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18 day Sydney, Gold Coast & Reef Explorer

Independent tour   |   australia
 18 days   |  Meals and accomodation as specified  |  Includes return flights  |  Price per person

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A wonderful trip exploring the key destinations and attractions on Australia’s east coast between cosmopolitan Sydney and the resorts of Cairns and Port Douglas in the Tropical North - with visits to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays along the way.

Day 1: Arrive Sydney
What better way to begin the epic journey of Australia's popular east coast than in fabulous Sydney, often described as the most beautiful city in the world. On arrival, transfer from the airport to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.
  • Standard: Mercure Sydney, or similar
  • Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, or similar
  • Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney, or similar
Day 2: Sydney
Sydney's Darling Harbour is packed with attractions, and your Darling Harbour Experience Pass (included) gives you access to many of these at a great value. You can visit the fantastic Sydney Wildlife World and the famous Sydney Aquarium; take a Matilda Harbour Cruise with five stops around the harbour and hop on and off as you please.
  • Standard: Mercure Sydney, or similar
  • Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, or similar
  • Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney, or similar
Day 3: Sydney - Blue Mountains
Join a fantastic small group tour into the heart of the Blue Mountains visiting remote regions, crossing creeks, and climbing trails, all in the comfort of a small custom-built vehicle. With the chance to see the huge variety of native animals whilst they are at their most active. Stop for world class views such as Govett's Leap and the Three Sisters before continuing on to your overnight Blue Mountains accommodation for a two-night stay.
  • Standard: Waldorf Leura Garden, or similar (L)
  • Superior: The Mountain Heritage, or similar (L)
  • Deluxe: Lilianfels Resort & Spa, or similar (L)
Day 4: Blue Mountains
The pace relaxes today as you have a full day at leisure to explore the galleries and cafés on offer in Katoomba and Leura or simply enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Blue Mountains at your own pace.
  • Standard: Waldorf Leura Garden, or similar (B)
  • Superior: The Mountain Heritage, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Lilianfels Resort & Spa (B)
Day 5: Blue Mountains - Sydney
A leisurely morning to relax in the Blue Mountains before the return journey to Sydney, stopping en-route to wander amongst the wild kangaroos at the peaceful Euroka Clearing.
  • Standard: Mercure Sydney, or similar
  • Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, or similar
  • Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney, or similar
Day 6: Sydney
If you didn't visit all of the attractions that were included on your Darling Harbour Experience Pass, then today's the day to complete your Sydney sightseeing.
  • Standard: Mercure Sydney, or similar
  • Superior: Holiday Inn Darling Harbour, or similar
  • Deluxe: InterContinental Sydney, or similar
Day 7: Sydney - Brisbane
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Brisbane. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at leisure.
  • Standard: Ibis Brisbane, or similar
  • Superior: Mantra on Queen, or similar
  • Deluxe: Sofitel Brisbane Central, or similar
Day 8: Brisbane - Gold Coast
Today, it's off to Australia's top beach holiday destination, the dazzling Gold Coast.
  • Standard: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast, or similar
  • Superior: Mantra Legends Hotel, or similar
  • Deluxe: Peppers Broadbeach, or similar
Day 9: Gold Coast
With a full day of leisure today, you can head down to the beautiful beach, or visit some of Australia’s biggest and best theme parks (own expense) - Warner Bros. Movie World, Dream World, Wet ‘n’ Wild or Sea World.
  • Standard: Vibe Hotel Gold Coast, or similar
  • Superior: Mantra Legends Hotel, or similar
  • Deluxe: Peppers Broadbeach, or similar
Day 10: Gold Coast - Lamington NP
Venture inland to the tranquil Gold Coast Hinterland for a two-night stay at the historic O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.
  • Standard: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
  • Standard: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
  • Deluxe: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
Day 11: Lamington National Park
Guests at O'Reilly's can enjoy complimentary activities such as, early morning bird watching walks, rainforest discovery walks and audio-visual presentations.
  • Standard: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
  • Standard: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
  • Deluxe: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
Day 12: Lamington NP - Hamilton Island
Transfer back to Brisbane Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island. Located in the heart of the idyllic Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton is a vibrant and popular holiday destination with plenty of exciting sightseeing and activity options for a fun-filled three-night stay.
  • Standard: Palm Bungalows, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Reef View Hotel, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Beach Club, or similar (B)
Day 13: Hamilton Island
After your morning at leisure, this afternoon you are booked on a cruise to Whitehaven Beach. From Hamilton Island marina, you’ll cruise to Whitsunday Island and disembark onto the pristine silica white sands of Whitehaven Beach. To see the full splendour of the beach, walk to the lookout point where you will enjoy idyllic and unforgettable views.
  • Standard: Palm Bungalows, or similar
  • Superior: Reef View Hotel, or similar
  • Deluxe: Beach Club, or similar
Day 14: Hamilton Island
Today, you have a full day at leisure on Hamilton Island. You may like to laze at one of the island's swimming pools or dine at one of its many restaurants or cafés.
  • Standard: Palm Bungalows, or similar
  • Superior: Reef View Hotel, or similar
  • Deluxe: Beach Club, or similar
Day 15: Hamilton Island - Port Douglas
From Hamilton Island's airport you'll fly directly to Cairns, where you'll be transferred to your chosen accommodation in Port Douglas. With its relaxed ambience and sophisticated boutiques and eateries, Port Douglas makes an ideal base, both for exploring the region and for a relaxing four-night stay.
  • Standard: Bay Villas, or similar
  • Superior: QT Port Douglas, or similar
  • Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, or similar
Day 16: Great Barrier Reef
Transfer to the marina at Port Douglas this morning to board Quicksilver’s catamaran cruise to Agincourt Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Your day includes a trip on the underwater observatory or snorkelling and a lunch out at the reef.
  • Standard: Bay Villas, or similar (L)
  • Superior: QT Port Douglas, or similar (L)
  • Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, or similar (L)
Day 17: Port Douglas
Today is yours at leisure to explore the charming resort of Port Douglas. The town boasts the beautiful Four-Mile Beach, a bustling marina, galleries and boutiques.
  • Standard: Bay Villas, or similar
  • Superior: QT Port Douglas, or similar
  • Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, or similar
Day 18: Cape Tribulation
At Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef is remarkably close to shore. This, coupled with the majesty of the ancient Daintree Rainforest National Park, makes Cape Tribulation one of the highlights of the east coast. Today you'll be collected from your hotel where you will cross the Daintree River, take a walk along Cape Tribulation beach, and enjoy lunch in a unique rainforest setting.
  • Standard: Bay Villas, or similar (L)
  • Superior: QT Port Douglas, or similar (L)
  • Deluxe: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, or similar (L)
Day 19: Port Douglas - Cairns
It’s farewell to Australia’s spectacular east coast as you transfer from your Port Douglas hotel to Cairns Airport for your onward or homeward flight.
  • Spend time exploring the many sights of the bustling city of Sydney
  • Take breakfast with the koalas during two days in the Blue Mountains
  • Relax on the gorgeous beaches of the Gold Coast
  • Get away from it all on Hamilton Island, and take a cruise to beautiful Whitehaven Beach
  • Enjoy snorkelling and lunch on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Journey into the rainforest in the Daintree National Park
  • 18 nights accommodation as specified
  • Transfers and sightseeing as specified (excludes anything described as optional)
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch)
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