All Over Australia and New Zealand
See the best of what Australia and New Zealand have to offer in this comprehensive tour that takes you All Over Australia and New Zealand. Get in touch with nature in New Zealand. From small towns to stunning valleys, adventure tours and relaxing days, there is a lot of diversity to discover in this cultural country. Cruise off to the Great Barrier Reef, watch the sun rise and set in Uluru and act like an Aussie in some of the country's world class cities. There's no shortage of activities on this action packed 16 night journey.
Your Itinerary Includes:
- All roundtrip airport transfers
- 1 night Auckland
- Auckland City tour
- Caves Tour at Waitomo
- Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo
- 2 nights Rotorua
- Rotorua City tour
- 3 nights Queenstown
- Milford Sound tour
- Dart River jet boating
- Queenstown to Mount Cook and Christchurch
- 2 nights Christchurch
- Christchurch City Garden tour
- 3 nights Sydney
- Essential Sydney tour
- BridgeClimb Summit - Day Climb
- 2 nights Uluru
- A Night at Field of Light
- Kata Tjuta Sunrise tour
- Uluru Sunset tour
- 3 nights Cairns
- 60 Minute Scenic Flight
- Traditional Aboriginal Fishing with Ngadiku Walk
- Meals: 6 breakfast, 6 lunches, 1 dinners
- Adventure and Active
- Educational and Learning
- Family Vacations
- Romance and Honeymoons
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
- Sun and Sand
The Grand by SkyCity,Deluxe, Auckland
Peppers on the Point,Deluxe, Rotorua
Azur Lodge,Deluxe, Queenstown
The George,Deluxe, Christchurch
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney,Deluxe, Sydney
Sails in the Desert,Deluxe, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Riley Hotel,Deluxe, Cairns
Standard (3*) to (3 1/2*) Offering limited facilities and services, these are moderate rooms with private ensuite bathrooms that offer exceptional value for money for the price conscious traveler.
Superior (4*) to (4 1/2*) These hotels are typically better equipped with more comfortable accommodation, and are often in a fairly central location to major sightseeing.
Deluxe (5*) Boasting luxurious and spacious surroundings, these accommodations offer the highest level of international quality accommodation and service. Typically with exquisite décor, exceptional service and superb award winning restaurants.
Luxury (5*) + Premier accommodations in choice settings offering exquisite surroundings, the finest guest services and indulgent amenities. These properties are often one of a kind and are ideal for discerning travelers.
Auckland City Sights
Visit the North Shore, Queen Street and Auckland Viaduct, then Parnell Village, where historic buildings have been transformed into a trendy shopping area. Drive the scenic waterfront to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, for panoramic views over Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour.
Auckland Harbor Sailing
Enjoy the unique Auckland landscape from the water on this peaceful cruise. Feel the wind fill the sails and guide you under the harbor bridge and back past Auckland's landmarks. Engage the friendly local crew, and find out more about Auckland harbor and its great sailing past. Take a rope or steer the helm and help the crew sail this harbor cruising yacht. Sit back in the open cockpit for expansive views of the bustling city from the best view in town. Enjoy the 'City of Sails' as you join the yachts on the harbor and the relaxed pace of harbor sailing.
Auckland Highlights and Cruise
Enjoy Auckland city and the waterfront. Visit the famous Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbors. Drive to the trendy shopping area of Parnell Village, with its historical buildings that have been transformed into boutique, antique, craft and specialty shops. Then, join the ?Pride of Auckland? for a sailing experience on the Waitemata Harbor. Lunch is included.
Auckland to Rotorua (via Waitomo)
Depart Auckland for your ride south to Hamilton. Travel through the rich Waikato area, famous for its dairy farms, kiwi fruit orchards, thoroughbred horses and the Waitomo Caves! Enter subterranean limestone caverns to view the glow worm grotto; surely one of the wonders of the world. Continue over the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua. Lunch is included.
Auckland Untamed Island Tour
A thirty minute flight by light plane over the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf brings you to majestic Great Barrier Island. After breakfast at a local café take an easy half hour walk on graveled tracks and boardwalks past giant Nikau palms and rare native flora and fauna to the Kaitoke natural thermal springs. The adventure continues as we drive past native bush and rugged peaks to the secluded natural harbor at Port Fitzroy where we have a relaxed kiwi style picnic lunch. A short drive takes us to a sweeping, often deserted stretch of pristine white sand. There is time here for a swim or a meander along the beach to visit the graves of those drowned in one of New Zealand's worst shipwrecks. Visit the only working cattle and sheep farm on the island where relics of the past remain. At a nearby stream, monster eels come when called and can be fed - if you dare! This unforgettable day is rounded off with a climb to the top of Windy Canyon, a spectacular short walk. The path winds around rocky outcrops and past sheer cliffs coated with rata vines and takes in breathtaking views of the island and beyond.
Best of Both Worlds Tour
Your full day tour takes you on a journey of contrasts from the highlights of Auckland City to the wilderness of the west coast rainforest. Take a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. In contrast, just 30 minutes from the city are the wild west coast black sand beaches and fascinating rainforest. Learn about the flora and fauna and the history of this area with a knowledgeable guide in a small group environment.
Coast and Rainforest Walk
Enjoy panoramic views from the sweeping decks at Arataki Visitor Centre, and admire the Maori carvings standing guard. Walk with a guide through an area of Auckland?s coastal rainforest on the rugged west coast and visit an area of untouched rainforest with 1,000 year old kauri trees. This tour includes a picnic lunch. Private tour options available.
Coromandel Coast and Rotorua 3-day tour
Depart Auckland for a three day experience to visit the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua. See the picturesque farmland of the Pacific Coast Highway and visit the historic gold town of Thames. Travel south to Karangahake Gorge for a delicious lunch before taking a guided walk through the rainforest. See the spectacular scenery, glow worms, famous Hot Water Beach, flora and fauna and the thermal city as we make our way to Rotorua.
Coromandel Day Tour
Experience Coromandel Peninsular with its mountainous, forest-covered backbone, sheltered bays and stunning coastlines. Take a memorable journey on a mountain railway. Cross the mountainous divide and visit Hot Water Beach with its hot springs in the sand and Cathedral Cove where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural rock arch.
Great Tastes of Matakana
The Matakana full day tour includes a veritable feast of art, cheese, wine, honey, local cuisine and chocolates. A visit to renowned Morris & James Pottery and a tasting at the quite remarkable Brick Bay are highlights. Savor New Zealand food, wine and art at its best.
Waiheke Island Explorer
Be introduced to Waiheke Island ? a picturesque 35 minute boat trip followed by a scenic highlight tour of Waiheke?s stunning locations. An experienced guide will give you a taste of the views, culture and history that make up this diverse island. On conclusion of the tour, take advantage of the complimentary additional all day bus pass allowing you either to return to a destination on the tour or discover the island further.
Waiheke Wine Tour
Enjoy a day tour of three vineyards, which includes pick up and return from the ferry or from your Waiheke Island accommodation as well as vineyard costs. Today's excursion also includes commentated scenic tour of the Island with time to stop for photographs. Lunch can be arranged at own expense. One vineyard may be replaced with an olive oil visit and tasting.
Waitomo Caves Tour
Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato where New Zealand?s longest river (Waikato River) can be seen. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glow Worm Caves. Take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, a place illuminated by thousands of tiny lights emitted from the glow worms.
West Auckland Wine Tour
A full day of fantastic wine, food and stunning coastal scenery. Visit 4 to 5 selected wineries from historic Kumeu wine region, 20 minutes from downtown Auckland. Enjoy the rolling green farmland and native bush scenery, and see the stunning 'black sand' West Coast Muriwai beach.
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Auckland?s largest Regional Park ? the Waitakere Ranges. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high in the Waitakere Ranges where the sweeping decks give breath-taking panoramic views. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. Your eco-tour continues in the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand?s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.
Half-Day Eco Thermal Tour
Discover the areas thermal springs, collapsed craters, boiling mud pools, and moon-like formations. Learn about geothermal processes, Maori legends and the flora and fauna of the area. Visit Lady Knox Geyser and hear about geyser formation and history before heading to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Also, walk through amazing thermal crater lakes ripped open by the mount Tarawera eruption.
Hangi Dinner & Concert
Enjoy a spiritual experience involving Marae protocol, entertainment, Maori culture and feasting. Hongi (greet ? pressing of noses) with your host; this tradition means you are a friend. See the fierce Haka (war dance), twirling of poi balls, and other entertainment. Move to the Hangi pit to see the traditional Maori method of food preparation before heading into the dining room for a hangi (feast).
Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a 2-hour guided tour. Witness spectacular views from the rolling green hills of the movie set, and enjoy an authentic sheep farm experience.
Mount Tarawera Volcano Tour
Travel through lush farmland and past lakes to the base of Mt Tarawera. Climb this dormant volcano by 4WD to the edge of its massive crater, for a fully guided walk along the edge of the crater to the summit of the mountain where views of surrounding lakes, mountains and the volcanic plateau can be found. Also, learn about the impact of the 1886 eruption.
Enjoy a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of Lake Rotorua located on a historic site just a five minute walk from the city center. The Lake Spa is a deluxe hot mineral bathing and relaxation area offering pools and a lounge area.
Riverjet Volcanic Tour
Explore a world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the most amazing silica terraces in the world. Then, enjoy a 30 minute Riverjet thrill ride ? high speed adventure in an area that many never get to see.
See the best of Rotorua?s natural and manmade attractions all in a half day tour! Visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. Next, travel to Rainbow Springs, a unique showcase of New Zealand?s flora and fauna and national icon, a Kiwi bird. Visit the Agrodome Sheep show and also enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua on board the Skyline Gondola.
Te Puia Guided Tour and Cultural Performance
Experience the power of Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents and the Pohutu Geyser. Journey into the heart of Maori culture, learning the traditions.
White Island Volcano Landing
Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of this unique lunar landscape. The island?s active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling hot streams and desolate mining ruins combine to create a surreal experience. From the steaming crater floor of White Island fly to the high and exposed summit of Mount Tarawera ? what an experience!
Boutique Wine Tour
Savor the hidden delights of the world?s southernmost wine growing region. A mix of spectacular New Zealand scenery, fascinating regional history and a chance to visit a selection of boutique wineries are the rewards of a truly great day out! Enjoy light food before taking a scenic drive at Kawarau Gorge and see the Otago Goldfields.
Dart River Wilderness Safari
Transfer to Glenorchy and enjoy a spectacular 90 minute jet boat journey through the Dart?s ever-changing braided river system, surrounded by snow-covered peaks, hidden valleys and waterfalls. Take an easy guided 30-40 minute walk then return by 4WD coach via a scenic back-road route.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Ride along the lake shores and through the rolling countryside to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri. Cruise across the picturesque lake to West Arm, then transfer by coach to the Underground Power Station for time to view the tunnel, rock formations and machine hall. Transfer by coach to Doubtful Sound and board the catamaran for a 3 hour cruise of the Sound to the Tasman Sea. Stop and view historic sites, waterfalls and wildlife.
Funyaks - Jetboat & Canoeing
A funyak is an inflatable canoe, similar to a Canadian canoe. Stable and comfortable, it allows passengers to sit in a variety of positions. The journey is soft adventure, exploring the untouched World Heritage Dart Valley, which features an ancient rainforest, snowy peaks, waterfalls, chasms and crystal blue waters. The adventure includes a thrilling jet boat ride upstream and a 2 hour funyak ride back downstream. Lunch is included.
Milford Sound Heli Tours
Fly via the famous Milford Track and Sutherland Falls to Milford Sound, then land and absorb the beauty of this area. Be whisked out to the mouth of the Sound and along the rugged West Coast for the opportunity to view seals in their natural colonies. Fly inland over glaciers and frozen lakes to a secret wilderness site for a gourmet champagne lunch.
Milford Sound Tour
Travel through some of the most beautiful countryside in New Zealand en route to Milford Sound. On arrival, board a vessel for a leisurely cruise along the Sound to the Tasman Sea. Stop at various points to view waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and seals. You may even see dolphins frolicking alongside the boat. Lunch is included during the cruise.
Milford Track 5 Day
This is a 4 night all-inclusive guided walk through the heart of Fiordland National park to Milford Sound. Walk through beech forest; descend over rocky terrain into the rainforest of the Arthur Valley, and visit Mackay Falls, Lake Ada, Giant?s Gate Falls and Sandfly Point before arriving into Milford Sound. Cruise the Sound before heading back via Homer Tunnel and Te Anau to Queenstown (operated November ? April from Queenstown).
Miners Forest Nature Walk
A guided walk through grassy meadows amidst towering peaks. Encounter old campsites and stone shacks while the history, geology and engineering feats of the region are told.
NZONE - Tandem Skydive
Skydive in Queenstown - the adrenaline capital of the world - and parachute over the stunning Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu. NZONE Skydive was New Zealand's first Tandem Skydive operation, and it has the largest skydiving plane capacity in New Zealand. Operating since 1990, and having jumped over 250,000 customers to-date, they are New Zealand's most experienced Tandem Skydive company. Your flight to altitude will take you high above the Wakatipu basin where you will have a bird's-eye view of dramatic mountains and lakes. Jumping directly above the drop zone, you will experience free fall of up to 60 seconds before your Tandem Master deploys the parachute and together you glide back to earth.
The tour first stops at Queenstown Hill, offering panoramic views over the town center, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range. Get a behind the scenes look at how bungee jumping all started, and then travel to Gibbston Winery for an opportunity to taste a selection of wines and browse through the wine shop. Next stop is the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown where you can enjoy some time to wander down the quaint main street. Return to Queenstown via the Shotover Canyons with an option to ride the jet boat.
Queenstown to Christchurch (via Mount Cook)
Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand?s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mount Cook. Experience an optional scenic helicopter flight. Then, continue the journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before arriving into Christchurch.
Routeburn Track 3 Day
This 2 night all-inclusive guided walk is a trek through both Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. The trail traverses the Southern Alps and descends to the alpine meadows and river gorge of the Routeburn Valley. Since the 1880?s the Routeburn Track has proven to be one of the most accessible and popular journey?s into New Zealand?s forests and mountains (operates November ? April from Queenstown).
Safari of the Scenes
Delve into the heart of New Zealand high country by 4WD. This area is the embodiment of the Middle Earth of JRR Tolkien?s imagination. This scenic charter is based around several of the specific sites where filming took place; these are real places, there are no film sets, merely areas of outstanding natural beauty that need no enhancement. Some of the locations visited include Lothlorien, Isengard Ithilien Camp and Amon Hen.
Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob?s Peak. Situated an easy 5 minute walk from central Queenstown, the gondola is an all-weather tourist attraction in its own right. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold. Gondola with dinner and Kiwi Haka performance is also available.
For the ultimate in thrills and adventure travel to the Shotover River and experience an incredibly exciting jet boat ride through the Shotover Gorges. Then transfer to a helipad for a spectacular helicopter ride up the Skippers Canyon. At Deep Creek the rafting crew is waiting to take you on a breathtaking trip down the Shotover River back down through the magnificent Skippers Canyon.
White Water Rafting
Enjoy the thrill of white water rafting on the Kawarau or Shotover Rivers in New Zealand's adventure capital. The Shotover River is the most popular with exciting grade 3-5 rapids, while the Kawarau River provides stunning scenery and is ideal for first timers at grade 2-3.
Board a nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat and explore the volcanic harbor where sightings may be made of the world?s smallest dolphins, Fur Seals and numerous seabirds (opportunities to swim with dolphins also available). If time allows, stroll through the village, taking in the quaint French charm which is unique to Akaroa. Morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a cheese tasting at the Barry?s Bay Cheese Factory is included.
Arthur's Pass National Park and TranzAlpine
Sit back and relax on board the TranzAlpine, a train journey that crosses the Canterbury Plains, winds its way through the stunning Waimakariri Gorge, pass massive viaducts, through tussock-covered high country before heading into the Southern Alps. Take guided short walks through Arthurs Pass National Park, experience forests, rivers and mountain vistas. Visit the Waimak Gorge before arriving back into Christchurch.
Christchurch Must See Three
This morning tour commences with a transfer to the Air Force Museum at Wigram, hosting 28 fully restored aircraft with static and interactive displays. The next stop is the International Antarctic Centre, recreating the atmosphere of Antarctica and providing an interactive experience. The tour then moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve which contains a large variety of animal life both native and introduced. View the kiwi in its natural habitat, with an opportunity to feed and pet the animals throughout the reserve. The tour concludes with a drop off back to your accommodation.
Hot Air Ballooning
Christchurch is the only place in the world where one can fly in a balloon from the center of the city, toward snow-capped mountains, within view of the ocean. The champagne balloon flight is a 4-5 hour experience, with the hour long flight beginning at sunrise. Perhaps assist the crew as they prepare the balloon for the flight. After landing in a farmer?s field, celebrate the successful flight with champagne.
Kaikoura Whale Watch
Travel by road or train through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes to Kaikoura. This area is renowned for its variety marine mammals, including the giant sperm whale and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins (sightings not guaranteed). Arrive in Kaikoura and board the whale watch boat. Before heading back, visit a seal colony and make a stop at the North Canterbury vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting. Lunch is included.
A Chef-Led Journey
Meet with a highly regarded local chef for a private, culinary expedition through the Peninsula. On the journey, we may visit and meet a cheese maker at a private goat dairy, press olives, pick berries, visit Harry?s mussel farm and collect fresh seafood, learn about chocolate making, select premium quality quinces or get involved in a spice blending class. Then, head into the kitchen with your produce for an afternoon of fun with an intimate, hands-on cooking class. Finish the day off with a private barrel tasting of local cool climate wines.
Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Center
The Grampians National Park is internationally renowned for its walks, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, rugged rock formations, spectacular views and stunning spring wildflower displays. It is also a place rich in Dreaming stories, sacred sites, bush tucker, water and shelter. It is central to the Dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali peoples and is home to over 200 ancient Rock Art Sites. This impressive cultural center brings to life the history and culture of the Aboriginal people.
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially abroad the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Tonight, enjoy the fine Australian cuisine and wine whilst winding the streets of Melbourne, past the city center and into the more exclusive suburbs Melbourne is known for.
Dandenong Ranges & Yarra Valley
Travel into the Dandenong Ranges and drive through lovely Ferntree Gully. Board Australia?s oldest steam train, the famous Puffing Billy as it winds its way through the lovely forests and fern-filled glens. Next, travel to the Yarra Valley and enjoy personalized wine tastings, with wine appreciation and guided tour. Enjoy lunch in the exquisite Yarra Valley at one of Victoria?s premier wineries.
Foodies Journey through the Mornington Peninsula
Embrace the day with a stunning scenic coastal drive south of Melbourne and prepare to be constantly inspired and delighted by this diverse, boot-shaped region. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city, bay and peninsula from Arthurs Seat lookout before embarking on the next part of your journey. Meet our highly regarded local chef for a private, culinary expedition through the Peninsula. Your journey changes seasonally (and almost daily) but you may do some of the following: meet cheese makers at a private goat dairy to discuss processes and techniques, press olives and learn about olive oil production, pick berries, visit Harry's mussel farm and collect fresh seafood, experience a working bakery, discover the joys of juicy hydroponic tomatoes, select premium quality quinces, learn about chocolate making or get involved in a spice blending class. It's now back to the kitchen with your produce for an afternoon of fun with an intimate, hands on cooking class. Learn more about using local, seasonal ingredients and then feast on your hard work made entirely from produce from the Peninsula. Your will be returned to your accommodation. Your day includes morning tea, lunch, food & wine tasting, cooking class and produce. Please wear suitable closed shoes, and remember a warm jacket in winter!
Great Ocean Road Explorer
Leave the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city to the fresh air and wide open spaces of the Surf Coast. Breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean reveal themselves around every bend along this magnificent route. Visit Lorne, and see Victoria?s tallest waterfall, the enchanting Erskine Falls and then continue on to see the regions abundant wildlife and visit a local koala habitat. Travel to the top of the Otway Ranges to marvel at the ancient giants of the rainforest, the fern gullies. Next, visit Port Campbell National Park, home to Victoria?s most iconic panoramas, and a place to learn about the tragic history of the Shipwreck Coast before making our way back to Melbourne. Lunch is included.
Great Ocean Road Heli Experience
Transfer from your hotel to the VIP departure lounge at the heliport and fly along the stunning Great Ocean Road coastline. Then land directly next to the 12 Apostles boardwalk at Edge Heli Pad for ground sightseeing of these iconic coastal rock formations and a light picnic lunch. Marvel at all the sights and photographic opportunities as you then experience a 12 Apostles Scenic flight including the Bay of Islands.Your private helicopter will get you there in just over an hour.
Koalas and Kangaroos, in the Wild
See kangaroos and koalas in the wild! In small groups this naturalist guided eco-tour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Watch the natural behavior of wild kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife. Get involved in koala research with your naturalist guide. Walk amongst free ranging ?mobs? (groups) of wild kangaroos. Spot emus, cockatoos and other unique Australian wildlife on the grasslands. A delicious bush lunch is included.
Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne?s beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designer and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included as well as lunch with a glass of wine.
Melbourne After Dark
Melbourne is breathtaking under lights. Marvel at the heritage buildings throughout the Golden Mile. Dine in Melbourne?s bustling ?Little Italy? (Lygon Street) and enjoy a classic pasta dish and a hearty local red wine. Take in the grandeur of St Kilda Road, Melbourne?s splendid tree-lined boulevard. Witness the stunning, panoramic views at Eureka Skydeck 88 where you?ll be captivated by the bright city lights below. End the night with a cocktail while listening to jazz at Federation Square.
Melbourne City Sights
See Melbourne like never before, exploring not only the city?s iconic sightseeing destinations from the renowned gardens, Old Melbourne Gaol, The Shrine of Remembrance, The Arts Precinct, and the Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views over Melbourne but also visit some of Melbourne?s lesser-known treasures ? places the locals delight in, isolated from the hustle and bustle. Learn about Melbourne?s proud history and see firsthand some of the many places that make Melbourne the envy of large cities around the world.
Melbourne Shopping and Champers
Melbourne is Australia?s shopping capital. Enjoy local street cafes and a relaxed day of shopping for unique clothes, bags, shoes, gifts and accessories. Explore Melbourne?s famous inner urban shopping precincts such as Chapel Street, Brunswick Street, Gertrude Street, and Acland Street in St Kilda without having to tackle trams or taxis with shopping bags. Morning tea with champers (or coffee) and a Café lunch with a glass of bubbles are included.
Phillip Island Little Penguin Tour
Enjoy Philip Island, a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands, and unique wildlife experiences. Visit the koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Stop to see the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world (Bass Strait) before the main event. Arrive at the famous Penguin Parade and watch the nightly ritual at Summerland Beach, as the little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places.
Progressive Degustation Walking Tour
Passion for food and wine is a tradition in this city; chefs are celebrities, and wine masters are finding a voice. Many of Melbourne's wine focused restaurants are off the main streets, where design of the dining experience is as important as the skills in the kitchen. Enjoy an early evening walk discovering three unique restaurants and learn of the sommeliers' influences on menu's and cellaring choices. More than a wine tasting, this is a night to indulge in just a few of Melbourne's many epicurean establishments, and explore a relationship with the often silent hero's of the wine industry. Generous wine samples, food tastings, and special offers included.
Royal Botanic Gardens & Aboriginal Heritage Walk
In the heart of Melbourne, the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens occupy what was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people. Today, you can participate in one of the most interesting walking tours in the city. Local Aboriginal guides take you on a journey which incorporates the themes of spirit, connection and land. Stories and culture of the original inhabitants are introduced, along with the plant lore of traditional foods and medicine, tools and ceremony on this award-winning tour. The Royal Botanic Gardens offers a picturesque setting of 38 hectares within walking distance of the city for you to visit and discover over 50,000 species of plants from around the world. Enquire about group and individual packages including an Indigenous food experience with a walk in the Gardens. There is also a range of education programs available for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.
Understanding the Real Melbourne
Hear stories of the early Indigenous history of Melbourne, and learn more about how this remarkable history is reflected in modern day Melbourne. Visit some of Melbourne?s cultural precincts and grab a sidewalk coffee at a chic laneway café. Then, meet the faces behind the produce at The Queen Victoria Market and stroll through Melbourne?s iconic laneways. Drive through the beachside suburbs and make a stop in St. Kilda and you'll finish the day with lunch at the Pier Restaurant on the harbor.
Tower Hill is a 614-hectare site that was declared Victoria?s first National Park in 1892. Inside the crater of this dormant volcano is a natural wildlife haven, a fascinating ecological site and a showcase for Aboriginal history that includes bush food and medicine sites. It is regarded as an international geological site of significance with artefacts showing Aboriginal people resided in the area at the time of eruption some 30,000 years ago. Worn Gundidj offers one-hour walking tours of this fascinating volcano and provides an authentic local perspective on the area?s nature, wildlife and Aboriginal culture. You might also like to try a night tour offering a chance to view the myriad of nocturnal wildlife and get an appreciation of what happens in the animal world after dark. Tower Hill is a great stop off on the Great Southern Touring Route, which includes other must see attractions such as the Twelve Apostles and Port Fairy. Groups can request a uniquely Australian BBQ meal with native foods and spices to enjoy in conjunction with your tour.
Breakfast Time at the Zoo
Get a wild start to the day and have breakfast with a koala, a python, and other interesting animals. Take a private guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo for a ?behind the scenes? look at where food is prepared for the mammals and reptiles. Feed kangaroos, meet a crocodile and snake and have a photo taken with a koala!
Cairns Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over the rainforest and Atherton Tablelands area. The Blue Pacific Ocean is to the east of the rugged mountains that divide the Outback from the Reef to the west. Tour is also available from Port Douglas.
Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest
Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest, rivers and beaches of Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry then onto Alexandra Lookout for panoramic coastal views. Enjoy a river cruise in the heart of the Daintree before a walk in the rainforest with an expert guide. At Cape Tribulation, stroll on the rainforest-fringed beach and to the lookout on the Cape for superb views over the Coral Sea. Lunch is included. Tour is also available from Palm Cove or Port Douglas.
Coral Princess Cruises
Embark on a luxury small ship experience with a 3, 4 or 7 day cruise option that allows you to enjoy the best personalized service and visit areas inaccessible to most vessels due to size. There is as much to do as you want, or as little to do as you like ? snorkeling, guided rainforest walks, presentations by a marine biologist or simply take the time and relax on the sundeck or in the spa (departs on scheduled days).
Diving - Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Setting standards in the Australian dive industry, with exceptional live-aboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Trips suit both novice divers and the more adventuresome diver seeking pelagic fish, deep walls or wreck diving. The dive vessels are roomy and stable with a large well-equipped dive deck, spacious sundeck, al fresco deck and saloon. Dive with a family of giant potato cod, Maori wrasse and moray eels at the renowned Cod Hole. Cruise the turquoise chain of ribbon reefs with pristine coral gardens. Embark on a three to thirteen night dive adventure from Cairns.
Diving - Spirit of Freedom
Offering the best in live-aboard dive cruising to some of Australia?s most iconic and remote dive destinations. Trips of 3, 4 and 7 day duration depart from Cairns to dive the clear waters of renowned sites such as the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and North Horn, Osprey Reef - abundant tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity. On board, there are three decks of living space and generous cabins with private bathroom, complemented by first class meals and outstanding service. A sun deck, lounge and bar, and large dive deck houses every convenience to ensure comfort, safety and freedom in your diving.
Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai
Explore the village markets before your World Heritage Rainforest experience with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gliding just metres above canopy. A visit to both rainforest mid-stations is included where you can enjoy a Ranger guided walk and the Interpretation Centre.
The Bama Way
Join the people who have been the area?s custodians for thousands of years and take in some of Australia?s best natural wonders. You?ll see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks, the World Heritage Wet Tropics, Cooya Beach and the National Parks of Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield River.
From Cairns, take a short coach ride to the Tully River, where you don wetsuits and board your rubber raft for an exciting and exhilarating ride through the white water rapids. Choose from either a half day Barron River adventure ? perfect for beginners as no experience is necessary or for enhanced excitement try the full day Tully River rafting tour and tackle Grade 3 and 4 rapids. Tour is also available from Port Douglas.
An Evening at the Opera House
Whether it is theatrics, a musical, opera, contemporary dance, ballet, or any style of music, let us package a tour and performance, and perhaps even include dinner for a night you?ll long remember.
Blue Mountains Tour
Depart Sydney for the 90 minute ride to arrive in the heart of the Blue Mountains region. Visit Scenic World for a range of experiences; the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 meters below or ride the steepest railway in the world, with an incline of 52 degrees. After a stroll through the ancient rainforest, enjoy spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. The next stop is Echo Point, to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Hear the Dream Time Stories and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. You are taken to a hidden location that provides fantastic views of the Jamison Valley away from the crowds. On the return to Sydney, venture to Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's ultimate wildlife experience. The multi award-winning Park has the world's largest collection of Australian native animals. Get up close to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. There are also Emu's, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Crocodile & countless number of bird species. End the day with a cruise on the Parramatta River back to Sydney city. Enjoy a relaxing yet uplifting cruise as you view the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge before disembarking at Circular Quay.
Be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf! This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. Choose a small group setting of up to 6 people, or select a private option for plenty of hands-on help. Build your surf knowledge, confidence and cultivate your surfing technique. This is ideal for first-time surfers or those seeking to refresh or refine their basic technique. The lesson is two hours long and includes all equipment ? soft safe surfboards, summer or winter wetsuits, UV rash vests, sunscreen and zinc cream.
For those seeking excitement, the best view in town, and a special feeling of achievement, join the exhilarating climb of one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. On the thrilling and totally safe Bridge Climb adventure, you may ascend to the top of the Bridge and stand over 427 feet above sea level. The view is breathtaking and you'll also have a close encounter with one of Sydney's historical gems and an engineering wonder of the world. The pace of the climb is leisurely and follows stringent safety standards so you will feel comfortable throughout the experience.
Cruise Like a Local
Cruising on Sydney Harbour is a quintessential Australian experience. With a minimum of two and a maximum of ten passengers, 'cruise like a local' aboard a luxurious 52' Pacific Motor Cruiser. Perhaps you fancy yourself as an angler? What about taking the sea kayaks and rowing to a secluded beach? Would you like to go for a swim, or would you just prefer to take your chilled glass of Australian wine and relax on the luxurious sun pads? Jump aboard and explore this magnificent, world-renowned harbor with Sea Sydney Cruises.
Hunter Valley Tour
A trip to Sydney is not complete without a visit to the world-class wineries of the Hunter Valley! One of Australia's oldest wine producing areas, the Hunter boasts over 70 wineries, each providing a unique and memorable wine tasting experience. Descend into the Hunter Valley to swirl, sniff and sip some exceptional wines from a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. Stop at some of the interesting towns of the region and enjoy tastings at selected wineries. Chat to the owners and wine-making experts whilst admiring the quaint and picturesque surrounds. Lunch is included.
Rocks Walking Tour
Take a 90 minute guided walking tour of Sydney's Historic area known as 'The Rocks' at a relaxed pace. The story of the first settlement of the colony of New South Wales in 1788 will be brought alive while you are entertained with stories of rascals, rats and restoration. See some of Sydney's oldest dwellings, shops old and new, homes of the ?well-to-do? and the cottages of the working class. Visit pubs and hotels once frequented by the locals and sailors alike and the haunts of cut-throats and rogues. The many narrow alleyways, sandstone stairs and a beautiful church combine to weave a fascinating tapestry of life in past and present times.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
It is a unique experience to get up close with the marine life in the touch pools, and to take a special behind the scenes look at the massive shark tanks. Hear amazing stories about some of our fascinating animals, such as the platypus or our saltwater crocodile, and take a special look at the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world, with the opportunity to see how live coral is grown. See also the holding and breeding tanks. The tour concludes with the opportunity to feed the tropical fish and other inhabitants of the reef, and a souvenir guide book is included.
Seaplane Flight and Cottage Point
Sitting at your table with one of Australia?s best wines in hand and the gentle waters of the Hawkesbury River lapping beneath you it is hard to imagine that a mere 20 minutes ago you were in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Australia?s biggest city. The award winning Cottage Point Inn restaurant is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine in beautiful and tranquil surrounds. Upon landing we taxi the aircraft right to the restaurant?s seaplane dock, where a warm welcome awaits. After a leisurely three course a la carte lunch, re-board your aircraft and return to Sydney, flying over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House before landing at Rose Bay. Lunch is included.
Sydney City Tour
See the highlights of downtown Sydney before venturing into some of the exclusive harbor-side residential areas where we stop for a 2-course lunch at the Vaucluse House Tea Rooms; one of Australia?s most historic houses that was home to the father of the Australian Constitution.
Sydney Classic Bicycle Tour
See the heart of Sydney and its entire splendor on 2 wheels! Visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, AMP Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, and over 30 more great attractions! Stop at a friendly pub and mingle with the locals.
Sydney Harbour Cruises
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world renowned Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie's chair; just some of the sights to see while cruising on Sydney's famous harbor. Choose from a coffee cruise, lunch cruise or enjoy an evening cruise as you dine while floating past Sydney's stunning harbor.
Sydney Harbour Lights during Vivid
Be a part of Vivid 2015 with Sea Sydney Cruises, your exclusive small group cruising specialist. Starting May 22, 2015, enjoy nightly scheduled departure cruises on a private 52 foot Motor Cruiser, with maximum 16 passengers on board. Enjoy light canapés and unlimited beverages as you cruise the magnificent Sydney Harbour marveling at the shoreside projections along the foreshore from Fort Denison, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour from the water. Become part of Vivid Harbour Lights 2015 aboard Calypso which is decorated with brilliant LED lights that change color as we enter different parts of the harbor. These ?color precincts? will be computer-controlled using Intel technology and the latest in sat-nav geo-positioning. All cruises will cruise to Darling Harbour; one of Vivid?s most colorful precincts, offering a range of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Disembark at King St Wharf and be amazed with Vivid Aquatique; featuring computer controlled dancing water jets in a ?magic wall? of light and water, specialized sculptural fountains inspired by Louis XIV?s ?Water Garden? at Versailles, four giant water screens and large-format video projections, four high-powered full color lasers and, for some shows, marine fireworks. Or cruise back to Campbells Cove for disembarkation where you can enjoy a harbor foreshore walk through Circular Quay. Vivid Sydney begins on May 22, 2015 and runs until June 8, 2015.
The VIP Gold Tour is an exclusive small group tour of the Australian Section of the zoo and a 'behind the scenes' look at the hand-raised Australian Animals. There are plenty of excellent photographic opportunities and the expert guides teach visitors all about Australia?s unique animals.
Taronga Zoo Aboriginal Discovery Tour
Set on traditional Cammeraigal country, Taronga Zoo has many amazing Aboriginal stories to tell. Nura Diya, meaning ?this country or camp?, takes you on a journey through Taronga as you hear stories of Australian wildlife told through the perspective of an Aboriginal guide, with tales of their shared history with the animals and land. Developed with the Indigenous community and led by an Aboriginal guide, you will hear their own personal stories and discover their important connections back to the land, animals and nature. See Australia?s amazing animals in a new light as you discover the binding relationships between flora and fauna and hear stories of the Dreamtime, describing the creation of creatures and the landscape. Learn the centuries-old traditional uses of plants for food and medicine while enjoying interactive experiences with unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a vast array of Australia?s birds. Ideal for those that want to not only come up-close to wonderful Australian animals, but also want to discover more about Australia?s rich cultural heritage.
The Backstage Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE
To celebrate Vivid Sydney Festival, we are offering you the rare opportunity to take the VIP backstage experience in intimate groups on The Backstage Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE. Our tour guides will lead you through the Opera House hallowed theaters and behind the curtains to step foot on stage and, for the very first time, explore the new recording studio and scenery dock. You might even catch the hard-working crew in action as they set up for a Vivid LIVE musical performance or if you're lucky - catch a glimpse of the artists in the middle of warm-up and rehearsal. Once you've uncovered just a few of the mysteries of the backstage world and had your fill of insider secrets, you'll enjoy a full continental breakfast or dinner after the tour it really doesn?t get more special than that.
The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
The Rocks Dreaming was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell and is led by Aboriginal guides who have permission to share these amazing stories. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal people lived in the area. Get inspired as you discover the oldest ecology, conservation, sustainability, astrology and spiritual beliefs on Earth today. Connect with Australian skies, lands and waters, and the experiences of 'always walking Country'. Feel empowered by learning how to teach others to navigate Dreamtime pathways whether you?re in the city or out in the bush.
The Sydney Opera House Tour: Celebrating Vivid LIVE
Every year you can see the Sydney Opera House flare up in a spectacular 3D display of color and light for the Vivid Sydney Festival celebrations. Now it?s your turn to be right in the middle of the action. On a Sydney Opera House Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE, your nightly one-hour adventure into the heart of Australia's iconic building, begins with an exclusive Vivid LIVE show reel that will immerse you in the history and background of this phenomenally popular event. You?re then invited on a special guided tour of the theaters, foyers and live music venues that make up the Vivid LIVE music program ? including seeing the Opera House Recording Studio. You?ll run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made Tasmanian Oak chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar-free chambers in the world. Once you?ve visited areas off limits to the general public and captured photographs from rare vantage points inside the majestic Sydney Opera House, you?ll realize that from the outside you?re only getting half the story. At the end of the tour you?ll enjoy the famous Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails firsthand.
Tour & Tasting Plate
You can also decide to add an Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate before or after your VIVID Live Tour. There?s nothing more to do than sit back at one of Sydney?s dining hot spots and indulge in a tasting plate for two. The perfect way to experience one of the world?s most stunning icons shine at night.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo lets you step into a world that's totally wild! Have you ever held a cockroach as big as your hand? Come face-to-face with a python? Petted a koala or had birds swoop over your head? Meet the most dangerous bird in the world, the Cassowary, walk on the wild side with the Wallabies and get up close and personal with some of the world's most dangerous creepy crawlies. VIP Guided Tours and Experiences are available.