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Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

Visit some of Australia's favorite icons - stay on an island in the Whitsundays surrounded by brilliant white sand and stunning clear ocean. Spend time in the world's oldest rainforest and fall asleep to the sounds of Australian wildlife. Visit Sydney for an exciting city stay, right on beautiful Sydney Harbour with the sparkling Opera House as the backdrop.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Family, Sun & Sand, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Sydney
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price. 

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.

Day 3 – Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
On arrival into Sydney make your way to the domestic terminal for your flight to Hamilton Island; located in the magnificent Whitsunday’s and close to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B)

Day 4 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B)

Day 5 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B)

Day 6 – At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Palm Bungalows (B)

Day 7 – Whitsunday Islands to Cairns
Upon arrival into Cairns you will be transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest.

The heart of the tropical north, Cairns offers great access to reef and islands and is a perfect base for exploring the wider region. With 600 day tours departing the city daily there is plenty to do.

Starting Accommodation: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa (B)

Day 8 – Daintree Rainforest Tour
Travel toward the southern reaches of Cape Tribulation National Park. A stop is made to walk on Maardja Boardwalk in a spectacular and fascinating rainforest mangrove area.  We visit the Daintree Environmental Centre for the opportunity to understand more about this unique part of the world.  Climb the canopy tower and experience life from the tree-tops.

Following morning tea, the trail leads inland to Thorntons Peak.  Immerse yourself in the natural environment, swimming in pristine streams and feasting on gourmet sandwiches deep in the rainforest.  Travel to Cooper Creek for a 1-hour discovery cruise.  Watch for abundant bird-life, pythons and the estuarine crocodiles that inhabit this coastal mangrove system (sightings not guaranteed).

En route back to your resort, pleasure your taste buds with exotic homemade ice cream at the Daintree Ice Cream Factory (own expense).  Tour duration is 8 hours.

Starting Accommodation: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa (B, L)

Day 9 – At leisure, Daintree Rainforest
Named in 1770 by Captain Cook, for the trouble he ran into before grounding his ship on a nearby reef, Cape Tribulation is anything but that for visitors today. The experience now is incomparable relaxation. A genuinely delightful holiday is in store for you. You can bushwalk, horse-ride, kayak, snorkel, fish in the estuaries or simply let go in one of Australia's most beautiful settings.

The dense rainforest reaches all the way down to the coast from rugged mountains rising in the west, with ancient, exotic plant life bordering the waterfalls and clear jungle streams. The area is home to some of the oldest species of ferns, including the renowned Angiopteris, the largest in the world.

Starting Accommodation: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa (B)

Day 10 – Cairns to Sydney
Transfer back to Cairns for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated – Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there’s much more to offer.

Sydney’s sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s flanked by golden beaches and bush land, and is bisected by one of the most famous bridges in the world. Islands sprinkle its waters, and it’s crisscrossed by all manner of craft, from water taxis and yachts to tour boats and ferries.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 11 – Sydney City Tour
Sydney truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its spectacular harbor setting, fascinating convict history, bustling downtown area and an exciting blend of architecture, ranging from convict built early colonial style reflecting our heritage, through to the world famous Sydney Opera House.

Enjoy a city sights tour, which will provide you with an introduction to the highlights of this fabulous city, giving you a taste of what you may wish to further explore during your stay.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 12 – At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance from your accommodation – Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks, etc.

During your stay ideally you should take a harbor cruise around one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, maybe take a short trip to one of the wildlife parks to see the unique animals Australia has. Climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge for some awesome views, and after all that, enjoy the great restaurants that Sydney has to offer. The local chefs take full advantage of the fresh seafood and produce.

Starting Accommodation: Travelodge Sydney

Day 13 – Sydney to USA
You will be met and transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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Highlighted Activities

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest
Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest
Length: Full-day


Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
5/1/2019 - 6/30/2019$2,415$4,305
7/1/2019 - 8/31/2019$2,415$4,365
9/1/2019 - 9/30/2019$2,510$4,435
10/1/2019 - 3/31/2020$3,470$4,645
Single Traveler
5/1/2019 - 6/30/2019$4,410$8,025
7/1/2019 - 8/31/2019$4,410$8,135
9/1/2019 - 9/30/2019$4,600$8,275
10/1/2019 - 3/31/2020$4,600$8,695

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: