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BEST OF AUSTRALIA

 

Priced From $2598 per person

8 Days | 7 Nights

Welcome to the Land Down Under. This extensive multi-center tour incorporates some of the most famous sights of Australia into an 8 day journey. The city of Sydney contrasts with the rugged natural beauty of the Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. To maximise the experience, we have also included day trips to the Blue Mountains and Daintree Rainforest.

7 nights hotel accommodation

Round trip transfers

Breakfast daily

Experience Sydney Harbour’s most sensational 3 course BBQ lunch cruise with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service  – spot the iconic Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge as you cruise along 

Snorkel and sail on the majestic Great Barrier Reef, one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on Earth

Visit the world-famous Ayers Rock and watch the sunset in the sacred site of Uluru

Spot kangaroos in the wild on a full day tour of Blue Mountains National Park

Enjoy leisure time on the coast

Explore the wonders of Daintree Rainforest

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 – Arrive Sydney

Arrival into Sydney International Airport. Your Sky Vacations ambassador will meet you and transfer you to your hotel

This afternoon treat yourself to Sydney Harbour’s most sensational lunch cruise. A unique four hour cruise experience. Your captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that this vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back, relax on the expansive sun bed and do nothing at all.

Day 2 – Sydney

This morning depart on your half day tour of Sydney. Your tour today will start in your hotel lobby where your friendly guide will meet you before showing you through the historic Rocks precinct. Witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia.

Heading east, we make our way to the stunning Botanical Gardens situated right in the heart of Sydney. En route we pass through Macquarie Street named after the fifth Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. Here you will see Australia’s first Parliament House, Mint, Hyde Park Barracks and St Mary’s Cathedral. The tour continues onto Mrs Macquarie’s Chair situated on the water’s edge, here you will enjoy a walking tour of the harbour’s edge with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House before rejoining your vehicle.

We then continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters Bay. It’s here we stop to enjoy a lunch. Continue on through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs and see some of Sydney’s most sought after addresses. Pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals and maybe enjoy an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle.

Make our way back to Sydney via the vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington; admire this boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the homes.

Arriving back at your hotel you will have enjoyed a great day out seeing some of Sydney’s best kept secrets and having taken some fantastic photos.

Day 3 – Blue Mountains 

Departing the city this morning your personalized guide will start the day by showing you the historical Rocks precinct. The birth place of Australia has a fascinating past and you will see convict built cottages, Australia’s first church and remnants of how Australia was shaped as a nation. We then travel North across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia’s shortest freeway. Continuing west now our first stop is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s favourite marsupials. Arriving early we beat the crowds and allow you to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies and Wombats. You will love these amazing animals.

Continue west towards the Blue Mountains National Park. We enter a little known hidden clearing to enjoy some home style morning tea. You will have time to roam the area and seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that frequents this part of the National Park. Our next stop is Kings Tableland. This breathtaking view looks out over the Jamison Valley. You will see firsthand the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for.

Lunch today is at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After lunch we head to Wentworth Falls. Here you will be guided down a well worn path towards the falls and stunning views. Experience the local flora and fauna up close as your guide informs you of the incredible geology of the Blue Mountains and how they were formed.

Next we head towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout you will see the famous 3 sisters Rock formation and marvel at the stunning views of the Jamieson Valley. From here we continue around Narrowneck Plateau for more incredible vantage points.

Sit back and relax on board your comfortable vehicle for the interesting drive back through Sydney’s western suburbs and across ANZAC Bridge before finally arriving back in the city.

Day 4 – Sydney – Ayers Rock

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Sydney Airport to check-in for your departure flight. Fly from Sydney to Ayers Rock (flight cost not included). On your arrival into Ayers Rock take a courtesy coach transfer to your accommodation.

This afternoon, you depart from the hotel for a 5 hour tour of Uluru at sunset.

Travel through the landscape as the specter of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. Our first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide journeys toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquillity. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. We then adjourn to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 – Ayers Rock – Cairns – Palm Cove

Depart the hotel for your tour of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40km journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. We make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. We take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years.

This afternoon depart on the courtesy airport coach transfer to Ayers Rock Airport.

Fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns (flight cost not included).

On arrival, you will be transferred by a private vehicle to your accommodation.

The Beaches of Cairns stretch for 26km along a beautiful coastline beginning north of the city. One of them is Palm Cove – just 20 minutes north of Cairns, and considered one of the top 10 beaches in Australia. Palm Cove’s beach offers warm tropical water year round and a silky sandy beach lined with majestic Palm trees with beautiful views of the Coral Sea – the ingredients for an idyllic tropical holiday; warm seas, water sports and uncrowded sand with a sweeping backdrop of rainforest mountains.

Day 6 – Great Barrier Reef

Today transfer to Cairns Marina for your full day Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience.

Enjoy a full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You will have exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life.

Depart direct from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time, leaving more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.

The all-weather Marine World platform caters for all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari.

Not a confident swimmer? Then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory, try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight (additional cost for Helmet Dive, Scuba Dive & Helicopter flight).  With 5 hours at the reef there is time to do it all.

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.

Day 7 – Daintree Rainforest

Today a full day scheduled/shared tour of the Daintree Rainforest awaits you.

We travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Step aboard a scheduled cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. Cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, Pythons and other wildlife. The cruise takes us through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks.

Arriving on the northern side of the river we enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Enjoy a home-made morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy.

Next, our journey takes us up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through local rainforest and on to our first stop, where we take a scenic walk through this amazing eco system. Immerse yourself inside protected forests as we take you on a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife.

Today you will learn from your our guide some insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers.

Continuing along our next stop is at one of magical beaches that adorn the coastline of Cape Tribulation; here our guides will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Many who have travelled remark how they feel like Robinson Crusoe.

Lunch today is a delicious meal which includes rainforest-inspired local produce. You will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles, frogs and lizards endemic to the area. If the cute and cuddly animals are more to your liking, then you will have the opportunity to feed the kangaroos and swamp wallabies in your own private zoo.

After lunch we get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe’s tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees, the orchard is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. Our last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you’ll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas.

One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and on to your home-ward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening.

Day 8 – Palm Cove – Depart Cairns

Meet your Sky Vacations driver in the hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

 

LOCATION NUMBER OF NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
Sydney 3   Hilton Sydney
Ayer’s Rock                        1 Lost Camel
Cairns 3   Pullman Reef

 

Prices are land only per person based on double occupancy. Restrictions apply. For our complete terms and conditions, click here.

7 nights hotel accommodation

Round trip transfers

Breakfast daily

Experience Sydney Harbour’s most sensational 3 course BBQ lunch cruise with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service  – spot the iconic Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge as you cruise along 

Snorkel and sail on the majestic Great Barrier Reef, one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on Earth

Visit the world-famous Ayers Rock and watch the sunset in the sacred site of Uluru

Spot kangaroos in the wild on a full day tour of Blue Mountains National Park

Enjoy leisure time on the coast

Explore the wonders of Daintree Rainforest

 

Day 1 – Arrive Sydney

Arrival into Sydney International Airport. Your Sky Vacations ambassador will meet you and transfer you to your hotel

This afternoon treat yourself to Sydney Harbour’s most sensational lunch cruise. A unique four hour cruise experience. Your captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that this vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back, relax on the expansive sun bed and do nothing at all.

Day 2 – Sydney

This morning depart on your half day tour of Sydney. Your tour today will start in your hotel lobby where your friendly guide will meet you before showing you through the historic Rocks precinct. Witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia.

Heading east, we make our way to the stunning Botanical Gardens situated right in the heart of Sydney. En route we pass through Macquarie Street named after the fifth Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. Here you will see Australia’s first Parliament House, Mint, Hyde Park Barracks and St Mary’s Cathedral. The tour continues onto Mrs Macquarie’s Chair situated on the water’s edge, here you will enjoy a walking tour of the harbour’s edge with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House before rejoining your vehicle.

We then continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters Bay. It’s here we stop to enjoy a lunch. Continue on through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs and see some of Sydney’s most sought after addresses. Pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals and maybe enjoy an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle.

Make our way back to Sydney via the vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington; admire this boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the homes.

Arriving back at your hotel you will have enjoyed a great day out seeing some of Sydney’s best kept secrets and having taken some fantastic photos.

Day 3 – Blue Mountains 

Departing the city this morning your personalized guide will start the day by showing you the historical Rocks precinct. The birth place of Australia has a fascinating past and you will see convict built cottages, Australia’s first church and remnants of how Australia was shaped as a nation. We then travel North across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia’s shortest freeway. Continuing west now our first stop is at Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s favourite marsupials. Arriving early we beat the crowds and allow you to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies and Wombats. You will love these amazing animals.

Continue west towards the Blue Mountains National Park. We enter a little known hidden clearing to enjoy some home style morning tea. You will have time to roam the area and seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that frequents this part of the National Park. Our next stop is Kings Tableland. This breathtaking view looks out over the Jamison Valley. You will see firsthand the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for.

Lunch today is at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After lunch we head to Wentworth Falls. Here you will be guided down a well worn path towards the falls and stunning views. Experience the local flora and fauna up close as your guide informs you of the incredible geology of the Blue Mountains and how they were formed.

Next we head towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout you will see the famous 3 sisters Rock formation and marvel at the stunning views of the Jamieson Valley. From here we continue around Narrowneck Plateau for more incredible vantage points.

Sit back and relax on board your comfortable vehicle for the interesting drive back through Sydney’s western suburbs and across ANZAC Bridge before finally arriving back in the city.

Day 4 – Sydney – Ayers Rock

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Sydney Airport to check-in for your departure flight. Fly from Sydney to Ayers Rock (flight cost not included). On your arrival into Ayers Rock take a courtesy coach transfer to your accommodation.

This afternoon, you depart from the hotel for a 5 hour tour of Uluru at sunset.

Travel through the landscape as the specter of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. Our first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide journeys toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquillity. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. We then adjourn to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 – Ayers Rock – Cairns – Palm Cove

Depart the hotel for your tour of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40km journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation. On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. We make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. We take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years.

This afternoon depart on the courtesy airport coach transfer to Ayers Rock Airport.

Fly from Ayers Rock to Cairns (flight cost not included).

On arrival, you will be transferred by a private vehicle to your accommodation.

The Beaches of Cairns stretch for 26km along a beautiful coastline beginning north of the city. One of them is Palm Cove – just 20 minutes north of Cairns, and considered one of the top 10 beaches in Australia. Palm Cove’s beach offers warm tropical water year round and a silky sandy beach lined with majestic Palm trees with beautiful views of the Coral Sea – the ingredients for an idyllic tropical holiday; warm seas, water sports and uncrowded sand with a sweeping backdrop of rainforest mountains.

Day 6 – Great Barrier Reef

Today transfer to Cairns Marina for your full day Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience.

Enjoy a full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. You will have exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life.

Depart direct from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran providing a smoother ride and reduced travel time, leaving more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.

The all-weather Marine World platform caters for all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari.

Not a confident swimmer? Then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory, try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight (additional cost for Helmet Dive, Scuba Dive & Helicopter flight).  With 5 hours at the reef there is time to do it all.

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.

Day 7 – Daintree Rainforest

Today a full day scheduled/shared tour of the Daintree Rainforest awaits you.

We travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Step aboard a scheduled cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. Cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, Pythons and other wildlife. The cruise takes us through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks.

Arriving on the northern side of the river we enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Enjoy a home-made morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy.

Next, our journey takes us up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through local rainforest and on to our first stop, where we take a scenic walk through this amazing eco system. Immerse yourself inside protected forests as we take you on a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife.

Today you will learn from your our guide some insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers.

Continuing along our next stop is at one of magical beaches that adorn the coastline of Cape Tribulation; here our guides will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Many who have travelled remark how they feel like Robinson Crusoe.

Lunch today is a delicious meal which includes rainforest-inspired local produce. You will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles, frogs and lizards endemic to the area. If the cute and cuddly animals are more to your liking, then you will have the opportunity to feed the kangaroos and swamp wallabies in your own private zoo.

After lunch we get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe’s tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees, the orchard is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. Our last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you’ll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas.

One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and on to your home-ward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening.

Day 8 – Palm Cove – Depart Cairns

Meet your Sky Vacations driver in the hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to Cairns Airport for your onward flight.

 

Prices are land only per person based on double occupancy. Restrictions apply. For our complete terms and conditions, click here.

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