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This Australia Vacation is perfect for animal lovers. Begin your travels in Sydney, the surprising city with multi-cultural cuisine and music around every corner. Take off from the harbor and begin your wildlife journey with a whale-watching tour. What amazing sailing companions they are! Discover wildlife in the Blue Mountains, and then join a small group tour of the Rocks. You’ll find out about the area’s colonial history as well as its place as a thriving entertainment center.

Next, you’ll spend four nights in Port Douglas, a tropical seaside village in the far north of Queensland. Renew your connection to Nature with a tour of the Daintree Rainforest. This is the only place where two World Heritage sites meet, and you’ll have a local guide to take you into the miracle of the earth’s oldest rainforest. Learn to throw a spear, track, gather food, and be welcomed with a smoking ceremony. The other Heritage site here is the Great Barrier Reef. Swim with marine life in the world’s largest, absolutely alive, formation.

The following two nights are spent in Adelaide, a beautiful city with Victorian charm. Explore the famous Adelaide Central Market for breakfast, cafes, and sublime wine and food tastings—it’s a perfect time to chat and mingle. Wrap up your tour with two nights spent on Kangaroo Island. Stay in a homestead. Walk among an endangered seal colony and kangaroos on the beach. See Koala bears in their natural habitat, spot unusual birds in one of the many conservation parks, enjoy a picnic one day, and a bush barbecue the next. Experience island life at its finest. This is the natural Australia vacation of your dreams. 

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Included Unique Activities

  • Cruise Just Outside Sydney Harbour to Spot Some Whales As You Enjoy a Hot Breakfast!
  • Take a Locally Led Walking Tour Around the Rocks and Discover the History of Sydney
  • Head Out to the Blue Mountains, a Unesco World Heritage Site to Spot Some Native Wildlife Including Kangaroos and Koalas on a Small Group Tour
  • Immerse yourself in the Indigenous Culture with a Daintree Dreaming tour of the world's oldest rainforest 
  • Learn how to throw a spear, track and gather your own tucker (food) and be welcomes with a traditional 'smoking ceremony'
  • Join an Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise of the Outer Great Barrier Reef -  the Largest Living Structure on the Planet 
  • Head to the Famous Adelaide Central Market for Breakfast, Coffee, and Local Interaction and Tastings!
  • Spend Two Full Days Exploring the Exotic Wildlife of Kangaroo Island by Small Group Tour, Enjoy a Bbq Out on the Bush, an Al Fresco Picnic Lunch and a Visit to the Wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park and a Night at a Traditional Homestead With Dinner
Whale Watching BBQ Lunch Cruise

Whale Watching BBQ Lunch Cruise

Authentic Walking Tour of The Rocks

Authentic Walking Tour of The Rocks

Luxury Blue Mountains Day Trip

Luxury Blue Mountains Day Trip

Traditional Daintree Dreaming Tour

Traditional Daintree Dreaming Tour

Outer Barrier Reef Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure

Outer Barrier Reef Eco Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure

Adelaide Central Market - Breakfast Tour

Adelaide Central Market - Breakfast Tour

Kangaroo Island Life Tour

Kangaroo Island Life Tour

East End Explorer

East End Explorer

Accommodation

4 Nights

Victorian Boutique Hotel

4 Nights

Luxury Boutique Hotel

1 Night

Historic Homesread B & B

1 Night

Luxurious Boutique Hotel

Transportation

  • Transfers to/from Airports in Sydney, Port Douglas, Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island

Dining Options Included

  • 10 Full Australian Breakfasts
  • 2 Unique Breakfast Experiences; with the Whales and at a Local Market
  • 5 Lunches including amongst your experiences
  • 1 Dinner

Points of Interest

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Daintree Rainforest and National Park
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Adelaide
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Cape Du Couedic
  • Kelly Hill Conservation Park

Darling Harbour, Australia

Chinatown, Australia

George Street, Australia

Barangaroo Reserve, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Royal Botanic Garden, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The Rocks, Australia

2023

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $5,998 per person

2024

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $5,998 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 8 Nights Unique 4 Star Hotels
  • 3 Nights Historic 5 Star Hotel
  • 1 Night Traditional Homestead

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transfers to/from Airports in Sydney, Port Douglas, Adelaide, and Kangaroo Island

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 10 Full Australian Breakfasts
  • 2 Unique Breakfast Experiences; with the Whales and at a Local Market
  • 3 Lunches; out on the Reef and Two on Kangaroo Island
  • 1 Dinner

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Cruise Just Outside Sydney Harbour to Spot Some Whales As You Enjoy a Hot Breakfast!
  • Take a Leisurely Walking Tour Around the Rocks and Discover the History of the Aboriginal People With Your Local Aboriginal Guide
  • Head Out to the Blue Mountains, a Unesco World Heritage Site to Spot Some Native Wildlife Including Kangaroos and Koalas on a Small Group Tour
  • Experience a Small Group Tour of the Daintree Rainforest Complete With Lunch and a River Wildlife Cruise for a Chance to Experience Crocodile Activity
  • Spend the Day Exploring the Largest Living Thing on the Planet - Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Underwater Observatories and More Are All at Your Disposal!
  • Head to the Famous Adelaide Central Market for Breakfast, Coffee, and a Guided Tour!
  • Spend Two Full Days Exploring the Exotic Wildlife of Kangaroo Island by Small Group Tour, Enjoy a Bbq Out on the Bush, an Al Fresco Picnic Lunch and a Visit to the Wilderness of Flinders Chase National Park, and a Night at a Traditional Homestead With Dinner

Please note: the days your activities fall on may vary depending on the start date of your tour as activities take place on certain days of the week

**Where possible all tours will be in small groups to ensure the most intimate, local experience**

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbor
  • The Rocks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Hunter Valley Wine Region
  • Daintree Rainforest and National Park
  • Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Adelaide
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Lathami Conservation Park
  • Seal Bay Conservation Park
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Cape Du Couedic
  • Kelly Hill Conservation Park
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Italy Bucket List"

Dale

Wisconsin

We recently completed our trip to Italy after walking the Camiño de Santiago. The trip included Tuscany, Sicily, and Rome with a cruise to the Holy Land between Sicily and Rome. We worked with Naomi on the original planning and Joleen on the execution. Both were exceptional to work with and both are true professionals. Every facet of the trip, from transportation to billeting to excursions, was flawlessly planned and executed. We worked with Authentic Vacations for three trips this summer, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy we could not be more pleased with the service they provided us. Thank you!

"Girl's Dream Trip Of a Lifetime"

Elizabeth

California

We three Girls wanted a Dream trip of a Lifetime. We stayed for 12 Days and had our own Driver/Tour guide, who will forever be "Family" to us now. We stayed in three Castle Hotels and three other beautiful hotels. All accommodations were so different and unique in their own way. We ate our way through the Beautiful Irish countryside in mostly Pubs, suggested by our driver, Seamus. We were Never disappointed! We had the most wonderful stay we could have imagined, from larger cities to quaint towns we were treated so kindly and had a Blast! We shopped til we dropped, saw more than we could have ever guessed possible, and will have this vacation to remember and Cherish for the rest of our lives.  Thank you, Joleen, Thank you Authentic Vacations!

"Wales Vacation"

Carl

Massachusetts

We couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Our small group had a small luxury coach, and excellent accommodations, and Ian was an outstanding guide in every way! Graham was a wonderful driver who navigated the narrow country roads with great skill! Authentic Vacations gets our 5-star rating! Brian & Esther, MA.  Thank you, Jennifer, my agency will be using Authentic Vacations, again!

"Dream Trip to Emerald Isle"

Judy

CA

Michaela and Authentic Vacations, sharing a very positive review from my clients.   Thanks for always making me look so good. - Judy your travel advisor partner.


Hi Judy,


I think I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU for the most wonderful Ireland trip we could have ever imagined! Each hotel and activity that Authentic Vacations selected for our stay was perfect and beyond our expectations. Our accommodations were well located, extremely comfortable, and even had great food in their restaurants! The breakfasts included were much larger than we remember typical Continental European breakfasts being. The Hawk Walk was a highlight of ours!  Our only added wish is that we would have had a full 2 weeks to fully enjoy what Ireland had to offer, and we were blown away by how nice and helpful ALL the Irish people we met were. Thank you again!!

"Anniversary Trip in Ireland"

Janet

Illinois

Because of the pandemic, we waited 2 1/2 years to finally begin our dream vacation. During that time Michaela reassured me over and over again and kept me up to date on all the Covid regulations. Our trip turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip thanks to Michaela's attention to detail. I can't compliment her enough. I highly recommend this agency...Thank you so much!

"Renewal of Vows in Scotland"

Monique

Alberta Canada

Our trip was amazing. It was more than I hoped for!!!! We booked our Scotland trip pre-pandemic and were so excited to finally go in September 2022. Lonna made sure everything was perfect! From booking the cutest bed and breakfasts in Stonehaven, Skye, Fort William, and Inverness, to a castle stay in Airth. The experiences included in the trip were amazing.

She answered my numerous questions with patience, suggestions, and guidance. Thank you Lonna!!! I would absolutely book through Authentic Vacations again!

"Scotland Family Vacation"

Jill

California

Wow does not even begin to describe our trip to Scotland! Josi was the best planner and walked us through every little bit. When the queen died and it looks like we might miss one of our tours, she was on top of it and was able to reschedule it. Her extra suggestions were what made our trip over the top! With her expertise, we were able to see everything we asked for and then some. I will certainly use her and Authentic Vacations again. We are already thinking of where our next trip will be!

"Cousins Getaway to Ireland & Scotland"

Toni

Oregon

What a wonderful trip! We started planning our trip in 2019 for June 2020, but something happened to shut down the world!😅. Our original travel planner left the company, but Adina stepped in and took over and did a fantastic job. We experienced everything from quaint B &B’s to 5-star Castle hotels, the country, the city, and everything in between. It was well planned and our 15 days in Ireland and Scotland went without a hitch! Thank you, Adina, and Authentic Vacations. We will definitely use your company again when we go back!

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