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BEST OF AUSTRALIA

14 Days, Cairns to Sydney
BEST OF AUSTRALIA

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IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Internal flight
  • 13 nights accommodation (Hotels (10 nts), rainforest cabin (2 nts), historic hotel or charming lodge (1 nt)).
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  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus, yacht, train, plane, walking)
  • Orientation walk in Sydney
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Whitsunday Islands sailing
  • Surf lesson with yoga warm-up (Byron Bay)
  • Guided canoe trip (Bellingen)
  • Jet Boat ride in Sydney Harbour
  • Blue Mountains stay with hikes
  • Jenolan Caves visit
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
  • Govt Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of AUD 300-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


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Itinerary
Day 1 Cairns
Day 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation
Day 3 Cape Tribulation
Day 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns
Day 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach
Day 6 Airlie Beach
Day 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay
Day 8 Byron Bay
Day 9 Byron Bay/Bellingen
Day 10 Bellingen/Sydney
Day 11 Sydney/Blue Mountains
Day 12 Blue Mountains
Day 13 Blue Mountains/Sydney
Day 14 Sydney
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Cairns
  • Cape Tribulation
  • Airlie Beach
  • Byron Bay
  • Bellingen
  • Sydney
  • Blue Mountains
  • DAY 1 Cairns

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting (19:00)
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service. If you are happy with the service of your CEO/local naturalist guide, recommended tipping amounts for this person would be $5-$8 USD per day. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Cairns/Cape Tribulation

    Head north to Cape Tribulation. Stop en route to explore Mossman Gorge and take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest.

    Private Vehicle (Cairns - Cape Tribulation 3h30m)
    Travel 1.5 hrs to Mossman Gorge. Later, continue 2 hrs to Cape Tribulation.

    Aboriginal Interpretive Walk (Mossman Gorge)
    Take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest. Follow the Aboriginal guide and learn about bush food, medicinal plants and the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment. Find out how to make bush soap, watch an ochre painting demonstration and sample some bush tea. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Cape Tribulation

    With a free day, opt for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to explore Daintree National Park.

    Free Time
    Cape Tribulation Full Day
    Head out and start exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Great Barrier Reef Visit
    Cape Tribulation
    Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel or dive the largest coral reef in the world. Say g'day to Nemo, the clown fish, and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia's east coast.

    Daintree National Park Visit (Cape Tribulation)
    Free
    Explore more of the national park with a guided visit. Step back in time in this lush tropical rainforest, reported to be more than 110 million years old! Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 430 species of birds, including the buff-breasted paradise kingfisher and flightless cassowary. On the ground, look for possums, bandicoots, echidna and musky rat kangaroo. Discover why the Aborigines consider this a spiritual place. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Cape Tribulation/Cairns

    Private Vehicle
    Cape Tribulation - Cairns 3h30m Afternoon
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time (Cairns Afternoon)
    Make the most of a few hours in this city. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Cairns/Airlie Beach

    Private Vehicle
    Cairns - Airlie Beach 7h30m 623km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Airlie Beach

    Set sail for a day in the Whitsunday Islands and visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Opt to swim or snorkel and enjoy a day at sea around these stunning islands. Return to Airlie Beach for the night.

    Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion
    Whitsunday Island 08:00-17:30
    Enjoy a day sailing amidst some of the 70 tropical islands that make up the Whitsunday archipelago. Jump overboard for a quick refreshing dip and make friends with the tropical fish that thrive within Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    Barrier Reef Visit
    Whitsunday Island
    The Whitsunday Islands are in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the day sailing, then when it gets too hot, pull on a mask and snorkel and dive overboard to check out the variety of brightly coloured marine plants, coral and fish that thrive right in these warm tropical waters.

    Optional Activities

    Whitsunday Islands Snorkelling (Whitsunday Islands 30m-1h)
    Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere with local coral conservation efforts.) (Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Airlie Beach/Byron Bay

    Fly to Brisbane and transfer to Byron Bay for two nights in this "hippie" paradise.

    Plane
    Airlie Beach - Brisbane 1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Brisbane - Byron Bay2h-2h30m200km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Byron Bay

    Hit the waves with an included surf lesson and yoga warm-up. Spend the afternoon wandering the town or taking part in a multitude of optional activities.

    Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up
    Byron Bay
    Hit the beach and get ready to hang ten with a surf lesson from trained surf instructors. Start with a bit of a yoga warm-up before spending some time in the water getting friendly with the waves. Practice paddling and then pop up to balance on the wider, softer beginner boards. Too easy.

    Free Time
    Byron Bay Afternoon
    Get out and explore this lazy beach town.

    Optional Activities

    Sea Kayaking Tour
    Byron Bay 2h-3h
    65AUD per person
    Paddle along Byron Bay's coast, passing by Aboriginal sites, surfing meccas, and Australia's most easterly point. Keep an eye out for marine life, such as dolphins, whales, and tropical fish.

    Skydiving
    Byron Bay 2h-5h
    299-399AUD per person
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Byron Bay from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed, and board the prop plane to soar high about the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath, and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Byron Bay/Bellingen

    Head to the historic town of Bellingen. Enjoy an afternoon canoe trip to learn the history of the area and experience the pristine beauty along the Bellinger River. Spend the night in an historic country pub or lodge with gardens.

    Private Vehicle
    Byron Bay - Bellingen3h30m-4h272km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Bellinger River Canoe Trip
    Bellingen Afternoon
    Head out on the Bellinger River to learn more about the fascinating history of this former logging area and soak in the natural beauty of the Australian bush setting. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Bellingen/Sydney

    Experience a local breakfast in Bellingen before continuing on to Sydney for a night in the bustling city.

    Private Vehicle
    Bellingen - Sydney 6h 520km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Sydney/Blue Mountains

    Enjoy some free time in Sydney with an included Jet Boat ride before taking an afternoon train to the Blue Mountains region.

    Jet Boat Ride
    Sydney Morning
    Want an adrenaline rush? A jet boat is the way to go. Hold on and get ready for a white-water thrill while gorgeous scenery whizzes past.

    Train
    Sydney - Blue Mountains 2h-2h30m Afternoon
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Blue Mountains

    Explore the area around Leura and Katoomba including The Three Sisters. Opt to take a walk in Jamison Valley and take the Scenic Railway, the steepest railway in the world. Afternoon visit to the Jenolan Caves.

    Leura and Katoomba Excursion
    Blue Mountains
    Leura is known as Leura village due to its immaculate gardens and old homes. It is a great base for exploring the major attractions of the Blue Mountains from sightseeing to bushwalking to cafes and more.

    Jenolan Caves Tour
    Blue Mountains
    Jenolan Caves are a protected feature of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. These limestone karst caves are the world's oldest caves and are significant both a scientific and sightseeing perspective. Enjoy a guided tour in the cool climes of this fascinating underworld.

    Optional Activities

    Jamison Valley Walk
    Blue Mountains1h-2h30m
    20-35AUD per person
    Take in some amazing lookouts over the Jamison Valley, via the iconic Three Sisters. Descend down the 900 step giant staircase to the valley floor. Walk amongst the beautiful forest to the steepest incline railway in the world - The Katoomba Scenic Railway. Opt to ride its 52-degrees angle or take the Scenic Cableway. If you're keen for more walking, take the 900 stairs back up.

    Scenic Railway
    Blue Mountains
    14-35AUD per person
    This railway is steep and plunges into the rainforest and through the valley. The ride is scenically stunning. At the end, opt to take a rainforest walk or a cable car back to the visitor's centre. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Blue Mountains/Sydney

    Take the train back to Sydney for a final evening in the big city.

    Train
    Blue Mountains - Sydney 2h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Sydney

    Depart at any time. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of AUD 300-400 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


  2. Important Notes

    1. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.
    2. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.
    3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.
    4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.
    5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.
    6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.
    7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.


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