Follow the sun from Sydney’s cobblestoned Rocks to the startlingly beautiful Whitsundays – a serene meander up Australia’s eastern coast At Leisure, tracing Aboriginal Dreamtime paths through Ngadiku Gorge, kicking back on tropical Hamilton Island and slapping a juicy steak on the Barbie in true Aussie style.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip international airfare to Sydney and return from Cairns
- All domestic flights
- 9 night guided vacation First Class coach tour
- 15 meals: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners (including 1 Be My Guest)
- Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Hand-picked insider experiences
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- City tour in Sydney
- Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef
- See locally-made arts and crafts at the Rocks Markets
- View rainforest from the Skyrail Cableway in Cairns
- Visit Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, the Whitsunday Islands, and Daintree National Park
Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Be My Guest: This is an opportunity to enjoy Aussie hospitality at its best, with an Aussie family in their home. Meet your hosts and take a tour of the family home and hear what it’s like to live in Australia today.
Cultural Insights: Explore the trendy Rocks Markets in the area where European settlers first stepped ashore in the 18th century.
Local Specialists: For included sightseeing in Sydney and Mossman Gorge.
Travel Best Best Exclusive!
||Based on Double or Single Share|
|March 23||$7049 + $235 tax|
|November 2||$6999 + $225 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna||from $300 more|
|Calgary, Edmonton||from $200 more|
|Single Room Supplement||add $1530|
|Trafalgar Travel Club*||$230 discount|
*If you have traveled with Trafalgar before, you are entitled to a discount off the tour only portion! You will need to travel within 5 years of your last trip to qualify. For more information please contact our reservations department.
Day 1 Arrive Sydney (3 Nights)
Welcome to sun-kissed Sydney – a city blessed with beautiful golden beaches, one of the world’s most impressive natural harbours and a tangible trendy vibe you’ll get to soak up as you kick off your leisurely sojourn through Australia. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 11am) and taken to the once rough and tumble Rocks district, where European settlers first stepped ashore in the late 18th century. Today, the Rocks is a stylish suburb where you’ll enjoy a Cultural Insight, meandering through the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets lined with market stalls selling gifts, souvenirs, arts and crafts and sweet and savoury treats. After your fill of retail therapy, it’s time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and Regional Meal with your Travel Director and fellow travellers, cruising past the magnificent waterfront homes, parklands, beaches and coves for which Sydney Harbour is so famous. Cruise beneath Sydney’s beloved Coathanger and admire the brilliant white sails of the Sydney Opera House as you glide through the harbour waters and watch the sun set over Sydney’s magnificent skyline. (D)
Day 2 Sydney Sightseeing
Australia’s cosmopolitan harbour city takes centre stage again today as we enjoy a leisurely meander past some of its most iconic attractions. Our first stop is at the distinctive Sydney Opera House where we join a Local Specialist to delve into the stories and history behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s remarkable masterpiece. We leave the bustling city streets for Bondi – watching bronzed sun worshippers play volleyball on its golden sands and families walking along the promenade before we meet a local surf lifesaver for a Regional Meal at the Returned Servicemen’s Club with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Bondi and surf lifesaving are shared on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club with a Local Specialist. The beach and beautiful people behind us, we return to the bustling city streets of Sydney to spend the rest of the day strolling along Darling Harbour, indulging in a delicious gelato and some serious people watching, or spending the rest of your afternoon window shopping in the QVB. (B/L)
Day 3 Sydney At Leisure
Today is yours to soak up all that Sydney and its beautiful natural surrounds have to offer. Perhaps take an Optional Experience and venture to the spectacular eucalyptus-clad Blue Mountains, so named because of their blue hue visible on the horizon as far away as Sydney. See the famous Three Sisters rock formations and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to pat a koala. If your heart is set on staying in Sydney and you’re feeling adventurous, ascend the imposing iron arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge on the thrilling BridgeClimb for beautiful views of the iconic city and harbour below. (B)
Day 4 Sydney – Hamilton Island (2 Nights)
Quiet solitude and secret island hideaways lie ahead as we depart Sydney and head for Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland’s picturesque Whitsundays. Embrace your inner sloth, kick back and relax with a book on a lounger at the crystal-clear pool, take a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge or indulge in a beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony after an afternoon snooze – set your watch to island time and enjoy it on your terms. (B)
Day 5 Whitehaven Beach and At Leisure
Famous Whitehaven Beach beckons this morning. Cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours to indulge in your own pleasures – hire a buggy and ramble along the island’s winding roads. Or tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean. (B)
Day 6 Hamilton Island – Cairns – Port Douglas (2 Nights)
We leave the quiet sanctuary of Hamilton Island – bleached white sandbars and lush green islands dotting the azure waters far below, as we fly to Cairns and drive to the resort town of Port Douglas where Queensland’s lush tropical rainforest collides with the Great Barrier Reef. Take a quiet stroll along the town’s palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, stopping for an ice cream or drink, or spend the afternoon relaxing at the lagoon-style pool at your resort. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before a delicious dinner at the resort. (B/D)
Day 7 Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef and its underwater kaleidoscope of vivid colours is our destination today as we board a Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for our cruise to Agincourt Reef. Enjoy an in-depth look at this stunning underwater utopia from the comfort of your semi-submersible observatory. Or get your feet wet and get up-close and personal with the reef’s resident marine-life (snorkeling equipment provided). Before embarking on your journey back to Cairns, enjoy a tropical buffet lunch with the knowledge that there’s a whole other world swimming right below you. (B/L)
Day 8 Port Douglas – Cairns (2 Nights)
Today we go back to basics on a soulful encounter with nature, exploring the special relationship between the Aboriginal people and the rainforest on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. As we meander through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park, a Local Specialist will take us along the tranquil, private tracks and past culturally significant sites, identifying bush food sources and providing an enchanting narrative of the rainforest. At the end of our journey, we’ll enjoy a traditional bush tea and damper (bread) cooked directly on the coals of an open fire. Our next stop is Kuranda, the ‘village in the rainforest’, where we will have time to explore its Heritage Village Markets and board the Skyrail Cableway, suspended high above the tumbling waterfalls, rugged ravines and rainforest canopy of Barron Gorge National Park back down to the lowlands. There can be no better end to a day spent celebrating the beauty of nature than a real Aussie BBQ, which you’ll enjoy at a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend an evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes. (B/D)
Day 9 Cairns At Leisure
Take it easy on your last day in the laid-back tropical city of Cairns. Chill in the city’s relaxing parklands or amble along the Promenade from the Marina to the mangrove forest. Experience this port city at your leisure, or let loose in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to delve into the secrets of the world’s oldest living culture. Learn about the history of Cairns on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. Or check out Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures to pat a koala or get up close and personal to an array of wildlife, including tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Our ramble through the cosmopolitan cities, colourful seascapes and dense rainforests of Australia is almost at its end. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking Cairns Harbour. (B/D)
Day 10 Depart Cairns
All that’s left to say is a resounding Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… Oi, Oi, Oi, before our transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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