January 18 - February 01, 2019
15 Days
Tour Status - Guaranteed

This HOSTED agriculture tour with David & Brenda Layden of Select Holidays is a rural and cultural tour, visiting many highlights in Australia.  You are in for an incredible "down under" farm tour with many extras included.

This trip was a dream of ours.
— Abe & Edna, AB

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Tour Highlights

  • Deluxe, city center accommodations*
  • Best Class accommodations in Rural Areas
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • City & area tours as per itinerary
  • Technical visits as per itinerary
  • Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Lone Pine Koala Park
  • Darling Downs
  • Feed Lot Tour
  • Grain, Cotton & Fruit Farm
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Green Island & Barrier Reef
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Park
  • Kuranda Rail
  • Skyrail Tours
  • Sound of Light Show
  • Barossa Valley
  • Escorted by Select Holidays
  • Plus More....
     

Day 1 - Jan 18, 2019: Fri - CAIRNS, AU
Arrive Cairns, AU in the tropical north of Australia, for a 4-night stay.  The balance of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to get acquainted with the hotel and enjoy the pool.  [B] **

Day 2 - Jan 19, 2019: Sat – CAIRNS, AU
Following breakfast, travel to “Freshwater Train Station” to board the “Kuranda Rail” for a scenic train journey up the mountainside to “Kuranda Station” and a visit to the Kuranda village.  The  picturesque mountain village is    surrounded by the “World Heritage Rainforest”.  Later, board the “Skyrail Rainforest  Cableway”, the world’s longest gondola, for an epic aerial ride over the rainforest canopy as you make your way back down the mountain and visit “Tjapukai Aboriginal Park” for a dance and boomerang throwing performance.  It is both an entertaining spectacle, and an educational experience for everyone.  This evening, take time to explore the foreshore promenade and shop at local markets, eat tropical fruits and seafood.  [B]

Day 3 - Jan 20, 2019: Sun – CAIRNS, AU
A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy this unique coral reef, which is situated on part of the “Great Barrier Reef- one of the  Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  Enjoy a glass bottom boat ride over the coral as well as lunch on the island before returning back to Cairns.  [B/L]  
*Snorkeling equipment included* 

Day 4 - Jan 21, 2019: Mon – CAIRNS, AU
A morning visit to a local market showcasing exotic fruits and vegetables grown  in the region.  Drive onto the “Atherton Tablelands” where sugarcanes, bananas, tea and peanut farms supply the main income.  Visit the “Giant Fig Tree National Park” followed by lunch at Lake Barrine, formed by an extinct volcano. Visit a mango and avocado farm before returning to Cairns later in the afternoon with free time to explore on your own. [B/L]

Day 5 - Jan 22, 2019: Tue – CAIRNS ~ BRISBANE, AU
Depart Cairns and fly to Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, with free time to explore on your own. [B]

Day 6 - Jan 23, 2019: Wed– BRISBANE~ DALBY, AU
Visit the “Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary this morning where you can cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos.  Depart the sanctuary and drive west, over the Great Dividing Range to the agricultural community of Dalby for a 2 night stay.  Dalby is a town in the Darling Downs region and is approximately 208 km west of  Brisbane. This area is where wheat, sorghum, cotton and pulse crops are grown as well as the production of lamb, beef and pork.  This evening  enjoy a typical Australian pub-style dinner.  [B/D]

Day 7 - Jan 24, 2019: Thu – DALBY, AU
Today you visit a feedlot; a grain farm plus other agriculture sights.  The evening is free to explore on your own. [B]

Day 8 - Jan 25, 2019: Fri – DALBY ~ SYDNEY, AU
Travel to Toowoomba, situated at the top of the Great Dividing Range to fly to Sydney, the   vibrant capital of New South Wales. Take a tour of the world-famous “Sydney Opera House” before checking into the hotel, situated on the Darling Harbour, for a 2-night stay.  [B]

Day 9 - Jan 26, 2019:  Sat–SYDNEY, AU
Enjoy a morning cruise on the world’s most beautiful Harbour, Sydney Harbour.  The beauty and splendor of Sydney Harbour is something that has to be experienced first-hand - no picture or video can do justice to it. The   afternoon and evening is free to explore on your own. [B]
Please Note  This is “Australia  Day” and tonight there will be fireworks and entertainment on the harbour.

Day 10 - Jan 27, 2019:  Sun –SYDNEY~BALLARAT, AU
From Sydney, fly to Melbourne and  transfer to the farming community of Ballarat and check into the hotel for a 2-night stay.  Ballarat is Victoria's largest inland city, a thriving hub of contemporary arts, events and food and wine, with a fascinating heritage backdrop.    [B/D]

Day 11 - Jan 28, 2019: Mon – BALLARAT, AU
Today’s farm visits will include a visit to a cattle sales yard as well as a potato farm.  Enjoy the Sound and Light “Blood on the Southern Cross” dinner show this evening at historic Sovereign Hill. The story of the Eureka Rebellion of 1854, between gold miners and Government forces, is retold tonight in an, acclaimed sound-and-light spectacular.   [B/D]

Day 12 - Jan 29, 2019:  Tue – BALLARAT ~ BORDERTOWN, AU
A morning visit to a sheep sales yard before traveling through the region, known as the “Victorian Wheat Belt”.  Visit a local agriculture farm store and lunch then visit a carrot farm followed by a large scale cereal grain operation then travel into the small farming community of Bordertown for an overnight stay.  [B/L/D] ]

Day 13 - Jan 30, 2019:  Wed – BORDERTOWN ~ MANNUM, AU
This morning, visit a seed cleaning  operation then continue through Murray Bridge where you will visit an onion farm before arriving into the historic riverside village of Mannum, situated on the banks of the Murray River, the largest river in Australia, for an overnight stay.  [B/D]

Day 14 - Jan 31, 2019:  Thu–MANNUM ~ ADELAIDE, AU
Today continue to the renowned Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s   oldest wine regions,  to enjoy a tasting and luncheon in this exquisite surroundings.  See the German influenced in the architecture throughout this area and visit the Whispering Wall at the Barossa Reservoir.    Overnight in Adelaide.   [B/L]

Day 15 - Feb 01, 2019: Fri - END OF TOUR
This morning, transfer to the Adelaide International Airport for the flights back to North America.    [B/IFM]

**Airfare to/from Australia is not included in the price. 
Ask about special International airfares for this tour.
Flights within Australia are included in the above price.

PER PERSON, DOUBLE - From $6,980.00

Plus Air/Gov't Taxes of $392.00 per person
Single Occupancy - add $2,140.00
INITIAL DEPOSIT - $1,500.00 per person at time of booking
Second Payment of $2,000.00 is DUE before June 29, 2018
FINAL PAYMENT per person is due before October 5, 2018

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