Australia Highlights: Sydney, Port Douglas, & Melbourne
DAY 1: Sydney
An assistant will be waiting for you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will assist you in meeting your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Sydney to assist with check-in.
DAY 2: Sydney
Journey into the heart of Sydney on a private-guided walking tour through The Harbour City. After meeting your private guide in your hotel lobby, your tour begins with a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, a beautiful 30- hectare garden in the heart of the city. During your walk, you'll pass by the world-famous Sydney Opera House, one of Australia's iconic landmarks. Visit the grand Art Gallery of New South Wales where you'll see some of the best Australian and European art work on display before exploring the open spaces of The Domain parkland, home to the prominent gothic-styled St Mary’s Cathedral. Continue to Hyde Park, Australia's oldest public parkland, before reaching the ornate Sydney Town Hall, a testament to intricately crafted 19th-century design. Walking back through the heart of the city you’ll pass by the mighty Sydney Tower and the spectacular Queen Victoria Building, a late 19th-century structure housing designer shopping boutiques and unique eateries.
From modern monuments to historic districts with excellent shopping in between, Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. During your free time, consider exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes, gift shops and gorgeous waterfront, or perhaps head to the Queen Victoria Building to shop at a few high-end designer boutiques. At Bondi Beach, whisk the shores barefoot, enjoying the soft golden sands beneath your toes. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to enjoy your time at leisure in sensational Sydney.
DAY 3: Sydney
Today you’ll discover the best of the stunning scenery of Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests and waterfalls. On this small group tour, you’ll visit preeminent sites including Kings Tableland, Wentworth Falls and the famed Three Sisters, all while keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls this region home. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll drive through the historic Rocks neighborhood– Australia’s first European settlement – passing convict-built cottages and Australia’s first church, before crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next up, you’ll visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can pet a koala, handfeed a kangaroo and get up-close with wallabies and wombats.
Carrying onward, you’ll enter the Blue Mountains National Park, first stopping at a secluded clearing to enjoy morning tea. Explore the gorgeous park in search of wild kangaroos and magnificent birdlife and then set off for magnificent Kings Tableland to bask in the incredible views overlooking the Jamison Valley. Break for lunch at a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains, then track to Wentworth Falls, a beautiful waterfall found between Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd National Park. A guide will take you down a well-worn path towards the falls, taking in excellent views along the way and learning about the geological conditions that spawned the Blue Mountains. Next, you’ll hop into an awaiting vehicle and skirt around cliffs, driving towards the township of Katoomba. At Eagle Hawk lookout, you will see the famous Three Sisters rock formation, marveling at the views of the Jamison Valley and visit Narrowneck Plateau to enjoy a few more outstanding vantage points.
Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Sydney.
DAY 4: Sydney - Cairns - Port Douglas
You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Sydney Airport alongside a professional driver.
Board a flight in Sydney with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is three hours.
Transfer between Cairns airport and the beautiful town of Port Douglas with private vehicle and driver.
Port Douglas is a vibrant tropical village home to an array of fantastic local restaurants. For a more casual evening, stroll along Macrossan Street and you're sure to find some delicious pizza and gelato.
DAY 5: Port Douglas
Start your day by traveling north through rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed Daintree for a morning full of amazement. You’ll arrive at Mossman Gorge, one of the few places in the country where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment.
With a small village vibe, Port Douglas is a lovely place to while away the afternoon in its boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
DAY 6: Port Douglas
Sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs. Enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains. Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkeling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer.
DAY 7: Port Douglas - Cairns - Melbourne
You will be picked up from your Port Douglas Hotel and taken by private car to Cairns City or airport.
Board a flight in Cairns with service to Melbourne. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 25 minutes.
You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne's domestic airport alongside a professional driver.
DAY 8: Melbourne
Depart Melbourne and travel just 45 minutes west to the bush land of You Yangs National Park. The park is home to a healthy population of wild koalas. Take a very easy walk through the gum trees, searching for koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and birds in their natural setting.
The area you walk through is of great significance to the local Aboriginal People of the Wathaurong Tribe. The granite rock formations of the You Yangs staged huge meetings of Aboriginal People from all over southeastern Australia.
DAY 9: Melbourne
Known for its great art and delicious food, the city of Melbourne is yours to discover alongside a private guide. Visit historic laneways and architecturally significant buildings to discover hidden galleries, street art by renowned artists, sculpture, and modern art. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia's oldest and largest art gallery known as the NGV, admiring the variety of collections as well as the world's largest stained-glass ceiling. You'll explore Melbourne's remarkable food scene, tasting some of Melbourne’s finest coffee and handmade chocolates. See some of the latest and greatest restaurants on food-filled Flinders Lane, a hub for award-winning eateries and culinary experiences.
DAY 10: Melbourne
You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Melbourne's international airport alongside a professional driver.
When To Go:
October to March