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Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

10 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

Sydney, Hamilton Island, Port Douglas and Cairns join together on this At Leisure exploration.

"Thank you for a wonderful experience"

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About this trip

Vibrant Sydney, the picture-postcard beauty of Hamilton Island and the natural wonders of Port Douglas and Cairns join together, in a leisurely exploration of the East Coast. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like…   enjoying our authentic beach-front resort in tropical Hamilton Island. It's feeling spellbound as you watch the Aboriginal 'smoking ceremony', and as you wander Mossman Gorge rainforest as an indigenous expert shares local legends.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: QFSC

9 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

Internal flights not included.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Sydney.

    • Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

    • See locally-made arts and crafts at the Rocks Markets.

    • View rainforest from the Skyrail Cableway in Cairns.

    • Visit Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, the Whitsunday Islands and Daintree National Park.


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 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


Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

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Day 1

Arrive Sydney (3 Nights)

Day 2

Sydney Sightseeing

Day 3

Sydney At Leisure

Day 4

Sydney - Hamilton Island (2 Nights)

Day 5

Hamilton Island At Leisure

Day 6

Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas (2 Nights)

Day 7

Great Barrier Reef

Day 8

Port Douglas - Cairns (2 Nights)

Day 9

Cairns At Leisure

Day 10

Depart Cairns

Day 1

Arrive Sydney (3 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Sydney (3 Nights)

Welcome to Sydney! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 11am). After check-in, your Travel Director will bring you to the famous Rocks Markets for a Cultural Insight. Held every weekend in the city where European settlers first stepped ashore on 26 January 1788, the market is more than a shopping experience. Explore the narrow lanes, stroll along cobblestone streets and traverse historic sandstone steps browsing the market stalls featuring jewellery, Indigenous artwork, evocative photography, gifts, souvenirs, homewares, sweet and savoury treats and arts and crafts. Now it's time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Hotel

The Grace

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

The Grace

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner with wine

Day 1

Day 2

Sydney Sightseeing Day 2 - Sydney Sightseeing

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House with a Local Specialist. Step inside and discover the stories and history behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon's remarkable achievement. Later, your 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, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. 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 enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy an Optional Experience or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Optional Experiences

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.

Adult Price: $238.00

Night At The Opera

Fancy a night at the iconic Sydney Opera House whilst in Sydney? Always dreamed of spending a night beneath the iconic sails? Opera Australia is Australia’s national opera company, playing to more than half a million people each year. To avoid missing out on the performance of your choice, follow the link below to book your seat before you arrive. 1. Go to https://opera.org.au 2. Click on “Sydney” in the top menu bar 3. Scroll down and click on “Sydney 2015 Season” to view all available performances 4. Choose the opera you’d like to attend and click on “+ show performances” to check performance dates and availability. 5. Book the opera of your choice using the promo code “TRAFALGAR” to receive a 10% discount! *To avoid missing out on scheduled touring, please double check your itinerary and ensure you only book tickets on days you have a free evening in Sydney and avoid making bookings on evenings you have an afternoon flight to Sydney in case of flight delays. No refund will be offered for missed performances.

Adult Price: $88.00

Day 2

Day 3

Sydney At Leisure Day 3 - Sydney At Leisure

The day is yours to explore this wonderful city. Why not take an Optional Experience to the spectacular Blue Mountains. You'll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of Australia's cuddly native animals. Or if you've always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling 'BridgeClimb'.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Port Stephens Dolphins And Dunes

Cross the Hawkesbury Ranges to the Australian Reptile Park and Spider World. Board a luxury dolphin-watching boat. Cruise around magnificent Port Stephens, home to pods of bottlenose dolphins. Listen to dolphins underwater with hydrophones and even ride on the boat’s boom net.

Adult Price: $170.10

Blue Mountains And Australian Wildlife

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: $135.00

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

Hunter Valley Harvest Wine Experience

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taste wine & cheese at Drayton’s. Taste craft beer & wine at Hope Estate. Indulge in wood-fired pizza. Visit Savannah Estate winery. Relax in Hunter Valley Village. Shop for chocolates, wine & produce in the quaint Hunter Valley Village.

Adult Price: $170.10

Explore Sailing Americas Cup Sailing Experience

A unique opportunity to participate as crew on a real America’s cup yacht! Take the helm, trim the sails, work on the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you soak up the atmosphere and spectacular sights of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other spectacular landmarks while you sail the iconic harbour on a grand prix racing machine.

Adult Price: $129.00

Day 3

Day 4

Sydney - Hamilton Island (2 Nights) Day 4 - Sydney - Hamilton Island (2 Nights)

Today you fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's Whitsundays. From bustling Sydney to this tropical paradise, it's time to relax and unwind with a free afternoon and evening. You may like to take a stroll along the water's edge, kick back with a book by the pool or just enjoy the beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony.

Hotel

Reef View Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Reef View Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Hamilton Island At Leisure Day 5 - Hamilton Island At Leisure

The day is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps strap on a snorkel and mask for a guided tour to spot turtles, hire a buggy to explore the island or discover some native animals at the island's wildlife park.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Cruise Whitsundays Full Day Whitehaven Beach Cruise

This day cruise allows you to spend more time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach that any other cruise. Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, chill out on Whitehaven Beach and go exploring. What an amazing day out!

Adult Price: $235.00

Cruise Whitsundays Half Day Whitehaven Beach Cruise

This half day out allows you to spend some time exploring the wonders of Whitehaven Beach.

Adult Price: $105.00

Day 5

Day 6

Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas (2 Nights) Day 6 - Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas (2 Nights)

Today fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns. Take a 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 explore the village, perhaps join one of the resort's activities or just relax by the lagoon-style pool. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before dinner at Bazaar marketplace.

Hotel

QT Port Douglas

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

QT Port Douglas

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 6

Day 7

Great Barrier Reef Day 7 - Great Barrier Reef

Board a Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for your cruise to 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. Choose to snorkel (equipment provided) or you can stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. You can watch the fish-feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. A hot and cold tropical buffet including fresh prawns, meats, salads and fruit is served before you return to Port Douglas this afternoon.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

Quicksilver Introductory Dive

For an underwater adventure to remember, experience an introductory dive! It’s fun and no experience is necessary to take a fully supervised introductory dive. Professional and experienced instructors will guide you through every aspect of your dive, allowing you to have a relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Adult Price: $166.00

Quicksilver Certified Dive

If you already have a dive certification, we will provide an experienced dive guide to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety and guide you to the best sites. Proof of certification is required C-card / log book. (Certified diving is subject to availability on day of travel)

Adult Price: $118.00

Day 7

Day 8

Port Douglas - Cairns (2 Nights) Day 8 - Port Douglas - Cairns (2 Nights)

Your first stop is Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park for your Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. In this hands-on experience you'll learn about traditional plant use and your Local Specialist Indigenous Guide will identify bush food sources. They will provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. At the end of the journey enjoy traditional bush tea and damper (bread). Later, journey 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 join your companions for a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. Enjoy a great Aussie BBQ dinner with your hosts in their home.

Hotel

Hilton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Hilton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 8

Day 9

Cairns At Leisure Day 9 - Cairns At Leisure

Spend today as you choose. Maybe take an Optional Experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to discover the secrets of 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. You could visit Cairns Tropical Zoo or Hartley's Crocodile Adventures to encounter an array of wildlife, including koalas, beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. This evening join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a restaurant on the Cairns waterfront.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park By Day

Three theatres, a museum, art gallery and a traditional Aboriginal camp combine to give a fascinating glimpse of the rich and ancient culture of the traditional inhabitants.

Adult Price: $89.00

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Cairns Day 10 - Depart Cairns

Say goodbye to your Travel Director and travelling companions at the end of a memorable holiday in Australia. You will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/eu/tours/sydney-reef-and-rainforest for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Reef View Hotel - Hamilton Island An island paradise, you'll enjoy idyllic views over the Whitsunday Islands and the Coral Sea from this Authentic Accommodation. All rooms also feature private balconies, so you can admire the island's spectacular sunrises and sunsets in comfort.

  • Be My Guest
    at an Aussie BBQ in a Cairns home.

  • Cultural Insights
    in the historic Rocks District in Sydney.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Mossman Gorge - Queensland You'll discover how the Indigenous Land Corporation provides economic development, employment and training for Aboriginal people - and how your visit can help.

  • Local Specialists
    with an expert at the Sydney Opera House, a lifesaver at Bondi Beach and an Indigenous guide in Queensland.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Sydney.

    • Cruise on Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

    • See locally-made arts and crafts at the Rocks Markets.

    • View rainforest from the Skyrail Cableway in Cairns.

    • Visit Bondi Beach, Sydney Opera House, the Whitsunday Islands and Daintree National Park.


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 5 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    The tour was great. The tour director was excellent. The hotels were excellent to very good. It would have been better If there had been a direct flight from Cairns to New Zealand instead of going from Cairns to Sydney then to New Zealand. Both Cairns and Auckland were international

  • Trip:

    Service:

    The Tour itself but especially the Tour Guide. Nellie was very knowledgeable and took care of everything .

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Gail was a fabulous director.Product : Please specify travel specifics upon initial arrival at airport in travel documents. We had no one there to meet us.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Enjoyed our tour guide! She was very knowledgable & gave great suggestions. She made me feel comfortable & safe. It was unfortunate we had some bad weather and had to cancel one tour we purchased in Hamilton. The rest of the tour was comfortable, not felt rushed.

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : I was very satisfied with the service I received. Kyle was an excellent tour guide.Product : My trip was well planned and well-executed. Thank you!

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    • Departures between 1 Nov 2016-31 Mar 2017 operate as per the 2016 brochure itinerary.
    • *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 in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Sydney to Hamilton Island - QF866; Day 6 from Hamilton Island to Cairns - QF2504. 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.
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    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
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