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Independent Vacations in Australia

Koalas & Kangaroos: 13 days

Great Barrier Reef: 10 days

Romance in Australia: 11 days

Outback & Wine Country: 14 days

Reef & Rock: 12 days

Australia Spectacular: 16 days

Australian Explorer: 20 days

 

 

Independent Vacations in Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand on Sale from $2,429
Fly-Drive Vacation from $3,059
Kiwis & Koalas from $5,679
Getaway Downunder from $3,889
Pacific Explorer from $8,289

Independent Vacations in New Zealand

RV Vacation Special from $2,239
New Zealand on Sale from $2,189
New Zealand Highlights from $4,289

New Zealand Explorer from $4,069

New Zealand Naturally from $4,689

Independent Vacations in New Zealand & the South Pacific

Island Escapade from $3,859

South Pacific Explorer from $4,479

Pacific Island Hopper from $5,139

 

Sample Gold Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Gold category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Heritage
Cairns - Kewarra Beach Resort
Christchurch - Heritage
Melbourne - Lindrum

Perth - Duxton

Queenstown - Millenium

Rotorua - Heritage

Sydney - Swissotel

Wellington - James Cook

 

Sample Silver Hotels

These are samples of hotels used in our Silver category. These may be substituted with similar (or better) hotels, due to availability, rate changes etc.

Auckland - Amora

Cairns - Cairns Beach Resort

Christchurch - Scenic Heartland

Dunedin - Victoria

Melbourne - Ibis Little Bourke

Queenstown - Rydges Lakeland

Rotorua - Sudima

Sydney - The Cambridge

Wellington - Mercure

 

 

Discover the magic of Australia, the land Downunder – visit Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef and experience a whole lot in between. Dine at the famous Sydney Opera House and take in a performance afterwards, join an off-road safari tour to the Blue Mountains, spend a night at a luxurious tropical island resort, cruise the Great Barrier Reef for a few days on a small ship and explore Cairns in the far north where the ancient rainforest meets the Barrier Reef. Unique experiences in a spectacular destination make this trip so special! [A detailed itinerary is available here]

Highlights included on your trip:
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Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from Los Angeles or San Francisco and domestic flights within Australia

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3 nights’ accommodations in Sydney

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A night out at the famous Sydney Opera House, including dinner and an evening performance 

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2 Nights' at an Australian ranch (station) in the New South Wales countryside

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2 nights’ accommodations in Melbourne

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Domestic Flights within Australia (Melbourne - Hamilton Island - Cairns)

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3 nights’ accommodations at the luxurious Hamilton Island Resort

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Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef

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3 nights’ accommodations in the Cairns area

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Guided trip to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda  & Skyrail treetop-level gondola ride.

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All airport transfers throughout

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A selection of your hotels
LocationSilver CategoryGold Category
Cairns areaCairns Beach ResortKewarra Beach
Hamilton IslandPalm Bungalow Beach Club
Melbourne

Grand Chancellor 

Grand Hyatt
Sydney

Cambridge

Swissotel

The above are just representative samples of hotels used in each category. We reserve the right to substitute these with similar hotels (or better) in each location, depending upon factors such as availability, rate changes etc.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
We board our international flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Sydney this evening, crossing the Pacific and the international dateline.

Day 3
Arriving in Sydney early this morning, we are transferred to our downtown hotel. One of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world, Sydney is endowed with a sparkling harbor with its twin landmarks, the Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. Add to this a sunny Mediterranean climate and a relaxed lifestyle with a diverse population that gives it a vivacity and choice of galleries, restaurants, shops, nightlife and entertainment.

We have tickets for a harbor cruise today, and that is an excellent way to start discovering this lovely city. There are several sailings to choose from, so we are free to choose one that is convenient for us.

Day 4
We will be picked up this morning for a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Some of the areas visited may include the historic Rocks, where the city was founded some 200 years ago with a shipload of British prisoners! Travel through the Harbour Tunnel across to North Sydney to catch a glimpse of Kiribilli – the residence of the Australian Prime Minister, before crossing the harbor again on the Harbour Bridge. Enjoy spectacular views at the ‘Gap’, where the mouth of the harbor meets the Pacific Ocean. After a brief stop at the famous Bondi Beach, return to town through the trendy suburb of Paddington and the shopping and entertainment complex of Darling Harbour.

The rest of the day is open for us to do as we please – sit on a sidewalk café and watch the world go by, inspect some outstanding Aboriginal Art at one of the excellent local museums or visit some of the unique shops and boutiques that showcase Australian creativity.

Day 5
A free day to enjoy Sydney and its surrounding areas - take a tour (optional) to visit the famous Hunter Valley vineyards or the scenic Blue Mountains near Sydney, or ride the public ferries on the Harbor and check out some of Sydney's many interesting suburbs.

Day 6
An early morning start today - our train leaves Sydney at 8:10 AM today and we travel through some charming New South Wales countryside until we arrive at the Rock Railway Station around 2 PM. The town is named after a local geological feature, a craggy outcrop that rises more than 1000 feet and dominates the immediate landscape. We will be met at the station and then transferred to a local farm - a large (over 5,500 acres) family-owned wheat, sheep and cattle property. A warm welcome assured, this is a perfect retreat with each guest having the opportunity to experience what life with a typical Australian farming family is like. Farm activities may include droving, shearing, stock work and the harvesting of crops. A host of other activities including horseback riding, viewing nocturnal animals, tennis, swimming, bush barbecues and fishing for 'yabbies' (crustaceans) are also available.

The wonderful fresh country air makes for a hearty appetite and all meals are included. From starting the day with a full cooked breakfast, wonderful home made morning and afternoon teas, hearty, wholesome lunches and sumptuous dinners; there is plenty of food and never small servings.

Day 7
We have an opportunity to relax at the farm and get a taste of the country life in Australia.

Day 8
After lunch, we will be transferred back to the Rock, to continue our journey by train on to Melbourne, where we arrive this evening.

Day 9
We have a free day to explore cosmopolitan Melbourne, which is undoubtedly Australia’s most ‘European’ city. Ride around the city in trams, or take an optional tour to visit the spectacular coastal scenery of the Great Ocean Road or view the fairy penguins, which come ashore every evening at the nearby Philip Island.

Day 10
After a morning transfer to the airport, we catch our flight to Hamilton Island, off the coast of Queensland – where local rumor has it, it is beautiful one day and simply perfect the next! We will be met upon arrival and transferred the short distance to our hotel. The rest of the day is ours to play and relax at this piece of tropical paradise.

Day 11
Today we have reservations for a full day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Travelling in the air-conditioned comfort of a high-speed catamaran, we cruise to Hardy Reef, a beautiful natural coral garden. Two large floating platforms are anchored here, with conveniences such as changing rooms, fresh water showers, children’s swimming enclosures, large uncrowded open sundecks and extensive shaded areas where we can enjoy a lavish buffet lunch (included in our vacation package). Both snorkelers and divers are well catered for. For those who would rather stay dry, it is possible to get close to the reef in the comfort of a glass hulled submersible vessel or from an underwater observatory.

Day 12
Leaving Hamilton Island today we fly to Cairns in the north, tracking the coastline of Queensland. Upon arrival, we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. This resort town in the tropics has a wonderfully casual atmosphere, with plenty of outdoor cafes and colorful shops.

Day 13
Today we get to experience the World Heritage rainforests of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree in a fun, informative and relaxed style. We will be picked up in the morning in a comfortable off-road vehicle and then travel north from Cairns in a small group, taking in the spectacular scenery of the Coral Coast and the rainforest covered ranges. The first stop is at the small farming town of Mossman the last township before we head off into the wilderness. We leave civilization as we board the Daintree River cable ferry to our destination "The Daintree National Park". There are opportunities to hike on boardwalks and trails, as our guide explains the unique plants and animals of the world's oldest rainforest. We return to Cairns by early evening, after an interesting day out with some enjoyable company.

As an alternative to the above trip, we may also choose to visit Kuranda and ride the Skyrail, a cable car that travels at treetop height. Leaving Cairns in the morning, we can travel on the famous Kuranda Scenic Train to Kuranda Village. We get to ride an ‘Amphibious Army Duck’ through the rainforest - a unique experience in land and water, before visiting the Koala and Wildlife Park. We also visit an Aboriginal Cultural Center, and get to learn more about their ancient culture. Return to Cairns on the Skyrail cable car, overlooking the rainforest.)

Day 15
A free day to relax, do some last minute shopping or perhaps take an optional tour.

Day 16
We leave Cairns early this morning to return to the United States, with an intermediate stop in Sydney where we change aircraft. Flying across the International Date Line in the reverse direction, we now ‘gain’ a day and arrive back in California on the same day.

Sydney, Queensland Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef cruise, Cairns
16 Days from $4,779
 
Australian Vacation Sydney, Melbourne, Hamilton Island, Cairns
 
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2017/18
Departures

Silver
Hotels
Gold
Hotels
06/01 - 08/31/17$4,969$5,559
09/01 - 09/30/17$4,879$5,449
10/01 - 11/30/17$4,899$5,559
12/01/17 - 01/31/18$5,789$6,439
02/01 - 03/31/18$5,159$5,869
04/01 - 05/31/18$4,779$5,449
Daily Departures

We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities and a tea/coffee maker. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation

 
 
 

Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, Australia
Sydney Opera House & Harbor

Sydney's famous Bondi Beach
Sydney's famous Bondi Beach

Train ride through the scenic Australian countryside
Train ride through the countryside

Hanericka Farm, an Australian ranch (station)
At an Australian ranch (station)

Kangaroos ara a common sight in Australian golf courses!
A round of golf with the natives?


 

Kuranda train ride near Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia
Scenic Kuranda train ride

Scenic beaches north of Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia
Scenic beaches north of Cairns

 

 

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