On this 11 Day Best of Victoria and New South Wales Ultimate Guided Luxury Tour, you will experience the best culture and scenery this part of the world has to offer. Travel in style through Victoria, spending time in the bustling metropolis of Melbourne as well as venturing further afield to see breathtaking scenery and sample delicious local food and wine, followed by a visit to the vibrant city of Sydney and finishing up at the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park. Highlights include: the unique and super-cool city of Melbourne where something new is hidden around every corner, and the amazing scenery of the Grampians, the iconic Darling Harbour in Sydney and the sweeping vistas of the Blue Mountains. Sit back, relax and experience the best of Australian culture and spectacular scenery through the eyes of your own expert local driver guide.
Welcome to Australia. You will be met at the airport by your private guide and The Road Trip begins! The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure/relaxation.
The next three nights will be spent at the ultra luxurious Langham Hotel Melbourne. This riverside hotel features classic and timeless interiors and amenities, overlooking the Southbank district. Perhaps dine at their fabulous buffet restaurant or venture out to one of the fabulous riverside restaurants nearby. A dip in their indoor pool with spectacular views is not to be missed.
This afternoon you will take a sightseeing tour of the city by foot, tram or car. Sights could include Federation Square, Chinatown, the Eureka Skydeck, a tour of the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground or simply exploring the many laneways, arcades and hidden gems of the city centre. Melbourne is also home to a number of fantastic museums and art galleries, such as the National Gallery of Victoria which showcases world-class work of international, Australian and Indigenous artists. This evening dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants the city is known for; perhaps situated with great views of the Yarra River that runs through the CBD. Spend a further night at the fabulous Langham Hotel Melbourne.
Today is free to explore Melbourne at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the wonderful Royal Botanic Gardens, which sprawl over 36 hectares in the central city. The huge array of flora offers a number of leisurely walks or even hop on the Garden Explorer winding its way around the gardens. The Botanic Gardens showcase native and local plant life embraced by the local indigenous peoples; the Kulin Nation. Also make sure to stop by the Tropical Glasshouse and the restored water feature Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Today also offers the chance to visit the historic Fitzroy Gardens, which showcase classic Victorian design and houses Cooks’ Cottage – the oldest building in Australia built in 1755. Spend a further night at your luxury hotel accommodation nestled in the bustling CBD.
Today you depart the lively metropolis of Melbourne for the serenity of The Grampians, making your way inland to Halls Gap nestled in The Grampians National Park. En route, perhaps stop in the city of Ballarat, an important site in the Gold Rush of 1851 and featuring beautiful historic architecture. Upon arrival the rest of the day is free to explore Halls Gap and the surrounding area. Make the most of the rugged scenery and abundant wildlife by taking a short walk close to the town to see The Mackenzie Falls and Beehive Falls or visit the Halls Gap Zoo for a showcase of native and exotic animals.
Your accommodation for the next two nights is the luxurious Boroka Downs boutique lodge accommodation. This private boutique retreat offers spectacular views on an estate designed to work in harmony with the stunning environment and wildlife around it.
Today is a free day to explore The Grampians National Park. This national park is known as the home to one of the most extensive indigenous rock art sites in South Australia, and is a wealth of culture and stunning beauty. Take one of the many walks in the area to visit secluded lakes surrounded by drastic sandstone peaks. Walk along mountain ridges offering panoramic views or take a walk to the “Pinnacle”; an iconic lookout which offers one of the best vantage points in the area. This iconic site can be reached by a couple of different tracks which you can choose based on how energetic you are feeling on the day! For those wanting a more relaxed approach to the day, the region offers a wide range of wining and dining so you could sit back and relax with a glass of local wine and simply enjoy the scenery. Spend a further night in your secluded luxury accommodation.
Today you return to the coast and continue through to Melbourne where you fly to Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Arrive in Sydney late afternoon where the evening is free to relax at your luxury hotel or perhaps explore the culinary delights of the city with dinner at a Harbourside restaurant.
Your Sydney accommodation is the exclusive and luxurious Hyatt Park Hotel Sydney. This 5 star haven offers sweeping views of the Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Perhaps take a dip in the rooftop pool or simply relax and luxuriate in the understated but timeless interior design with breath-taking views.
Today is free to explore Sydney at your leisure. This morning, take a leisurely stroll at The Rocks and enjoy magnificent views of Darling Harbour. This afternoon you will take a guided tour of Sydney Opera House and learn all about the history of Australia’s most iconic building. This evening you will be taken on an exclusive Harbour Cruise where you will dine on board with spectacular views of the cityscape and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Spend a further night at your central luxury accommodation overlooking the harbour.
Today is a further day to explore this exciting city at your leisure. This morning you could visit the famous Bondi Beach and take a leisurely walk along the coast and atop the cliffs for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon return to the central city where there are a number of options for the rest of the day. For those wanting to get a bird’s eye view of the cityscape, there is the opportunity to take an exhilarating walk over the heights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If it’s retail therapy you are after, there is an abundance of exclusive shopping on your doorstep. If you want to experience Australian Wildlife, there are the Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium. Perhaps take a stroll in a museum or art gallery or simply find a perch at a local bar or restaurant and relax the day away with spectacular views of the city.
Spend a further night at your central luxury accommodation overlooking the Harbour.
This morning you depart Sydney City and head west toward the Blue Mountains, one of Australia’s most picturesque gems featuring breathtaking vistas and cascades. On arrival into the region, we suggest taking several nature walks including stunning Wentworth Falls with its grand valley views and picturesque waterfall (45 minutes-1 hour return). For those wanting a taste of adventure there is the chance to take a 4WD tour off the beaten track, abseil over waterfalls, go canyoning or take a mountain bike tour. If you are after a more relaxing experience, a visit to the Botanical Gardens, the only botanic garden in the world inside a World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit. If you are keen for relaxing in the lap of luxury, there are a number of local spa resorts offering a range of spa treatments. This evening, dine at your exclusive luxury accommodation at the Darley’s Restaurant and Bar. This award winning fine dining restaurant offers delicious modern cuisine with beautiful views over the gardens and across to Jamison Valley beyond.
Tonight stay in the village of Katoomba in the heart of the national park and the premier Blue Mountains Resort Lilianfels Resort and Spa. This 5 star luxury accommodation is nestled in a historic homestead with pristine manicured English Gardens. Relax in the luxurious Victorian style décor with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains National Park.
Today be prepared for some spectacular scenery and one of the highlights of the region with a drive through the Grose Valley with its canyons, look out spots and stunning cascades. First up visit Govetts Leap look out and enjoy the panoramic views and vistas that await you. There is the opportunity here to take a scenic bush walk and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Keep a look out for Bridal Veil Falls, the highest falls in the Blue Mountains at 180m. This afternoon return to Katoomba where you will visit Scenic World for superior views of the region. Experience a breathtaking journey on the scenic Skyway with views of the Three Sisters and Jamieson Valley, ride Australia’s steepest passenger railway in the World with its glass roofed carriages through ancient rainforest and enjoy a trip on the Scenic Cableway for views of Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and the Katoombah Falls. There is also the opportunity to take a scenic walk through Jurassic Forest at the bottom station.
Spend a further night at your resort accommodation.
This morning you return to Sydney, where you are transferred to your onward travel arrangements. We trust that you have had a wonderful time in this beautiful country and wish you safe travels to your next destination.
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