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Tropical Escapade 2014

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Sydney, AustraliaPalm Cove Beach in Cairns, AustraliaDaintree Rainforest in Queensland, AustraliaHamilton Island, AustraliaPort Douglas, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Palm Cove Beach in Cairns, Australia
Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, Australia
Hamilton Island, Australia
Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Feel the vibrancy of a big city one day then relax in the Tropics the next. You’ll live like a local as you explore the Sydney Rocks Markets, dine on Sydney Harbour, enjoy a Sydney Opera House tour and savour a Be My Guest lunch at famous Bondi Beach. Do as much or as little as you like on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. Stay in the resort town of Port Douglas and spend a day at the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Mossman Gorge for an interactive Australian indigenous experience. You’ll visit the village of Kuranda and ride the Skyrail Cableway above the canopy of the rainforest to the lowlands and finish your Australia holiday in Cairns.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Join your Travel Director to visit the famous Rocks Markets, a Local Speciality, held every weekend in Sydney's historic district, the place where the first European settlers stepped ashore on 26 January 1788. With jewellery, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savoury treats and arts and crafts, the Market is more than just a shopping experience. While you're there, you can explore narrow lanes, stroll along cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps. Now it's time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Sunset Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Witness spring twilight, summer evenings, autumn sunsets or winter city lights while enjoying a delicious contemporary Australian menu.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    This morning enjoy a tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Expert. Later, board your coach to see the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Be My Guest lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club to learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. When you return to the city you’ll have the opportunity to discover Australia’s national gemstone – the opal, with a Local Expert. If you want to see Sydney from above, take the climb of your life with the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘BridgeClimb’.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 3


    Spend a free day in Sydney seeing the sights of your choice. Or perhaps take an excursion to view the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves or an interesting trip to Canberra, Australia’s capital. Or travel to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ premier wine growing region, for a wineries tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    You will be transferred to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's Whitsundays, and your Authentic Accommodation. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure for you to relax or explore and orientate yourself with the picturesque surroundings.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Reef View (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Enjoy breakfast with the koalas then it's time to take it easy or make the most of the many activities that are available to you today at the resort. You can relax at a beach or by a pool. Or you can strap on your walking shoes and take a hike into Hamilton Island's bushland. Go sea-kayaking, snorkelling or windsurfing. Consider a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach, stretching 7 empty kilometres. If you'd prefer to be less active, perhaps indulge in a facial or massage at Spa wumurdaylin (own expense). The options are endless and your Travel Director will be happy to help.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    This morning you will be transferred to the airport on Hamilton Island for your flight to Cairns, in tropical Far North Queensland. On arrival you'll board your coach for the short journey to the resort town of Port Douglas, nestled between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. This afternoon discover the village of Port Douglas and perhaps join one of the resort's activities or relax by the lagoon-style pool. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: QT Port Douglas (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Board your Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to renowned Agincourt Reef, at the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The friendly professional crew will take you to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a Local Expert. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish-feeding from Quicksilver's unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet Highlight Lunch including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 8


    Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Unique Insight, the Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you'll learn about traditional plant use and your interpretive Indigenous Guide will identify bush food sources. He will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and his special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (bread). Later, you'll travel to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest' including the Heritage Village Markets. Return to the lowlands on the Skyrail Cableway high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. This evening in Cairns is free for you to do as you wish.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Discover the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and learn about this ancient culture through theatres, stages shows and demonstrations. Or spot crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat and learn about the fascinating harbour and its history on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. Perhaps visit Cairns Tropical Zoo. You can cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, see giant crocodiles and enjoy great wildlife presentations and tours. Or at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures take a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of your memorable tropical escapade. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Feel the sand between your toes when you visit Bondi Beach for lunch at an Aussie institution with views over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Explore the stalls at the Markets in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks district.
  • Local Expert Journey through the Sydney Opera House.
  • Local Expert Learn about Australia's national gemstone.
  • Local Expert Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Unique Insight An interpretive Indigenous Guide will provide an insight into their special relationship with the unique tropical Queensland environment.
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay at a tropical resort on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SydneyVisit famous Bondi Beach and view the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House on a sunset harbour cruise.
  • Hamilton IslandStay on this idyllic tropical island in the heart of the Whitsundays.
  • Port DouglasRelax in this tropical oasis, between the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Great Barrier ReefGet up close to the colourful coral and tropical fish.
  • Mossman GorgeSee this stunning natural beauty in the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
  • Atherton TablelandsRide the Skyrail Cableway for spectacular views high above the Barron Gorge National Park.


  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 lunches:
    • Be My Guest lunch in Sydney.
    • Highlight Lunch on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director on Sydney Harbour.
    • 1 two or three-course dinner.
    • Farewell Dinner in Cairns.

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.

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