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The “Other" Sydney, Rock, and Reef

This 17-night itinerary is truly an exclusive exploration of corners of the Land Down Under often overlooked by other travelers.  While most visitors to Australia will be visiting Sydney, Uluru (Ayers Rock), and the Great Barrier Reef, we’ll be taking you off the beaten path to a more behind-the-scenes perspective of Sydney and the “other” Rock and Reef:  the Kimberley Region and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.  A luxury train ride from Sydney to Adelaide, and wine-tasting in Margaret River outside of Perth round out this remarkable itinerary.

From $12,750 per person sharing, ($2,160 single supplement) includes all airfare within Australia.  Price subject to change based on airfare and exchange rate fluctuations.  This Australia adventure tour was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of their 2015 Tours of a Lifetime.

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Meet your host
Jeff Pietka

Adventure Highlights

  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Margaret River wine region
  • Whale Shark Discovery cruise in Ningaloo Reef
  • Broken Hill
  • Yacht cruise of Sydney
  • Captain Cook Cruise

Day 1 – Arrival in Darwin

The small group will arrive in Darwin where private transfers to Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel await.  Meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner, then spend the night adjusting and relaxing as your adventure begins tomorrow.

Welcome Dinner – 2 Course Dinner + 2 hour beverage package (standard beers, house red/white & sparkling wines, juice & soft drinks)

Overnight: Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel – Superior Queen with Full Breakfast

Day 2 – El Questro Wilderness Park

Start your morning with a flight to Kununura and transfer to El Questro Wilderness Park to begin your adventure.  El Questro Wilderness Park is considered to be one of the world’s most unique holiday destinations. A million acres in size, El Questro was developed in 1991 to provide a truly Australian holiday destination. El Questro is located on the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley region, one of the world’s last unspoilt frontiers: rugged ranges, broad tidal flats, rainforest pockets, gorges and waterfalls. Animal, bird and fish life congregate on the rivers and waterholes, of which El Questro boasts four major river systems – from fresh water springs to the lazy saltwater estuaries in the northern part of the property. As much or as little as you like, El Questro has activities for the ecotourist, agritourist and sports adventurer alike; whether it’s photographing butterflies or fishing for barramundi.

Lunch on arrival (Beef or Barramundi Lunch)

Evening Dinner (2 Course Set Menu or Gourmet BBQ Dinner)

Overnight: Station Bungalow – River View with Full Breakfast

 

Day 3 – Bungle Bungle 2 hour scenic flight

The Bungle Bungle’s flight is one of Australia’s natural wonders, the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle Range is a unique sandstone formation dating back 350 million years. This two hour aeroplane flight from El Questro’s airstrip takes you first over Lake Argyle and the Carboyd Range.  Before entering the 240,000 ha Purnululu National Park, the Bungle Bungle massif rises 300m out of the desert to meet you. For the next 20 minutes you will discover the awe inspiring striped bee hive domes and gorges of this 350 million year old icon. Orbitting the range take a photo or two of the Gibb Face. See the famous Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Gorge, the longest and deepest in the massif. On the return journey to El Questro, pass over the Argyle Diamond Mine, the largest producer of pink and coloured diamonds in the world. A once in a life time experience.

Evening Dinner (2 Course Set Menu or Gourmet BBQ Dinner)

Overnight: Station Bungalow – River View with Full Breakfast

 

Day 4 – Kimberley – El Questro Wilderness Park

El Questro Full Day Tour

This tour offers some of the highlights of the Kimberley and gives an informative overview of El Questro. The tour starts with a guided hike to the halfway pool of El Questro Gorge, a soak in Zebedee Springs, ‘Beef or Barra’ lunch at The Steakhouse followed by an afternoon Chamberlain Gorge Cruise. Departs The Station Store or Emma Gorge Resort.

Evening Dinner (2 Course Set Menu or Gourmet BBQ Dinner)

Overnight: Station Bungalow – River View with Full Breakfast

 

Day 5 – Kimberley – El Questro Wilderness Park

Saddleback Ridge Sunset Tour OR Buddy’s Point Sunset Tour

Saddleback Ridge

Located just behind the Station lies one of the most magnificent lookouts El Questro has to offer. The 2-hour sunset tour to Saddleback Ridge offers an exciting 4WD trip as the track to the summit is steep and winding. Under the guide of an experienced tour leader, the journey ends with stunning 360-degree views of your surroundings at sunset and a delicious cheese platter and sparkling wine to enjoy.

Buddy’s Point

This 2-hour guided tour is exclusive to guests who book the Sunset Tour or a private lookout booking. Buddy’s Point was named to honour El Questro legend Buddy Tyson. A former rodeo champion, cattle drover and tour guide at El Questro, Buddy was known for his knack for storytelling. Offering stunning 360-degree views of the entire property, the tour begins with a guided 4WD adventure through classic Kimberley landscapes and ends with a view into the heart of Chamberlain Gorge as you enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese platter.

Overnight: Station Bungalow – River View with Full Breakfast

Day 6 – El Questro to Margaret River

Private air conditioned transport to and from airports for flight to Perth for 3 days and 2 nights in the Margaret River Region. Travel from Perth to the Margaret River wine region via Yallingup Shearing Shed. Visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting) then Busselton.

Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into one of Australia’s premier vacation destinations with pristine natural wonders, world class wineries, fine restaurants and spectacular beaches. With a warm Mediterranean climate, the Margaret River region is renowned for its local produce, vineyards and wineries. Be sure to taste some of the local treats including berries, olive oils, fudge and preserves. While wine production only started in the late sixties, in that short time the region has already produced an array of internationally acclaimed wines. With more than 60 wineries to choose from producing Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz you will not be stuck for choice. Once you have had your fill of food and wine, head outside and explore the surrounding area. Explore networks of underground caves, watch the locals take on the awe-inspiring waves at Surfers Point, go rock climbing or abseiling, canoeing or whale watching or just sit back and let yourself relax surrounded by nature, beautiful vineyards and glorious coastline.

2-Course Dinner

Overnight: Abbey Beach Resort, Studio Spa Suite with Full Breakfast

 

Day 7 –  Margaret River to Pemberton region

Enjoy free time in the township of Margaret River before heading to Surfers Point Lookout. Tour Mammoth Cave, then through Boranup Forest to visit Augusta and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Enjoy wine tasting this afternoon.

Lunch and Dinner included

Overnight: Darby Park Serviced Residences, Studio with continental boxed breakfast

Day 8 – Margaret River to Exmouth

Early morning departure to return to Perth for flight to Learmonth. Coach transfer Learmonth Airport to Exmouth.

Evening Dinner – 2 Course (Entrée & Main)

Overnight: Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth, King Bed Standard with Full Breakfast

Day 9 – Ocean Eco Adventures Whale Shark Discovery, Exmouth

The Ocean Eco Adventures Whale Shark Discovery cruise begins with a courtesy bus transfer from your accommodation around Exmouth to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp on the west side of Northwest Cape where you meet your team and board the company vessel, “Keshi-Mer”. This fast, modern, well equipped 18m vessel features comfortable cushioned seating, a large shaded deck area, broad timber swim platform, clear side curtains on the main deck that allow great viewing whilst protecting you from the wind and spray, a large bow area for marine animal viewing, full galley, toilet and fresh water rinse shower, making it the perfect vessel to experience the magic of the Ningaloo Reef.

An Ocean Eco Adventures Whale Shark Discovery cruise also features an exclusive spotter aircraft to search the reef for Whale Sharks. One plane is dedicated solely to maximize your swimming time with the Whale Sharks. The investment of having the plane spot exclusively for Ocean Eco Adventures 1 boat allows the boat to move freely and venture to its own areas and find Whale Sharks away from other vessels. A focus on allowing as much time in the water snorkeling with the Whale Sharks as possible is a feature of an Ocean Eco Adventures Whale Shark cruise.

A qualified snorkel guide accompanies each group, whilst a company videographer takes footage of the Whale Shark swim and other marine life sited throughout the day. This DVD is then given as a gift to you. During the day an opportunity to snorkel in the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park is offered at coral sites, abundant with tropical fish life. You will also search for Turtles, Dolphins, Dugong, Rays, Sea Birds and other marine life throughout the day.

The excitement doesn’t stop with the marine viewing and interaction, a very talked about feature on all Ocean Eco Adventures cruises is the delicious gourmet food featuring fresh Western Australian produce. A variety of menu choices are on offer throughout the day with all dietary requirements catered for (with notice).

Includes Lunch & non-alcoholic beverages

Evening Dinner – 2 Course (Entrée & Main)

Overnight: Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth, King Bed Standard with Full Breakfast

Day 10 – Day at Leisure

EXMOUTH BEACHES If it’s pristine beaches you’re after, you have come to the right place! The Exmouth coastline offers visitors an endless array of stunning, unspoilt, deserted beaches which are perfect for snorkelling, sunbathing, water sports, fishing, or simply relaxing and soaking in the superb scenery.

  • Town Beach: The closest beach to Exmouth is Town Beach. Located only 1km from the centre of town, this beach is ideal for morning walks, beachcombing and safe, protected swimming. 4WD access tracks that lead onto the beach can be found at the ends of both Warne Street and Willersdorf Road. This beach is tidal, so swimming is best at high tide.
  • Bundegi Beach: Located 12km north of Exmouth, Bundegi Beach marks the start of the Ningaloo Marine Park and is a great beach for swimming, kayaking and fishing. There is also a boat launching facility at the southern end of the Bundegi Beach.
  • Lighthouse Bay: Several short tracks along Mildura Wreck Road into Lighthouse Bay provide access to a variety of beaches suitable for fishing, surfing, swimming and sunbathing. At the end of the road you will discover the wreck of the cattle transport vessel, SS Mildura. which can be easily viewed from the beach. The Mildura was wrecked in 1907, with the loss of no human lives, although most of the cattle on board did not survive the disaster. The timbers and irons of the vessel were salvaged and used in renovations for Yardie Homestead, and the hull was later used for bombing practice by allied planes during world War II.
  • Jurabi Coastal Reserve: The access tracks along the Yardie Creek Road offer a variety of beaches to choose from. These beaches are suitable for fishing, swimming and viewing nesting turtles during season (approximately November to February). On a low tide, close inspection of the rock pools hold many hidden delights such as sea urchins, anemones, starfish and octopus.
  • Mauritius Beach: If an all over tan is what youre after then this is the beach for you. Declared a ‘clothing optional’ beach in 1999, Mauritius Beach is located just past the Vlamingh Head lighthouse 21km from Exmouth. Beaches of the Cape Range National Park: The beaches south of Tantabiddi lie within the Cape Range National Park and form the coastline of the Ningaloo Marine Park. These spectacular beaches – some of the best in WA are great for relaxing, swimming or snorkelling. See Snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef for more details.
  • Turquoise Bay: Located within the Cape Range National Park, 63kms from Exmouth, Turquoise Bay deserves special mention amongst the many stunning beaches of this coastline. Turquoise Bay was recently ranked in the world’s top 20 beaches by users of leading travel review website,TripAdvisor.com. The unique combination of white, sandy beaches with fantastic coral snorkelling only metres from the shoreline in calm, crystal clear water makes Turquoise Bay a must see.  

HIKES & LOOKOUTS The Cape Range National Park features several hike trails and lookouts offering spectacular views over the range, canyons, Ningaloo Reef and Exmouth Gulf. Caution should be taken when bushwalking in the Cape Range National Park as the canyon walls walls are steep and can be dangerous due to loose surfaces. Don’t go on your own – always let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Cave areas are unsafe due to oxygen deficiency. For your own safety please remain on existing walking trails. Avoid walking in the middle of the day and always carry water as extreme heat is common and there is almost no surface water in the Cape Range.

  • Vlamingh Head The lookout at the base of Vlamingh Head lighthouse offers one of the best ocean views on the Ningaloo coast. A full panorama of the tip of North West Cape can be enjoyed here, which includes the Harold E Holt Communications Station VLF towers, Muiron Islands, offshore oil rigs, Ningaloo Reef and the township of Exmouth. Vlamingh Head is also a favorite place for visitors to watch the sun set over the sea or spot humpback whales during their annual migration from June to November.
  • Mandu Mandu Gorge Mandu Mandu Gorge has a 3km walking trail which allows access into this dry gorge. The trail starts at the end of the Mandu Mandu track and follows the northern ridge of the gorge, offering stunning panoramic views of the gorge and the Ningaloo Reef. The trail leads down into the creek bed from where you follow the base of the gorge back to the car park. Please be aware this is a class 4 trail that is often rough and requires walkers to possess a moderate to high level of fitness.
  • Yardie Nature Trail & Yardie Creek Gorge Trail The Yardie Nature Trail/Yardie Creek Gorge Trail is a 2km, two part trail that starts with a 1.25km, class 2 trail that requires no particular level of fitness. The Yardie Nature Trail follows a gentle, well defined path that winds along the edge of Yardie Creek, offering views of Yardie Creek and the Ningaloo Reef. At the end of the Yardie Nature Trail, the 750m Yardie Gorge Trail begins. This is a class 4 trail that is often rough and requires walkers to possess a moderate to high level of fitness. The Yardie Gorge Trail takes walkers high above Yardie Creek with views over the gorge and Ningaloo Reef.
  • Charles Knife Canyon Charles Knife Canyon is accessed via Charles Knife Road, 21km south of Exmouth off Minilya-Exmouth Road. The mostly gravel road follows the razor-backed ridges of the range and provides breathtaking downward views into the stark, multicoloured gorges. There are several lookout points that provide fantastic photo opportunities and a marked walking trail from Thomas Carter Lookout.
  • Badjirrajirra Loop Trail Badjirrajirra Loop Trail begins at the Thomas Carter Lookout, off Charles Knife Road. This is an 8km, class 4 trail that is often rough and requires walkers to possess a moderate to high level of fitness. A moderately difficult loop trail traversing the top of the Cape Range, the Badjirrajirra Trail winds its way through rocky gullies, small gorges and open spinifex bushland. The walk also offers views of Shothole Canyon and Exmouth Gulf.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • HumpbackWhale Watching Humpback whales are the fifth largest of the great whales, weighing up to 40 tonnes. They make their annual migration up the WA coastline in winter, and can be seen from June to November along the Ningaloo Coast. From July to November Exmouth Gulf boasts the highest density of humpback whales in the Southern hemisphere. There are viewing points at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, Town Beach and Bundegi Beach, or you can take a closer look by joining one of the educational and fun tours or sunset cruises to see these magnificent creatures rolling around, slapping their tails and fins or even breaching clear of the water.
  • Jurabi Turtle Centre A collaborative project between the Shire of Exmouth and the Department of Parks & Wildlife, the Jurabi Turtle Centre was constructed in recognition of the urgent need to minimise the impact of human distrurbance to nesting marine turtles along the Ningaloo coast. It is an unmanned outdoor interpretive centre and is open to the public at all times. The centre houses a creative range of materials and provides information on turtle biology, threats, conservation measures and the correct way to observe nesting turtles without disturbing them. During the turtle nesting season from November to March, the Department of Parks & Wildlife also runs turtle observation tours from Jurabi Turtle Centre.
  • Krait & Potshot Memorials Exmouth’s strong military history is evident right along the tip of North West Cape, but some of the best examples of this fighting past can be found at the Krait and Potshot Memorials, off Minilya-Exmouth Road, around 29kms south of Exmouth. Operation Potshot saw the establishment of a US submarine refuelling base in 1942, while the Krait memorial commemorates Operation Jaywick; one of the most daring shipping raids of the Second World War. Exmouth Gulf was the base of this mission, in which a small group of SAS soldiers used a captured, near derelict Malaysian fishing vessel (grandiosely renamed the HMS Krait) to conduct a sneak attack on Japanese warships in Singapore Harbour. Relics and interpretive signage can be found at the Krait and Potshot memorials.
  • Mangrove Bay Bird Hide The Mangrove Bay bird hide overlooks the Mangrove Bay Lagoon and sanctuary area. A variety of birds roost in the lagoon at high tide and many feed on small fish and other marine life in the shallow waters. Patient observation may reward with the sight of an osprey or brahminy kite.
  • Milyering Discovery Centre Milyering is the Cape Range National Park discovery centre. Located 52km from Exmouth, the Milyering Discovery Centre houses interpretive displays, audio-visual facilities and a library containing a wealth of information on the National and Marine Parks, all of which are designed to help visitors appreciate the natural environment. National Park rangers are also on site to assist with enquiries. A beach wheel chair is available with prior arrangement from the centre.
  • Spray Ground Exmouth’s Federation Park Water Spray Ground was completed in July, 2013. It is a fantastic and unique representation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage values and a new fun filled attraction for Federation Park. Some of the main features of the spray include a pirate’s cave, humpback whale and turtles. The spray ground is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Surfing
  • SS Mildura Wreck At the tip of North West Cape at the end of Mildura Wreck Road, the wreck of the cattle steamer SS Mildura can be viewed. Resting a mere 80 metres from shore, the SS Mildura was wrecked in 1907. The legacy of the SS Mildura is the nearby Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, which owes its positioning on North West Cape to this shipwreck which highlighted the urgent need at the time for a light station on this notoriously treacherous stretch of coast.
  • The Big Prawn On Murat Road right alongside the Exmouth Visitor Centre stands Exmouth’s big prawn. This iconic, four metre tall fibreglass sculpture was originally located along Minilya-Exmouth Road outside local seafood company, MG Kailis’ now disused facility, 40 kilometres out of Exmouth. MG Kallis has since gifted the structure to the Shire of Exmouth. Interpretive signage on the Exmouth Gulf prawn fishery can also be found at the base of the big prawn.
  • Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is a favourite heritage experience for visitors to the Ningaloo coast, who will find not only the lighthouse itself on the top of Vlamingh Head, but also the remains of a World War II radar station, a wide range of interpretive signage and one of the best ocean views on the Ningaloo coast.

NOTE: These activities are optional and not included in price, although we are happy to arrange one for you.

Overnight: Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth, King Bed Standard with Full Breakfast

Day 11 – Exmouth to Sydney

Coach transfer Exmouth to Learmonth Airport, flight to Sydney.  Transfer Includes Meet & Greet at Airport.

Sydney doesn’t exactly hide its charms!  Endowed with a sparkling harbor, dazzling beaches and a sunny, Mediterranean climate, its setting alone has guaranteed Sydney a place among the most glamorous cities in the world. There are plenty of ways to explore the harbor – on ferries, cruise vessels, high-speed jet-boats or sea kayaks.  Visit the sandstone warehouses and Victorian Merchant’s houses in the Rocks area, which have been transformed into a cosmopolitan gateway to the city, complete with art galleries, boutiques, cafes, a weekend market, and some of the best views on earth. Explore the Sydney Aquarium, the Chinese Museum, and the Taronga Zoo! Sydney offers a dynamic, exciting mix of tours, attractions and events that allow visitors to discover this welcoming, free-spirited city.

Overnight: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, Standard Room with Full Breakfast

Day 12 – Ride the Indian Pacific to Broken Hill

Transfer from Hotel to Train Station The Indian Pacific “Sydney to Broken Hill – Point to Point -1 sector”

Gold Service fares include: Off train excursions at major stops; standard wines, beers, base spirits and soft drinks; breakfast, lunch and dinner from the new regional based menu; flexible dining options; increased luggage allowance of two pieces at 25kgs/55lbs each.

Gold Service Dining: – All meals are included in Gold Service and are served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant Car. – Superb three course meals are served by friendly waiters, on elegant china, accompanied by fine glassware and cutlery. – A selection of standard wines and beverages are included. – Limited special dietary light meals are available on request (please advise at time of booking). – Breakfast meals include a choice of cooked or continental, lunch is a two course meal with various choices, and dinner is a three course meal with a number of dinner options.

Gold Service Twin Cabin: – Well-appointed day and overnight Cabin accommodation. – Twin Cabins feature a 3 seater lounge converting to upper and lower sleeping berths plus ensuite facilities with toilet, washbasin and shower. – The cabins are fully serviced by carriage attendants with fresh sheets, pillows and doonas. – Cabins feature 3 pin/ 240 volt power point, wardrobe, full length mirror, reading light and foldaway table. – Complimentary toiletry bags and onboard magazine provided in all Gold Service cabins.

Lounge: The relaxed setting of the Outback Explorer Lounge offers a place to socialize and meet fellow travelers from all corners of the world or sit back and enjoy the passing parade of Australian landscapes. The Lounge has a licensed bar and is the ideal place to gather for a drink before dinner or for a game of cards and a nightcap with new friends.

Departs Sydney at 3pm, arrives Broken Hill at 6am + 1 day

Dinner included

 

Day 13 – Broken Hill City Sights, Heritage & Ghost Tours

Transfer Rail Station to Hotel, then embark on two tours in one, including lunch.

Morning City Sights and Heritage Tour: This tour covers 50kms of our unique city. Listen as you tour guide tells you of the impact the enormous wealth of the Silver City had on the development of our great country. This city was founded from the discovery of the richest ore body in the Southern Hemisphere. You will visit the Line of Lode Miners Memorial and Visitors Centre, this magnificent new attraction is located at the highest point of the Line of Lode overlooking the city. Hear of the origins of BHP and their eventual departure from the Silver City. See the vast differences from the early miners cottages to the modern homes of today. Your guide will show you the wonderful heritage buildings, churches and hotels. Take note of our green parklands and the magnificent fully grassed Broken Hill Golf Course, something that was just a dream to the early pioneers in the semi arid climate.

Afernoon Silverton Ghost Tour:  Situated approximately 28kms from Broken Hill. Silverton, Umberumberka Reservoir and the Mundi Mundi Plains have many natural and historical facts that are the best described to you at the point of contact by your experienced guide.

The Mundi Mundi Plains lookout has a breathtaking view that has many unanswered questions that the visitor may wish to have answered then and there. On our tour this is possible. On our tour you will see some of the characters that call Silverton home for a short time: Mel Gibson, Bryan Brown, Helen Morse just to name a few, this is all possible at the infamous Silverton Hotel. An opportunity to see craft centres, art galleries and museums, on a journey back in time.

Evening dinner included.

Overnight: Ibis Styles Broken Hill, Standard Room with continental breakfast

Day 14 – Broken Hill

Silver City Private Tour including lunch

Menindee Lakes & Kinchega National Park:  Enjoy a leisurely tour around the Menindee Lakes Scheme. Sit back and relax with morning tea on the shores of Copi Hollow. Travel to Menindee, and on to Kinchega National Park, this magnificent park is located along the banks of the Darling River.

Evening dinner included.

Overnight: Ibis Styles Broken Hill, Standard Room

 

Day 15 – Flight to Sydney & Sea Sydney Cruise

Includes transfers between hotels and airports including airport meet and greet upon arrival. Check in at hotel before a 5-minute walk to Sea Sydney Cruises for “Cruise Like a Local.”

Be engulfed by the beauty and magic of Sydney as you cruise like a local for four hours aboard Calypso, a 52-foot Motor Yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour past the world famous, iconic landmarks including The Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Opera House before dropping anchor in a secluded cove, where you’ll enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner. This is your chance to cruise like a local and truly enjoy this quintessential Australian experience.

4-hour cruise includes 3-course dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Overnight: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, Standard Room with Full Breakfast

 

Day 16 – Ultimate Experience of Sydney

Dingo Tours “City to Surf”: Meet members of the indigenous Gadigal people on their own turf. Explore the hottest bars and art galleries, or just have a barbie at the best picnic spot. Join this full day City to Surf Sydney tour to discover what lies beyond Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. This full day tour (which includes a spot of lawn bowling and an Aussie BBQ lunch) will immerse you in the hustle and bustle of the most beautiful city on earth, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Includes Aussie style BBQ lunch

Overnight: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, Standard Room with Full Breakfast

 

Day 17 – Captain Cook Cruise

Captain Cook Cruises “Sydney Harbour Explorer Cruise”: Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass. Disembark at any one, stay as long as you like and board the next Explorer. Includes full commentary and stops at Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, Shark Island, Watson’s Bay, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, and Circular Quay.

Only a 5-minute walk back to your hotel, and another 5- minute walk to Wolfie’s Grill Restaurant for a 3-course “Reef & Beef” dinner and alcoholic beverage package

Overnight: Old Sydney Holiday Inn, Standard Room with Full Breakfast

Day 18 – End of Trip

Transfer with Sydney Coaches from Hotel to International Airport.  Say goodbye to your new friends and enjoy the trip home!

Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel

The Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel is a 6 story airport property which offers a range of facilities including a 26 metre lap pool, laundry facilities, business centre, complimentary parking and on-site restaurant. Live departure boards, located in the reception area are available to check flights. Please note this is a nonsmoking property. Suites are modern and spacious and feature private facilities, fridge, business desk, plasma television and block-out curtains. Some rooms feature a balcony.

Station Bungalow

The Bungalows are located on the banks of the Pentecost River where it flows through The Station, the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park. Ideal for those travelers who want to be at the center of the action and close to all of El Questro’s activities, the Bungalows are great for families, as well as those who prefer a few extra comforts. The Bungalows are resort style accommodation and do not feature any cooking facilities.

Abbey Beach Resort

Abbey Beach Resort provides a complete range of guest facilities to cater for the very active or those who just want to escape with the family. Abbey Beach features 2 outdoor swimming pools, a 25m indoor heated swimming pool with children’s wading pool, a gym, spa, sauna, squash court, tennis courts and children’s play ground. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, you can find a quiet spot on the edge of the lake or in a corner of our extensive lawn areas, enjoy a barbecue at the undercover barbecue and picnic area or visit the onsite gallery of resident artist Jenny Taylor. The flexible range of luxury Hotel and Apartment accommodation means we can meet the unique and individual needs of singles, couples and families with children. Choose from a Studio room or a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom self contained, serviced apartment – all come with the little added treat of a private spa bath. To top this all off you are right on the beach with easy access and a gentle swimming bay.

Darby Park Serviced Residences

Ideally located as a stepping off point to explore this beautiful area, The property offers quality studio, one two and three bedroom apartments offering panoramic views of the magnificent forest. Facilities include a heated swimming pool, 1/2 court tennnis court, lounge bar and secure parking. Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth, King Bed Standard with Full Breakfast Novotel Ningaloo Resort is located on Sunrise Beach, part of Exmouth’s new marina development. The resort features a choice of one, two and three bedroom apartments and bungalows, a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gymnasium and conference facilities. Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and is a protected marine park. It is also one of the few reefs that can be accessed straight from the beach.

Old Sydney Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Old Sydney is one of Sydney’s little secrets, uniquely positioned between the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, a perfect location to experience the shops, cafés and restaurants for which The Rocks area is known. Enjoy magnificent views of the world’s most stunning harbour from the hotel’s rooftop pool, sauna and spa. Stroll down the harbourside promenade past the Museum of Contemporary Art to the lively Circular Quay area with its excellent restaurants and bars. Here you can catch a ferry to Manly Beach, Watson’s Bay, or Taronga Zoo, or enjoy a fabulous harbour cruise.

Ibis Styles Broken Hill

Ibis Styles Broken Hill is a friendly 42 room boutique style hotel perfect for any corporate or leisure traveller. Conveniently located in the CBD of Broken Hill, it is within walking distance to many amenities and attractions such as Broken Hill Entertainment Centre, restaurants, clubs, shopping centers and most of Broken Hill’s exciting sightseeing locations such as the Silver City Mint and Art Centre, Geo Centre which houses the famous Silver Tree, and the Railway and Mineral Train Museum.

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INSURANCE: Travel insurance is not included but can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage. Travel insurance can be purchased through EverGreen Escapes.

VALIDITY/CHANGES: Your itinerary contains information believed to be accurate at the time of publication. EverGreen Escapes reserves the right to modify an itinerary or substitute tour components and inclusions without prior notice. Once a deposit has been received, a minimum $50 per booking change fee will apply. Other change fees are at the discretion of the hotels, tour operators, airlines, rental car agencies, and other service providers.

QUOTES: Unless guaranteed in writing with a specific expiration date, quotes from our office are subject to change until full payment is made.

CHILDREN: Child discounts are sometimes available depending on the travel products selected. Please note some travel products do not allow children below a certain age. If traveling with children please always check for specials and restrictions. All children under the age of 18 MUST have a parent or guardian with them at all times.

PASSPORTS/VISAS: A passport valid for six months beyond the date of return travel is required for entry into all destination countries. Customers/travelers with a passport from a country other than the US or Canada should request information regarding any necessary documents from the destination countries’ consulates or their travel agents. All travelers are required to carry valid identification at all times. Additional Travel Documents, such as Visas, may be required depending upon the countries to be visited and the citizenship of the traveler. It is the sole responsibility of each traveler to ensure that he or she meets the Travel and Immigration requirements of their country of citizenship and those of the countries to be visited. EverGreen Escapes will not be held liable or responsible in any way for any traveler’s failure to obtain Travel Documentation necessary for their trip.

PRICES: EverGreen Escapes quotes prices in US currency based on the exchange rates for the respective foreign currency as of the date of the quote. Customer’s exchange rate is only fixed when full payment is made, unless otherwise noted on Customer’s itinerary. Any price that EverGreen Escapes quotes is subject to change without notice until full payment is made. All prices are ‘from’ and seasonal surcharges and currency fluctuations apply.

RELATIONSHIP OF THE PARTIES: EverGreen Escapes shall be deemed to be an independent contractor for all purposes under these Terms & Conditions. EverGreen Escapes is acting solely to facilitate the reservation and purchase of Travel Related Services and is not acting in any other capacity with either the Customers or the Service Providers, including, but not limited to, any partnership, joint venture, co-ownership, or agency relationship of any kind with any Customer or Service Provider. EverGreen Escapes does not have any control over the quality, timing, safety, or legality of any Travel Related Service actually reserved or purchased by or for a Customer. EverGreen Escapes does not and can not control whether a Service Provider represents its products accurately or fulfills any agreement or obligation with any Customer.

ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE: Our clients always maintain a respectful distance while watching or photographing wildlife. Move slowly and quietly around wildlife when hiking. Avoid brightly colored clothes; wear drab greens and browns instead. Do not pick plants or wildflowers or trample over their habitats. Stay on the trail. Shore side, refill all holes and return large rocks to their original positions. Observe limits on the collection of edible species, and forgo the collection of others for souvenirs. Handle tide pool creatures gently and briefly, and return them to their original places. Educate others about ethical wildlife observation – spread the word.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: EverGreen Escapes shall not be liable for any claims, losses, damages, costs, expenses, delays, sickness, injury, or loss of enjoyment, of any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond EverGreen Escapes’ or a service provider’s reasonable control. In no event will EverGreen Escapes’ liability exceed the total amounts Customer paid EverGreen Escapes for Customer’s travel. EverGreen Escapes assumes no responsibility for lost tickets, documents, passes, or coupons.

DISPUTES & INDEMNITY: As EverGreen Escapes is not involved in providing the Travel Related Services for the Customer, any and all disputes between a Customer and Service Provider are solely between that Customer and that Service Provider, and the Customer and Service Provider should handle all such disputes directly with that Customer or Service Provider. If Service Provider or Customer contacts EverGreen Escapes relating to any dispute between the Customer or Service Provider, EverGreen Escapes may, in its sole discretion, facilitate dispute resolution and reserves the right to take any action that EverGreen Escapes deems appropriate under the circumstances. Customer agrees to release EverGreen Escapes and its agents and employees from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. Furthermore, Customer agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless EverGreen Escapes from any liability, loss, claim, and expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.