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Great Barrier Reef
Sydney Opera House
Barron Gorge National Park
Mother Koala and Baby
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sea Turtle in Great Barrier Reef
Yirrganydji Aboriginal Men
Courtesy of Kuranda Scenic Railway
Departs: October 13th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
The ultimate South Pacific touring experience featuring distinct accommodations, unique activities, and must-see attractions. Spend two nights in Sydney, three nights in the Sunshine Coast, two nights in Lamington National Park, and three nights in Australia’s tropical north. Major highlights include a Great Barrier Reef tropical cruise and helicopter flight, a cruise on Sydney’s Captain Cook Harbor, a tour of the Sydney Opera House, the Kuranda Scenic Train, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and witnessing plenty of native wildlife at the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo and other destinations. You will love Australia’s cultural diversity, magnificent sights, delightful cuisine, and deluxe accommodations.
Hosted By: Bob Gallaher
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Day 1 : Depart the USA
We meet our Tour Director and prepare for our overnight flight to the Land Down Under.
Day 2 : Sydney Bound
Upon crossing the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.
Day 3 : Harbor Cruise
This morning we arrive in Sydney, Australia’s largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city. We’re introduced to Sydney’s sparkling waterfront playground during a delightful 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 Sydney Vibe Hotel for two nights. Tonight become acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner hosted by your Tour Director at the Cyren Restaurant.
Day 4 : Opera House & City Sights
Today we discover Sydney with an expert local guide. Enjoy views of the Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, bustling Kings Cross and popular Bondi Beach. We marvel at the iconic sails atop the famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy a tour through this landmark venue, one of the most recognizable in the world. We’ll also tour other popular landmarks throughout the city. Enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and city during lunch at the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant. Later there’s time to visit the attractions of Darling Harbor or The Rocks. Darling Harbor is Sydney’s favorite destination for leisure and entertainment, with restaurants, cafes, museums, theaters, parks and specialty shops. The Rocks is one of the most prestigious areas in Sydney with its restored houses and buildings, spectacular views across the harbor and cobbled streets and pathways.
Day 5 : Tropical Cairns
This morning we fly to tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. This is the gateway city to many of Australia’s natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef. We visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. We join the descendants of Tjapukai people on the foothills of the Barron Gorge rain forest 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.
Day 6 : Kuranda Scenic Train & Skyrail
Today we experience one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world, the Kuranda Scenic Train. As we ascend, our journey provides unsurpassed views of World Heritage recognized rain forest, 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. After lunch at Frog’s Restaurant, we descend the magnificent MacAlister Range on skyrail, a 4.7 mile gondola cableway. Enjoy spectacular views of the rain forest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands as we glide over the rain forest canopy.
Day 7 : Great Barrier Reef & Scenic 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 fish and marine life that inhabit this underwater world. Enjoy breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef on an included scenic helicopter flight. Swim, snorkel or just relax in this beautiful marine setting.
Day 8 : Brisbane & Lamington National Park
This morning we fly to Brisbane, the subtropical capital of Queensland and one of Australia’s most charming cities. Our tour takes us into the Brisbane city center, past many historical and significant architectural buildings, including City Hall, Parliament House and St. John’s Cathedral. We travel south to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat located in the heart of one of the world’s great sub-tropical rain forests – World Heritage Lamington National Park. Enjoy a brief tour of the Retreat and facilities and get ready to explore the magnificent rain forest and its many attractions. Walk through the treetops on the famous Treetop Walk and inspect the extensive display of plants and flowers in the nearby botanical gardens. We overnight at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for two delightful nights. Enjoy the night sky with its remark-able clarity and beauty. Never before has the Southern Cross been viewed so majestically. O’Reilly’s is a stargazer’s dream.
Day 9 : O’Reilly’s Retreat
Start the day with O’Reilly’s famous bird walk and meet the hundreds of birds that feed each morning at the Retreat. During breakfast a rain forest guide will invite us to participate in the day’s guided activities. 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, pademelons and glowworms.
Day 10 : Crocodile Hunter’s 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 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. Our luxurious one bedroom apartments offer stunning views to the ocean and Bribie Island enabling us to watch the ships go by from our balcony. All rooms are conveniently fitted with full kitchen and laundry facilities.
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. We enjoy lunch at the Pub at Aussie World, a popular Sunshine Coast icon. The Pub’s claim to fame is due to its quirky shape and the caricature exterior. Later we take an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour of Steve Irwin’s Australian Wildlife Hospital. Steve’s dream was to provide a lifeline for nature’s innocent victims - providing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with leading-edge treatment and rehabilitation before eventual release back to the wild. We will observe animals receiving treatment, converse with medical staff and learn more about Australia’s unique wildlife. The remainder of the afternoon is free to experience Caloundra’s charm and stroll along the coastal boardwalks beside Bulcock and Kings Beach.
Day 12 : Noosa Eco-Cruise
This morning we follow the stunning coastline rimmed with wide stretches of clean, white sand beaches to Noosa. We experience the rich history and natural beauty that earned Noosa the title of Queensland’s first UNESCO biosphere. The Noosa Eco-Cruise provides spectacular views of beaches, mountains, birds and marine life. We enjoy a short guided walk to discover native plants, then reboard our vessel for a generous morning tea in the shadow of the National Park. There’s time to stroll along Noosa’s famous Main Beach and visit fashionable Hastings Street, home to the best in boutiques, renowned cafes and restaurants. We gather this evening for our special Farewell Dinner.
Day 13 : Fond Farewells
This morning we bid farewell to Australia. We recross the International Date Line and return home with cherished memories.
October 13th, 2019 - October 25th, 2019
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 07/10/2019
WEAU TV Pickup Locations:
Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02
Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant
Chippewa Falls, WI - McDonalds
Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office
Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza
Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05
Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center
Menomonie, WI - AmericInn
Neillsville, WI - Shopko
Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express
Osseo, WI - McDonalds
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
Bob came to WEAU 13 News in 1994 as the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter. He took over Sports Director duties in 1998, and has held that role until 2014. During that time, Bob has had the opportunity to cover Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, NCAA Final Four, MLB All-star games and post-season and high school sports.
Prior to coming to Eau Claire, Bob worked at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee as a News Editor on two different occasions, from 1990-1992 and from 1993-1994. Bob also worked at WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, Wisconsin as a News Reporter from 1992-1993.
Bob grew up in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a Broadcast Journalism degree in 1990.
Bob is an avid Chicago sports fan including the Cubs and Blackhawks and Marquette Golden Eagles basketball fan. He and his wife Colleen, are proud parents of a beautiful little girl, Mary Kate who was born in November, 2013.
Join Bob and other WEAU News 13 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.