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Wonders of Australia

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 at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, and three nights in Australia’s tropical north. Major highlights include a Great Barrier Reef cruise and helicopter flight, a cruise on Sydney’s sparkling 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.


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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 harbor cruise. Gain a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world, and sail past pristine parks, golden beaches, and charming harborside neighborhoods. This afternoon we arrive at our hotel, conveniently located in the central business district.

Dinner

Day 4 : City Sights & Opera House

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. Enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and city during lunch at Sydney Tower. 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 historic and affluent areas in Sydney with its restored houses and buildings, spectacular views across the harbor, and cobbled streets and pathways.

Breakfast, Lunch

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. Enjoy three pleasant nights at the luxurious Crystalbrook Flynn Hotel, adjacent to the waterfront and esplanade. This stunning five-star hotel features three restaurants and bars, glass swimming pools, and Eléme Day Spa and Wellness Center.

Day 6 : Kuranda Scenic Train

Today we experience one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Our journey reveals lush, wondrous World Heritage rainforest, steep ravines, and picturesque waterfalls within Barron Gorge National Park. Upon arrival in Kuranda, there’s time to explore this fascinating mountaintop village and visit the Heritage Markets, full of colorful and interesting arts and crafts. After lunch at Frogs Restaurant we descend the magnificent MacAlister Range on Skyrail, a 4.7-mile gondola cableway. Enjoy spectacular views of the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands as we glide over the rainforest canopy.

Breakfast, Lunch

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, the world’s largest living organism and one of Australia’s greatest national treasures stretching 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.

Breakfast, Lunch

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. After a brief visit we travel inland past dairy farms, wineries, quaint villages, and ascend a scenic, windy road through the Green Mountains. Our accommodations for the next two nights are at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, located in the heart of one of the world’s great subtropical rainforests, World Heritage Lamington National Park. Enjoy a brief tour of the Retreat and get ready to explore the magnificent rainforest 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. Later, appreciate the night sky with its remarkable clarity and beauty. Never before has the Southern Cross been viewed so majestically. O’Reilly’s is a stargazer’s dream.

Breakfast, Dinner

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 rainforest guide will invite us to participate in the day’s guided activities. Guided walks and a four-wheel drive journey to a magnificent afternoon tea are included. Tonight, enjoy a nature presentation at the Retreat Theater or a guided walk to view nocturnal creatures such as possums, pademelons, and glowworms.

Breakfast, Dinner

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 prehistoric 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.

Breakfast

Day 11 : Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Traveling away from the glistening coastline, we enter the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with its picture-perfect views of the lush, green Blackall ranges. Our included lunch is at the award-winning Secrets on the Lake café, perched in rainforest canopy facing the shores of Lake Baroon. Visit Montville, a charming hinterland village with unique galleries and studios showcasing local artists and their work.

Lunch

Day 12 : Noosa 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 Cruise provides spectacular views of beaches, mountains, birds and marine life. Later we visit the world’s longest running silent film theatre in the quaint historic town of Pomona. The Majestic Theater has been in operation for almost 100 years and is the only authentic silent picture theater fully operating as such in the world. The hall originally showed silent films, vaudeville productions, and acted as a social center for the town. We gather this evening for our special Farewell Dinner.

Dinner

Day 13 : Fond Farewells

This morning we bid farewell to Australia. We cross the International Date Line and return home with cherished memories.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $895 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
  • Experienced Driver/Guides
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Rydges World Square Hotel in Sydney
  • 3 nights at Crystalbrook Flynn in Cairns
  • 2 nights at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park

Attractions & Highlights

  • Sydney city sights
  • Captain Cook Harbor Cruise
  • Sydney Opera House guided tour
  • Bondi Beach
  • Tropical Cairns
  • Kuranda Scenic Train & Skyrail
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise, scenic helicopter flight, reef viewer & glass-bottom boat
  • Lamington National Park
  • Bird & Glowworm guided walks
  • O’Reilly’s Rainforest Treetop Walk
  • Four-wheel drive guided tour
  • Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo
  • Sunshine Coast Hinterland
  • SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
  • Noosa Eco-Cruise
  • Majestic Theater Pomona

14 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Sydney
  • Lunch at Sydney Tower
  • Lunch at Frogs Restaurant in Kuranda
  • Dinners and breakfasts at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
  • Lunch at Secrets on the Lake Café
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Caloundra

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$7399

Single

$8599

Final Payment Date: 06/28/2023

Tour Map for Wonders of Australia

Departure Cities

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Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati-NKY International Airport

Lexington, KY - Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Sam Dick

Sam has been a mainstay on WKYT’s airwaves for decades. He started as a reporter in 1979, and it wasn’t long before he made the move to co-host of PM Magazine. Sam took his storytelling to New York and worked as a general assignment reporter for WCBS. Later, he went to Orlando and specialized in health, consumer, and investigative reporting at WESH. Then WKYT General Manager Ralph Gabbard had an opening on the anchor desk. “I was thrilled at the opportunity. I felt like I had tasted the larger markets, but Lexington was home.” Sam started his second stint at WKYT in 1987 and retired in November of 2022.

In June of 2022 he began doing feature reporting in a segment called “Off the Beaten Path” on public radio station WEKU and eight other stations in Central, Southern, and Eastern Kentucky.

Sam is the winner of numerous awards including five regional Emmy Awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is also an Eagle Scout. Sam has been married to the love of his life, Noelle, for over 27 years. He has three grown children.

Join Sam and WKYT viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.