The Icons Tour of Australia

Experience Australia's iconic cities, wildlife, and culture.

11 Days from $

Sydney, Hamilton Island, Cairns, the Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Melbourne

Overview

Icons Tour of AustraliaOverview

This vacation includes:
  • Accommodation in deluxe 4-star hotels in Sydney (3), Hamilton Island (2), Cairns (2), Ayers Rock (1) & Melbourne (2)
  • Tour the Sydney Opera House and Tasting Plate
  • Sydney city sights tour
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Hartley's Crocodile Adventure Park
  • Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset tour
  • Uluru Sunrise tour
  • Full day small group Eco-tour to see kangaroos and koalas in the wild
  • Airport transfers
  • Australian GST (Goods & Services Tax)
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support

Land only - does not include international or domestic flights

Itinerary

Itinerary

SydneyDAY ONE – WELCOME TO SYDNEY!

Meet & greet on arrival in Sydney with private transfers to your hotel. The Grace Hotel Sydney - 3 nights

DAY TWO - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR

50 years ago a young Danish architect dreaming of Bennelong Point designed a stunning performing arts centre, destined to put Sydney on the world map forever. The magic of the building, the political intrigue, the real life dramas that go on behind the curtain. These stories and more are being shared on your Guided Tour.

DAY THREE – CITY SIGHTS, BONDI BEACH & KINGS CROSS

Capturing the history of Sydney, stunning architecture, spectacular Harbour views and the world famous Bondi Beach, this tour wil lhave you pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay. View the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Stop at the world famous Bondi Beach and "The Gap", the heads of the Harbour for photo opportunities. On the return journey to the city you'll seeDouble Bay, Paddington and Kings Cross.

DAY FOUR – HAMILTON ISLAND

Transfer to the airport. Fly to Hamilton Island (flight not included).

Hamilton IslandHAMILTON ISLAND REEF VIEW HOTEL

Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

DAY FIVE - GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE

Voyage to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef aboard in a comfortable air-conditioned high speed catamaran. Enjoy an adventure-packed day at Reefworld - come face to face with schools of tropical reef fish; be amazed at the spectacular coral formations; explore easy to follow snorkeling trails or simply relax on the sundeck and enjoy the amazing 360° view of the Great Barrier Reef. Your day begins cruising through the sheltered waters of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, through the Coral Sea and on to Hardy Reef, 39 nautical miles from the Whitsunday Coast. (Includes lunch)

DAY SIX - CAIRNS

Fly to Cairns (flight not included). Coach transfer airport to hotel. The Hotel Cairns - 2 nights

SkyRailDAY SEVEN - KURANDA SCENIC RAIL, SKYRAIL, HARTLEY'S CROCODILE ADVENTURES

Your day beings with an historical rail journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy breathtaking views, including the cane fields of Cairns to the tropical rainforest of Kuranda. On arrival in Kuranda, there is limited free time before boarding Skyrail. Relax & enjoy the world's most beautiful rainforest experience, stopping enroute to explore the two stations, including boardwalks & the interpretive centre.

After Skyrail our coach will transfer you to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. Take a cruise on the lagoon cruise through the wetlands - the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife, including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. Lunch is included.

DAY EIGHT – ULURU / AYERS ROCK
Coach transfer to airport. Fly to Uluru/Ayers Rock (flight not included). Coach transfer to hotel. Desert Gardens Hotel - 1 night
ULURU SUNSET

Travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the specter of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. You then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background.

DAY NINE - KATA TJUTA SUNRISE

Explore Kata Tjuta National Park and the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. We make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a gourmet picnic breakfast. Take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years. Your guide will return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.

Coach transfer to airport. Fly to Melbourne (Flight not included). Coach transfer to hotel. Crown Promenade Hotel - 2 nights

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE!
Melbourne

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River.

KangaroosDAY TEN - KANGAROOS AND KOALAS IN THE WILD

This is a small group ecotour with a naturalist guide. You’ll get quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Get close to kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife – in the wild!! Our special Koala Research Project ensures that we often have multiple sightings of these delightful creatures in the wild. A delicious bush lunch is included. Spend the morning in the famous grasslands and around the billabongs of our Open-range Sanctuary in the company of hundreds of wild Kangaroos, dozens of Emus and many species of birds. In the afternoon, walk amongst the gum trees in a National Park and see wild Koalas.

DAY ELEVEN – DEPARTURE

Coach transfer hotel to airport for your flight home.

Dates & Conditions

Dates & Conditions

$ for travel 01 April to 30 September 2016
$ for travel 01 October to 28 February 2017
$ for travel 01 to 31 March 2017

Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's foreign exchange rate

Begins in Sydney, ends in Melbourne.

Land only - does not include airfares

Currency data courtesy coinmill.com

Call Springboard Vacations at 866.447.7746

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Package vacation code: 80921AU01