Freycinet National ParkCredit: Tourism Australia Copyright
Freycinet National ParkWineglass Bay
Ride & Tour via the Melbourne City Circle TramMelbourne, Australia (Tourism Victoria Facebook)
HobartCredit: Discover Tasmania
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HobartCredit: Discover Tasmania
SydneyDarling Harbour Bridge
- Accommodation - Sydney (2 Nights), Hobart (1), Freycinet National Park (3), Hobart (2), Melbourne (2)
- International Flights - Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne to Los Angeles
- US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
- Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Hobart, Hobart to Melbourne
- Day Tours - Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express
- Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (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 – Australia
If you or your group is hoping for a moderate amount of activity, as well as time for enjoying the cities or relaxing on your own time, you will find this package to be a perfect fit. Enjoy 3 nights on a guided walk through Freycinet National Park, in addition to fun-filled days in Sydney, Hobart, and Melbourne.
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.
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights in your studio room apartment.
Just 30 minutes from Sydney Airport, your accommodation is conveniently located between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD.
The friendly staff at your accommodation can attend to your every need with 24 hour guest reception. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at their signature restaurant.
Relax in a stylish and comfortable haven whilst being in close proximity to shopping at Westfield’s Pitt St Mall and Darling Harbour. Don’t forget to take a stroll down Pitt St towards Circular Quay to take in more of Sydney’s world famous sites- like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).
This unique city tour through Sydney departs from Circular Quay every 20 minutes starting at 8:40am, with the last round-trip service departing at 5:20pm. You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. After traveling through some of Sydney’s most exclusive residential areas, the tours take in some of Sydney’s most spectacular coastlines and beaches. The bus travels every day along a 30km route and makes numerous stops.
The bus trip takes 2 hours to complete the whole journey (with no stops). Buy your tickets onboard ($40 AUD for Adult ticket). Use your ticket stub to get amazing discounts at each stop location. Please Note: Sydney Opera House is one of the stops if you would like to do the Explorer on the same day as your Opera House tour.
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View the world famous black opal, the ‘Aurora Australis’, valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
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. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. 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.
Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:
18 Pitt Street
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
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 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).
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania.
Travel by taxi from the airport to your vacation accommodation. (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).
Make your way from the Airport Baggage Claim area to the Taxi Stand. Taxi’s are available on demand. Pay as you go.
Travel to your accommodation in Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart offers a variety of vacation activity. You can travel to Cradle Mountain-St.Clair National Park, a mecca for bush walkers and nature lovers. Magnificent cliffs line the South Ask River. Only a short walk away is Salamanca Place, an 1830 sandstone warehouse converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants which offers many diversions from your travels. For the more adventurous, take a jet boat ride on the Derwent River.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett
On this hike you will feel like you are the only person on the planet. Your four-day guided walk will cover the Freycinet Peninsula and the wonderful Wineglass Bay.
Depart the Old Woolstore in Hobart for a journey from Hobart to Coles Bay, taking in wide panoramas of the Freycinet Peninsula across Great Oyster Bay. There will be a morning tea break at the historic Spiky Bridge. Once you arrive on Coles Bay you board the Naturaliste for a spectacular sea cruise down the western length of the Peninsula. After a picnic lunch, there is a walk up Bear Hill for magnificent views, or fishing for flathead in Schouten Passage with our coxswain Shep. You will return to Coles Bay and be transferred to your lodge to relax and enjoy a dinner of fresh fish and fine wine, all to the rhythm of the waves on the beach.
Rise with the sun and after breakfast you will be transferred to Coles Bay for another boat trip down the Peninsula. There will be choice of walks: A peaceful walk from Bryan’s Beach through sclerophyll forests and along beaches to the renowned Wineglass Bay or, the more challenging walk from Cook’s Beach to the top of Mt Graham (579m above sea level) descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge. When you arrive at Wineglass Bay late in the afternoon, you may take that time for a swim in the Bay’s crystalline waters. Refreshed, you make the climb to the Wineglass Bay Lookout for spectacular views, and then descend to be transported back to the lodge. Once back, you may relax a little before drinks and dinner.
Today you will travel by vehicle which will take you to the secluded Bluestone Bay. You will have time to explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and little Bluestone Bay before climbing to the Bluestone Bay cliff tops. You will walk back to the lodge through pristine bushland following a track used by the Oyster Bay Tribe. This headland is home to a stunning array of native plants including the giant Xanthorea (Grass Trees). You continue along the dazzling white sands of the beaches and arrive at the lodge where cool drinks and homemade afternoon tea await. Savour a well-deserved meal and then relax with a glass of wine by the roaring fire.
Your last day will allow you time to head to the beach or sleep in and relax. After breakfast you have the option to walk along a fossil-rich ridgeline. After brunch, you can take another walk to the beach which will be the meeting place for the bus pick-up to return you to Hobart.
Travel to your accommodation in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your vacation accommodation is located in the city centre, only two blocks from the main shopping mall. The hotel features a bar and restaurant and local artwork in a contemporary setting, while the rooms have recently been redecorated to create a modern fresh feel and offer either city or mountain views and WiFi wireless Internet access. Hobart is a pretty city located on the Derwent River with many waterfront restaurants and cafes. In Salamanca Place, stroll around the 1830’s era sandstone warehouses now converted to galleries, shops, and restaurants. Every Saturday this area is a bustling outdoor market featuring live music, stalls with locally made crafts, artisinal cheese, honey, lavender products and more. Take a drive to the summit of Mt Wellington for unsurpassed views over Hobart and enjoy one of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks in the Mt Wellington Reserve.
Photo Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Stuart Crossett
This tour is a complete Southern Tasmanian iconic experience – Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmanian Devils.
Start the day with spectacular views from a local Hobart lookout followed by a stroll through Tassie’s prettiest historic village, Richmond. Enjoy the short drive to the Tasman Peninsula to see the highest sea cliffs in Australia, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch & Remarkable Cave. Arrive at Port Arthur Historic Site where you have time to join the guided walking tour and a short harbour cruise around the Isle of the Dead. Then it is off to the Devil Conservation Park, where you can witness the Devils feeding, followed by the excellent “Kings of the Wind” Falconry Show.
Includes: Devil Conservation Park (~2 hours), devil feeding & falcon show, Port Arthur Historic Site (~2 hours), Richmond Historic Village (~1 hour), Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch, Remarkable Cave, Hobart City Lookout
Tour Operates: Sunday through Friday
Departs: 7:30am, Returns: 6:00pm
Wilderness and waterfalls….
Experience the tranquility of pristine rainforest, tall tree ferns and majestic Russell Falls at Mt. Field National Park. Visit the Salmon Ponds, the oldest trout hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere, in operation since 1864. Majestic tall tree ferns provide a canopy for a delightful walk alongside a forest stream. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of fresh local Tasmanian Salmon complimented by a glass of wine.
Fare Includes: Morning tea/coffee, entry to Salmon Ponds, entrance to Mt Field National Parkand lunch.
Tour Operates: Tuesday & Thursday
Enjoy Port Arthur by day and be terrified by the spine chilling ghost tour at night!
Travel by coach from Hobart to Port Arthur. Start your day by visiting Richmond Historic Village then continue on to Australia’s oldest bridge. Travel the Dunalley Sea Canal, visit Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. Among other stops you will visit more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored houses. 2 ½ hour tour of Port Arthur during the day & 2 hour evening GHOST TOUR!
Tour Operates: Saturday, year round
Departs: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Summer: 1:00pm – 11:00pm)
Untouched wilderness and ocean coast wildlife… The spectacle of massive stark cliffs shaped by the forces of nature…
Embrace the power of the ocean at Bruny Island and experience Tasmanian wilderness at its best. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as the beautiful migrating whales and dolphins that usually choose to swim alongside us! Stay on the lookout and you will undoubtedly spot seals and birds, for there are over a thousand Australian Fur Seals and sea bird nesting areas. You will also see the Monument, Nature’s Cathedral stark 300 metre high Jurassic dolerite cliffs, Breathing Rock – an explosive blow hole and Triassic sandstone cliffs, and pristine untouched rainforests and beaches. Come and experience the stunning sea caves and rock formations for this once in a life time tour.
Fare Includes ferry crossing, morning tea, 3 hr Eco Cruise and lunch.
Spend the day on the Tasman Peninsula on a 3 hour cruise plus an afternoon at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Join your tour group at Franklin Wharf where you will board a coach and take a scenic drive out of Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula. After morning tea, you will be transferred to the boat for the 3-hour cruise around Tasman Island. Explore the stunning coastline between Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur. The custom-built boats cruise into deep-sea caves, past waterfalls, archways and to the foot of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. Remember to be on the lookout for seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds!
After your cruise, arrive at the Port Arthur Historic Site where you will have 3 hours to explore. 40-minute guided tours are available throughout the day or you can explore at your own leisure. You will have access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins, including the Penitentiary (a one time granary and flour mill), the Separate Prison, Commandant’s House, the church and more.
Depart Hobart at 7:45am
Return Hobart at 6:00pm
Morning Tea at local cafe
Lunch at the Port Arthur Historic Site
Travel by taxi from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Hobart to Melbourne.
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 2 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.
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
This morning you are going to enjoy some good old fashioned fun and the most beautiful rainforest in Victoria. You will then be spoiled with some great Aussie food and wine for lunch and go on to taste wines from some of Victoria’s leading wineries. We’ll get your day started with a journey through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and views of the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.
The Dandenong Ranges, also known as the Dandenongs, are beautiful mountain ranges just 35kms east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 630 metres and are wrapped in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys.
Right in the heart of the Dandenongs is Grant’s Reserve – a gorgeous spot to take a break. On arrival you will be greeted by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Aussie billy tea with vegemite, crackers & lamingtons.
The Dandenongs is a haven for bird life and while at Grant’s Reserve you can handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colourful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Pink-chested Galah. You will also be entertained by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley.
Next you head to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for some fun! This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30 minute ride through the heart of the rainforest. You’ll head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. You’re going to love it!
The scenery en route to the Yarra Valley is just spectacular with the Great Dividing Range as the backdrop. When you arrive in Victoria’s premium wine growing region, you’ll visit Fergusson Winery and another two leading wineries for wine tasting, appreciation and education. Of the many wineries in the area, you may visit estates such as Rochford Wines, Dominique Portet, or Domaine Chandon. Each has earned an international reputation for excellence and offer cellar-door tastings of their awardwinning selections of Australian wine.
Departs: 8:20am; Returns: 5:30pm
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.
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. From there travel to Phillip Island where you see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks before travelling on to Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife and make this a journey to remember. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.
Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)
Operates Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.
The Queen Victoria Market is an historic Melbourne landmark and a Melbourne institution dating back to more than 120 years ago.
Queen Victoria Market hasn’t been just a market. At different times in the past it has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a place to sell fruit and veggies (vegetables) wholesale. It is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market offering a variety of fresh farm produce and, on Sundays, a wider range of merchant items which turn the market into a modern Arabian Nights bazaar. This is the place to buy your souvenirs.
Aside from the variety of wares offered at the Queen Victoria Market, buskers and street entertainment are a market feature, particularly on Sundays when Queen St is closed and becomes a place of cafes, carnival rides and other activities. And there’s always the sound of spruikers cajoling visitors into buying their goods, and you can haggle for the best prices you’re able to get.
The Queen Victoria Market trading hours are 6am to 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 6am to 6pm (with the general merchandise section closing at 4pm) on Friday; 6am to 3pm on Saturday; and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday, and on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. (Please double check times before you go.)
Photo Credit: Queen Victoria Market
The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most beautiful and naturally maintained secrets! Experience and enjoy the breathtaking coastline. Every twist and turn exposes you to stretches of broad, uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforests of the Otway Ranges – all of which provides an amazing postcard backdrop for all your memories! This is a day you will always remember!
The highlights of your Great Ocean Road adventure include a visit to Bells Beach where you’ll see one of Australia’s famous surfing beaches, world renowned for the Rip Curl Surfing Pro. Enjoy the breathtaking view from iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse and learn about the fascinating history of the aboriginal owners of the Gadabanud peoples’ cultural centre. You will be afforded stops where you’ll see wildlife like Eastern grey kangaroos, koalas and native birds in the wild. Pass through coastal towns of Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell.
Enjoy a rainforest experience in the luscious surrounds of the Otway rainforest and marvel at some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia.
You’ll be able to step down to the beach at Gibson Steps, gateway to the 12 Apostles, where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. Visit Loch Ard Gorge where you’ll discover the history of the Shipwreck Coast with a stroll along this historic beach.
Departs Melbourne at 7:15am
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
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.
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Your International Flight arrives in Los Angeles on the same day of departure from Australia, due to your crossing of the International Dateline.
|Approximate Pricing||Double Occupancy||Sole Occupancy||Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules|
|Land Content Only||$3,444||$4,162||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)||$4,338||$5,055||
Feb 8 2019 - Dec 10 2019
USA Departures: Now - April 20, May 1 - October 4, October 16 - December 10, 2019. Expires Feb 2
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
|Basic (Economy Class)||$5,380||$6,097||Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2018 and 1MAY-8JUN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability|
|Shoulder (Economy Class)||$5,587||$6,304||Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2018, 22SEP-8DEC 2018 and 1FEB-30APR 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability|
|Peak (Economy Class)||$6,104||$6,822||Peak: 9DEC 2018 - 31JAN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply) Subject to Availability|
|Premium (Economy Class)||$8,357||$9,074||Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.|
|Business Class||$9,965||$10,682||Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.|
- a) All prices are USD$/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.