A Taste of the South Pacific
From $5,264* pp | 11 Days • 16 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
This South Pacific adventure takes you from the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to stunning Sydney Harbour and on to a Fijian paradise.
- Take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour.
- Discover the underwater rainbow of coral and fish as you explore the Great Barrier Reef from aboard a glass bottom boat.
- Relax during a three-night stay at a beautiful Fijian resort.
Tropical Splendour and Cityscapes
Set out on an adventure that brings together the epic highlights of Australia with the tropical paradise that is Fiji. Explore the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm and see crocodiles in their natural habitat. Delve into another way of life at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Come to know the exciting city of Sydney during your included city tour, harbour dinner cruise and fascinating guided tour Sydney Opera House. You will also have a full day to explore the city on your own. Discover Nadi’s scenic hinterland and visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant begun by famed Hollywood actor Raymond Burr. On this trip you even have the chance to meet a few of the local koalas. Finally, complete your trip with three nights in beautiful Fiji.
Day 1. Cairns, Australia – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site – the Great Barrier Reef. Established as a marine park in 1975, the reef is a haven for thousands of species of sea life, as well as turtles and birds.
Dinner High 31 Low 23 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Set out on a high speed catamaran for an exciting excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. This is an immense series of 2,800 coral reefs which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island. Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride,* stroll the island walking trails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. For a more adventurous encounter with the reef, optional scuba diving and an outer reef tour are also available. Whichever way you choose, you’ll see some of the world’s most fascinating marine and plant life.
Day 3. Cairns
Today, visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to meet Australia’s original inhabitants. See the traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Browse the renowned art gallery and visit the interpretation centre which houses a collection of interesting artifacts. Visit Hartley’s Croc Farm for a chance to get up close and personal with crocodiles in their natural habitat! Boardwalks take you on a path of adventure through rainforests and woodlands to see animals such as wild birds, reptiles and wallabies. You also have the chance to meet some of the local koalas and have a private talk with a wildlife naturalist to learn more about these cuddly creatures. Take a dramatic cruise on the lagoon looking for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue.
Day 4. Cairns
Spend your day at leisure enjoying the tropical surroundings. Or, explore the rainforest canopy this morning with an optional ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway; make a few stops on the ascent to experience the beauty of this World Heritage site and experience the forest floor from specially-designed boardwalks.
This morning enjoy a city tour of Sydney. Highlights include Kings Cross, the Harbour Bridge, Chinatown, the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the fashionable suburb of Paddington. Discover one of the world’s most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, poised majestically on Sydney Harbour. Next, learn how raw opals mined from the depths of the earth are transformed into beautiful works of art at the National Opal Centre. The evening is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. The opportunities are endless!!
Day 7. Sydney
Come to know the exciting city of Sydney during a day of independent exploration. You may take advantage of an optional tour to Koala Park for an up close and personal chance to learn about the different types of wildlife native to the land down under. Walk amongst wallabies, indigenous birds, kangaroos, dingoes and other creatures. Experience the koala habitat where you can even take your picture with a koala! Or perhaps you’ll choose to walk around the city and do some shopping…or find a local café and relax. Tonight, experience the best of Sydney. As you say your farewell to Australia, chat with new friends and take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. Marvel at the scenic vistas the harbour has to offer including Sydney’s magnificent skyline and iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Day 8. Sydney – Nadi, Fiji
Today you arrive in the beautiful tropical paradise of Fiji to complete your South Pacific experience. Fijians are warm and friendly, with a welcoming, vibrant culture. For centuries, Fiji’s expansive sandy beaches and clear ocean waters have drawn travellers and explorers alike.
Day 9. Fiji
Today, journey into Nadi’s scenic hinterland to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This garden, started by famed Hollywood actor Raymond Burr, now houses one of the largest and most varied orchid collections in the world. Travel to Viseisei Village – the legendary landing site of the first Fijians – where you will enter the village and have a chance to peruse the local handicraft displays. See the work that the Collette Foundation** is supporting in the local community at Koroipita. You will also make a stop in the bustling township of Nadi to experience the modern style of Fiji living. This evening, depart for home with treasured memories of your jaunt through the South Pacific.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- Based on Eastern Standard Time – Cairns is 14 hours ahead; Sydney is 15 hours ahead; and Fiji is 16 hours ahead.
- The highest point on this tour is approximately 450 ft.
- The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar, and in Fiji, it is the Fijian Dollar.
- Australia and Fiji use 230 Volts. Both are Type I plugs.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Mar 3 – Mar 13. $3,079
Mar 10 – Mar 20. $2,829
Mar 17 – Mar 27. $2,829
Apr 7 – Apr 17. $2,949
Apr 14 – Apr 24. $2,949
Apr 21 – May 1. $2,949
Jun 6 – Jun 26. $3,979
Jun 20 – Jul 1. $3,979
Jul 18 – Jul 29. $3,979
Aug 8 – Aug 19. $4,299
Aug 15 – Aug 26. $4,299
Sep 5 – Sep 16. $3,979
Sep 12 – Sep 23. $3,979
Sep 26 – Oct 7. $3,979
Oct 10 – Oct 21. $3,979
Nov 7 – Nov 18. $3,469
Mar 13 – Mar 24. $3,469
Mar 27 – Apr 7. $3,599
Apr 3 – Apr 14. $3,729
Apr 24 – May 5. $3,729