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9 Day Contrasts of Australia

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Image: Great Barrier Reef
ANZCRO / 9 Day Contrasts of Australia

9 Day Contrasts of Australia


per person

Time to explore the many exciting aspects that make up Eastern Australia.

Discover this land of great contrasts on a nine day coach tour.  Visit the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, home to great food, shopping, and history. Take a flight to the Northern Queensland city of Cairns for some cultural and natural experiences. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights, including the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.

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Tour Inclusions

The following are included in your package tour:

Quality accommodation

Travel by luxury coach

Airport transfers

Tour Highlights

Here are just a few highlights of this tour:

Be introduced to some super cute native Australian animals at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Take a walk beneath the famous sails of Sydney Opera House

Meet a Bondi lifesaver for a cool look at Australian beach culture, then join them for a traditional Aussie lunch

Discover the hidden gems of Melbourne’s famous laneways on a private walking tour

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Flights are not included in this package.

Conditions: Prices are per person, based on twin-share and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Jul 18) but are subject to change without notice. Price is valid for travel Sep – Dec 18. Surcharges will apply for travel from Jan – Mar 19. Blackout periods may apply.

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Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne

Welcome to Melbourne. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner on board Melbourne's famous eatery on wheels, the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting where you’re ensured a delightful, innovative approach to dining.

Day 2: Melbourne sights

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that 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. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience, or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Day 3: Melbourne, Cairns

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns in Queensland. On arrival, join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles, and more. This evening, enjoy a delicious meal* overlooking the Cairns waterfront.
*During 21 December 2017 – 31 March 2018 your dinner on Day 3 will be moved to Day 4 for a Be My Guest dining experience at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park instead.

Day 4: At leisure in Cairns

Today is a free day to do as you choose. Maybe visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park* for an insightful look at Indigenous culture, or journey to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, by historic train. 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!

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Day 6: Cairns, Sydney

This morning you will fly to Sydney. On arrival there's time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two-course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You'll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands, and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Day 7: Sydney sights

Kick off this highlight day of sightseeing on a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Later, your destination is famous Bondi Beach, for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before enjoying a delicious lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club and share with you the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy an optional experience, or maybe just take a stroll along the harbour front.

Day 8: At leisure in Sydney

Today is free for you to do as you choose. Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery? You’ll visit the charming village of Leura, see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, and visit a wildlife park to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. If you’ve always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance with a thrilling bridge climb experience. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a unique Be My Guest experience at Gardeners Lodge Cafe*. Join Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Beryl, for an intimate dining experience featuring fresh local produce with traditional bush flavours. It will be an evening to remember.
*During 21 December 2017 – 31 March 2018 you will have a farewell dinner on the harbour front instead.

Day 9: Farewell from Sydney

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

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