Australia Tour

Travel:    Sydney, Cairns, and the Great Barrier Reef

Dates:   Nov 01, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020

Days:     15 days

Hosts:    Howie Minsky, 727-276-0400, Howie@ConserveOurWild.com

               J.W. Sharp,       903-714-5360

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HIGHLIGHTS
Howie and J.W. will guide you through an incredibly exciting travel experience. Our heartfelt passion will have you fall in love with Australia. Enjoy the very best of Australian wildlife & culture. Experience world renowned architecture, art, culinary, landscapes, and locations. We'll be by your side every day guiding you to the most exciting sights and activities daily. 

ITINERARY (15 day)

Day 1

You will be met at the Airport and transported to your Hotel where you will have time to relax or we will guide you to some local sites or shopping areas. Later after resting or taking in a few sites you will meet your follow travelers for a welcome dinner.

 

Day 2

Full Day Sydney Tour with Opera House Tour and the Rocks

See all of the Highlights of Sydney in a day. This tour combines both morning and afternoon tours to create a full day tour of Sydney’s hot spots. Discover the iconic Sydney Opera House on a guided behind the scenes walking tour and see, feel and touch the magic that happens from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public.

 

See Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Art Gallery, Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, and Paddington. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit the world famous Bondi Beach, one of the most visited beaches in Australia. Stop here for a mid-morning break and soak up the sun or take a walk along the beach. You may choose to upgrade to include a luncheon cruise. If you choose not to upgrade, you will have a 2 hour break at Darling Harbour before returning to the coach for your afternoon tour. Travel across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point and stop for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline. Head east to La Perouse, a historical headland suburb that was first spotted by Captain Cook in 1770 and written about in his journal. From this vantage point see Botany Bay and the protected beaches where the English and French naval ships arrived on the shores of this land. See the historical buildings and learn how the Aboriginal people were impacted. Return to The Rocks area and discover the birthplace of modern Australia on a guided walking tour. Wander the cobbled laneways and learn the rich history of the area from a British colony of convicts and sailors to a thriving entertainment precinct. Once the tour concludes, choose to stay and enjoy the area or return to your hotel.

 

Inclusions:

  • Full day guided tour of Sydney

  • Private walking tour in the famous Sydney Opera House

  • The Rocks walking tour with local guide

  • Super comfortable vehicles

  • Vehicles include: Free wifi, USB chargers, panoramic windows and air condition

  • Transportation or guided Hotel pickup and drop off

  • The Rocks walking tour with local guide

Exclusions:

  • Meals and Beverages            

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

 

Day 3

 Wilderness & Aboriginal Explorer Tour

Enjoy a day full of adventure in one of Australia's most diverse destinations, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, located just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD. Cruise by remote aboriginal rock art sites only accessible by water and admire the beautiful ocean view from West Head Lookout.

 

With the convenience of roundtrip transportation, leave Sydney and head north to explore one of Australia's oldest national parks, home to a concentrated collection of aboriginal heritage sites, by land and by water. During a cruise on a 52-foot (16-m) catamaran, travel through pristine waterways to see remote aboriginal rock engravings only accessible by water.

 

With your guide, visit an aboriginal site to marvel at some of the most important rock engravings in Australia. Stop at West Head Lookout and admire breathtaking ocean views over Broken Bay, Lion Island, Palm Beach, Pittwater, and the Central Coast. Along the way refuel with morning tea, coffee, and a gourmet bush tucker-inspired lunch.

 

Inclusions:

  • Guided tour of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Cruise

  • Morning fruit, coffee/tea/beverages, afternoon fruit platter

  • Gourmet sandwiches served on boat

  • Round trip transportation to and from Sydney hotels

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

Exclusions:

  • Food and beverages not included above

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 4

South Coast to Country Private Tour

You will get an early start at 7.30am and drive down past the Royal National Park, the oldest national park in Australia. You'll stop at Stanwell Tops for stunning views over the spectacular rugged Southern Coastline.

 

Grand Pacific Drive

We continue along the scenic coastal road, known as the Grand Pacific Drive, and visit the engineering marvel of the Sea Cliff Bridge. Take the short 15 minute walk, look down into the crystal clear aqua waters and you might see one of the massive manta rays which are prevalent in the area.

 

Seasides Towns

Visit two very different but both delightful seaside towns in the region. Enjoy a morning tea stop (own expense) at the boutique township of Thirroul. This charming area is popular for its beautiful beaches, magnificent views, buzzing café culture and thriving artistic community.

 

Next stop is Kiama and a trip to its famous blowhole. This natural rock formation routinely spouts sea water 20 metres into the air. This beautiful town is rich with seaside history and sports an impressive lighthouse dating from the 1880’s.

 

Mt Cambewarra Lookout

Leaving the coast behind you we head inland, and begin our climb to Mt Cambewarra Lookout. Take in the expansive panoramic views across the Shoalhaven River and out over the South Coast beaches.

 

Kangaroo Valley

Sit back and relax on one of the most scenic drives on the South Coast as you travel from the top of Cambewarra Mountain to the delightful Kangaroo Valley. Take in lush rainforest ferns and timbers, as well as outstanding views over the coastal plateau and ocean below.

 

Kangaroo Valley has been claimed by some to be the most beautiful valley in Australia and sits along the Kangaroo River. The gorgeous sandstone Hampden Bridge, is the oldest suspension bridge in Australia.

 

Fitzroy Falls

You continue through this lush countryside to the breath-taking Fitzroy Falls. Take an easy walk along the rainforest track to the very top of these falls.

 

Southern Highlands

Continuing your journey through some of the most delightful scenery in NSW we head deep into the Southern Highlands. Visit the charming Georgian village Berrima, and take time to explore the many local crafts and produce stores. You may even like to have a cold drink at oldest continual licensed hotel in the country.

 

After a big day out from the coast to country, sit back and relax on the leisurely drive back to the big smoke. You will get back to Sydney and dropped at your hotel around 5.30pm.

 

Inclusions:

  • Expert Commentary

  • Hotel pick up and transport in your own private vehicle

  • National Park fees

Exclusions:

  • Lunch

  • Gratuities (optional) 

 

Day 5

Walkabout Wildlife Park & Aboriginal Engravings

If you have a limited time in Sydney and wanted to experience free roaming Australian animals and see the rich indigenous rock arts from Guringai People, this half day tour is for you. Pickup from your hotel in Sydney or terminal can be either after breakfast (7.30am), however time is flexible. Then the tour will head north out of the city crossing Harbour bridge by a minivan and offer unlimited chilled bottled water thought out the tour. You will get the experience of free roaming Kangaroos at the Australian Walkabout Wildlife park. This is the only wildlife sanctuary in New South Wales with free roaming Australian animals. Following the Walkabout park, tour then goes to Bulgandry Art Site that portrays the rich in ancient Aboriginal rock art of the Guringai People. Select your lunch options from either Sydney’s best Oysters from Hawkesbury river or best seafood lunch overlooking the water views. The tour will return to Sydney in the early afternoon.

 

Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Sydney CBD

  • Chilled bottled water

  • General admission to Walkabout Wildlife Park

Exclusions:

  • Australian Walkabout wildlife park additional activities

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 
 

Day 6

Blue Mountain Day Tour Run by Locals

Our tour is recommended by all of Sydney's 5-star hotels as it is run by locals and focuses and giving our guests the greatest experience of their time in Australia. We are the only day tour to the Blue Mountains that gives you breakfast with the Kangaroos. Graham (Chapo) is the business owner who has lived in the Blue Mountains his entire life. We have small buses that can accommodate 13 and 24 people which remains intimate and personal. Our tour guides tell stories about our past and how Australia was first discovered back in 1770 and the first fleet arrival in 1788. Your day includes all rides at scenic world, Featherdale wildlife park, breakfast, lunch, the Three Sisters, ferry ride home, spectacular cliff faces and waterfalls PLUS don't forget our popular breakfast with the wild Kangaroos. (conditions apply). We believe in entertainment and at the end of your day you will feel as though you have been to a show. It all starts when you first arrive in the Aussie bush to the sounds of the Cockatoo, Kookaburra, Rosellas and many other sounds of Australia. Our famous breakfast with the Kangaroos operates all year.

 

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast with the Kangaroos up close so you can see Kangaroos in the wild.

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

  • Lunch

  • Scenic World

  • Featherdale National Park Fees

  • Ferry Ride Home

Exclusions:

  • Purchase of alcohol over lunch.

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 7

You will be transported to the airport for your flight to Cairns. You will be met at the Airport and transported to your Hotel where you will have time to relax or we will guide you to some local sites or shopping areas.

 

 

Day 8

 Marine World Experience - Outer Reef Cruise

Equipped with every kind of water (or air-bound) activity, Marine World is the flotation station you want to spend some time at. A cruise to this reef-surrounded escape ensures you pass your day exactly how you please—be it by snorkeling, diving, helicoptering, or just relaxing.

 

Head to the marina and board your speedy catamaran, then zip towards the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. During the ride, tune in to an expert marine biologist's discussion of the Reef and its varied, vibrant residents. Pull up to the Marine World pontoon and scan the sea’s shimmering blue waters, before delving into an afternoon of action.

 

As a variety of activities are available, you can embark on any that look especially interesting. Take a semi-submersible tour (interactive commentary included) into the swirling world of sea turtles and translucent jellyfish. Or, board a glass-bottomed boat and peer down into the coral-lined depths.

 

Back at the pontoon, opt for a scuba session (introductory and certified dives are offered), snorkel alongside a marine biologist, or board an impressive helicopter for a 10-minute soar above the seas. However you decide to work up an appetite, a fresh buffet lunch spread sits along the sun deck—feel free to peruse its sumptuous selection and enjoy the rest of your water-soaked day before the return to Cairns.

 

Inclusions:

  • Guided cruise to Marine World

  • Semi-submersible tour and glass-bottom boat tour

  • Use of sundeck, fresh water showers & changing rooms

  • Buffet lunch, tea, coffee, and water

  • Marine biology presentation, fish feeding, and underwater observatory

  • Live commentary in English and German daily

  • Introductory or certified scuba dive (if selected)

  • Guided snorkeling tour (if selected)

  • Helicopter flight (if selected)

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

Exclusion:

  • Food and Beverages other than outlined above

  • Gratuities (Optional)

  • Additional Activities Available

Note:

  • Children 11 and younger are not allowed on optional scuba dives.

  • All scuba-diving participants are subject to an on board medical questionnaire.

  • Scuba diving participants must be in sufficient health to dive.

  • Scuba diving participants over the age of 55 may be required to have a doctor’s release

  • Certified divers must present a valid certification card.

  • Helicopter flights are subject to pilot's discretion, weather, air-traffic control, and availability.

  

 

Day 9

Ultimate Kuranda Tour with Rainforestation Nature Park

Climb aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Cairns, riding over the deep ravines and cascading waterfalls of Barron Gorge National Park as you make your way to Kuranda—the village in the rainforest. At the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, stroll landscaped gardens as electric blue Ulysses butterflies and emerald Cairns Bird Wings flutter around you. Explore the village's markets and galleries before your ride to Rainforestation Nature Park.

 

Refuel with an Aussie-style barbecue lunch at the park, and then continue your adventure with a journey through the rainforest by water and by land on an amphibious Duck vehicle. Ride to a tropical fruit orchard, where jackfruit and mangoes hang heavy from the trees, and listen as your driver points out native birds, reptiles, and plants.

 

From there, indigenous Pamagirri guides welcome you to a tree-framed amphitheater. Watch a traditional Corroboree dance performance, try your hand at boomerang throwing, and listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo as your guide plays this ancient aboriginal instrument.

 

At the Koala and Wildlife Park, get up close to all manner of native Aussie critters, from wombats and dingos to kangaroos—you can even see the elusive cassowary. Finally, go for a ride on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, skimming over the top of the rainforest canopy. Hop off at Red Peak Station to walk the forest floor, and take in the vista from Barron Falls for a spectacular snapshot to top off your day.

 

Inclusions:

  • Ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns to Kuranda

  • Admission to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

  • Admission to Rainforestation Nature Park

  • Admission to the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

  • Admission to the Koala and Wildlife Park

  • Ride on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

  • Guided Duck tour

  • Lunch

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

Exclusions:

  • Additional meals and beverages

  • Additional activities and attractions in Kuranda Village

  • Photos with koalas or crocodiles at the Koala and Wildlife Park

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 10

Full Day Daintree Rainforest Tour

Explore the incredibly diverse rainforest of the Daintree National Park on this full-day tour. Spot exotic wildlife, stop for a secluded lunch and take a fascinating interpretive walk through the rainforest.

 

Experience the best parts of the region between Port Douglas and north, over the Daintree River and beyond. Head up to the Alexandra Lookout, then venture deeper into the rainforest with your expert guide. On this easy, informative trek, explore the lush jungle and its diverse range of reptiles, amphibians and tropical birds.

 

Spot crocodiles in the wild from a river cruise, the only boat permitted to operate on Cooper Inlet, a favourite haunt of the enormous estuarine crocodile. Enjoy a well-deserved lunch with seasonal fruits at a hidden resort. Keep a look out for the striking butterflies and dazzling kingfishers that call this area home.
 

Guests can purchase a delicious treat as we visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Sample four exotic fruit flavours in a cup, an adventure for your taste buds

 

Inclusions:

  • Guided walks through the Daintree Rainforest

  • River cruise spotting estuarine crocodiles

  • Morning tea in the rainforest

  • Lunch with beverages at Heritage Lodge

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

  • Alexandra Lookout

  • Insect repellent and umbrellas

Exclusions:

  • Ice cream from the Daintree Ice Cream Company is at guests own expense

 

Day 11

Evening Rainforest Wildlife Tour with Dinner

Venture into the depths of the Australian rainforest on a guided evening tour that allows you to spot native wildlife in their natural habitats. Come up close to species like the platypus, wallabies, and bandicoot while learning about rainforest vegetation and the customs of Aboriginal tribes.

 

Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Cairns City or Northern Beaches before heading south to view the agile wallabies that live within the city’s limits. After a scenic drive up the Gillies Range, stop in to view the Cathedral Fig tree - an 800-year-old tree with a giant root system.

 

The next stop on the itinerary is world renowned Lake Barrine, a volcanic crater lake nestled amongst the rainforest. Enjoy an afternoon tea overlooking the lake before venturing into the rainforest for a guided walk. Look for wildlife such as Boyd's Forest Dragon, Musky Rat Kangaroo and rainforest birds and learn how the local aboriginal tribes use some of the plants and vegetation.

 

Stop at Lake Eacham, an extinct volcanic lake to look for Saw Shelled Turtles, Archerfish and Eastern Water Dragons, before arriving to a private viewing platform to spot the unique platypus. Nine times out of ten we see this incredibly elusive animal!

 

Enjoy dinner at a local country restaurant in Yungaburra, before our nighttime spotlighting adventure begins. As we walk under the night stars, and into the World Heritage Rainforest, we may be lucky enough to spot a Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo, Northern Leaf Tailed Gecko, Ringtail Possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more (most are endemic to the region). Every night is full of discoveries.

 

The tour ends in Cairns at around 10:00pm where you will be dropped off at your hotel or other accommodation.

 

Inclusions:

  • Guided tour from Cairns to Atherton Tablelands

  • National Park entrance fees

  • Binoculars, flashlights, and rain ponchos

  • Afternoon tea, dinner, and refreshment

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

Exclusions:

  • Meals not listed as Inclusions

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 12

Best of The Cairns Tablelands

Explore and learn about the amazingly diverse region known as the Atherton Tablelands. Showcasing the high-country west of Cairns, the tour will provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the unique and amazing local history, characters, and extraordinary wildlife all combined with a chance to taste some of the best produce in Australia.

 

From Cairns we climb to 500 metres above sea-level and drive out of the rainforest and on to the multi-cultural village of Mareeba and award-winning Coffee Works for an introduction to Australia’s largest coffee growing region. Travel through coffee plantations, sugar cane, and the townships of Tolga and Atherton on route to Herberton and its Historic Village. Enjoy a selection of local tropical fruit and Gallos cheese platter with a cup of local tea.

 

Then it's onto lunch stop at the Australian Platypus Centre and Smokehouse Café along Queensland’s highest scenic drive with epic views of the Tablelands and the Great Dividing Range. Walk into the forest to view one of Australia’s oldest trees, The Curtain Fig Tree; standing at 500 years old. Finish the day at Tropical North Queensland’s only distillery at Mt Uncle and celebrate a beautiful day of exploration, learning and fun

 

Inclusions:

  • A main course lunch selection

  • Unlimited Coffee and Chocolate tasting for morning tea

  • All national park and attraction entry fees

  • Fully Guided Tour

  • Sample locally crafted beer and wines

  • Tropical fruit and local cheese tasting plate

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

Exclusions:

  • Transfers from Port Douglas - Self Drive to Smithfield

  • Afternoon Tea

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 13

Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest

Where the Great Barrier Reef fringes the Coral Coast, the Daintree Rainforest meets the shore. On this full-day tour, see why the combination of tropical forest, pristine white-sand beaches, and luminous, life-filled waters have earned this region World Heritage status.

 

Head north along the Captain Cook Highway to the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site. At your first stop, the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, walk along elevated boardwalks as you see the flora, fauna, and characteristics of the area's 3 primary ecosystems—rainforests, wetlands, and grasslands. Enjoy morning tea before you continue to Daintree National Park.

 

A quick ferry ride shuttles you across the Daintree River to the northern section of the park and Cape Tribulation. Birdsong and jungle sounds surround you as you enjoy a fresh, flavorful lunch.

 

Next, on the picture-perfect Cape Tribulation beach, stroll along the shore with the sand between your toes or stick to the boardwalk as you explore the headlands. At the Alexandra Lookout, take in sweeping vistas over the Daintree River and the Coral Sea. The final leg of your adventure is a boat ride along the Daintree River. Float through the mangroves and watch for movement in the swampy waters. You might spot a powerful python or the swishing, scaly tail of a crocodile.

 

Inclusions:

  • Guided tour of Daintree National Park

  • Guided cruise on the Daintree River

  • Guided rainforest walk

  • National park fees and admission to Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

  • Morning tea and lunch

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Transportation or guided walk to and from your hotel (depends on tour start site)

Exclusions:

  • Food and beverages not listed above

  • Gratuities (Optional)

 

Day 14

Transportation to Airport for flight to Sydney. You will be met at the Airport and transported to your Hotel where you will have time to relax or we will guide you to some local sites or shopping areas.

 

Day 15

Travel to airport for flight to USA

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Inclusions:
- Transport via taxi, train, and boat
- Airport pickup and hotel drop off and pickup
- Accommodation in 4 or 5 star hotels

- Shared rooms
- Meals: 
complimentary hotel breakfasts

Exclusions:
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visas
- Inbound and Outbound flights
- Cameras and batteries

- Meals: lunch, dinner and snacks at your discretion

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