Curtis Falls, a waterfall in Tamborine National Park on Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast, Australia

A Family Vacation to Australia Highlights

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Countries Visited

Australia

Places Visited

Sydney, Uluru, Cairns, Gold Coast...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Discover the Great Barrier Reef’s fascinating life and learn to play the didgeridoo during your 10-day Australia family vacation. You will travel across the Red Centre to find roaming camels and celebrated Uluru, listen to the legends of Dreamtime in tropical rainforest, and witness colorful fish emerging from vibrant coral. From the Sydney Opera House to waterfalls on Mount Tamborine, your family-friendly adventure will bring to light Australia’s majesty.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating life of the Great Barrier Reef from a pontoon located at the Outer Reef with an innumerable excursion into the water 
  • Witness the marvelous stories surrounding Uluru and shifting colors across the monolith’s exterior at sunrise while on a morning camel ride
  • Learn the proper techniques of throwing a boomerang and playing didgeridoo during a visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park
  • Kayak along Gold Coast’s beaches to reach Wave Break Island where you can relax on the beach or snorkel amid the more than 50 species of tropical fish
  • Bask in the view over Queensland’s northern tropical rainforest on the Skyrail gondola ride leading to the charming town of Kuranda
  • Explore the untamed subtropical forest and fascinating plateau of Mt. Tamborine on a 4WD excursion in search of wildlife and waterfalls
  • Relish the remarkable design and luxurious interior of the Sydney Opera House on a private tour of the halls, theaters, and architectural intricacies
  • Listen to the fascinating legends of Dreamtime while exploring the changing colors of Kata Tjuta’s soaring boulders in the Red Centre

Detailed Description

Experience the splendor of Australia on your 10-day a family vacation perfect for older children and teenagers interested in wildlife, culture, and exciting adventures across the continent. There is never a dull moment when immersed in the active lifestyle that takes you from Sydney to Uluru, Cairns to the Gold Coast. Whether craving stories of Dreamtime while sitting underneath the desert stars or scouring the coral gardens in search of clownfish, the thrills of Australia will bring the family closer together by sharing the wonderment.

The family-friendly journey begins with your arrival in Sydney. The capital of New South Wales brings the iconic images of Australia to the forefront at the harbor featuring the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Your two days in the cosmopolitan city take you on a wonderful whirlwind of wildlife as a zookeeper for a day inside the Taronga Zoo. Learn about exotic animals with a privately guided tour and explore the waterways of Sydney Harbour on a friendly luxury cruise. Learn about the intricate details of the Opera House and enter into the main theater where you can appreciate the attention to detail.

Travel to the Red Centre at Uluru to absorb the majestic ambiance of the desert landscape showcasing the splendor of Uluru and Kata-Tjuta. The geological features carry fascinating Aboriginal legend connected to the creation during Dreamtime. Delight in a gourmet dinner under the stars while locals share the stories of regional history and legend, ride a camel at sunrise to watch the landscape change colors, and wander the bulbous orange mounds of Kata-Tjuta. The city of Cairns sits on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in view of the rainforest rising up the slopes of the Great Dividing Range.

Three days in the tropical atmosphere introduces you to the culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Park and lets you wander the artisan market and quiet streets of Kuranda situated in the forested mountains. Travel to a pontoon for a series of activities around the Great Barrier Reef and witness the unique attributes of crocodiles at a crocodile adventure park. Three days at Gold Coast shows a different side of Queensland where thrilling excursions lead the family onto jet-boat outings speeding alongside the coastline and kayaking tours around Wave Break Island. Snorkel along the fringe of the manmade islet for incredible views of tropical fish or relax on the soft beach. You will take a four-wheel-drive vehicle to the plateau crowning Mt. Tamborine that uncovers waterfalls and wildlife, pristine sub-tropical rainforest and a local farm known for hosting elaborate barbecue lunches.

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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.

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