Sydney Indigenous Experience [ST-ISYD1]
7 Days: Sydney Indigenous Experience [ST-ISYD1]
Starting at
$895
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Sydney (5 Nights)
  • Day Tours Included - Sydney: Opera House, Harbour Cruise Express, The Rocks Dreamtime Tour, Royal Botanical Gardens Indigenous Heritage Tour
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • May be combined with Sale Airfares to Sydney
  • 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 (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
(Day 1) - International Flight, Los Angeles to Sydney (not included, available on request)

Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given Breakfast before landing in Sydney, Australia. (You lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you catch it up again on your return flight to the USA)

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

(Day 2) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

(Days 2 to 7) - 5 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 5 nights.

Embrace Sydney’s best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property – Fees Apply

(Day 2) - Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hr)

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 2) - The Rocks Dreaming Tour (1.5 Hrs)

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.

Operates

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.

Times

Departs at 10:30am and returns 12:00pm, lasting approximately 1.5 hours (90 minutes).

Inclusions

– 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.

(Day 3) - Day Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise Express Pass

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:

Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

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 harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.

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

Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.

Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

(Day 3) - Royal Botanic Garden Indigenous Heritage Tour (1.5 hrs)

Join an Aboriginal Education Officer for a journey of discovery. Uncover the rich Aboriginal heritage of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, experience traditional cultural knowledge, tools, weapons and bush foods.

The Aboriginal Heritage Tour at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is led by an Aboriginal Education Officer who offers a unique opportunity for you to learn about the diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region. The tour explores the rich Aboriginal heritage of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with demonstrations of a range of artefacts and bush foods. It allows you to experience traditional cultural knowledge and gain a first-hand perspective of the significance of the site on which the Royal Botanic Garden is situated.

The tour is offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:00am.

(Days 4 to 6) - Free Days 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 and Australia Wildlife Tour - Full Day

On your vacation, discover the spectacular Blue Mountains and see native wildlife Explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, located outside of Sydney, Australia.

Discover the spectacular World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and see native wildlife. Stretching for over one million hectares, the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, truly one of Australia’s natural one wonders.

Your first stop is at Echo Point where you can view the famous Three Sisters rock formation and hear the ancient Aboriginal legends of this impressive rock formation.

Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre and expreience Aboriginal song, dance, didgeridoo and culture.

Next, arrive at Scenic World where you will have free time to join the optional rides or grab some morning tea and enjoy the amazing views (own expense).

Discover Leura village, a delightful blend of groomed gardens and quaint shops. Enjoy free time to wander the streets of Leura and enjoy a delicious two course cafe style lunch at the Loaves and Dishes.

Next, experience an afternoon encounter at Featherdale Wildlife Park and have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and cute little penguins. Full Day Tour.

Depart approximately 8:00 AM, return at approximately 5:45 PM.

Upgrade to small group touring available – please inquire

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Aboriginal Cultural Sydney Harbour Cruise

Set sail on a journey to discover the stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people.

Come ashore on an island in Sydney Harbour to an authentic Aboriginal cultural performance. Learn the Aboriginal names and meanings of significant Sydney landmarks.

Sydney Harbour as you have never experienced it before. Explore it’s waters on our unique cultural harbour cruise.

We will take you on a journey from pre-white settlement through our coastal lifestyle – uncovering traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques.

Hours of Operation:
Apr-Sep 1pm -3pm
Oct-Mar 3pm – 5pm
Tour Operates Wednesday to Sunday

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Panoramic City Sights

See The Rocks, Opera House, Sydney business & shopping districts, historic homes, Tamarama, Bronte & Bondi Beaches (stroll the beachfront at Bondi), Dover Heights, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Kings Cross, Mrs Macquaries Point.

Travel in A/C, luxury mini coach with full commentary, expert driver/guide, pick-up and drop-off all city hotels.

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney tour. This morning you’ll see the historic Rocks area (Old Town of Sydney) and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House, see Sydney Harbour Bridge, the shopping heart of the city including the Queen Victoria Building and Centrepoint Tower.

Also visit Sydney’s trendy new district, Oxford Street and elegant Paddington with its terrace houses. Arrive at the famous beaches; see Tamarama, Bronte and stop at the Bondi beachfront to stroll, enjoy morning coffee or tea (at own expense). See surfers, famous Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s most spectacular panoramic viewpoint.

Return to Sydney via Sydney Heads lookout, Watsons Bay, Kings Cross & Mrs Mac

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Downtown Sydney, Bondi, & Kings Cross

On your vacation explore and capture downtown Sydney, Bondi and Kings Cross.

Discover the birthplace of Modern Australia on a short guided Rocks Walking Tour. Hear stories of Sydney’s colonial past as you take a step back in time on your way to The Rocks District. Wander the cobbled laneways and learn how this area transformed from a British colony of convicts and sailors into a thriving entertainment precinct. Get your camera ready to take photos of Sydney’s most popular local sights and travel to La Perouse the historical headland suburb and see heritage-listed Bare Island. Then head over to Botany Bay and see where Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived on these shores Historical Buildings and see these and learn how the Aboriginal people were impacted.

For an additional cost, you can add on a luncheon cruise of Sydney Harbour. From the harbour enjoy views of Sydney’s renowned sights – including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

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 Tip: Aboriginal Art Collection, Art Gallery of NSW

Explore five levels of art at one of Australia’s most popular art museums, located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour just 10 minutes walk from the city.

Visiting the Art Gallery of New South Wales will give you the opportunity to see an extensive collection of Australian art. This location host one of the largest Aboriginal art galleries in the country, best of all entry is free. But be sure to enjoy some refreshments in the award-winning restaurant. Also before you head out the door, remember to stop by the gift shop to pickup something a unique gift.

The gallery offers a free guided tour daily. For times, please check the Art Gallery of NSW website.

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Insider's Tip: Blu Bar 36 in the Shangri La Hotel

Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel.




A New York inspired design the Blu Bar 36 is located high above the city on level 36 of the Shangri-La. The Blu Horizon Bar boasts the best views in Sydney incorporating stunning Blue Mountain sunsets, Opera House, harbour bridge, northern suburbs and of course the harbour.




Sleek, sophisticated and sexy summarises the Blu Horizon Bar with bragging rights guaranteed. Be sure and notice the $10,000.00 drink on the menu.

Dress Code: Smart casual

Insider's Tip: Australian Opals

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

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Wildlife Sydney Zoo & Sydney Sealife Aquarium

On your vacation, discover WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – two of the most fun things to do in Sydney right next door to each other.

At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, with three levels, over 65 exhibits representing several different habitats and more than 130 different species of Australian animals, there’s a lot to explore!

Marvel at one of Australia’s most renowned creatures in the Koala Sanctuary – why not have your photo taken with this iconic marsupial at Koala Rooftop. Discover Red Kangaroos in our Red Centre habitat and Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies, as well as Hairy-Nosed Wombats, in our Rocky Cliffs habitat. Explore the Rainforest, home to the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary. Take a trip into the dark, nocturnal world of Bilbies, Quolls and Sugar-Gliders. Wonder at the weird and wonderful reptile world, including Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python. Learn about the creepy crawly set in the invertebrate displays and become immersed in the colourful, beautiful world of butterflies. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your journey into Australia’s wonderful landscapes and animals.

Then, travel next door to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium you will see the habitat exhibits that make up the experience, together with some of the amazing and bizarre animals that inhabit them. As you’ll discover, Australia has an enormous diversity of aquatic environments, some so harsh it is amazing life can survive at all! As the world’s largest island, Australia has tropical seas to the north and icy currents to the south of the continent. Australia is also renowned as the world’s driest inhabited continent, where inland rivers in drought conditions may simply consist of a chain of billabongs, or temporary pools of quiet water. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is dedicated to presenting the unique aquatic life of some of these habitats to highlight their ecological importance and the necessity of conserving them for the future. So, dive in and enjoy your time at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium!

Optional Activities (Not Included), Sydney Tower, Skywalk, & 4D Experience

See Sydney from above and learn more about Australia with two attractions in one!

At 268 metres (880 feet) above Sydney’s sea level, the Sydney Tower Eye is the highest tourist attraction in Sydney. At double the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the same height as the Eiffel Tower, you can take in unrivaled 360° views of Sydney from the Observation Deck. Interactive touch screens are dotted throughout the Observation Deck to provide information on various points of interest.

Also included is the 4D Cinema Experience. This is fun for the entire family (above three years old). You’ll be seated in our motion theatres and will experience the special effects, the sensational surround sound and heart-stopping real motion seating as you face our six metre high 180-degree cinema screens. Strapped safely into your seats you will be taken on a journey across Australia’s landscapes, history and terrain to explore its national treasures. Soar above Sydney’s iconic structures; the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Turn back time to the decks of The Bounty and historical Ballarat during the Gold Rush. Dip through Queensland’s Barron Gorge and Tully River and even visit the mystical Uluru.

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

(Day 7) - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (not included, available on request)

Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

* Terms & Conditions

Starting from: $895 per person

All prices are in US dollars and correct as at 5th August 2013. Pricing is from ‘per person’ based on Double Occupancy (2 Adults) in hotels. Single Supplements apply. Upgrades available on request (upgrade supplements apply). Additional Day Tours may be purchased and added to your itinerary at a later date (prior to your USA departure). Addition of Day Tours or accommodation upgrades will not attract the $100 change fee, however upgrade supplements will apply. This offer is subject to availability. Black-out dates and seasonal supplements will apply. No refunds are allowed. Changes are permitted (fees may apply). Other restrictions may apply. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. About Australia reserves the right to adjust the amount of any outstanding balances at any time according to USA Exchange Rate variations. Prices may vary when you book your travel package and are not guaranteed until payment in full is received; Airlines, hotels & tour operators frequently change their prices as a result of rate increases, fuel surcharges, government imposed taxes or fees. Prices may increase prior to full payment for those and/or other reasons. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you understand and agree to the possibility of such increases. It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure all visa requirements are complied with. Contact About Australia directly to get a firm quote based on current prices for your travel dates.

Permitted Travel Dates: 1st September 2013 – 31st March 2014.

Book By: 6th September 2013

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  • 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.