Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef

August 1 - 14, 2023

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Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly to Australia

Day 2 - Cross the International Date Line

Day 3 - Sydney - Meet your Tour Director at the airport

Day 4 - Sydney

Day 5 - Sydney

  • Explore on your own

Day 6 - Sydney | Brisbane | Queensland Island

Day 7 - Queensland Island

  • Sand Island Excursion - Go on a full-day 4-wheel drive excursion whilst learning about the unique landscape of the island. Discover vast sand dunes; learn the history of the wrecks washed up on the beaches; go for a walk through the wide variety of plant communities growing in sand and ranging from coastal heaths to subtropical rain forests; go for a swim in some unique and beautiful areas and try to spot whales from the sunny beaches.

  • Park Ranger-led walking discovery tour

Day 8 - Queensland Island | Brisbane | Rockhampton

Day 9 - Rockhampton | Airlie Beach

Day 10 - Airlie Beach

  • Whitsunday Island Cruise - Enjoy a full-day cruise through the beautiful Whitsunday Passage and behold views of the archipelago’s rugged islands. On June 3, 1770, or Whit Sunday according to the Christian Church, Captain Cook guided the Endeavor through the passage and named it after the Christian holiday. Your cruise includes a stop at White Haven Beach, home to Australia’s purest white sand, for an included barbeque lunch.

Day 11 - Airlie Beach | Townsville | Cairns

Day 12 - Cairns

  • Kuranda - Take an excursion to the picturesque mountain town of Kuranda, where you’ll learn about traditional Aboriginal culture and customs, along with a guided walk through the rainforest, at the Pamagirri Rainforest Walkabout. Then head to the Skyrail gondola, which you’ll board to take a journey through a pristine rainforest that spans Red Peak and Barron Falls stations’ dramatic mountain lookouts.

Day 13 - Cairns

  • Cruise to The Great Barrier Reef

  • Snorkel with a Marine Biologist - Enhance your time in the world’s largest reef system by opting for a snorkeling adventure with a marine biologist. Learn about the sights and sounds of the Great Barrier Reef from an expert who can teach you more about the animal and plant life you spot in this interactive, aquatic classroom.

Day 14 - Depart for Home