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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest

10 days from $2995 per person

Sydney-Harbour-PhotoExperience Australia in style on this 10 day tour covering a great range of Australia's best spots! Enjoy delicious meals, stay in top of the range accomodation and travel in luxury touring vehicles. From the fantastic sites of Sydney's city to spectacular beaches and coral, experience the hidden gems of the great out doors and see what Australia has to offer.

Included Highlights:

  • Dinner on Sydney Harbour
  • Sydney Opera House tour
  • Stay on Hamilton Island
  • Resort in Port Douglas
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Explore Mossman Gorge
  • Kuranda & Skyrail Cableway
  • Aboriginal cultural experience
  • 'You are invited' experience

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Sydney
On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel.
Join your Tour Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets, 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 Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner with your Tour 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.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Sydney Sights
This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a local guide. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. You're invited to Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before 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. If you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbour Bridge 'BridgeClimb' (own expense).
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast and Your invited to Lunch.

Day 3: Sydney 'Free Time'
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 Wale' premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Sydney – Hamilton Island
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's Whitsundays (airfare not included). The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to relax or explore and orientate yourself with the picturesque surroundings.
Hotel: Reef View Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 5: Hamilton Island 'Free Time'
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 windsurfng. Consider a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach, stretching seven 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 Tour Director will be happy to help.
Hotel: Reed View Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6: Hamilton Island – Cairns – Port Douglas
This morning you will be transferred to the airport on Hamilton Island for your flight to Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland (airfare not included). 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 you can relax by the lagoon-style pool, join in one of the resort's activities or take a stroll around the village of Port Douglas. This evening perhaps be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace.
Hotel: QT Port Douglas.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7: 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 marine naturalist. 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 lunch including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.
Hotel: QT Port Douglas.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8: Port Douglas – Cairns
Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for 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. They'll 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, 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.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9: Cairns
Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to 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 Tour Director at a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Farwell Dinner.

Day 10: Farewell from Cairns
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

First Choice Holiday Inclusions:

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Professionally Escorted tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels
  • Meals include 9 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 'Your Invited Lunch', 1 Harbour Cruise Dinner, 1 Hotel Dinner and 1 Farwell Dinner
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Hotel porterage included

Flight Information:
Day 1: from Sydney Airport – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon
Day 4: to Sydney Airport – flights anytime
Day 6: from Cairns Airport – flights to arrive prior to 12 noon
Day 10: to Cairns Airport – flights anytime

Prices:

Valid: 13 September 2015 - 27 March 2016 Valid: 01 April 2016 - 31 December 2016
Departs On: Price Per Person from:  Departs On: Price Per Person from:
13 September 2015 $2995.00 11 September 2016 $3095.00
8 November 2015 $2995.00 9 October 2016 $3095.00
6 December 2015 $2995.00 6 November 2016 $3095.00
31 January 2016 $2995.00 4 December 2016 $3095.00
28 February 2016 $2995.00     
27 March 2016 $2995.00    

Single traveller accommodation supplement from $1070.00 - $1085.00
Triple discount - Save $150.00
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Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may change from 01/04/16.

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