Iconic Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Splendors of Sydney & The Great Barrier Reef Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Sydney, Cairns

Suggested Duration

10 Days

Let the iconic images of the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House wash over your eyes as you savor your perfect journey in the Land Down Under. Dig your toes into the powder-white sand of the secluded islands that are surrounded by coral reefs. Relish the thunderous hum of the didgeridoo and enjoy the panorama of a veil-like waterfall careening over sandstone cliffs. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in the natural splendor of Australia’s east coast, from the discovery of the...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the stunning white sand islands and radiant bodies of coral during a full-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Venture out onto the Pacific Ocean for a guided tour in search of dolphins and whales off the coast of New South Wales
  • Indulge in the delicious flavors of Australian wine in the oldest wine region in the country at Hunter Valley
  • Wander through the breathtaking scenery of Wooroonooran National Park in northeastern Queensland to find incredible views and untouched wildlife
  • Visit with a local Aboriginal guide for a display of ancient tales told through action and oratory underneath the forest canopy
  • Enjoy the tropical flavors of Queensland with a tasting of the exotic fruits that thrive in the unique climate
  • Traverse Blue Mountain National Park to find sandstone karsts and soaring waterfalls set above the Jamison Valley
  • Visit Sydney’s famous neighborhood of Bondi Beach to view the relaxed seaside culture for which the city is known
  • Meet koalas and kangaroos up close during a visit to Sydney’s Wildlife Park

Detailed Description

Australia is famous for its sun-drenched beaches and surf culture, gregarious locals and unique landscapes. Your 10-day tour of New South Wales and Queensland will take you beyond the Sydney Opera House and the coastline esplanade of Cairns to find the captivating traditions and untouched natural wonders. Your journey will begin with your arrival in Sydney, and your private transfer will escort you from the airport to your centrally located hotel in Darling Harbour. Once settled, you will meet your guide to tour Sydney and take in the historical districts, the quintessential architecture, and the famous beaches. The next day, you will visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Wildlife Park to see koalas and kangaroos up close before heading into the Blue Mountains. There, you will follow the trails to reach the incredible vistas that overlook the sandstone karsts, cliffs, and waterfalls around the Jamison Valley.

Wake the next morning for a tour of The Rocks, the oldest neighborhood in Sydney. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to wander among the chic neighborhoods to enjoy the youthful atmosphere felt across the city. Enjoy a harbor cruise, take a scenic bike ride along the paths, or engage in a private tour of the Sydney Opera House. Move next to the Hunter Valley for a private wine tour to visit a curated selection of vineyards that offer samples of their celebrated wines with pairings of cheese. Travel next to the shores of Port Stephens Bay to visit the beachfront towns for a view of the culture and marvelous scenery found around Nelson Bay. Set out on a dolphin and whale-watching excursion from the marina for a fun way to explore the seaside.

The following day, you will have a private transfer to the Sydney Airport for your flight to Cairns. Upon your arrival in Queensland, your private transfer will escort you to your hotel that overlooks the marina. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to delight in Cairns and its celebrated esplanade. The next day, you will visit Wooroonooran National Park, known for its numerous rivers, fantastic waterfalls, and plentiful swimming holes. Follow the trails to the natural waterslides and take your time in the river, and then learn about the ecosystem as you search for the Ulysses Butterfly before you Canopy Walk above the rainforest floor.

Begin the next day as you hit the water on your luxurious catamaran to visit an island set amongst the Great Barrier Reef. There, you can snorkel or scuba alongside the colorful coral and fish in several locations before returning to Cairns. The next day is at your leisure to explore the splendors in and around Cairns. You could visit the rainforest city of Kuranda by scenic railway, or take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. You could also partake in a river cruise in search of crocodiles in Daintree National Park. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to the Cairns Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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