Ultimate Australian Vacation [ST-RT3819]
22 Days: Ultimate Australian Vacation [ST-RT3819]
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$4,981
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Melbourne (2 Nights), Apollo Bay (1), Mt Gambier (1), Victor Harbor (1), Kangaroo Island (2), Adelaide (2), Ayers Rock (2), Port Douglas (4), Brisbane (2), Sydney (3)
  • USA Domestic Flights are not included in pricing. Please enquire for flight pricing to be included
  • International Flights (not included - can be included on request - see detailed pricing below) - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • Australian Domestic Flights - Adelaide to Ayers Rock, Ayers Rock to Cairns, Cairns to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Melbourne Airport to Accommodation, Ayers Rock Airport to Accommodation (Return), Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation (Return)
  • Car Hire - 5 Day Car Rental for pick-up at Melbourne City Location and drop-off at Adelaide City Location
  • Private Car Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees
  • Ferry Transfers - Rental Car and Passenger(s) from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return
  • Day Tours - Melbourne: Hidden Secrets of Melbourne Tour; Kangaroo Island: Island Life Tour; Ayers Rock: Uluru National Park Entry Pass, Small Group Tour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta; Port Douglas: Great Barrier Reef Cruise; Brisbane: City Essentials Walking Tour; 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
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight, Los Angeles to Melbourne (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

Day 2 - Shuttle Transfer, Melbourne Airport to Accommodation

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

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Melbourne

Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Enjoy the comforts of home in your Melbourne apartment-style accommodation located in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to renowned attractions! Each modern apartment is self-contained featuring large floor to ceiling windows, a private balcony and clearly defined living and dining areas. Equipped kitchens have stone bench tops, modern stainless steel appliances and a wide variety of cookware. Tiled bathrooms are equipped with a combo washing machine and dryer. Comfortable lounge areas include a 40” Smart TV and BluRay/DVD player. Every apartment has individually controlled heating and air conditioning. You’ll also enjoy on-site reception, luggage storage, heated indoor pool, gym, BBQ Terrace and free high speed internet.

You’ll be just a short walk from Spence Street Outlet, Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff Gardens & Train Station, Rialto Towers, Etihad Stadium, Hardware Lane, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central Shopping, Crown Melbourne, Harbour Esplanade & Federation Square.

The apartment is serviced once per week, but can be serviced daily for an extra fee.

Day 2 - Afternoon Tour, Hidden Secrets of Melbourne Tour

Discover the secrets of creative Melbourne with this dynamic half day, 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, Melbourne to the best salons, studios and hidden hotspots. You’ll practically become a local before dinner, on this half day indulgent walking tour where you can 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! If you have other interests also check out alternate tours available.
Operation Days: Monday through Saturday, excluding Public Holidays
Estimated Times: Departure: 2:00pm Return: 5:00pm
Includes: 3 hour walking tour, small group (8 max), SHOP Guide and city map

Day 3 - Free Day to Explore Melbourne

Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Melbourne City’s vast shopping centres, markets and boutiques, maybe do some souvenir shopping.

Melbourne is a Multicultural City boasting many boutique cafes, wineries and extensive shopping. You’ll also find it very easy to get around on the trains and trams, especially within the inners of Melbourne.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Optional Day Tour (Not Included), Phillip Island with Penguin Plus

Get up close with the remarkable penguins and wildlife of Phillip Island.

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

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

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

* Warm and waterproof clothing is recommended in all seasons.
Tour Times: Summer/Daylight Savings (1st weekend October- 1st weekend April): approximately 2:00pm-11:00pm; Winter (All Other Times of the Year): approximately 1:00pm-10:30pm.
This tour does not run on Christmas – 25 Dec or New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec.
Min: 2 Adults; Max: 11 people; Tour Duration is 8-9hours.
Image Credit: Visit Victoria

Day 4 - Taxi from Melbourne Accommodation to Rental Car City Location, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 4 to 9 - 5 Day Car Rental, for Melbourne to Adelaide

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for five days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our 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. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Day 4 - Self-Drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay

Begin your self drive in Melbourne. Your journey will take you south through Geelong and Torquay and then turn westward towards Apollo Bay.

Self Drive – Melbourne to Apollo Bay – 186 km, 2 hours & 35 minutes


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Pick up your rental car in Melbourne and begin your short and scenic drive to Apollo Bay. Along the way, you will see majestic monoliths standing tall sea, bottomless fern gullies, and eucalyptus trees brimming with life as they meet the coastline that plunges into the breathtaking Southern Ocean. Make your way through Geelong and then continue on to Torquay. Once you have arrived here, your journey will turn westward. Stop along the way for photos, traditional billy tea, and enjoy the awe-inspiring coastal sights. Continue on to Apollo Bay, with its luscious green Otway hills and laidback lifestyle. Apollo Bay is a quiet coastal city, known for its farming and fishing. You will spend one night here.

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Days 4 to 5 - 1 Night Accommodation in Apollo Bay

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Apollo Bay.

Stay in the picturesque green foothills of the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay. Visit gorgeous valleys just a few kilometres out of town full of rainforests, waterfalls, streams and fireflies or take a spectacular bush walk. Participate in every water sport imaginable from surfing to fishing to diving or just lounging on the beach. Nearby Cape Otway has nature walks through petrified forests and walks to mighty water falls or you can visit some of the highest ocean cliffs in Victoria on your way to the Cape Otway lighthouse, one of the most significant lighthouses in Australia (Open daily).

Your four star accommodation is centrally located in Apollo Bay. During your stay you will have access to laundry facilities, free coffee, hi-speed web access, in-room air conditioning, an outdoor pool and 100 percent non-smoking facilities.

Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

Day 5 - Self Drive from Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier

Continue your self drive in Apollo Bay down the Great Ocean Road. Continue no the Princes Highway through Warnambool and Port Fairy. You will join the Henty Highway and travel north until you rejoin the Princes Highway once again, taking you to Mount Gambier.

Apollo Bay to Mount Gambier, 4 hr 25 min


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Depart Apollo Bay today as you continue on the Great Ocean Road. Along the way, you may stop at many attractions, such as Port Campbell National Park or Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Your drive should be relaxing, scenic, and enjoyable.

Continue on the Princes Highway headed towards Warnambool. You may stop at Logan’s Beach on the eastern side of the city, which is recognised as a nursery site for the Southern Right Whale. Most years one, two or three adult female whales arrive between late May and August, giving birth within days of their arrival.

From Warnambool, you will pass Port Fairy, which is the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean. Port Fairy was named after the crew of the whaler The Fairy in 1828. It is the home of one of Victoria’s largest fishing fleets. If you detour to visit the Otway National Park, and Cape Otway, you will need to add approximately 90 minutes to your driving time between Apollo Bay and Port Fairy.

Depart Port Fairy and continue to Portland. At Portland, you will join the Henty Highway and travel north to Heywood. At Heywood, you will turn left and re-join the Princes Highway. Along the way, you may want to stop at the picturesque Lower Glenelg National Park. The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the river has carved a spectacular gorge up to 50 metres deep through limestone. River erosion and the action of rainwater have created a remarkable cave.There are great places for fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking along the Glenelg River. Explore Lower Glenelg and Discovery Bay on the 250 kilometre Great South West Walk, linking Portland and Nelson via the river and coast. Another highlight is the Princess Margaret Rose Cave, where you can join a guided tour of amazing limestone formations.

Continue onto Mount Gambier for one night’s accommodation.

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Days 5 to 6 - 1 Night Accommodation in Mount Gambier

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay 1 night whilst in Mt. Gambier.

Your vacation accommodation in Mt. Gambier is nestled amongst five acres of lush, landscaped gardens, near Mount Gambier in the fertile limestone Coast region of South Australia, mid-way between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Dine at The Barn Steakhouse where the finest local grass –fed beef is aged on the premises and cooked to perfection for you over mallee coals. The Steakhouse boasts a nationally recognized wine list featuring over 400 selections, specializing in the great wines of Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast.

Photo Credit: Mt. Gambier Tourism

Day 6 - Self Drive from Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor

Continue your self drive from Mount Gambier. You will drive along Riddoch Highway, Dukes Highway, and Princes Highway headed towards Victor Harbor.

Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor, 4 hr 53 min


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Depart Mount Gambier in the morning and head to Riddoch Highway (A66). In about an hour and 15 minutes, you will pass Naracoorte, a city famous for its World Heritage. Consider stopping at the Naracoorte Caves National Park- a site that preserves Australia’s most complete fossil record for the past 500,000 years. There are about 26 caves at Naracoorte Caves National Park, though not all are open to the public. Some are set aside for scientific research or for protection of the caves and their contents. The cost to enter the park is free; however, tour fees apply. The most common mammals you will see are western grey kangaroos, but echidnas, wombats and sugar gliders also live here. In the evening you may be lucky enough to see brushtail possums emerging from the caves and trees to go about their nocturnal business. The park’s walking trails are a bird watcher’s paradise with thornbills, rosellas and honeyeaters in large numbers. In the gardens around the Wonambi Fossil Centre and the café you may also spot rare eastern yellow robins and eastern spinebills.

From Riddoch Highway, you will turn onto Duke’s Highway (A8 – Signs for Coonalpyn/Adelaide) and drive for about 100 km and then merge once again onto Princes Highway (A1) for another 125 km. This will take you to Murray Bridge, under three hours away. Murray Bridge is a city that boasts a vibrant river lifestyle. With a great climate, the region hosts more than 1.1 million visitors every year for business and holidays. Attractions include water sports, boating, fishing, swimming, motor sports, recreation, walking trails, restaurants and the International pedal prix. The Murray River is indeed a popular tourist attraction within South Australia – with Murray Bridge being the “crown” of the Murray Region, containing many attractions for people of all ages. The Murray River is a picturesque site of houseboats, paddle steamers and happy, relaxed people.

From Murray Bridge, consider taking a detour in Goolwa, which is just under an hour’s drive. Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray Mouth in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. The name “Goolwa” means “elbow” in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language. Goolwa in February of every odd-numbered year, Goolwa hosts the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The town is a popular holiday destination and home to the PS Oscar W, a paddle steamer.

From Goolwa, you will continue onto Victor Harbor, which is a short 20 minutes away. The township of Victor Harbor has long been a favoured holiday destination. Situated 80 kilometres south of Adelaide with a southern ocean frontage, the township offers an enjoyable experience for everyone. The panoramic views of the rugged granite landmark bluff and the well-known Granite Island are stunning. In winter the Southern Right Whales can be seen basking at Encounter Bay, only metres from the shore line.

Continue on to Victor Harbor; board a dolphin cruise (all year round), or a whale watching cruise (June – September) from Granite Island.

Spend one night in Victor Harbor before departing to Adelaide.

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Days 6 to 7 - 1 Night Accommodation in Victor Harbor

Travel to your vacation accommodation where you will stay for 1 night whilst in Victor Harbor.

Situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor offers a bit of it all. From here you can experience coastal wildlife, sea views, relaxing strolls and adventure. When entering Victor Harbor be sure to look for the Bluff summit. The Bluff summit was created when granite formed by magma squeezed up from the deep in the continental crust about 500 million years ago. (The views from the summit are amazing but there is a 500m climb requiring a moderate level of fitness.) Try to find the time for a ride on the Clydesdale horse tram. This tram crosses a 600m wooden causeway to Granite Island, home to a colony of little penguins and the 2.9km Kaiki Trail. On your crossing be sure to look for schools of fish swimming around & under the causeway and for dolphins, seals and whales on the horizon. Return tickets on the tram are $7.00 per adult AUD (subject to change).

Your 3.5 star accommodation is located near the beach in Victor Harbor. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities, free coffee, wireless internet, and an on-site restaurant.

Photo Credit: South Australia

Day 7 - Self Drive from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island

Today you will continue your self drive adventure from Victor Harbor to Cape Jervis (Approx 1 hr). There you will take a ferry to Kangaroo Island.


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This is a very short self-drive (approximately 1.5 hrs). This will give you the chance to get the most out of Kangaroo Island. Think of an island with native bushland, wildlife, adventure & exploring. Pristine beaches, local wines & sunsets are on your doorstep.

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Days 7 and 9 - Return Ferry with Car, Cape Jervis to Penneshaw

Ferry Transfer with rental vehicle from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw and return.

Days 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation on Kangaroo Island

Travel to your accommodation on Kangaroo Island, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your vacation accommodation has just 27 rooms. Why not take some time out and laze away the hours by our sparkling solar heated pool, spa and sauna. Wander through our gardens at sunset and you will probably meet one of the little penguins that waddle up from the beach for a visit. The Kangaroo Island vacation accommodation is a stylish and very welcoming property and is the perfect base for you to enjoy all the natural beauty that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Organise adventures with the friendly and professional staff that know and love the Island. Whether it is deep sea fishing, 4WD wilderness tour, or horse riding, it is up to you. Or what about a walking tour, food tour, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing and of course there are wonderful national Parks to explore. In fact, everything the Island has to offer is just a short drive away.

Day 8 - Day Tour, Kangaroo Island - Island Life Tour

Enjoy a small group tour blending a range of wildlife experiences on Kangaroo Island.

Your full day tour of Kangaroo Island begins with morning tea and home-made cakes before taking a walk down a country track through tall Eucalyptus trees. Spot koalas snoozing overhead or perhaps as they wake briefly for a feed.

Travel through some of the Island’s best farming country to the north coast. At Lathami Conservation Park, walk quietly through the bush with your guide. Look for wallabies which are almost extinct on the mainland, and a kangaroo found only on Kangaroo Island.

Break for lunch and enjoy a delicious meal featuring King George whiting (local sea fish), fresh salads, drinks and fine South Australian wines at a private bush location.

At Seal Bay Conservation Park walk with your guide among Australian sealions on a beautiful sandy beach. Watch pups nursing, or playing in the surf, see old bulls bearing the scars of territorial disputes and learn about their unique breeding biology. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring more of the south east region of the Island with destinations and experiences chosen to reflect seasonal opportunities.

Operates

On request.

Need to Know

  • Please bring your own binoculars, camera and film to capture the beauty of the island.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain.
  • Wear pants to protect your legs in the bush.
  • Bring a warm jacket to counter the ocean breeze.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.

Times
This tour departs in the morning and concludes late afternoon.

Inclusions

  • Full day touring with enthusiastic, knowledgeable local guides.
  • Morning tea served with traditional Australian treats.
  • Alfresco lunch with a choice of local wines, beer, soft drinks and spring water.
  • Access to field guides, binoculars and maps.
  • All entrance fees.
Day 9 - Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Self Drive from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide. (Approx 2.5 hrs)

This is a beautiful and scenic drive through the small towns and villages of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Discover nature’s playground and charming towns. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale – boasting sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences.

If you take this drive around dusk, you will likely see hundreds of Kangaroo mobs in the fields along the side of the road. Drive carefully!

Choose one or two of these suggested stops to stretch your legs and explore the local culture.

Second Valley Heritage Walk
Starting at the historic Leonards Mill in Second Valley, this self-guided heritage walk is brimming with fascinating history. Download a copy of the brochure beforehand, which complements the onsite information display boards.
As you walk, soak up the story of Leonards Mill which was formerly an operational flour mill, the old Finniss Vale Hotel which was established in 1856 and burned down in 1928, as well as the blacksmith’s shop and cottage and various war memorials.

The walk also passes by the site of two old steam-operated sawmills, and explains the history of the heritage-listed causeway and jetty. Allow 2 Hours.

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Normanville
Known affectionately to locals as ‘Normy’, Normanville is a popular seaside resort town with long sandy beaches. Stroll along the white sands to nearby Carrickalinga or Lady Bay. Take a walk down Main Streets and check out the local shops. If you’re missing American comfort food, try South Bound Diner for an Australian take on Retro American Diner food. A few blocks down the street look for a HUGE tree and you might just spot thousands of cockatoos!

Aldinga Beach
Aldinga Beach is one of the few beaches in Australia where cars are permitted to drive on sections of the broad sand, making access to the beach especially easy. It is renowned for its safe swimming and impressive surf, which sees the population in the local area boom come summer.

The D’arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale is a five storey multi-function building set among Mourvèdre vines.

The building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, each level with spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s Tasting Room, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smart phone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’
Advance reservations are recommended.

The restaurant offers degustation dining with optional wine pairings, an extensive list featuring a selection of imported wines, and both current vintage and museum releases from d’Arenberg. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, bookings are required in advance.

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Day 9 - Taxi from Adelaide Rental Car City Location to Accommodation, pay as you go

Taxi transfer as per your own arrangements (pay as you go).

Days 9 to 11 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Adelaide

Travel to your accommodation in Adelaide, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

This 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Adelaide’s vibrant CBD. Overlooking Victoria Square, the beautifully restored UNESCO recognized renovation is reflective of Adelaide’s architectural beauty. Opposite the Town hall and GPO, the former treasury building is minutes away from Adelaide’s Central Market and Rundle Mall.

The hotel seamlessly combines the building’s historic charm with modern comforts and is well equipped with first-class amenities. Relax in the delightfully heated indoor pool. Work out in the fully equipped gym or take care of your wellbeing by unwinding in the indulgence of the sauna. You can arrange a grocery delivery to your fully-equipped kitchen, or you may prefer to dine in one of Adelaide’s renowned fresh produce restaurants. A step outside the front door will transport you to Adelaide’s food and wine heaven. Whether you’re exploring the stalls of the city’s famous Central Market, sampling creative tapas at one of the cozy wine bars, or venturing further afield to one of the many cellar doors.

Your choice of culture is also at your fingertips with the state’s Art Gallery, Festival Theatre and local institution Rhino Room all just a few blocks away.

Only a short 6-minute drive from Adelaide Airport, Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury offers a convenient off-site parking located 3 minutes away on Gawler Place. The hotel is well equipped with free WiFi.

Day 10 - Free Day to Explore Adelaide

Rest, Relax or Explore Adelaide

This elegant city is known for its colonial stone architecture, expansive parklands, lively festivals and incredible sense of space. Explore the museums and libraries of North Terrace, dine on dedicated “eat streets” or picnic in gardens that sprawl over almost half the city. Go bike riding in Botanic Park or row past rose gardens in Rymill Park. Swim with dolphins or fish from the jetty in Henley or take the tram to Glenelg Beach and learn to sail. Glenelg Beach is also a fabulous area to explore and full of terrific restaurants. Just beyond the city centre you’ll find the picturesque Adelaide Hills and the world-class wineries of the Barossa Valley.

Photo Credit: South Australia

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) Barossa Premium Wine Tour (Full Day)

Barossa Valley is the beating heart of Australian Wine culture. This tour will let you experience that in style, starting from your hotel door in Adelaide.

This wine tour is best if you’re looking for an intimate, slow-paced, luxurious sampling of the Barossa region. Your group will have no more than 6 guests and can begin from your doorstep in Adelaide.

You’ll tour wineries like Penfold’s vineyard at your leisure. There’s no set itinerary, so you’ll see all the things you want to see at your own speed. You’ll even get access to premium wineries that cheaper tours exclude.

When you’re feeling hungry, the tour includes a seasonal tasting-menu lunch with wine at Harvest Kitchen. Then, cap the whole trip off with a creamy slice of cheesecake or dessert at Barossa Valley Cheese Co. Groups are very small and it’s first come first serve. The help of a destination specialist from About Australia will ensure you get the spot you want.

Operates Most Days by Appointment: 9:15am – 5:30pm

Need to Know 2 Person Minimum; 6 Person Limit

Inclusions Fully accredited, knowledgeable wine guide; Complimentary bottled water; Door to Door luxury transport from your hotel in Adelaide, other locations by Appointment; Complimentary seasonal lunch at Harvest Valley Kitchen; Entry, tastings, and tour costs included

Optional Tour (Not Included) - River Murray Highlights

Relax while taking a lunch-time cruise along the historic Murray River.

On your arrival at the river your will board the MV Proud Mary and relax as you cruise the historic river enjoying the wildlife and surrounding scenery.

Enjoy lunch on board the Proud Mary as you continue your journey along the river and gain insight into the river system and unique landscapes of the region.

Upon disembarking you will journey on an incredible coach tour along the river bank of the River Murray taking in spectacular views, traveling over the river on punts and stopping regularly for great photo opportunities, including the Mannum Lookout.

Travel back to Adelaide via the delightful Adelaide Hills, stopping at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights at Woodside with an opportunity to purchase afternoon tea (own expense).

Operates

Monday and Friday, excluding December 25. Departs at 9:15am and returns at 5:15pm, lasting approximately 8 hours.

Need to Know

– Pick-ups available at Adelaide Central Bus Station or selected Adelaide Hotels.
– Minimum of 4 passengers required.
– Maximum of 48 passengers allowed.
– Cruise times may vary slightly depending on river boarding point:
– Monday – Board at the river town of Mannum.
– Friday – Board at Woodlane Reserve (Near Mypolonga).
– Vessel type and lunch may vary at times of maintenance and if a second division is scheduled.
– Tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights is $3 per person payable direct at time of visit (optional).

Inclusions

– Morning pick-up and evening set-down at selected Adelaide hotels.
– Expert commentary by local driver guide.
– Two hour cruise.
– Buffet lunch with complimentary water, tea and coffee.
– Free time to explore the historic river town of Mannum.
– Scenic drive through Adelaide Hills.
– Afternoon tea at Melba’s Chocolate Factory and cheese tastings at Woodside Cheese Wrights (own expense).

Day 11 - Taxi from Adelaide Accommodation to Airport, pay as you go

Travel by taxi or Uber from your vacation accommodation to the airport (as per your own arrangements, pay as you go).

Due to the airport’s close proximity to your hotel, we have chosen to omit a shuttle transfer booking. It will be easier and more cost effective for you to grab a ride on the day you depart. If you would like to pre-book a private transfer, please inform your Destination Specialist.

Ask your hotel desk to call a cab for you. If you prefer, use the hotel’s WiFi to book a ride on the Uber app or download an Adelaide Taxi app: https://www.taxicouncilsa.com.au/apps.html

Day 11 - Australian Domestic Flight, Adelaide to Ayers Rock

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Ayers Rock (via Alice Springs).

Days 11 to 13 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Ayers Rock

Travel to your accommodation in the heart of Australia, the Red Centre, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your 4 1/2 Star vacation accommodation is centrally located to all resorts and Australia touring facilities and offers a range of stylish accommodations, from shaded poolside rooms to the magnificent deluxe rooms overlooking the desert. You can relax from your travel in the comfort of your own private balcony or courtyard, or unwind in the hotel’s refreshing pool, sipping cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the resorts numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. Its spectacular display of colours across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert turns your vacation into a memorable event.

Airport shuttle transfers included.

Uluru National Park Entry Pass

A national park fee is required to enter Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This fee has been included in your itinerary cost. This Park Entry Pass is valid for 3 Days.

Days 11 and 12 - Evening & Morning, Small Group Tour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta

See the highlights of Uluru and Kata Tjuta on an intimate, two day small group tour.

Day 1 – Uluru Evening Tour Come and join a small-group Outback Australia tour to explore Uluru, the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Departing your resort, the tour will travel through the landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the specter of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence in this country .

Your first stop allows you a photographic opportunity of this amazing icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide will journey toward the base. Walk with your guide to a place of tranquility. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realization of the sheer size of this monolith.

As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories.

You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. We then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area ,where you will observe an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. Your guide will then return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.

Day 2 – Kata Tjuta Morning Tour Revel in the early morning serenity of a truly spiritual place as the sunrise colors change on Kata Tjuta. Departing the resort, the tour will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 24mi journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation.

On arrival at the viewing area, you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise Kata Tjuta while watching the sun’s morning glow as the desert comes alive. You’ll make your way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast.

As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes of Kata Tjuta, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site. Take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology has evolved over millions of years. Your guide will then return to your accommodation.

Operates All year round, per request. Morning tours depart at 6:15am and afternoon tours depart at 2pm. Morning and afternoon tours last approximately 5 hours each.

Need to Know National park entry fees are not included. Minimum of 2 people required for tour departure. Maximum of 11 people per tour. Moderate level of fitness required. Not recommended for children under 5 years of age.

Inclusions Two 5 hour fully guided tours across two days. Sunset at Uluru. Sunrise at Kata Tjuta. Outback picnic breakfast at sunrise. Morning tea. Light refreshments including sparkling wine at sunset. Pick up and return from accommodation.

Optional Evening Event (Not Included) - Sounds of Silence Dinner

Enjoy a unique gourmet desert dining experience at Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre.

Forty minutes before sunset, travel into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you.

As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and sample delicious Outback canapés. At sunset, enjoy a special bush-blend vegetable soup followed by choice cuts of Australian delicacies, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a selection of desserts.

Then relax as an astronomer guides you through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.

Operates Daily; Departs 1 hour prior to sunset and lasts approximately 4 hours.

Need to Know Not available for children ages 9 and under.

Inclusions Canapes and sparkling wine. 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet. Didgeridoo performance. Guided tour of the night sky. Return transfers from accommodation.

Day 13 - Australian Domestic Flight, Ayers Rock to Cairns

Travel within Australia by domestic air from the Red Centre at Ayers Rock to Cairns.

Day 13 - Shuttle Transfer, Cairns Airport to Port Douglas Accommodation

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

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise us immediately so appropriate trailer size is available.

Departures occur approximately 30 minutes after aircraft arrival-time for domestic flights. For international flights, this will be considerably longer because of customs and other formalities.

Days 13 to 17 - 4 Nights Accommodation in Port Douglas

Travel to your accommodation in Port Douglas, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.

Your vacation luxury boutique accommodation is located within walking distance of the three icons of Port Douglas – 200 metres from 4-Mile Beach, 100 metres from Macrossan Street and 400 metres to the Marina Village, where boats depart daily to Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef. The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, CD & DVD players, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, laundry facilities and security basement car parking. Free Wi-Fi available. There is a Lagoon style pool, an outdoor BBQ/ entertaining area, and an 8 person spa amongst a luscious tropical garden. Travel to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation or maybe to the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas offers a winning combination of a cosmopolitan township and friendly village. You can relax from your travel or shop, dine in award winning restaurants and visit superb galleries and craft stores. (Children under age 15 are not catered for at this property. Other properties available upon request.)

*Optional upgrade to 5 Star Accommodation is available. Pricing upon request

Day 14 - Day Tour, Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Perfect for swimmers, snorkelers, divers and non-swimmers alike! Travel from Port Douglas to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for a day of fun and unique reef experiences!

Cruise by luxury catamaran to reef activity platforms moored at Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Here, special reefs known as ‘ribbons’ run parallel to the Continental Shelf. Adjacent to the Coral Sea trench, these ribbon reefs are recognized as the most pristine eco-systems in the reef’s environment. Clear water provides the best possible underwater visibility, encourages rich coral growth and supports spectacular marine life.

Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience. It’s a day that engages all your senses, lifts your spirit and takes you into another realm. Sharing the wonder of the world’s largest living entity, realizing its breathtaking color and majesty, seeing nature at its most perfect is an awakening and, quite simply, the memory of a lifetime.

Choose how you experience the reef:

– Visit the underwater observatory;
– View coral in the semi-submersible;
– Enjoy a talk by a marine biologist; Snorkel

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know:
– Please bring with you: towel (available from your hotel room), a change of clothes, hat, sunscreen & underwater disposable camera (optional).
– Camera’s available from any local chemist or convenience store.
– Due to fluctuation in world oil prices, it may be necessary to apply a fuel surcharge to your ticket price. In such cases, any charge will be collected upon departure. Please verify before your tour.

Times

Approximately 9:15am – 4:30pm

Inclusions

– Morning and afternoon teas on board.
– Reef presentation by marine biologist.
– Hot and cold tropical smorgasbord lunch.
– All snorkeling equipment provided.
– Stinger/Lycra Suits & Buoyancy Aids provided.
– Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas.
– Qualified lifeguard supervision.
– Underwater observatory fish & coral viewing.
– Coral viewing by semi-submersible vessels.
– Fish feeding [conducted by crew]

Upgrades

– Certified Scuba Diving (1 or 2 40-minute dives)
– Introductory Dive; Ocean Walker Helmet Diving (great for non-swimmers)
– 10 minute Scenic Flight
– Introductory or Advanced Adventure Snorkel Tour

Days 15 to 16 - Free Days to Explore Port Douglas

Experience the distinctive laid back atmosphere and low-rise tropical old world charm of Port Douglas!

Experience a range of attractions from one of the many galleries to the great shopping districts. Stop for a bite to eat at the Marina Mirage and take a walk on the boardwalk while you’re there. Take a visit to Port Douglas’ first church, Saint Mary’s by the Sea and see fantastic views of the Coral Sea and distant mountains. Don’t forget to soak up the sun at Four Mile Beach or even take in a game of golf.

What ever your tastes happen to be, Port Douglas is a great place to relax and simply enjoy the many great features of this town.

Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Cape Tribulation & Daintree Wilderness Safari

Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest and amazing landscapes of the Cape Tribulation wilderness area with a visit to Mossman Gorge Center and Cape Tribulation.



Mossman Gorge Centre: Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre for morning tea before boarding your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk, sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests.



Daintree River Cruise: Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour, habitat of birds, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the estuarine crocodile.

Tropical Lunch: With special access at a private rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea.

Cape Tribulation: Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout.

Daintree Ice Cream Company: Enjoy an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is a delicious cup of exotic fruit ice cream, made from fruit grown on their on-site orchard. Gluten / Dairy free options are available.

Alexandra Lookout: After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island and beyond to the Coral Sea.

Operates: Daily (Does not operate on Christmas Day); Departs Port Douglas 7:45am & Returns 6:00pm (approximate times)

Includes: Return Hotel Transfers; Professional driver/guide; Mossman Gorge Centre with Morning Tea, Driver Guided Walk in Mossman Gorge; Daintree River Cruise; Lunch at Noah Valley in rainforest setting, Cape Tribulation Beach & boardwalk; Daintree Ice Cream Company; Alexandra Lookout

Need to Know: Tour not recommended for children under 4yrs due to the length of the tour & time spent in the vehicle.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Daintree Dreaming Tour

This fun, exclusive tour allows you to join in a real Aboriginal cultural experience, combining
pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park. A day you will
never forget!


Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours: Travel to Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas and meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This special place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji. This unique coastal place has three diverse ecosystems – beach, mangroves and coastal reef – that are connected to each other by the every changing mud-flats and tidal lagoons.



The brothers teach their guests how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying homemade damper on the balcony of the family home and taste your catch of the day.

Welcome to Country at Mossman Gorge: You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialised cultural knowledge and will protect you whilst visiting Kuku Yalanji country.

Mossman Gorge Centre: Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavours.

Mossman Gorge: Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park – Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world’s oldest and most beauLful rainforest. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks & bridges protecting the delicate eco system that adorns spectacular waterfalls and mountain ranges. Your guide will explain the rich flora, fauna and eco system of this amazing rainforest. Ensure you bring your swimming bathers so you can make the most of the beautiful private swimming hole that is encased in the rainforest.

What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimmers and bottle of water.
Please note: Itinerary can operate in reverse subject to tides.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Outback Tasting Tour

The tropical delights of the Atherton Tablelands. Port Douglas’ Favorite Food & Wine Tour, Outback Tasting Adventures.


Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper & Jams and Platypus viewing!

This unique food and wine experience from Port Douglas will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. We will take you through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains.


The rich volcanic soil allows farmers to grow many and diverse crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more which you will learn about as we taste our way around the regions ‘Food Bowl.’

Sit back and relax, take in the beautiful views as we take you on a fascinating and tasty journey through another gem of Far North Queensland. (time permitting we will also stop to buy incredible fresh produce along the way)

Maximum 12 Persons

Departing From Port Douglas: 8:30am – returns 6:00pm

June thru October – 5 DAYS – Tuesday thru Saturday
November thru May – 3 DAYS – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Not Suitable for Children (older teenagers considered)

Day 17 - Shuttle Transfer, Port Douglas Accommodation to Cairns Airport

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

Luggage restrictions apply as per standard economy Australian domestic flights of 2 standard bags under 30kg (66 lbs) per passenger. If traveling with excess baggage please advise the shuttle company upon reservation confirmation so appropriate trailer size is available.

Day 17 - Australian Domestic Flight, Cairns to Brisbane

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Cairns to Brisbane.

Day 17 - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Airport to Accommodation

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.

Days 17 to 19 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Brisbane

Travel to your accommodation in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Set in Spring Hill on the doorstep of Brisbane’s vibrant CBD, this stylish hotel takes its design cues from celebrated Australian abstract artist, Michael Johnson.

Your luxury boutique hotel hosts a myriad of features including 97 self-contained, open-plan suites and two elegant penthouses, a large pool with a sundeck and gymnasium. The guest experience is further complimented with onsite restaurant and bar, artworks, in-house art libraries and a dedicated art channel.

Set in Spring Hill, less than a mile from the CBD, you’ll have access to the best galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping in Spring Hill, the city center and entertainment hot-spot, Fortitude Valley. For those wanting to adventure a little further afield, Smart Cars and Bicycles are available for rent.

For a day out on the water, try kayaking on the river or catch the City Hopper Ferry to various riverside attractions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and South Bank Brisbane’s very own inner city beach with swimming lagoons that you can enjoy perfect for the whole family and a way to cool off from the Queensland heat during the warmer months.

To get out into nature, the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and Roma Street Parklands offer lots of wide green open spaces, with grassy areas to sit and enjoy a picnic, walking tracks and wildlife including native lizards, birds and insect species. Soak in a panoramic vista of Brisbane City from the Wheel of Brisbane, or for those who are a little more adventurous the Story Bridge Climb will take you 262m feet above sea level for the ultimate view.

When it comes to shopping Brisbane offers a number of options including the Queen Street Mall and Fortitude Valley, with an extensive assortment of retail and entertainment stores. Treasury Casino is not far from the hotel, with some great shows and restaurants.

Discover the Eagle Street Pier with its collection of restaurants, bars and cafés, is a great place to eat and enjoy the scenery. Home also to the Riverside Craft Markets, held each Sunday, you can meet up with friends to share a meal before taking a walk along the pier and browsing the local crafts on showcase.

Day 18 - Day Tour, Brisbane City Essentials Walking Tour (3-Hours)

Enjoy a small-group walking tour of Brisbane to unlock the unique character and landmarks of this interesting city!

The perfect introduction to Brisbane, this three-hour City Essentials Tour covers all the main sights in the City Centre and takes you where the buses can’t go. See King George Square, the Story Bridge, the City Botanic
Gardens, the oldest church in Queensland, Eagle Street Pier, the City Hall Clock Tower and lots of hidden secrets along the way.

Your guide will also point out the best city bars, cafes and restaurants for every budget, so you can make the most of your limited time here.

Operates
Daily
Scheduled tours are not held New Year’s Day, Australia Day (26th Jan), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Labour Day (1st Monday in May), Brisbane Show Day, Queen’s Birthday (1st Monday in October)
Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

Times
Half Day Tour, approx. 3 Hours
9:30am – 12:30pm

Highlights & Inclusions
– See Brisbane’s city center without the hassle of maps or itinerary planning
– Diverse itinerary runs from street art through to heritage buildings
– Walking tour covers pedestrianized areas that buses literally can’t reach
– Guide provides personalized tips for the rest of your stay

Need to Know
– Distance covered approx. 2 miles (3km)
– Wear Comfortable chose, hat & sunglasses
– Bring a camera and bottled water
– Tours are not aimed at children, but interested children 12+ are welcome at the same price as adults.

Upgrades Available
– Private Tours available

Image Credit: Walk Brisbane

Day 19 - Shuttle Transfer, Brisbane Accommodation to Airport

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

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.

Day 19 - Australian Domestic Flight, Brisbane to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Sydney.

Day 19 - Private Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

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

Allow a chauffeur to drive you to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Days 19 to 22 - 3 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

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

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

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

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

Day 20 - Day Tour, Sydney Opera House Tour (1 Hour)

On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.


This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera 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 21 - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or take the 30 minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, Sydney’s premier beach resort. Here you can enjoy the laid back beach culture as well as many festivals and events. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is approximately a 10 minute train ride and is one of Australia’s most famous and iconic beaches. Save some time to take a beach walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach, it’s known to be a true highlight. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Lunch Cruise (Not Included) - Sydney Cruise Like a Local

Treat yourself to one of Sydney Harbours most sensational lunch cruises. This small group cruise offers the experienced traveler a personalized service like no other. You’ll feel as if you are spending the day aboard your historically savvy local mate’s yacht while he shows you around his favorite spots.

Offering a unique and exclusive cruise experience, your personal host will cruise back in time sharing the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in Sydney’s most famous sites, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy the company of a small group and immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers, including swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back and relax on the tempting sunbed,

Operates

7 Days a week (October – March); Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday (April – September). Does not operate on Easter holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday), ANZAC Day (April 25), June 8, October 5, Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26), December 28, New Year’s Day (January 1) and Australia Day (January 26).

Need to Know

Please make your own way to departure – Commissioners Steps, Circular Quay, located in front of the Museum if Contemporary Art.

Times

Cruise departs at 12:30pm and returns at 4:30pm, lasting approximately 4 hours.

Inclusions

  • 3 course bbq lunch with beverages
  • 4 hour cruise
  • Captain and crew entertaining passengers
  • On-board activities, swimming, fishing and kayaking
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.

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.

Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost), then continue on to Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights.

Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before returning to the city center. Passengers can join an optional harbor lunch cruises or seaplane tours (additional expense). The designated harbor lunch cruise drop-off point is Darling Harbour (adjacent to the aquarium). If you do not wish to join a lunch cruise you will be returned directly to your hotel.

Operates

Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Afternoon tour also does not operate on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Need to Know

Child pricing available on request.

Times

Morning tour departs at 7:30am and returns at 11:30am.
Afternoon tour departs at 1:00pm and returns at 4:30pm.

Inclusions

Hotel pick-up & small group touring for 3.5 hours, as per above.

Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Blue Mountains Deluxe Day Tour - Full Day

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests to towering sandstone escarpments, you’ll see and experience it all. Let the landscape work its wonders and become part of you for a lifetime.

Upon departing from the city, you will travel directly to the Blue Mountains and your first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill Farm a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill you will continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by your guide.

Continuing on you will arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout points away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Next you will be taken around the mountain towards the village of Blackheath and our lunch venue the Boiler House Cafe. Here in this relaxed venue with stunning views, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea or coffee. All diets are catered for (excluding Kosher Meals). Please note that beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the Bar.

The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of lookouts. Once you clap your eyes on the view from Govetts Leap you’ll know why it’s one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you’re not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you’ll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness.

Then take a brief stop to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before traveling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4:30pm.

Operates

Daily.

Need to Know

This is a specialized small group tour with a maximum group size of 17 passengers.
Minimum of 2 guests required for tour departure.

Times

Pick-up from Sydney CBD hotel between: 7:00am – 7:30am.
Drop-off at Sydney CBD hotel between: 4:30pm – 5:00pm.
 
Inclusions

– Professional Guide
– Hotel pickup & drop off from Sydney CBD
– Small group touring
– Morning tea
– National Park Fees
– 2-Course Lunch (Beverages with meals are not included)
– Glass of Sparkling Wine
– Mt Tomah visit

Upgrades

Private Touring

Day 22 - Private Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

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

Allow a chauffeur in a private car drive you from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 22 - International Flight, Sydney to Los Angeles (can be included on request)

Travel by international air to your destination.

International air to your destination is not included in the starting price. If you requested international air, this inclusion will be reflected in your quote.

 
Detailed Pricing
Approximate Pricing Double Occupancy Sole Occupancy Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules
Land Content Only $4,981 $7,266 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) $5,965 $8,250 Aug 1 2020 - Apr 30 2021
USA Departures: 01AUG20-09DEC20, 24DEC20-30APR21. Expires 9 JUL 2020
International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable, Non-Changeable. Other Dates may also apply. For details phone Toll-Free: (888)359 2877
Basic (Economy Class) $6,916 $9,201 Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2019 and 1MAY-8JUN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Shoulder (Economy Class) $7,123 $9,408 Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2019, 22SEP-8DEC 2019 and 1FEB-30APR 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability.
Peak (Economy Class) $7,640 $9,926 Peak: 9DEC 2019 - 31JAN 2020. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Premium (Economy Class) $9,893 $12,178 Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.
Business Class $11,501 $13,786 Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.
  • a) All prices are USD$/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.