Aussie Urban and Tropical Trail: Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane

15 days,

12 nights |

from $5099 per person*


Unveil the beauty and culture of Australia on a 12-night journey that will take you from San Francisco to Sydney, Cairns, and Brisbane. This comprehensive vacation package offers a diverse range of experiences, from exploring vibrant cities to immersing yourself in stunning natural landscapes.

Your adventure begins with a comfortable round-trip flight on United Airlines, departing from San Francisco to Sydney. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the renowned service and amenities offered by United Airlines. The return leg of your journey will take you from Brisbane, ensuring you get to experience two incredible Australian cities.

Your first destination is the dynamic city of Sydney, where you’ll spend four nights at the Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Deluxe Room. This centrally located hotel provides mesmerizing views of Darling Harbour, placing you in the heart of the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

During your stay in Sydney, you’ll have the chance to:

– Embark on a guided 1-hour tour of the world-famous Sydney Opera House.
– Delight in a memorable Sydney Harbour Discovery Lunch Cruise, offering breathtaking views of the Sydney skyline and harbor.
– Explore the city’s history and charm with a half-day panoramic Sydney tour.
– Experience the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on a full-day wildlife tour.

Next, you’ll head to the tropical city of Cairns, where you’ll enjoy a four-night stay at the Pullman Cairns International. Your room boasts stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains, and you’ll be treated to a complimentary breakfast each morning.

In Cairns, your itinerary includes:

– A full-day Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay & Reef including lunch
– An immersive full-day Cape Tribulation, Daintree, and Mossman Experience, complete with a delectable BBQ lunch.

Your final stop is the bustling city of Brisbane, where you’ll stay for four nights at the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane in a spacious Guest One Bedroom apartment. This comfortable accommodation serves as your base for exploring the city’s vibrant culture and attractions.

During your time in Brisbane, you’ll have the chance to:

– Embrace the Australian spirit with a full-day G’Day Be an Aussie for a Day Experience, including admission to the renowned Australia Zoo.
– Embark on an exciting full-day Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise, complete with transfers from Brisbane.

This 12-night vacation package offers an enticing mix of cultural exploration, natural beauty, and thrilling adventures. From the iconic landmarks of Sydney to the stunning reefs of Cairns and the lively culture of Brisbane, this journey promises unforgettable memories and an authentic Australian experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the wonders of Australia with this extraordinary travel package!

  • Round-trip airfare on United Airlines from San Francisco to Sydney, returning from Brisbane.
  • One way airfare on Virgin Australia from Sydney to Cairns and Brisbane
  • 4-nights Sydney, Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Deluxe Room
    • Sydney Opera House Guided 1-hour Guided Tour
      • Sydney Harbour Discovery Lunch Cruise
      • Half-day Panoramic Sydney tour
      • Full-day Blue Mountains Wildlife Tour
  • 4-nights Cairns, Pullman Cairns International, City Mountain View Room including BONUS breakfast
    • Full-day Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay & Reef including BONUS Personal Eco Interpretive Snorkel Tour with Marine Interpreter
    • Full-day Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Experience including BBQ Lunch
  • 4-nights Brisbane, Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, Guest One Bedroom
    • Full-day G’Day be an Aussie for a Day Experience including Admission to Australia Zoo
    • Full-day Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise including transfers from Brisbane.
  • Round-trip private airport/hotel transfers
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

May 31, 2024

Valid for travel between:

une 1 – June 28, 2024 & July 24 – September 20, 2024

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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This package is 100% customizable and no set itinerary is available.

Day 1: Depart USA

This evening make your way to San Francisco Airport for your overnight flight to Sydney. Other gateway cities available, please call for details and pricing.

Day 2: International Date Line

During your flight, you will cross the International Date Line.

Day 3: Arrive Sydney

After you clear Immigration and Customs, collect your luggage and meet your driver for your transfer to your hotel where you will spend the next four nights. This afternoon, step beneath the sails and discover what makes the Opera House so inspiring. Discover insider secrets and stories of the Opera House artists and performances, and step inside the iconic theatres and foyers that bring to life over 1800 performances each year. Explore the building with your knowledgeable guide, learn about how Jorn Utzon’s vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points, off limits to the general public.

Day 4: Sydney

Embark on a captivating half-day Panoramic Sydney city tour from your hotel. Explore historic sites like the Rocks area, city center, and Macquarie Street, featuring stunning sandstone architecture such as NSW Parliament House and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Take in breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquaries Point.

Venture through Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, stopping for photo opportunities along the picturesque harbor. Pass through Kings Cross, Double Bay, and Rose Bay before reaching Watsons Bay, where you can opt for a short coastal walk along the South Pacific Ocean. Continue to iconic Bondi Beach for a 30-minute stop, witnessing surfers, beachfront promenades, and more. Your journey also includes visits to Tamarama and Bronte beaches, Centennial Park, and Paddington’s trendy district. Conclude your day at Darling Harbour, with some lunch cruises departing from Circular Quay.

Day 5: Sydney (L)

Today, experience a relaxing Sydney Harbour Discovery Lunch Cruise aboard a first-class vessel. Unwind and escape from the stresses of life for a couple of hours while enjoying live commentary and a delicious lunch onboard. Explore the beauty of Sydney’s renowned landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and Botanical Gardens, gaining fascinating insights from our knowledgeable live commentator.

Day 6: Blue Mountains

Experience the wonders of the Blue Mountains on this captivating day trip. Begin at Calmsley Hill, a charming farm with native and farmyard animals, followed by a scenic drive through the Blue Mountains. Discover hidden gems like Eaglehawk Lookout, showcasing the iconic Three Sisters rock formation, and savor a delicious lunch at Hydro Majestic. Enjoy breathtaking views from Govett’s Leap and conclude your day at Mt. Tomah Botanic Gardens with sweeping vistas and a refreshing glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before returning to your hotel.

Day 7: Sydney – Cairns

Transfer to Sydney Airport by private vehicle for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a 4-night stay.

Day 8: Cairns (B)

Today is free to explore the city and region at your leisure. Relax around the hotel pool or discover more of the area. Ride Skyrail above and through the rainforest canopy. Enjoy a scenic rail journey to Kuranda Village. Tantalize your taste buds on an Outback tasting tour and get up close with native wildlife at Hartley’s Creek Crocodile Farm.

Day 9: Great Barrier Reef (B,L)

Enjoy a catamaran cruise from Cairns for a full-day adventure exploring two remarkable snorkel and dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef. Travel in style on a fast and comfortable catamaran to the outer edge of Upolu Reef. Dive into the pristine marine world with an Adventure Snorkel & Glass Bottom Boat Tour, taking you through protected no-fishing zones within the Marine Park. Recharge with a delectable buffet lunch onboard before venturing to your next destination, Upolu Cay reef, where you can immerse yourself in the shallow, crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant coral and colorful fish.

Day 10: Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Mossman (B)

Travel in comfort to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world … Included is morning tea and a driver guided walk at Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical BBQ lunch set amongst the rainforest, walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach, a delicious exotic fruit ice cream cup at the Daintree Ice Cream Company and a photo stop at Alexandra Lookout.

Day 11: Cairns – Brisbane (B)

Transfer to Cairns Airport by private vehicle for your flight to Brisbane. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a 4-night stay.

Day 12: Brisbane

Today is free to explore Brisbane at your leisure. Brisbane is Queensland’s sunny capital that offers up a laidback charm and urban energy with a dash of adventure. The city offers a dynamic cultural precinct, abundant wildlife and exciting food scene.

Day 13: Australia Zoo, Sunshine Coast

Join a full-day tour from Brisbane for an Australia Zoo adventure, enjoying numerous live wildlife shows that will leave you saying, ‘you beauty’, including Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, within the purpose built Crocoseum. Here you’ll meet some new cobbers and see giant snakes and of course the famous and amazing crocodiles, you’ll be stoked!

Next stop, you’ll have to throw on some thongs and budgie smugglers, as you visit the picturesque Moolooaba Beach – voted one of Queensland’s best beaches.

Take a dip in the ocean – stroll along the white sands (Mooloolaba beach towel included) explore the Mooloolaba esplanade. After all this, you will find yourself at the Mooloolaba Surf Club in the arvo, where you can have a few cold ones and some food before returning to Brisbane.

Day 14: Tangalooma Island

Departing daily from Brisbane on the Spirit of Migaloo II catamaran, you’ll explore Moreton Bay Marine Park’s pristine beaches and the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, known for dolphin, dugong, and sea turtle encounters. Enjoy all-inclusive activities with no extra fees, including snorkeling among fifteen shipwrecks and coral formations. Afterward, indulge in a gourmet buffet with ocean king prawns and sip on local wine, craft beer, or frozen cocktails.

Relax on the untouched white-sand beach, try paddleboarding, beach sports, or simply unwind. Moreton Island is a nature lover’s paradise, home to a large bottlenose dolphin population, various sea turtle species, and shy dugongs. Our experienced marine naturalists ensure close wildlife encounters on this breathtaking excursion.

Day 15: Depart Brisbane

Transfer to Brisbane Airport for your return flight to San Francisco.

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Based on Double Occupancy

May 1 – May 31, 2024 5099
June 1 – June 28, 2024 5199
June 29 – July 23, 2024 5459
July 24 – September 20, 2024 5199
September 21 – October 31, 2024 5549
November 1 – December 5, 2024 5379

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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