Explore Australia's tropical rainforests, white-sand beaches and its red desert featuring otherworldly rock formations. Discover the rich culture of the Aboriginals who've lived here for over 40,000 years. Ride a camel across the desert, experience the life of an Australian cowboy, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and more—and experience Australia firsthand on this remarkable Adventures by Disney vacation!
- Required Travel DocumentationExpanded
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.
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.
- What to PackExpanded
Because of the 3 domestic flights you'll be taking while in Australia, please limit your baggage per person as follows:
• One checked bag not to exceed 20 kg/44 lbs.
• One carry-on bag not to exceed 7 kg/15 lbs. and not to exceed 22" x 14" x 9" (so that it can fit under the seat or in overhead storage)
• One small carry-on item (i.e., purse, coat, umbrella)
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.
• T-shirts (both short and long-sleeved)
• Collared shirts
• Light sweater
• Jeans or long pants
• Casual dress/skirt (optional)
• Lightweight rain jacket
• Closed-toe shoes
• Sturdy-soled walking shoes
• Passport and Visitor ETA
• Camera/video camera
• Extra batteries or charger for camera
• Electric adapter
• Insect repellant
Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere. Summer officially starts in December and winter starts in June.
December - March (Australia's summer)
• North Queensland (Great Barrier Reef): Average temperature 75°F (24°C). This is the wet season, where it's common to have a downpour of rain for a few hours.
• Ayers Rock: Average temperature 100°F (38°C) during the day. Storms can roll in suddenly.
• Sydney: Average temperature 79°F (26°C) during the day and 65°F (18°C) at night.
May - August (Australia's winter)
• N. Queensland: Average temperature 75°F (24°C) during the day. Expect sporadic rain, although not as much as in the wet season.
• Ayers Rock: Average temperature 65°F (18°C) during the day and 40s (4°C) at night.
• Sydney: Average temperature 65°F (18°C) during the day and 45°F (7°C) at night.
- Recommended ReadingExpanded
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- The Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan Expanded
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
Upon arrival at Sydney International Airport (SYD), 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 to your hotel. Please be sure to arrive by 3:00 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 Brisbane International Airport (BNE) for your return flight home.
Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time Arrival 1 SYD No later than 3:00 PM Departure 11 BNE 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 ATM machines 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.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you receive, we suggest $8-$11 USD per member of your travel party per Adventure Guide, per day.
Example: For a 11-day adventure, the suggested Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide is $88-$121 USD. For a family of four that comes to $396-$484 USD per Adventure Guide or a total of $792-$968 USD for 2 Adventure Guides.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S. dollars, Australian dollars or travelers checks. Please ask your Adventure Guide if he or she also accepts PayPal.
All Other Gratuities Are Included
Gratuities for all other services provided on this adventure are included in the price of your adventure. There is no need for you to tip the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local guides.
When spending time on your own in Australia, your options vary from place to place. Sydney is very walkable, but you can also get around by taxi, bus or ferry. In Palm Cove, Ayers Rock and the Gold Coast, taxis or shuttles can be arranged through the resorts' concierge. If you have any questions regarding transportation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
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!
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
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.
- Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded
If you are coming from the U.S., you do not need any special vaccinations to travel to Australia.
- What are the arrival and departure airports?Expanded
ARRIVAL: On this itinerary, we will pick you up at Sydney International Airport (SYD) in Sydney on your arrival day. Your flight should arrive no later than 3:00 PM local time.
DEPARTURE: On the last day of your adventure, we'll provide ground transportation to Brisbane International Airport (BNE) for your return flight home. You can depart at any time.
- Are transfers included if my arrival or departure times and locations differ from those listed on the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival and departure airports and hotels.
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes. You're welcome join us in Sydney on our first day and to continue on after final day in Gold Coast. Pre- and post-night stays in Sydney and Gold Coast 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.
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
You will travel by commercial airplane flights and motor coach.
- How strenuous are the activities? Expanded
This is an active trip with most activities being easy to moderate. Hikes include a 30-minute walk through the rainforest and hiking around parts of the base of Ayer's Rock and the Mala Gorge at the Olgas. These hikes are all 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 on the Great Barrier Reef, sea-kayak 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.
- I'm interested in climbing the Sydney Bridge. Will I be able to schedule this into our itinerary?Expanded
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.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
While we welcome children ages 4 and up on our Australia adventure, we recommend that children be at least 7 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.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
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.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you're welcome to purchase them on your own.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
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.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
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.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
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.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
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.