Up, Down and Around Australia

Melbourne • Great Ocean Road • Ayers Rock • Cairns • Great Barrier Reef • Sydney

About This Journey

12 Days Starting from $2340 AUD

per person based on 2 people
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Self Drive + Fly

Wander Melbourne’s city laneways, and drive the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road. Fly to the red centre to see Ayers Rock. Go from big red to deep blue, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Witness the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House..

Domestic airfare prices are subject to variables. Contact us for a tour quote including current domestic airfares.

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  • 11 nights 4 Star - 4.5 Star accommodation
  • 3 Days vehicle + GPS hire
  • Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
  • Uluru Sunrise Highlights Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
  • Sydney Opera House Tour
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Highly detailed and comprehensive travel pack
  • Selection of maps, brochures and guide books
Not Included: International & domestic 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 Melbourne

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

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    Holiday Inn
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    Melbourne – Holiday Inn

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable valet onsite and self offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Southern Cross Station; Open Mon-Sun 6am-12am


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      Personal Meet, Greet and Private Transfer

Suggested Activites:

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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise
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    Melbourne River Boat Cruise

    Step aboard a 1 hour riverboat cruise heading upstream past Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and past the botanic gardens. View the Aquarium, Casino, Exhibition Centre, historic sailing ship Polly Woodside before entering Docklands on the downstream journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Captain’s commentary.

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Free Time Melbourne

Explore Melbourne

Step aboard the free City Circle tram to explore the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Aquarium or Old Melbourne Gaol. Walk around the city’s hub Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre exhibiting Australian art. Jump on a tram to explore beachside St Kilda and Luna Park. Travel up Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views. Step aboard a river cruise or stroll amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sports fans will enjoy the Melbourne Cricket Ground, National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. Discover unique bars, cafes and restaurants along the city’s laneways or Southbank Promenade.

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    Accommodation    Holiday Inn
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    Melbourne – Holiday Inn

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable valet onsite and self offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Southern Cross Station; Open Mon-Sun 6am-12am


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Suggested Activites:

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    Melbourne City Morning Tour
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    Melbourne City Morning Tour

    Join a local guide on a 3 hour tour of Melbourne, a city of contrasts. Visit sites including Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), St Patrick’s Cathedral, Albert Park Lake (Formula 1 Grand Prix) and iconic St Kilda Beach. Travel up Eureka Skydeck 88 for 360 degree views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley.

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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour
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    Phillip Island Afternoon Tour

    Meet kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and colourful birds and reptiles at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Depending on the time of year visit beautiful Woolamai Beach. Enjoy magnificent views of Bass Strait and the Nobbies, home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. At sunset watch the little penguins waddle ashore to their burrows from intimate penguins plus viewing area.

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Melbourne to Lorne

Take in stunning cliff top views overlooking Australia’s iconic surf location Bells Beach. Enjoy the wide open spaces along Anglesea’s main beach or rocky headland Point Roadknight. Views over Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road can be found at Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. Pay tribute to soldiers from World War I who helped construct the road at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. View the beautiful Erskine Falls in the Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road from Teddy’s Lookout in seaside village Lorne. Look out for humpback whales between June and August from Lorne beach or pier.

Melbourne to Lorne
152 kilometres : 2 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Mantra Lorne
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    Lorne – Mantra Lorne

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in apartments

    Laundry facilities: in apartments

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Foodworks, 1-3 Great Ocean Road, Lorne; Open Mon-Sun 7am-9pm


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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:
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    • Unlimited Mileage:
      Included
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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Lorne to Port Campbell

Continue on to Apollo Bay where the highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean below. Spectacular views along the Great Ocean Road can be found at from Marriners Lookout. See beautiful remote rainforest, coastal scenery, wildlife and mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. Melba Gully’s ancient rainforest or the Otway Fly Treetop Walk are near Lavers Hill. Famous natural wonders the 12 Apostles are in Port Campbell National Park along with The Gibson Steps, Lord Ard Gorge and London Arch. Discover spectacular views across the bay, along the coast and over seaside village Port Campbell on the Discovery Walk.

Lorne to Port Campbell
141 kilometres : 2 1/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Southern Ocean Villas
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    Port Campbell – Southern Ocean Villas

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen facilities: in room

    Laundry facilities: in room

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Port Campbell Shopping, 23 Lord St, Port Campbell; Open Mon-Sun 8am-6:30pm (winter), Mon-Sun 8am-8:30pm (summer)


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    Otway Fly Treetop Walk
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    Otway Fly Treetop Walk

    Experience a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Otway Ranges cool temperate rainforest from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk. Be elevated from the depths of the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the trees. Informative signs explain the unique plants and wildlife you see along the 1 hour return walk.

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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk
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    Otway Zipline & Treetop Walk

    Zip through the leafy treetops of the Otway Ranges from one Cloud Station to another, suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Specialist guides will provide training and unique rainforest insights on this 2 hour, 30 minute rainforest experience. View the stunning Otway Ranges from the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk.

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Drive to Melbourne

Return Rental Car in Melbourne
Port Campbell to Melbourne

Drive back to the 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park for some morning photos. Dine in the restaurant, sample local single malt whisky or enjoy locally made ice cream at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. Take a break along the shores of Lake Colac at the Botanic Cafe. Rural town Winchelsea is home to grand old buildings from early colonial times. Explore Melbourne aboard the free City Circle tram and discover city basement, rooftop and laneway bars, cafes and restaurants or enjoy riverside dining along Southbank Promenade.

Port Campbell to Melbourne
229 kilometres : 2 3/4 hours

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    Accommodation    Holiday Inn
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    Melbourne – Holiday Inn

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable valet onsite and self offsite parking

    Internet facilities: Fee applicable in room WIFI

    24-hour reception

    Breakfast service available

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Southern Cross Station; Open Mon-Sun 6am-12am


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Fly to Ayers Rock

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass
Melbourne to Ayers Rock

Farewell Melbourne and make your own way to Melbourne Airport and catch your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival at Ayers Rock Airport a hotel transfer will take you to your accommodation.

View Aboriginal arts and crafts at Mulgara Gallery, Mingkiri Arts and the Wintjiri Arts and Museum. Watch Aboriginal artists create traditional dot paintings at Town Square. Discover a range of cafes, restaurants and bars, or simply cool off at the pool. Enjoy a wide range of free activities including learning how to throw a spear and boomerang, or listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. Sit down for a bush yarn in the Circle of Sand with a local Aboriginal storyteller.

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    Accommodation    Desert Gardens Hotel
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    Ayers Rock – Desert Gardens Hotel

    Features:

    Check in: 3:00pm; Check out: 10:00am

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free inroom Wifi

    Onsite restaurants: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: onsite

    Fuel available: Diesel, unleaded

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: IGA Supermarket, Town Square, Ayers Rock Campgrounds, Yulara Drive, Yulara; Open Mon-Sun 8am-9pm


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      Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Pass

Suggested Activites:

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    Kata Tjuta Domes Afternoon Tour
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    Kata Tjuta Domes Afternoon Tour

    Travel to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) on a 3 hour guided adventure to embrace this ancient spiritual site. Witness unique plants and wildlife as your guide reveals the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Walk between the mighty domes at Walpa Gorge and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years.

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    A Night at Field of Light
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    A Night at Field of Light

    Experience dinner under the outback sky and the breathtaking Field of Light art installation. Enjoy magnificent views of Uluru at sunset, the sound of a lone didgeridoo, canapes, a three-course bush tucker menu, premium Australian wines and beers, a fascinating star talk and a self-guided walk through the Field of Light art installation.

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Sunrise Ayers Rock - Fly to Cairns

Uluru Sunrise Highlights Tour

Witness a desert sunrise, visit sacred waterholes, drive around the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast on this 3 hour adventure. See ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, learn about the areas significance to local Aboriginal people and listen to Dreamtime stories.

Ayers Rock to Cairns

Farewell the red desert as your hotel transfer returns you to Ayers Rock Airport to catch your flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

Unwind along Cairns northern beaches or cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos at Cairns Tropical Zoo. A J Hackett is home of the rainforest bungy jump. Discover a swimming lagoon, cafes, restaurants and parklands at vibrant Cairns Esplanade. Catch a boat to Fitzroy Island on the inner Great Barrier Reef. Escape to Cairns Botanical Gardens or walk up Mount Whitfield for stunning views. Join a crocodile cruise at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Uncover local Aboriginal culture at Cairns Regional Gallery or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Step aboard a sunset cruise and enjoy a magical tropical sunset.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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      Uluru Sunrise Highlights Tour

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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop
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    Aboriginal Dot Painting Morning Workshop

    Join Indigenous artists and learn about the different symbols used to create beautiful works of art depicting Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories. During the 90 minute experience create your own artwork to take home as a memento.

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Day Tour

Travel aboard a modern vessel on a 90 minute journey to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel amongst spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens home to vibrant corals, schools of brightly coloured fish, turtles and other marine life. Visit 3 different outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln or Thetford. Locations vary with the day’s conditions, however each site is chosen for visual impact and ecological diversity.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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      Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
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Free Time Cairns

Explore Cairns

Escape to Cairns Botanical Gardens, or walk up Mount Whitfield for stunning views. Unwind along Cairns northern beaches. A J Hackett is home of the rainforest bungy jump. Discover a swimming lagoon, cafes, restaurants and parklands at vibrant Cairns Esplanade. Catch a ferry to Fitzroy Island or Green Island. Join a crocodile cruise at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Uncover local Aboriginal culture at Cairns Regional Gallery or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Step aboard a sunset cruise and enjoy a magical tropical sunset.

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    Accommodation    Pacific Hotel
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    Cairns – Pacific Hotel

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Free onsite parking

    Internet facilities: Free in room WiFi

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Laundry facilities: on site

    All rooms non smoking

    Local supermarket: Woolworths, 103 Abbott St, Cairns; Open Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-10pm; Sun 7am-9pm


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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park General Admission
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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park General Admission

    Witness the ancient dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people through live performance and visual effects. Join the Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration and fire making ceremony. Learn about the cooking of bush foods, medicinal native plants, traditional hunting and tribal law. Throw a boomerang or spear and learn about playing a didgeridoo.

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    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway
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    Skyrail Rainforest Cableway & Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Glide above the rainforest inside a gondola. Join a ranger guided rainforest tour. Explore Kuranda village’s butterfly sanctuary, bird aviary, koala park, market, Barron Falls, or cruise on the Barron River. Return to Cairns on the historical Kuranda Scenic Railway, past mountains, waterfalls, through tunnels and across towering bridges in Barron Gorge National Park.

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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour
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    Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Day Tour

    Explore the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest on earth. Cruise down the Daintree River, looking out for crocodiles. Travel to Alexandra Lookout and hand feed kangaroos at Lync Haven. Follow the 4WD Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek for a rainforest stream swim. Spot fish and turtles in the creek, with butterflies and exotic birds above. Cape Tribulation Beach is where the rainforest meets the reef.

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Fly to Sydney

Cairns to Sydney

Farewell Cairns and make your own way to Cairns Airport and catch your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival at Sydney Airport make your own way to your accommodation.

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    Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall
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    Sydney – Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: in room

    Laundry facilities: in apartment rooms only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Park & George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am


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      Sydney Opera House Tour

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    Captain Cook Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise
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    Captain Cook Cruises - Sunset Dinner Cruise

    Cruise aboard the flagship MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman 2 and enjoy a contemporary Australian a la carte menu. On your 90 minute cruise enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge under the setting sun. Disembark and enjoy a nightcap (own expense) at one of the many bars along the Darling Harbour foreshore boardwalk.

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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    Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall
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    Sydney – Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Features:

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

    Walking distance to local shops/restaurants

    Parking: Fee applicable parking

    Internet facilities: Free WiFi limits apply

    24-hour reception

    Tea/coffee facilities in room

    Kitchen/kitchenette: in room

    Laundry facilities: in apartment rooms only

    All rooms non smoking

    Local Supermarket: Woolworths, Cnr Park & George St, Sydney; Open Mon-Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-12am


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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise
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    Tea At Sea Morning Cruise

    Begin your day with a unique Sydney Harbour highlights 2 hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and beautiful bays and coves.

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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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    Sydney Sights Afternoon Tour
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    Sydney Sights Afternoon Tour

    Begin this afternoons 3 1/2 hour adventure at the historic Rocks precinct, including magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Kings Cross, Double Bay and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights, then its onto famous Bondi Beach. Return to city via the beach coast line, Centennial Park, Paddington, Oxford Street then onto Darling Harbour.

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Farewell Australia

Depart Sydney

Farewell Sydney and make your own way to Sydney Airport and continue your onward journey.

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