Australia
 

Flight:

Arrival at Melbourne.Transfer to Melbourne Lodge.

Day 1: Rest at the hotel. Evening go for a walk around the market place

Day 2: Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Aussie cattle farm and puffing Billy with lunch.

Depart from Melbourne in a luxury coach, first port of call into the Dandenong ranches. Enjoy the lush ferns and dense forests of these enchanting ranches. Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train, marvel at the towering mountain ash and beautiful gullies of Sherbrooke Forest and enjoy the spectacular views and lush rainforest settings.

Spend time at Warrook Station Farm - Cattle, lambs, kangaroos and homestead country cooking plus Warrook is a classic family owned station property running over 150 head of cattle and over 900 lambs. You will enjoy an insider look at typical station life and all the daily action. Experience genuine Australian country hospitality at Warrook Farm. Feed the kangaroos, wombats and baby farm animals. Watch the sheep dogs run through their paces as they muster sheep. Lunch includes Red-gum smoked roast beef or marinated chicken with fresh seasonal local produce loaded with lots of secret Australian bush herbs. Take a hay ride around the farm or help milk the cows in the dairy. "Click go the shears", during the interesting sheep shearing demonstration out in the shed or barn.

Next we visit the Koala Conservation Centre and learn about these cuddly creatures. Stroll along the elevated boardwalks to view the koalas in their natural habitat. See a spring of fur seals at the Nobbies, on the dramatic southern coastline. Top this outdoor day with an evening visit to Phillip Island. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Watch the daily evening ritual of the wild little penguins and watch the little penguin parade at dusk, as they exit the surf and waddle to their nests. Note: Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependant on daylight hours.

Evening : Return to the hotel.

Day 3: Great Ocean Road Adventure-Enjoy one of the world's great coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road

Departs: Melbourne 8.00 am - Returns: Approx. 7.30 pm

View the popular coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne - a surfer's haven and retreat.

Pass world famous Bells Beach, home to World Surfing Championships.

See many fern filled gullies and river inlets on your journey.

Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery. Truly one of the world's great scenic coastal drives.

Witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and verdant rainforest living side by side.

See the amazing Twelve Apostles - limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean and visit the Information Centre. Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms.

See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard.

Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge.

Don't forget extra film as we embark on a number of great photo locations including Razorback and Island Arch. See the spectacular night lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge.

Evening: Return to the hotel and checkout for a flight to Cairns

Day 3: Flight from Melbourne to Cairns.

Stay at Cairns: http://www.cairnsbeachresort.com.au/

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef Adventure Including Green Island

Prepare for a truly memorable experience to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island with Great Adventures. Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. On this outer reef cruise, travel direct from Cairns on a comfortable, air conditioned, high speed catamaran, for a 2 hour stopover on Green Island. Stroll through the magical rainforest, laze on the coral white sands, snorkel or don a Sea walker helmet and stroll along the sea floor.

These Great Barrier Reef cruises then continue onto the Great Adventures spacious activity platform situated on the outer edge of the reef. The pontoon features undercover seating and tables to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and also has full bar facilities. Sun deck, a swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with freshwater showers and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged platform are also featured for guests’ enjoyment.

Snorkel and dive amongst some of the most spectacular coral gardens and marine life diversity on the Great Barrier Reef. Or if you choose to stay dry, you can still embrace the natural wonderland below in the underwater observatory or from the comfort of the semi-submersibles.

8.00am: Vessel boarding. Complimentary tea and coffee served on board vessel until departure

8.30am: Depart for Green Island

9.15am: Arrive Green Island. Free time on Green Island

11.20am: Re-board vessel for Great Barrier Reef. Morning tea cake selection served

12.30pm: Arrive at Great Barrier Reef platform. Free time to enjoy activities. Semi submersible tour departs every 30 minutes or as advised

1-2.30pm: Buffet lunch served

3.30pm: Re-board vessel

3.45pm: Depart Great Barrier Reef platform

5.30pm: Arrive at Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

2 hours on Green Island 3 hours at the Outer Reef platform Guided eco reef walk

Inclusions Return air-conditioned fast catamaran Morning and afternoon tea & coffee Snorkeling equipment and buoyancy vests Reef education presentation Hot & cold buffet lunch Semi submersible coral reef viewing tour Underwater observatory

Departs: Daily at 8.30am from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal

Returns to the hotel: 5.30pm

Day 5: Flight from Cairns to Sydney.

Arrival at Sydney. Airport Connect Shuttle service to carry to Vulcan hotel. www.vulcanhotel.com.au. Room Type: Executive Double. Breakfast Inclusive.

Evening: Visit to the Sydney Opera House and view a play.

Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.

Day 6: Day Tour to the Blue Mountains (Pickup from the hotel)

Operator: Oz trails: One of Australia’s most popular day tours.

Tour description: Tour Description

  • Wild Kangaroos and Screeching Cockatoos - See these Native Australian animals and more in their natural habitat.
  • Refreshments on Nepean River - The tranquil western border of Sydney, with drinks and snacks provided.
  • Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout - The best place to view the wilderness of the Blue Mountains ( away from the large buses - Coaches DO NOT have access )
  • Pleasant Bushwalk to Wentworth Falls - One of the most spectacular look out points in the Blue Mountains
  • Leura - Spend free time to explore this picturesque village. Great shops, excellent choices for lunch to cater to everyone... Leura is very popular with Sydney locals
  • Katoomba and Katoomba Falls
  • Three Sisters rock formation - Here you will hear the Aboriginal legends about this famous rock formation.
  • Scenic railway - Ride the world's steepest inclined railway to the floor of the canyon, take an enjoyable walk in the rainforest. Then take the return trip by Sceniscender....Optional Extral!
  • Aboriginal Site - Learn about aboriginal rock engravings and the Dharugs...Thought to have arrived in the Blue Mountains over 22,000 years ago.
  • Olympic Park - Enroute see Homebush Bay, home of the 2000 Olympic Games.
  • Trip up Sydney Harbour - Unwind on an afternoon cruise along Parramatta river (which becomes Sydney Harbour) back to Circular Quay (city centre)...Escape nasty afternoon traffic.
Drop back to the hotel

Included in price:

Morning tea (refreshment stop on the Nepean River - where Sydney meets the Blue Mountains) * 40 minute rivercat Habour trip * Entrance fee to the National Park to see wild kangaross * Complimentary hotel pick up * Clean, modern buses * the most experienced Blue Mountains Guides and driver's possible. * Professional and VERY experienced Tour Guides.

Day 7: Hunter Valley Wine tasting tours.

The flexible day tour itinerary ensures that you visit 5 wineries ranging from smaller vineyards and cellar doors to the larger wineries

  • We include in our day a wine tasting at the award winning cellar door at Tempus Two winery. It has the style and ambience of a nightclub with a great location. The sparkling Semillon is a winner!
  • Visit the Smelly Cheese Shop to try some of their vast range of local Australian and imported cheeses
  • Sample the tempting homemade products at one of the Hunter chocolate shops
  • Visit one of the Hunter chocolate shops and sample their tempting range of chocolate products
  • Visit the Hunter Valley Olive Shop, time permitting, to sample their range of olive oils, dips etc

Day 8: Flight from Sydney to India.

  • Rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations.*
  • Any change in the above itinerary will alter the pricing.
  • Does not include International flight tickets.
 
 
 
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