Taste of Australia

Taste of Australia

Purpose: Ecology, Adventure, Discovery, Culture
No. of days: 13 daus - 12 nights
First & Last Cities: Sydney, Melbourne
Other cities: Ayers Rock, Cairns
Starting cost: $3,195
Day 1: Sydney
Welcome to Sydney! Arrive at Sydney, private arrival transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 2: Sydney
The Spectacular Sydney tour is a thorough introduction to Sydney and its neighbors. This tour combines both morning and afternoon tours to create a full day tour of Sydney sightseeing. In the morning, you will travel to Manly Beach for a wonderful stroll along The Corso to see the beach that has made Manly famous. Along the way to Manly, you will view Darling Harbor and then cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Stop at North Head Lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy your time at Manly beach before heading back to Sydney for your lunch cruise of Sydney Harbor aboard the prestigious MV Sydney 2000. Enjoy a fantastic buffet lunch and commentary. You will need to meet your Captain Cook lunch cruise vessel at 11.45am at Wharf 1, King St Wharf. Be sure to check in with the staff before taking off to enjoy your luncheon cruise. Once the Cruise has finished please head to meet your driver at Lime Street, King Street Wharf for the afternoon tour. You will tour through the historic Rocks area and take in views of the Opera House, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Stop at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. See the colorful Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to visit The Gap and enjoy stunning views. Stop at the world-famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Join the coach for your return to Sydney, travelling through Paddington, the exclusive Eastern suburbs and Rushcutters Bay. [B/L]
Day 3: Sydney (Blue Mountains)
Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with an early morning interaction with Australia’s native animals. Get up close to a koala then have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo and see wombats, dingos and native birds. A highlight of the day is a stop at Scenic World where you can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway, a great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and get another perspective of the Three Sisters. Take a walk along the Rainforest boardwalk and immerse yourself in nature from the valley floor. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a charming café in the heart of the Blue Mountains surrounded by locals then enjoy some free time discovering the unique mountain town of Leura with its quaint shops. Relax as you return to Sydney on board a river cruise and take in the surrounding harbor side suburbs before arriving at Darling Harbor or Circular Quay. [B/L]
Day 4: Sydney
Day at leisure to enjoy individual activities or our suggested optional touring. Tonight, included in your program is a 3 Course dinner at the 360 Bar & Dining Restaurant located in the Sydney Tower. 360 Bar and Dining is the glamorous incarnation of Sydney Tower's Level 1 restaurant, lavishly refitted by acclaimed designer Michael McCann of Dreamtime Design. (transfers not included). [B/D]
Day 5: Sydney, Ayers Rock
Private departure transfer from hotel to Sydney airport. (Flight not included)Arrive Ayers Rock, transfer to the hotel by courtesy shuttle bus of the resort. Accommodation. In the evening, join the optional Sounds of Silence Dinner. [B]
Day 6: Ayers Rock
Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the first rays of sunlight slowly change the color of Uluru. Then travel to the mystical domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Walk through Walpa Gorge, where the trail follows the natural creek bed between two of the tallest domes. Spend time exploring the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formation. In the afternoon travel in the comfort of your coach around the base of Uluru with your Driver Guide who will provide details on its incredible history. You’ll be fascinated by the Aboriginal stories that go back many thousands of years. Learn the significance of ancient Aboriginal rock art, about the area’s flora and fauna and culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu. Your day concludes with a spectacular sunset at Uluru enjoying a glass of sparkling wine & nibbles. [B]
Day 7: Ayers Rock, Cairns
Transfer from hotel to Ayers Rock airport, using the courtesy shuttle bus of the resort (Flight not included) Arrive Cairns, private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Accommodation. [B]
Day 8: Cairns (Great Barrier Reef)
Included today is a Cruise to Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef (non-private, with English-speaking crew). A low-lying vegetated sand cay encircle by a spectacular fringing reef, Michaelmas Cay is a National Park and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Set sail aboard the 105-feet luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, for a day to remember with a wide range of activities to fully experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment. Inclusions: Morning and afternoon teas, tropical smorgasbord lunch, EMC, snorkel equipment, informative ecological presentations by qualified Marine Biologists and guided nature tours of the island and bird sanctuary. [B/L]
Day 9: Cairns (Kuranda)
Experience the contrast of the region’s oldest railway and the world’s most beautiful Cableway, knowing that we have taken care of all the details with our Kuranda Boarding Pass. Tjapukai is our first stop this morning and includes lunch. Then board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey over and through World Heritage protected rainforest, before some free time in Kuranda. Avoid the ticketing lines before boarding the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, our Kuranda Boarding Pass ensures you will have preferential seating. [B/L]
Day 10: Cairns, Melbourne
Private departure transfer from your hotel to Cairns airport. (Flight not included). Arrive Melbourne, private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Accommodation. [B]
Day 11: Melbourne
Join a small group tour with driver-guide. Hear about Melbourne’s wonderful history, its famous buildings, and sensational shopping. Explore Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook’s Cottage, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. Travel over the Westgate Bridge, drive along the Grand Prix Track and see the Melbourne Cricket Ground, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Crown Casino and Port Phillip Bay. [B]
Day 12: Melbourne (Great Ocean Road)
Join a small group tour with driver-guide. We will make plenty of stops along the way. There will be opportunities to spot some famous Australian animals, stop at a lighthouse and take in the wild scenery and breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys. We will treat you to a light lunch and the chance to chat to your fellow travelers. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave. But alas, it’s time to return to Melbourne. [B/L]
Day 13: Melbourne, USA
Private departure from your hotel to Melbourne airport. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner





Tour includes
  • Private airport transfers throughout unless otherwise stated
  • 8 nights’ accommodation:
    • Sydney 4 nights
    • Ayers Rock 2 nights
    • Cairns 3 nights
    • Melbourne 3 nights
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
    • 2 dinners
  • Cruises are non-private and without guide.
  • Seat-in-coach touring as stipulated above.
  • Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park entry
  • Cairns: Government Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
Not included in tour
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Taxes and fees related to air transportation
  • Excess luggage
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips to guides or drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary

Hotels in your Tour

City Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
Sydney Radisson Blu Plaza Standard Atrium 4.5
Ayers Rock Desert Gardens Standard Garden View 4
Cairns Doubletree by Hilton Standard 4
Melbourne Clarion Suites Gateway Standard 4.5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking

Tour Pricing

Season Double Single Triple
Dec'19 - Mar '20 $3,195 $4,959 $3,085
Prices are per person and may change without notice
Supplements and minimum stays apply during special event periods. Please see events calendar.
Tour Code: AU02SYD20TE