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AFRICA & ASIA PACIFIC | Palm Cove, Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, Sydney

Australia – Private Adventure

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This trip includes:
10 Days
17 Meals
18 Sites

Give a hearty g’day as you and your select group of travelers head “down under” on an Adventures by Disney Australia Private Adventure. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, go on a cultural walk about with an Aboriginal guide, surf Bondi beach, play a didgeridoo in the rainforest, and so much more on this fantastic Private Adventure to the amazing island continent. And yes, there will be kangaroos!

Trip Price Starting From
$8,349 USD

Trip Price Starting From
$8,349 USD

Call us at (800) 543-0865^ or contact your Travel Agent to learn more.
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      As we welcome you back to exploring the world with us, promoting health and safety is a top priority.  We are resuming trips with multiple layers of health and safety measures developed in consideration of guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and international health authorities, the U.S. Travel Association and the Walt Disney Company's team of health experts.  Learn more about Guest Health and Safety Protocols here.

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      You will need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay, as well as a visa that must be issued before your trip. As a short-term visitor you can get your visa on the Internet, using the Australian government's Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Apply for a Visitor ETA, which is an electronic visa that takes the place of a stamp in your passport. You can also have your Travel Agent or airline apply for the ETA when you book your plane ticket.

      In addition, when traveling internationally, Guests 17 years of age and younger may be required to show additional documentation if they are not traveling with both parents. Usually a notarized letter, signed by the parent or parents not traveling with the child and stating the child's name, adult guardian's name, itinerary, dates of travel and flight information, is required.

      To ensure smooth travel, Adventures by Disney requires all travelers to comply with the regulations for the country you are visiting. This information is available from the country's consulate. Adventures by Disney is not responsible for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for any travelers, including children traveling without both parents. For specific documentation requirements, visit the U.S. State Department or the Australian Embassy.

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Australian Embassy or Consulate for information on documentation requirements.

      Passport/Visa Services
      You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third-party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Get more information about CIBT or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.

      PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY FOR TELEPHONE CALLS made to access CIBT specialists.

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      Luggage Information
      Because you will be flying on 2 Australian domestic airlines throughout the vacation, each Guest is restricted to 1 checked bag and for carry-on, 1 personal item and 1 small bag per ticketed person.

      While your international airline may follow a more lenient baggage policy when flying to Australia, Australian domestic airlines have very strict requirements that may not align with overseas flights. To ensure a smooth transfer for all Guests on these internal flights, Adventures by Disney will enforce the domestic baggage policies of the Australian airlines during the trip.

      Australian domestic weight requirements are:

      • 1 checked bag: no more than 20 kg/44 lbs. per suitcase
      • 1 personal item and 1 small carry-on bag: no more than 7 kg/15 lbs. combined weight

      When packing your luggage, please keep this information in mind.

      PLEASE NOTE: Adventures by Disney is not responsible for excess baggage fees.

      Travel documentation, medical necessities and personal electronic devices (laptops, phones and tablets) should be transported inside of carry-on luggage.

      With frequent security policy changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      Packing for Australia
      Your Australian tour is filled with active adventure in a climate that ranges from generally warm and dry conditions to cool and wet conditions depending on the season and region.

      Bring light, breathable fabrics that dry quickly. Especially in summer, a hat, sunscreen, swimsuit and sandals are essential. In winter months (June-August), a jacket and cold-weather clothing are highly recommended for travel. Neat but comfortable clothing is acceptable almost anywhere, although one "smart casual" outfit is recommended.

      Here is a suggested list of what to bring along. Remember that access to shops may be limited in certain locations during your travels. Hairdryers are available at all hotels.

      Clothing
      • T-shirts (both short and long-sleeved)
      • Collared shirts
      • Light sweater
      • Jeans or long pants
      • Casual dress/skirt (optional)
      • Shorts
      • Lightweight rain jacket
      • Hat
      • Swimsuit
      • Closed-toe shoes
      • Sturdy-soled walking shoes
      • Sandals

      Miscellaneous
      • Passport and Visitor ETA
      • Medication
      • Camera/video camera
      • Extra batteries or charger for camera
      • Electric adapter
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellant
      • Toiletries
      • Umbrella

      Packing Suggestions
      When packing for your adventure, please take into account leaving room for any souvenirs you may purchase on your trip. Your Adventure Guides can help you find ways to ship larger or heavier items back to the United States.

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      Protect your vacation investment with coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, reimbursement for trip delays, medical protection, baggage protection and 24-hour assistance. This inclusive travel insurance offered by Adventures by Disney is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company—and is as easy as a phone call to learn more and purchase.

      Find out details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.

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      Upon arrival at Cairns Airport (CNS), follow airport signage to the Baggage Claim area. At Baggage Claim, look for a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign. This representative can assist you with your baggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation that will take you to your hotel. Please be sure to arrive by 1:00 PM. Please note that with the time zone change and flight time, Guests would actually depart the United States 2 days before the start of the tour. At the conclusion of your adventure, we’ll arrange ground transportation to the Sydney International Airport (SYD) for your return flight home.

      Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time
      Arrival 1 CNS No later than 1:00 PM
      Departure 10 SYD Anytime

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      The unit of currency in Australia is the Australian dollar. U.S. dollars are not accepted at hotels, shops or restaurants, but ATMs are available in most places throughout your adventure to obtain cash in the local currency. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or prepaid debit cards. Check online or with your bank for the current exchange rate.

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      Adventure Guide Gratuities
      Gratuities for your Private Adventure Guide are not included. Based on the quality of service you receive, we suggest $9 – $11 USD per member of your travel party per day.

      Example: For a 10-day adventure, the suggested Private Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest is $90 – $110 USD. For a family of four that comes to $360 – $440.

      Gratuities for your Private Adventure Guides may be paid in U.S dollars, local currency or via PayPal. Please check with your Private Adventure Guide for their preferred method of payment.

      All Other Gratuities
      Guests are responsible for taking care of all gratuities throughout their Private Adventure, including those for bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.

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      When spending time on your own in Australia, your options vary from place to place. In Palm Cove, taxis or shuttles can be arranged through the resorts’ concierge. Both Melbourne and Sydney are very walkable, but you can also get around by taxi, ride share app, bus or metro train/subway. Also, in Sydney, public ferries are a convenient means of transportation. If you have any questions regarding transportation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

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      English is the primary language of Australia, so you'll have no trouble getting about. Plus, you'll have fun learning some of the Aboriginal words and place names as well as becoming acquainted with the unique local phrases, mate!

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    We've been working to develop health and safety measures after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local and international health authorities. Learn more.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires anyone 2 years of age and over entering or reentering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days before boarding their flight​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the previous 90 days.

    Prior to the trip, Adventures by Disney will provide Guests with information on how to obtain the required testing. Details will be unique to the specific point of departure for reentry.

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    Please check the Centers for Disease Control website for requirements on vaccinations for travel to this destination.

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    If you are in the United States, please call (800) 543-0865 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your Travel Agent.

    If you are outside the United States, please call (866) 983-7872 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your Travel Agent.

    Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

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    No. Please be aware that, although you’ll be led by a Private Adventure Guide or local expert, the sites that you’ll be visiting are open to other travelers.

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    No. A dedicated local, Disney-trained Private Adventure Guide will be assigned to you for the entirety of your trip or a team of local Private Adventure Guides will be assigned to you, with one guide per destination city.

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    No. You’ll have the pleasure of meeting up with a new Private Adventure Guide in each destination city.

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    ARRIVAL: On this itinerary, we will pick you up at Cairns Airport (CNS) in Cairns on your arrival day. Your flight should arrive no later than 1:00 PM local time.

    DEPARTURE: On the last day of your adventure, we’ll provide ground transportation to Sydney International Airport (SYD) for your return flight home. You can depart at any time.

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    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival and departure airports and hotels.

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    Yes. You’re welcome join us in Palm Cove on our first day and to continue on after final day in Sydney. Pre- and post-night stays in Palm Cove and Sydney are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 for further information.

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    You will travel by commercial airplane flights and private vehicle.

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    This is an active trip with most activities being easy to moderate. Some of these hikes may be on unpaved trails and uneven terrain with minimal uphill. Temperatures may be hot during summer months (December-April), particularly in the desert, so be prepared with cool clothes, hats and water. During winter months (May-November), the weather can be very cold, so it is important to dress in layers.

    You will also have the opportunity to swim, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, kayak in Melbourne, bike along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, canoe in the Southern Highlands, surf at Bondi Beach and explore a number of areas by foot. While none of the trip's highlights are strenuous, taken together, the vacation is a physically active experience.

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    Yes. You you’ll be able to do the Sydney Bridge Climb during your time on your own in Sydney. Please contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865^ for information on how to book this activity.

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    While we welcome children of all ages on our Australia adventure, we recommend that children be at least 5 years old at the time of travel. We base this on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, the length and pace of the vacation, the potential for extreme temperatures in summer months (December-April), and amount of physical activity involved (e.g., hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865^ to discuss whether this is the right vacation for your kids.

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    No, please provide your own safety seat that is appropriate for your child’s age and weight.

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    Private Adventure Guides do not provide childcare services. Please check with each hotel during your adventure for childcare information.

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    Typically, breakfast is served buffet-style. Lunches and dinners usually include a variety of options including fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées along with vegetables, salad, cheese, desserts and fruit. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Australian cuisine, they also include familiar American fare. Some lunches and dinners are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Because we dine as a group, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Children-friendly options are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods.

    In order to give you and your family a chance to dine by yourselves, we’ve scheduled a few on-your-own meals throughout the vacation. These are planned in towns or cities, where you will have plenty of options available.

    If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

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    Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you're welcome to purchase them on your own.

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    No. While you will be seated with your private party, other patrons will be dining at the restaurant.

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    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so in every case at every dining venue on our itinerary. Please contact a Vacationista in advance of your departure at (800) 543-0865^ for more information and dining options so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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    This vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865^ for more information.

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    Please note: In accordance with our response to the COVID-19 virus, Adventures by Disney has updated our cancellation policy.

    We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.

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    Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.

    Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.

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