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Icons and Culture From $3,549 PP*

By Goway Travel

Overview

Encompassing Sydney, Tasmania and the Red Centre of Australia, this two-week trip is the perfect introduction to a different side of Australia, showcasing the country's indigenous culture, its colonial history, both natural and manmade icons, nature, wildlife, coastal and aquatic adventures plus you'll also visit the heart of the famous Outback. Don't forget the fabulous food and wine as well!

Highlight inclusions

  • Rocks Dreaming, Sydney Opera House & Tasting Plate
  • Blue Mountain Deluxe Experience Tour
  • Hunter Valley Food and Wine
  • Field of Light by Night by Camel
  • Cave Hill Indigenous Experience
  • Tasman Island Cruise

Package details

Package duration: 13 nights
Price: USD$3,549
Book by: 03/31/2019
Travel from: 02/01/2018
Travel by:
03/31/2019

Itinerary details

Day 1: Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will be met and transferred to your Sydney hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Transfer: Sydney International Airport to City Hotel
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Panoramic Sydney Sights

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales

Visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city- QVB and Centre Point. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach and visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney's best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie's Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbor before being dropped back in your choice of Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Guests will need their own way back to their hotel.

Day 3: Rocks Dreaming, Sydney Opera House and Tasting Plate 

Be touched by the oldest living culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, the tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal DreamTime is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape. Later, explore underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour, taking you inside one of the world's greatest buildings of all time. You can also decide when to take your three-tier gourmet tasting plate, before or after your tour as lunch or return for dinner.

Excursions: The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour and Sydney Opera House and Tasting Plate

Day 4: Blue Mountains Deluxe Experience

The Blue Mountains Deluxe Day is a journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage-listed Region. Departing from the city, travel directly to the Blue Mountains and our first stop of the day is at Euroka Clearing located deep in the National Park. Here there is abundant birdlife to be found and it's also home to wild kangaroos. We have time to wander at leisure to see if we can spot any of these beautiful native animals. Your guide will prepare a refreshing morning tea or coffee for you with some local delicacies. From Euroka Clearing, we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will travel through picturesque villages, see spectacular views and waterfalls. Enjoy a short walk to a lookout point and hear about the unique Australian forest species. Our lunch venue at the Boiler House Café at Hydro Majestic Hotel offers magnificent valley views you can enjoy your choice of tastes from our special menu. The afternoon is spent visiting a selection of scenic lookouts. The view from Govett's Leap is one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. Here the magnificent waterfall drops a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. The last stop is the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where we stop briefly to enjoy the sweeping views and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice before travelling back to your hotel.

Day 5: Sydney to Ayers Rock, Field of Light by Night by Camel

Field of Light Uluru, Ayers Rock, Northern Territory

You will be transferred this morning to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock (flight not included). On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Prior to sundown, meander through red sand dunes on your friendly camel ride. Next, enjoy canapés and sparkling wine as the sun sets. Enjoy an Indigenous performance, before a three-course bush tucker inspired menu. Guests are invited to walk through Field of Light. After, enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness.

Transfer: Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport and Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Airport to Ayers Rock Resort
Accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel, 3 nights
Excursion: A Night at Field of Light by Camel

Day 6: Desert Awakenings, Kata Tjuta

Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region. Enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. Next stop is the Cultural Centre, a vibrant and engaging place of learning where the local lore of the Anangu is explained. Later, travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive. Walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years.

Excursions: Desert Awakenings and SEIT Kata Tjuta Domes

Day 7: SEIT Cave Hill

Depart early for the journey deep into the desert and the Pitjantjatjara Lands of central Australia. On arrival, meet your Aboriginal host, one of the traditional owners of Cave Hill, which is the site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa (dreaming). The traditional owners of Cave Hill are responsible for maintaining only the chapter of the Songline that lies within the boundaries of their homeland - a story that has been maintained since the beginning of time. Your Aboriginal hosts will guide you through the desert landscape to the magnificent cave paintings of the Seven Sisters creation story graphically illustrated on the rock walls of the most significant art site in the centre. Afterwards climb to the top of the hill above the cave to take in the view, which presents a 360 degree panorama taking in Uluru, Mt Connor and the imposing Musgrave Ranges. Discuss Tjukurpa and learn about the Songlines and its relevance to Anangu life in the desert. After a BBQ lunch you will head back to Ayers Rock Resort.

Excursion: SEIT Patji - A True Aboriginal Experience

Day 8: Ayers Rock to Hobart

MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania

You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight to Hobart (flight not included). On arrival you will be transferred to your Hobart hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Transfer: Complimentary Transfer from Ayers Rock Resort to Ayers Rock Airport and Hobart Airport to Hobart Hotels
Accommodation: Rydges Hobart, 4 nights

Day 9: Mona and Hobart City Sights

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Hobart, explore this historic city on a coach tram with commentary by your local expert guide. Travel by ferry afterwards to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Owned by entrepreneur David Walsh, experience Australia's largest private collection of art. The pieces on display will take you on a journey of rival contemplations and an emotional roller-coaster. This will be one of the most interesting places you've ever been to.

Excursion: MONA with Morning City Tour

Day 10: Bruny Island Cruise

Robert Pennicott's multi-award winning wilderness cruise takes you along Bruny Island's rugged coast beneath some of Australia's highest sea cliffs. You will enter deep sea caves and join in the search for wildlife such as seals, dolphins and sea birds. The custom built boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife with covered open-air seating providing an excellent all round view and connection with the environment.

Excursion: Bruny Island Cruises Full Day Tour

Day 11: Big 3 Active Tasmania – Port Arthur and Tassie Devils

 

Tasman Island Cruise, Tasman Island, Tasmania

Head to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia's highest sea cliffs. Enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, see the interesting Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen rock formations and join a short but spectacular walk along the Waterfall Bay cliff top track. Head to the Port Arthur Historic Site where you have around 4-hours to explore. The return to Hobart takes you into the beautiful historic township of Richmond Village with time to meander the streets and walk across Australia's oldest bridge.

Tour: Big 3 Tasmania Hobart to Launceston with operator Tours Tasmania
Accommodation: Rydges Hobart

Day 12: Big 3 Active Tasmania – Freycinet and Launceston

Wineglass Bay has been voted many times among the top beaches of the world. Pink granite mountains form the backdrop for secluded bays, pristine waters, white sandy beaches, local wildlife and walking trails. Travel through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea as you make your way along the East Coast of Tasmania heading towards Freycinet National Park. After 4 to 5-hours at Freycinet National Park you will then continue your journey onto Launceston.

Excursion Operator: Tours Tasmania
Accommodation: Clarion Hotel City Park Grand Launceston, 2 nights

Day 13: Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning world heritage listed area. After departing Launceston, enjoy a short stop in Sheffield -- The Town of Murals. Continue your journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before you. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. 

Day 14: Depart Launceston

You will be transferred to the airport today for your onward travel arrangements.

Transfer: Launceston Hotel to Launceston Airport

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Terms & Conditions:

*Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.