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Wonders of Australia

Departs: 4/8/2018 Returns: 4/20/2018

13 Days | All Airfare Included

The ultimate touring experience featuring distinct accommodations, unique activities and must see attractions.
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Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1-2 : Sydney Bound
We meet our Tour Director and prepare for our overnight flight to the Land Down Under. Upon crossing the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.


Day 3 : Harbor Cruise
This morning we arrive in Sydney and enjoy a Captain Cook harbor cruise. Gain a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world, sail past pristine parks, golden beaches and charming harborside neighborhoods. This afternoon we arrive at the Larmont Sydney by Lancemore for two nights. Tonight become acquainted with your fellow travelers at a NewsWatch 12 Welcome Dinner hosted by your Tour Director at the Cyren Restaurant. D


Day 4 : Sydney Opera House 
Today we discover Sydney with an expert local guide. We view the iconic sails atop the famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy a special tour through the halls of this landmark venue, one of the most recognizable in the world. We’ll also tour other popular landmarks throughout the city. Enjoy panoramic views during lunch at the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant. Later, visit the attractions of Darling Harbor or The Rocks historic neighborhood, sure to be a highlight of our experience. B,L


Day 5 : Tropical Cairns
This morning we fly to tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. We visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture. After lunch at the Boomerang Restaurant, we join the Tjapukai people on the foothills of the Barron Gorge Rainforest for an afternoon of performances, activities and demonstrations. Sample traditional bush foods, learn to play the didgeridoo, throw and paint a boomerang, marvel at live dance performances and gain insight into ancient hunting methods and the medicinal value of native plants. Enjoy three pleasant nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns adjacent to the waterfront and the casino. L


Day 6 : Kuranda Scenic Trail & Skyrail
Today we experience one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world, the Kuranda Scenic Train. Our journey provides unsurpassed views of World Heritage listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. Upon arrival in Kuranda, there’s plenty of time to explore this fascinating mountaintop village and visit the Heritage Markets which are full of colorful and interesting arts and crafts. Later we descend the magnificent MacAlister Range on Skyrail, a 4.7 mile gondola cableway. Enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands as we glide over the rainforest canopy. B


Day 7 : Great Barrier Reef & Helicopter Ride
Today we experience one of the highlights of our tour, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. We cruise to Moore Reef located on the outer edge of the reef, the world’s largest living organism. The reef is one of Australia’s greatest national treasures and stretches more than 1,200 miles along the coast. We view vividly colored tropical fish and coral from the reef viewer, underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Learn about the interesting fish and marine life that inhabit this underwater wonderland. Enjoy breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef on an included scenic helicopter flight. Swim, snorkel or just relax in this beautiful marine setting. B,L


Day 8 : Brisbane & Lamington National Park
This morning we fly to Brisbane, the subtropical capital of Queensland and one of Australia’s most charming and fun-loving cities. Our tour takes us into the Brisbane city center, past many historical and significant architectural buildings. We travel to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat located in the heart of one of the world’s great sub-tropical rainforests World Heritage Lamington National Park. Walk through the treetops on the famous Treetop Walk. We overnight at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for two delightful nights. B,D


Day 9 : O'Reilly's Retreat
Start the day at O’Reilly’s bird walk where many birds feed each morning at the Retreat. Guided walks, a four-wheel drive trip to magnificent locations and morning and afternoon tea are included. Tonight enjoy a nature presentation at the Retreat Theater or enjoy a guided walk to view nocturnal creatures such as possums and glowworms. B,D


Day 10 : Australia Zoo
We depart our secluded rainforest retreat and head north to the Sunshine Coast. We visit the Australia Zoo, situated in the shadow of the Glasshouse Mountains, home of legendary television personality, Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter. See colorful, soaring birds and those prehistoric legends, the big saltwater crocodiles in the Crocoseum. Experience hands-on animal encounters like nowhere else in the world. Pet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and see emus, wombats, dingoes, cassowaries and kookaburras. We arrive at our oceanfront home for the next three nights, the deluxe Monaco Resort in Caloundra. Enjoy stunning views from large ocean facing balconies at our tropical resort. B


Day 11 : Eumundi Markets & Steve Irwin's Wildlife Hospital
This morning we visit the world-famous outdoor markets in Eumundi. More than 350 market stalls showcase a wonderful mix of local produce, arts, crafts and fashion. Later we take an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour of Steve Irwin’s Australia Wildlife Hospital. We will observe injured and orphaned animals receiving
leading-edge treatment, converse with medical staff and learn more about Australia’s unique wildlife.


Day 12 : Noosa Eco-Cruise
This morning we follow the stunning coastline rimmed with wide stretches of clean, white sand beaches to Noosa. The Noosa Eco Cruise provides spectacular views of beaches, mountains, birds and marine life. We enjoy a short-guided walk, then reboard our vessel for a generous morning tea in the shadow of the National Park. The remainder of the afternoon is free to experience Caloundra’s charm and stroll along the coastal boardwalks beside Bulcock and Kings Beach. We gather this evening for our special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner D


Day 13 : Fond Farewells
We bid farewell to Australia. We recross the International Date Line and return home with cherished memories.


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Holiday Experience Includes
• All Airfare including International flights
• Guaranteed prices & low deposit
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
• Experienced Driver/Guides
• Baggage handling at hotels
• All fuel surcharges, government, airport & departure taxes included (Minimum value of $885)
• $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


14 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacation's Welcome Dinner
• Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant
• Tropical breakfasts in Cairns
• Lunch at the Boomerang Restaurant
• Dinners and breakfasts at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
• Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Caloundra


Featured Accommodations
 2 nights at the Larmont Sydney by Lancemore
 3 nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns
• 2 nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
• 3 nights at the Monaco Resort in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast


Attractions & Highlights
• Captain Cook Harbor Cruise
• Sydney city sights
• Sydney Opera House guided tour
• Sydney’s Darling Harbor
• Bondi Beach
• Tropical Cairns
• Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park featuring the Creation Story, Tjapukai Dancers, bush foods, didgeridoo, boomerang and spear throwing demonstrations
• Kuranda Scenic Train
• Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
• Great Barrier Reef cruise
• Great Barrier Reef Scenic
• Helicopter Flight
• Reef Viewer & Glass Bottom Boat
• Brisbane “The Subtropical Capital”
• Lamington National Park
• O’Reilly’s Rainforest Treetop Walk
• Four-Wheel Drive guided tour
• Bird & Glowworm guided walks
• Australia’s Sunshine Coast
• Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo
• Eumundi Outdoor Markets
• Australia Wildlife Hospital
• Noosa Eco Cruise

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $6999
Airport - Single $8199

Final Payment Date: 1/4/2018

Itinerary ID:30967903 | Tour Code: AUQN0408181
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