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Sydney Reef and Rainforest

Duration 10 days

Destinations visited :
  • Australia
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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.It’s Insider moments like… shopping for traditional crafts at Sydney’s buzzing Rocks Markets, and exploring the tropical beauty of Hamilton Island from our authentic beach-front resort. It’s being entranced by the Aboriginal ‘smoking ceremony’ performed to ward off evil spirits, then wandering the Mossman Gorge rainforest as an indigenous expert shares local legends. And learning about the Great Barrier Reef with a Marine Biologist – alive with a myriad of underwater species, it’s the only living organism you can see from space.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

ARRIVE SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)
On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 10.30am). Join your Travel Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets, a Local Specialty, held every weekend in Sydney’s historic Rocks district, the place where the first European settlers stepped ashore on 26 January 1788. With jewelry, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savory 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 Travel Director. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbor attractions including the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House. Witness spring twilight, summer evenings, fall sunsets or winter city lights while enjoying a delicious contemporary Australian menu.Welcome Reception,Dinner
Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbor

DAY 2

SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING
This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. 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 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, a Local Specialty. When you return to the city you’ll have the opportunity to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbor Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’.Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 3

SYDNEY AT LEISURE
Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Or perhaps take an Optional Experience 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 Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

SYDNEY – HAMILTON ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)
You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland’s Whitsundays, and your Authentic Accommodations. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to relax or explore and orientate yourself with the picturesque surroundings.Buffet Breakfast
Reef View Authentic Accommodations

DAY 5

HAMILTON ISLAND AT LEISURE
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, snorkeling or windsurfing. Consider a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach, stretching 7 empty kilometers. 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 Travel Director will be happy to help.Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6

HAMILTON ISLAND – CAIRNS – PORT DOUGLAS (2 NIGHTS)
This morning you will be transferred to the airport on Hamilton Island for your flight to Cairns, in tropical Far North Queensland. 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 discover the village of Port Douglas and perhaps join one of the resort’s activities or 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
QT Port Douglas

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 color and brilliance. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a Local Expert. 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 meter underwater. Watch the fish-feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet Regional Meal including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 8

PORT DOUGLAS – CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)
Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Unique Insight, 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 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, 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.Buffet Breakfast
Hilton

DAY 9

CAIRNS AT LEISURE
Your day is at leisure to do as you please. Perhaps visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and learn about this ancient culture through theaters, stages shows and demonstrations. Or spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbor and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbor. 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 travelers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 10

DEPART CAIRNS
Say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of your memorable tropical escapade. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Sydney.
  • Cruise on Sydney Harbor and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • See coral, tropical fish and native Australian animals in Queensland.
  • View the Sydney Harbor Bridge and rainforest near Cairns.
  • Visit Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, Hamilton Island and World Heritage Daintree National Park.

Dining Highlights

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).
  • 2 Regional Meal lunches.

First class travel Highlights

  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Prices from £1770
Sundays – All Year

  • Land only price – Twin-share option
  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Sydney Reef and Rainforest

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.It’s Insider moments like… shopping for traditional crafts at Sydney’s buzzing Rocks Markets, and exploring the tropical beauty of Hamilton Island from our authentic beach-front resort. It’s being entranced by the Aboriginal ‘smoking ceremony’ performed to ward off evil spirits, then wandering the Mossman Gorge rainforest as an indigenous expert shares local legends. And learning about the Great Barrier Reef with a Marine Biologist – alive with a myriad of underwater species, it’s the only living organism you can see from space.

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