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Explore Oz in High Style

As a native of Brisbane, Warren Grau of Springboard Vacations knows the country like few other travel specialists. His itinerary for AFAR Journeys starts in Sydney and then offers two different tastes of island life—on the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island and Kangaroo Island off of South Australia. At every stop, he’s arranged stays at the top hotels and resorts and meals at his favorite restaurants.
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
Few harbors, or harbours, are more famous and breathtakingly beautiful than Sydney’s. First discovered in 1770 by Captain James Cook, and the site of the first colony in Australia in 1788, the harbor today is home to some of the city’s most iconic...
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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
While exploring Sydney Harbour by sea, as James Cook and the original settlers did, is a highlight for many travelers, Warren has arranged a day that will provide you with a perspective that the captain could never have imagined. As you take off...
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Lizard Island, Cairns QLD 4871, Australia
From Sydney a 3-hour flight will bring you to Cairns, a gateway city to one of the world’s true natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. While the marine life of the world’s largest living organism draw snorkelers and divers, the reef also has...
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105 Sheridan St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Between your two island excursions, Warren’s itinerary includes a day on the mainland in the easy-going tropical city of Cairns. Originally founded at the end of the 19th century following the discovery of gold nearby, the city then thrived as a...
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141 Stokes Bay Rd, Seddon SA 5223, Australia
Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island, lies to the south of South Australia. It’s the final stop on Warren’s itinerary and one of the highlights here is a quintessential Australian experience, kangaroos and canapés—or kanapes, if you...