Australia: Legendary Pacific Coast
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 14 nights in 4–5* hotels
- 10 days car hire
- Sydney Captain’s Club dinner cruise
- Hunter Valley Picnic Amongst the Vines experience
- Airport transfers in Sydney
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Sydney
Fly from the UK to Sydney
Days 3 - 4: Sydney
There’s so much to see and do in sunny Sydney, you could stay for weeks, but don’t leave before taking the ferry to Manly, viewing, touring or taking in a performance at the iconic Opera House or signing up for a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach. You can also wander the peaceful botanical gardens in search of flying foxes, sip a cappuccino in one of Darling Harbour’s lively cafés, or perhaps climb the impressive arches of the famous 'Coathanger', otherwise known as Sydney Harbour Bridge. Don’t forget that your Journey includes a romantic evening dinner cruise, allowing you to discover the twinkling lights of Sydney’s glittering harbour by night.
Day 7: Killcare
Pick up your car, wind down the windows and feel the fresh sea air as you take the scenic route to the glorious Central Coast, where you’ll stay a stone’s throw away from the secluded beaches of Killcare. Located among the heathlands and cliffs of the spectacular Bouddi Peninsula, Killcare has nature right on its doorstep, with two separate wildlife reserves within easy distance. So get out and explore the sand dunes, mangroved shorelines, oyster farms and fishing villages, perhaps partaking in a bit of surfing or paddle boarding while you’re at it. For something more offbeat there’s even a historic movie theatre at Avoca Beach screening art-house films.
Days 8 - 9: Hunter Valley
Just a couple of hours from Sydney, endless rolling hills and sweeping vineyards make up the lush Hunter Valley where you’ll follow the boutique wine and food trail, sampling the excellent Sémillon and Shiraz as you go. What could be better than a balmy afternoon lazing in the warm sun, glass of wine in hand and with a stomach full from tasting local olives, cheeses and handmade chocolates? Bliss! But it’s not just about the wine – you can explore this stunning region by hot-air balloon, take carriage rides, play golf, go horse riding and a whole lot more.
Day 10: Port Stephens
Search for marine life in Port Stephens, the ‘dolphin capital of Australia’. Take morning tea at the Inner Lighthouse, practise your golf, tennis, scuba diving or fishing skills, ride the sand dunes or hike the trails of nearby Tomaree National Park. Surrounded by deserted beaches, national parks and fishing villages, this is the perfect place to explore on foot. Walk around the galleries and craft markets, hire a jet ski, snorkel or scuba dive in the warm seas, or take a look at the rare and exquisite shells in the quirky Shell Museum. And, if you’re here between May and July, you may just see the migrating whales passing by.
Day 11: Port Macquarie
Catch a wave or two in laid-back Port Macquarie, where the warm weather and carefree coffee culture attracts surfers, holidaymakers and beach-goers alike. Port Macquarie marks the beginning of the subtropics, with warm weather, blue seas and palm trees galore. With whale watching, surfing and water skiing just some of the water sports on offer, and horse riding, sky diving or hang gliding to be found away from the ocean, there are all sorts of things to do here. No visit is complete without popping into the adorable Koala Hospital, where sick and injured koalas are nursed back to health before being released into the wild.
Day 12: Coffs Harbour
Wander the beaches and markets of Coffs Harbour, surrounded by acres of leafy parklands. Look out for the hard-to-miss Big Banana, a symbol of the town’s main economy. Wildlife encounters, action sports and numerous water activities make this a popular spot for families and day trippers, but there’s something for everyone here. Even nature enthusiasts will be satisfied, as they can search for wedge-tailed shearwaters on Muttonbird Island, explore the greenhouses and forests of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden or head to the golden sands of Jetty Beach.
Days 13 - 14: Byron Bay
Endless beaches and copious outdoor and water-based activities make Australia’s easternmost town a great leisure spot, so stop by fun-loving Byron Bay and take a stroll along the scenic coastline. Choose from any number of thrilling pastimes, such as surfing, diving, skydiving and whale watching, or just chill out on the beach or explore the farmers’ market. Take it easy and live the barefoot lifestyle on the gorgeous sweep of golden sands and absorb the hippie vibe of this so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal town.
Days 15 - 16: Brisbane
Arrive in the Sunshine State of Queensland and your final stop: the shiny modern city of Brisbane, where you can shop ‘til you drop in the numerous shops, funky markets and malls. Top attractions include taking a relaxing river cruise, gazing at the paintings in the Gallery of Modern Art, wandering among the flowers of the Botanic Gardens or hugging a koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Don’t forget to explore after dark, when the restaurants and bars come alive, and the bright city lights reflect in the Brisbane River.
Days 17 - 18:
Depart Brisbane and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Sydney - 4.5* Swissotel Sydney
- Killcare - 5* Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel
- Hunter Valley - 4.5* Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Hotel
- Port Stephens - 4.5* Oaks Pacific Blue Resort
- Port Macquarie - 4.5* Mantra Quayside
- Coffs Harbour - 4* BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
- Byron Bay - 4* Breakfree Eco Beach
- Brisbane - 4.5* Adina Hotel Apartments Brisbane
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Perth: Perth - 4* Pensione Hotel Perth4 StarsRead more >>
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MelbourneReduced room rate
Melbourne: Melbourne - 3.5* Pensione Hotel Melbourne3.5 StarsRead more >>
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BrisbaneReduced room rate
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Melbourne: Melbourne - 5* Crown Metropol Melbourne5 StarsRead more >>
Teetering above the buzzing restaurants and entertainment offering of Melbourne’s Southbank, this modern, 650-room luxury property is right at the city’s heart. As soon you set foot inside the sky-high lobby you’ll be blown away by its chic design and artistic flair. Start your holiday by going on a journey of flavours through the hotel’s abundant restaurants; be sure to try Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar and its crispy Otway pork belly – served with lentils and squash, it’s utterly delicious. And if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the shops outside, why not unwind in your well-equipped guestroom – complete with blissfully-oversized showers and vanity units – or indulge in a treatment at the on-site ISIKA day spa, before lazing on its indoor sun-deck?3 Nights from£1483 pp£885 ppBook by 21 Aug 2017