Best of Australia with Opera on the Harbour!

Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest, Sydney - and Opera on the Harbour!

11 days $5,436

Overview

Overview

This vacation package includes:
  • Luxury accommodation for 10 nights in:
  • Crown Towers, Melbourne (3)
  • Silky Oaks Lodge including breakfast and dinner daily, Mossman (3)
  • Shangri-La Sydney (4)
  • Dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Guided eco tour with kangaroos, koalas, emus in the wild
  • Private guided tour of the Great Ocean Road
  • Great Barrier Reef cruise
  • Daintree & Cape Tribulation rainforest tour
  • Private guided tour of Sydney
  • Opera Australia's Hando Opera on Sydney Harbour performing Turandot
  • Tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Luxury yacht cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Includes 3 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Private airport transfers
  • Springboard Vacations’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support
  • Springboard Vacations’ complimentary Travel Protection Plan

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

 
DAY ONE - WELCOME TO MELBOURNE!
Melbourne

Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne boasts great festivals and shopping, a passion for food and wine, and fabulous arts. Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River.

Private transfer Melbourne Airport to hotel.

CROWN TOWERS
Crown Towers

3 nights DELUXE ROOM
Beautifully located on the southern bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Crown Towers sets the benchmark for luxury hotels in Australia. Lavishly appointed and offering an impeccable standard of customer service and attention to detail, Crown Towers is a hotel that truly understands the meaning of opulence.

TRAMCAR RESTAURANT
Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Early seating for dinner - 3 courses. Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially aboard the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first traveling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. As they cruise the scenic streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines or make a selection from our fully inclusive stocked bar.

DAY TWO - KANGAROOS, KOALAS AND AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE, IN THE WILD

Small Group Ecotour. See Koalas and Kangaroos in the wild! Interact with wild animals in their natural habitats on this full day, fully inclusive small group (max 8 people) eco-tour, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide. Walk through natural bushland to meet wild koalas, then learn about each one's history and social life from your Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher. Help collect important data, remove Boneseed (a weed) and make a difference to koala habitat. Join wild mobs of Kangaroos on the plains and in open forests. Their natural instinct is to flee humans, but with care we often get close enough to take photographs and observe their complex social life. While we walk, help your Guide record sightings of all native wildlife.

DAY THREE - A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Victoria’s Great Ocean Road is an amazing experience at any time of the year. One of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road stretches 550 km along the southern coast of Victoria. Travel it and you will discover some of the world’s most inspiring scenery, an ever-changing hinterland and charming towns and hamlets. Marvel at the huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches. Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne, where you can stroll on the stunning beach.
 
DAY FOUR - MELBOURNE TO MOSSMAN

Private transfer from your hotel to Melbourne Airport. Fly Melbourne to Cairns. (Flights not included)

Private transfer Cairns Airport to Silky Oakes Lodge.

SILKY OAKS LODGE & HEALING WATERS SPA
3 nights - Deluxe Treehouse
Experience the ancient wonders of the Daintree at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, an oasis of elegance and beauty, nestled on the edge of a World Heritage-listed wilderness. The Lodge blends contemporary design and casual sophistication, where the sights and sounds of the rainforest surround you. From the moment you arrive, you feel the aura of the Daintree with its vast and pristine surrounds; it is the oldest living rainforest on Earth.

Includes full gourmet Breakfast for two each morning; 3 course a la carte Dinner for two each evening in the Treehouse Restaurant
DAY FIVE - GREAT BARRIER REEF
Today you’ll journey to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. You can choose to dive, snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater.
DAY SIX - DAINTREE & CAPE TRIBULATION
Together with our experienced guides cross the Daintree River and explore ancient pristine rainforests Cape Tribulation swimming at Miall Beach crocodile and bird spotting on the Daintree River and an Australian BBQ lunch beside a secluded forest billabong.
DAY SEVEN - MOSSMAN TO SYDNEY

Private transfer Mossman to Cairns Airport. Fly Cairns to Sydney. (Flights not included)

WELCOME TO SYDNEY!
SydneyStylish Sydney…a cosmopolitan international city filled with vibrant life, character and a sense of daring. The multiculturalism means a wealth of amazing dining experiences. While you will find all the icons you know, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you will also find interesting people, cultural vibrancy and a positive spirit.

Private transfer Sydney Airport to Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL SYDNEY
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney4 nights DELUXE GRAND HARBOUR VIEW ROOM
The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is a luxury hotel that offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites among Sydney hotels. The hotel is impeccably positioned between the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. All rooms are exquisitely appointed with contemporary furnishings.

Deluxe Grand Harbour View rooms offer extra space and Sydney's most stunning views of the harbor, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House east through to the heads. With a northern facing aspect, these rooms look out to 180 degree panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.

DAY EIGHT - PRIVATE LUXURY TOUR OF SYDNEY
Your informative and knowledgeable guide will collect you from your Sydney hotel as we commence our private journey of Sydney. We begin by visiting the Rocks, Sydney’s birthplace, where we’ll explore fascinating relics and buildings of the city’s turbulent past, beautifully restored. We’ll view the Sydney Opera House from the base of Sydney Harbour Bridge, then continuing to see the Conservatorium of Music and Parliament House. We’ll stop superb view of the Harbour, and then continue east through Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Rose Bay.
HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR - Turandot

2 x Premium Reserve Seating
In 2016, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot: a story of a death-marked love told with salt in the air, light on the sails and the city skyline reflected in your glass. It's the best of Sydney in a single evening: singing, sunsets and sparkling wine, in perfect harmony. Join us at the water’s edge in a pop-up opera house with purpose-built bars, restaurants and a grandstand under the stars.

 

DAY NINE - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sydney Opera HouseExperience our Tour and delicious Tasting Plate that combines The Sydney Opera House Tour with world-class alfresco dining at Opera Kitchen. Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour, taking you inside one of the world’s greatest buildings of all time. You will see inside the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and learn of how architect Jorn Utzon’s heritage-listed masterpiece came to life.

You can also decide when to take your three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate: before or after your tour for lunch or return for dinner. There’s nothing more to do than sit back and soak in the Sydney Harbour views.
DAY TEN - YACHT CRUISE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
Luxury yacht cruise on Sydney HarbourSydney Harbour's most sensational lunch cruise. A unique, luxury four hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard Ambiance - a 54 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a gourmet 3 course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a private vessel offers including, swimming, fishing and kayaking – or sit back, relax and do nothing at all.
DAY ELEVEN - HOME

Private transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight home. (Flights not included)

 

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

$5435 for travel March & April 2016

Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together

Subject to availability

Price is USD based at today's foreign exchange rate

Land only - does not include airfares

Currency data courtesy coinmill.com

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