Sydney/Cairns, Australia (13 days)

What’s included:

  • Your choice of 3 star or 4 star hotel
  • 1 Domestic flight to Cairns
  • 7 lunches
  • All tours noted below

Not Included:

  • International airfare to and from the destination, please contact us for the best available prices from your home city.
  • Travel Insurance is not included, but available, please contact us for the best options for your family.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary below.
  • Tours not mentioned in the itinerary below.
  • Gratuities (optional).

Day 1 – Arrive and transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day on your own. 

Day 2 – Rest and Recovery Day (from your long flight)

Day 3 – City Tour with Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise

Enjoy a spectacular buffet luncheon cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour following Sydney City Tour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Spectacular Darling Harbour
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre
  • Chinatown
  • Sydney Aquarium and the Monorail
  • Sydney Opera House
  • The Rock’s – Sydney’s birthplace
  • Conservatorium of Music
  • Parliament House
  • Hyde Park
  • St James Cathedral
  • St Marys Cathedral
  • Art Gallery and the Domain
  • Visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – superb views of the harbour and city skyline
  • Royal Australian Naval Base at Garden Island
  • Kings Cross – Sydney’s ‘hot spot’
  • Exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse
  • The Gap – stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Heads
  • Visit Bondi Beach – Australia’s most famous surf beach
  • Historic and trendy Paddington
  • Sydney Tower
  • Sydney Town Hall.

LUNCHEON CRUISE

  • Enjoy an unforgettable luncheon cruise while taking in the splendour of Sydney Harbour.
Operates: DAILY
Departs: 11:45   PM – Wharf 5 King Street   Wharf
12.00pm – Cruises office,   Jetty 6 Cruise Centre, Circular Quay
Returns: 5:30   PM
Fare Includes:   Coach   touring, Sydney Harbour luncheon cruise

A tour capturing the essence of Sydney…our Sydney Highlights and Manly Beach tour along with a delightful buffet luncheon cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Stunning views over Sydney Cove and Circular Quay
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Milsons Point – panoramic views of the bridge and        skyline
  • Cross the Spit Bridge
  • Magnificent views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay marinas
  • Arabanoo Lookout – a superb panorama of the rugged Headlands and Manly
  • Tour through the northern beaches of Freshwater Bay and Curl Curl
  • Stop at the seaside resort of Manly, noted for its famous surf beach and Norfolk pines
  • Perhaps a walk along the Corso, browse in the shops or simply relax on the beach.

Day 4 – Blue Mountains Rides, Wildlife Park and River Cruise

If you are in Sydney on a short stay, this tour will suit. As well as the essential Blue Mountains tourist destinations – Echo Point and the Three Sisters, Scenic Railway and Cableway & Leura – we visit an award winning interactive wildlife park. Beat the traffic home on our privately chartered cruise catamaran right up the middle of the Parramatta River.

Our five star coaches will take you there in luxury, driven by our experienced senior coach captains whose fully informed and researched commentary will make your discovery tour a delight to remember.

We leave the city in our luxury air-conditioned coach and head west for the Blue Mountains. At the award winning Featherdale Wildlife Park make friends with cuddly koalas and wombats, hand feed kangaroos and emus in the fantastic people friendly interactive enclosures. See dingoes, reptiles and a large variety of birds.

See the historic township of Leura and Katoomba, following the scenic cliff drive we take in the Jamison Valley.

Visit the Spectacular Three Sisters, a towering rock formation overlooking the Jamison Valley. At our next stop ride the worlds steepest Scenic Railway and Cableway and Skyrail.  Enjoy a 400m boardwalk.

Enjoy the views of the Kings Tableland – Jamison Valley and the spectacular waterfall.
On the return trip enjoy a relaxing Captain Cook river cruise along the Parramatta River to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay where our tour concludes.

Includes:

Wildlife Park

3 rides:  (Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway rides)
River Cruise

Australian Wildlife

Enjoy the many unique animals of the Australian bush at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with cuddly koalas, feed kangaroos, encounter an emu, see Tasmanian Devils, possums, wallabies, bandicoots, wombats and colourful parrots. You’ll even have a chance of a close up look at Australian reptiles, crocodiles, echidnas and goannas.

Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters
The Blue Mountains is a world heritage listed area of immense natural beauty.  Covering over 248,000 hectares, the park is bigger than some countries!  Massive deep valleys, narrow canyons, rainforests, waterfalls, rugged sandstone escarpments and craggy cliffs offer breathtaking vistas and experiences.

High Country Experience & Scenic World Rides
Tour the mountain tourist capital of Katoomba and witness spectacular high country views on the scenic Cliff Drive from Narrow Neck Point. You’ll ride the world’s steepest Scenic Railway and Scenic Cableway and Scenic Skyway rides.
At Echo Point see breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley and the Three Sisters rock formation. If you’d like to experience Aboriginal culture, art and dance, why not visit Koomurri Aboriginal Centre (own expense)?

Mountain Village
Leura is a charming mountain village and you’re sure to experience its relaxed nature while you’re in town!  We’ll stop for an afternoon tea break (own expense)… why not indulge in some traditional English Tea or Devonshire Tea of scones with jam and cream?  Absolutely delicious!  Afterwards, you can enjoy a leisurely wander through the unique shops and galleries.

Parramatta River Cruise
Head back to Sydney on a Captain Cook river cruise with commentary passing Homebush Bay Olympic Games site.  Why not grab a drink (own expense) from the onboard bar and relax as you enjoy a cruise back to Sydney?
This tour departs from Star City Coach Terminal, Pirrama Road, Darling Harbour or your CBD hotel. In some instances, we may need to pick up from a nearby hotel if we cannot pick up directly from your accommodation due to restrictions beyond our control.
Tour concludes at Circular Quay at approximately 5.45pm.  Hotel drop-off not available after cruise.

Day 5  – Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Join us for the best Hunter Valley wine-tasting tour, departing Sydney daily for the fabulous wineries & views of the Hunter.

We believe our Hunter Valley wine tours offer the best combination of luxury, personalised service, value for money and fun! See below for some of the reasons why, or take a look at what a Typical Day on our Hunter Valley wine tours is like. But remember – we pride ourselves on being flexible, personalising our tour daily.

Flexible, customised itinerary

We don’t have a set itinerary, customising our Hunter Valley wine tour each day to suit you and your fellow travellers. With over 130 wineries in the Hunter Valley we guarantee a great, personalised experience every day. Let our guide recommend the wineries, or suggest your own favourites. You can also include cheese, olive, chocolate or fudge tastings, visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, or browse the shops & galleries.

Small group sizes

With a maximum of just 14 passengers on our Hunter Valley wine tours, you’ll enjoy a personalised day tailored to suit. Travel with friends, or by yourself and make friends along the way. If you’re travelling with a group, why not consider a Private Charter?.

Great guides – professional, friendly and fun

Our excellent guides are your key to a great wine tour, and a great day. More than just drivers, they are knowledgeable and passionate about Australia, the Hunter Valley and its wines. Fun, courteous, professional and enthusiastic, they help set us apart from the rest.

Luxury Mercedes vehicles

Ours are the best, most comfortable & most modern vehicles in the Hunter. With a maximum of just 14 passengers, our Mercedes mini-buses feature extra legroom, reclining seats, seatbelts, headrests, panoramic windows, A/C, onboard TV/DVD & fridge.

Visit the best boutique wineries

Our Hunter Valley wine tours concentrate on the smaller, boutique wineries where wine-making is a lifelong passion. For you, this means a personalised experience and excellent wines. Avoid the crowds & anonymity of larger wineries and let us show you our favourites, or suggest your own. Larger wineries can be catered for where desired.

Includes a delicious cafe lunch

Complimentary pick-up

Our Hunter Valley wine tours start with a complimentary pick-up from your city hotel, city location, or along the Pacific Highway. It’s all part of our friendly, efficient, personalised service.

Behind-the-scenes tour

There’s only one winery that we visit every day – Iron Gate Estate, where we enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour. This is a great chance to understand the wine-making process, and to understand Australian and Hunter wines.

Day 6 – Australian Outbook Sheep Station OR Canberra [Your choice of tour to-day]
Tobruk Outback Sheep Station Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

  • True Australian Outback Experience
  • Billy Tea and Damper
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Whip Cracking
  • Boomerang Throwing
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ Lunch

For a true outback experience just outside Sydney, visit the famed Tobruk Sheep Station and live a day in the life of a true Aussie farmer! This huge farm – set over 150 acres and surrounded by native Australian forest and bushland, the Tobruk Sheep Station allows you to get a sense of being smack-bank in the Aussie outback while in reality being just over an hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD. A great day out for families, the Tobruk Sheep Station allows you to throw a boomerang, taste some traditional yummy Aussie food (damper and golden syrup!), crack a whip, see sheep being herded and much, much more.
Get some stunning views of the Blue Mountains as you relax in the countryside, kick back and watch a sheep-sheering show, end enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue-style lunch are just a few more of the things you can do at the Tobruk Sheep Station – so if you’re after a dose of all things Aussie.

OR

Canberra – The Nation’s Capital

Fare Includes:  Guided tours of Australian War Memorial, National Museum or National Gallery of Australia and New Parliament House.  The nation’s capital – a purpose built city, ultra modern, with imposing architecture yet a rural charm of lakeside, gardens and open spaces. This hi- tech city is the seat of Parliament and home of superb national monuments, museums and galleries.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the historic township of Berrima for morning tea (own expense)
  • Tour through the Southern Highlands and Goulburn sheep district
  • See mysterious Lake George
  • Enter the Australian Capital Territory and the nation’s capital – Canberra
  • Visit the new hands on, state-of-the art National Museum
  • Appreciate our indigenous history and multi-cultural future
  • Visit the spectacular billion dollar New Parliament House for a guided      inspection
  • Observe Parliament if in session
  • See the Senate, the House of Representative chambers and the Great Hall
  • See sweeping views of Canberra from the Queens Terrace
  • Tour Canberra and see Lake Burley Griffin
  • High Court of Australia
  • National Library
  • National Science and Technology Centre
  • “The Lodge” – residence of the Prime Minister
  • Embassies and Diplomatic residences including Thailand, USA, France, Malaysia, Great Britain, Indonesia and more
  • Captain Cook Memorial Fountain and the Carillon
  • Visit the Australian War Memorial
  • Panoramic views from the summit of Mt Ainslie
  • An evening meal stop will be made on our return to Sydney (own expense)

Australian Capital Territory

Travel through the Southern Highlands, noted for its stud properties and country retreats and on through the Goulburn Sheep Grazing area. Pass mysterious Lake George and enter the Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra’s Buildings, Diplomatic Embassies and New

National Museum

Travel by the Old Parliament House, the National Library, The Treasury, the Parliamentary Triangle, enjoy a guided tour of the new National Museum, see the High Court. Tour past the Prime Minister’s Lodge and the unique Embassies of Thailand, USA, South Africa, France, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, Finland, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain and many more. Enjoy the view of Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin with its Carillon and spectacular Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet. See the Royal Military College, the Australian Defence Academy and the American War Memorial. Leaving Canberra, we climb Mt Ainslea for a panoramic view over the city. Our return to Sydney will include a stop for dinner (own expense).

Canberra

Canberra is a masterpiece of modern city planning, striking architecture, parks and gardens and is the centre for politics, the Arts, Science, business and entertainment. Canberra was designed in the early 1900’s by Walter Burley Griffin. Many thousands today come to Canberra to marvel at the modern architecture and to experience and explore the rich fabric of our heritage.

Day 7 – Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns.

Upon arrival in Cairns you will be transferred to your hotel.  Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Day 8 – Cairns Great Barrier reef

INCLUDES:

  • Large fast modern vessel to Great Barrier reef
  • Five hours of snorkelling or diving at two outer reef locations
  • Friendly, dedicated, attentive, professional staff
  • Large air-conditioned modern lounges to relax in comfort
  • Snorkelling demonstration, tips and activity presentation
  • Delicious Aussie BBQ lunch including steak, sausages, vegetarian, cold meats, tropical salads and pastas
  • Morning and afternoon tea including tea, coffee, complimentary wine and cheese platter on the return journey
  • Glass Bottom Boat reef tour

Day 9 – Cairns to Kunanda Villages and Rainforest

INCLUDES:

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Village markets
  • Scenic Kuranda Railway Train
  • Return Cairns accommodation transfers
  • Daily departure at 8.00am returning at 5.00pm

Day 10 – Paronella Park with Volcano cruise

Includes

  • Paronella Park – Spanish Castle
  • Babinda Boulders – for Platypus spotting
  • Morning Tea at Babinda Boulders
  • Lake Barrine Volcano cruise
  • Millaa Millaa Waterfalls
  • Curtin Fig Tree
  • 2 Course hot lunch
  • Return Cairns accommodation transfers
  • Daily departure at 8.00am returning at 6.00pm

Day 11 – Daintree National Park and Port Douglas

  • Daintree National Park
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Tour of Port Douglas
  • Mossman River Gorge
  • Guided Rainforest walks
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • Buffet lunch
  • Daintree River Crocodile cruise
  • Daintree Discovery Centre & Rainforest Aerial Walkway
  • Return Cairns accommodation transfers
  • Daily departure at 7.30am returning at 6.30pm

Day 12 – Day on your own. 

Day 13 – Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

 

Prices starting from:

4 Star hotels    $2,912.00 Canadian per person, based on double occupancy

3 Star hotels    $2,646.00 Canadian per person, based on double occupancy

Above pricing includes taxes where stated. In Canada, GST/HST included. Country taxes that must be paid locally are not included.  Prices listed were correct at time of publication.  Prices can change to reflect exchange rate changes. Custom World Vacations reserves the right to amend prices at any time without prior notice.  All vacations are subject to availability.

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