20 day holiday in Australia Sydney Tasmania Melbourne Ayers Rock Cairns Great Barrier Reef
Day 1 - Sydney
Day 2 - Sydney
Day 3 - Sydney and Blue Mountains
Day 4 - Sydney to Cradle Mountain
Day 5 - Cradle Mountain
Day 6 - Cradle Mountain to Straun
Day 7 - Straun to Hobart
Day 8 - Hobart
Day 9 - Hobart to Great Ocean Road
Day 10 - Full day Great Ocean Road
Day 11 - Great Ocean Road to
Day 12 - Full day Melbourne
Day 13 - Full day - Kangaroos and Koalas
in the Wild
Day 14 - Melbourne to Ayers Rock
Day 15 - Full day Ayers Rock
Day 16 - Ayers Rock to Cairns
Day 17 - Full day Cairns
Day 18 - Great Barrier Reef Overnight Cruise
Day 19 - Great Barrier Reef and finish Cairns
Day 20 - Cairns to Sydney and end trip
|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.
|Day 2 - Sydney|
Take a tour behind the scenes with a breakfast
tour of the Sydney Opera House. A walk in the Rocks area leads
you to many of the old port warehouses that now house galleries
and trendy shops. Visit Darling Harbour the location of
to the Maritime and Powerhouse Museums as well as a number
of waterfront shopping complexes, restaurants and cafes.
For the adventurous and join the Sydney Bridge Climb.
|Day 3 - Sydney and Blue Mountains|
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel to commence your 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 4 - Sydney to Cradle Mountain Tasmania|
Morning flight from Sydney to Launceston
where Edwardian and Victorian architecture feature amongst
the streetscapes of Tasmania's second largest city.
Visit The Design Centre of Tasmania or some of the many
galleries and fine museum. Leave Launceston and travel west
passing through historic villages amongst rural landscapes
and waterways with bush settings on your way to Cradle Mountain.
|Day 5 - Full day Cradle Mountain|
A full day to explore in the Cradle Mountain
National Park. Visit Dove Lake, with its splendid mountain
backdrop and scenic circuit walk. Explore bush walks where
you can watch for wildlife including wombats, echidna, platypus
and the elusive Tasmanian Devil.
|Day 6 - Cradle Mountain to Strahan|
Traveling directly to Strahan this morning
arrive in time to join an optional West Coast Wilderness Railway trip to Queenstown (return
by coach). The historic 35 kilometre railway of tight curves
and spectacular bridges clambers through rugged wilderness,
dense Tasmanian rainforest and steep gorges. Heritage carriages
are pulled by historic steam locomotives.
|Day 7 - Strahan to Hobart|
Opportunities today to enjoy short walks
and side trips along the route to Hobart. Visit Nelson Falls,
The Franklin River Nature Trail and call into Lake St Clair.
Allow some time for a stroll to Russell Falls in the Mt
Field National Park and visit the mighty swamp gums.
|Day 8 - Full day Hobart|
Allow a full day today to visit the Tasman
Peninsula and the historic penal settlement at Port Arthur.
Discover the intriguing convict history and share stories
of the site's notorious past. These include guided and
audio tours, multimedia presentations, furnished houses
and a harbour cruise. The peninsula has other historic sites
and scenic locations to visit.
|Day 9 - Hobart to Melbourne to Lorne|
Fly from Hobart to Melbourne this morning
then travel south west to join the Great Ocean Road. Pass
through the seaside towns of Torquay, Anglesea and to the
stylish seaside village of Lorne. Thanks to its fresh sea
air, white beaches and buzzing arts community along with
the nearby Otways and a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere,
Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than
a century. Discover the Erskine Falls cascading into a beautiful
fern gully, one of ten waterfalls within ten minutes of
town. Wander down Lorne's main shopping strip filled with
boutique gift stores, cellars, eateries and galleries.
|Day 10 - Great Ocean Road from Lorne|
Today the hills of the Otway Ranges provide
a dramatic backdrop to the fabulous coastal scenery. Practice your Koala spotting skills around the Wye and Kennet
River settlements.Spend time exploring this stunning region,
short bush walking in Maits Rest an easy 40 metre boardwalk
through a beautiful fern gully, hike part of the Great Ocean
Road Walk and exploring local beaches. Head out to Cape Otway and visit the lighthouse built in
1858 and standing on a cliff 100 metres above sea level.
This section of the Great Ocean Road is where you will find
the iconic features - The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge
and London Bridge. So allow time to include photo stops. Later in the day return to Lorne.
|Day 11 - Lorne to Melbourne|
Morning drive from Lorne to Melbourne.
Situated on the Yarra River the city of Melbourne is an
intriguing mix of ultra modern and classic architectural
styles. The Australian Gold Rush heaped wealth upon the
city that is still evident today. The tram system adds character
and the diverse cultural mix of Melbourne's residents
assures a restaurant to suit every taste.
|Day 12 - Full day Melbourne|
A full day to explore Melbourne, often
called the "Paris of the South Pacific" Melbourne offers
visitors fine architecture, museums, galleries, interesting
shopping lanes and a wide range of dining. Self guide yourselves
or get a head start by joining a Natural Treasures City Tour
|Day 13 - Kangaroos and Koalas
in the Wild|
Join Echidna Walkabout on a small group a rare opportunity
with quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the
wide open spaces of Australia. Get close to kangaroos, koalas
and abundant birdlife in the wild. The special Koala Research
Project ensures that we often have multiple sightings of
these delightful creatures in the wild. On this naturalist-guided
ecotour, spend the morning in the famous grasslands and
around the billabongs of our Open-range Sanctuary in the
company of hundreds of wild Kangaroos, dozens of Emus and
many species of birds.
|Day 14 - Melbourne to Ayers Rock|
Fly from Melbourne to Ayers Rock to begin
your quintessential outback encounter. Desert landscapes
that change with every nuance of daylight and what better
way to take advantage of this than an outdoor dining experience
within sight of magnificent Ayers Rock as the sun goes down.
|Day 15 - Ayers Rock|
Morning 4 wheel drive 'Desert Awakenings
Tour' Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land
as the desert awakens. At a private dune top viewing area,
your traditional bushman's breakfast is prepared over
Visit the Anangu Cultural Centre, a vibrant
and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the
Anangu (Aboriginal people) is explained in detail. This
is followed by a short walk into Mutitjulu waterhole a powerful
and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike.
Afternoon Tour - Kata Tjuta and Dunes Tour. Visit the
mystic domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Take 1km guided
walk through beautiful Olga Gorge. Afterwards the tour retreats
to witness another brilliant sunset at Kata Tjuta while
you sip complimentary champagne.
|Day 16 - Ayers Rock to Cairns|
Flight from Ayers Rock to arrive Cairns
in the tropical north. Positioned between the Coral Sea
and the lush green landscapes of the Barron Gorge National
Park Cairns is the ideal base where your Reef and Rainforest
experiences come together
|Day 17 - 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 18 - Great Barrier Reef overnight
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 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.
|Day 19 - Great Barrier Reef (finish Cairns)|
The magic begins each day when the reef
awakens. Perhaps an early morning snorkel, a revitalising swim
or relaxing spa. Stay with Reef Encounter until early afternoon
- with lots more opportunities to snorkel before re-joining your transfer boat back to Cairns. Return approximately
|Day 20 - Cairns and end trip|
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