Savor the cityscapes and vistas as you venture through dynamic cities and stunning natural habitats on this unique journey “Down Under”!
Start in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with its clear, tropical water and explosion of colors. You’ll get to see it in person and even snorkel in it or take a glass-bottom boat tour. You will also take a guided walk through Mossman Gorge with an indigenous guide to hear stories of the local culture and traditions. Outside Adelaide, visit one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats—Kangaroo Island, where you’ll explore a sanctuary for native Australian animals and see colonies of rare Australian sea lions and New Zealand fur seals.
Take a tour of cosmopolitan Melbourne and dine in a tramcar that has been converted to a moving restaurant. Outside the city, visit the Yarra Valley for wine tasting and to visit a wildlife sanctuary to see koalas and kangaroos. In Sydney, visit the Sydney Opera House, cruise on Sydney Harbour, and visit Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club for an insider tour and a lifesaving demonstration. An excursion takes you to Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its vast valleys and unique rock formations. You will also have free time to explore both of these great cities on your own.
This vacation offers you a great mix of fascinating included activities and leisure time for personal discoveries!
Arrive in Cairns, Australia
G’day—welcome to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special welcome dinner.
Cairns – Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef
Board a fast catamaran and cruise to Green Island, one of the many islands on the famed Great Barrier Reef. Choose to snorkel, take a glass-bottom boat tour, or walk through the rainforest. Later, your Tour Director can assist you with a variety of optional activities.
Cairns – Excursion to Mossman Gorge & Daintree River Cruise
Start your day with a visit to Mossman George for a Guided Dreamtime Walk through the rainforest with an indigenous guide. Along the way, hear stories of the local culture and traditions, and gain an understanding of their special relationship with the forest itself. At the end of the walk, sample some bush tea and damper (soda bread). After lunch, cruise along the Daintree River, where you may spot a variety of birds, snakes, and crocodiles!
Cairns – Melbourne
Fly to Melbourne and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the different architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Then, a unique lunch experience on board the historic Colonial Tramcar Restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.
Melbourne – Excursion to the Yarra Valley
Depart the city for a leisurely excursion to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia’s famous wine regions to sample some of the local wines. On the way, stop at the Healesville Sanctuary, a renowned haven for animals. Here you will see some of Australia’s unique wildlife, including parrots, wombats, kangaroos, and koalas, just to name a few. Next, stop for lunch at a local winery, including a wine tasting. Finish your day with a visit to a famous wine estate for another wine tasting.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”
Melbourne – Adelaide
Today, fly to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens.
Adelaide – Excursion to Kangaroo Island
Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Kangaroo Island, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit Seal Bay with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore Flinders Chase National Park, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here and walk on remarkable rocks for stunning views of the sea. Also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to Admirals Arch, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.
Adelaide – Sydney
Today, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Stop at world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club with one of the lifesavers. Along the way, learn about the history of the club and enjoy a lifesaving demonstration! See some of the city’s suburbs and the historic Rocks area, home to Sydney’s original convicts. For a truly memorable experience, enjoy lunch at the Sydney Tower for spectacular views of the city. Lastly, take a walking tour of historic Macquarie Street, including a visit to the Hyde Park Barracks, built in 1819 to house, clothe, and feed convict men and boys.
Sydney – Excursion to the Blue Mountains
Take a full-day trip to Blue Mountains National Park, added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000. Here, stunning scenery is highlighted by vast eucalypt-covered valleys and fascinating rock formations. Stop to see the iconic Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation representing three sisters, who, according to Aboriginal legend, were turned to stone. Also stop at Scenic World, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Three Sisters and walk through the rainforest.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will have suggestions to help you make the most of this exciting city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and Harbour Bridge.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.