Day 14 April
This morning we fly from Brisbane to Sydney to start our adventure. Note, if you live outside of the Brisbane/Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast area we will book your flights from your nearest regional airport.
First we head to our accommodation to unpack. Then we take a tour of Sydney – lunch is at your own expense. We tour the Rocks historic area which still has some original colonial buildings then walk to the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Botanical Gardens.
We return to the hostel for dinner. Afterwards if you go up to the rooftop you can watch the sunset over the Harbour.
Time to visit some of Sydney’s famous beaches. First stop is Bronte Beach and we take the coastal walk to Bondi Beach, where the lifesavers are kept alert on Australia’s busiest beach. Lunch is at your own expense today. We farewell Bondi and head to Watsons Bay for a walk up to the Gap and stunning views across to Manly.
Late afternoon we head back to Circular Quay and see Sydney Harbour from the water! Take a thrilling, high speed Jet Boat Ride, with 360 turns, be prepared to get wet! To help you dry off we walk to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair for some great photo opportunities. Return to the hostel in time for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Day 36 April
This morning we explore more of Sydney and see Sydney Harbour from the highest vantage point – walking the Bridge Climb. Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit of the bridge. You ascend 4 ladders to the upper arch, below you the busy Sydney traffic. At the summit celebrate with your group before descending this magnificent bridge. You will receive a group photograph, BridgeClimb cap and certificate of achievement.
We now visit the Pylon Lookout and learn about the history of this fascinating structure.
This afternoon we visit Darling Harbour – perhaps visit the Chinese Gardens ($8 at own expense), we walk to Pitt Street, with plenty of shops to buy the perfect gift before we return to the hostel. This evening we enjoy dinner out at a local hotel.
Day 47 April
Breakfast is 7am this morning to maximise our day trip to the Blue Mountains. It can be cold here, please make sure you have packed a warm jacket! First stop is Govetts Leap, with stunning views across the Grose Valley including the Bridal Veil Falls.
We now travel to Katoomba and Echo Point to see the Three Sisters. There is time to visit the Information Centre and learn about the history of these imposing mountain ranges before we are met by National Park Rangers who will take us on a guided walk of the Blue Mountains Heritage Trail. Your guides will help you to spot the local flora and fauna of this National Park, and you may even spot a koala or two!
Then we explore the rainforest floor including the Scenic Walkway – a 2.4km boardwalk where you can see the Jurassic Rainforest and explore elements of the coal mining history of the area including a mine entrance, a replica miners hut and bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony. We now enjoy a ride on the Scenic Railway; one of the steepest funicular railways in the Southern Hemisphere; to the top of the valley.
At the top we now board the Skyway and travel across the valley, gazing at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Skyway while suspended 270 meters above ancient ravines with fantastic views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.
Finally we enjoy a town tour of Katoomba and there is time to explore some of the quaint shops and cafes before we head back to Sydney arriving early evening.
Day 58 April
Today we travel to Taronga Zoo. On arrival you enter the Zoo and begin your journey around one of Sydney’s famous attractions. As you visit the exhibits, see the animals and listen to the informative animal talks, don’t forget to look across the water to one of the best view’s in Sydney. Lunch is at your own expense today.
This afternoon there is free time to explore the city centre including the many shops at Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building, before heading back to Circular Quay to enjoy dinner at City Extra restaurant with lovely views of Sydney Harbour at night. We walk back to our hostel to relax after a fun filled day.
This morning it is time to pack your bags and say farewell to this beautiful city. We have a last look around the city before we are transported to the airport at 11.05am by shuttle bus to catch your flight home to Brisbane.
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