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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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9 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Contrasts of Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

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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.
    • All prices are per person, double share.
    • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.
    • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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.
    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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 travelling as part of a family group. 

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    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

    Departure date

    Melbourne, Australia

    Return date

    Sydney, Australia

    Book by:

    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

    Was: PP

    Save: PP

    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call +65 6922 5965

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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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.
      • All prices are per person, double share.
      • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.
      • Festive Season: Surcharge applies to Sydney hotel 29 December-2 January.
      • 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.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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 travelling as part of a family group. 

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      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

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

      • 2 lunches.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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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.

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

        • 2 lunches.


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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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      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights)

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      Melbourne Sightseeing

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      Day 3

      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights)

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      Day 4

      Cairns Free Time

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      Day 5

      Great Barrier Reef

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      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney Sightseeing

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      Sydney Free Time

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      Depart Sydney

      Day 1

      Arrive Melbourne (2 Nights) Day 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.

      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

      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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Melbourne - Cairns (3 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Hilton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Cairns Free Time Day 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!

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Great Barrier Reef Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Cairns - Sydney (3 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Sydney Sightseeing Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Sydney Free Time Day 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Depart Sydney Day 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).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/gsa/tours/contrasts-of-australia for the latest discounts & departure information.

      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.

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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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.

        • 4 dinners (including Be My Guest).

        • 2 lunches.


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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


      Why Trafalgar?

      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Meet

      Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 11 Reviews

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        Service:

        Service rating : Our flight was two hours late arriving in Australia. We were very worried about how we would get to the hotel. We did not have any Australian money.Trafalger must have kept updated on our flights and the trandportation driver was waiting for us. WHAT A RELIEF !Our tour director

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        Service:

        Service rating : Nellie Sullivan, our tour director made everything smooth. Most of the experiences were top-tnotch and the accommodations were great. Trying to see as much of Australia as we did in 9 days was a tall order but Trafalgar pulled it off!Product : A lot to do in a short timeframe.

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        Service rating : The trip was well structured. Our travel director, Nellie, was terrific. She had great knowledge of Australia, added her personal tidbits throughout the tour and managed the group well. We had children as young as 11 as well as older guests who sometimes needed a head start

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        Service:

        Service rating : Our travel guide was wonderful! She took care of everything for us so we didn't have to worry about things. She was also very knowledgeable and was able to tell us so much about Australia!Product : Snorkeling was great! The dinners we had together were yummy. We also loved the

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        Service:

        Service rating : The location of the hotels were in prime locations. Our tour guide was the best one yet. Nellie went over and beyond and was one of the main reasons the trip was a sucess. Itinerary was spot on.Product : Had a great time, food was good and flight went well.

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