AUSTRALIAN CITY SIGHTS AND NATIONAL PARKS ESCAPE
10-day tour from Sydney (Warrane) to Darwin
Double: CA $9,915 per person
Includes Roundtrip flight from Vancouver to Sydney, return from Darwin.
Ask about air add-ons from other Canadian cities.
Internal Domestic Australian flights are not included.
Valid for Travel from May 1, 2023, to June 8, 2023, and July 24, 2023, to August 31, 2023. Ask for quotes on alternative dates.
• BridgeClimb Sydney Summit at Twilight
• Panoramic Sydney Sites
• Sydney Habour Discovery Luncheon Cruise
• Full-Day Private Blue Mountains Luxury Diamond Day
• Sydney Opera House Tour
• 2-Day Private Mary River Wetlands & Kakadu National Park
• Full-Day Private Darwin & Litchfield Park Tour
• Big Croc Feed VIP Experience
• Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise
ACCOMMODATIONS AND OTHER INCLUSIONS
• 4 Nights at the Parkroyal Darling Harbour - Superior Room with Full Breakfast
• 4 Nights at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront - Guest Room with Full Breakfast
• 1 Night at the Cooinda Lodge Kakadu - Standard Room with Morning Tea, Luch, Breakfast
• Private Car and Driver transportation between hotels and airports
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Day 1: Sydney (Warrane)Arrive Sydney + Twilight BridgeClimb
Includes: Private Car/Driver Transfer from Sydney International Airport to the Parkroyal Darling Harbour hotel. Twilight Sydney BridgeClimb with group photo, Certificate of Achievement & Cap
Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24/7 fun.
Your 3 hour tour commences with a comprehensive briefing and safety demonstration, before you are led by one of BridgeClimb’s Climb Leaders, on a guided journey (including preparation and briefing), to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The tour takes you along the top arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on the surroundings, with the opportunity to witness 360 degree views of Sydney including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour City surrounds. Upon conclusion receive a photograph of your group, a personalised commemorative climbing tour certificate and cap. Make your own way to your Sydney accommodation.
Day 2: Sydney (Warrane)Panoramic Sydney Sights + Harbour Luncheon Cruise | Hotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room
Includes: Full breakfast, Morning Panoramic Sydney Sights Tour, Sydney Harbour Discovery Luncheon Cruise with BBQ Buffet lunch
This 4 hour tour provides you with the opportunity to see Australia’s largest city and New South Wales’ capital, Sydney. 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, the Queen Victoria Building and visit Sydney’s trendy Oxford Street district. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean where you will see the superb coastal cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach, visit the beachfront promenade and enjoy a coffee or cool drink (own expense). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers and Sydney’s best panoramic view at Dover Heights. Return to the city via Double Bay, Kings Cross and Mrs Macquarie’s Point for a final magical viewpoint over the harbour. Your tour concludes at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour/King St Wharf precinct. Make your own way back to your accommodation.
Relax while you take in the sights of Sydney from the water with a 3 hour afternoon cruise. Experience the vastness of Sydney Harbour with its many secluded beaches and spectacular sandstone cliffs. Listen to commentary on the history of Sydney Harbour as well as details of the marine life that inhabits its sandy beaches, grassy sea beds and rocky shores. At the completion of your cruise, make your own way to your accommodation.
Day 3: Blue MountainsFull Day Blue Mountains Luxury Private Tour | Hotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room
Includes: Full breakfast, hotel pick up and drop off, Blue Mountains tour with Calmsley Hill admission, morning tea, 2 course Lunch at Echoes Restaurant with 1 glass of beer, wine or soft drink per person, national park fee and bottled water on board.
This 9 hour tour travels to the Blue Mountains. Stop at Calmsley Hill, a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure. Visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas and enjoy a stress and hurry free environment. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous Three Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Enjoy lunch at Echoes Restaurant, perched at the absolute edge of the Blue Mountains, with views of mountains, cliff edges and lush rainforest valleys. After lunch, visit Govetts Leap, one of the most famous lookouts in Australia. Your last stop at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens where there is time for a short inspection of the flora including the ancient Wollemi Pine. Return to Sydney, where you will be transferred to your Sydney city accommodation.
Day 4: Sydney (Warrane)Sydney Opera House Tour | Hotel: Parkroyal Darling Harbour in a Superior Room
Includes: Full breakfast
More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. But for Utzon, the Sydney Opera House story was no fairy tale. The 1 hour tour brings to life the saga behind the making of the world’s most famous house. Your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece, putting Jorn Utzon on centre stage and is a tribute to his creative genius. You will discover why Utzon was more than an architect: he was an architect of change. And how, against a landslide of political and public criticism, he created the youngest building ever to be World Heritage listed. An immersive digital sight and sound experience provides unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances and guides you through the history and future of this performance space. You will be taken inside one of the working venues to experience the magic behind the world’s most extraordinary opera, ballet, symphony and dramatic performances.
The afternoon is at your leisure to relax our venture out and explore on your own.
Day 5: Sydney (Warrane) to Darwin (Gulumerrdgen)Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront in a Guest Room
Includes: Full breakfast, Private Car/Driver from City Hotel to Domestic Airport and from Darwin Airport to City HotelYour flight today is not included in your arrangements
Darwin has a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and enjoys warm weather all year round. Perched on a peninsula with sea on three sides, Darwin is an excellent base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land. Darwin’s colourful history has contributed to its cultural diversity - more than 50 nationalities make up its 100,000 population, including the area's traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people. The cultural and culinary benefits of such a melting pot are best experienced at Darwin's weekly markets, variety of restaurants and through the annual calendar of festivals and other events.
This property is situated in the iconic Darwin Waterfront, nestled on the fringe of Darwin’s city centre. The Waterfront features alfresco dining options, bars, a spa, boutiques, green spaces for relaxing and a family friendly wave lagoon. Accommodation rooms are contemporary and well furnished with spacious bathrooms, whilst some feature views of Darwin Harbour.
Day 6: Kakadu National ParkMary River Wetlands & Kakadu National Park | Hotel: Cooinda Lodge Kakadu in a Standard Room
Includes: Full breakfast, Darwin Hotel pick up and drop off, National Park entry permits, morning tea and lunch
Travel from Darwin to Fogg Dam, a vast, open wetland area that is home to large numbers of colourful birds during the Top End dry season. Moving on, you will cross the Marrakai plains and the Adelaide River. Stop at the Purple Mango Café for a morning tea, and then join a small group scenic cruise around the picturesque Corroboree billabong, viewing a large variety of wetland birds including Jabiru, Ibis, Brolga, Jacana, Egrets, Herons, Kites, Sea Eagles, Whistling ducks, Magpie, Geese and many others. There is also the opportunity to spot saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment. This is part of the Mary River wetlands system, which has the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. After the cruise, travel off the highway down the old Jim Jim 4WD dirt track into Kakadu, where you will have ample opportunity to view bird and wildlife at numerous waterholes along the way.
Day 7: Kakadu National Park to Darwin (Gulumerrdgen)Mary River Wetlands & Kakadu National Park | Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront in a Guest Room
Includes: Full breakfast, National Park entry permits, transportation to Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
After breakfast, travel to Nanguluwur rock art and Aboriginal occupation sites. The Nanguluwur site is less well known, so you are well away from tourist crowds, yet it has some excellent examples of rock art, including the rare and ancient ‘dynamic figures’. There are also examples of the famous ‘x-ray’ style art and so called ‘contact period’ art, when Aboriginal people had first contact with white man. Your guide will explain the unique art and rich culture of the area. Travel south to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) to spend the afternoon in this picturesque area. At the end of a monsoonal forest walk, you can enjoy a swim in a refreshing, natural plunge pool with a beautiful, perennial waterfall cascading above you. Travel back to Darwin where you will be transferred to your Darwin city accommodation.
Day 8: Litchfiled National ParkPrivate Darwin & Litchfield Park Tour | Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront in a Guest Room
Includes: Full breakfast, Darwin Hotel pick up and drop off, National Park entry permits, lunch.
Your 9.5 tour commences with a visit to some of Darwin’s highlights where your guide will explain the brief history of the city, including the air raid bombings during World War II and Cyclone Tracy, which devastated the city in 1974. Travel along the Stuart Highway before turning off along the outback road into Litchfield National Park. Here, you will see some amazing magnetic termite mounds, resembling giant tombstones, as well as the gigantic so-called ‘cathedral’ termite mounds. Some of these tower over 5 metres tall. Continuing further on into Litchfield National Park, you have the chance to cool off, swimming in crystal clear natural plunge pools, under magnificent waterfalls, crocodile-free. You will spend the day exploring this beautiful region, as there are many walks to enjoy in the park. Travel back to Darwin where you will be transferred to your Darwin city accommodation.
Day 9: Darwin (Gulumerrdgen)ig Croc Feed VIP Experience + Darwin Dinner Cruise | Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront in a Guest Room
Includes: Full breakfast, Guided tour and VIP access to the Reptile House, Fishing for Crocs platform and baby crocodile handling area. Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise.
Enjoy the unique opportunity to feed some of Australia’s largest Saltwater crocodiles as part of a 1.5 hour fully guided tour of the attraction. You will have an introduction to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and aquatic creatures of the top end as well as behind the scenes access into the world of the Saltwater Crocodile. Meet some of the more unique reptiles of the Top End in the Reptile House, as your knowledgeable reptile handlers share their passion for the scaly inhabitants that call the Park their home, while sharing information on the unique relationship between some of these reptiles and the indigenous people of the region. Under the supervision of the experienced crocodile handlers, participate in feeding an adult Saltwater crocodile and gain a greater knowledge of one of the world’s most deadly predators. Gain VIP access to the Fishing for Crocs platform and the baby crocodile handling area as part of your tour. At the completion of your tour, please make your way back to your accommodation.
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Stokes Hill Wharf, where you will board your vessel for your 2.5 hour cruise. With beautiful views of the Top End city, there is no better way experience Darwin's renowned sunsets than on board the 'Charles Darwin'. You'll enjoy a sumptuous, Territory-style buffet with fresh Australian seafood and local produce, served in air-conditioned surrounds. Commentary by crew will give you an insight into the Harbour's history, cultural significance, and biodiversity. This cruise is perfect way to experience the world-famous sunsets, followed by Darwin's skyline lit up at night. Upon arrival at the wharf you will be transferred by coach to your accommodation.
Day 10: Darwin (Gulumerrdgen)End of Tour | Includes: Full breakfast, Private Car/Driver from City Hotel to Domestic Airport
Today ends your Australian Wildlife tour.