Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. It has a population of 26 million which is heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. Indigenous Australians inhabited the continent for about 65,000 years prior to the first arrival of Dutch explorers in the early 17th century. Australia is the oldest, flattest and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It has a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometers. A megadiverse country, its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes, with deserts in the center, tropical rainforests in the north-east and mountain ranges in the south-east. It is also a highly developed country, being the world's 14th-largest economy. It is a regional power and has the world's eighth-largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 29% of the population. The country ranks highly in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights.
Sydney, is a vibrant city catering to all your desires whether you seek exhilaration, exploration or relaxation. Discover Sydney’s unique blend of dining, shopping and recreation options in one of the world’s most attractive city environments. Sydney's sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city's crown. It's flanked by golden beaches and bushland, and is home to one of the most famous bridges in the world.
Canberra, the nation’s capital, is home to many of Australia’s most important public buildings, art works and institutions. It’s also a great place to enjoy a well-planned city with its parks, gardens and surrounds. Blessed with some of the loveliest surroundings of any national capital, Canberra also boasts some of Australia’s finest galleries and public structures.
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art. Spend time in some of Melbourne's diverse precincts and explore the hidden treasures in Melbourne’s famous lanes and historic arcades and experience the many different ways of enjoying life along the Yarra River. Known as a style-setter, Melbourne is home to some of the best shopping and nightlife in Australia, a non-stop program of film and food festivals, cutting edge design and architecture, and major art exhibitions and musical extravaganzas.
Itinerary: Sydney – Canberra – Melbourne
Day 1: Arrival in Sydney (The Grace Hotel 4*) – (Shangri-La 5*)
Upon arrival at Sydney International Airport, you will be met and greeted by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Excursion in Sydney
First you will have a half day tour to enjoy the highlight of Sydney by capturing its history, stunning architecture, spectacular harbor views and the world’s famous Bondi Beach. You will pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay. Then view the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair, a chair specially designed for the governor’s wife to look out over the harbor. Afterwards, you will Travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbor, and the nightlife district of Kings Cross. Finally, you will travel via Watsons Bay and stop at “The Gap”, for fantastic views and photo opportunities before arriving at world famous Bondi Beach. You will have lunch at the Botanic House. After lunch, your 1-hour Magistic Sightseeing Cruise tour begins, giving you the opportunity to capture the magnificent sights and sounds of Sydney from the decks of the Magistic. Afterwards, you will have a walking tour in the neighborhood of “Rocks” which is Sydney’s oldest neighborhood. Obviously, there is no better way to get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Sydney than on foot. Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney, which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings.
Day 3: Blue Mountains National Park Excursion
Today, you will travel through the western suburbs of Sydney into the rugged beauty of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Blue Mountains is a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife, with magnificent steep valleys, canyons and the famous cliff formation “The Three Sisters”. On your way there, you will have a short visit to the Featherdale Wildlife Park to enjoy animal encounters with Australia’s native wildlife all within an hour.
Here you can hand feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu or enjoy a face -to- face encounter and have a photo with one of our friendly koalas. Afterwards, your journey towards The Blue Mountain continues to view its waterfalls plummeting to the valleys below, and enjoy numerous lookouts and other places where you feel one with nature. Explore the townships of Leura and Katoomba with its range of boutiques, art and antique galleries and cafes. You can also ride the steepest incline Railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley in the Blue Mountains with the Scenic World Railway. The 415m descent will lead you through a cliff side tunnel into ancient rainforest. The Scenic World Cableway is steepest aerial cable car in Australia! It takes you on a 545 metre ride into the World Heritage Listed rainforest of the Jamison valley. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Sydney in the afternoon.
Day 4: Sydney Opera House Tour
Uncover the stories, history and magic of the Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour, taking you underneath the world-famous sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds – only to become one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. The building was formally opened on October 1973 and in 2007, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sydney Opera House comprises multiple performance venues, which together host well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. After the tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, then the rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Sydney on your own.
Day 5: Journey towards Canberra (Crowne Plaza 4*)
You will depart Sydney, heading South past Wollongong, New South Wales' third-largest city. Then drive through the Southern Highlands known for their rugged mountain ranges, rolling green hills and plunging waterfalls, until you reach Canberra. After arriving in Canberra, you may have a guided tour for the Australian War Memorial.
Day 6: Gold Creek Station Tour
Today, you will visit Gold Creek Station which is one of the most notable working pastoral properties in the Canberra region. It currently runs 1,000 merino sheep and 200 beef cattle. A visit to Gold Creek is guaranteed to be both an enjoyable and enlightening experience in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Upon arrival at Gold Creek Station, you are welcomed with refreshing country hospitality by the farm’s hosts. You will also be served lunch here. You may also visit Lake Burley Griffin, which is an artificial lake in the center of Canberra.
Day 7: Flight to Melbourne (Savoy Hotel 4*) – (Sofitel 5*)
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Melbourne. Then you will have a Half-Day tour in Melbourne to view fine examples of Melbourne's architectural splendor such as Town Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Princess and Regent theatres, and Federation Square. Visit the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens or see the bustling Queen Victoria Market or view Southbank: a world of shopping, dining and arts. You can also visit Captain Cook's Cottage. Located in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens since 1934, Cooks' Cottage was originally built in England in 1755, by the parents of Captain James Cook. Come and wander through the cottage and gardens, trying to imagine what life might
have been like for Captain Cook’s family, as well as the other tenants of the cottage during its 178 years in Yorkshire.
Day 8: Phillip Island Tour
First, you will have a morning walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city locals love. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture and historical tales are found in these walkways. Your Guide walks you through the Lanes and Arcades & visits a local cafe for morning tea. Then you will enjoy your scenic tour from Melbourne to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife, including Australia's largest fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and cuddly koalas. Here, you can learn about the little penguins and life on this stunning island. You will stop for dinner at a local restaurant before returning back to Melbourne.
Day 9: Full Day at Great Ocean Road
Enjoy one of the world's great coastal drives, with its dramatic scenery of striking contrasts. The region boasts powerful seas, golden beaches, peaceful townships, giant cliffs and lush forests. Inspect the fascinating information center and see the amazing Twelve Apostles limestone stacks rising dramatically from the Southern Ocean. You will have lunch at the Apollo Bay Hotel, which is located right in the heart of Apollo Bay, along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road.
Day 10: At Leisure in Melbourne
Today, you can enjoy a free day at your leisure to rest or explore Melbourne on your own.
Day 11: Leaving Australia
You will be transferred to the Airport to depart Australia for home.
Tour Services Include:
• Daily Breakfast
• Meals mentioned on the daily program
• Airport & City Transfers
• Domestic Flight
• English & Persian Speaking Guide
• Extensive full & half day guided tours
• Hotel Porterage In/Out
• Meals not mentioned on the daily program
• International Flight