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Sydney, Rock and Reef
(9 days) Sydney to Cairns
Map of Sydney, Rock and Reef
A first timers itinerary for those with limited time wanting to visit Australia’s East Coast only.
With a 3 night stay in Sydney, Ayers Rock/Uluru and Cairns we’ve included enough time to see all the highlights each city has to offer. Cruise on the harbour and visit the Opera House in Sydney; enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, arguably the food, fashion and sports capital of Australia; and visit Cairns, gateway to the world famous Great Barrier Reef.
Day 1 Sydney

Arrive Sydney

Royale Limousines, Sydney

International Airport to City Hotel – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.
InterContinental Sydney, Sydney

Accommodation in a Standard City Side Room for 3 nights – Room Only 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2001

Positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbour, the hotel is just moments away from the famous Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay and exclusive shops. Built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel has been home to world leaders and celebrities for more than two decades. Hotel facilities include several dining options, a health club and indoor swimming pool offering sweeping views of Sydney Harbour.

Day 2 Sydney

Sensational Sydney Cruises, Sydney

Tea at Sea – Morning Cruise – Shared Cruise

Departs: Campbells Cove Pontoon, Circular Quay. This is a floating pontoon located between the Overseas Passenger Cruise Terminal and the Park Hyatt.

Inclusions: 2 hour cruise, tea, coffee, water, soft drink, selection of biscuits and danishes.

Begin your day with a Sensational Sydney cruise that visits the Harbour’s stand out attractions. Take in the sights and delights with a small group of like-minded individuals whilst navigating the waterways of Sydney harbour. Your informative captain and crew will entertain you throughout your two hour morning cruise. Whilst at sea enjoy a refreshing morning tea, served with coffee, tea and juice.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Opera House Tour – Shared Tour

Departs: The Welcome Centre on the Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House.

Inclusions: Guided Tour (English Language).

More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. But for Utzon, the Sydney Opera House story was no fairy tale. The Sydney Opera House Tour brings to life the saga behind the making of the world’s most famous house. Using state-of-the-art audio visual technology, your welcoming guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece. This tour puts Jorn Utzon on centre stage and is a tribute to his creative genius. You will discover why Utzon was more than an architect: he was an architect of change. And how, against a landslide of political and public criticism, he created the youngest building ever world heritage listed. You’ll be taken inside one of the working venues to experience the magic behind the world’s most extraordinary opera, ballet, symphony and dramatic performances. The Tour brings the Sydney Opera House to life.

Important Information: The Sydney Opera House Tour includes up to 200 steps. Flat, enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn. While on a tour, all bags larger than an A4 size will need to be cloaked (at the Opera House Guide’s discretion). A complimentary, secure cloaking facility is located at the Cloak Room Desk on the Lower Concourse.

BridgeClimb Sydney, Sydney

Early Twilight BridgeClimb – Shared Tour Departs: 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks.

Inclusions: Climb Group Photograph, Certificate of Achievement & BridgeClimb Cap

The original climbing adventure of the bridge, takes Climbers on top of the bridge’s structure for a 3 ½ hour experience of Sydney and its magnificent harbour. After embarking on your Climb in the afternoon, you will reach the summit as the sun begins to set. As you arrive on the western side of the Bridge the sun will have reached the horizon and evening will emerge.

Day 3 Sydney

AEA Luxury Tours, Sydney

Full Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Day – Shared Small Group Tour 

Inclusions: City hotel pickup and drop off, morning tea, two course lunch, national park fees.

Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages & Tea/Coffee with meals

Today’s tour is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. Departing from the city you travel directly to the Blue Mountains and where the first stop of the day is at Euroka Clearing located deep in the National Park. Here there is abundant birdlife to be found and it’s also home to wild kangaroos. There is time to wander at leisure to see if you can spot any of these beautiful native animals. Your guide will prepare a refreshing morning tea or coffee for you with some local delicacies. From Euroka Clearing we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. You will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day, thus allowing you to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.

Continuing on, arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. Lunch today is at Hydro Majestic. The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of scenic lookouts. The view from Govett’s Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. Here the magnificent waterfall drops 180 metres to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where you will stop to enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel.

Day 4 Uluru Sunrise Viewing Area

Sydney to Ayers Rock/Uluru

Royale Limousines, Sydney City Hotel to Domestic Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Sydney Arrive Ayers Rock Your flight today is not included in your Southern World arrangements.

Uluru, the true Aboriginal name for what many people know as Ayers Rock, rises from the broad desert plain in the deep centre of Australia and it’s one of the country’s most recognisable natural icon. The famous “Rock” stands 348 metres high and is located 440 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Forty kilometres to the west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. This massive pile of rock domes dates back 500 million years. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great Aboriginal cultural significance for the Anangu traditional landowners. Learn about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area.

SEIT Outback Australia, Ayers Rock/Uluru Airport to Hotel Transfer – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock/Uluru Accommodation in a Superior Room for 2 nights – Room Only

Additional Inclusions: Full Breakfast

Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Ayers Rock Resort’s premium hotel. The hotel’s interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and private rooms. The property also features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool and a range of dining options. Please note hotel check out time is 10:00am.

Day 5 Uluru Sunrise Viewing Area

Ayers Rock/Uluru

SEIT Outback Australia, Ayers Rock/Uluru

Morning SEIT Uluru Highlights – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off from Ayers Rock Resort and Outback picnic breakfast, a bottle of water and refill Additional Inclusions: 2 Adults x 1 National Park Entry Ticket

You will travel towards Uluru its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort.

SEIT Outback Australia, Ayers Rock/Uluru

Afternoon SEIT Kata Tjuta Domes – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off from Ayers Rock Resort, a bottle of water and refill.

Travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge, walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. Your guide will return you to your hotel in time for those people joining the Sounds of Silence dinner.

Day 6 Cairns

Ayers Rock/Uluru to Cairns

SEIT Outback Australia, Ayers Rock/Uluru

Hotel to Airport Transfer – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Ayers Rock

Arrive Cairns

Cairns Limousine Service, Cairns Domestic

Airport to Cairns City – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns

Accommodation in a Superior Room (City/Pool/Garden View) for 3 nights – Room Only Pierpoint Road, Cairns QLD 4870

Nestled on the edge of Cairns magnificent waterfront, the hotel boasts elegantly appointed rooms and suites. All rooms feature contemporary interiors and panoramic views of Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, the surrounding mountain ranges or the hotel’s lush tropical gardens. The hotel’s boardwalk offers an extensive array of innovative restaurants, cafes and bars overlooking the world class marina. Only a short stroll from the City Centre, Esplanade Lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal and an integral part of the Pier Shopping Complex.

Day 7 Cairns

Daintree Sightseeing Adventure North Australia, Cairns

Full Day Daintree Dreaming Day Tour – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, interpretive rainforest walk, morning tea, lunch, 2 hour Coastal Walk with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Welcome to Country Ceremony.

You are in for a treat today with this memorable Aboriginal cultural experience. Travel to Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu) just north of Port Douglas. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people. Here you will join one of the Kubirri Warra brothers on their beach, mudflat and mangrove walks followed by an introduction to traditional fishing and gathering techniques with the aim of finding your own tucker (food). Visit Mossman Gorge where you will be welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country. Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforest. Enjoy an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimmers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest. A delicious lunch will be served in the Mosman Gorge Centre at the edge of the rainforest.

Day 8 Cairns


Reef Magic Cruises, Cairns

Full Day Marine World Great Barrier Reef (from Terminal) – Shared Cruise 

Inclusions: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea, snorkelling equipment, lycrasuit or wetsuit, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours, underwater reef view observatory and EMC (Environmental Management Charge), jetty tax & administration fee.

Reef Magic Cruises has exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life. Depart direct from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time, leaving more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. The all-weather Marine World platform caters for all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join the Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari. Enjoy the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory.

Day 9 Cairns

Depart Cairns today

InterContinental, Sydney
Uluru Sunrise Viewing Area
Longitude 131
Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns