Natural Wonders Down Under

Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Ayers Rock • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney • Blue Mountains

About This Journey

11 Days Starting from $2385 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Get lost amongst Melbourne's laneways and follow the coastline of the Great Ocean Road. Ancient lands await in Australia's red centre, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Next natural wonder is the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns. Sydney's harbour is home to two icons, while the Blue Mountians National Park offers something for everyone!

Domestic airfare prices are subject to variables. Contact us for a tour quote including current domestic airfares.

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  • 10 nights 4 Star - 4.5 Star accommodation
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Great Ocean Road Day Tour
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
  • Blue Mountains Day Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G’day Melbourne

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    Novotel On Collins
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    Melbourne – Novotel On Collins

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm, Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI, free in communal areas

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: dry cleaning

    All rooms non smoking


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Melbourne City Afternoon Tour
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    Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

    Join a local guide on a 3 hour tour of Melbourne, a city of contrasts. Visit sites including Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), St Patrick’s Cathedral, Albert Park Lake (Formula 1 Grand Prix) and iconic St Kilda Beach. Travel up Eureka Skydeck 88 for 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley.

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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise
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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise

    Step aboard a 1 hour riverboat cruise heading upstream past Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and past the botanic gardens. View the Aquarium, Casino, Exhibition Centre, historic sailing ship Polly Woodside before entering Docklands on the downstream journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Captain’s commentary.

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Free Time Melbourne

Explore Melbourne

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    Novotel On Collins
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    Melbourne – Novotel On Collins

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm, Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI, free in communal areas

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: dry cleaning

    All rooms non smoking


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Suggested Activites:

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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour
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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour

    Meet kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and colourful birds and reptiles at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Depending on the time of year visit beautiful Woolamai Beach. Enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. At sunset watch the little penguins waddle ashore to their burrows from intimate penguins plus viewing area.

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    Healesville Sanctuary & Yarra Valley Day Tour
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    Healesville Sanctuary & Yarra Valley Day Tour

    Spend the morning meeting Australia’s native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, platypus, koalas and Tasmania devils at Healesville Sanctuary. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at a Yarra Valley winery, with the opportunity to sample local wines. End the day at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for chocolate tastings.

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

Stroll along the wild beaches and take in the awe-inspiring scenery at Split Point Lighthouse. Stop for lunch(own expense) at seaside town Apollo Bay set amongst rolling hills. Gain exclusive access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos and native birds. Cap off the day at the ancient rock formations the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.

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    Accommodation    Novotel On Collins
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    Melbourne – Novotel On Collins

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm, Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable limited onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI, free in communal areas

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: dry cleaning

    All rooms non smoking


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      Great Ocean Road Day Tour
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Fly to Ayers Rock

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
Melbourne to Ayers Rock

Farewell Melbourne and make your own way to Melbourne Airport and catch your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival at Ayers Rock Airport a hotel transfer will take you to your accommodation.

View Aboriginal arts and crafts at Mulgara Gallery, Mingkiri Arts and the Wintjiri Arts and Museum. Watch Aboriginal artists create traditional dot paintings at Town Square. Discover a range of cafes, restaurants and bars, or simply cool off at the pool. Enjoy a wide range of free activities including learning how to throw a spear and boomerang, or listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. Sit down for a bush yarn in the Circle of Sand with a local Aboriginal storyteller.

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    Accommodation    Desert Gardens Hotel
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    Ayers Rock – Desert Gardens Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free inroom Wifi

    Onsite restaurants: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    Fuel available: Diesel, unleaded

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supermarket, Town Square, Ayers Rock Campgrounds, Yulara Drive, Yulara; Open Mon-Sun 8am-9pm


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      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass

Suggested Activites:

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    Kata Tjuta Domes Afternoon Tour
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    Kata Tjuta Domes Afternoon Tour

    Travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) on a 3 hour guided adventure to embrace this ancient spiritual site. Witness unique plants and wildlife as your guide reveals the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Walk between the mighty domes at Walpa Gorge and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years.

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    Sounds of Silence Dinner
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    Sounds of Silence Dinner

    Begin with canapes and chilled sparkling wine matched with views across Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and watch a traditional Aboriginal dance performance. Enjoy a bush tucker inspired buffet with native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi. Listen to a resident star talker decode the clear night sky.

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Free Time Ayers Rock - Fly to Cairns

Explore Ayers Rock Resort

View Aboriginal arts and crafts at Mulgara Gallery, Mingkiri Arts and the Wintjiri Arts and Museum. Watch Aboriginal artists create traditional dot paintings at Town Square. Discover a range of cafes, restaurants and bars, or simply cool off at the pool. Enjoy a wide range of free activities including learning how to throw a spear and boomerang, or listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. Sit down for a bush yarn in the Circle of Sand with a local Aboriginal storyteller.

Ayers Rock to Cairns

Farewell the red desert as your hotel transfer returns you to Ayers Rock Airport to catch your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Uluru Sunrise Highlights Tour
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    Uluru Sunrise Highlights Tour

    Witness a desert sunrise, visit sacred waterholes, drive around the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on this 3 hour adventure. See ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, learn about the areas significance to local Aboriginal people and listen to Dreamtime stories.

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    Uluru Sunrise Trek Tour
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    Uluru Sunrise Trek Tour

    Walk around the 10 kilometre base trail of Ayers Rock and embrace the culture, geology and unique environment. Witness a desert sunrise, visit sacred waterholes and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on this 6 hour adventure. See ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, learn about the areas significance to local Aboriginal people and listen to Dreamtime stories.

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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop
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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop

    Join Indigenous artists and learn about the different symbols used to create beautiful works of art depicting Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories. During the 90 minute experience create your own artwork to take home as a memento.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Enjoy a marine biologist presentation on the 90 minute journey out to Marine World platform on the spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef. Beginner or experienced snorkelers can explore the magical underwater world. Stay dry and view the exotic marine life and corals from an underwater observatory, semi-submersible vessel or glass bottom boat. Treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight out at Marine World.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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      Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
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Free Time Cairns

Explore Cairns

Escape to Cairns Botanical Gardens, or walk up Mount Whitfield for stunning views. Unwind along Cairns northern beaches. A J Hackett is home of the rainforest bungy jump. Discover a swimming lagoon, cafes, restaurants and parklands at vibrant Cairns Esplanade. Catch a ferry to Fitzroy Island or Green Island. Join a crocodile cruise at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Uncover local Aboriginal culture at Cairns Regional Gallery or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Step aboard a sunset cruise and enjoy a magical tropical sunset.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour
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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour

    Explore the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest on earth. Cruise down the Daintree River, looking out for crocodiles. Travel to Alexandra Lookout and hand feed kangaroos at Lync Haven. Follow the 4WD Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek for a rainforest stream swim. Spot fish and turtles in the creek, with butterflies and exotic birds above. Cape Tribulation Beach is where the rainforest meets the reef.

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    Rainforest Wildlife Afternoon & Night Tour
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    Rainforest Wildlife Afternoon & Night Tour

    See a mob of agile wallabies on the way to the Atherton Tablelands. View an 800 year old Cathedral Fig Tree and learn about Aboriginal culture. Spot boyd’s forest dragons, musky rat kangaroos and birds in rainforest surrounds. Look for saw shelled turtles, archerfish and eastern water dragons at Lake Eacham. Catch sight of platypus from a private viewing area. After dark see nocturnal wildlife come out to play.

Day 8
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Fly to Sydney

Cairns to Sydney

Farewell Cairns and make your own way to Cairns Airport and catch your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival at Sydney Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall
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    Sydney – Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: in room

    Laundry facilities: in apartment rooms only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Park & George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am


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    Sydney Opera House Tour
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    Sydney Opera House Tour

    Step inside the Sydney Opera House and discover the history and stories on a 1 hour guided tour. Visit off limits areas, capture photographs from rare vantage points, sit in the theatres custom-made timber chairs, touch the famous shell tiles and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar free chambers in the world.

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    Captains Dinner Cruise
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    Captains Dinner Cruise

    Dine aboard the flagship MV Sydney 2000 and enjoy a contemporary Australian 3 course a la carte menu served on the upper deck. Experience stunning views of Darling Harbour and the glittering city lights. Gaze at the stars from the panoramic views of the Star Deck and dance the night away to the sounds of the live band.

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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Day Tour

View the Jamison Valley from a cliff lookout. Ride the Scenic Rail, Cableway, Skyway and walk amongst ancient rainforest at Scenic World. View the famous Three Sisters. After lunch admire the Blue Mountains beauty from a remote lookout. Meet koalas and kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Return aboard a leisurely river cruise into Sydney Harbour.

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall
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    Sydney – Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: in room

    Laundry facilities: in apartment rooms only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Park & George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am


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      Blue Mountains Day Tour
Day 10
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Free Time Sydney

Explore Sydney

No trip is complete without exploring the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re game, take on the BridgeClimb or Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Stroll amongst museums, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in The Rocks historical precinct. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo and a bus to vibrant Bondi Beach. Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum are located in popular Darling Harbour. Stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Uncover the city’s past at the Museum of Sydney.

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    Accommodation    Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall
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    Sydney – Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: in room

    Laundry facilities: in apartment rooms only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Park & George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am


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    Sydney Sights Morning Tour
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    Sydney Sights Morning Tour

    Begin this mornings 3 1/2 hour adventure at the historic Rocks precinct, including magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Kings Cross, Double Bay and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights, then its onto famous Bondi Beach. Return to city via the beach coast line, Centennial Park, Paddington, Oxford Street then onto Darling Harbour.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    Before latching on to the Climb Base spend 50 minutes preparing for your adventure. With your Climb Leader as your guide, step by step ascend the arches of the Bridge to enjoy panoramic views of Sydney and its glorious harbour. During the 2 ½ hour climb be entertained with stories about the history of the Bridge. After a summit celebration make your descent to the Climb Base.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Sydney

Farewell Sydney and make your own way to Sydney Airport and continue your onward journey.

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