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Family Australia: Sydney, National Parks, and Great Barrier Reef

17 days from £3,995pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Stay in some lovely two bedroom apartments suitable for the family.

  • Visit the scenic Blue Mountains and keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos.

  • 4x4 excursion to Rainbow Beach.

  • Take a reef trip on the Great Barrier Reef.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Sydney
  • The Gold Coast
  • Lamington National Park
  • The Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Hamilton Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Sydney.

Day 2 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

On-board your international outbound flight to Sydney.

Day 3 Sydney


On arrival in Sydney you will be transferred by private vehicle to your downtown accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to relax. If you have the energy, you could dip a toe into Sydney's highlights - perhaps start by taking a tour of the Opera House or walking over the Harbour Bridge, nicknamed 'the coat hanger' (tour costs not included). Today is at leisure to explore some of Sydney's highlights.

Day 4 Sydney


This morning the whole family will spend the morning in the water learning to ride the waves on Bondi Beach, a quintessential Aussie experience. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure at the beach.

Day 5 Sydney


This morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a full day tour of the majestic Blue Mountains. As you head into the mountains you will make a stop at the famous Featherdale Wildlife park to see some of the local animals of the country. You will then continue up into the Blue Mountains to a beautiful landing for tea and snacks to try and spot wildlife. After tea, the next stop is the King's Tableland for some stunning views and a leisurely walk through the area. Continuing on you will get a chance to see the township of Katoomba to see the famous Three Sisters. Your final stop will be the Wentworth Falls where you will have a light hike to view the stunning falls.

Day 6 Lamington National Park

Sydney , The Gold Coast , Lamington National Park

This morning you will be collected from your accommodation by a private driver to transfer you the airport in time for your on-ward flight to The Gold Coast. Upon arrival you will collect your vehicle and head into the rainforest region to stay at O'Reillys Rainforest Guesthouse for two nights. Please see the main itinerary for suggestions for your free time.

Day 7 Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

Today is at leisure to explore Lamington National Park and to try the included tours at your accommodation.

Day 8 The Sunshine Coast

Lamington National Park , The Sunshine Coast

Make your way north from Lamington National Park to The Sunshine Coast. Along the drive, stop at the Australia Zoo to be introduced to some of Australia's most iconic wildlife, such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and crocodiles. You'll be exposed to Australia's rich bird life here as well. Continue to Noosa where you will spend the next three days exploring the beautiful beach destination.

Day 9 The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.

Day 10 The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast

On your tour, you will head north of Noosa along 70 kilometres of iconic beaches that have amazing scenery and some marine wildlife. You will drive to Double Island Point Lighthouse to take in the 270 degree view of the ocean before heading to Rainbow Beach to see the colourful sand mounds. Stop at Rainbow Beach Surf Club for lunch before looping back to Noosa.

Day 11 Hamilton Island

The Sunshine Coast , Brisbane , Hamilton Island

This morning you will depart the Sunshine Coast and drive back to Brisbane Airport in time for your flight to Hamilton Island. Upon arrival into Hamilton Island, you will be transported to your accommodation and you have the rest of the afternoon open to relax.

Day 12 Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

This morning head to Hamilton Island Marina for your full day reef cruise. Your Cruise Whitsundays vessel will take you to Hardy Reef, where you'll spend over 3 hours snorkelling, and also have the chance to scuba dive, take a glass bottom boat ride, or take out a semi-submersible.

Day 13 Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

Today is at leisure on Hamilton Island to use their facilities and relax.

Day 14 Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

Today is at leisure. We recommend taking a tour to Whitehaven Beach to see the stunning white sand beach.

Day 15 Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

Today is at leisure to relax and use the accommodations facilities.

Day 16 International return flight

Hamilton Island , International return flight

This morning you will be transported to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 17 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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