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Australia: Reef, Beach & Harbor Group Tour (with New Zealand Option)

Immediately following Australia, why not join the GEC group trip to New Zealand and explore two great countries back to back (Australia & New Zealand)! Click Here for details.

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! We provide free roommate matching - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

The group will travel Dec 2 - 9, 2019

Join GEC on this group tour as we explore the best of Australia! We'll visit two of Australia's great destinations; Cairns & Sydney.

Cairns is considered the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef. You'll have plenty of free time to get out and join an excursion to explore the reef, but we'll also head west and take the famous Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train up into the nearby mountains to the World Heritage Site Rainforest. You'll even have a chance to hold and get pictures with a koala bear.

We'll then travel to Sydney where you can explore the harbor, beaches, Sydney's famous Opera House, and we'll take an included trip to the beautiful Hunter Valley wine region for full day of wine and cheese tasting. And if you're brave enough, then try out the optional Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb!

Immediately following Australia, why not join the GEC group trip to New Zealand and explore two great countries back to back (Australia & New Zealand)! Click Here for details.

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Places Visited:

Australia Group Tour, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Train, Hunter Valley Wine Tour, Sydney Harbor, Sydney Opera House, Optional New Zealand Group Tour following


Trip Itinerary:
Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Cairns. Evening Group Orientation.
Day 2: Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train with optional Koala Bear encounter.
Day 3: Optional Great Barrier Reef Day Trip with Snorkeling.
Day 4: Optional River Tubing Adventure.
Day 5: Fly Cairns to Sydney
Day 6: Hunter Valley Wine Region Tour
Day 7: Free time to explore Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Bondi/Manly Beach.
Day 8: Trip ends. Transfer to Airport if Optional GEC New Zealand Group Trip Purchased.

Immediately following Australia, why not join the GEC group trip to New Zealand and explore two great countries back to back (Australia & New Zealand)! Click Here for details.


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1
Arrive in Cairns. Evening Group Orientation


Arrive in Cairns (airport code: CNS) and meet at the nearby assigned hotel (details will be emailed a few weeks before departure). This evening you will have a chance to meet your Trip Leaders and your fellow members who you will be traveling with for the week.

In the evening, head out with your fellow group members and enjoy the many wonderful restaurants and bars abound in this vibrant city.

Overnight in Cairns.


Day 2
Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train with optional Koala Bear encounter.


Today we'll travel 1.5 hours west via the Kuranda Scenic Railway train away from the coast and up into the ancient World Heritage rainforest. Arriving in Kuranda (also called the Village in the Rainforest), we'll take the hour long cable car ride up into the mountains for spectacular views and to explore this amazing ecosystem.

Following our return cable car ride, should time permit you can explore the village of Kuranda. Here you can visit (optional) the Kuranda Koala Gardens located right in the center of town and have your picture taken with you holding a Koala Bear! We’ll then return to Cairns via bus.

Overnight in Cairns.


Day 3
Free time. Optional excursions.


Today is a free day to spend as you like. Roam the quaint streets and shops of Cairns, relax in a cafe drinking some delicious coffee, relax at the beach, OR why not sign up for the optional full day boat trip out to the incredible Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling?

Regardless of how you spend your free day, join your fellow club members for another fun night out for dinner and drinks in Cairns.

Overnight in Cairns.


Day 4
Free time. Optional River Tubing Adventure.


With such a huge variety of fun things to do in Cairns, we've left today open as another free day to spend as you like. You can wander around town, take the boat out to Green Island OR why not sign up for the optional river tubing adventure. It’s an exciting, yet leisurely couple hour float down a beautiful river loaded with small rapids and slow flat areas to swim. No experience necessary, just bring a sense of fun and relaxation.

Overnight in Cairns.


Day 5
Fly Cairns to Sydney


In the morning we will leave Cairns and fly to the city of Sydney. Arriving in Sydney, you'll have a change to get out and explore the many famous attractions of this great city.

Overnight in Sydney.


Day 6
Hunter Valley Wine Region Tour


Today we head out on a full day wine tasting trip, and perhaps even some cheese and olive tasting, to the famous Hunter Valley Wine Region.

Overnight in Sydney.


Day 7
Free time to explore Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Bondi/Manly Beach.


Today is a free day to spend as you like. Explore Sydney further, relax down by the water front, take a ferry out to Manly Beach, take a harbor cruise, OR why not sign up for the optional Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb excursion (can purchase at checkout)!

This evening perhaps you can convince some of your group members to buy tickets for the evening's performance at the famous Sydney Opera House? The Opera House hosts a wide variety of performing arts events, so who knows what type of show will be playing tonight... but isn't that all part of the adventure?!

Overnight in Sydney.


Day 8
Trip ends. Transfer to Airport if Optional GEC New Zealand Group Trip Purchased.


Trip ends after breakfast and you will make your own way to the airport. OR If you purchased the Optional GEC New Zealand Group Trip we are picked up and transferred to the airport for our flights to Queenstown, New Zealand (flight not included - we will instruct you on which flight to purchase once flight schedules are available).

Immediately following Australia, why not join the GEC group trip to New Zealand and explore two great countries back to back (Australia & New Zealand)! Click Here for details.



Important Information



This is a GEC small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. You are responsible for making your own international flight arrangements as per the itinerary. However, flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you receive a written guarantee that the Land Only portion of your trip has been fully booked. Please contact us if you would like help or advice booking your flights.

Please note that if you book the Optional New Zealand group trip immediately following this trip, you will need to purchase your flight from your home city into Cairns (CNS), Sydney (SYD) to Queenstown (ZQN), and Queenstown back to your home city. Full details regarding flights will be emailed to you after booking, including the flight between Sydney and Queenstown you should book if you want to join the group transfers, however please feel free to contact us with questions.

Prices are based on double occupancy in Twin beds. If you would like your own hotel room, please choose the optional single supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.
*Note: prices are based on 2 twin beds per room. Some hotels however may issue upgraded rooms with one twin bed and one double or queen bed. These room are issued randomly, and entirely at the discretion of the hotel, based on their availability and cannot be pre-requested. Beds are not assigned by us or the hotel and must be decided by the roommates

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following the last day of the tour.

At the time of writing, a Visa is required for entry into Australia and is obtained before departure via a simple online process. We will provide you with suggestions on how to obtain your Visa. For the latest information and requirements, please be sure to check with the Australian embassy in the US (or your country of citizenship).

Trip ID: AS1182
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Local Fee
$100.00
Domestic group flight Cairns to Sydney (subject to change)
$197.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room)
$685.00
Day 3 OPTIONAL: Great Barrier Reef day trip with Snorkeling
$182.00
Day 4 OPTIONAL: Exciting & Leisurely 1/2 day River Tubing Adventure
$79.00
Day 7 OPTIONAL: Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb
$267.00

Price Includes
  • GEC Trip Leader
  • Expert English-speaking local guides on some day tours
  • 8d/7n excellent 3-4* hotels
  • Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train with optional Koala Bear encounter
  • Hunter Valley Wine Region Tour
  • Free time for optional excursions in Cairns including visits to the Great Barrier Reef, white water rafting, river tubing, etc.
  • Free time to explore Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Bondi/Manly Beach
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Airport Transportation
  • Domestic group flight Cairns to Sydney
  • Meals & beverages not indicated
  • Optional activities
  • Travel medical insurance (details) mandatory
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa (see Important Information section below)
Group Leader
  • GEC Trip Leader
  • Local guides
Accomodation Included
  • 8 Days, 7 Nights accommodations at excellent 3-4* hotels
Transportation Included
  • Modern Vehicles
  • Train
Seasonal Info
  • Australia's weather is warm, dry and beautiful! But you can also experience a little bit of clouds and rain, especially in Cairns. In Cairns expect temperatures in the 80'sF (27C) during the day and a comfortable 70'sF (23C) at night. It's a bit cooler in Sydney, so expect temperatures in the 70'sF (21C) during the day and 60'sF (17C) at night.


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