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3-Hour Tour: Melbourne, Australia

3-Hour Tour: Melbourne, Australia


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Melbourne, Australia, may not be a major hub for most international airlines — travelers continuing onto other destinations are more likely to pass through Sydney. But on the off chance that Melbourne is not your final destination and you find yourself with a few hours to kill between flights (perhaps on the way to Perth), why not leave the confines of the airport and add a quick tour of this fascinating, food-centric destination to your itinerary?

First Hour: Take a taxi to the city's central business district, about a 30-minute ride without traffic from Melbourne International Airport. Ask to stop at Flinders Street Station, from which you can walk or take a short tram ride (free) to all of the major destinations in the city center. You can also take the SkyBus, which is an express bus service that runs to and from the city center every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A view of Degraves Street, one of Melbourne's many famous hidden laneways, looking north from Flinders Street.

Wander up Degraves Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets off Flinders Street, just across from the station. Degraves Street is one of Melbourne's famous laneways, European-style alleys filled with shops and cafés. Grab a coffee at one of the street's many coffee shops (Melbourne is famed for its coffee) — but make sure to go in prepared by reading up on How to Order Coffee Down Under. If you decide to spend more time here, you'll also stumble upon arcades — not the kind with pinball machines, but hidden halls underground and within buildings that feature more shops and cafés. (Photo courtesy of Will Budiaman)

A typical day at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market.

Second Hour: Take the 19, 57, or 59 tram toward North Coburg, West Maribyrnong, or Airport West, respectively, from stop 1 at Flinders Street Railway Station/Elizabeth St. Alight at stop 7, Queen Victoria Market/Elizabeth Street, just an eight-minute ride away. Here at the city's largest public market, it's possible to find fruits and vegetables of just about every variety imaginable, as well as some you might not have seen before. Wander over to the indoor meat and seafood market to peruse the bounty of Australia's coasts, and don't miss out on the Deli Hall, where you can graze on diverse delicacies — make sure to have some borek and bratwurst! The market is open every day except Mondays and Wednesdays, and during public holidays. (Photo courtesy of Will Budiaman)

For more details on what to check out, click here to see Unusual Finds at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market.

View from the south bank of the Yarra River toward Flinders Street Station. Ponyfish Island, a bar located underneath the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge.

Third Hour: Hop on the same tram going the other direction to head back to the Flinders Street Railway Station. Cross through to the south side of the station and take the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge (pictured above from the opposite side) to the center of the Yarra River just past the pointy arch. Look to the right and descend a set of stairs to enter Ponyfish Island. Order up some local brews and a burger, and offer a friendly "g'day" to your neighbor. Excellent people-watching with a view to both sides of the river.

If you still have time left over afterward, continue crossing over to the south bank, and wander along the waterfront to grab some gelato and perhaps a cocktail or two.

Or if none of these ideas strike your fancy, take a cab straight to St. Kilda from the airport, just 15 minutes away from the city's central business district, and while away the hours sipping cocktails on the beach while admiring the "scenery" at Captain Baxter, a tapas bar and restaurant located right by the water. Weather permitting, of course.

Then, run back to the airport and make sure your flight doesn't leave you behind! Or not.


Marvellous Melbourne Shopping Tour

Not just a walking tour – this tour also allows time to shop along the way! Explore Melbourne’s famous laneways and beautiful arcades, discover amazing street art, see some of the most loved landmarks and learn about Marvellous Melbourne!

DESCRIPTION

Welcome to Melbourne, a shopper’s paradise with an amazing array of cultural, retail and culinary experiences to offer.

Explore Melbourne’s famous arcades and laneways on a walking tour with time to shop along the way. The 3-hour walking tour begins in the heart of Melbourne, at Brunetti’s café in Flinders Lane. Your friendly and experienced tour guide will get to know the group, adapting the tour based on your interests.

Guests will enjoy leaving behind the bustling streets of the city to discover historic arcades and art-lined laneways, home to unique, eclectic and independent stores specializing in locally-made products. Make the most out of the time you’ll have throughout the tour to browse and shop for gifts, clothing, jewellery, quality designer homewares, kitchen items, opals, products designed by local Aboriginal groups and genuine Australian Ugg Boots.

Melbourne is famous for its vibrant food scene and tour participants are sure to be tempted by the delightful locally produced confectionary and chocolate on offer, particularly with the free samples included. There is the opportunity to buy Melbourne-themed sweet treats and gourmet foods.

Discover the street art that Melbourne is so famous for, from giant murals to a small Banksy stencil tucked away in an obscure doorway. See some of Melbourne’s most loved landmarks, cafés, architecture and other icons that make Melbourne truly special. Hear stories from when Melbourne was the richest city in the world and earned the name ‘Marvellous Melbourne’!

Whether you’re from Adelaide or Amsterdam, or even a Melbourne local looking to discover some of our city’s hidden secrets, Marvellous Melbourne has plenty to offer.

A minimum booking of 2 guests is required for this tour.

Tour includes:3-hour walking tour, food tastings, a fantastic local guide and plenty of time for shopping.


30 Top Melbourne Tours In and Around The City

We have some 30 top Melbourne tours that you can experience when visiting this beautiful city on the Yarra River. Whether you are interested in street art, coffee culture, boat tours, Melbourne’s chocolate shops and more we have covered it all for you. There are so many things to do in Melbourne you will need at least a week or more.

Melbourne’s skyscrapers Pixabay photo by Adrian Malec

Melbourne Australia has a unique “European feel”. It is famous for its laneways in the inner city with their many coffee shops, bars and restaurants which gives the city that European vibe.

Melbournians are ‘sports-crazy’ – it is the home of AFL, the biggest horse race in Australia The Melbourne Cup, Formula One car racing in March and the Australian Open (Tennis) in January.

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Day 1: Welcome to Straya! We’ll land in the bustling harbor city of Sydney, where we’ll start off with an introduction to Australia’s history, culture, and cuisine, as well as the photography skills we’ll master during the trip. After settling in, we’ll take a tour of some of Sydney’s most spectacular sites. Highlights include the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and dining on a delicious welcome dinner at Pancake on the Rocks. Accommodation: The Rocks hotel

Day 2: Today we’ll learn about Sydney’s role as a multicultural and gastronomical world capital, exploring the many distinct villages where people of particular nationalities have settled—the Italians in Haberfield, Turkish in Auburn, Lebanese in Punchbowl, Greeks in Marrickville, Vietnamese in Cabramatta, Koreans in Eastwood, and the great mix of cuisines and cultures in Fairfield. Lead by our local guide, the day will be full of different sights, sounds, aromas, recipes, and many delicious tastings. We’ll get an inside look at the modern, international, and aboriginal cultures that exist in the city. Throughout the day we’ll focus on utilizing natural light and breathtaking scenery to capture our experiences on camera. The evening will provide free time for relaxation or further exploration. Participate in a cooking class, attend an opera, or cruise the harbor, glistening with twinkling city lights. Accommodation: The Rocks hotel or similar

Day 3: We’ll begin our day with an early morning coastal ride 30 minutes outside the city center to one of Australia’s highlights—Bondi Beach. A local favorite, the beach attracts all kinds of people, from world-class surfers to the common beach-goer. Plunge into the deep blue waters, stroll down the promenade, browse the local artisan shops, and sample a sweet treat from the renowned Gelato Messina. In the afternoon, we’ll have a photography lesson on capturing culture and cuisine out in the field. If our travels take place between May and November, we’ll keep our eyes open in hopes of observing humpback whales jumping in the distance. Accommodation: The Rocks hotel or similar

Day 4: This morning we’ll head about an hour inland by private bus to the breathtaking Blue Mountains. Marvel at sheer rock faces plunging into eucalypt-clad valleys, native flora and fauna, and gorgeous waterfalls. We’ll take a cable car up the spiraling cliffs of the mountains and come close to the Three Sisters, an interesting rock formation with jagged ridges that remains sacred to the Aboriginal people. After our mountainous adventure, we’ll experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils at one of the largest wildlife parks in the region. Our busy day will end with a mouthwatering dinner and food styling lesson. Accommodation: Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas or similar

Day 5: Say hello to the charming fishing village of Port Douglas, a mere 15-minute drive from Cairns. This scenic town is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. With the outer reef less than an hour offshore, mystical rainforests a short drive inland, and gorgeous resorts lining the coast, this mesmerizing city will be our home for the next 2 days. Today we’ll relax on the pristine beaches, explore the quaint fishing markets, and dine on fresh seafood. We’ll also take a cooking class taught by some of the best chefs in Northern Australia, immersing ourselves in the fragrant spices of ground pastes, the methodical chop of local vegetables, and the sizzle and steam of stir fry. After digging into the savory dishes we’ve created, we’ll have a lesson on food styling and post production using Photoshop and Lightroom. Accommodation: Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas or similar

Day 6: Enjoy a morning of leisure with some free time to experience the beauty of coastal Australia (and possibly even venture out to see the largest living structure on earth, the Great Barrier Reef). Join one of the numerous boat tours through the scenic island chains, embark on a snorkeling trip in turquoise waters brimming with diverse sea life, or take a once-in-a-lifetime scuba diving excursion deep into the depths of the reefs. After a day of mesmerizing adventures, we’ll spend the evening exploring Northern Australia's mouthwatering cuisine at local markets, learning about the different ingredients and getting to know the unique flavors with origins in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Polynesia. We’ll end the night practicing our travel portraiture and writing as we explore the unparalleled magnificence of the North. Accommodation: Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas or similar

Day 7: Wake up bright and early, fueling up on breakfast before departing on Kuranda Scenic Railway—one of the most stunning, picturesque railways in the world. The journey is spectacular, comprised of striking views of lush rainforest, steep ravines, and tumbling waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. We’ll wind from Cairns to Kuranda, a vibrant village deep within the rainforest, where we’ll stroll through bustling markets, traverse the rainforest canopies, and even get a taste of Aboriginal culture. As our Australian adventure comes to a close, we’ll reflect on our unforgettable time over an incredible dining experience in the heart of the rainforest. We’ll feast on authentic cuisine and watch a traditional aboriginal performance with music and dance, using our improved photography skills to capture it all on camera. Accommodation: Paradise Links Resort Port Douglas or similar

Day 8: The time has come to leave this thrilling paradise. After an early breakfast, we’ll head to the airport and depart for our flights home. If you’re yearning for more adventure, hop on a short flight to Queenstown, where you’ll join Day 2 of the New Zealand expedition!


Praise

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Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, from his excellent foreword(!)

David Holmgren

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Australian Sports Museum

The Australian Sports Museum provide the opportunity to learn more about Australia culture through our love of sport. No matter what your sporting interest this museum covers it all from the summer and winter Olympics, The Australia Cricket club museum, the Australian Racing Museum and exhibits on all forms of football, boxing, basketball and netball.

Plenty of interactive exhibits will keep kids entertained while adults will find plenty of detail about their favourite sports.

You can also book an MCG Tour or head to the MCG Shop where you can find a huge range of sports merchandise.

You can prebook your Melbourne Sports Museum tickets or check prices here.

Before you go check out these helpful guides for your Melbourne trip.

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15-Night Modern Cities and Ancient Culture

Dive into Australian culture on this 15-night Modern and Ancient Culture tour. With a few nights each in Australia&rsquos most iconic cities - Sydney and Melbourne - the Outback, and Tasmania, this culture-centered Australia vacation is sure to awaken the history buff in everyone.

Your tour begins in Sydney where you will to join an aboriginal guide and explore the home of the Cadigal people - the traditional owners of Sydney, take an intimate cruise with gourmet lunch around Sydney harbour and escape the city on a luxury small group tour to explore the UNESCO Blue Mountains region, Next you will head to the Outback, where you will explore Uluru and the ancient aboriginal culture that has shaped the famous monolith and the land surrounding it. You will get hands-on experience in the technique of dot painting with local indigenous artists and spend the day with an aboriginal family in their homelands. Your next stop is Melbourne, known for its lanes and arcades, incredible street art, food, and cultural diversity. Here you'll spend some time with a local guide exploring the hidden parts of the city gaining insiders knowledge! You'll drive Australia's most famous strip of coastline the Great Ocean Road, and explore Phillip Island with its iconic penguin parade. Wrap up your tour in Tasmania - Australia&rsquos only island state. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site - a World Heritage listed, preserved convict site - discover downtown Hobart, and hike around Freycinet National Park (home to the crystal clear waters of Wineglass Bay). With a wide range of cultural activities and tours, you will leave the land down under knowing you have had a truly authentic cultural experience.


WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Short note to thank you for a terrific itinerary and choice of accommodations. We got back from Australia having had the best 'real' holiday in years. Loved it! The order of the trip was perfect and all the hotel bookings worked seamlessly.

We had a wonderful time! We so appreciate your arranging everything for us. It all went very smoothly. We just had to show up where and when you told us to. It took away any stress to this leg of our journey.

At long last & very overdue, we wish to thank you very much for all the bookings you made on our behalf for our adventure. We were pleased with all the accommodation bookings you made, we particularly noted we got what we asked for, walk in showers, twin beds & all clean & tidy. Thanks Madi, well done!!

Just wanted to say a big thank you. We have now returned from our holiday & it was fantastic. We would really like to thank you for how well everything was organised. Accommodation & tours were fabulous. We really loved how well organised our trip was and this is a credit to you. Thanks again, will be recommending you to friends and family.


3-Hour Tour: Melbourne, Australia - Recipes

Culture shock rating

Worried we’re going to shock your senses? Relax! We believe part of the fun of travel is immersing yourself in the destination and its culture, meeting the people, and learning what makes the place tick. We’ve got a wide range of tours with something for everybody. The cultural shock rating ranks how different the experience is from most Western cultures. But no matter the level, don’t worry, you’ll have a local, in-the-know guide with you every step of the way.

Consider these tours your 101 intro to a place. Transportation might be private or a very comfortable public option, and the activities are usually visits to iconic sites and locations that are familiar to most Western cultures – but that will still give you fantastic insight into a destination.

Medium

Expect to rough it for parts of this tour, whether that’s on a packed public bus or in a local market off the tourist trail. There might be a few language barriers or unfamiliar cultural customs, and you’ll get an experience different from what you're used to at home.

You're out there in the global community! We’re going to take you down streets you’d rarely explore on your own, introduce you to local customs and languages, and take you for a ride in whatever transport is available. Get ready to take it as it comes, whatever comes. There might be a shock, but oh man, it’s worth it.

Physical rating

Worried our tours are too tough? Relax! From leisurely strolls to muscle-burning treks, we’ve got a wide range of tours with something for everybody. The physical grading gives you an idea of how much huffing and puffing you can expect on the tour.

Slow and steady is all you need here. These tours have very limited physical activity, such as walking relatively flat streets, sites, or markets, and climbing in and out of the transport provided.

Medium

Not too hard, not too soft, these tours are just right! You can expect a bit of physical activity, but nothing overly challenging – perhaps walking up and down hills, riding a bike for up to 30 kilometers along mostly flat terrain, or jumping in a kayak for a gentle paddle on flat water.

Get ready for a workout! These tours are our most challenging and involve intense walking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, or bike riding. You could be making steep climbs by foot or pedal, or working your core in the water. We recommend you have a good level of fitness to join this tour.

Tour snapshot

Need to get down the Great Ocean Road, over to Phillip Island or out to the Yarra Valley? Or just love the look of our Melbourne tours, but feel like customising them to make exactly the tour you're looking for? Well, you're in the right place.

Put our team of local experts to work to build the perfect itinerary just for you. You can include some of the components of our regular tours, or none at all. This is your tour &mdash so make it your own! If you're not sure, we've got plenty of ideas for what you might want to include. If you let our team of expert locals know your interests, they will come up with all kinds of things!

Highlights

  • Sample foods in Melbourne&rsquos vibrant markets
  • See wild penguins in the beachside community of St. Kilda
  • Sip a coffee in an iconic laneway café
  • Explore hidden street art pieces
  • Eat some of Melbourne&rsquos world-class international cuisines

Inclusions: We will work with you to include whatever you need in accordance with your wishes and budget.

Exclusions: You'll discuss what will be included in your tour with your local guide. Exclusions will simply be anything outside of the inclusions you've agreed upon.

Schedule details

Pick-up can be arranged from your hotel in Melbourne.

Drop-off can be arranged at your hotel or another Melbourne location.

Your itinerary will be worked out between yourself and our local experts in Melbourne. They are extremely knowledgeable and highly resourceful &mdash trust us! Your tour doesn't need to be a walking tour, we have access to vehicles and buses if needs be, so the world is your oyster (or at least Melbourne and the surrounding area is, in this case!). Whatever you are looking to do that is within our Responsible Travel charter, we can organise it for you.

We offer a wide range of options for your custom Melbourne tour. You could:

  • Sample local foods and shop with locals in Melbourne&rsquos vibrant markets
  • See wild penguins in the artsy beachside community of St. Kilda
  • Sip a coffee in an iconic laneway café and learn why Melbourne takes coffee culture so seriously
  • Explore hidden street art pieces in a city that&rsquos famed for its graffiti scene
  • Eat world-class international cuisines in a multicultural, food-loving city

For a walking tour experience, tour pricing ranges from 200 AUD for a 3-hour tour up to 350 AUD for an 8-hour tour for groups of up to 15. Additional costs include stops for food and drinks, museum admissions, and gratuity for the guide. We can accommodate any size group and pricing varies based on your group size, length of tour, and mode of transportation.

All you need to do to get your bespoke private tour organised is to choose your desired tour date. Use the booking function on this page for this request, and choose the number of passengers in your group. In the additional request box, include any information you think will be helpful in organising your tour. No payment is required to make your initial custom Melbourne tour inquiry.

As soon as we receive your inquiry (during normal office hours or at the next earliest point), we will contact you by email or, for those who leave an Australia phone number, we will give you a call and begin the process to organise your perfect stay in Melbourne. Then, to secure your desired date and time of the tour, we'll ask for a non-refundable deposit.

Once your itinerary and quote is all confirmed, we will deduct the deposit from the final quote. We can arrange all final payments and terms during the planning stages of your private Melbourne tour.

Additional information

Inclusions: We will work with you to include whatever you need in accordance with your wishes and budget.

Exclusions: You'll discuss what will be included in your tour with your local guide. Exclusions will simply be anything outside of the inclusions you've agreed upon.

Dress standard: Depending on your request, we will let you know what to bring and what to wear.

Confirmation of booking: We recommend you contact the local supplier to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure. Contact details are on this voucher.

Additional Information: To secure your desired date and time of tour, we’ll need a non-refundable deposit. Note that the deposit amount will vary depending on the options you select for your private tour. We will discuss this with you once you’ve made your initial inquiry. This deposit will then be deducted from your tour once you come to pay for it in total.

Closure of sites: Depending on the activities and travel date as your wish, we will advise if any sights are closed on your day.

Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour, depending on the activities chosen. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at a rate to be determined once your tour itinerary is confirmed. Please select &lsquochild&rsquo above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you&rsquoll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.


3-Hour Tour: Melbourne, Australia - Recipes

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Sydney

Uluru

Kings Canyon

Alice Springs - Aboriginal Culture

Opera House & Harbour Bridge

Visit Cairns Esplanade while on your vacation

Great Barrier Reef & Snorkelling

Brisbane - New Farm Park

Brisbane Story Bridge

Melbourne - Centre Place

Eureka Skydeck 88

  • Destinations: Australia – Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Wilderness Retreat, Liveaboard Diving, Brisbane
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express, Sydney Bridge Climb, Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils Tour, Hiking for 2 Days, Great Ocean Road Tour, Hot Air Balloon Flight, Deluxe Coach to Ayers Rock, Sounds of Silence Dinner Event, Sunrise Tour, Camel to Sunset Tour, Kuranda Tour with Skyrail, and White Water Rafting
  • Tour Type: Independent Travel
  • Class: 3 - 4 stars
  • Sydney (4 Nights), Hobart (3), Launceston (1), Cradle Mountain (2), Melbourne (3), Alice Springs (2), Ayers Rock (2), Cairns (3), Wilderness Retreat (2), Cairns (1), Liveaboard Diving (2), Cairns (2), Brisbane (2)
  • US Domestic Flights not included per your request
  • International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles
  • Australia Domestic Flights - Sydney to Hobart, Launceston to Melbourne, Melbourne to Alice Springs, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Launceston Accommodation to Cradle Mountain Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Alice Springs Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Accommodation to Airport, Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return after Liveaboard), Cairns Accommodation to Liveaboard (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Coach Transfer - Hobart Transit Centre to Launceston Transit Centre, Launceston Accommodation to Cradle Mountain (Return)
  • Taxi (pay as you go) - Hobart Airport to Accommodation, Hobart Accommodation to Transit Centre, Launceston Transit Centre to Accommodation, Launceston Accommodation to Airport
  • Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House, Harbour Cruise Express, Bridge Climb Hobart: Port Arthur & Tasmanian Devils Tour Cradle Mountain: Hiking for 2 Days Melbourne: Great Ocean Road with Lunch (Full Day) Alice Springs: Balloon Flight (3O Min), Tour to Ayers Rock Ayers Rock: Sounds of Silence Dinner, Sunrise Tour, Camel to Sunset Tour, Hot Air Balloon Flight Cairns: Kuranda with Skyrail, White Water Rafting, Hot Air Balloon Flight
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.

31 Days / 29 Nights exploring Australia’s East Coast, Central Australia (The Outback), Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef & Tasmania.

Wow! What a trip! World-famous cities, gorgeous landscapes and unforgettable diving make this a trip for the ages and an odyssey of epic proportions.

First stop? Sydney, of course! See the city and all it has to offer: world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, relaxing cruises of the harbour as well as trips to different landscapes outside of the city.

Continue to the “little” island in the south – Tasmania. It’s unbelievable how crisp and clean the air is here. The state capital, Hobart, is your first stop and is the perfect base to see lots of different sites including the Salamanca Markets or nearby Port Arthur.

Travel back to the mainland and stay in Melbourne for a few nights. During the day, take a walk through the streets of Melbourne, ducking and weaving into every laneway you see. At night, the city comes alive with music and art vibrating through the city streets.

Spend a few nights in the Outback, first in Alice Springs and then in Ayers Rock. Enjoy your desert surroundings as you partake in tours that take you on an in-depth journey through Australia’s indigenous culture and Aboriginal history.

Fly to Cairns and spend a few days in this charming sea-side city. After you’ve had your fill of the small city life, drive to your wilderness retreat and stay for some true relaxation in a tranquil setting – surrounded by nature and wildlife.

Return to Cairns and stay one night before boarding a boat for a three day/two night live-aboard diving tour. This is one of the best ways to really see the fascinating Great Barrier Reef. You have the opportunity to take 11 dives and this includes 2 night dives!

And finally (unfortunately), your trip concludes in Brisbane. Spend the last two nights in this beautiful city. Enjoy a nice dinner in South Bank on your last night while pouring over newly made memories of your odyssey through Australia.

Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation hotel is located just minutes from the bustling Darling Harbour and Sydney City. Explore the Darling Harbour area, which is a modern collection of unique Australia Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities. Travel by Monorail to the City Center is also a must, or walk to Circular Quay. Or maybe travel by ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or to the lovely tree-lined beach suburb of Manly. If plan your vacation in Sydney over a weekend, visit the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Souvenirs of Australia.
Photo Credit: Hamilton Lund Destination NSW

See the fantastic views of the city, the harbour and the world famous icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge! This is a wonderful alternative if you do not wish to climb the bridge.

Access is via the pedestrian pathway on the Eastern side of the Bridge from the city side (use the Bridge Stairs in Cumberland Street, The Rocks). There are 200 stairs to the Lookout, but on the way up there are 3 levels of exhibits where you will discover the history and construction of the Bridge, the men who built it, and the vision of JJC Bradfield, chief engineer

At the end of (or even before) your visit to the Museum, enjoy the scenery and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The walk to the North side of Sydney will take approximately 15-20 minutes from the Pylon.

Costs are (AUD) $15.00 ages over 13, $8.50 ages 5-12 and under 4 Free. Open Daily 10-5 (Closed Christmas)

Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.



A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.



Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.

Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available

On your vacation climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.

The Bridge Climb Summit is a 3 ½ hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge.

The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds.

Photo Credit: Bridgeclimb Sydney

Take a unique opportunity to participate in a phenomenal bike tour of Sydney.

The Sydney Classic Tour is Sydney’s most popular biking tour. There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic! We will take you to all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. Our expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip to Sydney.

We are the experts, so sit back and let us do all the work! We’ll take you to see the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour (right next to the yachts themselves), the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens (including the Flying Foxes), Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and over 30 more great attractions! We’ll even stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour! (But just for a quick drink…there’s a lot to see on this tour.)

Inclusions: Super comfortable bicycle (men’s, women’s, children’s, baby seats and trail alongs) Custom, shiny red helmets Bicycle mounted bags for small items (camera, wallet, etc.) Secure bag storage (while you are out on the tour) Rain ponchos (if necessary) Fun, entertaining guide knowledgeable in the city and surrounds

Departs 10:30am – (Duration 4 hours)

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania.

Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart offers a variety of vacation activity. You can travel to Cradle Mountain-St.Clair National Park, a mecca for bush walkers and nature lovers. Magnificent cliffs line the South Ask River. Only a short walk away is Salamanca Place, an 1830 sandstone warehouse converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants which offers many diversions from your travels. For the more adventurous, take a jet boat ride on the Derwent River.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett

Free time to rest, relax or explore.

Visit one of the world’s top 10 beaches, take in the azure blue waters and white sand that make this region famous. Freycinet is rugged and dramatic with the friendliest wallabies ever!

Wineglass Bay is nestled in the Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania. One of Tasmania’s first National Parks this is a coastal area rich in stunning landscapes. Pink granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and walking trails.

This tour will pick you up at your Hobart accommodation. Following the coastline north, your see amazing views of Maria Island and quant seaside town on the way to Freycinet National Park.

Walk as a group to the Wineglass Bay Lookout, this is a moderate uphill walk of around 45 minutes. Once at the top you are rewarded with that world – famous view of Wineglass Bay and the stunning Freycinet National Park. Enjoy the moment, take in the views and let our guides help you with those sought after photographs. The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and requires good mobility and adequate fitness.

From the Lookout you have the option to return to the start of the walk with your tour guide, or keen walkers can choose to spend the rest of the time completing the walk down to Wineglass beach.

Wineglass Bay Beach Walk – This is a 2.5 hr return walk and adequate fitness is required. You’ll have ample time to do the full walk to Wineglass Bay Beach and return. Once on the beach you can enjoy our lunch in this stunning setting, jump in the pristine waters for a swim, or wander along the white sands. This is one of the most rewarding walks in Tasmania!

If you prefer to select the shorter walking option, return from the Wineglass Bay Lookout with your Tour Guide and explore other areas of Freycinet National Park. Visit Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, Cape Tourville Lighthouse & Great Short Walk.

After 4-5 hours at Freycinet National Park, you’ll return to Hobart with a few awesome stops along the way!

Operates
Daily, except Sundays

Times
Full Day Tour, 12 Hours
Approx. 7:30am – 7:00pm

Highlights & Inclusions
– Pick Up/ Drop Off at Hobart Accommodations
– Freycinet National Park (4+ hours)
– Wineglass Bay Lookout walk
– Honeymoon Bay
– Sleepy Bay
– Cape Tourville lookout and walk
– Optional longer walk to Wineglass Bay Beach
– Freycinet Marine Farm
– Kate’s Berry Farm – delicious!
– Small Group Tour
– Professional guides & interpretative walks

– Children under 8 years are not permitted.
– Lunch, Snacks and Beverages are not supplied, please pack your own or bring funds to purchase on the way.
Things to bring: Day Pack, Water Bottle, Camera, Sun Hat, Sunscreen, Warm Weatherproof Jacket, Good Walking Shoes, Bathing Suit, Towel

This is an excellent introduction to Hobart.

The pinnacle of Mt Wellington offers spectacular views of Hobart and surrounds. Travel to such sites as Hobart’s waterfront, Salamanca Place and Battery Point and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market on Saturdays is open from 8:30am – 3pm.

Tour Hobart by day on a double decker London bus or a coach tram. Chocolate lovers can visit the Cadbury factory at Claremont and beer connoisseurs can book a guided tour at the Cascade Brewery in South Hobart. Discover Hobart and step out on a Hobart Historic Walk or lap up a Historic Pub Tour. See the lights of Hobart from Rosny Lookout or the summit of Mt Nelson on an evening coach tour.

Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania

This day trip takes you on the Tahune Forest Airwalk – a cantilevered bridge that allows you to walk through the treetops 130 feet (40 meters )above the ground – then on to the Hasting Caves for a swim in the thermal pools and a spectacular underground cave walk.

Your first major adventure for the day is to explore the Tahune Forest Airwalk. Head up the short hill to begin our walk along the Cantilever. It stretches a third of a mile (597 meters) through the treetops. Enjoy the sensation of being suspended above the Huon River with breathtaking views across the treetops and surrounding mountains. You’ll have some time to explore and enjoy nature. You can take on a longer walk (45mins) to experience the “Swinging Bridges.” With a 160 foot (50m) span across the river this is another thrilling experience and makes for fabulous photos! For a more “tame” experience there is the easy 20 minute Huon Pine Walk where these famous and unique local trees grow alongside the river with some as old as 2000 years, a delightful and enchanting short walk.

Continue your journey south to the Hastings Cave Reserve. This is a quiet, remote and spectacular area where you’ll enjoy a variety of activities and soak up the unique atmosphere. Bring your swim gear and jump into the Thermal Springs swimming pool where the water is always 79 degrees (28 degrees Celsius). Or just relax in the beautiful forest surrounds, wander along the Hot Springs Nature Trail where the warm water meets the cool water , and also home to the unique & playful Platypus, keep your eye out for this elusive local.

The Cave Tour is conducted by the National Parks expert guides. Cave temperature is always 9 degrees so bring your jacket along for this one. We head underground to explore this spectacular cave which is Australia’s largest tourist Dolomite Cave.

On return to Hobart there is opportunity to stop at the many roadside stalls and collect some delicious local produce such as Cherries, Berries, Apples, Ice-creams and also a stop for a honey tasting along the way. (fruit & produce stops are seasonal and may also vary due to changeable operating hours of the various operators.)

Mondays and Thursdays, expect Christmas Day (December 25)

Things to bring include: Sensible shoes for walking, a variety of warm clothing (cave temperature reaches 48 degrees Fahrenheit), swim gear for thermal pool, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, snacks, lunch (or buy it on the day), a camera and a sense of adventure.

Not suitable for children under 8 years of age.

This tour visits National Parks and wild areas that involve some walking and time spent outdoors. They are suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness and mobility.

Departs around 7:30am and returns around 5:30pm.

– Tahune Airwalk entrance fees
– National Park entrance fees
– Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs Pool fees
– Professional guides and interpretive walks
– Small, friendly groups
– Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off

This tour is a complete Southern Tasmanian iconic experience – Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian Devils.

Start the day with spectacular views from a local Hobart lookout followed by a stroll through Tassie’s prettiest historic village, Richmond. Enjoy the short drive to the Tasman Peninsula to see the highest sea cliffs in Australia, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch & Remarkable Cave.

Arrive at Port Arthur Historic Site where you have time to join the guided walking tour and a short harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead. Then it is off to the Devil Conservation Park, where you can witness the Devils feeding, followed by the excellent “Kings of the Wind” Falconry Show.

Food and drinks are not included in the tour. You may bring your own lunch with you or there is a plenty of opportunity to purchase food and drinks from the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Bring comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, weatherproof jacket, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, snacks, lunch (or buy it on the day), camera, and a sense of adventure!

Departs at 7:30am and returns at 6:00pm.

– Small group tour
– Round trip transfers from Hobart accommodation
– Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park (2 hours)
– Tasmanian devil feeding & falcon show
– Port Arthur Historic Site (2 hours)
– Richmond Historic Village (1 hour)
– Devils Kitchen
– Tasman Arch
– Remarkable Cave
– Hobart City Lookout

Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Travel by luxury coach from Hobart to Launceston, Tasmania.

The standard luggage limit of two items per passenger applies and each must be less than 20 kilos. Extra luggage (bikes surfboards golf clubs etc.) will be charged at the applicable rate. Please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is conveniently located in the city centre, 15 minutes drive from the airport, 2 minutes walk from the main shopping precinct and features 116 rooms. It includes a contemporary restaurant set around a central fish tank that specializes in modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on the freshest seafood and exquisite local Tasmanian produce. It is famous for their Friday night seafood buffet which is a favourite with locals! The cocktail bar features an original No. 11 Tram and serves as a vibrant meeting place for both hotel guests and locals. There are also many local attractions to explore and participate in such as the Launceston Planetarium, James Boag Brewery, Launceston Seaport, Penny Royal World, Cataract Gorge, and the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, just to name a few. In Launceston there is something for everyone!

Coach transfer from your Launceston Accommodation to Cradle Mountain.

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation lodge gives you a unique wilderness experience, set right on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, just 2 hours drive from Launceston, Tasmania. This superb vacation escape showcases the best Tasmania has to offer, with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, breathtaking scenery and wilderness surroundings. Ninety timber cabins provide you with privacy and every comfort you could need.
A hearty mountain buffet breakfast is included.

Accommodation is in unique individual contemporary timber cabins set high in the wilderness with spectacular views. Upgrades to Spa Suite or a King Billy Suite is available Onsite Luxury Spa Treatments available (subject to availability). Daily breakfasts included (Mountain Buffet). Transfers from Launceston included (operates Tue, Thur & Sat) or Devonport (Fri – Mon)

A world class wildlife conservation facility at Tasmania’s premier wilderness destination – Cradle Mountain.

Devils at Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation facility focusing on Tasmania’s three carnivorous marsupials, whilst concentrating primarily on the Tasmanian devil but including both the Eastern and Spotted – tail Quoll.

The sanctuary is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park.

Devils are primarily a nocturnal species therefore far more active at night, we use environmentally sensitive lighting and focus on the social interactions and feeding habits of these unique carnivores, allowing visitors a rare up close opportunity of seeing Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation – quite a spectacular sight.

5:30pm Every Day 8:30pm Additional tour during daylight savings

A world class wildlife conservation facility at Tasmania’s premier wilderness destination – Cradle Mountain.

A comprehensive 2 hour guided tour of Cradle Mt National Park highlighting the Park’s unique flora and fauna along with marked geological contrasts of the area.

Tour highlights include: Dove Lake and the majestic Cradle Mt backdrop Waldheim Chalet amongst the Myrtle Forests Weindorfer’s Forest Walk in the cool temperate King Billy Pine Forest Pencil Pine Cascade and Pencil Pine Falls Opportunity to see wildlife including wombats, wallabies and echidna in their natural environment Complimentary pick up and drop off from your Cradle Mt accommodation
*Please note tour does not include National Park Pass.

When you’re in Cradle Mountain don’t miss this amazing opportunity to go canyoning! Canyoning involves negotiating a steep-sided section of river wearing a wetsuit, buoyancy vest and helmet. Techniques used include abseiling, swimming, jumping off waterfalls and sliding down natural waterslides.

An introduction to canyoning – aimed at ‘soft adventurers’ and families. Of the three hours about an hour is spent in the water. This tour involves walking and floating through a beautiful section of the Dove River. There are a number of small rapids and some optional jump rocks for those who want to spice things up. Children as young as eight are welcome on this tour – a great opportunity to experience nature from a unique point of view.

Park fees are not included in the tour price – payable direct upon arrival to the Visitor Information Centre. Park fees are: $16.50 AUD adult, $8.25 AUD child, $41.25 AUD family

Operates: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday (November to April).
Departures are at 8:30am and 1:30pm.
Beginner Level

Coach transfer from your Cradle Mountain Accommodation to the Devonport Airport.

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Devenport, Tasmania to Melbourne, Victoria.

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your vacation accommodation is located within easy walking distance of Melbourne Central shopping centre, theatre district, and the famous Victoria Market. The rooms feature air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and fridges. The hotel offers a breakfast room, Internet access, gymnasium and private offices. Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for travel day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, the Great Ocean Road, or the Yarra Wineries. Make the most of your vacation by mingling with the people of Australia.

Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the centre of the city known as Melbourne’s meeting place, Federation Square! Showcasing a creative mix of attractions it boasts 15 restaurants, cafes and bars and over 2000 events annually making this a must see in Melbourne!

Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards, Federation Square embraces some of the world’s most stunning architecture with a wide array of attractions. Situated on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation the Square supports the nation’s contemporary expression and values the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people of this area. Be sure to check out the Atrium, a major challenge made of glass, steel and zinc.


Flanked by Zinc, this centre provides access to The Square which features the paved sandstone cobbles from Western Australia and spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River. Don’t forget to make a stop off at the Wharf which offers up the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service.

If you just happen to be in Melbourne on a Thursday night be sure to take advantage of the late night program! Open until 9pm, the Ian Potter Centre is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art which showcases a spectacular array of over 20 galleries housed within this landmark architectural complex. Also open until 9pm, don’t miss the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which is the first centre of its kind in the world with its dedication to the moving image in all its forms – from early cinema to the latest digital media – it certainly offers a unique experience for visitors from around the globe.

Tours can be booked via the Melbourne Visitors Centre onsite at Federation Square: Tours depart daily, Monday – Saturday at 11am (50 minutes duration) Group limit: 15 people Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Federation Square

The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. Experience views of uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges with this small group eco-tour.

Travel west to the start of the Great Ocean Road and pass the coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay. Arrive at the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse, mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait.

Discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Arrive at the famous 12 Apostles and descend the Gibson’s Steps, where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. With this small tour group, there is plenty of time to get out and explore nature at its very best.

The highlights of this Great Ocean Road adventure include a visit to Bells Beach, where you’ll see one of Australia’s famous surfing beaches, world renowned for the Rip Curl Surfing Pro.

Enjoy the breathtaking view from iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse and learn about the fascinating history of the Aboriginal owners of the Gadabanud Peoples’ Cultural Centre. You will be afforded stops where you’ll see wildlife like Eastern grey kangaroos, koalas and native birds in the wild.

Pass through coastal towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Enjoy a rainforest experience in the luscious surrounds of the Otway Rainforest and marvel at some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia.

  • Minimum of 1 passenger required.
  • Maximum of 24 passengers allowed.
  • No children under the age of 4.
  • Consider wearing warm, interchangeable layers.
  • Bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Lunch, dinner, refreshments, water and snacks are at own expense.

Tour departs between 6:45am – 7:45am and returns by 9:00pm.

  • Return transfers from accommodation available – please ask your About Australia Destination Specialist.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Guided tour.

Add a 15-minute helicopter flight to see the magnificent 12 Apostles from above!

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic small group, guided walking tour!

Join your passionate local guide, who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia.

Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!

On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll immerse yourself in the historical architecture and cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques.

After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne!

Operates Daily except Sundays. Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case. Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required. General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way. Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking. Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.

Inclusions Morning coffee & tea. 3 hour guided walking tour. Knowledgeable and professional local guide. Lunch. City map.

Alternate Tours Available Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers. Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues. Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks. Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots. Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Alice Springs.

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Alice Springs, Australia.

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia and the Outback, Alice Springs, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Alice Springs, Australia’s Oasis, is also known as the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It’s where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group has lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave TOUGH a new meaning. Whilst on your vacation, take advantage of the many attractions available in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Alice Springs School of the Air, Central Australian Aviation Museum, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Old Stuart Town Gaol. Travel by coach or car to explore the unique scenery of Australia’s Outback and its magnificent monolith – Uluru.

On your vacation travel by hot air balloon and see the vast Australia Outback from the air on a 30 minute hot air balloon ride.

Once floating gently in the air you will see the vast remoteness of the Outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos, are seen nearly every day as the balloon crosses spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. After landing you may assist the crew or take photographs as the nylon balloon is packed back into its bag. Then, enjoy champagne and fruit juice with a selection of muesli treats, fresh fruit and cheeses. After taking in the hushed beauty of the remote Outback, you will be transferred back to Alice Springs.

Operates: Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 26) and New Years Day. Summer pick up and return times: approximately 4:15am to 8:15am. Winter pick up and return times: approximately 5:30am to 9:30am.

Need to Know: Not recommended for children under 6. Minimum number of 2 people required. Maximum of 24 people allowed. Please wear enclosed shoes. Loose items such as dangling jewelry and scarves are not permitted. Sunglasses and a hat are recommended. $30.00AUD Insurance fee is required on the morning of the balloon tour (not included).

Inclusions: Return transfers from Alice Springs. Balloon flights last 30 minutes. Light refreshments including sparkling wine and fruit juice.

Upgrades: Extend your balloon flight to 60 minutes.

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach.

Getting to Uluru from Alice Springs is an easy, scenic ride through Australia’s red outback. Take in the rugged desert landscapes, passing through the reds and oranges of the MacDonnell Ranges.

While traveling through this remote country, your friendly Driver/Guide will share informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the natural and geological history of the region. Hear about the traditional customs and stories of the local Aboriginal people, as well as the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. Learn about native animals such as the Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil and the red kangaroo.

There is time for a stop at a local Roadhouse for a quick break then view flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Operates Daily from 7:00am from Alice Springs. Arrives at Uluru at 1:00pm.

Need to Know Bring sunglasses, a hat, water bottle and sunscreen. Wear warm layers in cooler months.

Inclusions Experienced driver/guide. Comprehensive commentary. Travel in an air-conditioned luxury bus.

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

If you are looking to experience traditional hospitality of Australia, this 3 1/2 Star vacation accommodation offers comfortable, affordable rooms combined with quality service in relaxed surroundings. Relax from your travel by enjoying a beer, swap stories of your day’s adventures, or sing along with the nightly entertainment. Or maybe barbecue some of the delicacies of Australia on the do-it-yourself BBQ. At any rate, this vacation accommodation is a place where friendships are made and good times are had by all.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

Explore the fascinating surroundings of Australia’s Red Centre.

Day 1 – Sunset/Afternoon:
Your experienced driver guide will give you an overview of the fascinating history of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park as you make your way to Walpa Gorge, a lush desert haven for plants and animals. The gentle but rocky track will lead you into a world of rare plant species and lush evergreen shrubs known as Spearwood. Time to head off to the Uluru sunset viewing area. On arrival you’ll be served from a selection of Australian wines and nibbles. You can just sit and relax or stroll around the area to find your own personal space to watch an amazing Red Centre sunset.

Day 2 – Sunrise/Morning:
Enjoy tea or coffee and be inspired by an incredible view through stunning desert landscape as the sun rises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From the viewing platform it is possible to see way into the distance, providing an ideal photo opportunity. After the amazing sunrise and a relaxing morning tea, you will join a tour around the base of Uluru learning details on its geology and incredible history. Last on the morning tour is a visit to the Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Includes National Park Entry Pass

Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre.

Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you.

As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts.

Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.

Operates Daily Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under.

Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.

Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Cairns, Australia.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located on the waterfront, overlooking Trinity Bay and the extensive parklands of Cairns, Australia. Elegantly appointed rooms with private balconies offer panoramic views to the Coral Sea or to Australia’s majestic rainforest clad mountains. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, wine bar, and swimming pool. Travel and experience Australia’s nature and culture by visiting the Great Barrier Reef or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Or travel along Captain Cook Highway and visit picturesque Mossman Gorge.

This tour combines the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Skyrail, the “World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience.”

Skyrail will take you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.

Your Skyrail experience should take approximately 1 ½ hours and includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. Allow 20 minutes for each station, to enjoy Ranger guided boardwalk tours and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays.

The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway was built over 100 years ago and winds its way through the tropical mountain ranges between Cairns and Kuranda.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located within walking distance of Skyrail’s SmithfieldTerminal and combines dance, history and legends to create a dynamic interpretation of 40,000 years of culture.

This package includes time for you to explore Kuranda ‘The Village in the Rainforest’. There are rainforest walks, markets, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for you to visit

Includes: Skyrail Cableway & Kuranda Railway & Entry into Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
Estimated Times: Departure: 8:00am Return: 5:30pm
Operation Days: Daily

Dine on an award winning tropical banquet including local exotic produce and Australian wines. All this as you sit in flickering candlelight by a rushing mountain creek under the canopy of the rainforest.


Journey to a hidden place, you are collected from your accommodation, and leave the highway down a winding road as the forest welcomes you into the night. In a secluded glade your evening begins greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres you are introduced to a culture that has been in existence for over forty thousand years.



The evening unfolds as it would have many generations before with an ancient tale from the Aboriginal Dreamtime. After dessert, enjoy some Daintree tea and local coffee, explore the river surrounds or simply sit back & let the sounds of the rainforest tell its own story.

And finally, before you depart, if you leave your mark in our handmade book of trees, one tree will be planted from that signature and you will have contributed to preserve local habitats, and these soul nurturing rainforests will last another million years.

Available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. April – December Only.
Flames of the Forest is not suitable for children under six.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime riding in a hot air balloon during this half-day tour!

Whether this is your first or one of many, this balloon ride is sure to be one of your favorites with a fun and highly trained crew to help maximize your fun. This morning, head about an hour west for take off to the Atherton Tablelands known for its excellent weather, spectacular scenery and reliable take off conditions. You will be in awe as you see the largest fleet of hot air balloons prepare to sail the skies. On your ride take in the picturesque landscapes at sunrise as you fly gently above the Tablelands. Even if you have a fear of heights, you’ll see that your flight is very gentle and stable since you gently lift from the ground making you feel comfortable and safe. Experience the unique sensation of breathing in the crisp air on your 30 minute hot air ballooning ride across the wide-open space. When the burner is off, listen to the sounds around you as the wind whips through the air and the sounds below drift up towards you. After your flight, come back down to Earth for landing and have lots of laughs as you assist in hot air balloon pack-up games. Next, relax in the serenity of the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.

Includes: Transfers to/from Accommodation, 30-min Hot Air Balloon Ride, Expert Commentary, Cross Country Balloon Chase & Commemorative Flight Certificate and Aviation Insurance

Operates Daily 5:00am – 10:00am
(Age Restriction: No children ages 3 or younger)

Available Upgrade Options: 60 minute Ride, Luxury Ride & Private Charters

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for 2 days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Begin your self-drive in Cairns. You will drive along the Great Tropical Drive headed towards Yungaburra, Australia.

After picking up your rental car in Cairns, travel along Bruce Highway, the Green Way and Palmerston Highway to Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat.

Choose a Few of Our Suggested Stops:

  • Mamu Tropical Skywalk Take a walk in the clouds in Wooroonoon National Park just 15 minutes out of Innisfail. Elevated walkways, a cantilever, and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy, along with providing spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes.
  • Mungalli Creek In the rolling green hills of the Southern Atherton Tablelands, 10 minutes from Millaa Millaa Falls, visitors will find Mungalli Creek Dairy, North Queensland’s only Biodynamic Farmhouse Cheesery and Cafe. A must for lovers of fine food! All products served are made on premises with their own produce as well as locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy some fresh mountain air and stunning views as you relax on the cafe verandah which looks out to Mt Bartle Frere – Queensland’s Highest Mountain.
  • Millaa Millaa Falls Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the most photographed in all of Australia, so make sure you bring your camera. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a platypus!
  • Australian Platypus Park @ Tarzali Lakes The Australian Platypus Park is home to a thriving platypus population. These wonderful creatures can be found in a spring fed pond surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. This magnificent setting draws in enthusiastic visitors from all over the globe. They also offer Fish Feeding, Fishing, Bird Watching, and dining through the Smokehouse Cafe.
  • Nerada Tea Rooms Nerada Visitor Centre serves beverages and snacks. It also sells merchandise related to tea and the Nerada brand. Tours around the factory and a viewing platform to see the plantation. There are also Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos that live in the surrounding trees.
  • Malanda Falls The Malanda Falls are part of the waterfalls and volcanic craters circuit on the Atherton Tablelands. They are known as Tutamonlin by the traditional owners of the area, Ngadjon-Jii. There is an information centre at the falls, which are within the Malanda Falls Conservation Park.

Upon reaching Rose Gums, you will be adjoining World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park – a nature lover’s paradise. Rose Gums itself has 230 acres of private tropical forest offering an unforgettable bush experience.

If your flight does not arrive until the afternoon we suggest you upgrade your rental to include a GPS unit (or Download the area to your smart phone’s map app) and contact your travel specialist about an alternate driving route.

Image Credit: The Great Tropical Drive Tourism Image Gallery

Travel to your accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest, Australia, where you will be staying for 2 nights.

Welcome to your eco-friendly Daintree accommodation. The eco-lodge is surrounded on all sides by the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park and is ideally situated half way between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, in the very heart of the worlds oldest rainforest.

Your unique accommodation provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the rainforest in a thoroughly relaxing setting. With seven individual cabins all set apart throughout the property, you can enjoy the wonders of the Daintree and its unique flora and fauna in complete privacy and comfort.

The Wilderness Lodge has an Advanced Eco Certification ensuring we make minimal impact on the pristine environment that we feel privileged to be able to showcase to our guests from all over the world. Being ‘off the grid’ we have pioneered techniques to ensure the smallest ecological footprint without sacrificing on the facilities you would expect of accommodation closer to ‘civilisation’.

Once you cross the Daintree River by ferry you enter an environment like no other. Jungle-clad mountains sweep down towards the blue of the Coral Sea with only long white deserted beaches to separate them creating a visually spectacular scene.

The Daintree is often referred to as a Botanical Ark containing ancient plant species and rare and unusual wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. It is the only place you will find two World Heritage Listed areas right next to each other being located adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Free time to rest, relax or explore.

Begin your self-drive from Yungaburra. You will drive along the Great Tropical Drive headed towards Cairns, Australia.

Departing Rose Gums, you will go to the town of Malanda to start your journey back to Cairns. If you’d like, stop and enjoy a visit to the nearby Tarzali Lakes, Nerada Tea Plantation Malanda Falls, or Rainforest Trails. Your next stop will be Ravenshoe, which is Queensland’s highest town. From here you can relish a swim in the Innot Hot Springs, or tour Mt. Garnet. If you’re the more adventurous type, enjoy one of the walking tracks to see the local wildlife and landscape of the region.

Continue your self-drive to Millaa Millaa. Here you can view some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the area! If you’re feeling hungry, you might want to go explore Mungali Creek, and sample their entire range of award winning bio-cynamic/organic dairy products. Keep heading south towards the MaMu Rainforest Canopy Walkway and experience the thrill of climbing the 37 metre observation tower offering beautiful far-reaching views.

Finally, head back to Cairns via Palmerston Highway, The Great Green Way and Bruce Highway for your overnight in Cairns.


Image Credit: The Great Tropical Drive Tourism Image Gallery

Discover a fun and exciting way to discover the pristine rainforest, with a half day of rafting on the Barron River!

Located just 20 minutes outside of Cairns, the half day raft is perfectly suited for the first time adventurer! This tour can be arranged from Cairns, the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas.

No previous experience is necessary to raft these exhilarating grade 1 to 3 rapids through the majestic scenery of Barron Gorge National Park. You don’t even need to know how to swim as you will be fitted with a helmet and lifejacket and have your experienced river guide at your side.

Here you can feel the rush of rafting within the awesome wilderness of Australia’s tropical rainforests with operations all year round, tropical water temperatures and breath-taking scenery and rapids. So take a ride through our planet’s oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild. Take home the memories and be sure to smile as professional photographers take your pictures which are available for purchase at the end of the day! Last stop is at the cafe where you can take a break and have some drinks before returning to your accommodation.

Operates Daily Departs: 2:15pm & Return: 5:00pm

Need to Know By booking this tour you confirm that you do not have a medical condition that would make it unsafe to participate. If you are pregnant you will be unable to raft. If you have a medical condition or are unsure that you are physically able to participate, we recommend that you consult with a medical practitioner. Prior to your rafting trip you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign our liability waiver (either online or on paper). Minimum Ages: 13 years or older Payable on Board: AUD$25.00 Environmental Levy

Inclusions Return transfers from accommodations 2 hours of rafting Equipment: life jacket, helmet, spray jacket Experienced river guide Light refreshments

Upgrades Full Day Tully River (Grades 3-4)

Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located on the waterfront, overlooking Trinity Bay and the extensive parklands of Cairns, Australia. Elegantly appointed rooms with private balconies offer panoramic views to the Coral Sea or to Australia’s majestic rainforest clad mountains. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, wine bar, and swimming pool. Travel and experience Australia’s nature and culture by visiting the Great Barrier Reef or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Or travel along Captain Cook Highway and visit picturesque Mossman Gorge.

This 3 day liveaboard dive and snorkelling adventure is unmatched for experience and value and will show you the very best the Outer Great Barrier Reef has to offer.
There is no doubt that the best way to really experience the Great Barrier Reef is to stay out there for a few days. You get much more time to relax and really enjoy yourself and ultimately more time for diving and snorkelling.

Departing: Cairns 7am Daily (except Tuesday)
Returning: Cairns 4pm on the 3rd Day.

Trip Includes:
Transfers to/from Cairns city accommodation
11 dives (includes 2 night dives)
Dive & snorkelling equipment – includes dive computer, long leg wetsuits and dive torch.
Dive Insurance
Prescription lens mask (if required)
All meals
Bed linen
Double or twin share accommodation
Guided orientation and night dives

Extras (Additional Fees Apply – Payable on Board):
Fuel, Departure Tax & Marine Park Levies: $70 per person
Digital Underwater Camera’s are available for hire
The PADI Advanced Course is available

Day 1: Diving The Outer Great Barrier Reef

5:45am – Complimentary hotel transfer – available from Cairns City & Northern Beaches accommodation
6:15am – Check in
7:00am – Depart Cairns for 3 days & 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard
11:30am – Your first dive is before lunch. This dive will be offered as a guided dive with an instructor, for those divers who have not dived in a little while
12:45pm – Lunch is served – hearty soup with an array of fresh salads, cold meats & bread rolls
2:30pm – Your second dive – head off & discover more underwater delights. Once you have completed your dive the vessel moves on to the next site
4:30pm – After an afternoon of snorkelling/relaxing its time for your third dive of the trip
6:00pm – Dinner – the menu changes each trip however it will be wholesome, hot & of course lots of it!
7:30pm – The night dive! We generally try to do the night dive at the same site as the afternoon dive, as this way you are familiar with your surroundings. Keep a close eye out for our sleeping turtles, crustaceans & the occasional reef shark!
8:30pm – Dessert is served!

Day 2: Experience More Fantastic Diving On The Outer Great Barrier Reef

7:00am – The vessel moves for an early morning dive. Look out for splendid gorgonian fans, giant clams and bump-headed parrotfish
8:00am – Enjoy a hearty breakfast of cereal, fresh fruit, bacon and eggs as well as toast & spreads
10:30am – After breakfast the vessel moves on for the second dive of the day
12:00pm – Lunch on the second day is hot pasta with a variety of fresh salads
3:00pm – After lunch & a snorkel its time for your third dive
6:00pm – A hot dinner is served before your second night dive
7:30pm – Night dive!
8:30pm – Dessert is served!

Day 3: Morning Dives And Return To Cairns

6:30am – Your first dive of the day
7:30am – A hot breakfast accompanied with fresh fruit salad, cereals and toast
9:00am – After breakfast, the vessel makes its last site of the trip, where you will do your second dive of the day
11:00am – Your last dive! When you surface freshly made sandwiches are served as the vessel heads home
4:00pm – Complimentary accommodation transfers – Cairns city & Northern Beaches
7:30pm – Join fellow passengers & crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner if you wish

Please note, the above itinerary is a guide only, and the order of sites may change. The captain will always adapt the itinerary to the prevailing weather, tides and currents.

Meals may vary slightly depending on availability of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Please advise if you are a vegetarian and we will do our best to make sure we cater for you.

Travel to your accommodation Cairns, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located on the waterfront, overlooking Trinity Bay and the extensive parklands of Cairns, Australia. Elegantly appointed rooms with private balconies offer panoramic views to the Coral Sea or to Australia’s majestic rainforest clad mountains. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, wine bar, and swimming pool. Travel and experience Australia’s nature and culture by visiting the Great Barrier Reef or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Or travel along Captain Cook Highway and visit picturesque Mossman Gorge.

Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!

A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there’s enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you’re visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun!

Spend the day in Tropical Queensland’s World Heritage Daintree Rainforest. Includes the best of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, with Jungle Surfing, lunch, and guaranteed wildlife spotting.

Begin the day by visiting the Wildlife Habitat. See the endangered cassowary, along with other wildlife, as well as the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. Have your picture taken with a koala, snake, or crocodile (extra cost). Morning Tea included. Arrive at Cape Tribulation and enjoy lunch before embarking on a fantastic adventure of Jungle Surfing. Set in the pristine Daintree rainforest at Cape Tribulation, Jungle Surfing takes you on a unique rainforest tour where your feet don’t touch the ground.

Fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops. Highly trained abseiling masters and scientist guides will make sure your adventure is exciting, educational, and safe. Cross the Daintree River on the Daintree River Cruise spotting Crocodiles, birds and other animals in the wild as you journey through the mangroves. Finally, venture to Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views of the Daintree River and Coral Sea – where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Rainforest.

After an exciting day, relax and enjoy some afternoon tea before heading back to your hotel.

Operates Daily, Does not operate on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and the day of the annual Ironman event held in June. Depart around: 7:00am Return around: 7:30pm

Includes Hotel pick-up/drop-off Scenic Coastal Drive Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas Morning Tea Daintree River Cable Ferry Tropical Lunch Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour Alexandra Lookout Daintree River Cruise

Need to Know Please advise at the time of reservation any disability requiring special attention while on tour. Your tour guides will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled customers, however we or the tour operators are not responsible in the event they are unable to accommodate your needs. Harnesses available to fit children aged 4, up to adults weighing 120kg/260lbs. No prior experience or specific fitness require. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted to travel on this tour It is suggested you bring a water bottle, towel (for the beach), sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, a camera and some cash. Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking

Enjoy a gourmet meal at Cairn’s most rewarded restaurant and mingle with the locals.

Perhaps the best known of all Cairns’ restaurants is the multi award-winning Ochre Restaurant, which serves modern Australian cuisine with flair and creativity. Owner, Craig Squire is the talented chef who has worked tirelessly to make Ochre the success it is today. Mr Squire can often be found in the kitchen where he prepares and perfects Ochre’s menu of dishes. He is a wanted man, in the guise of guest chef at many of the world’s classiest establishments and 5-star kitchens of restaurants and hotels from Dubai to Shanghai.

Ochre Restaurant specialises in local and native produce with a daily catch of seafood and premium Australian beef tenderloin most recently recognized as “Best Beef” at Royal Brisbane Show. Some of their most famous dishes include Salt and Pepper Prawn and Crocodile, Grilled Kangaroo with Quandong Chilli Glaze, Wattleseed Pavlova and their Australian Antipasto Plate – the latter of which is a great meal to start giving diners a delicious insight into the country’s cuisine.

The menu is an excellent read for any visitor and delivers on taste and value-for-money. Be sure to leave room for dessert which the Lonely Planet Guide urges its readers to try with the quote desserts worth moving to Cairns for.

Ochre Restaurant is Cairns most awarded restaurant. Late in 2006 it increased its cache winning both Best Modern Australian and Tourism Restaurant categories at North Queensland’s Annual Restaurant and Caterer’s Awards and has continued to win many local awards since.

This restaurant is a short walking distance from most accommodations in central Cairns.

Travel by shuttle from your Cairns vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia.

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane’s city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.

Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is conveniently located in Brisbane’s city centre. It is within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall shopping precinct, Treasury Casino, South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Recently, the hotel went through a major refurbishment. Its rooms are equipped with free coffee/tea making facility, fridge, air conditioning, and hair dryer.

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Brisbane. We suggest you use this opportunity to take in the sights of this beautiful city. Perhaps purchase a few souvenirs for family or friends back home.

Brisbane is a vibrant city with many activities and sights to enjoy within walking distance from your hotel. Visit the South Bank precinct, full of fantastic riverside restaurants, home of renowned art galleries including the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Museum, sky-high views from The Wheel of Brisbane, as well as parklands that feature family friendly urban beach pools with expansive city views. Experience the beauty of Brisbane from the river CityCat ferries, and hop on and off at riverside neighborhoods such as the cultural Powerhouse precinct, and festive dining and beverages found at the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct. A must see for all visitors to Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha’s “Brisbane Lookout” offers spectacular panoramic views over the city all the way to Moreton Bay. Walking tracks are abundant through the National Park and the Lookout itself showcases a historical timeline of this iconic destination.
Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the wildlife park of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, at the Australia Zoo.

You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.

Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!

Operation Days: Daily (Except Christmas Day) Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am Return: 5:30pm

Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo

Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour or Behind the Scenes Wildlife Hospital Tour

Take an informative and entertaining river cruise down the Brisbane River followed by 2.5 hours at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can hand feed kangaroos and emus. Yes…and cuddle a koala!


Board your river cruise vessel for an Aussie adventure like no other. You’ll come face to face with a unique inner-city colony of fruit bats hidden among the mangroves, get up close and personal with Australia’s cuddliest creatures, and see breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes along Brisbane’s sought after riverfront. This popular journey has been taking visitors to Lone Pine for over 70 years and is a great wildlife experience in Brisbane.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – World’s First & Largest Koala Sanctuary!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade. Founder, Claude Reid, recognized something had to be done to help protect one of Australia’s most iconic species.

Today, Lone Pine remains as a destination for local and international guests to not only see native Australian animals, but to also connect and learn, and to leave feeling inspired to make small, positive changes in their daily lives to help protect their own native wildlife and habitats.

Lone Pine encourages guest to connect with wildlife through specially crafted, close encounters. Plan your day around the following schedule (subject to change).
Self-Paced: Pick up a bag of roo food for $2 AUD to hand feed some of the 150 free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies.
11:00-11:30am – FREE ‘Meet a Koala’
11:30am – Koala Keeper Talk
12:30pm – Free Flight Raptor Show
1:00pm & 3:30pm – Sheep Dog Show
12:00pm – Snake Photos
1:30pm – Snake Keeper Talk
4:00pm – Wild Lorikeet Feeding

Operates Daily Depart Brisbane CBD at 10:00am & Arrive at Lone Pine at 11:15am & Depart Lone Pine at 2:15pm & Arrive Brisbane CBD at 3:20pm

Upgrades Koala holding experiences with a professional printed photograph and high resolution download. Raptor Hold & Professional Photo (12:45pm). Snake Hold & Professional Photo (12:00pm)

This tour provides an opportunity to truly experience the beauty of this world heritage region.

Iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is situated in the heart of the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park with spectacular panoramic views of the McPherson Ranges. The scenic drive will takes you via quaint Tamborine Mountain’s shopping precinct through the township of Canungra, the fertile Canungra Valley and army training grounds before climbing 1000 metres through subtropical rainforest to the scenic Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s.

– LUV a Coffee
– Mount Tabourine – This quaint mountain village in the Scenic Rim is home to unique shopping, cottage style B&Bs, cheese factories, winemakers, art and craft outlets and even a distillery.
– Gallery Walk – This street boasts over 70 art, craft, gift and nick-nack shops and attracts thousands of visitors every year for its rainforests, waterfalls, wineries and unforgettable Devonshire teas.
– O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
– O’Reilly’s National Park.
– Tree Top Walk – Walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees clad with vines and epiphytes. It’s a bushwalker’s dream and the suspension bridge and ladder for the daring, makes it quite an adventure.

Daily. Limited tours operate Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

This tour can be taken from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

Departs at 8:00am and returns at 6:15pm.

– Return coach transfers (selected hotels)
– Gallery Walk retail precinct
– Canungra Valley Vineyards and alpacas
– O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
– O’Reilly’s Interpretive Rainforest Centre

Lunch at O’Reilly’s: Choose from guest menu – all meals includes salad and chips, tea and coffee Lunch and tour choice must be provided at time of booking

Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Enjoy a day out on Moreton Island, this beautiful location is a short 75 minute cruise from Brisbane. Enjoy crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national parks. The tour highlight is the magical experience of hand feeding wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset.

An unforgettable day out as you discover a tropical island paradise just 75 minutes from Brisbane. At Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, you can enjoy a delicious lunch, challenge yourself to sand tobogganing and at sunset, wade into the water to hand feed one of the island’s special visitors, a wild bottlenose dolphin! The experience is unforgettable.

Includes: 4WD desert safari and sand tobogganing, acces to the day lounge for showers, tea and coffee, dolphin behaviour and data collection presentation, wild dolphin feeding at sunset, 25 free land based actitivites.

Operation: Daily except Saturdays Estimated Times: Departure: 8:45am
Important Note: Does not operate on Christmas Day

This tour provides an opportunity to truly experience the beauty of this world heritage region.

Iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is situated in the heart of the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park with spectacular panoramic views of the McPherson Ranges. The scenic drive will takes you via quaint Tamborine Mountain’s shopping precinct through the township of Canungra, the fertile Canungra Valley and army training grounds before climbing 1000 metres through subtropical rainforest to the scenic Treetop Walk at O’Reilly’s.

– LUV a Coffee
– Mount Tabourine – This quaint mountain village in the Scenic Rim is home to unique shopping, cottage style B&Bs, cheese factories, winemakers, art and craft outlets and even a distillery.
– Gallery Walk – This street boasts over 70 art, craft, gift and nick-nack shops and attracts thousands of visitors every year for its rainforests, waterfalls, wineries and unforgettable Devonshire teas.
– O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
– O’Reilly’s National Park.
– Tree Top Walk – Walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees clad with vines and epiphytes. It’s a bushwalker’s dream and the suspension bridge and ladder for the daring, makes it quite an adventure.

Daily. Tour does not operate Good Friday, Easter, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Limited tours on Australia Day 26 January.

This tour can be taken from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

Departs at 8:45am and returns at 6:00pm.

– Return coach transfers (selected hotels)
– Gallery Walk retail precinct
– Canungra Valley Vineyards and alpacas
– O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
– O’Reilly’s Interpretive Rainforest Centre

Lunch at O’Reilly’s: Choose from guest menu – all meals includes salad and chips, tea and coffee Lunch and tour choice must be provided at time of booking

Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, to the Airport.

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

Treat yourself to one of Sydney Harbours most sensational lunch cruises. This small group cruise offers the experienced traveler a personalized service like no other. You’ll feel as if you are spending the day aboard your historically savvy local mate’s yacht while he shows you around his favorite spots.

Offering a unique and exclusive cruise experience, your personal host will cruise back in time sharing the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in Sydney’s most famous sites, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy the company of a small group and immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers, including swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back and relax on the tempting sunbed,

7 Days a week (October – March) Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday (April – September). Does not operate on Easter holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday), ANZAC Day (April 25), June 8, October 5, Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26), December 28, New Year’s Day (January 1) and Australia Day (January 26).

Please make your own way to departure – Commissioners Steps, Circular Quay, located in front of the Museum if Contemporary Art.

Cruise departs at 12:30pm and returns at 4:30pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.