Travel beyond the hustle and bustle of Sydney and get out into the gorgeous New South Wales countryside on this invigorating journey.
Retreat inland to the soaring summits of the Blue Mountains and the fine wines of the Hunter Valley before discovering the tranquil bays and sandy beaches of the spectacular Pacific Coast at Port Stephens and Byron Bay.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Watch the surfers ride the waves on Bondi Beach
- Hike the forest trails in the magnificent Blue Mountains
- Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge for fabulous city views
- Laze on laid-back Pacific Coast beaches
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- International flights
- 14 nights in 4-5* hotels
- 10 days' car hire
- Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights tour
- Sensational Sydney Cruise
- Sydney BridgeClimb
- Airport transfers
Need to know+
- Arrives: Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD)
- Time difference: GMT+10
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: English
- Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
- Flying time from UK: Around 22 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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Dynamic Sydney is a world-beater; an effervescent, multicultural and vibrant city filled with sights to see and things to do. Marvel at such iconic landmarks as the Opera House and the Rocks on your Sensational Sydney cruise, on a 52-foot motor yacht no less, wander the picturesque waterfront areas of Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, and hop on the ferry to Manly for classic harbour views. Take a trip to the perennially popular Bondi Beach, where backpackers and sun-worshippers hang out with the rich and famous and top it all off by climbing the great arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Just an hour’s drive from Sydney, but a whole world away, the dramatic Blue Mountains offer a tranquil escape from the hubbub of the city. Marvel at the spectacular forests and towering peaks of this World Heritage-listed site, named after the blue-hued haze emitted by the region’s dense carpet of eucalyptus trees. Walk the pathways to the majestic Three Sisters, hear the Aboriginal legend of their formation and let the peaks and valleys of this splendid region take your breath away.
Visit some of Australia’s finest boutique vineyards in the stunning Hunter Valley. Sup on an assortment of wines, from dry whites to sparkling and even fortified varieties. You won’t go hungry either, with tasty cheeses, spiced olives and artisan chocolate all offered up for tasting. With plenty of activities to choose from, the Hunter Valley is not just for wine enthusiasts –perhaps join in carriage rides, golf, horse riding and cooking classes, all just a couple of hours from Sydney.
Swim in peaceful coves and bask on wide sandy beaches in Port Stephens, an area dubbed the ‘Blue Water Paradise’, and for good reason. Its gorgeous marine scenery, calm waters and sheltered bays spread across 19 miles of clean white sandy beaches, making it the perfect seaside haven. Activities range from swimming in peaceful coves and basking on wide sandy beaches, to fishing, water sports and whale watching (June to November). For something a little bit different, Stockton Beach, which in some places is nearly a mile wide, is backed by a rolling row of golden sand dunes, where sandboarding, quad biking and tobogganing are popular.
According to Australian science organisation the CSIRO, Coffs Harbour enjoys the ‘most liveable climate’ of all Aussie locales. With an enviable position between Sydney and Brisbane, the lifestyle is liveable, too. Go rafting in Dorrigo National Park, camping at Nambucca Heads or fishing at Macksville, and don’t miss posing for a photo by the Big Banana. The only concern around Coffs is the ‘Pub With No Beer’ – a drinking hole west of Macksville made famous by Australian country singer Slim Dusty.
Tucked away in the northeast corner of temperate New South Wales, Byron Bay proudly retains its scent of incense and hemp beneath its overtones of herbal teas and artisan cookies. The breathtaking beaches, rugged hinterland and coastal bush landscapes have attracted gatherings of people from Indigenous days to the hippie 70s. A visit to Byron Bay is an artistic and holistic experience sure to renew body and spirit.
Depart Byron Bay and return to the UK
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