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Wonders of Australia

Departs: 10/1/2017 Returns: 10/13/2017

13 Days | All Airfare Included

The ultimate touring experience featuring distinct accommodations, unique activities and must see attractions.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1-2 : Sydney Bound
We meet our Tour Director and prepare for our overnight flight to the Land Down Under. Upon crossing the International Date Line, we lose a calendar day.


Day 3 : Harbor Cruise
This morning we arrive in Sydney, Australia's largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city. We're introduced to Sydney's sparkling waterfront playground during a delightful Captain Cook harbor cruise. Gain a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, the longest single span bridge in the world, sail past pristine parks, golden beaches and charming harborside neighborhoods. This afternoon we arrive at the Rydges World Square Hotel for two nights. Tonight become acquainted with your fellow travelers at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner hosted by your Tour Director at the Cyren Restaurant. D


Day 4 : Sydney Opera House
Today we discover Sydney with an expert local guide. Enjoy views of the Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, bustling Kings Cross and popular Bondi Beach. We marvel at the iconic sails atop the famous Sydney Opera House and enjoy a tour through this landmark venue, one of the most recognizable in the world. We'll also tour other popular landmarks throughout the city. Enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and city during lunch at the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant. Later there's time to visit the attractions of Darling Harbor or The Rocks. Darling Harbor is Sydney's favorite destination for leisure and entertainment, with more than 40 restaurants, cafes, museums, theaters, parks and specialty shops. The Rocks is one of the most prestigious areas in Sydney with its beautifully restored houses and buildings, spectacular views across the harbor and cobbled streets and pathways. B,L


Day 5 : Tropical Cairns
This morning we fly to tropical Cairns in Far North Queensland. This is the gateway city to many of Australia's natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef. We visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. After lunch at the Boomerang Restaurant, we join the descendants of Tjapukai people on the foothills of the Barron Gorge rain forest for an afternoon of performances, activities and demonstrations. Sample traditional bush foods, learn to play the didgeridoo, throw and paint a boomerang, marvel at live dance performances and gain insight into ancient hunting methods and the medicinal value of native plants. Enjoy three pleasant nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns adjacent to the waterfront and the casino. L


Day 6 : Kuranda Scenic Trail & Skyrail
Today we experience one of the most spectacular rail excursions in the world, the Kuranda Scenic Train. As we ascend, our journey provides unsurpassed views of World Heritage recognized rain forest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park. Upon arrival in Kuranda, there's plenty of time to explore this fascinating mountaintop village and visit the Heritage Markets which are full of colorful and interesting arts and crafts. Later we descend the magnificent MacAlister Range on Skyrail, a 4.7 mile gondola cableway. Enjoy spectacular views of the rain forest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands as we glide over the rain forest canopy. B


Day 7 : Great Barrier Reef & Helicopter Ride
Today we experience one of the highlights of our tour, a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. We cruise to Moore Reef located on the outer edge of the reef, the world's largest living organism. The reef is one of Australia's greatest national treasures and stretches more than 1,200 miles along the coast. We view vividly colored tropical fish and coral from the reef viewer, underwater observatory and glass bottom boat. Learn about the interesting fish and marine life that inhabit this underwater wonderland. Enjoy breathtaking sights of the Great Barrier Reef on an included scenic helicopter flight. Swim, snorkel or just relax in this beautiful marine setting. B,L


Day 8 : Brisbane & Lamington National Park
This morning we fly to Brisbane, the subtropical capital of Queensland and one of Australia's most charming and fun-loving cities. Our tour takes us into the Brisbane city center, past many historical and significant architectural buildings, including City Hall, Parliament House and St. John's Cathedral. We travel south to O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat located in the heart of one of the world's great sub-tropical rain forests –World Heritage Lamington National Park. Enjoy a brief tour of the Retreat and facilities and get ready to explore the magnificent rain forest and its many attractions. Walk through the treetops on the famous Treetop Walk and inspect the extensive display of plants and flowers in the nearby botanical gardens. We overnight at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat for two delightful nights. Enjoy the night sky with its remarkable clarity and beauty. Never before has the Southern Cross been viewed so majestically. O'Reilly's is a stargazer's dream. B,D


Day 9 : O'Reilly's Retreat
Start the day at O'Reilly's famous bird walk and meet the hundreds of birds that feed each morning at the Retreat. During breakfast a rain forest guide will invite us to participate in the day's guided activities. Guided walks, a four-wheel drive trip to magnificent locations and morning and afternoon tea are included. Tonight enjoy a nature presentation at the Retreat Theater or enjoy a guided walk to view nocturnal creatures such as possums, pademelons and glowworms. B,T,D


Day 10 : Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo
We depart our secluded rainforest retreat and head north to the Sunshine Coast. We visit the Australia Zoo, situated in the shadow of the Glasshouse Mountains, home of legendary television personality, Steve Irwin the "Crocodile Hunter." See colorful, soaring birds and those prehistoric legends, the big saltwater crocodiles in the Crocoseum. Experience hands-on animal encounters like nowhere else in the world. Pet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and see emus, wombats, dingoes, cassowaries and kookaburras. We arrive at our oceanfront home for the next three nights, the deluxe Monaco Resort in Caloundra. Enjoy stunning views from large ocean facing balconies at our tropical resort. B


Day 11 : Eumundi Markets & Steve Irwin's Wildlife Hospital
This morning we visit the world-famous outdoor markets in Eumundi. More than 350 market stalls showcase a wonderful mix of local produce, arts, crafts and fashion. We enjoy lunch at the Ginger Café in Yandina located on the grounds of the world's largest ginger factory. Enjoy a stroll through acres of exotic plant-life with beautiful water features and browse the largest selection of Buderim Ginger products in the world! Later we have the unique opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Steve Irwin's Australian Wildlife Hospital. Steve's dream was to provide a lifeline for nature's innocent victims - providing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with leading-edge treatment and rehabilitation before eventual release back to the wild. We will observe animals receiving treatment, converse with medical staff and learn more about Australia's unique wildlife. The remainder of the afternoon is free to experience Caloundra's charm and stroll along the coastal boardwalks beside Bulcock and Kings Beach.'  L'


Day 12 : Noosa Eco-Cruise
This morning we follow the stunning coastline rimmed with wide stretches of clean, white sand beaches to Noosa. We experience the rich history and natural beauty that earned Noosa the title of Queensland's first UNESCO biosphere. The Noosa Eco-Cruise provides spectacular views of beaches, mountains, birds and marine life. We enjoy a short guided walk to discover native plants, then reboard our vessel for a generous morning tea in the shadow of the National Park. There's time to stroll along Noosa's famous Main Beach and visit fashionable Hastings Street, home to the best in boutiques, renowned cafes and restaurants. We gather this evening for our special Farewell Dinner. D


Day 13 : Fond Farewells
This morning we bid farewell to Australia. We recross the International Date Line and return home with cherished memories.


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Holiday Experience Includes
All AIRFARE including International flights
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director specializing in the South Pacific
• Experienced Driver/Guides
• Deluxe accommodations
• Baggage handling at hotels
All fuel surcharges, government, airport & departure taxes included (Minimum value of $885)
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour


14 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome & Farewell Dinners
• Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant
• Tropical breakfasts in Cairns
• Lunch at the Boomerang Restaurant
• Dinners and breakfasts at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
• Dinner at Sandbar Café Caloundra


Featured Accommodations
2 nights at the Rydges World Square Hotel in Sydney
3 nights at the Pacific Hotel Cairns
2 nights at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat
3 nights at the Monaco Resort in Caloundra


Attractions & Highlights
• Captain Cook Harbor Cruise
• Sydney city sights
• Sydney Opera House guided tour
• Sydney's Darling Harbor
• Bondi Beach
• Tropical Cairns
• Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park featuring the Creation Story, Tjapukai and Torres Strait Dancers, bush foods, didgeridoo, boomerang and spear throwing demonstrations
• Kuranda Scenic Train
• Sunset cruise in Cairns
• Skyrail Rain Forest Cableway
• Great Barrier Reef cruise
• Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight
• Reef Viewer & Glass Bottom Boat
• Brisbane "The Subtropical Capital"
• Lamington National Park
• O'Reilly's Rain Forest Treetop Walk
• Four-wheel drive guided tour
• Bird & Glowworm guided walks
• Australia's Sunshine Coast
• Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo
• Eumundi Outdoor Markets
• Australian Wildlife Hospital
• Noosa Eco-Cruise

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $6899
Airport - Single $7999

Final Payment Date: 7/19/2017

Itinerary ID:45218594 | Tour Code: AUQN1001171
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