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Taste of Australia

Satisfy your senses on this Aussie adventure. Enjoy the crystal clear waters and white sand beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, traverse the lush Daintree Rainforest and explore two of Australia’s best cities. Some highlights include a full day tour of Kangaroo Island, where you can get up close and personal with this iconic Australian animal, and a tour of tour of the world class city of Sydney. The perfect combination of beaches, wildlife and city life, Taste of Australia is the perfect sampling of it all.

Note: Silky Oaks Lodge will be closed from April 22, 2020 to October 11, 2020. Your Travel Expert will find a comparable alternative.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Sun & Sand, Wildlife

Taste of AustraliaTaste of Australia

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 Hamilton Island, 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: Hamilton Island Palm Bungalow

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. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Hamilton Island Palm Bungalow

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: Hamilton Island Palm Bungalow

Day 6 – Whitsunday Islands to Cairns
Upon arrival into Cairns you will be transferred to your accommodation up in the Daintree Rainforest.

The Daintree Rainforest north of Cairns in Tropical Far North Queensland Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the world. It is home to the largest range of plants and animals on earth, and all are found within the largest chunk of rainforest in Australia.

Starting Accommodation: Daintree Ecolodge

Day 7 – Daintree Rainforest Tour
Travel toward the southern reaches of Cape Tribulation National Park. Walk on Maardja Boardwalk in a spectacular and fascinating rainforest mangrove area. 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 Ecolodge (B, L)

Day 8 – 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 Ecolodge (B)

Day 9 – Cairns to Adelaide (Via Sydney or Melbourne)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Adelaide. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

The gracious capital of South Australia, Adelaide is the City of Churches, orderly streets, manicured parks and superb restaurants, where cultures from all over the world have contributed to a vibrant, energetic community. Adelaide is today, an orderly, airy city ringed by beautiful parks and gardens and graced with elegant sandstone buildings and cottages.

There are more restaurants per head of population than any other Australian city. From expensive bistros to the formal and exotic, most serve a range of outstanding local wines from the famous 'valleys' nearby. Home to over one million people, Adelaide is best explored on foot to properly experience the wealth of art galleries and museums, festivals, markets, cafe society and superb shopping.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide (B)

Day 10 – Kangaroo Island Tour
Today you will take the brief flight to Kangaroo Island for a full day of touring. Highlights will include a visit to Seal Bay, where you can walk with a Park Ranger amongst a colony of rare Australian Sea Lions resting on the beach after their long fishing expeditions.

Discover the Island's most renowned park, Flinders Chase National Park, a sanctuary for numerous native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and Cape Barren Geese. On the southern tip of Flinders Chase National Park are Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch, both providing great photographic opportunities.

Return to Kingscote for your return fight to Adelaide. Today’s excursion includes round trip air, full day touring, National Park fees and lunch.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide (L)

Day 11 – At leisure, Adelaide
Adelaide is often regarded as the most beautiful city in Australia with its parklands surrounding the city and its unique walking mall. You have easy access to the famous Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine districts, beautiful beaches and the Mt Lofty Ranges and Cleland National Park. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

Day 12 – Adelaide to Sydney
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight to Sydney. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

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: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Day 13 – Sydney City Tour
Enjoy a morning touring Sydney's glorious city, harbor and famous beaches. Pass through the historic Rocks area and circular en route to Bondi Beach where we stop for morning tea (own expense). The tour will travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Double Bay, and you will view the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Day 14 – At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore the city of Sydney. It’s been said that Sydney never sleeps. In daylight hours the city buzzes with life and remains active long after workers have left their offices. All-night pubs, cutting-edge dance clubs, and gay reviews could keep you out until dawn. Fancy a late-night meal or a final coffee - that’s not a problem. Be seen on trendy Oxford Street from Darlinghurst to Paddington or try the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Surry Hills, the quay or the Rocks. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

Day 15 – Sydney to USA
You will be met and transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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Included Activities

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


Hamilton Island (Reef View Hotel)
qualia, Great Barrier Reef
Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Ecolodge
Silky Oaks Lodge
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
InterContinental Adelaide
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney


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
10/12/2020 - 3/31/2021
Single Traveler
10/12/2020 - 3/31/2021

Add internal air to this package from $1,065*

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