Rydges Sydney Central Family + Tours

Sydney

The Rydges Sydney Central The Rydges Sydney Central is ideally located in cosmopolitan Surry Hills, close to the city CBD and only minutes from the shopping and dining areas of Oxford and Crown Street and close to Darling Harbour and Central Railway Station. Additional facilities and services include the Townhouse Bar and Restaurant which features memorabilia from the original Sebel Townhouse, Albies Restaurant and the al fresco Cafe @ Sebel. An indoor heated 15m pool, spa, sauna, gym, rooftop sundeck, undercover secure car parking and a business centre are also available. The Rydges Sydney Central also boasts Australia's first hotel lobby to feature an in-ground glass aquarium, home to Albie the Japanese Koi fish SKYWALK Sydney Tower Eye SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye is a breathtaking outdoor experience - 268 metres above the streets of Sydney. Step out onto the clouds as you venture across the glass-floor viewing platform for unique 360 degree views over glittering Sydney as your host points out the sights below Taronga Zoo The wildest sights in Sydney come to life at Taronga Zoo. Situated amongst lush bushland with harbour views, it's the most amazing place to discover wildlife from Australia and beyond. With a variety of free keeper shows and talks and the Sky Safari Cable Car providing panoramic views of Sydney harbour, its no wonder Taronga Zoo is Sydney's favourite wildlife experience

Travel Dates: 9 August - 30 September 2015.

4 nights
FROM $769*
4 nights FROM $769*

Sydney to Brisbane Experience

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters. Additional Notes The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities Hunter Valley Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole. Included Activities Gold Mine Tour Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Transport Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Transport Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)Day 6 Byron Bay (1B)After yoga class, free time is yours to explore. Start off with an included yoga lesson, then walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Included Activities Yoga Class Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B) Additional Notes Stop for lunch along the way to Brisbane at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Included Activities Departure Day (Activities) Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 25/12/2017

7 days
FROM $960*
7 days FROM $960*

Sydney New Year (Start Sydney, End Sydney)

Sydney

Day 1Arrive SydneyCheck in to your hotel and head straight out into Sydney. From the high-energy downtown area to its popular beaches, Sydney has something for everyone. This evening, meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Tour Manager. Get to know them all over a welcome drink and then an included dinner. But don’t stop there; explore Sydney’s legendary nightlife in a fun night out with the group.Day 2SydneySydney is known for its fantastic lifestyle. Serving up an urban mix of cafes, galleries and shops, it also sports a gorgeous harbour. Get familiar with the city as your Trip Manager shows you around its iconic sites. Visit the historic Rocks area and see the sails of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the buzz of Bondi Beach. Tonight, experience New Year Sydney-style with a 6 hour boat cruise on the harbour to watch the city’s famous fireworks display. Board the boat, enjoy welcome canapés and included beer, wine, champagne and soft drink as you soak up the buzzing harbour atmosphere. There’s included dinner, dessert and even a DJ on board, so you can dance the night away with your new friends. Later, you’ll ring in the new year with a bang as you see the icons of Sydney lit up with a light display and fireworks, with an amazing Harbour Bridge backdrop. This view from the harbour is a fantastic way to start the new year. Later, keep it moving on land - there’s so much to see and this city is pumping. Wonder around Oxford Street, an area buzzing with nocturnal activity, or discover the cute side streets crammed with pubs, restaurants and clubs. Day 3SydneyIn your free time hit the shops – from funky threads to designer labels, Sydney has it all. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Otherwise get a feel for the sun and surf lifestyle of Bondi Beach, catch some rays and hang out among the locals. Sydney has an amazing food scene and is known as one of the world’s restaurant capitals. Try out its incredible and affordable ethnic cuisine. Take your pick from Greek, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and Vietnamese to name a few.Day 4Depart SydneyYour New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to you new friends.SydneyBoat Cruise to watch the New Year fireworks from the harbour, with included canapés, dinner, dessert, and included alcoholic drinks all nightCity sightseeing tour including Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the Historic Rocks area

Travel Dates: From 30/12/2015 to 02/01/2016

4 days
FROM $1,350*
4 days FROM $1,350*

Most of the Coast–Sydney to Cairns

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters. Additional Notes The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities Hunter Valley Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole. Included Activities Gold Mine Tour Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Transport Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Transport Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)Day 6 Byron Bay (1B)After yoga class, free time is yours to explore. Start off with an included yoga lesson, then walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Included Activities Yoga Class Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron Bay to Australia's most developed surf beach area The Gold Coast. It's (in)famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Additional Notes Stop for lunch along the way to Brisbane at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Included Activities Gold Coast Visit Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)Day 8 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1D)Once on the island, visit one of the many highlights on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie. After an optional swim in the lake, drive back along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Additional Notes Before departure from Rainbow Beach you will store your main luggage in a secure storage facility and will be required to take an overnight bag only to the island. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)FerryDay 9 Fraser Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities 4x4 Excursion Day 10 Fraser Island/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport FerryTrain (6.00-8.00 hours)Day 11 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 281km)Maxi yachtDay 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport Maxi yachtDay 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport Maxi yachtDay 14 Airlie Beach/CairnsEarly morning transfer to the train station. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungy jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 650km)Day 15 Cairns (1B)Day 16 Cairns (1B) Included Activities Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 25/12/2017

16 days
FROM $2,400*
16 days FROM $2,400*

East Coast Encompassed–Sydney to Cairns

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters. Additional Notes The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities Hunter Valley Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole. Included Activities Gold Mine Tour Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Transport Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Transport Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)Day 6 Byron Bay (1B)After yoga class, free time is yours to explore. Start off with an included yoga lesson, then walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Included Activities Yoga Class Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron Bay to Australia's most developed surf beach area The Gold Coast. It's (in)famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Additional Notes Stop for lunch along the way to Brisbane at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Included Activities Gold Coast Visit Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)Day 8 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1D)Once on the island, visit one of the many highlights on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie. After an optional swim in the lake, drive back along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Additional Notes Before departure from Rainbow Beach you will store your main luggage in a secure storage facility and will be required to take an overnight bag only to the island. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)FerryDay 9 Fraser Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities 4x4 Excursion Day 10 Fraser Island/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport FerryTrain (6.00-8.00 hours)Day 11 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 281km)Maxi yachtDay 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport Maxi yachtDay 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport Maxi yachtDay 14 Airlie Beach/CairnsEarly morning transfer to the train station. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungy jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 650km)Day 15 Cairns (1B)Day 16 Cairns/Cape Tribulation (1B, 1L, 1D)Travel by 4x4 passenger truck up to a remote beach where we meet local Aboriginal guides. Go spear fishing and learn about the traditional ways of life as well as the local flora and fauna. Cook up what you catch for a delicious lunch. Walk in some of the world's oldest rainforest and swim in a remote waterfall within the Daintree NP. Included Activities Spear Fishing Transport 4x4 (3.00 hour(s), 140km)Day 17 Cape Tribulation/Cooktown (1B, 1L)Local Aboriginal women explain how the falls speak to them, giving them powerful knowledge and visions for the future. Overnight in swags (canvas bedrolls) beside a historic hotel in the bush while being hosted by extremely entertaining locals. Listen to their stories over a bevvie or two. Additional Notes During the rainy season, sleep in multi-share cabins. Included Activities Walk of the Women Experience Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 100km)Day 18 Cooktown/Cairns (1B)Travel westward to meet an Aboriginal guide who leads us into his traditional lands. The story keeper explains the traditional lifestyle while interpreting historic rock cave paintings in the area. Travel the inland road back to Cairns where the tour finishes upon arrival at 7:30pm. Included Activities Aboriginal rock art explanation with an Aboriginal Elder Departure Day (Activities) Transport 4x4 (4.00 hour(s), 324km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 18/12/2017

18 days
FROM $3,040*
18 days FROM $3,040*

East Coast Australia in Style

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyPlease make your own way to the joining hotel. If you arrive early, head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney (1B, 1L)After spending the day exploring Sydney, we meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options. Additional Notes The sailing excursion today is a fast paced and authentic sailing experience on a racing yacht. If you are not interested in sailing, you can opt out and enjoy your afternoon on your own. Included Activities Orientation Walk Sailing in Sydney Harbour Transport MetroDay 3 Sydney/Byron Bay (1B)Meet mid-morning to catch a flight to the north coast of New South Wales. Arrive early evening into beautiful Byron Bay. On the way to the hotel, stop for a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. The night is yours to discover. Included Activities Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit Transport Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)Plane (1.50 hour(s))Day 4 Byron Bay (1B)Start the day early to enjoy a yoga class to calm the mind and limber the body before meeting a local surfer for a surf lesson. Eat lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant to ensure we fully immerse ourselves in the vibe of Byron Bay. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Day 5 Byron Bay/Airlie Beach (1B)This morning we leave Byron early to head to the Brisbane airport to catch a morning flight to Proserpine. Transfer to Airlie Beach, our home for the next two nights. Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))Plane (1.50 hour(s))Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)On Day 6, embark on a full-day yacht excursion, sailing around the Whitsunday's with included lunch, snacks, snorkel and visit to Whitehaven beach. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Day 7 Airlie Beach/CairnsEmbark on a scenic train journey through sugar cane country and rainforest as we head north to Cairns. Arrive early evening and check-in to a centrally-based hotel before exploring the town and opting for a group dinner and drinks. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 600km)Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))Day 8 Cairns/Port Douglas (1B, 1L)Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Included Activities Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)Day 9 Port Douglas (1B)Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling trip of the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the world. Day 10 Port Douglas/Cairns (1B) Additional Notes Travel from Port Douglas to Cairns where the tour ends upon arrival. Feel free to book onward travel after 2pm. Included Activities Departure Day Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)

Travel Dates: From 01/07/2014 to 18/12/2016

10 days
FROM $3,200*
10 days FROM $3,200*

Australia Encompassed

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyThere are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, head down to the harbour's edge to 'The Rocks' historic area and the Opera House. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney/Nundle (1B, 1D)Depart in the morning and head to a small country town for lunch before continuing to Nundle Sheep Station for the night. At the sheep station, have the unique opportunity to meet an expert sheep shearer. Experience a shearing demonstration and learn about local sheep farming. At the end of the day, enjoy a lamb dinner with the locals before sleeping in historic shearer's quarters. Additional Notes The sheep station is quite remote, and there is usually no reception for mobile phones. Included Activities Hunter Valley Wine Tour Sheep Shearing Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 3 Nundle/Bingara (1B, 1D)After breakfast, drive to Tamworth, the country and western music capital of Australia and home to a giant guitar. Arrive in Bingara in the early afternoon for an included visit to a historic gold mine where you can try gold panning. Opt to go horseback riding or swimming in a local watering hole. Included Activities Gold Mine Tour Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 210km)Day 4 Bingara/Yamba (1B)Once in Yamba, head to the beach for a swim. End an active day by savouring the local delicacy of fish and chips on the beach with fellow group members. Transport Travel distance: 380km (236 mi) Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 380km)Day 5 Yamba/Byron Bay (1B)After breakfast, travel the coastal road to the stunning surf and arts town of Byron Bay. Enjoy plenty of free time to experience the hippie surfing town. Options are abound — walk to the lighthouse (located on Australia's most easterly point) for a chance to see whales swimming off shore or hang ten with the locals after an included surfing lesson. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Transport Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 128km)Day 6 Byron Bay (1B)After yoga class, free time is yours to explore. Start off with an included yoga lesson, then walk along the long stunning beach, play in the surf, or simply hang out in the Buddha Bar and people watch. Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Go skydiving, try sea kayaking, or go on a dolphin watch. Included Activities Yoga Class Day 7 Byron Bay/Brisbane (1B)This morning head out of the relatively undeveloped area of Byron Bay to Australia's most developed surf beach area The Gold Coast. It's (in)famous for its stunning beaches, bronzed locals and meter maids who wear bikinis. We stay for a few hours to let you take it all in before heading an hour further up the road to Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. Additional Notes Stop for lunch along the way to Brisbane at one of the many surf spots such as the Gold Coast. Included Activities Gold Coast Visit Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 288km)Day 8 Brisbane/Fraser Island (1B, 1D)Once on the island, visit one of the many highlights on Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie. After an optional swim in the lake, drive back along the beach until camp is reached. The camp consists of permanent tents to be shared by up to 4 people and will be exclusive to the G group during the stay. The tents are located in the bush beside the beach. Once settled in, enjoy an evening barbecue with good company on the beach. Additional Notes Before departure from Rainbow Beach you will store your main luggage in a secure storage facility and will be required to take an overnight bag only to the island. This is due to luggage capacity restrictions in 4x4 vehicles. Your CEO will explain further details on arrival into Rainbow Beach. Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 250km)FerryDay 9 Fraser Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Included Activities 4x4 Excursion Day 10 Fraser Island/Rockhampton (1B, 1D)We transfer off the island by boat then catch the train up the 'Capricorn Coast' which is well-known as 'Cattle Country'. Arrive at a remote farm, where we will be located for the night. The workers from the property are excellent hosts as they teach about the history of the farm, the cattle industry, and some of the challenges of raising cattle in such a harsh environment. Transport FerryTrain (6.00-8.00 hours)Day 11 Rockhampton/Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1D)After a traditional Outback-style breakfast, transfer to the town of Mackay and embark on a maxi yacht which will be our home for the next three days. Set sail to a secluded cove in the Whitsunday Islands where you will drop anchor for the night. We are the only company to sail from south to north through the islands instead of backtracking while starting and finishing in the same point. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 1 Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 281km)Maxi yachtDay 12 Whitsunday Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)The sailing route today allows us to follow part of Captain Cook's route up through the Whitsunday Islands. There is the option for certified divers to scuba dive. Again we drop anchor in a secluded bay for the night. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 2 Transport Maxi yachtDay 13 Whitsunday Islands/Airlie Beach (1B)After three days at sea, we sail to the resort town of Airlie Beach for a night on land in a local beach hostel resort. Feel free to relax by the pool at the end of the day. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Yolo Sailing Trip, Day 3 Transport Maxi yachtDay 14 Airlie Beach/CairnsEarly morning transfer to the train station. Arrive in the evening. Consider trying out the adrenaline-pumping jungle swing or a bungy jump when you arrive to get the blood flowing. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 650km)Day 15 Cairns (1B)Day 16 Cairns/Alice Springs (1B)New travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. Consider sitting in on the welcome meeting, and get to know everyone at an optional dinner. Transport Plane (4.00 hour(s))Day 17 Alice Springs/Uluru (1D)Depart early for the Red Centre. Travel to Kings Canyon and embark on an optional walk, weather permitting, through the gorges and valleys of Watarrka National Park. Continue on to the Yulara campground for the night. Included Activities Kings Canyon Hike Transport Private Vehicle (9.00-9.50 hours, 770km)Day 18 Uluru (1B, 1D)Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to get a better understanding of the area before embarking on the Mala Walk around part of the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Learn the significance behind this iconic destination for the local people. Experience the colourful sunset at Uluru, while enjoying a glass of bubbly. Marvel at the night sky while bunking down in a swag (canvas bedroll) for the night. Included Activities Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Uluru at Sunset Day 19 Uluru/Coober Pedy (1B)Travel across the Outback to the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where people live underground to avoid the heat. A guided mine tour gives insight to the mining process and then importance of opal to the area. Included Activities Guided Mine Tour Transport Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 780km)Day 20 Coober Pedy/William Creek (1B)We follow the Oodnadatta Track, strewn with ruins of failed early settler activity, along the route of the equally unsuccessful original Ghan Railway route. We cross the dingo fence and stop to explore a number of historic settler sites along the way. Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)Day 21 William Creek/Beltana (1B, 1D)View the salt lake of Lake Eyre. Learn about the European history of the region before settling into the historic Beltana Sheep Station. Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)Day 22 Beltana/Adelaide (1B)Depart Beltana and take one of the gorges into the Flinders Ranges, stopping to absorb the magnificent views along the drive. Travel through the Clare Valley wine area, making a stop for a wine tasting and demonstration to learn about the development of the vineyards in the area. Arrive in Adelaide, known as the "city of churches'. Included Activities Wine Tasting Transport Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 550km)Day 23 Adelaide/Halls Gap (1B)Depart at 7am and travel inland to Grampians NP, known for its sandstone mountain range and impressive rock art. Walk to the stunning Balconies and visit MacKenzie Falls. Additional Notes Be ready for an early start at 7am! Included Activities The Balconies (Jaws of Death) Visit MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 570km)Day 24 Halls Gap/Port Campbell (1B)Enjoy an early morning walk in Grampians NP, lush with vegetation and wildlife. Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the significance of the area to the indigenous people. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, viewing sites including the collapsed London Arch. Included Activities Grampians National Park Walk Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit London Arch Visit Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 25 Port Campbell/Melbourne (1B)Explore the scenic attractions of the Great Ocean Road including the picturesque Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles formations. Stop at the Great Otway National Park for an included rainforest walk en route to Melbourne. Additional Notes Tour ends upon arrival in Melbourne at approximately 5pm, please book ongoing travel after 8pm. Included Activities Loch Ard Gorge Visit 12 Apostles Visit Rainforest Walk Departure Day (Activities) Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 300km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 20/01/2017

25 days
FROM $4,160*
25 days FROM $4,160*

Australia in Style

Sydney

Day 1 SydneyPlease make your own way to the joining hotel. If you arrive early, head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney (1B, 1L)After spending the day exploring Sydney, we meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options. Additional Notes The sailing excursion today is a fast paced and authentic sailing experience on a racing yacht. If you are not interested in sailing, you can opt out and enjoy your afternoon on your own. Included Activities Orientation Walk Sailing in Sydney Harbour Transport MetroDay 3 Sydney/Byron Bay (1B)Meet mid-morning to catch a flight to the north coast of New South Wales. Arrive early evening into beautiful Byron Bay. On the way to the hotel, stop for a walk to the Cape Byron lighthouse located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. The night is yours to discover. Included Activities Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit Transport Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)Plane (1.50 hour(s))Day 4 Byron Bay (1B)Start the day early to enjoy a yoga class to calm the mind and limber the body before meeting a local surfer for a surf lesson. Eat lunch at a local vegetarian restaurant to ensure we fully immerse ourselves in the vibe of Byron Bay. Included Activities Surf Lesson with Yoga Warm-Up Day 5 Byron Bay/Airlie Beach (1B)This morning we leave Byron early to head to the Brisbane airport to catch a morning flight to Proserpine. Transfer to Airlie Beach, our home for the next two nights. Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))Plane (1.50 hour(s))Local bus (0.50-1.00 hours)Day 6 Airlie Beach (1L)On Day 6, embark on a full-day yacht excursion, sailing around the Whitsunday's with included lunch, snacks, snorkel and visit to Whitehaven beach. Included Activities Whitsunday Islands Sailing Excursion Day 7 Airlie Beach/CairnsEmbark on a scenic train journey through sugar cane country and rainforest as we head north to Cairns. Arrive early evening and check-in to a centrally-based hotel before exploring the town and opting for a group dinner and drinks. Transport Train (10.00 hour(s), 600km)Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))Day 8 Cairns/Port Douglas (1B, 1L)Travel up the stunning coastal road, stop to meet local Aboriginals and go on an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Arrive mid-afternoon in the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Included Activities Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)Day 9 Port Douglas (1B)Today is a free day, but we recommend going on an optional snorkelling trip of the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef system in the world. Day 10 Port Douglas/Uluru (1B)Travel from Port Douglas to Cairns Airport for a flight to Uluru. The flight takes around 2 hours, giving a free afternoon upon arrival to explore. Additional Notes Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 70km)Plane (2.00 hour(s))Day 11 Uluru (1B, 1L)Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. The Mala Walk around the base of Uluru provides insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food and music. The afternoon is at your leisure. Additional Notes Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115°F) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C (104°F). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Included Activities Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Sunset at Uluru Day 12 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B) Included Activities Kata Tjuta National Park Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 470km)Day 13 Alice Springs/Adelaide (1B) Included Activities Orientation Walk Transport Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))PlaneTaxicabDay 14 Adelaide (1B)Day 15 Adelaide/Barossa Valley (1B) Transport Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 80km)Day 16 Barossa Valley (1B, 1L)Explore one of Australia's oldest wine regions, the world famous Barossa Valley. Visit some wineries, enjoying lunch and wine tasting along the way. One of Australia's oldest wine regions, Barossa can be found in South Australia, approx. 60km (37 mi) northeast of Adelaide. Founded by German settlers in the mid 1800's, wine was (and still is) a way of life for the 750 grape-growing families who have lived and farmed in the region for generations. Included Activities Barossa Valley Wine Tour Transport Private VehicleDay 17 Barossa Valley/Robe (1B) Transport Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 400km)Day 18 Robe/Grampians National Park (1B, 1D)Early start to travel to the Grampians NP, known for its abundant wildlife. Stop at MacKenzie Falls and the Balconies to enjoy a spectacular walk before arriving at our accommodation that evening. Included Activities MacKenzie Falls Visit Transport Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 500km)Day 19 Grampians National Park/Warrnambool (1B) Included Activities Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)Day 20 Warrnambool/Melbourne (1B) Included Activities Rainforest Walk Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)Day 21 Melbourne (1B) Included Activities Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/07/2014 to 18/12/2016

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Sydney

Day 1 SydneyPlease make your own way to the joining hotel. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Botanical Gardens or the famous Opera House. Additional Notes There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Day 2 Sydney (1B, 1L)Meet in the early evening for an optional drink or dinner. We may head beachside to Bondi where there are plenty of excellent dining options. Additional Notes The sailing excursion today is a fast paced and authentic sailing experience on a racing yacht. If you are not interested in sailing, you can opt out and enjoy your afternoon on your own. Included Activities Orientation Walk Sailing in Sydney Harbour Transport MetroDay 3 Sydney/Port Douglas (1B, 1L)Transfer to Port Douglas, our home for the next two nights at a local resort. Included Activities Aboriginal Interpretive Walk Transport Taxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)Plane (3.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))Day 4 Port Douglas (1B)Enjoy the colourful resort town of Port Douglas. Take time to stroll the main streets, window-shopping on your way.Day 5 Port Douglas/Cairns (1B) Transport Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))Day 6 Cairns (1B) Included Activities Kuranda Scenic Railway Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day 7 Cairns/Uluru (1B) Included Activities Sunset at Uluru Transport Plane (3.00 hour(s))Day 8 Uluru (1B)Awake before sunrise to watch the colours change over Uluru. The Mala Walk around the base of Uluru provides insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. Visit the cultural centre and learn about ancient beliefs and traditions portrayed in art, food and music. The afternoon is at your leisure. Additional Notes Between November and March, there is extreme heat with temperatures averaging between 43-46°C (109-115°F) in the middle of Australia, especially around Uluru and Kings Canyon. This can lead to heat exhaustion and potentially become very dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks, coconut water or water mixed with electrolyte powder packets. The Mala Walk at Uluru is not permitted if temperatures exceed 40°C (104°F). During these hot months, we try to offer all walks early in the day to avoid the midday sun. Our CEOs will monitor the weather conditions to gauge the safety of any included walks and may need to call off a given day's walk due to extreme heat. Included Activities Uluru Mala Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre Visit Day 9 Uluru/Alice Springs (1B) Included Activities Kata Tjuta National Park Transport Minibus (6.00 hour(s), 470km)Day 10 Alice Springs/Melbourne (1B, 1D) Included Activities Historic Colonial Tramcar Dining Transport Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))PlaneTaxicab (0.50-1.00 hours)Day 11 Melbourne (1B)Day 12 Melbourne/Auckland (1B) Included Activities Orientation Walk Transport Plane (4.00 hour(s))Day 13 Auckland (1B)Day 14 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1D)Travel through the world's most productive dairy farming country then head towards to the arts and surf town of Raglan for the night. In the evening, enjoy a special included dinner cruise in the harbour. Overnight in a holiday home overlooking one of the world's most famous surf breaks. Included Activities Bridal Veil Falls Walk Dinner Cruise on Raglan Harbour Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)Day 15 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. This is a fascinating region with Maori history and cultured tied directly to the geothermal aspects of the land. Relax in one of the hot pools at the hotel fed by water coming directly from the natural springs. Included Activities Tamaki Maori Village Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))Day 16 Rotorua/Christchurch (1B, 1L) Included Activities Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village Visit Orientation Walk Transport Private VehicleFlight (1.00-1.50 hours)Day 17 Christchurch/Franz Josef (1B)Board the TranzAlpine train, considered to be one of the world's great train journeys. It crosses the stunningly scenic Southern Alps, traversing the entire country. Disembark the train and transfer to a beautiful rainforest lodge for the night. Transport Train (4.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))Day 18 Franz Josef (1B)Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being a glacier trek. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip.Day 19 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)Early start to travel to the picturesque Lake Matheson. When the weather is right, you can get a great photo of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits. Included Activities Gondola Ride Transport Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 365km)Day 20 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1D)Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri, to arrive at an eco cruise boat which will be our home for the next 24 hours. After an afternoon of stunning scenery, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal), with time to stargaze from the deck with a glass of New Zealand wine Additional Notes *Please note that the itinerary for this day varies in the winter: Winter Schedule 18 May – 20 Sept Doubtful Sound/Te Anau Drive the scenic route around the lake to the town of Manapouri. Travel by boat and bus to arrive at an eco cruise boat. Spend the afternoon cruising the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls. The boat offers excellent chances for wildlife viewing in the area. Dolphins, penguins, seals and a variety of birds are some examples of what you can hope to see. In the evening, head to Te Anau for the night. We take in a screening of the award winning ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland‘ Fjordland on Film documentary at the local cinema before having a group meal. Included Activities Doubtful Sound Overnight Wilderness Cruise Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 21 Doubtful Sound/Queenstown (1B)Enjoy the morning on the boat before return to Queenstown late afternoon and opt for a farewell dinner with your group. Transport Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 22 Queenstown (1B)If you want more time to explore Queenstown, we recommend booking post nights with your agent if you are interested in the countless adrenaline-packed activities in the town known as the 'adventure capital of the world'. Jet boating, bungy jumping, mountain biking, and sky diving are some of the activities available. Included Activities Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 21/12/2016

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Seductive Sydney is blessed with abundant visual charms

Australia's most cosmopolitan city boasts a world-class CBD shopping experience, niche finds in the inner-city suburbs of Paddington, Woollahra and Balmain, and a melting pot of cuisines and cultures in bohemian Newtown. The annual Mardi Gras parade and New Year's Eve celebrations are must-attend events showcasing all the colour and sparkle of this city that knows how to party.

Sydney: HarbourSydney's Famous Harbour

Catch a ferry north to Manly to take in the laidback surfer vibe, walk along the cliffs from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach for breathtaking ocean vistas, and visit the world-famous Taronga Zoo with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Circular Quay in Sydney's CBD boasts some of the best restaurants with that million-dollar view, or explore Chinatown and Darling Harbour to sample the variety of cuisines on offer. Like the nightlife? Sydney has a vibrant bar scene with venues ranging from cosy piano lounges to rooftop poolside bars.

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