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Sydney, Rock and Reef With Air

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,769

Flying with award-winning Virgin Australia, head to Australia to visit three of its greatest landmarks. Start in Sydney and see the Sydney Opera House and the beautiful harbour before watching the sunset over Uluru/Ayers Rock and cruising the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns.


This 10-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney, Uluru/Ayers Rock, and the Great Barrier Reef. It features international airfare with Virgin Australia, economy, moderate, and first-class accommodations depending on preference, and makes for an unforgettable introduction to Australia.

Your journey begins with a flight across the Pacific Ocean with Virgin Australia. Arrive in diverse and historic Sydney, which greets you with its sparkling harbour, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas, and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to the Botanical Gardens and famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.

Next up is Uluru/Ayers Rock, the ultimate icon of the Australian Outback. Over 300km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs, Uluru is shrouded in myth and legend and is a sacred place to the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people. A sunrise tour of this spectacular monolith is sure to be a highlight of your journey. Also included is a visit to another geological wonder, Kata Tjuta, commonly known as The Olgas.

Finally, head to tropical Cairns, which offers a dazzling array of wildlife amid lush forest surrounds. You’ll visit the Great Barrier Reef for a close encounter with the abundant sea life of the world’s largest coral reef and the largest living structure in the world. Your full day tour of nearby Kuranda and the surrounding rainforest includes one of Australia’s most scenic rail journeys, an Aboriginal dance performance, and a trip on the Skyrail for a bird’s eye view over the forest.

At the end of your stay, connect back to North America with Virgin Australia, or extend your stay in Australia to see all that Downunder has to offer.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,769

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America on board Virgin 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 be met and transferred to your hotel. 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 Type Hotel
Economy

The Ultimo 

Moderate

Rydges World Square Sydney  

First Class Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
Deluxe Four Seasons Hotel Sydney  
Duration3 Nights
Day 4

Sydney City Tour with Opera House

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Sydney to Ayers Rock and Uluru Sunset

You will transferred from your hotel to the airport today for your flight to Ayers Rock. On arrival you will be transferred by complimentary coach to your Ayers Rock Resort hotel,

Later, travel around the base of Uluru in the comfort of your coach as your Driver Guide provides commentary about the numerous sacred sites and features to be found at Uluru. Continue to the Kuniya Walk where your Driver Guide will escort you to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. View Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Later visit the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts. In the late afternoon we travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Witness the striking colour changes of Uluru at sunset while enjoying nibbles and a complimentary glass of wine.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Outback Pioneer Hotel  

Moderate

The Lost Camel  

First Class Sails in the Desert
Deluxe Sails in the Desert
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Ayers Rock Sunrise and Kata Tjuta, Fly to Cairns

Rise early this morning to travel to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku in Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. Watch the first rays of the sun set the Red Centre alight while enjoying a warming cup of tea or coffee. Then travel to the mystical 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. On the way enjoy panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta before arriving at the base of Walpa Gorge. Spend some time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. The walking trail through Walpa Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the tallest domes of Kata Tjuta. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairns. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy

Bay Village Tropical Retreat  

Moderate

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside  

First Class Pacific Hotel Cairns  
Deluxe Riley Hotel - Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Duration3 Nights
Day 8

Outer 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 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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 9

Kuranda Rainforest Classic Tour

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.

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 10

Depart Cairns for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to North America on Virgin Australia.  Of course, if you have time, why not stay longer?

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily departures

Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in US $

Economy
Hotels
Moderate
Hotels
First Class
Hotels
Deluxe
Hotels
24 Jul - 14 Aug '20 $2,899 $3,099 $3,299 $3,329
15 Aug  - 30 Sep '20 $2,769 $2,969 $3,169 $3,199
1 Oct - 30 Nov '20 $2,799 $3,029 $3,299 $3,259
1 - 10 Dec '20 $3,149 $3,499 $3,599 $3,499

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco/Sacramento add $180, Dallas/ Seattle add $240, from Portland add $275, New York add $300, Denver/Houston/Salt Lake City add $315, Minneapolis/St Louis/New Orleans add $325,  Buffalo/Boston/ Detroit/Memphis/ Orlando add $400, Atlanta add $480.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

Departures from Vancouver
Prices in CA $

Economy
Hotels
Moderate
Hotels
First Class
Hotels
Deluxe
Hotels
24 Jul - 31 Aug '20 $3,649 $3,939 $4,239 $4,229
1 - 30 Sep '20 $3,649 $3,779 $4,239 $4,229
1 Oct - 30 Nov '20 $3,699 $3,879 $4,379 $4,299
1 - 10 Dec '20 $3,689 $3,999 $4,389 $4,139

For departures from Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna/Kamloops/Winnipeg add $120, from Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/Halifax add $240 pp, Saskatoon add $500, Quebec City/ Regina/St Johns add $775, Charlottetown/Sydney/Fredericton/Moncton add $930.  Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airfares with Virgin Australia from North America to Sydney, Ayers Rock and Cairns
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Sydney
  • Sydney City Sightseeing Tour with Opera House
  • Hop on Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise with entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Accommodation for 1 nights in Ayers Rock
  • Uluru Sacred Sights & Sunset Tour
  • Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta Tour
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairns
  • Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Rainforest Tour

Goway Exclusive Add-on Touring Packages:

FOOD & WINE GOURMET PACKAGE - US $1,071 / CA $1,337

Eating and drinking well plays a significant part in the Australian way of life, the country’s food and wine scene continues to give travelers another reason to choose Australia. There are many food and wine inspired adventures – upgrade your vacation to include some of Goways favourite food and wine themed touring experiences;

  • Cruise Sydney Harbour and enjoy a 3 course contemporary Australian meal, a comprehensive wine list, live music and dancing, all set to the spectacular backdrop of Sydney by night
  • Visit the Hunter Valley, NSW’s premier wine region.  Explore cellar doors, enjoy a relaxing lunch paired with wines, visit artisanal producers, tour wineries and more
  • Experience the ultimate Sydney Opera House night. Enjoy a VIP guided tour followed by a 2 course dinner with matching wines at Bennelong Restaurant.  If time permits, add a performance ticket
  • A delicious and fantastic Food and Wine tasting adventure showcasing the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. A Foodie tour from Cairns you will thoroughly enjoy and remember
  • Australia's only rainforest dining experience, outside of Cairns. Flames of the Forest transports you into a world beyond your imagination so relaxing and uplifting for your soul you will never want to leave
  • As darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.  Enjoy a deluxe bbq dinner with matching wines, stargazing and more

THE ADVENTURE PACKAGE - US $1,086 / CA $1,351

If you are a traveller who wants an active and/or adventurous vacation Downunder, you may be looking for something different from the usual run of the mill trip – enhance your vacation with these exciting travel ideas. You don’t have to be young in years. Just healthy, young at heart, and energetic to take part. The possibilities for this type of vacation are almost limitless in our world;

  • Venture to the Blue Mountains where eucalyptus trees help the mountains to appear a rich shade of blue, hike through this stunning natural environment
  • Don’t miss out on an unforgettable, once in a Lifetime Experience – BridgeClimb Sydney, voted #1 In Australia. Absorb the 360° Panoramic Views of Sydney from the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Australia's greatest surf school on Australia's greatest beach. Experience a surf lesson with Lets Go Surfing award winning surf school on Bondi Beach
  • Indigenous Daintree Dreaming is an exclusive and spectacular Aboriginal cultural journey from coast to Rainforest to experience natural beauty and ancient culture
  • White water raft down the mighty Barron River - Prepare for plenty of thrills and excitement as you paddle through rapids, surf rafts into free standing waves and go over a huge drop at Rooster Tail
  • Experience the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Includes Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, 4WD Bloomfield Track, Aussie Billy Tea & Damper, and more!
  • Explore Uluru by Segway!

LUXURY UPGRADE IDEAS - US $2,352 / CA $3,018

Is it just good or is it the best? Goway understands the difference when it comes to making travel arrangements for the discerning globetrotter, make your vacation the ultimate Downunder vacations with these luxury travel ideas

  • Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise, the Live Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, four hour cruise experience on Sydney Harbour with bbq lunch paired with regional wines & local beers
  • Experience the ultimate Sydney Opera House night. Enjoy a VIP guided tour followed by a 2 course dinner with matching wines at Bennelong Restaurant.  If time permits, add a performance ticket
  • Experience the Daintree and Cape Tribulation on a private tour.  Includes Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, 4WD Bloomfield Track, Aussie Billy Tea & Damper, and more!  Private luxury touring of Sydney city, The Rocks and Eastern Suburbs, morning tea with views over The Gap; and visit the famous Bondi Beach
  • In Kuranda, learn about one of the world’s oldest rainforests, the local Indigenous culture, and the native wildlife of Australia. Includes a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Cottage Point Inn may just be twenty minutes by seaplane from Sydney, but you’ll feel worlds away upon landing at this unique restaurant perched on the water's edge in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, It is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine
  • The contrast between the spectacular natural setting and the world-class gastronomic adventure on your plate is simply awe-inspiring. Tali Wiru is so much more than a dining experience; it's a moment in time remembered forever.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance,
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

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) Virgin Australia (with partner airlines to/from Virgin Australia Gateway cities). Add on airfares are available from your home city – please inquire. Package is based on midweek flights. If flying on a weekend surcharges will apply.

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. The special offers listed above are not valid over any blackout dates

Hotel

Dates

The Ultimo  30 Dec - 1 Jan, 22 - 27 Jan, 26 - 28 Jan 
Rydges World Square

19 Sep, 11 Nov


20 Sep 2020
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