Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons [ST-RT2024]
18 Days: Coastal Road Trip, Wildlife & Icons [ST-RT2024]
Starting at
$3,475
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Apollo Bay (1), Mt Gambier (1), Victor Harbor (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (2), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included.
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Adelaide to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hire - 6 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Melbourne City Location and drop-off at Adelaide City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Kangaroo Island: Island Life Tour; Adelaide: Central Market Discovery Tour; Port Douglas: Sail Away to the Low Isles, Daintree Dreaming Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hidden Secrets of Melbourne Tours

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic small group, guided walking tour!

Join your passionate local guide, who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia.

Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!

On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques.

After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne!

Operates Daily except Sundays. Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case. Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required. General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way. Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking. Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.

Inclusions Morning coffee & tea. 3 hour guided walking tour. Knowledgeable and professional local guide. Lunch. City map.

Alternate Tours Available Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers. Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues. Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks. Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots. Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Melbourne Highlights River Cruise

Discover the beautiful city of Melbourne from a unique perspective on the Yarra River. A complete river cruising experience, the River Gardens and Port & Docklands Cruise.

Melbourne River Cruises, showcasing the city and its important Yarra river landmarks to locals and visitors alike for over 30 years. Cruise past Melbourne’s major attractions including the Botanical Gardens, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and sporting precinct, Federation Square, Southbank and Docklands.

River Gardens: Within moments of departing Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct you are cruising through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of our famous sporting arenas

Port and Docklands: Meander past Melbourne CBD and discover some of the landings of our early settlers. Now one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern hemisphere, Victoria Docks will give you a snapshot of our rich maritime heritage.

We operate every day of the year. Every cruise offers interesting and informative commentary with complimentary tea and coffee as our passengers enjoy a relaxing journey.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island with Penguin Plus

Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.

Your unforgettable day will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas.

Next, stop is Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, drive to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests.

Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black-tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It’s time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

* Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended in all seasons.
Tour Times: Summer/Daylight Savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April): approximately 2:00pm-11:00pm; Winter (All Other Times of the Year): approximately 1:00pm-10:30pm.
This tour does not run on Christmas – 25 Dec or New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec.
Min: 2 Adults; Max: 11 people; Tour Duration is 8-9hours.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.

Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.

Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.

Insider's Tip: Federation Square

Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the centre of the city known as Melbourne’s meeting place, Federation Square! Showcasing a creative mix of attractions it boasts 15 restaurants, cafes and bars and over 2000 events annually making this a must see in Melbourne!


Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards, Federation Square embraces some of the world’s most stunning architecture with a wide array of attractions. Situated on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation the Square supports the nation’s contemporary expression and values the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people of this area. Be sure to check out the Atrium, a major challenge made of glass, steel and zinc.



Flanked by Zinc, this centre provides access to The Square which features the paved sandstone cobbles from Western Australia and spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River. Don’t forget to make a stop off at the Wharf which offers up the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service.

If you just happen to be in Melbourne on a Thursday night be sure to take advantage of the late night program! Open until 9pm, the Ian Potter Centre is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art which showcases a spectacular array of over 20 galleries housed within this landmark architectural complex. Also open until 9pm, don’t miss the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which is the first centre of its kind in the world with its dedication to the moving image in all its forms – from early cinema to the latest digital media – it certainly offers a unique experience for visitors from around the globe.

Tours can be booked via the Melbourne Visitors Centre onsite at Federation Square: Tours depart daily, Monday – Saturday at 11am (50 minutes duration) Group limit: 15 people Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Federation Square

Day 4 - Taxi from Melbourne Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 4 to 10 - 6 Day Car Rental, for Melbourne to Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for six days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 4 - Self-Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your self drive in Melbourne. Your journey will take you south through Geelong and Torquay and then turn westward towards Apollo Bay.

Self Drive – Melbourne to Apollo Bay – 186 km, 2 hours & 35 minutes


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Pick up your rental car in Melbourne and begin your short and scenic drive to Apollo Bay. Along the way, you will see majestic monoliths standing tall sea, bottomless fern gullies, and eucalyptus trees brimming with life as they meet the coastline that plunges into the breathtaking Southern Ocean. Make your way through Geelong and then continue on to Torquay. Once you have arrived here, your journey will turn westward. Stop along the way for photos, traditional billy tea, and enjoy the awe-inspiring coastal sights. Continue on to Apollo Bay, with its luscious green Otway hills and laidback lifestyle. Apollo Bay is a quiet coastal city, known for its farming and fishing. You will spend one night here.

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Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Great Ocean Road Helicopter Ride

Take time on your Australia self-drive or day tour to experience Victoria’s Great Ocean Road from a helicopter!

Experience panoramic views of Victoria’s amazing coastline. Fly over the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, then see the charming town of Port Campbell from above.

Travel further along the majestic coast to London Bridge, which collapsed in 1990 leaving two people stranded on the newly formed island. Other incredible features you’ll see along the way include The Sentinel, Two Mile Bay and Point Hesse.

Operates

Daily, weather permitting.

Need to Know

– Minimum of two passengers required.
– Maximum of 7 passengers allowed.
– Groups of four or five passengers who would like to fly together will need to share a flight with other customers if available or split into two groups no greater than three.
– Passengers must weigh less than 300lbs each.
– Total passenger weight combined must be less than 660lbs.

Times

Flights depart throughout the day on demand and last 15 minutes.

Inclusions

– 15-minute flight.
– Views of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Sentinel, The Arch and London Bridge.

Upgrades

This amazing 15-minute helicopter ride can be upgraded at an additional cost to include any of the following:

1. Flying beyond the London Bridge you will continue on to the Bay of Islands. These smaller versions of the Twelve Apostles seem to float in the ocean. (25 min)

2. Add on the entire Shipwreck Coast with this ultimate helicopter ride. Making your way down to Cape Otway, the southern-most point of Western Victoria. You will learn about Castle Cove and Wreck Beach. See the 150 year old lighthouse, built solely to prevent any further shipwrecks along the coast. (50 min)

Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation in Apollo Bay

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Apollo Bay.

Stay in the picturesque green foothills of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay. Visit gorgeous valleys just a few kilometres out of town full of rainforests, waterfalls, streams and fireflies or take a spectacular bush walk. Participate in every water sport imaginable from surfing to fishing to diving or just lounging on the beach. Nearby Cape Otway has nature walks through petrified forests and walks to mighty water falls or you can visit some of the highest ocean cliffs in Victoria on your way to the Cape Otway lighthouse, one of the most significant lighthouses in Australia (Open daily).

Your four star accommodation is centrally located in Apollo Bay. During your stay you will have access to laundry facilities, free coffee, hi-speed web access, in-room air conditioning, an outdoor pool and 100 percent non-smoking facilities.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Day 5 - Self Drive from Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier

Continue your self drive in Apollo Bay down the Great Ocean Road. Continue no the Princes Highway through Warnambool and Port Fairy. You will join the Henty Highway and travel north until you rejoin the Princes Highway once again, taking you to Mount Gambier.

Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier, 4 hr 25 min


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Depart Apollo Bay today as you continue on the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you may stop at many attractions, such as Port Campbell National Park or Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Your drive should be relaxing, scenic, and enjoyable.

Continue on the Princes Highway headed towards Warnambool. You may stop at Logan’s Beach on the eastern side of the city, which is recognised as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale. Most years one, two or three adult female whales arrive between late May and August, giving birth within days of their arrival.

From Warnambool, you will pass Port Fairy, which is the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean. Port Fairy was named after the crew of the whaler The Fairy in 1828. It is the home of one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets. If you detour to visit the Otway National Park, and Cape Otway, you will need to add approximately 90 minutes to your driving time between Apollo Bay and Port Fairy.

Depart Port Fairy and continue to Portland. At Portland, you will join the Henty Highway and travel north to Heywood. At Heywood, you will turn left and re-join the Princes Highway. Along the way, you may want to stop at the picturesque Lower Glenelg National Park. The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the river has carved a spectacular gorge up to 50 metres deep through limestone. River erosion and the action of rainwater have created a remarkable cave.There are great places for fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking along the Glenelg River. Explore Lower Glenelg and Discovery Bay on the 250 kilometre Great South West Walk, linking Portland and Nelson via the river and coast. Another highlight is the Princess Margaret Rose Cave, where you can join a guided tour of amazing limestone formations.

Continue onto Mount Gambier for one night’s accommodation.

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Days 5 to 6 - 1 Night Accommodation in Mount Gambier

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay 1 night whilst in Mt. Gambier.

Your vacation accommodation in Mt. Gambier is nestled amongst five acres of lush, landscaped gardens, near Mount Gambier in the fertile limestone Coast region of South Australia, mid-way between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Dine at The Barn Steakhouse where the finest local grass –fed beef is aged on the premises and cooked to perfection for you over mallee coals. The Steakhouse boasts a nationally recognized wine list featuring over 400 selections, specializing in the great wines of Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast.

Photo Credit: Mt. Gambier Tourism

Day 6 - Self Drive from Mount Gambier to Victor Harbour

Continue your self drive from Mount Gambier. You will drive along Riddoch Highway, Dukes Highway, and Princes Highway headed towards Victor Harbor.

Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor, 4 hr 53 min


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Depart Mount Gambier in the morning and head to Riddoch Highway (A66). In about an hour and 15 minutes, you will pass Naracoorte, a city famous for its World Heritage. Consider stopping at the Naracoorte Caves National Park- a site that preserves Australia’s most complete fossil record for the past 500,000 years. There are about 26 caves at Naracoorte Caves National Park, though not all are open to the public. Some are set aside for scientific research or for protection of the caves and their contents. The cost to enter the park is free; however, tour fees apply. The most common mammals you will see are western grey kangaroos, but echidnas, wombats and sugar gliders also live here. In the evening you may be lucky enough to see brushtail possums emerging from the caves and trees to go about their nocturnal business. The park’s walking trails are a bird watcher’s paradise with thornbills, rosellas and honeyeaters in large numbers. In the gardens around the Wonambi Fossil Centre and the café you may also spot rare eastern yellow robins and eastern spinebills.

From Riddoch Highway, you will turn onto Duke’s Highway (A8 – Signs for Coonalpyn/Adelaide) and drive for about 100 km and then merge once again onto Princes Highway (A1) for another 125 km. This will take you to Murray Bridge, under three hours away. Murray Bridge is a city that boasts a vibrant river lifestyle. With a great climate, the region hosts more than 1.1 million visitors every year for business and holidays. Attractions include water sports, boating, fishing, swimming, motor sports, recreation, walking trails, restaurants and the International pedal prix. The Murray River is indeed a popular tourist attraction within South Australia – with Murray Bridge being the “crown” of the Murray Region, containing many attractions for people of all ages. The Murray River is a picturesque site of houseboats, paddle steamers and happy, relaxed people.

From Murray Bridge, consider taking a detour in Goolwa, which is just under an hour’s drive. Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray Mouth in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. The name “Goolwa” means “elbow” in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language. Goolwa in February of every odd-numbered year, Goolwa hosts the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The town is a popular holiday destination and home to the PS Oscar W, a paddle steamer.

From Goolwa, you will continue onto Victor Harbor, which is a short 20 minutes away. The township of Victor Harbor has long been a favoured holiday destination. Situated 80 kilometres south of Adelaide with a southern ocean frontage, the township offers an enjoyable experience for everyone. The panoramic views of the rugged granite landmark bluff and the well-known Granite Island are stunning. In winter the Southern Right Whales can be seen basking at Encounter Bay, only metres from the shore line.

Continue on to Victor Harbor; board a dolphin cruise (all year round), or a whale watching cruise (June – September) from Granite Island.

Spend one night in Victor Harbor before departing to Adelaide.

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Days 6 to 7 - 1 Night Accommodation in Victor Harbor

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Victor Harbor.

Situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor offers a bit of it all. From here you can experience coastal wildlife, sea views, relaxing strolls and adventure. When entering Victor Harbor be sure to look for the Bluff summit. The Bluff summit was created when granite formed by magma squeezed up from the deep in the continental crust about 500 million years ago. (The views from the summit are amazing but there is a 500m climb requiring a moderate level of fitness.) Try to find the time for a ride on the Clydesdale horse tram. This tram crosses a 600m wooden causeway to Granite Island, home to a colony of little penguins and the 2.9km Kaiki Trail. On your crossing be sure to look for schools of fish swimming around & under the causeway and for dolphins, seals and whales on the horizon. Return tickets on the tram are $7.00 per adult AUD (subject to change).

Your 3.5 star accommodation is located near the beach in Victor Harbor. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities, free coffee, wireless internet, and an on-site restaurant.

Photo Credit: South Australia

Insider Tip: The Historic Cockle Train with Spectacular Coastal Scenery

The historic Cockle Train exposes some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and perfect views of the Southern Ocean – in winter the home of Southern Right Whale.

The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor.
Why is this icon journey called the “Cockle Train”? In early days of settlement, the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day’s outing and thus gained its name.

The Cockle Train is based at the Goolwa Train Depot and commences its run each day at Goolwa station, in the historic Wharf Precinct alongside the River Murray. After crossing the main Goolwa to Victor road the line heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up or dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast. The station here is operated by the local National Trust and features a small historical museum.

After leaving Port Elliot the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers then experience some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean – in winter the home of Southern Right Whale.

After a 30 minute journey the train edges into Victor Harbor station, right in the center of the town and surrounded with its iconic pine trees. Here, the locomotive is detached from the carriages and turned on our specially retained 30m long electric turntable before rejoining the carriages for the return journey to Goolwa.

The number of trains operated varies through the year. Passengers can buy tickets at any of the stations for either one-way or round trip fares. Trains wait for about 30 minutes at both Goolwa and Victor and roundtrip passengers can extend this period by returning on a later train. A round trip scenic train-ride makes a lovely afternoon excursion from Victor Harbor to Goolwa and return. There is the opportunity to stop in Port Elliot too which is a very scenic sea-side town with a spectacular look-out over the great southern ocean’s amazing coastline.

Trains are generally formed by the fleet of heritage Redhen and Brill Railcars, along with assistance from diesel locomotives. Steam is featured during most school holiday’s and on days where the Southern Encounter operates from Mt Barker.

The train does not operate daily, please check train time-table. More information on Fares and Time-tables: https://www.steamrangerheritagerailway.org/our-trains/cockle-train/

Day 7 - Self Drive from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island

Today you will continue your self drive adventure from Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis (Approx 1 hr). There you will take a ferry to Kangaroo Island.


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This is a very short self-drive (approximately 1.5 hrs). This will give you the chance to get the most out of Kangaroo Island. Think of an island with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines & sunsets are on your doorstep.

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Days 7 and 9 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.

Day 8 - Day Tour, Kangaroo Island - Island Life Tour

Enjoy a small group tour blending a range of wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island.

Your full day tour of Kangaroo Island begins with morning tea and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees. Spot koalas snoozing overhead or perhaps as they wake briefly for a feed.

Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park, walk quietly through the bush with your guide. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.

Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, drinks and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.

Operates

On request.

Need to Know

  • Please bring your own binoculars, camera and film to capture the beauty of the island.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain.
  • Wear pants to protect your legs in the bush.
  • Bring a warm jacket to counter the ocean breeze.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.

Times
This tour departs in the morning and concludes late afternoon.

Inclusions

  • Full day touring with enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guides.
  • Morning tea served with traditional Australian treats.
  • Alfresco lunch with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water.
  • Access to field guides, binoculars and maps.
  • All entrance fees.
Day 9 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)

This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!

Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.

Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.

The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.

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Normanville
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.

The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.

The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.

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Insider Tip: d Arenberg Cube Tip

Visit the wine tasting room and enjoy panoramic views across the McLaren Vale region, the Willunga Hills and the Gulf St Vincent.

For those that like to go all the way, book in for a degustation in the restaurant (voted 2019 Regional Restaurant of the Year, Gault & Millau Australia Restaurant Awards).

Experience the Blending Bench, a hands on experience where you play winemaker, blend and bottle your own wine, then take home a bottle of your favourite blend.

Tha facility also offers a self guided tour of the Alternate Realities Museum, assisted by a free smartphone application, available for both Android and iPhone users. Discover the many displays, including features such as a wine aroma room, a virtual fermenter, a 360° video room, and many other tactile experiences. Also an opportunity to see the current art exhibition featuring 23 authentic Salvador Dali bronze sculptures and graphic artworks.

Day 9 - Taxi from Adelaide Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD. Overlooking Victoria Square, the beautifully restored UNESCO recognized renovation is reflective of Adelaide’s architectural beauty. Opposite the Town hall and GPO, the former treasury building is minutes away from Adelaide’s Central Market and Rundle Mall.

The hotel seamlessly combines the building’s historic charm with modern comforts and is well equipped with first-class amenities. Relax in the delightfully heated indoor pool. Work out in the fully equipped gym or take care of your wellbeing by unwinding in the indulgence of the sauna. You can arrange a grocery delivery to your fully-equipped kitchen, or you may prefer to dine in one of Adelaide’s renowned fresh produce restaurants. A step outside the front door will transport you to Adelaide’s food and wine heaven. Whether you’re exploring the stalls of the city’s famous Central Market, sampling creative tapas at one of the cozy wine bars, or venturing further afield to one of the many cellar doors.

Your choice of culture is also at your fingertips with the state’s Art Gallery, Festival Theatre and local institution Rhino Room all just a few blocks away.

Only a short 6-minute drive from Adelaide Airport, Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury offers a convenient off-site parking located 3 minutes away on Gawler Place. The hotel is well equipped with free WiFi.

Day 10 - Morning Tour, Central Market Discovery Tour

Discover and taste the best market in Australia on an Adelaide Central Market tour.

Since 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been the jewel in the crown of South Australian Tourism experiences, a haven of premium food and wine products, and a second home to chefs and food lovers.

Explore the market on a sensory and interactive gourmet walking tour with a local food expert. Enjoy a range of delicious samples that represent the multicultural community of South Australia, and taste the clean and green produce harvested from local farms and waterways. Meet some locals, enjoy their hospitality and discover the true South Australia.

Operates

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday mornings. The tours starts at 9:30am and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Need to Know

A minimum of 2 people is required for tour departure. The tour departs from Providore, Stall 66 in the market.

Inclusions

Tastings from a wide selection of premium offerings at the Adelaide Central Market. Meet the producers, suppliers, and vendors who run the market with a knowledgeable, local guide.

Day 11 - Taxi from Adelaide Accommodation to Airport, pay as you go

Travel by taxi or Uber from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Due to the airport’s close proximity to your hotel, we have chosen to omit a shuttle transfer booking. It will be easier and more cost effective for you to grab a ride on the day you depart. If you would like to pre-book a private transfer, please inform your Destination Specialist.

Ask your hotel desk to call a cab for you. If you prefer, use the hotel’s WiFi to book a ride on the Uber app or download an Adelaide Taxi app: https://www.taxicouncilsa.com.au/apps.html

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Cairns.

Day 11 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise us immediately so appropriate trailer size is available.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights, this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Days 11 to 15 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

Day 12 - Day Tour, Sail Away to the Low Isles

Enjoy a day to remember with a sail out to the protected Low Isles, an unspoiled coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef on this high-end small group tour.

Set sail to the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-star Luxury Lagoon 500 Catamaran, Sailaway. Your destination, a protected island situated on a large coral platform consisting of a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. Surrounded by 55 acres of coral reef, comprised of 150 species of hard corals and dominated by 15 species of soft corals, this is an ideal place for snorkeling.

Living in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily. Be sure not to miss out on the Heritage Walk where you can learn about the islands history and environment and visit the lighthouse built in 1878. There are also a number of bird species including pelicans, honeyeaters, white breasted wood swallows, mangrove kingfishers, reef egrets with sea eagles and ospreys wheeling overhead.

Operates Daily; Pick-up 7:30am & Drop-off 4:30pm

Highlights & Inclusions Courtesy coach transfers in Port Douglas area; Morning tea & coffee upon boarding (Local produce) with muffins and pastries; Afternoon tea and coffee, additional cut fresh fruit platter and home-made cakes; Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns); Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal Lycra snorkeling suits, wet suits & flotation devices; Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance; Guided snorkel tour with a marine guide; Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation; Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 local forestation; Low Isles Heritage Walk; 4.5 hours at Tropical Low Isles; The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VI.

Day 13 - Day Tour, Daintree Dreaming Tour

This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
never forget!


Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours: Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the ever changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.



The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day.

Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.

Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavours.

Mossman Gorge: Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.

What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water.

Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.

Day 14 - Free Day to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Outback Tasting Tour

The tropical delights of the Atherton Tablelands. Port Douglas’ Favorite Food & Wine Tour, Outback Tasting Adventures.


Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper & Jams and Platypus viewing!

This unique food and wine experience from Port Douglas will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. We will take you through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains.


The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many and diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more which you will learn about as we taste our way around the regions ‘Food Bowl.’

Sit back and relax, take in the beautiful views as we take you on a fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Far North Queensland. (time permitting we will also stop to buy incredible fresh produce along the way)

Maximum 12 Persons

Departing From Port Douglas: 8:30am – returns 6:00pm

June thru October – 5 DAYS – Tuesday thru Saturday
November thru May – 3 DAYS – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Not Suitable for Children (older teenagers considered)

Optional Afternoon Tour (Not Included), White Water Rafting

Discover a fun and exciting way to discover the pristine rainforest, with a half day of rafting on the Barron River!

Located just 20 minutes outside of Cairns, the half day raft is perfectly suited for the first time adventurer! No previous experience is necessary to raft these exhilarating grade 1 to 3 rapids through the majestic scenery of Barron Gorge National Park. You don’t even need to know how to swim as you will be fitted with a helmet and lifejacket and have your experienced river guide at your side. Here you can feel the rush of rafting within the awesome wilderness of Australia’s tropical rainforests with operations all year round, tropical water temperatures and breath-taking scenery and rapids. So take a ride through our planet’s oldest continuously growing tropical rainforests on rivers that still run totally wild. Take home the memories and be sure to smile as professional photographers take your pictures which are available for purchase at the end of the day! Last stop is at the cafe where you can take a break and have some drinks before returning to your accommodation.

Includes: Transfers to/from Port Douglas accommodations, 2 hours of rafting, equipment: life jacket, helmet, spray jacket and experienced river guide, light refreshments

Operation Days: Daily
Age Restrictions: 13 years or older
Estimated Times: Departs: 10:00am Return: 6:15pm
Payable on Board: AUD$30.00 Environmental Levy

Upgrade Available (extra cost): Full Day Tully River (Grades 3-4)

Day 15 - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Day 15 - Australian Domestic Flight, Sydney to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.

Day 15 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by private car from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 15 to 18 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your Sydney Accommodation where you will stay for 3 nights.

Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, your hotel is an easy walk to many of Sydney’s best attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic precinct, The Rocks.

Your modern guest room is comfortable and spacious featuring Free WIFI. The hotel’s 24 hour reception is on hand to help you make the most of the facilities and the local area, with recommendations on everything from picturesque running tracks to memorable small bars. The hotel features a well-equipped gym, coin-operated laundry, lobby bar and a restaurant for a quick and convenient bite to eat (not included) before your adventures in Sydney begin.

The hotel’s ideal position means you can choose between exploring the city on foot or via the extensive public transport network. Many of Sydney’s best attractions are within a short distance of the hotel, including some of the city’s most heavily awarded restaurants, such as Rockpool and Bennelong. The inner-city streets are also dotted with bars of every size, shape and specialty, from small, whiskey-focused Baxter Inn to the sprawling, cocktail-ready Opera Bar.

Days 16 to 17 - Free Days to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

This inspiring tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to venture inside one of the world’s most recognised global landmarks.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece.

You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room.

You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

1 – 11 guests maximum per group. No large bags or luggage accepted. This tour contains approximately 200 steps – low impact.

Times

Departs every hour between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Inclusions

Guided tour of the Sydney Opera House.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour

Experience an exclusive and intimate backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House.

On this tour you will be taken behind the scenes to the areas where the preparation for upcoming performances occurs. You will have the opportunity to stand on the Concert Hall stage where legendary performers such as Pavarotti, Dame Joan Sutherland and Michael Buble have performed through the years.

Visit the Opera Theatre’s orchestra pit and take in the house from the conductor’s point of view. You will feel like you have to tip-toe around as you have a sneak peek into the stars’ dressing rooms. Your exclusive tour includes a full breakfast in the Green Room (excluding Sundays), which is the private area of the performers and staff.

With the opportunity to glance into the secrets and real-life drama of the Sydney Opera House, this tour will surely be one to talk about.

Operates

Daily
 
Need to Know

– Does not operate on Christmas or Good Friday
– Closed, rubber-soled shoes must be worn
– For those with a good fitness level (will climb 300 steps in two hours)
– Children under 10 are not able to take part in the tour

Times

Departs at 7:00am, lasting up to two and a half hours

Inclusions

– Guided Tour 
– Full breakfast

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour

Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour, and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.

The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.

Your journey begins with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in a leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.

This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and transformative.

Operates

Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.

Need to Know

– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour is an all-nature activity.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.

Times

Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

Inclusions

– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal DreamTime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Small Group Morning Harbour Cruise (2 Hours)

Treat yourself to a one of a kind Sydney Morning Tea Cruise!

Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise. A unique, Sydney Harbour Highlights two hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy lite morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - The Story of Sydney

The Story of Sydney takes you on an intimate journey through Sydney from 1788 to today. You will discover the history, lifestyle and culture of the diverse neighbourhoods .

The Story of Sydney is a fascinating 4-hour tour told through the eyes of an enthusiastic local. If you are new to Sydney (or only here for a short visit) this experience is designed to give you the best orientation of Sydney and the inner city suburbs. The tour will also appeal to locals interested in learning more about the history of Sydney, Australia, and how it came to be.

The tour begins in Australia’s oldest suburb, The Rocks, you will explore the history and discover how the area has evolved from a penal colony to housing two of the world’s most prominent icons. Listen to intriguing stories of early European settlers, like how Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife, Elizabeth, changed the face of Sydney with their tremendous vision.

The story unfolds as you travel past iconic landmarks, and through many charming and vibrant neighbourhoods on route to Watsons Bay and Bondi Beach. Discover the lively street culture, entertainment and shopping opportunities of Chinatown, Darling Harbour, and Australia’s largest urban development, Barangaroo, before returning to your hotel.

Small Group Tour, up to 14 people.
This tour operates twice daily. Departures at 8.30am and 1.30pm

Duration: 4 hour tour

Insider's Tip: The Rocks

Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!



Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia’s finest arts and crafts.




If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you’re after don’t forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!

On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.

With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am – 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Insider's Tip: Altman + Cherny: Specializing in Australian Opals Since 1948

Altmann & Cherny is a family owned jewellery business in Sydney with an international reputation for excellence in opals and is one of the World’s foremost Australian Opal authorities.

Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. The Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow; holding a spectrum of colors found in nature. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone, with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.

Established in 1948 in hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of providing the highest level of quality, service and value for three generations. Their mantra has always been and will continue to be – “Excellence in service, quality and value.” So come share in this unique experience to learn more about Australian Opals at Altmann & Cherny!

Altman + Cherny
18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Insider's Tip: Blu Bar 36 in the Shangri La Hotel

Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.




A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.




Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.

Dress Code: Smart casual

Day 18 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by private car from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 18 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $3,475 $5,215 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $4,459 $6,199 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $5,411 $7,151 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $5,618 $7,358 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $6,135 $7,875 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $8,387 $10,127 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,996 $11,736 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $21,560 $23,300 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.