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East Coast Spectacular

Stretch down the eastern coastline, absorbing culture, scenery, and a whole lot of sun on our East Coast Spectacular tour. Hitting all the major spots up the coast, you’ll experience Melbourne, the metropolitan cultural center of Australia, the natural beauty of Tasmania, the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the iconic sights of Sydney and so much more! City life is great – that’s why we’ll have time to explore thee of the major cities – but there’s much more for you to see in Australia. Whether you’re enjoying the Koalas and Kangaroos, in the Wild tour (a perfect opportunity to appreciate Australia’s diverse wildlife), the Port Arthur tour around the lesser discovered Tasman Peninsula, or snorkeling with the wide array of aquatic life on the Great Barrier Reef, this tour has you hitting all the hot spots the East Coast has to offer.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Family, On the Water, Wildlife

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East Coast Spectacular
East Coast Spectacular

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Melbourne

Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Starting Accommodation: Crown Promenade Melbourne


Day 2 – Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Take a small group tour of the Great Ocean Road that allows guests time to fully enjoy views of one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Walk through an authentic eucalyptus forest, listen to and see native birds, come into close contact with koalas and wallabies at the renowned Great Ocean Road Eco-lodge, watch the ocean crashing on the rocks, stop for a coffee or a walk on the beach and finally be amazed by the ancient rock formations, the Twelve Apostles. Enjoy the scenic drive southwest of Melbourne past the City of Geelong (Victoria's second largest city) with spectacular views of the Southern Ocean known as the Surf Coast. A stop is made for a coffee at Split Point Lighthouse. (Traveling in a small group allows for more regular photo stops along the way to make the most of the views.) Wildlife in the area (depending on the season) includes whales, dolphins, kangaroos, echidnas, bandicoots and many different birds. Apollo Bay has a variety of cafes and restaurants to stop at for lunch (not included). See koalas and tiger quolls close-up on the Eucalyptus Forest Walk at the renowned Great Ocean Road Ecolodge. Visit the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge before returning to the city.

Starting Accommodation: Crown Promenade Melbourne


Day 3 – Melbourne At Leisure

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city (after Sydney), but it is second to none when it comes to fashion, festivals and sport. Set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay, the city itself is laid out in a large rectangle. She boasts a lively, cosmopolitan pulse, sitting on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about three miles from the bay. Visitors come for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Residents stay for its cultural diversity, passion for the arts and enviable sports calendar. Melbourne is renowned for playing host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized events each year, including the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the ever-impressive two-mile horse race, The Melbourne Cup. This is a major event that spreads an addictive buzz through the city streets. You can be sure that locals and visitors alike will embrace the energy surrounding it.

Explore the famous lane-ways and arcades of the city, catch a tram to trendy Southgate, rub shoulders with locals at the Queen Victoria Market or take in a show at the ornate Princess Theatre. For a break from the hustle and bustle, cruise along the Yarra River, or head out to one of the many beautiful beaches just outside of the city. Go in search of the unique Australian animals like Koalas, Kangaroos and the Little Penguins, and see them in the wild just an hour or two outside Melbourne. Explore one of the premier wine regions in Australia exporting wines to the U.S. to find your Yarra Valley blend. It is the closest wine region to any major Australian city, just an hour out of the city, but worlds away from the bustling streets of Melbourne.

Starting Accommodation: Crown Metropol Melbourne


Day 4 – Travel to Hobart and Self Drive Hobart to Freycinet

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

Starting Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge


Day 5 – Day at Leisure in Freycinet

Freycinet National Park is loaded with natural assets, including the pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range that dominate the Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout is a bit of a scramble, but it's well worth it for one of Tasmania's most photographed views.There are many more short walks across the park that are suitable for all abilities and that lead to secluded bays, clean beaches and bird-filled lagoons. For an excellent half day trek, continue on from the Wineglass Bay lookout down to the beautiful, perfectly curved beach and back to the park entrance via the Hazards Range for amazing views of Great Oyster Bay and the coastline surrounding the sleepy seaside village of Swansea. The Hazards look their  best at sunrise and sunset when the pink granite glows bright and brilliant. For a longer trek, take on the whole length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a minimum two day walk, taking in more remote places like Cooks Beach and Bryans Beach. Be prepared with water and supplies and take your time for an even longer stay in this beautiful part of Tasmania.

Starting Accommodation: Freycinet Lodge


Day 6 – Self Drive Freycinet National Park to Hobart

You are at your leisure for this 2.5-to-3-hour drive down the East Coast to Hobart. The distance is approximately 125 miles.

Starting Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hobart


Day 7 – Bonorong Feeding Frenzy & Day at Leisure in Hobart

Bonorong Park was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. Owner, Greg Irons, has had a lifetime passion for animal rehabilitation and releasing animals back into the wild, and he has turned Bonorong into a sanctuary that focuses on education, rehabilitation and the release of native wildlife. The staff at Bonorong is very experienced in interpretation and wildlife husbandry. Enjoy an exclusive, guided feeding tour of the park where visitors engage with the animals in a very special and individual way. During this unforgettable excursion, experiences may include feeding the wombats their breakfast, giving the cockies (cockatoos) their wattle treats, feeding the echidnas as they snuffle around your feet, having a tug of war with a Tassie devil, feeding Bonorong's two special species of quoll (can you spot their differences?), putting in some fresh leaves for the koalas and watching them while they snack, hand-feeding the tawny frogmouth to watch him swallow his food whole, throwing lunch to the kookaburra and seeing how well he can catch and getting up the courage to hold a blue-tongued lizard. The excursion is two and a half hours. Wear casual clothes, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Please bring your own lunch - cool drinks and coffee are available in the gift shop. If you are driving, follow the A1 (the highway between Hobart and Launceston) from Hobart. When in the township of Brighton, follow the signs to Bonorong. Car parking is provided.

Hobart is a pleasant potpourri of history and harbor-front living. Colonial cottages line narrow lanes in Battery Point while convict-built sandstone warehouses serve cocktails and creative cuisine at Constitution Dock. Dockside decadence quickly gives way to serene slopes as you approach Mount Wellington which towers 4,000 feet above the city. Walking trails and rugged roads wind their way to the summit where you can visit Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia. Sweeten your stay in Hobart with a tour of the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Factory. On Saturdays, be sure to see the colorful Salamanca markets. Step back in time with a visit to the Port Arthur historic site; the impressive architecture, delightful gardens and chilling prison facilities survive today for exploration. For art lovers, visit MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, opened in January 2011 and situated on the River Derwent, just north of Hobart. MONA houses a diverse collection that ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world's most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art.

Starting Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hobart


Day 8 – Travel to Cairns

Travel to Cairns and transfer to Palm Cove.

Starting Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove


Day 9 – Reef Magic Cruise Marine World

Reef Magic Cruises has exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life. Benefit from the local knowledge of a Cairns family-owned company and the friendly Australian atmosphere for which Reef Magic is renowned. Depart from Cairns on a fast, stable catamaran that proves a smoother ride and reduced travel time. That leaves more of your day to experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. The modern, fast catamarans are never filled to capacity, which ensures unmatched space, comfort and attentive service. The all-weather Marine World platform caters to all activity levels. Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, go scuba diving (no experience necessary) or join the Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari. If you are not a confident swimmer, then stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass-bottom boat or underwater observatory. Try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet, or soar above it all on a spectacular Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight (both are optional extra activities).

With 5 hours at the reef, there is time to do it all. If simply relaxing and soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style, then take time out on the spacious sundeck where you will also find the region's only reef-based massage therapist. Your day includes unlimited snorkel with all equipment (including wet-suits if required) and instruction, semi-submersible tours, glass-bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, marine biologist presentation, hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and complimentary tea/coffee/water all day. Available at additional cost are prescription masks, guided snorkel tours, introductory or certified diving, helmet dives and helicopter flights.

Starting Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove
Meals: Lunch


Day 10 – Palm Cove At Leisure

Palm Cove is a glorious beach-side community bursting with fun activities for holiday makers, yet it still retains a relaxed seaside atmosphere with sensitive levels of development. Located only 25 minutes north from the hustle and bustle of Cairns, and 40 minutes from the presidential holiday town of Port Douglas, Palm Cove is situated in the perfect location to explore the many attractions of Far North Queensland. Escape to a forest-fringed oasis where you will find peace and plenty instead of people and plans. Immaculate beaches, succulent cuisine and a heritage all its own, Palm Cove is a beacon of tropical paradise.

Starting Accommodation: The Reef House Palm Cove


Day 11 – Travel to Sydney

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

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 12 – Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour & BridgeClimb Summit Day Climb

Venture behind the scenes in one of the world's truly great performing arts complexes and see where the magic is made! The Backstage Tour departs at 7:00am each morning to ensure visitors access to the 'inner sanctum areas' which are restricted during the day due to rehearsals and crews at work. The 90-minute tours are conducted by experienced guides who share some of the secrets of 'The House' and real-life dramas behind the curtain. Visitors may have the unique opportunity to stand on stage, where superstars have previously performed, stride the orchestra pit like a maestro, or relax in a star's dressing room. Explore the less glamorous parts too of the precincts of the stage hands and crew, such as scenery dock. The tour concludes at 8:30am in the Green Room of the Opera House where a light breakfast is served until 9:00am. On Sundays, and other times where the Green Room may not be available, breakfast will be served at the Sidewalk Cafe on the lower concourse.

BridgeClimb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by a professional BridgeClimb leader on an adventure of the world's most recognizable bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360-degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 13 – Sydney At Leisure

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.

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: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 14 – Depart Sydney

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Sydney International Airport.


Included Activites


Pricing

Package Level: Superior

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
12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021$3,525
1/1/2022 - 1/31/2022$3,725
2/1/2022 - 3/31/2022$3,670
Single Traveler
12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021$5,995
1/1/2022 - 1/31/2022$6,405
2/1/2022 - 3/31/2022$6,285

Add internal air to this package from $1,200*


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:

13 Nights

Pricing:

From $3,525 Per Person

Destinations:

Melbourne; Freycinet National Park; Hobart; Palm Cove; Sydney

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 3 nights Melbourne
  • Great Ocean Road Day Tour
  • 2 nights Freycinet National Park
  • 2 nights Hobart
  • Bonorong Feeding Frenzy
  • 3 nights Palm Cove
  • Reef Magic Cruise Marine World
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour
  • BridgeClimb Summit - Day Climb
  • Meals: 2 breakfast, 2 lunches 
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