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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.

About this trip

Welcome Down Under for a chance to explore Australia's must-sees: cosmopolitan Melbourne, the iconic sights of Sydney and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy Insider moments like... discovering the secrets of Melbourne's hidden laneways. Getting up-close to the colourful coral and tropical fish as you cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. And lunching with Bondi Beach locals and getting first-hand the story of surf and rescue at the oldest lifesaving club.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ACANA

8 Nights


14 Meals
  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Contrasts of Australia

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. As you cruise the city streets of Melbourne, you'll enjoy a seasonal menu and quality Australian wines. It will not only be a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. Plus, it's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Welcome Reception
Dinner with wine
Crowne Plaza

2. Melbourne Sightseeing

Join your Travel Director for a Cultural Insight. Your city tour includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. View the fine cathedrals and theatres; see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Then there's time to explore the city on your own.

Buffet Breakfast

3. Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

Say farewell to Melbourne as you fly to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a Local Specialist for a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, and of course, crocodiles! This evening dine at Salt House restaurant, on the waterfront in Cairns.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

4. Cairns Free Time

Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of this ancient culture. Or journey on the Scenic Railway to Kuranda, where there's time to explore the 'village in the rainforest', including the Heritage Village Markets. Then return to the lowlands high above the breathtaking canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park, through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. If you'd prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café for lunch watching the world go by, you can do that too!

Buffet Breakfast

5. Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime when you board a high speed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Covering approximately 35 million hectares, it is the largest reef structure and marine park in the world and offers an experience like no other. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. You'll have the opportunity to go snorkeling and experience this natural wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before returning to Cairns.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

Depart Cairns on your flight to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a two course à la carte Regional Meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

7. Sydney Sightseeing

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist. Later, board your coach to visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Your next destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You'll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before a Regional Meal at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen's Club. Your host, a Local Specialist, will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club for an insight into the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later spend free time exploring, shopping or perhaps strolling along the harbour front.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

8. Sydney Free Time

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. Or, if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a unique Be My Guest experience at Gardener's Lodge Café. Meet Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl, for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. Experience a traditional Aboriginal Welcome to Country ceremony, native bush foods and insight into traditional culture including storytelling, music and dance. It will be an evening to remember.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

9. Depart Sydney

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your memorable vacation comes to an end and we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    at an entertaining and educational indigenous evening at Gardener's Lodge in Sydney.

  • Cultural Insight
    Visit Melbourne's hidden laneways.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialist
    at a wildlife park, Bondi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and the Sydney Opera House.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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


    • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

    • 2 lunches.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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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    • *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.
    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
    • Why not book a night's accommodations in Melbourne before Day 1 of your trip, so you'll feel relaxed and refreshed.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
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