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7 Day Sydney, Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef

6 nights, Sydney to Cairns

7 Day Sydney, Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef

Short in length, but packed with highlights, this holiday ticks all the boxes. Arriving into Sydney, you will explore the city before visiting the Blue Mountains, then journey north to experience the Daintree Rainforest and be amazed by the colours and life in the Great Barrier Reef.

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Included in this New Zealand self drive holiday

  • This New Zealand holiday starts at price per person (see details)
  • 7 days / 6 nights from Sydney to Cairns
  • Accommodation is Hotel 4 star (can be customised)
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Can be fully customised to suit you
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Day 1 - G'day and welcome to Sydney

Private Transfer from Sydney Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.

Itinerary information by APP & in country support

Access to our exclusive Touring App. The App includes your full itinerary and reservation details, all available online and offline as well as lots of other great information such as restaurant guides, weather forecasts, and local activity suggestions. Instant itinerary updates and changes are available and it's easy to keep in touch with us. The App is free and easy to download on your mobile using Android or IOS.
You also have access to our free call number and after-hours service if you require support while on tour.

Arrive into Sydney

Sydney is Australia's most famous city and with almost 20% of the country's population, is also Australia's largest city. Situated on the east coast of Australia it has beautiful white sand beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course the Sydney Opera House. It was home to about 29 different Aboriginal clan groups for 50,000 years before the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 brought the beginning of European settlement. Rich in modern history, art, and food Sydney has something for everyone.

Evening Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour - suggested

Sydney harbour is like a sunset painting in progress. The aquamarine colours of Summer give way to the warm orange hues of Autumn before deepening to a magical Winter twilight blue. Year-round, sun-up or sun-down and everything in between, the colours of Sydney Harbour will welcome you onboard the evening Dinner Cruise. This is the perfect start to an evening or stunning end to an amazing day in the greatest city in the world.

Hidden Bars of Sydney Walking Tour with Depot Adventures - suggested

In 2014, the government of New South Wales introduced lockout laws, which forever changed Sydney’s bar scene. Suddenly, club-hopping was no more in a city known for some of the best nightlife in Australia.
In a story of unintended consequences, a new kind of bar started to appear in the city — one that you could settle into for the night with a small group of mates. Sydney’s speakeasies came roaring into fashion, and now hidden bars behind pizza shops, dumpling halls and back laneways are all the rage.
Join a local guide and discover the incredibly new and exciting trend in Sydney’s hospitality scene.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: offsite paid parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 2 - Free day to explore Sydney

Explore Sydney

Often mistaken as Australia's capital city, Sydney is a vibrant coastal city with plenty to see and do. Wander around Circular Quay for great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge; explore the Royal Botanic Gardens, get your science and culture fix at the Powerhouse Museum, Maritime Museum or the Sydney Observatory; take a ferry and explore the Harbour, Luna Park or Taronga Zoo, or simply shop til you drop in the city centre. With plenty of great bars and restaurants, there is no shortage of things to see, do, eat and drink!

Sydney Sights, Opera House & Bondi Beach Tour with AAT Kings - suggested

Discover the best that Sydney has to offer on this half day morning tour. Discover the iconic Sydney Opera House on a guided behind the scenes walking tour and see, feel and touch the magic that happens from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public. Travel past Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Art Gallery. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and continue on through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, and Paddington as you make your way to the world famous Bondi Beach before returning to Sydney's CBD.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3 - Head to the Blue Mountains and get your first experience of the Australian bush

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Grand Blue Mountains All Inclusive Tour with Gray Line

Explore the World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Crisp, clean, mountain top air with distant blue haze horizons overlooking deep ravines with rainforest carpeting the valley floor. Waterfalls, sleepy hamlets and the rich warm smell of the Australian bush make this a very special place for every visitor.
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 cliff tops 270 metres above ancient ravines and the forest canopy. Experience Featherdale Wildlife Park, home to the world's largest collection of over 1,700 Australian native birds and mammals in a lush bushland environment. Enjoy lunch at Scenic World, overlooking the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.
Finish the day with a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River and Sydney Harbour while missing the peak hour Sydney traffic.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Sydney

Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4 - Fly from Sydney to Cairns

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Private Transfer from your Sydney accommodation to the Airport

You will be collected from your accommodation and taken to the Sydney Airport.

Domestic Flight - Sydney to Cairns

This cost for this flight is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Private transfer from Cairns Airport to your accommodation

A private transfer will meet you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to your Port Douglas accommodation.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a relaxed, tropical sea-side village, where the reef meets the rainforest. A perfect getaway location, it features a great range of restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. Relax by the beach or take a tour to some of Australia's iconic natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Dinner service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchenette & Laundry Facilities in Apartments only
  • Room service available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • All rooms non smoking

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Day 5 - Spend today on the Great Barrier Reef

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Quicksilver Cruises

For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s wave-piercing catamaran and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance.
Choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a Quicksilver semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from Quicksilver’s unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Whichever way you choose, you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6 - Journey north into the ancient Daintree Rainforest

Daintree, Cape Trib & Bloomfield Day Tour with Billy Tea Safaris

Sit back and relax in comfort in a custom-built 4WD air-conditioned vehicle while listening to informative and entertaining commentary by your local naturalist guide. Group size is limited for a more personalised experience.
Spot crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise, learn about flora, fauna, and the history of the Daintree on a guided boardwalk tour, take a 4WD ride through a World Heritage-listed rainforest on the rugged Bloomfield Track, savour a traditional Aussie barbecue, sample traditional ‘Aussie’ billy tea, damper and tropical fruits in the company of wallabies and enjoy a homemade Daintree ice-cream on your journey home.

Accommodation: Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

Accommodation type: Luxury apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7 - Depart Cairns today

Private transfer from your accommodation to Cairns Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your Port Douglas accommodation and transfer you to the airport in time for your departing flight.

Farewell from Australia

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