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Australian Culture and Natural Wonders

Sample some Aussie highlights! Stroll the historic area of ‘The Rocks’ in Sydney with a local guide then uncover the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour, before embarking on a leisurely afternoon lunch cruise. Visit the iconic Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Embark on a cultural adventure in the ancient Daintree region. This sample of Australia will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cosmopolitan, Cultural

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Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders
Australian Culture and Natural Wonders

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

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. 

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 – Sydney at Leisure

Suggested Activity: Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Bondi to Coogee walk features six beaches and a number of coves and bays. Most visitors to the coastal walk start either at Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach. If you don't feel like walking the full distance you can walk just a section and take public transport to or from Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly.

A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for almost 4 miles (6 kilometers) in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. Most beaches offer picnic shelters, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra have free electric barbecues. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a medium grade walk but there are some steep gradient paths and several staircases along the track. There are rest stops with great views and seating along the Bondi to Coogee walk. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 5 – Travel to Port Douglas

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

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

Your driver will take you directly to your accommodations.

Starting Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas


Day 6 – Sailaway - Outer Reef Mackay Cay - Full Day Cruise

The adventure starts with an early departure from Port Douglas Marina. Sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs. You will enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains.

Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkeling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer. Premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including encounters with turtles and an amazing display of giant clam gardens, beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish.

Exploring the white sands of the coral cays will relax the mind. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquility and swim in turquoise clear waters. Small numbers of guests ensure personal interactive communication with experienced guides.

A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees, supplied by local plantations, will compliment a day of adventure and relaxation. Expert guiding and 1st class services are all included from helpful, friendly crew. Please bring your bathing suit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat.

Starting Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas
Meals: Lunch


Day 7 – Walkabout Adventures - Ngana Julaymba Dungay

Spend time with a local Aboriginal tour guide to visit a number of culturally significant areas and learn about the amazing 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. Please bring sunscreen and a hat.

Starting Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas
Meals: Lunch


Day 8 – Port Douglas at Leisure

Port Douglas is a Cinderella city located just over a 1-hour drive from Cairns. Once a sleepy, seaside hamlet, today Port(as it's called by locals)has transformed into a trendy, tropical resort. In a town where the building code dictates that nothing is taller than the palm trees, sleek resorts, sparkling white marina toys, and chic restaurants line the streets, while celebrities stretch out on the golden sand of Four Mile Beach, tending to their tans. Although it is easy to get star struck by the Port's shiny veneer, the town still has remnants of its humble beginnings, and colonial buildings can be found lazing in the shadows of 5-star hotels. It is almost symbolic how the road into town passes through stoic sugar-cane fields before widening into streets lined by prim palm trees - imported no less.

Starting Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas


Day 9 – Depart Queensland

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
4/1/2022 - 5/31/2022$4,350
6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$4,375
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$4,560
11/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$4,540
12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$4,540
1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023$4,350
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$4,540
Single Traveler
4/1/2022 - 5/31/2022$5,540
6/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$5,580
10/1/2022 - 10/31/2022$5,965
11/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$5,920
12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$5,920
1/1/2023 - 1/31/2023$5,540
2/1/2023 - 3/31/2023$5,920


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:

8 Nights

Pricing:

From $4,350 Per Person

Destinations:

Sydney; Port Douglas

Inclusions:

  • Coach class airfare from LAX
  • Roundtrip Airport transfers
  • 4 nights Sydney
  • The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
  • Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
  • 4 nights Port Douglas
  • Sailaway - Outer Reef Mackay Cay
  • Walkabout Adventures Half Day Ngana Julaymba Dungay
  • Meals: 3 lunches
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