Welcome to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). Today you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions and head to a unique Be My Guest experience at City Winery – Brisbane’s first urban winery. Connect With Locals over a dinner hosted by the group sommelier or winemaker, where you’ll learn about the inner workings of this micro-winery, which sources grapes from across Australia's celebrated wine regions. Learn about how food and wine work together in this unforgettable food and wine pairing. It is the perfect introduction to Brisbane’s modern, vibrant and generous spirit.
This morning you’ll head to Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital. Australia's wildlife is uniquely its own and much-loved by the world. Go behind the scenes to see how the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is giving injured wildlife a second chance. Over a twelve-month period, between 6,000 and 8,000 animals are brought to the hospital for lifesaving treatment. Returning to the city, you’ll Dive Into Culture on an indigenous walking tour of Brisbane. As the captivating sounds of the Didgeridoo ring out, you’ll uncover the fascinating history, art and rich cultural heritage of Meeanjin (Brisbane City) with an Aboriginal Local Specialist, whose ancestors inhabited the shores of the Brisbane River for over 40,000 years. The evening is yours, to perhaps explore the Queen Street Mall, Queen’s Wharf or the trendy bars and restaurants of Brisbane’s South Bank.
Fly to an unspoilt island paradise in the very heart of Queensland’s Whitsundays, Hamilton Island. Slip straight into relaxation mode as you contemplate life on ‘Hamo’ – as it’s affectionately known by locals – marvelling at its long white beaches and teal water, brimming with marine life. Book your spot on a sun lounger at the pool, head for a walk on one of the island’s many hiking trails, or grab a golf buggy to explore this car-free coastal wonderland at your own pace (driver’s licence required). Grab dinner at your hotel before heading to bed, tomorrow is a bucket-list day of epic proportions.
Explore the Whitsundays, an island archipelago in the Coral Sea – and your tropical gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Cruise across the impossibly blue waters of the World Heritage listed marine park to explore the hidden corners and colourful depths of the reef, making a stop at Whitsundays’ floating pontoon, the perfect platform from which to experience the amazing marine life and corals of the Whitsundays. Swim or snorkel (equipment provided), before indulging in a buffet lunch, while a whole other world swims peacefully below. Why not consider an Optional scenic flight from the pontoon and experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, from above – including the famous Heart Reef, a stunning composition of coral perfectly formed in the shape of a heart.
Spend the day in complete relaxation or continue exploring the natural beauty of the island. Enjoy a coffee at the marina, lace up your hiking boots and head up Passage Peak for flagship views across the archipelago. Don your swimming togs for a dip in the warm waters off Catseye Beach – or go in search of Coral Cove, one of the island’s most secluded inlets. We highly recommend booking an optional catamaran cruise to the stunning silica beach of Whitehaven – the most beautiful beach in all the Whitsundays (and arguably, Australia).
An easy start to the day gives you some more time to enjoy Hamilton Island. Savour a leisurely breakfast, sneak in one last swim and soak up the views – soon we’ll board our flight to Sydney. This evening you’ll catch the sunset from Sydney’s popular Darling Harbour, watching the city light up around you as you enjoy a Regional Dinner at a waterside restaurant.
This morning you’ll join a Local Specialist for a Behind the Scenes Sydney Opera House Tour. You’ll walk up the steps and under the ‘sails’ of this iconic building, to delve into the heart and history of one of the world’s most beloved opera houses. Take in the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse and the spectacular Concert Hall, before pausing on the lower concourse to watch the world go by. For a change of scene, we’ll head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. Enjoy some free time to wander along the strip, heading in and out of surf shops, which stand shoulder to shoulder with fashion boutiques and gift stores. Grab a bite to eat at one of Bondi’s sidewalk cafés – or dip your toes into the warm Pacific Ocean. Active souls can follow the boardwalk as it twists and turns above sandstone cliffs, past Australia’s oldest lighthouse for dramatic views across the ocean. This afternoon, join us at Our Big Kitchen, a community organisation that encourages individuals to help provide meals for those in need, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This evening is at leisure, so take the opportunity to explore Sydney’s vibrant CBD, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
Get your final fix of Sydney with a full day to explore. Soak up incredible city views on a ferry trip to Manly Beach, wander around the Royal Botanic Garden, or get your adrenaline racing with an Optional Experience thrilling climb up (and over) Sydney Harbour Bridge. With so much to see and do, you’ll need every last second available. This evening you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Farewell Dinner cruise around Sydney Harbour. Have your camera handy as you sail past Sydney’s most iconic sights, your Australian adventure is coming to end.
It's a final, fond farewell to Sydney as we transfer you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).