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Grand Oceania Tour

May 1-23, 2020

Grand Tour

New Zealand is nature at her best offering breathtaking landscapes of stunning and diverse natural beauty which include majestic and dramatic fjords, spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains and farmland, long coastlines, wonderful sandy beaches and active geothermal regions plus so much more. The country also has history, culture and, not least, winelands producing excellent wines. Then continue to Austraila, Escape to a wild and beautiful place, a land whose colour palette of red outback sands and Technicolor reefs frames sophisticated cities and soulful Indigenous stories. Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.

Signature Moments

  • Discover Auckland; Arts, architecture and a volcano
  • Walk in the spectacular beauty of the settings for the Lord of the Rings
  • Journey back in time to experience early Moari culture and customs
  • Enjoy the famous TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch passing through lush forests and serene lakes
  • Marvel at the mystery of Ayers Rock and the raw beauty of the Outback
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture in Alice Springs and see the desert come alive at night
  • Explore the stunning beauty of the Great Barrier Reef
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 22 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Arrival transfers
  • 22 breakfast, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Private minivan transportation throughout
  • Arrival Meet & Greet assistance
  • Internal Flights
  • Auckland City Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Cave entry & guided tour
  • Roselands Farm BBQ
  • Hobbitron Movie Set Tour
  • Te Puia Rotorua Day Pass & guided tour
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Srpings & Kiwi Encounter
  • Evening Cultural Experience & Dinner
  • Glacier Valley Walking Tour
  • Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
  • Wine tour & tasting
  • Montieths Brewery tour
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Akaroa Tour & Nature Cruise
  • Sightseeing tour of Melbourne
  • Phillip Island Tour
  • Admission to Koala Conservation Centre
  • Admission to Churchill Island Heritabe Farm
  • Full Day Yarra Valley Tour
  • Wine tasting at 3 wineries
  • Olgas and Sunset Tour
  • Sunrise over Ayers Rock
  • Alice Town Tour
  • Sunset & Starlight dinner tour
  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Kuranda Rail Journey
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Rocks Walking Tour
  • Full Day Blue Mountain Tour
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Local taxes on accommodations
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Women's Travel Club Oceania Grand Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand!
Upon arrival at the airport this morning you’ll be met by a local guide and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is after 3:00 pm so you may want to store your bags and enjoy some leisure time on your own
Accommodations - Sky City Hotel Auckland

Day 2 - Auckland

This morning the tour begins with a short journey over the Auckland Harbour Bridge where you will be treated to some of the best views of Auckland's skyline as we head back to the city, before making our way up Queen Street and on through the Auckland Domain. Situated atop a 62,000 year old volcano, the Auckland Domain is a beautiful inner-city park which offers great views across the harbour to Rangitoto, Auckland's most iconic volcano which last erupted just 600 years ago. Enjoy a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum showcasing the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant nature history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections. You are free to explore the museum at your own leisure. At the end of the visit we continue onto Mission Bay, Parnell Village, Auckland’s oldest suburb, full of charm and character. Tour ends back at the hotel. The afternoon is at own leisure
Accommodations - Sky City Hotel Auckland

Day 3 - Rotorua

Early this morning, meet your driver at the hotel for the journey to Rotorua including visits to the popular Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour en-route. Travel south along the Auckland motorway to the Bombay Hills, and head into the farming province of Waikato. Your coach follows the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest, through Hamilton and Otorohanga to Waitomo. Arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour through the spectacular Waitomo Caves and an underground boat ride through the famous 'Glowworm Grotto'.
After the tour enjoy an early lunch at Roselands Farm & Garden restaurant before continuing onto Matamata for your Hobbiton Tour. Experience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire™ that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Your tour starts with a drive through picturesque Waikato farmland to The Shires Rest. The bus will then drive you through the 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how Hobbiton Movie set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon™ Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. At the end of the tour we continue the journey to Rotorua for the next couple of nights.
Accommodations - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Day 4 - Rotorua

After breakfast commence your Rotorua sightseeing visiting various main attractions. First stop we visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia offers unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage.
Next we visit the World Famous Agrodome for an authentic farm experience. The Sheep show will take you through a fascinating insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture. During this multi award winning show you will be entertained and informed as a real kiwi shearer (black singlet and all) presents 19 breeds of champion sheep, shears a sheep using the world record Bowen technique, works noisy Huntaway and silent Strong-Eyed dogs and completes the NZ dog trial. Have the opportunity to milk a cow and feed a lamb. After some free time for lunch we visit Rainbow Springs.
Set on 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Enjoy walking through the many free flight aviaries, feed the biggest wild trout you will ever see, come face to face with prehistory in the eyes of a Tuatara – a living dinosaur, watch New Zealand’s own kiwi in their natural environment as they forage for food and admire the native New Zealand bush surroundings with over 90 different native plants, trees and ferns throughout the park. Enjoy a 30 minutes guided tour Behind the Scenes of Kiwi Encounter. See the Operation Nest Egg kiwi conservation project in action as you tour through the incubation, hatch and nursery rooms. Tour ends back at the hotel early afternoon.
Enjoy free time before our dinner and cultural experience.
You will be collected from your hotel this evening by a representative of Tamaki Tours for your combined Hangi (Dinner) and Concert tour. Welcome to a world of ancient Maori and proud warriors - a world that unfolds with a journey back in time through the Maori village of 'Te Tawa Ngahere Pa'. Experience the pre-European lifestyle and customs of the ancient Maori ancestors as the village comes alive with tribal songs, dances and activities. Enjoy a night of truly authentic, traditional culture and entertainment. Feast on a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones in an authentic earthen oven.
Accommodations - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Day 5 - Queenstown

After breakfast this morning you’ll transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival in Queenstown you’ll transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Queenstown offers stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cements its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
Accommodations - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6 - Doubtful Sound

This morning we make our way to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre located at Pearl Harbour in Manapouri. Meet your representative from Real Journeys here and then depart for your overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise.
The Fiordland Navigator is designed along the lines of a traditional scow to reflect Fiordland's heritage. Departing from Manapouri, the journey to Doubtful Sound begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri. Disembark st West Arm then travel over the Wilmont Pass by coach through dense rainforest. At Deep Cove, board the overnight vessel for a leisurely exploration of Doubtful Sound. Anchor overnight. Possible sightings could include fur seals, dolphins and penguins. Activities include kayaking and excursions in the glass-bottomed tender vessels to explore the coastline.
Accommodations - Real Journey's Overnight Cruise

Day 7 - Queenstown

Today you will enjoy further cruising before your transfer back to Queenstown, arrival back approx. 3.30 PM.
Accommodations - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 8 - Franz Josef

After breakfast we depart the hotel by private coach for the journey to Franz Josef including sights along the way. We start the journey heading up to Hensman Heights lookout for breathtaking views of the Basin, view the World’s first commercial bungy jump site of A J Hackett Kawarau Bridge, here you may have the opportunity to watch intrepid jumpers hurl themselves off the Historic Kawarau suspension bridge. Next we visit Gibbston Valley Winery for a wine cave tour and tasting where you will gain an abundance of information on the local Viticulture Industry. A 2 course lunch is included at the winery before continuing our journey to Franz Josef arriving late afternoon.
Accommodations - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9 - Franz Josef

This morning, enjoy a tour of the glacier valley. This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Accommodations - Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 10 - Greymouth

After breakfast, depart Franz Josef by private coach and travel to our first stop Hokitika which was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It still has the feel of a 'frontier town'', and there are some lovely old buildings to admire. Greenstone (NZ jade) is the town's treasure these days. From here we continue the journey to Greymouth. Greymouth has a long gold mining history. It's the largest town on the west coast and is known for its awesome seascapes. Visit the popular Montieths Brewery for a guided tour. Nearly 150 years brewing experience, Monteith's Brewing Company has become recognized as the leader in the New Zealand craft beer market. You will be guided through the traditions and heritage of the brewing establishment. Experience and taste the ever changing and innovative brews; some of which are exclusively produced and sold by brewers at Monteith's Brewing Company.
After lunch (own expense) we transfer to the Railway Station for the scenic journey to Christchurch.
The World famous TranzAlpine train leaves Greymouth on the west coast and travels through lush beech forests and past serene lakes. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, before arriving in Christchurch on the east coast. On arrival in Christchurch re-board your coach for the transfer to the hotel. Evening is at own leisure.
Accommodations - Rendezous Hotel Christchurch

Day 11 - Christchurch

This morning, we travel by private coach to Akaroa over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which give glorious views of farmlands, Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. You have an opportunity to wander around the charming 150 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with its museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios. Board your Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife. You'll see the rare, native dolphin - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. There's also the chance to spot the world's smallest penguin, the White Flippered Little Blue Penguin, Fur Seals and other sea birds. Other cruise highlights are a working salmon farm, Cathedral Cave and signs of Akaroa's fascinating past including early Maori, French and British settlement. After the cruise enjoy a 2 course lunch followed by some free time to explore this wonderful township. Later we reboard our coach for the return journey to Christchurch.
Accommodations - Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Day 12 - Christchurch - Melbourne

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia. (flight from Christchurch to Melbourne not included).
Welcome to Australia!
On arrival in this beautiful city you’ll be met in the luggage hall by your local guide. Board your coach and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Melbourne enroute to your hotel. This tour is a discovery of Melbourne's past and present. The drive will take in the central business district with its eclectic architecture, past the 170 million dollar Victorian Arts Centre and on to fashionable Toorak with its luxurious homes. Inspect Captain Cook's Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens with avenues of huge English elms planted along gently contoured lawns. Pass by the Botanical Gardens and observe the hustle and bustle of the famous Queen Victorian Markets. Continue along taking in views of the Shrine of Remembrance and St Patrick's Cathedral. The tour concludes at your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure, until your dinner this evening. You’ll be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant for the late dinner seating. This unique dinner is on board the World’s only working tramcar restaurant; the tram travels leisurely along Melbourne’s grand leafy boulevards as you dine and is a delightful way to experience the sights and tastes of this elegant city. Bar service is included with your meal this evening.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

Day 13 - Melbourne

Today we visit Phillip Island Nature Park and experience a range of unique Australian attractions including the world famous Churchill Island heritage farm, Koala Conservation Centre and the famous Penguin Parade.
Journey back in time and explore the heritage and tranquil scenery. Wander the old homestead and experience daily heritage farming activities including cow milking, sheep shearing and working dogs demonstrations. Come ‘face to face’ with koalas in their natural habitat. Explore the treetop boardwalks and stroll through the woodlands, home to many animals including wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds.
Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia from the Penguins Plus viewing platform. Enjoy a more personal viewing experience, limited to 190 people, along with a commentary from an experienced ranger. Penguins arrive at sunset. Please arrive 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time. Free time for dinner during the tour (dinner at own expense). At the end of the evening re-board the coach for the journey back to Melbourne.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

Day 14 - Yarra Valley

This morning depart Melbourne by private coach for a Full day Yarra Valley Tour. Under an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is famous for its wine, fresh food and breathtaking scenery. The place where Victorian winegrowing started, the Yarra Valley is now home to over 55 wineries, most of which offer cellar door tastings and sales. Many are as serious about food as they are about their harvest, matching the wine they make with local produce in restaurants located in beautiful vineyards.
The Yarra Valley is richly endowed with some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria. Distant blue ranges, rolling hills strung with vines, towering trees, and verdant valleys with pristine rivers make up the spectacular scenery on offer around Marysville and Warburton. Wine tasting a 2 local wineries plus tasting at lunch at Rochford Wines Restaurant situated in a stunning vineyard and offers Modern Australian cuisines sourced from fresh local produce.
Accommodations - Vibe Savoy Melbourne

Day 15 - Ayers Rock

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon depart by private coach for the Olgas and Sunset Tour. Visit the massive series of domes known as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). The Olgas are a cluster of rounded massive rocks equally mysterious. "Katatjuta", meaning many heads, is the Aboriginal name for the Olgas, and each of the 36 domes has a story in their mythology and significance in their beliefs. Many of the domes are as tall as Ayers Rock and rise commandingly above the desert landscape. Photographic stops are made on our way to the awesome Olga Gorge. The walking trail through Olga Gorge follows the natural creek between two of the domes of Kata Tjuta. Spend some time exploring the Gorge and the unusual rock formations. Return to the sunset viewing strip to see the Rock at its most dramatic. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the striking colour changes that can take place in this majestic part of Australia. When conditions are right, the Rock glows crimson for a few short minutes as the sun sets, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or juice & nibbles
Accommodations - Desert Gardens Hotel

Day 16 - Alice Springs

It is an early start this morning to view sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock). This is a unique time of the day in the desert and should not be missed. After sunrise enjoy breakfast at the Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre before continuing on with the Base Tour. Ayers Rock is the most popular tourist destination in the Red Center. The Rock has become one of the symbols of Australia that is recognized everywhere in the world. Nothing can give a sense of its size except standing beneath the towering 348 meters wall of rock. As you tour the Rock's base you will fully appreciate not only its size but also the way it appears to continually change. From one angle it looks almost like a huge box; from another, it sprawls elegantly across the plain.
Coach overland to Alice Springs and check in to your hotel. Later we drive out along the Western McDonnell Ranges arriving at our magnificent Bush Setting. Have a drink and walk around before dinner as the sun is setting changing the colours of the rock. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven or BBQ with the beautiful flavours of the Mulga wood burning giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some of the flavours of the bush foods. You can learn from Bob some of his cooking style and about the foods of the Aboriginal people. Dinner will be under the Milky Way where we can hear the sounds of the desert. After dinner we will try and spot light the wildlife. The desert comes alive at night. Then travel back to your hotel for the night.

Accommodations - Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Day 17 - Cairns

After breakfast meet by your coach driver and enjoy an Alice Town tour en-route to the airport. In Alice Springs, you may be expecting to find a quiet old country town but in fact what you will find is a bustling township of more than 25,000 friendly Territorians with every service and facility you could want. There are also several you will probably not be expecting - like a casino, an arts and entertainment centre, date and camel farms, a winery, a picturesque golf course and hot-air ballooning, just to name a few. Alice Springs has been an important stop for travellers since the early Overland Telegraph days of the 1800s. Today ‘The Alice’ has developed into such a significant town that it is more than just an oasis in the Outback.
Aboriginal culture has been an important part of Central Australia for 30,000 years and the galleries in Alice Springs provide plenty of opportunities to view and purchase some original art and craft. There is much to learn from the Arrernte (the Aboriginal people) whose traditional lands include the area in and around Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. The interactive Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre and Museum tells the story of the Royal Flying Doctor Service which provides health services to people living, working or travelling in rural and remote communities within Australia.
Since 1951 when Alice Springs School of the Air was established, it has been at the forefront of developing techniques that continually enhance learning experiences of students living in remote areas of Central Australia. Immerse yourself in history, learn about outback lifestyle, discover world-class innovations and be inspired by what has been and continues to be a uniquely Australian method of education – achieved in “The World’s Largest Classroom.
Your tour ends at the airport in time for your flight to Cairns On arrival in Cairns you will be met by your coach driver in the luggage collection area and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at own leisure
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 18 - Great Barrier Reef

This morning you will be collected from your hotel by a Quicksilver Connections coach and taken on a scenic drive to Port Douglas. Quicksilver's friendly crew will take you to Agincourt Reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Here 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 Quicksilver semi-sub, just one metre underwater (please note diving is an extra cost). Watch the fish feeding from the unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory. Complimentary morning and afternoon tea and a delicious lunch are included. Other refreshments are available at an additional cost. There will be a Marine Biologist presentation shown on the vessel televisions as well as a snorkelling demonstration. Arrive back at Marina Mirage at approximately 4.30pm and join your coach for the transfer back to your hotel. The evening is at own leisure
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 19 - Cairns

This morning depart the hotel by private coach for transfer to Freshwater Station, here you will join the historic Kuranda Rail for one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia. Travelling slowly, it winds its way up the epic pioneer track with every turn revealing a new panorama - sugar plantations, Barron Falls, Stoney Creek Falls - until it reaches Kuranda Station, a cool, tropical environment of native shrubs, ferns and flowers. Upon reaching Kuranda, you will have some brief time to explore and enjoy the old-world charm of this “village in the Rainforest”. Later re-board your coach for the short transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park, boasting 40 hectares of gardens and rainforest set amidst World Heritage areas. Ride the amphibious army duck through the rainforest and visit the Koala and Wildlife Park. The Dreamtime Walk provides a comprehensive introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture and history with practical experiences including boomerang lessons on spear throwing. Witness the dynamic performance of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers in the natural amphitheatre where the rainforest serves as the theatre walls and the sounds of the forest and the didgeridoo create the backing music. A BBQ lunch is included at Rainforestation. In the afternoon we return to Kuranda and board the Skyrail. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway takes you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. A one way experience should take approximately 1½ hours this includes spending time at the two rainforest mid-stations. On arrival at Smithfield Terminal your coach will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel. Evening at own leisure.
Accommodations - Pacific Hotel Cairns

Day 20 - Sydney

After breakfast this morning you’ll transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney you’ll be met by a local guide transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 21 - Sydney

This morning we drive through the historic 'Rocks' area where Australia was first founded with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Continue through the commercial area of the city passing the historical buildings of Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. We make a stop at Mrs. Macquarie's Chair for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Proceed through cosmopolitan Kings Cross and exclusive garden suburbs to the Gap on the ocean headland at Watsons Bay. Enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense) at the iconic Bondi Beach before return to Sydney via Paddington, a Victorian suburb of restored terrace houses richly decorated with cast-iron lace. The tour will end at Rocks Walking Tour office to meet your private guide for your Rocks Walking Tour.
Explore Australia’s birthplace on this award winning tour. See the haunts of soldiers, sailors, convicts and merchants. View some of Sydney’s oldest buildings and hear fascinating tales of the early history and colourful characters. This is a relaxed and leisurely way to see one of Sydney’s most picturesque precincts. This evening Cruise, dine and dance aboard Sydney's flagship MV Sydney 2000. This is one of the most popular Dinner Cruises and a must for special occasions, visitors to Sydney or for those who just love a great night out. Includes a 3 course contemporary a la carte menu, dance band, full bar facilities with a selection of fine Australian wines available for purchase, and upper deck star gazing.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 22 - Blue Mountains Tour

After breakfast you will be collected by your private guide and taken on a Full Day Blue Mountains Tour. Today you will travel 100km west of Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Follow the trail of Australia's early explorers as the coach ascends into the Blue Mountains National Park. Our first stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park for a memorable and unique experience in a natural and well established bush setting. Featherdale has one of Australia's largest private collections of Australian animals. Take the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a koala (souvenir memento available), view kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, fairy penguins and Australian reptiles. The Blue Mountains, named for their distinctive blue haze (a result of eucalyptus oil evaporating from millions of gum trees), have long been a popular getaway destination for Sydneysiders. The mountains are a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife. This is one of the most spectacular and captivating wilderness parks in the country, and a supreme example of Australia’s diversity. Travel through the historic townships of Blaxland, Springwood, Lawson and Wentworth Falls and view the National Trust township of Leura. Leura is a little town made up of cafes, craft shops, art galleries, tea houses and quant boutiques. It is situated at the edge of the Blue Mountain National Park and has magnificent views of Mt Solitary. Continue along Cliff Drive to Echo Point to view the world famous "Three Sisters". Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Echo Point precinct provides panoramic views of the southern Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness and the iconic Three Sisters rock formation from a variety of lookouts. Located at the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Scenic World is renowned for providing the ultimate Blue Mountains Adventure – from native birds and fresh air, to breathtaking views of the World Heritage-listed region including the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Jamison Valley. The Unlimited Discovery Pass offers unlimited experience on the Railway, Skyway, Cableway and walkway. Scenic Railway - Discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway. A whole new visitor experience awaits, with glass-roofed red carriages offering expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley. Scenic Walkway - Discover the tranquility of ancient rainforest whilst strolling along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway. The elevated boardwalk immerses you in Jurassic rainforest on the Jamison Valley floor with minimal impact on the environment. Along the way, explore elements of the site’s coal mining history including the mine entrance, a replica miners’ hut and scale bronze sculpture of a miner and his pit pony. Scenic Cableway - Discover panoramic views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains from the Scenic Cableway. The 545 metre journey gently descends into the Jamison Valley and also returns you to the top of the escarpment. The Cableway’s fully enclosed cabin is a unique vantage point for viewing the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt Solitary and Katoomba Falls. Scenic Skyway - Glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the Scenic Skyway! Suspended 270 metres 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. With 360° views, the 720 metre journey provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley stretching to the horizon. At the end of activities re-board your coach for journey back to Sydney arriving at hotel late afternoon.
Accommodations - Travelodge Wynyard Sydney

Day 23 - Sydney - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and the amazing friends you have made along the way. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight home.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing

Double Occupancy - $13,749 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $16,799 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited. Rate includes $177.15 tax on internal flight which is subject to change until booked.

Deposit of $600 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - January 20, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

Booking Deadline

November 1, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after November 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Flight from Christchurch to Melbourne (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

Tour Leader

Debbie Groulx
Besides being an excellent tour leader, Debbie is our office manager. She will often be the person helping you with the all the details of your tour. Debbie is equally as organized on tour as she is in the office and will make sure everything is well taken care of. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
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Real Journeys Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is 9.7km from the Christchurch International Airport, and close to major attractions including Cathedral Square, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Victoria Square and the famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

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Vibe Savoy Melbourne

Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is set in an entertainment area, 15 minutes' walk of Federation Square. Featuring traditional architecture, the hotel occupies an 11-story building opened in 1926.

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Desert Gardens Hotel

Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers 218 elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.

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Mercure Alice Springs Resort

Located on the Todd River and only a few minutes' walk from the town centre, galleries and cultural precinct. Barra on Todd Restaurant and Bar offers distinctive cuisine and delectable dishes seasoned with local flavours. They offer 139 comfortable, spacious rooms including refurbished Standard and Superior rooms with stunning imagery of the Red Centre.

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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns is centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour and the Reef Fleet Terminal, the main departure point to the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area,

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Travelodge Wynward Sydney

Close to Wynyard Station, this straightforward hotel in a high-rise building is 2 km from both Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The simply furnished rooms feature minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add iPod docks, sitting rooms and dining areas. Some have kitchenettes with microwaves, while others include balconies. Room service is available.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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