Posted January 8th, 2018, 09:12 AM
I searched the threads and dont seem to see this info. Apologies if I missed it.
We are booked 6 day pre-tour through Princess in Australia. Has anyone done this? Cairns, Ayers rock and back to Sydney. How long do you have free each day? Suggestions of things to see/do after the tours? comments?
Thanks for the help.
We did the 8 day tour 10 years ago, which was a little different than your itinerary sequence, but did go to the same sites. Darwin & Alligator River (there are no alligators in Australia, only crocs) was also on our tour. There was very little "free" time, but the tour was really nice, deluxe all the way. First thing you have to realize are the flight times. Sydney to Cairns, 3 hours, Cairns to Ayers Rock, 3 to 4 hours, Ayers rock to Sydney, 4 hours, plus the time it takes to get to the airport and through security. These flights take up half the days. In Cairns after landing you will visit Kuranda taking the cable car to get there, after which you will be taken to your hotel. We stayed at the Marriot and were able to go into Port Douglas for the evening. The Barrier Reef trip will take all day. Bring sea sick pills, there is a lot of movement of the boat going over and back. The boat travels around 30 knots or so. Very windy on deck. At Ayres Rock we stayed at Sails in the Desert. There is a small mall next to the property you can walk to. At the Olga's there were a lot of flies. Ask your tour guide about it. We purchased some head nets to protect us. We still have them. On the last day you will tour around Sydney. When we took the tour we spent 2 days pre-tour each on our own in Melbourne and Sydney. Our large suitcases were handed in to the tour operator and were in our cabin when we boarded the ship. We took the tour with carry ons only.That was really nice.
Enjoy the tour.