This Australia vacation showcases the beauty and glamour of the nation’s top two cities. Taking in Sydney and Melbourne, you’ll see incredible sights like the Sydney Opera House, enjoy world-class food and culture, and have the chance to enjoy iconic experiences like the Little Penguin parade on Phillip Island.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from North America to Sydney and return from Melbourne via Virgin Airways
- Domestic airfare from Sydney to Melbourne on Virgin Airways
- 4 nights hotel in Sydney:
-Economy hotel: Travelodge Hotel Sydney or similar economy
-Moderate hotel: Travelodge Wynyard Sydney or similar
- 3 nights hotel in Melbourne:
Economy hotel: Travelodge Southbank or similar
Moderate hotel: Vibe Savoy Hotel or similar
- I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass – for 5 top attractions
|October 1-December 10, 2018||Economy Hotels||Moderate Hotels||Taxes|
|Vancouver||from $2599||from $2819||$230|
|Victoria, Kelowna||from $2899||from $3119||$230|
|Calgary, Edmonton||from $2799||from $3019||$230|
NOTE: Airport transfers are not included with the package but can be arranged for an additional cost. Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available – alternate hotels may be selected
Canadian citizens will require a passport with a minimum validity left on it of 6 months plus a visitors visa to enter Australia, and will need to apply for an Electronic Visa (ETA).
Your Australia vacation begins in Sydney. You’ll find few cities as naturally appealing as Australia’s largest urban centre. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse array of go-getters, Sydney is gorgeous and vibrant and one of the world’s true urban highlights. There are a lot of ways to spend your time while in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northerly countries grow cold. To say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums, world-class restaurants, and thumping nightclubs, you’ll find a lot to keep you occupied.
From Sydney, continue along to Melbourne on your Australia vacation. Sydney may have been blessed with nature’s bounty, but Melbourne is the country’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city according to The Economist. It also keeps getting cooler. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts and culture and high living standards in the country. Ground zero for the trendy scene is Federation Square, where you’ll find the laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that lead the city’s culinary innovation. For more traditional sites, head to St. Kilda’s to visit the famous amusement park, Luna Park, or enjoy a pint and talk football, cricket, or Formula One with the sports-crazed locals of bohemian Fitzroy.
Day 1: Depart North America
Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia
Day 2: Cross International Dateline
You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home
Day 3: Arrive Sydney
On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.
Days 4-6: Sydney at leisure
These days are free to explore Sydney. We have included in your vacation package the i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 Attraction Pass and can be used in Sydney as well as Melbourne later in your trip. Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…
Day 7: Depart Sydney for Melbourne
Please make your way to the airport for your flight to Melbourne. On arrival you will be need to make your way to your Melbourne hotel. Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.
Days 8-9: At leisure in Melbourne
These days are free to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne from a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower (included in the I-Venture Pass) for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.
A new development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes. For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.
Outside of Melbourne, one not to be missed excursion (additional cost) is to Phillip Island to see the penguin colonies living in their natural habitat. Another is to the Yarra Valley famous for its wineries and rainforests. Other worthwhile places to visit are Ballarat, a small city, once famous as the centre of the gold rush and Geelong, with its beautiful surf beaches and spectacular views of the Great Ocean Road and the unique rock formation, the Twelve Apostles. We have included in your vacation package an i-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Sydney as well as Melbourne, some Melbourne ideas include a Melbourne River Cruise, Melbourne Cricket Ground and National Sports Museum, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and more.
Day 10: Depart Melbourne
Make your own way to the airport today for your flight back to North America.