Sydney Reef and Rainforest 2017
Tour Type: At Leisure
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book At Leisure 2017
Vibrant Sydney, the picture-postcard beauty of Hamilton Island and the natural wonders of Port Douglas and Cairns join together, in a leisurely exploration of the East Coast. You'll enjoy Insider moments like? enjoying our authentic beach-front resort in tropical Hamilton Island. It's feeling spellbound as you watch the Aboriginal 'smoking ceremony', and as you wander Mossman Gorge rainforest as an indigenous expert shares local legends.Sightseeing Highlights
- 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.
First class travel Highlights
9 hot buffet breakfasts.
4 dinners (including Be My Guest).
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage, local tips and charges
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
- All hotel charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
|Offer valid through 6/30/2017|
|Day 1||Sydney||Arrive Sydney (3 Nights): Welcome to Sydney! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 11am). After check-in, your Travel Director will bring you to the famous Rocks Markets for a Cultural Insight. Held every weekend in the city where European settlers first stepped ashore on 26 January 1788, the market is more than a shopping experience. Explore the narrow lanes, stroll along cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps browsing the market stalls featuring jewellery, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savoury treats and arts and crafts. Now it's time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine|
|Day 2||Sydney||Sydney Sightseeing: Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist. Step inside and discover the stories and history behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon's remarkable achievement. Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Regional Meal at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen's Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for an insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy an Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 3||Sydney||Sydney At Leisure: The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. You'll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of Australia's cuddly native animals. Or if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 4||Hamilton Island||Sydney - Hamilton Island (2 Nights): Today you fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's Whitsundays. From bustling Sydney to this tropical paradise, it's time to relax and unwind with a free afternoon and evening. You may like to take a stroll along the water's edge, kick back with a book by the pool or just enjoy the beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony.Buffet Breakfast|
Reef View Authentic Accommodation
|Day 5||Hamilton Island||Hamilton Island At Leisure: The day is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps strap on a snorkel and mask for a guided tour to spot turtles, hire a buggy to explore the island or discover some native animals at the island's wildlife park.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 6||Port Douglas||Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas (2 Nights): Today fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns. Take a 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 explore the village, perhaps join one of the resort's activities or just 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 with wine|
QT Port Douglas
|Day 7||Port Douglas||Great Barrier Reef: Board a Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to 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. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. You can watch the fish-feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch|
|Day 8||Cairns||Port Douglas - Cairns (2 Nights): Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you'll learn about traditional plant use and your Local Specialist Indigenous Guide will identify bush food sources. They will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (bread). Later, journey 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 join your companions for a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. Enjoy a great Aussie BBQ dinner with your hosts in their home.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining|
|Day 9||Cairns||Cairns At Leisure: Spend today as you choose. Maybe take an Optional Experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of 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. You could visit Cairns Tropical Zoo or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife, including koalas, beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 10||Depart Cairns||Depart Cairns: Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday in Australia. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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