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Melbourne, Australia

Great Sights of Australia Tour

12 days | Brisbane to Sydney

Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats are among the many locals eager to greet you on this breezy 12-day Great Sights of Australia tour from Globus.

With visits to four delightful waterfront cities – Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney – you’ll easily see why the world gushes about the Land Down Under. Go behind the scenes at Brisbane’s Australia Zoo, snorkel above the colorful coral at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, and take in the panoramic scenery over a delicious lunch at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

With two free days in eclectic Melbourne, you can discover everything this hipster city and surrounding areas have to offer. Or, indulge in optional activities like the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island or chill with a nice chardonnay at a Yarra Valley winery.

A Small-Group Discovery South Pacific itinerary is the perfectly sized tour – space is limited to an average of just 20 guests – and includes an expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is their top priority. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane.

  • Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

  • Guided tour of the Cairns Aquarium.

  • Panoramic lunch at Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Sydney Opera House

Great Sights of Australia tour - GlobusItinerary at a Glance

DAY 1: Arrive in Brisbane, Australia

Arrive by 4:00 p.m. in time for a welcome meeting and dinner.

DAY 2: Brisbane

Excursion to the Australia Zoo includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Have your photo taken with a koala.

DAY 3: Brisbane

Free day to spend at your leisure.

DAY 4: Brisbane – Cairns

Fly to Cairns, the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Orientation tour followed by a visit the Cairns Aquarium.

DAY 5: Cairns

Board a catamaran for a scenic cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Options include snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory visit, and watching a fish-feeding.

DAY 6: Cairns

Free day to spend at your leisure. Optional activity: Take a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway (additional cost).

DAY 7: Cairns – Melbourne

Flight to Melbourne and orientation drive.

DAY 8: Melbourne

Free day to spend at your leisure. Optional activities: Excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillips Island or a trip on the scenic Great Ocean Road (additional costs).

DAY 9: Melbourne – Sydney

Fly to Sydney and upon arrival, enjoy guided sightseeing that includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, followed by a walking tour with a Local Guide that includes the Sydney Opera House and a panoramic lunch one of the Opera House restaurants.

DAY 10: Sydney

Free day to spend at your leisure.

DAY 11: Sydney

Free day to spend at your leisure before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12: Sydney

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Pullman Cairns International, Australia
Pullman Cairns International


Four Points by Sheraton | Brisbane
Ideally located downtown, the hotel features well-designed guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and an on-site restaurant.

Pullman Cairns International | Cairns
Exuding the architectural grandeur of the city’s rich colonial past, the upscale hotel overlooks Cairns Harbour and the lush mountains.

Vibe Melbourne | Melbourne
Stunning new 24-story glass-fronted hotel with views of the Yarra River and Southbank, all the way to Port Phillip Bay.

Amora Hotel Jamison | Sydney
Award-winning luxury hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience and a dedicated relaxation zone available at the Amora Day Spa.

Dates and Pricing

2022 and 2023 Departures Available | From $4,228 per person

Price is per person based on double occupancy and includes intra-vacation air and taxes. Price does not include airfare to and from arrival and departure cities.

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  • One-of-a-Kind Itinerary
  • Globus Tour Director
  • Expert Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Hotels
  • To and From Hotel Transfers
  • Intra-Vacation Flights
  • VIP Sightseeing Access
  • Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

About Globus Small-Group Discoveries

Small-Group Discoveries from Globus include everything you need for the ideal vacation – from hand-selected hotels to included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Every tour includes an expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is their top priority.

On a Small-Group Discovery tour space is limited to an average of just 20-24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers, while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. 

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