MAJESTIC AUSTRALIA 10 DAYS
Australia really is like nowhere else on Earth. A giant island afloat in the Great Southern Ocean, cut off from the rest of the world for millennia, this most ancient of continents has long hidden its startling physical beauty and remarkable native wildlife from the rest of the world. Inhabited by Aboriginal people who have coexisted with the land for more than 40,000 years, it was into this pristine wilderness that the British first arrived in 1788. With its proximity to the Asian trading routes, and its isolated geography, Australia was the perfect penal colony for Britain’s overcrowded shores. For the next 100 years, this beguiling land remained the haunt of convicts, explorers and spirited free settlers, who together with growing bands of intrepid gold-miners, pearlers, farmers and traders, forged an Australian spirit that is characterized by independence, irreverence, and a good dose of humor.
Despite its transformation from wild hinterland into a sophisticated and glamorous nation, the land and the spirit of Australia still have the power to captivate you like nowhere else. With a population of only 23 million and a landmass almost the size of America, this is a vast, untamed land where you can always find room to get off the beaten track and chance upon the unexpected – as well as being peppered for choice in sensational cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
Day 01: Arrive Cairns
On arrival into Cairns Airport you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight in the hote
Day 02: Cairns
Full day Kuranda Rain Forestation and Kuranda Scenic Railtravel aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway to the picturesque village of Kuranda with free time to browse or visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (optional). Continue to Rain Forestation Nature Park and see the performance by the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Troupe with the Dreamtime Walk including boomerang throwing, spear throwing and didgeridoo playing. Tour through the rainforest in an amphibious Army Duck and visit the Tropical Fruit Orchard. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park to have your photo taken with a koala (optional), hand feed kangaroos and view the awesome crocodiles. Return to Cairns by coach.
Day 03: Cairns
Big Cat Green Island Cruise with semi-submersible vessel
Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit to Green Island. Coach transfer to board your cruise for the crossing to Green Island. Enjoy 5 and half hours on Green Island with a coral viewing tour in the semi-sub, glass bottom boat tour or snorkel gear and fish feeding. Tea/ Coffee and BBQ lunch also included. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Cairns - Airport- Sydney
Breakfast at the hotel and later transfer to Cairns airport to take your flight to Sydney. Arrive Sydney where our local representative will be waiting at the airport to welcome you. Welcome to Sydney - The Harbour City of Australia. We check into the hotel.
In the evening, get ready for a unique attraction, the Sydney Show Boat Cruise (make own way to King Street Wharf). Revel in the carnival atmosphere of Sydney Showboats' unique live entertainment extravaganza a vibrant, fast paced cabaret show reflecting the grandeur, glamour and splendor of the original performance genre that began in the sidewalk cafes of 19th century France. Enjoy a veg / non-veg Indian dinner on board along with a spectacular cabaret show by the Sydney Show Boat Follies. Overnight at hotel in Sydney.
Day 05: Sydney
Breakfast at hotel
Half Day Morning City Sights, Manly & Northern Beaches (No return drop off). Gain an insight into the famous city of Sydney and capture the beauty of the harbor while exploring the northern beaches around Manly. After tour take the monorail to get back to your hotel.
You will be provided with unlimited full day Monorail day pass and discovery pass to visit the Sydney Tower with OZ Trek show, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wild Life World.
Overnight at Sydney.
Day 06: Sydney
Full day tour of Blue Mountains & Australia Wildlife includes rides
Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Stretching for over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heath lands, truly one of Australia's natural wonders. View this wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines, pristine bush land and dramatic cliffs. This region is one area not to be missed. This rugged and beautiful region forms part of the Great Dividing Range, linking tropical north to temperate south, while dividing coastal cities from the vast outback. Later, enjoy seeing unique Australian wildlife. Get up close and personal with kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats. Pass by Home Bush Bay, site of the 2000 Olympic Games. Climb into the mountains via the sleepy townships of Blaxland, Leura, Wentworth and Lawson. Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura. Stop at Echo Point and see the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Discover the aboriginal dreamtime legends of the mountains and Three Sisters. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the majesty of nature. Follow the scenic Cliff Drive and enjoy breathtaking views of the Mega Long Valley. See Katoomba, heart of the resort region within the Blue Mountains. Enjoy an easy walk and stroll along the boardwalk through the Rainforest. Grab a bite for lunch (Additional Charge) or sit and enjoy the 360 degrees views at Scenic World, the only view of the Three Sisters from your table! Ride the steepest incline Railway (Additional Charge) in the world down to the lush and hidden valley. Glide out of the valley on the Cableway (Additional Charge) taking in the panoramic views. Enjoy amazing views over the Jamison Valley. Take a ride on the Skyway (Additional Charge), a journey 370 meters above ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls . Enjoy stunning views from Narrow neck and Cahill Lookouts. Enjoy an afternoon encounter at Feather dale Wildlife Park. Have your photo taken with a cuddly koala and get up close to our native wildlife. See kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute Little Penguins. Why not take an optional River Cruise ride down the Parramatta River (Additional Charge)
Day 07: Sydney - Melbourne
Transfer to Sydney airport for flight to Melbourne. On arrival Melbourne transfer to you hotel and day free to relax.
Day 08: Melbourne
Full day Melbourne Tour
Tour commences with a cruise on the Yarra River then travel through the city and Chinatown. A photo stop at the Shrine of Remembrance before travelling through the fashionable suburbs of South Yarra and Toorak to the Dandenong Ranges. Visit Sherbrooke Forest and have a cup of Billy tea whilst feeding the colorful parrots.
Day 09: Melbourne
Grand Penguin and Seals Tour
Travel through Melbourne's eastern suburbs and the picturesque Dandenong Ranges National Park. Continue through South Gippsland farming country to Cowes on Phillip Island for lunch (own expense). Board your cruise vessel for the short cruise to Seal Rocks and be enthralled at the sight and sound of over 5000 fur seals close up. On Phillip Island your tour includes the Koala Conservation Centre. Dinner is available in Cowes (own expense) before viewing the Penguins as they waddle ashore.
Day 10: Melbourne - Airport
Transfer to Melbourne airport to take flight back home.
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Extend your stay in Melbourne and indulge in the following:
1. The Great Ocean Road - A Self-drive tour
2. Wine tasting in the Yarra valley
3. Puffing Billy Ride in the Dandenongs
4. A tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground
5. A visit to Ballarat and the Gold Museum