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Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Sydney and Tasmania
12 Days / 11 Nights - 2016
11 Days / 10 Nights - 2017

2016 - This Discover Down Under family vacation from Adventures by Disney invites you to discover the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Sydney and finally Tasmania. From exploring the world's oldest rainforest to chasing ghosts on a night walk in the ruins of a 19th-century prison, immerse yourself in the story of Australia. Travel to the rugged continent that's home to the timeless culture of the Aborigines on this excursion of a lifetime!

2017 - Explore Australia's tropical rainforests, white-sand beaches and its red desert featuring otherworldly rock formations. Discover the rich culture of the Aboriginals who've lived here for over 40,000 years. Ride a camel across the desert, experience the life of an Australian cowboy, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and more—and experience Australia firsthand on this remarkable Adventures by Disney vacation!

Adventures by Disney - Australia - Discovery Down Under


2016 Trip Highlights Include:

  • Great Barrier Reef

    View the dazzling array of sea life by snorkeling among the coral forests and shimmering fish of the world's largest tropical reef. A marine biologist is on hand to answer your questions.

  • Explore Scenic Sydney

    While in Sydney, pedal around scintillating Sydney Harbor on a privately guided bike tour, visit the stunning Sydney Opera House, and get a private surfing lesson at the famous Bondi Beach.

  • Tasmania Discovery

    Soar over eucalyptus trees on zip lines. Paddle a sea kayak on the brilliant waters of Coles Bay. And enjoy a private visit of the Tasmanian Devils and other intriguing animals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Ayers Rock (Uluru)

    Head off to Australia's famed outback for a privately guided hike around the base of sacred Ayers Rock also known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru.

  • Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Participate in Aboriginal traditions as Tjapukai tribe members share their culture with song and dance. Listen to a didgeridoo and learn how to throw a boomerang and a spear.

2017 Trip Highlights:

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef

Delight in seeing the largest living organism up close—in its full, multicolored splendor! Composed of billions of tiny organisms called "coral polyps," the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder made of over 3,000 individual reefs that will fill you with awe.

 

Discover the World's Oldest Living Culture

Be greeted by Aboriginals who are the original inhabitants of the Kuranda rainforest at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park. They welcome you with stories and teach you some traditional Aboriginal arts and crafts, boomerang-throwing, how to play the didgeridoo and more.

 

Hike at Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Feel the power of Uluru on a privately guided hike around its base. Sacred to the Aboriginals, this stunning monolith looms over the red desert surrounding it. As mammoth as it is spectacularly beautiful, it is one of natural wonders of the world and an iconic symbol of Australia.

 

Explore Scenic Sydney

Tour this delightful city on a harbour boat cruise. Visit the magnificent Sydney Opera House and tour Taronga Zoo after-hours where you can meet some Australian animals up close!

 

Live the Life of an Australian Cowboy

Imagine yourself being a real Australian cowboy when you visit the Tobruk Sheep Farm! Learn how to herd and shear sheep. And work in partnership with the instinctively brilliant sheep dogs that help you get the job done.

 

Ride a camel across the Red Desert

Experience sunrise riding on the back of a camel! Watch the desert wake up in front of your eyes—and see the flora and fauna around you in breathtaking detail as you leisurely cross the vast expanse.

 

Discover The Gold Coast and Byron Bay

Explore the Gold Coast—the fabulous city, famous surfing beaches and astounding rainforest. Take a side trip to nearby Byron Bay to go kayaking in its picture-perfect waters or simply lounge on its white-sand beaches!

 

Adventure Dates

  • 2016
    • June 15-June 26, 2016*
    • June 29-July 10, 2016*
    • July 13-July 24, 2016*
    • July 27-Aug 7, 2016*
    • Sep 21-Oct 2, 2016: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Oct 19-Oct 30, 2016: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Dec 17-Dec 28, 2016
    • Dec 21, 2016-Jan 1, 2017*
  • 2017
    • June 18-June 28, 2017*
    • July 2-July 12, 2017
    • July 16-July 26, 2017
    • July 30-August 9, 2017
    • October 22-November 1, 2017: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • December 16-December 26, 2017
    • December 20-December 30, 2017*
    • December 24, 2017-January 3, 2018*
  • 2018
    • January 14-January 24, 2018

*= Guaranteed departures

Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One - 2016


Arrive at Cairns International Airport
Welcome to Queensland! Upon exiting customs, you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative who will escort you to your transfer vehicle. Relax as the driver assists with your luggage and escorts you to the Sea Temple Resort & Spa hotel.

Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Unwind from your journey as your Adventure Guide checks you into this tropical beachside resort. While on your own, pamper yourself at the spa* or cool off in one of the refreshing pools. Your Adventure Guide can make suggestions for exploring the village of Palm Cove on your own.

Welcome Dinner
Meet your fellow Adventurers at a relaxing family-style dinner served under the stars. Enjoy the balmy tropical evening and the peaceful surroundings. It's the perfect setting to start your Australian adventure.

Meal Included: Dinner
*additional charges will apply

Day One - 2017

 

Arrive at Sydney Airport

G'day! Be greeted by your Adventure Guides and assisted with your luggage. A driver takes you to your hotel in Sydney.

Check-In at Shangri-La Sydney

As your Adventure Guides check you in and handle your luggage, settle into your comfortable room and discover all the amenities available to you at this distinctive hotel. Located in the historic Rocks district at the heart of the city, the Shangri-La Sydney offers easy access to many attractions nearby.

On Your Own in Sydney

Explore this exciting city, beginning with the historic Rocks district where your hotel is located and where settlement in Australia began. Near Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, this district features famous pubs, historic buildings, galleries exhibiting renowned Australian artists and many delightful shops, including some featuring fabulous opals!

Ferry to the Taronga Zoo

Take in beautiful views of the city on the ferry crossing Sydney Harbour en route to the famous Taronga Zoo.

Sky Safari to the Top of the Zoo's Plaza

Enjoy an aerial view of the zoo and the Sydney Harbour beyond as you head up the hill in a cable car for your welcome dinner.

Taronga Zoo

Be greeted by the zookeeper of Sydney's famous city zoo, home to over 340 species and 2,600 animals. Delight in a privately guided tour—with a chance to interact with some of the native Australian species that live there!

Private Welcome Dinner at The View Restaurant at Taronga Zoo

Savor a delightful dinner while enjoying one of the best views of Sydney Harbour you can find anywhere! Serving delicious, fresh food, The View is the first Marine Steward Council (MSC) certified restaurant in Australia—which means all of its seafood comes from fisheries with sustainable fishing practices.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day Two - 2016

Catamaran Cruise to Great Barrier Reef
Greet your fellow Adventurers at breakfast before taking the coach for a ride to Port Douglas. At the Marina Mirage, board a high-speed catamaran and cross the Coral Sea to Agincourt Reef. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest coral reef system in the world. A World Heritage area, it's one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the only living thing that can be seen from outer space! Our dedicated marine biologist helps make the most of your day. Snorkel from the pontoon platform or view the reef 3 feet below the surface from inside a semi-submersible vessel.

Lunch on the Pontoon
Refuel for the afternoon's activities at the tasty tropical buffet on board the pontoon.

Hartley's Crocodiles Adventures
Return to the marina and travel by coach to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures for an exclusive viewing of the park's special residents. Go "croc spotting" on a lagoon cruise as you sip a welcome cocktail and nosh on savory appetizers. Then embark on a short "meet and greet" with the animal keeper to see brilliant birds and languorous lizards galore!

Welcome Dinner at Hartley's Crocodiles
Sit down at Lilies Restaurant overlooking the lagoon filled with crocodiles for a traditional Australian BBQ buffet that includes, grilled fish, exotic local fare such as crocodile dumplings, and vegetarian options.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Two - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Wake up to a delicious breakfast to help you get this action-packed day started!

On Your Own in Sydney

Take the morning to explore Sydney some more. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the museums, shopping districts, parks and gardens and activities that are best suited for your family.

Harbour Lunch Cruise

Enjoy lunch aboard this sleek cruise ship as you tour Sydney Harbour, with sights that include Luna Park, Fort Denison and waterfront mansions. This cruise offers quality dining in a luxurious setting—and the views can't be beat!

Sydney Opera House

Go backstage for a tour of one of the most famous architectural wonders in the world. Discover the remarkable story of how the Sydney Opera House's design was conceived and built and the challenges over the years of hosting world-class performances.

On Your Own Afternoon, Dinner and Evening in Sydney

The rest of the day and evening is yours to enjoy on your own in this city filled with wonderful sights and activities. Consult with your Adventure Guides for their recommendations regarding activities and dining venues.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Three - 2016

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Participate in Aboriginal traditions as members of the Tjapukai tribe share their culture with song and dance. Listen to a didgeridoo, learn how to throw a boomerang and a spear in a private lesson, and even paint your own boomerang during this private event.

Village of Kuranda
Home to koalas, kangaroos and breathtaking Barron Falls, this vibrant mountain retreat is surrounded by a World Heritage rainforest. Shop for Aboriginal artifacts, chase butterflies or relax at an upscale bar — use the time as you wish to explore this congenial village.

Lunch on Your Own
Restaurants in Kuranda offer traditional Australian cuisine and a variety of international options. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the best places to find a great family meal.

Skyrail from Kuranda to Caravonica
Glide over a lush tropical canopy in a gondola and uncover the wonders of the rainforest. Soak up panoramic views as the gondola immerses you in the spectacular sights and sounds of this amazing ecosystem. Alight at two mid-stations—Red Peak and Barron Falls—to explore the forest canopy on a guided walking tour, pause at scenic lookout points and visit the state-of-the-art Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Have a question? Ask a ranger! Plenty are on hand to help.

Dinner on Your Own
Recount the day's many discoveries over a delicious meal at a restaurant of your choice. Again, your Adventure Guides are wellsprings of information when it comes to where to dine.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day Three - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and get ready for climbing and sheepherding adventures ahead.

On Your Own Morning and Lunch in Sydney

Pursue your own favorite activity and lunch interests during the first half of this day. Ask your Adventure Guides to help you book a place on the Sydney Bridge Climb, a classic "must do" at the top of many Guests' wish list. With a Sydney Bridge Climb Leader at your side, reach the top of this iconic bridge and enjoy spectacular views of one of the world's great harbors! If climbing isn't for you, ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations for other activities. And, of course, feel free to inquire which dining venues they would recommend for your family.

Visit the Tobruk Sheep Farm

Live the life of an Australian cowboy at the Tobruk Sheep Farm! After the public goes home, it's your turn to visit this farm in a private experience that shows you some of the duties involved, including watching a demonstration of a sheep being sheared—and, all by yourself, directing sheep dogs to herd sheep!

BBQ Dinner

Now that you've worked up an appetite, relish a barbeque dinner featuring classic Australian dishes in the serene natural setting of the farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Four - 2016

Fly to Ayers Rock
Fly to the center of Australia to the heart of the outback to explore the red desert around the mysterious geological formation called Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). A light lunch will be served in-flight. On your way to your hotel, stop at the Aboriginal Cultural Center for an orientation to Uluru and its indigenous people.

Uluru Walk
As you approach Uluru, you'll be amazed by its richness of textures and mass. Hike around its base as you learn the rock's stories and experience its beauty and energy. Today's walk will keep to the base of Uluru instead of climbing over it to respect the wishes of the Aboriginals who are the caretakers of this sacred site.

Arrive at Desert Gardens Hotel
Enjoy the stunning views of Uluru from this lovely hotel, your home for the next night. Relax in your room or unwind by the pool and garden.

Dinner at White Gums Restaurant
Named after the smooth-barked eucalyptus trees that grow nearby, this restaurant offers mouthwatering Australian cuisine at this buffet dinner featuring hearty soups, delicious seafood, refreshing salads and succulent roasted meats.

Star Gazing
View a night sky blazing with millions of stars (weather permitting) and listen to fascinating Aboriginal stories about the wonders above.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Four - 2017

 

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a filling breakfast before you set off to Australia's red desert that spans the middle of the continent.

Flight to Ayers Rock

Head to the heart of the outback to explore the startling beauty of Australia's Red Centre.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Take a motor coach into Aboriginal land when you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to one of Australia's iconic landmarks. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a sandstone monolith that stands like a mammoth mesa in the middle of the vast desert. Considered one of the great wonders of the world, it is 1,141 feet high (348 meters), 2.2 miles long (3.6 km) and 1.2 miles wide (1.9 km). The Aboriginals who have inhabited this area over 10,000 years consider Uluru a sacred part of their "dreamtime" creation belief.

Private Guided Walking Tour around the Base of Uluru

Hike on a trail that wraps around the edge of this massive, 600-million-year-old sandstone rock formation.

Lunch and Orientation at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Center

Enjoy a boxed lunch at the Cultural Center and hear from a local expert about this magnificent and sacred area. Learn about the plants and animals that live in this environment and the geology that explains how Uluru was formed. Find out about the Anangu people—the Aboriginal tribe owners of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and surrounding lands. And be introduced to Tjukurpa, the law that guides their daily life and is at the foundation of their culture.

Check-In at Sails in the Desert

After your trek in the outback, experience pure luxury at Sails in the Desert! Located in Australia's Red Centre, this 5-star hotel is a place to pamper yourself in style after a day of exploration. Before dinner, take a moment to enjoy the relaxing spa and delightful pool surrounded by gumtrees, view the gallery filled with indigenous arts and crafts—or simply bask in the splendor of the sun setting over the red desert.

Dinner at the Ikari Restaurant at the Hotel

Enjoy international flavors as well as favorite local dishes at this premium restaurant and share stories about today's adventures with your fellow Adventurers.

Star Gazing

Count your lucky stars tonight—you get a chance to see the night sky lit up in all its sparkling glory! Considered one of the premier places in the world for star watching, the outback invites you to turn your gaze upward and be truly starstruck.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Five - 2016

The Views at Kata Tjuta
In the morning, visit the other major geological feature in the area, Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. Kata Tjuta means "many heads," an apt description of the 36 red domes that make up this stunning formation. Hike into the folds to see desert plants and animals in Walpa Gorge. Then grab your camera to photograph the spectacular colors of the rocks as the light changes.

Fly to Sydney
Time to leave the arid outback of central Australia and fly to Sydney, a beautiful coastal city. Sydney is known for its outdoorsy, laid-back lifestyle combined with a rich, vibrant culture. Lunch will be served in-flight.

The Domain Park and Mrs. McQuarie's Chair
Take a refreshing stroll at The Domain, Sydney, where signs invite you to walk on the grass, hug the trees and talk to the birds (but don't feed them!). This spacious park by the harbor offers great views of the famed Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and is home to the sculpted seat of Mrs. McQuarie, wife of the early 19th-century governor of Sydney, who purportedly sat on its storied steps to watch the passing ships.

Arrive at Sheraton on the Park Hotel
Settle into this stylish and elegant hotel in the heart of Sydney as your Adventure Guides check you in.

Dinner at Botanica Brasserie and Disney Movie Night
Adults dine at their leisure in this upscale hotel restaurant while Junior Adventurers join the Adventure Guides for dinner and a Disney Movie in a private venue.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Five - 2017

 

Sunrise Camel Experience

Watch the desert awaken as you ride on a camel across it, stunned by the red landscape and the stillness of its beauty. At the end of the ride, enjoy beer bread, biscuits and tea or coffee.

Breakfast at the Hotel

Return to the hotel for a delicious breakfast and get ready to see some more amazing rock formations.

Guided Walking Tour of Kata Tjuta

Enter Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta—the "sister rock" to Uluru! Kata Tjuta is a geologic wonder consisting of 36 monoliths similar to Uluru, all of which have rich sandstone textures that change colors as the day progresses. Wander between the towering domes and be awestruck by their power.

Lunch at Gecko's Café

Take a lunch break at this friendly café, with Mediterranean and Western-style food, including wood-fired pizzas, pastas and burgers. Fuel up for the next leg of the trip.

Flight to Cairns

Head for Queensland and your coastal home for the next 3 nights.

Check-In at the Hotel Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort and Spa

While your Adventure Guides check you in and handle your luggage, take a good look around this upscale, 5-star AAA rated resort on the beach at the resort village of Palm Cove in tropical Queensland. With 3 spectacular swimming pools & 2 spas, prepare for a fun time ahead!

Dinner at the Hotel

Enjoy a delightful dinner with your family and fellow Adventurers at an excellent restaurant. Adults can stay and enjoy a leisurely end to the meal, while Junior Adventurers head off for a special movie night.

Junior Adventurers Disney Movie Night

Junior Adventurers join Adventures Guides to see a classic Disney movie in this private experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Six - 2016

Harbour Bike Tour
Hop on a bike and peddle past some of Sydney's most stunning scenery! This private tour takes you along the harbor's edge, starting at the historic Rocks district, where a local expert shares stories about Sydney from its historic settlement to today. After your ride, rest in the gardens of the 19th-century Sydney Observatory.

Harbour Cruise
All aboard a luxury boat for a leisurely buffet lunch! Enjoy exceptional cuisine prepared fresh on board as you pass Sydney's sensational harbor views. Sip a cool drink from the bar and stroll the extensive decks as you take in the sights.

Sydney Opera House Visit
Walk to the nearby Sydney Opera House for a "backstage" visit of one of the world's most renowned architectural wonders. Learn the history of its development and the challenges of hosting world-class performances.

Dinner On Your Own
Your Adventure Guides will help you find the perfect restaurant for a family meal you can enjoy on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Six - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Get a good start on the day with a tasty breakfast. And get ready—the Great Barrier Reef is our destination today!

Marina Mirage

Take a motor coach to the Marina Mirage in Port Douglas, where you can board the catamaran that will take you into the Great Barrier Reef.

The Quicksilver Catamaran – Sail to the Outer Reef

Head out to the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef, a vast living organism that is home to an array of colorful fish, star fish and mollusks as well as turtles, dolphins and sharks. The only living thing on earth visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef contains over 3000 individual reef systems, hundreds of islands and over 600 types of coral. The base of operations for your exploration is an amazing floating pontoon and you will be guided by a marine biologist so you can make the most of your day investigating the outer reef up close by snorkeling. If you don't want to get wet, take a semi-submersible submarine and cruise several feet under water to view it and the array of undersea creatures who call it home!

Lunch on the Quicksilver Pontoon

Enjoy a delightful lunch with fellow Adventurers on a pontoon floating in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef!

On Your Own Dinner and Evening in Palm Cove

Be enchanted by this tropical village by the sea! Go shopping at fabulous boutiques and stroll through galleries—or simply soak in a little paradise at night on the beach. Choose where to dine from an array of world-class restaurants or ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the restaurant that best fits your family's needs.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Seven - 2016

Private Surfing Lessons at Bondi Beach
Hit the waves at this world-famous beach as you take surfing lessons with a team of local instructors. Grab this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang ten at one of the top surfing locations on the planet! Non-surfers can opt to walk with an Adventure Guide on the scenic coastal trail from Bronte to Bondi.

Lunch at North Bondi RSL Club
Feast on salads and gourmet-style pub grub with your fellow Adventurers at this "members only" beach club bistro overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters.

Afternoon and Evening On Your Own
This is your chance to explore Sydney's many attractions on your own. Do some last-minute shopping, stroll through the lovely parks, visit the Sydney Opera House or experience the Bridge Climb, one of Sydney's most popular attractions.* There are loads of interesting activities for you and your family. If you need any suggestions, ask your Adventure Guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

*Additional charges will apply, contact a Concierge Agent for details.

Day Seven - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast and get ready for a day of discovery.

Private Activities at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park

Discover the history of the world's oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years! Visit this 25-acre park that celebrates the traditions of the Aboriginals as explained by the local Djabugay, the original inhabitants of the rainforest around Kuranda. Delight in Aboriginal dance, song, storytelling, artwork and artifacts. Participate in privately guided interactive activities: Play a didgeridoo, hurl a spear and paint your own boomerang—and then learn how to throw it!

On Your Own Lunch in Kuranda Village

Take a motor coach to this picture-perfect mountain village, surrounded by a rainforest. With a thriving arts culture, Kuranda offers a variety of shopping opportunities—with shops featuring Aboriginal artifacts and handcrafted goods—and is a sanctuary for butterflies, birds, koalas, bats and snakes. Choose from a variety of restaurants that serve international as well as local cuisine in this relaxed environment, surrounded by tropical beauty.

Skyrail to Caravonica

Take the Skyrail across Australia's World Heritage listed tropical rainforest canopy from Kuranda to the Caravonica terminal—and enjoy breathtaking views!

On Your Own at the Hotel Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort

Lounge on the beach, swim in one of the beautiful pools or relax in the spa. Whichever activity you choose, this tropical paradise is the ideal spot to unwind!

Exclusive Wildlife Viewing and Dinner at Hartley's Crocodile Farm

Meet some amazing crocodiles and local wildlife in an exclusive experience! Wander through the spectacular woodlands and rainforest at Hartley's Crocodile Farm where you can get a close look at tropical birds and other native fauna. Then, enjoy an exclusive Australian dinner with your fellow Adventurers and share stories about today's adventures.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Eight - 2016

Fly to Tasmania
Welcome to this heart-shaped island of old growth forests, serrated mountain peaks and extraordinary geology. Known as the Natural State, Tasmania is filled with nature reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. Land in Launceston, where you will take a coach to Hollybank Treetops.

Picnic Lunch
Fuel up on a savory box lunch from the Ashgrove Cheese Company at picnic tables surrounded by the lush scenery of the Tasmanian forest.

Hollybank Treetops Zip Line Adventures*
Soar over the treetops of an ancient eucalyptus forest above the roaring Piper's River! Between exhilarating zip line flights, alight on "cloud stations" up in the trees as highly trained guides help you see the forest ecology from a bird's-eye view.

Arrive at Freycinet Lodge
Travel past spectacular scenery to your home for the next 2 nights. Nestled in the majestic Freycinet Peninsula with its pink granite peaks, white beaches and deep blue waters, this luxury accommodation exudes both a rustic warmth and high sophistication.

Dinner at the Lodge
Regale your fellow Adventurers with tales of the day's treks over a delicious dinner at the lodge's restaurant.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

*Children under 13 must share the same harness with a parent or legal guardian during the activity. Adult and child combined must not weigh more than a maximum of 300 pounds (135 kg).

Day Eight - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Fuel up for the trip ahead with a filling breakfast. And then you're off to the Gold Coast!

Fly to the Gold Coast

Visit the sunny, subtropical Gold Coast with its skyscraper skyline and combination of exciting city life, world-famous surfing beaches and canal systems. Add to that its spectacular tropical rainforest, containing a vast array of flora and fauna with colors so rich they create an otherworldly ambiance.

Check-In at Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast

As your Adventure Guides check you in and assist with luggage, explore the tranquil Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast.

On Your Own Afternoon Through Evening on the Gold Coast

Find your own serenity on the grounds of the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast—take advantage of its beachfront location and expansive pool. Stroll across the footbridge to the bustling marina at lunchtime for a selection of waterfront restaurants to suit anyone's tastes where you can enjoy lunch and dinner at your own leisure. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend the activities and restaurants that best fit your family's needs.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Nine - 2016

Sea Kayaking on Coles Bay
After breakfast at the lodge, discover the Freycinet Peninsula on this guided excursion. Glide past pristine sandy beaches over crystal-clear waters as you watch for soaring sea eagles, and the gleam of a dolphin's back as it breaks the ocean surface. Take a break on a secluded beach to learn stories about the region while you sip freshly brewed coffee and snack on tasty tidbits.

Lunch at Freycinet Lodge
Relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the lodge restaurant.

Guided Hike to Wineglass Bay Overlook
Follow your Adventure Guides up the gentle slope that curves up and over the "saddle" between Mount Amos and Mount Mayson as you ascend to the Overlook. Take in the breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay from this prominent point.

BBQ Dinner on Lodge Deck
Sapphire waters ripple at the coastline as you savor a private BBQ dinner on the lodge lookout deck. Take in the panoramic view of Great Oyster Bay and share the day's tales with your fellow Adventurers.

Junior Adventurer's Game Night
After dinner, parents can relax with a glass of Tasmanian wine in front of a roaring fireplace or lounge on the deck overlooking the Great Oyster Bay while Junior Adventurers retreat to the Lodge's game room. With the Adventure Guides at hand, kids are in for an evening of board games, cards and storytelling!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Nine - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Get ready for a day of activity with a tasty breakfast at the hotel.

Private Kayaking at Byron Bay

Visit Byron Bay, with its famous white-sand beach and breathtaking ocean views. Stroll along the shore, lounge in the sun or answer the call of the inviting blue waters—go kayaking!

Lunch at a Byron Bay Beach Pub

Join the locals for lunch and experience one of the Byron Bay's celebrated pubs.

Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse

Visit this iconic lighthouse, located on Byron Bay in the most eastern point of the mainland of Australia—an ideal spot for whale and dolphin watching!

On Your Own Dinner and Evening on the Gold Coast

Return to the Gold Coast for an evening of marina and beach strolling as well as wonderful nightlife activities. Dine in one of the excellent restaurants that grace this beautiful location. Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Ten - 2016

Kate's Berry Farm
Travel to this legendary cool-climate berry farm with sweeping views across Great Oyster Bay and Freycinet National Park. Take a break at Kate's Just Desserts Café and devour her delicious ice creams, scones and fruit pies*, or simply enjoy the farm scenery.

Frogmore Creek Winery Lunch
Board the coach for a relaxing drive to the Frogmore Creek Winery. Enjoy lunch from a limited à la carte menu in a bucolic setting surrounded by an ocean of vineyards. Relish spectacular views of majestic mountains standing sentinel beyond shimmering coastal inlets.

Wine Tasting and Junior Adventurer Lawn Bowling
Treat your palate to a sensational selection of Frogmore's wines during a private tasting. Junior Adventurers will gather with the Adventure Guides to partake in another Australian sensation: lawn bowling!

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Get ready for an extraordinary wildlife experience at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a number of species now extinct everywhere but Tasmania. Feast your eyes on the Tasmanian devil, the eastern quoll, the Tasmanian pademelon and the shy Tasmanian bettong. Adventurers will also meet wallabies, koalas, echidnas, wombats and much more!

The Hotel Grand Chancellor
Sparkling in the brilliant Tasmanian sunlight, this sophisticated hotel overlooking the picturesque harbor is your home for the next two nights. Unwind in the lobby as your Adventure Guides check you in.

Dinner On Your Own
Your Adventure Guides will help you find the perfect restaurant for a family meal you can enjoy on your own. Seafood lovers adore Tasmania's amazing ocean harvest, while meat eaters claim Tasmania's beef is the best in the world!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Ten - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get ready for a morning packed with fun activities.

Mt. Tamborine Experience

Enter the tropical rainforest for a half-day experience at one of the region's secret treasures: Mt. Tamborine. Ride in a 4WD vehicle, looking for native wildlife as you follow an early pioneer route through the national park. Discover one of the park's waterfalls on foot. And take a moment to master your boomerang throwing!

BBQ Lunch at a Local Farm

After working up an appetite from your adventures, visit a nearby farm and enjoy some local fare at a delicious barbeque lunch.

On Your Own Afternoon at the Gold Coast

Take one more swim in the pool, show off your boomerang skills on the beach or return to the marina shops for that Australian jewelry you have been eyeing since you arrived. All the while, take in the glorious views of the coastline and mountains!

Farewell Poolside* Dinner at the Hotel

Share stories about your adventure with your fellow Adventurers and Adventure Guides at a poolside farewell dinner. Wish them a fond "Good on ya, Mate!" until you meet again.

*Weather dependent

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Day Eleven - 2016

Salamanca Market
Each Saturday, one of Tasmania's top attractions roars to life: the Salamanca Market! Over 300 vendors offer a plethora of goods that include fresh produce, gourmet foods, art and handicrafts from all over country. Wander through this market mecca on your own as you search for the perfect gift or souvenir.

Lunch On Your Own
Seek out a special meal on your own in Salamanca Place, which offers a number of restaurants and cafes. Not sure where to eat? Ask your Adventure Guides for recommendations!

Devil's Kitchen
On your way to Port Arthur, stop for photos of a stunning rock formation known as Devil's Kitchen. Meander atop the cliffs for panoramic views of the rocky surfaces that rise into the sky from the azure waters.

Port Arthur
Once known as the most brutal and inhumane prison of the 1800s, Port Arthur is Australia's second oldest European settlement and now considered one of its most significant heritage areas and attractions. Take a privately guided visit of the site's museum and grounds to learn about this formidable former penal colony. Afterward, take your time to explore the indoor and outdoor museums on your own.

Farewell Dinner in the Prison Asylum
Join your fellow Adventurers for a spooky farewell feast in the notorious former insane asylum at Port Arthur.

Ghost Tour
After dinner, follow a local guide on this private lantern-lit tour through the haunting ruins of this historic site. Listen as your cloaked guide tells tales of ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena that have been reported throughout the years. It's a chilling, thrilling way to top off your trip down under!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Eleven - 2017

Breakfast at the Hotel

Enjoy a filling breakfast to prepare for your flight.

Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Be transferred to the airport and bid farewell to Australia… until you return again!

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


Day Twelve - 2016

Breakfast at the Hotel
Enjoy one final breakfast with your fellow travelers as you wrap up your Australian adventure.

Transfer to Airport
Relax while we handle your luggage and arrange for transportation to the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast