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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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Sydney, Reef and Rainforest
Sydney, Reef and Rainforest
Sydney, Reef and Rainforest
Sydney, Reef and Rainforest

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney


Day 2 – Sydney In Style Tour & Sydney at Leisure

Depart from your Sydney hotel to discover the fabulous city of Sydney. You will travel through the business district and shopping areas, see Darling Harbour and the vibrant China Town and drive along Oxford Street with its trendy terrace houses and boutique fashion shops. See Centennial Park, a 220-hectare urban parkland in Eastern Sydney. Reaching the coastline, see Bronte and Tamarama, then go on to explore the famous Bondi Beach. Spend 30 minutes walking the promenade or enjoying a coffee overlooking the beach.

From here, continue along the coastal drive past Macquarie Lighthouse to the Southern Headland of Sydney Harbour. Visit Watsons Bay before following the harbor foreshore towards Sydney City. You pass some of Australia's most exclusive waterfront suburbs where harbor mansions may be seen. Drive through Vaucluse, Double Bay before reaching the colorful Kings Cross. Head through Woolloomooloo and see the famous Harry's Cafe De Wheels. Visit Sydney's Botanical Gardens and enjoy some spectacular Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. Return to Sydney's CBD via Saint Mary's Cathedral, historic convict buildings, State Parliament House and the historical quarter of the 'Rocks.' Visit Sydney's Observatory Hill for amazing views over Sydney Harbour to the Blue Mountains.

Later explore the city of Sydney. It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.

It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney


Day 3 – Sydney, Australia - At Leisure

There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney


Day 4 – Travel to the Whitsunday Islands

Takeoff to Hamilton Island and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Starting Accommodation: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort


Day 5 – Hayman Island At Leisure

Hayman Island offers a range of activities and excursions for you to do as much, or as little, as you want during your stay. The Watersports Centre can help you discover one of the most beautiful water playgrounds in the world. Hayman's world class Marina complex is here to give you the opportunity to indulge in a multitude of Watersports activities.

Island Escapes: An excursion not to be missed - take advantage of the many surrounding beaches and allow our staff to recommend a beach that suits your desires for an hour, or a day. Order a picnic lunch through In Room Dining, pick up snorkeling gear or just a towel, spend the day snorkeling or sun tanning and return feeling totally refreshed.

Sunset Escapes: The Whitsundays are blessed with some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. Relax and sip champagne, nibble on your cheese platter and reminisce about your special holiday on Hayman. The watersports crew will advise the best beach options available on the day and then pick you up just after sunset.

Starting Accommodation: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Meals: Breakfast


Day 6 – Hayman Island At Leisure

Take advantage of some of the activities Hayman Island has to offer.

Whitehaven Beach Experience: Cruise on one of Hayman's Luxury Vessels to the beautiful silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. Swim, sunbathe or stroll along the 6 kilometers of pure white silica beach on uninhabited Whitsunday Island. A tantalizing buffet lunch, with beverages, will be served onboard.

Dive and Snorkel Day Tours: The Whitsunday Islands unlock easy access to the Great Barrier Reef’s stunning, colorful underwater world of coral and marine-life. With ideal water temperatures all year round, you can explore the huge biodiversity of species and habitats that make it one of the most complex natural systems on Earth.

Guided Jet Ski Adventures: Join your qualified and experienced jet ski guide on an epic 1 hour jet ski adventure, where you will drive your own jet ski around the waters of Hayman Island, seeing sea turtles and other marine life up close. This adrenaline-packed adventure combines jet skiing with a spectacular scenic tour of the north Queensland islands. With small group sizes and highly trained and qualified guides, you will receive a comprehensive safety briefing before heading out on the water.

Starting Accommodation: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 – Hayman Island At Leisure

Take advantage of some of the activities Hayman Island has to offer.

Fishing:  The charter fishing boat features an array of rods, reels and tackle.  Our experienced crew are available to take you game fishing or bottom fishing for half or full day charters.

Kayaking: Join a tropical expedition among island fringing reefs. Paddle at a leisurely pace to any one of the local islands, snorkel over coral gardens teeming with fish, wander along pristine beaches, or simply relax and take it all in. This eco tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this unique world heritage Marine Park.

Starting Accommodation: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 – Travel to Cairns

Takeoff to Cairns and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Starting Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9 – Walkabout Adventures - Ngana Julaymba Dungay

Spend the day with a local Aboriginal tour guide, learning about culturally significant areas and the relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land. Learn the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area. Enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices, have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. Complete the adventure by cooling off in a pristine freshwater stream.

Starting Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10 – Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree Rainforest - Signature Experiences

Silky Oaks Lodge offers a range of lodge-based experiences allowing you to relax and discover the surrounding rainforest and Mossman River at your own pace. Complimentary activities include a guided walk, morning yoga class, exclusive access to the Fig Tree Rapids walking trail, river swimming and snorkeling, use of mountain bikes, river kayaks and the gymnasium. Silky Oaks Lodge operates a complimentary return shuttle for guests to and from Port Douglas once per day, per schedule, subject to availability.

For an introduction to the rainforest, join the lodge guide on a daily walk around the property’s beautiful grounds. This walk is offered on a shared basis with fellow guests at a scheduled time. A series of marked trails are perfect for self-guided hikes.

Exploring the natural oasis of the Mossman River is as easy as wading in from the shallows and sinking into the crystal-clear waters of the billabong. Alternatively, float along in a kayak or take a snorkel and fins for a closer look down below.

Guided yoga classes each morning take a gentle pace and suit all fitness and experience levels. Held in an open-air pavilion, cares slip away with the soothing sound of the Mossman River. Sessions are shared with fellow guests at a scheduled time.

There is also a selection of local operators who together offer a host of experiences and adventures in the region, from hot-air-ballooning and helicopter tours to indigenous cultural walks, off-the-beaten-track driving safaris and diving the Great Barrier Reef. The team at Silky Oaks Lodge can assist with bookings and arrangements to tailor an ideal stay, additional charges apply.

Starting Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11 – Depart Cairns

You will be transferred directly from your accommodation to Cairns Airport.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Deluxe

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

Twin Share
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$6,565
12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$7,245
1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023$6,740
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$6,450
Single Traveler
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$11,905
12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$13,260
1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023$12,250
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$11,675

Add internal air to this package from $655*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. 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: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

10 Nights

Pricing:

From $6,450 Per Person

Destinations:

Sydney; Whitsundays; Daintree Rainforest

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • Sydney city tour
  • 4 nights Whitsunday Islands
  • 3 nights Daintree Rainforest
  • Walkabout Adventures - Ngana Julaymba Dungay
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
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