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Sydney, Reef & Rainforest

City sophistication meets sun, surf and idyllic island vistas on this unforgettable East Coast journey. Visit Sydney’s historic Rocks, dine on its iconic harbour, tour the Opera House and stroll on legendary Bondi Beach. Then sample the carefree tropical lifestyle in Port Douglas and on Hamilton Island in the glorious Whitsundays. Experience Aboriginal culture in the Daintree, ride the Kuranda Skyrail, and cruise on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Tour Highlights


Day 1: Welcome to Sydney

Begin your discovery of Australia’s largest city with a visit to The Rocks, the place where the first European settlers stepped ashore in 1788. Cobblestone streets and original sandstone buildings characterise this vibrant, historic precinct, where you’ll have time to browse the myriad stalls of the popular Rocks Markets. In the late afternoon, get to know your fellow travellers on board a Captain Cook Cruise as you enjoy your Welcome Reception and dinner. Glide past beaches, parklands, magnificent waterfront homes, and of course the legendary Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. (DW)

Hotel for 3 nights: The Grace Hotel, Sydney

Day 2: Sydney

Enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House this morning with a local guide, then board your coach and head to Bondi Beach for lunch at an Australian institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, which affords uninterrupted views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host, a local surf lifesaver, will lead you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Leaving the beach and the 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 your afternoon window-shopping in the QVB. (B, L)

Day 3: Sydney Free Time

Today is yours for further exploration of Sydney, or perhaps you might take an excursion to the nearby Blue Mountains and spectacular Jenolan Caves. Canberra, the national capital, is only a few hours’ drive away, as is the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine-growing region. (B)

Day 4: Sydney - Hamilton Island

This morning you’ll fly to Hamilton Island, one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday group in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The spectacular, car-free island boasts pristine beaches and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure for you to relax or explore your tropical paradise. (B)

Hotel for 2 nights: Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island

Day 5:Hamilton Island

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 all yours to indulge in your own pleasures – hire a buggy and ramble along the island’s winding roads, visit the island’s wildlife park, home to many species of Australian animals or sit back with a good book by the resort’s stunning 35 metre pool. (B)

Day 6: Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas

This morning, board your aircraft bound for Cairns, where you’ll take the short journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. Relax this afternoon by the lagoon-style pool, join in one of the resort’s activities, or perhaps take a stroll around the village of Port Douglas. The celebrated Estilo Bar is perfect for a cocktail tonight before dinner. (B, DW)

Hotel for 2 nights: QT, Port Douglas

Day 7: Great Barrier Reef

Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran today and cruise out to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Following a presentation by a marine naturalist, you’ll have the opportunity to go snorkelling (equipment provided) to view this natural living wonder at first hand, or view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch on board before you return to Port Douglas in the late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 8: Port Douglas - Cairns

Your first stop today is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for a hands-on experience with an Indigenous Guide who’ll share his knowledge of traditional plant use and bush food sources. Try bush tea and damper before journeying on to Kuranda, the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. Later, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will take you high above the canopy of the spectacular Barron Gorge National Park back down to the lowlands. Be my guest dining experienceThere 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 the evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes. (B, BMGD)

Hotel for 2 nights: Shangri-La Hotel, the Marina, Cairns

Day 9: Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to relax or pursue your own interests in this vibrant tropical city. The award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park provides fascinating insights into ancient Indigenous culture, and an array of native wildlife can be observed at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Or you may prefer to spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant overlooking Cairns Harbour. (B, FD)

Day 10:Farewell from Cairns

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, BMGD - Be My Guest Dinner, D-Dinner, FD- Farewell Dinner, DW - Dinner with wine

Price & Dates
For dates and prices on this tour, give us a call on 0191 4552292.

Price Includes:

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
Not included:
  • Flights to / from Australia*
  • Gratuities to drivers and Tour Director
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