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Australia | Iconic Cultural Journey through Sydney, Ayers Rock and Cairns

Sample Itinerary


Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns

Trip Duration

9 nights / 10 days

Immerse yourself in a wealth of varied experiences as you explore the Land Down Under, discover the history and culture of the aboriginals, UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Great Barrier Reef.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1: USA / Sydney |

After a comfortable overnight flight, awake to find yourself in the land down under. Arrive in Sydney where your private transfers await and settle into your Club InterContinental room at InterContinental Sydney for four nights, with personalized check-in and access to the Club Lounge with daily breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening appetizers and cocktails. The flavors of Sydney can also be found inside the sandstone facades of the hotel's Treasury Building, originally built in 1851 and now housing InterContinental Sydney's three restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Sydney |

Enjoy an informative, guided walk learning ancient cultures onThe Rocks Aboriginal Heritage Excursion. Participate in a cultural acknowledgment with ochre, handle native materials, hear the stories of Aboriginal Dream Time and learn the connection of modern Sydney to its historical past.

Days 3 - 4: Sydney |

Enjoy a full-day Private Blue Mountains Excursion, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day begins at Featherdale Wildlife Park where you can meet and pet koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats, followed by a visit and lunch in the heart of the Blue Mountains. Complete the day with a drive around Cliff Drive toward Katoomba, viewing the incredible sites of Jamieson Valley and The Three Sisters from Eagle Hawk, followed by a stop at the breathtaking Wentworth Falls. The following day, explore the historic Rocks District with lively pubs and eateries, Argyle Cut, Bondi Beach or Darling Harbour.

Day 5: Sydney / Ayers Rock |

After a comfortable flight from Sydney, relax in your complimentary transfers then settle in to your spacious guestroom at Sails in the Desert Hotel for three nights with stunning Uluru views. beauty. Dual World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a living cultural landscape, covering an area over 311,000 acres. Australia's most recognizable natural icon and one of the world's largest monoliths Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the region's gem and the iconic, sacred red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) stand nearby.

Days 6 - 8: Ayers Rock |

Start your day with a memorable sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta with a campfire breakfast on the Desert Awakenings Experience. Then receive a guided experience of the national park including Mutitjulu waterhole, Anangu cave paintings and the Cultural Center.

The following day, enjoy an Uluru Sacred Sites & Sunset BBQ Dinner.Browse Aboriginal art at the Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, travel the base of Uluru and hike to Mutitjulu Waterhole as your guide interprets the rock paintings, then conclude with incredible sunset views, an Australian barbeque and constellation viewing.

Days 8 - 9: Ayers Rock / Cairns |

Arrive in Cairns and relax aboard your private transfer to your Club Horizon room at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns for three nights. Here you'll experience exclusive club lounge access with daily breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening appetizers and cocktails. The following day, embark on the Cape Tribulation & Daintree. Begin with a Daintree River Cruise to spectacular Alexandra Lookout followed by a decadent lunch. Then, be in awe at the beauty of Cape Tribulation Beach and Boardwalk, hike through Mossman Gorge Centre and enjoy an indigenous presentation by a local aboriginal.

Days 9 - 10: Cairns / USA |

A trip to Cairns wouldn't be complete without a trip to the incredible and jaw dropping Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy your full-day Outer Reef Experience on a Reef Magic Cruise to Marine World Pontoon. After a fast ferry out to the reef, you'll enjoy a variety of activities in a relaxed, fun and personalized atmosphere offering everything from snorkeling for beginners in the coral gardens to advanced along the outer reef wall, a marine biologist presentation, fish feeding demonstration, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, sun deck and more. Included is a a hot and cold seafood and vegetarian buffet lunch and you can add on optional activities such as a spectacular helicopter ride soaring over the reef, introductory and certified scuba diving options and Helmet Diving options. The following day, relax on Cairns Esplande before enjoying your comfortable flight home and beginning planning your next adventure Down Under.

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