11 Days: Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef & Sydney [ST-B522]
Starting at
$2,871
Per Person
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (3 Nights), Cairns (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 Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Day Tours - Melbourne: The Melbourne Foodie Walk, Phillip Island Small Group with Penguins Plus; Cairns: Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling, Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Hop-On Hop-Off Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • 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 5 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Enjoy 3 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 2 - Day Tour, 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 3 - Day Tour, Phillip Island Small Group with Penguins Plus

Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, little penguins and cuddly koalas. Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.

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

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

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

At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.

Photo Credit: Visit Victoria

Operates
Daily. Does not run on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Tour Times: Summer/Daylight Savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April): approximately 2:00pm-11:00pm; Winter (All Other Times of the Year): approximately 1:00pm-10:30pm. Tour duration is approximately 8-9 hours.

Includes
– Return hotel transfers
– Expert guide with extensive local knowledge
– Entry to Moonlit Sanctuary
– Entry to Phillip Island Nature Park
– Penguins Plus viewing platform

Need to Know
Maximum of 11 people per tour. Bring warm and waterproof clothing. Child pricing available.

Upgrades
– Underground viewing for an up close look of the penguins
– Guided Ranger experience

Day 4 - 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), Melbourne Star Sparkling Flight (30 min)

Experience unparalleled panoramic views of Melbourne on the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel.

With its striking scale and innovative design, the Melbourne Star is an iconic feature of Melbourne’s waterfront precinct, Docklands.

Your 30-minute “Sparkling Flight” includes a glass of beer, wine or cider that you can enjoy before you take off in the Departure Lounge or during your flight. Enjoy the sights from over 390 feet above the city streets below.

Walk around and take in the sights from all angles, while our audio commentary gives you a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks below.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

– 21 cabins available.
– Maximum of 20 guests per cabin.
– Due to operational requirements, restrictions on motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs apply.
– A maximum of 6 wheelchairs at any one time is allowable, with a maximum of 2 wheelchairs per cabin.

Times

1pm – 6pm. Total ride time is time 30 minutes.

Inclusions

– 30 minute flight.
– Glass of wine, beer or cider (soft drinks and water also available).

Upgrades

Upgrade to the Fly & Dine packages to include lunch or dinner at Urban Alley Brewery.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Great Ocean Road Tour - Full Day

Experience this majestic coastal drive in style with your mid-sized group of 24 or less and enjoy time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route. This fun-filled tour with one of our expert local guides will show you the best sights, plenty of photo stops, wildlife and glimpses of the Aussie beach lifestyle.

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.
Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and stop for a little rainforest walk to appreciate the cool climate and heavy rain that this region enjoys.
Enjoy a light lunch and the chance to chat to your fellow travelers. Later in the day, head towards the limestone rock formations otherwise known as the 12 Apostles. Nearby you will discover another ancient natural attraction; Loch Ard Gorge where you will hear the story of the shipwreck and its survivors. Dip your feet in the water at the Gorge’s quaint beach and you will never want to leave.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Operates
Daily
Departs 8:00am, Returns 7:00/8:00pm (approx.)

Includes
-Touring in a comfortable bus of maximum 24 passengers
-Expert guide with extensive local knowledge
-Pick-ups from some Melbourne City hotels
-Cool-climate forest walk
-A Native tree is planted on behalf of each passenger
-Lunch

Need to Know
Bring: Camera, Comfortable walking shoes, Waterproof clothing

Upgrades
Small Group Tours (11 Guests or Less)

Insider's Tip: Melbourne City Circle Tram

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

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

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

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

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport

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

Day 5 - Australian Domestic Flight, Melbourne to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Cairns

Day 5 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Accommodation

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

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

Days 5 to 8 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairns

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

Optional Tour (Not Included) - Dinner Cruise

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Boarding our sailing catamaran at the Marlin Marina, you will enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounding mangroves, as they transition from day to night.

You will be welcomed on board with a refreshing pre-dinner drink. With your glass charged, stroll the interior or exterior decks and admire the view as the sky, filled with thousands of sparkling stars. Your journey takes you deep into the heart of Trinity Inlet and across the waterfront precinct of Cairns, from the Cruise Liner Terminal to the Esplanade. The water is calm, the weather mild and the night is yours to enjoy. Inside our air-conditioned dining room, sit down to a sumptuous buffet meal with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood, and delicious local produce. Our luxurious Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages to compliment your meal and enhance your evening.

Operates
Daily
Departs 6:00pm and Returns 9:00pm

Includes
– Welcome glass of sparkling wine, beer, or soft drink on arrival
– 2.5 hour calm water evening cruise
– Delicious buffet dinner
– Luxurious air-conditioned vessel, with large outdoor decks

Need to Know
Please wear tropical cocktail attire, light jacket, and suitable boating shoes. Please bring your credit/debit card as the Spirit of Cairns is cashless. The dinner is a buffet style meal and it may not always be possible to change a particular menu item to suit special requirements. Menu items are labelled to indicate vegetarian, diary free and gluten free (and a complete list of ingredients can be provided on request). However, while all care is taken, it must be noted that within the premises they do handle nuts, seafood, shellfish, sesame seeds, wheat flour, eggs and dairy products and can not guarantee that certain products or ingredients will not be in the food, and explicitly accept no liability in this regard.

Day 6 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Snorkeling

Today you’ll cruise onboard a luxury vessel to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and not surprisingly the world’s most extensive coral reef.

The reef being just a few meters away from the waters surface, you will be able to explore all these wonders just by floating at the surface. Relax, breathe in your snorkel and be ready to discover a multitude of fishes, corals and other wildlife populating the reef.





Snorkeling is the easiest way to discover the Great Barrier Reef, it is as simple as breathing. If you have never snorkeled before, don’t worry, a briefing is held on board, explaining how to put and use the snorkelling gear. All of the snorkeling equipment you will require is supplied as part of your trip, including a wetsuit or stinger suit. Prescription masks are also available upon request.

Your trip out to the reef will take just 90 minutes, with five hours spent on the outer reef. We’ll select two of the best Great Barrier Reef snorkelling sites. These are chosen on a daily basis by the vessel Captains for the best variety and visibility according to the weather conditions.

There are 17 exclusive moorings on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Norman, Saxon and Hastings reefs. This tour operator uses a wide variety of these to ensure a minimal environmental impact to the pristine coral formations we visit. The dive sites are frequented by myriads of tropical and Palegic Fish, Rays, Turtles, (friendly) Sharks and the ever popular diver friendly Maori Wrasse. There are swim throughs, wall and drift dives that will appeal to every level of diver experience.

Includes: Lunch (hot or cold tropical buffet options), Snorkel Equipment; Wetsuit and/or Lycra Suits; Prescription Masks (Subject to availability)

Optional Upgrades Include: Up to 3 SCUBA Dives; Introductory Scuba Diving

Day 7 - Day Tour, Kuranda Rainforestation with Lunch - Full Day

A wonderful day awaits as you are transported on the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail through tunnels and across bridges to the famous village in the rainforest – Kuranda. Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens, is your next stop. Board the amphibious Army Duck and enjoy the Koala & Wildlife Park before having a BBQ lunch. Transfer back to Kuranda, then it’s time to board Skyrail for an amazing journey over and through the World Heritage Rainforest.

Trade your voucher for a 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 boast a full array of colorful and interesting arts and crafts. You might also like to visit Birdworld, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens [at own expense].

Rainforestation : Your shuttle coach will transfer you to Rainforestation, set in 40 hectares of lush gardens and tropical rainforest, where a number of unique attractions await you. Board the unusual amphibious Army Duck for a different look at the rainforest. Also included in your tour is the Koala & Wildlife Park. The shuttle bus will then take you back to Kuranda.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: At the scheduled time, make your way directly to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway boarding line – there is no need to queue as your tickets are already on your Boarding Pass. Once aboard, be amazed as you journey over and through World Heritage protected Rainforest – an iconic rainforest experience that includes time at spectacular lookouts at Red Peak and Barron Falls stations. Or visit the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Complimentary guided boardwalk tours are offered throughout the day at Red Peak Station. After arriving at the Smithfield Skyrail station, you will be directed to your coach for the transfer to your accommodation.
 
Operates
Thursday through Tuesday – except Christmas Day
Departs 7:00am, Returns 5:30pm (approx.)
Includes
– Return transfers to Cairns hotel
– Kuranda Scenic Rail
– Free time in Kuranda (approximately 1.5 hrs)
– Transfers to Rainforestation
– Rainforestation including Army Duck Tour, Wildlife Park, Dreamtime Walk, Pamagirri Dancers
– BBQ Lunch
– Transfers to Kuranda
– Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Need to Know
This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form. Tour is subject to change. Please wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring money for souvenirs.

Discover the Skyrail App: Using GPS technology and an innovative design, the Skyrail app allows you to fully immerse yourself in the ancient rainforest’s remarkable story of survival over an outstanding 130 million years. Unlock this ancient landscape’s many secrets and gain fascinating insights about the world’s oldest tropical rainforest when you download the Skyrail app.

Upgrades
Can upgrade to gold class

Insider's Tip: The Esplanade in Cairns

Experience the leisurely 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 8 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Accommodation to Airport

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

Need to Know
Luggage Restrictions: 1 checked bag and 1 hand luggage is free of charge per person in the shuttle. Additional luggage is 10$ each. Strollers are free. Bikes need to be in a bike bag. Fishing rods need to be broken down and in a container.

Day 8)- Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Sydney.

Day 8 - 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 8 to 11 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

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

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

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

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

Day 9 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley Food & Wine Experience - Full Day

Explore the fertile Hunter Valley and taste delicious food and awardwinning wines. Enjoy private vineyard inspections and learn of the winemaking process. Spend time strolling in the vineyards, purchase some wine or simply enjoy the beautiful Australian countryside.

Admire the magnificent views of the Hawkesbury River on your drive through the Central Coast. The Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s oldest wine-producing region and owes its fame to world-class viticulturists and fertile soils.

Enjoy a private wine tasting experience at Leogate Estate Wines, which produces trophy-winning wines such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Shiraz, and learn of local wine-making techniques. Visit Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine-making process and the key role the resort plays in this region.

Enjoy lunch made with local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. You’ll also have the chance to purchase a beer tasting paddle from the on-site brewery. The McGuigan family are respected pioneers of the industry and at their cellar door you’ll be greeted warmly and welcomed to a tasting of their fine wines.

Finish the day at Roche Estate, where you’ll have free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses at the Smelly Cheese Shop and gourmet delights plus coffee, gelato, craft beer and cellar doors (own expense).

Operates

Daily

Times

Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up 7:45 – 8:00am & Return 6:30pm (approximate times)
 
Inclusions

– 3 Wine Tastings
– Lunch
– Experienced Driver Guide
– Comprehensive commentary
– Travel in an air-conditioned coach

Upgrades

Upgrade to a Small Group Luxury Tour

Insider's Tip: Pylon Museum and Lookout

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 11 - 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 11 - 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 $3,000 $3,982 International return flights from the USA are not included. Please see detailed itinerary (above) for more information on inclusions. Itinerary can commence any day (subject to availability).
Special (Economy Class) $4,478 $5,461 2024-04-01 00:00:00 - 2024-12-25 00:00:00
USA Departures: 11 JUN - 13 JUL, 24 JUL - 5 DEC, 23 DEC - 25 DEC. Expires 19 JUN 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) $4,935 $5,918 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) $5,142 $6,125 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) $5,659 $6,642 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) $7,912 $8,895 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $9,520 $10,503 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
First Class $21,084 $22,067 First Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.