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(10 days) Sydney to Port Douglas
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A first timers itinerary for those with limited time wanting to visit Australia's East Coast only. With a 3 night stay in Sydney, Melbourne 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.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Accommodation in a Deluxe City King Room for 3 nights – Room Only

Stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city’s shopping and business centre, the hotel is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbour views and a luxurious day spa featuring exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments.

Day 2

Sydney

Sensational Sydney Cruises, Sydney

Tea at Sea – Morning Cruise – Shared Cruise

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

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.

BridgeClimb Sydney, Sydney

Early Twilight BridgeClimb – Shared Tour

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 Melbourne

Sydney to Melbourne

Royale Limousines, Sydney

City Hotel to Domestic Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Sydney

Arrive Melbourne

LimoCentral, Melbourne Domestic Airport to Hotel – Private Car/Driver Transfer

There is a lot to love about Melbourne – just ask the locals. This sophisticated world city in the south-east corner of mainland Australia inspires a deep passion in those who live there. Ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is famous for its vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is less than 200 years old and never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.

Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne

Accommodation in a Park King Room for 3 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

Overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and the cosmopolitan mix of Victorian and modern architecture of the central business district, the hotel retains the contemporary vibe of the city. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district it provides a warm ambience and exceptional levels of personalised service and amenities. Outstanding hotel facilities include rooms and suites, the award-winning Radii restaurant and Park Club Health and Day Spa featuring an indoor pool with Grecian mural. Easily accessible from Melbourne Airport which is only 25 kilometres away and conveniently located to most city attractions around the city centre.

 

Day 5

Melbourne

Melbourne Private Tours, Melbourne

Yarra Valley Day Tour – Private Tour

Inclusions: Private touring to the Yarra Valley, 2 course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft drink), wine tasting at a few local boutique wineries tailored to your preferences, Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary (entry own expense), a private ‘behind the scenes’ barrel tasting with one of the regions most respected wine makers.

One of Australia’s leading wine making areas the Yarra Valley is a short drive from Melbourne making it an ideal destination for a day trip. Enroute to the Yarra Valley you will travel through some beautiful rural countryside where you have the opportunity to see wild kangaroos in their natural habitat.

With a picturesque backdrop of the Yarra Ranges as well as renowned restaurants throughout the area, wine and food lovers alike revel in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer.

You will have the opportunity to sample wine from boutique wineries off the major highways and away from the potential crowds of the larger wineries and tour companies – fully tailored to the interests and passions of our guests. A visit to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary is a must as it is regarded as Australia’s leading wildlife reserve. Healesville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals.

Day 6

Melbourne

Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne

Morning Lanes and Arcades Tour Including Lunch – Shared Small Group Walking Tour

Inclusions: Morning coffee / tea, souvenir bag with map, local offers and lunch and a glass of wine.

Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local cafe’ you were told of, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many of these answers. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included before a restaurant lunch with a glass of wine. See over 30 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon: Make a day of it in Marvellous Melbourne.

Day 7 Port Douglas

Melbourne to Cairns

LimoCentral, Melbourne

City Hotel to Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Depart Melbourne

Arrive Cairns

Cairns Limousine Service, Cairns

Domestic Airport to Port Douglas  – Private Car/Driver Transfer

Peninsula Boutique Hotel, Port Douglas

Accommodation in a Pool View Suite for 3 nights – Includes Full Breakfast

This stunningly located beachside Port Douglas accommodation is a quiet peaceful oasis, a retreat for the discerning holiday maker looking for comfort and luxury with friendliness and personal service only a small property can provide and no traffic noise – just perfect for couples and singles looking for an adult haven.

Day 8

Port Douglas

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 9

Port Douglas

Quicksilver Connections Ltd, Port Douglas

Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise (from Hotel) – Shared Cruise

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off from Port Douglas, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, snorkelling equipment, use of Lycra suit, coral viewing semi-submersible, underwater observatory, informative talk by a marine biologist and Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC).

You will be collected from your hotel by the Quicksilver Cruises coach and transferred to Port Douglas Marina.

Visit Agincourt Reef which is located at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here, special reefs known as ribbons run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.

Upon arrival at Port Douglas Marina you will be transferred by coach to your accommodation.

Day 10 Port Douglas

Depart Port Douglas today

Cairns Limousine Service, Cairns

Port Douglas to Airport – Private Car/Driver Transfer

 

Accommodation
Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Melbourne
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Port Douglas
Peninsula Boutique Hotel