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Wonders of Australia

9 Day Guided Vacation | Brisbane to Sydney

From the sails of the Sydney Opera House to those of the boats drifting across the Great Barrier Reef, this Brisbane to Sydney tour heading down Australia’s East Coast takes in some of the country’s most legendary sights. Insider access in Sydney and Brisbane is perfectly paired with outdoor adventures, whether snorkelling with Coral Sea turtles or blissing out on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.

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$4768

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$6027

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.
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9 Day Guided Vacation

Brisbane to Sydney

From the sails of the Sydney Opera House to those of the boats drifting across the Great Barrier Reef, this Brisbane to Sydney tour heading down Australia’s East Coast takes in some of the country’s most legendary sights. Insider access in Sydney and Brisbane is perfectly paired with outdoor adventures, whether snorkelling with Coral Sea turtles or blissing out on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.

Highlights

Local Connection

Brisbane’s first urban winery makes innovative drops. Enjoy them matched with food by City Winery’s sommelier.

Insider Knowledge

Have you ever wondered what it’s like backstage at the Sydney Opera House? Our cultural guide takes you there.

Cultural Immersion

Many visit Brisbane, without really seeing it. With a Meeanjin guide, you’re given exclusive access to the city’s Indigenous heritage.

Sustainable Footprints

Support community-based operation Our Big Kitchen in Bondi, helping prepare meals to feed locals in need.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland! Today you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions at a Welcome Reception, before enjoying a unique ‘Be My Guest’ experience at City Winery – Brisbane’s first urban winery. Over a dinner hosted by the Group Sommelier or Winemaker, you’ll learn about the inner workings of this micro-winery, which sources grapes from across Australia's celebrated wine regions. Learn about how food and wine work together in this unforgettable food and wine pairing. It is the perfect introduction to Brisbane’s modern, vibrant and generous spirit.

  Hotel: Royal on the Park, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

This morning we’ll head to Australia Zoo for an up close and personal encounter with some of Australia’s unique marsupials, native wildlife and beautiful birds. Made famous by Australia’s ‘Crocodile Hunter’, Steve Irwin, visitors can take in a show at the ‘Crocoseum’, hand-feed Kangaroos in ‘Roo Heaven’ and wander through ‘Koala Walk’ – even go behind the scenes to see the incredible work of Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital. Returning to the city, we’ll join an indigenous walking tour of Brisbane. As the captivating sounds of the Didgeridoo ring out, we’ll uncover the fascinating history, art and rich cultural heritage of Meeanjin (Brisbane City) with an Aboriginal guide, whose ancestors inhabited the shores of the Brisbane River for over 40,000 years. The evening is yours, perhaps to explore the Queen Street Mall, Queen’s Wharf or the trendy bars and restaurants of Brisbane’s South Bank.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Fly to an unspoilt island paradise in the very heart of Queensland’s Whitsundays, Hamilton Island. Slip straight into relaxation mode as you contemplate life on ‘Hamo’ – as it’s affectionately known by locals – marvelling at its long white beaches and teal water, brimming with marine life. Book your spot on a sun lounger at the pool, head for a walk on one of the island’s many hiking trails, or grab a golf buggy to explore this car-free coastal wonderland at your own pace (driver’s licence still required). This evening you can enjoy sunset cocktails at One Tree Hill. Perched on a hilltop, the One Tree Hill lookout has some of the best views over the Whitsundays and is the perfect spot to end your day. Grab dinner at your hotel before heading to bed, tomorrow is a bucket-list day of epic proportions.

  Hotel: Reef View Hotel, 3 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the Whitsundays, an island archipelago in the Coral Sea – and your tropical gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Sail across the impossibly blue waters of the World Heritage-listed marine park to explore the hidden corners and colourful depths of the reef, making a stop at Whitsundays’ floating pontoon, the perfect platform from which to experience the amazing marine life and corals of the Whitsundays. Swim or snorkel (equipment provided), before indulging in a buffet lunch, while a whole other world swims peacefully below. Or take a scenic flight from the pontoon and experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, from above – including the famous Heart Reef, a stunning composition of coral perfectly formed in the shape of a heart (optional experience).

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day in complete relaxation or continue exploring the natural beauty of the island. Enjoy a coffee at the marina, lace up your hiking boots and head up Passage Peak for flagship views across the archipelago. Don your swimming togs for a dip in the warm waters off Catseye Beach – or go in search of Coral Cove, one of the island’s most secluded stretches of beach. Island life does not get better than this. We highly recommend booking a catamaran cruise to Whitehaven – the most beautiful beach in all of the Whitsundays (and arguably, Australia). This stunning beach is 98 per cent pure white silica, providing a blindingly bright backdrop for the bay’s swathes of turquoise water (optional experience).

  Included Meals: Breakfast

An easy start to the day gives you some more time to enjoy Hamilton. Savour a leisurely breakfast, sneak in one last swim and soak up the views – soon we’ll board our afternoon flight to Sydney. This evening we’ll catch the sunset from Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour, watching the city light up around us as we enjoy dinner at a waterside restaurant.

  Hotel: Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, 3 nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we’ll join a Behind the Scenes Sydney Opera House Tour. You’ll walk up the steps and under the ‘sails’ of this iconic building, to delve into the heart and history of one of the world’s most beloved opera houses. Take in the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse and the spectacular Concert Hall, before pausing on the lower concourse to watch the world go by. For a change of scene, we’ll head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. Enjoy some free time in order to wander along the strip, heading in and out of surf shops, which stand shoulder to shoulder with fashion boutiques and gift stores. Grab a bite to eat at one of Bondi’s sidewalk cafés – or dip your toes into the warm Pacific Ocean. Active souls can follow the boardwalk as it twists and turns above sandstone cliffs, past Australia’s oldest lighthouse for dramatic views across the ocean. This afternoon we’ll get involved locally at Our Big Kitchen, a community organisation that encourages individuals to help provide meals for those in need. This evening is at leisure, so take the opportunity to explore Sydney’s vibrant CBD, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore. Soak up incredible city views on a ferry trip to Manly Beach, wander around the Royal Botanic Gardens, or get your adrenaline racing with a thrilling walk up (and over) Sydney Harbour Bridge. With so much to see and do, you’ll need every last second available. This evening you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour. Have your camera handy as you sail past Sydney’s most iconic sights, your Australian adventure is coming to end.

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Departure day. It’s a final, fond farewell to Sydney as we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Perfectly situated next to the City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane River, in the heart of the CBD, Royal on the Park Hotel Brisbane is only a short walk to the Queen Street Mall in the City centre with easy access to Brisbane’s premier entertainment and sporting venues, such as The Gabba, Suncorp Stadium, QPAC and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Southbank.

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Pool
  • Gym facilities
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

With large, comfortable, modern rooms, the Reef View Hotel offers a perfect getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. Spacious, comfortable and with most rooms boasting incredible sea views, the Reef View Hotel offers stylish and family-friendly Hamilton Island accommodation.

    Features

  • Private balcony
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Clock Radio
  • Ensuite
  • Bathtub and shower
  • In-room safe
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Refrigerator
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Room service
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • TV
  • iPod connectivity
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away!

    Features

  • Hair Dryer
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • In-room safe
  • Mini Bar
  • iPhone/iPad connectivity
  • Newly Refurbished
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Optional Experiences

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 72.00
Child Price: AUD 23.00

Sydney Tower Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening perched high above the city with uninterrupted revolving views. This delicious buffet dinner includes over 40 freshly prepared dishes across a range of international cuisines including a selection of fresh seafood, salads, hot dishes and desserts.  Prices from:

Adult: $269.00

Child: $135.00

Explore the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains in style, starting with a visit to Sydney Zoo, Australia’s most advanced Zoo in the heart of Western Sydney, gateway to the Blue Mountains. See dingoes, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils and echidnas in a cage free environment in the Australian Precinct.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local café in the heart of the Blue Mountains surrounded by locals then enjoy some free time discovering the unique mountain town of Leura with its quaint shops. Visit the famous Three Sisters rock formation up close from Echo Point. A highlight of the day is a stop at Scenic World where you can enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway, a great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and get another perspective of the Three Sisters. Take a walk along the Rainforest boardwalk and immerse yourself in nature from the valley floor. Return to Sydney via coach.

Adult Price: AUD 328.00
Child Price: AUD 149.00

Bridge Climb

The Bridge Climb is a 3 1/2 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. Climbing in groups of up to 14 people, you’ll be led by one of BridgeClimb’s professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world’s most recognisable Bridge. Prices from:

Adult Price: From AUD 99.00

The Rocks Pub Walk

Tread in the footsteps of the convicts, larrikin gangs & locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys & cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, shouts and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Tour includes: A choice of a beer (285ml/10oz), house wine or soft drink at each pub. 2.5 hours in duration. Runs 2:30pm & 6.30pm daily. Commences from Harts Pub, Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks.

Adult Price: AUD 220.00
Child Price: AUD 220.00

Sydney Heli Tours  - 20min Flight

This is the best way to see Sydney in all its glory. See full panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Manly Cove and Sydney’s spectacular Harbour and city skyline. This tour will leave you breathless! Great Views, Great Flight! After a safety briefing, we will use your own camera for some happy snaps in front of your helicopter to begin the memories of a sensational Heli Tour. Within 5 minutes your professional pilot will have you over the harbour flying past icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and Manly Cove. Throughout the flight your pilot will be providing you with expert commentary via voice activated headset.

* If your tour ends in Sydney, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • Be My Guest Experience at Brisbane's City Winery

What to Bring

  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • • Breakfast (3)
  • • Lunch (1)
  • • Dinner (4)

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 2:00pm
  • • Day 3: Brisbane to Hamilton Island (*Required Internal Flight)
  • • Day 6: Hamilton Island to Sydney (*Required Internal Flight)
  • • Day 9: Flights to depart any time after breakfast

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