Book By: July 9, 2020
Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney VacationMelbourne City Circle Tram. Credit: Visit Victoria
Duckboard Place in Mellbourne's LanewaysCredit: Visit Victoria
Enjoy a walking tour of Melbourne's foodie hot spots
Try a delicious Australian delicacy - meat pies!
Four Mile Beach in Porpt Douglas
Port Douglas Sunset
Low Isles Sail Boat to the Great Barrier Reef
Low Isles Snorkeling from Shore
Blue Coral at the Great Barrier Reef
Sea Turtle at the Great Barrier ReefCredit: Tourism Australia
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Sydney Aboriginal Dreamtime Tour of the Rocks
Views of the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Cruise
- Accommodation - Melbourne (3 Nights), Port Douglas (4), Sydney (3)
- USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included
- International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below)
- Australian Domestic Flights - Melbourne to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
- Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
- Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- Day Tours - Melbourne: The Melbourne Foodie Walk; Port Douglas: Sail Away to the Low Isles; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour
- All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs
12 Days / 10 Nights
Get a taste of Australia’s trend-setting food and art scene in Melbourne, see stunning reefs and tropical fish beneath the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and catch the famous city sights of Sydney all in one trip! This classic Australia travel package hits all the highlights with a little bit of added luxury.
Perfect for first time visitors, this Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney vacation package showcases a range of Australia’s exciting cities and breathtaking natural wonders. Peppered with must-do tours and iconic Australian experiences, this is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable vacation!
Start your journey in Melbourne, the undisputed cool kid of Australia. This city has a passion for all things food, art, music, and culture, and you’ll get a taste of it all on a foodie walking tour through Melbourne’s hidden local gems. After sampling local honey, authentic dumplings, and aromatic coffee, you’ll enjoy a free day to explore the city or join an optional tour to the famous Great Ocean Road.
From Melbourne you’ll head to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s most treasured natural asset. As one of the seven wonders of the world, no trip to Australia is complete without seeing the reef! You’ll make your reef retreat in Port Douglas, a boutique town in Australia’s tropics swathed in palm trees and golden coastline. Enjoy a 5-star Great Barrier Reef experience on a luxury catamaran sailing across the warm waters to an unspoiled coral cay. Spot sea turtles, soft corals, and tropical fish as you snorkel in the blue lagoon, and catch your breath on land with a guided walk through the mangroves and mudflats of the island.
Your time at the Great Barrier Reef in Port Douglas ends with a flight to Sydney, the final stop of this Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney vacation. We’ve made it easy to take in all the must-see city sights with a tour of the Sydney Opera House, and give you the flexibility of the exploring the city on your own with a 2-day Harbour Cruise Pass. You’ll also learn the fascinating natural history of Sydney on a walking tour through the eyes of the ancient Aboriginal cultures that have lived here for thousands of years. In need of a little down time? No worries – we’ve included a free day for you to relax or plan an optional trip to the scenic Blue Mountains.
Once your time on this Melbourne Great Barrier Reef & Sydney vacation comes to an end, you’ll be planning your next trip back!
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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.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.
You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.
The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.
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 these 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 on a rooftop bar with a view.
As you explore Melbourne’s laneways 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 at 1:30pm and lasts 2.5 – 3 hours. Other times by request.
Need to Know: Minimum number of 2 guests required. Maximum number of 10 guests allowed. The distance to walk on this tour is 0.9 miles. The tour meets at Bourke St. Mall, on the steps at the entrance to the H&M store.
Inclusions: Enjoy authentic Chinese dumplings. Savor French style sweet treats. Relax with a coffee at one of Melbourne’s best cafes. Finish with a view and a glass of bubbles in a laneway bar. Explore the laneways and arcades that Melbourne is famous for, discovering everything from gelato to local designers and days spas. Expert commentary on Melbourne’s fascinating past and incredible present. Small group, relaxed style tour.
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
Experience this majestic coastal drive in style with your small group and enjoy time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route.
Sit back and relax as you enjoy the wonders of this world-famous touring route. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots and of course koalas and kangaroos along the way. Your camera will get a good workout along this exciting journey where we will stop for plenty of photo opportunities.
Visit the striking Split Point Lighthouse which dates back to 1891 and offers breathtaking views over Bass Strait. Stop at the quaint seaside town of Apollo Bay and stroll along the magnificent beach and enjoy a bite to eat. Enjoy a stroll through pristine forests, before arriving at the star attraction of our day the spectacular Twelve Apostles, one of the most iconic natural formations in the world; as well as infamous Loch Ard Gorge, along the wild and unpredictable Shipwreck Coast before returning to Melbourne.
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.
Your first stop is at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you will meet endangered species, kangaroos, wallabies and koalas plus an array of colourful birds and reptiles.
Our journey then leads onto Phillip Island, the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and our famous Little Penguins. Upon arrival on the Island, depending on the time of year and your interests, we will visit Woolamai beach to see surfers riding the waves.
Next you will be amazed by the dramatic west coast of the Island. At the Nobbies stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this rugged coastline, see the blowhole and be mesmerised by the stunning views. You might even encounter your first penguin nests.
During the daylight savings months, you will travel to the town of Cowes where you will have free time for dinner. In the winter months you can have something to eat at the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre.
Finally, a trip to Phillip Island is not complete without its blacktie gala event: the Penguin Parade. Head to the Visitor Centre to shop, have a coffee and meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform where you will see the little penguins come ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria
Be amazed by the awesome views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows of Skydeck 88 & Edge Cube.
Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere! Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower is currently the world’s tallest residential building, and its Skydeck 88 is Australia’s newest “must see” attraction.
Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds – and only Skydeck 88 can give you the world’s only “Edge Experience” – a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building – with you inside!
Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities. Touch & discover “Serendipity,” the 19-foot long, interactive “Table of Knowledge”, which displays fascinating facts on LED floor & wall displays. Viewfinders positioned around Eureka Skydeck help you discover famous landmarks and attractions across the city below you, including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.
Match the sounds to the Melbourne landmark or simply step on to the “Terrace” & expose yourself to the outside elements. Located beside the Yarra River in Southbank, Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne.
Eureka Skydeck 88 – an experience above all else.
Need to Know
- Eureka Skydeck 88 is a self-guided experience.
- EDGE Experience must be pre-booked.
Eureka Skydeck is open from 10am – 10pm, with last entry at 9:30pm.
Entry to Eureka Skydeck.
The Melbourne City Circle Tram travels a rectangular route along Flinders, Spring, LaTrobe and Spencer Streets right around the Melbourne city centre.
Not only is travel completely free on the City Circle Tram but you get a running commentary on the places of interest along its route. You can get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.
Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), and during daylight-saving extended hours, 10am to 9pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Alternatively, there is a Free Tram Zone for all trams operating in Melbourne’s CBD. These free trams do not offer on-board commentary but are a convenient way to get around the city.
Mingle with visitors and locals alike at the centre of the city known as Melbourne’s meeting place, Federation Square! Showcasing a creative mix of attractions it boasts 15 restaurants, cafes and bars and over 2000 events annually making this a must see in Melbourne!
Winner of the 2006 and 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards, Federation Square embraces some of the world’s most stunning architecture with a wide array of attractions. Situated on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation the Square supports the nation’s contemporary expression and values the heritage and traditions of the indigenous people of this area. Be sure to check out the Atrium, a major challenge made of glass, steel and zinc.
Flanked by Zinc, this centre provides access to The Square which features the paved sandstone cobbles from Western Australia and spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River. Don’t forget to make a stop off at the Wharf which offers up the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service.
If you just happen to be in Melbourne on a Thursday night be sure to take advantage of the late night program! Open until 9pm, the Ian Potter Centre is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art which showcases a spectacular array of over 20 galleries housed within this landmark architectural complex. Also open until 9pm, don’t miss the Australian Centre for the Moving Image which is the first centre of its kind in the world with its dedication to the moving image in all its forms – from early cinema to the latest digital media – it certainly offers a unique experience for visitors from around the globe.
Tours can be booked via the Melbourne Visitors Centre onsite at Federation Square: Tours depart daily, Monday – Saturday at 11am (50 minutes duration) Group limit: 15 people Cost: Free
Photo Credit: Federation Square
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Cairns
Travel by shuttle from the Cairns Airport to your vacation accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise us immediately so appropriate trailer size is available.
Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights, this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.
Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)
*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request
Enjoy a day to remember with a sail out to the protected Low Isles, an unspoiled coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef on this high-end small group tour.
Set sail to the Great Barrier Reef on a 5-star Luxury Lagoon 500 Catamaran, Sailaway. Your destination, a protected island situated on a large coral platform consisting of a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. Surrounded by 55 acres of coral reef, comprised of 150 species of hard corals and dominated by 15 species of soft corals, this is an ideal place for snorkeling.
Living in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily. Be sure not to miss out on the Heritage Walk where you can learn about the islands history and environment and visit the lighthouse built in 1878. There are also a number of bird species including pelicans, honeyeaters, white breasted wood swallows, mangrove kingfishers, reef egrets with sea eagles and ospreys wheeling overhead.
Operates Daily; Pick-up 7:30am & Drop-off 4:30pm
Highlights & Inclusions Courtesy coach transfers in Port Douglas area; Morning tea & coffee upon boarding (Local produce) with muffins and pastries; Afternoon tea and coffee, additional cut fresh fruit platter and home-made cakes; Superb tropical buffet lunch (including prawns); Snorkeling equipment, optical masks, seasonal Lycra snorkeling suits, wet suits & flotation devices; Snorkeling instruction and in-water assistance; Guided snorkel tour with a marine guide; Glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation; Eco Shamba Environmental Initiative $20 local forestation; Low Isles Heritage Walk; 4.5 hours at Tropical Low Isles; The experience of sailing on board the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway VI.
Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!
Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.
What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.
Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Travel from Port Douglas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a day of fun reef experiences! Perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, divers and non-swimmers alike!
Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.
Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realizing its breathtaking color and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime.
Choose how you experience the reef:
– Visit the underwater observatory;
– View coral in the semi-submersible;
– Enjoy a talk by a marine biologist; Snorkel
Need to Know:
– Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional).
– Camera’s available from any local chemist or convenience store.
– Due to fluctuation in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases, any charge will be collected upon departure. Please verify before your tour.
Approximately 9:15am – 4:30pm
– Morning and afternoon teas on board.
– Reef presentation by marine biologist.
– Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
– All snorkeling equipment provided.
– Stinger/Lycra Suits & Buoyancy Aids provided.
– Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas.
– Qualified lifeguard supervision.
– Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing.
– Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels.
– Fish feeding [conducted by crew]
– Certified Scuba Diving (1 or 2 40-minute dives)
– Introductory Dive; Ocean Walker Helmet Diving (great for non-swimmers)
– 10 minute Scenic Flight
– Introductory or Advanced Adventure Snorkel Tour
This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours: Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.
The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day.
Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.
Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavours.
Mossman Gorge: Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beauLful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water.
Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.
If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, picturesque Atherton Tablelands is the perfect place! Treat yourself with this tour from Port Douglas for a sunrise fly!
Your day starts early, with a big payoff! An air conditioned coach will pick you up at your Port Douglas hotel and drive an hour west to the Atherton Tablelands. Experience the fun & unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 30 minutes minimum flying time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces! This is a great experience with Australia’s largest fleet of balloons and a fun and highly trained crew to maximize the fun of your morning.
Your balloon will return and the group enjoys hot air balloon pack-up games and lots of laughs. You’ll then have some time to enjoy the Australian bush at a historic country homestead.
Need to Know
– Payable on Board (Not Included) – 30.00AUD* Civil Aviation Insurance Levy
– Child Age Restriction: 3 Years and Under Not Allowed to Fly
Pick-up around 5:00am and Drop-Off around 9:30am.
– Free door to door air conditioned coach transfers to most Port Douglas accommodations
– Spectacular 30 minute Hot Air balloon ride
– Expert interpretive commentary
– Cross Country Hot Air Balloon Chase
– Hot Air Balloon Ride Commemorative Certificate
Extended Fly (60 minutes):
– Luxury Fly with Extra Sleep In
– Personal Chauffeur & Private Transfers
– Extended Hot Air Balloon ride
– 5 star gourmet beachside breakfast at Palm Cove
– A bottle of Champagne to take home
– Complimentary photo set – delivered digitally
Travel by shuttle from your Port Douglas vacation accommodation to the Airport in Cairns, Australia.
Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.
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.
Travel to your Sydney Accommodation where you will stay for 3 nights.
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, your hotel is an easy walk to many of Sydney’s best attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the historic precinct, The Rocks.
Your modern guest room is comfortable and spacious featuring Free WIFI. The hotel’s 24 hour reception is on hand to help you make the most of the facilities and the local area, with recommendations on everything from picturesque running tracks to memorable small bars. The hotel features a well-equipped gym, coin-operated laundry, lobby bar and a restaurant for a quick and convenient bite to eat (not included) before your adventures in Sydney begin.
The hotel’s ideal position means you can choose between exploring the city on foot or via the extensive public transport network. Many of Sydney’s best attractions are within a short distance of the hotel, including some of the city’s most heavily awarded restaurants, such as Rockpool and Bennelong. The inner-city streets are also dotted with bars of every size, shape and specialty, from small, whiskey-focused Baxter Inn to the sprawling, cocktail-ready Opera Bar.
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 Sydney Harbour in 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 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.
Need to Know
Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo.
Departure times vary by date and harbor stops. Exact times confirmed after booking.
2-Day Harbour Cruise Sightseeing Pass.
Discover the natural and cultural history of Sydney through the eyes of the Aboriginal people who have lived here for thousands of years. Explore The Rocks, Sydney’s historic harbor precinct, on a guided walking tour uncovering the authentic Aboriginal heritage of Sydney Harbour, and learn how modern Aboriginal people maintain their cultural practices in such a dynamic global city.
The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour is 100% Aboriginal owned and was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. It is led by Aboriginal guides who share cultural knowledge and interpretation of Sydney’s Dreamtime symbology and creation, a living history passed down through generations. Learn how the Dreamtime ties within Sydney’s natural billion year old saltwater harbor and marine environment, sandstone strata, fresh waterways, flora and fauna that continue to influence Aboriginal people’s thinking and lifestyle today in modern Sydney.
Your journey begins with a traditional OCHRE acknowledgement of Earth Mother’s EORA Cadigal heritage. This is further showcased in a leisurely ‘walking on county experience’ that will connect you to the living wisdoms inherent in Sydney’s natural waterways, skies, and landscape.
This 90 minute walkabout tour in The Rocks is a perfect introduction of Aboriginal culture. It highlights the perspective of Sydney’s Dreamtime heritage that is intimate, enlightening and transformative.
Daily, on request. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and Good Friday.
Need to Know
– Tour departs at Cadman’s Cottage courtyard area (110 George Street, The Rocks).
– The tour is an all-nature activity.
– Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring a bottle of water.
Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
– Local Aboriginal basic ceremonial greeting (good manners) that connect to Dreamtime Custodian Characters who Belong to Sydney Harbour’s saltwater sunrise and freshwater environment.
– Knowledgeable Aboriginal guides.
– Discover Aboriginals’ acknowledgement of “country” using Earth Mother’s traditional ochre paint.
– Discover everyday resources/equipment manufactured from natural environment – its origin source of cultural objects and materials harvested from landscape and handle small samples.
– Learn about the story of Aboriginal DreamTime, it’s origin, history and how culture evolved.
– Understanding the connection of modern Sydney and the Aboriginal Dreaming in The Rocks Sydney.
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.
On your vacation take a sightseeing harbour lunch cruise in Sydney, Australia.
Your choice of 1hr 45mins or up to 4hr 20mins
Highlights & Inclusions
– 2-course contemporary Australian a la carte dining
– Reserved individual seating
– Harbour Cruise
Need to Know
– From time to time, due to maintenance and scheduling, vessels may change
– Special Events may increase the price of this tour
– Gold Lunch & Drinks – 6 course seasonal menu & beverage selection
– Long Lunch – 3-Courses
– Dinner Cruise
On your vacation explore Sydney, Australia, by participating in a half-day city explorer tour.
Discover the tempo of the city as you explore Sydney, Manly and northern beaches. Capture the beauty and lifestyle of the harbour city from specially selected vantage points. Add an enjoyable Sydney Harbour Luncheon Cruise and relax on board as you view the exclusive waterfront homes (additional cost). See Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. See Hyde Park and the Sydney monorail. See the major shopping areas of Sydney. Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stop at Milsons Point for spectacular views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the famous city skyline. Travel through the exclusive northern suburbs of Sydney. Enjoy magnificent views from Seaforth Lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay Marinas. Stop at Arabanoo Lookout for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and rugged headland. Enjoy morning tea (own expense) at the seaside town of Manly. Take a walk along The Corso, which separates harbour from ocean. See the beautiful beach that has contributed to Manly’s reputation as a popular waterfront suburb. Tour through the northern leafy beach suburbs. Travel through Queenscliff passing Freshwater Bay and Curl Curl Beach. Return to Sydney via the exclusive and trendy suburbs of Neutral Bay and Mosman. Conclude your morning at either King Street Wharf or Circular Quay
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.
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.
Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
– 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
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 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.
|Approximate Pricing||Double Occupancy||Sole Occupancy||Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules|
|Land Content Only||$2,000||$2,927||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)||$2,984||$3,911||
Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
|Basic (Economy Class)||$3,935||$4,863||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)||$4,142||$5,070||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)||$4,660||$5,587||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)||$6,912||$7,840||Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.|
|Business Class||$8,520||$9,448||Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.|
- a) All prices are USD$/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.