Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package

On this Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package, experience the Great Barrier Reef before heading off to spectacular Melbourne and Sydney for a local taste of Australia. Make your honeymoon unique with special romantic excursions.

From $5,599
per person
12 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

This Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package was created for a honeymoon couple from Chicago who wanted to combine great beaches and city tours to see Australia through the eyes of a local.

They started their Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package at a stunning beachfront resort in Port Douglas so they could relax and be pampered. They spent a full day out on the Great Barrier Reef swimming and snorkeling with beautiful fish, reef sharks, and colorful coral. They also had plenty of leisure time to relax on the beach and explore Port Douglas’ charming shops and cafes.

Next on their Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package, they traveled to the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne. Here, they explored the colorful streets, galleries and museums, cafes, and shops that make Melbourne so unique. They awoke early one morning for an incredible hot air balloon ride over the city (Melbourne is the only city in the world you can hot air balloon over) and also had a special tour of Melbourne after dark. They viewed the city lights from a glass cube suspended 300 meters in the air, then enjoyed a gourmet dinner and rooftop cocktails.

They ended their Australia Luxury Vacations: Cities and Reef Package in cosmopolitan Sydney. While in Sydney, they enjoyed a romantic seaplane ride over the city, touching down at the foot of a fabulous waterfront restaurant for a gourmet lunch. They also enjoyed a 2-day tour of the nearby Blue Mountains, which offer an authentic view of Australian country living. They spent a night in a luxury hotel with panoramic mountain views, then enjoyed a delicious breakfast among kangaroos in the wild. They made their way back to Sydney with a small-group tour to learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the Blue Mountains.

They enjoyed one last evening in fabulous Sydney before flying home the next day.

Destinations
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Day 1
We start this Australia vacation package in Cairns. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to the charming seaside town of Port Douglas, a haven for romantics, café and restaurant lovers, and those who wish to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest away from the hordes of tourists. Port Douglas and its lovely beaches will be your home for the next 3 nights. We are happy to assist with restaurant reservations for you this evening.
Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas

Day 2
Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Try a treatment at the hotel’s luxurious spa, then wander around to explore the boutique cafés, restaurants, and sunny beaches of Port Douglas. Optional activities include: Cuddling a koala, day tours of the Daintree Rainforest, horseback riding along the beach at sunset, or a guided aboriginal rainforest walk.
Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas

Day 3
Enjoy a full day today out on the Great Barrier Reef for a guided snorkel tour. You’ll be transported to 3 spectacular sites on the edge of the Outer Great Barrier Reef at the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Learn about the biology and history of the reef and enjoy snorkeling in the some of the world’s most spectacular sites.
Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas

Day 4
Today, it’s on to Australia’s “second city,” Melbourne, the hub of chic style and delicious food. Explore the café culture, meander the laneways overflowing with street art, visit boutique shops and galleries, and visit fashionable suburbs such as St. Kilda.
5-star hotel in downtown Melbourne

Day 5
This morning, you’ll rise early for a hot air balloon ride over the city. As Melbourne comes to life, you will look down from your balloon onto some of the city’s iconic buildings and venues. Afterwards, if you like, we can also arrange a private tour of the Yarra Valley wine region or a walking tour of Melbourne.
5-star hotel in downtown Melbourne

Day 6
The daytime is at your leisure today. Tonight, you have a private tour of Melbourne after the sun goes down and the lights turn on. Start out on the Skydeck for a bird’s eye view of the city within a glass cube 300 meters in the air. Then check out the Golden Mile, followed by a dinner at one of the hottest dining spots in the city—perhaps a sidewalk table in Little Italy, or a degustation menu at a gourmet establishment. Finally, enjoy cocktails and soft jazz on a rooftop terrace overlooking Federation Square and the Southbank Promenade.
5-star hotel in downtown Melbourne

Day 7
A short flight brings you to your home for the next 3 nights: iconic Sydney. Cosmopolitan and well landscaped, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer any type of traveler. Your 5-star hotel awaits in the historic downtown Rocks district, with a view of the famous Sydney Opera House right outside the window. A short walk away from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Royal Botanical Gardens, your hotel is the perfect blend of historical charm and urban sophistication. Explore the downtown sights, including the Sydney Aquarium, the Skytower Eye, Wildlife Sydney, and world-famous Taronga Zoo. We are happy to make a dinner reservation for you during your Sydney stay.
Shangri-La Sydney

Day 8
Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy Sydney. Some ideas include a day tour to the Hunter Valley wine region in a classic Bentley; a private tour of the Sydney Opera House followed by dinner and a performance; or a personally guided tour through the Olympic Village, home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Shangri-La Sydney

Day 9
Today, you’ll be transferred by water taxi to your seaplane, waiting to take you on a scenic flight over Sydney and along the northern beaches to the north shore. Take in your unique view of the skyline and the sparkling blue waters, then land at the waterfront steps of a gourmet restaurant and literally step out of the plane and into your seat. Enjoy an award-winning 3-course lunch before being transferred back down to Sydney.
Shangri-La Sydney

Day 10
Today, explore the breathtaking Blue Mountains outside of Sydney. Discover the rugged beauty of this region with an expert local guide, keeping an eye out for kangaroos, emus, and even koalas. End your day with dinner at the award-winning restaurant (own expense), where we will make reservations for you, then settle into your luxury lodge for the evening and enjoy panoramic views of the Blue Mountains.
5-star hotel in the Blue Mountains

Day 11
Awake in the morning and discover kangaroos in the wild in locations to which no other tour companies travel. Have breakfast among the kangaroos, then enjoy a few leisurely hours to try a simple hike, enjoy a massage, or just sit back and view the great Blue Mountains from your hotel. In the afternoon, a small group touring experience will bring you back to Sydney, having seen animals in the wild and in a protected reserve where you can pet a scruffy koala. Spend one more fabulous night in Sydney before flying home.
5-star hotel in downtown Sydney

Day 12
Today, your adventure comes to an end. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, where the journey home begins.

  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 nights Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas
  • 3 nights Melbourne
  • 4 nights Shangri-La Sydney
  • 2-day tour of the Blue Mountains – includes 1 night accommodation
  • Great Barrier Reef snorkel cruise
  • Hot air balloon over Melbourne
  • Private tour of Melbourne
  • Scenic seaplane flight in Sydney – includes lunch
  • Breakfast with kangaroos in the Blue Mountains

For fashion lovers, head over to Paddington, a chic area of Sydney known for designer shops (you can’t miss Oxford Street), cafes, and bookshops.
–Ellen, Down Under Endeavours

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: First Class
  • Harbour Views
  • 4 Restaurants and Bars
  • CHI Spa and Health Club

Things To Do

  • Sydney Bike Tour
  • Tour, Dinner, and Performance at Sydney Opera House
  • Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Excursions to Hunter Valley or Blue Mountains
  • Visits to Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, and Many More

Sydney Seaplanes

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Scenic Flight
  • Gourmet Lunch at Waterside Restaurant
  • Return Seaplane Flight