Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney [ST-1164]
12 Days: Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney [ST-1164]
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$2,053
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Brisbane (3 Nights), Cairns (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 Brisbane, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Brisbane to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Brisbane: River Cruise and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; Cairns: Cruise the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Rainforest; Sydney: 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 Brisbane (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, Brisbane Airport to Accommodation

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

Days 2 to 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.

Set in Spring Hill on the doorstep of Brisbane’s vibrant CBD, this stylish hotel takes its design cues from celebrated Australian abstract artist, Michael Johnson.

Your luxury boutique hotel hosts a myriad of features including 97 self-contained, open-plan suites and two elegant penthouses, a large pool with a sundeck and gymnasium. The guest experience is further complimented with onsite restaurant and bar, artworks, in-house art libraries and a dedicated art channel.

Set in Spring Hill, less than a mile from the CBD, you’ll have access to the best galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping in Spring Hill, the city center and entertainment hot-spot, Fortitude Valley. For those wanting to adventure a little further afield, Smart Cars and Bicycles are available for rent.

For a day out on the water, try kayaking on the river or catch the City Hopper Ferry to various riverside attractions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and South Bank Brisbane’s very own inner city beach with swimming lagoons that you can enjoy perfect for the whole family and a way to cool off from the Queensland heat during the warmer months.

To get out into nature, the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and Roma Street Parklands offer lots of wide green open spaces, with grassy areas to sit and enjoy a picnic, walking tracks and wildlife including native lizards, birds and insect species. Soak in a panoramic vista of Brisbane City from the Wheel of Brisbane, or for those who are a little more adventurous the Story Bridge Climb will take you 262m feet above sea level for the ultimate view.

When it comes to shopping Brisbane offers a number of options including the Queen Street Mall and Fortitude Valley, with an extensive assortment of retail and entertainment stores. Treasury Casino is not far from the hotel, with some great shows and restaurants.

Discover the Eagle Street Pier with its collection of restaurants, bars and cafés, is a great place to eat and enjoy the scenery. Home also to the Riverside Craft Markets, held each Sunday, you can meet up with friends to share a meal before taking a walk along the pier and browsing the local crafts on showcase.

Day 3 - Day Tour, River Cruise and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Take an informative and entertaining river cruise down the Brisbane River followed by 2.5 hours at The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can hand feed kangaroos and emus. Yes…and cuddle a koala!


Board your river cruise vessel for an Aussie adventure like no other. You’ll come face to face with a unique inner-city colony of fruit bats hidden among the mangroves, get up close and personal with Australia’s cuddliest creatures, and see breathtaking modern mansions and historic Queenslander homes along Brisbane’s sought after riverfront. This popular journey has been taking visitors to Lone Pine for over 70 years and is a great wildlife experience in Brisbane.


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – World’s First & Largest Koala Sanctuary!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927 as a safe refuge for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas, at a time when the species was being culled for the fur trade. Founder, Claude Reid, recognized something had to be done to help protect one of Australia’s most iconic species.

Today, Lone Pine remains as a destination for local and international guests to not only see native Australian animals, but to also connect and learn, and to leave feeling inspired to make small, positive changes in their daily lives to help protect their own native wildlife and habitats.

Lone Pine encourages guest to connect with wildlife through specially crafted, close encounters. Plan your day around the following schedule (subject to change).
Self-Paced: Pick up a bag of roo food for $2 AUD to hand feed some of the 150 free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies.
11:00-11:30am – FREE ‘Meet a Koala’
11:30am – Koala Keeper Talk
12:30pm – Free Flight Raptor Show
1:00pm & 3:30pm – Sheep Dog Show
12:00pm – Snake Photos
1:30pm – Snake Keeper Talk
4:00pm – Wild Lorikeet Feeding

Operates Daily; Depart Brisbane CBD at 10:00am & Arrive at Lone Pine at 11:15am & Depart Lone Pine at 2:15pm & Arrive Brisbane CBD at 3:30pm

Upgrades Koala holding experiences with a professional printed photograph and high resolution download. Raptor Hold & Professional Photo (12:45pm). Snake Hold & Professional Photo (12:00pm)

Day 4 - Free Day to Explore Brisbane

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Brisbane. We suggest you use this opportunity to take in the sights of this beautiful city. Perhaps purchase a few souvenirs for family or friends back home.

Brisbane is a vibrant city with many activities and sights to enjoy within walking distance from your hotel. Visit the South Bank precinct, full of fantastic riverside restaurants, home of renowned art galleries including the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Museum, sky-high views from The Wheel of Brisbane, as well as parklands that feature family friendly urban beach pools with expansive city views. Experience the beauty of Brisbane from the river CityCat ferries, and hop on and off at riverside neighborhoods such as the cultural Powerhouse precinct, and festive dining and beverages found at the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct. A must see for all visitors to Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha’s “Brisbane Lookout” offers spectacular panoramic views over the city all the way to Moreton Bay. Walking tracks are abundant through the National Park and the Lookout itself showcases a historical timeline of this iconic destination.
Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Dolphin Viewing and Day Cruise with Whale Watching

Marvel at the annual migration each June to October of humpback whales as they journey some 10,000 miles from Antarctica along the east coast of Australia. These acrobats of the ocean pass by Moreton Island, often with their newborn calves, creating one of the greatest spectacles of the sea. Your Whale Watch crew will explain the habits and characteristics of migrating whales and serve a light, delicious lunch on board.

Highlights

Whale Watching – On arrival at the island resort, guests will have a short time to find their land-lovers legs before departing on the whale watching vessel where they will enjoy an educational commentary and Q&A about whales, a light lunch and refreshments and whale viewing.

Free Time at Tangalooma Resort – Free time to enjoy the pristine beaches, visit a resort cafe for afternoon tea, enjoy a swim at one of the resort pools, hire a quad bike or Segway or try one of the 40 free activities on the island from tennis to archery to boule, badminton, squash or mini-golf excluding watersports, just to name a few!

Wild Dolphin Viewing – Stand on the jetty as wild dolphins make their way to the shallow waters for their nightly feeding. (Upgrade to feed the dolphins by hand)

Operates

Daily (June 1 – October 15th Only)

Need to Know

This tour can be taken from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. The Desert Safari Tour will be offered if the Whale Watching Tour must be cancelled due to severe weather conditions or for safety reasons.

Times

Full day tour. Departs at 8:45am and returns at 9:45pm.

Inclusions

– Return coach transfers (selected hotels)
– Return 75-minute cruise
– Whale Watch Cruise with light lunch
– Dolphin Behaviour and Data Collection Presentation
– Access to the the wild dolphin viewing jetty
– Whale watching photo / low resolution digital copy
– Over 40 free land-based activities
– Optional extras including watersports incur a fee

Upgrades

– Admission to the nightly dolphin feeding program
– Dolphin feeding photo / low resolution digital copy
– Day Lounge access with tea & coffee making facilities

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Tangalooma Resort, Feed the Dolphins - Full Day

Enjoy a day out on Moreton Island, the world’s 3rd largest sand island (the other 2 largest are also in Queensland!). This beautiful location is a short 75 minute cruise from Brisbane. Enjoy crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national parks. The tour highlight is the magical experience of hand feeding wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset.

An unforgettable day out as you discover a tropical island paradise just 75 minutes from Brisbane. At Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, you can enjoy a delicious lunch, challenge yourself to sand tobogganing and at sunset, wade into the water to hand feed one of the island’s special visitors, a wild bottlenose dolphin! The experience is unforgettable.

Highlights

– Tangalooma Island Resort – With 80 tours and activities(40 are free) to choose from you can spend the day as an island adventurer and explore the landscape, flora and fauna as well as the Moreton Bay Marine Park’s dolphins, turtles, dugongs and tropical fish.

– Lunch – Voucher for $20AUD per adults and $15AUD per child (vaild at any open resort food outlet, please note additional purchases are own expense)

– 1 Premium Activity Included! Choose 1:
– Sand Tobogganing: Marvel at the island’s inland desert where you can try the exhilarating sport of Moreton Island sand tobogganing, reaching speeds of up to 40km per hour! This activity is weather dependent and is not as easy as it looks.
– Marine Discovery Cruise: Journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, sea cucumbers, rays and more! Our purpose built catamaran provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Full commentary is provided by an Eco Ranger.
– Wrecks Snorkel Tour: Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Moreton Bay region on a guided snorkel tour through the Tangalooma Shipwrecks. With the chance of seeing 3 different species of sea turtle, dolphins, rays and over 200 species of fish and 130 species of coral, you won’t want to get out.
– Jet Boat Ride: A 45 minute adrenaline adventure. Got the need for speed? Enjoy speeds up to 80 km per hour onboard Tanaglooma’s new Aussie Jet Boat with maneuvers such as tail slides, figure eights, wave jumps and 360 degree spins.

– Wild Dolphin Feeding – After a safety briefing island guests are invited to wade into the ocean beside the resort jetty to handfeed the wild dolphins at sunset. This is a magical and unforgettable experience before returning to the mainland. *Launch departs Tangalooma Resort after the last dolphin feeding activity.

Operates

Daily. Limited tours operate Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

Need to Know

– This tour can be taken from the Gold Coast or Brisbane
– Sand Tobogganing and Marine Discovery Cruise: In the event of heavy rain or strong winds customers will do a scenic island bus trip.

Times

Departure 8:45am & Return 8:30pm – 9:45pm

Inclusions

– Return coach transfers (selected hotels);
– Choice of Sand Tobogganing, Marine Discovery Cruise, Jet Boat Ride or Wrecks Snorkel tour
– Use of Resort facilities including 2 swimming pools, restaurants and bars
– Dolphin Behavior and Data Collection Presentation
– 1 standard beverage on the boat transfer
– Discover the World of Dolphins presentation at the Eco Centre
– Lunch – Voucher for $20AUD per adults and $15AUD per child (vaild at any open resort food outlet, please note additional purchases are own expense)
– Return boat cruise across Moreton Bay marine par
– Day pass access to the Resort
– Your choice of island based Eco Ranger experiences
– Over 40 free land-based activities
– Optional extras including watersports incur a fee
– Admission to the nightly dolphin feeding program
– Dolphin feeding photo/low resolution digital copy

Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland / Tourism Australia

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Brisbane Laneways & Cafes Walking Tour (3 hrs)

Brisbane laneways and streets are full of cafes and restaurants, over 1,500 at last count, but go to any city and the best coffee is never on the main street. This small group tour lead by a local in the know is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

This walk is a tasting tour of the City Centre coffee scene.  You’ll stop at selected laneway cafes, chat to passionate baristas, learn about coffee and of course, enjoy some coffee (tea, chai latte, iced chocolate.) and tasty little bites.  Instagram heaven!

On this relaxed tour you’ll also pick up some great tips on eating and drinking from Brisbanites who know every cool bar and café in town. As you walk, you’ll also see some of Brisbane’s amazing little street art. The tour ends at a laneway cafe/bar before the office workers are out – a great place to meet some locals!

Operates
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, with a minimum of 2 persons
Does not operate New Years Day, Australia Day (Jan 26th), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Brisbane Show Day, Queen’s Birthday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.
 
Times
3 Hour tour
Departs Queen Street Mall at 1:30pm

Need to Know
– Maximum of 8
– Booking are essential
– Wear Comfortable shoes, hat and sunglasses
– Food tasting will be offered on the tour – these may include coffees, cakes, nuts. Tour operator takes no responsibility for guests who may have food allergies, and the guest participates in tasting / food consumption at their own risk.
– Free Wi-Fi available during the duration of tour.
– Suitable for moderate fitness levels, approx. 1.5 miles.
– Tour operates in most weather conditions.

Inclusions
– Tour Guide
– Food and drink tastings

Upgrades Available
– Private Tours available

Image Credit: Tourism & Events Queensland

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport

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

Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.

Day 5 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Cairns.

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation

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

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.

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Days 5 to 9 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

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

Your 4.5 star accommodation combines contemporary decor with a tropical ambience. The magnificent location of this 176 room hotel is perfect for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest or Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands. Other nearby highlights include: Cairns Casino, Marlin Jetty, the Esplanade and the Night Markets. Unwind with a cocktail by the pool or bar followed by a sumptuous meal at the award winning Bushfire Flame Grill.

All rooms and suites have individual balconies, individually controlled air conditioning, refrigerator, television, broadband internet access, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, along with tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities include: 24 hr reception, tour desk, wireless internet, Bushfire
Flame Grill, bar, pool, business services on request, coin operated laundry on four floors, room service, laundry & dry cleaning.

Day 6 - Day Tour, Cruise the Great Barrier Reef

This Great Barrier Reef experience is perfect for swimmers with all levels of confidence! This all-weather platform offers a plethora of options to see the amazing under water wonderland that is the Great Barrier Reef!

Snorkel in the sheltered coral lagoon, join a Marine Biologist on a Guided Snorkel safari, or go scuba diving (no experience necessary)

For those not confident in swimming, stay dry and view the reef from the semi-submersible reef viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory or try a Helmet Dive for a scuba-style experience without getting your hair wet.

If simply relaxing & soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style then take time out on the spacious sundeck where you will also find the regions only reef-based massage therapist.  You’ll have plenty of time to do it all!

Operates: Daily; Depart around 8:00am & Return around 5:00pm 

Inclusions: 90 minute return cruise transfer to reef platform on a spacious, fast catamaran; 5 Hours at the Marine World reef activity platform; All snorkeling equipment including personal flotation devices in adult/child sizes; FREE Wet suit and lycra suit use for year round comfort and in-water safety. Wet suits are 5mm with short arms/legs. Lycra suits provide fantastic sun protection and in season are useful in reducing the risk of jelly fish stings; Semi-Submersible tours with interactive commentary; Glass Bottom Boat tours with interactive commentary; Fish feeding and identification session with our Marine Biologist; Underwater Observatory; Use of Sundeck, Fresh Water Showers and Changing Rooms; Morning/Afternoon Tea plus a full hot/cold buffet lunch with vegetarian options; Tea/Coffee and drinking water is available free of charge throughout the day; Access to reference materials on the reef; Child/Infant safety swimming enclosure

Upgrades: Helicopter Flight (10 min); 1 Way Helicopter Transfer (25 min); Introductory Diving; Helmet Diving (Great for non-swimmers!); Certified Diving; Coral Gardens Tour (30 min); Adventure Snokel Safari (50 min); Seabob Jet Snorkeling

Day 7 - Day Tour, Kuranda Rainforest - 1/2 day

Enjoy a half-day tour of Kuranda Rainforest. Travel on board the Kuranda Scenic Rail through tunnels and across bridges to the Kuranda Villages. Return with an amazing journey over and through the World Heritage Rainforest on board the Skyrail.

Check in: Our Driver will check you in at your accommodation using our Kuranda Boarding pass, offering pre-allocated seating on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail, preferential seating on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, a detailed map of Kuranda, and discounted entry into selected Kuranda Attractions.

Kuranda Scenic Rail : At the scheduled time board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. An amazing journey awaits you as you travel one of the world’s most scenic rail routes, through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Kuranda Village : Once you arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station, you have ample time to explore the many and varied shops, as well as the Heritage Markets which operate daily.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over the rainforest canopy with stops along the way allowing you to take a stroll or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre. Our hostess will meet you on completion of Skyrail and will assist with your return transfer to your accommodation.

Day 8 - Free Day to Explore Cairns

Take the day and explore what could be considered the capital of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns!

A major outlet to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest amongst its many attractions, the tropical paradise of Cairns is sure to enchant you. With many area activities centrally located there’s enough to occupy everyone in the family because Cairns literally has it all! Have a visit to the Esplanade where you can experience all walks of life and make memories. With a nightlife that caters to singles and families alike you’re visit will be filled with so many things to do, so take a deep breath and have fun!

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Dinner Cruise

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Enjoy the Ultimate waterside dining on a lovely sail boat.

Set sail aboard the newly refurbished 26-metre catamaran on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views.

The ultimate in waterfront dining, your cruise includes a gourmet buffet style dinner, complimentary beverage on arrival, live entertainment, and (optional!) dancing after dinner. A selection of beverages and cocktails are also available for purchase from our fully licensed bar.

Operates

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Need to Know

One way transfers from Northern Beaches accommodations to the Cairns Marlin Marina available. Drop offs are by own arrangement.

Times

Boarding time is from 6:00pm – 6:15pm at Cairns Marlin Marina with departure at 6:30pm. Returns at 8:30pm.

Inclusions

– 2 hour calm water evening cruise
– Luxurious air-conditioned vessel with large outdoor decks
– Complimentary glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink on arrival
– Delicious hot and cold buffet, featuring fresh seafood and local produce.
– Live entertainment

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hartley's Crocodile Adventure - Half Day

Make wise time of your stay in Cairns with a half-day tour to the best place to experience crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland with Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure!

This Croc Adventure provides an innovative approach to viewing and interacting with wildlife, enabling visitors to become immersed in a natural environment with safety. A series of timber boardwalks provide elevated viewing of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats. It is home to a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest and eucalypt woodland.

In this eco adventure you can cruise the lagoon which has guaranteed croc sightings with opportunities for great action photos of pole feedings. See the head shakes and death rolls of huge crocs at the Crocodile Attack Show and see some of the world’s most venomous snakes at the Snake Show. Explore the parks abundance of wildlife which includes water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries. If you’re brave enough take a photo with you holding a crocodile! (Own expense)

Suggested Itinerary: Crocodile Feeding, optional Digital Photo Opportunity (Own expense), Wetlands Cruise, Snake Show & Crocodile Attack Show

Operates

Daily, on request.

Need to Know

Child pricing and family rates available on request.

Times

Departs at 11:30am and returns at 5:30pm.

Inclusions

– Transfers to and from Accommodation
– Entry into Hartley’s Crocodile Park
– Park Shows
– A scenic drive along the Captain Cook Highway

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

Experience the leisure atmosphere at the playground for locals and tourists alike at The Esplanade in Cairns!

With so many activities available The Esplanade has always been a focal point for this city. This is a place that literally has everything! Take a stroll and do some bird watching on the boardwalk but as you enjoy the views don’t forget to stop off at Foreshore Promenade for a bite to eat at the many available restaurants. Access to The Lagoon is easy here which is set overlooking the Barrier Reef and Trinity inlet and features all year free swimming where you can take a dip in this filtered saltwater lagoon. Let the kids can play in the sandy edges and in the shallow waters while you lounge on the semi-shaded timber decks. For the kids, don’t miss out on the Trinity Bay foreshore playground “Muddy” with equipment for all ages. For the older kids, stop off at the Skate Park to see some skaters and BMXers in action! Whether you decide to take a morning jog, fly a kite or just relax in the large grassy areas for some lunch you will surely enjoy the tropical lifestyle!

If you happen to be in Cairns on a Saturday be sure to check out the Weekend Markets which feature only locally made arts and crafts, clothing and much more. While you’re there listen out for the live music and fun street characters. The market gets into full swing on the promenade (just by the lagoon) every Saturday between 8am – 4pm.

Lagoon Hours: All Year, 6am-9pm
Closed Wednesdays until midday for maintenance

Day 9 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your Cairns 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. Excess baggage is AUD$5.00 per bag payable on board. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Day 9 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 9 - 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 9 to 12 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Enjoy 3 nights in your Sydney accommodation, perfectly positioned right in the heart of the city center.

Sydney’s premier tourist destinations such as Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, The Rocks and Circular Quay are only minutes away with public transport right on your doorstep. The hotel is perfectly positioned to explore Sydney’s fringe suburbs such as Surry Hills or discover the downtown entertainment precinct offering live theater and music all year round.

Your spacious and modern guest room features inviting queen or twin beds, spotless shower over bath with amenities, and free WiFi to stay connected. Check in is a breeze at the friendly 24-hour reception, with room service available at certain hours. Venture to the top floor to access the rooftop pool and gym, and tuck in to a selection of delectable share plates and with a glass of wine at the onsite café and bar.

Feeling a little adventurous? Located within walking distance to over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, your hotel is an ideal base for discovering Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

Inclusions
– Work desk with lamp
– In-room safe
– Shower over bath
– Bathroom amenities
– Hair dryer
– Iron and ironing board
– Tea and coffee making facilities
– Free WiFi
– Flat screen TV

Day 10 - 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 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

Day 11 - 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) - Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Sydney Harbour in Australia with this unlimited 2 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 harbor. 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 harbor attractions.

These red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbor 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:

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.

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.

Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.

Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.

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 harbor swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

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.

ICC Sydney: Sydney’s premier convention and entertainment precinct with harborside shopping, restaurants and bars.

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.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.

Times

Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.

Inclusions

2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Blue Mountains with Scenic World

We will venture into the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains region where you will experience the raw magic the Blue Mountains has to offer.

Before we head West, we will show you parts of the Sydney CBD district. Just 1½ hrs away we arrive in the heart of the Blue Mountains District, take in the scenery and smell the fresh air with unbelievable views of the Jamison Valley.

Our First Stop is Echo Point, the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. You will be able to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley.

Visit Scenic World and start your adventure on Scenic Skyway. Experience the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200m below. Dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world, with an incline of 52 degrees the Mountain Devil is suitable for people of all ages. After enjoying a stroll through the ancient rainforest, ride the Scenic Cableway which is Australia’s steepest cable car. See spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison valley.

Enjoy a hot filling lunch with many different options to choose from. We have a 5 option menu to choose from including vegetarian with a glass of Australian Beer, Wine, Soft Drink, Tea or Coffee.

On our way back to Sydney we will venture to the suburb of Doonside to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park which is Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. The multi award-winning Park has the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals. See a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies.

Enjoy a relaxing Ferry ride as you view the multi million dollar houses and the Harbour Bridge before disembarking at Circular Quay or Darling Harbour where tour concludes for the day at approximately 4.30pm – 5:00pm giving you enough time to freshen up and enjoy the rest of evening in Sydney.

Optional Evening Tour (Not Included), Pub Walk through Sydney

Sydney’s Small Bar Tour will take you on an evening journey through Sydney’s evolving food and beverage scene.

Discover the emerging small bar scene that is popping up all around the city and discover heritage buildings and laneways with out-of-the-way watering holes.

Visit 3 uniquie small bars, spending about 45 minutes in each venue. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the complimentary food or beverage on arrival at each venue. Your friendly guide will also guide you as you discover many other bars and restaurants while detailing social events and major changes that are happening throughout the City of Sydney.

Your 3-hour tour includes a local English-speaking guide, food or drink samples at venues.

Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.

Minimum: 2 passengers per booking. Child under 18 years of age are not permitted to join.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Summit

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.

Operates:
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.

Times:
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.

Inclusions:
BridgeClimb cap;
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.

Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.

Insider's Tip: Pylon Museum and Lookout - Bridgeclimb Alternative

See the fantastic views of the city, the harbour and the world famous icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge! This is a wonderful alternative if you do not wish to climb the bridge.

Access is via the pedestrian pathway on the Eastern side of the Bridge from the city side (use the Bridge Stairs in Cumberland Street, The Rocks). There are 200 stairs to the Lookout, but on the way up there are 3 levels of exhibits where you will discover the history and construction of the Bridge, the men who built it, and the vision of JJC Bradfield, chief engineer

At the end of (or even before) your visit to the Museum, enjoy the scenery and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The walk to the North side of Sydney will take approximately 15-20 minutes from the Pylon.

Costs are (AUD) $15.00 ages over 13, $8.50 ages 5-12 and under 4 Free. Open Daily 10-5 (Closed Christmas)

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 12 - 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 12 - 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 $2,053 $3,092 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) $3,193 $4,233 Nov 17 2020 - Nov 30 2021
USA Departures: 1 April - 30 November 2021
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) $3,874 $4,913 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) $3,977 $5,016 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) $4,687 $5,726 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) $5,667 $6,706 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $8,573 $9,613 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.