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Australia Rediscovered From $4,699 PP*

By Down Under Answers

Overview

Experience Australia's history and coastal experiences on this amazing 15-night journey to Byron Bay, Hamilton Island, Sydney and Tasmania.

Highlight inclusions

  • Car rental in Brisbane and Hobart
  • Three nights at The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa including a 3-hour kayak with the dolphins
  • Four nights at Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel including airport/hotel transfers, use of most non-motorized water activities, a Great Barrier Reef day cruise and a half-day Whitehaven Beach tour
  • Three nights at Holiday Inn Old Sydney including the Essential Sydney Tour with lunch
  • Sydney Opera House Starry Nights 
  • Round-trip private airport/hotel transfers in Sydney
  • Two nights at Macq01, Hobart including the Iron Pot Cruise
  • Two nights at Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge including a Twilight Sea Kayak
  • One night at The Sebel Launceston
  • Breakfast daily

Package details

Package duration: 15 nights
Price: USD$4,699
Book by: 06/30/2018
Travel from: 05/01/2018
Travel by: 09/15/2018

Itinerary details

Day 1: Brisbane - Byron Bay

Collect your rental vehicle and drive south to Australia's easternmost town, Byron Bay, offering excellent beaches, lush rainforests and great regional dining.

Day 2: Byron Bay

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Relax beach side or take a stroll through the surrounding rainforest. Feast on delicious local product and enjoy the facilities at the Resort.

Day 3: Byron Bay

A free morning before you experience the exhilaration of paddling your kayak with dolphins, turtles and whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker, your adventure will include paddling our magnificent protected bay, surfing the waves, encountering our abundant marine life and relaxing and enjoying morning or afternoon tea and all the Tim Tams you can eat on one of our pristine beaches.

Day 4: Hamilton Island

Return your rental vehicle to Brisbane airport prior to boarding your flight to Hamilton Island (not included). On arrival at Hamilton Island, transfer to your accommodation for a four-night stay.

Day 5: Hamilton Island

A free day to relax and explore Hamilton Island at your leisure. Get up close to native wildlife at Wild Life Hamilton Island or laze by the pool.

Day 6: Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Queensland

Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands enroute to Hardy Reef where you will spend over 3 hours on the reef pontoon. The pontoon offers undercover seating and tables, sun decks, freshwater showers and changing rooms. There is a range of activities available including an underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible rides for coral viewing and full use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits, as well as presentations by reef experts. Optional activities are also available including onboard massage service, certified and introductory scuba diving and helicopter scenic flights (all optional activities at own expense). Enjoy lunch on board the pontoon. 

Day 7: Hamilton Island

A free morning before boarding your cruise vessel to commence an afternoon Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach cruise. Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to the world famous Whitehaven Beach. Afternoon tea is included onboard. The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine white silica sand stretch for over seven kilometers along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Enjoy time to wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or swim in the azure waters.

Day 8: Sydney

Transfer to Hamilton Island Airport for your flight to Sydney (not included). On arrival in Sydney, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, located in the historic Rocks District. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 9: Sydney

Explore Sydney on a 5-hour tour that includes a comprehensive city tour, lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay and a visit to Bondi Beach. In Sydney, see highlights including the historic Rocks district, Royal Botanical Gardens, Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. You'll also drive through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Oxford Street and the suburbs of Paddington, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, enjoying informative commentary along the way.

Day 10: Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales

A free day to explore Sydney at your leisure before an evening at the Sydney Opera House. Your Starry Nights package includes the Sydney Opera House Tour, Tasting Plate and performance ticket. See inside the world's most recognizable sails and experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. After your tour, proceed to the Opera Kitchen to enjoy a three-tier gourmet tasting plate. Sit back and be spoilt for choice as you relish some of Sydney's best cuisine and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. Then, enjoy an excellent Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance of choice.

Day 11: Hobart

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Hobart (not included). On arrival in Hobart, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a two-night stay.

Day 12: Hobart

This afternoon, discover Hobart's coastal beauty and maritime history on a 60 km, 2.5 hour eco cruise exploring its waterways, beaches, cliffs and caves. See iconic landmarks like Mount Wellington, Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Arrive at the Iron Pot, Australia's oldest lighthouse. The unique square spire is a testament to convict construction, still standing more than 150 years later. Voyage further south into Storm Bay to circumnavigate Betsey Island which is home to a variety of seabirds including the majestic White-bellied Sea-Eagle.

Day 13: Hobart - Port Arthur - Freycinet National Park

Collect your rental vehicle from the downtown location and make your way to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Travel back in time to Tasmania's "inescapable prison", that once housed criminals subject to harsh punishment. Today, the convicts and guards are gone, but the stories set in an equally dramatic landscape of craggy cliff faces and the remains of more than 30 buildings remain. Continue to Freycinet National Park for a 2-night stay.

Day 14: Freycinet National Park

Schouten Island, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

A free day to explore the National Park at your leisure before joining a three-hour Twilight Sea Kayak. Experience the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula from a different perspective, local guide provides insight into the landscape and rich history.

Day 15: Freycinet National Park - Launceston

Drive from Freycinet National Park to Launceston, stopping at quaint historical villages and towns along the way.

Day 16: Depart Launceston

After breakfast, return your rental vehicle to Launceston Airport.

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Terms & Conditions:

*Prices are quoted in USD and are 'from', per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Blackout dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (12/28/17) and may differ when you book your travel. Please call for our current pricing and itinerary details.