14 Days: Melbourne Road Trip, Reef & Sydney [ST-RT2041]
Starting at
$3,893
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Phillip Island (1), Mornington Peninsula (2), Melbourne (1), Airlie Beach (3), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please inquire 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 - Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane, Proserpine to Sydney via Brisbane
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hire - 4 Day Car Hire for pick-up and drop-off at Melbourne City Location
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Sorrento to Queenscliff and return
  • Day Tours - Airlie Beach: Great Barrier Reef Adventure; Sydney: Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Opera House 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

Enjoy 2 nights at your 4-Star Melbourne accommodation.

Stay at this luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District! This hotel is a top-rated choice for travelers seeking a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. The modern rooms are tastefully decorated and come with all necessary amenities to make your stay unforgettable.
 
Guests can unwind in the sauna after a day of exploring the city. The fitness center is perfect for fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain their routine while traveling.
 
One of the standout features of this hotel is its dining options. The stylish restaurant offers a mix of international and Australian cuisine, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast, or indulge in a delectable dinner after a day of sightseeing.
 
With its prime location, you’ll be within easy reach of Melbourne’s famous landmarks, shopping districts, and entertainment areas. Experience the vibrant energy of the city, and return to the comfort of this fantastic hotel. Don’t just take our word for it, this hotel consistently receives high ratings and positive reviews from our clients. Come and experience the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and convenience!
 
Hotel Amenities
Free Wi-Fi, High Speed Wi-Fi, Gym, 24-hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Onsite Parking, Laundry Service, Dry Cleaning
 
Preferred Room
Premiere King – 1 King or 2 Singles – Room Features: Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Large flat screen smart TV.   
 
Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 3 - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - The Melbourne Foodie Walk (3 Hours)

Discover the best of Melbourne’s food scene on this fun, small group walking tour!

Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive, but many of the best places are hidden from first sight in laneways and behind doors.

This small group walking tour lets you experience the best of what Melbourne offers. Relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes, eat authentic Chinese dumplings, sneak in a sweet treat, and finish it off with a drink in a laneway bar with the locals.

As you explore Melbourne, you’ll learn about the city’s fascinating past and incredible present with commentary from your expert guide, a passionate local in the know of Melbourne’s secret hot spots.

Operates
Monday – Saturday
Departs 1:30pm, Returns 4:30pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate Good Friday, Easter weekend and Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday,
Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day, and Labour Day

Includes
– Discovering the foods of modern Australia
– Tasting of authentic Chinese dumplings
– French style sweet treats
– Tasting of hand-made gelato
– Treat at Melbourne’s most unique chocolate store
– Coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes
– A drink in a laneway bar the locals love
– Expert commentary on Melbourne’s fascinating past and incredible present
– Small groups, relaxed style

Need to Know
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the tour. Minimum 2 and maximum 10 participants per tour. Children 0 – 9 can participate free of charge and included in head count, but cannot be included in tastings. Children 10 and older are at adult rate. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Please bring a water bottle and an umbrella if it is raining. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form

Upgrades
Private tours available for 4 or more participants

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

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

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
-Ola
-DiDi
-Shebah

Days 4 to 8 - 4 Day Car Rental, for Melbourne

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for four 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 drivers 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 - Melbourne to Phillip Island

Enjoy your drive through regional Victoria, Australia: starting in Melbourne, then passing by the Puffing Billy Steam Train, on route to Phillip Island.

Melbourne to Phillip Island passing by the Puffing Billy Steam Train Station (approx 2.5 hrs) Depart Melbourne and head south east towards Phillip Island. Along the way, we suggest stopping off at the Puffing Billy Steam Railway to ride on a historic steam train.

When most people think of Phillip Island they think of Penguins, but you might be surprised to hear that there is so much more offered here. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is fun for the whole family. You can race around on the go kart track or you can strap in for the real deal and ride in a race car with a professional race car driver! Stroll around the Koala Conservation Centre and enjoy the bushwalking tracks where you can spot native Aussie animals in a natural environment.

Note: Make sure you have spare time at least 1 hour prior to sunset. The Penguin Parade begins at sunset and is truly a must see at the Phillip Island Nature Park. Stay on Phillip Island. Continue on to your next Australian destination.


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Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation on Phillip Island

Next stop along your coastal self-drive is Phillip Island, Victoria, where you will spend 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is just 1.5 hours south-east of Melbourne in Cowes, the principal township of Phillip Island. Guests of this delightful Cowes accommodation have direct access to safe beaches, the rugged surf coastline and a variety of shops and restaurants. Kaloha is only a 10 minute drive from the world renowned Penguin Parade, where each evening after sunset the little penguins waddle ashore, much to the delight of visitors. Set among beautiful tropical gardens, the resort’s secluded location ensures a quiet night’s rest.

Insider's Tip: Phillip Island

Phillip Island offers visitors the chance to see incredible Australian wildlife amongst spectacular landscapes.

The Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Nobbies Centre are just a few of the island’s unique attractions. Follow the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail and experience Phillip Island’s excellent cool-climate wines and fresh organic produce.

Pristine white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, endless family fun and iconic wildlife, you’ll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. See little penguins and sleepy koalas in their natural habitat, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Day 5 - Self Drive from Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula

Self Drive from Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula, approximately 1.5 hours.


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Days 5 to 7 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Mornington Peninsula

Spend 2 nights on Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Your vacation accommodation is a multi-award winning complex located on Western Port Bay, near the south western tip of the Mornington Peninsula in the village of Flinders.

Sensitively extended and refurbished, you’ll love this hotel’s historic charm, gentle wit and casual sophistication. Just a 5-minute walk to the beach and celebrated clifftop golf course. A 10-minute drive to wineries, horse riding, national parks, bush walks, farm gates, mazes, grand gardens, cycling trails and galleries. And the charming seaside town of Flinders right at the front door, with cafes, antique shops, art galleries, boutiques and charming specialty food stores.

Day 6 - Free Day to Explore Mornington Peninsula

Free time to rest, relax or explore.

The Mornington Peninsula is home to more than 50 cellar doors. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the region’s specialties, however shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio are beginning to share the spotlight.
 
For a taste of incredible local cheeses, stop by Main Ridge Dairy. Then, embark on a truffle hunt with Red Hill Truffles, where you’ll have the chance to seek out the sought-after black and summer truffles. For something sweet, head to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, which is Australia’s largest strawberry producer. You can pick your own fruit from November to June; just check the fruit availability calendar to see which berries are in season.
 
Roll out your towel on the golden shores of Port Phillip Bay. The long, wide bay beaches at Frankston are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and yachting. Small bays are dotted between Mount Eliza and Mornington, while a series of safe, sandy bay beaches can be found around Mount Martha. Colorful bathing boxes huddle along the foreshore between Mount Martha, Dromana, Rosebud and Portsea, and have become an attraction in their own right.
 
At Peninsula Hot Springs, natural thermal mineral waters flow from beneath the ground into pools and private baths, across its two facilities, the Bath House and Spa Dreaming Centre.
 
Breathtaking coastal views and wildlife spotting turn a cliff-top walk through Mornington Peninsula National Park into a unique experience.

Every day of the week you can find family fun at Enchanted Adventure Garden, which has giant slides, mazes, ziplining and tree surfing.

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Insider's Tip: The Enchanted Adventure Garden

The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award-winning natural fun park, just one hour from Melbourne at Arthurs Seat on the way to Flinders.

Featuring four hedge mazes, five giant tube slides, 20 themed gardens, an outdoor sculpture park and an indoor three-dimensional maze, this beautiful outdoor adventure park has something for everyone.

Tree surfing is a high ropes adventure with zip lines, swinging rope bridges, suspended tunnels and a giant Tarzan swing set in the native trees of this ancient woodland garden. There are two courses to choose from: the Grand course for adults and teens and the Nippers course for young children. Make sure you check out the bookings website for additional information before you visit.

Spend the day enjoying the park with a picnic, a treat from the amazing lolly shop or a lunch from the cafe. Admission prices are all-inclusive with your entry; visit the maze, gardens and slides with one convenient ticket. Tree surfing is booked and sold separately.

Content: The Enchanted Adventure Garden
Photo: Visit Victoria

Day 7 - Self Drive from Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne via Sorrento and Queenscliff

Take in everything from historic villages and beautiful beaches to stunning coastal scenery and local wildlife on a relaxing drive around Port Phillip Bay. Savour farm fresh produce, sample renowned wines, and while away the time in cafes, restaurants and pubs. Begin and end your journey in Flinders crossing the waters of Port Phillip Bay on the Queenscliff to Sorrento Car and Passenger Ferry along the way.

Head towards Sorrento. Time permitting, linger in Sorrento where beautiful nineteenth-century limestone buildings house excellent eateries, boutiques, galleries and specialist shops. Surf at Sorrento’s ocean beaches, join a tour or boat cruise to swim with dolphins and seals, or cast a line on a fishing cruise out in the bay.

Drive aboard the ferry to cross the bay to Queenscliff. This grand old seaside town has excellent shops, galleries and restaurants. Queenscliff Harbour is a destination in itself and being a working harbour there is always something to see and do. Wine lovers might want to stop at local wineries such as Scotchmans Hill, or Jack Rabbit Vineyard, which has a popular restaurant with stunning coastal views.

Head up the coast to Geelong. Geelong’s Little Malop Street is the new ‘it’ address, home to coffee spots, cellar doors and hip food joints. Bringing it to Little Malop is the always-buzzing Pakington Street, where you’ll find King of the Castle, Zigfrids Dining Hall & Bar and Geelong Fresh Foods. From here, Melbourne is a short hour drive.

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Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Day 7 - Ferry with Car, Sorrento to Queenscliff

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Sorrento to Queenscliff.

Day 7 - Taxi from Melbourne Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

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

Uber is available in most major cities.
Other Australian ride share options are:
-Ola
-DiDi
-Shebah

Days 7 to 8 - 1 Night Accommodation in Melbourne

Enjoy 1 night at your 4-Star Melbourne accommodation.

Stay at this luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District! This hotel is a top-rated choice for travelers seeking a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. The modern rooms are tastefully decorated and come with all necessary amenities to make your stay unforgettable.
 
Guests can unwind in the sauna after a day of exploring the city. The fitness center is perfect for fitness enthusiasts looking to maintain their routine while traveling.
 
One of the standout features of this hotel is its dining options. The stylish restaurant offers a mix of international and Australian cuisine, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast, or indulge in a delectable dinner after a day of sightseeing.
 
With its prime location, you’ll be within easy reach of Melbourne’s famous landmarks, shopping districts, and entertainment areas. Experience the vibrant energy of the city, and return to the comfort of this fantastic hotel. Don’t just take our word for it, this hotel consistently receives high ratings and positive reviews from our clients. Come and experience the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and convenience!
 
Hotel Amenities
Free Wi-Fi, High Speed Wi-Fi, Gym, 24-hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Onsite Parking, Laundry Service, Dry Cleaning
 
Preferred Room
Premiere King – 1 King or 2 Singles – Room Features: Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Large flat screen smart TV.   
 
Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 8 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 8 - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Brisbane.

Day 8 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Proserpine

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Proserpine.

Day 8 - Shuttle Transfer, Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Proserpine airport to your vacation accommodation in Airlie Beach.

Days 8 to 11 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Airlie Beach

Travel to your accommodation in Airlie Beach, Australia, gateway location to the Whitsunday Islands whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies your Airlie Beach accommodation. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abell Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 9 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Adventure

Departing either Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island or Daydream Island, spend a full day exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the World Heritage-listed wonder off the Queensland coast. This is a great option for families or folks looking for diverse reef experiences like underwater observatories, snorkeling, diving and scenic heli-flights.

The journey here through the lush Whitsunday Islands will have you reaching for your camera. Watch for migrating Humpback Whales between July and September, but underwater is really where the magic happens. Incredible numbers of bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral await.

Beyond the Whitsundays, your destination is Heart Pontoon, a multilevel reef facility permanently moored 39 nautical miles from shore at spectacular Hardy Reef. Snorkel, swim, dive and explore, an undersea encounter with this amazing ecosystem is unforgettable. Or if you’d rather stay dry, experience the reef from the underwater observatory or take a ride in a semi-submarine. After a sumptuous buffet lunch, you’ll have more time to explore before you head back to shore with lifelong memories of this epic Australian icon.

Operates Daily; Departing 8:00am and Returning 6:10pm

Highlights & Inclusions Scenic return cruise through the Whitsundays to the outer reef; 4 hours at Hardy Reef; Snorkeling with all gear provided, including wetsuits and stinger suits; Access to underwater observatory; Semi-submarine guided tour; Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea; Optional activities (own expense): guided snorkeling safaris, scuba diving and Heli-scenic flights; Transfers available from Airlie Beach Hotels

Day 10 - Free Day to Explore Airlie Beach

Free time to rest, relax or explore Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is one of many departure points for the Great Barrier Reef and a gateway to Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands. Just north of Mackay and south of Townsville, is a coastal town of palm-fringed beaches, waterfront parks and alfresco restaurants. Spend a few days exploring before you head off on your island holiday and you’ll find plenty of action, from sailing to scuba diving to skydiving. Take a seaplane for a picnic on the of Whitehaven Beach or learn to sail in clear waters. Airlie Beach is more than just an aquatic playground; nearby you’ll find tropical rainforest and waterfalls in Conway National Park.

Optional Tour (Not Included), Whitehaven Beach Adventure - Half Day

Visit magnificent Whitehaven Beach with its white silica sands, explore secluded bays with crystal clear waters and enjoy swimming and snorkeling during the day.

On the eastern side of the uninhabited Whitsunday Island see nature at its unspoiled, spectacular best. Magical Whitehaven Beach is considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world and one of the must see icons of the Whitsundays. With 7 kilometers of glistening pure white natural silica sand, enjoy beach activities, take a leisurely stroll and explore, swim in the crystal clear waters or simply lay back under the sun shelters and enjoy a good book!

Board a high speed, air-conditioned catamaran and keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales (June to September) as you cruise through the calm, turquoise waters. Your experienced crew will provide expert commentary on the geographical surroundings and history of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Whitehaven Beach is located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s a protected area, so please ensure you take nothing away from the beach with you except photos and memories, and please make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind. Please leave it as you found it – which is picture perfect!

Operates
Daily
Departs 7:15am and returns 2:30pm (approx.)

Includes
– Scenic cruise
– 2 hours at Whitehaven Beach
– Morning tea
– Self guided Solway Circuit walk

Need to Know
Return coach transfers available at an additional cost. Please bring swimwear & beach towel, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, light jacket, camera, and credit/debit card for optional onboard purchases. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form. Itinerary is subject to change.

Upgrades
Full day tour

Day 11 - Shuttle Transfer, Port of Airlie to Proserpine Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Port of Airlie to the Proserpine airport.

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Proserpine to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Proserpine to Brisbane.

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Sydney.

Day 11 - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

Travel via shuttle to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 11 to 14 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 3 nights at your 4-Star Sydney accommodation.

With its sleek and contemporary design, this hotel in the heart of Sydney offers a stylish and comfortable retreat for business and leisure travelers alike. The guest rooms feature minimalist decor, plush bedding, and essential amenities. The rooftop pool and terrace provide stunning city skyline views, while the on-site restaurant serves delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Additional facilities include a fitness center, meeting rooms, and a business center. With its central location, guests have easy access to attractions, shopping, and vibrant nightlife. This trendy and memorable hotel delivers a memorable stay in Sydney.

Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi, Swimming Pool, Gym, Day Spa, 24-hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Babysitting, Bar, Restaurant, Room Service, Non-Smoking, Off-Site Paid Parking, Dry Cleaning

Preferred Room
Guest Room – 1 King OR 1 Queen Bed OR 2 Single Beds – Room Features: Coffee & Tea Station, Free WiFi, Air Conditioning, Shower Amenities, Hairdryer, Safe, Iron and Ironing Board, Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station, Shower Over Bath.

Room Upgrades
Family Room – 2 King Beds OR 1 King Bed + 2 Single Beds OR 4 Single Beds – Room Features: Coffee & Tea Station ; Free WiFi ; Air Conditioning ; Shower Amenities ; Hairdryer ; Safe ; Iron and Ironing Board ; Flat Screen TV, iPod Docking Station ; Shower Over Bath.

Need to know
Hotel subject to availability. If this hotel is not available, a similar hotel will be substituted. Room booked will be preferred unless otherwise listed on your quote.

Day 12 - Day Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise (2-Day Pass)

Enjoy this 2 day unlimited ferry pass to explore the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the magnificent attractions that surround it!

Discover Sydney the local way with this 2 day unlimited ferry pass to travel the harbor. Stops along the way include Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Watson’s Bay, Manly, Taronga Zoo, Clifton Gardens, and Shark Island. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring while you travel at your leisure soaking in the harbor air on your way to your next destination!

Hop off to enjoy these harbor attractions:
Circular Quay: Bounded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district to the west, and the Sydney Opera House and Botanic Gardens to the east, Circular Quay is a bustling ferry hub.
Taronga Zoo: Over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife. Free daily seal and bird shows. Purchase the Zoo and Explorer combo and save.
Shark Island: It would be hard to find a more spectacular picnic spot. Stunning, 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and a delightfully deserted national park for your own private getaway.
Watsons Bay: Local must-do `Watto’ is famous for its seafood, waterfront pubs, picnic spots, swimming beaches and spectacular headlands walks overlooking the Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
Manly Beach: You don’t have to swim at this iconic beach to soak up the atmosphere. Shop at the Corso, dine at waterfront cafés, find your favorite gelato flavor or take a nature walk.
Darling Harbour: Start or finish your day at Darling Harbour, surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs and hotels at King Street Wharf, Barangaroo and Cockle Bay.
Clifton Gardens: Clifton Gardens is a beachside oasis in the affluent Harbour suburb of Mosman. The netted beach, long jetty and gentle waves makes it perfect for picnics, swimming and snorkeling.

Operates
Daily
Hours: Sunday & Thursday 12:00pm-7:30pm, Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, Monday – Wednesday (Select dates & times)
Does not operate on Christmas, December 26 – 27, New Year’s Day, January 26, April 25, June 12, and October 2.

Includes
2 Day unlimited ferry pass to travel Sydney Harbour

Need to Know
– Guided commentary is available through smart phone app. Download the app through your smartphone prior to boarding. Must use your own headphones.
– Additional cost to enter Fort Dension, Taronga Zoo, and Shark Island (closed February 10, 2023 and February 22, 2023)
– Please bring sunscreen, a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Upgrades
Premium sightseeing tours, Whale watching tours, Zoo Entry with Safari Cable Car

Day 12 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

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 Theater 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, Hourly 9am to 5pm
Does not operate Good Friday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day 2024

Includes
One hour guided experience.

Need to Know
This tour has 300+ stairs – Low Impact. It is strongly encouraged that you leave bags at your hotel and avoid bringing any large items to the Opera House (anything larger than an 8×10″ sheet of paper). No luggage or large bags accepted. Videoing is not allowed. There are plenty of photo opportunities — your tour guide will advise you if photos are not to be taken at any point.

Upgrades
-Add a lunch, dinner or performance to your tour.
-Upgrade your experience with a private, backstage, or architectural tour.

Day 13 - Free Day 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) - Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour - Full Day

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

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.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Insider's Tip: Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Want to see Sydney’s spectacular beaches but don’t know where to start? Lace up your walking shoes and hit up the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, threading along five of Sydney’s sunniest beaches. This paved track runs along seaside clifftops, dappled and eroded by the exfoliating salt water, connecting the beaches together.

With the backdrop of stunning azure waters and the relaxing sound of rhythmic waves, it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike get their steps in at the Bondi to Coogee Walk. This track is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, and is often broken up into sections: Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach, Tamarama to Bronte Beach, Bronte to Clovelly Beach, and Clovelly to Coogee Beach.

Start with a morning swim and beachside breakfast at Bondi before capturing your glam beach photos at Tamarama, fondly known as “Glamarama” by the locals. Then head to Bronte where surfers like to catch the barreling waves, and take a dip in the oceanside Bogey Hole and Rock Pools. Afterwards head to Coogee, where you can snorkel and dive at Gordon’s Bay.

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

Day 14 - Shuttle, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 14 - 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 $3,895 $5,563 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) $5,213 $6,881 2024-01-15 00:00:00 - 2024-11-11 00:00:00
USA Departures: 15 JAN - 28 JUN & 24 JUL - 11 NOV 2024. Expires FEB 29 2024
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) $5,830 $7,498 Basic: May 1 - Jun 8 & Jul 24 - Sep 21, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $6,037 $7,705 Shoulder: Feb 1 - Apr 30, Jun 9 - Jul 23 & Sep 22 - Dec 8, 2022. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $6,554 $8,222 Peak: Dec 9, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $8,807 $10,475 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $10,415 $12,083 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.