The steady rattle of Melbourne’s famed trams kick-off our adventure to the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi’s surfer paradise in Sydney, whose iconic skyline we will view from tranquil harbour waters.
- Round trip international airfare to Mebourne and return from Sydney
- 8 night guided vacation First Class coach tour
- 8 nights hand picked hotel accommodation
- Dining: 8 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Local air flight as per itinerary
- Hand-picked insider experiences
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- CITY TOUR in Melbourne and Sydney.
- CRUISE on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and Sydney Harbour.
- VIEW Darling Harbour from your Sydney hotel room and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water.
- VISIT Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Queensland, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
- Connect with Locals
Visit Australia’s oldest Surf Lifesaving Club at Bondi Beach, a haven for sun-worshipping Sydneysiders (Day 7).
- Dive into Culture
Visit Melbourne’s hidden laneways on a walking tour (Day 2) and witness a Welcome to Country ceremony at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (Day 5).
- Local Specialist
For Included sightseeing at Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach Surf Club, Hartley’s Crocodile Boat Cruise, Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (Days 3, 4, 5, 7).
- Make a Difference
Join us to plant some trees which will help in the restoration of rainforest in Far North Queensland (Day 3).
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Due to limited motorcoach capacity only 1 luggage per person is allowed
NOTE: The Crowne Plaza Melbourne is refurbishing their reception , restaurant, bar, pool and conference areas. Renovations will start 23-July 2019 and are expected to be completed mid 2020. Work times have been indicated as Mon-Fri 07:00 – 16:00 and Sat 10:00 – 16:00. We are therefore expecting minimal impact to guests in room experience.
DAY 1 ARRIVE MELBOURNE (2 NIGHTS)
This tale of three cities and an underwater wonderland kicks off in stylish Melbourne. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 12pm). Later, this evening get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers during a Welcome Reception and Regional Dinner featuring seasonal produce paired with quality Australian wines.
MEAL(S): Welcome Reception, Regional Dinner
HOTEL: Crowne Plaza
DAY 2 MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE
Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways provide the perfect opportunity to ‘Dive Into Culture’ this morning, as we embark on a private walk to discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and edgy street art, renowned the world over. Admire the exquisite Victorian façades that line grand boulevards and see Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance. Your orientation complete, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure to immerse yourself in this stylish cityscape.
DAY 3 MELBOURNE CAIRNS (3 NIGHTS)
Journey north to Cairns, the laidback gateway to an astoundingly rich marine ecosystem. On arrival, join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a private wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, keeping your eye on the crocs that cruise the murky waters of the lagoon or laze on the bank. Then, ‘Join Trafalgar’ and take part in a Rainforest Restoration project to protect this natural wonder. Enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps sample the fresh seafood flavours for which the city is famous.
DAY 4 GREAT BARRIER REEF
Prime your sea legs for the experience of a lifetime which lies beneath the sparkling blue waters of the Coral Sea. Board a highspeed catamaran and cruise to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. View the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semisubmersible craft or don your provided snorkelling equipment for an upclose encounter. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch on the Great Barrier Reef before returning to Cairns.
MEAL(S): Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 CAIRNS AT LEISURE
Enhance your free day with one of Trafalgar’s recommended Optional Experiences. Embark on a Scenic Rail journey to Kuranda to explore the ‘village in a rainforest’ and take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway on the return journey through some of the oldest rainforest in the world. Indulge your inner sloth and spend the day relaxing at your hotel pool or sipping a cool cocktail while watching the outdoorsy locals live life to the fullest. This evening, ‘Dive Into Culture’ at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where you’ll witness a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony, hear stories of the Dreamtime and see an entertaining highimpact performance by the indigenous dance group, followed by a Regional Dinner paired with the intoxicating sounds of the didgeridoo.
MEAL(S): Breakfast, Regional Dinner
DAY 6 CAIRNS SYDNEY (3 NIGHTS)
Fly south to Sydney this morning and enjoy some time at leisure before you take to the waters of Sydney Harbour on a Captain Cook Sunset Cruise. As day turns to night, watch how the city’s iconic landmarks light up a magical backdrop for a Regional Dinner shared with new friends.
MEAL(S): Breakfast, Regional Dinner
HOTEL: Hyatt Regency (Darling Harbour View Room)
DAY 7 SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING
Go behind the scenes and discover the inner workings of the Sydney Opera House this morning, joining a ‘Local Specialist’ for a private guided tour of this architectural marvel before the crowds. Rub shoulders with the bronzed and beautiful locals at Bondi Beach next for a ‘Be My Guest’ experience. Meet a local surf lifesaver and gain insights into surf lifesaving and the history of Bondi. ‘Connect With Locals’ during an exclusive tour through the Members Only facility of Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club and enjoy lunch amidst the best views of this famous beach.
MEAL(S): Breakfast, Be My Guest
DAY 8 SYDNEY AT LEISURE
Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore this harbour city. Consider an Optional Experience to the nearby Blue Mountains or tame your inner adventurer with a thrilling trip up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your epic encounter with the highlights of Australia nearing its end, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a waterfront restaurant.
MEAL(S): Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
DAY 9 DEPART SYDNEY
Say farewell to Sydney as your Australian holiday comes to an end and we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
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