The waterfront restaurants and bars, the buzzing cosmopolitan area of The Rocks, the Opera House, boats trips to Manly and Darling Harbour, the chance to climb the Harbour Bridge. But another Australia await just a few hours beyond the city limits.
In the Blue Mountains you’ll run out of superlatives to describe the scenery – so take plenty of photographs. At Jervis Bay you can lounge on some of the finest beaches you’re ever likely to discover, as well as go bird-and-wildlife watching in untouched natural forests.
Take an international flight to Australia, arriving two calendar days after departure.
Sydney is such a visually appealing and involving city that you could easily spend weeks exploring it. The restaurants offer unbeatable menus of fusion food which expertly combine the best of the Far East with European sophistication. The world famous Opera House and waterfront offer outstanding photographic opportunities, whilst the historic Rocks area will prove irresistible to sightseers and shoppers alike.
You can sail over to Manly or Darling Harbour, explore Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and the Hawkesbury River or simply flop for a few hours on Bondi Beach. A seaplane flight over the harbour and along the coast will give you an enthralling perspective, but you may find that for sheer exhilaration, very little beats climbing to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Stay: Five nights in the Shangri La.
Put Sydney behind you, if you can, and head for the hills. The Blue Mountains will welcome you from afar, and when you arrive in their midst you’ll find yourself in over two million acres of wild forest, surrounded by glittering waterfalls, sculpted gorges, plunging canyons and 91 different species of eucalyptus trees.
This World Heritage and National Park is the size of Holland and gains its distinctive blue atmosphere from its trees – eucalyptus resin vaporises through the leaves and combines with fine dust to produce the soft, coloured haze. You’ll be staying in a pretty town – much favoured by local artists – and be able to explore the area by hiking or in a 4×4 vehicle.
Stay: Two nights in a cottage at the Old Leura Dairy.
Australia has some of the world’s finest beaches, and Jervis Bay boasts some of the whitest, finest and least developed beaches in the country. So be prepared for something special – especially as you’ll be staying in a camp that will ensure you make the most of the great outdoors.
You’ll be just minutes from the sea, but as well as whale watching, dolphin encounters, cycling, swimming and snorkelling you’ll also be spending time bush walking, bird watching and exploring the surrounding forest.
Stay: Three nights in a luxury tent with en suite facilities at Paperbark Camp.
Days 13 – 14:
Fly from Australia back home