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AAT Kings

AAT Kings Contrasts of Australia 24-25

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There’s no denying Australia’s diversity. This Melbourne to Sydney tour invites you to glimpse a full range of natural attractions, whether two World Heritage Sites in Cairns (the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics of Queensland) or the eye-popping, art-clad laneways of Melbourne and architectural marvel of Sydney Opera House. Wherever you venture, expect to discover First Nations culture.

Aboriginal cultureAdventureWildlife & nature

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  • Catamaran Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Masterclass at Batch Brewery
  • Melbourne City Sights Tour
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
  • Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay
  • Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
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Escorted Coach Tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,574 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Melbourne, finishes in Sydney

9 days/8 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Melbourne Skyline

Welcome to Melbourne! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly. It's a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Staying in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (1 night)

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Melbourne Laneways

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne's famous hidden laneways. You'll discover the city's eclectic little lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Staying in:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne (1 night)

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Palm Cove near Cairns

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife journey at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Enjoy a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! There will be time to take part in regenerating the rainforest particular to the Wangetti Valley, in which Hartley’s is located. Feel free to join in as much or as little as you can with this tree planting project and be a part of keeping the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics alive. This evening is free for you to choose from the numerous restaurants that Cairns has to offer.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)

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Great Barrier Reef Fish

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime - board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch before you return to Cairns.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)

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Kuranda Station

Today is a free day to do as you choose. A great option is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, be amazed as you travel over and through World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village and later board the Kuranda Scenic Rail for this historic rail journey. If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too! In the evening re-join your travelling companions for a dining experience at Ochre Restaurant.

Staying in:

  • Hilton Hotel Cairns (1 night)

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Following a leisurely start to the morning, it’s time to switch the tropical vibes back to city highlights as you fly to Sydney. What a way to kick off your arrival to Sydney with a dinner cruise enjoying the famous Sydney Harbour! You’ll pass under the Harbour Bridge, cruise past the Opera House and see many magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands.

Staying in:

  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Sydney Opera House during Vivid Festival

Discover one of the great highlights of Sydney, the beautiful Sydney Opera House, on a guided tour inside this iconic building. If there was ever a place that slipped from the pages of a fairy-tale, Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay is it. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, this pocket of floral paradise is explained by a local volunteer – did you know this was once unused wasteland? Your visit provides a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of the enchanting garden. Explore Sydney’s inner west and enjoy a lunch with the locals at the pub. Then drive through Sydney's hip inner west to Batch Brewery where you will take part in a masterclass and learn how they combine creatively inspired limited release batches with sustainable practices.

Staying in:

  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Bondi Beach Sydney

The day is yours to explore at your leisure or book one of our hand-crafted selection of optional experiences. There are so many sights and activities to be had in this city and further afield. Enjoy your farewell Dinner tonight with your fellow travellers

Staying in:

  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Sydney Harbour at Sunset

Bid farewell to your fellow traveller when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

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