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10 Day Contrasts of Australia

Time to explore the many exciting aspects that make up Eastern Australia
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Great Barrier Reef Queensland
Blue Mountains
Sydney Opera house from the water
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10 Day Contrasts of Australia

Time to explore the many exciting aspects that make up Eastern Australia. Beginning with the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne which is not only home to great food, shopping and history, see Penguins and take a drive down the Great Ocean Road highway. Take a flight to the Northern Queensland city of Cairns for time in the tropical north. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights including The Sydney Opera House and the Blue Mountains. Airfares: All flights are to be purchased separately, please contact us for a quote.

Duration: 10 Days

Starts: Melbourne

Finishes: Sydney

+ Absolute Fly & Seek Inclusions:
  • Dedicated Travel Designer
  • Full In-Country Support
  • Specialist Guides on all selected experiences
  • Airport Transfers
Your Experiences:
  1. Private Penguin Tour to Phillip Island
  2. Great Ocean Road Trip
  3. Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Snorkel
  4. Daintree River Cruise
  5. Sydney Darling Harbour Dinner Cruise
  6. Guided Opera House Tour
  7. Blue Mountains Deluxe Eco Tour
Your Locations:
  1. Melbourne
  2. Cairns
  3. The Daintree Rainforest
  4. Sydney
  5. Blue Mountains

Day by day tour itinerary

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DAY 1
Welcome to Melbourne!

Victoria's capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay and is very much about lifestyle

It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbournians love the city’s vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character.

Melbourne
DAY 2
Phillip Island's Penguin Parade

This tour highlights the best of Victoria's nature and wildlife.

Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies as well as a close encounter with a koala (additional fee applies). We pay a visit to historic Churchill Island to explore an 1850’s heritage farm with shaggy Highland cattle and sheep shearing. We then travel to view the Nobbies and Australia’s largest Fur Seal colony at Seal Rocks. Finally, we watch hundreds of Little Penguins emerging from the ocean and waddling across the beach to their homes among the dunes.

Watching the penguin `rafts' come ashore at Phillip Island
DAY 3
Great Ocean Road Day Trip

The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most beautiful and naturally maintained secrets!

Experience and enjoy the breathtaking coastline. Every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforests of the Otway Ranges – all of which provide an amazing postcard backdrop for all your memories!

Enjoy the stunning coastal views and long golden surf beaches at some of Australia’s most impressive beaches, look for koalas & native birds in the wild, and end up marveling at the World famous 12 Apostles.

the Great Ocean Road
DAY 4
Fly to Cairns

Today you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport to meet your flight to Cairns.

On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Cairns is situated in the Northern end of Tropical Queensland, the city is framed by the spectacular twin backdrops of rainforest mountain ranges and the sparkling Coral Sea. The World Heritage-listed Wet Tropical Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and Outback are all within easy reach.

Cairns waterfront
DAY 5
Great Barrier Reef Cruise & Snorkel

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world

Join this day cruise from Cairns and spend up to 5 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef visiting two premium coral reef locations and come face to face with amazing marine life and coral gardens. Included in this spectacular day tour is snorkel gear, lycra and wetsuit hire, glass-bottom boat coral tours and fish feeding led by marine biologists.

Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers who recount the Dreamtime stories of the local people and help you gain a deeper cultural understanding of the diverse ecosystems that make up the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkling at Great Barrier Reef
DAY 6
Daintree River Cruise

Travel to World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park.

Step aboard their own personalised craft for a cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. The cruise takes you through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks. Then immerse you inside the protected forests and take you on a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife.

Lunch is a special treat today, deep under the rainforest canopy. Enjoy a delicious lunch of tropical rainforest-inspired local produce. The last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout.

Daintree River Cruise
DAY 7
Cairns to Sydney in time for a Dinner Cruise

This morning you'll fly to Sydney!

Today you will be transferred to Cairns Airport to meet your flight Sydney and transferred to your accommodation on arrival.

Sydney, the oldest and grandest of Australia’s big cities. Blessed with a glorious natural harbour, golden beaches, and a blissful climate, this incredible metropolis must be seen to be believed.

Settle into Sydney with a stroll along Circular Quay. With the Sydney Harbour Bridge at one end and the white sails of the Opera House at the other, is there any more iconic view in the world?

This evening you’ll enjoy a Sydney Harbour sunset dinner cruise.

Sydney from the water
DAY 8
Sydney - Opera House

Explore Sydney at your leisure this morning...

This afternoon take a guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House. See inside the world’s most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds – to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building – our guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You’ll visit at least one of our venues – where we live performance every day. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million.

Aerial view of Sydneys sparkling harbour
DAY 9
A Day in the Blue Mountains: Deluxe Eco Tour

Today's Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour is a journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region.

Your journey to the Blue Mountains takes you through picturesque villages to spectacular views and waterfalls. Stop for morning tea at Calmsley Hill, a working farm which is also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Continue on to a scenic lookout point where you will learn all about the unique trees of the Australian forest, and find out the cause of the blue haze which gives the region its name.

Take lunch at the Hydro Majestic Hotel with magnificent valley views before you, then spend the afternoon visiting a selection of stunning Blue Mountains lookouts. The view from Govett’s Leap is one of the most famous in Australia: the magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff.

The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to admire the sweeping views and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling back to your hotel.

Three Sisters at Blue Mountains
DAY 10
Farewell from Sydney

After the most amazing trip, today you will be transferred to Sydney Airport to meet your onward flight.

We know you will enjoy your holiday and our promise to you is to make your travels through Australia as hassle-free and hospitable as possible – ensuring that today you leave with a camera full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your Absolute Fly Around trip to Australia.

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OUR ABSOLUTE NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL DESIGNER SAYS: “This road trip gives you time to explore the many exciting aspects that makeup Eastern Australia. Beginning with the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, then take a drive down the Great Ocean Road highway. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous people of the rainforest. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights including The Sydney Opera House and the Blue Mountains.”

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