ARRIVE SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)
On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Join your Travel Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets, a Local Speciality, held every weekend in Sydney's historic district, the place where the first European settlers stepped ashore on 26 January 1788. With jewellery, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savoury treats and arts and crafts, the Market is more than just a shopping experience. While you're there, you can explore narrow lanes, stroll along cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps. Now it's time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Sunset Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Witness spring twilight, summer evenings, autumn sunsets or winter city lights while enjoying a delicious contemporary Australian menu.(Welcome Reception / Dinner)
This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. When you return to the city you’ll have the opportunity to discover Australia’s national gemstone – the opal, with a Local Expert. If you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)
SYDNEY AT LEISURE
Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Or perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. Or travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.(Buffet Breakfast)
SYDNEY - HAMILTON ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's Whitsundays, and your Authentic Accommodation. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to relax or explore and orientate yourself with the picturesque surroundings.(Buffet Breakfast)
HAMILTON ISLAND AT LEISURE
Enjoy breakfast with the koalas then it's time to take it easy or make the most of the many activities that are available to you today at the resort. You can relax at a beach or by a pool. Or you can strap on your walking shoes and take a hike into Hamilton Island's bushland. Go sea-kayaking, snorkelling or windsurfing. Consider a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach, stretching 7 empty kilometres. If you'd prefer to be less active, perhaps indulge in a facial or massage at Spa wumurdaylin (own expense). The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.(Buffet Breakfast)
HAMILTON ISLAND - CAIRNS - PORT DOUGLAS (2 NIGHTS)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport on Hamilton Island for your flight to Cairns, in tropical Far North Queensland. On arrival you'll board your coach for the short journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. This afternoon discover the village of Port Douglas and perhaps join one of the resort's activities or relax by the lagoon-style pool. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Board your Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The friendly professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a Local Expert. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish-feeding from Quicksilver's unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet Highlight Lunch including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)
PORT DOUGLAS - CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)
Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Unique Insight, the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you'll learn about traditional plant use and your interpretive Indigenous Guide will identify bush food sources. He will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and his special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (bread). Later, you'll travel to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' including the Heritage Village Markets. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. This evening in Cairns is free for you to do as you wish.(Buffet Breakfast)
CAIRNS INCLUDED CHOICE
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Discover the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and learn about this ancient culture through theatres, stages shows and demonstrations. Or spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. Perhaps visit Cairns Tropical Zoo. You can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, see giant crocodiles and enjoy great wildlife presentations and tours. Or at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures take a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of your memorable tropical escapade. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).(Buffet Breakfast)
Sydney Visit famous Bondi Beach and view the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a sunset harbour cruise.
Hamilton Island Stay on this idyllic tropical island in the heart of the Whitsundays.
Port Douglas Relax in this tropical oasis, between the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef Get up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
Mossman Gorge See this stunning natural beauty in the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
Atherton Tablelands Ride the Skyrail Cableway for spectacular views high above the Barron Gorge National Park.
On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and ‘Highlight Dinner’ at The Langham.(Welcome Reception / Dinner)
AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (2 NIGHTS)
Travel to the Waitomo Caves to see the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on a boat tour with a Local Expert. This evening experience the traditional world of Maori in a 200 year old Tawa setting. Share the Powhiri, an anicent ceremony of welcome. Enter the Meeting House and witness a powerful and entertaining cultural performance. This is followed by a Maori Hangi Be My Guest dinner accompanied by local wine and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)
A Maori Local Expert will accompany you around the Whakarewarewa Living Thermal Village, where you’ll gain an insight into Maori culture. See New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a tour with a Local Expert. You may even spot a kiwi! Then visit the Local Speciality Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a taste of farm life.(Buffet Breakfast)
ROTORUA - QUEENSTOWN (2 NIGHTS)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers, before an orientation tour of Queenstown and surrounds. See Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables Mountain Range and the home of the Bungy Jump at Kawarau Bridge.(Buffet Breakfast)
QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day to do as you choose in New Zealand’s adventure capital. Why not take a day trip to mystical Milford Sound? You will travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Travel through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, en route to Milford Sound to board your cruise for an unforgettable experience.(Buffet Breakfast)
QUEENSTOWN - MELBOURNE (2 NIGHTS)
You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport to board your flight for Melbourne, Australia. On arrival you are transferred to the hotel. This rest of the day is free to explore this cosmopolitan city, before meeting your Travel Director.(Buffet Breakfast)
MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE
Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour with your Travel Director including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways, a Local Speciality. You'll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. The remainder of the day is at leisure so you may consider an excursion to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.(Buffet Breakfast)
MELBOURNE - CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)
This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Discover the medicinal values of bush tucker and enjoy professional theatre incorporating traditional Aboriginal dance, fire making and storytelling. Join an Indigenous staff member for a fun introduction to Aboriginal art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a souvenir of your Local Speciality experience.(Buffet Breakfast)
GREAT BARRIER REEF
Board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy an informative reef education presentation with a Local Expert. See a myriad of coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet Highlight Lunch before you return to Cairns.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)
CAIRNS - SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)
Visit the Cairns Wildlife Dome to encounter crocodiles, koalas, wallabies, possums and other unique Australian animals. Later, you'll be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll through Darling Harbour or wander down to the historic Rocks district at Circular Quay for a panoramic view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.(Buffet Breakfast)
SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING & AT LEISURE
This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Return to the city for a cruise on the beautiful harbour. Then you will have the opportunity to learn about Australia’s national gemstone - the opal.(Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)
SYDNEY AT LEISURE
Spend a free day in this exciting city. Why not take an excursion to the famous Blue Mountains and see some of Australia’s native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Or you could visit the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine-growing region. Gather together this evening with your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant by the water.(Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)
Time to bid farewell as we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your flight home (flights anytime).(Buffet Breakfast)
Waitomo Caves Take a guided boat tour of the Glow Worm Grotto.
Rotorua Discover Whakarewarewa Village, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Agrodome Sheep Show.
Queenstown Spend a free day in New Zealand’s adventure capital.
Melbourne See the Royal Botanic Gardens and Queen Victoria Market.
Great Barrier Reef Get up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
Sydney View the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a harbour cruise.
Day 1 Day1 Melbourne/Great Ocean Road
Set off from Melbourne bound for Victoria's east coast and its centrepiece attraction – the Great Ocean Road. Pass through the surfing hub of Torquay and its famous surf beaches, then sit back and enjoy one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. Spy some koalas at Kennett River, stop for lunch in Apollo Bay and take in the commanding views out across The Twelve Apostles. Continue on to The Grampians National Park for a memorable overnight stay in Halls Gap.
Day 2 Grampians National Park/Adelaide
Become versed in local Indigenous culture at the Brambuck Cultural Centre before heading off along a few of the park's hiking trails. Visit one of two impressive waterfalls in the area and soak up some of the jaw-dropping vistas. Make the remainder of the journey to the South Australian capital of Adelaide, where this 2 Day Melbourne to Adelaide Explorer trip draws to a close.
Day 1 Alice Springs/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Daly Waters
Kick off this two-day adventure with a visit to the iconic Karlu Karlu, or 'Devils Marbles'. Hear the story behind the formation of these gigantic boulders before continuing on to Tennant Creek for lunch. In the evening visit a true blue Aussie pub, perhaps sharing a couple of beers with the friendly locals before camping out beneath the stars for an evening of peaceful outback solitude.
Day 2 Katherine Gorge/Darwin
Start the day with an exploration of Nitmiluk National Park. Meaning the 'Place of the Cicada Dreaming' in the Jawoyn language, it’s a stunning place to explore. Take a short walk to Barrawei Lookout for an incredible view of Katherine Gorge before learning about the significance of this area to the Jawoyn people. Stop for a swim in the refreshing waters of Edith Falls before journeying to tropical Darwin, the Territory’s culture-rich capital city.
Day 1 Darwin/Katherine Gorge
Drive out to Nitmiluk National Park. Stop by Edith Falls for a quick dip before arriving in Katherine Gorge. Learn about the region's cultural significance to the local Jawoyn Aboriginal people and continue on to the one pub town of Daly Waters.
Day 2 Daly Waters/Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)/Alice Springs
Explore the sacred site of Karlu Karlu (Devil's Marbles), then cross the tropic of Capricorn and arrive in the town of Alice Springs.