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Family Australia (2018)

Family Journeys: Fun & educational journeys for all-ages

Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9  |  From: $7,995


Itinerary

Family Australia

Day 1: Arrive Sydney, Australia

Arrive in cosmopolitan Sydney, where you are met and transferred to your hotel in the city’s historic Rocks area. Tonight, join your A&K Resident Tour Director and the rest of your group for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney   |   Meals: D

Day 2: Sydney | Wild Things in Harbor City

Venture to the hillside Taronga Zoo, riding a ferry and catching the sky safari cable car en route for breathtaking views of Sydney’s glimmering harbor and city. There, an expert guide leads you to exhibits of kangaroos, koalas, dingoes and impressive Australian birds. Explore on your own, perhaps checking out condors and barking owl, before departing for lunch at a local restaurant. Later, enjoy a tour of this exciting city, discovering sights that include the Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Garden, Hyde Park and Chinatown.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney   |   Meals: B L

Day 3: Sydney | Surf Lessons & Jet-Boat Thrills

Head out for a day of surf, sand and sun at Bondi Beach, home of the famous Bondi Beach Lifesavers. Aussie surfers carve up sandbar breaks in the distance, while your family hits the waves for a private group surf lesson. After a beachside lunch, transfer to Circular Quay’s Eastern Pontoon for a thrilling jet-boat tour. Cruise through Sydney Harbour, experiencing fun fishtails and spins while taking in sights that include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the tallest steel arch bridges in the world. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, join the new friends your family has made for dinner at a local restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Uluru | Sacred Rock of the Aborigines

Fly into the vast Outback of central Australia and to your spacious accommodations near Uluru (Ayers Rock), a 600-million-year-old sandstone monolith held sacred by Australia’s Aboriginal people. After some time at leisure at your hotel, and perhaps a swim at the pool, set out for a walking tour of Uluru with your Resident Tour Director, who shares stories of the monolith’s legendary powers. Stop to enjoy tasty canapés, soft drinks and sparkling wine from a prime location, where you watch the sun set on the mystical monolith, its distinct red coloration aglow in the low light of day. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Sails in the Desert   |   Meals: B D

Day 5: Kata Tjuta | Camel Ride Through the Desert

Rise early for an adventure through the desert landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where you see its gorgeous stone domes known as the Olgas. After lunch at leisure, join indigenous artists for a dot-painting workshop, during which you make your own souvenirs to bring home. Tonight’s sunset may prove to be the most memorable yet; climb aboard a camel for a ride through the Kata Tjuta’s beautiful red sand dunes, with inspiring Uluru in the distance. Later, enjoy a tasting of local Outback foods, such as freshly baked damper (bread).

Sails in the Desert   |   Meals: B

Day 6: Uluru | Aussie Music Making & Family Chef Time

This morning, a local indigenous guide teaches you to play the didgeridoo, a wind instrument first played by Australia’s indigenous peoples an estimated 40,000 years ago and known for its haunting sounds. Next, learn about the local cuisine alongside a chef and feast on a lunch you help prepare as part of a special Family Chef Time experience. Later, fly to Cairns. A drive along the beautiful South Pacific coast takes you to Port Douglas, where you check in to your beachfront hotel.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa   |   Meals: B L

Day 7: Port Douglas | Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Today, set sail for a full day of snorkeling in the gentle Low Isles of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Explore a dazzling array of fish and coral, including tiny clown fish and striking blue surgeonfish, and learn about the history and future of this fragile marine environment. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch as well as morning and afternoon teas. Return to your hotel, where tonight brings more family fun with an Outback Aussie dinner.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Daintree Rainforest | Aboriginal Walkabout

Travel to the brilliantly green Daintree Rainforest, where a member of the Kuku Yalanji people invites your family on an Aboriginal walkabout. Tour the tribe’s ancestral country around Daintree: Walk through rainforest and coastal habitats, learn about ancient traditions and medicines derived from nature, sample some bush tucker, and practice spear throwing. Tonight, celebrate your epic adventure during a special farewell dinner.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Depart Port Douglas

This morning, transfer to the Cairns airport and depart.

Meals: B







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