Arrive in Sydney and explore the bustling city before journeying inland to witness the marvels of the Blue Mountains. Fly north to the tropical Hamilton Island in the world renowned Whitsundays and spend several days beachcombing and experiencing the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Depart your island paradise for the chic and artsy city of Melbourne and its exciting surrounds, taking a day trip to journey along the iconic Great Ocean Road with its beaches, rugged cliffs and the lush rainforest of the Otways.BeachesWildlife & nature
Sydney is Australia's most famous city and with almost 20% of the country's population, is also Australia's largest city. Situated on the east coast of Australia it has beautiful white sand beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach as well as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and of course, the Sydney Opera House. Rich in history, art, and food Sydney has something for everyone.
On arrival, a private transfer will collect you from Sydney Airport and transfer you to your accommodation.
Sydney is Australia's largest city and the vibrant capital of New South Wales. The city was founded in 1788 with the arrival of the first fleet of convicts and soldiers, although the area has been inhabited by indigenous Australian ancestors who came to Australia between 15,000 and 45,000 years ago. Today, Sydney is a major international capital of culture and business, and also a key tourist destination recognised across the globe. Most famed for the unique Sydney Opera House, the city is also known for its beautiful surrounding beaches and as a gateway to popular sightseeing regions such as the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.
Depart from the Seaplane Terminal at Rose Bay late morning and enjoy the breathtaking views as you fly over the neighbouring harbour, where the Pittwater and Hawkesbury Rivers converge. You will touch down on the Hawkesbury River near Mooney Mooney on the Central Coast, where you will be greeted by pearl farm staff and taken to their Shellar Door. Here you will be immersed in the history of Australian pearls and get hands-on with pearl grading and valuation with pearls from different regions across Australia. After your tour you can sit back and take in the beautiful views as you enjoy your Pearlers' Platter lunch and choice of wine. On your flight back to Rose Bay you will soar past the Sydney Harbour Bridge and famous Opera House, so remember to have your camera at the ready.
The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. This guided day tour will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora, and fauna of this magnificent region.
The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is a wilderness area showcasing ancient rock formations, vast canyons and waterfalls plummeting into valleys below. The breathtaking views over the region stretch to the hazy blue horizon, while the historic village towns nestled amongst the rainforest are dotted with tea rooms, cellar doors and breweries hosted by local producers. There is no shortage of adventure in the Blue Mountains with the rugged sandstone escarpments, underground caves and deep canyons providing the perfect playground for rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning and more. Of course, relaxation is also on the cards with a number of resorts, boutique guesthouses and day spas throughout.
Today you will depart Sydney and fly north over the state border to Queensland, on to the stunning Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.
The Whitsunday Islands, often referred to simply as The Whitsundays, are a cluster of 74 islands stretching across the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The majority of these islands are untouched national parks, however a few offer all-inclusive resort accommodation and activities so that you can soak up the tropical island paradise. Daydream Island is one of the most accessible islands only 30 minutes from the mainland, while Whitsunday Island further out hosts the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. For a more low-key island experience, Camp Island in the northern Whitsundays is available as your very own private island - the perfect place to unplug and immerse yourself in the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Traveling around the islands is easily accomplished through charter cruises, water taxis, or even seaplane. Whether you're chasing ultimate relaxation, or unforgettable outdoor adventure, the Whitsundays has it all.
Spend a full day exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the World Heritage-listed wonder off the Queensland coast. The journey here through the lush Whitsunday Islands will have you reaching for your camera – watch for migrating Humpback Whales between July and September – but underwater is really where the magic happens. Incredible numbers of bright tropical fish and more than 1,400 species of coral await.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, a World Heritage listed reef system comprising over 3000 individual reefs. This hugely biodiverse ecosystem is home to an abundance of marine life, coral cays and tropical islands surrounded by sun-drenched golden beaches. It has become one of the most highly sought after tourist destinations in the world, so there is no shortage of activities available to help you explore the stunning area, including snorkelling, diving, scenic flights, cruises and whale watching voyages. The Great Barrier Reef is usually accessed via the main ports of Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays and the tropical city of Cairns, although the coast of Far North Queensland harbours many other beautiful towns that provide tours to the reef.
Hamilton Island is one of the cluster of 74 islands that make up the Whitsunday Islands scattered across the Great Barrier Reef. If you like to get your toes wet, Hamilton Island is a wonderful place to explore the crystal clear waters by SUP or kayak, or venture to the reef and nearby islands with your snorkel and fins. It is also home of the annual Hamilton Island Race Week, a favourite yachting event on the international sailing calendar. Hiring a golf buggy to explore the length of the island is considered an iconic, right of passage activity that everyone will love. Be sure to book your buggy ahead of time - this popular activity often has the buggies booked out months in advance!
For a dining experience like no other, step onboard Ocean Explorer and indulge all your senses. Relax and watch the shoreline slip away as you cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to a secluded bay. While at anchor, you’ll be treated to a delicious buffet dinner and then enjoy a leisurely cruise back to shore under the magic of a starlit Whitsundays night sky.
Depart your tropical island paradise today and jetset to the vibrant, artsy and culture-infused city of Melbourne.
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the state of Victoria. At the city's centre is the modern Federation Square development, with shopping, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, with modern and Indigenous Australian art. As a cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a hidden gem around every corner - Rich history, bustling laneways, rooftop bars and world-class restaurants are just the beginning!
The Melbourne hidden bar culture is a unique part of Australia’s cultural capital. The difficult thing is just that – they’re hidden! This city makes you work to find its best bits, which is why you’ll find some of the best bars behind other venues, underneath laneways, or tucked into repurposed spaces.
Join an experienced guide and uncover four of these fascinating venues in one afternoon, and learn what makes each one special over a drink, or four (at your own expense). Speak with talented bartenders during this small-group experience, making sure to chat with them about what kinds of drinks you like to personalise your Melbourne Hidden Bars Tour even more.
Melbourne is the cool, artsy capital of the state of Victoria. Renowned for its laneway art, cafes, bars, restaurants and museums, there is no shortage of things to do, see, eat and drink. Grab a coffee in Degraves Street, see the murals on Hosier Lane or Blender Lane, pop over to St Kilda and stroll along the promenade or visit one of the many museums. For a spot of retail therapy, catch the 86 or 96 tram from the CBD to the bohemian Brunswick Street shopping district for an eclectic mix of second hand vintage and high-end boutique stores. On the opposite side of the city, the Docklands open-air entertainment precinct boasts a myriad of public artwork, family fun activities such as glow in the dark mini golf, and a variety of dining options lining the marina. Get there easily on the free City Circle tram, or wander over the Bourke Street footbridge. To make the most of your time in Melbourne, we recommend taking a city tour to get true local insight into this vibrant city.
Your tour will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, you will head to Phillip Island where time/season permitting, you will take to Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, you then travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, you will stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black tie gala event: the Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to shop and have a coffee. Included is the penguin plus viewing which allows you to view the penguins on a separate platform to one side of the beach, it’s more intimate viewing as allows a limit of 300 people thus enabling you a better view of little penguins waddling ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows.
Experience this majestic coastal drive in style with this small group and enjoy time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world-famous touring route. Stay on the lookout for some very special animals including whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots, you’ll also be taken to the best hiding spots for koalas and kangaroos in the wild. The first stop will be at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town which is most noteworthy for its setting among the soft rolling hills. It offers a great selection of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy some lunch (not included). Following this, you will enjoy a walk in the forest in the Otway Ranges. Cap the day off with a visit to the famous 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
The Great Ocean Road is an iconic, must-do route that stretches along the south-eastern coast of Victoria, from famed surf capital Torquay, westward across to Allansford, just before the regional city Warrnambool. The Great Ocean Road tourist drive covers 243 kilometres of National Heritage listed area which hosts an abundance of awe-inspiring natural landscapes including the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge just to name a few. The road is also shouldered by the Great Otway National Park where you can explore rainforest walks, treetop walkways, waterfalls towering over fern-fringed pools and dramatic cliffs sheltering secluded beaches. Kennett River also hosts a rare opportunity to see koalas living in large numbers in their natural habitat, and is well worth the stop.
Your tour comes to an end today, but if you are itching to explore more amazing sights, we can customise your holiday to include more days or additional destinations. Our trusted travel specialists can book transfers to your onward flight, and even assist in booking these flights for you. Our team can't wait to help you design your ultimate getaway!