Glimpses of Australia
No. of Days: 6nights/7days
Places Covered: Sydney (3nights) – The Blue Mountains – Cairns (3nights) – Great Barrier Relief – Kuranda Rainforest Village
Day 1: Sydney: Arrive in Sydney and transfer to your hotel. Spend some time in recovering from jet lag. Have some coffee and try to adjust your biological clock to Australian time. Go out for a tour of Sydney.
First stop should be Circular Quay, the main transport hub of Sydney Harbour and it’s home to two of Australia’s most famous landmarks - the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Have a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take a stroll to the Sydney Opera House have a better understanding some history at The Rocks. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly beach. Walk down the palm tree-lined Corso, hit the promenade on the beach for an ice-cream, walk around to picturesque Shelly Beach, and grab a cold beer along with nicely cooked fish and chips.
Enjoy the sunset behind the harbour bridge on your return ferry to Quay. Have dinner after an all exhausted day and head to the comforts of your room for a nice sleep.
Day 2: Sydney: Get up a little early and head to Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most famous beach. Grab breakfast at one of the restaurants on the beach itself. Take a walk along the coast from the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. This is a 6km stunning walk offering wonderful views of cliffs, bays and rock pools. On the walk you pass the beaches of Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Gordon’s Bay. You can enjoy coffee or some other snacks and drinks at one of these beaches. Have lunch at one of the many nice restaurants at Coogee Beach.
In the afternoon head off to take a ride to the top of the Sydney Tower, Sydney's tallest structure. This is the place to experience Sydney’s highest open-air attraction, Skywalk, which is at a height of 260 m (853 ft.) above Sydney. Harnessed onto a moving, glass-floored viewing platform that extends out over the edge of the tower, you can view all of Sydney’s landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, and even the Blue Mountains beyond.
Later visit one or two of the few museums you can actually visit. These include - Australian Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, the interactive Powerhouse Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. You can ward off the day with a climb on Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Have dinner and retire to your hotel room. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 3: Sydney - The Blue Mountains – Sydney: Take a train ride of two hours or go for a drive of 90 minutes from Sydney to Katoomba, a major town in the area bordering Blue Mountains National Park. On reaching Katoomba hop on Blue Mountains Explorer bus to explore the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Known for dramatic scenery, Blue Mountains encompass steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens.
Have a look at the spectacular Three Sister rock formations, best viewed from Echo Point Road at Katoomba. Spend some time at Scenic World, where you can ride the world’s steepest railway to go into a valley full of ancient rainforest. You can come up by a cable car.
Head back to Sydney after spending full day at Blue Mountains. Have dinner at one of the restaurants with a view of the harbor. Overnight in Sydney.
Day 4: Sydney – Cairns: Take an early morning three hour flight from Sydney to Cairns. Check into a hotel on arrival. Immediately afterwards, embark on a city tour of Cairns. Go for a walk along the Esplanade. There is a mix of parks, shops, hotels, and small businesses. A visit to Cairns Wildlife Dome is a nice way to explore some wildlife, which includes a massive saltwater crocodile.
A visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is the best way to learn about Aboriginal culture and life. You can also plan a tour of Gallo Dairyland in the afternoon and enjoy different kinds of cheese made on the farm. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 5: Cairns – Great Barrier Reef – Cairns: Start early morning for the Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest, most spectacular coral reef system and listed among World Heritage sites.
Trip from Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal to the outer reef takes a little less than two hours. Spend the day on a small or mid-sized cruising ship with a group of other people. Go for snorkeling and enjoy viewing amazing array of marine wildlife and exotic coral reef colours that make up the reefs. These are unparalleled and cannot be found elsewhere in the world. You should go for scuba diving. There are introductory diving lessons available for those who have never done it before. Besides this, you can also enjoy sailing and cruising and island hopping.
Return after a fun filled day and take a stroll along Esplanade. Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 6: Cairns – Kuranda Rainforest Village - Cairns: Embark on a tour to explore the rainforests of Australia. Take a trip to Kuranda Rainforest village by steam train along the Kuranda Scenic village. Enjoy the waterfalls and gorges on the tour. Explore the markets and nature markets. A boat trip in the Barron River viewing rainforests from close is also an exhilarating experience. Kuranda is also home to Djabugay Aboriginal people for more than 10,000 years. You can have a close look at their lives. There are several art and craft galleries to view unique artworks. These can be good places to buy souvenirs.
Take Skyrail cableway in the return leg. This carries tourists over the rainforest offering breathtaking views. Return to Cairns, have some relaxation and enjoy a nice dinner. Overnight in Cairns.
Day 7: Cairns – Sydney – Onward destination: Check out and head to the airport and catch a flight to Sydney. Spend some time in Sydney around Harbour area. Enjoy meals at the restaurants overlooking the harbour. Get inside the airport premises in time to catch your flight for onward destination.