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16 Day AUSSIE BOOMERANG

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15 Day AUSSIE BOOMERANG

An independent vacation filled with the perfect balance of  leisure time mixed with sightseeing activities, nature & wildlife experiences  featuring:

Sydney | Hamilton Island | Cairns | Ayers Rock | Adelaide | Kangaroo Island | Melbourne
G’day and Welcome to Australia!
You will be met on arrival Sydney Airport by your Chauffeur Driver and transferred to your hotel in the city.

We have included a Sydney Opera House Tour open voucher for you to enjoy at your leisure along with a 24 Hour City sightseeing – Hop on-Hop off Bus voucher to explore the city.

Over the next 2 days you will enjoy a Full Day Small Group Tour with lunch to the stunning Blue Mountains National Park where you can view kangaroos that graze in the wild and stop at a Wildlife Park which gives you the unique opportunity to get up close to some of the most well known native animals of Australia, such delights as the Koala, Wombat and Dingo.

And you will also have a day at leisure in Sydney for self-exploration of this magnificent city and all its wonderful treasures, or to add some optional touring into your days.

This morning you transfer by shared-shuttle to the Sydney Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island.

On arrival you will leave your luggage with the hotel staff and board the Catamaran for the Scenic Cruise to world famous White Haven Beach, the most photographed beach in Australia and named “Queensland’s Most Beautiful Beach”.  Here you can wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters.

The next morning you will embark on a Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch.  The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world and a “must-see” for any visitor to the region.  Visit a pontoon site that will give you a fantastic reef experience with a choice of areas to relax and a great range of activities. There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up your tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of a reef vessel. There are numerous ways to explore the reef, from the underwater viewing chamber, to the semi-submersible submarines, or snorkeling like a fish beneath the sea!    The pontoon is adjacent to coral walls, the length of which you can explore. The pontoon site has their own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life found only in sheltered areas, providing a unique world for you to explore. The prolific fish life will surprise and delight you – especially the giant groper!

You will be transferred this morning by the complimentary hotel shuttle to the airport in time to connect with your flight to Cairns.

Upon arrival Cairns, you will transfer by shared-shuttle to your beachfront hotel in Palm Cove located just 25 minutes north of Cairns.

Balance of your day at leisure to enjoy your beautiful beachfront hotel facilities or for optional touring.

Over the next 2 days you will enjoy a Full Day Small Group Tour with lunch to include the Daintree Rainforest, River Cruise & Cape Tribulation the world-renowned rainforest beach.  Experience an early morning River Cruise to seek out the vivid Ulysees Butterfly, Kingfishers and various other wildlife. The cruise takes you through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks. Venturing into Cape Tribulation on the northern side of the river enter the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. From here enter a private property for a magnificent lunch near a pristine river and water hole, (a safe swimming haven all year round); visit an exotic tropical fruit orchard where they make pure, fresh ice cream; panoramic views from Alexandra Range Lookout and finally cross on the River ferry before returning to your hotel.

We have also included a Full Day Tour with lunch to the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail, a visit to the Rainforestation Nature Park set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you such as the amphibious World War II Army Duck that explores the tropical rainforest, home to hundreds of colorful butterflies, birds and species of orchid, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience with Local indigenous Pamagirri Guides that take you on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda including the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show held in a Rainforest Amphitheater, and visit the Koala & Wildlife Park where you can wander at your leisure or join a guided group with our experienced Wildlife Keepers .  A series of elevated boardwalks provide close-up uninterrupted views of the Australian animals and reptiles, including species such as:
Koala, Kangaroo, Wallaby, Wombat, Salt water (Estuarine) Crocodile, Fresh water Crocodile, Turtle, Snake, Lizard, Frog, Dingo,Cassowary, Spotted-tail (Tiger) Quoll.  Hand-feed the free roaming kangaroos and wallabies in the landscaped gardens, observe the carnivorous tiger quoll, and the endangered cassowary, see wombats and lace monitors, and view local snakes and other reptiles.

At the end of your tour you will return by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway spanning 7.5 kilometers over pristine rainforest gliding just meters above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you’ll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment.

This morning you will transferred by shared-shuttle to the Cairns Airport for your onward flight to Ayers Rock.

On arrival,  a courtesy transfer is provided to your hotel in Ayers Rock.

After lunch, you will join your Kata Tjuta & Uluru Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner.  Travel across the sandy desert plains towards the 36 majestic domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) stopping along the way at a lookout to admire the panoramic view of the southern side of Kata Tjuta. Continue on to arrive at the base of Walpa Gorge. Take the walking trail through Walpa Gorge and follow the natural creek between two of the largest domes at Kata Tjuta and explore the gorge and the unusual conglomerate rock formations. In the late afternoon travel to the Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset viewing area. Witness the striking color changes of Uluru at sunset whilst enjoying nibbles and a glass of wine.

After sunset travel to an exclusive venue set among red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. Enjoy a traditional Australian Barbecue Dinner and after dinner your guide conducts a tour of the night sky describing some of the visible constellations.

Rise early this morning to join your Uluru Sunrise, Climb & Base Tour with guided Cultural Base Walk. Travel to the Uluru sunrise viewing area. Watch the first rays of dawn set the Red Centre alight whilst enjoying a morning snack before you commence the climb to Uluru. Alternatively, non-climbers can choose to take a peaceful stroll along the Mala Walk (non- guided), which winds among the bloodwood trees alongside Uluru. After the climb, join your Guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel to the Mutitjulu Walk where you will be escorted to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole where you can view Aboriginal rock paintings and learn about the area as your Driver/Guide points out some native flora and explains the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center where you can learn about Aboriginal culture and see Aboriginal arts and crafts, before returning to your hotel.

Collect your luggage and take the courtesy shuttle to the airport to connect with your flights to Adelaide.

You will be met on arrival Adelaide Airport by your Chauffeur Driver and transferred to your hotel in the city.

Balance of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on foot and the evening free to enjoy one of the many fine restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.

You will be picked up this morning and transferred to the airport to connect with your 45 minute flight to Kangaroo Island.

On arrival Kingscote Airport, join the Kangaroo Island Flinders Chase Nature & Wildlife Experience 1 day/1 night 4WD Small Group Tour – Fly over/Fly back option.

Today’s highlights feature – Koalas, Fur Seals, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Cape du Couedic. 
Travel to the western section of the island and discover the remarkable Flinders Chase National Park, one of the oldest and most important national parks in South Australia. The park incorporates almost 20 per cent of the island and much of it is a Wilderness Protection Area, home to a variety of fauna and flora unique to Kangaroo Island. In spring (August – November) a wonderful variety of native flowers carpet the area, making it a picturesque backdrop for the wildlife and unusual geological formations.

Enjoy the opportunity to walk through the park in search for kangaroos, wallabies and a variety of birdlife. See at close range some of the 10, 000 healthy New Zealand fur seals in their colony at Cape du Couedic and discover the formation of the Remarkable Rocks. These large granite boulders balance dramatically on the cliff edge, which plunges 75 meters into the turbulent Southern Ocean below. At Admirals Arch see where the powerful forces of nature have cut through the headland to create this natural geological formation. Admire the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, established in 1909, in the far south-west corner of the park. A delicious gourmet picnic lunch with wine will be served in a secluded bush setting. During the day koalas can be observed peacefully existing in their treetop habitat. By special permit, enter the Kelly Hill Conservation Park to see kangaroos and other native wildlife emerge from the safety of the bushland to graze on the open plains. Visit Point Ellen at Vivonne Bay, providing you with spectacular views of the Southern Ocean and white sandy beaches. Vivonne Bay offers five kilometers of untouched white sandy beaches and the clearest water you will ever see.

At the end of the days touring, you will be dropped off at your hotel with an Option to take an evening tour to the Penguin Conservation Center to view up close the nocturnal Little Penguins.

Best time to view the Little Penguins – Breeding season for Little Penguins is from April through to the end of November each year and this is definitely the best time to visit. During this time, the adult penguins are concentrating on family matters – mating, laying eggs or returning from sea to feed their chicks. For the chicks, of course there is really just one thing to do – patiently waiting for parents to arrive with dinner!   December and January, the number of penguins decline while the chicks have grown and left the burrows to live their life at sea, the adults begin their annual moult and become increasingly secretive and sedentary.  You still see the penguins, but they are not as active while moulting. February the Penguin Center closes because all penguins live at sea to eat and gain weight lost during the annual moult. Penguins return to land in March to begin looking for their mates and readying their burrows to lay eggs once again.

You will be transferred to the Kingscote Airport for your flights to connect to Melbourne.

You will be met on arrival Melbourne Airport by your Chauffeur Driver and transferred to your hotel in the city.

Balance of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on foot and the evening free to enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants around town or in the South Yarra district.

Today you are at leisure in Melbourne for self-exploration of this charming, cosmopolitan city.

Some of Melbourne’s best attractions can be seen via Tram or the City Explorer Bus. Visit Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Observation Deck, Botanic Gardens, Old Melbourne Gaol and Queen Victoria Markets for fabulous food & eclectic fashion. For culture try Victoria Arts Center, Federation Square, Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria.

The next day join your Small Group Full Day Great Ocean Road Classic Tour with lunch.   Travel down the Great Ocean Road and see the Twelve Apostles. Discover first hand why this trip has become a tourism pilgrimage for so many. You will be awestruck by the natural beauty as we take you through the Surf Coast region of Victoria. Stop at some of the seaside holiday villages of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell and look out for the local wildlife, including Koalas, King Parrots and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. Step down to the beach at Gibson Steps, gateway to the Twelve Apostles. Take in the cool climate rainforests as you travel through the Otway Ranges before coming to Cape Otway where you can climb mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse. To give you strength to climb to the top tuck into an authentic Aussie barbecue on the lawns outside the historic lighthouse keepers quarters.

This morning your private Chauffeur Driver will transfer you to the Melbourne Airport for your onward flight to the USA.

Inclusions:

14 nights accommodations – 3 nights Sydney, 2 nights Hamilton Island, 3 nights Cairns, 1 night Ayers Rock, 1 night Adelaide, 1 night Kangaroo Island, 3 nights Melbourne | Airport Transfers | Sydney Opera House Tour open voucher  | 24 Hour City sightseeing – Hop on-Hop off Bus voucher | Full Day Small Group Tour with lunch Blue Mountains National Park | Catamaran Scenic Cruise White Haven Beach | Full Day Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch | Full Day Small Group Tour with lunch Daintree Rainforest, River Cruise & Cape Tribulation | Full Day Tour with lunch Kuranda Scenic Rail, Rainforestation Nature Park, World War II Army Duck,  Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show, Koala & Wildlife Park and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway | Kata Tjuta & Uluru Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner  | Uluru Sunrise, Climb & Base Tour with guided Cultural Base Walk | Kangaroo Island Flinders Chase Nature & Wildlife Experience 1 day/1 night 4WD Small Group Tour with return flights, lunch and continental breakfast |  Small Group Full Day Great Ocean Road Classic Tour with lunch

Phone one of our Aussie Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your AUSSIE BOOMERANG Holiday now!

 

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