Melbourne, Sydney, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef
11 days from $
An independent tour of the Australia most tourists DON'T see. Go behind the scenes, discover a city the way no tour bus could show you, fly over the 12 Apostles, see wildlife in the wild outback, enjoy a day hike of the Blue Mountains. This is the ‘untouristy’ tour of Australia.
This vacation includes:
- Accommodation for 10 nights in 3 star hotels in Melbourne (3), Cairns (3), Undara (1), Sydney (3)
- 4 hour guided bicycle tour of Melbourne
- Walking tour to discover Melbourne's highlights and history
- Great Ocean Road tour with helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles
- Stay overnight in the Outback in a restored turn-of-the-century rail carriage
- See kangaroos & Aussie wildlife in the wild
- Full day outer Great Barrier Reef day cruise
- Cruise Sydney Harbour
- VIP tour of Taronga Zoo in Sydney
- Tour and hike the Blue Mountains
- All airport transfers
- Goods & services taxes
- Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
Land only - does not include international or domestic flights
DAY ONE - WELCOME TO 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.
MELBOURNE LANES & ARCADES WALKING TOUR
Your journey begins in Melbourne. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your downtown hotel. See Melbourne the way few people ever do: from the perspective of a passionate Melbournian who will take you on a guided walking tour of the heart of the city. Discover what makes Melbourne different – and why. Get a feel for the city, the way of life here, the people, the culture and the history of this get capital. Lunch is included.
DAY TWO - ESCORTED CITY BICYCLE TOUR
On this escorted bicycle tour of Melbourne, you'll see more in a few hours than most see in days. Get your bearings as you explore Melbourne’s grooviest streets, parks, shops, cafes, hidden laneways and multicultural neighborhoods.
DAY THREE – THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD & TWELVE APOSLTES HELI TOUR
Today you are out early and exploring the Great Ocean Road. You’ll see Bell’s beach – home to some of Australia’s best surfing. You’ll stop at some of the picturesque towns and wander through some of Australia’s most southerly subtropical rainforests. At the 12 Apostles you’ll board a helicopter for a thrilling flight over these incredible rock formations. Hear fascinating stories about Shipwreck Coast and some of the incredible and tragic characters of this region.
DAY FOUR - CAIRNS
You travel to Cairns – heart of the tropical north and is the primary gateway to Northern Australia & the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea. (Flight not included.)
DAY FIVE - TWO DAY OUTBACK EXPERIENCE
Travel by coach into outback Queensland, to the Gulf Savannah country. On arrival settle in and relax, or take one of the many self guided walking trails, followed by dinner and an evening campfire activity. You’ll stay in luxuriously restored railway carriages, nestled in the Queensland bush.
DAY SIX – OUTBACK QUEENSLAND
The next morning after breakfast, a Savannah Guide will take you to explore the Lava Tubes, and other interesting environmental, geological and historical features of this ancient part of Australia. After lunch you’ll return to Cairns.
DAY SEVEN – GREAT BARRIER REEF CRUISE
On day seven, you’ll meet the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living thing. You’ll travel north to Palm Cove and set out on a catamaran to spend the day at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience firsthand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater.
DAY EIGHT - SYDNEY
After another night in Cairns, fly to Sydney (flight not included).
WELCOME TO SYDNEY!
Stylish Sydney…a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences. While you will find all the icons you know, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you will also find interesting people, cultural vibrancy and a positive spirit.
DAY NINE – SYDNEY HARBOUR CRUISE & BEHIND THE SCENES AT TARONGA ZOO
This morning you will be cruising on Sydney Harbour past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to see magnificent waterfront homes and parklands. You’ll get a comprehensive view of what Sydney is all about, and why this magnificent Harbour is the heart of this city.
Later in the day you’ll take a special tour of Taronga Zoo. An excellent introductory to Australia’s wildlife that brings you close to the animals in a small group led by an expert guide. There’ll be plenty of photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, echidnas and reptiles.
DAY TEN - BLUE MOUNTAINS SMALL GROUP TOUR
Today, you will venture into the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region where you will experience the raw magic the Blue Mountains has to offer, with sheer rock faces that plunge into eucalypt clad valleys, along with native flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains and spectacular waterfalls. Immerse yourself into the rich beauty the Blue Mountains has to offer. The amazing rock formation of the Three Sisters is a truly spiritual place.
DAY ELEVEN - DEPARTURE
Your final day in Sydney concludes with a transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home.
The end of the very untouristy tour of Australia, with plenty of bragging rights!
Dates & Conditions
$ for travel through 30 September 2016 and 08 March to 31 March 2017
Price is per person based on 2 people traveling together
Does not operate 01 October 2016 to 7 March 2017
Begins in Melbourne, ends in Sydney
Subject to availability
Prices in USD based on today's exchange rates
Additional surcharges apply for travel during special events Australian Grand Prix and Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne. Please call for details.
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Vacation code: 91208AU01
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