Sydney and Surrounds

Sydney • Blue Mountains National Park • Hunter Valley Wine Region • Port Stephens

About This Journey

7 Days Starting from $1705 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive

Find yourself at Sydney’s glamorous Harbour, perhaps deciding to climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hike through the mystic blue haze of the Blue Mountains National Park. Sample the stunning produce and wine of the Hunter Valley: take a hot air balloon ride for the best view! Then head to the Port Stephens coast for close encounters with local dolphins or migrating whales.

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  • 6 nights 4.5 Star accommodation
  • 4 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Dolphin Watch Morning Cruise
  • Private Airport Transfer
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International flights, Meals & drinks (unless stated), Petrol/gas, Personal travel insurance, Suggested activities,
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Day 1
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Welcome to Australia

Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
G'day Sydney

A private transfer will meet you from your flight, provide you with your travel pack and drive you to your accommodation.

No trip is complete without exploring the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re game, take on the BridgeClimb or Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Stroll amongst museums, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in The Rocks historical precinct. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo and a bus to vibrant Bondi Beach. Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum are located in popular Darling Harbour. Stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Uncover the city’s past at the Museum of Sydney.

Sydney Opera House Tour

Step inside the Sydney Opera House and discover the history and stories on a 1 hour guided tour. Visit off limits areas, capture photographs from rare vantage points, sit in the theatres custom-made timber chairs, touch the famous shell tiles and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar free chambers in the world.

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    Accommodation    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
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        Sydney Opera House Tour

Suggested Activites:

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    Captains Dinner Cruise
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    Captains Dinner Cruise

    Dine aboard the flagship MV Sydney 2000 and enjoy a contemporary Australian 3 course a la carte menu served on the upper deck. Experience stunning views of Darling Harbour and the glittering city lights. Gaze at the stars from the panoramic views of the Star Deck and dance the night away to the sounds of the live band.

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Free Time Sydney

Explore Sydney

No trip is complete without exploring the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you’re game, take on the BridgeClimb or Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Stroll amongst museums, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in The Rocks historical precinct. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo and a bus to vibrant Bondi Beach. Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum are located in popular Darling Harbour. Stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Uncover the city’s past at the Museum of Sydney.

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    Accommodation    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Sydney Scenic 30 Minute Flight
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    Sydney Scenic 30 Minute Flight

    Fly through Sydney Heads and at low level over the famous Northern Beaches, all the way up to Palm Beach and Pittwater at the far northern tip of Sydney. Return via Middle Harbour to conclude with a spectacular double orbit at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    Before latching on to the Climb Base spend 50 minutes preparing for your adventure. With your Climb Leader as your guide, step by step ascend the arches of the Bridge to enjoy panoramic views of Sydney and its glorious harbour. During the 2 ½ hour climb be entertained with stories about the history of the Bridge. After a summit celebration make your descent to the Climb Base.

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Drive Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park

Sydney to Blue Mountains

Meet koalas, hand feed kangaroos and see a crocodile at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Walk along nature tracks leading to the top the spectacular Wentworth Falls. Stroll around Leura’s beautiful Everglades Gardens, taking in stunning views over Jamison Valley. Witness the famous blue haze and iconic Three Sisters rock formation from Katoomba’s Echo Point Lookout. Descend into ancient rainforest aboard the Scenic Rail and Scenic Cableway, or glide between cliff tops inside Scenic Skyway at Scenic World. Uncover Australia’s indigenous culture at Waradah Aboriginal Centre through dance, didgeridoo performances and artworks.

Sydney to Katoomba
118 kilometres : 1 1/2 hours

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    Accommodation    Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
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    Leura – Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking


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    Vehicle Hire    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar
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    Intermediate Automatic Toyota Corolla or similar

    • Insurance:
      Included - Excess/liability reduced to $0
    • Transmission:
      Automatic
    • Size Guide:
      5 adults, 3 suitcases
    • Upgrade Options:
      Standard Size - Hyundai Elantra or similar
    • Doors:
      5
    • GPS:
      Included
    • Additional Driver:
      Included
    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included

Suggested Activites:

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    Featherdale Wildlife Park General Entry
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    Featherdale Wildlife Park General Entry

    Take a walk on the wild side and see Australia’s unique wildlife in a relaxed natural bush setting. Hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies, meet cuddly koalas, wombats, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and see an enormous saltwater crocodile. Get to view lizards, snakes and native birds including, eagles, owls, brolgas, emus and cockatoos.

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    Scenic World Ultimate Discovery Pass
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    Scenic World Ultimate Discovery Pass

    Experience the thrill of riding the Scenic Railway through a cliff-side tunnel down into lush ancient rainforest. Enjoy the tranquillity of Jamison Valley and listen out for lyre birds along the Scenic Walkway. Ride high above the forest floor and cliffs tops aboard the Scenic Cableway or Scenic Skyway with magical views of the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mount Solitary and Katoomba Falls.

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    Valley of the Water Walking Tour
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    Valley of the Water Walking Tour

    Explore waterfalls, lush rainforests of the Kedumba Valley, eucalyptus forest, deep gorges and canyons, amazing sandstone escarpments 300 metres high and valleys 800 metres deep. Relax with a picnic lunch in the wilderness. Photographers and birdwatchers will enjoy spectacular Wentworth Falls on the historic Valley of the Waters 4 hour walk

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Drive Blue Mountains National Park to Hunter Valley

Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley

Travel over the Hawkesbury Bridge taking in elevated views of the stunning Hawkesbury River, flowing from Brooklyn village to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Have a close encounter with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles at the Australian Reptile Park near Somersby. Follow picturesque country roads around Pokolbin and Lovedale to cellar doors in the Hunter Valley. Fine dining or casual restaurants and cafes are scattered throughout the valley. Sample the delights at Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop or Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. Stroll around magical feature gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens.

Katoomba to Polkolbin
241 kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    Mercure Hunter Valley
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    Mercure Hunter Valley

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Ye Olde General Store, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin; Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Hunter Valley Wineries Half Day Tour
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    Hunter Valley Wineries Half Day Tour

    Sample a selection of wines at each of the wineries cellar doors on a 3 1/2 hour tour amongst the Hunter Valley vines and countryside. Visit 3 wineries ranging from smaller family wineries to some larger vineyards with well known labels. Give your taste buds a lift with a stop at either the local chocolate or cheese factories.

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    Bicycle Hire
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    Bicycle Hire

    Whether your desire is a romantic experience, a jolly jaunt with friends, or a mountain bike mission, your cycling needs are covered. Indulge your cycling passion with fresh air, country laneways, splendid food, fantastic wine, fabulous scenery while looking out for kangaroos. Follow carefully planned trails and maps to suit your adventure amongst the vineyards.

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Drive Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

Hunter Valley to Port Stephens

Continue to experience all that the Hunter Valley has to offer before driving towards the coast. Nelson Bay is known as Australia’s dolphin capital and from June to November humpback whales come to visit. Go sandboarding down Australia’s largest coastal dunes or hit the water and try parasailing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, surfing or snorkelling. Hand feed sharks and stingrays at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters. Enjoy postcard coastal views at Tomaree Head summit, Gan Gan Lookout or the Inner Light Tea Rooms. Nelson Bay’s d’Albora Marina is a hub of activity with cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Polkolbin to Nelson Bay
99 kilometres : 1 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Anchorage Port Stephens
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    Anchorage Port Stephens

    Features:

    Check in: 2:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Coles, Salamander Way & Bagnall Beach Rd, Salamander Shopping Centre, Salamander Bay ; Open Daily 6am-10pm


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Suggested Activites:

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    Hunter Valley Sunrise Balloon Flight
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    Hunter Valley Sunrise Balloon Flight

    Drift over the picturesque Hunter Valley vineyards and countryside as the day dawns, floating gently along in the breeze. Drift just above the treetops then moments later effortlessly ascend to heights of 2000 feet or more. Back on the ground after your 1 hour flight, enjoy a gourmet champagne breakfast at Peterson House to celebrate your exhilarating morning.

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    Quad Bike King - The Safari Tour
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    Quad Bike King - The Safari Tour

    Discover amazing eco-system Stockton Beach on a 90 minute quad bike adventure. Enjoy the thrill of riding across sand dunes, wide open beach, past the rusty Norwegian Sygna Shipwreck and Aboriginal landmarks, while your guide talks about the areas fascinating history. No experience is required as your guide provides instructions so you get the most from your adventure at a pace to suit you.

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Port Stephens to Sydney

Return Rental Car in Sydney
Dolphin Watch Morning Cruise

Get up close and personal with playful dolphins on a 90 minute cruise. Enjoy the skippers informative commentary throughout the cruise, with an intimate knowledge of the different pods of dolphins. For that really close encounter you might like to try out the boom or bow nets. Keep a look out for little blue penguins, sea turtles, albatross and sea eagles.

Port Stephens to Sydney

Lake Macquarie is home to the largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia. Linking the lake, beaches and mountains are villages Warners Bay, Belmont, Swansea and Catherine Bay Hill. Have a close encounter with Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles and platypus at the Australian Reptile Park. Travel over the Hawkesbury Bridge taking in elevated views of the stunning Hawkesbury River, flowing from Brooklyn village to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Sydney’s famous bridge and opera house are located near Circular Quay. Discover cafes, restaurants and bars in the historical Rocks precinct.

Sydney to Nelson Bay
217 kilometres : 3 hours

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    Accommodation    InterContinental Hotel
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    Sydney – InterContinental Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 11:00am

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: On site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: IGA Express, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 7:30am–6:30pm


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      Dolphin Watch Morning Cruise

Suggested Activites:

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    Whale Watch Morning Cruise
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    Whale Watch Morning Cruise

    Between late May and mid November watch humpback whales travelling the whale highway near the Port Stephens coast. Aboard the 3 hour cruise knowledgeable and passionate guides get you up close and personal with these majestic mammals. Encounter friendly local dolphins leaping and playing alongside the vessel. View seals and birdlife and cruise the spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands and the outer Islands of Port Stephens.

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    Sandboarding Adventure
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    Sandboarding Adventure

    Prepare yourself for a fun filled trip for all ages! Join an exciting 4WD adventure up into the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Guides will explain how to sand board to ensure your sandboarding adventure will be a safe and exhilarating experience.

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Farewell Australia

Private Airport Transfer
Depart Sydney

You will be collected from your accommodation by a private transfer who will return you to Sydney Airport in time for your onward journey.

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    Private Airport Transfer
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