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Active Sydney & Surrounds

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,402

Get to the heart of Australia’s most famous city as you hike, bike, and venture to some of Sydney’s most iconic sites. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike through the Blue Mountains, enjoy a wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, and surf at Bondi Beach for an Australian vacation you’ll never forget.


This 8-day Australian vacation takes you to Sydney and its surroundings for an active adventure. It features moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is great for active travellers in Australia for the first time.

Your journey begins in Sydney, Australia’s largest city and one of the most beautiful centres in the world. You’ll have four nights in Sydney to experience its many natural and urban attractions. A walking tour will unveil the historical attractions of The Rocks, the oldest neighbourhood in the city, while a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House will take you behind the scenes of the city’s most famous attraction and one of the most beloved architectural marvels in the world. Another day, head on a bicycle tour to see the city while getting in some exercise, journeying from Circular Quay to Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. On your final day in Sydney, embark on the ultimate adventure with BridgeClimb at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your three-and-a-half-hour adventure takes you to the top of the Harbour Bridge for the best views of the Opera House and Darling Harbour.

One day, venture into the Blue Mountains to explore the natural world just outside the city. Start in Calmsley Hill and start ascending into the mountains on the way to Eaglehawk Lookout, where you’ll savour stunning views of the Three Sisters, some of Australia’s most magnificent rock formations. Stop off at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens before returning to Sydney for the night. The next day, head to Bondi Beach to learn to surf along the world’s most famous surf paradise.

During your final couple days in Australia, you’ll head into the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, to enjoy a wine tasting in the company of a wine master, and enjoy the Hunter Valley Wine Theatre Experience. Return to Sydney to head on a guided night safari inside Taronga Zoo, where you can have the zoo to yourself and see marsupials come alive at nighttime. The following morning, after a guided tour of the zoo, head to the airport to return home.

Consider extending your stay in Australia to see all that the land Downunder has to offer.


 

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Accommodation in Sydney

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    Travelodge Wynyard



    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, ...

    Travelodge Wynyard is ideally situated next door to all of Sydney's wonderful attractions, whether you are looking for an exciting day in the city, to experience the lifestyle, or a sensational night out on the town. See the Opera House, historical Rocks area, Darling Harbour, many theatres, a variety of restaurants, and a great selection of major shopping outlets. The property features 277 rooms that are warm, welcoming and well equipped.

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    Park Regis City Centre Sydney



    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are ...

    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are all within walking distance. The hotel has 122 guest rooms ranging in style and size.

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    Holiday Inn Darling Harbour



    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to ...

    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. You can walk to some of Sydney's best restaurants, theatres and shopping complexes from the hotel.

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    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Offsite Paid Parking
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    Harbour Rocks Hotel



    In the heart of Sydney lies the Harbour Rocks Hotel, a boutique hotel steeped in the atmosphere and history of the famous Rocks precinct. The Harbour Rocks Hotel is the perfect Sydney accommodation choice, a popular home for many travellers and the perfect base from ...

    In the heart of Sydney lies the Harbour Rocks Hotel, a boutique hotel steeped in the atmosphere and history of the famous Rocks precinct. The Harbour Rocks Hotel is the perfect Sydney accommodation choice, a popular home for many travellers and the perfect base from which to explore the city. This stylish and chic hotel offers 55 guest rooms.

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    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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    InterContinental Sydney



    Overlooking the world's most stunning harbour, The InterContinental Sydney is a true expression of luxury. Located opposite the Botanical Gardens, close to both Circular Quay and the Opera House, the hotel is minutes away from shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The 509 room hotel is centered ...

    Overlooking the world's most stunning harbour, The InterContinental Sydney is a true expression of luxury. Located opposite the Botanical Gardens, close to both Circular Quay and the Opera House, the hotel is minutes away from shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The 509 room hotel is centered on the old Treasury Building which dates back to 1851. The Cortile, a vaulted sandstone courtyard, serves as the hotel's central meeting place and lobby.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Newsstand
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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and ...

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

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    • Currency Exchange
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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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    • Secretarial Service
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    Shangri La Hotel Sydney



    Shangri La Hotel Sydney is a perfect place to stay for leisure or business travellers. Located in the historic Rocks district, nearby to many major tourist attractions, the central business district and shopping facilities. The hotel has 563 luxurious rooms and suites with fantastic views ...

    Shangri La Hotel Sydney is a perfect place to stay for leisure or business travellers. Located in the historic Rocks district, nearby to many major tourist attractions, the central business district and shopping facilities. The hotel has 563 luxurious rooms and suites with fantastic views of Sydney's famous harbour and Opera House.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Spa

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    Cambridge Hotel Sydney



    Cambridge Hotel Sydney is an ideal place to stay for a leisure or business traveller. The hotel is a short stroll from the bustling retail area of Oxford Street and the culinary delights of Stanley Street; it is also within walking distance of the central ...

    Cambridge Hotel Sydney is an ideal place to stay for a leisure or business traveller. The hotel is a short stroll from the bustling retail area of Oxford Street and the culinary delights of Stanley Street; it is also within walking distance of the central business district and offers easy access to the Sydney Opera House, Cricket Ground and Darling Harbour. Boasting 149 guest rooms and suites, you’ll find everything you need at the hotel.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Internet Access
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    Novotel Sydney International Airport



    Mercure Sydney Airport is a specialised airport hotel only 1km away from both the international and domestic terminals. They cater specifically for short-stay and transit passengers, but are also conveniently located for guests who have business nearby. Mercure Sydney Airport has 271 guest rooms and ...

    Mercure Sydney Airport is a specialised airport hotel only 1km away from both the international and domestic terminals. They cater specifically for short-stay and transit passengers, but are also conveniently located for guests who have business nearby. Mercure Sydney Airport has 271 guest rooms and suites and public areas to give it a stylish, comfortable ambience with a full complement of services and facilities.

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    Vibe Hotel Sydney



    Vibe Hotel Sydney is centrally located and is within easy walking distance of Chinatown, the Capitol and State theatres, Hyde Park and Oxford Street. This chic hotel is also a short stroll to the city shopping precinct, Darling Harbour, museums and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. ...

    Vibe Hotel Sydney is centrally located and is within easy walking distance of Chinatown, the Capitol and State theatres, Hyde Park and Oxford Street. This chic hotel is also a short stroll to the city shopping precinct, Darling Harbour, museums and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. All 191 spacious rooms offer full hotel facilities for both business and leisure guests.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
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Day 1

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Travelodge Hotel Sydney

Travelodge Sydney is located on the edge of Sydney's downtown, a position that makes this hotel an ideal 'home base' from which to explore all that this diverse city has to offer. With 406 hotel rooms over 18 levels, the 24 hour reception assistance, friendly service and complimentary WIFI internet will help to ensure that you make the most of your stay.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration5 Nights
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Travelodge Hotel Sydney

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    Travelodge Hotel Sydney



    Travelodge Sydney is located on the edge of Sydney's downtown, a position that makes this hotel an ideal 'home base' from which to explore all that this diverse city has to offer. With 406 hotel rooms over 18 levels, the 24 hour reception assistance, friendly ...

    Travelodge Sydney is located on the edge of Sydney's downtown, a position that makes this hotel an ideal 'home base' from which to explore all that this diverse city has to offer. With 406 hotel rooms over 18 levels, the 24 hour reception assistance, friendly service and complimentary WIFI internet will help to ensure that you make the most of your stay.

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Duration6 Hours
Day 3

Sydney Highlights Bicycle Tour

If you prefer to see just see Sydney's Highlights and want do it in the shortest time possible, then this ride's for you. Hop on the Sydney Highlights tour to experience the essentials of Sydney. We'll take you on a super easy ride featuring stunning harbour views as we pedal past Circular Quay, the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There's no better way to get a quick feel for the city, than the Harbour Highlights Tour!

Duration2 Hours

The Bridge Climb Day

In climb groups of up to 12 people, you'll be led by one of Bridge Climb's professional climb leaders on a 3.5-hour adventure of one of the world's most recognizable bridges. The walk will take you along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily up to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Experience the satisfaction of conquering the upper arch of the Bridge while taking in the city surrounds, the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, the harbour, and the Bridge itself beneath your feet.

Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Blue Mountains - Hike the World Heritage

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. Today your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

7.00- 7.30AM Depart from the hotel with AEA Luxury Tours. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm also home to Kangaroos, Emus, Wombats and Koalas. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus our guests will enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.

Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 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 colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

Travelling around the mountains, we arrive at Evans Lookout where you will be issued your lunch pack and instructions on the hiking track. This is without doubt one of the most scenic hikes available in the mountains taking you across a number of valleys and ridges as you hike from Evans Lookout to Govetts Leap all the while looking out across Australia's Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley. The Hike Concludes at Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. The magnificent waterfalls drop a whopping 180m to the base of the cliff. If you're not mesmerized by the dancing waves of water spray, you'll be transfixed by the sweeping views down the valley to the Grose Wilderness. Suitable for active people with a reasonable level of fitness.

Our last stop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens where there's time for a short inspection of the flora including the ancient Wollemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis).

From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 - 5.00pm.

Duration9 Hours
Day 5

Bondi Surf Experience

What better place to learn to surf than on world famous Bondi Beach? This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. Here you'll be taught in a small group setting of 6 students or less, so you get plenty of hands-on help. To build up your knowledge and confidence, you first start you out on the beach and learn how to recognize surf conditions and practice your surfing technique before you get into the water. Then, it's off into the ocean, where you start off in broken waves, the white foam created after the waves run their course. You'll be amazed at how easy, safe, and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Duration2 Hours
Day 6

Sydney to the Hunter Valley

Depart Sydney this morning by rail, along the way enjoy some amazing scenery including the Hawkesbury River and Central Coast. On arrival at the Hunter Valley Resort, enjoy the Hunter Valley Wine Theatre Experience and learn a little of the Hunter's wine heritage, Australia's oldest wine area. The afternoon is at leisure or perhaps join the Ihop Bus and tour the area.

Duration1 Night
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Hunter Valley Resort

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    Hunter Valley Resort



    Located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, the Hunter Valley Resort is an easy 2 hours motorway drive north of Sydney. Alternatively, come by train and they will pick you up from the local Singleton railway station. They are not one ...

    Located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, the Hunter Valley Resort is an easy 2 hours motorway drive north of Sydney. Alternatively, come by train and they will pick you up from the local Singleton railway station.

    They are not one of those 'big' international chain resorts, rather a family owned and operated country inn or lodge with 35 rooms and cottages, nestled within 45 year old shiraz vineyards on 70 secluded acres.

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Hunter Valley to Sydney

Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before joining an onsite vineyard inspection followed by winetasting with the cellarmaster. Spend some free time before transferring back to the station at noon for the train trip back to Sydney.

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Arrive at Zoo

Shortly after your arrival at the Taronga Zoo main entrance you will enjoy a welcome drink and the amazing views over Sydney Harbour before meeting some animals and getting to know your Roar and Snore team. There are also opportunities to photograph and get up-close and personal with some of the Zoos friendliest creatures, Enjoy an evening walk around the zoo and a buffet dinner and then join the Guided Night Safari, enjoy the animals and having the zoo to yourself at this unique hour. It is supper time after the work with dessert, tea and coffee and great views of the city lights. Listen to the sounds of the Zoo at night as you drift off to sleep.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 8

At the Zoo

Enjoy a light breakfast at 6:30am while you watch the sun rise over Sydney Harbour, pack up then go on your guided morning Zoo walk with more amazing behind the scenes opportunities. Your tour ends at 9am and all guests are welcome to spend the rest of the day at Taronga Zoo. Luggage can be stored upon request.

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DEPARTURES:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Fridays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival  transfer
  • Overnight Train it to the Hunter Valley – includes 1 night accommodation in Hunter Valley, rail travel to the Hunter Valley, breakfast, Hunter Valley Wine Experience and Vineyard Inspection
  • Overnight Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo – includes accommodation, welcome drinks and canapes, dinner, guided zoo walks, breakfast
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Bondi Surf Experience
  • Blue Mountains Hike
  • Food and drinks as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Transfers to/from Taronga Zoo
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND 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.

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