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Journey to some of Australia’s most iconic destinations. From Sydney, with its architectural Opera House and Harbour Bridge, to the wondrous outback that is home to the pulsating heart of the nation—Uluru—that rises impressively from the red desert earth. This monolith is sacred to the local Aboriginal people and is rich in geological and cultural significance. Get your feet wet in Cairns, an aquatic haven, and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration before entering the arrivals hall. Your driver will be in the terminal at the designated waiting area to the rear of the arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will arrive at the designated waiting area 30 minutes after your flight's scheduled time of arrival and will wait for 60 minutes thereafter. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodations by private vehicle.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 2 – The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour & Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise

The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. This tour experience is Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. The tour is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share their cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal People lived in the area. 

Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers, including swimming and fishing - or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
Meals: Lunch


Day 3 – 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 4 – Travel to Ayers Rock & Uluru Sunset Viewing

You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport. 

Takeoff to Ayers Rock and continue on the next stage of your adventure. Upon arrival in Ayers Rock, you will be transferred from the airport to your accommodation. 

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry fee has been included with your tour today. 

Experience the many moods of Uluru at sunset with an uninterrupted view. Admire the immensity of Uluru as you immerse yourself in the environmental changes of this world-renowned icon. Photographers will love this Postcard view of Uluru sunset. Relax with a glass of sparkling wine and light refreshments as the sun sets in the west. You will return to your accommodations at Yulara Resort.

Starting Accommodation: Desert Gardens


Day 5 – Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & A Night at Field of Light

Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. Learn about this diverse environment while walking between the mighty conglomerate rock walls and into Walpa Gorge. Hear how the many domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. 

A night at Field of Light combines the award-winning 'Sounds of Silence' buffet BBQ dinner under the outback sky with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation. With magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, a special three-course bush tucker menu, premium selection of Australian wines & beers, fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation, your 'A Night at Field of Light' experience is complete.

Your evening begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. As the sun sets on the horizon to the music of a lone didgeridoo, enjoy gourmet canapés and chilled sparkling wine. As darkness falls and the colored lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently come to life, join your table of fellow travelers for an exceptional three-course menu infused with bush tucker flavors. As the night ignites with countless stars, settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky.

The host will provide insights to the art installation that awaits you, before you're invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light, its pathways glistening softly with rhythms of colored light, beckoning you to explore. Take a lasting look back at Field of Light from the dune top viewing area before boarding the return transfer to Yulara Resort.

Starting Accommodation: Desert Gardens
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 – Travel to Cairns

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

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns


Day 7 – Dreamtime Snorkel and Dive Cruise

Enjoy one of Cairns’ most unique and exclusive Great Barrier Reef tours. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel invites you to step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites, Moore Reef & Milln or Flynn Reef. At Moore Reef, you will have the opportunity to explore the underwater world with snorkeling and an included guided snorkel tour conducted by an expert Master Reef guide, Marine Biologist or Indigenous guide. You may also choose to splash out with extra activities such as an introductory or certified dive (additional cost for dives).

Todays full day tour includes an Indigenous welcome and acknowledgement, with the Great Barrier Reef creation story, and five hours to explore and gain a deeper cultural understanding of this diverse ecosystem and Australia's indigenous hertitage. Snorkel equipment and lycra or wet suits are provided, and lunch, tea/coffee and drinking water are available throughout the day.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Meals: Lunch


Day 8 – Daintree Dreaming - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing

Experience the region's rich Aboriginal history and culture on this exclusive journey from coast to rainforest. Travel is with a small group (maximum 16).

Travel along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives as you head north of Port Douglas to Cooya Beach (Kuku Kuku). This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji people and has three diverse ecosystems - beaches, mangroves and coastal reefs. Join a member of the Kubirri Warra clan on their daily journey through these ecosystems to spear and gather food for their family. You will be introduced to their traditional fishing and gathering techniques that have been passed down through generations and are still used today by their people.

Next, travel to the Mossman Gorge Centre where you are greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by the Aboriginal people with a specialized cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. Enjoy lunch in the café before embarking on the Rainforest Walk. Wander through the lush rainforest of Manjal Dimbi (Mossman Gorge); home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. Experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests with your Adventure North Australia Aboriginal guide. Enjoy an easy walk across boardwalks, tracks and bridges that protect the delicate ecosystem and learn about the Kuku Yalanji’s people’s special relationship with this environment. Return to the vehicle for your transfer back to your accommodation after a unique day of cultural discovery.

The day includes the two-hour coastal and cultural walk, morning tea and lunch, a 'Welcome to Country' ceremony and the guided Rainforest Walk at Mossman Gorge.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Meals: Lunch


Day 9 – Cairns at Leisure

Built on Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea calls from the east while the rain-forest-clad Atherton Tablelands serenade from the west, making Cairns a nature lover's nirvana. The warmth of the tropical climate has fostered a vigorous outdoor lifestyle that's reflected in the architectural styles of open verandas and balconies, and extending to the most traditional of Australian cuisine - the barbecue. Dining is a high point of any vacation, and the cosmopolitan local restaurants, cafes and eateries offer an eclectic fare of Australian and international cuisine, the highlight of most menus being the region's mouth-watering fresh seafood and unusual tropical fruits. Head to the heart of the city, the Esplanade, and enjoy a cafe latte before contemplating an abundance of tour options.

Starting Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns


Day 10 – Depart Cairns

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Cairns Airport.


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
7/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$6,200
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$6,270
12/1/2022 - 1/1/2023$6,125
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$6,195
Single Traveler
7/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$7,475
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$7,620
12/1/2022 - 1/1/2023$7,325
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$7,475


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:

9 Nights

Pricing:

From $6,125 Per Person

Destinations:

Sydney; Ayers Rock; Cairns

Inclusions:

  • Domestic Coach class airfare from NYC to LAX
  • International Coach class airfare from LAX to Sydney
  • Roundtrip Airport transfers
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage tour
  • Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
  • 2 nights Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • SEIT Uluru Sunset Viewing
  • SEIT Kata Tjuta Sunrise tour
  • A Night at Field of Light
  • 4 nights Cairns
  • Dreamtime Cruise
  • Daintree Dreaming - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
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