Australia’s Coastal Treasures: Sydney, Cairns & Gold Coast

15 days,

12 nights |

from $5099 per person*


Embark on an unforgettable Australian adventure with this 12-night itinerary! Begin your journey with United Airlines, flying round-trip from San Francisco to Sydney and returning from Brisbane. Explore the vibrant city of Sydney during your 4-night stay at the Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour, complete with a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, a scenic lunch cruise in Sydney Harbour, and a half-day panoramic city tour. Discover the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains on a full-day wildlife tour.

Next, hop on a flight with Virgin Australia to Cairns, where you’ll spend 4 nights at the centrally located Novotel Cairns Oasis. Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with a full-day Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay & Reef, including a personal eco interpretive snorkel tour. Explore the lush rainforests of Cape Tribulation, Daintree, and Mossman on another full-day adventure, complete with a BBQ lunch.

Your journey concludes with 4 nights on the Gold Coast at the Crown Surfers Paradise, where you’ll enjoy a Superior Ocean View Room. Enjoy a scenic balloon ride and vineyard breakfast and be enchanted by the Evening Rainforest and Glow-worm Experience.

Throughout your trip, enjoy the convenience of round-trip private airport/hotel transfers, making your Australian vacation hassle-free and full of unforgettable memories.

  • 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, Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour, Guest 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, Novotel Cairns Oasis, Standard Room
    • Full-day Ocean Freedom Cruise to Upolu Cay & Reef including
    • Full-day Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Experience including BBQ Lunch
  • 4-nights Gold Cost, Crown Surfers Paradise, Superior Ocean View Room
    • Classic Balloon and Vineyard Experience
    • Evening Rainforest and Glow-worm Experience
  • Round-trip private airport/hotel transfers
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee

*Prices are not valid over special events or blackout dates.

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All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

May 31, 2024

Valid for travel between:

May 1, 2024 – June 28, 2024

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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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

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: 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 9: Cairns

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

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 – Gold Coast (B)

Transfer to Cairns Airport by private vehicle for your flight to Brisbane. On arrival, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the Gold Coast for a 4-night stay. The remainder of your day is free to relax or explore at your leisure.

Day 12: Gold Coast (B)

This morning, experience a serene sunrise flight over the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland, taking in panoramic views of Mt Tamborine, Lamington National Park, and the glittering Gold Coast skyline. Afterward, savor breakfast at O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead, featuring a charming atmosphere with wide verandahs and high ceilings. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the peaceful grounds or indulge in wine tasting at the Cellar Door.

Day 13: Gold Coast

A free day before embarking on an exciting nighttime tour featuring stargazing, dessert at a local restaurant, and a guided rainforest walk to a waterfall. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the rainforest’s bio-network and observe nocturnal wildlife. The tour includes a tranquil journey to the scenic Gold Coast hinterland, where a mountaintop cafe serves tea, coffee, and delightful cakes. With the guidance of an expert, explore Mount Tamborine National Park’s lush forests and spot native nocturnal animals using provided flashlights. The trail leads to Curtis Falls, a subtropical waterfall home to mesmerizing glow worms. Enjoy an intimate, small-group experience away from the crowds, all meticulously organized for your relaxation and enjoyment.

Day 14: Gold Coast

Today is free to relax or take in the sights of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast’s star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks.

Day 15: Depart Gold Cost

This morning, transfer to Brisbane Airport for your return flight to the US.

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Based on Departures Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

May 1 – June 28, 2024 5099
June 29 – July 23, 2024 5649
July 24 – September 20, 2024 5149
September 21 – November 11, 2024 5899

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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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