Sydney and Melbourne Explorer
- 10 Days
- 10 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,469
This Australia vacation showcases the beauty and glamour of the nation’s top two cities. Taking in Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll see incredible sights like the Sydney Opera House, enjoy world-class food and culture, and have the chance to enjoy iconic experiences like the Little Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.
This 10-day Australia vacation takes you to Australia’s two largest and most happening cities: Sydney and Melbourne.
Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney. You’ll find few cities as naturally appealing as Australia’s largest urban centre. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse array of go-getters, Sydney is gorgeous and vibrant and one of the world’s true urban highlights. There are a lot of ways to spend your time while in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northerly countries grow cold. To say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums, world-class restaurants, and thumping nightclubs, you’ll find a lot to keep you occupied.
From Sydney, continue along to Melbourne on your Australia vacation. Sydney may have been blessed with nature’s bounty, but Melbourne is the country’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city according to The Economist. It also keeps getting cooler. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts and culture and high living standards in the country. Ground zero for the trendy scene is Federation Square, where you’ll find the laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that lead the city’s culinary innovation. For more traditional sites, head to St. Kilda’s to visit the famous amusement park, Luna Park, or enjoy a pint and talk football, cricket, or Formula One with the sports-crazed locals of bohemian Fitzroy.
While in Melbourne, you can take advantage of the nearby highlights. Head to Philip Island to see the Little Penguin parade where, every night, as the sun goes down, up to a hundred Little Penguins (pint-sized birds less than a foot tall) waddle onto land and head to their nests. It’s an enchanting experience and unfathomably adorable. You can also head to the Yarra Valley to enjoy some of Australia’s best wines, surf the breaks at Geelong, or drive the Great Ocean Road to the see the Twelve Apostles and other natural icons of Australia.
This Australia vacation showcases the nation’s two best cities and offers plenty of chances to engage with Australia’s incredible culture and icons.
- 10 Days
- 10 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,469
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Depart North America
Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia
Cross International Dateline
You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home
On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. Goway can assist with prebooking transfers throughout your vacation if required (additional charge applies). The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.
|Economy||Travelodge Hotel Sydney|
|Moderate||Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central|
|First Class - until 30 Sep `19||Holiday Inn Old Sydney|
|First Class - from 1 Oct `19||Radisson Blu|
Sydney Harbour Morning Tea Cruise
Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise. A unique, Sydney Harbour Highlights two hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service. The remainder of the day is free.
Sydney at Leisure
These days are free to explore Sydney. We have included in your vacation an I-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass that includes entry to 5 top attractions in Sydney and also later in Melbourne. Some of the attractions include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing tour, entry to Taronga Zoo, a Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Other choices include thrilling OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, a Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…
Depart Sydney for Melbourne
Please make your way to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival you will be need to make your way to your Melbourne hotel. Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.
|Economy||Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments|
|Moderate||Savoy Hotel on Little Collins|
|First Class||Crowne Plaza Melbourne|
At leisure in Melbourne
These days are free to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne from a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower (included in the I-Venture Pass) for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.
A new development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes. For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.
Outside of Melbourne, one not to be missed excursion (additional cost) is to Phillip Island to see the penguin colonies living in their natural habitat. Another is to the Yarra Valley famous for its wineries and rainforests. Other worthwhile places to visit are Ballarat, a small city, once famous as the centre of the gold rush and Geelong, with its beautiful surf beaches and spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road and the unique rock formation, the Twelve Apostles. We have included in your vacation package an i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Sydney as well as Melbourne, some Melbourne ideas include a Melbourne River Cruise, Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and more.
Make your own way to the airport today for your flight back to North America.
DEPARTURES AND PRICES:
Departures from Los Angeles/ San Diego Prices in USD
First Class Hotels
|1 May - 28 Jun, 24 Jul - 17 Sep '19||$1,469||$1,559||$1,749|
|29 Jun - 23 Jul, 18 - 30 Sep '19||$1,549||$1,639||$1,839|
|1 - 31 Oct '19||$1,759||$1,899||$2,189|
|1 Nov - 10 Dec '19||$1,659||$1,799||$2,089|
|11 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20||$2,249||$2,279||$2,499|
|12 - 31 Jan '20||$1,549||$1,699||$1,949|
|1 - 28 Feb '20||$1,659||$1,799||$2,089|
|For departures from Las Vegas add $100, Phoenix add $205. Austin/New Orleans/Seattle add $310, Seattle/Portland add $385, Cleveland/Orlando/Chicago add $415, Atlanta/Denver/Minneapolis add $485, Dallas add $510. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.|
Departures from Vancouver,
First Class Hotels
|1 May - 8 Jun ‘19||$2,199||$2,359||$2,569|
|9 Jun - 23 Jul, 1 - 30 Sep '19||$2,369||$2,489||$2,689|
|24 Jul - 31 Aug '19||$2,239||$2,359||$2,569|
|1 Oct - 10 Dec '19||$2,629||$2,829||$3,299|
|11 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20||$3,499||$3,579||$3,869|
|12 - 31 Jan '20||$2,499||$2,719||$3,129|
|1 - 28 Feb '20||$2,649||$2,849||$3,319|
|For departures from Winnipeg/Kamloops add $120, from Regina Saskatoon $165, Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa add 145, from Halifax/Charlottetown/Fredericton/ Moncton/St Johns or Sydney add $300. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other Canadian cities|
Book By: 30 Jun. '19
- Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from listed cities to Sydney and Melbourne
- Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney with morning Sydney Harbour Cruise
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Melbourne
- iVenture Multi City Attraction Pass – includes entry to 5 top attractions in Sydney
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Airport - Hotel transfers
All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation and include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from listed cities with Virgin Australia and parter airlines. For departures from other cities, upgrades or extensions please inquire. Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays. If flying on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday a surcharge will apply.
Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.
|Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments||27-28 Sep, 2 Nov, 20-23 Nov, 31 Dec, 21 Jan-2 Feb, 19-21 Mar|
|Travelodge Hotel Sydney||27-28 Sep, 2 Nov, 20-23 Nov, 31 Dec, 21 Jan-2 Feb, 19-21 Mar|
|Savoy Hotel on Little Collins||22-24 Aug, 27-28 Sep, 5 Nov, 18 - 24 Nov, 13-15 Dec, 31 Dec, 22 - 26 Jan, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 21-22 Feb|
|Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central||10 - 11 Aug, 5-6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 31 Jan, 28 Feb - 3 Mar|
|Crowne Plaza Melbourne||27 - 28 Sep, 4 - 7 Nov, 9 - 17 Dec, 30 Dec, 20 Jan - 2 Feb, 14 - 17 Mar|
|Holiday Inn Old Sydney||30 - 31 Dec|
|Radisson Blu||1- 5 Oct, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 29 - 31 Jan|
17 Sep 2019