- Accommodation - Brisbane (1 Nights), Byron Bay (2), Coffs Harbour (1), Forster (1), Sydney (3), Wagga Wagga (1), Albury (1), Echuca (1), Bendigo (1), Melbourne (1)
- Flights not included per your request but can be added on to your firm quote at your request
- Shuttle Transfers - Brisbane Airport to Accommodation, Melbourne Accommodation to Airport
- RV Hires - 12 Day RV Rental, Pick up in Brisbane City and Drop off Melbourne City
- Rental RV Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
- Day Tours - Sydney: Hop On Hop Off Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney Opera House Tour
- All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
15 Days / 13 Nights – Australia
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, as well as the Capital City of Queensland. It is set close to the Pacific Ocean, and is situated on the Brisbane River between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range. Home of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (the only place you can still cuddle a Koala) and also Home of Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. There are many tour options to choose from in Brisbane. Pick the ones that interest you most.
In the vibrant township of Byron Bay enjoy the sandy beaches with its small-community feel and bohemian atmosphere. While exploring all the spectacular sights Byron Bay has to offer make sure to visit the lighthouse on the rocky promontory of Cape Byron.
If you love animals, delicious food, and a lovely place to relax then you will feel right at home in Coffs Harbour. While visiting you can stop at the Pet Porpoise Pool, or see all the native Aussie animals at the Coffs Harbour Zoo, and also visit local marine life at the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Make sure to tour the plantation and treat yourself to some ripe bananas, learn some new delicious recipes and see Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana.
A haven for water sports, Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area and home to a number of fantastic beaches. Enjoy beaches such as Forster Main Beach with netted rock pools, ocean baths, child-friendly lagoons and excellent surfing conditions.
Sydney is Australia’s oldest city and the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country’s capital in everything but name. Enjoy the sights of Sydney, a world class city blessed with sun-drenched natural attractions, dizzy skyscrapers, delicious and daring restaurants, superb shopping and friendly folk. You can choose to experience the beauty of the Harbour, the Opera House and marvel at the expansive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take advantage of the many tour options or just relax and go at your own pace as you enjoy the excellent restaurants and entertainment that only Sydney can offer.
The regional city of Wagga Wagga is located within the Riverina agricultural region of New South Wales. The Murrumbidgee River runs through Wagga Wagga and has several parks off of its banks including Cabarita Park, which has a lovely sandy beach. While in Wagga Wagga you can visit the Marketplace Shopping Centre, or browse the multitude of shops fronting the long thoroughfare of Baylis Street. Make sure to take a leisurely trek through the native bush where you can gaze upon glorious scenic lookouts, by heading just south of the town centre where you will find Willans Hill Reserve.
Bendigo was created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. It is a vibrant contemporary regional centre with beautiful streets and lovely architecture. The people who live here add to the richness by creating fascinating products and telling fascinating stories of the region’s boom time past. Bendigo is a city full of ever-changing experiences and surprises waiting to be explored.
Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometers from the bay. From cutting-edge architecture and blockbuster musicals to art exhibitions and popular festivals, Melbourne is a city where cultural pursuits are woven into the fabric of everyday life. Regional Victoria also boasts a flourishing arts scene, with impressive galleries, museums, and heritage buildings.
International flight (as per your own arrangements).
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Brisbane, Australia.
Luggage is limited to 2 suitcases per person. Excess luggage, surfboards & bicycles will be carried at a rate of $10.00 AUD per item. All luggage must be clearly labelled by the passenger, including name and full address.
Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Discover Australia as you travel by campervan.
During your campervan road trip across Australia explore the stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. While relaxing at one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a koala in the wild.
Please bring a valid American driver’s license with you and be aware that the Australians drive on the left hand side of the road.
RV shown in photo may not be the RV booked. Ask your Destination Specialist for more information on the RV booked for your trip.
Self drive along the east coast from Brisbane, Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales.
Day 1: Brisbane to Byron Bay (approx 2hrs)
Depart Brisbane, Queensland and begin your beautiful coastal drive south to Byron Bay, New South Wales. Stay in Byron Bay.
Day 2: Spend the Day in Byron Bay Relaxing and Exploring
Byron Bay has become a haven for rest and relaxation. Getting away from the grind of city life, people flee to Byron Bay. Artists, designers, craftsmen, and even software engineers now call Byron their home. Go relax on the Main Beach, visit the Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse or take a ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the beach. The cafes and shops are all local owned and operated. Put up your feet and enjoy this amazing town.
Day 3: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour (approx 3 hrs)
Head out of Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia, and continue on your journey to Coffs Harbour. In Coffs Harbour you will find many activities to do. Be sure to see the Big Banana, one of the “big things” in Australia. Pet Porpoise Pool Oceanarium has dolphin and seal shows, Butterfly House is a must see as well as the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Stay in Coffs Harbour.
Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Forster (approx 3.5 hrs)
Depart Coffs Harbour and head south to Forster. Along the way, you will pass through Port Macquarie, which has a stunning history, this is a great place to stop for lunch and enjoy the scenic views of the Pacific Coast. Upon reaching Forster, you will notice that this town is dominated by watersports. There is so much to do in this beautiful coastal town. Fishing, dolphin cruises and scuba diving are just a few of the many things you can enjoy here. Main Beach, Pebbly Beach and Burgess Beach are some great places to go lounge in the sand. Try some delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants here. Stay in Forster.
Day 5: Forster to Sydney (approx 4 hrs)
Today you will depart Forster, New South Wales and head further south along the coast towards Sydney. Pass by Lake Macquarie on the way and as soon as you glimpse the lovely blue waters of this salt water lake, you will understand why tourists visit this spot all year round. Stop in Woy Woy and visit the Seaside Village Markets (only on the weekends) or the Bouddi National Park.
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Stay 2 nights in beautiful Byron Bay.
This Multi Award winning holiday park has it all surrounded by natures beautiful bush land and wildlife, where your are only a hop skip and jump from our beautiful Clarkes Beach and only a few minutes walks from the town centre of beautiful Byron Bay.
Modern facilities including camp kitchens, family amenities, beach accesses from our platform viewing deck and famous beach lounge.
So if you are after a surfing holiday, looking for a bit of culture or just looking to recharge and reconnect look not further!
See you at our beach lounge!!
Free day to rest, relax or explore Byron Bay
Byron Bay is a popular beach resort and offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand surfing beaches and surrounding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Enjoy the rich variety of adventure sports, boutique shopping, fine dining and live entertainment.
Travel to charming Coffs Harbour, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
This multi award winning holiday park is the perfect destination for your next getaway. Half way between Sydney and Brisbane, you’ll be hidden away from the rest of the world while being surrounded by nature, wild life and the pristine Pacific Ocean. The striking beachfront location offers crowd free surfing, swimming, fishing and long lazy walks along the beach, while back in the park you can sit and admire the kangaroos, birds, possums, water lizards and echidnas. Iindulge in reading, relaxing and reconnecting… ahhhh!!!
Spend 12 nights in Forster, New South Wales.
Enjoy your stay at this tropical holiday oasis! Everything is included for a great holiday including heated pool & water playground, camp kitchen, boat ramp & cafe, close to restaurants, shops & beaches.
Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for three nights whilst in Sydney.
Your 4.5 Star RV park accommodation is conveniently located in Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches. This lodging is one of Australia’s Big 4 Holiday Parks as well as a multi award-winning holiday destination. These first-class facilities are always clean and well-maintained, and the amenities include two large, covered BBQ pavilions, laundry rooms complete with ironing boards and irons, and both family and special needs bathrooms. The park is also complete with modern camp kitchens, internet kiosks, a games room, a TV room, and a children’s waterpark and playground. You can relax from your travel or visit the several exciting attractions that are just minutes from the park.
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).
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
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.
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
Enjoy touring through the scenic regions to Hunter Valley, wine tasting at boutique wineries, a gourmet lunch experience, cheese, olive oil and chocolate tasting then sit back and snooze on the way home!
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel. Departing from the city, travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge via the Gore Hill Freeway to join the Pacific Highway and then the F3 freeway.
180 years young, this is Australia’s oldest and best-known wine region and is soaked in history. It’s a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150 top class wineries, 65 indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries. Your first visit is to a 5-star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticulture area. Sample exquisite wines in your own private area.
From here, continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award-winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here you will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.
On conclusion of the tour, enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.
After lunch, travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here you will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier “Cocoa Nib”. You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine – a sensational way to conclude your day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.
Monday – Friday between September – April (excluding 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan and 2nd & 25th Apr)
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.
Full Day Tour
Sydney CBD hotel Pick-up around 7:00am – 7:30am and Sydney CBD hotel Drop-off around 5:00pm – 5:30pm
– Professional Guide
– Hotel pick-up & drop-off
– 2 course lunch with wine
– Wine Tastings
– Wine & Chocolate Pairing
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.
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.
The climb lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), day, twilight or night.
Certificate of Achievement;
A complimentary Climb Group photo.
Photo Credit: BridgeClimb Sydney.
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.
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!
Experience all the excitement of Sydney, Australia’s famous harbour city, and the capital of NSW with the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Explorer – Sydney’s only Hop-On Hop-Off tourist bus service.
The Sydney and Bondi Tours are included with this pass. The Sydney tour features 23 stops and the Bondi tour features 11 stops.
As well as Sydney’s glorious harbour and stunning beaches the city offers a multi cultural lifestyle, exuberant festivals and events, a dynamic food scene and a striking cityscape of modern and colonial architecture.
Don’t miss a thing aboard this open-top double-decker bus tours with 34 stops in Sydney and Bondi Beach. Plan your own itinerary and visit the landmarks and attractions at your own pace. Buses run frequently so rejoining the tour is easy! Plus, you’ll receive a booklet with travel information, detailed maps, discount vouchers and much more!
Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the excitement!
– Sydney Tour: 1hr 45min end to end with 23 featured stops
First tour departs Circular Quay at 8:30am. Frequency every 20-30 mins
– Bondi Tour: 1hr 30min end to end with 11 featured stops
First tour departs 9:30am. Frequency every 30 minutes
All services terminate at 7:30pm in peak season (Oct – April) and 6:30pm in off peak season (May – Sept).
Need to Know
– Frequency and tour times very according to season and traffic. Please check with the bud driver on your day to travel to confirm pick up and drop off times.
– 1-Day Hop-on-Hop Off Bus Pass for Sydney Route and Bondi Route with 34 stops including: Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Kings Cross, Hyde Park, Maritime Museum, SeaLife Sydney Aquarium, Barangaroo, The Rocks, Australia Museum, Bondi Beach, Rose Bay & More!
Upgrade to a 2-Day Pass and receive a complimentary walking tour of Sydney’s laneways, bars, cafes and galleries.
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!
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18 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 / Ph: 61 (02) 9251 9477
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Today you’ll start your journey on the Sydney to Melbourne Heritage Drive. This inland route from Sydney to Melbourne is the road to national discovery, along which the Australian pioneer spirit is brought to life in the villages and towns built by the early settlers, the river traders and gold miners who created this nation.
You can stroll down old cobbled streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings, and moments of the gold rush years and the elegant Victorian era that followed. Then enjoy uncovering the stories of our colonial men and women in the towns’ museums, book shops and galleries and their historical sites.
It’s a long drive, so you are going to want to start early. Take the fastest route (4h 46m) to Wagga Wagga or choose an Australian Highlight to explore on the way.
Head West to see The Blue Mountains (6h 36m). Nature lovers will enjoy the drive through Blue Mountains National Park. Located less than two hours drive west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is one Australia’s iconic wildernesses. An area ten times older than the Grand Canyon, the Greater Blue Mountains region was World Heritage listed in 2000, in recognition of its geographic and cultural importance. Spanning 247,000 hectares, the National Park is made up of blue-hazed valleys, incredible sandstone rock formations, rainforests and waterfalls. The Blue Mountains National Park is home to more than one hundred species of eucalypts, hundreds of bird species, dozens of reptile and amphibian species, and countless rare and ancient plants.
Head South to take a detour through Australia’s capital, Canberra (6h 46m). Canberra is one of the world’s greatest examples of urban planning and landscape architecture, thanks to the visionary work of Chicago-born designer, Walter Burley Griffin. It is the home of Australia’s Parliament House, National Gallery, National Museum and War Memorial, as well as many more significant cultural and architectural offerings.
Once in Wagga Wagga enjoy its stunning parks and award-winning gardens. Situated on the beautiful Murrumbidgee River, 450 km south-west of Sydney, Wagga Wagga is a beguiling mix of natural and architectural beauty. It’s the largest regional city in the State, surrounded by stunning Country NSW landscapes, and is known as the capital of the Riverina region.
Wagga Wagga is often referred to as the Garden City of the South because of its tree-lined streets, sculpted parks and award-winning gardens. Explore the Botanic Gardens with its themed gardens, mini zoo, free-flight aviary and miniature railway. There’s also a vibrant artistic community here â€“ don’t miss the stunning National Art Glass Collection.
Stay 1 night in beautiful Wagga Wagga on your drive from visiting Canberra.
Located right in the heart of Wagga Wagga, your accommodation is close to all the sights and sounds of Wagga and is perfectly nestled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Just a 2 hr drive from your visit in Canberra, this great park is a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxing break in one of NSW’s most diverse regions.
Today you will continue along the Sydney Melbourne Heritage drive through Holbrook to Albury.
This drive takes you through the Murry River region. The Murray region garners its character from the winding Murray River and has a rich heritage, agricultural background along with warm country charm. This historic region is rich with natural beauty and outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking and horse riding at Lake Hume. The Murray River also provides opportunities for both relaxation and adventure, from white-water rafting to a leisurely river cruises.
Albury is renowned for its magnificent heritage buildings. Find a fascinating collection of stories and objects at the award-winning Library Museum or drop into one of the country’s best regional art galleries and performance spaces. The wider Albury area has good shopping and many fine restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll through the beautiful Albury Botanic Gardens.
Stay 1 night in beautiful Albury.
This Holiday Park is set in attractive and shady grounds. Approximately 10 minutes from Albury and handy to all facilities, tennis complex, golf clubs, BMX and go-cart tracks, cycle paths, numerous sporting facilities, wineries, mountains, rivers, Lake Hume, and only one and a half hours from Falls Creek ski fields.
Today you will continue your Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive adventure to the delightful towns of Echuca and Moama.
Founded by ex-convict Henry Hopwood, the historic Port of Echuca started as a mere punt crossing in 1850 only to become regarded as Australia’s largest inland port by the 1870s. Today Echuca still retains the country’s largest fleet of paddlesteamers.
Located on the Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama retain the colourful legacies of once being key river ports and railway junctions.
Explore the region’s rich and diverse history at one of the various museums, including the notable Echuca Historical Society Museum, which tells the story of the working paddlesteamer port through its valuable collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
You can also step right into the source and take a paddle-steamer cruise or explore a living museum at the historic Port of Echuca itself.
Part of the largest continuous red gum forest in the world, this region also remains an important place for Aboriginal people, who have a rich and ongoing connection with the area. The township and region contain a number of precious Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.
Go horse riding, learn to waterski or explore the Barmah Wetlands to see one of the world’s largest red-gum forests as well as hundreds of species of wading and migratory birds.
Stay 1 night in beautiful Echuca
Your accommodation is right on the Murray River at historic Echuca. Enjoy the many park facilities including playgrounds, pools and kanga pillow; explore the historic port of Echuca, take a houseboat cruise, or visit local wineries, markets and restaurants.
Today you’ll leave Echuca and take the Midland Highway (A300) to the city of Bendigo
Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city’s fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.
Take a walk or ride on Bendigo’s talking tram and explore the city’s heritage architecture. Don a miner’s hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city’s Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia’s oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.
Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.
Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.
Stay 1 night in beautiful Bendigo.
This Holiday Park promises you a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay. Our focus is to continually improve our park and its facilities, to enhance the experience and comfort of our guests. Owners Brett and Deb Peters look forward to personally welcoming you to the stunning historic Goldfields region.
Today, you’ll make the journey from Bendigo to Melbourne through Victoria’s Macedon Ranges known for
spectacular forests, natural mineral waters and historic villages.
You may want to stop at one of the amazing villages along the way
Kyneton – Wellbeing, fine food and history go hand in hand in Kyneton, a gold rush village that offers the best of country living with the sophistication of the city. Once a place of rest for miners on the way to the Bendigo goldfields, Kyneton now boasts a tempting array of renowned restaurants, wineries and cafes, day spas, boutiques and cultural festivals. Linger on Piper Street, a modern-day gourmand’s paradise long known for its heritage buildings and antique dealers. Your journey around Piper Street will have you wandering along nineteenth century granite streets lined with bluestone architecture. Grab a small piece of history at one of the local antiques and galleries, or find out more at the Kyneton Museum.
Gisborne – The ancestral home of the Woiwurung people, Gisborne has a rich and varied past. Explore heritage buildings, learn about the town’s 160-year history, and wander the leafy streets searching for treasures in antique and craft stores. For those visiting on the first Sunday of the month, a visit to the Old time Market is a must.
Sunbury – 40 minutes before you reach Melbourne you’ll drive through Sunbury, known for its wine. With a reputation that stretches across Australia and abroad, the Sunbury wine region produces a range of exceptional vintages. Stay a while to tour the best of these celebrated producers, meeting the winemakers and visiting cellar doors for tastings. Be sure to sample the famous shiraz and chardonnay at historic Goonawarra (1863) and the award-winning Craiglee Vineyard (1864).
Leave yourself some time to explore Melbourne, a city loaded with hidden treasures. Behind non-descript doors in Melbourne’s hidden alleyways and laneways are creative hot spots and highly talented individuals whose crafts span all genres of art, food, fashion and design. The city promises endless shopping and cultural opportunities, excellent art galleries and blockbuster musicals. Culinary treats can be found in countless restaurants, cafes and bars. This lively and cosmopolitan city combines a fanatical love for the creative arts and good living with a state-wide sports addiction to make a city like no other. Food, art, music, wine and football – is there anything else?
Come prepared with a sense of adventure – you’ll need it to explore the city’s fascinating labyrinth.
Travel to your accommodation where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.
Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic small group, guided walking tour!
Join your passionate local guide, who is more of an aficionado, as they take you around the style capital of Australia.
Your guide will show you all of Melbourne’s best salons, studios and hidden hotspots tucked away in the European-style lanes in the heart of the city. Discover shops where Melbourne’s celebrated food, coffee and art scene thrive, and are usually missed by tourists. You’ll practically become a local before lunch!
On this half day indulgent walking tour, you’ll immerse yourself in the historical, architectural, cultural insights while exploring more than 30 exquisite boutiques.
After your casual tour, make it a day by returning to your favorite spots visited in the city of marvelous Melbourne!
Operates Daily except Sundays. Departs at 10:00am from Federation Square near Time Out Cafe and returns at 2:00pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.
Need to Know Minimum of 2 guests required. Maximum of 8 guests allowed. Not ideal for children ages 12 and under, special requests taken case by case. Runs in all weather – wear weather appropriate clothing and umbrellas will be on loan if required. General level of fitness required. There may be stairs along the way. Dietary accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist before booking. Mobility accommodations available – please advise prior to booking.
Inclusions Morning coffee & tea. 3 hour guided walking tour. Knowledgeable and professional local guide. Lunch. City map.
Alternate Tours Available Café Culture Walk – Explore Melbourne’s food and café scene, perfect for foodies and coffee lovers. Progressive Degustation Walk – Sample some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and enjoy wine paired dishes across three unique venues. Golden Mile Heritage Walk – Learn about Melbourne’s history and architecture, and see important historical landmarks. Progressive High Tea Stroll – Taste an array of delicacies such as cupcakes, macarons, chocolates, scones and tea across Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots. Liquid Crafts Walk – Explore the quirky side of Melbourne and discover the city’s bar scene as you try drinks and spirits from local distillers, mixologists and craft brewers.
As you cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, you will enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines. The atmosphere is cosy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period these trams reflect.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant officially commenced operation in August 1983. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Dining aboard the Tramcar is not only a culinary delight, but also a trip into a little piece of Victoria’s history.
The tram is air-conditioned for total comfort and piped music helps to create a unique mood on wheels.
Smart casual, suit or similar dress is appropriate when dining.
Late Dinner 8:35-11:30pm (Daily)
Also available: Lunch 1:00-3:00pm (On Request); Early Dinner 5:45-7:15pm (Daily)
(Please note that a surcharge will apply for Christmas Day Luncheon and New Years Eve Late dinner.)
Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years can be accommodated, however space for highchairs, capsules and prams is not available. Due to safety concerns, children under the age of 5 years cannot be accommodated.
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.
International flight (as per your own arrangements).
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