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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.

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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 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.
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    • 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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      • *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.
      • Quicksilver takes you to Agincourt Reef, with its special reefs known as 'ribbons'. These are recognised as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef's environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life. As the region's outer reef pioneer, they chose the best location available to show you nature's finest.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • 3 Nights in the vibrant city of Sydney. Tour its iconic Opera House, cruise on its beautiful harbour and walk on the sand at its famous Bondi Beach
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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. 

      About this trip

      Follow the sun from Sydney's cobblestoned Rocks to the startlingly beautiful Whitsundays - a serene meander up Australia's eastern coast At Leisure, tracing Aboriginal Dreamtime paths through Ngadiku Gorge, kicking back on tropical Hamilton Island and slapping a juicy steak on the Barbie in true Aussie style.


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      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.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


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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


       

      Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Sydney (3 Nights)

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      Sydney Sightseeing

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      Sydney At Leisure

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      Sydney - Hamilton Island (2 Nights)

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      Whitehaven Beach and At Leisure

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      Hamilton Island - Cairns - Port Douglas (2 Nights)

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      Great Barrier Reef

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      Port Douglas - Cairns (2 Nights)

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      Cairns At Leisure

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      Day 1

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

      Welcome to sun-kissed Sydney - a city blessed with beautiful golden beaches, one of the world's most impressive natural harbours and a tangible trendy vibe you'll get to soak up as you kick off your leisurely sojourn through Australia. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 11am) and taken to the once rough and tumble Rocks district, where European settlers first stepped ashore in the late 18th century. Today, the Rocks is a stylish suburb where you'll enjoy a Cultural Insight, meandering through the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets lined with market stalls selling gifts, souvenirs, arts and crafts and sweet and savoury treats. After your fill of retail therapy, it's time to find your sea-legs as you board a Captain Cook Cruise for your Welcome Reception and Regional Meal with your Travel Director and fellow travellers, cruising past the magnificent waterfront homes, parklands, beaches and coves for which Sydney Harbour is so famous. Cruise beneath Sydney's beloved Coathanger and admire the brilliant white sails of the Sydney Opera House as you glide through the harbour waters and watch the sun set over Sydney's magnificent skyline.

      Hotel

      The Grace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Grace

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 2

      Sydney Sightseeing Day 2 - Sydney Sightseeing

      Australia's cosmopolitan harbour city takes centre stage again today as we enjoy a leisurely meander past some of its most iconic attractions. Our first stop is at the distinctive Sydney Opera House where we join a Local Specialist to delve into the stories and history behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon's remarkable masterpiece. We leave the bustling city streets for Bondi - watching bronzed sun worshippers play volleyball on its golden sands and families walking along the promenade before we meet a local surf lifesaver for a Regional Meal at the Returned Servicemen's Club with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Bondi and surf lifesaving are shared on an exclusive tour through Australia's oldest surf lifesaving club with a Local Specialist. The beach and beautiful people behind us, we return to the bustling city streets of Sydney to spend the rest of the day strolling along Darling Harbour, indulging in a delicious gelato and some serious people watching, or spending the rest of your afternoon window shopping in the QVB.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 3

      Sydney At Leisure Day 3 - Sydney At Leisure

      Today is yours to soak up all that Sydney and its beautiful natural surrounds have to offer. Perhaps take an Optional Experience and venture to the spectacular eucalyptus-clad Blue Mountains, so named because of their blue hue visible on the horizon as far away as Sydney. See the famous Three Sisters rock formations and visit Featherdale Wildlife Park to pat a koala. If your heart is set on staying in Sydney and you're feeling adventurous, ascend the imposing iron arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge on the thrilling BridgeClimb for beautiful views of the iconic city and harbour below.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

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

      Quiet solitude and secret island hideaways lie ahead as we depart Sydney and head for Hamilton Island, one of the 74 islands in Queensland's picturesque Whitsundays. Embrace your inner sloth, kick back and relax with a book on a lounger at the crystal-clear pool, take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or indulge in a beautiful tropical sunset from your private balcony after an afternoon snooze - set your watch to island time and enjoy it on your terms.

      Hotel

      Reef View Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Reef View Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 5

      Whitehaven Beach and At Leisure Day 5 - Whitehaven Beach and At Leisure

      Famous Whitehaven Beach beckons this morning. Cruise aboard a catamaran to this slice of paradise, where you can simply relax on the beach, take a swim, or get involved in some fun beach activities. Back on Hamilton Island, the afternoon is yours to indulge in your own pleasures - hire a buggy and ramble along the island's winding roads. Or tee off in paradise against the magnificent backdrop of an azure ocean.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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

      We leave the quiet sanctuary of Hamilton Island - bleached white sandbars and lush green islands dotting the azure waters far below, as we fly to Cairns and drive to the resort town of Port Douglas where Queensland's lush tropical rainforest collides with the Great Barrier Reef. Take a quiet stroll along the town's palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, stopping for an ice cream or drink, or spend the afternoon relaxing at the lagoon-style pool at your resort. This evening you may be tempted by a cocktail at Estilo lounge bar before a delicious dinner at the resort.

      Hotel

      QT Port Douglas

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      QT Port Douglas

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 7

      Great Barrier Reef Day 7 - Great Barrier Reef

      The Great Barrier Reef and its underwater kaleidoscope of vivid colours is our destination today as we board a Quicksilver wavepiercing catamaran for our cruise to Agincourt Reef. Enjoy an in-depth look at this stunning underwater utopia from the comfort of your semi-submersible observatory. Or get your feet wet and get up-close and personal with the reef's resident marine-life (snorkeling equipment provided). Before embarking on your journey back to Cairns, enjoy a tropical buffet lunch with the knowledge that there's a whole other world swimming right below you.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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

      Today we go back to basics on a soulful encounter with nature, exploring the special relationship between the Aboriginal people and the rainforest on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk. As we meander through Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park, a Local Specialist will take us along the tranquil, private tracks and past culturally significant sites, identifying bush food sources and providing an enchanting narrative of the rainforest. At the end of our journey, we'll enjoy a traditional bush tea and damper (bread) cooked directly on the coals of an open fire. Our next stop is Kuranda, the 'village in the rainforest', where we will have time to explore its Heritage Village Markets and board the Skyrail Cableway, suspended high above the tumbling waterfalls, rugged ravines and rainforest canopy of Barron Gorge National Park back down to the lowlands. There can be no better end to a day spent celebrating the beauty of nature than a real Aussie BBQ, which you'll enjoy at a special Be My Guest dining experience with a local family at their home in Cairns. Spend an evening learning about life in the tropics and soak up warm, friendly Aussie vibes.

      Hotel

      Shangri-La

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Shangri-La

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Cairns At Leisure Day 9 - Cairns At Leisure

      Take it easy on your last day in the laid-back tropical city of Cairns. Chill in the city's relaxing parklands or amble along the Promenade from the Marina to the mangrove forest. Experience this port city at your leisure, or let loose in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to delve into the secrets of the world's oldest living culture. Learn about the history of Cairns on an afternoon cruise on Cairns Harbour. Or check out Hartley's Crocodile Adventures to pat a koala or get up close and personal to an array of wildlife, including tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Our ramble through the cosmopolitan cities, colourful seascapes and dense rainforests of Australia is almost at its end. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking Cairns Harbour.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 10

      Depart Cairns Day 10 - Depart Cairns

      All that's left to say is a resounding Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… Oi, Oi, Oi, before our transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

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

      • Be My Guest
        This is an opportunity to enjoy Aussie hospitality at its best, with an Aussie family in their home. Meet your hosts and take a tour of the family home and hear what it's like to live in Australia today. Try your hand at the cooking on the BBQ, while chatting informally with family members. This evening the open, warm and friendly nature of Australians will be present in abundance

      • Cultural Insights
        Explore the trendy Rocks Markets in the area where European settlers first stepped ashore in the 18th century

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Sydney and Mossman Gorge

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In 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.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • 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


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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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        Service rating : At Liesure Tour is ideal for us. Optional Excursion allow individuals to design vacation with many or minimal activities. Most hotels were centrally located and comfortable. The QT in Port Douglas was subpar and a disappointment (not even a phone in our hotel room). Small group

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        Love the tour director she really was on mark on her country and all the sites

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        Service rating : Loved the Sydney, Reef and Rain Forest tour. Wonderfully planned experiences and Christin was an excellent and helpful ambassador of the area.Product : Thoroughly enjoyed the sites included in the tour. There was a bit of a mix-up in our arrival instructions at the Sydney

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        Service rating : A good reliable service with no delays or misunderstandings when I reached my various destinations. WELL DONE & yes, I would recommend Flight Centre to any of my friends, family or acquantances without hesitation. Staff member Rodney Jansen went out of his way to accommodate me

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        Service rating : Tour Director, Christin Niederle, was the perfect guide. The tour was fast and furious -- loved every site we saw.Product : So much to see and do. Almost sensory overload. Loved it.

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