Australian Wonders-15 days
Places covered: Sydney, Blue Mountains, Gold Coast, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Rainforest, Melbourne, Phillip Island
Day 1 Sydney arrival:
Arrive at Sydney international airport. You will be welcomed by Concept Voyages representative who will transfer you to hotel for checking in. Evening depart for Sydney Showboat dinner cruise. Experience a magical night on a Sydney Harbour showboat dinner cruise with live performances by a talented cast of dancers, singers and magicians, all dressed to impress! Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal while watching the glittering entertainers light up the stage. Stroll along the spacious deck for fantastic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other landmarks. From the moment you step on board, the friendly staff and spectacular setting ensures a festive evening to remember. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 Sydney City Tour:
Breakfast at hotel. This morning you will proceed for a half day Sydney City Tour to join a guided tour of Australia's most famous building, the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House will introduce you to the innovation, creativity and controversy that forged this remarkable building. City Tour highlights: Darling Harbour, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, Sydney Aquarium and the Monorail, The Rock's, Hyde Park, St. James Cathedral, St.Marys Cathedral, Art Gallery and the Domain, Visit Mrs Macquaries Chair, Royal Australian Naval Base at Garden Island, Kings Cross, The Gap, Bondi Beach, Historic and trendy Paddington, Sydney Tower, Sydney Town Hall. You can also use your 4 pass entrance ticket to Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife, Sydney Tower Eye and Madame Tussauds. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Sydney Blue Mountains Tour:
After breakfast proceed for Full Day Blue Mountains Tour. Explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Crisp, clean, mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest carpeting the valley floor. Waterfalls, sleepy hamlets and the rich warm smell of the Australian bush make this a very special place for every visitor. Enjoy this day tour with a late start that takes you directly to the splendour of the Blue Mountains. You will see a mountain wilderness of ancient forests, ferny glades and plunging waterfalls contrasting with towns and villages overlooking dramatic sandstone bluffs and jagged monoliths. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 Sydney-Brisbane Gold Coast:
After breakfast, checkout from hotel. You will be transferred by coach to Sydney airport to board flight to Brisbane. Upon arrival at Brisbane, you will be welcomed to Brisbane and transferred to Gold Coast hotel for checking in. Evening depart for Glow Worm Tour with dinner. Take a guided rainforest walk through to spectacular Glow Worm Cave and it’s wildlife by night. Allow thousands of mystical glowworms to light your way through the unique cavernous environment, the highlight of your night! Enjoy a delightful supper before heading on further for an enlightening spot of stargazing at the Springbrook Observatory. A sensational night of nature, history, culture, good food and laughter, a truly memorable evening! Retuurn back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5 Gold Coast-White Water World Admission:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to White Water World for spending a full day there. This is Australia's favourite Family Water Park on the Gold Coast is the only place in the world boasting all four of the hottest waterslides on the planet. Get wet and wild at White Water World as you plummet down the many water slides. Rides to suit all ages, from family fun to heart pumping thrills. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6 Gold Coast-Sea World Admission:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sea World theme park for spending a spectacular day full of fun. Sea World is the premier marine animal park in Australia, offering amazing attractions and rides for all ages. Interact with dolphins, seals and sharks at Sea World. Join in a range of Animal Adventure programs and interact with dolphins, seals and sharks at Sea world, only a few minutes from central Surfers Paradise. Enter the frozen world of the Penguin Encounter, see predators up close in Shark Bay and interact with more tranquil critters in the dolphin nursery, snorkel and touch pools. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 Gold Coast-Movie World:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Movie World to spend a day in fantasy world of movies. Visit Hollywood on the Gold Coast, and meet your favorite stars and super-heroes. Ride the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster or experience the southern hemisphere's steepest inverted drop on the Green Lantern Coaster. From Lethal Weapon -- the Ride to the Batwing Spaceshot and music from the Looney Tunes gang, there's entertainment for all the family. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 Gold Coast-Cairns:
After breakfast, checkout from Gold Coast hotel. You will be transferred by coach to Brisbane airport to board flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns, you will be welcomed by Concept Voyages’ representative who will transfer you to hotel for check in. Free day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9 Cairns-Hot Air Balloon Tour- Full-day Great Barrier Reef Cruise:
Depart for an early morning sunrise tour of Cairns. Hot Air Cairns balloon rides are a must do Cairns activity that will leave you with wonderful lifetime memories. Experience the fun & unique sensation of being in a Hot Air Balloon, flying gently high above the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. The balloon takes off from Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at dawn, spend 30 minutes floating in your Hot Air Balloon, time to really breathe in the wide-open spaces! Later return to hotel for a quick breakfast before departing for a full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Sunlover and lunch. Cruise to Moore Reef and the Sunlover pontoon. The water is warm and clear, the coral is stunning in its variety and colour and the fish from tiny Angel Fish to schools or Coral Trout will keep you gasping in underwater surprise. Enjoy a semi-submarine ride and a glass-bottomed boat ride during the tour. You will be transferred back to hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 10 Cairns-Full day Kuranda Tour:
After breakfast, depart for a full day Kuranda Tour with Rainforest visit with Skyrail and Scenic rail trips. Experience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Cairns. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park. Travel to Kuranda on the Scenic Railway, return on Skyrail, visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for lunch. Kuranda Scenic railway offers the onboard commentary will help you discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800's, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway. During the Skyrail you will glide over Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy. Hear the birds singing and smell the fresh scent of the rainforest as you effortlessly and silently skim just meters above the rainforest canopy in a six-person gondola. Enjoy unbeatable views from the rainforest to the reef as you pass over the peak of the mountain range. You will be transferred back to hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 11 Cairns to Melbourne:
After breakfast, checkout from Cairns hotel and depart for airport to board flight to Melbourne. Upon arrival at Melbourne you will be welcomed by Concept Voyages’ representative who will transfer you to hotel for checking in. Free day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12 Melbourne City tour:
After breakfast, depart for half-day Melbourne City Tour with Eureka Skydeck 88. This tour offers you a guided Walk of Arcades and Laneways, Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Skydeck. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol, Lygon Street - cafe culture & 'Little Italy', Prestigious Melbourne University, Royal Exhibition Buildings & Museum, Parliament House and Princess Theatre, St Patrick's Cathedral (photo stop), visit Captain Cook's Cottage (entry not included) and Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne - ornate Victorian terraced homes and much more. Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways - Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street. Visit Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Collins Street - Paris end and Queen Victoria Market - look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and take in the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. Later walk through Chinatown and take in the character of this colourful area. At the conclusion of the Melbourne City Tour visit the Eureka Skydeck 88 - one of the world's dramatic super towers which offers breathtaking views of the city. Return back to hotel on your own. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 13 Melbourne- Full-day Puffing Billy with Wildlife tour:
After breakfast, depart for a full day Puffin Billy tour. Ride on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges with bellbirds and kookaburras echoing the steam train's whistle. Healesville Sanctuary - a truly Australian experience - cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife. Visit the Dandenong Ranges National Park - home of the lyrebird, superb traditional gardens and towering mountain ash forests. Visit Sherbrook Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds. Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train - an original steam locomotive, passing through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens, visit Sassafras known for its local craft and antiques and enjoy the views of Melbourne's skyline, Silvan Dam and the rolling hills. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14 Melbourne- Full-day Philip Island Penguin Parade and Koalas
After breakfast depart for a full day tour to Philip Island and watch Penguins parade and meet Koalas during your tour. So completely Australian - unique in the world. Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves - across the beach - to the sand dunes - the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk. Koalas - totally Australian - peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island. Seals near the sea, basking in the late sunlight on half tide rocks compliment this island, rich in wildlife which makes Phillip Island a very special place. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15 Melbourne departure:
After breakfast, free day at leisure for shopping. Checkout from hotel. You will be transferred to Melbourne airport for boarding flight to onward destination.
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