Take in the urban delights of the land Down Under with this unhurried tour of avant-garde Melbourne and ionic Sydney. Take time to explore the stunning Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, discover a mecca of art and cuisine in Australia’s top cities, and soak in the laid-back vibe of the continent.
With its hip restaurants, avant-garde fashion and eclectic street and performing art scene, Melbourne is constantly buzzing with events and life.
Heart of Melbourne Tour Discover the best of this classy Australian city on a guided day trip. After breakfast in your hotel, meet your friendly local guide and learn all about Melbourne’s fascinating history as you visit popular landmarks around town. Drive to Federation Square and Melbourne’s famous inner-city sports precinct. The latter is home to Melbourne Park, renowned for hosting the Australian Tennis Open, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, also called ‘The G’ by adoring cricket fans around the world. Visit Albert Park Lake as well, which is more famous as the Albert Park Circuit or the Grand Prix Circuit, host to Formula 1 races. Drop by St Patrick’s Cathedral and take a stroll down the lovely landscaped gardens, before heading over to St Kilda Beach and finally, winding up your day at the Eureka Tower. If you wish, you can climb up to the sky deck for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, fringed by the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley out in the distance. You could also take a leisurely river cruise down the Yarra River, before calling it a day. (Half Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Mixology Mecca Walk Uncover the artistic and creative spirit of Melbourne on this fascinating evening tour. The city is a treasure trove for art lovers, especially with its quirky street art! Meet your local guide outside a popular bookstore on Bourke Street (look out for a yellow umbrella!), before setting out on the tour. Be prepared to encounter the most creative innovations of Melbourne’s distillers, mixologists and brewers. Walk into little known neighborhood pubs, rooftop bars and trendy hideouts tucked within secluded lanes. Make the most of your chance to catch the city’s eclectic bar scene, watching the incredible cocktail making skills behind the counters, and tasting some great creations too! Sample the varied pub fare across the city’s many distinct neighborhoods, savoring the best of brews and bar eats around town. (Half Day; Time of day: Evening; Duration: 3 hrs, starting 1600 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
A paradise for nature lovers, Cairns is the gateway to one of our planet’s most precious natural resources, one that is even visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef!
Reef Adventures With Marine World The day is yours to explore the many natural delights of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef with Reef Magic Cruises. Set off from Cairns in a super fast Catamaran to arrive at the all-weather platform of Marine World. Choose from a range of exciting marine adventures to suit your activity level. Catch the glittering colors of the reef from a glass-bottomed boat, the underwater observatory or a semi-submersible reef viewer if you are a beginner. If you are feeling more adventurous, go snorkeling in the coral lagoon or scuba diving even without any prior experience. Learn more about the reefs during a guided snorkeling safari or talks by experienced marine biologists. Opt for a no-wet helmet dive to go under water or get a bird’s eye view of the blue expanse with a ride on the Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight. After all that activity it is time to soak up some sun on the leisurely sun decks and perhaps even pamper yourself with a reef-based massage. (Full Day; Shared activity; Morning & Afternoon Teas and buffet lunch included.)
Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks – Fireworks over Harbour Bridge to ring in the New Year, the Opera House, the Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach.
Essential Sydney: Sights, Smells, and Sounds Starting from The Rocks, a buzzing historic precinct in the heart of the city, learn about Sydney’s oldest neighborhood that was built by castaways and convicts. See well-preserved old sandstone buildings on cobblestone streets, Australia’s first church, and buskers enlivening the waterfront promenade that overlooks one of the world’s greatest natural harbors. Next up, pass by local landmarks such as Hyde Park, The Mint, the gothic-style St Mary’s Cathedral, and a heritage complex housing the Parliament of New South Wales. Admiring myriad native Australian fauna at the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens, visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Enjoy a walking tour around this viewpoint that affords stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House! Eastbound, passing through King’s Cross and Rushcutters Bay, stop by for lunch at the stylish Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Later, desiring the prestigious addresses of Darling Point, navigate Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay to continue along the coastal neighborhoods. Soon after, soak up the sunny vibes at the world-famous Bondi Beach frequented by travelers and Sydneysiders alike. Enjoy people watching, street art sessions, and lazing on the beachside lawns. Finally, heading inland to Paddington, stroll on Oxford Street where you can hop between local brand stores and lifestyle boutiques set within terrace houses complimenting the colonial-era architecture. As the sun dips, return to your accommodations. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch, with a bottle of beer/glass of wine/soft drink included; Fitness level: Moderate; Notes: Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes)
Sydney Harbour Bridge: Bird’s Eye View Tour Sample Sydney and get your dose of adrenalin with a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of Australia’s most popular attractions, the iconic Bridge Climb allows you to get a magnificent glimpse of Sydney and its rich historical and cultural heritage. Choose from a range of climbs, including a 3.5-hour tour and a shorter 90-minute one. You can climb at dawn, during the day, at twilight or in the evening depending on your preference, and see the sights of the city, the Blue Mountains and the azure waters of the Pacific beyond, from a truly spectacular vantage point. Rest assured, you will be safe in the hands of experienced guides, with all the necessary security measures adequately taken care of. (Duration: 1.5 – 3.5 hrs; Time of the Day: Morning/Evening; Shared Activity, Fitness level: Moderate;)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Sydney Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,990 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,290 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 10 days / 9 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Melbourne – Cairns
Cairns – Sydney
All activities as listed :
Melbourne: Heart of Melbourne Tour
Melbourne: Mixology Mecca Walk
Cairns: Reef Adventures With Marine World
Sydney: Essential Sydney: Sights, Sounds and Aromas
Sydney: Sydney Harbour Bridge: Bird’s Eye View Tour
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
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