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Port Douglas beach

Luxury Australia family expedition

14 days from $9,995pp

Port Douglas beach
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Tour highlights

  • Experience a sunrise over Melbourne in a hot air balloon.

  • Cruise through the world's oldest living rainforest, looking for crocodiles.

  • Snorkel with tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Paddle through the Australian Everglades.

  • Enjoy a private family surf lesson on the iconic Bondi Beach.

Price includes:

  • Domestic flights in destination
  • In-destination transfers in comfortable vehicles
  • Age-appropriate activities
  • Family-friendly accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Welcome to Melbourne! You will be met by your private driver, who will take you and your family to your accommodation to freshen up. You will spend the next three nights in this exciting city, known for its street art and coffee.

  • Early this morning, you will be collected from your accommodation and head out for a hot-air balloon ride over Melbourne. Enjoy watching the sunrise with your family, looking over the city skyline. This afternoon is free to explore the city or simply make the most of your hotel's rooftop pool. In the evening, take a 2.5-hour tour where you get to kayak down the Yarra River and take in the views of the city while you enjoy a fish and chip dinner from your kayak.

  • Today, you'll have the chance to do things at a more relaxed pace as you explore the city at your own leisure. We recommend taking a walk through the city's amazing street art or catching a tram to St Kilda for a scenic coastal walk.

  • Early this morning you and your family will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your domestic flight to Cairns. Upon arrival, you will be collected by a private driver who will transport you to your Port Douglas accommodation, where you will spend the next three nights. The rest of the day is yours to spend leisurely exploring the cute town or take your family for a stroll on Four Mile Beach.

  • Spend the day aboard your Reef Cruiser to snorkel over the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Get lost in a vast underwater ecosystem, exploring the fragile reefs and swimming alongside the many fish it houses. You may even see a giant clam or manta ray. Lunch is included aboard the ship.

  • Today, your family will venture into the world's oldest living rainforest on a private tour of the Daintree, which can be tailored to your interests. Take a river cruise through areas where the rainforest meets overhead, and crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks. Crocodiles are not the only natives of the area — make sure you keep your eyes peeled for cassowary and pythons, not to mention the birdlife. After stopping for morning tea, deep in the rainforest, you'll enjoy a guided walk at the Jindalba boardwalk before continuing onwards to Thornton Beach, where not only does the rainforest meet the reef, but also plays home to an amazing array of wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. You'll have lunch deep under the rainforest canopy, before embarking on a rainforest walk where you will have the possibility of spotting rainforest lizards, birds, butterflies and even marsupials. After lunch, you'll visit an exotic fruit orchard and sample some of the pure, fresh ice cream only sold here.

  • Today you and your family will be collected from your Port Douglas accommodation and transported to Silky Oaks, a luxury rainforest lodge. Spend the next two nights exploring the Daintree Rainforest from your retreat. Plunge into a freshwater billabong or hike along the Fig Tree Rapid trail.

  • Today is yours to relax or explore with your family, be sure to try all the included tours and activities the lodge has to offer.

  • This morning you will be collected from your rainforest retreat and transported to Cairns Airport for your short onward flight to Brisbane. Upon arrival, you will collect a family vehicle and head north to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, a family vacation paradise. The rest of the day is yours to relax on Noosa Main Beach or explore Hastings Street's shops and ice cream parlours.

  • Today you will be collected from your accommodation and head north towards Rainbow Beach. Journey into Noosa National Park, which is home to the Teewah Coloured Sands, famous for fine sand beaches in many different colors. You will continue north to Double Island Point where your 4x4 vehicle will climb a large hillside to get to the local lighthouse. Drive along the beach to see the wide variety of sands that compose Rainbow Beach before enjoying a family lunch at the Rainbow Beach Surf Club.

  • This morning, you will take a short journey a little way outside Noosa to explore one of only two Everglade systems in the world. As you cruise deep into the tranquil and mirrored waterways, you will have the opportunity to see an abundance of native wildlife — over 44% of Australia's bird species reside in the region. You and your family will then have the choice to either stay on the cruise for the return leg or hop into kayaks and paddle back.

  • Today, you will leave the balmy Sunshine Coast, bound for Australia's capital, Sydney, a fascinating city full of culture and excitement, to end your family adventure. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you will spend the rest of the day at leisure. Why not head to Sydney Harbour to see the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, followed by a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and an ice cream on Circular Quay.

  • Take a trip down to the famous Bondi Beach, where you'll have a guided surfing lesson. Enjoy the waves and the beach, and maybe head down the gorgeous coastal walk to Bronte, after your private surfing lesson.

  • Finish your trip with a private transfer from your Sydney accommodation to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Port Douglas
Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
Sunshine Coast

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