Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Vacation Package [L42]

Summary

Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Vacation Package [L42] Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Vacation Package [L42] 10 Days / 8 Nights - Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney

Arrive in Brisbane, a city which was once described a big country town has now emerged as one of the country's most progressive centres. Brisbane has several fascinating districts, a good street cafe scene, a great riverside park, a busy cultural calendar and a thriving nightlife. Nearby you can see many different types of unique Australian animals and reptiles at Australia Zoo.

Your next stop in Australia is Cairns, located in tropical North Queensland. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Cairns is a city alive with life and charm. Here, warm northern hospitality and enthusiasm are the order of the day. Tour the Great Barrier Reef with its opportunities to snorkel and swim. Experience the lush green ferns and waterfalls in the heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Explore Cape Tribulation and the cruise the Daintree River. Experience authentic aboriginal culture with a tour to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Finally, visit Sydney, 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. Maybe cruise the Sydney Harbour, tour the Opera house and for the adventurous, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Features

Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney Vacation Package [L42]
  • Accommodation - Brisbane (2 Nights), Cairns (4 Nights), Sydney (2 Nights)
  • USA Domestic Air is not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included.
  • International Air - Los Angeles to Brisbane, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Air Sectors - Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Brisbane: Australian Zoo; Cairns: Wildlife Dome, Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Sydney: Opera House Tour
  • All other day tours are optional and not included.
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia ($15 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organised Group Tour)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Detailed Itinerary

(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Brisbane Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Brisbane.

Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!
Please confirm with the airlines at check-in that they have all your frequent flyer information on record.
(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Accommodation
(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Accommodation Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia.
Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.
(Days 2 to 4) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane
Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane's city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.
(Day 3) - Day Tour - Australia Zoo
Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo.



You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The "Call of the Wild" experience leads you to Steve's home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.


Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world's oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don't miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get "up close and personal". With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you're sure to have a wild time!

Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day); Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am; Return: 5:30pm

Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo

Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour
Optional Upgrade (Pricing Available Upon Request) - Australia Zoo Caddie Tour
Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!
Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You'll never forget this "insider tour" discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.

Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.

This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.

Includes Five star service being chauffeured around Australia Zoo in your very own private buggy; Exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Warriors Show; Cold water; Flexibility to create a tour just for you so you can experience the Zoo at your own pace

Need to Know Tour Duration 5 Hours; Max Number of people 5; This is an upgrade, Zoo Entry and Transportation to Zoo to be booked separately
(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport
(Day 4) - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, to the Airport.
Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.
(Day 4 cont) - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.
(Day 4 cont) - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation
(Day 4 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 4 to 8) - 4 Nights Accommodation in Beautiful Cairns
Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 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 4 cont) - Day Tour of 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 5) - Day Tour - Australia's Natural Wonder, the Great Barrier Reef
(Day 5) - Day Tour  - Australia's Natural Wonder, the Great Barrier Reef Today you'll go on a cruise onboard the T5 to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world's most extensive coral reef.
T5 departs daily from Cairns. A 90 minute journey to the outer reef will see you arriving at the first of the day's two sites, selected from a range of 15 from coral gardens to caves and canyons to walls and drop offs, many of which are exclusively owned by the tour operator. Sites are chosen as the optimum locations for the weather conditions, and change daily, so each day will bring you a whole new underwater adventure! Diving (Certified and Introductory) and snorkeling are all on offered at the reef, where 5 hours allows plenty of time to enjoy water and topside activities.
Includes: Transfers to and from Cairns & Northern Beaches hotels, Marine Interpretation talks, underwater photography briefs, 1 guided snorkel tour, 3 Certified and 2 Introductory dives are available on board at own expense. Lunch is a divine buffet of fresh and healthy food. Quality Up to Date Snorkel and Dive Equipment: wet suit, lycra suit, dive computer & prescription mask.

Fees (Not Included): EMC, Port fees, & administration costs - pay on board $20 per person (Including $5 EMC pp charge for all passengers age 4 and over entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park). Alcoholic beverages and sodas may be purchased on board.

What to bring: Beach towels (available at your accommodation), a dry change of clothes, hat, sunglasses & an underwater disposable camera (available from your local chemist or convenience stores).

Upgrade to Introductory or Certified Diving (Extra Cost):
Introductory Dive: Participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire upon boarding. A history of asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy are some of the conditions that may preclude you from diving.
Certified Dive: Certified divers are required to produce their Certification Cards upon boarding, and sign paperwork stating they are mentally and physically fit to dive. The diving is conducted in buddy pairs, with guided diving with a dive master available as an optional extra.
(Days 6 and 7) - Free Days to Explore
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 Safari
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) - Sail Away to the Low Isles
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sail Away 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.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Bungy Jumping
Optional Day Tour  (not included) - Bungy Jumping Live your life fearlessly! Push your limits 164-feet (50-meters) above the world's oldest rainforest! Whether you are a first time jumper and happy with just getting off the edge or a seasoned thrill seeker, this unique jump menu will take you up to, and right outside of your comfort zone.
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Located 20 minutes north of Cairns in the lush rainforest is the ONLY Bungy Tower in Australia. With a world's first Jump Menu offering 16 different jump styles, there's a Jump for everyone. There's nothing like a little adrenalin hit to remind you you're still alive!

The bungy site is designed for ultimate spectating with tailor-made viewing platforms, decks, licensed bar, music, free transport, live bands on Sundays and sun chairs.


From the top of the tower you can see out over the Northern Beaches and out to the incredible Great Barrier Reef. So when you’re on the edge, ready to jump, suck in the views as it all looks quite different on the rebound!

Need to Know Great site for hanging out, having fun, meeting locals and getting a real Bungy experience; The ONE & ONLY Bungy Tower in Australia; Only site in the world that offers all day jump packages; Bar on site; Established: September 1990; Height: 50m/164ft; World's ONLY 16 Style Jump Menu; World's ONLY site that offers a BMX jump off the Tower roof! 196 stairs to the top Cairns' highest viewing platform; 30 Years, 4 Million Jumps - Perfect Safety Record. All weather activity. Every paying customer may bring one (1) confirmed spectator for FREE on the transfer. They can climb up to the tower for a bird's eye view of Cairns for FREE as well. Minimum jump age 10 years old; Minimum jump weight 99lb (45kg) (if you are over 77lb (35kg) you may be able to do a tandem jump!); You must inform tour operator of the following medical conditions: High blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, pregnancy, epilepsy, dislocations, neurological disorders, vertigo. Please note - this list is NOT exhaustive. (There aren’t many restrictions: They can Jump people in wheelchairs, people with limited or no eyesight and many other cases.) A small surcharge per person will be charged to defray the cost of risk management and public liability insurance. This is payable at time of activity and is about $10AUD.

Upgrades Try the world's Fast Jungle Swing! Add the jungle swing to your Bungy jump or ditch the Bungy and only do the swing. The only multi-person Jungle Swing in Australia swoops through the rainforest from 148 feet (45 meters) down to 3 feet (1 meter) in 3.5 seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. But don’t think it's up to the Swing Master to set you going - you have the control, all you have to do it pull the self release; BMXtreme! Jump on a BMX bike; Biggest Day Out! Unlimited Bungy, Giant Jungle Swing & Lunch; Bungy or swing at Sunrise! Kickstart your day with a buffet breakfast and adrenaline pump, be back at your hotel by 9am for your next adventure.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
Optional Day Tour  (not included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area with a visit to Mossman Gorge Center and Cape Tribulation.


Mossman Gorge Centre: Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests.



Daintree River Cruise: Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile.

Tropical Lunch: With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Cape Tribulation: Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Daintree Ice Cream Company: Enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is a delicious cup of exotic fruit ice cream, made from fruit grown on their on-site orchard. Gluten / Dairy free options are available.

Alexandra Lookout: After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

Operates: Daily (Does not operate on Christmas Day); Departs from Cairns around 6:45am & Returns around 7:00pm; Departs Port Douglas around 7:45am & Returns around 6:00pm

Includes: Return Hotel Transfers from Cairns & Port Douglas; Professional driver/guide; Mossman Gorge Centre with Morning Tea, Driver Guided Walk in Mossman Gorge; Daintree River Cruise; Lunch at Noah Valley in rainforest setting, Cape Tribulation Beach & boardwalk; Daintree Ice Cream Company; Alexandra Lookout

Need to Know: Tour not recommended for children under 4yrs due to the length of the tour & time spent in the vehicle.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Kuranda Heritage
A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail to Kuranda. The Kuranda Boarding Pass ensures preferential seating, discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions and a detailed map is also included. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck and enjoy the Koala & Wildlife Park. Transfer back to Kuranda, then it's time to board Skyrail for your return journey.




Check in: A driver will check you in at your accommodation. You special Kuranda Boarding pass offerings pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.




Kuranda Scenic Rail: At the scheduled time board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village: Once you arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Rainforestation: Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. Also included in your tour is the Koala & Wildlife Park. The shuttle bus will then take you back to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Our hostess will meet you upon completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.

Operates Daily: Pick-up Between 7:00am - 8:00am, and Return (approximately) at 5:30pm. (Subject to black outs for maintainance.)

Upgrade to Gold Class: Dedicated host service; Individual seating, lounge-style chairs; Quality refreshments including sparkling Australian wine, beer, orange juice, soft drink, ice water, mocktails, tea, coffee and appetisers and a chilled refresher towel during the journey; Ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior; Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen, postcard and postage; Souvenir trip guide
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) - 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
Insider's Tip - The Esplanade
Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!
With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don't forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don't miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground "Muddy" with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!

If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you're there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am - 4pm.

Lagoon Hours: All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance
(Day 8) - 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 8) - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.
(Day 8 cont) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
(Days 8 to 10) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights in your studio room apartment.
Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.

The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.

Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield's Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don't forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney's world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
(Day 8 cont) - Day Tour, the Sydney Opera House
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
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sydney Harbour Cruise (Hop on Hop off)
On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.


Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia's amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson's Bay: Home of Doyle's famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney's famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).
Day 9 - Free Day in to Explore Sydney
Day 9 - Free Day in 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) - Wildlife World & Aquarium Pass
Optional Day Tour  (not included) - Wildlife World & Aquarium Pass On your vacation, discover WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - two of the most fun things to do in Sydney right next door to each other.


At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, with three levels, over 65 exhibits representing several different habitats and more than 130 different species of Australian animals, there's a lot to explore!

Marvel at one of Australia's most renowned creatures in the Koala Sanctuary - why not have your photo taken with this iconic marsupial at Koala Rooftop. Discover Red Kangaroos in our Red Centre habitat and Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, as well as Hairy-Nosed Wombats, in our Rocky Cliffs habitat. Explore the Rainforest, home to the world's most dangerous bird, the Cassowary. Take a trip into the dark, nocturnal world of Bilbies, Quolls and Sugar-Gliders. Wonder at the weird and wonderful reptile world, including Australia's largest snake, the Scrub Python. Learn about the creepy crawly set in the invertebrate displays and become immersed in the colourful, beautiful world of butterflies. We're sure you'll enjoy your journey into Australia's wonderful landscapes and animals.


Then, travel next door to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium you will see the habitat exhibits that make up the experience, together with some of the amazing and bizarre animals that inhabit them. As you'll discover, Australia has an enormous diversity of aquatic environments, some so harsh it is amazing life can survive at all! As the world's largest island, Australia has tropical seas to the north and icy currents to the south of the continent. Australia is also renowned as the world's driest inhabited continent, where inland rivers in drought conditions may simply consist of a chain of billabongs, or temporary pools of quiet water. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is dedicated to presenting the unique aquatic life of some of these habitats to highlight their ecological importance and the necessity of conserving them for the future. So, dive in and enjoy your time at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium!
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Downtown Sydney, Bondi & Kings Cross
On your vacation explore and capture downtown Sydney, Bondi and Kings Cross.
Your afternoon tour captures the essence of Sydney. Discover the major Sydney highlights including the Botanic Gardens before wandering along Bondi Beach. See the city's downtown precincts, the historic Rocks area, vibrant Kings Cross, sandy white eastern beaches and affluent harbourside suburbs in just one afternoon.

For an additional cost, you can add on a luncheon cruise of Sydney Harbour. From the harbour enjoy views of Sydney's renowned sights - including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Jenolan Caves & 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
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Magnificent Hunter Valley Winetaster
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) - Canberra Explorer - Australia's Capital!
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Full Day Tour): Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Australia's national capital, including Parliament House, National Museum and Mt Ainslie.
Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Australia's national capital, Canberra. Standing as a symbol of the nation's prosperity, take in all of the highlights of this ultra modern city. See contemporary architecture set amid many gardens and parks. Enjoy a guided tour through Parliament House and the renowned National Museum before viewing the fascinating foreign embassies. Hear the history of the ANZACs as you travel along the boulevard dedicated to participants of two World Wars and visit the War Memorial. Travel to the summit of Mt Ainslie and view the city and surrounding landscape. Full Day Tour.

Operates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Only.

Photo Credit: Canberra Tourism
Optional Day Tour (not included) - Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife
Optional Day Tour  (not included) - Blue Mountains & Australian Wildlife On your vacation, discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, located outside of Sydney, Australia.
Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and see native wildlife. Stretching for over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, truly one of Australia's natural one wonders.

Your first stop is at Echo Point where you can view the famous Three Sisters rock formation and hear the ancient Aboriginal legends of this impressive rock formation.

Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and expreience Aboriginal song, dance, didgeridoo and culture.

Next, arrive at Scenic World where you will have free time to join the optional rides or grab some morning tea and enjoy the amazing views (own expense).

Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura and enjoy a delicious two course cafe style lunch at the Loaves and Dishes.

Next, experience an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park and have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins. Full Day Tour.

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 5:45 PM.

Upgrade to small group touring available - please inquire
Optional Day Tour (not included) - America's Cup Sailing Experience (Sydney Harbour)
Take a unique opportunity to participate as crew on a real America's Cup yacht.


Take the helm, trim the sails, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you soak up the atmosphere and sights of spectacular Sydney Harbour.

The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachtsmen, these amazing yachts offer a remarkable chance to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines.

Australia was the first country to break the American hold on this famous old trophy in 1983, a 132 year winning streak that dated back to 1851.

No sailing experience necessary; Sailings daily, 2.5 hour duration
Insider's Tip - Sydney Explorer Bus
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/
Day 9 - Optional Day Tour (not included) - Sydney Habour Bridgeclimb Adventure
Day 9 - Optional Day Tour  (not included) - Sydney Habour Bridgeclimb Adventure 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
Day 10 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport
Day 10 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
Day 10 - International Flight from Australia to the USA
Day 10 - International Flight from Australia to the USA Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. 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.