Wide-ranging cultural opportunities, sizzling restaurants and bars, outstanding architecture, the harbourside and any number of different experiences. Small wonder Sydney is regarded as one of Australasia’s premier destinations. You are cordially invited to stroll past the Opera House and around the Circular Bay, taking photographs at every other step. You can relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens, take more photos from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a luxury cruise across the harbour, visit Manly by ferry or step outside the city boundaries to discover fabulous beaches, the beautiful Blue Mountains and the vineyards of Hunter Valley.
Stay: Five nights at Quay West Suites.
Will anything prepare you for the sense of wonder you’ll feel when you first view the phenomenon that is Uluru or Ayer’s Rock? The surrounding red earth and uncompromising bush is pretty awesome too, and the whole experience is heightened by the chance to take small-group, personalised safaris to breath-taking sites in comfortable 4×4 vehicles.
Stay: Two nights in Desert Gardens Hotel.
Return to Sydney for a night before your morning connection to Hamilton Island.
Stay: One night at Holiday Inn Sydney Airport.
Hamilton Island has all the restaurants, entertainment, amenities and activities of a full-on resort – combined with warm waters, great flora and fauna and ready access to the colourful undersea world of the coral reef. All of which make it a relaxed place for snorkelling and diving to one of the most revered marine sites in Australia.
Stay: Five nights in Reef View Hotel.
Fly back to Sydney to connect with your flight home. Or extend your trip with one of our tailored suggestions.
I instantly felt I was talking to a friend.- SH, Italy, 2015