Australia Vacation - Red Center & Reef [L38]

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Australia Vacation - Red Center & Reef [L38] Australia Vacation - Red Center & Reef [L38] 13 Days / 11 Nights - Sydney, Australian Outback, Cairns

Sydney is Australia's oldest city, the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. Sydney is blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. Bursting with character, Sydney is a vibrant city catering to all your desires whether you seek exhilaration and exploration or 100% relaxation. Please select from the optional Day Tours

Next head deep into the Outback. Alice Springs is Australia's most inland town, sitting around 200km south of the absolute centre of the continent. Alice Springs was established, under the original name of Stewart, as a telegraph station - linking Adelaide and Darwin. A century later, it is still a communications and commerce hub, and is now home to a population of approximately 28,000 people.

Ayers Rock has acquired its reputation not just, because it is such a unique landform, but also because of the effect, the sun has on its colours and appearance. Sunrises and Sunsets cause changes to its colour from browns though oranges, reds to finally grey. The best colour effects occur on overcast days. Additionally the sun casts shadows off the larger and smaller gaps on the rock face, which incredibly changes its look almost by the minute.

Cairns is a modern, sophisticated city, offering access to World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and islands, rainforests and the Australia Outback. Cairns presents a comfortable blend of traditional and modern designs. Stroll past the boutique shops, dine al fresco at an award-winning restaurant, cafe or bar or be inspired at a cultural centre or art gallery. Please select from the optional Day Tours offered.

Features

Australia Vacation - Red Center & Reef [L38]
  • Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Ayers Rock (2 Nights), Alice Springs (1 Night), Cairns (5 Nights)
  • International Flights & USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included.
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (return), Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (return)
  • Taxi - Alice Springs Accommodation to Airport (pay as you go)
  • Day Tours (Included) - Sydney: Sydney Opera House Tour; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass, Deluxe Coach to Alice Springs; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Other Day Tours are Optional and Not Included (Please Select)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

(Day 1) - USA Domestic Flight, Your Home City to Los Angeles (as per your own arrangements)
(Day 1) - USA Domestic Flight, Your Home City to Los Angeles (as per your own arrangements) Your Home City flight to Los Angeles will be selected to suit the International Departure Flight to Australia.
Please allow 3 hours between arrival of your US domestic flight and departure of your International flight.
(Day 1 cont) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney
Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don't worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Downtown Sydney
(Days 2 to 5) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Downtown Sydney Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Embrace Sydney's best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property - Fees Apply
(Day 2 cont) - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.



This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour - a perfect photo opportunity.


Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
Insiders Tip - Explorer Tour Bus, Hop on Hop off
The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).



Experience all the excitement of Australia’s famous harbour city aboard the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Beach, double decker buses. Both tours are included in the one flexible sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off ticket. The Sydney tour is the perfect introduction to this dynamic city, showcasing the iconic landmarks including the impressive arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the glorious Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney and Darling Harbour.


The tour passes bustling shops, restaurants and attractions set amongst Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture. To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks.

Includes: 1 Ticket, 2 routes: Sydney and Bondi Beach Routes; 1 day validity
Up to 33 stops to Hop-on and Hop-off; Digital commentary in a choice of 8 languages; Free Wi-Fi onboard

For additional information, please visit: https://www.bigbustours.com/en/sydney/sydney-bus-tours/
(Days 3 to 4) - Free Days to Explore Sydney
(Days 3 to 4) - Free Days to Explore Sydney With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.
Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney's premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia's most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it's known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Visit the Hunter Valley Wineries
Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.
Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils. Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region. Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines. Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).

Operates Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays; Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:00 - 7:55am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
 
Inclusions 3 Wine Tastings; Lunch; Experienced Driver Guide; Comprehensive commentary; Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades Available Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour
Optional Day Tour (not included) - The Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb
Optional Day Tour (not included) - The Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!


Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all - the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.


It is at this point that you not only have a bird's eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.

When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you'll remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.

All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Operates: Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).

Need to Know: Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing; Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings; No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb; Children ages 8 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb; Maximum of 14 people per group.

Times: The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions: BridgeClimb cap; Certificate of Achievement; A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney
Insider's Tip - Opal Shopping
View the world famous black opal, the 'Aurora Australis', valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world's precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:

18 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
Optional Day Tour (not included) - The Jenolan Cave and Blue Mountains
Today enjoy a tour to the Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy discovering the beauty of World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park (near Katoomba), taking in views over stunning eucalyptus forests and age-old rock formations and the unusual Blue Lake. Also visit the western spur and see Australia's largest and best known underground limestone caves called Jenolan Caves. Explore this extensive network of caves, tucked away inside a sleepy valley. Enjoy a fully guided tour of the Lucas, Imperial or Chifley caves and discover the deep chamber of intricate limestone formations. Learn about the folklore of the settlers and bushrangers of this region. Overnight tour available.

Operates Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Photo Credit: Jenolan Caves
(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport
(Day 5) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
(Day 5 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Ayers Rock
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Ayers Rock, the Red Centre of the country.
(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
(Days 5 to 7) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel's refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It's only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.
(Days 5 to 7) - Uluru Tour Pass
Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia's Red Centre.
Day 1 - Sunset/Afternoon:
Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood. Time to head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you'll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing Red Centre sunset.

Day 2 - Sunrise/Morning:
Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history. Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Includes National Park Entry Pass
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sound of Silence Dinner
Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia's Red Centre.
Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you.

As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts.

Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.

Operates Daily; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under. This evening event is wheelchair event.

Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.
(Day 7) - Deluxe Coach from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs
On your vacation travel by luxury coach from Uluru to Alice Springs, Australia's Red Centre.
Board the luxury coach early in the afternoon and travel east from Yulara via Curtin Springs and see Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance. This fascinating mesa, or flat-topped mountain, juts out of the surrounding desert plain bearing witness to a period of massive uplift, followed by eons of erosion. Continue east to Erldunda before turning north on to the famous Stuart Highway and to the town at the very heart of the Red Centre, Alice Springs. As you pass through the striking 'Outback' landscapes, your Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary. Set down in Alice Springs at approximately 6.30pm.
(Days 7 to 8) - 1 Night Accommodation in Alice Springs
Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Alice Springs, Australia's Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It's where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave "tough" a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia's Outback and its magnificent monolith - Uluru.
(Day 8) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Accommodation to Airport
(Day 8) - Shuttle Transfer, Alice Springs Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Alice Springs, Australia.
(Day 8 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Alice Springs to Cairns
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the heart of the Outback, Alice Springs, to Cairns.
(Day 8 cont) - Shuttle Transfer Cairns Airport to Accommodation
(Day 8 cont) - Shuttle Transfer Cairns Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Cairns, Australia.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
(Days 8 to 13) - 5 Nights Accommodation in Beautiful Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.
Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.
(Day 8) - Day Tour - Cairns Wildlife Dome
Discover a unique wildlife park in the heart of Cairns complete with wildlife encounters and a challenge ropes course!
At Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome located in the heart of the city, you can explore the sights, sounds and secrets of the rainforest wildlife in this spectacular enclosed glass dome wildlife exhibit. Immerse yourself in the replicated rainforest environment while different species of birds fly freely and pet the roaming wallabies in their enclosure. Enjoy the complimentary guided tours, daily interactive animal presentations, and great photo opportunities. You'll have a blast as you watch the afternoon feedings, get up close with a crocodile, watch the free flying birds, cuddle with furry friends and watch the nocturnal creatures awaken. Don't miss out on taking your photo with a koala (own expense)! If you do no worries, the dome is within walking distance of your accommodation and your ticket is good for re-entry for up to 4 days.

Show & Presentation Schedule:
10:00am Morning Feeding Tour (Meet at Cockatoo Corner)
11:00am Reptile Show (Meet at the Presentation Stage)
1:00pm Koala Talk (Meet at the Koala Photo area at reception)
2:00pm Reptile Show (Meet at the Presentation Stage)
3:00pm Crocodile Show (Meet at the top boardwalk next to Goliath's enclosure)
4:00pm Afternoon Feeding Tour (Meet at Cockatoo Corner)
5:00pm Nocturnal Mammals (Meet at the Presentation Stage)

Koala & Reptile* Photos (Additional Expense): 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please meet at the Koala Photo Area at Reception five minutes prior. (Photo times are subject to without notice) Last Reptile photo is at 4:30pm

Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome is home to the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife park! If you are looking for some adventure, be sure to add-on a ZOOM activity.

Operates: Daily (Excluding Christmas): 9:00am-6:15pm Sun-Fri; 9:00am-8:00pm Sat
  
Inclusions: 4-Day Entry Ticket for Shows & Presentations
  
Upgrades Available: Koala or Reptile Photo; Private Wildlife Experience; Zoom Activities, choose 1 or more: Mid-ZOOM or Hi-Zoom - Experience adventure at varying heights and levels of difficulty on the Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM courses, with 65 elements of crossings and ziplines – including one which takes you directly over our 13 foot saltwater crocodile! The PowerJump - a free-fall adventure with a 13m drop; DomeClimb - offers spectacular views of the city, the Coral Sea and surrounding landscapes. The Pirate Climb; Commando Rope Climb; Slack Line

Need to Know: Children (0-3 years) FOC; Minimum age for any ZOOM activity is 6 years; Height & Weight Restrictions apply to ZOOM Activities (not included); Pre-existing medical conditions: It is your responsibility to assess whether you are fit enough to take part in ZOOM activities. A waiver will be required
(Day 9) - Day Tour - Great Barrier Reef Cruise
(Day 9) - Day Tour - Great Barrier Reef Cruise Today you'll go on a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world's most extensive coral reef.


Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at the ribbon reefs on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Experience the unsurpassed coral formations, marine life and underwater visibility of the Agincourt Ribbon Reef system where you can explore this reef world. Visit Moore Reef, located on the outer reef, and swim and snorkel, or view the aquatic world from a semi-submersible or glass-bottom boat. Marvel at the spectacular beauty of the reef teeming with tropical fishes, and explore the colourful coral. Visit the marine life touch tank and underwater theatre. Enjoy a buffet lunch (included). With facilities for swimmers and non-swimmers it's sure to be fun for the whole family.

Upgrades Available at Additional Cost: Introductory & Certified Diving, Ocean Walker Helmet Dive, Adventure Snorkel Tour with Marine Biologist & Helicopter Scenic Flights.

Not Included: Fees Payable on Board: EMC AUD$6.50, Fuel Surcharge may be applicable. Subject to change, please verify before tour.

Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional). Cameras available from any local chemist or convenience store.
Optional Upgrade (Pricing Available On Request) - Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight
Optional Upgrade (Pricing Available On Request) - Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight Take a helicopter over the Daintree Rainforest before meeting up with a platform stationed out on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.
Experience a scenic helicopter flight over the lush, tropical Daintree Rainforest, flying over pure white sand cays and viewing the amazing kaleidoscope of colors which make the Great Barrier Reef.

Land at Marine World platform, which caters to all activity levels.

Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari, or go scuba diving (no experience necessary)

For those not confident in swimming, stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory or try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet.

If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out on the spacious sundeck where you will also find the regions only reef-based massage therapist.  You'll have plenty of time to do it all!

At the end of the day, you will head back to Cairns aboard a fast, stable catamaran.

Operates
Daily

 Times
Full Day Tour - Times to be advised after booking  

Inclusions
Return Transfers from Cairns or Northern Beach accommodation
1 Way Helicopter Flight to Reef Platform
1 Way Cruise from Platform to Cairns
All snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes
FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings.
Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary
Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary
Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist
Underwater Observatory
Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms
Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options
Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day
Access to reference materials on the reef
Need to Know
Minimum passenger numbers may apply.
With fluctuations in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to the ticket price. In such cases any charge will be collected on departure.
Flight may be canceled due to inclement weather
Infants 0-2 FOC
Due to Aviation Weight Restrictions a client’s body and luggage weight must be advised

Upgrades
Return Helicopter Flight
(Days 10 to 12) - Free Days to Explore Cairns
Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!
A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there's enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you're visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun!

Photo Credit: Tropical Tablelands Tourism
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Wooroonooran Safaris
Journey to the ancient and undiscovered, World Heritage listed rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park.
Wooroonooran National Park is located half an hour drive south of Cairns city. It offers stunning pristine rainforest with fantastic World Heritage attractions. This area of unsurpassed beauty contains the 2 highest mountains in Queensland, numerous rivers, waterfalls, swimming holes and some of the World's lushest and most ancient rainforests.

You can revitalize yourself in tranquil rainforest settings. In addition to the educational first-hand rainforest experience, the tour also includes fun activities you may never have experienced before, including crocodile spotting and bird watching. Brilliant photographic opportunities abound at each location. This tour will provide you with awesome lifetime memories.

Highlights include: Curtain Fig Tree; Millaa Millaa Falls; Josephine Falls and Mulgrave River Cruise.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Hot Air Balloon Ride
Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with this half day tour on a hot air balloon ride!


Whether this is your first or one of many, this balloon ride is sure to be one of your favorites with a fun and highly trained crew to help maximize your fun. This morning, head about an hour west for take off to the Atherton Tablelands known for its excellent weather, spectacular scenery and reliable take off conditions. You will be in awe as you see the largest fleet of hot air balloons prepare to sail the skies. On your ride take in the picturesque landscapes at sunrise as you fly gently above the Tablelands.


Even if you have a fear of heights, you'll see that your flight is very gentle and stable since you gently lift from the ground making you feel comfortable and safe. Experience the unique sensation of breathing in the crisp air on your 30 minute hot air ballooning ride across the wide-open space. When the burner is off, listen to the sounds around you as the wind whips through the air and the sounds below drift up towards you. After your flight, come back down to Earth for landing and have lots of laughs as you assist in hot air balloon pack-up games. Next, relax in the serenity of the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.

Includes: Transfers to/from Accommodation, 30 minute Hot Air Balloon Ride, Expert Commentary, Cross Country Balloon Chase, Commemorative balloon Flight Certificate

Payable on Board (Not Included) - $25.00AUD Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
Estimated Times: Depart: 5:00am Return10:00am
Operation Days: Daily
Upgrade Available (Additional): 60 minute Ride, Luxury Ride, Private Charters
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Cairns Night Zoo
Enjoy a great Australian night out at the Cairns Night Zoo!


Enjoy a sumptuous Australian barbeque dinner including steak, sausages, chicken, and seafood with salads and delicious desserts then perhaps enjoy a drink from the licensed bar (not included). After your savory dinner, explore the creatures of the night by torchlight as you journey into the darkness. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum, pat a koala and see the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in your torchlight as you enter their lair. If you have a clear night, look up towards the skies and star gaze to see the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations. Cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman), and join them for billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. Their friends, the kangaroos, will come down and maybe even share a bite to eat! After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as you lear
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sailaway to the Low Isles
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sailaway to the Low Isles Enjoy a day to remember with a sail out to the protected Low Isles, an unspoiled coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef on this high-end small group tour.



Set sail to the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-star Luxury Lagoon 500 Catamaran, Sailaway. Your destination, a protected island situated on a large coral platform consisting of a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. Surrounded by 55 acres of coral reef, comprised of 150 species of hard corals and dominated by 15 species of soft corals, this is an ideal place for snorkeling.



Living in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily. Be sure not to miss out on the Heritage Walk where you can learn about the islands history and environment and visit the lighthouse built in 1878. There are also a number of bird species including pelicans, honeyeaters, white breasted wood swallows, mangrove kingfishers, reef egrets with sea eagles and ospreys wheeling overhead.

Operates Daily from 6:30am to 5:30pm (approximate times)

Highlights & Inclusions Transfers from Cairns Hotel; Morning tea & coffee upon boarding (Local produce) with muffins and pastries; Afternoon tea and coffee, additional cut fresh fruit platter and home-made cakes; Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns); Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal Lycra snorkeling suits, wet suits & flotation devices; Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance; Guided snorkel tour with a marine guide; Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation; Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20AUD local forestation; Low Isles Heritage Walk; 4.5 hours at Tropical Low Isles; The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VI

Need to Know Does not include Environmental Management Charge of approx. $7.00AUD per person, payable upon check-in on the day of travel.
(Day 13) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport
Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
(Day 13 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.
(Day 13 cont) - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles
(Day 13 cont) - International Flight, Brisbane to Los Angeles Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
Day 13 cont - USA Domestic Flight, Los Angeles to your Home City (as per your own arrangements)
Day 13 cont - USA Domestic Flight, Los Angeles to your Home City (as per your own arrangements) The connection flight to your Home City from Los Angeles will be selected to suit the International Arrival flight from Australia.
Please allow 3 hours between arrival of International flight before departure of your US domestic flight.