Departs from Melbourne & ends in Sydney
This professionally guided escorted coach tour manages to capture some amazing parts of Australia – the bustling city of Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef and a real look at what Sydney has to offer. The trick within this itinerary is combining these exciting and diverse Australian destinations with internal flights, ensuring you get the very best from your coach tour. This 8 day tour packs a lot in providing, in our opinion, a lot of experience in a very compact form. If you are time short or you simply want to have lots of Australian experiences, this coach tour will suit you.
Image: Sydney Bridge © Tourism Australia / Camille Nuttall
- Discover Melbourne’s colourful hidden laneways
- Experience an immersive Aboriginal Cultural Experience in Cairns
- Paint a souvenir Boomerang
- Snorkel and cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
- Cuddle a koala at Cairns Wildlife Dome
- Sail on Sydney Harbour and toast the sunset on a dinner cruise
- Venture inside Sydney Opera House on a guided tour
- Indulge in lunch overlooking spectacular Bondi Beach
- Immerse yourself in Aussie surf culture at Bondi Beach
- Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
- Quality accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Airport transfers (see Flight Information tab)
- Full Buffet Breakfasts (7) B
- Lunches (2) L
- Dinner (1) D
- Farewell Dinner (1) FD
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Flights to arrive prior to Midday into Melbourne
Flights to arrive prior to Midday into Cairns from Melbourne
Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Sydney from Cairns
Flights anytime from Sydney
Day 1: Welcome to Melbourne
On arrival in Melbourne Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Join your Australian Tour Director on a city sights tour including a private walk through Melbourne’s famous hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating shops. Your sightseeing concludes in Lygon St, Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’, where you’re free to enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant of your choice.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Melbourne, 2 nights. B
Day 2: Melbourne ‘Free Time’
Spend today as you wish. You may consider an Optional Experience to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island or perhaps a trip along the spectacular Great Ocean Road. B
Day 3: Melbourne – Cairns
This morning you’ll fly to Cairns. Visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, a celebration of the living history of the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Join an Aboriginal guide for a fun introduction to Indigenous art and see how Aboriginal culture is expressed in their artwork. Complete your own boomerang dot painting, which you can take home as a memento of your experience.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Cairns, 2 nights. B
Day 4: Great Barrier Reef
This morning encounter unique Australian animals at the Cairns Wildlife Dome. Later, board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. See coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided). Enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cairns. B L
Day 5: Cairns – Sydney
This morning you’ll fly to Sydney. On arrival there’s time to relax at your hotel or explore this exciting city before boarding a Captain Cook Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a contemporary two course a la carte meal and the mesmerising views of Sydney at night. You’ll pass magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands and all the main harbour attractions including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 3 nights. B D
Day 6: Sydney Sights
Prepare yourself this morning for the spectacular views on the cliff-top coastal walk from Tamarama Beach. The walk features stunning vistas, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. Your destination is famous Bondi Beach for an iconic Australian experience. You’ll be greeted by a local surf lifesaver before lunch at an Aussie institution, the Returned Servicemen’s Club, with its views over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Your host will take you on an exclusive tour through Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club where you’ll learn about the history of Bondi and surf lifesaving. Later, return to the city to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and see panoramic harbour views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Top off this highlight day on a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House with a local guide. B L
Day 7: Sydney ‘Free Time’
Explore the beautiful harbour city of Sydney further. Make the most of your day and take an Optional Experience to the Blue Mountains. Gather together this evening to celebrate your vacation at a farewell dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends at Darling Harbour. B FD
Day 8: Farewell from Sydney
Your Holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight. B
Tour Code ACANA
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Melbourne
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Enjoy a delightful, innovative approach to dining. This historic fleet of Melbourne’s iconic trams has become the world’s first travelling Tramcar restaurant. Sit back and enjoy cruising the streets of Melbourne while you dine on an exclusive seasonal menu and enjoy all inclusive Australian wines or your choice from a fully stocked bar.
A truly unforgettable experience.
Ask your Tour Director for details.