Australia's Classic Golden Triangle
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Classic Golden Triangle
Visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, and then get to know the historic side of Sydney.
This 9-days introduction itinerary to Australia combines three of the country’s most exciting cities with a taste of its Aboriginal heritage, and a chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne offers world-class shopping, a thriving arts scene, beautiful urban parks, and endless restaurant options, which combine to seduce culture vultures, foodies, and casual visitors alike. Early arrivals can catch a ride on its famous trams, or for a uniquely Melbourne experience, book a table at the Tramcar Restaurant. Your second day includes a city tour, plus an evening tour to Phillip Island to see the world-renowned ‘Little Penguin Parade’.
Tropical Cairns offers a dazzling array of wildlife amid lush forest surrounds. You’ll visit the Great Barrier Reef for a close encounter with the abundant sea life of the world’s largest coral reef system. Your full-day tour of nearby Kuranda and the surrounding rainforest includes one of Australia’s most scenic rail journeys, an Aboriginal dance performance, and a trip on the Skyrail for a bird’s eye view over the forest.
Bring your visit to an unforgettable end in Australia’s most diverse and historic city. Sydney greets visitors with its sparkling harbor, iconic Harbour Bridge, and the unforgettable Sydney Opera House. Your included ferry ticket allows you to enjoy all three, including entry to Taronga Zoo, where you can say ‘G’day’ to kangaroos, koalas, and other natives as well as many international guests. Your guided tour of The Rocks area offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s convict past, while an afternoon tour takes you to the Botanical Gardens and famous Bondi Beach for a more modern slice of Sydney.
Classic Golden Triangle
DAY 1-Melbourne Domestic Airport to Melbourne City Hotel
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, Clarion Suites Gateway is the ideal home base for leisure guests. Featuring 120 apartment-style suites, this Melbourne hotel puts your comfort first. While here, guests can dine well at William's Bar and Cafe or take a dip in the indoor heated pool.
Meal Plan Room Only
Duration 2 Nights
Accommodation: Clarion Suites Gateway
Facilities: Bar(s), Concierge, Currency Exchange, Daycare/Babysitting Service, Gym/Fitness Centre, Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service, Pool (s), Reception (24 Hr.), Restaurant(s), Room Service
DAY 2-Penguins and City
A fantastic combination of two tours; one introducing you to the fabulous city of Melbourne and the other, a popular Penguins tour to Phillip Island. It's a long day of touring but well worth the experience! City tour highlights include a photo stop at St Patrick's Cathedral, a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, a delightful guided walking tour through our favorite laneways and arcades, and a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets (or the Royal Botanic Gardens on Monday and Wednesday). You will have free time for lunch (own expense) before joining the second part of your tour to witness the nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. On the way, visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense). This unique historical farm has been in operation for over 100 years! Here guests will be get up close to kangaroos and see koalas in the Fauna Park (animal feed available at own expense). There will also be access to the lovely homestead on the property and visit Koala Conservation Centre where you can look for koalas in their natural habitat from treetop boardwalks.
DAY 3-Melbourne City Hotel to Melbourne Airport
Cairns Domestic Airport to Cairns City
Nestled on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is located close to the airport and vibrant city center. The hotel features a variety of room types, each with its own private balcony, hosting stunning views over beautiful Trinity Bay or surrounding tropical mountains.
Meal Plan Room Only
Duration 3 Nights
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
Facilities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service, Parking, Pool (s), Reception (24 Hr.),
Sauna-Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi, Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
DAY 4-Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns
For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave-piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.
DAY 5-Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation
The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.
You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.
A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometer Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.
DAY 6- Cairns City to Cairns Domestic Airport
This award-winning hotel is contemporary in design and adjacent to the World Square development, right in the entertainment heart of the CBD. Darling Harbour, Chinatown, QVB, shopping district, theatres, cinemas, and Oxford Street nightlife are only a few minutes walk away.
Rydges World Square has 445 spacious and luxuriously appointed rooms and suites including King & Twin Deluxe and Executive Club Rooms, Family Rooms plus One and Two-bedroom Suites. Non-smoking, Disabled, and Internet-Ready Rooms are available, subject to availability.
Facilities include a restaurant, two bars, complimentary gymnasium, Executive Club Lounge, 24-hr reception and concierge, 24-hour room service, valet parking, guest laundry, valet service, business center, foreign currency, retail arcade.
Meal Plan Room Only - Stay 3 and Save
Duration 3 Nights
Accommodation: Rydges World Square Sydney
Facilities: Bar(s)Bellman/Porters, Boutique(s), Business Centre, Concierge, Conference Facilities, Currency Exchange, Gym/Fitness Centre, Internet Access, Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service, Parking, Parking (Valet),
Reception (24 Hr.), Restaurant(s), Room Service, Wheelchair Accessible Rooms.
DAY 7- Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House
Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast-paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs, and friendly people epitomize the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots, and much more.
DAY 8- Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise Plus Zoo
When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbor highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbor precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two-day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9 AM - 5 PM daily.
DAY 9- Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport
Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Melbourne and Sydney
Shared arrival and departure airport transfers in Cairns
2 nights moderate accommodation in Melbourne
3 nights moderate accommodation in Cairns
3 nights moderate accommodation in Sydney
Shared full day Melbourne City & Penguins tour
Shared full day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
Shared full day Kuranda with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Rainforestation tour
Shared half day Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House
Shared full day Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise with Taronga Zoo
Visas if required
Items of a personal nature
Park fees unless stated
Drinks unless specified
All international and domestic airfares