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Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation

Explore Melbourne, Dive into the Great Barrier Reef, and Experience Sydney on this Classic Australia Adventure

Booking Code: AA-30965

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Australia’s most iconic destinations with our classic Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney vacation package. Perfect for adventurous travelers seeking a blend of culture, natural wonders, and urban exploration, this 12-day Australia itinerary brims with iconic Aussie experiences.

If this is your first time visiting Australia, this is the perfect itinerary to see the most during your time in this amazing destination! Dive into the colorful coral reefs in the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy the tropical lifestyle in Port Douglas, indulge in Melbourne’s mind-blowing food and coffee, and check out Sydney’s famous spots like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation

Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation Map

Day 1: International Flight to Melbourne
Days 2 – 5: Melbourne
Days 5 – 9: Port Douglas
Days 9 – 12: Sydney
Day 12: International Flight from Sydney

Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation Map
Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation

What’s included in your
Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney Vacation

Accommodation

Melbourne (3 Nights), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (3)

Flights

International – Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
Australian Domestic – Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney

Transfers

Shuttle – Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
Private – Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)

Day Tours

Melbourne – Melbourne Culinary Walk and Tasting
Port Douglas – Outer Reef Sail, Snorkel & Island Visit
Sydney – Guided Sydney Opera House Tour, Hop-on-Hop-off Sydney Harbour Cruise, The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

All Taxes and
Fuel Levies

(Except where noted)

Itinerary is
flexible

And can be tailored to suit your needs

VISA ISSUANCE
REQUIRED (NOT
INCLUDED)

your itinerary details

DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to
Melbourne

The estimated cost for this package includes the average price of international airfare from Los Angeles. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in Australia. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to Australia, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

Get ready for an amazing adventure in Australia with this fantastic Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef and Sydney vacation package! First, dive into the vibrant culture and incredible culinary scene of Melbourne. Your journey starts with a smooth international flight from Los Angeles to the charming lanes of Melbourne. Sit back and relax on board as you indulge in delicious meals and enjoy a great selection of movies to keep you entertained.

DAYS 2 – 5

Melbourne – Art and Foodie Paradise

Couple at Marion Wine Bar

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When you land in Melbourne, get ready to relax in style with a private car transfer waiting for you at the airport. Your transfer will whisk you away to your super posh 4-star boutique hotel, right in the middle of Melbourne’s bustling Central Business District. With all the modern amenities and prime location, it’s the perfect spot to kick off your awesome Melbourne adventure.

You’ll dive headfirst into Melbourne’s culinary scene with a tantalizing half-day foodie walking tour. With a knowledgeable local guide by your side, you’ll wander through Melbourne’s hidden laneways and check out famous landmarks, all while sampling a mouthwatering variety of culinary delights. From the amazing flavors of traditional Chinese dumplings to the heavenly sweetness of French pastries, this experience guarantees to satisfy even the pickiest eaters out there.

And with a free day to explore Melbourne at your leisure, the city becomes your playground, beckoning you to discover its multicultural charm and eclectic shopping scene. With easy access to Melbourne’s efficient trains and trams, you’ll navigate the city like a pro, ensuring every moment is filled with discovery and delight.

Explore Melbourne’s world-class museums and art galleries, including the National Gallery of Victoria, which houses an extensive collection of international and Australian art. Indulge in street art appreciation by taking a walk through the famous Hosier Lane, filled with captivating murals and creative expressions.

You may like to embark on a day trip to the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, where you can witness the famous Twelve Apostles, enjoy stunning panoramic coastal views, and explore charming seaside towns.

Or explore the Dandenong Ranges, a lush forested area, and enjoy scenic walks, visit the magnificent Puffing Billy steam train, or indulge in afternoon tea at one of the mountain villages.

Couple at Marion Wine Bar

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Stylish Melbourne

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Port Douglas Sail

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Port Douglas Turtle

Photo Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

DAYS 5 – 9

Port Douglas – Relaxing Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Port Douglas Sail

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After your time in Melbourne you’ll head to the one and only Great Barrier Reef! You’ll board a domestic flight from Melbourne to Cairns, the gateway city to the Great Barrier Reef.

A shuttle transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to your top-rated, centrally located hotel in Port Douglas, where you’ll enjoy 3 nights basking in the laid-back atmosphere of this tropical town.

The next day you’ll board a luxury catamaran and sail to the Great Barrier Reef, where a fun day of snorkeling spectacular reef sites awaits. Dip your toes into the warm waters of the Coral Sea and dive into the underwater world of unique coral gardens and colorful tropical fish.

Your 3rd and 4th days in Port Douglas are free to do as you wish. You can speand your time relaxing in this amazing tropical town or venture out on one of our favorite tours. 

Many of our clients take this day to explore one of the oldest rainforests in the world, Daintree. We have a great tour that includes an immersive cultural experience, that combines a visit to the ancient Daintree Rainforest with authentic Aboriginal cultural activities. You get to engage in traditional practices such as spear fishing, storytelling, and learning about indigenous art and bush tucker from the local Kuku Yalanji people. So fun and educational!

Another favorite is the The Outback Tasting Tour – a culinary adventure that explores the flavors of the Australian Outback. The tour includes visits to local farms, tropical fruit orchards, a distillery, and to the Platypus Hut. You can sample a variety of regional produce, including fruits, wines, spirits, cheeses, and meats, all while enjoying the scenic landscapes and spotting the local wildlife of Queensland’s Tablelands and Rainforest. Let your travel advisor know if either of these tours should be added to your trip!

DAYS 8 – 11

Sydney – Vibrant Culture Meets Coastal Charm

Sydney Explore

Photo Credit: Steven Wei

Prepare for a smooth transition as you bid farewell to the coastal beauty of Port Douglas with a convenient shuttle transfer to Cairns Airport. Relax and soak in the last moments of tropical paradise as you journey to your next destination. Upon arrival in Cairns, board a domestic flight bound for the bustling cityscape of Sydney.

When you arrive at the airport, there will be a private car transfer waiting just for you. Relax and enjoy the ride as your chauffeur takes you through the bustling streets to your vacation accommodation. You’ll be staying in a stylish and super comfortable hotel right in the heart of Sydney. It’s the perfect combination of chic design and cozy vibes.

As your adventure unfolds, dive deep into Sydney’s rich cultural tapestry with an immersive Aboriginal Dreaming tour, where you’ll uncover the ancient traditions and stories of the land. Explore the iconic Sydney Opera House on a guided tour, gaining insights into its intricate design and fascinating history.

But the excitement doesn’t end there – explore the city with a 2-day hop-on hop-off harbor cruise pass, allowing you to discover Sydney’s waterfront gems at your own pace. Explore attractions like Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, and Manly Beach.

Throughout your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the breathtaking views this city has to offer. Whether you’re interested in exploring the bustling energy of Darling Harbour, getting up close and personal with the incredible wildlife at Taronga Zoo, or relaxing on the picturesque beaches of Manly, this hop-on hop-off cruise pass is the perfect way to experience the best of Sydney’s waterfront attractions.

With a free day at your disposal, the possibilities are endless. Whether you choose to stroll along the sandy shores of Bondi Beach, peruse the vibrant stalls at the Rocks Market, or simply relax by the harbor, Sydney offers an array of experiences to suit every taste.

For an adrenaline rush and breathtaking views, consider a climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With a professional guide leading the way, you can conquer the top of the bridge and gaze at the stunning city skyline and harbor.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in nature at the Royal Botanic Garden. This sprawling garden offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour, colorful flora, and peaceful walking paths.

Embrace the city’s vibrant energy and create lasting memories in this iconic Australian destination!

Sydney Explore

Photo Credit: Steven Wei

Couple enjoying the Sydney Lights

DAY 12

International Flight from Sydney

Finally, travel effortlessly from your vacation accommodation in Sydney to the airport in a private car, then jet off to Los Angeles, gaining a day as you cross the International Date Line.

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