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|DAY 1:||Arrive Brisbane / Grand Brisbane Tour / Gold Coast|
Welcome to Brisbane! Enjoy a city tour, river cruise and the Australian wildlife. Learn about the history and culture of this trendy and vibrant city. Your tour also takes in Mt. Coot-tha Lookout and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and Queensland's capital, with its fresh, innovative and vibrant CBD. From a trendy cafe clubculture to thriving shops and 19th century sandstone buildings, enjoy a tour and cruise before strolling the arts and man-made beach precinct of Southbank Parklands. Your tour also takes you to Mt-Coottha. Lookout for stunning views of Brisbane, Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island and Lone Pine KoalaSanctuary.
Highlights of this tour in the morning: visit Cathedral Square, pass the Botanic Gardens, and enjoy a rivercruise with Devonshire Tea on board. Pass under Story Bridge, Parliament House, Conrad Treasury Hotel, Anzac Square, City Hall, Cross Captain Cook Bridgeand Story Bridge.
By afternoon, proceed to Suncorp Stadium, Brewery and visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, home toover 130 Koalas. Cuddle a Koala and have your photo taken on own expense. Experience an emu encounterand have an opportunity to handfeed kangaroos on own expense. See Tasmanian Devils and wombats, join in on the Koala Presentation and witness a Platypus in captivity. There are also free shows and native Australian animal exhibits. Pass the Mt. Coot-tha Botanical gardens and the Brisbane Planetarium, while enjoying spectacular views towards Brisbane city, Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island.
Lunch is included at Western Restaurant. Late afternoon, we travel southeast of Brisbane and north border of New South Wales (NSW) – the coastal city of Gold Coast. Dinner at The Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise is included. (Walk through from hotel to restaurant).
|DAY 2: ||Dreamworl admission|
After breakfast in your hotel, visit Dreamworld. Make Dreamworld your world for the day! Dreamworld is bursting with happiness with over 50 rides and attractions including the famous Big 9 Thrill rides. Family fun at ABC KIDS WORLD and the DreamWorks Experience where you can meet Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and the Madagascar characters. See majestic tigers at Tiger Island, Australian native wildlife and Dreamworld Corroboree.
Buffet Lunch is included at Dreamworld.
Dinner at Local Chinese restaurant is included.
(Walk through from hotel to restaurant) (BLD)
|DAY 3:||Gold Coast / Melbourne – Philip Island with Maru Wildlife Park and Penguin Parade|
After breakfast, early check out from your hotel for your flight to Melbourne. Meet & greet by our staff in the airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-inat the hotel and proceed to Philip Island.
Your Adventure Starts Here!
Maru is an award-winning, family run attraction. Itincludes an Animal Park, which features Koalas and other Australian native animals, Pirate Pete's Mini-Golf and the Homestead Bistro. Maru is located on the Bass Highway in Grantville in southern Victoria, only fifteen minutes from Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. But there's so much more to Maru than just animals. Set sail for 18 holes of adventure as youputt your way around the Princess Caribbean Pirate Ship. Encounter life-size pirate figures, a great white shark and brave the gold-mine under the five meter thunderous waterfall.
Every evening at dusk, the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea.
Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Visit Churchill Island where you can explore a working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. At the Koala Conservation Centre, look for koalas in their natural habitat. Before sunset, we head to the Penguin Parade where you can wander through the "Penguin Experience" exhibit to learn more about them. Walk out to Summerland Beach and take your seat for the Penguin Parade with premium viewing area for best views of the penguins' arrival.
Lunch at Local Chinese Restaurant is included.
½ Lobster Dinner is included. (BLD)
|DAY 4:||Melbourne Eureka Skytower Entry and Ballarat Sovereign Hill|
After breakfast visit Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is one of the best outdoormuseums you can experience. With a colorful history relating to the discovery of gold in the region back in the 1850's, you too can capture the excitement!
Travel the stage coach route of the 1850's along Western Highway to Ballarat, steeped in history with the discovery of gold. Have a tour through this gracious town with its exquisite gardens, noblestatues and magnificent architecture. Pass by the Eureka Stockade, site of the 1854 miner'srebellion. Spend therest of your day at Sovereign Hill where Ballarat's first 10 years after thediscovery of gold in 1851 is re-created. Try yourluckat gold panning in Red Gully Creek or head underground on the Red Hill mine tour. Don't forget to visit the Gold Museum too! An experience above all else, situated in the heart of South bankin the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. Both locals and visitors regard the Skydeck as one of the best things to doin Melbourne.
As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, it offers unparalleled views over Melbourne. Visitors are invited to come and explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods and Melbourne Tourist attractions and landmarks by day; and dazzling city lights at night. Enjoying birds eye views of the iconic MCG and sporting precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Albert Park Lake and out as far as the Dandenong Ranges should be on every visitor’s list of Melbourne things to do. Melbourne’s notoriously unpredictable weather provides an ever changing lens through which to enjoy the spanning panorama ofthe city- no two days are the same from the Skydeck. Eureka Skydeck is also the home to the world’sfirst and only Edge Experience – a glass cube that projects out from the building with you inside. Not for the faint hearted, The Edge Experience further validates the Skydeck as a quintessential Melbourne tourist attraction.
Lunch at New York Bakery Restaurant is included.
Dinner is included at Kitchen Workshop Restaurant admission to 18 y.o. and above only).
|DAY 5:||Melbourne – Sydney City Tour|
After breakfast, enjoy your free time at own leisure before your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney proceed to city tour. Welcome to Sydney, the world’s famous and beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world’s most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb water ways, gracious harbour side suburbs and friendly people epitomize the vibrancy of this spectacular city.
Enjoy a morning Sydney City Tour. Highlights of this tour: Historic Rocks walking tour, Sydney's birthplace, Sydney Opera House, Conservatorium of Music, Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Visit Mrs. Macquarie's Chair -superb views of the harbour and city skyline, the Famous Bondi Beach and much more!
Buffet Lunch at Magistic Cruise is included.
|DAY 6:||Blue Mountains|
The Blue Mountains is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime. You’re informative and knowledgeable driver guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as we commence our group tour into the heart of the unique Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and the world’s steepest railway. Your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.
Cross the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Climb into the mountains via the sleepy hamlets of Blaxland, Wentworth Falls and Lawson, See Katoomba – the resort region capital of the Blue Mountains, Enjoy breathtaking views over the Jamison Valley, Visit Scenic World where you will have the opportunity and plenty of time to enjoy the rides (own expense), You can ride the steepest incline Railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley below. Or gently ascend on the Cableway taking in panoramic views and ride on the Skyway which glides between cliffs tops 270 meters above ancient ravines and the rainforestcanopy and Walk on the valley floor boardwalk under a canopy of tall tree ferns.
2 Course Lunch at Palais Royale Restaurant is included.
|DAY 7:||Sydney Departure|
The tour ends with a last breakfast in the morning. Enjoy last minute sightseeing and shopping until check out time from your hotel.
Depart Sydney and transfer to airport for your homebound flights, taking with you the unforgettable and fond memories of a wonderful Australia that you’ll cherish forever!