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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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Contrasts of 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 in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: 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.
    • 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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    • Double-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 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.
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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

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      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 in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: 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.
      • 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.
      • 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 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 unforgettable journey through the land of koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos. Experience the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and Bondi's surfer paradise in Sydney, whose iconic night skyline we will enjoy from tranquil harbour waters on a special sunset dinner cruise.


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      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


       

      Contrasts of Australia

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      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)

      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 is free for you to dine at one of the local restaurants.

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Pacific Cairns

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Great Barrier Reef Day 4 - 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).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Cairns Free Time Day 5 - Cairns Free Time

      Today is free for you to explore this tropical city. Consider an Optional Experience. You could 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! This evening be prepared for a special Be My Guest dinner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Experience a personal Welcome to Country ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime and witness an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group. Then enjoy dinner accompanied by the sounds of the didgeridoo.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      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 at a Farewell Dinner to celebrate your trip at a restaurant on the waterfront.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      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

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      Available Departures

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

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Meet your Aboriginal Tjapukai host for a personal Welcome to Country ceremony. Witness an ancient Dreamtime creation story of Tjapukai people's beliefs. Enjoy dinner featuring fresh locally sourced produce, accompanied by the mellow sounds of the didgeridoo. Afterwards the mood will intensify with an entertaining high impact performance by the indigenous dance group

      • Cultural Insights
        Discover Melbourne's eclectic hidden lanes, arcades and fascinating street art.

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Cairns and Sydney

      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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      Enjoy

      Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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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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      Taste

      Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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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

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        Service rating : I had a wonderful tour guide Christin she was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I also appreciated that the buses were clean and had air conditioning. At every stop during the tour everyone was kind and very helpful.Product : Everything was great except for the flights. My

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        Have been a repeating customer of Trafalgar over the past 10 years. Quality & service are very consistent no matter what tour I took. Always completely satisfied at end of trips. Professional, knowledgeable, caring tour directors. Great itinerary, locations & foods.A special shoutout to our tour

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        Service rating : The experience was wonderful. The tour included everything and tour director Christin Niederle went above and beyond. Really enjoyed the service while on the tour.Product : The tour included a lot of memorable experiences and focused on highlights that anyone "must-see" while

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        Service rating : I loved our tour guide Manuella. She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, helpful, and had such positive energy that every day was fun and informative and a joy to be a part of. The only thing I would have done differently was on the day we went to the Blue Mountains. Our tour

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        Service rating : The tour director was excellent. She responded to our needs, answered all questions and went above and beyond to assist with requests/help us find items/locations that were not part of the tour.Product : It would be valuable to spend more time in Melbourne, one more day would be

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