10 Day Essential Australia

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10 Day Essential Australia
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Cairns
Mercure Hotel Sydney Sydney

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2021 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $600
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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Cairns-Sydney.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active and done at an easy pace. City to city transfers are via flight. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time and walking over uneven terrain. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Los Angeles-Cairns, Sydney-Los Angeles
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Cairns-Sydney
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Cairns
    • 3 nights Sydney
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • Leisure time to explore Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
  • View many of Sydney's highlights, including the famous Opera House

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active and done at an easy pace. City to city transfers are via flight. Some optional tours will require walking for extended periods of time and walking over uneven terrain. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Australia
Depart for Australia

DAY 2, Sunday - En Route
Cross the international date line en route to Australia and skip a day ahead

DAY 3, Monday - Arrive in Cairns
Arrive in Cairns, the tourist capital of tropical North Queensland and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Reception at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 3 of the itinerary, if possible
Overnight: Cairns

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Cairns
A fabulous sunrise experience awaits you! Wake up before dawn to participate in the optional Cairns Hot Air Balloon*. Take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the breathtaking sunrise over the stunning Atherton Tablelands, a truly memorable experience. Afterward, return to the hotel and spend the day at leisure. Enjoy all of the delights of this resort city on your own or, join the optional Green Island Excursion*. Travel to beautiful Green Island, a coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel, take a semi-submersible tour of the underwater world, or simply relax on the white sandy beach admiring the view. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
*Passengers can participate in both optional tours if they desire
Optional: Cairns Hot Air Balloon (AM)
Optional: Green Island Excursion
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Cairns
The day is free to explore Cairns and the surrounding area on you own or, join the optional Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch. Depart Cairns and head north to explore an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia's incredible wildlife and discover the park's five different ecological zones. Walk along pathways and boardwalks to view the various native fauna and attend live shows and feedings to get acquainted with Australia’s wildlife. After lunch, return to Cairns
Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Full Day in Cairns
Spend another day at leisure in tropical Cairns or, learn about Australia’s Aboriginal history on an optional visit to an Aboriginal Cultural Park. Witness the ancient Dreamtime story through live performances, experience traditional dancing, and attend handicraft demonstrations. Savor a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel. This afternoon, join the optional Skyrail Experience with dinner. Ride the Kuranda Skyrail that takes you on an amazing gondola experience over the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Along the way, stop for a ranger guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Arrive at the historic village of Kuranda, nestled high up the tropical mountains. Spend time at leisure to explore the village and learn about Aboriginal culture. On the descent, marvel at the magnificent views of Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner
Optional: Aboriginal Cultural Park with lunch (AM)
Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Cairns
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Flight to Sydney
Depart Cairns and head south to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Take an orientation walking tour conducted by your Tour Manager after checking in to the hotel. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Sydney
Spend the day in Sydney at leisure for individual explorations or, participate in the optional full day excursion to Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park. Featherdale is home to over 300 species of Australia's diverse wildlife. Admire the koalas, feed the kangaroos, view the fairy penguins, and see the colorful parrots, cockatoos and lorikeets. For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains region is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Travel through quaint mountain villages, past spectacular lookouts, and through the rugged Australian Bush. Return to Sydney in the late afternoon
Optional: Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Sydney
Today is free to further explore Sydney on your own. Perhaps join the optional Hunter Valley Wine Tour to explore Hunter Valley, one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-producing regions in Australia. Get acquainted with Hunter Valley’s boutique wineries and enjoy tastings of some of the finest Australian wines. Afterward, return back to Sydney. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and newfound friends for a Farewell Reception at the hotel
Optional: Hunter Valley Wine Tour
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Australia
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
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  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Cairns Balloon Ride

Experience an unforgettable hot air balloon flight at dawn, over the spectacular Atherton Tablelands, that highlights the ecosystem diversity of the Cairns region. Drift above the picturesque landscape, as golden sunlight breaks across beautiful rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. This is truly a memorable experience.

Departs at approximately 4 AM. The take-off time and the duration of the flight may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary but are usually between 30 and 40 minutes.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2021 $199.00
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Green Island Excursion

Travel to beautiful Green Island, a coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef. Green Island, a Marine National Park, offers unique rainforests, white sandy beaches and coral reefs abundant with sea life. Snorkel, take a semi-submersible tour of the underwater world, or simply relax on the beach admiring the view. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #4 01 May 2021 - 30 Sep 2021 $88.00
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Crocodile Adventure Tour with lunch

Depart Cairns and head north on a coastal drive to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, an eco-park and working crocodile farm. Learn about Australia's incredible wildlife and discover the park's five different ecological zones. Walk along pathways and boardwalks to view the various native fauna and attend live shows and feedings to learn more about Australia’s wildlife. See the Crocodile Attack Show, featuring massive crocs snapping food from a pole. Enjoy lunch before your return to Cairns.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #5 23 May 2020 - 30 Sep 2021 $120.00
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Skyrail Experience with dinner

Ride the Kuranda Skyrail that takes you on an amazing gondola experience over the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. Along the way, stop for a Ranger guided boardwalk tour and visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre, lookouts and historical displays. Arrive at the historic village of Kuranda, nestled high up the tropical mountains. Spend time at leisure to explore the village, the heritage markets and learn about aboriginal culture. On your descent, marvel at the magnificent views of Barron Falls and Barron Gorge National Park. Conclude your tour with an authentic Australian dinner.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 26 Dec 2020 - 30 Sep 2021 $160.00
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Aboriginal Cultural Park with lunch

Get an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture during your visit to an Aboriginal Cultural Park. Discover Australia’s Aboriginal history and witness the ancient Dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world, through live performances and visual effects. Experience traditional dancing and attend handicraft demonstrations. Try your hand in boomerang throwing and learn how to play a didgeridoo. Afterward, savor a delicious buffet lunch featuring native bush food.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #6 01 May 2020 - 30 Sep 2021 $89.00
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Blue Mountains with Featherdale Wildlife Park

For wilderness and wildlife, the magnificent Blue Mountains is a must see for any visitor to Sydney. Today's full day tour to the region will give you a chance to see it for yourself. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, home of the world’s largest collection of over 1700 Australian native birds and mammals. Walk through the Koala sanctuary where you may have the opportunity to take a photo. Later enter the enclosure of kangaroos to hand feed them. Keep your eyes open for wombats, Tasmanian devils, emus, penguins, and dingoes as you explore the rest of the park! Later, travel through the quaint villages of the Megalong Valley before you take in the views of the famous Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point. You will also visit spectacular Govett's Leap where you can stand atop sheer cliff walls and look out over the Grose Valley below. Then to the village of Leura, where you will have time to stroll the scenic streets before descending from the mountains. Return to Sydney in the late afternoon.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 10 hours.

Day #8 01 Sep 2020 - 30 Sep 2021 $120.00
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Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Today, explore Hunter Valley, one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-producing regions in Australia. Depart Sydney and travel north through verdant rolling hills of the valley. Get acquainted with Hunter Valley’s boutique wineries and learn about its wines and winemaking process. Stop to enjoy tastings of some of the finest Australian wines. Afterward, return back to Sydney.

Approximate tour duration is 12 hours.

Day #9 01 Jun 2020 - 30 Sep 2021 $129.00
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12 Day Classic Australia, January 2020
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Wonderful. Gate 1 has a real asset with Ben as a tour manager. This was my 9th Gate 1 trip. I tell everyone that the guides/managers are outstanding, but Ben stands out amongst even the best. The itinerary was excellent, as well. Three days in each place may be less stressful, but the time we spent in each place was well planned. The optional trips were perfect. The Great Barrier Reef, Outback BBQ, and 3 sisters were my favorites. Although only 9 days as a group, we became a bonded group quickly. Looking forward to my next trip.

Pamela V. Ewing Township, NJ
15 Day New Zealand & Australia, January 2020
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We loved our trip!! New Zealand was even more beautiful than we imagined and Queenstown and Milford Sound with the optional trip to a remote sheep farm were breathtaking. Linda was a knowledgeable and resourceful guide who make us feel secure in her country. Australia was more fascinating than I anticipated and I loved the English influence on the foods, the architecture, and the culture. Melbourne's juxtaposition of old buildings and new, incorporating varying colors and shapes made it very artistic and lovely to behold. Vic was perhaps the best tour guide I've experienced with Gate 1; remember, this was my 12th tour. He went above and beyond expectations with his commentary, knowledge, good humor, and walking tours. The entire tour group (all 27 of us) agreed that he should receive tour guide honors for his work. As usual, the hotels were centrally located, impressive, and high quality; this is one of the features that I adore about Gate 1--location, location, location.

Sharon D. Claremont, CA
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, February 2019
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New Zealand and Australia was awesome! This trip was the longest we had ever been on but it was worth every day of it! I can’t wait to plan our next Gate 1 trip! So far this company has been so good!

Debra A. Magnolia, IL
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, February 2019
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Our trip was great! We had beautiful sunny days everyday, even a few were close to 100 degrees ... Our Australia guide, Dana, was THE BEST! Cheers to her for showing us a fabulous time and giving us over and above attention and service. We would highly recommend the combination of New Zealand and Australia trip. I hope we can join another Gate 1 trip in the future.

Mary J. Lake St. Louis, MO
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, December 2018
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It was truly amazing. New Zealand was pristine from the Mountain Views to the ocean and spectacular lakes. The air was so fresh and the water so clean. Australia was our highlight, but everyday the tour was more and more amazing. The additional excursions were great for seeing the wildlife and experiencing Australia and New Zealand for it’s true beauty. We enjoyed the city life, but enjoyed the small towns and wilderness even more. We thought being away for the holidays might of been a draw back, but the group we traveled with and the amazing tour guides of Richard from New Zealand and Pam from Australia filled our days and celebrated the holidays as if we were one big happy family. Thanks to them we had a wonderful time. Gate 1 really out did themselves with this amazing tour! Thank you for a memory of a life time!!! We are looking forward to our next tour with Gate 1!

Dina T. Middletown, DE
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, November 2018
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Both countries were great, both guides knew there stuff and were very informative. This was our 10th Gate 1 trip and all continue to be as advertised. We look forward to #11 in January to Italy. Thanks for all your hard work and making our trip special Gate 1!

Dianne N. Tyrone, GA
18 Day New Zealand & Australia with Cairns, April 2018
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Great trip! We enjoyed visiting both countries. Linda, our tour guide in New Zealand was amazing! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional!

Mary M. Weeki Wachee, FL
15 Day New Zealand & Australia, January 2018
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The trip was fabulous especially New Zealand. The beauty of that country cannot be described. We had a great time.

Karen C. Cumming, GA

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