P&O SYDNEY TO BARRIER REEF

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We dedicate this itinerary to our incredible Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world. With three ports from which you can explore the pristine reef, coral cays and tropical islands, take the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again.
1 - 6 Persons Per Booking

Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1 Sydney
Sydney is home to two of the world’s most famous landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, both perfectly situated on the magnificent harbour.
Depart: 16:00
Day 2 At Sea

The Pacific Adventure is P&O’s newest and largest ship. From the new twin racer waterslide and indoor/outdoor family area, to the restaurants, bars and show you love, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Pacific Adventure.

Things To Do

  • Twin Racer Waterslide - The Twin Racer is specifically designed for people to race each other against the clock. It has two 135m tubes including two sections which are transparent so racers can keep tabs on their opponent as they rush towards the finish.
  • Family Entertainment Area - A dedicated family entertainment area, which also includes a pool under a sliding glass roof so guests can swim any time of the year.
  • P&O Edge Adventure Park - The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Try Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.
  • World-Famous Pizza - Just like mamma used to make! P&O’s enticing onboard pizzeria, 400 Gradi, serves up cheesy pizzas and classic Italian fare inspired by award-winning chef, Johnny Di Francesco.
  • Lawn Bowls - Hit the green and try your hand at a game of barefoot bowls.
  • Shell & Bones - From land to sea, the menu at Shell and Bones is perfect for seafood lovers, meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Don’t miss the hot seafood extravaganza for two, sensational! Open for dinner.
  • New Restaurant From Luke Mangan - Sample a delicious, artisanal creations at Luke Mangan’s new restaurant.
  • Adventure Hotel - Try a range of delicious brews in the cosy pub atmosphere of the Adventure Hotel.
  • Blue Room - Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes at P&O’s Blue Room.
  • Kids Clubs - As soon as the whole family is enjoying themselves, the holiday truly begins! P&O cruise ships offer four age-specific kids clubs, all included in your fare. Endless activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports games are on offer – not to mention newfound friends. Safety and well-being is extremely important. That’s why all kids clubs are fully supervised.
  • Family Fun Fair - P&O’s very own family fair is full to the brim with fun. With games, stalls, face painting and prizes, there’s fun for the whole family.
  • Onboard Parties - Onboard parties are one of a kind with DJs, performers and incredible themes. The best bit? The whole ship is always invited.
  • Comedy - Get ready for side-splitting entertainment. There are laughs to be had with comedians on every cruise.
  • Movie Night - From chick flicks to action-filled adventures, or blockbusters that keep the whole family entertained, catch a movie at the outdoor Big Screen or indoor cinema.
  • Spa - There’s a whole menu of spa experiences for you to pamper yourself with while onboard. Or get a new ‘do’ at the full-service hair salon.
  • Fitness - Stay fit and healthy with the fitness centre, exercise track and dance classes.
  • Shopping - Get some retail therapy at the tax- and duty-free retailers.#

*Not included in your fare. Facilities, services and entertainment vary by ship.

#Tax and duty-free shopping is not available on Australian Coastal cruises, except Queensland Coastal cruises featuring Willis Island.

Day 3 Brisbane
Brisbane is a city full of contradictions. It’s a place of shorts and thongs and high finance. It is both sophisticated and rustic. A city eager to change, yet reluctant to abandon its old ways!

Arrive: 08:00, Depart: 18:00

Day 4 At Sea

The Pacific Adventure is P&O’s newest and largest ship. From the new twin racer waterslide and indoor/outdoor family area, to the restaurants, bars and show you love, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Pacific Adventure.

Things To Do

  • Twin Racer Waterslide - The Twin Racer is specifically designed for people to race each other against the clock. It has two 135m tubes including two sections which are transparent so racers can keep tabs on their opponent as they rush towards the finish.
  • Family Entertainment Area - A dedicated family entertainment area, which also includes a pool under a sliding glass roof so guests can swim any time of the year.
  • P&O Edge Adventure Park - The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Try Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.
  • World-Famous Pizza - Just like mamma used to make! P&O’s enticing onboard pizzeria, 400 Gradi, serves up cheesy pizzas and classic Italian fare inspired by award-winning chef, Johnny Di Francesco.
  • Lawn Bowls - Hit the green and try your hand at a game of barefoot bowls.
  • Shell & Bones - From land to sea, the menu at Shell and Bones is perfect for seafood lovers, meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Don’t miss the hot seafood extravaganza for two, sensational! Open for dinner.
  • New Restaurant From Luke Mangan - Sample a delicious, artisanal creations at Luke Mangan’s new restaurant.
  • Adventure Hotel - Try a range of delicious brews in the cosy pub atmosphere of the Adventure Hotel.
  • Blue Room - Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes at P&O’s Blue Room.
  • Kids Clubs - As soon as the whole family is enjoying themselves, the holiday truly begins! P&O cruise ships offer four age-specific kids clubs, all included in your fare. Endless activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports games are on offer – not to mention newfound friends. Safety and well-being is extremely important. That’s why all kids clubs are fully supervised.
  • Family Fun Fair - P&O’s very own family fair is full to the brim with fun. With games, stalls, face painting and prizes, there’s fun for the whole family.
  • Onboard Parties - Onboard parties are one of a kind with DJs, performers and incredible themes. The best bit? The whole ship is always invited.
  • Comedy - Get ready for side-splitting entertainment. There are laughs to be had with comedians on every cruise.
  • Movie Night - From chick flicks to action-filled adventures, or blockbusters that keep the whole family entertained, catch a movie at the outdoor Big Screen or indoor cinema.
  • Spa - There’s a whole menu of spa experiences for you to pamper yourself with while onboard. Or get a new ‘do’ at the full-service hair salon.
  • Fitness - Stay fit and healthy with the fitness centre, exercise track and dance classes.
  • Shopping - Get some retail therapy at the tax- and duty-free retailers.#

*Not included in your fare. Facilities, services and entertainment vary by ship.

#Tax and duty-free shopping is not available on Australian Coastal cruises, except Queensland Coastal cruises featuring Willis Island.

Day 5 Airlie Beach

The magnificent sights are the hallmark of a Whitsundays holiday.

The Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands to the north of Queensland are mostly the tips of submerged mountains. The entire area boasts of excellent beaches and crystal clear waters. To make the most of your holidays, sail around the islands and stop wherever you find an interesting hideaway. While the bigger islands have resorts, the smaller ones are mostly uninhabited.

Things To Do*

  • Beautiful Whitehaven Beach - A trip to the Whitsundays isn’t complete without stepping foot on world-famous Whitehaven Beach, on the eastern half of uninhabited Whitsunday Island. Jump aboard P&O’s half day tour where you can laze in the sun on the beautiful white sands of one of the world’s best beaches. Pure white pristine silica sand and crystal clear waters make this a perfect destination for your day in the Whitsundays!
  • Go on a sailing trip around the islands - When in Airlie Beach there’s no question that you should make arrangements to sail around the Whitsunday islands. The port at Airlie Beach is actually one of the busiest in Australia, with numerous tours leaving each day.
  • Take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef - Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a must! There are many ways to experience this magnificent natural wonder. Whether you take a glass-bottom boat ride, visit an underwater observatory or swim and snorkel around the reef, you are in for an unforgettable day.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 07:00, Depart: 16:00

Day 6 Cairns

Cairns is surrounded by a natural wonderland – the glorious Coral Sea on one side and lush rainforest hinterland on the other.

Although European mariners sailed past the region from around the 17th century, and possibly even as early as the 16th, it wasn’t until Captain James Cook chartered the coastline in 1770 that far north Queensland finally made its way onto the map. Even then it took until the latter half of the 19th century before Europeans made their way through treacherous reefs and almost impenetrable rainforest to finally arrive at what is now Cairns. Timber cutting, agriculture and mining soon drew more European, Chinese and Malay settlers. Initially established in 1876 as a settlement and port serving newly discovered gold fields, increased activity associated with agriculture also soon began. Cairns remained a sleepy frontier town for many years, until the sugar industry ignited a growth spurt after the Second World War.

Things To Do*

  • Great Barrier Reef - One of the main reasons travellers journey to Cairns is to experience the Great Barrier Reef. There are a huge range of activities, tours and cruises to choose from. Boats heading out to the reef depart from jetties near The Esplanade.
  • Take a look around town - Enjoy a swim in the man-made swimming lagoon located on The Esplanade, fronting Trinity Inlet. Along The Esplanade you’ll also find The Pier Marketplace, walking trails and an amphitheater. If you want to learn about the culture, way of life and dreaming of indigenous Australian’s, the superb Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is well worth a visit. It is located in Smithfield, to the north of the city, near Yorkeys Knob.
  • Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway - Glide just metres over the rainforest canopy onboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy spectacular views over Cairns and the surrounding World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests. Alternatively, join the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, constructed more than 100 years ago and take a scenic journey through the mountains.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 09:00

Day 7 Cairns

Cairns is surrounded by a natural wonderland – the glorious Coral Sea on one side and lush rainforest hinterland on the other.

Although European mariners sailed past the region from around the 17th century, and possibly even as early as the 16th, it wasn’t until Captain James Cook chartered the coastline in 1770 that far north Queensland finally made its way onto the map. Even then it took until the latter half of the 19th century before Europeans made their way through treacherous reefs and almost impenetrable rainforest to finally arrive at what is now Cairns. Timber cutting, agriculture and mining soon drew more European, Chinese and Malay settlers. Initially established in 1876 as a settlement and port serving newly discovered gold fields, increased activity associated with agriculture also soon began. Cairns remained a sleepy frontier town for many years, until the sugar industry ignited a growth spurt after the Second World War.

Things To Do*

  • Great Barrier Reef - One of the main reasons travellers journey to Cairns is to experience the Great Barrier Reef. There are a huge range of activities, tours and cruises to choose from. Boats heading out to the reef depart from jetties near The Esplanade.
  • Take a look around town - Enjoy a swim in the man-made swimming lagoon located on The Esplanade, fronting Trinity Inlet. Along The Esplanade you’ll also find The Pier Marketplace, walking trails and an amphitheater. If you want to learn about the culture, way of life and dreaming of indigenous Australian’s, the superb Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is well worth a visit. It is located in Smithfield, to the north of the city, near Yorkeys Knob.
  • Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway - Glide just metres over the rainforest canopy onboard the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and enjoy spectacular views over Cairns and the surrounding World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests. Alternatively, join the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway, constructed more than 100 years ago and take a scenic journey through the mountains.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Depart: 17:00

Day 8 Willis Island (Drop Anchor)

Many of these small islands and islets are uninhabited. They are literally just drops of sand in the ocean. We won’t be landing here, but thought you might like to take a closer look. Enjoy some time contemplating the quiet and tranquility, and marveling at the sights.

Willis Island is one of a number of atolls and cays that stretch across 780,000 square kilometres of Australia’s Coral Sea Islands Territory.

Willis Island formed tens of thousands of years ago when coral grew on a seamount or ancient volcano that drowned after the last ice age when sea waters rose. Slowly, wave action pounded the coral into coarse sand, then seabirds helped vegetate what would have otherwise been a barren lump in the ocean. Their droppings contained the seeds, and provided the fertiliser that gradually built up the thick vegetation on the island. Willis Island’s real value to Australia has been as a weather station. Since 1921 it has provided north east Queensland with an early warning “ear” that detects cyclones. Located 450 kilometres northeast of Townsville, Willis Island is one of Australia’s most remote weather stations. It is staffed by three observers and one technician who live and work there for six months at a time.

Things To Do*

  • Birdlife - Willis Island is home to gannets, terns and high flying frigate birds. Boobies and wedge-tailed shearwaters can also be seen in the surrounding waters, or nesting on the atoll.
  • Green turtles - Willis Island is a rookery for green turtles. You might see them swimming near the island or enjoying the sun. Green turtles can grow to just over a metre in length.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Arrive: 09:00, Depart: 10:00

Day 9 At Sea

The Pacific Adventure is P&O’s newest and largest ship. From the new twin racer waterslide and indoor/outdoor family area, to the restaurants, bars and show you love, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Pacific Adventure.

Things To Do

  • Twin Racer Waterslide - The Twin Racer is specifically designed for people to race each other against the clock. It has two 135m tubes including two sections which are transparent so racers can keep tabs on their opponent as they rush towards the finish.
  • Family Entertainment Area - A dedicated family entertainment area, which also includes a pool under a sliding glass roof so guests can swim any time of the year.
  • P&O Edge Adventure Park - The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Try Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.
  • World-Famous Pizza - Just like mamma used to make! P&O’s enticing onboard pizzeria, 400 Gradi, serves up cheesy pizzas and classic Italian fare inspired by award-winning chef, Johnny Di Francesco.
  • Lawn Bowls - Hit the green and try your hand at a game of barefoot bowls.
  • Shell & Bones - From land to sea, the menu at Shell and Bones is perfect for seafood lovers, meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Don’t miss the hot seafood extravaganza for two, sensational! Open for dinner.
  • New Restaurant From Luke Mangan - Sample a delicious, artisanal creations at Luke Mangan’s new restaurant.
  • Adventure Hotel - Try a range of delicious brews in the cosy pub atmosphere of the Adventure Hotel.
  • Blue Room - Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes at P&O’s Blue Room.
  • Kids Clubs - As soon as the whole family is enjoying themselves, the holiday truly begins! P&O cruise ships offer four age-specific kids clubs, all included in your fare. Endless activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports games are on offer – not to mention newfound friends. Safety and well-being is extremely important. That’s why all kids clubs are fully supervised.
  • Family Fun Fair - P&O’s very own family fair is full to the brim with fun. With games, stalls, face painting and prizes, there’s fun for the whole family.
  • Onboard Parties - Onboard parties are one of a kind with DJs, performers and incredible themes. The best bit? The whole ship is always invited.
  • Comedy - Get ready for side-splitting entertainment. There are laughs to be had with comedians on every cruise.
  • Movie Night - From chick flicks to action-filled adventures, or blockbusters that keep the whole family entertained, catch a movie at the outdoor Big Screen or indoor cinema.
  • Spa - There’s a whole menu of spa experiences for you to pamper yourself with while onboard. Or get a new ‘do’ at the full-service hair salon.
  • Fitness - Stay fit and healthy with the fitness centre, exercise track and dance classes.
  • Shopping - Get some retail therapy at the tax- and duty-free retailers.#

*Not included in your fare. Facilities, services and entertainment vary by ship.

#Tax and duty-free shopping is not available on Australian Coastal cruises, except Queensland Coastal cruises featuring Willis Island.

Day 10 At Sea

The Pacific Adventure is P&O’s newest and largest ship. From the new twin racer waterslide and indoor/outdoor family area, to the restaurants, bars and show you love, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the Pacific Adventure.

Things To Do

  • Twin Racer Waterslide - The Twin Racer is specifically designed for people to race each other against the clock. It has two 135m tubes including two sections which are transparent so racers can keep tabs on their opponent as they rush towards the finish.
  • Family Entertainment Area - A dedicated family entertainment area, which also includes a pool under a sliding glass roof so guests can swim any time of the year.
  • P&O Edge Adventure Park - The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Try Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.
  • World-Famous Pizza - Just like mamma used to make! P&O’s enticing onboard pizzeria, 400 Gradi, serves up cheesy pizzas and classic Italian fare inspired by award-winning chef, Johnny Di Francesco.
  • Lawn Bowls - Hit the green and try your hand at a game of barefoot bowls.
  • Shell & Bones - From land to sea, the menu at Shell and Bones is perfect for seafood lovers, meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Don’t miss the hot seafood extravaganza for two, sensational! Open for dinner.
  • New Restaurant From Luke Mangan - Sample a delicious, artisanal creations at Luke Mangan’s new restaurant.
  • Adventure Hotel - Try a range of delicious brews in the cosy pub atmosphere of the Adventure Hotel.
  • Blue Room - Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes at P&O’s Blue Room.
  • Kids Clubs - As soon as the whole family is enjoying themselves, the holiday truly begins! P&O cruise ships offer four age-specific kids clubs, all included in your fare. Endless activities such as arts and crafts, music and sports games are on offer – not to mention newfound friends. Safety and well-being is extremely important. That’s why all kids clubs are fully supervised.
  • Family Fun Fair - P&O’s very own family fair is full to the brim with fun. With games, stalls, face painting and prizes, there’s fun for the whole family.
  • Onboard Parties - Onboard parties are one of a kind with DJs, performers and incredible themes. The best bit? The whole ship is always invited.
  • Comedy - Get ready for side-splitting entertainment. There are laughs to be had with comedians on every cruise.
  • Movie Night - From chick flicks to action-filled adventures, or blockbusters that keep the whole family entertained, catch a movie at the outdoor Big Screen or indoor cinema.
  • Spa - There’s a whole menu of spa experiences for you to pamper yourself with while onboard. Or get a new ‘do’ at the full-service hair salon.
  • Fitness - Stay fit and healthy with the fitness centre, exercise track and dance classes.
  • Shopping - Get some retail therapy at the tax- and duty-free retailers.#

*Not included in your fare. Facilities, services and entertainment vary by ship.

#Tax and duty-free shopping is not available on Australian Coastal cruises, except Queensland Coastal cruises featuring Willis Island.

Day 11 Sydney
Arrive: 06:00
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