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Pre & Post Conference Tour Options


Pre-Tour: Sydney, Australia, 24 – 27 July

On or Before 15 MayAfter 15 May
US $1,160* / AU $1,300* US $1,350* / AU $1,500*

Opera House

Thursday: Arrive in Sydney
14:00: A quiet day with a walking visit to The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House on the harbor side. This evening is at leisure. Tour particpants will be staying at The Grace Hotel during their journey.

Friday: City Sights and Bondi Beach and the Ocean Walk
Cameras are a MUST! Luxury coaches and experienced guides take you on a tailor-made tour of the city, covering interesting pieces of history, landmarks and local Sydney gossip. Want to know where Nicole Kidman lived or where Elton John once got married? Visit the Botanical Gardens and the wealthy Eastern suburbs. Stop at a couple of iconic places for pictures and then at Bondi Beach, where guests have a chance to walk on the beach and stroll part of the Ocean Walk stroll along the mellow 3-mile trail to the rhythm of nature's symphony — the sounds of crashing waves. Dinner this evening is on your own. The Darling Harbor precinct is close to your hotel and there are cafes and bars a plenty to enjoy.

Three Sisters

Saturday: Blue Mountain Tour
Enter the Great Dividing Range of Australia and its majestic Blue Mountains and discover an ecological wonderland you may have never known existed. An early morning start with cup of hot Aussie tea before setting off for some wild roo spotting deep in the valleys. From the charming village of Leura to the breathtaking Cliff Drive to the Katooma lookout, you'll enjoy the sweeping views of the Three Sisters and Australia's own "Grand Canyon" — the Jamieson Valley. Start your adrenaline pumping the moment you board the worlds' steepest incline railway and descend an exhilarating 415 meters (over 1000 feet!) through the ancient rainforest and into the valleys below. Next, tour Australia's ecological secrets including tree canopies, colourful native birds and the search for the ever-elusive echidnas! Lunch in the National Park followed by a drive through Sydney's Olympic Park. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening aboard the Sydney 2000, cruising past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Sunday: Depart for Gold Coast World Credit Union Conference Hotel check-out time is 11:00

Note: Airfare is not included in package — guests are responsible for their own air travel to/from Sydney and the Gold Coast. All prices listed are double occupancy. Single occupancy add US $600 / AU $ 675.

Tours are subject to change.

Post-Tour: Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef, 31 July 4 August

On or Before 15 MayAfter 15 May
US $2,000* / AU $2,200* US $2,100* / AU $2,300*

Please arrange your flight to Cairns in time for the coach departure from the airport at 13:00. Options listed below:

  • Jetstar flight departing Gold Coast at 08:00 and arriving in Cairns at 10:30

Participant(s) will need to take train or taxi from Gold Coast to Brisbane for the below flights. Travel time is approximately one hour.

  • Virgin flight departing Brisbane at 09:40 and arriving in Cairns at 12:10
  • Qantas flight departing Brisbane at 09:45 and arriving in Cairns at 12:10

Port Douglas is just an hour's drive north from Cairns on a road surrounded by forest and the Coral Sea. It's the only place on Earth where two World Heritage listed jewels exist — the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest of Daintree & Cape Tribulation.

Skyrail

Thursday: Kuranda Scenic Rail & Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Travel from Gold Coast to Cairns airport (airfare is not part of the package) and enjoy a relaxing day in the lagoons and gardens of the Pullman Sea Temple. On the way, board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for the journey to Kuranda. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway then will take you in a silent and magnificent ride over the rainforest canopy, followed by a visit to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures! Then on to Port Douglas and your hotel, the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa.

Great Barrier Reef

Friday: Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
One of the seven wonders of the natural world! Larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living things on Earth visible from space, the reef is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing you with some of the most spectacular underwater experiences imaginable. You'll arrive by boat to Agincourt Reef, the very outer edge of the Reef, and have the chance to take a swim, go snorkeling, walk in to the underwater observatory or cruise just above the corals in a semi-submersible — the day is all about the Reef!

Mossman Gorge

Saturday: Tour of Mossman Gorge
Today includes a tour of Mossman Gorge and the Kuku Yalnji, traditional custodians of the rainforest, including lunch. Dinner this evening is an all-encompassing culinary journey that is purely Australian! With an indigenous welcoming party, dreamtime storytelling of the Kuku Yalnji, traditional custodians of the rainforest and great Mod Oz nosh! A stunning nocturnal forest environment, Flames of the Forest that you will never forget! In addition to your astonishing six-course banquet, you'll hear about the history of Mowbray and get a feel of authentic Aboriginal culture.

Sunday: Open Day
Relax on the beach, shop, tour — this day is completely on your own. Enjoy!

Monday: Depart Port Douglas
Departure transfer to Cairns airport leaves the hotel at 09:00 this morning. Flights to your return destination are on your own.

Note: All prices listed are double occupancy. Single occupancy add US $750 / AU $845.

Tours are subject to change.

*A 10% Goods & Services Tax (GST) will be added to all tour fees as required by the Australian Government.