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9 Day Australia: Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney

Tour of Distinction - 9 Days (8 Nights) | $5390

Day 1: Arrival in Melbourne

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Melbourne is generally considered to have some of the best dining in Australia, especially aboard the converted 1927 tram that has become the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. This glossy, burgundy restaurant on wheels is the only travelling tramcar restaurant in the world, and a delightfully innovative approach to dining. Sipping sparkling wine or a beverage of your choice, you will travel along Toorak Road, renowned for its stylish and beautiful shops. See the famous "Paris end of Collins Street", tree-lined and stately St Kilda Road, the city's imposing Arts Centre and the gaping jaws of Luna Park. They're all just part of the passing parade that is Melbourne. Enjoy the fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines – the atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly, and the décor as inviting as the colonial period it reflects. The food is prepared on the tram and a maître d' oversees the traditional silver and white linen service. Dining is not only a culinary delight, but a trip into a little piece of Victoria's history. The tour includes a short walk to the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant terminal and a late dinner at the restaurant.


Day 2: Melbourne

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Melbourne is listed as one of the most livable cities in the world, with a multi-cultural population of over three million people. The city boasts magnificent architecture, fine restaurants and bars, beautiful gardens, a fascinating history, a great diversity of arts and culture and some lovely beaches. During the tour you will see the highlights of this wonderful city, incorporating modern Melbourne, its history and cultural diversity. See the beautiful architecture of some famous landmarks including the Melbourne Town Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Victorian Parliament, Flinders Street Station and Federation Square and visit the beach and café cultures of St Kilda. See the beautiful Shrine of Remembrance located on Melbourne’s most recognized boulevard, St Kilda Road, just south of the Melbourne central business district. A permanent and lasting memorial to the ANZAC spirit, it is Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial and probably Melbourne’s most recognized landmark. Travel past other Melbourne icons including the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Tennis Centre and Melbourne University. See the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and visit Cook’s Cottage. In the afternoon, enjoy the Phillip Island tour. This amazing tour includes private charter motorcoach for eight hours of touring, a local guide for sightseeing assistance and admission to Phillip Island Reserve – Penguins Plus viewing platform.


Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns

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This day tour includes a meet and greet and sightseeing assistance by a local guide with hotel check-in assistance, private charter motorcoach for airport transfer, transfer to Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Adventure Park and hotel drop-off and general admission to Hartley’s Creek. Just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. There is over 2,100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest, where you can see an array of wildlife including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Enjoy the entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on the melaleuca wetland and learn about sustainable use and conservation on the Crocodile Farm tour. The remainder of day is at your leisure.


Day 4: Cairns

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After breakfast, continue your Australian adventure with the Kuranda tour. The tour includes a private transfer from your hotel to Freshwater Station, a local guide for sightseeing assistance, one-way train ride on Kuranda Scenic Train (Heritage class), free time in Kuranda to visit the markets and perhaps purchase some lunch (own expense), one-way ride on Skyrail – Kuranda to Caravonica Station, a short walk to Tjapukai, general admission to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and private transfer back to the hotel.


Day 5: Cairns

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After breakfast, there is a short walk to Reef Fleet Terminal. Start the Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Sunlover Cruises including tea and coffee upon boarding the vessel, an informative presentation hosted by the marine naturalist, four hours at the outer reef, a tropical buffet lunch including seafood, hot dishes, salads and tropical fruit; guided coral viewing from the semi-submersible vessel and glass bottom boat. There is also an onboard touch tank to experience unique marine life up close, snorkelling equipment and expert instruction, snorkelling enclosure with rest and view stations, underwater observatory and a fish feeding presentation.


Day 6: Cairns – Sydney

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After breakfast, check out at 10am and private transfer hotel to airport. Arrive at Sydney, private transfer airport to hotel, meet and greet by a local guide with hotel check-in assistance. After check-in at 2pm, there is a short walk to King St Wharf, Darling Harbour for the dinner cruise. Enjoy Captain Cook Cruises Sunset Dinner cruise including a limited choice menu of three courses, Tyrell’s sparking and still wines and beer, and tea and coffee. Departs 5pm and returns 6:30pm from King St Wharf only. Then, take a short walk back to the hotel.


Day 7: Sydney

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After breakfast, commence a sightseeing tour of Sydney including famous Bondi Beach. Pass by important historic buildings including Conservatorium of Music, State Library, State Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary’s Cathedral and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Here a stop will be made for a photo opportunity before continuing on via Australian naval base Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and then along New South Head Road through the elite eastern suburbs of Rushcutters Bay, Rose Bay, and Double Bay to The Gap. Here a short walk is included to view the entrance to Sydney Harbour before continuing on to Bondi Beach. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade before reboarding your motorcoach and travelling to Watsons Bay. Enjoy a delicious fish and chips luncheon with a view of the harbour and city from famous Doyles on the Beach. After lunch reboard your motorcoach and continue on to Sydney Opera House. Enjoy a private guided tour of Sydney’s famous icon and world-famous performing arts centre before arriving back at the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.


Day 8: Sydney

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After breakfast, explore another gem of Sydney through the Blue Mountains Excursion. This magnificent tour includes a private charter motorcoach for ten hours, Blue Mountains excursion, local guide for sightseeing assistance, admission to Featherdale Wildlife Park, and a Scenic World ‘Ultimate Pass’ including three rides. Also included is the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway, Scenic Skyway and two-course Heritage Feast at The Lookout Restaurant, with one glass of wine per person or a soft drink and tea and coffee. Transfer back to the hotel and take a short walk to the Waterfront Restaurant for a farewell dinner overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Three-course choice menu and tea and coffee are included; other drinks are at your own expense. After dinner, there is a short walk back to the hotel.


Day 9: Depart Sydney

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After breakfast, transfer to airport. BON VOYAGE!

Tour Includes:

  • 8 Nights Accommodation (3 - 4 star)
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Domestic Airfare
  • 18 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Toorak Road
  • Paris End of Collins Street
  • Melbourne City Tour
  • Phillip Island Tour
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  • Journey Through Woodlands and Rainforest
  • Sydney City Tour
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Kuranda Full Day Tour
  • Blue Mountains Day Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
9 Day Australia: Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney
Style: Tour of Distinction Start: Melbourne
Days: 9   End: Sydney
         
Start End Code Double/Twin Single
5-Mar-18 13-Mar-18 AMCS01-18 $5,515.00 $5,390.00 $6,825.00 $6,700.00
11-Nov-18 19-Nov-18 AMCS02-18 $5,805.00 $7,215.00
         
Pricing is per person
CAD (taxes included)
 
Note: Domestic flights in Australia are included in tour rate, international flights quoted separately. Option to add a Norfolk Island independent stay post tour, pricing on request.

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