12 Day Adventure Tour of AustraliaSimon bernardi2020-04-27T11:56:37+10:00
Sydney Hike Mt Kosciuszko Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Brief itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive Sydney Day 1 Sydney
Day 2 Sydney to Jyndabine Jindabyne
Day 3 Trek Mount Kosciuszko Jindabyne
Day 4 Jindabyne Day at Leisure and on to Sydney
Day 5 Sydney Day Touring Blue Mountains Sydney
Day 6 Sydney Costal Walk
Day 7 Sydney to Cairns Cairns
Day 8 Great Barrier Reef Live Aboard Cairns
Day 9 On the Reef Cairns
Day 10 Reef Back to Cairns Cairns
Day 11 Cape Tribulation and Daintree Cairns
Day 12 Depart Cairns
Detailed itinerary Arrive Sydney Day 1
Meet your transfer at Sydney international airport and meet your transfer to the Mercure Sydney Hotel or similar situated right next door to central station, and within walking distance to Sydney’s major attractions, including Darling Harbour, Cockle
Bay Wharf, Chinatown, Capitol Theatre and the International Convention Centre. Offering 517 contemporary guest rooms and suites, Mercure Sydney is the perfect hotel from which to explore the city. Mercure Sydney also features Four Elements Restaurant, Eve’s Bar, onsite car parking and an indoor rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of the Sydney CBD.
From here you are able to walk or get a train downtown and walk around Circular Quay where you can see Sydney Opera house as well as take a Ferry ride across the Harbour to Manly. Or we can organise a Sydney Bridge Climb
Sydney to Jindabyne Today Collect your rental car downtown for the drive to Jindabyne to your B&B Our place is 15km or 10 mins drive from Jindabyne, and is 40 mins drive to Thredbo and Perisher. We have three rooms; Black Sallee Queen, White Sallee Queen and Lyngen King Ensuite. Kitchen, living and dining areas are shared with other guests, and your friendly host will be around in the evening, as well as in the morning to prepare your yummy continental breakfast! Our place is in a rural setting and is nice and quiet, with gum trees and birds outside your window.Jindabyne Black Sallee Queen
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Jindabyne Day 3 Trek Mount Kosciuszko
Winter mountain weather in the Snowy Mountains can be highly variable, and each outing offers a unique and exhilarating experience. 2 or more days are recommended as a weather window for summiting Mt Kosciuszko.
For safety, it is important to come well prepared and have everything listed below.
Climbing Mt. Kosciuszko in snow season
On the day you will need to bring;
Waterproof, windproof and breathable pants, hooded jacket and gloves.
A beanie, sunglasses, snow goggles, and neck gaiter (buff) or scarf
Woollen socks and a set of thermal underwear (not cotton).
Waterproof hiking boots, sunscreen.
A backpack each to carry water (at least one litre), energy snacks and clothing changes.
It is best to have layers of clothing that you can put on and take off as temperatures change. A fleece or puffer layer is a good choice under your hooded waterproof jacket. If required, this equipment is available for hire or purchase, please notify me and I can advise on where to best shop.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 Jindabyne Day at Leisure and on to Sydney
Because the Trek is weather dependant we have been advised to leave a day free in case we are unable to organise the climb on one of the days.
Self Drive from Jindabyne arriving Sydney in the evening
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight: Jindabyne Day 5 Sydney Day Touring Blue Mountains
Today visit Sydney’s famous Blue Mountains a great day trip from Sydney.Escape to the wilderness and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of the Blue Mountains on this all inclusive tour. Get up-close to native Australian birds and animals. Stroll along the main street of the region’s
BLUE MOUNTAINS ECHO POINT LOOKOUT
quaintest village and enjoy lunch in one of its popular cafés. Take in panoramas of rugged cliffs and deep forested valleys on the three spectacular but gentle rides at Scenic World and then top off your day with a cruise down the Parramatta River to Sydney.
• Climb into the mountains via the sleepy townships of
Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth
• View the famous Three Sisters, a trio of rocky pinnacles, from a perfect vantage point. From here you’ll experience amazing views over the Jamison Valley
• Visit popular Scenic World. You could ride the ScenicRailway, Cableway and Skyway, a great way to experience the steep valleys, cliff tops and canyons from different perspectives. Disembark the Scenic Railway at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometres of Jurassic rainforest (see Optional Add-on) • Stop in picturesque Leura at lunchtime. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafés or choose our optional lunch (see
• There’s time to explore Leura village, a delightful blend of quaint shops and galleries
• Follow the scenic Cliff Drive and enjoy breathtaking views of the Megalong Valley
• Travel through Katoomba, heart of the resort region within the Blue Mountains
• Encounter koalas, kangaroos, wombats and other native animals at a wildlife park
• Return to Sydney on the coach or cruise down the
Parramatta River into Sydney Harbour
* Entry to Featherdale Wildlife Park
* Rides at Scenic World
Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Sydney
Day 6 Sydney Costal Walk
Today is a day at leisure in Sydney here to explore. you might like to do one of the many harbour walks. We can organise a guide or you may want to do a self guided walk also let me know. I think you would be surprised how fantastic our walks around Sydney harbour are. A great walk is from the Spit Bridge on the north shore to Manly and once in Manly you can hop on a ferry for the trip back to Sydney City
Day 7 Sydney to Cairns
After transferring to Sydney International Airport you board your domestic flight from Sydney to Cairns. The flight is approximately 3 hours.
After arrival in Cairns, you will be transferred from the airport directly on your tour incorporating the Kuranda rail and Sky rail tour and dropped back to your hotel.
After arrival in Cairns, you will be transferred from the airport directly on your tour (Coach) incorporating the Kuranda rail and Sky rail tour and dropped back to your hotel.
Airport pickup’s / dropoff’s & Flexible Timings.
This operator is very flexible and can include a pick up or drop off from the airport to meet your flight arrival / departure time, for a very small fee. They will hold your luggage for the day while you are in kuranda and then take you to your hotel after (arrival day)
This option is so flexible you can do the train up or the train down – to suit your timing:-
3.30 pm train from Kuranda down to Cairns
And we can lock in any skyrail up or down – the skyrail takes 45 mins in the air plus time at each of the 2 stops – an info centre and a boardwalk – we usually allow 90 mins in 1 direction for the whole experience! Skyrail
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest.
The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.
Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, the Skyrail journey immerses you in an intimate rainforest experience where you’ll see, hear, smell and become part of the tropical rainforest environment.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Our world famous railway experience is a must-do when visiting Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Australia. You will discover the pioneering history of the tropical north from way back in the late 1800’s, be astounded by a magnificent engineering feat and explore some of the great characters involved in the construction of this great railway.
Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda has come a long way from its initial origins as a centre for those choosing an alternative lifestyle in the late 60’s. Historic Buildings from the villages past now house a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes and bars. It is still laid back, but with a style and sophistication that sets it apart from other Cairns Highlands Venues and Attractions. Kuranda’s shops and markets with their exotically handcrafted goods, Aboriginal artifacts, restaurants and coffee shops make Kuranda a well known day destination.
Kuranda is surrounded by World Heritage listed wet tropics rainforest. It includes around twelve hundred species of flowering plants, eight hundred of which are rainforest trees. There are also orchids, ginger plants, strangler figs, palms and an immense variety of climbing plants. At any time of the year you will wonder at the richness and diversity of the lush foliage. Overnight Cairns Pacific Hotel Cairns
is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area, the Pacific is also a short walk to the
Esplanade Lagoon with waterside boardwalks and parklands.
Overnight: Cairns Day 8 Great Barrier Reef Live Aboard
After being picked up from your hotel you will be taken to Cairns wharf for your live aboard diving drip.
This personalised adventure offers an opportunity to participate in up to 11 dives, including two-night dives, as well as some great snorkelling on a variety of our 19 exceptional Outer Reef dive sites over four magnificent reefs: Flynn, hetford, Milln and Pellowe Reefs. Diving at different times throughout the day, you will be able to encounter an amazing diversity of marine life including giant clams, majestic sea turtles, graceful stingrays, reef sharks, an incredible variety of tropical fish, spectacular coral formations and consistent underwater visibility. Night diving will introduce a whole new dimension of nocturnal life.
Between dives, relax in comfort on board one of our three premium Scubapro dive boats; these purpose-built live-aboard dive vessels; these feature air-conditioned twin or double cabins, spacious decks, WiFi, catered meals, and the comforts of home. With small passenger numbers and close crew-toguest ratios, a high-quality, personalised experience from our dedicated staff is ensured at all times.
11 dives (includes 2 night dives)
All meals & bed linen
Corrective lens mask (if required)
Double or twin share accommodation
All dive & snorkelling equipment, including dive computer, wetsuit and dive torch
Accommodation transfers (Cairns city & Northern Beaches) Guided orientation and night dive complimentary accommodation transfer Available from Cairns city and Northern Beaches accommodation.
06:20 Check-in at Pro Dive Cairns retail shop
Corner of Grafton and Shields streets, MAP
07:00 Depart Cairns
Depart Cairns for 3 days and 2 nights of fantastic diving/snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef. A light breakfast is served onboard.
11:00 Dive 1
Your first dive is before lunch. A dive guide will be offered for those divers who have not dived in a while. This is an opportunity for you to acclimatise to the diving conditions, and fine-tune your skills if it has been some time since your last dive.
12:30 Lunch is served
14:30 Dive 2
Head off and discover more underwater delights. Once you have completed your dive, the vessel moves on to the next site.
16:30 Dive 3
After an afternoon of relaxing, it is time for your third dive of the trip
18:00 Dinner is served
19:45 Dive 4: the night dive!
We try to do the night dive at the same site as the afternoon dive, as this way you are familiar with your surroundings.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
On the Reef Day 9 Dive 5
The vessel moves for an early morning dive.
09:00 Breakfast is served
After breakfast, the vessel moves on for the second dive of the day.
12:45 Lunch is served
After lunch, it is time for your third dive.
17:45 Dinner is served
19:30Dive 8: night dive
3: Great Barrier Reef
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10 Reef Back to Cairns
The last dive of the trip, finished by 1200 noon
16:00 Complimentary return transfer
Return transfer to your accommodation , Pacific Beach Cairns or Similar.
19:30 Farewell dinner (optional, additional cost) Join fellow passengers and crew at a local restaurant for a farewell dinner
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Cairns Day 11 Cape Tribulation and Daintree
* Hotel pick-up from 7:00am ex Cairns
* Hotel pick-up from 7:45am ex Port Douglas
* Professional driver/guide
* GPS activated audio commentary
* Mossman Gorge Centre including driver guided walk and morning tea * Daintree River Cruise
* Lunch in rainforest setting
* Daintree Ice Cream Company
* Cape Tribulation Beach & boardwalk
* Alexandra Lookout
12 hours approximately
Daily from 7:00am
Cairns / Cairns Beaches / Port Douglas Accommodation
Join Down Under Eco Tours for a day exploring the rainforest and amazing
landscapes of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks
wilderness area. Your informative and knowledgeable driver/guide will
collect you from your accommodation and travel one of Australia’s great
scenic Highways. Visit Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy morning tea before boarding the shuttle for your transfer to Mossman Gorge. Discover secrets of the world’s oldest rainforest as your driver takes you on a guided walk through the Gorge boardwalk. Then hop aboard the Daintree River Cruise and reach an understanding of the intricate Daintree eco-system. Keep an eye out for wildlife including the elusive Saltwater Crocodile. BBQ Lunch: Relax and enjoy the delicious food in the rainforest of Noah
Valley. This area is renowned for the existence of primitive flowering
plants. Cape Tribulation Beach: After lunch, we continue on to
Tribulation Beach while your driver explains the rich history of the
area. Walk the beach or boardwalk and relax in this tranquil setting. We then visit Daintree Ice Cream Company. Enjoy an afternoon refreshment
included at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Try a delicious exotic fruit
ice cream cup featuring four flavours (gluten free and dairy free options are available).
Alexandra Lookout: After winding through the rainforest, enjoy this
spectacular lookout over the Daintree River Estuary, Snapper Island and beyond the Coral Sea.
Over night Cairns Pacific Cairns
Meals included: Lunch Overnight: Cairns Day 12 Depart Cairns
Today we transfer to the Airport for your flight home.