Trip Type : Private Guided
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Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Tour

Discovery Nomads
5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 2,582 $ 258 / day
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  • Explore Sydney Opera House and Rocks area
  • Enjoy cruising to Whitsunday Island
  • Visit beach of Whitehaven
  • Enjoy very scenic train journey to Cairns

Short Description

Explore the highlights of Sydney Harbour, relax on a cruise to the Whitsundays and Whitehaven Beach, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy the azure beaches of the Gold Coast.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Sydney
End City Cairns

Trip Includes

  • Sydney Sightseeing Tour and visit Bondi Beach.
  • Surfing lessons with a local (Surfers Paradise).
  • Full-day Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven beach sailing trip.
  • Great Barrier Reef full day sailing and snorkling.
  • Scenic train journey to Cairns.
  • All transportation between destinations, transfers to/from the airports and to/from included activities.
  • Accommodation: Hotels 4-5* stars (9 nights).
  • Transportation: plane, bus, train.

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Day 1: Sydney

Arrive at any time. On the 1st day we haven't plan any activities.

Day 2: Sydney

Explore Sydney with a walk along the harbour to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Rocks area. In the afternoon go sailing around Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the views of the gorgeous surroundings and look out for naval ships and submarines. If you are lucky, you might even see a dolphin, a seal or a penguin.

Day 3-4: Surfers Paradise

Fly to the famous surf and arts town of Gold Coast. Learn about the culture of surfing in the area and try it yourself. Enjoy free time for optional sea kayaking, whale-watching or just relax at the beach.

Day 5-6: Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Islands

Transfer to Brisbane and flight to Airlie Beach. On the 6th day, you will go on a cruise to Whitsunday Island and visit the beach of Whitehaven.

Day 7: Cairns

An early start to the station for a relaxing and very scenic train journey to Cairns.

Day 8-9: Port Douglas

Travel along the stunning coastal road to Port Douglas. On the 9th Day you will Sail aboard the stunning catamaran and cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel the pristine ribbon reefs of Agincourt Reef, where the underwater visibility and biodiversity is at its highest, visit 3 separate dive sites and enjoy 5 hours at the reef, swim with the dwarf Minke whales in season, on one of the few vessels that has a permit to swim with the inquisitive whales.

Day 10: Cairns

Transfer back to Cairns Airport


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Price Per Day: $ 258 per day
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Awesome Trip to Australia

I had an amazing time traveling to Australia, we started in Sydney and moved further exploring the coast to Surfers Paradise. The highlight of this tour was no doubt sailing to Whitsundays islands! Whitehaven beach was absolutely breathtaking, you can never get sick of white sand and turquoise waters! And diving there was beyond all expectations! I had truly great experience, we stayed in very good hotels and had an unforgettable time in Australia.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark or e-mail.

If a participant cancels 120 days or more prior to departure, a full cost of a trip will be refunded.

Per-person charges for cancellations that occur less than 120 days prior to departure (“Cancellation Penalty Period”) are as follows:

  • 90-119 days prior to departure 50% of the trip cost.
  • 89 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of the trip cost.

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