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
Day By Day
Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney
Welcome to Sydney. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.Starting Accommodation:
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:
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:
Day 4 – Travel to the Whitsunday Islands
Takeoff to Hamilton Island and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
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:
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:
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:
Day 8 – Travel to Cairns
Takeoff to Cairns and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
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:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 – Thala Beach Nature Reserve at Leisure
Thala's Nature Reserve supports many interesting and rare habitats with a constantly changing kaleidoscope of natural wonders, making the experience very rewarding for naturalists and wildlife photographers. Their highly knowledgeable rangers and guides are there to show you Thala's many wildlife secrets. Complimentary tours, walks and presentations are offered for Thala's guests, the days of operation varies each week, therefore not all experiences may be offered during your time of stay.
Nature and Garden Walk: You will be guided through 145 acres of a variety of native flora. The guides delight in sharing their extensive knowledge and passion for the environment. Amongst rare Littoral rainforest clinging to the sandy dunes and the soft shade of eucalypts you will enjoy the scamper of native fauna. There are many exciting plants and animals at Thala.
Guided Bird Walk: You will be thrilled at the color and variety of the species to be found at Thala. An early start to hear the first chorus of Thala's birds in full song is a wonderful way to welcome a new day. Pick up a bird sighting calendar from the adventure desk and see if you can add to the extensive number of varieties spotted so far.
Coconut Odyssey Tour: Not only do you get to drink & eat from the very young green coconut to the little known 'Coconut Apple' - you will also learn the truth about the health benefits of coconuts. The 'Tree Of Life' has astonishing advantages from helping to reducing body fat and lowering cholesterol, to building the immune system. A tour that helps you lose weight without exercising!
Star Gazing: Thala's night sky is free from light pollution and filled with millions of stars. Surrounded by sounds of the rainforest and ocean - enjoy an introduction to the beautiful Southern Constellations from an experienced and passionate guide. View many fascinating stars and planets using telescopes and binoculars at the unique outdoor observatory.
Indigenous presentation by Kuku Yalangi people (Mondays): Elders from the local aboriginal community come and share their stories as passed on from previous generations including the history of their ancient cultural traditions. You will enjoy seeing and learning the value of bush tucker food, the knowledge of which has been nurtured since the age of the hunter-gatherer. The haunting rhythms of the traditional Didgeridoo is being incorporated into many forms of contemporary music, here it will take you back to the beginnings of the aboriginal Dreamtime.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Depart Cairns
You will be transferred directly from your accommodation to Cairns Airport. Meals:
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.|
|10/1/2023 - 12/31/2023||$5,655|
|1/1/2024 - 1/31/2024||$5,830|
|2/1/2024 - 3/31/2024||$5,540|
|10/1/2023 - 12/31/2023||$10,535|
|1/1/2024 - 1/31/2024||$10,885|
|2/1/2024 - 3/31/2024||$10,310|
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