Sydney and the Blue Mountains

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4-Days in Australia

This is not the typical trip in Australia.  Out of Sydney we are heading west instead of north. We will be passing thru some beautiful country to the Blue Mountains; where we will see some unusual and wonderful wildlife.

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Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Fly into Sydney, Australia from LA…

4 Days 1 Country 1 City 1 Mountain Adventure!

Discover Sydney’s Bondi Beach then encounter indigenous culture and native wildlife in the Blue Mountains.  This is not the typical trip in Australia.  Out of Sydney we are heading west instead of north. We will be passing thru some beautiful country to the Blue Mountains; where we will see some unusual and wonderful wildlife.

This trip is usually about $1,150 per person plus air which is about $1400 per person…total is about $2500 per person

Day 1:  Arrive Sydney (3 Nights)

On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to do as you choose.  Why not go to the beach (you’ll be going there tomorrow, too) or do some shopping…?

Hotel:  Sofitel Sydney Wentworth or the Hyatt Regency Darling Harbor

Some Meals are Included

Day 2:  City Sights – Harbor Cruise Lunch

A delight to explore, Sydney Harbor is one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world. The sparkling blue waters, iconic attractions, hidden beaches, enchanting bushland, pretty gardens, charming islands and intriguing heritage are all easy to enjoy in an enticing range of experiences.

Cross over the Sydney Harbor Bridge and pause at Milsons Point to photograph fabulous views of the city skyline. Stop at North Head lookout for magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean. Discover Sydney’s northern beaches, with some free time in Manly. Return to the city for a delicious buffet lunch while cruising on Sydney Harbor. Later see the Opera House from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Top off your day with a visit to world-famous Bondi Beach, where you can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear ocean or visit the Taronga Zoo.  Challenge yourself on their exciting sky-high ropes adventure course.  Experience nature from a new perspective and test your limits against the breath-taking backdrop of Sydney Harbor.

Exciting Concerts, Plays, etc., at the Opera House:  Step beneath the sails and discover what makes the Opera House so inspiring.

Feb 11 – Dec 16Crescendo – Discover a selection of Australia’s exceptional emerging musicians in a program spanning renowned classics through to exciting contemporary works.
Nov 5 – Dec 15 – A Cheery SoulThis iconic masterpiece by Patrick White is a poignant, surreal reflection of Australian life about a horribly funny anti-hero and the destructive power of good.  Moving and memorable.
Nov 30 – Dec 19Cinderella – All the storybook fantasy you know and love, with a touch of Surrealism: our sparkling Cinderella is perfect for the whole family. This magical romance, with its swirling planets and Dior-inspired ball gowns, returns to Sydney Opera House for an exclusive encore performance.
Dec 6 – 8 –  Carols at the House – Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Sydney Philharmonic Choirs at the Sydney Opera House this year.

Day 3:  Blue Mountains – Wildlife Park – this is the exciting day!

Head west to the Blue Mountains and drive through the tourist town of Katoomba. At Scenic World enjoy 360° views of the Jamison Valley.

Ride the Scenic Railway: Discover the thrill of a 52-degree incline (128% incline) riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway.  In 2013, following an award-winning redevelopment, this unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rain forest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley.  Custom designed carriages allow passengers to choose their own adventure like never before, adjusting their seated position up to 20 degrees! Choose between an adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64-degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option. Of course, loyal fans can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees (128% incline). The Railway experience descends 310 meters through a cliff-side tunnel, emerging into ancient rainforest at the Jamison Valley floor. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers – this is the fifth-generation train to ride the tracks since the Hammon family opened the attraction. Carrying 84 passengers, the train departs every ten minutes. Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometers of Jurassic rainforest. The term ‘Scenic Railway’ was first used in the late 19th century about amusement rides at English seaside funfairs. Consisting of simple carriages on rails, passengers passed a series of exotic ‘scenic’ backdrops such as the Swiss Alps or Egyptian pyramids. You can watch the story of constructing the new Scenic Railway experience – on a 52-degree incline!  It’s the world’s steepest incline railway in the world,

or the Cableway: Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway.  The 510-meter journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and returns visitors to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin provides a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls.  Disembark at the bottom station to access the Scenic Walkway and stroll through 2.4 kilometers of Jurassic rainforest.

or Skyway: Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway!  Suspended 270 meters above ancient ravines, the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor. For the less adventurous, seating and solid flooring is also available!

Each of these are separate fees, but we will include whichever you choose. From a perfect vantage point you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the famous Three Sisters. According to Aboriginal legend, this unusual rock formation represents three sisters who were turned into stone. Your next stop is the quaint village of Leura, where you’ll enjoy lunch in a popular café. This picturesque spot will take you back in time and is famous for its antique shops and of course its Candy Store! On your way back down the mountain, visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. See our amazing Australian animals including cuddly koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, goannas and possums.

Day 4:  Depart Sydney

You will be transferred to the Sydney Harbor to connect with your Ship for a cruise or the Airport for your outbound flight back to the USA.

Meal Provided is:  Buffet Breakfast

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