Exploring Australia (PX)

20 Day Tour from Melbourne to Sydney

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Welcome to Australia, a country where a casual, outdoor lifestyle intersects with cosmopolitan cities and scenic beauty. It offers you so much—unique wildlife, brilliant colors in the tropics, an Outback adventure, sumptuous restaurants, lively nightlife, fun shopping, and much more—and on this Australia tour, you’ll have a chance to experience it all!

Discover some of Australia’s unique wildlife on an out-of-the-ordinary adventure Globus has arranged...an excursion to Kangaroo Island, where you'll see rare Australian sea lions, the iconic kangaroo, wallabies, koalas, and New Zealand fur seals. You may see crocodiles on your cruise in Kakadu National Park—another special experience included by Globus. In Tasmania, you'll see the famed Tasmanian devil, a carnivorous marsupial with the appearance of a small, stocky dog.

A tour highlight is a unique journey on the legendary Ghan Train. This overnight train journey will offer a fascinating perspective of the Outback as you travel from Alice Springs to Darwin. Of course, this Australia vacation also offers you the opportunity to see Australia’s most famous sights, including the remarkable and colorful Great Barrier Reef, where you'll get to snorkel or take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Also discover its most popular cities, including Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, and Sydney—with plenty of leisure time to explore them on your own.

If you want to explore Australia and experience the way of life here, this Australia tour is for you. You’re sure to return with lots of photos, memories, and stories to share with friends and family back home.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MELBOURNE
Welcome dinner; sightseeing tour; visit Fitzroy Gardens; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Colonial Tramcar Restaurant lunch
HOBART
Guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite walking tour of the waterfront district; excursion to Port Arthur; visit the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
ADELAIDE
Orientation tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite excursion to Kangaroo Island
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)
Sunset toast; sightseeing tour around the base of the rock; visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Outback barbecue
ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN
Travel in Gold Service on the legendary Ghan train
KATHERINE GORGE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Choice of included sightseeing
DARWIN
Orientation tour; visit the botanic gardens and art gallery
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite wetlands cruise; Nourlangie Rock; Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre
CAIRNS
Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with choice of activities; visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
SYDNEY
Sightseeing tour; visit the Opera House, botanic gardens, and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at the North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club; Sydney Harbour cruise; dinner at Waterfront restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour

NOTE:

  • The May 14 departure will be in Sydney during the annual Vivid Sydney festival. Recognized as the largest event of its kind in the world, combining music, light, and ideas, the city transforms into a breathtaking canvas of creative expression. The festival features an outdoor gallery of extraordinary lighting sculptures, cuttingedge contemporary music, and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Australian Convict Sites

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

American breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 7 dinners including an Outback barbecue at Uluru (Ayers Rock)

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Melbourne, Australia

G’day—welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. Please schedule flights to arrive by 3 pm in order to attend this evening’s welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Melbourne

Today’s sightseeing tour includes landmarks such as Parliament House and the Shrine of Remembrance, a tribute to Australia’s war heroes. Visit beautiful FITZROY GARDENS, then drive past the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. You’ll discover the city’s differing architectural influences as you see the Victorian Arts Centre and other buildings of significance. Then, a truly unique lunch experience on board the historic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COLONIAL TRAMCAR RESTAURANT as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne. Tonight’s optional excursion to see the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island is highly recommended.

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Day 3 Melbourne

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this multicultural and cosmopolitan city. Dine at a local restaurant and immerse yourself in Melbourne’s passionate food and wine scene or walk along Chapel and Brunswick Streets, famous for great shopping. Take a trip out of town to sample award-winning wines in the Yarra Valley or drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to see the “Twelve Apostles.”

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Day 4 Melbourne–Hobart

Fly to Hobart, Tasmania, home of the famed Tasmanian devil. Enjoy a guided Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALKING TOUR of Hobart’s historic waterfront district followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 5 Hobart. Excursion to Port Arthur

Tour the scenic Tasman Peninsula with its blowhole, Devil’s Kitchen, and Tasman Arch coastal formations. Visit PORT ARTHUR, which began housing convicts in the 1830s. On a guided tour of the penal settlement, see the ruins of the penitentiary and the model prison—grim reminders of Australia’s days as a penal colony. Stop at the TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK to see the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

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Day 6 Hobart–Adelaide

Today, fly via Melbourne to Adelaide. Upon arrival, take a brief orientation tour along the wide, tree-lined streets and well-manicured gardens. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 7 Adelaide. Excursion to Kangaroo Island

Early this morning, depart Adelaide and travel by motorcoach and ferry to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KANGAROO ISLAND, one of the world’s last unspoiled habitats. Visit SEAL BAY with a national park ranger to see a colony of rare Australian sea lions. Explore FLINDERS CHASE NATIONAL PARK, a sanctuary for native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. Stop here for a walk on REMARKABLE ROCKS, with stunning views of the sea. You will also take a boardwalk down a rugged cliff face to ADMIRALS ARCH, a unique rock formation and home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals, which can be seen resting on the rocks and playing in the waves. Return to Adelaide late this evening.

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Day 8 Adelaide–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Fly this morning from Adelaide to the “Center of Australia.” This evening, visit Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known also by its Aboriginal name: Uluru. This massive sandstone monolith is one of the world’s most mysterious and religious sites. Enjoy a DRINK as you watch the sunset and the changing colors as they fall across the landscape. This evening, enjoy a truly unique Aussie experience—an Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite OUTBACK BARBECUE featuring a meal of typical campfire fare and awe-inspiring Outback ambiance.

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Day 9 Uluru (Ayers Rock)

For an unforgettable experience, you may choose to rise early for an optional camel ride to watch the sunrise at Uluru. Today, enjoy a TOUR around the base of the rock, learning of its significance to the Anangu Aboriginal people. Time to relax at your resort before the afternoon takes us to a popular lookout to enjoy views of the magnificent KATA TJUTA (the Olgas), a geological splendor of views of some 36 brilliant domes.

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Day 10 Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Alice Springs-Ghan Train

Today, travel through the heart of the Outback, keeping a lookout for red kangaroos, dingoes, camels, and feral horses, known as “brumbies.” Arrive in Alice Springs and board the historic GHAN TRAIN, a highlight of your vacation. Taking its name from the intrepid Afghan cameleers, the Ghan has become a symbol of nationhood and pioneering spirit.

NOTE:
Plan to pack an overnight-bag with necessities for the train portion of this tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items. Your other baggage will be checked and you will not be able to access it until arrival in Darwin.

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Day 11 Ghan Train-Katherine–Darwin

This morning, the train stops at Katherine with a visit to nearby Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite KATHERINE GORGE. Located in Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is home to incredible scenery, Aboriginal history, and unique birds and animals. Choose between an included scenic CRUISE in the gorge, a HIKE with a local indigenous guide, or a CANOE EXCURSION. Arrive this evening in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.

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Day 12 Darwin–Kakadu National Park

After time at leisure this morning, depart your hotel for KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Stop at WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS VISITOR CENTRE & BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE to see interactive displays on Kakadu habitats and fauna. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

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Day 13 Kakadu National Park

Explore parts of nearly 7,300 square miles of unspoiled waterways with a rich heritage of Aboriginal culture. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CRUISE the wetlands, where you may see crocodiles, and walk ancient trails to see Aboriginal rock petroglyphs at NOURLANGIE ROCK. An optional light-aircraft flight over the park should not be missed.

NOTE:
During the wet season (December through April), it can be difficult to see crocodiles in the wild.

Day 14 Kakadu National Park–Darwin–Cairns

Return to Darwin for sightseeing. See the elegant colonial architecture of the city’s historic buildings that survived Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Visit the splendid BOTANIC GARDENS and beautiful East Point, an area rich in WWII memorabilia. Also visit the ART GALLERY to view fine collections of Aboriginal art. This evening, fly to Cairns, “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef,” one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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Day 15 Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist.

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Day 16 Cairns

A full day at leisure in this tropical paradise. For a truly amazing experience, consider our optional trip to Kuranda via the old scenic rail route. See magnificent scenery from the comfort of a restored, historic mountain train. For the return journey, you may choose to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—or maybe spend the day in the magical Daintree Rainforest, thought to be the planet’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.

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Day 17 Cairns–Sydney

This morning, enjoy a special visit to HARTLEY’S CROCODILE ADVENTURE for your chance to meet some of Australia’s native animals. A guided tour will bring you up close and personal to these amazing creatures including Cassowary, Wallaby, Quoli, and of course, the Crocs! You’ll even have the opportunity to have your picture taken with a koala! (extra fee) Later, fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city.

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Day 18 Sydney

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Visit the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a guided tour of its interior and theaters. Travel to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the city’s BOTANIC GARDENS for a great photo opportunity and sweeping views of the harbor, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. Visit world-famous Bondi Beach for an insider’s tour of Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BONDI SURF BATHERS’ LIFE SAVING CLUB with one of the lifesavers. Lunch today is at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite North Bondi Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club, located on Bondi Beach. Learn about the history of this special place and the courageous “Rats of Tobruk” while enjoying sweeping waterfront views and delicious food. Afterward, a CRUISE on Sydney Harbour highlights some of the city’s best views.

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Day 19 Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join our optional excursions to the Blue Mountains or to the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine-growing regions. You can even climb to the top of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge! Your Tour Director will help you make the most of this exciting city. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at WATERFRONT RESTAURANT with fantastic views of the highlights of Sydney.

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Day 20 Sydney

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

PAM BROWN

Years of Experience: 29

Where else in the world can you view a sunrise over an ancient landform from the back of a camel, swim with marine life at the Great Barrier Reef, eat under a million stars, and learn about the people of the world's oldest continuous culture? Australia offers all this, and I look forward to showing you this fabulous place.

Tour Director - PAM BROWN

 Accommodations

Melbourne
Hobart
Adelaide
Uluru
Ghan Train
Darwin
Kakadu National Park
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Novotel Melbourne on Collins

270 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the contemporary Novotel Melbourne on Collins is perfectly positioned on stylish Collins Street. From streetside dining and Federation Square to shopping at Bourke Street Mall the hotel offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hobart

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Superior First-Class

1 Davey Street
Hobart, TAS Australia

Located on the waterfront in Hobart, the Grand Chancellor is the place to be. The hotel is just steps from popular attractions like Salamanca, Battery Point, and the Central Business District, but intimate enough to ensure a perfectly relaxing experience. Hotel is equipped with a fitness center, indoor heated pool and sauna. Relax with a delicious meal at the fashionable Restaurant Tasman or enjoy a drink at the Atrium Lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Desk

Adelaide

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

55 Frome Street
Adelaide, SA Australia

Free Wifi

Style and function are themes of the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel. As the Majestic's flagship, built in 2004, this award-winning hotel boasts simplicity, efficiency, and an eco-centric design. And as it sits just off of the lively Rundle Street, the convenience of bars, restaurants, shopping and museums is unparalleled. After a busy day of sightseeing and on-the-go activities, guests are welcomed back to comfortable accommodations and locally fresh cuisine in the hotel's restaurant - not to mention a great selection of wine! Follow it up with a view of the city from a relaxing garden roof-top, for which the hotel is aptly named.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Pay Movies
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning

Uluru

Desert Gardens Hotel

Yulara Drive
Uluru, NT Australia

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ghan Train

The Ghan Train

Overnight Train
, SA Australia

The Ghan is an Australian legend and the ultimate journey through the heart of Australia. It takes its name from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a permanent trail into the "Red Center of Australia" 150 years ago. Experience this fascinating train journey in the comfort of Gold Service, featuring private overnight sleeper cabins, a separate restaurant car, and access to the Gold Lounge, the perfect place to gather with friends to enjoy a drink as you marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes.

Hotel Amenities

Room Amenities

Darwin

Hilton Darwin

32 Mitchell Street
Darwin, NT Australia

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. The impressive, marble-floored lobby, surrounded by warm colors and Aboriginal artwork, immediately welcomes you with a touch of authentic Australian style. The attentive hotel staff always make for a great stay. Enjoy the sunshine at the 10th floor outdoor swimming pool, or sip drinks at the stylish bar before savoring a delicious meal in their restaurant, which features an innovative menu of local specialties, including kangaroo, crocodile and barramundi.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms

Kakadu National Park

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Flinders Street
Kakadu National Park, NT Australia

Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Kakadu National Park sits the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Take part in the unique experience of the Australian Outback at this one-of-a-kind hotel, which from above resembles a crocodile - an animal well known in these parts. After hours of exploration and touring of the land, feel restored after taking a dip in the outdoor pool, lounging in the shady garden, or partaking of the many unique Outback flavors at the on-site restaurant and bar. The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is committed to supporting its environment and the community within it, while providing friendly service and comfort for its visitors.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker

Cairns

Pullman Cairns International

Superior First-Class

17 Abbott St
Cairns, QLD Australia

Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel, perfectly located in the CBD of tropical Cairns. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321 room hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grad a drink at the Lobby Bar or unwind in Vie Spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone

Sydney

The Grace Hotel

Superior First-Class

77 York Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Free Wifi

Located in the heart of Sydney, this heritage-listed hotel is offers warm and personal service and exudes a unique blend of old world charm with modern comfort to meet the needs of guests today. Relax and keep fit at the rooftop recreation center with gym, heated indoor lap pool, sauna and steam room. If you are in the mood to indulge, treat your taste buds at the relaxed and intimate ambience of Grace Brasserie. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel to catch up with work or connect with your loved ones.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Voicemail
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Melbourne
Ayers Rock
Darwin
Kakadu National Park
Cairns
Sydney

Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Eureka Skydeck & Edge Experience

Nothing will prepare you for this awesome, bird's-eye view of Melbourne! Join us for a unique experience that will get your heart racing as you step out...984 feet above the ground (that's almost as high as the Eiffel Tower). Eureka Skydeck 88 takes you right to The Edge, a special glass cube observation deck that slides out from the building-with you inside! It's a city view you'll never forget.

Approximate value: $32 AUD per person

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Embark on Australia's most scenic drive on this incredible excursion featuring the Great Ocean Road. Journey into a land of towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white-sand beaches, and stunning forest scenery. Enjoy delicious two course lunch at the Apollo Bay Hotel featuring magnificent ocean views. Have your camera ready for the world famous scenes of Port Campbell National Park, also known as "The Shipwreck Coast". View the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles from the board walk and explore the natural treasures of Loch Ard Gorge.

Approximate value: $198 AUD per person

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding inv basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Approximate value: $128 AUD per person

Penguins Express

Penguins Express

Witness the magical Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. On your Penguins Express evening tour, watch the penguins' arrival on Summerland Beach with premium viewing where you are guaranteed to see these little penguins waddling right past you. Walk with them from elevated boardwalks and see if their burrow is nearby! At the Visitor's Information Centre, visit "Penguin Experience" exhibit and learn more about the life of these little flightless birds. Dinner is available (though not included) from the Penguin Parade Restaurant.

Approximate value: $139 AUD per person

Penguins Parade

Penguins Parade

Experience the beauty and nature of Australia on this incredibly journey. Visit Phillip Island, a treasure trove of Australian wildlife including seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins! Begin at Churchill Island to explore a working farm or simply enjoy ocean views from the cafe. Next, look for koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Before sunset, head to the Penguin Parade where you will have time to view the 'Penguine Experience' exhibit before the main event. Every evening at dusk little penguins come home to Phillip Island. Your premium viewing area on Summerland Beach, invites you to watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. This incredible experience is sure to have you talking for years to come.

Approximate value: $162 AUD per person

Penguins Up Late with Viewing Platform

Penguins Up Late with Viewing Platform

Head down to Summerland Beach to witness a Little Penguin magic. Just as the sun sets over the ocean, the Little Penguins emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach to their sand dune burrows. These Little Penguins are the smallest of the penguin species and Phillip Island is fortunate enough to be home to the largest colony in the world. From your viewing platform you are placed in the heart of 'penguin central' where a Local Guide is on hand to tell you all about these gorgeous little creatures and their lifestyle.

Approximate value: $164 AUD per person

Sports Lovers Tour with Rod Laver Arena

Sports Lovers Tour with Rod Laver Arena

Sports fans will love this unique excursion to some of the venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. Join an expert Local Guide and visit Flemington Racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup; drive through the 2006 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village; and pass the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre on the Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack at Albert Park. Finally, head to Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis championship. Go behind the scenes and see the dressing rooms, sit in the coach's boxes, walk on the hallowed turf, see the media centers, and visit the exclusive member-only areas-a thrilling day you'll never forget.

Approximate value: $115 AUD per person

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne. You'll head out of the city and into the breathtaking Yarra Valley, one of Australia's premier wine regions. With its cool climate, the valley is perfect for high-quality grape growing and the area is well known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and a wide assortment of varietals. Your excursion will include no more than 10 people, and is led by an expert guide who will introduce you to the stunning scenery as you visit a number of the boutique wineries that dot the valley. You'll even join wine tastings at five of them, including an a la carte lunch (with a glass of wine, of course!) at one of the wineries. A highlight is a stop at Domaine Chandon Winery, where you will sample sparkling wine and several types of cheese.

Approximate value: $195 AUD per person

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock (Uluru) Scenic Flight

Ayers Rock (Uluru) Scenic Flight

Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty-six 36 minute scenic flight. It's no secret that Uluru's beauty is ever changing depending on the angle and time of day in which you view, so why not take a look from high in the sky? During this excursion you'll also get an aerial peek at more than 36 massive rock formations including the famous, Kata Tjuta. The unmistakable beauty of Uluru and its accompanying rock formations is magnified when set against an otherwise flat backdrop providing a horizon extending far beyond your imagination.

Approximate value: $310 AUD per person

Camel Ride to Sunrise

Camel Ride to Sunrise

Experience the Red Centre the Australia way! In the company of an expert Local Guide, head out into the cool morning air for a peaceful, one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes of the Outback. Marvel as the sun rises over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas); learn about the native flora and fauna as they wake to the dawn;, and finish with a cup of Billy Tea or coffee and freshly baked beer bread with quandong jam.

Approximate value: $129 AUD per person

Darwin

Crocosaurus Cove

Crocosaurus Cove

Get the ultimate interactive crocodile experience on this thrilling excursion to Crocosaurus Cove! Witness the force behind the jaws of a crocodile during a bite force demonstration. Say "Cheese" and smile for the camera while holding a baby croc. And meet the world's largest collection of Australian reptiles, along with turtles, barramundi, sawfish, and, of course-crocs, crocs, crocs! This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll be talking about for years to come!

Approximate value: $35 AUD per person

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park 30min Scenic Flight

Kakadu National Park 30min Scenic Flight

Get a unique perspective of Australia's Northern Territory-from above! The size and diversity of Kakadu National Park can only truly be appreciated from an aircraft, and this 30-minute scenic flight really delivers. Get a bird's-eye view of some of the most well-known features, including the Archway, the Arnhem Land plateau and escarpment complex, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley Billabongs and Magela Floodplains.

Approximate value: $150 AUD per person

Kakadu National Park 60min Scenic Flight

Kakadu National Park 60min Scenic Flight

Get a unique perspective of Australia's Northern Territory-from above! The size and diversity of Kakadu National Park can only truly be appreciated from an aircraft, and this 60-minute scenic flight really delivers. Crossing Deaf Adder Gorge, we take in the beautiful Double Falls, a spectacular introduction to the waterfalls of the Kakadu. Continuing south, we fly across the Arnhem Plateau until it drops away revealing the breathtaking Jim Jim Falls. Fly on to Twin Falls, with its two distinctive flows and narrow gorge entrance. A Must do between the months of Dec-June!

Approximate value: $250 AUD per person

Cairns

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Enjoy a day exploring Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and more on this fantastic full-day excursion. Begin with a drive north, learning the history of the area and admiring spectacular coastal views. Then, cruise along the backwaters of the majestic Daintree River for Morning Tea and the chance to view crocodiles in their natural habitat. Next, take a guided stroll through the rainforest before stopping at an animal refuge center where you have the opportunity to hand-feed a kangaroo, meet "Boris" the crocodile, and enjoy a barbecue lunch in a beautiful rainforest restaurant (vegetarian options available). Later, hop aboard a four-wheel-drive vehicle and head to pristine Emmagen Creek for a refreshing swim in a rainforest stream and a feast of exotic tropical fruits and a cup of traditional Billy Tea. Finally, stroll along the beach at Cape Tribulation and cross the Daintree River by cable ferry-a thrilling adventure!

Approximate value: $220 AUD per person

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway. Soar high above the rainforest on a 1.5-hour journey on the Skyrail. You'll glide comfortably above the canopy in a 6-passenger gondola, stopping twice along the way to stroll along the boardwalks, view the rainforest interpretive displays, and take photos from the lookout areas. You will also experience the rainforest from ground level on a relaxing ride on the century-old Kuranda Scenic Railway. Marvel at the spectacular waterfalls, majestic mountains, and dramatic ravines that make this one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In between rides, visit Kuranda, a picturesque village hidden in the rainforest. During your time here, explore as you like-shop at the markets for Aboriginal crafts, enjoy lunch, browse in the art galleries, or maybe visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Koala Gardens, or Birdworld.

Approximate value: $155 AUD per person

Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise

Wrap up your exciting day in Cairns with a delightful sunset cruise. Embark your sightseeing boat and soak in Trinity Inlet's stunning views. Against a backdrop of the magical early evening sun, you'll cruise comfortably along the waterways, past picturesque mangroves and scenic mountains, so be sure to bring your camera!

Approximate value: $46 AUD per person

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park by Night Including Dinner

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park by Night Including Dinner

Explore 40,000 years of history during a mesmerizing evening at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Meet Australia's indigenous rainforest people, and watch performers bring to life the world's oldest living culture through traditional dance, art, and interactive demonstrations. Enjoy a welcome drink and get your face painted as haunting sounds of the didgeridoo echo around you. Tjapukai performers will lead you into the Magic Space for an emotive didgeridoo blessing ceremony and the mystical Quinkan spirit performance. Your initiation continues at the lake, where with clapsticks in hand, you will add to the pulsating rhythm of the corroboree while Tjapukai warriors use traditional fire sticks to create fire. Suddenly, a spear is launched and a spectacular fire ball explodes into the night sky. Then, enjoy a memorable dinner of savory Australian meats, local seafood, and a tantalizing offering of salads and desserts. After dinner, relax as Tjapukai dancers perform live on stage.

Approximate value: $150 AUD per person

Sydney

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track! Your experience begins with an exclusive early entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park (before other tourists arrive), where you can meet native Australian animals and even feed a kangaroo! Then, continue on to Blue Mountains National Park and enjoy stunning views of this remote region (weather permitting). Breathe the fresh air during a leisurely 30-minute round trip walk to Wentworth Falls, and gaze at the spectacular panoramas over Jamison Valley. Visit Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds, for great views of the fascinating Three Sisters. After a delicious lunch, spend the afternoon visiting an assortment of unique lookouts, including famed Govetts Leap. Toast the beauty with a glass of sparkling wineat the delightful Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and enjoy sweeping vistas of Sydney before returning to your hotel.

Approximate value: $208 AUD per person

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley. After we pick you up at your Sydney hotel, you'll travel north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Australia Reptile Park for a fun morning featuring tea/coffee with native Australian animals. Then, continue on for a visit and wine and cheese tasting at Mount View Estate, home to two of the oldest vineyards in the picturesque Mount View region. Next, visit Brokenwood Wines, home of premium grapes-from the Graveyard Shiraz to the Cricket Pitch Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Cricket Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Dine among the vines during a relaxing lunch featuring a selection of shared food platters, red and white wine, and a choice of desserts with a dessert wine. After lunch, consider a wine theatre production or an additional wine or beer tasting, or relax and chat with fellow guests and your guide before returning to Sydney.

Approximate value: $208 AUD per person

Revolving Restaurant Dinner

Revolving Restaurant Dinner

Anyone can see Sydney, but we'll get you a bird's-eye view of this incredible city! Join us for a dinner experience like no other as you enjoy a memorable evening of incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower at the opulent 360 Bar and Dining. Boasting 360-degree revolving views of Sydney's distinctive skyline and stunning harbor, you'll never forget the breathtaking panoramas.

Approximate value: $95 AUD per person

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor. Over the course of 3-and-a-half hours you will ascend and descend the top of Sydney's landmark bridge in the company of an expert guide. We'll provide all the outdoor gear you'll need for your climb based on the day's weather, and even include a celebration at the summit with your group. All you have to bring are your sunglasses, comfortable shoes suitable for climbing, and a sense of adventure!

Approximate value: $274 AUD per person

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