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     Wonders Downunder - 15 Days: Cairns, Uluru, Sydney (Code: WDU)

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This tour program is a combination of our modules to renowned Unesco World Heritage areas: Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far-North Queensland, Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, Sydney Opera House, Greater Blue Mountains.

Small groups with a maximum of 12 passengers and weekly departures guaranteed with 2 people.

Day 1: Sa   Cairns

Arrive in Cairns. You are met at the airport, transferred to your hotel and given a detailed briefing about the tour program and what to do in Palm Cove and Cairns. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Grand Chancellor Palm Cove (alt. Reef House and Spa)  

    

Day 2: Su   Quinkan Country - Cooktown

Depart to the Great Dividing Ranges. Near Mareeba you have the opportunity to observe waterbirds in the Wetlands. Continue across the former Palmer River Gold Fields to Split Rock in Quinkan Country, to view the approx 20,000 years old Aboriginal rock paintings and stencils. In the afternoon arrive at your rainforest lodge. Relax, or alternatively walk up Mungumby Creek before dinner.

Mungumby Lodge   B, D 

Day 3: Mo    Cooktown

After breakfast drive past Black Mountain to Cooktown, where Captain Cook in 1770 hoisted the Union Jack and claimed the continent for England. The view from Grassy Hill over the Endeavour River and the Coral Sea is breathtaking. A short drive brings you to picturesque Quarantine Beach. In the afternoon visit the interesting James Cook Museum, a former convent school. After a stroll along the foreshore and a refreshing stop in the famous „Lions Den Pub“ in Helensvale, return to the lodge.

Mungumby Lodge   B, D

Day 4: Tu   Daintree National Park - Cairns

Today depart your wilderness oasis and travel on the dusty Bloomfield Track, with the Barrier Reef just offshore. Cross the tidal Bloomfield River on a causeway and take in the tree giants and mangroves near Cape Tribulation. After crossing the mighty Daintree River enjoy the river cruise, where you might encounter saltwater crocodiles. Via Port Douglas travel down the Coral Coast to Palm Cove.
Grand Chancellor Palm Cove (alt. Reef House and Spa)   B, L

Day 5: We    Great Barrier Reef

Today you will go on an excursion without your tour guide. Board a fast catamaran for a day tour to the Great Barrier Reef. A delicious luncheon buffet, snorkel gear, semi-submersible boat and transfers are included. Note: This is an english-speaking day tour without german-speaking guide!

Grand Chancellor Palm Cove (alt. Reef House and Spa)   B, L

                             

Day 6: Th   Kuranda Village

In the morning transfer to the Skyrail Station. Take in the panoramic coastal view while gliding in the cable car over the treetops up to tranquil Kuranda, where our guide will meet you again. From the skyrail and railway station take a leisurely walk across the village to the market place. The visit to the Pamagirri Aboriginal Centre including didgeridoo music, spear throwing and dreamtime dances is a highlight in our program. Later in the day return to Cairns by minibus.

Grand Chancellor Palm Cove (alt. Reef House and Spa)   B 

Day 7: Fr    Cairns

Today you have the opportunity to discover the city of Cairns on your own. The transfer bus will pick you up from the hotel at 10.00 hrs and sets you down at the Esplanade in Cairns. Visit the Marlin Marina or do some shopping. At 17.00 hrs our bus will pick you up for the return transfer.

Grand Chancellor Palm Cove (alt. Reef House and Spa)   B

Day 8: Sa   Cairns – Alice Springs

Hotel pick up and transfer to the airport. After a 3 hour flight you will reach Alice Springs, your driver- guide welcomes and transfers you to the hotel in the city centre. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. We are recommending a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (optional).

Chifley Alice Springs   B 

Day 9: Su   Alice Springs - Glen Helen Gorge

Your day starts with a sightseeing tour of Alice Springs including a stopover at the ANZAC Hill lookout. Then drive out to historic Telegraph Station to visit the birthplace of „The Alice“. Leave the town and drive to Simpsons Gap for a walk. After a side trip to Ellery Creek Big Hole undertake a hike at Ormiston Gorge, before arriving at your Wilderness Lodge on the bank of the Finke River.

Glen Helen Homestead   B, D

Day 10: Mo    Glen Helen – Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)

Glen Helen – Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)After breakfast continue your tour on the dusty Mereenie Road across a colourful semi desert to Watarrka National Park. With luck observe feral camels along the way and take in the vast arid landscape. In the afternoon enjoy the 2-3 hrs walk up and across the Kings Canyon plateau, from the sandstone domes of the „Lost City“ to the oasis of the “Garden of Eden”.

Kings Canyon Resort (alt. Kings Canyon Resort Spa)     B, D     

                           

Day 11: Tu   Watarrka – Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

Over red sand dunes and past salt lakes drive to Uluru National Park. After checking in at Ayers Rock Resort travel to Kata-Tjuta (Olgas). Take in the “Valley of Winds” on a 1-2 hr walk to the lookout. Continue the tour to Uluru and enjoy the highly anticipated sunset with a traditional glass of sparkling wine.

Outback Pioneer Hotel (alt. Sails in the Desert)    B

 

Day 12: We   Uluru National Park – Sydney

Early departure for your colourful sunrise at Uluru. After a drive around the monolith visit the award-winning Cultural Centre. Then a relaxing walk to water holes and caves with Aboriginal rock paintings before returning to Yulara village.

Around midday your driver drops you off at the airport. After about 3 hrs touch down in Sydney. You are met by our guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure. We recommend a walk to the old town “The Rocks”, the Opera House and Botanical Gardens.
Vibe Hotel (alt. Shangri-La)     B

Day 13: Th   Sydneysider Harbour Odyssey

Your day starts with a drive to Mrs Macquaries Point with some interpretations. Continue the tour via colourful Kings Cross to cosmopolitan Double Bay and elegant Vaucluse. Enjoy a stroll over the cliffs at South Head. At world famous Bondi Beach take in the surf scene followed by a side trip to Paddington with its terrace houses. Then via China Town and bustling Darling Harbour arrive at Sydney’s birthplace “The Rocks”. Then transfer to the harbour marina.After boarding your private motor cruiser enjoy a luncheon buffet in tranquil Lane Cove River with stunning views. Then cruise Port Jackson from the Harbour Bridge and Opera House to North Harbour. At around 16:30 hrs we will drop you off at Darling Harbour (return transfer not included).

Vibe Hotel (alt. Shangri-La)    B, L

 

Day 14: Fr    Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Head west to Featherdale Wildlife Park and enjoy the unique Australian fauna. Then its up to the sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains, 1000 metres above sea level and UNESCO World Heritage Area. At Wentworth Falls walk to Princess Rock for a stunning view. At Echo Point the famous “Three Sisters” sandstone spires tell you a story of mythical times. A visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre will introduce you to the oldest culture in the world. After a visit to Govetts Leap overlooking the “Grand Canyon” enjoy lunch at an historic pub. Travel across to Mt Banks and walk in Mt Tomah Botanic Garden. Refreshing stop at Windsor before arriving back in Sydney.

Vibe Hotel (alt. Shangri-La)    B, L

 

Day 15: Sa   Departure Day

The tour finishes after breakfast; we will pick you up and drive you to the airport. Farewell and end of our service. F

 

B = Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

Inclusions:Transport in mini coaches and off-road vehicles; local driver-guides; 14 nights/twin share accommodation in 3* hotels/lodges (or 5* upgrade) and 3 nights in scenic lodges with ensuite; 22 meals as per program; admissions, activities/boat cruises as per program; national park fees.

Not included: alcoholic drinks (except Sydney cruise); optional activities; flights; personal expensesDepartures: every Saturday from Cairns (modules start on Sunday).

Please note: It is recommended to extend your stay in Sydney at the end of the program.

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to the fitness of tour participants - where possible! We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary should roads be impassable or closed! We do our best to offer alternative accommodation with a similar standard!

Important Information:
For more detailed itineraries please refer to the individual tour modules on this site.

Should participants arrive in Cairns at an earlier day, they will be met accordingly - if they extend their holidays at the end of the program in Sydney (highly recommended), they will be transferred to the airport at a later day!

 

 
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