Australia, New Zealand and Fiji [L46]



Lake Rotorua, New Zealand Opera House, Sydney, Australia 34 Days / 32 Nights -New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Christchurch; Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin, Kakadu, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Red Centre, Great Barrier Reef; Fiji

Explore the two most fascinating countries on the Southern hemisphere - Australia and New Zealand. Experience the Maori culture at Rotorua. Travel to the southern island and visit Queenstown, also known as the Adventure Capital of the World, Mount Cook, and Christchurch.

Cross the Tasman Sea to fly into Melbourne. Tour Philip Island, home of the fairy penguins. Next travel to Hobart, Tasmania, a nature lover's paradise.

Fly to Alice Springs, a town right in the centre of Australia. 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.

Travel by deluxe coach to Ayers Rock (Uluru). Uluru 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.

From there fly to Darwin and spend some time exploring the Kakadu National Park.

Your next vacation stop is Cairns, 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.

Finally, spend four days exploring Sydney and the surrounding area, such as the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley.

Travel Package Features

[L46] Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
  • Accommodation - New Zealand: Auckland (2 Nights), Rotorua (2 Nights), Queenstown (3 Nights), Christchurch (2 Nights); Australia: Sydney (3 Nights), Melbourne (2 Nights), Hobart (2 Nights), Alice Springs (2 Nights), Ayers Rock (2 Nights), Darwin (2 Nights), Kakadu (1 Night), Darwin (1 Night), Cairns (4 Nights), Brisbane (1 Night); Fiji (3 Nights)
  • International Air (Not included in pricing. Please enquire to having pricing included) - Los Angeles to Auckland, Christchurch to Sydney, Brisbane to Fiji, Fiji to Los Angeles
  • New Zealand Domestic Air - Rotorua to Queenstown
  • Australian Domestic Air - Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Hobart, Hobart to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Darwin, Darwin to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
  • Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Accommodation, Rotorua Accommodation to Airport, Queenstown Airport to Accommodation, Christchurch Accommodation to Airport, Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Darwin Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours (Included) - New Zealand: Auckland: Bay of Islands, Deluxe Coach Tour to Rotorua, Queenstown: Gondola Ride, Doubtful Sound, Deluxe Coach Tour to Christchurch, Christchurch: Alpine Safari; Australia: Sydney - Opera House, Harbour Cruise Express; Melbourne: Philip Island and Penguin Parade; Hobart: Tour of Port Arthur; Alice Springs: Deluxe Coach Tour to Ayers Rock; Ayers Rock: Uluru Tour Pass; Darwin: Overnight tour of Kakadu, Art Sites & Wildlife; Cairns: Wildlife Dome, Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • All other tours are optional and not included
  • F.I.T (Free and Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an organised group tour)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (VISAs) is an additional US$15 per person

Travel Package Detailed Itinerary

(Day 1) - International Flight from Los Angeles to Auckland
From USA to New Zealand Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.

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 from the Airport to your Hotel
Auckland, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Days 2-4) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Auckland
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that 'City Of Sails.' Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand's largest city.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - America's Cup Racing Experience
Sailing, Auckland, New Zealand The America's Cup Sailing Experience offers the unique opportunity to sail on these grand prix racing machines!

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Enjoy two hours as passengers become the crew and are encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as we sail down the Auckland Harbour. The trip suits people of all experiences and abilities and is the perfect activity in Auckland, 'City of Sails'.

WINTER SCHEDULE - APRIL 1ST TO SEPTEMBER 31ST 2014
Departs: 1pm daily

Age Restrictions: Children under the age of 10 yrs not permitted
Weather Restrictions: Sailings subject to weather conditions

Upgrade Available: 3 Hours Match Cup Race (extra cost) - Not Available from April-October.
Insider's Tip - Auckland Explorer Bus
Hop On Hop Off City Bus Take a unique, fun and informative tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city on the Hop on Hop Off Auckland City Explorer Bus!

Nestled between two harbours, this beautiful and vibrant city has a diverse mix of culture and landscapes. Something for everyone - attractions and activities, shopping and eateries, events and adventure - you can explore it all with Soaring Kiwi Tours!

<b>Unique Vehicles with Fantastic Views:</b> Discover the true magic of city sightseeing onboard our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.

<b>Entertaining ‘Live’ Commentary:</b> Our friendly local guides provide a ‘live’ fun and informative commentary throughout your journey. Multi-lingual commentaries are also available on the central tour.

<b>Hop-on, Hop-off and Visit Auckland’s Best Attractions:</b> As you circumnavigate the city, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
(Day 3) - Bay of Islands Day Tour (Lunch included)
Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a 'waka' (Maori war canoe).

Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge 'waka' (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands' combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand's most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!

Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.

Photo Credit: Destination Northland
(Day 4) - Rotorua Day Tour (ends in Rotorua)
Experience New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, plus a trip through the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo, on this full day sightseeing tour by deluxe luxury coach.

Depart Auckland: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.

Waikato: Travel through New Zealand's largest dairy and sheep farming province. See the small farming settlements on the outskirts of Hamilton City, as you travel towards King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.

Light Lunch: Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.

Rotorua: New Zealand's highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity where you will visit the following attractions:

Agrodome Farm Tour: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.

Lake Rotorua: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then travel through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.

Te Puia Institute (Maori Arts, Crafts & Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve): One of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.

This tour ends in Rotorua.
(Days 4-6) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Rotorua
Located on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua with commanding views over the lake and surrounding hinterland, your 2 nights accommodation is just a few minutes stroll to the city centre.

Your 4 star accommodation features the best of everything in Rotorua! The spa and fitness club have combined the benefits of the areas geothermal waters, culture and relaxation to enhance a holistic sense of wellbeing. Take some time to experience the Matariki Cultural Centre and encounter the warmth and spirit of the Maori people.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room

Image Credit: Tourism New Zealand
(Day 5) - Free Day to Explore
Free time to rest, relax or explore.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - White Isle Helicopter Flight
Land on and explore an active volcano!

Your helicopter flight takes you north over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater's rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
Allow 3 hours

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
Insider's Tip - History awaits you in Rotorua
Learn about Rotorua's fascinating history and culture.

A town full of natural wonders and evidence; discover the interesting history of Rotorua. The Buried Village once known as Te Wairoa, destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, today serves as a living museum where visitors can experience this unique piece of New Zealand history. The excavated site, the only one to be open for public viewing in New Zealand, offers a first hand insight into the devastation, chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mt Tarawera erupted. Also visit the place where great stories began at the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. With its rich history and culture, it is easy to discover the essence of Rotorua in its people, culture and volcanic landscape.
Insider's Tip - Explore Geothermal Wonders
Take a breath as you marvel at Mother Nature in Rotorua...

Find out how the world began, with a visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley, where in geological terms was created just this morning! Flying Pan Lake, the world's largest hot water spring; Inferno Crater with its mysterious geyser action; and Cathedral Rocks with vent billowing clouds of steam and more will be a photographic wonderland. Set amidst a landscape of erupting geysers, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools visit the authentic, living thermal village since 1863 of Whakarewarewa! Then see the unique lifestyles of a natural Maori village, filled with bubbling mud pools and mineral springs and the awesome powers of the 'Pohutu' and 'Prince of Wales Feathers' geysers. With so many natural wonders, Rotorua will inspire abundant moments of awe!
(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Rotorua, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Rotorua, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Day 6) - New Zealand Domestic Flight, Rotorua to Queenstown
From Rotorua to Queenstown, New Zealand Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Rotorua to Queenstown (South Island).

(Day 6) - Shuttle Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel
Queenstown, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Days 6-9) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Queenstown
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel features rooms most of which have spectacular views over the lake and the remarkable mountain range. Facilities include a range of hotel amenities that invite those who want to relax from their travel. These include an outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, restaurant, bar, conference rooms and a ski and boot drying room. A convenient shuttle service to the town centre is also available. Travel and explore the surroundings by visiting New Zealand's Milford Sound, Central Otago Wineries. For the nature lover, maybe enjoy a nice stroll on walking trails that meander along the lakes shores. In the evening perhaps dine whilst enjoying a Maori Concert and see powerful performances of The Haka and other songs of New Zealand custom.

Upgrade Available (extra cost):
Lake View Room
(Day 6) - Day Tour - Gondola Ride over Queenstown
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.


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Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It's truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!

Of course there's more to do than just admire the view! For an additional cost you can:
<ul><li>Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe. </li>
<li>Thrill seekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge. Purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on a half-mile of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked.</li>
<li>Explore the southern night sky of Queenstown with a guided tour of the galaxy and learn about the stars, nebulae and planets that make up our solar system and beyond. </li></ul>

Ask your Destination Specialist about available combo packages to make your day at Skyline more enjoyable.

Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
(Day 7) - Day Tour - Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound, Queenstown, New Zealand When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.

The beauty and isolation of Doubtful Sound are so compelling that it's difficult to believe you were in civilisation just a few hours earlier.

A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.

On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiord's most stunning scenery. Throughout the cruise, a specialist nature guide provides commentary, answers questions and points out highlights.
Wildlife sightings are common in Doubtful Sound. Fur seals bask on rocky outcrops and the fiord's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are often seen roving through the deep, dark waters.
A day excursion to Doubtful Sound also includes a visit to one of New Zealand's major sources of sustainable hydro-power - the Manapouri Underground Power Station.


*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.
(Day 8) - Free Day to Explore
Free time to rest, relax or explore.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - TSS Earnslaw
Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 1.5 hour cruise aboard a vintage steamship.

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What better way to view the magnificent scenery around Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown) than by taking a cruise a board the last remaining coal fired passenger carrying vessels operating in the southern hemisphere.Affectionately known as the Lady of the Lake, this vessel has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912.

Photo Credit: Real Journeys
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Walter Peak Farm
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience - a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting.

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Your lunch starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill. Our lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef.

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You'll have a plenty to choose from our seasonal summer menu - salads, vegetables, succulent meat cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry, you are well catered for too. Then finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert.

After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dart River Safari
This jet boat adventure offers your senses a feast of spectacular natural beauty on a journey into the wilderness of a World Heritage area.

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Your day begins with 1.5 hour journey on a jet boat through the Dart's river system. You'll be surrounded by beautiful snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys & waterfalls. Your day includes a guided walk (30-40 minutes) along the 'Heritage Trail' at Paradise. Your guide will provide you with informative & entertaining commentary about the ancient native beech forest. The forests of this region sit within a World Heritage Area, one of the only natural sites of its kind that is accessible to the public.

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Your guide details the fascinating history of this area from the days of Gondwanaland, to quests by Maori for prized pounamu, to the present day efforts of New Zealand's department of conservation for the preservation of the area. The day ends with a 4WD coach drive along a scenic back road. You will be entertained with stories of the countryside. On the ride home you will stop to view the scenery made famous by Peter Jackson in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogies.
(Day 9) - Queenstown to Christchurch Deluxe Coach Tour (via Mt. Cook)
Visit Mount Cook National Park and experience the beauty of this Alpine area dominated by Australasia's highest peak before continuing on to Christchurch.

Your coach tour begins in Queenstown and ends in Christchurch

Depart Queenstown which sits on the shores of beautiful lake Wakatipu.

On your arrival to Mount Cook you'll have lunch at a village cafe (own arrangements), or explore the walks in and around the village (1 hour approximate).

At Lake Tekapo your have a spectacular sight on clear days of the Southern Alps at the far end of the lake.

Full Day Tour
Fare includes: Selected Hotel/Motel pickups, coach and tax.

Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
(Days 9-11) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Christchurch
Travel to your accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation in Christchurch, located on New Zealand's South Island, offers a stylish boutique hotel, just metres from Cathedral Square, major business houses, convention facilities and prime attractions. The city, also known as the "Garden City" offers many opportunities to either rest from your travel or explore the city. Consider traveling to Arthur's Pass National Park, which has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding its way through New Zealand's magnificent Waimakariri Gorge.
(Day 10) - Alpine Safari Day Tour
On your vacation travel by deluxe coach across the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge on New Zealand's South Island.

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Participate in a vacation adventure that won't be forgotten soon. Spray jackets, hats and lifejackets are issued to each passenger before boarding the jet-boat for a ride up one of New Zealand's major snow-fed rivers. Weave in and out of rock faces, white water rapids and high walled rock canyons. From the headwaters of the Waimakariri Gorge you will then travel by four wheel drive through a backcountry tour enroute to Te Kowhi Country Café (lunch). After lunch travel to Arthur's Pass. Your return journey is on the famous TranzAlpine train which is rated one of the top six train journeys in the world. Travel through numerous tunnels, viaducts, river canyons and the rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park.

**Does not operate in the winter months June, July and August**
(Day 11) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Christchurch, New Zealand Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand, to the Airport.

Please note: For airport transfers - 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc - $5.00 each.
(Day 11) - International Flight, Christchurch to Sydney
From New Zealand to Australia After departing from Christchurch, this short International Flight takes you overseas to Sydney, Australia.

(Day 11) - Shuttle Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

(Days 11-14) - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 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 11) - Day Tour - Sydney Opera House
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

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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.

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Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
(Day 11) - Day Tour, Harbour Cruise Express Pass (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.

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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 the following tourist attractions:

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).
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).

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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.

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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 12 & 13) - Free Days To Explore
Sydney, Australia 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) - Blue Mountains and Australian Wildlife
Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia 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) - 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).

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

<b>Upgrades Available</b> Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - BridgeClimb Adventure
New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!

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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.

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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.

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

<b>Need to Know:</b> 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.

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

<b>Inclusions:</b> BridgeClimb cap; Certificate of Achievement; A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney
Insider's Tip - The Rocks
Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia's finest arts and crafts.

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If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you're after don't forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!

On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.

With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am - 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
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 three generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts.

Please visit them at: 18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000
Telephone: 61 (02) 9251 9477
(Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Sydney, Australia Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

(Day 14) - Domestic Flight from Sydney to Melbourne
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Melbourne.

(Day 14) - Shuttle Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

(Days 14-16) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel's private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.
(Day 14) - Philip Island and Penguin Parade
Phillip Island, Melbourne, Australia Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.

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Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. From there travel to Phillip Island where you see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks before travelling on to Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife and make this a journey to remember. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10:00pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.

Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)

Operates Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.
(Day 15) - Free Day to Explore Beautiful Melbourne
Today you'll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City's vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You'll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
Insider Tip: City Circle Tour
City Tour, Melbourne, Australia The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.

Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.

Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne's CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Colonial Tram Car Dinner
As you cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, you will enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.

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The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Dining aboard the Tramcar is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history.

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The tram is air-conditioned for total comfort and piped music helps to create a unique mood on wheels. Smart casual, suit or similar dress is appropriate when dining.

Early Dinner 5:45-7:15pm (Daily)

Also available: Lunch 1:00-3:00pm (On Request); Late Dinner 8:35-11:30pm (Daily)

(Please note that a surcharge will apply for Christmas Day Luncheon and New Years Eve Late dinner.)
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - National Sports Museum
Experience the essence of Australia through the pride of sports.

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Located within iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia's greatest showcase of sports at the world-class National Sports Museum.

This museum honors Australian Football, cricket, soccer, Olympic Games and more! Immerse yourself in this spiritual home of sports, contained within a new, modern museum on two levels of the MCGs new Olympic Stand.

See over 2,500 of the finest sports-related artifacts from Australia's rich sporting history along with innovative interactive technology. The eight permanent exhibitions offer insight into all levels of achievement, values, fair play and the pursuit of excellence of Australian sportsmen and women.

It is recommended to spend at the least one to one and half hours touring the museum. Re-entry is available the day of with your original entry ticket.

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Open daily.

<b>Need to Know</b>

- Self-guided audio tours are available and guided tours are available for an additional cost.
- Guided tours depart regularly between 10am and 3pm daily, and take approximately 75 minutes.
- Café is available for coffee and lunch (own expense).
- Tickets for entry are recommended to be purchased before arrival.

<b>Times</b>

The National Sports Museum is open from 10am - 5pm. Times may vary on weekends for event days or public holidays.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Puffing Billy Steam Train & Yarra Valley Wineries
Puffing Billy Steam Train, Melbourne, Australia This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun and the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. You will then be spoiled with some great Aussie food and wine for lunch and go on to taste wines from some of Victoria's leading wineries. We'll get your day started with a journey through Melbourne's eastern suburbs and views of the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

The Dandenong Ranges, also known as the Dandenongs, are beautiful mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are wrapped in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys.

Right in the heart of the Dandenongs is Grant's Reserve – a gorgeous spot to take a break. On arrival you will be greeted by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Aussie billy tea with vegemite, crackers & lamingtons.

The Dandenongs is a haven for bird life and while at Grant's Reserve you can handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah. You will also be entertained by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley.

Next you head to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for some fun! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you'll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You'll head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. You're going to love it!

The scenery en route to the Yarra Valley is just spectacular with the Great Dividing Range as the backdrop. When you arrive in Victoria's premium wine growing region, you'll visit Fergusson Winery and another two leading wineries for wine tasting, appreciation and education. Of the many wineries in the area, you may visit estates such as Rochford Wines, Dominique Portet, or Domaine Chandon. Each has earned an international reputation for excellence and offer cellar-door tastings of their awardwinning selections of Australian wine.

Departs: 8:20am; Returns: 5:30pm
(Day 16) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Melbourne, Australia Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

(Day 16) - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Hobart
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Hobart.

(Day 16) - TaxiTransfer, Hobart Airport to your Hotel (pay as you go)
Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi's are available on demand. Pay as you go.
(Days 16-18) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania
Hobart, Australia Travel to your accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart is a pretty city located on the Derwent River with many waterfront restaurants and cafes. In Salamanca Place, stroll around the 1830's era sandstone warehouses now converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants. Every Saturday this area is a bustling outdoor market featuring live music, stalls with locally made crafts, artisinal cheese, honey, lavender products and more. Take a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington for unsurpassed views over Hobart and enjoy one of Tasmania's Great Short Walks in the Mt Wellington Reserve.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett
(Day 17) - Day Tour, Port Arthur Tour
Port Arthur Tour, Tasmania Enjoy Port Arthur by day and be exposed to Tasmania's convict history and great natural sights.

Port Arthur Mega Tour, jampacked with tasmanian convict history and great natural sights. We pick up and return you to your accommodation

what we do

-Richmond Historic Village (1 hour)
- Australia's oldest bridge (1823)
- Dunalley Sea Canal
- Tasman Lookout
- Eaglehawk Neck and Egg Beach
- Tasman Arch and Devil's Kitchen walk
- Famous Doo Town
- Remarkable Cave and Maingon Bay Lookout (seasonal)

Port Arthur historic site

- 3 hours 45mins visiting time
- Visit more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored houses
- Guided walking tour and 25 min harbour cruise
- Interpretation Gallery, museum and cinema

Tour includes

- Port Arthur entrance fee (inlcludes harbour cruise and walking tour tickets)
- Chocolate treats for all passengers
- Great local stories by our professional Tassie guides
- Small group sizes 13 passengers only

Lunch can be purchased at stops along the way or at the Port Arthur Café at your own cost.

Tour Operates: Sunday through Friday
Departs: 8:00am, Returns: 7:00pm
(Day 18) - TaxiTransfer, Hobart Hotel to the Airport (pay as you go)
Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

(Day 18) - Australian Domestic Flight, Hobart to Melbourne
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Hobart to Melbourne.

(Day 18) - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Alice Springs
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

(Day 18) - Shuttle Transfe, Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Alice Springs, Australia.

(Days 18-20) - 2 Nights 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 2 nights.

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.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Alice Springs Highlights Tour
Today enjoy the highlights of Alice Springs on a half day afternoon tour.

<b>En Route: </b> This afternoon you'll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Your Driver Guide will provide details along the way as you visit historical sites and some of the essential services delivered from Alice to the community of this vast region.

<b>Alice Springs: </b> Established by the early explorers, Alice Springs began as a repeater station along the Overland Telegraph Line. Overflowing with history and heritage, Australia's most famous outback town is now the central headquarters to a range of services and a thriving tourism industry. The traditional caretakers of the land, the Arrernte people, refer to Alice as "Mpwante." A wander through the center of the town will introduce you to their traditions and stories.

<b>School of the Air: </b> Established in 1951, the Alice Springs School of the Air provides education to primary aged school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. You'll learn how this essential service is delivered via satellite across more than 300,00 square miles.

<b>Alice Springs Telegraph Station: </b> Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. After 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for local Aboriginal children, not without its layered history. Now a historical reserve, featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit and learn more of the history of the Alice.

<b>Royal Flying Doctor Service: </b> Now you'll visit the home and headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delivering medical services to people who live, work and travel in remote and rural Australia, the RFDS is a critical resource for this community. Learn of its remarkable history through stories, images and their wonderful interactive museum.

<b>Alice Springs Reptile Centre: </b> Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre will introduce you to Terry the saltwater crocodile and let you get very close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. The Gecko Cave features a large collection of gecko species from all over the Northern Territory. You'll have lots of fun here, particularly during the afternoon show and if you're game, try the supervised handling session.

<b>Anzac Hill: </b> Last stop - Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honors all those who have served in wars that Australia has played a role.

<b>Operates: </b> April - November & March: Daily. December - February: Monday, Thursday & Saturday. Departs: from Alice Springs at 1:50pm and returns at 6:00pm. (approximate times)

<b>Need to Know: </b> Please wear closed walking shoes. Bring your own water bottle, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Wear warm layers in the cooler months. Low level of fitness required.

<b>Inclusions: </b> Experienced driver guide. Expert commentary and insight into every stop. Travel in an air-conditioned bus.
(Day 20) - Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Deluxe Coach Tour
Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach.

Getting to Uluru from Alice Springs is an easy, scenic ride through Australia's red outback. Take in the rugged desert landscapes, passing through the reds and oranges of the MacDonnell Ranges.

While traveling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will share informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the natural and geological history of the region. Hear about the traditional customs and stories of the local Aboriginal people, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. Learn about native animals such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo.

There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

<b>Operates</b> Daily from 7:00am from Alice Springs. Arrives at Uluru at 1:00pm.

<b>Need to Know</b> Bring sunglasses, a hat, water bottle and sunscreen. Wear warm layers in cooler months.

<b>Inclusions</b> Experienced driver/guide. Comprehensive commentary. Travel in an air-conditioned luxury bus.
(Days 20-22) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock, Australia 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 20 & 21) - 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 Evening Event (Not Included) - Sounds 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.

<b>Operates</b> Daily; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

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

<b>Inclusions</b> Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.
(Day 22) - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Darwin
Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Darwin.

(Day 22) - Shuttle Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Darwin, Australia.

(Days 22-24) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Darwin
Travel to your accommodation in Darwin, Australia where you will be staying on vacation for 2 nights.

Your Darwin accommodation offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin's CBD. This 4 1/2 star property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset.

Accommodations are designed to reflect the local tropical style and comfortably casual laid-back ambience that only Darwin can offer. Hotel Rooms include bedroom & ensuite, telephones, internet access, LCD TV's, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.

This vacation accommodation offers 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, concierge, outdoor pool and spa, beauty salon, same day laundry service (excluding Sunday), business and secretarial services, tour desk and foreign exchange desk.

Conveniently located onsite is a restaurant and bar boasting a range of contemporary a la carte cuisine choices. Guests can enjoy a cold beverage from the bar, or dine in style at the perfect location for a casual meal, romantic dinner or family feast. You are also just a very short walk from the Darwin city business district and shops, Darwin Harbour, the Entertainment Centre & the Government House.

Room upgrades available upon request (additional costs apply).
(Day 23) - Free Day to Explore
Darwin, Australia Visit one of Darwin's many attractions.

Spend the day at one of these top Darwin attractions:

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is just 4 kms from the city centre and houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. It is also home to a Cyclone Tracey exhibition which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that devastated Darwin. The Museum's oceanfront café serves good coffee and is also a popular choice for brunch.

Cullen Bay Marina: Cullen Bay Marina is a hotspot for harbour side dining. It includes a variety of eateries ranging from à la carte restaurants to sidewalk cafés. You can stroll along the beach or just sit and watch the sunset over the water. Many sunset cruises, dive boats and fishing charters operate from the marina.

Historic City Walk: Take a Historic City Walk that incorporates 17 historically significant sites and buildings on a stroll around the city. Included is the British Australian Telegraph house (Lyon's Cottage), the Wharf Precinct, Myilly Point Historical Precinct and the new Parliament House. Itineraries are available from the Visitor Information Centre located in the city centre.

Photo Credit: Tourism Northern Territory
Insider's Tip - Darwin Tub Tour
Tour Tub Bus, Darwin, Australia Hop on and off the Tour Tub and experience Darwin's Major Tourist Attractions. Darwin's tropical atmosphere can be experienced in the open-air vehicle and experienced guides provide information about the city and its colorful history.

This unique city tour through Darwin departs from The Mall (Woolworth's end) and select Darwin accommodations every 60 minutes starting at 9:00am until 4:00pm (last tour departs at 3:00pm). You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. The tour takes in some of Darwin's 10 most spectacular attractions. The bus travels every day (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday and New Years Day) and makes numerous stops. Buy your tickets onboard or at hotel reception (not available at all accommodations) for $30 AUD per person; the cost of your ticket includes admission to the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels.

Along the way you will stop at the following attractions: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay Gaol, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, the Australian Pearling Exhibition, the Darwin Wharf Precinct, the WWII Oil Tunnels and Aquascene (fish feeding at Doctors Gully).

To check pick up from your accommodation, call (08) 8985 6322.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Litchfield National Park
Travel south from Darwin to the picturesque Litchfield National Park and discover its stunning waterfalls.

Litchfield National Park's major attractions are the permanent spring fed waterfalls of Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls.

The Park's central sandstone plateau supports patches of monsoonal rainforest that thrive in the deep, narrow gorges, created over thousands of years by the force of the waterfalls cutting into the escarpment walls.

Common wildlife species you'll spot here include wallaroos, wallabies, possums, flying foxes and dingoes. The caves near Tolmer Falls are home to a colony of rare Orange Horseshoe Bats. Litchfield is also a haven for hundreds of native bird species. Birds of prey are common during the dry season and the Rainbow Bee-eater inhabits the sheltered areas close to waterfalls.

See the picturesque double waterfall that forms beautiful Florence Falls, surrounded by lush rainforest. Continue to Tolmer Falls. Noted as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the park, Tolmer Falls cascades over two high escarpments and plunges into a deep waterhole below.

Journey a short distance to the rock pool at Wangi Falls, where there's time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters at the waterfall's base, (conditions permitting). Or perhaps take a nature walk to the top of Wangi Falls and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the lush surrounds.

<b>Operates</b>

<ul><li>April - November: Daily.</li>
<li>December - March: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.</li></ul>

<b>Need to Know</b>

<ul><li>Wear enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.</li>
<li>Bring a water bottle, swimsuit and towel (if swimming).</li>
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<b>Times</b>

Departs from Darwin at 7:25am and returns at approximately 6pm, lasting 10 hours.

<b>Inclusions</b>

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<li>Experienced driver guide.</li>
<li>Comprehensive commentary.</li>
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Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Katherine Gorge
Discover Katherine Gorge, Edith Falls and the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges.

Katherine Gorge is located within amazing Nitmiluk National Park, which spans more than 720,000 acres. With rugged landscapes, thundering waterfalls and unlimited flora and fauna, Nitmiluk is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. The name Nitmiluk, meaning ‘Cicada Place’, came from the Jawoyn people who are the traditional custodians of the Park.

Begin your journey with a stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many World War Two soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942 air raids on Darwin. This is also the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil.

Continue via Pine Creek to Leliyn (Edith Falls) located on the western boundary of Nitmiluk National Park. The paperbark and pandanus-fringed natural pool at the base of Leliyn is safe for swimming throughout most of the year and you'll have a chance to take a dip in the refreshing cool waters.

After lunch enter Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 stunning gorges. Stop by the Visitor Centre before joining your guided cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. The waters of Katherine Gorge are an enticing deep blue, but it is the sheer scale of the gorge that is the most mesmerizing feature.

As you glide along the tranquil waters of this ancient watercourse, enjoy commentary from your guide detailing the area's plantlife and wildlife, and explaining the significance of the gorge for the local Aboriginal people. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and the large array of birdlife.

On the return trip to Darwin, stop to purchase dinner; a Top End specialty of barramundi and chips (own expense).

<b>Operates: </b> Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Departs from Darwin at 6:30am and returns at approximately 8:30pm, lasting 14 hours.

<b>Need to Know: </b> Wear enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle, swimsuit and towel (if swimming). Wear warm layers in cooler months. Low level of fitness required.

<b>Inclusions: </b> Buffet lunch; Katherine Gorge cruise; Experienced driver guide; Comprehensive commentary; Travel in an air-conditioned coach; Return transfers from accommodation.

Photo Credit: Tourism NT/ Salty Wings
(Days 24-25) - Kakadu, Art Sites & Wildlife (1 Night in Kakadu)
Kakadu National Park, Darwin, Australia Visit Kakadu National Park, see Darwin, Nourlangie Rock, Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and cruise the East Alligator River plus much more

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. After lunch, join your local guide on a cruise of the fabled Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu.

Day 2: Kakadu National Park - Darwin
This morning you'll head off with your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you'll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river's abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
(Days 25-26) - 1 Night Accommodation in Darwin
Travel to your accommodation in Darwin, Australia where you will be staying on vacation for 1 night.

Your Darwin accommodation offers guests an unrivalled location near Darwin Harbour and the convenience of close proximity to Darwin's CBD. This 4 1/2 star property boasts panoramic views across the harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a famous Northern Territory sunset.

Accommodations are designed to reflect the local tropical style and comfortably casual laid-back ambience that only Darwin can offer. Hotel Rooms include bedroom & ensuite, telephones, internet access, LCD TV's, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.

This vacation accommodation offers 24 hour reception, 24 hour room service, concierge, outdoor pool and spa, beauty salon, same day laundry service (excluding Sunday), business and secretarial services, tour desk and foreign exchange desk.

Conveniently located onsite is a restaurant and bar boasting a range of contemporary a la carte cuisine choices. Guests can enjoy a cold beverage from the bar, or dine in style at the perfect location for a casual meal, romantic dinner or family feast. You are also just a very short walk from the Darwin city business district and shops, Darwin Harbour, the Entertainment Centre & the Government House.

Room upgrades available upon request (additional costs apply).
(Day 26) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Travel by shuttle from your Darwin accommodation to Airport.

(Day 26) - Australian Domestic Flight, Darwin to Cairns
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Darwin to Cairns.

(Day 26) - Shuttle Transfer from Cairns Airport to Hotel
Cairns, Australia 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 26-30) - 4 Nights Accommodation in 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 26) - Day Tour - 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.

<b><u>Show & Presentation Schedule:</b></u>
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.

<b><u>Operates: </b></u> Daily (Excluding Christmas): 9:00am-6:15pm Sun-Fri; 9:00am-8:00pm Sat
  
<b><u>Inclusions: </b></u> 4-Day Entry Ticket for Shows & Presentations
  
<b><u>Upgrades Available: </b></u> 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

<b><u>Need to Know: </b></u> 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 27) - Great Barrier Reef Cruise Day Tour
Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Cairns, Australia 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.

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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
 Australia, Queensland, Cairns 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.

<b>Operates</b>
Daily

 <b>Times</b>
Full Day Tour - Times to be advised after booking  

<b>Inclusions</b>
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
<b>Need to Know</b>
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

<b>Upgrades</b>
Return Helicopter Flight
(Day 28) - Day Tour - Kuranda Heritage Experience
Kuranda Rainforestation, Cairns, Australia 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.

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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.

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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 and 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 on completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.

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

<b>Upgrade to Gold Class:</b> 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
(Day 30) - Free Day 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) - White Water Rafting
Australia, Queensland, Cairns, Half Day Tours Discover a fun and exciting way to discover the pristine rainforest, with a half day of rafting on the Barron River!

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Located just 20 minutes outside of Cairns, the half day raft is perfectly suited for the first time adventurer! This tour can be arranged from Cairns, the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas.

No previous experience is necessary to raft these exhilarating grade 1 to 3 rapids through the majestic scenery of Barron Gorge National Park. You don't even need to know how to swim as you will be fitted with a helmet and lifejacket and have your experienced river guide at your side.


Here you can feel the rush of rafting within the awesome wilderness of Australia's tropical rainforests with operations all year round, tropical water temperatures and breath-taking scenery and rapids. So take a ride through our planet's oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild. Take home the memories and be sure to smile as professional photographers take your pictures which are available for purchase at the end of the day! Last stop is at the cafe where you can take a break and have some drinks before returning to your accommodation.

Includes: Transfers to/from Cairns accommodations (Transfers from Port Douglas also available with 3 hours of free time to explore Cairns), 2 hours of rafting, equipment: life jacket, helmet, spray jacket and experienced river guide, light refreshments

Operation Days: Daily; Estimated Times: Departs: 2:15pm & Return: 5:00pm
Minimum Ages: 13 years or older; Payable on Board: AUD$25.00 Environmental Levy

Upgrade Available (extra cost): Full Day Tully River (Grades 3-4)

Need to Know:
By booking this tour you confirm that you do not have a medical condition that would make it unsafe to participate. If you are pregnant you will be unable to raft. If you have a medical condition or are unsure that you are physically able to participate, we recommend that you consult with a medical practitioner.
Prior to your rafting trip you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign our liability waiver (either online or on paper).
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sail Away to the Low Isles
Australia, Queensland, Cairns, Day Tours, 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.

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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.

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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.

<b>Operates</b> Daily from 6:30am to 5:30pm (approximate times)

<b>Highlights & Inclusions</b> 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

<b>Need to Know</b> 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) - Cairns Night Zoo
Enjoy a great Australian night out at the Cairns Night Zoo!

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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) - 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) - Hot Air Balloon Flight
Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with this half day tour on a hot air balloon ride!

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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.

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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 30) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the 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 30) - Domestic Flight from Cairns to Brisbane
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

(Day 30) - Shuttle Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel
Brisbane, Australia 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 30-31) - 1 Night Accommodation in Brisbane
Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

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 31) - Shuttle Transfer from your Hotel to the Airport
Brisbane, Australia 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 31) - Internaitonal flight from Brisbane to Fiji
From Australia to Fiji Your International flight will take you from Brisbane to Nadi, Fiji.

(Days 31-33) - 2 Nights Accommodation in Fiji
Fiji Resort Spend 3 nights enjoying a true Fijian experience away from the major tourist areas. Relax amoungst the lush, tropical gardens and the pristine beach. Take in the amazing views of the azure Sailstone Reef and the Nananui Islands.

Your Fiji accommodation is a truly idyllic resort offering an island paradise experience with mainland convenience. Just a 2 and ¼ hour journey from Nadi International Airport. You will be met with the biggest Bula in Fiji and tasting your first coconut before most other visitors have even reached their island destinations.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Navua River Village Tour
Your journey begins on a motor boat which takes you up the river past villages and through scenes of untouched beauty with waterfalls and deep gorges.

Experience the thrills of fast-flowing shallow rapids along the way. Visit a village for Kava ceremony and Fijian lunch. Swim in clear, fresh mountain water and visit specialty shops, before returning down the river.

Departs Nadi from Nadi with pickups at resorts along the way.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Off Road Cave Safari
The half day experience will enable you to get a glimpse of Fiji as it was and now is.

You will be taken on a journey of discovery that includes crossing the mighty Sigatoka River via a "push push punt” and then heading deep inland on board your guided off-road vehicle.

Your ATV driver will start your journey along the road less travelled by sharing their knowledge and stories about the nearby villages and what life in the village is like. Along the way you are able to see locals going about their daily lives.

Then after some 35 minutes on the road less travelled, you will arrive at the bete's or high priest's home. Your guide will be on hand to explain or answer any questions you may have on Fijian traditions and customs.

After the kava ceremony, the priest along with your Off Road Cave Safari guide will lead you to the entrance of the Naihehe Cave, a mere 5 minute stroll away. The cave is more than 170 meters long and as you go through the initial small opening and into a small cavern, you will soon find yourself in a larger part of the cave.

After exploring and learning all about the Naihehe Cave, you will proceed to the priest house where a mouth watering barbeque lunch complete with fresh fruit and juice awaits you. Bring along a change of clothes as you are bound to take a swim in the nearby fresh water swimming hole as you enjoy the company of your new friends.
Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Vuda Lookout & Gardens of the Sleeping Giant
Depart your Fijian accommodation and venture into Nadi's scenic heartland through the beautiful Sabeto Valley to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, housing the largest and most varied orchid collection in Fiji for this half day tour.

Then to Viseisei Village, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will be shown through the village and handicraft displays. The Vuda Lookout offers a 360 degree bird's eye view of the West's mountain ranges, Nadi Bay, and the beautiful Yasawa Group of Islands. Relax in a Fijian Bure and enjoy a tropical fruit juice and seasonal fruits from the orchard.
(Day 33) - International Flight from Fiji to Los Angeles
Depart Fiji 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 Fiji.

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