Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
By Qantas Vacations
Visit Australia's iconic destinations: Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef on this grand Australian adventure!
- Enjoy fantastic views during a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
- Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin
- Spend a night in the amazing Blue Mountains exploring the area and hearing Aboriginal tales of the area
- Unique tour from the Blue Mountains to the Hunter Valley
- Wine tasting at boutique wineries in the Hunter Valley
- Surrender to two nights on Hamilton Island, located within the idyllic Whitsunday archipelago
- Cruise to Reef Magic's platform on the Great Barrier Reef
- Enjoy a special dinner at Tjapukai By Night in Cairns
- Immersive Insider Experiences
- Flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast
- 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
- Expert Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
- Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia
- Luggage porterage for your convenience
- Qantas Vacations Emergency After Hours Travel Assistance
Package duration: 19 nights
Book by: 03/15/2019
Travel from: 02/01/2018
Travel by: 03/26/2019
Day 1: Arrive Sydney - Blue Mountains
Depart from the airport with AEA Luxury Tours. Departing from the city travel directly to the Blue Mountains and the 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. Wander at leisure to see if you 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. Continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley, seeing beautiful vistas. Continuing on arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can't help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation. From here, you are taken to your accommodation to check in. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure to relax and explore. Lunch is own cost today.
One night: Blue Mountains; Mountain Heritage
Day 2: Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
In the morning, at 8:30 AM travel around the mountains, stopping at Govetts Leap for spectacular Escarpment views. Then continue on to the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to have a short walk through the gardens enjoying expansive views followed by morning tea/coffee refreshments. From here, we make our way through to Bilpin and then into the Wollemi National Park to Putty and on to the Hunter Valley. On arrival, enjoy a delightful lunch with glass of wine at a Vineyard Cafe followed by a visit to a boutique winery for tastings. We then deliver you to your accommodation to enjoy the remainder of afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure.
One night: Hunter Valley; Mercure Hunter Gardens Resort
Day 3: Hunter Valley to Sydney
After breakfast time to relax. Approximately 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM re-join the wine tour and continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here, enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.
On conclusion of the tour, enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense. After lunch, enjoy a stop at the Hunter Village where you have the options of visiting the Chocolate Shop for sampling and perhaps a decadent purchase or two!... explore the boutique shops or enjoy a final wine tasting at the local Cellar Door. From here, return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5 – 5:30 PM.
One night: Sydney, Parkroyal Darling Harbour
Day 4: Sydney
Wake up in Sydney. Explore Sydney on an afternoon tour. Insider Experience: Tonight, enjoy a stunning dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour.
One night: Sydney, Parkroyal Darling Harbour
Day 5: Sydney to Gold Coast
Board your included flight to the Gold Coast.
Two Nights: Gold Coast, Mantra on View Hotel
Day 6: Gold Coast
Explore the Gold Coast at your leisure today.
Day 7: Gold Coast - Noosa
Insider Experience: Visit the world-renowned Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Here, you will be given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of conservation and see many native Australian species up close. Continue to the resort town of Noosa. Insider Experience: Dine at the local Noosa Surf Club.
One night: Sebel Noosa
Day 8: Noosa - Fraser Island
Travel to Hervey Bay. Insider Experience: Join your cruise to the world's largest sand island, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Settle in at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Two nights: Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort
Day 9: Fraser Island
Enjoy a half-day tour of Fraser Island, followed by some leisure time in the afternoon.
Day 10: Fraser Island - Hervey Bay - Rockhampton
A morning ferry takes you across Hervey Bay. Back on land, travel to Rockhampton.
One night: Central Park Motel Rockhampton
Day 11: Rockhampton - Hamilton Island
Explore the charming historical town of Rockhampton, known as the gateway to the coast and the Outback. Founded in 1853, the city is home to beautiful heritage architecture and a rich, fascinating history. Then travel to Airlie Beach and enjoy one of the region's most beautiful beaches. Insider Experience: Here, you will join a ferry through the sparkling Whitsundays and arrive at Hamilton Island. Enjoy dinner later this evening.
Two nights: Hamilton Island, Reef View Hotel
Day 12: Hamilton Island
You have the entire day at leisure to do as little or as much as you like. Perhaps snorkel off the beach, enjoy a round of golf or hire a buggy to explore this beautiful island (all at own expense).
Day 13: Hamilton Island - Townsville - Mission Beach
Take an early morning ferry transfer, gliding from Hamilton Island to the Port of Airlie, where you will reboard your coach and travel to Townsville. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city. Continue to Mission Beach, the destination where two of the most stunning World Heritage-listed areas meet; the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at your beachfront escape, Castaways Resort and Spa, where the only thing between you and the golden beach is a grassy lawn and a line of coconut palms. Complete with a secluded rainforest swimming area, it won't be long before you discover why Mission Beach has earned its reputation as a haven for rest and relaxation.
One night: Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach
Day 14: Mission Beach - Atherton Tablelands - Cairns
Explore the lush Atherton Tablelands. Insider Experience: Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Kuranda and ride above the treetops to Caravonica Lakes. In Cairns, stay at the Pullman Cairns International.
Two nights: Pullman Cairns International
Day 15: Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
Insider Experience: Cruise to Reef Magic's platform on the Great Barrier Reef. Insider Experience: Back in Cairns, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Tjapukai By Night.
Day 16: Cairns to Alice Springs
Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs today (flight not included).
One night: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Day 17: Alice Springs - Uluru
Drive along the West MacDonnell Ranges and stop at a camel farm for an optional camel ride (own expense). Insider Experience: Head to your resort and enjoy a glass of wine at sunset at a viewing platform overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock).
One night: Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel
Day 18: Uluru - Kings Canyon
Tour the base of Uluru at sunrise. Visit Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and walk to Walpa Gorge.
One night: Kings Canyon Resor
Day 19: Kings Canyon - Alice Springs
Choose between two walks at Kings Canyon.
One night: Mercure Alice Springs Resort
Day 20: Depart Alice Springs
Transfer to the airport.
Terms & Conditions:
*Terms & Conditions (USD): All prices are 'from', per person land only based on double occupancy and travel between 1 April and 23 June 2018. Book by 10 June 2018. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. No refunds or changes are allowed and space is strictly limited. Not combinable with any other special or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (05 January 2018). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour code: SO18012. CST#200113650