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During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, certain activities may not be available. A different activity may be substituted or a refund offered if your included activity is not available.
As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights (intra-vacation flights not included).
American breakfast daily; 2 lunches
Upon arrival in Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea
Spend the day as you wish. Relax by your resort’s pool, or shop for souvenirs at the unique boutiques and galleries in Port Douglas. Other activities to consider: fishing, strolling on a sandy beach, a memorable sunset sail, or trying some of the downtown area’s many great restaurants and bars. Your Local Host will have suggestions
Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran for a cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Late this afternoon, arrive back in Port Douglas
A full day at leisure. You might enjoy a trip into the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other possibilities: hiking, or exploring nearby Mossman Gorge to learn more about the region’s Aboriginal people
Transfer to Cairns for your flight to Sydney. The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this exciting city
This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that includes a photo stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and a visit to stunning Bondi Beach, one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping
Today, you can explore on your own or choose from a selection of optional activities. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views; spend the day in Hunter Valley, sampling some of Australia’s best wines; or join a guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House
Another day to do as you wish in this beautiful city. You may want to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour and admire stunning views of the city from the water; visit Taronga Zoo to see some of Australia’s native animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses; shop for souvenirs; or relax on nearby Manly Beach
Today, fly from Sydney (via Perth) to Learmonth Airport in Western Australia. From here, be transferred to your hotel located at the Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth) for a 3-night stay
Today enjoy a once-in-a-life time opportunity to glide alongside whale sharks (April-June) or Humpback whales (July-September). Swimming with one of these beautiful creatures is one of life’s most breathtaking experiences. Also be on the lookout for other playful creations like manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and tropical fish. Whale watchers are welcome onboard as well (those not wanting to snorkel). Return to Exmouth where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Both whale sharks and Humpback whales are wild creatures. Everything will be done to maximize the likelihood you will swim with a whale, but we cannot guarantee it. Since the whales will continually move, swimming is required to do the interaction. You will need to be a confident swimmer and be able to snorkel and swim freestyle. The whales are found in the open ocean so you may be swimming in currents and swells. If you do not wish to get in the water, you may remain on the boat and watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Take a stroll on the beach or relax at your resort. You may wish to canoe, kayak, or snorkel more of the beautiful Ningaloo Reef on your own. You can also opt to take a guided gorge walk or cast a fishing rod in the nearby waters. Make sure to visit the town’s shops for a favorite souvenir and get your photo next to the town’s giant prawn statue. A must do!
Today, transfer to Learmonth Airport and fly to Perth, Western Australia’s capital city. A transfer is provided to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel
9-13 The Esplanade Port Douglas QLD Australia
The Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel offers a boutique style hotel experience -- enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach. Rooms enjoy stunning views with the comforts and facilities, friendliness and personal service that only a small property can provide. An oasis of tiered heated pools and Jacuzzi spa, offers a quiet tranquil setting while relaxing on the sun lounges or in your suite. Little things like fresh flowers, aromatherapy burners coupled with individual, personal service sets this Port Douglas Hotel apart from the rest. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry. **The Peninsula Hotel in Port Douglas does not accept any children under 16 years of age.**
Ramada Resort Port Douglas
316 Port Douglas Road Port Douglas QLD Australia
Nestled within a pocket of Melaleuca rainforest just a short walk from world-renowned Four Mile Beach, Ramada Resort Port Douglas features picturesque rainforest gardens, a tropical lagoon-style pool with waterfall and swim-up bar, coin-operated, self-service laundry, and on-site restaurant.
Rydges World Square
389 Pitt Street Sydney NSW Australia
Feel right at home when checking into Rydges World Square and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. After a great day of sightseeing, wine and dine in their Italian & Mediterranean-inspired Sphere Restaurant or relax while sipping a cocktail at the Cidery Bar and Kitchen with a great outside deck overlooking the World Square area. The hotel features coin-operated, self-service laundry.
Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW Australia
Conveniently located in downtown Sydney steps from Sydney Harbour, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is an elegant, European style hotel featuring eight open fire places, one of Australia's largest private collections of fine art, and 18th Century Louis XV and Georgian antique furniture. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, high tea, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, sundeck, and sauna.
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Lot 900 Madaffari Dr Exmouth WA Australia
Mantarays Ningaloo, the only resort on Sunrise Beach, serves as a gateway to the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. Situated in the Exmouth Marina, the hotel features 68 guestrooms, on-site restaurant and bar, lounge, resort-style swimming pool and gym, and stunning beaches with direct access.