Australia promises exemplary cityscapes, iconic road trips and a stellar wildlife. Beautiful is, but, a mere understatement for this land of colourful palettes that ranges from the red of the outback sands, golden of the deserts and the vividity of the coral reefs. To add to the pleasures of natural beauty, the city thrives with sophisticated cities while still hosting some wonderful indigenous communities.
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Cities in Australia are picturesque beauty. Sydney is a paragon with the widely famous Opera House, Harbour Bridge and wide stretched surf beaches and street cafes. Melbourne is all about art, alleyways, food and coffee. Brisbane is a subtropical town, Adelaide boasts a festive charm and Canberra is a cultural treasure box.
Food and wine is another area Australia excels at. With finely made local wines Australia has people flocking in to cater to their thirsty needs. Again, the multicultural environment in Australia plates a variety of food options from all over the world – if you are a food enthusiast, you just have to be present with your taste buds.
Surely, Australia will make you crave for more. Travel with us and we will make sure you have a wonderful time.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT THE COOLANGATTA AIRPORT
A representative will pick you up at the airport. From here you depart to Burleigh Head Beach (approx. 40 mins drive). Here, you will experience excellent photo opportunities and splendid view of the Surfer’s Paradise.
In about 40 minutes, we head to Level 77 of the Q1 tower, which offers a 360 degree view of the Gold Coast and its Hinterland.
After an hour at the Q1 tower, we head to Surfers Paradise Beach and the Cavill Ave Mall. Here, we are able to take a walk at the beach and if interested swim. Hwever, swimming is only permitted in the Patrolled area, between the Yellow and Red Flags. Cavill Mall is acrtoss the road and has Souvenir shops/cafes.
After a brief walk along the mall, you will see Aqua Duck tours on the left side of Cavill Avenue, which is the next part of our itinerary.
At the end of the Aqua Duck tour, we take a short lunch break, then depart for Mt. Tambourine. Visit the Gallery walk and Mt Tambourine Winery for wine tasting. Those not drinking can wander along the Gallery Walk: Cafes/Art and Craft shops.
At the end of the day, around 1600 hrs, we depart for Brisbane.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: BRISBANE CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we depart for Brisbane’s city-centre attractions by coach, followed by a cruise along the Brisbane River. See koalas and other Australian wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and enjoy Brisbane’s most iconic views from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.
On your coach tour through Brisbane’s city centre you’ll pass prominent buildings like City Hall, Parliament House, St John’s Cathedral and Treasury Casino, and feel the vibrancy of the city’s past and present.
Then you’ll see why Brisbane is known as the River City. From Newstead Gardens, you will cruise up the river past prestigious suburbs and historic buildings, including the magnificent sandstone buildings of Customs House. You’ll cruise under Story Bridge past the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to South Bank, where you’ll sample the cosmopolitan delights of colorful
South Bank. After your scenic cruise, enjoy a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane (own expense) before an afternoon visit Annerly and Fig Tree Pocket.
The trip ends around 5 pm, after which you return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: ARRIVAL AT CAIRNS; TJAPUKAI CULTURAL DAY TRIP
After arrival, we depart for the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Day Trip. This unique park brings one of the world’s oldest culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive
demonstrations such as boomerang throwing and playing the didgeridoo.
You will enjoy access to various talks, performances and activities including bush food and medicines presentations, a traditional bayngga oven demonstration (a.m.), hunting and weapons demonstrations, and Tjapukai dance performances.
DAY 4: GREEN ISLAND (BIG CAT)
On arrival at the venue, you will be greeted with complimentary tea/coffee. Green Island awaits to provide you with a memorable holiday experience.
Take part in all the activities that the island has to offer or relax on the beach and let your day unfold in this tropical paradise. Stroll through magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, and board a semi-submarine.
DAY 5: KURANDA SCENIC RAIL
You will be escorted to Kuranda Scenic Rail at around 7:30 am in the morning. This will mostly be a self guided tour.
World-renowned for its gorgeous route, this historic train charters you past cascading waterfalls and verdant rainforests. Arrive at Kuranda, the “Village in the Rainforest”, situated at the heart of this World Heritage Site, and spend some time shopping or snacking.
After touring the quaint town’s streets, glide above the canopy of a UNESCO-listed rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy sweeping views of the valley, the snaking bends of the Barron River and the wild rapids of Barron Falls. Along the way, stop off at 2 stations to fill your camera with postcard-perfect shots of the area’s natural beauty. At Barron Falls Station get up-close views of the surging falls as they tumble more than 860 feet (265 metre) down Barron Gorge. At Red Peak Station enjoy a ranger-guided tour into the forest before ending your day at the cableway’s bottom, where you can board a comfortable shuttle back to your hotel.
DAY 6: ARRIVAL AT SYDNEY; TOP ATTRACTIONS AT SYDNEY
After arrival, you will be guided for lunch. Then, we set out for the top attractions Sydney has on offer.
Get an overview of the city from the Sydney Tower Eye sky-high observation deck, and return to earth to see a variety of animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Snap photos with celebrity likenesses at Madame Tussauds, and choose from two distinct Sydney Harbour sightseeing cruises. All this in our own pace.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7: BLUE MOUNTAIN
Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular.
The Blue Mountains’ many bush walks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys.
Take a pleasant bushwalk to Wentworth Falls, one of the most spectacular lookout points in the Blue Mountains. Stop by Leura where you can spend free time exploring this picturesque village with great shops, excellent choices for lunch to cater to everyone. Leura is very popular with the Sydney locals.
Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8: END OF TRIP; TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
We hope you had a wonderful time. Bon Voyage.