Australia is a fun place to be, with world class entertainment happening at every major city. This trip takes you on an epic, busy, all encompassing trip to every “must-see” place in Australia. Starting with Melbourne and ending with Sydney. The Great Barrier Reef, the Twelve Apostles, the Kuranda rainforest and more such wonderful places, guaranteeing a lifetime of beautiful memories.
We are sure you know, Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. They are insanely cute. And yes, you can see them on this trip. Along with some Koala Bears, Kangaroos, and Wombats. And many more such cute animals.
For the three million people who call it home, Melbourne is a city of Victorian-era buildings, parks and gardens and leafy boulevards, of which the inhabitants are justifiably proud. It's vibrant, yet doesn't have the brash Sydney culture and its multicultural thanks to the many immigrants who've helped shape its history. The gold rush saw Melbourne thrive and become the financial and manufacturing centre of Australia. Since then there has been a steady influx of people from all over the world, enriching its city character.
On arrival in Melbourne you will be transferred to your hotel. We can recommend luxurious Crown Towers, beautifully located on the southern bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne. Lavishly appointed and offering an impeccable standard of customer service and attention to detail, Crown Towers is a hotel that truly understands the meaning of opulence. The hotel has its own entertainment complex with 40 restaurants and bars – some of them overlooking the Yarra River.
Today it’s time to check out this historic city. Starting at 8.30 AM, get in on the seat-in-coach basis tour that will last approximately 4 hours.
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, renowned for the arts, a dynamic food culture, cutting-edge architecture, brilliant shopping and its passion for sports. On this tour, you will see:
Captain Cook’s Cottage: The cottage rebuilt in the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens to commemorate the voyages of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia.
Queen Victoria Market: The historic Melbourne landmark dating back to more than 120 years ago. It is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market offering a variety of fresh farm produce. On Sundays, there is a wider range of merchant items which turn the market into a modern Arabian Nights bazaar.
Fitzroy Gardens: City Gardens established in the early 19th century.
The Shrine of Remembrance: Victoria's memorial to the men and women who served Australia in armed conflicts throughout our Nation's history.
Albert Park: The park is the focus for many of Victoria's spectacular events and is also an important sanctuary for wildlife and vegetation. It is also home to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
The tour will end with a delightful cruise on the Yarra river giving you a different view of the city.
Explore the evening at your leisure. We do make recommendations. Visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground or hire bicycles at the central Federation Square and go for a round along the Yarra river front right up to the Zoo.
Another early start for the day takes you to the Great Ocean Road. Hop on the full day coach tour. Travel via the city of Geelong and Corio Bay. View the popular coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne - a surfer's haven and retreat. Pass by the world famous Bells Beach, home to World Surfing Championships. Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery.
It truly is one of the world's great scenic coastal drives. Witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and verdant rainforest living side by side.
Highlight of the tour is the majestic Twelve Apostles - limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean. Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms. Check out the Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard.
Next explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge.
Return and overnight in Melbourne.
Today its time to take off and head to Cairns. On arrival, settle into your hotel, our recommendation being the The Hilton Cairns, located on the waterfront of the Cairns' esplanade and harbor. All 263 rooms have stunning water views from their private balcony, and are furnished with the class and quality you would expect from any five star hotel. The hotel features an attractive indoor atrium with tropical plants, a wet edge 50m heated swimming pool, 3 restaurants with panoramic ocean views and a health club with gym sauna & plunge pool.
Staying here means you are on the main Esplanade of Cairns and 100 metres from the city centre.
Upon settling in, by late afternoon, head to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. This cultural centre showcases the “People of the Rainforest’s” indigenous culture, allowing guests to watch theatrical performances and engage in interactive activities, to learn the traditional culture and customs of the Tjapukai people. Tjapukai by Night is a cultural evening of entertainment with a sumptuous buffet dinner. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Aboriginal people through traditional dances, music and the telling of dreamtime legends providing a powerful and personal insight into ancient Australian culture.
After dinner, head back to the hotel.
Today is the Rainforests Tour in and around Cairns. Get on board the scenic train ride, a world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
The onboard commentary will help you discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's. Prepare to be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway.
Start at the Freshwater Station where you'll have time to explore the small museum. Board the train to begin an 1.45 hour journey through the rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Cross the impressive Stoney Creek Bridge and stop for photos at Barron Gorge. At the end of you Kuranda Scenic Rail ride arrive at Kuranda Station, world renowned for its tropical gardens and historic significance. It is possibly one of the most photographed railway stations in the world. The heritage-listed buildings blend with the tropical surrounds providing a relaxed environment to enjoy.
Experience indigenous culture, Australian native wildlife and World Heritage listed rainforest all on one site at the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park. Board the Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. Your amphibious Duck travels over land and water to take you into the heart of the rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with some of Australia's most cuddly creatures.
After the day there, return via skyrail. gliding over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy.
It’s a beautiful experience as you hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest while effortlessly and silently skimming just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range.
The 7.5 kilometer Skyrail has two stops along the way where you can hop out and explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. On completion of the tour, return to Cairns.
To explore the Great Barrier Reef, you must get to the ocean, and that can be done conveniently by getting on the Full day Sun Lover Cruise.
Lunch will be served once you arrive at the pontoon and includes a hot and cold buffet featuring seafood with a wide variety of tastes to cater for most palates. Then take the plunge and explore the amazing coral under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. Not much of swimmer? Try a Scuba dive or keep dry and enjoy a glass bottom boat or semi submersible tour. Children’s Pool is a definite advantage; the kids can go into a safe enclosed environment but still get to experience the Great Barrier Reef as fish can swim in the enclosure.
It’s time to bid goodbye to Cairns and head to Brisbane and Gold Coast today. For hotel accommodation, our recommendation is the Q1 Resort and Spa – the world’s tallest residential building! You can book a high-floor Oceanview apartment. Located just metres away from the energy and excitement of Surfers Paradise, this chic beachside resort provides unprecedented access to some 40 kilometres of surf beach coastline and with interiors alluring as the stunning Gold Coast itself. Holidaying in the tallest residential and hotel tower in the world means you’ll enjoy unspoiled panoramas of the beautiful blue ocean and surrounding hinterland.
And at its peak – Australia’s only beachside observation deck where guests can experience the rare and spectacular 360° vistas of rainforest, surf and a shimmering sunset. When you’re ready to come back down to earth, the Resort offers two lagoon swimming pools, an indoor heated lap pool and Q1 Spa for timeless aquatic calm.
Staying here means you are a mere 100m from the golden beaches and a two minute stroll to the heart of Surfers paradise, and 5 minute drive to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Jupiters Casino and the new Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
After settling in, by evening head to the spectacular show at the Conrad Jupiters. They are featuring the stunning LADY SALSA show this season. Lady Salsa is a stunning dance spectacular that charts Cuba's vibrant and amazing history through the music and rhythm of this intoxicating island. This whirling kaleidoscope of dazzling colour and seductive glamour features the red-hot rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha and the sensational salsa. Gorgeous dancers in an incredible array of glittering, sexy costumes and an impossibly funky band, transport you to the steamy streets of Havana and the world of Salsa, rum and revolutions.
Close the evening with dinner at the Food Fantasy restaurant at Conrad Jupiters.
Today say hi to the Marine world in Australia at Seaworld. Have a splashing time with the dolphins, either as they perform or by swimming with the dolphins. If swimming is not your cup of tea, then take exciting rides and monorails around the Seaworld.
If all this is too tame for you, then get ready to get up close and personal with sharks and marine life at Shark Bay. There are also deep water and shallow water dolphin encounters, a dolphin helmet dive, land and water based interactions with fun loving seals, behind-the-scenes tours at Polar Bear Shores or spending a day learning how the trainers at Sea World look after and train the dolphins.
The much anticipated Sea World Eye - an impressive 60m high giant observation wheel - is now open at Sea World. The structure sits an impressive 60 metres high over Sea World and offers sweeping views of the scenic Gold Coast area, including unparalleled views across the Broadwater.
During your visit to the seaworld, enjoy a 10 minute helicopter ride. This Surfers Paradise Scenic Tour will take you south over the Royal Pines Resort and down to Palm Meadows via the vast waterways of the Gold Coast, continuing on to Jupiters Casino and returning low level along the Surfers Paradise skyline.
After the Movie World and Sea World, it’s time to satiate the thrill seeker in you at Dreamworld - home to The Big 6 Thrill Rides including the Tower of Terror 2 - one of the world's tallest and fastest thrill ride, the Giant Drop with a freefall from 38 storeys or 'The Claw' where you'll be propelled 9 storeys high and swinging up to 64kmh while spinning 360 degrees for a 90 second adrenalin rush! After the adrenaline wears off, enjoy Wiggles World, Nickelodeon Central, The Australian Wildlife Experience and Tiger Island - where magnificent and rare tigers interact with a team of dedicated tiger handlers. Then have some adventures with the V8 Supercars Redine, AVPX - the immersive combat zone pitting Alien vs Predator vs YOU and Flow Rider – dedicated to the roots of surfing, skateboarding and bodyboarding!
It’s time to visit the Queen of South Pacific Rim, the poster child for Australia – Sydney. On arrival, settle at your hotel, our recommendation for stay is an apartment at the Starcity Casino, Hotel & Apartments. It is Australia's most exciting, luxurious and unique entertainment destination. Located adjacent to Darling Harbour, Star City Hotel Sydney enjoys sweeping views of the harbour and the city skyline. The hotel's luxurious rooms feature magnificent views of the city, Harbour Bridge & Pyrmont. Turbines is a health oasis located on level 5 of Star City Hotel Sydney. The use of the facility is complimentary to all hotel & apartment guests. The health club includes a magnificent 25-metre indoor/outdoor pool featuring panoramic views of the city and Sydney Harbour, sauna, two spas and a wide selection of the latest gym equipment. From Luxury accommodation to international cuisine to the worlds best stage and cabaret shows, a myriad of shopping choices and of course an endless variety of gaming facilities, Star City Hotel Sydney is set to be the ultimate venue, whatever your needs. Come evening, set out on the Sydney Showboat Cruise. Sydney's most modern and unique dining venue that has just undergone a dramatic $1.5 million makeover encompassing new shows, state of the art lighting, new dancers and international costumes comprising of headpieces from Las Vegas, hand beaded and hand painted costumes and Spanish Bolero costumes, all showcased on one of the world's finest entertainment stages. The glamorous and gorgeous Australian showgirls, who have danced at the Moulin Rouge, splash with vibrancy, and deliver a riveting show. With a parade of ever changing performances and costumes, the Showboat also delivers an innovative dining experience where the food is as innovative as the art forms in Sydney's beautiful harbour. With the million dollar views and the five-star service, your first evening at Sydney will be one you will never forget!
After the incredible induction to Sydney the day before, it’s time for a more quieter day spent checking out the various tourist spots in and around Sydney.
In the 4 hour tour:
Capture the beauty and lifestyle of the harbour city from specially selected vantage points.
See Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay.
Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the famous city skyline.
Travel through the exclusive northern suburbs of Sydney.
Enjoy magnificent views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay Marinas.
Stop at Arabanoo, lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and rugged headland.
Enjoy morning tea at the seaside town of Manly.
Take a walk along The Corso, which separates harbour from ocean.
See the beautiful beach that has contributed to Manly’s reputation as a popular waterfront suburb.
Tour through the northern leafy beach suburbs.
Travel through Queenscliff passing Freshwater Bay and Curl Curl Beach.
Return to Sydney via the exclusive and trendy suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman.
Conclude your morning at either King Street Wharf or Circular Quay.
After this tor is completed, take a full day pass on the Sydney Monorail which runs in the CBD. This comes with a 3-in-1 pass for the Sydney Aquarium, The Sydney Tower and the OZ trek. You have full flexibility with your time to enjoy the afternoon as you like.
Just wear your comfortable shoes, and explore these places to your heart’s content.
Sydney Aquarium - Australia's #1 Attraction with over 11,500 animals, an extensive collection of sharks, and the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world!
Sydney Tower - Sydney's best views are just the beginning! Sydney Tower takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360-degree views of the beautiful harbour city. Be amazed at Sydney's best views!
OzTrek - an amazing virtual adventure across Australia with 3D holographic technology, 180-degree cinema screens, surround sound and heart-stopping real-motion seating!
On the Metro Monorail - get a bird's eye view of Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the City. Enjoy unlimited rides all day on the Monorail for the best way travel between attractions or just jump on and enjoy the trip. The views sure are beautiful!
It’s time for another coach tour to get up close and personal with the famous World Heritage listed Blue Mountains today. 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 wonders. View this wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, pristine bushland and dramatic cliffs. This rugged and beautiful region forms part of the Great Dividing Range - linking tropical north to temperate south, while dividing coastal cities from the vast outback. Later, enjoy seeing unique Australian wildlife. Get close to kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.
Other highlights of this tour will be:
Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympic Games.
Discover Leura village - a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops.
Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura.
Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation.
Discover the aboriginal dreamtime legends of the mountains and Three Sisters.
Breathe in the mountain fresh air and marvel at the majesty of nature.
Follow the scenic Cliff Drive and enjoy breathtaking views of the Megalong Valley.
See Katoomba - heart of the resort region within the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy an easy walk and stroll along the boardwalk through the Rainforest.
Grab a bite for lunch or sit and enjoy the 360° views at Scenic World - the only view of the Three Sisters from your table!
Take in the fabulous views from Govett’s Leap Lookout.
Enjoy a guided bushwalk along the Fairfax Heritage Walk.
Take in the views over the Grose Valley.
Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala and get up close to our native wildlife.
After the beautiful sun soaked holiday in the Land Down Under, it's time to bid goodbye!
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