From natural beauty to man-made wonders, Australia has it all. Care for Michelin Class fine dining? Aussies have that on point too! Their love and passion for all things happy and joyful are what has made the country what it is today. From the successful hosting of Olympics to incredible art shows in Sydney, they have it all and have done it all. Australia is a place that’s easy to decide. It’s such a natural choice that a holiday here is a given. So, when are you booking yours?
Australia is called many things, Land Down Under, Sunburned Country, Aus, and on arrival in Sydney - the Queen of Pacific Rim, settle in at your hotel.
Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city. Ever since Captain Cook dropped anchor at Botany Bay, way back in 1778, Sydney's been an important city. It's a city with Aborigine art galleries, golden beaches, and pulsating nightlife; a cosmopolitan city where Asian, Greek, Italian and Oriental cultures fit into one neat package. With places like "Darling Harbour" it's easy to fall in love with this city. As you settle in, take the day to get around and check out the place or sleep away your travel.
Come evening, set out on the Sydney Showboat Cruise. Sydney's most modern and unique dining venue that has just undergone a dramatic $1.5 million makeover encompassing new shows, state of the art lighting, new dancers and international costumes comprising of headpieces from Las Vegas, hand beaded and hand painted costumes and Spanish Bolero costumes, all showcased on one of the world's finest entertainment stages. The glamorous and gorgeous Australian showgirls, who have danced at the Moulin Rouge, splash with vibrancy, and deliver a riveting show. With a parade of ever changing performances and costumes, the Showboat also delivers an innovative dining experience where the food is as innovative as the art forms in Sydney's beautiful harbour. With the million dollar views and the five-star service, your first evening at Sydney will be one you will never forget!
Today is all about your choice. After the colourful vibrant initiation to Sydney the night before, today will be more on the go with the Hop on Hop off tour. With a 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double decker bus you see all the main sights as you hop on and hop off the tour bus at 30 conveniently located stops around the city. Spend as much or as little time at places of interest before jumping aboard for the next stop - the choice is yours! The bus departs every 15 - 30 minutes from each stop. The tour is crafted around the world's most beautiful harbour with the towering skyscrapers, iconic buildings and monuments of engineering with fantastic views.
Australia’s Hunter Valley is world-renowned for its wines. It is also an incredibly beautiful place to visit. And today you are going to do just that – enjoy your wine and the beautiful place it comes from. Start from Sydney, cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stop at historic Wollombi for complimentary morning tea. The its tome to start the Wine Tasting at world famous Lindemans, then proceed to enjoy the quaint village of Hunter Valley Gardens. With this exclusive Panache Experience, increase your knowledge of wine with an ‘Introduction to Wine Appreciation’ course, learn about styles, techniques and how to enjoy them and blend your own wine. See how wine is made from grapevine to the bottle. Then enjoy an array of tasty platters, offering a range of individual dishes for lunch. Return to Sydney after the tour.
Today is for you enjoy Sydney at your pace, but we can make some recommendations. Stop by the many markets of Sydney; you'll find them pulsing with creativity, fashion and flavours. The Rocks, Paddington, Balmain, Bondi and Glebe are busy suburbs with great shops to visit any time, but on the weekends their markets make them a special lure.
It's a shopper’s haven.
Whether you're a label hunter or a bargain hunter, you'll be spoilt for choice shopping in Sydney. There are boutiques with the world's greatest names in fashion. There are shopping precincts with objects of desire for those seeking the best, the contemporary or the exotic. Some of the world's most beautiful department stores and markets that are renowned for their diversity, bargains and sheer size. The Queen Victoria Building, Strand Arcade, Skygarden and Centrepoint are great places to begin your shopping spree. If you are discerning but budget conscious buyer, Market City, in the very epicenter of bustling Chinatown, hosts an array of discount stores. Make sure you also stop at the latest addition for shopping fanatics - Direct Factory Outlets (DFO), close to Olympic Park, it is the largest of its kind in Sydney.
After such a busy day of indulgence, spend a quiet evening at Sydney to close the day.
It’s time to leave the bustling Sydney behind and hop on a flight to Brisbane. On arrival in Brisbane get settled into your hotel in Gold Coast.
Australia's Gold Coast is the ideal holiday place for people on the go, or those who want to go slow. In one day you can enjoy surfing on golden beaches, bush walking in subtropical rainforests, cruising down oceanfront boulevards in a fun convertible, or taking a dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht.
There are thrill-a-minute theme parks, wonderful adventures at wildlife parks, spectacular shopping centres brimming with exquisite resort wear, colourful country markets, tropical fruit plantations, quaint mountain villages and more. How you choose to enjoy Gold Coast is totally upto you!
It’s time for some movie magic! Today, visit the Warner Bros. Movie World on Australia’s Gold Coast - where movie magic happens every day! As the only Australian movie related theme park, experience a fun-filled, Gold Coast theme park family adventure with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the-scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions!
Today say hi to the Marine world in Australia at Seaworld. Have a splashing time with the dolphins, either as they perform or by swimming with the dolphins. If swimming is not your cup of tea, then take exciting rides and monorails around the Seaworld.
If all this is too tame for you, then get ready to get up close and personal with sharks and marine life at Shark Bay. There are also deep water and shallow water dolphin encounters, a dolphin helmet dive, land and water based interactions with fun loving seals, behind-the-scenes tours at Polar Bear Shores or spending a day learning how the trainers at Sea World look after and train the dolphins.
After the Movie World and Sea World, it’s time to satiate the thrill seeker in you at Dreamworld - home to The Big 6 Thrill Rides including the Tower of Terror 2 - one of the world's tallest and fastest thrill ride, the Giant Drop with a freefall from 38 storeys or 'The Claw' where you'll be propelled 9 storeys high and swinging up to 64kmh while spinning 360 degrees for a 90 second adrenalin rush! After the adrenaline wears off, enjoy Wiggles World, Nickelodeon Central, The Australian Wildlife Experience and Tiger Island - where magnificent and rare tigers interact with a team of dedicated tiger handlers. Then have some adventures with the V8 Supercars Redine, AVPX - the immersive combat zone pitting Alien vs Predator vs YOU and Flow Rider – dedicated to the roots of surfing, skateboarding and bodyboarding!
Or spend the shopping at close to 70% off at the DFO. Stop by Brisbane’s brilliant Direct Factory Outlets (or DFOs) for their outlet sale super stores. Each DFO has 100s of individual retail factory outlet stores, all conveniently located under the one roof. And best of all, each individual store can offer up to 70% discount off normal retail prices.
Need we say more?
Today arrive at land where the Great Barrier Reef is, Cairns. On arrival though, explore the city at your pace.
Start the day with a journey on the breathtaking Kuranda Scenic Railway. After arriving at tropical Kuranda Station there is free time to explore the village including the famous Kuranda markets. From here, head to the Rainforestation Nature Park, boasting 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest set amidst World Heritage rainforest. Visit the Koala and Wildlife Park and come face to face with crocodiles, hand feed barramundi or kangaroos and wallabies. View other native species, including rainforest pythons, cassowaries and dingoes. In the rainforest amphitheatre witness the dynamic performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers.
After lunch, return to Cairns via the scenic Kennedy Highway overlooking the Coral Sea or ride the Skyrail cable car from Kuranda to Caravonica.
To explore the Great Barrier Reef, you must get to the ocean, and that can be done conveniently by getting on the Full day Sun Lover Cruise.
Lunch will be served once you arrive at the pontoon and includes a hot and cold buffet featuring seafood with a wide variety of tastes to cater for most palates. Then take the plunge and explore the amazing coral under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. Not much of swimmer? Try a Scuba dive or keep dry and enjoy a glass bottom boat or semi submersible tour. Children’s Pool is a definite advantage; the kids can go into a safe enclosed environment but still get to experience the Great Barrier Reef as fish can swim in the enclosure.
After the true down under the day before with the Great Barrier Reef, this morning experience the down under land from high above the skies from a Hit Air Balloon. Travel to Mareeba in the Cairns Highlands (previously called the Atherton Tablelands). Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise, enjoy 30 minutes flying time. Breathe in the wide-open spaces while the highly trained crew make sure you have fun. Once you are down on earth, enjoy breakfast at Tjapukai Cultural Park, champagne, fresh juices, eggs & bacon, tropical fruits – a Ballooning Tradition. Relax & enjoy the rest of the day overlooking the Skyrail valley.
Melbourne beckons today! In the morning, take a morning flight to Melbourne and on arrival get transferred to your hotel.
Melbourne is a city of Victorian-era buildings, parks and gardens and leafy boulevards, all of which the 3 million inhabitants are justifiably proud. It's vibrant and multicultural thanks to the many immigrants who've helped shape its history. The gold rush saw Melbourne thrive and become the financial and manufacturing centre of Australia. In the 1800s, Melbourne was one of the world’s richest cities. Since then there has been a steady influx of people from all over the world, enriching the city’s character.
After settling in the hotel, visit some of the Melbourne sights. Experience premier examples of Melbourne architectural splendour, including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall, stroll around Melbourne's spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens and see Captain Cook's Cottage, pay tribute to the soldiers of war at the historic Shrine of Remembrance and walk across the Westgate Bridge for amazing views of the city skyline.
Dominating Melbourne's horizon, the bluish hue of the Dandenong Mountain Ranges beckons to enjoy the fantastic forest scenery with breathtaking views of the City and Port Phillip Bay. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Dandenong Mountains as you walk amidst Australian bush land. This is also a good bird watching opportunity as the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest is home to the lyrebird, crimson rosellas, cockatoos and kookaburras. Do look out for these native birds.
The Gold rush in Australia gave many interesting historical events, and the best way to experience it is by going back over a century to Victoria's gold rush days and reliving the history and excitement of the era at the Sovereign Hill - Australia's foremost outdoor museum!
Start your gold rush adventure in the Diggings, where you can pan in the creek for REAL gold or discover the underground world of the miners in the Red Hill Mine and Quartz Mine. There are over 60 buildings throughout Sovereign Hill; all known to have existed in 1850s Australia and recreated as historically accurate as possible. It's just like stepping back in time.
Discover the beauty and power of gold through one of Australia's most impressive presentations. The Gold Museum houses an extensive and valuable collection of gold nuggets, alluvial deposits, gold ornaments and coins, featuring the renowned Jessica and Paul Simon collection of gold coins.
After the gold filled morning, stop at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant (estd 1983), a star attraction in Melbourne. Dining is not only a culinary delight, but also a journey into a little piece of Victoria's past. The converted 1927 tram has become a glossy, burgundy restaurant on wheels and is the first traveling tramcar restaurant in the world. Frankly, a delightful innovative approach to dining. As it cruises the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection of beverages from the fully stocked bar at an all-inclusive price. The atmosphere is cozy, the service friendly and the decor as inviting as the colonial period reflects.
To ensure a smooth ride whilst dining, stabilizers have been fitted so not even a glass trembles as the tram glides along. One way glass windows have been installed, so diners can enjoy the passing scene without the curious gazes to distract them. As well, this 1927 tram features all the modern conveniences you'd expect to find in a first class restaurant, such as burgundy carpet underfoot and seats covered in velvet, beautiful brass fittings to cast a cozy glow and tables decorated with fresh carnations, which are given to guests when they leave.
Today is the day for Great Ocean Road and the majestic Twelve Apostles. It’s an enigmatic scenic route with new views being revealed around every bend. Make a brief side trip to the Township of Kennet River, descend into the sweetly-scented eucalyptus forest to locate some of the local koalas in their habitat. The koala population here is particularly strong and numerous sightings are guaranteed. Then proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges, where you make a stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool temperate rain forest at Maits Rest.
Then it's onwards to the world famous Port Campbell National Park and its iconic array of rock formations. Be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the Twelve Apostles. Just down the road is the heart of the Shipwreck Coast, the Loch Ard Gorge where 52 lives were lost and only 2 souls survived the wreck of the Loch Ard in 1878.
Head back to your hotel buzzing with the natural splendour you witnessed.
It’s time for shopping nirvana part two. Whatever you are looking for in Melbourne you will find it. From department stores to small side street boutiques there is something for everyone. The main shopping centre is on Bourke Street, although if you're looking for some bargains then head to Queen Victoria Market on the CNR Victoria and Peel Streets.
After the beautiful sun soaked holiday in the Land Down Under, it's time to bid goodbye!
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