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- Accommodation - Auckland (2 Nights), Nelson (2), Queenstown (3), Sydney (3), Melbourne (3), Hamilton Island (4), Brisbane (2)
- International Flights - Los Angeles to Auckland, Queenstown to Sydney, Sydney to Los Angeles
- US Domestic Flights - not included (as per your own arrangements)
- New Zealand Domestic Flights - Auckland to Nelson, Nelson to Queenstown via Christchurch
- Australian Domestic Flights - Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island to Brisbane, Brisbane to Sydney
- Day Tours - Auckland: Harbour Cruise; Queenstown: Gondola Ride; Sydney: Opera House Tour, Harbour Cruise Express; Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour; Hamilton Island: Great Barrier Reef Cruise
- Shuttle Transfers - Auckland Airport to Accommodation (Return), Nelson Airport to Accommodation (Return), Queenstown Airport to Accommodation (Return), Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return), Melbourne Airport to Accommodation (Return), Brisbane Airport to Accommodation (Return)
- All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
- Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
- F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
- All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
- Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
21 Days / 19 Nights – New Zealand & Australia
Arrive in Auckland, and enjoy the city’s blend of landscape, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle ranked amongst the best in the world. Not only is Auckland close to the beaches but it is also close to over twelve different Islands. There are 48 volcanic cones and more than 50 islands in the Auckland region. It is the largest city in New Zealand claiming one third of the entire population of the country.
Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Sitting at the top north-west corner of the South Island, it’s the sunniest region in New Zealand with a geography which captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.
Then to Queenstown, which is known as the Adventure Capital of the World. A reputation earned through the actions of a number of locally residing thrill seekers who have developed several unbelievable, adrenaline stirring, sanity-reducing adventures in a wildly exciting environment. Queenstown has, over the years, quietly expanded into all sorts of attractions, including new wineries, art galleries, and challenging golf courses.
Enjoy the sights of Sydney, a World Class City from your Downtown Accommodation. 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 go at your own pace and enjoy the excellent restaurants and entertainment that only Sydney can offer.
Then off to Melbourne, which 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.
Hamilton Island is perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef. Amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
Last stop is Brisbane, a city that was once described a big country town has now emerged as one of the country’s most progressive centers. It has several interesting districts, a good street cafe scene, a great riverside park, a busy cultural calendar and a thriving nightlife. Known locally as Bris Vegas, the city is renowned for its sun and the brash, glitzy hordes that follow it, but it’s also a thriving arts capital, with dozens of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, galleries and museums. A climate this good and culture too; It must be paradise.
Shortly after departing Los Angeles you will be served dinner and you will be given breakfast before landing in Auckland.
Relax, watch some movies, and try to get some sleep!
Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel to your accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world– renowned as that ‘City Of Sails.’ Dramatic landscapes and seascapes provide a diverse playground in which a compelling range of attractions are available. Visitors come to enjoy an array of exciting entertainment, leisure, culture and dining possibilities in New Zealand’s largest city.
Visit a true thing of beauty and cruise the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour!
Head out on this one and a half hour tour to see the Devonport Naval Base, travel past the township and North Head, then cruise towards the iconic Rangitoto Island as you pass the historic Bean Rock lighthouse. You’ll pass under the Harbour Bridge twice and then off to Westhaven Marina to catch a glance at the viaduct harbour bustling with super yachts! This cruise also gives you a chance to “hop-on, hop-off” and discover nearby islands at your leisure.
Daily at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tours do not operate on Christmas day.
Visit one of Auckland’s many attractions.
Fly a kite or throw a Frisbee in the beautifully landscaped Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park. Critique a giant selection of both traditional and contemporary art at Auckland Art Gallery. Take a walking, swim or hike through any of Auckland’s 25 Regional Parks. Have a laugh at The Classic Comedy and Bar in Queen Street, New Zealand’s home of live comedy. Take the bus over to Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest stadium. In the evening you can join the dancing on K’Road and party on till the wee hours at one of the many nightclubs. Or maybe you would rather visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste. And if it is cafes, bars and restaurants you’re after, the Viaduct Harbour has a great selection.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand – Julian Apse
Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions on this deluxe five-star coach tour. The Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal regions of Rotorua, rich with Maori culture and natural history, make this a truly memorable day.
DEPART AUCKLAND: Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Your host serves morning tea during this sector.
WAIKATO:Travel through New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via the small farming settlements towards the King Country, birthplace of the Maori Monarchy.
WAITOMO GLOW WORM CAVES: Join a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
LIGHT LUNCH:Served on-board as we make our way to Rotorua through magnificent rural farmland with its vast numbers of grazing animals.
ROTORUA: New Zealand’s highest city, 305 meters (1000 feet) above sea level, located inside the rim of a volcanic crater. An area of great geothermal activity. We visit the following attractions:
AGRODOME FARM TOUR: An introduction to New Zealand farming, with a 45-minute tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals.
LAKE ROTORUA: Drive through the foreshore park past the hundreds of ducks and swans. Then through the beautiful historic Government Gardens.
TE PUIA INSTITUTE (MAORI ARTS & CRAFTS AND WHAKAREWAREWA THERMAL RESERVE):
One of Rotorua’s most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, Maori village and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, fumaroles, colourful silica deposits and boiling mud pools.
RETURN TO AUCKLAND: Your attraction-packed day concludes as the coach travels through the beautiful horse breeding district of Matamata and the pastureland of the Hauraki plains. A light snack is served on this sector.
Piha Canyon Abseiling Adventure, North Island, New Zealand (Day Tour)
The Piha Canyon – Abseiling (repelling) down showering waterfalls surrounded by moss and fern covered volcanic rock walls, swimming through pools of blues and greens, jumps, caves, and slides as you explore the canyon! You will also see the remains of the original pioneers wood constructed logging dam and learn about the local history and Maori culture. Includes transport, bakery lunch / refreshments, full equipment, a visit to black sand Piha Surf Beach and a beautiful rainforest walk. All obstacles are optional, no experience needed.
Minimum age 12 years. Any booking of less than 4 pax will be confirmed as tentative.
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning.
Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
Travel up Queen Street, through Auckland’s central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as the Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its historic buildings before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. Stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time here for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City.
Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit the Auckland Fish Market, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
Marvel at spectacular coastal scenery including the Hole in the Rock, Cathedral Cave and the inner islands while aboard a luxury catamaran. Also see the historic Waitangi Treaty House and a ‘waka’ (Maori war canoe).
Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural & coastal scenery enroute to the Bay of Islands via Hibiscus Coast and Whangarei. Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque and popular vacation sites in New Zealand and was the site of the earliest contact between the indigenous population and European settlers. Take a trip into the past and visit such historical places as the Waitangi Treaty House, see a traditional Maori Meeting House and a huge ‘waka’ (war canoe), Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff Hill and the oldest building in the country (Kemp House) along with the oldest Church. In the early afternoon at Cape Brett, board a luxury catamaran for your cruising adventure through game fishing waters as you cruise past the Cape Brett lighthouse to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and then continue on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On your return journey relax and enjoy subtropical paradise views with your favourite drink as you meander through the inner islands back to Cape Brett which are world renowned deep sea fishing grounds where porpoise (dolphins) and schools of fish are frequently seen. With the Bay of Islands’ combination of great fishing, diving, sailing and other water sports with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites you will be sure to have fun!
Includes: Pickups from accommodations, admission to Waitangi Treaty House, a Cape Brett cruise and boxed lunch.
Photo Credit: Destination Northland
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Auckland, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Auckland to Nelson.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand.
Please note: For airport transfers – 2 suitcases per person, extra pieces may be charged at $5.00 per piece. Surfboards, Bicycles etc – $5.00 each.
Travel to your accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Located just minutes away from the heart of Nelson, with views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, this accommodation is the perfect retreat.
What’s more, once you arrive you won’t need to go far, as the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could hope for.
There’s plenty on offer, including award winning restaurant, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, purpose built conference facilities and even a craftsman jeweller and a hairdressing salon onsite.
This hotel can accommodate up to 280 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom cottages and 38 two-bedroom cottages.
Photo Credit: Nelson Tasman Tourism
Cruise the spectacular granite coastline to the golden beaches of the Marine Reserve.
Scenic Cruise, Walk & Kayak
Departing from Nelson or Kaiteriteri Beach and board a relaxing scenic cruise on the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle which will bring you up to Totaranui. While on your cruise you will learn about the history of the park from the experienced skippers as they take you along a string of beautiful beaches. Then head south to Anchorage Bay where you disembark. Enjoy breath-taking views as you walk to Watering Cove where your kayak guide awaits you.
Kayaking south, we watch for playful seals as you visit Adele Island and embrace the wonderful
bird song ringing from this bush clad coastline. This kayak trip is great for taking it easy and
exploring the nooks and crannies of this stunning coastal paradise. Then kayak to Marahau beach where you connect with your return transport to Kaiteriteri Motueka or Nelson.
Operation: All Year round: Closed Christmas Day
Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise into the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.
View world-famous Split Apple Rock, fur seals, golden sands and the crystal-clear waters of Torrent, Bark, Tonga, Awaroa and Totaranui Beaches before you return to Kaiteriteri. A great 3 to 4-hour cruise for all ages.
Upon the conclusion of your cruise, you will arrive back into Kaiteriteri where you can take in all this attractive beach town has to offer on your 4-hour self-guided exploration. You may choose to relax and take a leisurely walk on the beautiful golden sand beach as you gaze out onto the clear blue-green water. Grab some souvenirs and keepsakes from the quaint shops and enjoy a delicious lunch, own expense, at one of the restaurants or cafes specializing in fresh seafood.
This trip includes a 4-hour self-guided scenic tour of Kaiteriteri, return transfers from Nelson to Kaiteriteri and round-trip cruise from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui with no Walking!
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand, to the Airport.
Travel by air today from Nelson to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Travel within New Zealand by domestic air from Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island).
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Travel to your accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
It’s all about location! Your 4 star accommodations sits in a tranquil lakefront setting only a minute’s walk from the heart of Queenstown with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and activities all within easy reach. This fresh, modern hotel features rooms and facilities furnished with the finest comforts and conveniences. A place where you can relax with superb uninterrupted views of the lake, mountains and adjoining gardens. Comfortable and serene you will surely enjoy your stay here!
Upgrades Available: Garden View Room, Lakeview Room
One of the first sights to captivate visitors to Queenstown is the distinctive outline of the Skyline complex high above town.
Located an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown and exclusively accessed by scenic gondola, Skyline Gondola, Restaurant & Luge is a must-see attraction during your visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. The best views in the region are found here spread out in a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breathtaking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkable mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. It’s truly magnificent and awe-inspiring!
Of course there’s more to do than just admire the view! For an additional cost you can:
- Enjoy a dinner or relax in the bar in the Skyline Restaurant. Casual dining is also available during the day in the Cafe.
- Thrill seekers can hurtle down the winding downhill Skyline Luge. Purpose built Luge carts put you in complete control as you take on a half-mile of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again, and again, and again. Gentle and leisurely or steep and adventurous, you’ll be hooked.
- Explore the southern night sky of Queenstown with a guided tour of the galaxy and learn about the stars, nebulae and planets that make up our solar system and beyond.
Ask your Destination Specialist about available combo packages to make your day at Skyline more enjoyable.
Various walking tracks can also be accessed from Skyline, from an easy 30 minute walk to a full day hike.
Spend a day to relax or explore dynamic Queenstown.
This region is renowned for its incedible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. You could try skiing, snowboarding, bungy jumping, paragliding, jetboating, sky diving and more! Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. One hundred and forty years after our establishment as a gold mining camp, central Queenstown has transformed into a sophisticated cosmopolitan town, tucked into a picturesque bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath majestic mountains. There’s a permanent buzz in downtown Queenstown, where you’ll find a fantastic choice of restaurants, a lively bar scene and excellent shopping.
Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand
When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence, a silence broken only by birdsong, or maybe the rushing of a distant waterfall.
On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Then cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran vessel, the Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord.
There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An onboard nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. On the return cruise, the vessel’s engines are turned off and passengers are treated to the ‘sound of silence’. There is also a visit included to the Manapouri Power Station by coach before returning to Queenstown. Manapouri Power Station is an impressively large underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri in Fiordland National Park. Lunch options and complimentary tea and coffee are available on the vessel.
*A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered before your tour for an additional cost. There is also a selection of cafe food aboard the vessel for purchase.
Tour departs at approximately 7am and returns at approximately 8pm (seasonally adjusted). Photo Credit: Tourism Media
Relive the elegance of bygone days with a 1.5 hour cruise aboard a vintage steamship.
What better way to view the magnificent scenery around Lake Wakatipu (Queenstown) than by taking a cruise a board the last remaining coal fired passenger carrying vessels operating in the southern hemisphere.Affectionately known as the Lady of the Lake, this vessel has a special place in the hearts of Queenstown people. She has been transporting goods to remote settlements and conveying passengers on beautiful Lake Wakatipu since 1912.
Photo Credit: Real Journeys
Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch and a farm tour in a stunning lakeside setting.
Your lunch starts with a cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw across to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Once there, you can sit back on the lakeside terrace of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant and savour the delicious aromas as our chef has the best of local produce, sizzling away on the grill. Our lunch menu has been refreshed with the introduction of our new executive chef.
You’ll have a plenty to choose from our seasonal summer menu – salads, vegetables, succulent meat cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill. If you’re vegetarian, don’t worry, you are well catered for too. Then finish your meal with a scrumptious dessert.
After your lunch, you can join an entertaining farm demonstration or explore the beautiful lakeside gardens.
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand, to the Airport.
After departing from Queenstown, this short International Flight takes you overseas to Sydney, Australia.
Travel by shuttle transfer from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Embrace Sydney’s best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.
Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property – Fees Apply
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.
View the world famous black opal, the ‘Aurora Australis’, valued at 1 Million Dollars; with the opportunity to bring home the colors of Australia with a beautiful piece of opal jewelry.
Australia is known as the country of origin for this splendid stone with 95% of the world’s precious gem opal found exclusively in Australia. Australian opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and holds a spectrum of colors found in nature, fire, the ocean and more. It is these contrasts that make opals a truly fascinating and unique gemstone with no two opals appearing exactly the same. In the Middle Ages the Romans considered opal a stone that could provide great luck, as it was believed to possess all the virtues of Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.
Share this unique experience and be educated about Australian Opal at Altmann & Cherny. Established in 1948 with hopes of sharing this unique gemstone with the world, they have built a reputation of excellence with 3 generations actively involved the families are considered leading opal experts. Please visit them at:
18 Pitt Street
Telephone: 61 2 9251 9477
The Sydney Explorer is a Hop On, Hop Off, sightseeing bus that takes in 27 key landmarks of the inner city (Opera House, Darling Harbour) and eastern beaches (Coogee and Bondi).
Experience all the excitement of Australia’s famous harbour city aboard the Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Beach, double decker buses. Both tours are included in the one flexible sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off ticket. The Sydney tour is the perfect introduction to this dynamic city, showcasing the iconic landmarks including the impressive arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the glorious Sydney Opera House and the sparkling waters of Sydney and Darling Harbour. The tour passes bustling shops, restaurants and attractions set amongst Colonial, Victorian and postmodern architecture.
To complement the Sydney tour, the Bondi Beach tour is a great introduction to Australia’s beach culture. On the way to this famous beach the tour passes by cosmopolitan shopping and dining precincts plus Centennial parklands, one of Australia’s most picturesque parks.
INCLUDES: 1 Ticket, 2 routes: Sydney and Bondi Beach Routes
1 day validity
Up to 33 stops to Hop-on and Hop-off
Digital commentary in a choice of 8 languages
Free Wifi onboard
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Located on the Harbour just a stroll away from the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is the place where Sydney itself began, The Rocks!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Business District, this unique village features a centre with more than 70 shops, boutiques and galleries with everything from hand-made puppets, vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, art supplies, jewelry and some of Australia’s finest arts and crafts.
If hunger takes over there are a myriad of places to eat, from some of the finest restaurants to quaint cafes and casual eateries with many offering stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If quenching a thirst is what you’re after don’t forget to stop off at one of the 13 Heritage pubs serving local wines and beers!
On Saturdays and Sundays, be sure to check out the market held at the northern end of George Street. Perfect for gifts and souvenir shopping, it has more than 150 stalls selling quality crafts, home wares, jewelry and Australian-designed goods, all under a unique sail-like canopy.
With the transport to The Rocks serviced by the Explorer and just a five minute walk from the Circle Quay it is easy to get here. The Sydney Visitors Centre on the corner of Argyle & Playfair Streets at The Rocks: open 9.30am – 5.30pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). Opening hours may vary on some public holidays.
Photo Credit: Tourism New South Wales
On your vacation, participate in an inspiring tour of the Sydney Opera House.
This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.
Upgrade to Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate Available
On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.
The Harbour Express stops at the following tourist attractions:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon. (Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Sydney to Melbourne.
Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel to your accommodation in Melbourne, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 3 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Its suites are equipped with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and ensuite bathrooms. Most are facing on to the hotel’s private European style courtyard. The vacation accommodation is close to Chinatown. Or perhaps stroll to the Southern Cross Station and travel by tram throughout the city. For the less adventurous, Melbourne is the perfect launching pad for day tours to such places like Phillip Island and Penguins, or perhaps the Great Ocean Road.
Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia’s largest fur seal colony, the little penguins and cuddly koalas. Enjoy getting close to koalas and kangaroos before joining the little penguins at dusk, as they emerge from the surf and waddle to their burrows.
Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you learn about the conservation of these loveable native animals. The eco certified sanctuary also showcases some lesser known but equally adorable endangered species including the Southern Bettong, Eastern Quolls and rare Fluffy Gliders. From there travel to Phillip Island where you see the Nobbies, and Seal Rocks before travelling on to Summerland beach for the nightly penguin parade. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of little penguins, Summerland beach provides a spectacular backdrop to the world famous penguin parade. Watch as hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach and go home for the night. Come and enjoy the beauty and native wildlife and make this a journey to remember. Tour conclusion depends on time of year and ranges from 10pm during the winter months to midnight during summer as the penguins arrive at sunset.
Upgrade Available to Exclusive Viewing Platform (pricing available upon request)
Operates Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday only.
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
Enjoy an Ecotour and see koalas and kangaroos out in the wild with this small group adventure.
Meet a WILD koala and learn about their history and social life. Search for WILD kangaroos in their natural environment. Small group tour of 2 to 8 people.
Stroll through a national park looking for wild koalas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher will explain the behaviour and individuality of each of the Koalas you meet.
Walk quietly up to a wild mob of Kangaroos on the plains and in open Bushland. They are thrilling animals to watch. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to observe their complex social life. We may also find parrots, fairy-wrens, emus, honeyeaters, wallabies and reptiles. Your Wildlife Guide will help you understand them. A substantial picnic lunch is included.
Minimum 2 adults
The Queen Victoria Market is an historic Melbourne landmark and a Melbourne institution dating back to more than 120 years ago.
Queen Victoria Market hasn’t been just a market. At different times in the past it has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a place to sell fruit and veggies (vegetables) wholesale. It is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest open-air market offering a variety of fresh farm produce and, on Sundays, a wider range of merchant items which turn the market into a modern Arabian Nights bazaar. This is the place to buy your souvenirs.
Aside from the variety of wares offered at the Queen Victoria Market, buskers and street entertainment are a market feature, particularly on Sundays when Queen St is closed and becomes a place of cafes, carnival rides and other activities. And there’s always the sound of spruikers cajoling visitors into buying their goods, and you can haggle for the best prices you’re able to get.
The Queen Victoria Market trading hours are 6am to 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday; 6am to 6pm (with the general merchandise section closing at 4pm) on Friday; 6am to 3pm on Saturday; and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday, and on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. (Please double check times before you go.)
Photo Credit: Queen Victoria Market
Experience the essence of Australia through the pride of sports.
Located within iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is Australia’s greatest showcase of sports at the world-class National Sports Museum which honours Australian Football, cricket, soccer, Olympic Games and more! Immerse yourself in this spiritual home of sports contained within a new, modern museum on two levels of the MCG’s new Olympic Stand. See over 2500 of the finest sports-related artifacts from Australia’s rich sporting history along with innovative interactive technology. The eight permanent exhibitions will offer insight into all levels of achievement, values, fair play and the pursuit of excellence of Australian sportsmen and women. It is recommended to spend at the least one to one and half hours touring the Museum. Re-entry is available the day of with your original entry ticket. Cafe is available for coffee and lunch (own expense).
Operation Days: Daily Estimated Times*:
Last Entry: 4:00pm
Includes: Entry into the National Sports Museum with Audio Tour
Walking Time* – Approximately 10 minutes from Federation Square
*Times may vary on weekends for Event Days or Public Holidays
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 lunch, 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 (listed below).
Operation Days: Daily except Sundays
Estimated Times: Departure: 10:00am Return: 2:00pm
Includes: 3 hour walking tour, small group (8 pax maximum, 2 pax minimum), Goodie bag, morning tea, SHOP Guide, city map, gourmet lunch with a glass of wine
Alternate Tours: Cafe Culture Walk (Monday – Friday), Progressive Degustation Walk (Monday -Thursday), Golden Mile Heritage Walk (Daily), Progressive High Tea Stroll (Thursday and Saturday), Liquid Crafts Walk (Monday and Wednesday)
Be amazed by the awesome views of Melbourne from the floor to ceiling windows of Skydeck 88 & Edge Cube.
Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower, currently the world’s tallest residential building. Skydeck 88 is Australia’s newest “must see” attraction.
Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to Level 88 in under 40 seconds -and only Skydeck 88 can give you the world’s only “Edge Experience” – a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building – with you inside!
Apart from the unforgettable panorama, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities & fascinating facts. Touch & discover “Serendipity” – the 6 metre long, interactive “Table of Knowledge”, follow the scrolling LED floor & wall displays; match the sounds to the Melbourne landmark or simply step on to the “Terrace” & expose yourself to the outside elements. Located beside the Yarra River in Southbank, Skydeck 88 will change the way you look at Melbourne and maybe the world. Eureka Skydeck 88 -an experience above all else.
The spectacular Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most popular destinations. Experience views of uninterrupted beaches, dramatic coastlines and the lush rainforest of the Otway ranges with a small group Eco-tour.
Depart Melbourne and journey along the Great ocean Road through Australia’s surfing beaches, coastal towns and luscious surrounds of some of the tallest eucalyptus trees in Australia. With numerous stops along the way, you will have ample opportunity to take in the many breathtaking views. Discover the Shipwreck Coast, stroll along the historic beaches and see Loch Ard Gorge. Enjoy more great views with your stop at Splitpoint Lighthouse.
Dinner is at your own leisure in the picturesque town of Port Campbell before heading off for a stunning sunset view of the 12 Apostles. Descend the Gibsons Steps where you will be dwarfed by the high cliff line and these enormous offshore stacks. This will no doubt be one of the biggest highlights of your day. Return to Melbourne via Colac.
(May-Oct) 10:00am – approximately 10:30pm
(Nov-Apr) 11:00am – approximately 11:30pm
Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria
Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation to the Airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Hamilton Island Airport.
Travel to your accommodation on Hamilton Island, Australia where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 4 nights.
The four-star Hotel offers the best range of accommodation on Hamilton Island. The Hotel’s rooms are spacious and well appointed with furnished private balconies, internet access and ensuite bathrooms with separate bath and shower.
The Hotel has its own 35-metre swimming pool and Catseye Beach is located directly opposite the hotel, only a two-minute stroll away. The hotel’s buffet breakfast is served in the Pool Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the pool, and the restaurant also provides light lunches and an à la carte dinner menu. Guests also have access to the Lounge bar and the hotel’s Business Centre and Tours and Activities desk.
The hotel has 24-hour reception and guests can get around with complimentary use of the Island Shuttle service, which operates on a loop around Hamilton Island. Hotel guests also have complimentary use of non-motorised water sports and the island’s gym, spa and sauna, as well as tennis and squash court hire.
Experience the best of the Whitsundays by taking a cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Your trip begins this morning on a high speed catamaran with spacious air-conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks, bars serving refreshments and comfortable seating. The journey to and from the reef is all part of the experience. You’ll pass spectacular islands and bays and at certain times of the year you’ll have the chance to spot whales and other wild life.
You’ll spend today snorkeling, eating, and enjoying the majestic Great Barrier Reef on a pontoon at two possible reef sites. The pontoons have a choice of areas to relax and a great range of activities. There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of our reef vessel. There are numerous ways to explore the reef, from the underwater viewing chamber, to the semi-submersible submarines, or snorkelling like a fish beneath the sea!
The pontoons are adjacent to coral walls, the length of which you can explore. The sites have their own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life found only in sheltered areas, providing a unique world for you to explore. The prolific fish life will surprise and delight you – especially the giant groper!
Morning tea, afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch are included. Leading and award winning restaurants from Airlie Beach supply our catering, taking care to base the menu on seasonality and the best produce available. Free tea and coffee is available and there is also a bar onboard serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Visit magnificent Whitehaven Beach with its white silica sands, explore secluded bays with crystal clear waters and enjoy swimming and snorkeling during the day.
On the eastern side of the uninhabited Whitsunday Island see nature at its unspoiled, spectacular best. Magical Whitehaven Beach is considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world and one of the must see icons of the Whitsundays. With 7 kilometers of glistening pure white natural silica sand, enjoy beach activities, take a leisurely stroll and explore, swim in the crystal clear waters or simply lay back under the sun shelters and enjoy a good book!
Board a high speed, air-conditioned catamaran and keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and whales (June to September) as you cruise through the calm, turquoise waters. Our experienced crew will provide a thorough commentary on the geographical surroundings and history of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Whitehaven Beach is located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s a protected area, so please ensure you take nothing away from the beach with you except photos and memories, and please make sure you don’t leave any rubbish behind. Please leave it as you found it – which is picture perfect!
Combine traditional style cruising with modern day Australian cuisine, whilst cruising amongst some of the most beautiful islands and water scenery in the world with an evening on the luxurious Dinner Cruise. The Dinner Cruise offers the perfect venue for a truly unique dining experience, which includes a daiquiri up on the back deck to begin the evening, before you relax and enjoy the views with a four course meal.
Join us for an unforgettable evening aboard the luxurious 107 foot motor cruiser combing traditional style cruising with modern day Australian cuisine set amongst the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
The Dinner Cruise offers the perfect venue for a truly unique dining experience, which includes a daiquiri up on the back deck to start your night off. Then relax and enjoy the views & listen to the commentary as you watch the sun go down before making your way down stairs to the fully air-conditioned lower deck where you will indulge in a four course meal.
The Cruise fully equipped with bar facilities, toilets, upper deck area, beautifully appointed restaurant, fully equipped kitchen as well as dedicated and professional crew.
Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a Whitsunday sunset whilst sailing. A great way to experience sailing around the sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island, whilst enjoying canapés and sipping a glass of champagne.
If you enjoy a gentle afternoon sail while soaking up the peace and tranquility of a Whitsunday sunset, then this is just the cruise for you! This cruise operates in the sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island so it is a great way to experience sailing while sipping on a glass of sparkling!
Included in your cruise is 1.5hrs of sailing, informative commentary of the Whitsundays, complimentary beer, wine, sparkling and a light nibbles platter – just the sort of thing to start your night or finish your fun filled day on Hamilton Island.
Photo Credit: Tourism Queensland
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Hamilton Island to Brisbane.
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 in Brisbane, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.
Your 4 Star vacation accommodation is in the heart of Brisbane, with spectacular views of the river and South Bank Parklands. Some of the rooms offer views over the river. The vacation accommodation is equipped with a swimming pool, restaurants, and two bars. Queen Street shopping mall is only a few minutes walk from the front door.
Brisbane, Australia, is a vibrant city offering many vacation activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here). See Kodak Beach, one of Australia’s large man-made inland beach/pool, surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Explore and experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (River Cat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop. Or perhaps rest from your travel through the city and enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk café as you watch the world go by.
Today you’ll have the day free to Explore Brisbane. We suggest you use this opportunity to take in the sights of this beautiful city. Perhaps purchase a few souvenirs for family or friends back home.
Brisbane is a vibrant city with many activities and sights to enjoy all within walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy the shops and festivities at Southbank Parklands (World Expo 1988 was held here) and see Kodak Beach, a large man-made inland beach/pool surrounded by real beach sand, ferns and palm trees. Also experience a living rainforest complete with wildlife in the Southbank Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander the board-walks that follow the river through the city, walk past Kangaroo Point cliffs (watch people rock climb). Ride on a ferry (CityCat) and tour the city from the river (day or night). Cross the river to Brisbane Mall and shop till you drop, or enjoy a coffee in a sidewalk café and watch the world go by.
Photo Credit: Brisbane Marketing
Travel along the Glasshouse Mountains scenic route 2 hours North of Brisbane to the Wildlife Park of the famous Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin) at the Australia Zoo.
You will be taken directly to and from the Wildlife Park and have nearly 6 hours to experience the best of the zoo. It’s as wild as life gets at Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, with more wildlife and entertainment than you can poke a stick at! With over 1200 animals and stacks of free show daily, it’s a full day of wildlife action and adventure. Get hands-on with cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos. Come face to face with our majestic tigers or get your photo taken with a baby alligator.
Step aboard Steve’s Safari Shuttle and explore all that Australia Zoo has to offer including our newest exhibit Africa! Experience the wide open plains of the African savannah and see exotic animals such as giraffe, rhino and zebra interacting together and marvel at our gorgeous cheetah as they walk by. Then join our snakes, free-flight birds and crocs LIVE in our world-famous Crocoseum show and get your adrenalin pumping as you see a crocodile launch a strike from the water’s edge.
Operation Days: Daily from 8:45am – 5:30pm (Except Christmas)
Includes: Entry to Australia Zoo
Upgrades Available: Hire a Caddie Tour, Safari Guided Tour & Private Guided Tour
Self Drive Upgrades: Platinum Zoo Adventure
Spoil yourself with an upgrade to your Australia Zoo experience with a caddie chauffer for 5 hours!
This Zoo experience is all about YOU and creating lifetime memories of this amazing wildlife theme park!
Be a VIP with your own private caddie chauffeur and a golf buggy at your disposal to take you on a mind blowing journey around Australia Zoo. You’ll never forget this “insider tour” discovering the knowledge, joy and history of the zoo and its hundreds of inhabitants whilst enjoying five-star service.
Be the envy of everyone as you explore the exciting exhibits and receive exclusive reserved seating in the Crocoseum Stadium for the Wildlife Show. Your guide will ensure you have comfort, refreshments and the flexibility to create a tour that suits your needs.
This tour allows you to experience the Zoo at your own pace and take home some wonderful memories of this amazing adventure park.
Includes: Private Caddie Tour and Australia Zoo Guide for 5 hours, Refreshments, Reserved seating in the Crocoseum
Duration: Five hours. No. of people: Maximum of five people per caddie
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.
Travel within Australia by domestic air from Brisbane to Sydney.
Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.
|Approximate Pricing||Double Occupancy||Sole Occupancy||Permitted USA Departure Dates & Fare Rules|
|Land Content Only||$4,414||$6,623||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)||$5,179||$7,388||
Feb 15 2019 - Dec 10 2019|
USA Departures: 15 FEB - 21 JUN, 24 JUL - 17 SEP & 01 NOV - 10 DEC. Expires 17 APR 2019
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)||$6,504||$8,713||Basic: 24JUL-21SEP 2018 and 1MAY-8JUN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability|
|Shoulder (Economy Class)||$6,711||$8,920||Shoulder: 9JUN-23JUL 2018, 22SEP-8DEC 2018 and 1FEB-30APR 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply). Subject to Availability|
|Peak (Economy Class)||$7,229||$9,438||Peak: 9DEC 2018 - 31JAN 2019. International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Non-Refundable. Changeable (Fees Apply) Subject to Availability|
|Premium (Economy Class)||$9,481||$11,690||Premium Economy Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Change and Cancellation Fees Apply. Subject to Availability.|
|Business Class||$11,141||$13,350||Business Class International Return Flights from the USA (Los Angeles) are included. Subject to Availability.|
- a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. 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.