SYDNEY AND WESTERN AUSTRALIA EXPLORATION
15 days Sydney to Perth | 13 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches
Double: CA $6,909 per person
Includes flights from Vancouver to Sydney and return from Perth. Internal Domestic Australian flights are not included.
Valid for Travel from May 1, 2023, to June 8, 2023, and July 24, 2023, to August 31, 2023. Ask for quotes on alternative dates.
• Full Day Blue Mountains Deluxe Day
• Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney - Morning Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour
• WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - Breakfast with the Koalas
• Sydney Princess Cruises - Sydney Harbour Long Lunch Cruise
• Full Day Pinnacle Tour
• Full Day Discover Rottnest with Coach Tour & Frankies Lunch
• Aboriginal Art & Dreamtime Stories Experience
• Ultimate Experience at Mandoon Estate
• 1 hour Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise in Mandurah
• Ultimate Leeuwin Wine and Food Experience
ACCOMMODATIONS AND OTHER INCLUSIONS
• 5 Nights at Parkroyal Darling Harbour - Superior Room Includes Full Breakfast
• 4 Nights at Crowne Plaza Perth - Standard Room Includes Full Breakfast
• 1 Night at Mandoon Estate Includes a Full Breakfast
• 1 Night at Seashells Mandurah - One Bedroom Apartment
• 2 Nights at Margaret River Guest House - Trinity Room Includes Full Breakfast
• 1 Night at Crowne Plaza Perth - Standard Room Includes Full Breakfast
• 5-day Full-Size Car Rental
• Private Car and Driver transportation between hotels and airports
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DAY 1: Arrive Sydney (Warrane)Hotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room
Exclusive Bonus: Welcome Bottler of Wine & Cheese Platter
Upon arrival in Sydney, a Private Car & Driver will transfer you to your hotel. Today is a free day to relax and get to know your hotel's surrounding area.
Your hotel is located on the city-side of Darling Harbour, a short distance from the restaurants and bars of Darling Quarter, and 2 kilometres from Circular Quay. The spacious guest rooms and suites have a contemporary design, with a cityscape or darling harbour view.
DAY 2: Blue Mountains - Guided TourHotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room with Breakfast
Includes: Entry to Calmsley Hill Farm, Morning Tea, Lunch, National Park fees and roundtrip transportation from your hotel.
FULL DAY BLUE MOUNTAINS DELUXE TOUR
This 9.5 hour tour travels to the Blue Mountains. Stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas and enjoy a stress and hurry free environment. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Stop at Blackheath and enjoy a 2-course lunch with tea/coffee (beverages can be purchased at your own expense from the bar). Visit a selection of lookouts. Experience the view of Govetts Leap and the magnificent waterfall. Stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, where you will enjoy sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to Sydney.
DAY 3: Sydney (Warrane)Hotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room with Breakfast
FREE DAY TO RELAX AND EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.
DAY 4: Sydney (Warrane) - Guided TourHotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room with Breakfast
ABORIGINAL BUSH TUCKER TOUR (morning)
Walk with your First Nations guide on a 1-hour tour through the Royal Botanic Gardens to learn more about Indigenous bush foods and how these foods were used traditionally and adapted to the modern plate and palate. You’ll journey through the Cadi Jam Ora garden and learn about some of the hottest bush foods on the market right now, all while tasting some goodies for yourself! At the completion of your tour, make your own way to your Sydney accommodation. You'll have the afternoon is at leisure and explore on your own.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water.
DAY 5: Sydney (Warrane) - Breakfast with the Koalas & Sydney Harbour CruiseHotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room
Exclusive Bonus: Bottle of WineIncludes: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Admission, Breakfast with a koala photo. Progressive 3-course lunch with beverages.
You'll start your day having Breakfast with the Koalas at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour. This experience offers the unique opportunity to meet the beautiful koalas while enjoying breakfast in a bush garden setting. Listen to an informative koala talk from one of the keepers as well as get close to these furry friends for a memorable photo opportunity. You will then move on to a Sydney Harbour Long Lunch Cruise experience. Enjoy a 4 hour cruise on iconic Sydney harbour on board a luxury cruiser. Cruise past the world famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House as your crew will be on hand to tell you about the past and modern day history of the harbour. Start with an entree at Watsons Bay and then cruise onto Middle Head and into Middle Harbour. Discover the beauty of the harbour and then stop at Balmoral for lunch at a world-famous iconic harbour side restaurant. Depart Balmoral and cruise past the Spit Bridge while you indulge on your dessert and cheese platter & wines to match before the return to the main harbour where you will have an opportunity to stop for a swim if you choose (time & weather permitting).
DAY 6: Sydney (Warrane) to Perth (Boorloo)Hotel: Crowne Plaza Perth in a Standard Room
Includes: Roundtrip transportation from Sydney hotel to airport and from Perth airport to hotel
Not Included: Airfare between Sydney and Perth.
Today you will leave Sydney for Perth and the next part of your Australian adventure. Perth is a scenic and sophisticated city, renowned for its abundant sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and easy-going manner. The city's modern skyline blends with magnificent colonial architecture, housing excellent retail outlets.
Enjoy 4 nights at the Crowne Plaza Perth, located in the heartland of beautiful Perth, with picturesque views of Langley Park and the Swan River. Many of their spacious modern guestrooms have river-view balconies, where guests can enjoy the panoramic views of the river and foreshore. Whether you want arts and culture, adventure and fun or a relaxing weekend break, the hotel’s friendly attentive team will help you connect with whatever you need.
DAY 7: Perth (Boorloo) - Guided TourHotel: Crowne Plaza Perth in a Standard Room with Breakfast
Includes: Entry to Nambung National Park, Morning Tea, Lunch, and roundtrip transportation from your hotel.
FULL DAY PINNACLE TOUR
This 9 hour tour will travel to the Pinnacles Desert, via Lancelin. Visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre, then drive into the Pinnacles Desert and tour along a 4km trail where you will have the unique experience of walking among the fascinating phenomenon of the Pinnacles. In geologic terms the pinnacles are a modern phenomenon, many geologist and experts do wonder of their mysterious formation and age. Some say the Pinnacles were formed as recently as 10,000 years ago to 500,000 years. After lunch at Cervantes drive to Thirsty Point to walk along the beautiful white sandy beach, view sparkling aquamarine waters, and the nearby Cervantes Islands. Then travel on to Lake Thetis to view the Stromatolites, one of the earliest forms of life on our planet, and another of nature’s wonders.
DAY 8: Perth (Boorloo)Hotel: Crowne Plaza Perth in a Standard Room with Breakfast
FREE DAY TO RELAX AND EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
Perhaps you'd like some retail therapy on King Street, a historic and lovingly restored commercial precinct, is known for its fashion houses, cafes, art galleries and specialist bookstores. The city’s prime position, flanking the broad reaches of the Swan River, provides an excellent setting for enjoying alfresco dining in one of the many outdoor restaurants and cafes. Visitors to Perth also have a choice of more than 80 kilometers of white sandy beaches within easy reach.
DAY 9: Rottnest Island - Guided TourHotel: Crowne Plaza Perth in a Standard Room with Breakfast
Includes: Transportation from your hotel, Swan River Cruise with Commentary, return ferry transfers to Rottnest Island, Rottnest Island admission fee, 90 minute Discover Rottnest Coach Tour, lunch at Frankie's on Rotto.
FULL DAY DISCOVER ROTTNEST WITH COACH TOUR & FRANKIES LUNCH
This 10 hour tour provides you with the opportunity to explore the beauty and tranquility of Rottnest Island. Travel to Rottnest via Ferry where you will enjoy a 1.5 hour coach tour around the island. This tour will provide you with an insight into local cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife and fauna and social heritage. See some of the areas most spectacular locations including the Wadjemup Lighthouse and the rugged West End. You will also have a chance to step outside and stroll along the boardwalk at the majestic lookout point at West End. Enjoy lunch at Frankie's on Rotto. Return to Perth via ferry. On arrival in Perth, make your own way back to your accommodation.
DAY 10: Perth (Boorloo) - Aboriginal Cultural Experience & Ultimate Experience at Mandoon EstateHotel: The Colony at Mandoon Estate
Includes: Aboriginal Cultural Experience, 1 night accommodation at The Colony, Guided venue tour, Tutored wine tasting, Breakfast in the Homestead Brewery.
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and collect your rental vehicle from Avis Australia which you'll have for 5 days. Then set off for your Aboriginal Art & Dreamtime Stories Experience. This 2 hour cultural experience is relaxing and informative. Experience using dot painting river stones to create a memory to take home while listening to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and hearing about Aboriginal culture and life. At the completion of this experience, make your own way to your accommodations for your 1 Night Ultimate Experience at Mandoon Estate. Join the team on a guided tour of Mandoon’s buzzing creative village and discover the passion that goes into everything they do. You will learn about the workings of Mandoon Estate from top to bottom, inside and out. This enlightening tour takes in the underground cellar, historic vineyard, the original Roe Family Homestead, Surveyor’s Room and takes you behind the scenes in the Estate kitchen. Finish with a tasting of Mandoon Estate’s award-winning varietals. Settle in and spend the night among the vines in one of the superbly appointed rooms.
DAY 11: Perth (Boorloo) to Mandurah - Scenic Canal CruiseHotel: Seashells Mandurah in a one bedroom apartment
Includes: 1 hour cruise
This morning after breakfast you'll depart Mandoon Estate for your onward journey as you drive from Perth to Mandurah (approx. 1 hours). Mandurah is Western Australia's largest regional city. Here you'll find some of Australia's most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area. It's not uncommon to encounter some of Mandurah's other waterway residents too, including more than 130 different species of birds and one of Australia's healthiest populations of wild dolphins.
Your Dolphin & Scenic Canal Cruise will take you through Mandurah’s famous canals, which are the perfect backdrop for dolphin spotting, bird watching and learning more about our unique and precious marine environment.
DAY 12: Mandurah to Margaret RiverHotel: Margaret River Guest House with breakfast and afternoon tea
This morning you'll depart for your drive to Margaret River (approx. 3 hours). Throughout your drive you will want to stop and take in the sights of the area. The township of Margaret River sits along the Margaret River which flows to the ocean from the Blackwood Forest to the east, to the ocean in the west at Prevelly. Surfers Point at Prevelly is the spot to watch the locals catching waves. Spend a day of exploring the fantastic wineries and food producers of the region including Vasse Felix and Sandalford Wines. Stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, sample wines, olive oils and fresh produce at Margaret River Providore, taste feta at the Margaret River Dairy Company or buy a take home meal from The Larder.
During your stay at the Margaret River Guest House you'll enjoy a slice of country bliss set amongst lush gardens and green lawns, feel a million miles away from the hectic pace of daily life. Perfectly located in the heart of Margaret River, this bed and breakfast property is and ideal place to experience good food and great wine.
DAY 13: Margaret River - Wine & Food ExperienceHotel: Margaret River Guest House in a Trinity Room with breakfast and afternoon tea
Includes: Welcome glass of Brut, wine and food flight, 3-course set menu lunch, selection of Art Series wines
ULTIMATE LEEUWIN WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE
This 3.5 hour experience provides an opportunity to participate in Leeuwin Estate’s fine wine, food and the Arts. You will be welcomed by your host with a glass of Leeuwin Estate Brut to enjoy as you learn about the winemaking philosophy and passion for the Arts of this family owned Estate. Tour the Leeuwin Art Gallery and discover the unique collection of contemporary Australian artworks that feature on the labels of the iconic ‘Art Series’ wines and learn about the famous Leeuwin Concert Series. Enjoy a tutored tasting flight of five Leeuwin Estate wines, perfectly paired with West Australian produce, followed by lunch in the award winning restaurant. At the completion of your experience, make your own way to your accommodation.
DAY 14: Margaret River to Perth (Boorloo)Hotel: Crowne Plaza Perth in a Standard Room with Breakfast
After breakfast at the Margaret River Guest House you'll depart on your drive to Perth (approx. 3 hours). Throughout your drive you will want to stop and take in the sights of the area. Upon arrival in Perth return your rental vehicle to the Downtown Depot. Please allow plenty of time prior to the office closing time. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening on your own.
DAY 15: Perth (Boorloo)End of Tour
Today marks the end of your Sydney & Western Australia tour. Your Private Car & Driver will pick you up and transfer you to the Perth Airport for your flight home.