Sydney and the Tropics

Sydney • Hunter Valley • Port Douglas • Great Barrier Reef • Daintree Rainforest

About This Journey

7 Days Starting from $2265 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive + Fly

Enjoy the benefits of a Sydney lifestyle: Bondi Beach on your doorstep and the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as your backdrop. Visit both before flying to tropical Port Douglas. The diversity of landscapes will leave you breathless, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

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

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  • 6 nights 5 Star accommodation
  • 4 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Hunter Valley Wineries Day Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International & domestic 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 Sydney

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

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    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
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    Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate

    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. Enjoy a delicious tasting plate for two overlooking sparkling Sydney Harbour, the perfect end to your 1 hour Sydney Opera House tour.

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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.

Inclusions:

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    Accommodation    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Fly & Dine Sydney Seaplane Tour
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    Fly & Dine Sydney Seaplane Tour

    Fly by seaplane to the award winning Cottage Point Inn. Dock at the restaurant, perched on the water’s edge in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Enjoy a leisurely 3 course a la carte lunch of modern Australian cuisine. Top off a magical afternoon by flying over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

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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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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise
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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise

    Begin your day with a unique Sydney Harbour highlights 2 hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and beautiful bays and coves.

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Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wineries Day Tour

Taste the wines and view stunning landscapes of Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and small group experience, with a focus on boutique wineries where the passion and flavours are even more apparent. Dine on a gourmet, 2 course lunch created from fresh local produce accompanied with a glass of wine.

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    Accommodation    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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      Hunter Valley Wineries Day Tour
Day 4
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Fly to Port Douglas

Sydney to Port Douglas

Farewell Sydney and make your own way to Sydney Airport and catch your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairn Airport collect your rental car and continue onto Port Douglas.

Travel through Cairns Northern Beaches and along the Captain Cook Highway to Rex Lookout, offering spectacular views across the Coral Sea and Wangetti Beach. Arrive in Port Douglas, home to the palm fringed, golden sands of Four Mile Beach. Enjoy views over the Coral Sea and Four Mile Beach from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Unwind at a cafe or pub along vibrant Macrossan Street.

Cairns to Port Douglas
66 kilometres : 1 hour

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    Accommodation    Thala Beach Nature Reserve
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    Port Douglas – Thala Beach Nature Reserve

    Features:

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

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi in main lodge only

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner service available

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supa, Cnr Port Douglas & Capt Cook Highway, Port Douglas; Open Mon-Sun 7am-8pm


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    Vehicle Hire    Standard SUV Wagon, Mitsubishi Outlander or similar
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    Standard SUV Wagon, Mitsubishi Outlander or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 4 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Full Size SUV - Mitsubishi Pajero or similar
    • Doors:
      4
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Cultural Experience
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    Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Cultural Experience

    Step into a magical night to connect with two local indigenous brothers through storytelling, didgeridoo and song, whilst immersed under the canopy of the rainforest. Dine on a seven dish plattered banquet served to shared tables of ten, accompanied by a selection of wonderful wines.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Tour

Cruise out to the Outer Great Barrier Reef on a 90 minute journey. Beginner to experienced snorkelers can swim amongst vibrant corals, brightly coloured fish and turtles at the Agincourt ribbon reefs. Experienced and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to give you instruction. More experienced snorkelers can explore spectacular drop-offs and coral pinnacles.

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    Accommodation    Thala Beach Nature Reserve
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    Port Douglas – Thala Beach Nature Reserve

    Features:

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

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi in main lodge only

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner service available

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supa, Cnr Port Douglas & Capt Cook Highway, Port Douglas; Open Mon-Sun 7am-8pm


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      Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Day Tour

Suggested Activites:

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    Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
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    Helicopter Flight & Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

    Begin with a breathtaking 35 minute scenic helicopter flight out to a pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel amongst exotic marine life and beautiful corals of Agincourt Reef. View the tropical fish and corals from inside a semi-submersible vessel, or from an underwater observatory with marine biologists on hand. Travel aboard a modern catamaran on a 90 minute journey back to Port Douglas.

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Free Time Port Douglas

Explore Port Douglas

Stroll or ride a bicycle along the palm fringed, golden sands of Four Mile Beach. Enjoy spectacular views over the Coral Sea and Four Mile Beach from Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Unwind at a cafe along vibrant Reef Marina or explore galleries and boutiques on Macrossan Street. Visit Wildlife Habitat to lunch with lorikeets, cuddle a koala or hand feed kangaroos. Watch the world go by on the veranda at historical Court House Hotel. Take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight over the Daintree Rainforest or Great Barrier Reef. Join a sunset river cruise along peaceful Dickson Inlet, home to saltwater crocodiles. Immerse yourself in the colourful Sunday markets on the waterfront.

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    Accommodation    Thala Beach Nature Reserve
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    Port Douglas – Thala Beach Nature Reserve

    Features:

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

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi in main lodge only

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner service available

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supa, Cnr Port Douglas & Capt Cook Highway, Port Douglas; Open Mon-Sun 7am-8pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Dreamtime Gorge Guided Walk
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    Dreamtime Gorge Guided Walk

    Witness a traditional smoking ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits before exploring Kuku Yalanji land. An Aboriginal guide takes you on a 90 minute journey to demonstrate traditions like ochre painting, making bush soap, identifying bush food and medicines, then enjoy traditional bush tea and damper. Discover an ancient cultures special relationship with their tropical lands.

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    Daintree River Wildlife & Crocodile Cruise
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    Daintree River Wildlife & Crocodile Cruise

    Cruise the Daintree River aboard an eco friendly solar electric boat, fitted with the “Croc Cam” offering instant digital replay of camouflaged wildlife you may have missed. During the 1 hour adventure your guide offers extensive knowledge of the river, rainforest and mangroves, with an ability to spot a variety of wildlife, including a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Port Douglas

Farewell Port Douglas today and drive south to Cairns. Return your rental car at the Cairns Airport depot and continue your onward journey.

Port Douglas to Cairns
66 kilometres : 1 hour

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