This thirteen day itinerary will take you on a romantic getaway of luxury indulgence, delicious food, artisan experiences and romantic adventures with everything from hot air bvalloning in the HUnter Valley to relaxing by the pool in Hamilton Island.
Melbourne - Yarra Valley - Mornington Peninsula - Hamilton Island - Sydney - Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley - Port Stephens.
Arrive into Australia’s hub of chic style and delicious food, Melbourne. The day is at your leisure to explore the laneways and arcades that make Melbourne so unique. Explore the hidden cafe’s and boutique shops that lines these walkways. A way to see the city like a local. Ask for the favourite hidden gems, the best places to grab a latte and watch the world go by, or the pub in the middle of the river with amazing views of the city. Fabulous food is one of the best ways to experience Melbourne. If you have a sweet tooth or are a fan of specialty cakes and treats, the Progressive High Tea Stroll is the perfect afternoon for you. This walking tour takes you on a gorgeous stroll through Melbourne, whilst spoiling you with tastes at some of the city’s best afternoon tea spots, and a few anecdotes along the way. It’s a modern spin on an old style outing. Start time is 2pm and can be booked as a private outing – special pricing applies.
Capturing the essence of its stylish address, Lyall Hotel & Spa is Melbourne's luxury boutique hotel, a privately owned and operated 5 Star hotel offering grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate and personal scale. The central business district is a 10 minute drive from the hotel separated by the Yarra River and Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne's Arts precinct and premier sporting arenas The MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park Tennis Centre (home of The Australian Open) and The Formula One Grand Prix track are close by. There is also the Hotel Lindrum, one of the best luxury romantic hotels Melbourne has to offer right in the heart of the CBD. Ideally located in Flinders Street, it is known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel and is nestled in the heart of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, providing easy access to all this world-famous city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance to world-class theatres and restaurants, sporting venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne & Olympic Parks and major attractions such as Federation Square.
Explore the delicious wines and lush surroundings on a private tour of the beautiful Yarra Valley. Just a 45- minute drive from downtown, this is Melbourne’s premier wine region. Home to acres of vineyards and 40 cellar doors – the bushland is dotted with vines and mountain ash forests for as far as the eye can see. Spend your day stopping off at vineyards to find out how the wine is crushed, fermented, and bottled, and get a peek behind the scenes with the people who make it. Combine vineyards with a lunch of spectacular local produce and visits to artisan producers of cheese and more for the perfect gourmet getaway.
Explore Mornington Peninsula at your leisure. Your journey to relaxation starts with the Peninsula Hot Springs. Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this award-winning coastal oasis, providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. During peak times (Friday to Monday and holiday periods) it is essential to pre-book your bathing. We recommend pre-booking your preferred bathing time online.
Explore the fields and taste the essence of Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm at the largest producer of strawberries in Australia. Explore the fields and pick your own world famous Sunny Ridge strawberries between the months November and May. Be tempted by award winning fruit ice creams, heavenly berry desserts and refreshments while relaxing in the strawberry cafe. Savour the unique flavours and intoxicating aromas of the medal winning range of fruit wines and liqueurs. The visually stunning Ashcombe Hedge Maze planted over 40 years ago now stands at over 3 metres high & 2 metres thick. For visitors, the challenge of the Ashcombe Hedge Maze is to find each of the four mosaic flags in the two halves of the maze. While not overly complicated it does take a little while to make your way through (some people take longer than others!) The Lavender Gardens at Ashcombe Maze overlook the picturesque Ashcombe Arboretum. The 4000+ lavender plants have been used to create the winding paths of the lavender labyrinth leading to a viewing platform floating above the various varieties of lavender along with the lesser known pink, white and green.
Transfer to Melbourne Airport for your flight to Hamilton Island to connect further on a short boat trip to the iconic One and Only Hayman Island Resort, your paradise for the next 3 nights. This five-star resort will take you into an exclusive realm of unsurpassed luxury, total relaxation, indulgent dining, leisurely island activity, fascinating Great Barrier Reef adventure and breathtaking scenery. One and Only Hayman Island Resort is truly one of Australia’s exclusive resorts with perfect access to Whitehaven beach. One and Only Hayman Island.
Day is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Hayman Island. Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to Whitehaven Beach is a must-do during your stay at one of Australia’s exclusive resorts. Fly by helicopter, take a seaplane and snorkel heart reef (a natural reef in the shape of a heart). A romantic picnic on Whitehaven is one of the Top 10 experiences for a romantic vacation in Australia. One and Only Hayman Island.
Day is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Hayman Island. Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to Whitehaven Beach is a must-do during your stay at one of Australia’s exclusive resorts. Fly by helicopter, take a seaplane and snorkel heart reef (a natural reef in the shape of a heart). A romantic picnic on Whitehaven is one of the Top 10 experiences for a romantic vacation in Australia.
Continue your holiday to Australia’s big city, “Sydney”, a must stop for any couple. Cosmopolitan and well landscaped, Sydney is a feast for the eyes with plenty to offer any type of traveller. Your hotel is just a short walk away from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Downtown
sights, which includes the Sydney Aquarium, the SkyTower Eye, Wildlife Sydney, and world-famous Taronga Zoo are not too far away from your hotel. We suggest you book yourself for dinner at one of the many restaurants on the Sydney waterfront.
The Harbour Rocks Hotel is the perfect Sydney hotel accommodation choice, a popular & exclusive “home away from home” for discerning travellers and the perfect base from which to explore the city of Sydney. Perfectly located in ‘The Rocks’ and just a short stroll from some of Australia’s best icons the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House, this Sydney boutique hotel accommodation offers a variety of stunning guest rooms to choose from. All to suit the needs of both the professional business and experienced leisure traveller.
The Langham Sydney - Delightfully intimate interiors. Genuine and personalised service. Exciting epicurean adventures. Lavish. Luminous. Tranquil. Every room a haven of plush, bespoke furnishings amidst soft panelled walls and a high ceiling. Each accented by views of bustling Western Harbour or the iconic Sydney cityscape. Experience breathtaking Sydney Harbour, delightful diverse cuisines, and more. The Langham, Sydney is all this and more.
Today, you’ll be transferred by water taxi to your seaplane where it awaits to transfer you via a scenic seaplane flight over Sydney, along the northern beaches to the north shore. Land at the waterfront steps of a gourmet restaurant and literally step out of the plane and into your seat. Enjoy an award winning 3-course lunch, before being transferred back down to Sydney.
Pamper yourself with a night at the Opera or the Ballet that starts with a delicious three-course romantic dinner and tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House.
Drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains (Echo Point).
Drive Time: 1 hour 45 minutes | Driving Distance: 120 kilometres (75 miles).
Drive for 1 hour 30 minutes to arrive at Blue Mountains. At Echo Point, stop for a classic view of the Three Sisters rock formation. Later visit Scenic World to take a ride on the famous railway or Skyway. Stop at the 2 villages of Leura and Katoomba as you drive across them. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants.
Proceed onwards to Hunter Valley, a 3 hour 45 minutes’ drive from Blue Mountains. All things delicious and fine come together in the Hunter Valley, Australia's most visited wine region, is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as superb restaurants.
Drive from Blue Mountains to Hunter Valley (Echo Point).
Drive Time: 2 hours 50 minutes | Driving Distance: 238 kilometres (148 miles).
Drive to Hunter Valley a 3 hours’ drive from Blue Mountains (via Blacktown and Pennant Hills). The drive to Hunter Valley approximately for 2 hours 50 minutes.
All things delicious and fine come together in the Hunter Valley. Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley, is also renowned for its fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, health spa retreats and golf courses. A diverse calendar of food and wine events including performances by world famous names in jazz, opera and blues music also take place throughout the year.
You have the option of staying at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley or the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens or The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
Perhaps you’ll rise early this morning and take an optional hot air balloon flight over the vineyards and eucalyptus forests.
The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest continuous grape growing region, with the first vines planted here in the 1820s by families whose names live on today in some of the best wine brands in the country, including wine forefathers George Wyndham and Audrey Wilkinson. The Hunter Valley is home to more than 130 wineries producing a wide array of exceptional wines and is recognised as a world leader in dry white wines made from Semillon. Hunter Valley Semillon is regarded as Australia’s unique white wine. In addition to its great wines, the Hunter Valley region is a must for fine dining, quality producers and a busy calendar of food and wine events. It is also renowned for its national parks, spa retreats and great golf. You’ve all day to explore and seek out that special vintage.
Drive from Hunter Valley to Port Stephens
Drive Time: 1 hour 10 minutes | Driving Distance: 94 kms / 59 miles
Enjoy a highlight this morning - an included 90 minute Dolphin Watch Cruise and some free time in Port Stephens. Join one of the local cruise operators as they set out in search of some of the resident bottlenose dolphins. And, don't miss out on a whale watch cruise if you are here between June and November. Port Stephens is ideally situated right on the whales’ migration path. Multiple cruises depart daily with Moonshadow Cruises, Imagine Cruises and Tamboi Queen Cruises. For a more interactive experience, you can also swim with dolphins in their natural environment with Dolphin Swim Australia.
Soar 150 metres above Port Stephens with Port Stephens Parasailing. Taking off and landing from the boat makes this experience easy and you can choose tandem or solo. You can stay dry or take a dip. Port Stephens Parasailing caters for the timid to the adrenalin junkie and you won't forget the view.
You are going to be spoiled for choice when it comes to Port Stephens activities. Sand, surf and sun are high on the agenda, with a bevy of calm swimming bays, fishing spots and boating passages at your fingertips, while other nearby attractions like the Nelson Head Lighthouse Reserve and Stockton Beach sand surfing are within close proximity, too. Join a 4WD or quad bike tour to visit the Sygna Shipwreck, Tin City and WWII sites and have a go at sandboarding down those huge dunes. Tours depart daily with Port Stephens 4WD Tours, Sand Dune Adventures and Quad Bike King.
Oaks Lure - Promising a peaceful coastal lifestyle for holidaymakers to enjoy all year round. As one of Port Stephens’ most idyllic holiday hot spots. This four star property combines comfortable, self-contained accommodation, myriad resort facilities and an unbeatable location from which to discover the region.
Anchorage Port Stephens - The Hamptons-style guesthouses face north over beautiful Port Stephens towards Corrie Island National Reserve. A balcony or verandah adjoin each suite, villa or room, and most have uninterrupted water views. When you stay at Anchorage, enjoy picture-postcard views across the marina.
Drive from Port Stephens to Sydney
Drive Time: 2 hours 33 minutes | Driving Distance: 210 kms / 131 miles
Leave Port Stephens and travel south along the Pacific Highway through Newcastle and past Lake Macquarie. Make your way back into Sydney over the majestic Harbour Bridge.