14 Day East Coast Sydney Cairns Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas Daintree

Introduction:

14 days - East coast of Australia, this holiday focuses on the East Coast including Sydney, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef overnight cruise, Port Douglas and The Daintree, Cape Tribulation regions. Ideal for families or couples, best time to travel is May through October to avoid the North Australia 'Wet' season.

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1 - Sydney
Day 2 - Sydney
Day 3 - Sydney
Day 3 - Sydney and Blue Mountains
Day 5 - Sydney to Cairns
Day 6 - Full day Cairns
Day 7 - Great Barrier Reef Overnight Cruise
Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef and finish Cairns
Day 9 - Full day Cairns
Day 10 - Cairns to Port Douglas
Day 11 - Port Douglas
Day 12 - Port Douglas and Daintree
Day 13 - Port Douglas
Day 14 - Cairns and depart

Itinerary details:

Day 1 - Sydney
Sydney, style, atmosphere and lots of fun! Built around one of the world s most beautiful harbours the city is full of surprises, standing at Circular Quay, there s the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on your left, the Opera House on your right and the glorious harbour stretching in all directions. Looking for action, want to discover cultural heritage or architecture Sydney offers it all. Wander through the historic Rocks area or head to Darling Harbour, with its great waterfront bars, restaurants, stylish shops and regular free open-air concerts and events. Explore independently or take a Panoramic Sydney Day Tour.
Another great way to explore inner Sydney is to take a bike tour with Bonza Bikes, easy safe cycling and knowledgeable guides.
Day 2 - Sydney
The heart of Sydney is its harbour and what better way to experience this fabulous environment than by sailboat. Cruise with Harbourdays Sailing at a relaxed pace under the harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and Fort Denison before crossing the Harbour Heads to historic Spring Cove for lunch. Trip runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm so time left at days end to enjoy a stroll and select one of Sydney's fine restaurants for this evening.
Day 3 - Sydney
Take a tour behind the scenes with a breakfast tour of the Sydney Opera House.. Explore Sydney Harbour National Park, stroll the foreshore, visit the Botanic Gardens, head out on a harbour ferry and visit the outer beaches, walk the headlands with stunning views of Sydney Harbour. For the adventurous and those with a head for heights join the Sydney Bridge Climb or take a walk on the footpath that crosses the bridge.
Day 4 - Sydney and Blue Mountains
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as we commence our small group deluxe tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and the world s steepest railway. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.
Day 5 - Sydney to Cairns
Morning flight from Sydney to arrive Cairns in the tropical north. Positioned between the Coral Sea and the lush green landscapes of the Barron Gorge National Park Cairns. Cairns is a modern city with remnents of its historic past, the main feature of its cityscape is the lovely Cairns Esplanade a popular gathering place.

Day 6 - Cairns
Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway to access the dense rainforest, view steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls. Spend time around the scenic Kuranda village watching for birdlife, platypus and butterflies as well as browsing the markets and galleries. Descend from the village, across the treetops on the spectacular Skyrail cable car. This evening visit the Tjapukai Cultural Park where you can learn about the history, culture, arts and skills of the Tjapukai people.

Day 7 - Great Barrier Reef overnight cruise
This morning depart Cairns to join Reef Encounter, a 35 metre luxury catamaran designed for the utmost stability & comfort at sea. The vessel is air-conditioned throughout & features spacious decks as well as roomy dining & recreation areas to dine and relax in, there is even an onboard spa.
Some time to relax, dive or snorkel before moving on to other excellent reef locations.
This evening there is the opportunity for a night dive and a delicious dinner freshly prepared by the on-board chef.

Accommodation:
Reef  Encounter Overnight Cruise
Day 8 - Great Barrier Reef (finish Cairns)
The magic begins each day when the reef awakens. Perhaps an early morning dive, a revitalising swim or relaxing spa. Stay with Reef Encounter until early afternoon - with lots more opportunities to dive and snorkel before re-joining your transfer boat back to Cairns. Return approximately 5.45pm.

Day 9 - Cairns
Full day in Cairns or take a guided trip, for the adventurous a full day white water rafting trip or a more gentle half day on the nearby Barron River. Head to the Northern Beaches for a sea kayaking trip discovering turtles and snorkeling at Double Island.

Day 10 - Cairns to Port Douglas
Collect your car in Cairns City this morning. Head north for the drive to Port Douglas along the stunning Cook Highway. Stops for white sand beaches, scenic lookouts and the opportunity for a wildlife experience at Hartleys Crocodile Farm.

Day 11 - Port Douglas
Visit the popular Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat, Breakfast with the Birds, Walk the Predator Plank, Lunch with Lorrikeets, Wildnight Encounter and other great opportunities to get up close and learn about Australia Wildlife. Head out on the water with Sailaway IV with snorkeling trips to Low Isles or an evening Sunset Sail. Or head back out to the Great Barrier Reef aboard the fast Poseidon offering a more personalised reef experience.

Day 12 - Port Douglas and Daintree
Full day to head north visiting The Daintree and Cape Tribulation, this region features incredible coastal and rainforest scenery, visit a variety of different environments throughout the day including estuary, mangroves, rainforest and beach.
Stop at Mill Walk in Cape Tribulation National Park, visit Myall Beach that offers spectacular views of the Cape Tribulation and the Great Dividing Range.
Alternatively, spend the day exploring the Mossman Gorge.
Day 13 - Port Douglas
A day to relax around the town, stroll to Four Mile Beach or a day around the pool. Port Douglas also has a lovely shopping strips for some retail therapy and souveniers to take home.

Day 14 - Port Douglas to Cairns and end trip
Return drive to Cairns to drop off your car at Cairns Airport. Depart for home or add one or more of our Australia holidays or a Desert Island Escape

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