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Great Sights of Australia with the Ningaloo Reef

Laugh and the kookaburras laugh with you. Cry and the kookaburras still laugh. That’s the beauty of a journey to happy-go-lucky Australia where sunny days are accentuated by its even sunnier inhabitants. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats are among the many locals eager to greet you on this breezy tour of Australia. With visits to four wondrous waterfront cities, 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 devour the panoramic scenery and a delicious lunch at the iconic Sydney Opera House. With two free days in eclectic Melbourne, you can also gobble up all the goodies this hipster city and surrounding areas have to offer. Perhaps take in the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island or chill with a nice chardonnay at a Yarra Valley winery.

Some of the friendliest “locals” you’ll ever meet are just off the west coast of Australia. Add a 4-day Monograms vacation to the Ningaloo Reef to your tour of Australia for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming alongside the gentle whale sharks or humpback whales.

Highlights of Great Sights of Australia with the Ningaloo Reef

Related Tours

PG|Great Sights of Australia
PGE|With Fiji
PGE2|With the Outback
PGE3|With Ningaloo Reef

Transportation

Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation--from transfers to and from your hotel and included intra-vacation flights to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

Headsets throughout your tour (not included on Ningaloo extension).

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With Ningaloo Reef

Small Group

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select South Pacific dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 20 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. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Product Group

Great Sights of Australia

UNESCO Sites

Great Barrier Reef|Ningaloo Coast|Sydney Opera House|Wet Tropics of Queensland

Meals

Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIABRISBANE Welcome to Brisbane! Hotel check-in available upon arrival. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. Schedule flights to arrive by 4 pm in time for a welcome meeting and dinner. (D)

Day 2

BRISBANE. EXCURSION TO THE AUSTRALIA ZOO BRISBANE Orientation drive. Excursion to the Australia Zoo includes a [LF] behind-the-scenes tour of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Free time this evening. (B)

Day 3

BRISBANE BRISBANE Free day. (B)

Day 4

BRISBANE–CAIRNS Fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.”
CAIRNS Orientation tour; visit to the Cairns Aquarium. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 5

CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF Scenic catamaran cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the option of snorkeling, a glass-bottom-boat tour, an underwater observatory, and watching a fish feeding.
CAIRNS Free time this evening. (B,L)

Day 6

CAIRNS CAIRNS Free day. (B)

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Cairns with a trip on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 7

CAIRNS–MELBOURNEFly to Melbourne
MELBOURNE Orientation drive. (B)

Day 8

MELBOURNE MELBOURNE Free day. We suggest the optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade or a trip on the scenic Great Ocean Road. (B)

Day 9

MELBOURNE–SYDNEYFly to Sydney.
SYDNEY Guided sightseeing includes the financial district, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the botanic gardens, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Walking tour with a Local Guide includes the Sydney Opera House (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with [LF] panoramic lunch at an Opera House restaurant. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B,L)

Day 10

SYDNEY SYDNEY Free day. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B)

Day 11

SYDNEY SYDNEY Free day before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 12

SYDNEY–PERTH–NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH)Fly to Learmonth Airport via Perth. Transfer to your hotel located at the Ningaloo Reef (Exmouth).
EXMOUTH Free time the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 13

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH). WHALE SHARK OR HUMPBACK WHALE EXCURSIONEXMOUTH Today enjoy a once-in-a-life time opportunity to glide alongside whale sharks (April-June) or Humpback whales (July-September). Swimming with one of these beautiful creatures is one of life’s most breathtaking experiences. Also be on the lookout for other playful creations like manta rays, turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and tropical fish. Whale watchers are welcome onboard as well (those not wanting to snorkel). Return to Exmouth where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

NOTE:
Whale sharks and Humpback whales are wild creatures. Everything will be done to maximize the likelihood you will swim with a whale, but we cannot guarantee it. Since the whales will continually move, swimming is required to do the interaction. You will need to be a confident swimmer and be able to snorkel and swim freestyle. The whales are found in the open ocean so you may be swimming in currents and swells. If you do not wish to get in the water, you may remain on the boat and watch these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Day 14

THE NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH)EXMOUTH Enjoy a full day at leisure. Take a stroll on the beach or relax at your resort. You may wish to canoe, kayak, or snorkel to explore more of the beautiful Ningaloo Reef on your own. You can also opt to take a guided gorge walk or cast a fishing rod in the nearby waters. Make sure to visit the town’s shops for a favorite souvenir and get your photo next to the town’s giant prawn statue. A must do! (B)

Day 15

NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH)–PERTH NINGALOO REEF (EXMOUTH) Transfer to Learmonth Airport and fly to Perth. Transfer to your hotel in Perth.
PERTH Free time the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 16

PERTHYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2022-08-15 2022-08-17 2022-09-01 $5019 $0 $7066 PGE320817 Not Available
2 2022-09-12 2022-09-14 2022-09-29 $5179 $0 $7226 PGE320914K Not Available
3 2023-04-10 2023-04-12 2023-04-27 $5299 $0 $7346 PGE330412 Not Available
4 2023-05-08 2023-05-10 2023-05-25 $5299 $0 $7346 PGE330510 Not Available
5 2023-06-12 2023-06-14 2023-06-29 $5489 $0 $7536 PGE330614K Not Available
6 2023-07-17 2023-07-19 2023-08-03 $5429 $0 $7476 PGE330719 Not Available
7 2023-08-14 2023-08-16 2023-08-31 $5429 $0 $7476 PGE330816 Not Available
8 2023-09-11 2023-09-13 2023-09-28 $5429 $0 $7476 PGE330913 Not Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane Ideally located downtown, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane features well-designed guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, on-site restaurant serving fresh and seasonal fare, and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel also offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, ATM, currency exchange, and valet dry cleaning. Brisbane 99 Mary St
2 Pullman Cairns International Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa. Laundry is available through the hotel for a fee. Cairns 17 Abbott St Superior First-Class
3 Vibe Melbourne The Vibe Melbourne is currently under construction. Originally built in 1873 in the Renaissance Revival style, the Cobden Building that once served as offices for the maritime trade and later as the clothing manufacturer and retailer Fletcher Jones will be transformed into a stunning new 24-story glass-fronted hotel and residential tower. The hotel will take in views of the Yarra River and Southbank, all the way to Port Philip Bay. The new hotel, which will preserve its classic heritage, will feature 206 guestrooms, an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, and ground floor lobby and restaurant. Please check back for more information about the hotel's amenities. Updates will be made as information is received. Melbourne 1 Queen St. First-Class
4 Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and gym. Sydney 11 Jamison St Deluxe
5 Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort Mantarays Ningaloo, the only resort on Sunrise Beach, serves as a gateway to the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. Situated in the Exmouth Marina, the hotel features 68 guestrooms, on-site restaurant and bar, lounge, resort-style swimming pool and gym, and stunning beaches with direct access. Exmouth Lot 900 Madaffari Dr Superior First-Class
6 Four Points by Sheraton Perth Located in the heart of Perth's Central Business District, Four Points by Sheraton Perth, features spacious and modern guestrooms, fitness center, on-site restaurant and bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi. A laundry service is available for a fee. Perth 707 Wellington Street First-Class
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