Highlights of this Itinerary
- Visit Brisbane and Gold Coast - famous for the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’ and explore the Sea World Theme Park and Byron Bay
- Explore Hamilton Island – one of the Whitsunday Islands and enjoy a day at Whitehaven Beach
- Explore underwater world of magnificent corals, colourful fish and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef
- Explore Sydney and visit the iconic Opera House with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the backdrop
- Experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains & Featherdale Wildlife Park
- Set out for a self-drive on one of the world's most majestic coastline- The Great Ocean Road
An Itinerary For A Holiday In The Great Southern LandGet a glimpse of 12 Nights & 13 Days Cherishtrip Australia Tour
Day 1India – Brisbane – Gold Coast – Relaxation
Welcome to Brisbane. Enjoy sunbathing at the beach and the warm Pacific waters. Try some water sports like surfing and sailing and cool drinks at the seaside bars. Later head towards Gold Coast - a modern city of glittering high-rise buildings built around superb beaches - famous for the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’. Along with endless stretches of golden beaches, there are international theme parks, designer boutiques, luxurious spa retreats, world-class golf courses, award-winning restaurants, upmarket bars and lively nightclubs.
Day 2Gold Coast – Sea World Theme Park
Head to visit one of the Gold Coast's prime attractions offering something for everyone with a mixture of rides, shows and animal exhibits. For the thrill seekers, there are a variety of rides available with a wide range of waterslides at the Seaworld Waterpark. Enjoy close-up encounters with marine animals such as polar bears, dolphins, seals, rays and even sharks. Watch and interact with the awe Sharks at the Shark Bay exhibit, the world's largest man-made lagoon system for sharks. The theme park also offers its guests a number of spectacular shows such as the Dolphin show, the famous seal show and the "Pirates unleashed".
Day 3Gold Coast – Byron Bay Day Trip
Go for a day trip to trendy Byron Bay and relax at a cafe, indulge in some retail therapy, spend time at the beach or enjoy a scenic drive down the coast to New South Wales. On your way, visit Tweed Valley for its unrivalled views, explore Byron Bay including the Cape Byron Lighthouse, spot whales (in season), turtles, stingrays and dolphins or swim in the waters of the most easterly mainland point of Australia. En route to Byron Bay your morning tea stop is at the enchanting Macadamia Castle where you can enjoy a friendly encounter with kangaroos and native birds; enjoy train rides, gourmet foods, hot macadamia nuts; visit the animal nursery and the adventure treehouse.
Day 4Gold Coast – Brisbane – Hamilton Island – Local Exploration
Catch your onward flight to Hamilton Island – one of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the car-free island is covered in bushland, and the coast is fringed by coral reefs. Tours offer up-close sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras. Trails lead up to Passage Peak in the east, with views of the surrounding islands. In the evening let your foot loose at one of the several nightlife clubs and party.
Day 5Hamilton Island – Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island Tour
An awesome day-out with a great mix of island time and cruising time. Board the Whitehaven vessel for the scenic cruise to the magnificent Whitehaven Beach. Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand or cool off in the azure waters. Later, cruise on to Daydream Island, a wonderful island for couples, for a relaxing lunch. Wander the full length of the island taking in Daydream Village and the 'Living Reef' Coral Lagoon, filled with colourful coral and fish life, sharks and stingrays!
Day 6Hamilton Island – Great Barrier Reef Trip
Today go for an adventures day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, journeying past spectacular islands en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Once at the reef, board an incredible interactive pontoon and spend the day exploring the colourful underwater world of magnificent corals, colourful fish and marine life. The vessels are high speed catamarans with spacious air-conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks, bars serving refreshments and comfortable seating where you will be served with morning tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch.
Day 7Hamilton Island – Sydney – Relaxation / Madame Tussauds
Welcome to Sydney, a world of its own. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrance of this spectacular city. Soak up the beauty of the iconic Opera House with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the backdrop, indulge in the seductive lifestyle or simply cherish the great natural beauty this city has to offer. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Later come face-to-face with Australia's famous faces and the world's most popular celebrities at Madame Tussauds. In the evening explore the surrounding markets and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of the quiet restaurants that offers you a view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour.
Day 8Sydney – City and Rocks Tour
Stroll down the bustling city streets to see some of the popular landmarks that this beautiful harbour city has to offer. The Rocks, from where you’ll get a stunning view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, is situated at the very base of the Harbour Bridge and is a lively and popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Get a birds-eye view of arguably the most recognisable icon structure in the world- the Sydney Opera House from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair that sits high on the peninsula known as Mrs. Macquarie's Point. In the evening, take a drop at any of the Harbour nightclubs and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Day 9Sydney – The Blue Mountains & Featherdale Wildlife Park
Proceed for a full day tour of the Blue Mountains, a large part of which is recognized as World Heritage Site. The Blue Mountains has deep gorges, steep cliffs, spectacular lookouts, excellent bushwalks and rich flora and fauna. Climb into the mountains via the sleepy hamlets of Blaxland, Wentworth Falls and Lawson. Take in spectacular views of the Megalong and Jamison Valleys at Echo Point. Spend the afternoon at Featherdale Wildlife Park, enjoy a face-to-face encounter with the friendly koalas and hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. End your memorable day with a relaxing cruise down the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour, admiring waterside suburbs and scenery along the way, before arriving at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.
Day 10Sydney – Melbourne – Relaxation
Welcome to Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital – a city of stately 19th-century buildings and tree-lined boulevards with a scent of roasting coffee bean through the city air. Melbourne is a city well known for its gardens, restaurants, cafes and markets, arcades and laneways, galleries, the arts and its relaxed elegant charm. Experience Melbourne from the dizzying heights of the Eureka Skydeck, which boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the city. See Melbourne’s Central Business District, the Sports Precinct and Port Phillip Bay. For a delicious meal take the tram to the Southbank, an inner urban neighborhood of Melbourne where you can enjoy lunch at a cafe along the riverfront.
Day 11Melbourne – Relaxation/ Great Ocean Road Drive
Set out for a full-day self-drive on the Great Ocean Road - one of the world's dramatic, powerful, dangerous and majestic coastline, also known as the Shipwreck Coast. Your day on the Great Ocean Road will begin from Geelong and terminate at Apollo Bay via Anglesea and Lorne. After a stop for lunch, continue on through the Otway National Park to the rugged beauty of the Twelve Apostles National Park and the Twelve Apostles themselves. Also view Loch Ard Gorge and Port Campbell National Park located on this beautiful rugged coastline that has been shaped by the wild Southern Ocean.
Day 12Melbourne - Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour
Drive to the Dandenong Ranges. Stop at any of the cafes for a midmorning Aussie ‘billy’ tea with Vegemite and lamington cake. Feed and observe some of the native bird species, including cockatoos and crimson rosellas. At the neighbouring outpost of Belgrave, climb aboard the well-preserved Puffing Billy steam train — the oldest in Australia. Enjoy fresh mountain air as you chug along through the lovely Sherbrooke Forest towards Menzies Creek. After the ride, head for a one-hour drive to the Yarra Valley — Victoria’s beloved wine region. Visit the charming wineries for cellar door tastings of the Yarra Valley’s cool-climate varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
Day 13Melbourne – Philip Island 3 Park Visit – India
After breakfast, drive to the Phillip island. See koalas and wallabies up-close in their habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre, and watch sheep-shearing and herding demonstrations at the historic Churchill Island Heritage Farm. For an enchanted evening experience, watch tiny fairy penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle across the beach to their burrows during the world-famous Penguin Parade. In evening, drive to Melbourne airport and catch your onward international return flight to India.