- Cuddle up to the koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Travel back in time with a First Nations Theater Experience
- Snorkel the Mossman River and spot the elusive platypus
- Go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House
- Experience the thrill of the fair at iconic Luna Park
|Day 1||Arrive in Brisbane||Brisbane|
|Day 2||Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Kayaking Tour||Brisbane|
|Day 3||Australia Zoo Guided Tour||Brisbane|
|Day 4||Guided Family Bike Tour, First Nations Dinner Show||Brisbane|
|Day 5||Fly to Cairns, Transfer to Port Douglas||Port Douglas|
|Day 6||Full-Day Barrier Reef & Coral Cays Boat Tour||Port Douglas|
|Day 7||Full-Day Daintree Adventure & River Snorkeling||Port Douglas|
|Day 8||Kuranda Scenic Railway & Cable Car Over the Rainforest||Port Douglas|
|Day 9||Fly to Sydney||Sydney|
|Day 10||Sydney Guided Bike Experience & Sydney Opera House Tour||Sydney|
|Day 11||Day Trip to the Blue Mountains||Sydney|
|Day 12||Taronga Zoo & Cruise Around Sydney Harbour||Sydney|
|Day 13||Luna Park & SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium||Sydney|
|Day 14||Depart Australia|
Day 1: Arrive in Brisbane
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival, you'll be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Brisbane. Located 48 miles (77 km) north of the Gold Coast in the northeastern state of Queensland, Brisbane has around 300 days of sunshine per year and is known for its friendly and laid-back atmosphere.
After settling in, head to the South Bank and discover the rainforest walk, enormous playgrounds, and Streets Beach (Australia's only inner-city artificial beach) that make this area so great for kids. Don't forget to take a ride on the 196-foot-tall (60 m) Wheel of Brisbane before checking out the city's numerous family-friendly eateries.
Day 2: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Kayaking Tour
It's time to get up close and personal with one of Australia's most famous marsupials, the koala! After breakfast, visit Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. With over 44 acres (18 ha) to explore, this world-class facility has a large "Koala Forest" where over 130 of these animals roam freely. Take plenty of photos with the adorable marsupials before heading to the 5-acre (2 ha) Kangaroo Reserve, where you can feed and pet Australia's most iconic animal. Before you leave, don't forget to visit the wombats, Tasmanian devils, echidnas (spiny anteaters), and emus.
In the afternoon, it's time to make your way to the Brisbane River for your next adventure. Kayaking is the perfect way to see some of the city's famous attractions, and once on the water, you and your family will learn all the tips and tricks to get you kayaking like pros! The kids will love spotting sights such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the Story Bridge, and the Wheel of Brisbane as you spend time together soaking up the sunshine.
Day 3: Australia Zoo Guided TourAfter a leisurely morning, travel to Beerwah's renowned Australia Zoo, an hour's drive north of Brisbane. The much-loved zoo, made famous by Steve and Terri Irwin, is now a living legacy to Steve and his conservation efforts. Home to over 1,200 native and exotic wildlife species, kids will adore the wide variety of animal activities and encounters on offer, ranging from komodo dragons to the 660-pound (300 kg) Aldabra tortoise and, of course, the cutest koalas.
Day 4: Guided Family Bike Tour, First Nations Dinner Show
Day 5: Fly to Cairns, Transfer to Port Douglas
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Today you'll head to the airport and fly northwest to Cairns, where your driver will transfer you to your Port Douglas accommodation. This small resort town on the Coral Sea is known for its sandy beaches and relaxed vibe. After an energetic few days, enjoy some family downtime as you explore the golden sands of the palm-fringed crescent Four Mile Beach and take a dip in the clear ocean waters.
Alternatively, spend the day browsing Port Douglas' charming boutiques and enjoy a relaxed lunch at one of the many alfresco dining spots. Check out the watersports available for active kids and teenagers, including paddleboarding and kiteboarding. If you fancy a change of scenery in the evening, the beautiful resort of Palm Cove is a 35-minute drive south. Before returning to your hotel, take a walk among the centuries-old melaleuca tree-fronted esplanades and dine at one of the many restaurants overlooking the beach.
Day 6: Full-Day Barrier Reef & Coral Cays Boat Tour
This morning, you and your family will be whisked from your Port Douglas accommodation to spend an unforgettable day cruising and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Depart from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and relax on deck as you sail to the pristine white sands of Mackay Coral Cay and the epic snorkeling spots at Undine Reef. Enjoy the stunning coastline and soaring peaks of the Daintree Mountains before reaching the coral reefs for a guided snorkel led by a qualified marine biologist.
After a tropical buffet lunch, adults and kids alike will love the coral-viewing tour on a glass-bottom boat. Marvel together at the colorful reef sites showcasing the abundant marine life among the corals, and see who will be the first to spot the various tropical fish and turtles that call the reef home. Enjoy afternoon tea on the yacht before a transfer to your Port Douglas accommodation to spend the evening as you wish.
Day 7: Full-Day Daintree Adventure & River SnorkelingIt's back on the adventure trail with a day in the world's oldest rainforest. Travel to nearby Mossman Gorge, the gateway to Daintree National Park, and embark on an unforgettable adventure combining snorkeling and rainforest boardwalks. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with a traditional "smoking" ceremony conducted by the Kuku Yalanji people and designed to protect you while visiting their ancestral lands. Traditional rainforest body paint will be applied before you set off for a guided walk through this stunning rainforest.
Day 8: Kuranda Scenic Railway & Cable Car Over the Rainforest
This morning you'll make your way to Cairns Railway Station, situated right in the heart of the city. Board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and travel 15 miles (25 km) inland to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. Admire the breathtaking views as the train snakes along hillside tracks built by the early settlers and offers stunning views of waterfalls, the cane fields of Cairns, and the Barron Gorge as you rise from sea level to 1,072 feet (327 m).
Once you reach Kuranda, explore this rainforest village and its heritage markets, known for their colorful and unusual arts and crafts. If the kids are already missing their furry friends, head to Kuranda Koala Gardens for another encounter with these delightful marsupials. Make time to visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, where you'll be surrounded by over 1,500 of these beautiful creatures as they flutter around you. Return to Cairns via a 90-minute trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and snap plenty of photos as you glide over this stunning natural park.
Day 9: Fly to SydneyToday your driver will pick you up from your Port Douglas accommodation and drive you to Cairns for the next leg of your family adventure. You'll be flying 1,219 miles (1,961 km) south to New South Wales' capital, Sydney, a destination made for families with its dizzying array of beaches, famous harbor, zoo, watersports, and numerous activities for all ages. Upon arrival at the airport, you'll transfer to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
In the afternoon, head out for a bite to eat, where you'll be spoiled for choice with the myriad of food options available. How you spend the rest of the day is up to you. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbor to Manly. Wear the kids out with a family surf lesson at Bondi Beach, or go swimming in the tranquil waters of Coogee. Stroll the cobblestone laneways of The Rocks and head to the cafés and pubs of Paddington. Meander back to your hotel in anticipation of a fun-filled day out tomorrow.
Day 10: Sydney Guided Bike Experience & Sydney Opera House Tour
Day 11: Day Trip to the Blue Mountains
Just west of Sydney, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the Blue Mountains is known for staggering cliffs, secluded lookouts, cascading waterfalls, and eucalyptus forests. After an early pick-up from your hotel and two-hour drive west, it's time to visit a working farm. Have fun feeding the kangaroos, and getting acquainted with the emus and wombats. Enjoy some morning tea before lacing up your hiking boots to walk across valleys and sandstone ridges until you approach the viewpoints of the towering Three Sisters rock formations.
After a well-deserved lunch, it's time to head to Govett's Leap, one of the country's most famous lookouts with stunning views across the Grose Valley. Your final stop is 3,280 feet (1,000 m) above sea level at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Challenge the younger family members to see how many of the various birds, reptiles, and insects they can name! Here, you'll also find hundreds of international plant species and the lizards and possums that call the park home. As the day draws to a close, travel back to your Sydney accommodation.
Day 12: Taronga Zoo Tour & Cruise Around Sydney Harbour
No family trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the city's Taronga Zoo. Part of the fun is the unique ferry ride from the harbor and the return journey by cable car! This morning you'll enjoy a guided tour. Curious young minds will learn how the zoo cares for over 5,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened. Encounter some of the country's most recognizable wildlife alongside African lion cubs, giraffes, gorillas, and Asian elephants. Your visit concludes with a ride on the zoo's Sky Safari, with breathtaking views over the city.
You deserve some relaxation time, so spend the afternoon cruising around the harbor with a special Explorer Day Pass. Depending on energy levels, you could opt for a relaxing 1.5-hour cruise around Sydney's iconic harbor or use it as an opportunity to hop off and visit some of the city's top attractions, including Shark Island, Watsons Bay, and the gorgeous beach at Manly.
Day 13: Luna Park & SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Day 14: Depart AustraliaIt's time to say goodbye as your epic family trip to Australia concludes today. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!
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