For your next family holiday, pick Holxo’s handmade Essence of Australia itinerary. Start at marvellous Sydney, visiting the Blue Mountains National Park and the city’s iconic landmarks. Combine this by visiting Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and later, fly to the beautiful city of Gold Coast, renowned for its surfing spots and theme parks. This trip also includes an exciting ride aboard a fire truck while enjoying the city views of Gold Coast.
On Day 1, arrive in Sydney and check in to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the ‘Harbour City’ by yourself.
On Day 2, go on a half-day Sydney city tour. Later, visit the Sea Life Aquarium and Sydney Tower Eye with 4D experience.
On Day 3, you go on a day’s excursion to the home of the famous Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains National Park.
On Day 4, take a flight from Sydney to Cairns where you spend the day leisurely.
On Day 5, get ready for an excursion to Green Island located in the Great Barrier Reef where you can enjoy a lot of activities such as snorkelling, swimming, etc.
On Day 6, take a flight from Cairns to Brisbane and then head to Gold Coast where you will spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
On Day 7, spend the day at Dreamworld, a fantasy theme park filled with exhilarating rides and movie characters.
On Day 8, ride aboard an authentic fire truck and enjoy a view of the Gold Coast skyline and then enjoy all that Sea World has to offer.
On Day 9, get ready to board your homeward bound flight with a trip full of memories.
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney You will arrive in Sydney, the largest city and the most populated city in Australia, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of the day exploring the ‘Harbour City’ by yourself.
Day 2: Sydney City Tour, Sea Life Aquarium and Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise (optional) After breakfast at the hotel, you will head for a half-day shared Sydney city tour. This includes stunning views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and a visit to Manly Beach, etc. After the end of this tour, you can proceed to Darling Harbour to exchange your Combo 2 Pass to gain admission to Sea Life Aquarium + Sydney Tower Eye with 4D experience (transfers to aquarium and tower are not included).
In the evening, you can spend time leisurely or choose the exciting option below:
Optional: In the evening head to King Street Wharf on your own by 18:50 hours to get on board the Sydney Showboat Dinner Cruise. After the cruise, you can return to your hotel.
You will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Sydney - Full-day tour of Blue Mountains National Park After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you embark on a day trip to explore the UNESCO nominated World Heritage site - the Blue Mountains National Park. While here, you are surrounded by mountains, cliffs, forests and waterfalls. At the National Park, you will traverse the curving roads along Cliff Drive, winding your way along while taking in spectacular views of Megalong Valley to arrive at Echo Point. Echo Point has views stretching across a trio of rocky pinnacles called the Three Sisters. En-route make a stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park. At this park, you’ll be able to feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus and enjoy a face-to-face encounter with the friendly koalas.
After the trip, you return to your hotel in Sydney and stay overnight.
Day 4: Sydney to Cairns After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cairns. On arrival at Cairns, you will check into your hotel. You have the day free at leisure. You stay overnight in Cairns.
Day 5: Cairns: Big Cat Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island After breakfast, prepare for an excursion - Big Cat Great Barrier Reef Cruise to Green Island with a lunch buffet. Enjoy a host of reef activities like snorkelling, swimming, viewing corals from a glass bottom boat, etc. You can even take an introductory scuba dive lesson under expert supervision (at an additional cost). Or enjoy the semi-submarine ride where you can watch the animated underwater world without getting wet. After such enthralling but tiring activities, enjoy a sumptuous lunch buffet.
Later unwind at the hotel and stay comfortably overnight.
Day 6: Cairns to Gold Coast After breakfast, check out of the hotel in Cairns and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Brisbane. After arriving in Brisbane, you will get ready to transfer to Gold Coast, where you will check in to your hotel.
Optional: In the evening we recommend you take an optional tour to the Australian Outback Spectacular. It’s a unique and exciting dinner show which captures the quintessence of the Australian Outback. The giant arena has a seating capacity of 1,000 who can enjoy the thunders the Australian stock horses make with their hooves as the action-packed performance unfolds.
After a thrilling evening, you will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Gold Coast - Dreamworld After breakfast, you will head to Dreamworld, Australia’s largest theme park. Here you cuddle with koala bears, come face-to-face with a tiger, enjoy more than 15 rides and attractions and witness live shows and character appearances from your favourite DreamWorks Heroes. Experience lands such as Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness, Madagascar Madness, etc.
You stay overnight in the Gold Coast area.
Day 8: Gold Coast - Fire Truck Tour and Sea World After breakfast at the hotel, get ready to experience the unique 1 hour Gold Coast city tour from Surfers Paradise on a Fire Truck. You will ride to the Spit via Surfers Paradise, along the beachfront / Esplanade via Narrow Neck and finally, you will be dropped off at Sea World. At Sea World, a family-friendly theme park, experience the world of mesmeric world of marine life, amazing rides, shows and attractions! See the cute polar bear cubs, Hudson and Nelson.
You will stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Departure from Brisbane After breakfast at the hotel, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport to board your flight back home or to your onward destination.
On your Essence of Australia trip you get to see and visit:
King Street Wharf
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sydney Opera House
The Harbour Bridge
Sea Life Aquarium
Sydney Tower Eye
Full day tour to Blue Mountain
Sydney Showboat Dinner cruise (optional)
Big Cat Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Green Island visit with buffet lunch
Fire Truck Tour
Australian Outback Spectacular (optional)
When to Go
Australia is a destination that can be visited throughout the year. The high tourist season is during summer, spring and autumn that is December to February, March to May and September to November. The weather is warm all through the year, except for a brief winter spell from June to August.
3 Nights accommodation in Sydney with breakfast
2 Nights accommodation in Cairns with breakfast
3 Nights accommodation in Gold Coast with breakfast
Sydney City Tour with Sea Life Aquarium & Sydney Tower Eye with 4D experience
Full day Big Cat cruise to Green Island reef with a lunch buffet - Cairns
1 hour Fire Truck tour of Gold Coast (entrance only)