They say Australia is a continent in itself, and that it has everything. It sure does. From countless white sandy beaches to majestic rock formations to deserts to beautiful tropical forests, Australia has everything. If this was natural, the man made wonders are equally gorgeous. While we appreciate Australia, what if you could add the incredible ingenuity of Singapore to the mix? The vibrancy of both the countries will be something that will have your thrumming for a lifetime. Why wait to experience something so wonderful? Let’s go.
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.
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.
It’s time to say goodbye to the vibrant Melbourne and say hello to Brisbane. On arrival, get settled into your hotel in Gold Coast.
By evening, head to the cool, dark environment of Natural Bridge Cave, and be entranced by the millions of glow worms in their home. These tiny creatures, invisible to the eye during daylight, create a spectacular display at night.
An experienced guide will take you on a short walk through the rainforests of Springbrook Plateau into the Natural Bridge. You can also take this opportunity to star gaze to your heart’s content, looking in the unpolluted night sky. As the night sets in, the high-rise lights of the Gold Coast city line come alive, stop and enjoy coffee and cake in the forest before heading back to the hotel.
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!
After all the fun and joy down under, it’s time to enjoy this splendid city high above from a Balloon! Today, join the Balloon Down Under for a memorable one hour balloon flight over the beautiful Gold Coast and Hinterland. Clean air and stunning views from Brisbane to Byron Bay make this one of the premier ballooning areas in Australia.
Starting out in the Gold Coast Hinterland you can call out 'good morning' as early morning farmers prepare for their days work, follow the kangaroos bounding through the bush below or cows wandering in for their early morning milking. Watch as the golfers enjoy an early round of golf on one of the many courses flown over. As if this kind of everyday life from the angel above is not enough, then comes the spectacular views of the high rise buildings of Surfers Paradise that are silhouetted against the shimmering silver/blue Pacific Ocean and the golden coastline. At this point, you'll be invited to assist the pilot and crew to prepare the balloon for flight.
After the flight choose from their special fresh fruit platter or tuck into hearty eggs and bacon, the choices are endless. This is served with champagne and fresh juice – a tradition of ballooning. A flight certificate presentation follows.
Use the rest of the day to explore the shopping opportunities in Gold Coast. From resort / themed shopping villages to large variety-filled shopping centres, designer boutique stores, elegant arcades or beachside art & local craft markets, Gold Coast boasts of some of Australia's most exciting shopping centres, buzzing seven days a week.
It’s finally time to say goodbye to the wonderful country of Australia. The second part of the exciting journey continues in dynamic Singapore!
Fly from Brisbane to Singapore and get settled in to your hotel.
Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour where you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. A bridge between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore, located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity even today. Brimming with unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, the city offers countless unique, memorable experiences waiting to be discovered.
Singapore is truly a city like no other, a world of possibilities. With its friendly and welcoming people, state-of-the-art infrastructure and something new happening everyday, your stay will be a memorable mix-and-match of all the things you have always wanted to do.
It’s time to check out Singapore today! Hop on a tour as it traces Raffles' vision of Singapore to become a vital international port and trading center for the Far East. It begins with a bumboat cruise down Singapore River. These hardy vessels were once used to shuttle cargo but today, they steer us through a kaleidoscope of historic Singapore River and harbour images set against the towering skyline of the modern business district. Back on land, the journey continues to the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first set foot in 1819, and to an exhibition that traces the history of the Singapore River.
Whether you are traveling with kids or not, Sentosa is the place where you reconnect with the cjild in you. This incredible themed attraction, tropical resort, Nature Park and heritage centre all rolled into one is a one of kind experience that rekindle the child in you.
Just minutes away from the city by cable car, ferry or road, Singapore’s Island Resort is a 390-hectare recreational jewel boasting a kaleidoscope of attractions and activities. Once you step afoot the island, you can find your own slice of paradise among the many exciting attractions – history and culture come alive, entertainment by day and night, lush green surroundings to explore, manicured gardens and dancing fountains. Name your request and you will find it here.
Choose your path in Sentosa, and spend the day in any order you feel like.
Stop by the Underwater World that is a dream haven showcasing awe-inspiring beauty of the fantastically different world beneath the seas.
Next stop can be at the delicately beautiful Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. Be prepared to be be dazzled by the riot of colours from the thousands of tiny fluttering wings as you stroll through the natural environment of these fragile specimens.
Next stop can be the bird’s eye view of the Carlsberg Sky Tower to be awed by the Singapore Skyline, Sentosa, the Southern Islands and even Malaysia and Indonesia! Day or night, views from the tower are both scenic and breathtaking as it gently revolves to a height of 131 metres above sea level.
Last stop can be at the Cinemania, Singapore’s first experiential theatre of the 21st century. This dynamic simulation theatre features a state-of-the-art sight and sound system, and a gigantic screen designed for specially produced high speed film. The stunning audiovisual effect is heightened by a sensurround soundtrack and computer synchronized motion seats combined with real wind to create an unbelievable ride experience.
What is a trip to Singapore if there is no shopping? Singapore is the number one shopping heaven in Asia. Singapore is one of the few countries in the world it is reasonably safe out in the streets even late at night. As long as basic precautions are taken, you can shop in peace. Just so you know, 5% GST is levied in Singapore. Foreign visitors may claim back the GST paid on purchases.
And hello home! It's time to close the Australian - Singaporean Adventure that has kept you enthralled for the past few days and head back home. Head and heart filled with happy memories!
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