Best of Australia Vacation - Sydney & Cairns
This trip is not yet finalized however this is the itinerary we expect to repeat

April 15th - 27th, 2025

5-nights in Sydney, 5-nights in Cairns and Daily Breakfast - $_________

International air is separate and listed below as an option

This will be our 5th visit to the "Land Down Under" and we're doing it right. Come join us as we explore this wonderful country and take in the best tours. This is the Australia trip you've been waiting for - with a fun group of singles to the 2 most interesting places in the country without a whole lot of moving around.  With this trip we will be spending 5-nights in Sydney, then 5-nights in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.


We start off in Sydney where, over the course of 5 days, we'll have a chance to visit the top beaches and attractions. You will fall in love with this cosmopolitan city.  Surrounded by water, beautiful beaches and scenic parks everywhere you turn, it's beautiful. We'll start off with a nice city tour to visit the highlights of Sydney -  the Opera House & Harbour Bridge; see the shopping heart of the city; visit Sydney's trendy district of Oxford Street; travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean to see the superb coast cliff walk. We'll travel on to famous Bondi Beach, visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost) and see bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney's best panoramic view.  We'll return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross & city centre.

We'll also organize an optional tour to experience the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb.  You will need to wear suitable rubber soled shoes and be ready to wear special suits over your existing clothing. You will climb to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge some 130 meters above sea level.

Another fun way to see Sydney is by bike. We've really had fun with this one. Check out my video!

On past trips we also chartered a beautiful sailing yacht for a Sydney Harbor cruise that was so much fun. We had some good music going, some wine and the most spectacular scenery all around us! We'll be doing this again for sure.

On another optional tour we'll spend the day heading outside the city to the famous Blue Mountains. This fantastic Ecotour makes our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. It is here we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist behind & enter the National Park to unlock a piece of Australia you would never have known existed.  We visit an ancient Aboriginal site & outstanding lookouts; examine rock formations & the unusual plants & wildlife that abound the area. From the quaint little village of Leura we skirt around Cliff Drive to Katoomba where you will find yourself looking out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley (Australia’s Grand Canyon) & the Three Sisters. We enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch including a selection of fine Australian wines with a cheese platter under the canopy of the Australian bush. Before returning to Sydney we drop into a hidden valley where we roam the area, seeking out the many kangaroos that graze in the wild (conditions permitting). Reluctantly we leave the National Park passing through the Olympic 2000 site, arriving at your hotel around 5.30pm.

You'll have opportunities to take a seaplane tour, or go out jet-boating or you may want to take in a show or tour at the famous Opera House. There is so much to do in Sydney, this is not even scratching the surface!  Plus, if you enjoy nightlife, there's an abundance in Sydney and we'll be walking distance to much of it at Darling Harbor area. This is where it's really all happening, so that's where we want to be.



No Australia trip is complete without spending some time at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, which is Cairns. Again, we'll be staying at the Novotel Oasis, a 4-star hotel right in the heart of Cairns walking distance to the Esplanade where all the shops and restaurants are. We'll have snorkel and scuba trips set up as well as some more adventure tours.  Of course the diving is the best in the world, which I can vouch for. Unbelievable soft and hard corral and extremely clear turquoise water.  We will typically get quite a few divers on this trip, and you won't be disappointed. We'll take our divers and snorkelers to the most spectacular sites for the maximum number of hours on the outer Great Barrier Reef. In one day you will visit two magnificent sites where you will explore vast coral gardens, walls drop-offs, caverns and isolated pinnacles with an array of colorful marine life.

If you want the ultimate in rafting, you want an unforgettable day on the Tully River. The Tully is Australia¹s most famous one-day whitewater rafting experience. It¹s the North¹s guaranteed tropical white water, white-knuckle adventure.  On our Tully River full day trip, rafters can tackle over  45 extraordinary rapids. The magnificent waterfalls that cascade down the gorge walls through World Heritage Jurassic era rainforest provide an unforgettable backdrop.  November is an excellent time to raft, and the rapids are up to Grade 4.  Lots of excitement.  A person looking for a good, exciting time will absolutely love it.

We'll take another optional tour aboard the luxury "Ocean Spirit", a 105-foot sailing vessel - the largest of her kind in the world.  We'll take a sail/ cruise in the Great Barrier Reef to Michaelmas Cay, known as the Isle of the Birds, a year-round home to thousands of sea birds of some 14 different species. It is a spectacular coral reef that thrives in the ideal conditions of clear, shallow, sunlit water, and is home to a variety of marine life including giant clams and brilliant fish. Because Michaelmas Cay is a National Park, the fish are so tame you can feed them from the beach and birds know they are safe to wander among you with their chicks.  Divers will be able to put on some tanks and enjoy a very nice dive today as well. On our last trip, this was one of the most enjoyable days.     

Another tour that's set up is an Aboriginal Culture, Sky Rail and Rainforest tour. This breathtaking journey, on one of the world's most scenic train routes, will take us through hand-hewn tunnels and across bridges with amazing views. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the Falls before arriving at beautiful Kuranda Station. We'll have some time to explore the "Village in the Rainforest". Explore the markets or visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and colorful Birdworld. We'll get on the Skyrail and enjoy the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. Glide over the Rainforest canopy and take advantage of the two stops en-route to a walk through the rainforest.

What else?  Well, of course along our journey you will have opportunities to see plenty of koala bears and kangaroo.



  • All ground transportation
  • 10-nights accommodations (double occ.)
  • Daily Breakfast


  • Optional tours
  • International air






Click here to see tentative itinerary with tours and approximate cost of tours

        See photos of our last Australia trip


Sydney: Novotel on Darling Harbor  4-1/2 star hotel right in the most exciting area of Sydney!  Awesome hotel! Check out the rooftop pool!
Tripadvisor review

With its soaring lobby and cool vibes, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour is a resort within the city and located in the heart of Darling Harbour. This lifestyle hotel balances eclectic details with striking public spaces that are playful and filled with light and energy. The Ternary, our signature restaurant, has three distinct offerings; the Grill Kitchen, Asian Kitchen and Wine Bar in a single, stylish open space offering spectacular floor to ceiling views of the city skyline.

This lifestyle resort balances eclectic details with striking public spaces that are playful and filled with light and energy. Treat yourself to an Executive room to really take advantage of the unrivalled location and enjoy our stunning views of the Sydney skyline. I have booked us in their executive rooms.


Cairns: Novotel Oasis 4-1/2 star hotel right in the heart of things. Walking distance to everything!
Tripadvisor Reviews #4 out of 69 hotels!

Beautiful tropical surrounds and modern contemporary style is waiting for you at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. Each of the resorts 314 rooms feature a private terrace or balcony facing either the lagoon swimming pool, lush tropical gardens or Cairns city. The city location is ideal with easy access to the award winning Esplanade and Cairns attractions.

All rooms and suites at Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort have individual balconies, air conditioning, mini bars, television and tea and coffee making facilities. The resort style rooms are bright and spacious with light furniture and fabrics in keeping with the tropical environment.

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