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Sydney Mardi Gras Celebration

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,110

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression. The Parade turns 42 in 2020! Visit Sydney to enjoy this spectacular event.


Ideal for Sydney first-timers or those who just want to build their trip around Mardi Gras, this 8-day Sydney vacation puts together several of the city’s best experiences, focused around one of its biggest and best parties.

Check into your accommodation and use the balance of the day to shake off any jetlag. If you have the energy, consider a night out on Oxford Street, the main artery of Sydney’s LGBTQ culture, which will already be shivering with Mardi Gras anticipation. The following day, take a walking tour of the historic Rocks district to put Sydney’s rowdy history into perspective. Your tour then takes you on to such Sydney icons as the QVB (the grand old dame/drag queen of Sydney’s shopping malls), the bronzed bodies of Bondi Beach, and historic neighbourhoods such as chic Double Bay and lively King’s Cross. After dark, prepare to take in the best view of the city as you embark on a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.

On Saturday, get your rest. It’s Mardi Gras! Your day is at leisure to explore or shop (there’s arguably no better day of the year to go shopping on Oxford Street). Just be sure to scope out your position for viewing the parade early. The last block leading up to Taylor Square is considered ‘prime viewing’ but is also the most popular area. If you prefer a thinner crowd, nab a position a block or two along the western side of Flinders Street. If you have a ticket for the official party, it takes place right after the parade. If not, spend the rest of your evening enjoying the energy of Oxford Street, or save your energy for sightseeing on your own on the Sunday, your last full day in Sydney.

Leave the ‘Big Smoke’ behind and head into the misty Blue Mountains. You’ll stop by Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet some cuddly (and not so cuddly) Aussie critters. Afterwards, you’ll stop in at Wentworth Falls, a lovely mountain town typical of the region, and of course call in at the Three Sisters lookout for the best view of these rocky peaks. Spend the night at Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa, then it’s off to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ most famous wine region. Spend another night here with plenty of time for relaxation, before enjoying a wine tour the next day.

Return to Sydney for one final night before flying home. Note that Goway takes no responsibility for traces of glitter found in luggage months after your trip.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,110

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Day 1

Sydney International Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

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 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.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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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.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Afternoon Panoramic Sydney Sights

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centre point.

Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte.

Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. 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 harbour before returning to the city centre.

Duration4 Hours

The Bridge Climb Night

A night climb has a character all of its own. There's a quiet, magical quality to the city at night, and the bridge has a mysterious feel, as you make your way to the summit, guided by the light of the specially provided headlamp for night climbers. You're wrapped in a blanket of darkness, with just the bridge lights illuminating the structure against huge shadows. Then, at the top, Sydney blazes before you in an electric light show.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Sydney to Blue Mountains

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. This morning 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 Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. 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.

From here, you are taken to your accommodation to check in. The remainder of the day at is free at leisure to relax and explore. Lunch is own cost today.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Carrington Hotel

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    Carrington Hotel



    The historic Carrington Hotel is situated in the very heart of Katoomba, amidst cafes, restaurants, art galleries and gift stores, and only a few minutes' walk from Katoomba Railway Station. Recently restored to its former grandeur, this heritage listed hotel is a local landmark, offering ...

    The historic Carrington Hotel is situated in the very heart of Katoomba, amidst cafes, restaurants, art galleries and gift stores, and only a few minutes' walk from Katoomba Railway Station. Recently restored to its former grandeur, this heritage listed hotel is a local landmark, offering the elegance, luxury and charm of yesteryear.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Blue Mountain to Hunter Valley

In the morning, we will collect you at 8:30am and travel around the mountains, stopping at Govetts Leap for spectacular Escarpment views. We then continue on to the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where we 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, we 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hunter Valley Resort

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    Hunter Valley Resort



    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with ...

    The Hunter Resort is a perfect place to stay for a getaway in the Hunter Valley. Within minutes are 2 championship golf courses, chocolate and cheese factories, hot air ballooning, antique stores, bookshops, award winning restaurants and cafes, and over 90 wineries, all accessible with the Vineyard Shuttle. There are 35 rooms and cottages with 4 different styles of accommodation to try.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Day 7

Hunter Valley to Sydney

After breakfast time to relax. Approximately 11.15am - 11.30am you are collected from your accommodation to 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 we will 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, we 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 we travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here we will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier "Cocoa Nib". You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine - a sensational way to conclude our day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region. From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5 - 5.30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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 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.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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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.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 8

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Trip departs daily, The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 runs for three weekends kicking off on Friday February 14th and wrapping up on Sunday March 1st.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Panoramic Sydney Tour
  • Sydney Bridge Climb 
  • 3 day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Tour
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tickets to Mardi Gras Parade and Parties
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Major ticketed events around Mardi Gras

  • Wed 19 Feb ’20 – Kaftan Party
  •  Mon 24 Feb ’20 – Pool Party
  •  Sat 29 Feb ’20 – Mardi Gras Party
  •  Sat 29 Feb ‘20 – Diamond Club
  •  Sat 29 Feb ’20 – Parade Side Show
  •  Sun 1 Mar ’20 - Laneway

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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27 Feb 2020

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