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Luxury Queen Elizabeth Circumnavigation

28 Days

$11875 Per Person

Single Supplement 8300

16th October 2024

Embark on a luxurious 28-day circumnavigation of Australia aboard the Queen Elizabeth, a journey filled with opulence, cultural experiences, and breathtaking sights. From Melbourne’s urban charm to the exotic allure of Bali, this voyage offers an unparalleled exploration of diverse landscapes and cities.

This circumnavigation promises a journey of luxury, discovery, and unforgettable experiences, showcasing Australia’s diverse cultures, historic landmarks, and natural wonders.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 16th October 2024 - Melbourne

This morning Cardwells will take you down to the Cruise Terminal in Melbourne. Go through formalities and then sit back and relax on the Luxury Cruise liner Queen Elizabeth. Britain’s high-end cruise line and is known for luxury and its links to royalty. The Queen Mother, Princess Diana, and Queen Elizabeth II all visited Cunard ships over the years, and the Queen Elizabeth ship was even named after the royal herself.

Day 2 - 17th October 2023 - At Sea

At Sea

Day 3 - 18th October 2023 - Sydney

The stunning harbour city, Sydney, is Australia’s oldest and largest urban centre. Gold mining and sheep breeding propelled Sydney’s development, and today it’s the largest port in the entire South Pacific. Mark Twain called it "the wonder of the world”. Blessed with a natural harbour, countless golden beaches and world-class restaurants, Sydney is a dazzling metropolis and international gateway to Australia’s east coast. The city is famed for the quality of its outdoor living, yet a visit here offers more than a chance to soak up the sun. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, world-famous Opera House and the constant bustle of the harbour itself make Sydney one of the world’s most dynamic destinations. Venturing outside the capital of New South Wales unlocks mysterious protected coves, miles of sandy beaches and the dramatic landscape of the breath-taking Blue Mountains. For spectacular 360-degree views, ascend Sydney Harbour Bridge’s south-east pylon from which Sydney Opera House and The Rocks - one of the city’s liveliest precincts and home to the Museum of Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art - are visible. The Sydney Aquarium, National Maritime Museum and the Chinese Garden of Friendship can be found in Darling Harbour, with Chinatown also nearby. The Australian Museum, ranked one of the top five history museums in the world, is ideal for anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Australia’s aboriginal heritage. Alternatively, escape the city’s hustle at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Incorporating Government House and the Conservatorium of Music, this sprawling parkland offers 24 hectares of native exotic trees. Those unfamiliar with Sydney may be surprised by the sophistication of the city’s culinary scene. Sydney offers myriad dining experiences drawing on both eastern and western influences, along with restaurants producing some of the most innovative nouveau cuisine in the world. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and Korean restaurants are abundant in the city while Italian, Greek, Lebanese and the cuisines of central Europe are also popular. If you’re seeking a central spot to stop and grab a bite around lunchtime, Circular Quay - wedged between the Opera House and The Rocks - is a bustling precinct jammed with quality restaurants offering quayside dining.

Day 4 & 5 - 19th & 20th October 2023 - At Sea

At Sea

Day 6 - 21st October - Whitsunday Island (Tours From Airlie Beach)

With waters that radiate turquoise intensity, sands as white as snow and forests the colour of emeralds, the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays are the definition of paradise - so beautiful you’ll hesitate to leave. Your guide to Airlie Beach (Whitsunday Islands).Sandwiched between the coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday’s beaches rank among the best in the world. In Airlie Beach itself, you’ll find a laid-back coastal town with surf boutiques, charming souvenir markets and inviting bistros serving a plethora of seafood. Its star attraction, however, is a swimming lagoon of mirage-like proportions. Be sure to wear your swimmers or you’ll kick yourself when you see it. Balancing tradition with modernity, Airlie Beach offers a diverse selection of cultural sites and experiences, both along the beautiful coast and inland. The section of the long Shute Harbour Road is the centre of activity, with ticket agencies, information centres, restaurants, cafés and shops to entice you. Conway National Park, a short distance off the road to Shute Harbour, offers several scenic walks, while Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands are renowned for the opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive. The Whitsunday Islands can be reached by ferry from Airlie Beach in minutes and offer wonderful opportunities to see tropical fish and coral reefs up close.

Day 7 - 22nd October - Cairns

Laid-back Cairns is located in the tropical Far North of Queensland. It’s the remarkable gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a spectacular location renowned for snorkelling and diving amongst kaleidoscopic marine life and coral. A mecca for divers and a haven for lovers of the great outdoors, Cairns is a unique city and home to two World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park. A visit to Cairns offers an ultimate tropical discovery. Cairns’ cruise port is situated next to the vibrant city centre. Here you’ll find extensive shopping and dining experiences, and direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Tropical Rainforests. Top landmarks and sights in Cairns. Cairns boasts an array of waterfalls and untamed rainforests, combined with a bustling city centre. There’s truly something to suit all tastes. Be treated to a breathtaking bird's eye view by taking to the sky in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The gondola cableway spans 7.5 kilometres over the lush UNESCO Wet Tropics of Queensland Rainforest connecting Cairns to Kuranda. It’s not only a unique experience and a fun way to immerse yourself in nature, but also an ideal way to witness the beauty of the world’s oldest rainforest ecosystem in the Barron Gorge National Park. You could also take in the delights of the scenic, heritage-listed Cairns to Kuranda railway ride. The line, constructed in 1891, takes you from Cairns, over the Great Dividing Range, to the tranquil mountain village of Kuranda. Enjoy taking in the scenery of the Macalister Range, the suburbs of Stratford, Freshwater, and Redlynch, before stopping at a lookout point providing stunning views of Barron Falls. Cairns is a haven for nature and wildlife lovers. Each year, visitors flock to the Great Barrier Reef, via Cairns, to swim, snorkel and dive with more than 1,500 marine species.Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the reef, known as the Final Frontier. Here you can see the start of where raw Australia begins. Offering an array of diverse natural beauty and unique flora and fauna - among the many species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and frogs – you’ll be immersed in wildlife in this lush natural haven. Things to do in Cairns. One of the city’s best-known landmarks is the famous lagoon. Conveniently located on the Cairns esplanade, you can easily access this hotspot while exploring the city centre. The lagoon is roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool, with a depth of around 1.6 metres. The 4,800 square metre saltwater pool is lined with parks, shady trees, boardwalks, and barbecues. Whether you are looking for a spot to swim or simply unwind, its central location and changing facilities make the Cairns esplanade lagoon an ideal and convenient place to visit. Head down to Cairns Harbour, also known as Cairns Marlin Marina, and find a gateway to the city’s oceanic attractions. The marina boasts a modern architectural style, and its contemporary glass design will no doubt soon fill your camera roll. For a relaxed, slow-paced afternoon, why not meander along the marina and perhaps stop to enjoy a coffee, while you watch boats come and go?The Cairns Museum, located in the heart of the city centre, is well worth a visit to discover the history of Cairns and Far North Queensland. Offering a snapshot into the dynamic region and its people, past and present, the museum holds an eclectic mix of collections and stories celebrating local heritage.

Day 8-10 - 23rd, 24th 25th - October - At Sea

At Sea

Day 11 - 26th October - Darwin

Situated on the remote northern shores of Australia’s ‘Top End,’ balmy Darwin has matured from its early days as a true frontier settlement to become a welcoming, lively and multicultural modern city. Darwin is a thriving, multifaceted city and capital of Australia's Northern Territory - one of the most remote and sparsely populated regions in the country. Built on the Timor Sea, the city is the gateway to some of Northern Australia’s most striking natural scenery, while its proximity to South East Asia has fuelled Darwin’s status as a bridge between the country and neighbouring Indonesia. Colossal mountains, verdant grasslands and sprawling national parks surround Darwin’s bustling urban centre, while characterful taverns, unique cultural attractions and a fabulous assortment of fresh fish restaurants reinforce the city’s welcoming, congenial feel. With fascinating museums, illuminating history and expansive parks, there’s a wealth to entertain visitors on a port call to this beautiful part of Northern Australia. Find inspiration in the indigenous art at the Museum of Northern Territory or venture into the subterranean WWII Oil Storage Tunnels at Darwin waterfront. The Darwin Military Museum recounts historical events using captivating, multimedia exhibits, while George B. Darwin Botanic Gardens is an oasis of native tropical fauna that can’t fail to invigorate the senses. Finally, when the tide gets high, don’t miss the chance to hand-feed hundreds of fish at Aquascene on Darwin’s Doctors Gully.

Day 12-13 - 27th & 28th October - At Sea

At Sea

Day 14 - 29th October - Bali

Bali is a vision of ethereal beauty, where ribbons of pale sand unravel along an azure sea, emerald rice terraces and stone-carved temples pierce the landscape. The Indonesian island of Bali delights visitors with its white sandy beaches, vibrant rice paddies and sacred Hindu temples. From Tanjung Benoa, where your Bali cruise calls, it’s just a short drive to the fishing port of Jimbaran Bay or the sublime beaches of upmarket Nusa Dua. Enjoying a warm year-round climate, Bali is a popular retreat for surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and reef divers. While those who prefer to relax find themselves quickly unwinding in this spiritual land where serenity seems to infuse the air. Savour freshly barbequed seafood while looking out to sea and delight in the opportunity to slow down and just be. Whether you’re seeking rest and relaxation, authentic Southeast Asian cuisine or action and adventure, you’ll find it in Bali. Cruises call at Tanjung Benoa on the south of the island, an area known for its excellent water sports. You’ll find everything from jet skiing and parasailing to snorkelling on offer, with the waters around Tanjung Benoa both pleasantly warm and calm. If high-adrenaline activities don’t appeal, a glass-bottomed boat ride will give you a look at local marine life without getting wet, while the temples of Pura Dalem Ning and Pura Taman Beji offer a serene insight into the spiritual side of Balinese culture.

Day 15-16 - 30th & 31st October - At Sea

At Sea

Day 17 - 1st November - Broome

Nestled on the north coast of Western Australia is the small but mighty town of Broome, renowned for its striking natural coastline and prosperity in the 20th century pearl trade. Broome is where visitors are invited to feel at once at home and on holiday. It’s where different cultures live together harmoniously. It’s where the tempting turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet vibrant red beaches. You could spend a slow-paced afternoon on the beach, perhaps cooling down every so often by dipping your toes in the warm surf. For a more active experience, maybe you’d prefer to spend time exploring the town’s museums and historical sites. This tropical port town brings opportunities for a glimpse into Australia’s interesting past, while at the same time offering many fresh and innovative experiences.

Day 18-19 - 2nd & 3rd November - At Sea

At Sea

Day 20 - 4th November - Geraldton

The largest city north of Perth, Geraldton’s ultra-white sands and Mediterranean climate are a magnet for sunseekers, while its coast attracts anglers and water sports enthusiasts from miles around. The largest city north of Perth, Geraldton’s ultra-white sands and Mediterranean climate are a magnet for sunseekers, while its coast attracts anglers and water sports enthusiasts from miles around. The city is one of Western Australia’s most picturesque; its streets liberally lined with murals, statues, and sculptures. Take a scenic wander along the city’s foreshore, savour the sweetness of a freshly caught rock lobster (a Geraldton specialty), or take a step back in time, exploring the relics of shipwrecks past; just one of many insightful displays at Museum of Geraldton.

Day 21 - 5th November - Perth

Perth’s spectacular growth in recent times makes the old historic port of Fremantle seem tiny in comparison. Eighty per cent of Western Australia’s population lives in or around this sunny metropolis. They say you can’t please everyone, but Perth may prove to be the exception to that rule. The city’s urban sprawl is awash with fusion flavours, fashionable boutiques and innovative museums but Western Australia’s capital impresses in other ways too. Its Kings Park and Botanic Garden are one of the largest inner-city green spaces; eclipsing even New York’s Central Park. Outstanding beaches decorate Perth’s coastline, while verdant wineries surround its inland fringes. Throw in the world’s largest gold coin (one of Perth’s many novel claims to fame) and you begin to appreciate why the city is so many things to so many people.

Day 22 - 6th November - At Sea

At Sea

Day 23- 7th November - Albany

On the southern tip of Western Australia’s coast, the port city of Albany preserves a rich convict and settler history alongside a number of cultural attractions including museums, galleries, and colonial buildings. What was once a whaling town now showcases its idyllic turquoise seas, unique forests, and rocky coast edge, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Established in 1826, the port of Albany is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia. Originally playing a key role in facilitating trade in the region, today Albany port is also a thriving hub for tourism. When you step on shore at Albany Port, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the first European settlers that reached Western Australia. With centuries of colonial history, this city proudly displays a skyline that includes historic buildings and sites visible on arrival. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about exploring the port city of Albany.

Day 24-25 - 8th & 9th November - At Sea

At Sea

Day 26 - 10th November - Adelaide

A charming city serving exceptional views, the port of Adelaide boasts a charismatic coastline and plenty of vast, open green space. Upon arrival in Port Adelaide, you’ll see the Port Adelaide River. Here, if you’re lucky, you might witness a magical performance courtesy of the resident population of bottlenose dolphins. This seaport suburb is situated northwest of mainland Adelaide and north of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Port Adelaide serves as a gateway to culinary delicacies, a captivating art scene, and native wildlife, and brings plenty of opportunities to make unforgettable memories. Founded by the first harbourmaster, Captain Thomas Lipson, Port Adelaide has operated as a hub of entry to Australia for over 185 years. It’s a place whose people rightly pride themselves on their rich historical and cultural background. Feel at once at home in this inviting land, indulge in local food markets, learn about maritime history, and admire beautiful 19th-century buildings. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about exploring the delightful port town of Adelaide.

Day 27 - 11th November - At Sea

At Sea

Day 28 -12th November - Melbourne

On arrival into Melbourne Cardwells will be waiting to transfer you back to your original locations. After a very memorable and rare experience of Circumnavigating Australia.

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Tour Terms and Conditions:

Cardwell’s Coach & International act as an agent for Cunard only. By booking on this tour, you accept Cunards conditions enclosed and understand that you are booking on a Cunard Cruise. For the portion of bus travel completed by Cardwells Coach & International Travel. Our service will be suspended in the event of Force majeure including pandemic, natural disaster, terrorist attack.

Passenger Pickup: We offer passenger pickup and return location subject to approval by Cardwell’s Coach & International Travel.

 

Deposit: $1,187.50 per person

Final Payment: 90 Days before Departure.

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