From: $5,399 USD
Duration: 15 days/ 14 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Book by March 31, 2020. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (12/30/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Please call for our current pricing and itinerary details. California CST: 2076233-40, Washington ID: 601 684 531, LA-1282498.
*Based on Double Occupancy
**Includes with with Humpback Whale instead of Whale Shark
March 5, 2020 - March 31, 2020 - $5889
April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020 - $5399
May 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020 - $5449
July 1, 2020 - August 27, 2020 - $5679
August 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020 - $5779**
October 1, 2020 - October 27, 2020 - $5579**
Day 1: On arrival at Perth Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for a two-night stay. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city at your leisure.
Gateway to Western Australia, there is plenty to see and do in Perth. Hop on an open top bus tour to Kings Park for stunning views over the city, watch gold pouring at the Perth Mint or see The Bell Tower, one of the world’s largest instruments. Perth offers an abundance of restaurants, bars, art galleries and exhibitions to visit.
Day 2: Meet a quokka! Transfer to Barrack Street Jetty and cruise to Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve with white-sand beaches, secluded coves and native wildlife. Explore the island at your own pace bike and discover secluded beaches, snorkel among the reefs and meet the local wildlife. Rottnest is only 6.83 miles long and 2.4 miles side, so riders can easily travel around in approximate 3.5 hours. After the ride, enjoy lunch at Rottnest (Karma) Lodge. Time at leisure until your return to Perth.
Day 3: Transfer by private vehicle to Perth Airport for your flight to Exmouth (not included). On arrival at Exmouth, transfer to your accommodation for a two-night stay. Mantarays Ningaloo is the only resort on Sunrise Beach where you can relax poolside or dine in the Gold Plate Award winning, Mantarays Restaurant. With stunning beaches at your doorstep, visitors are never left wondering what there is to do.
Day 4: (March - August) Today, enjoy one of the world’s greatest interactive marine encounters; swimming with Whaleshark. The largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world (an average of 40 feet in length), the Whaleshark is harmless. Admire their graceful and passive nature as you swim along side on the waters of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park. On-board, enjoy educational talks from marine biologists who provide an insight into the rich biodiversity of the area. Keep an eye out for Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins or Dugongs who also call this reef home.
(August - October) Today, travel out to Ningaloo Reef to watch and swim with the Humpback Whales. Learn from marine scientist the behaviours of the whales, watch them breach and slap the water with their flukes and fins and swim and snorkel from a safe distance with them. This unique encounter with whales is an extraordinary lifetime experience.
Day 5: A free morning to explore the town at your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Perth (not included). On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Transfer to Perth Airport for your flight to Adelaide (not included). On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Remainder of day is free.
Day 7: Wine and Food! Join a small coach tour to South Australia’s premium wine region, The Barossa Valley. Sample some of the finest Barossa wines and gourmet food that makes this region so special. Visit the popular Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and feast on a 2-course lunch and tasting at Lambert Estate. Hear the stories from local winemakers and enjoy the scenery and commentary along the way.
Day 8: Kangaroos and More! Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your short flight to Kangaroo Island. On arrival, you will be by your guide and commence a full day of touring the island. Travel through some of the Island's best farming country to the North Coast. Visit the habitat of the world's rarest cockatoo and seek out wallabies and kangaroos in the wild and stroll through a eucalypt forest spotting koala snoozing overhead. After a delicious seafood barbecue lunch, visit Seal Bay where you can walk amongst the Australian Sea Lions with your guide. Explore more of the island before being dropped at your accommodation for an overnight stay.
Day 9: After breakfast travel to Flinders Chase National Park, a breeding habitat for the rare Cape Barren Goose and is also home to a wide variety of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, goannas, echidnas, koalas, platypus and a myriad of bird species. Visit Remarkable Rocks, huge natural granite sculptures, Admirals Arch a spectacular coastal grotto and a New Zealand fur seal colony before enjoying an elegant picnic lunch in the bush. In the afternoon sample more of Kangaroo Island before departing on your return flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide, transfer to your evening flight to Sydney (not included). Transfer to your Sydney hotel for a three-night stay.
Day 10: After a leisurely morning, board a luxury cruiser for a progressive lunch to the most scenic parts of Sydney Harbour. Spectacular views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge are guaranteed from the harbor, as you cruise to Watsons Bay for your appetizer course at a classic waterside eatery. Reboard the boat and cruise past Middle Head to Balmoral where you stop at the second waterfront restaurant for main course. Return to your boat for dessert and cheese. Relax on board or perhaps take a swim, kayak or stand-up paddle board.
Day 11: An early departure ensures you can access the inner sanctum areas of Sydney Opera House during a backstage tour. Your guide will lead you through the building and its hallowed theatre, behind the curtains and on to the stage. After the tour enjoy breakfast in the Green Room, the private domain for performers. After breakfast, climb Sydney Harbour Bridge with an experienced guide and experience 360-degree views of the Harbour. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure.
Day 12: Transfer to Sydney Airport for your onward flight to Cairns (not included). On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay. The afternoon is free to relax and explore at your leisure.
Day 13: Free time until you visit the ‘oldest continually growing rainforest in the world’ at night! Your morning is free before traveling up to the Daintree for a river cruise and an opportunity to spot wildlife. Continue to Cape Tribulation, a World Heritage area with pristine beaches, rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and freshwater valleys. Enjoy dinner before a nigh walk through the rainforest in observe the nocturnal wildlife of the forest.
Day 14: Experience the Great Barrier Reef without the crowds! Travel by coach down to Deeral and board your vessel for a 30-minute calm water cruise along the Mulgrave River before a short 6-mile open water crossing to the Frankland Islands. A pristine National Park, the island is surrounded by sandy beaches, rock pools and healthy fringing reefs that can be snorkelled from the beach. Enjoy 4.5 hours of relaxation, a tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas. There are plenty of optional activities available include a glass-bottom boat tour, semi-submersible tour, guided walks, stand-up paddleboards as well as Sea-doo scooters for rent.
Day 15: Transfer to Cairns Airport for your onward flight arrangements.
Three nights Perth, Crown Metropol
Experience Rottnest by Bike and Lodge Lunch
Two nights Exmouth, Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Humpback Whale Swim Tour
Two nights Adelaide, Mayfair Hotel Adelaide
Barossa Food and Wine Experience
One-night Kangaroo Island, Mollys Run, including dinner
Round-trip airfare from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
Two days touring including a home baked morning tea, an elegant lunch in the bush including beer, wine and soft drinks and admission fees
Three nights Sydney, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour
Sydney Harbour Long Lunch
Three nights Cairns, Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort
Frankland Island Day Tour
Daintree Afternoon and Nocturnal Tour
Round-trip private airport/hotel transfers, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns
Round-trip shared airport/hotel transfers Exmouth and Kangaroo Island