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Family-Friendly Vacation Tour of Australia

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Australia

Places Visited

Sydney, Uluru, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Australia is a land of adventure and discovery, where the family can share the marvels of the Mars-like landscape of the Red Centre and the rainbow colors of the Great Barrier Reef. Ride a camel across the desert landscape at sunrise, as the colors of Uluru change. Search the clear waters of the Coral Sea for sea turtles and dolphins. Listen to the thrilling sound of the didgeridoo and learn how to properly throw a boomerang from the native Aborigines. Your customizable tour immerses the family...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at a stationary dive site, providing the family with an on-site marine biologist to help understand the beauty and diversity of the aquatic life
  • Immerse the family in the world’s oldest living culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, learning about art, tradition, and heritage
  • Relish the unique rusty-red colors of the Red Desert and the shifting hues of Uluru at sunrise during a guided camel tour
  • Search for dolphins and whales swimming off the coast of Byron Bay on a kayak excursion
  • Witness the iconic sails of Sydney Opera House on a private guided architectural tour
  • Experience the life of an Australian cowboy on a ranch outside of central Sydney known for herding and shearing sheep
  • Explore the rainforest west of the Gold Coast on a four-wheel-drive excursion to find kangaroos, koalas, and gigantic cassowaries 

Detailed Description

The best family vacations combine culture and adventure, exploration and fun to provide an assortment of activities for everyone to enjoy. Your 10-day Australian journey offers the perfect blend of wildlife and relaxation, beach time and rainforest thrills. Decorate traditional boomerangs under the guidance of an Aboriginal artist and scour the coral of the Great Barrier Reef with the help of a marine biologist. From Sydney to Uluru, Cairns to the Gold Coast, you will uncover the splendors of a different world Down Under, embracing koalas and kangaroos, desert sand and sandy shores.

The journey begins with your arrival at Sydney Airport. Your private transfer greets you and escorts you to a marvelous hotel overlooking the bustling walkways and shores around Sydney Harbour. After checking into the hotel, you board a ferry bound for Taronga Zoo. Take to the sky on a gondola offering a stunning view of the Sydney skyline and animal enclosures below before enjoying a remarkable meal inside the zoo grounds that the entire family will enjoy. Enjoy the following morning at your leisure before boarding a cruise to explore the vast shores and staggered islands of Sydney Harbour. Return to shore and partake in an encompassing tour of the Sydney Opera House, one of the most iconic architectural structures in Australia.

Morning is once again at your leisure, allowing you to stroll the bustling neighborhoods or visit the Australian Museum to see the unique opal bones of Eric the Pliosaur. In the afternoon, you visit a local sheep farm for a herding and sheep shearing demonstration. Next, your private transfer escorts the family to the airport for your flight to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. Your guide meets you at baggage claim, eager to take you on a tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Walk around the base of Uluru and enjoy an evening under the stars listening to the enchanting stories of the Red Desert. Wake up before sunrise to relish a camel trek around Uluru, witnessing the sunrise over the desert landscape as a family. After breakfast, you tour the paths of Kata Tjuta before flying to Cairns, located on the shores of northeast Queensland. The family settles into the comforts of your hotel with the remainder of the day yours to enjoy at your preferred pace.

Afterward, you set out to sea on a catamaran bound for Agincourt Reef, a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. A marine biologist onboard the stationary platform introduces you to the reef systems and can even join you in the water as the family snorkels over the 600 different types of coral and hundreds of colorful fish during a full day tour. The following day takes you into the rainforest draping over the mountainous terrain west of the beach. Visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park for insight into the remarkable culture dating back more than 40,000 years. Learn to play the didgeridoo or throw a spear across an open plain. Continue to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest-clad mountains where you board the Skyrail gondola, riding it down to the shoreline.

In the afternoon, you have a crocodile safari in search of the famous reptiles, along with tropical flora and fauna. Your private transfer escorts the family to Cairns Airport for your flight to the Gold Coast. After checking into your hotel, the family has a four-wheel-drive excursion through Mt. Tamborine to see wildlife in their natural habitat, along with a stunning panorama of the landscape and shoreline. Afterward, you travel south to Byron Bay for a day of kayaking alongside the white sand beaches. You have a good chance of seeing sea turtles, dolphins, or even whales while following your guide around Cape Byron. Before returning to the Gold Coast, you visit the lighthouse for a captivating view of the horizon. On the final day, your private transfer escorts the family to the Gold Coast airport for your flight home.  

Starting Price

$2,495 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

  • Accommodations
  • 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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