Singapore Airline flight from Mumbai- Sydney:
Depart 6th Dec- Return 10th January.
( This is based on travel agent feedback for least cost booking with return fares. The airline details in the annexures)
7th Dec Arrival at Sydney: Airport Pick up and Stay at www.vulcanhotel.com.au
Located at Sydney's famous Darling Harbour, the City Centre, Theatre Land and Universities.
Easy access from Central Station and only 15 minutes from Sydney Airport.
8th Dec : Evening: Visit to the Sydney Opera House and view a play.
Inaugurated in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is a great architectural work of the 20th century that brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both architectural form and structural design. A great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape, at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. The Sydney Opera House comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. These shell-structures are set upon a vast platform and are surrounded by terrace areas that function as pedestrian concourses. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction.
9th dec: Day Tour to the Blue Mountains
(Pickup from the hotel). (The car hire charges in Australia are $88 per hour and therefore not advisable)
Operator: Oz trails: One of Australia’s most popular day tours.
- Wild Kangaroos and Screeching Cockatoos - See these Native Australian animals and more in their natural habitat.
- Refreshments on Nepean River - The tranquil western border of Sydney, with drinks and snacks provided.
- Kings Tableland or Evans Lookout - The best place to view the wilderness of the Blue Mountains ( away from the large buses - Coaches DO NOT have access )
- Pleasant Bushwalk to Wentworth Falls - One of the most spectacular look out points in the Blue Mountains
- Leura - Spend free time to explore this picturesque village. Great shops, excellent choices for lunch to cater to everyone... Leura is very popular with Sydney locals
- Katoomba and Katoomba Falls
- Three Sisters rock formation - Here you will hear the Aboriginal legends about this famous rock formation.
- Scenic railway - Ride the world's steepest inclined railway to the floor of the canyon, take an enjoyable walk in the rainforest. Then take the return trip by Sceniscender....Optional Extral!
- Aboriginal Site - Learn about aboriginal rock engravings and the Dharugs...Thought to have arrived in the Blue Mountains over 22,000 years ago.
- Olympic Park - Enroute see Homebush Bay, home of the 2000 Olympic Games.
- Trip up Sydney Harbour - Unwind on an afternoon cruise along Parramatta river (which becomes Sydney Harbour) back to Circular Quay (city centre)...Escape nasty afternoon traffic.
Included in price:
* Morning tea (refreshment stop on the Nepean River - where Sydney meets the Blue Mountains) * 40 minute rivercat Habour trip * Entrance fee to the National Park to see wild kangaross * Complimentary hotel pick up * Clean, modern buses * the most experienced Blue Mountains Guides and driver's possible. * Professional and VERY experienced Tour Guides.
10th & 11th Dec: Drive to Hunter Valley.
Hire a local taxi or a self drive car is available for 120$ for two days.
Stay at www.mercurehuntervalley.com.au for two nights.
Spanning over 60 acres, be amazed by the sensational sights, colours, and fragrances of the ten stunning feature gardens. Explore each garden one-by-one and enjoy an exciting journey through the thousands of flowers, trees, and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn.
The gardens will heighten your senses with a wonderful display of sight, colour and fragrance.
Along the eight kilometres of walking paths are more than six thousand trees, one million ground covers and six hundred thousand shrubs. A floral display featuring a variety of plants and statuary, all of a standard that you won't see elsewhere in Australia.
From the main entrance, the visitor will enter through many feature gardens full of breathtaking surprises!
Every guest of the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens is able to purchase two gardens entry tickets for the price of one. See our Guest Services Team for more information. 12th morning , return to Sydney.
12th - 22nd Dec: Flight from Sydney- Newzealand :
Take an evening Flight from Sydney to Christchurch , Newzealand. 3 hour flight.
Itinerary for New Zealand
Arrival at Christchurch : Stay at www.Ghihotels.com ( Awaiting revert for Nz )
CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR'S PASS – GREYMOUTH
Travel distance is approximately 254kms (159 miles).
Allow at least 3 hours drive time (not including stops).
From gold mining on the wild West Coast to the wilderness wonderland of Arthur's Pass, the magic of walking on a glacier and enjoying the year round visual feast that is Lake Wanaka, there is plenty to see and do as you leave and come back across the stunning Canterbury Plains!
Cave stream scenic reserve
Located in the basis of Castle Hill, this photography friendly reserve is a truly awesome natural Canterbury feature. Enjoy an easy walk to the 594 metre cave as you meander past an impressive limestone landscape and sculptured rock formations. It takes approximately 1 hour to walk from one entrance of the cove through to the exit.
Popular with trampers and hunters, the alpine village of Arthur's Pass is famous for the surreal civil engineering that makes access safer and easier into the West Coast. The village is a favourite base for local tramping, hiking and hunting in the nearby national park. Great place to enjoy a coffee and a leg stretch! The Arthur’s Pass National Park offers the most popular short walk is the Punchbowl Falls Track. This one hour return walk provides stunning scenery and native wildlife.
Stay at GREYMOUTH: Stay at www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgategreymouth
Situated at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island. This is a popular coastal tourist stop.
Highly recommended Greymouth tourist attractions include.
Monteith’s Brewery Tour - Located in Greymouth, the brewery maintains the brewing traditions almost 150 years on from its inception. Tours are available daily and designed so you can experience the making of fine beer in open fermenters by coal-fired boilers, learn about a time-honoured tradition that lives on, learn about the origins of each beer and taste profiles plus enjoy formal tasting of each beer style.
Blackwater Glow-worm Cave Rafting - This Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity is a truly magical and fun way to enjoy some of the special natural beauty that is New Zealand! Float through a galaxy world of glow-worms on subterranean lakes, experience under-ground waterfalls and drift through tunnels on an inflatable tube.
On Yer Bike - Off road and 4WD adventures for all ages. From Quad bikes to the awesome 6-seater 8WD Amphibious Argo, Go-Karts, 4WD motorbikes and Mini bikes!
GREYMOUTH - HOKITIKA - FRANZ JOSEF
Travel distance is approximately 173kms (108 miles. It takes approximately 2 hours drive time without stops.
Boasting some of the most untamed and stunning scenery in the world, the coastal road between Greymouth and Hokitika provides great views of the genuine 'Wild West Coast'. Make sure you stop off along the route to enjoy the sharp tang of the sea air and enjoy a stroll along the beach while enjoying the entertaining shapes and sizes of the driftwood that adorns our West Coast beaches.
Only 10km's South of Greymouth, Shantytown is one of New Zealand’s premier cultural and heritage experiences and retells the inspirational stories of the challenges that faced gold seeking immigrants during the 9th century's great gold rushes. Take a ride on a real steam engine and explore the 'real-life' town, as it would've looked in the 'old times'.
Between Greymouth and Hokitika on one of the spectacular coastal drives in the world, this is a wonderful place to stop and enjoy the wonderful walks and coastal views. Located in the heart of the Paparoa National Park, the area is most famous for the internationally recognized Pancake Rocks and Blowholes
Situated by the sea, the town and area is famous for local artists working in jade, gold, driftwood, timber, clay, shell, bone, fibres and paint! The area boasts talented craft artists; sculptors, jewellers, painters and poets that choose to make this inspirational area their home. Hokitika is also home to the famous Wild Foods Festival, which is held in March each year and attracts visitors from around New Zealand and the world.
Welcome to Glacier Country! Franz Josef is most famous for the Franz Josef Glacier that is located a short drive from the township, in the stunning unique World Heritage Area of Westland National Park.
Highly recommended Franz Josef tourist attractions include...
Guided Glacier Walk - Your chance to get up close and personal with a real glacier! Experienced guides offer a variety of walks and hikes onto the glacier, including easy level walks for a few hours to whole day hikes. This is a 'must do' when visiting Franz Josef. Don’t forget your camera for some truly exceptional photography opportunities.
Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike - The ultimate glacier experience that combines an exhilarating scenic helicopter flight up the glacier where you and your experienced guide will be dropped off for a 2 hour glacier walk amidst pristine ice caves and magnificent views.
Hukawai Glacier Centre - If the weather doesn't permit a walk on the glacier enjoy the next best thing! The modern glacier centre has the only indoor ice climbing wall in the Southern Hemisphere! Take a fascinating journey via a stimulating audio-visual exhibit as you learn more about the local flora, fauna, geology, glaciology, history and mythology.
Glacier Country Lake Tours - Enjoy a stunning 90-minute eco-cruise on Lake Mapourika. View native flora, fauna and bird life while enjoying a complimentary hot drink and light snack as you listen to an engaging commentary, pointing out scenic highlights and wildlife.
Visit Mount Cook from Wanaka
Stay at Wanaka: 2 nights www.oakridge.co.nz/pages/accommodation.html
Spend the morning enjoying the rest of your Wanaka visit and a hearty brunch at one of the many cafes along the lake front before waving good bye to the picturesque lakeside resort town as you head past Wanaka airport and turn onto State Highway 8A to join with State Highway 8.
Mt. Cook Village
The village is located at the end of the valley and you will be hard pressed to find alpine scenery more amazing then what is on show here.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park boasts New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. With peaks towering over 3000 metres, Aoraki/Mount Cook still towers proud of place at whopping 3754 metres tall!
Christchurch - DUNEDIN (Via Alexandra) – OAMARU. Stay at Otago:
Travel distance is approximately 280kms (175 miles).Allow at least 3.5 hours drive time (not including stops) from Queenstown to Dunedin
Places to visit en-route
The Gibbston Valley is like no other wine region to be seen! Don't expect to see your usual view of acres and acres of flat land and vineyards as is typical of a working vineyard, instead expect to be met with vineyards squeezed precariously between a deep, rocky gorge and jagged mountains of schist! There are a number of award winning wineries open for tastings or even lunch and dinner.
Only 50 minutes from Queenstown, Cromwell is located beside Lake Dunstan and is a lovely place to stop and enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Visit the historic Old Cromwell Town that is now home to local craftspeople
Located in the heart of Central Otago on the junction of SH 8 & SH 85, the town boasts a thriving community of fruit growers, viticulture and wine making. During summer the temperate can reach the high 30's so visitors can enjoy fresh fruit and balmy summer days. If you are travelling through in the winter then enjoy at stop at Manorburn Dam, which freezes to become a skating rink!
The city of Dunedin is situated at the head of the spectacular Otago Harbour and is the second largest city in the South Island. Along with the famous Otago University, the city is also considered New Zealand's architectural heritage capital, offering historic Victorian and Edwardian buildings lovingly restored to make this city truly unique.
40km's south of Oamaru you will discover the perfectly spherical Moeraki Boulders scattered along the beach. Believed to be at least 60 million years old, each boulder weighs several tonnes and can be up to two metres high
Nestled on the South Island's east coast, Oamaru has a population of around 12,000 and an impressive heritage. Boasting an impressive collection of grand neo-classical buildings that now house a range of businesses, galleries and eateries, there are plenty of unique heritage attractions within this large town.
Oamaru Public Gardens - This beautiful Victorian inspired garden is renowned for its beauty and encompasses 13 hectares of magnificent trees, shrubberies, and flower beds. Established in 1876, some unique features include the glass display house, Mirror Lake, Chinese Gardens, Craig Fountain and the famous Wonderland Statue. Grab a picnic and enjoy!
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony - Only a couple of minutes from the centre of Oamaru is New Zealand’s largest scientifically monitored blue penguin colony. Daily tours take visitors into the heart of the penguin’s habitat.
OTAGO: STAY AT www.pukerangihomestead.co.nz (Stay for 4 nights) Must Stay.
Pukerangi means ‘hills of heaven’ and the name is well suited to the place. The best way to reach it is to ride the scenic Taieri Gorge train from Dunedin to Barewood Station, a vast high-country farm in the rolling hills of the iconic Otago Province. Ii is a villa-style stone farmhouse resting against the backdrop of an idyllic pastoral setting.
22nd Dec: Flight from Christchurch- Sydney. Further from Sydney to Melbourne via a budget airline- Jetstar- one hour flight.
Arrival in Melbourne on 22nd Dec
My partner and Director for Australia, Daras Bir will greet you at Melbourne and drop you to the hotel. Stay at Hotel Bay view on the Park
23rd: Dec: Spend the day at Melbourne city, walking around the area.
24th: Dec: Daras and his wife can show you some parts of Melbourne in their car.
25th December: Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Aussie cattle farm and puffing Billy with lunch.
Depart from Melbourne in a luxury coach, first port of call into the Dandenong ranches. Enjoy the lush ferns and dense forests of these enchanting ranches. Ride the restored Puffing Billy Steam Train, marvel at the towering mountain ash and beautiful gullies of Sherbrooke Forest and enjoy the spectacular views and lush rainforest settings.
Spend time at Warrook Station Farm - Cattle, lambs, kangaroos and homestead country cooking plus Warrook is a classic family owned station property running over 150 head of cattle and over 900 lambs. You will enjoy an insider look at typical station life and all the daily action. Experience genuine Australian country hospitality at Warrook Farm. Feed the kangaroos, wombats and baby farm animals. Watch the sheep dogs run through their paces as they muster sheep. Lunch includes Red-gum smoked roast beef or marinated chicken with fresh seasonal local produce loaded with lots of secret Australian bush herbs. Take a hay ride around the farm or help milk the cows in the dairy. "Click go the shears", during the interesting sheep shearing demonstration out in the shed or barn.
Next we visit the Koala Conservation Centre and learn about these cuddly creatures. Stroll along the elevated boardwalks to view the koalas in their natural habitat. See a spring of fur seals at the Nobbies, on the dramatic southern coastline. Top this outdoor day with an evening visit to Phillip Island. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Watch the daily evening ritual of the wild little penguins and watch the little penguin parade at dusk, as they exit the surf and waddle to their nests. Note: Nobbies viewing is seasonal and dependant on daylight hours.
Evening: Return to the hotel.
26th Dec: Great Ocean Road Adventure-
Enjoy one of the world's great coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road
Departs: Melbourne 8.00 am - Returns: Approx. 7.30 pm
View the popular coastal townships of Torquay and Lorne - a surfer's haven and retreat.
Pass world famous Bells Beach, home to World Surfing Championships.
See many fern filled gullies and river inlets on your journey.
Travel the length of the Great Ocean Road passing towering limestone cliffs, sweeping white beaches and stunning forest scenery.
Truly one of the world's great scenic coastal drives.
Witness a fabulous spectacle of massive natural erosion. Contrasts abound between rugged coast and verdant rainforest living side by side.
See the amazing Twelve Apostles - limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean and visit the Information Centre.
Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the scenery from various viewing platforms.
See Loch Ard Gorge and be swept away by the romantic and tragic story of love and lives lost aboard the Loch Ard.
Explore Port Campbell National Park. Discover the tragic history of over 50 ships wrecked along this rugged coastline. Continue beyond Port Campbell to the remnants of London Bridge.
Don't forget extra film as we embark on a number of great photo locations including Razorback and Island Arch. See the spectacular night lights of Melbourne as you cross the West Gate Bridge.
27th Dec- 31st dec: Trip to Tasmania from Melbourne via Ship.
Tasmania (abbreviated as TAS) is an Australian island and state. It is 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the continent, separated by Bass Strait. Tasmania is promoted as the natural state, the "island of inspiration", and A World Apart, Not A World Away owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 37% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites.
2ND Jan – 9th Jan: Flight from Melbourne to Cairns, North Queensland. : Stay at Cairns.
The Great Barrier Reef is a must see while in North Queensland. Stay at one of the Island Resorts or try snorkeling or diving on one of the many Reef Trips that depart Cairns & Port Douglas daily. The Great Barrier Reef is also home to some of the best Dive Expeditions in the world.
Stay in a comfortable boutique homestay: www.cairnsedgehillbnb.com.au
The Cairns Edge Hill Bed & Breakfast is nestled comfortably in the rain forest of the Whitfield Mountains overlooking Edge Hill, Cairns and a unfettered southerly view to the famous Walsh’s Pyramid.
A fantastic adventure into Queensland’s Tropical past and the wonders of the iconic Queenslander. The house is elevated high above the street with a modern eat-in kitchen opening to a beautifully landscaped patio with an exotic Balinese plunge pool.
9th Jan : Return to Sydney and flight back to Singapore on 10th Jan
Please note this is a tentative itinerary and I am awaiting details for Chauffeur driven car at Newzealand and tours at Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania. Also awaiting the ticket details.