SydneyOpera House Lights
Lizard IslandPlunge Pool and Deck
Gold CoastRelax on the beach
Lizard IslandA Quiet Date for Two
SydneyDarling Harbour Bridge
Lizard IslandRelax on the Beach
Gold CoastSun and Sand
Lizard IslandSunset on the Water
Gold CoastNight Life
Lizard IslandSunrise on Lizard Island
- Accommodation - Sydney (3 Nights), Lizard Island (4), Gold Coast (2)
- International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane to Los Angeles (Not included in starting price, but can be included in your quote)
- US Domestic Flights - (Not Included in starting price, but can be included in your quote)
- Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Lizard Island (Return), Cairns to Brisbane
- Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express; Gold Coast: Australia Zoo & Caddie Tour
- Private Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Accommodation (Return)
- All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (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.
11 Days/ 9 Nights – Sydney, Lizard Island, Gold Coast
Spoil yourself on this luxurious vacation. Find relaxation and tranquility on your east coast vacation throughout Australia. You have many free days filled with optional daily activities that allow you to personalize your experience. Luxury, leisure and personalization are the emphasis on this vacation. You deserve to spoil yourself every once in a while, so what are you waiting for?
Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
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.
Your five star accommodation in Sydney for 3 Nights will offer you the magnificent views of Sydney Harbour.
A modern high rise tower with spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour. Your Accommodation is located at the fringe of historic Rocks area, near Opera House and the Central Business District, close to the Harbour Bridge, across from Bridgeclimb. Guest rooms are some of the most spacious and luxurious in Sydney and offer spectacular Darling Harbour views.
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.
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.
Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited 2 day pass and see all the wonderful Sydney harbour sights with local commentary.
Start your Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer from one of the main tourist precincts of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy seeing its stops as you cruise the harbour.
The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2 day pass is the perfect way for you to explore Sydney as you stop off at eleven famous harbour attractions.
These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbour throughout the day, travelling between world famous stops including Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Taronga Zoo, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Shark Island, Garden Island and Watsons Bay. Hop-on and hop-off as you like using one easy to follow timetable, rather than the maze of commuter ferry timetables. You’ll also be welcomed onboard, given full commentary and provided hints on how to make the most of your time in Sydney that only the locals know.
The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:
Manly: Famous for its surf beaches, ocean-front restaurants and cafes. Take a 45-min walk to discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary. Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Barangaroo: Walk around the waterfront of Barangaroo Reserve or visit one of the many the restaurants or bars to grab a bite, as you look over the water. Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos. ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harbourside shopping, restaurants and bars. Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming. Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks. Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station. Garden Island: Visit the Royal Australian Heritage Centre and the 150-year-old historic gardens adjacent to the Centre with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Come stand in a simulated open bridge of a World War II destroyer and get a submariner’s view of Sydney Harbour through the only fully operational attack periscope available for public use in Australia. Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town. Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.
(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).
Enjoy a spectacular performance at the Sydney Opera House.
No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to its most famous building. And the best thing to do when you visit the Sydney Opera House is to come inside and see an opera performance.
Opera is a vital part of Australia’s cultural landscape. The world’s best loved operas are performed under the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House. Performances are broadcast in cinemas, on national television and ABC radio.
Summer Opera Season: January – April
Winter Opera Season: July – October
Need to Know
Ticket prices vary by depending on the type of performance and seats. Please contact an About Australia Destination Specialist to confirm your booking.
Casual dress is acceptable.
Performance times vary by date. Please contact an About Australia Destination Specialist to confirm your booking.
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.
Treat yourself with the ultimate in Harbour cruises! Visitors on-board one of this luxury sailing vessels will experience a day tour which will provide memories for a lifetime.
Visitors embark the vessel at the Aquarium Pontoon at the Aquarium Wharf Darling Harbour and the tour begins. By the very nature of the tour catering for an exclusive few a feeling of opulence and knowing that this lifestyle should not be reserved just for the very rich.
There are many sightseeing tours of the Harbour catering for large group wanting to spend minimum time on a tour and quickly see the highlights. These tours have their place and for most visitors, seeing the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from the water is a dream come true.
This tour offers much more!
Over the years this sailing experience provides a fully-inclusive cruising yacht tour for the discerning traveler who would rather take the opportunity to experience Sydney Harbour away from the large groups. Catering for singles, couples and small private groups, it is the ultimate sightseeing tour.
Guests on board one of this luxury, fully equipped yachts, can take a hands on approach to the day, or just relax, taking in the sights of Sydney Harbour and visiting places only known by the locals. Let the weather dictate if the experience will be one of sun and relaxation or feel the rush of wind fill the sails and take the yacht to its limits.
Experienced skippers take the time to explain the intriguing history of Sydney Harbour, catering to your needs in a manner that shows caring and calmness. The yachts are immaculate and designed to suit all ages. Most guests like to drop a line over the side and have a drink while lunch is served. Enjoy the freshest of local ingredients, presented in a way that will impress the most sophisticated diner.
Departs daily by reservation.
Need to Know
– Items to Bring: Sun protection (e.g. shirt with long sleeves, hat and sun screen), sweater, swimmers, sturdy sneakers or rubber soled shoes (no black soles).
– Available Activities: Sightseeing with commentary, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, on board dining, sailing.
– Complimentary city hotel pick up may be available.
– Drop off at Darling Harbour.
10am – 3pm.
– 5 hour personalized sailing
– 3-Course luncheon
– Complimentary beverages consist of orange juice, apple juice, Coke and Diet Coke, lemonade, spring water, mineral water, Australian beers and best quality red and white wines, tea and coffee.
– Towels, snorkeling equipment, fishing equipment & wet weather jackets.
Hot-air ballooning over the Sydney Camden Valley with Breakfast.
Look out one side of the basket and the Blue Mountains are at your feet, look out the other side… and on a clear day, the Sydney skyline and harbour glisten in the distance. Look below and be amazed that such green rolling fields are in such close proximity to the city. Enjoy a truly spectacular experience floating above the pristine fields surrounding Sydney.
Fridays – Sundays Year-Round
May operate on Mondays or Thursday during busy times of the year.
Need to Know
Each passenger will need to supply their weight and confirmation that they are fit and well with no significant knee, hip or back problems, broken bones, recent surgeries, are able to stand unassisted for 1 hour and are not pregnant. Special Dietary requirements can be catered to with advanced notice.
Early Morning Pick-Up at Hotel, time to be confirmed after booking.
– One hour flight
– Tea & coffee on arrival
– Return transfers from any Sydney CBD hotels
– Insurance & levy
– Sumptuous buffet breakfast and champagne celebration
Enjoy touring through the scenic regions to Hunter Valley, wine tasting at boutique wineries, a gourmet lunch experience, cheese, olive oil and chocolate tasting then sit back and snooze on the way home!
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel. Departing from the city, travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the Pacific Highway and then the F3 freeway.
180 years young, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Your first visit is to a 5-star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticulture area. Sample exquisite wines in your own private area.
From here, continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award-winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here you will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.
On conclusion of the tour, enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.
After lunch, travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here you will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier “Cocoa Nib”. You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine – a sensational way to conclude your day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.
Monday – Friday between September – April (excluding 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan and 2nd & 25th Apr)
Need to Know
This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers. Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.
Full Day Tour
Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up around 7:00am – 7:30am and Sydney CBD hotel Drop-off around 5:00pm – 5:30pm
– Professional Guide
– Hotel pick-up & drop-off
– 2 course lunch with wine
– Wine Tastings
– Wine & Chocolate Pairing
On your vacation explore and capture downtown Sydney, Bondi and Kings Cross.
Discover the birthplace of Modern Australia on a short guided Rocks Walking Tour. Hear stories of Sydney’s colonial past as you take a step back in time on your way to The Rocks District. Wander the cobbled laneways and learn how this area transformed from a British colony of convicts and sailors into a thriving entertainment precinct. Get your camera ready to take photos of Sydney’s most popular local sights and travel to La Perouse the historical headland suburb and see heritage-listed Bare Island. Then head over to Botany Bay and see where Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived on these shores Historical Buildings and see these and learn how the Aboriginal people were impacted.
For an additional cost, you can add on a luncheon cruise of Sydney Harbour. From the harbour enjoy views of Sydney’s renowned sights – including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
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
Reach new heights and climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney!
Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately 3.5 hours you and 11 other eager climbers will join a climb guide and weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbor city surrounds.
It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilarating and rewarding experience of reaching the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge.
When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the harbor spread before you.
All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.
Daily, in all weather conditions (except in cases of extreme weather conditions like electrical storms or high winds).
Need to Know:
– Wear comfortable, enclosed rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothing;
– Secure lockers will be provided to store your personal belongings;
– No cameras, phones, GoPros or other video and mobile devices are allowed on the climb;
– Children ages 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 are not permitted on the climb;
– Maximum of 14 people per group.
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.
Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.
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.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Lizard Island.
Travel to your accommodation on a Great Barrier Reef Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Your 5 Star luxury vacation resort is located in Northern Queensland, Australia. It features powdery white beaches so pristine so untouched that yours are the only footsteps in the sand. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then this Great Barrier Reef island should be top of the list. Here you can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many a metre long and some reputed to be over 120 years old. Additionally, this vacation island is renowned for its diving. A spectacular vacation experience! Includes gourmet meals, fine Australian wines, cocktails and Champagne at Lizard Island’s Restaurant and Bar, as well as deluxe picnic hampers for the adventurous. Additional charges apply for Cellar Master list, degustation menus and room service.
Spend some time relaxing or explore Lizard Island.
Lizard Island offers an extensive range of Great Barrier Reef activities and a unique range of products to ensure you make the most of your Great Barrier Reef vacation.
Explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
Snorkelling equipment and lessons
Tennis – day and night with all equipment supplied
Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
Paddle ski tours
Nature slide presentations
Self Guided nature walks
Other Activities (charges apply – ask us about pre-booking)
Diving and snorkelling trips to the inner or outer Reef
Interpretive glass bottom boat tours
Full or half day private game fishing, Black Marlin season is from September to December
Essentia Day Spa treatments
Research station tours
Lizard Island dive and fishing charters on MV Fascination
Champagne sunset cruises
Sunset Beachside Dining on Anchor Bay
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Lizard Island to Cairns.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.
Your Driver will meet you at Brisbane Domestic Terminal and transfer you by car to the Gold Coast.
A private chauffeur will pick you up upon arrival in Brisbane, Australia. He will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Travel to your accommodation on the Gold Coast, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 5 Star luxury vacation accommodation is in Broadbeach, the Gold Coast’s most cosmopolitan location. Only 50 metres from the beach, the hotel is a short stroll to the Gold Coast Convention Centre. The spacious rooms are equipped with balconies and panoramic views, some of which are directly of the ocean. Some other amenities include in-room safe, broadband high speed Internet access, and air conditioning. Travel to Lamington National Park, one of Australia’s green and lush, subtropical rainforests. Or perhaps you want to see the Gold Coast from a unique vantage point of a balloon. Whatever your heart desires, you find it while on vacation here.
Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo
You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. Take in the many daily shows and demonstrations where you can see exciting snakes, birds and crocodiles in action! The “Call of the Wild” experience leads you to Steve’s home and over 550 animals that you would only expect to see in the wilds of Australia. Experience a truly remarkable day as you watch a demonstration featuring wild crocodiles.
Meet Amelia, the Wedged-Tailed Eagle and other birds of prey. Watch the small clawed otters frolic and Harriet, the world’s oldest giant Galapagos land tortoise, as they feed. Encounter cuddly Koalas close up and join in the feeding of the kangaroos and wallabies. This is a day to experience the pleasures of the wild and watch very experienced professional handlers get close to extremely dangerous creatures. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo with a snake at the Croc Hunter Museum or see the wild caught croc demo. Keep your eyes out for handlers walking through the park with the animals so you can get “up close and personal”. With many more shows including foxes, camels, otters, koalas and birds you’re sure to have a wild time!
Operation Days: Daily (Does not operate on Anzac Day, Easter, Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day); Departure: 7:30am Return: 6:30pm (Estimated Times)
Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo
Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour
Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!
Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You’ll never forget this “insider tour” discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.
Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.
This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.
Includes: Five star service being chauffeured around Australia Zoo in your very own private buggy; Exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Warriors Show; Cold water; Flexibility to create a tour just for you so you can experience the Zoo at your own pace
Need to Know: Tour Duration 5 Hours; Max Number of people 5; This is an upgrade, Zoo Entry and Transportation to Zoo to be booked separately
Travel by private car from your Gold Coast vacation accommodation to the Airport in Brisbane, Australia.
A private chauffeur will pick you up at your Gold Coast accommodation and drive your to the Brisbane Airport.
Mid-day Departure from Brisbane, In-flight Dinner and Movie with arrival in the USA. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
- 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.