Taste of Australia Tour

9 Day • Explore Melbourne, Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef & Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Melbourne laneways, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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Cairns Lagoon, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Taste of Australia Tour

9 Day Tour - Explore Melbourne, Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef & Sydney

Discover the Best of Australia's East Coast

This exciting guided tour showcases the highlights of the east coast of Australia! Explore Australia’s diversity including the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, home to delicious food, fantastic shopping and much history. Head to Northern Queensland and the city of Cairns for some cultural and natural experiences. See the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and learn about the Indigenous culture of the region. Travel to Sydney and see the iconic sights including architectural marvel of The Sydney Opera House and popular Bondi Beach.

2324 9 Day Australia Tour

Taste of Australia Tour
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Tour includes:
  • 8 nights accommodation, Travel Director & Driver Guide, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Departure Dates:
  • 2024: 11 Apr, 9 May, 27 JUn, 29 Aug, 26 Sep, 10 Oct, 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec

    2025:  9 Jan, 16 Jan, 23 Jan, 30 Jan, 6 Feb, 13 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar

    2026:  8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar

  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Price is based on highest season rate per person, based on double occupancy. Contact us for Single Traveller Rates, special offers and best available tour prices based on your preferred departure date.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Tour Guide
Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast Daily
Some Meals
Walking Tour
Airport Transfers


International Flights/Airfare
Internal Flights
Travel Insurance
Items of a Personal Nature


  • Melbourne
  • Cairns
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney


Taste of Australia Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

9 Day Adventure

Australia Touring Highlights:

  • City Laneways Walking Tour (Melbourne)
  • Hartley’s Boat Cruise (Cairns)
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise (Cairns)
  • Harbour Cruise (Sydney)
  • Exploring the Sydney’s vibrant Inner West region (Sydney)
  • Wendy’s Secret Garden (Sydney)

Sample itinerary (subject to change):

Day 1: Arrive Melbourne, Australia

Welcome to Melbourne and Australia. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your group for a welcome reception and dinner. It’s a great opportunity to get to know everyone in a unique setting.

Day 2: Melbourne Sightseeing

Take a Melbourne city sightseeing tour that includes a private walk through Melbourne’s hidden laneways. You’ll discover the city’s eclectic lanes, arcades, café society and fascinating street art. There will be time afterwards to explore the city on your own, enjoy an optional experience or simply relax and watch the world go by.

Day 3: Melbourne to Cairns

This morning you will be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Cairns, Queensland (Note: flight prices not included in this tour).  On arrival, join a private wildlife journey at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. This includes a boat cruise and encounter koalas, wallabies, birds, crocodiles and more! There will be time to take part in regenerating the rainforest in the Wangetti Valley in a tree planting project and be a part of keeping the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics alive.

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime – board a high speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel and view this natural living wonder up close (equipment provided) or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible craft, just one metre underwater.

Day 5: Cairns

Today you have a day at leisure to do as you choose.  There are a number of great optional sightseeing tours (additional cost)  such as Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda over and through World Heritage rainforest, explore quaint Kuranda village and Kuranda Scenic Rail for a historic rail journey. If you’d prefer to spend the day relaxing by your hotel pool or sitting back at a local café you can do that too!  In the evening rejoin your travelling companions for dinner.

Day 6: Cairns to Sydney

After a leisurely morning, switch the tropical vibes to city highlights as you fly to Sydney (Note: flight prices not included in this tour). Kick off your arrival to Sydney with a dinner cruise enjoying the famous Sydney Harbour. You will pass under the Harbour Bridge, cruise past the Sydney Opera House and see many magnificent waterfront homes, beaches and parklands.

Day 7: Sydney Sightseeing

Discover one of the great architectural highlights of Sydney, the beautiful Sydney Opera House with a guided tour inside this iconic building and arts precinct. If there was ever a place that slipped from the pages of a fairy-tale, Wendy’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay is it. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, this pocket of floral paradise that was once unused wasteland is explained by a local volunteer. Explore Sydney’s inner west area and enjoy a lunch with the locals at the pub. Then visit Batch Brewery to join a masterclass and learn how they combine creatively limited release batches with sustainable practices.

Day 8: Sydney

Today is yours to explore at your leisure or book one of our optional activities (additional cost). Why not take a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountains for  stunning scenery, the charming village of Leura, the famous Three Sisters rock formation and visit a Wildlife Park to get up close with some of Australia’s cuddly native animals. Or, if you have always wanted to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, today could be your chance on a thrilling ‘Bridgeclimb’. Your Farewell Dinner tonight is beside Sydney Harbour.

Day 9: Depart Sydney, Australia

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your tour concludes after breakfast.


Important flight booking information for your tour:

Note: All flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the tour price. Please be aware there are specific flights required to be booked to take this tour. Ask your Downunder Travel Destination Specialist to assist with adding flights to your tour (additional cost).




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