8-Day From Sydney to Rock to Reef

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Overview

This eight-day iconic Australian adventure really shows off the country's diversity, from the excitement of Sydney to remoteness of the Outback for an Uluru Tour and onto the Great Barrier Reef paradise, you'll explore and learn about Australia's natural landscape and all that live in it.

You will be staying in hand-picked boutique accommodation and enjoying authentic small group experiences while admiring the most beautiful locations in the country.
Outdoors & Nature
Cruising
Sightseeing
Culture & Arts

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Destination:

Australia

Start:

Sydney, Australia

Finish:

Cairns, Australia

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Sydney & Cruise Like a Local

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Arrive in Sydney & Cruise Like a Local

Today, you will be met at the Sydney airport by private car and driver and taken to your city hotel. You'll enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Later, you'll enjoy a gourmet three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service.

Day 2

Essential Sydney Small-Group Experience

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Essential Sydney Small-Group Experience

Today, you'll embark on a great day out seeing some of Sydney’s best-kept secrets, iconic sights and harbours. You will stop for lunch at Rushcutters Bay at Australia’s premier yacht club along the way. Then, you'll continue to explore the stunning bays and stopping at well-known Bondi Beach for some rest and relaxation before being driven back to your accommodation.

Day 3

Uluru Tour & Evening Light Experience

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Uluru Tour & Evening Light Experience

After a private transfer to the airport, you will fly up to Uluru. This evening, you will be taken out for your Uluru tour to enjoy an unforgettable experience with majestic views of Uluru at sunset whilst being served canapés and chilled sparkling wine. As you finish your Uluru Tour, darkness falls and the coloured lights of the 50,000 glass spheres gently sparkle to life, you'll join your table of fellow travellers for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet under the stars.

Day 4

Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & Dot Painting Workshop

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Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour & Dot Painting Workshop

You will be up early this morning to enjoy the sunrise at Kata Tjuta's best vantage point and see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place as the desert come alive. This is followed by an outback picnic breakfast. In the afternoon, you'll join Maruku’s local Anangu artists for a fun introduction to the unique desert art form of dot painting.

Day 5

Desert Awakenings & Travel to Cairns

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Desert Awakenings & Travel to Cairns

Today, you'll experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars before watching the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. You'll watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with golden syrup in the open air. This afternoon, you will hop on a plane to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 6

Great Barrier Reef Cuise

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Great Barrier Reef Cuise

Today, you'll embark a stunning cruise on a 20-metre luxury catamaran cruising daily to Upolu Cay and the Great Barrier Reef including an adventure drift snorkelling tour with a marine naturalist and coral viewing tour with your reef interpreter aboard a glass-bottom boat. Your day starts with fresh fruit and Danish pastries on board and later, a delicious smorgasbord lunch will also be served.

Day 7

World Heritage Listed Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation

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World Heritage Listed Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation

Your luxury tour starts at the Daintree National Park and a cruise on the Daintree River, followed by a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife and onto the magical Cape Tribulation Beach. Your cruise will take you to the confluence of the only UNESCO World Heritage sites that are side-by-side. Your lunch is a special treat of local delights, deep under the rainforest canopy.

Day 8

Departure Day

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Departure Day

Today, you'll depart Cairns signalling the end of an unforgettable trip around Australia.

Included in Price

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 activities
  • 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Airport transfer
  • Ground transportation
  • Licensed English speaking guides

Not Included in Price

  • Alcohol beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking permits
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Local Designer Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5

Eva S.

Jan 14, 2024

We had an amazing experience. We felt that we had someone in our corner at all times just in case something happened and Kate and Jo did exactly that.

Would definitely recommend and be in touch with again in the future.

Francesca L.

Aug 23, 2023

Client Feedback
Sudima Auckland – Wouldn’t stay there again. The staff and location were great but the rooms are very sparse, small and had a very tiny sink area. The first room they gave us was an accessible room which was substandard and seemed to have not been used in a while (there was noticeable dust in the bathroom and the phone was broken). The only other available room which was apparently offered at our rate was on the first floor. We ended paying to upgrade to a better non-accessible room which -- although it wasn’t much money and the front desk gave us a discount – we really should’ve have had to pay to get a decent room off the ground floor on a busy boulevard.
Wellington:
Xplor Tours/Wellington Highlights Half Tour – This was our least favorite of the tours. The guide was over 20 minutes late. The tour van was not ideal for sightseeing – windows were too small. More of a transport passenger van. Guide was just ok. Would give a “so so” recommendation.
Queenstown - Air Milford/Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly – The group was too big for the long bus ride to Milford – spent a long time waiting for a family to arrive and then had to make a diversion to get a baby seat they didn’t bring. A lot of chatter by a group making it hard to hear the tour guide. Must say the driver was very patient, informative and managed to keep us moving on time. Would have preferred a smaller group. However, we were ultimately glad we took a ride to Milford since we were able to stop at places we normally wouldn’t have seen close up by air (e.g., Mirror Lakes). The Milford Sound cruise was fine. The airplane ride back was fantastic! With a smaller group for the bus ride, would highly recommend.
Auckland:
Bush and Beach/Best of Both Worlds – It seems we were put on a different tour than originally on our proposed itinerary (which listed a Time Unlimited small group in a luxury Mercedes van). We were in a bigger group and vehicle rather than in a luxury Mercedes van, and lunch, snacks and refreshments were not provided as indicated on the proposed itinerary; rather we were brought to café/bakery to buy our own. And we had to transfer from one bus/group to another after the morning City tour during the lunch hour rather than getting lunch. (*Can you confirm that our cost was adjusted?) Nonetheless, the morning City tour was fine and the guide was informative (although his driving was a bit jerky). The afternoon beach and rainforest tour was great, and the guides were very informative and considerate. Would highly recommend the beach and rainforest tour, and would recommend the City tour with smoother driving.
Airport Transfers: All transfers were on time and very professional, helpful and friendly, with one slight exception. The Aug 3 pick up from Sudima Auckland for our Rotorua flight was more akin to an Uber ride. The car was a small blue Toyota and the driver wasn’t very friendly. Felt like he was a last minute hire by Hallmark.

Racv E.

Aug 9, 2023

Beyond Expectations: From a Seamless Journey to Stronger Bonds for my daughters

To all at travel design journeys.
Thank you, even that I could not go on the holiday my daughters had a wonderful time,
They even did not want to go back home.
They even said that they even got a lot closer with each other.
Everything went perfectly, you planed it to perfection.
Again thank you very much.
Ian Hughes

Hilary N.

Jan 21, 2023

Kate is very knowledgeable about New Zealand. I gave her some ideas for activities that we were interested in and she was able to craft the perfect itinerary for us. We did a ton of fun excursions, but also had time to relax and plenty of time to get from one town to the next. I appreciate that Kate was always quick to respond to my emails. I had tons of questions for her and she never seemed to mind. I highly recommend working with Kate! We are so glad we did.

Ruth M.

Mar 21, 2020

Fast, efficient, knowledgeable

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