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Wine, Wilderness & The Great Barrier Reef Including Air

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16 Days
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US$ 3,449

Experience Australia’s unique icons, unforgettable flavours, and fascinating wildlife on this journey across the country. Connecting to Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, and Cairns, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House, taste world-class wines, spot kangaroos and koalas, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.


This 16-day Australia vacation takes you to Sydney, Kangaroo Island, the Barossa Valley, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Your Australian vacation begins in Sydney, the country’s largest city and one of the most naturally-appealing urban centres in the world. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse population, Sydney is gorgeous and vibrant and full of multifaceted appeal. You’ll have several days at leisure to take advantage of the city with your iVenture Sydney Attraction Pass. Visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northern countries grow cold. Say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or visit the Sea Life Aquarium to see the aquatic animals that define Australia’s ocean. Take a Sydney Harbour Cruise to enjoy the best views of the water. Spend the rest of your time indulging in the culture, eating in world-class restaurants and kicking back in thumping nightclubs and trendy bars.

Connect to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Australia’s equivalent to the Galapagos Islands. This relatively-small island abounds in wildlife and offers a taste of undeveloped Australia where nature reigns supreme. On your first day on KI, learn about eucalyptus distilling at the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery before spotting Australian fur seals at the Seal Bay Conservation Park and hand-feeding kangaroos and wallabies at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. The next day, pass through Flinders Chase National Park to see the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch before connecting to Adelaide.

Adelaide is a city of quiet charms. Its Victorian architecture and relaxed atmosphere make it stand out from boisterous Sydney and trendy Melbourne. Take in the refined atmosphere before heading into the Barossa Valley to spend a full day exploring its world-famous wine region. As you wind through the valley, you’ll stop off at local wine cellars, dine on a delicious gourmet dinner, and enjoy stunning views of the valley. The next day, explore one of the largest produce-only markets in the Southern Hemisphere by heading to the Adelaide Central Market, where you’ll learn about the agriculture of South Australia and sample local foods.

Continue your Australian vacation by heading to your final destination, Cairns, the nation’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. On your first day, head to Michaelmas Quay to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living structure and home to over 1,500 species of fish. Aboard the 5-star catamaran, Ocean Spirit, you’ll enjoy four hours of snorkelling on the reef. Journey through coral gardens and spot all manner of colourful tropical fish. Return to Cairns and spend a day enjoying the town’s tropical atmosphere, shopping along the Promenade, and cooling off with a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon. On your final day, learn about Indigenous traditions at Kuranda, located in the heart of the rainforest. Head on a guided rainforest tour to see the verdant jungle before witnessing a Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance and closing out your time with a visit to the Koala and Wildlife Park, where you may be lucky enough to hug a koala.

At the end of your time in Cairns, connect back to the airport to continue your onward journey.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,449

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Day 1

North America

Depart North America today for your flight to Australia 

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will lose a day today on your flight Downunder, 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 Sydneyenjoys one of most idyllic settings in the world. This  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

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Travelodge Wynyard

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    Travelodge Wynyard



    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, ...

    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, many theatres, a variety of restaurants, and a great selection of major shopping outlets. The property features 277 rooms that are warm, welcoming and well equipped.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4-6

Sydney at leisure

These days are free to explore Sydney. We have included in your vacation package the i-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions.  Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more.

Day 7

Sydney to Kangaroo Island

You will be transferred this morning for your flight to Adelaide and then Kangaroo Island.  On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the evening is free to rest and relax before you begin your tour of South Australia's premier nature-based tourism destination.

Duration2 Nights
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Aurora Ozone Hotel

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    Aurora Ozone Hotel



    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce ...

    Aurora Ozone Hotel, is located on the beautiful foreshore at Kingscote. The original section of this hotel on Kangaroo Island has a Victorian facade and amenities that blend with the refined atmosphere of old world charm. Enjoy the extensive menu made up of local produce and seafood as well as the panoramic views over Nepean Bay while dining at the bistro restaurant. Dolphins can often be spotted in the calm waters over breakfast. Sample some of the Islands' finest wines from either the bistro or Ozone Cellars.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Kangaroo Island Touring

Your first official stop will be Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where you will listen to an introductory talk about the history of the oil distillery and take a guided tour. Finish off with some free time in their souvenir shop where you will find an assortment of Eucalyptus products. Continue onto Vivonne Bay Bistro located on a 260 hectare bush property, for a delicious two course lunch. After lunch visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and enjoy a guided beach walk with a National Park Ranger amongst a breeding colony of wild and rare Australian sea lions. Your tour will then visit another amazing wildlife attraction, the fascinating In-flight Birds of Prey Display at Raptor Domain. Enjoy a delightful interactive experience and meet an array of birds and raptors. From here you will travel to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park where you can get up close with Koalas, see Penguins swim and play, hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies, learn about endangered species, interact with Snakes, Crocodiles and reptiles and experience Kangaroo Island Wildlife at your fingertips! You will then be transferred back to your chosen overnight accommodation.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Kangaroo Island Touring to Adelaide

After breakfast, visit Clifford's Honey Farm to enjoy an informative talk by the beekeeper followed by tastings and an opportunity to sample homemade honey ice-cream and honey beauty products. Next, travel to Hanson Bay Visitor Centre & Café for a scrumptious two course lunch. After lunch you have the chance to look for Koalas nestled up in the eucalypts and see an abundance of native birdlife in the wildlife sanctuary. From here, travel to the western most part of the Island, Flinders Chase National Park, one of Australia's largest and earliest conservation parks. Travel through the park and enjoy breath-taking views of its unique trees, plants and coastal scenery. You will be taken to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Remarkable Rocks provide great photographic opportunities and stunning sea views. Admirals Arch boardwalk takes you down a rugged cliff face to reveal this spectacular arch, a natural nursery and safe haven for playful Long-nosed Fur Seals that can be seen swimming and playing in the waves, or resting on the rocks. There is also a possibility that you will see more kangaroos and wallabies on your return to the airport for your return flight and coach transfer to Adelaide.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Express Adelaide

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    Holiday Inn Express Adelaide



    The new Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is situated in the vibrant north-west quarter of Adelaide's central business district. The great location provides easy accessibility to Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the SA Health and Medical Research Institute, University ...

    The new Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is situated in the vibrant north-west quarter of Adelaide's central business district. The great location provides easy accessibility to Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Convention Centre, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the SA Health and Medical Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide Casino, and Rundle Mall shopping.

    Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre is the smart choice for savvy business and leisure travellers, delivering a fresh and hassle free stay every time.

    The hotel features 245 well-designed rooms, equipped with everything you need for a great stay. Start the day right with our free Express Start Breakfast or Grab & Go option, stay connected with free Wi-Fi, after a long day recharge with our high quality bedding and have a restful night's sleep with a choice of soft and firm pillows. Experience an invigorating shower with our high quality bathroom and have everything in control with our self-service laundry facility, business centre and fitness room.

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    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Reception
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 10

Barossa Food and Wine Experience

Travel through the city of Adelaide northwards to the world renowned Barossa wine region. Enjoy the change of scenery as you make your way into the vineyards of South Australia's premium wine region. Your first stop is TeAro Estate, located in the main street of Williamstown in a heritage listed 1850's barn. In the intimate Tasting Room, you will be treated to morning tea sourced from the local bakery and wine tastings while hearing stories from 4 generations of family vignerons. The next stop is a visit to Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, an absolute must whilst visiting the Barossa. Maggie Beer - cook, writer and founder of 'Maggie Beer Products', offers tastings and sales of her full product range including limited edition seasonal produce. Here you can browse amongst her personally selected regional specialty goods, purchase one of her signed books or simply sit back and take in the view. On arrival at Lambert Estate at Angaston, you will enjoy a structured wine tasting whilst sampling local seasonal produce from gourmet platters. Main course follows, and is a feast for the senses, with two signature dishes, salad and vegetables. You may wish to purchase a glass of wine from the impressive wine selection, or enjoy a coffee accompanied with their popular Chocolatier (Chocolate Port). Leaving Lambert Estate, travel to Mengler Hill Lookout for sweeping views over the valley and then onto your final stop for the day will be Pindarie, a multi-tourism award winning cellar door, which feels more like an Australian Homestead than a cellar door. The friendly staff don't just pour the wine; they share the stories behind the wines and Pindarie, a great way to finish off your Barossa Food & Wine Experience.  Depending on the day of the week, this tour may need to be changed to a Barossa and Hahndorf Tour

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Day 11

Adelaide Central Market Tour

Built in 1869, the Central Market is one of the largest produce only markets in the southern hemisphere it has been the jewel in the crown of South Australian tourism experiences and is also second home to chefs and food lovers. Our tours take participants on a sensory interactive gourmet experience giving them an opportunity to try a range of delicious samples that represent the premium food grown and produced in South Australia. Meet some locals, enjoy our hospitality and discover the true South Australia.  The Market does not operate every day, depending on the day of the week an alternative tour may be required

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Day 12

Depart Adelaide for Cairns

You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight to Cairns.  On arrival you will be met and transferred to your new hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure

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Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

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    Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort



    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and ...

    Located in the city centre, the 314 room Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is just 5 minutes walking distance to Reef Fleet Terminal and the popular Night Markets. The resort is set in two hectares of tropical, landscaped grounds featuring a large free-form lagoon pool and cabana. Each guest room has a balcony overlooking the gardens or across the city.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swim-up Bar

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Day 13

Quay to Cay

A full day cruise to Michaelmas Cay for snorkelling, diving and sailing on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Set sail aboard Ocean Spirit's five star catamaran and enjoy a reef experience like no other. Your tour includes: four full hours on the reef, morning refreshments, superb hot and cold buffet with seafood, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition plus use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, informative ecological presentations by a qualified marine biologists, coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, guided bird tours, musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns and a high crew to guest ratio (1:9).

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Day 14

Cairns 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.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city.

Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city.

 To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling and, why not travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.

Day 15

Kuranda 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.

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Day 16

Depart Australia

You will be transferred to the airport this morning for your flight back to North America.

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1 Nov - 10 Dec '18 $3,799 $3,899 $4,099 $4,149
11 Dec '18 - 11 Jan '19 $4,379 $4,479 $4,679 $4,729
12 - 13 Jan '19 $4,029 $4,129 $4,329 $4,379
1 Feb - 31 Mar '19 $3,789 $3,889 $4,089 $4,139
1 Apr - 28 Jun '19 $3,449 $3,549 $3,749 $3,799
29 Jun - 23 Jul '19 $3,999 $4,099 $4,299 $4,349
24 Jul - 17 Sep '19 $3,579 $3,679 $3,879 $3,929

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1  Nov - 10 Dec '18 $4,869 $4,969 $5,169 $5,219
11 Dec '18 - 31 Jan '19 $5,899 $5,999 $6,199 $6,249
1 Feb - 31 Mar '19 $4,839 $4,939 $5,139 $5,189
1 Apr - 23 Jun '19 $4,399 $4,499 $4,699 $4,749
24 Jun - 17 Sep '19 $4,559 $4,659 $4,859 $4,909

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfares with Qantas Airways to Australia 
  • Airport – hotel transfers throughout
  • 4 nights in Sydney with an I-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass, includes entry to 5 top Sydney attractions 
  • 2 day/2 night Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island Coast to Coast Tour with sightseeing, accommodation, select meals, flight and ferry/coach transfers
  • 3 nights in Adelaide with Barossa Valley Tour and Adelaide Central Market Tour
  • 4 nights in Cairns with Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Quay Reef Cruise
  • Classic Kuranda tour with Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Free entry to Cairns Wildlife Zoom

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Book by 23 November ’18.  After this date the airfare portion of this vacation will change.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation. For departures from other cities, upgrades or extensions 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).  Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays. If flying on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday a surcharge will apply.

Hotels 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.

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Travelodge Wynyard 13-15 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 23 - 31 Jan, 10 - 11 Aug
Holiday Inn Express Adelaide 28 Feb - 3 Mar
Novotel Cairns Oasis 24 - 31 Dec, 1 - 10 Feb, 8 - 9 Jun

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