10 Day Essential Australia

4 Cairns & 3 Sydney
Round trip airfare from Los Angeles, 7 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price 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

Day By Day Itinerary

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
Spend today at leisure and 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
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. 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
*The Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch optional tour is unavailable for the Jun 18 departure
**Passengers can participate in both optional tours if they desire
Optional: Crocodile Farm Tour with lunch
Optional: Skyrail Experience with dinner
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 the Mossman Gorge. Partake in an authentic Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, conducted by a local Indigenous guide. Begin with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony to cleanse and ward off bad spirits. Then, take a stroll through the stunning rainforest. Along the way your guide will discuss the Aboriginal traditional ways of life. Afterward, savor a delicious lunch featuring native bush food. Afterward, return to the hotel
Optional: Mossman Gorge with lunch
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 Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise*. Set out on the waters of Sydney Harbour in a luxury air-conditioned catamaran. Sail by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other landmarks. The lunch, freshly prepared onboard features hot & cold dishes. Afterward, return back to Sydney. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager at a reception at your hotel
*The Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise optional tour is unavailable for the Aug 28 departure
Optional: Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise
Overnight: Sydney
Meals: Breakfast

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

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Cairns-Sydney.
  • 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 Visa page.
  • Visa required for Australia
Not Included
  • Optional tours and gratuities
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers
  • Visa for Australia

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.