and explore the semitropical rainforest.


This 10-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney and Port Douglas to savour two of Australia’s greatest icons. It features economy, moderate, or first-class accommodations depending on your preference, international airfare, shared and independent tours, and makes for a great first trip to Australia.

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean on route to Sydney. Once you arrive in Sydney, you’ll have the rest of the day to get acquainted with Australia’s largest city and the home to one of the most beautiful harbours on the planet. Spend a full exploring the city at leisure. You can tour on your own, heading to popular sights like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks neighbourhood, or you can join one of Goway’s guided sightseeing tours or harbour cruises to see the city in the company of an expert. No matter what you do, be sure to get a taste for the city’s nightlife and celebrated dining scene.

From Sydney, fly to Cairns in the north of Queensland and transfer to Port Douglas, a popular resort getaway located on Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas is a convenient gateway to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It’s also one of the loveliest spots in Australia. Take a full day to cruise out to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver. Explore the continental shelf and coral gardens at Agincourt Reef. Dive, snorkel, or take a semi-sub out to see the wonders of this underwater world or splurge on a helicopter ride high above the waters to see it from the sky. Then return to Port Douglas for another day at leisure to take full advantage of the sandy beaches and warm weather.

Another day, head inland to explore the semi-tropical rainforest. First stop is the Wildlife Habitat where you’ll see a massive cassowary bird and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos in addition to snakes, koalas, and crocodiles. Then head along the Daintree River to reach the national park and Cape Tribulation, where you’ll enjoy lunch on the beach and have the afternoon to explore the waters and rainforest. As the sun starts to set, head to Alexandra Lookout for gorgeous views over the landscape before cruising along the Daintree River and returning to Port Douglas.

You’ll have another day at leisure in Port Douglas before connecting back to the airport and returning home back across the Pacific Ocean.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,759

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America today for your flight to Australia.

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will met and transferred by private vehicle to your Sydney accommodation. 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.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Ultimo Sydney 
Moderate  Rydges World Square Sydney
First Class Rydges Sydney Harbour
Deluxe Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Duration2 Nights
Day 4

Sydney at Leisure

Today is at leisure in Sydney.  Consider adding a Sydney City sightseeing excursion today – description following,  (this is optional – additional cost applies). 

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.

Day 5

Depart Sydney for Port Douglas

You will be transferred this morning for your flight to Cairns, on arrival in Cairns you will be met and transferred by coach to your Port Douglas accommodation. Located on beautiful Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas offers a “village by the sea” atmosphere is your ideal jump-off point to explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Bay Villas Resort Port Douglas 
Moderate  Regal Port Douglas
First Class The Meridian at Port Douglas
Deluxe The Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas
Duration5 Nights
Day 6

Great Barrier Reef Cruise

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 firsthand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, only one-metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (at an extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 7

Port Douglas at Leisure

Today is free in Port Douglas to enjoy the “village by the sea” atmosphere.

Day 8

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Eco Experience

Your day begins visiting Wildlife Habitat. See the endangered Cassowary, Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo, a myriad of iconic Australian animals and have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. You'll also have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala, snake, or crocodile (extra cost). Morning Tea is included. Then head north to where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Cross the Daintree River on a cable-driven ferry. Travel along the rainforest-fringed Cape Tribulation Road through Daintree National Park, a magnificent wilderness region. Arrive at Cape Tribulation and enjoy a delicious lunch at a picturesque setting. Then it is off to explore Cape Tribulation Beach and the rainforest on foot with your guide. Later, you will head south, stopping at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views and then a cruise of the Daintree River. Spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife in the wild as you journey through the mangroves.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 9

Port Douglas at Leisure

Today is free in Port Douglas to enjoy the “village by the sea” atmosphere.

Day 10

Depart Australia for North America

Transfer to the airport for flight back to North America.   Of course, if you have the time, why not stay longer and explore more of Australia?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US $

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

24 Jul - 17 Sep '20 $1,759 $1,849 $1,969 $2,339
18 - 30 Sep '20 $2,069 $2,159 $2,289 $2,659
1 - 31 Oct '20 $1,969 $2,159 $2,419 $2,779
1 - 11 Nov '20 $1,659 $1,839 $2,019 $2,279
12 - 30 Nov '20 $2,029 $2,209 $2,359 $2,649
1 - 10 Dec '20 $1,969 $2,159 $2,309 $2,599

For departures from San Francisco/San Diego/Sacramento add $260, Las Vegas/Phoenix/Denver add $294, Dallas/Portland/New York add $398, Minneapolis/New Orleans add $500, Seattle add $584, Houston/Salt Lake City add $656.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

 

Departures from  Vancouver/Edmonton/
Kelowna/Saskatoon /
Victoria.  

Price in CA $

 Economy
Hotels

Moderate
Hotels

First Class
Hotels

Deluxe
Hotels

24 Jul - 17 Sep '20 $2,739 $2,859 $2,909 $3,219
18 - 30 Sep '20 $2,989 $3,099 $3,249 $3,679
1 - 31 Oct '20 $2,919 $3,169 $3,409 $3,829
1 Nov - 5 Dec '20 $2,669 $2,849 $3,029 $3,359

For departures from Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/Quebec City/Calgary add $120 pp, Kamloops/Winnipeg add $145, Regina add $200, Charlottetown add $265, Sydney/Fredericton/Moncton/St John/Halifax add $300.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares from cities listed above to Sydney and Cairns
  • Airport transfers 
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Sydney
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Port Douglas
  • Full day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Eco Experience
  • Full day Quicksilver Great Barrier Reef Cruise

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

*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). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire.

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

Ultimo Sydney 8 Aug, 30 Dec  
Rydges World Square

8 Aug, 19 Sep , 11 - 12 Nov, 30 Dec

Bay Villas PTI 1 - 4 Oct, 23 Dec - 3 Jan 
Meridian at Port Douglas 1 - 7 Nov

10 Sep 2020
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