Flora Jordan

Flo Knowles Travel

Amazing Australia

Apr 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022
Australia

 

This fabulous 10-day group tour of Australia takes in the very best of Australia’s cities as well as the spectacular nature and scenery of the east coast. Start in splendid Sydney before heading north towards Brisbane and Cairns. 

Upon arrival in Sydney, your group will make its way to your hotel to begin your exciting trip with some time at leisure to stretch your legs and a fabulous welcome dinner. The next day, you get to explore Sydney with guided visits to the iconic Opera House and The Rocks, a historic neighbourhood. Throughout the day you will be treated to several captivating views of Sydney Harbour and its landmarks. The next day is at leisure for you to explore Sydney as you like or take advantage of an included Taronga Zoo Express ticket. 

Move on to Brisbane and spend your first afternoon exploring the city with a guided walking tour. Later that evening, you will get to participate in a magical Spirit of Red Sands experience. This wonderful evening introduces you to Aboriginal culture, history and traditions using moving theatre. 

The following day is a visit to Tangalooma, 40 km off the coast of Brisbane. This pristine island is covered in white-sand beaches and surrounded by bright blue waters. You will explore the island on a 4WD safari or a Marine Discovery Cruise. End the day by feeding dolphins! 

The adventure continues in Lamington National Park. Take in the view from O'Reilly's Treetops Walk, go off-roading far away from other tourists and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch as part of this unforgettable day in nature. 

Fly to Cairns the next day and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore this tropical city before a day spent cruising the Low Isles for beach fun in the Coral Cay. Try snorkeling or go for a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat to get a glimpse of the colourful reef. The next day is all on the mainland as you experience the Daintree Wilderness Area. An included Dreamtime walk in Mossman Gorge will have you learning about the indigneous relationship with the area as well as demonstrations on use of native plants in everyday life. 

Return to the airport on your final morning for your onward travels.


 

 

What's included in this trip:

  • Return Airport Transfers
  • 9 Nights moderate class accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners & 5 lunches
  • Local guides or driver guide for touring
  • Private coach transfers
 

 

What's not included:

  1. All International & domestic airfare
  2. Personal Items
  3. Meals unless listed in the itinerary
  4. Tips & Gratuities
  5. Early check-in and late check-out of rooms
  6. Travel insurance
 

 

Itinerary:

Day1

Arrive Sydney

Arrive Sydney – Welcome! You will be met by a Goway representative who will assist you with your private transfer to your hotel.

Sydney - the fast-paced city of cosmopolitan character set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbour side suburbs and friendly people epitomize the vibrancy of this spectacular city. You can find excitement in the city, but drive just a few kilometres and you'll hit the golden sand of famous beaches like Bondi and Manly. Plus, with endless nature at its doorstep, Sydney is the starting point for day or weekend trips popular with Sydneysiders looking to surround themselves with nature and wildlife.

Just a short walk from hotel to restaurant…Enjoy your welcome dinner overlooking Darling Harbour and the city skyline. Cyren Bar and Grill features sophisticated outdoor and indoor dining spaces and the diverse menu offers fresh seafood, premium steaks and burgers. Short walk back to hotel after dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration 3 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Sydney Darling Square

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Day2

Explore Sydney

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to The Rocks…

The Rocks Walking Tours brings alive the story of the early convict settlement while entertaining you with stories of rascals, rats and restoration. See some of Sydney's earliest buildings, shops old and new, homes of the 'well-to-do' and the quaint cottages of the working class. Still to be seen today are the pubs and hotels, once frequented by the locals and sailors alike and the haunts of larrikins and rogues. The many historic streets, narrow alleyways, cobbled lanes, sandstone steps and beautiful churches combine to weave a rich tapestry of life in the past and present times. Explore the past while enjoying the present ambience of early Sydney. This is a relaxed and leisurely way to see one of Sydney's most picturesque precincts.

Your guide will drop you off at the famous Opera House. Combining The Sydney Opera House Tour with an indulgent Tasting Plate. 

Explore the secrets of The Opera House, and sample the best of local dining – all on sparkling Sydney Harbour. Enjoy your Tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen, perched beside the most famous Sails in the world, with uninterrupted views of the famed Harbour Bridge. Designed to share between two people, the Tasting Plate includes a chef’s selection of delicious gourmet hot and cold menu items. You can enjoy your tasting plate after or before your tour as lunch.

The Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point, which reaches out into Sydney Harbour. The skyline of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the blue water of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House is dramatic and unforgettable. The Essential Tour allows you to see inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering - a work of art that came into existence against impossible odds to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building, your guide will take you on an emotional journey engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns.

After lunch you will be collected to see Sydney by private coach…enjoy a great afternoon city sights including one of the most stunning coastal walks!

Drive through streets of the city and experience the colonial past of the area. Discover impressive buildings and see some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as some of city’s most famous architectural buildings – St Mary’s Cathedral and Parliament House.

A stop will be made at Ms Macquarie’s Chair, where you can enjoy views of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from a different prospective. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Travel to famous Bondi Beach, where we go on a partial coastal walk. A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for 6km in Sydney eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. The walk is not difficult, there are medium gradient paths and several staircases with occasional seating.

We will do part of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, starting at Bondi Beach and finishing at Bronte Beach… Here reboard your private coach to return to the city via Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace. Tour concludes at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day3

Sydney at Leisure with Zoo Express Ticket

Enjoy a full day at leisure with return ferry ticket and entry to Taronga Zoo which you can enjoy at your leisure during the day.

Please make your way to Jetty 6 located at Circular Quay or Pier 26, Darling Harbour to join the Captain Cook Cruise for your Zoo Express. Cruise departs every 45 minutes, please check in 15minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Zoo Express is the easy way to visit Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoo. Your pass includes a return cruise to Taronga Zoo from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day4

Sydney to Brisbane

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you have a private transfer from your hotel to Sydney airport for flight to Brisbane.

Fly Sydney to Brisbane (cost of flight NOT included)

Arrive Brisbane. You will be met by a local guide who will accompany you on a brief orientation tour en-route to your hotel and assist with your check-in.

Brisbane is Australia's largest city in the sub-tropics, enjoying an enviable climate of hot, brilliant summers and clear, mild winters that make it the ideal destination for visitors all year round. While Brisbane has all the facilities of a modern city it retains a friendly, easier pace of life, surrounded by parks, gardens and beaches.

Afternoon walking city sights…. Short transfer from your hotel to Brisbane Visitors Centre, the departure point of your walking tour.

The perfect introduction to Brisbane, the three hour City Essentials Tour covers all the main sights in the City Centre and takes you where the buses can’t go. See King George Square, the Story Bridge, City Botanic Gardens, the oldest church in Queensland, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall Clock Tower, and lots of hidden secrets along the way. We’ll also point out the best City bars, cafes and restaurants for every budget, so you can make the most of your limited time here.

Spirit of the Red Sands Return private transfers from hotel to Spirit of the Red Sands. Starting with Dreamtime you’ll journey back in time to 1800’s Australia for an evening of interactive Aboriginal culture and live moving theatre.

Chapters of a true moving story based on three Aboriginal brothers will unfold before you as you follow the storyteller and a cast of performers, direct descendants’, through diverse sets including bushland, early settlers village and a pre-colonial Aboriginal village complete with Gunyah dwellings (huts). Music, dance, chants, traditions and lifestyle come alive as you are transported back in time.

Follow Old Jarrah and the Storyteller as you learn the story of three brothers and their struggles and challenges when two cultures are to meet for the very first time.

A setting this magical demands an exceptional menu. Our Ancestors valued their delicacies gathered from both land and sea. Today, the talented chefs source fresh local produce to create delicious Australian cuisine infused with indigenous flavours… enjoy a hearty 3 course Australian Char-Grilled dinner.

At the end of the evening, board your private coach for transfer back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration 3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

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Day5

Tangalooma Visit

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we travel to Moreton Island, approximately 40 kms off the coast of Brisbane. Moreton Island is one of the least polluted and least disturbed coastal environments along the Queensland-New South Wales coastline.

This morning board your private coach for transfer to Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba and here board the catamaran to Tangalooma. Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure time.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise across Moreton Bay. As the launch approaches, one is greeted by clear turquoise waters and an endless stretch of white sandy beach.

Spend the day exploring and discovering all the great things about Tangalooma. Enjoy lunch before venturing off on a 4WD desert Safari or Marine Discovery Cruise, Finishing off with the highlight – hand feeding our family of wild dolphins. Watch them speed into the shallows each night, where they play together and entertain until it’s time to be fed. Each one has its own special nature and you’ll learn from the experts about their quirky ways.

Launch departs Tangalooma for Holt Street Wharf, where your private coach waits to take you back to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day6

Lamginton National Park

Enjoy breakfast at leisure in the hotel.

Get high in the UNESCO World Heritage rainforest at O’Reilly’s Treetops Walk. ‘Go bush’ and experience a variety of inspiring Aussie mountain scenery, feed colourful birds and spot kangaroos. The awesome 4WD track provides stunning views over Scenic Rim and valleys that less than 1% of guests ever see! Walk options from 20 minutes to all day deep into the forest. Active guests reach delightful waterfalls and rock pools.

Itinerary inclusions;

  • Learn about the region’s volcanic, Aboriginal and European history driving up the mountain
  • Serious ‘off-roading’ along Duck Creek Rd – scenic mountain track far from tourists to stunning views over the Scenic Rim, surrounding mountains and farmlands
  • Get high in the rainforest at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat’s famous treetops walk
  • Feed the colourful native birds - crimson rosellas and king parrots
  • Guided eco rainforest walk to a waterfall. Short options and longer options available
  • Gourmet outdoor picnic lunch, set up on tables by the river next to winery and alpacas (inside historic homestead in inclement weather)
  • Kamarun Lookout - breathtaking 270 degree views to the gorgeous Sarabah Valley, Springbrook and the Scenic Rim. One of Australia’s most breathtaking views - a secret almost everybody misses
  • Return via Canungra Valley - Plenty of time photographing pretty-faced wallabies and roos
Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day7

Brisbane to Cairns

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Cairns.

Fly from Brisbane to Cairns (cost of flight NOT included)

On arrival in Cairns you will be met by a local Goway representative who will assist with your transfer to your hotel.

Cairns is the heart of the Tropical North and is your gateway to some of the best scenery in Australia. Founded in 1876 as the port for inland gold fields, Cairns has matured from a flighty frontier town to a friendly international gateway and has become the most welcoming of all Queensland cities. The Cairns region is internationally recognised for world-class attractions, superb natural features and friendly north Queensland hospitality. This bustling tropical city is the gateway to the rainforest and reef of Far North Queensland where you will find many shopping arcades, courts, plazas, galleries and boutiques offering the best of local, national and international products. The palm fringed Esplanade offers excellent picnic spots and vantage points for viewing the bird life on the tidal flats.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration 3 Nights
Accommodation

Pacific Hotel Cairns

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Day8

Low Isles Cruise

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel. You will be collected from your hotel and transferred by private coach to the wharf in Port Douglas this morning. Here you will board the SAILAWAY vessel to enjoy a full day reef and island cruise to Low Isles.

Sail to and explore this protected coral cay, with white sandy beaches and coconut palms, surrounded by coral gardens and the Coral Sea. Sailaway moors in the sheltered blue lagoon, for 4 1/2 hours. Just relax on the island, join the guided snorkel tour, take a trip on the glass bottom boat or laze on the deck after a buffet lunch. Later, enjoy sailing back to the mainland. Bring a beach towel, swimwear, T-shirt, hat, sunscreen, camera and sunglasses.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day9

Daintree Tour

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel. You will be collected from your hotel and taken on a Full Day Daintree Tour.

Today you will explore the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Daintree Wilderness area.
Depart Cairns and travel to one of Australia's great scenic Highways winding along the coastline, passing isolated beaches where the rainforest clad mountains plunge into the Coral Sea.

We visit Mossman Gorge Centre where your tour includes a 1.5 hour Dreamtime Gorge Walk and free time to explore the Mossman Gorge Centre including the art gallery and Mayi Café. You will be welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies.

Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.

Explore the townships delightful string of store fronts presented in the style of yesteryear. Here you will find local art and craft shops including handmade pottery, textile art and painting, local jams and produce, souvenirs and tropical clothing. Visit an Aboriginal art gallery featuring authentic Aboriginal artefacts and original artworks.

Enjoy lunch at Daintree Tea House, as the longest established restaurant in the Daintree area, the Daintree Tea House Restaurant specialises in locally grown products of the highest standard.

The Daintree Discovery Centre elevated tree top walks offers a unique rainforest experience. The 11 metre-high aerial walkway provides unrivalled views of the unique beauty of the Daintree’s ancient flora and fauna, from the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the treetops. Climb to the top of the 23-metre high Canopy Tower, stopping at each of the five viewing platform for unparalleled access to the individual layers of the rainforest canopy. Descend to the rainforest floor and enjoy the serenity along the Cassowary Circuit, taking in the ancient king ferns at the McLean’s Creek lookout.

At the end of the day return to Cairns, your tour concludes at your hotel.
Tour highlights in above itinerary maybe in different order due to traffic conditions.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day10

Depart Australia

Enjoy full breakfast at leisure at the hotel. Private transfer to Cairns airport for your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

TERMS AND POLICIES

 
A minimum of 10 paying passengers must travel together for the duration of the tour. All prices are “from” per person costs based on twin share and subject to change depending on dates and availability. 
 
Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents. 
 
Passengers must make reservations in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.
 
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: To travel internationally, a passport is required. The passport should not expire six (6) months after the travel departure date and should have at least two (2) blank pages. Children need to have valid passports as well. For more information, please go to the US Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.
 
 
PAYMENTS: Flo Knowles Travel only accepts payments in United States Dollars. Payments can be made via major debit and credit cards. Accepted cards are Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. If alternate payment forms are required, please get in touch with Travel Agency at payment@floknowlestravel.com.
 
DEPOSIT: All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. Travel reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is made. Your travel proposal will reflect the amount needed to confirm your vacation. Unless stated otherwise, prices may fluctuate between the time a quote is rendered and when the deposit is furnished.
 
PAYMENT PLANS: We are pleased to offer, for your convenience, a monthly payment plan for your travel plans. No payment plan is available for reservations made sixty (60) days or less from the date of travel.
 
FINAL PAYMENT: Reserved travel plans must be paid in full on or before the final payment date. Any reservations not paid in full on or before your final payment date is subject to cancellation, with no notice and no refund of payments made.
 
LATE PAYMENT: If your travel itinerary is not paid in full by the Final Payment Due, a late fee of $50.00 will automatically be assessed one day after your final payment date. This fee is non-refundable and non-negotiable.
 
RESERVATION CHANGES: Changes to an existing reservation, whatever the cause, will incur a $50.00 charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes* and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers.
 
CANCELLATIONS: To cancel your vacation, Flo Knowles Travel charges a  non-refundable fee of $100.00. This fee is payable at the time of the cancellation request, and the vacation will not be canceled until this fee is paid. All cancellations must be in writing to cancellations@floknowlestravel.com Cancellations received prior to final payment will incur a loss of non-refundable deposit.

After the final balance is paid, the following cancellation schedule will apply based on the current accredited supplier and is subject to change. 

 

Destination

Cancellation Penalties

Europe

Cancellation:
0-30 days before departure: 100% cancellations
31-44 days before departure: 50% cancellation fees
45-60 days before departure: 25% cancellation fees

TRAVEL INSURANCE:  Protect your investment by securing travel insurance. Travel insurance can assist with reimbursing you for the cost of your vacation due to events out of your control, such as illness, injury, or death of you or a close family member. It can also assist if you become ill while traveling or are quarantined. Travel Agency is not responsible for any costs associated with the risks of traveling or having to cancel your vacation for reasons within or outside of your control. Travel insurance is not a requirement but is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

FORCE MAJEURE: There may be times when either party is unable to perform, or complete performance, under the travel contract for reasons out of each other’s control. These are called force majeure events and, if they occur, make performing under the contract inadvisable, commercially impracticable, illegal, or impossible. Events that may trigger this provision include, but are not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolts, military action, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, or the threat thereof, pandemics, epidemics, illnesses or health conditions prevalent in the area of travel, earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning, and explosions, unexpected legislation, or any other event outside the reasonable control of either party. In the event that a force majeure event occurs, the parties will look to and follow the cancellation policies of the suppliers, what is stated in the travel proposal, and these terms & conditions. Any changes to those policies are at the supplier's sole discretion (if applicable) and Flo Knowles Travel. Passengers will be informed of their options if a force majeure event occurs.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS     Australia ENTRY REQUIREMENT   U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Australia   TRAVEL STORE


Available Packages

Amazing Australia
Available until December 31, 2022

$3,859.00
Deposit: $60.00

Double Occupancy – 2 persons in a room and each person pays the double occupancy rate. The deposit is $60 per person.