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Contrasts of Australia

9 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

This At Leisure trip Down Under takes in Australia's cosmopolitan cities, wildlife and Aboriginal culture.

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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately: Day 3 from Melbourne to Cairns - QF702; Day 6 from Cairns to Sydney - JQ957. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      The steady rattle of Melbourne's famed trams kick-off our adventure to the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi's surfer paradise in Sydney, whose iconic skyline we will view from tranquil harbour waters.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: ACANA

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 2 lunches.

      • 4 dinners (including Connect with Locals)

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Melbourne and Sydney.

        • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour.

        • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water.

        • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 2 lunches.

        • 4 dinners
          (including Connect with Locals)


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

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      Melbourne Sightseeing

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      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Cairns Free Time

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      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney Sightseeing

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      Depart Sydney

      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

      This tale of three cities and an underwater wonderland kicks off in stylish Melbourne. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Later, this evening we'll cruise the sophisticated streets of Victoria's capital on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy a seasonal menu paired with quality Australian wines as you get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers during this memorable Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Melbourne Sightseeing Day 2 - Melbourne Sightseeing

      Melbourne's famous hidden laneways provide the perfect opportunity to 'Dive into Culture' this morning, as we embark on a private walk to discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and edgy street art, renowned the world over. Admire the exquisite Victorian façades that line grand boulevards and see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Your orientation complete, you'll have the rest of the day at leisure to immerse yourself in this stylish cityscape.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Phillip Island Penguins Kangaroos And Koalas

      Visit the Maru Koala & Animal Park to see koalas, kangaroos and other animals. View Seal Rocks and the Nobbies, overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world, Bass Strait. At the Penguin Parade witness the wild Little Penguins emerge from the sea after a hard day’s fishing and waddle across the sand to their nests.

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      Phillip Island Penguins Up Late

      Travel directly to the Penguin Parade. Enjoy panoramic views of the French Island before witnessing the amazing nightly ritual. Watch penguins march up the sand to their nests and enjoy time browsing through the educational centre. Travel express back to Melbourne. (Operates Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat in Winter, Daily in Summer)

      Adult Price: $130.50
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights) Day 3 - Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

      Journey north to Cairns, the laidback gateway to an astoundingly rich marine ecosystem. On arrival, join your 'Local Specialist' for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, keeping your eye on the crocs that cruise the murky waters of the lagoon or laze on the bank. Enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps sample the fresh seafood flavours for which the city is famous.

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Great Barrier Reef Day 4 - Great Barrier Reef

      Prime your sea legs for the experience of a lifetime which lies beneath the sparkling blue waters of the Coral Sea. Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft or don your mask and flippers for an up-close encounter (snorkel equipment provided).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Dinner, Belly Dancing And Nile Cruise

      Join us for a two hour cruise along the Nile river on a luxurious ship. You’ll be treated to dinner onboard and be entertained with a belly dancing show. During Ramadan there will be no alcohol or belly dancers.

      Adult Price: US$73.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

      Join us for a visit to Egypt's second city, Alexandria. You’ll see its nineteenth-century architecture and stop at the National Museum, the catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa and Pompey's Pillar. You'll also enjoy great views from Fort Qaitbey, and stop at the Roman Theatre with its marble seating before returning to Cairo. This Optional experience is priced at $115 per person when there are two or more participants. If there is only one participant the cost is $230 per person.

      Adult Price: US$115.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Sound And Light Amongst The Pyramids

      Take an unforgettable trip to the marvellous site of the Pyramids and Sphinx, illuminated against the night sky, where you'll hear the story of the ancient days of the Pharaohs accompanied by a haunting musical score.

      Adult Price: US$42.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Cape Tribulation Day Tour

      Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Included is a driver/guided tour & morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach.

      Adult Price: $214.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Hot Air Cairns 30 Minute Flight

      Enjoy a spectacular balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands the hot air ballooning capital of the southern hemisphere. *Additional $30.00 insurance levy to be paid direct to Hot Air Cairns applies. Prices from:

      Adult Price: $230.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Cairns Free Time Day 5 - Cairns Free Time

      Live your passions on this full day at leisure to explore Cairns and its tropical surrounds on your terms. Consider one of Trafalgar's recommended Optional Experiences. Embark on a Scenic Rail journey to Kuranda to explore the 'village in a rainforest' and take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back to Cairns through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Indulge your inner sloth and spend the day relaxing at your hotel pool or sipping a cool cocktail while watching the outdoorsy locals live life to the fullest. This evening, 'Connect with Locals' at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you'll witness a Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime and see an entertaining high-impact performance by the indigenous dance group, followed by dinner paired with the intoxicating sounds of the didgeridoo.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights) Day 6 - Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

      Fly south to Sydney this morning and enjoy some time at leisure before you take to the waters of Sydney Harbour on a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. As day turns to night, watch how the city's iconic landmarks light up - a magical backdrop for a Regional Meal shared with new friends.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Down Under Tours Kuranda Skyrail And Scenic Railway

      Join your luxury Down Under Tours coach for the journey to Caravonica Lakes. Here you join Skyrail and marvel at the technology that has created the World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. Stop at Barron Falls Station and learn more about this amazing Eco-system at the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. View the Barron Falls or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the rainforest boardwalk. On arrival in Kuranda, the Village is yours to explore. The vibrant and colourful Heritage markets take place daily. Your return to Cairns is aboard the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. Winding around curves, across bridges and through hand-hewn tunnels this amazing engineering feat is a tribute to our pioneers. Spectacular scenery is the order of the day before arriving at historic Freshwater Station, where you will board your coach back to your accommodation.

      Adult Price: $164.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Day 7

      Sydney Sightseeing Day 7 - Sydney Sightseeing

      The first stop on our Sydney sightseeing tour is its beloved Sydney Opera House, where you'll join a 'Local Specialist' for a guided tour before visiting Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Rub shoulders with the bronzed and beautiful locals at Bondi Beach next and meet a local surf lifesaver at the Returned Servicemen's Club. Enjoy an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club and, over a Regional Meal, gain insights into surf lifesaving and the history of Bondi, which was declared a public beach in the late 1800s. Later, spend some free time exploring or perhaps take a stroll along the harbour front.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 8

      Sydney Free Time Day 8 - Sydney Free Time

      Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore this harbour city. Consider an Optional Experience to the nearby Blue Mountains or tame your inner adventurer with a thrilling trip up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your epic encounter with the highlights of Australia nearing its end, you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Blue Mountains And Australian Wildlife

      Discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife whilst you explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Pass by Homebush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympics. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation. See Katoomba in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Visit Scenic World for a chance to ride the steepest railway in the world (own expense). Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins.

      Adult Price:
      (Price is subject to change)

      Bridge Climb

      The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. Prices from:

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      Sydney Heli Tours

      This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

      Adult Price: $220.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      The Rocks Pub Walk

      Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in 4 of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia’s first European settlement. Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. The Rocks Pub Walk runs 11:30am and 2:30pm daily (except Friday nights). Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

      Adult Price: $90.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Depart Sydney Day 9 - Depart Sydney

      Say farewell to Sydney as your Australian holiday comes to an end and we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

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      • Connect with Locals
        Experience an evening of indigenous theatre, dance and music, including a Didgeridoo performance and a Welcome to Country ceremony at a privately hosted dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. (Day 5)

      • Dive into Culture
        Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art. (Day 2)

      • Local Specialist
        at a wildlife park (Day 3), the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (Day 7).

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        • City tour in Melbourne and Sydney.

        • Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour.

        • View Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water.

        • Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 2 lunches.

        • 4 dinners
          (including Connect with Locals)


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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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