Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

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THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR Departures & Duration: 1 hour, Daily When the Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site it was hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity”. Now, it’s your turn to step inside the hallowed theatres and foyers that bring to life over 1,800 performances each year. Learn from knowledgeable guides about how Jørn Utzon’s vision came into existence against impossible odds, and capture photographs from rare vantage points that are off limits to the general public.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BACKSTAGE TOUR

LET’S GO SURFING - BONDI BEACH Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily Surfing and beach culture is truly a unique slice of Aussie life, so what better place to experience this first hand, than on world-famous Bondi Beach? In small sociable groups of 5 or less, you’ll get plenty of hands-on instruction from the dedicated and fully-qualified instructors who will help you to build your knowledge and confidence, first on the beach and then the ocean. Learn surf awareness and safety, how to warm up properly as well as paddling, standing and finally, catching those all-important waves. Note:ByronBayandhalf-day toursalsoavailable. STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING Departures & Duration: Daily, on request Find out why Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has become one of the fastest growing watersports with the professional team from Lets Go SUP. They will teach you the skills to get you started and show you the fun and excitement of Stand Up Paddleboarding. From absolute beginners to someone looking for a refresher course, these lessons offer a truly authentic SUP experience that includes all equipment, safety information about the beach and a smile you won’t be able to wipe off for hours. Prices from £36 per person including wetsuit and equipment hire. Departures & Duration: 2 hours, Daily An early departure ensures that visitors can access the inner sanctum areas’ which are restricted later in the day when performers and technical crews are at work. Your guide will lead you through this UNESCO World Heritage-listed building and through its hallowed theatres and behind the curtains. Once you’ve uncovered just a few of the mysteries of the backstage world and had your fill of insider secrets, enjoy a full hot breakfast served in the Green Room, the private domain for performers and staff alike (breakfast is served in the Opera Kitchen on Sundays when the Green Room is closed) SMALL GROUP BLUE MOUNTAINS Departures & Duration: 9 hours, Daily The day starts with an early arrival to Calmsley Hill Farm before the gates open at 9am to meet native Australian wildlife, kangaroo, Koala, Wombat & Emu including morning tea. Travel via small luxury vehicle into the Blue Mountains away from the crowds, where you’ll see temperate rainforests and towering sandstone escarpments. Enjoy a leisurely walk, world- class views, exclusive lunch venue and then sparkling wine ororange juice at Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens before returning to Sydney. Prices from £60 per person Prices from: Adult £176, Child £106, incl. afternoon tea & lunch.

Prices from: Adult £22, Child £12

SMALL GROUP HUNTER VALLEY Departures & Duration: Mon - Fri, 10 hours Head out of the city across Sydney Harbour Bridge Travelling directly into the Hunter Valley to enjoy Exclusive wine and cheese pairing at a boutique winery with stunning views. Enjoy an exquisite gourmet lunch experience which includes a tour with a winemaker followed by a unique chocolate and wine pairing experience. Depart the Hunter Valley and return to Sydney.

Prices from: Adult £164, Child £91

BLUE MOUNTAINS & AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE Departures & Duration: 10 hours, Daily

Discover native wildlife whilst you explore World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. This rugged and beautiful region forms part of the Great Dividing Range, linking tropical north to temperate south. Arrive at Scenic World and join the optional Blue Mountains rides - Scenic Railway, Cableway or Skyway (own expense), a great way to see the steep valleys, canyons and Three Sisters rock formation. There is free time in Leura village and an afternoon at Sydney Zoo where koalas, kangaroos, wombats and penguins are all to be seen. The last stop is at Homebush Bay, the venue of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Prices from: Adult £57, Child £51 including surfboard and wetsuit rental.

Prices from: Adult £89, Child £45

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