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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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Guided Coach Tour

This suggested tour costs from AUD$5,068 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

Settle into your hotel on the banks of the Yarra River and meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner at the South Wharf riverside pub, The General Assembly restaurant. 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

Go from city to tropics today as you fly north to Cairns, Queensland. On arrival join a private wildlife boat cruise at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. There will be time to help regenerate 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 wish with this tree planting project and be a part of keeping the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics alive.

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. On board you'll be treated to a buffet lunch before you cruise back 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 historic Kuranda Scenic Railway for the return journey (own expense). 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 meet up with 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. Check into your centrally located hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring as you wish. Ask your Travel Director for sightseeing and dinner suggestions.

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 before experiencing the beauty of the city aboard a sightseeing harbour cruise sailing past Circular Quay, Shark Island, magnificent homes, beaches and parkland, and the iconic Harbour Bridge. If there ever was 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? Take a walk around the grounds among the shrubs, herbs, and towering trees lining meandering paths, eyes peeled for the resident parrots, gulls, kookaburras and wagtails. Your visit provides a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of the enchanting garden.

Staying in:

  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Bondi Beach Sydney

The day is a free day to explore at your leisure or book one of our hand crafted selection of optional activities. There are so many sights and experiences to be had in this city and further afield. You might choose to visit the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, for fresh mountain air and stunning scenery. Or get your adrenaline racing with a thrilling climb up (and over) the Sydney Harbour Bridge (both own expense). This evening you can share your stories of your day with your fellow travellers at your Farewell Dinner.

Staying in:

  • Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Sydney (1 night)

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Sydney Harbour at Sunset

All good things must come to an end. Fill up on your last breakfast before bidding farewell to your fellow travel companions.

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