Legend gives way to enchantment during your 12-day family-friendly tour of Australia, taking you through the waters of Sydney Harbour, along the sands of the Red Centre, between the dense rainforest at Daintree, and onto the remarkable white sand beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. Whether on a surfboard in Bondi, a camel overlooking the desert or on a riverboat in search of crocodiles, the kids will marvel at the natural splendor of the landscape and listen intently to the myths of Dreamtime....
Sydney – The Family Majesty of Sydney
The walkways of Sydney shimmer against the colorful turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. The iconic Sydney Opera House rises above the brick esplanade with a roof imitating illustrious sails. A replica of Captain Cook’s ship adorns Darling Harbour, representing the country’s absorbing seafaring history amidst galleries highlighting indigenous maritime culture. Your flight lands at Sydney Airport where your private transfer meets the family upon your arrival. The city bustles with culture, from art galleries in the neighborhood of Newtown to the late 19th-century arcades of the Queen Victoria Building in the Central Business District. Sydney Tower adorns the skyline, reaching a height of more than 1,000 feet above the city streets.
You settle into a luxurious hotel overlooking the passing boats of the harbor, accentuated by the steel frame of the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s lavish arch. Your guide meets you at the hotel, eager to introduce the family to the remarkable history of Australia’s oldest city, beginning in the Rocks district. The aroma of freshly baked macaroons emanates from the local patisserie edging the walkway of the outdoor shopping center. Sandstone brick warehouses erected in the 19th century continue to decorate the streets. The kids marvel at the tales the guide tells of the first people who looked out over the rocky bay in the 1770s to see the soaring sails of the HMB Endeavour, Captain Cook’s famous research vessel.
Sydney – Family Excitement around Sydney
Sydney – A Family in Blue
Uluru – Seeing Red
Uluru – A Stand Alone Morning
Daintree – Red Centre to Emerald Canopy
Daintree – On the Crocodile Trail
Hayman Island – Following the White Sands
Hayman Island – Island Leisure and Family Grandeur
Hayman Island – Greatness Abounds along the Reef
Hayman Island – Relax with Familial Company
Hayman Island – Hoo-roo Australia
- Bask in the brilliance of the Great Barrier Reef during a private snorkel tour accompanied by an experienced marine biologist
- Embrace the movement of the waves at Bondi Beach during a private family surf lesson to learn the secrets of the celebrated sport
- Witness the shifting colors of Uluru, the famous desert monolith, during a camel tour at sunrise
- Listen to the tales of Dreamtime and the legends of the stars that the entire family will enjoy while dining beneath the open night sky in the Red Centre
- Search the banks and waters of Mossman River on a crocodile safari in search of Queensland’s most notorious reptile
- Indulge in the luxury and charm of an island resort in the Whitsunday archipelago for a mixture of relaxation and adventure
- Trek the wilderness trails on a Whitsunday Island in search of local wildlife and remarkable avifauna
- Meet koalas and kangaroos in the Featherdale Wildlife Park located in the Blue Mountains National Park
- Travel the shores of Sydney Harbour on a half-day exploratory cruise of the city’s famous waterways for a spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House
- Delight in an introductory tour of Sydney for an immersive exploration of the Rocks, Australia’s oldest European settlement
Let the family indulge in splendor and adventure on your Australian discovery tour, where the captivating Great Barrier Reef and endless sands of the Red Centre are as majestic as the legends telling of the continent’s creation. The rhythmic vibrations of the didgeridoo hum beneath unfettered starlight. Loggerhead turtles graze on sea grass sweeping across the ocean floor. Koalas lounge in eucalyptus trees and crocodiles linger in rivers, camouflaged amongst the rainforest underbrush. The family will find thrills and a relaxing ambiance, historic neighborhoods and newfound surf-skills while exploring the culture, landscape, and seaside splendors of the Land Down Under.
The journey begins with the family’s arrival at Sydney Airport. Your private transfer escorts you to a luxurious hotel offering remarkable views of Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay. After settling into the hotel, the family embarks on an introductory tour of Sydney, following your guide through the historical neighborhood of the Rocks and the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The next morning, you have a private half-day tour of Sydney’s thrilling neighborhoods to view the culture, history, and architecture of Australia’s oldest city. Partake in a private surfing lesson at Bondi Beach before boarding a boat for an afternoon cruise around the harbor. Next, you take to the countryside on a private excursion to Blue Mountains National Park. The family delights in the sandstone plateaus, waterfalls, and eucalyptus trees before visiting the Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Your private transfer leads the family from the hotel to Sydney Airport. Your flight takes you into the Red Centre at Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock. The family ventures to a luxurious hotel in view of the mystical monolith of Uluru rising out of the desert landscape where you can enjoy a sunset tour. The family rises early for a camel trekking tour around Uluru to watch the sunrise. In the afternoon, you continue your discoveries of the desert at Kata Tjuta. Indulge in the myths and cuisine of a dinner beneath the immaculate starlight. You travel to the airstrip for your flight to Cairns. Upon your arrival, your private transfer escorts you north to a resort in Daintree Rainforest overlooking Mossman River.
The family traverses the rainforest trails on a guided tour before taking to the Mossman River on a crocodile-spotting cruise. Fly from Cairns to Hayman Island, located in the Whitsundays Archipelago. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for the family to indulge in the splendors of the island resort. The family can enjoy endless activities offered by the resort, from trekking to visit Blue Pearl Bay to paddle boarding near the shore. You could also sail to other Whitsunday Islands for the day.
Afterward, the family sets sail on a catamaran for a full day exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Scour the hard and soft coral to find angelfish, sea turtles, and blue tang before returning to your island resort. The day is at the family’s leisure to relax or explore at your preferred pace. Trek the trails of the island to reach Cook Lookout or you relish a massage while the kids bask in the sand. The family makes their way to the airstrip on the final day to board your flight and make your way home.
$9,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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