Gold Coast and Pacific Coast 9 days
Arrive Brisbane Airport & Proceed to Car Rental Office, complete your documentation formalities and Pick up your 9Day Self Drive Car and begin your fun filled drive experience to Gold Coast.
After Early Breakfast, Self Drive to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for Admission and possible to meet wild colourful Lorikeets with feeding (Normally between 0800 -0915+hrs). Later self drive to Sea World for Admission and have a fun filled day. Overnight in Gold Coast.
Have Breakfast and Self Drive to Dreamworld for Admission. This early evening Self Drive to Q1 Resort for Admission to 77th level observation deck - Sky Point with Coffee, and enjoy spectacular view of Gold Coast around sunset. Overnight in Gold Coast.
Today after breakfast, Check out & Self drive south on Pacific Highway to Coffs Harbour enroute pass through and explore the beautiful costal towns of Tweed, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba etc. Check-in to your Hotel (Approx. 335Kms). Overnight in Coffs Harbour
After Breakfast. Check out & Self drive south on Pacific Highway passing through Port Macquarie before arriving at blue water paradise seaside town of Port Stephens enroute. Check-in to your Hotel (Approx. 335Kms). Overnight in Port Stephens.
After Breakfast, Self Drive to Dock C, d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay by 1000- 1015hrs and Join 1.5hrs Moonshadow Dolphin Watching Cruise. Explore the Marina and try your hand at various local Optional activities like Parasailing etc. Later Self drive to Lower Car park, at the end of James Paterson street, Anna Bay, to join 1Hr Port Stephens Sand Boarding and 4WD Drive adventure at Stockton Bight sand dunes climbing up to 30meters high and slopes upto 60 degrees. You can also visit Murray Brewery for local beer and boutique wine tasting (own expense) and explore the region. Overnight in Port Stephens.
Have Breakfast, Check out & Self drive south to Sydney via the towns of Newcastle and can take a detour to Hunter Valley and explore many famous wineyards (Approx. 225Kms). Check-in at your Sydney hotel. Overnight in Sydney.
After Breakfast, Explore the city of Sydney.. View Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower along with your Sydney 3 in 1 Pass. Also explore the Sydney sky walk, Sydneys Highest open air Attraction (at an additional cost). Overnight in Sydney
After Breakfast. Check out & Self drive to Sydney Airport and Deposit your vehicle with Car Rentals Airport Office by completing your final documentation. Return back to your home or extend your holiday with us. Tour Ends!!.
Australia is the only country in the world to occupy a single continent. It is a land of contrasts containing many different climates with unique flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. Australia also enjoys an international reputation for being safe and friendly and they speak English.
Situated below Asia, Australia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean, the Tasman Sea, the Coral Sea and the Arafura Sea. The nearest country is not New Zealand but Papua New Guinea. However New Zealand and Australia combined make up the area called Australasia. Australia is about the same size in area as the United States excluding Alaska. But the population is much smaller. It is the most sparsely populated continent after the Antarctica.
Australia's unique geographical location means that it is isolated from the rest of the Western World. But Australia is ideally suited to trading with Asia more so than Europe or North America. About half of Australian exports currently go to Asia. It is one of the most urbanized countrys in the world, but the rugged interior of the country has helped shape the unique Aussie character.
Overall, this unique Great Southern Land known as Australia, is a huge land mass of great contrasts. There are many types of climate and landscape, from rain forests to deserts, sophisticated cities to the remote outback. The flora and fauna are unique, and when you consider that Australia is the oldest continent on Earth, with an Aboriginal history.
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Brisbane is a city for the senses; walking under impossibly blue skies around this foot-friendly city opens up a world of experiences. A well planned series of paths and bridges connect the city centre to South Bank, as well as many of our urban villages that tease the river's edge as it bends the city, its parks and gentle skyscrapers.
The ever-busy baristas fill the air with an irresistible temptation that is hard to escape and the mix of welcome visitors and the business set create a lively thoroughfare through the Queen Street Mall - Queensland's largest retail precinct with over 700 specialty shops, restaurant, cinemas and live music. There is also the constant spectacle of an array of outdoor festivals, events and attractions created for Brisbane's famous sub-tropical weather.
Yet, for a real Brisbane experience, you must see what's on at the buzzing urban villages. From Australia's premier live music precinct, the 'Valley' to the cool and the left-of-centre community of West End, the urban villages each have their own personality, yet they're all filled with unique shopping precincts, cafes, restaurants, galleries and smiling locals enjoying the Brisbane sun.
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Enjoy a unique experience at the Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo. The team of 500 at the Zoo will ensure you have a wildlife experience you will never forget. CRIKEY! Australia Zoo, Award winning attraction and home of the Crocodile Hunter is a 70 acre tropical oasis amid beautiful natural bush land situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast which is less than an hour north of Brisbane or 1.5 hours north of the Gold Coast. This world famous zoo offers an amazing Wildlife shows daily. See the cheeky otters, meet the gorgeous tigers and get in on all of the animal action in our 5000 seat Animal Planet Crocoseum.The handlers walk the animals through the park throughout the day so you will have the opportunity to get 'up close and personal' with a few of the locals!
Enjoy the diversity and beauty of the Sunshine Coast which has made it a magnet for both Australian and international visitors alike. Travel via Brisbane's northern suburbs before joining the Bruce Highway past the Glasshouse Mountains. Then on to Noosa Heads where you will have time to browse through the many shops or swim on the famous beach. Continue along the Sunshine coastline through the beach towns of Coolum, Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland and on to Underwater World at Mooloolaba. Here you journey to another world, Underwater World is Queensland's largest Oceanarium and Aquarium, with over 25,000 sea creatures. You are sure to find something to delight and amaze. Last stop is a visit to Ettamogah Pub, a comical Aussie icon.
Spend the day exploring the world's first and largest Koala Sanctuary located on 50 acres of natural garden settings. It's an ideal place to meet Australian native animals, with over 100 species on show. Hug one of 130 cute koalas anytime of the day, hand feed friendly kangaroos and emus. See Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and more. Become an expert on Australian animals through Lone Pine's regular animal talks. Make sure you check out Lone Pine's Aussie sheep dog show, held 3 times a day at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:30, inside the Nature Kingdom. See the amazing skills of the hardworking sheep dogs as they command the sheep around the paddock for their master, responding to finely tuned whistles, calls and hand signals.
Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia is one of the largest cities in the state and is the perfect place to put your feet up and enjoy your holidays.
The Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to showing this region at its best! This website is full of great ideas for exploring the Coffs Coast. You'll find tips on the most suitable accommodation for your trip, a guide to patrolled beaches, the best fishing spots and any other local news that might affect you.
Located almost exactly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour has the advantage of gorgeous weather, tranquil rainforests and long, sandy beaches. Coffs Harbour also provides many attractions, from the beautiful marine parks to the unique cartoon and surf museums.
Coffs Harbour understands its visitors are looking for choice. So, from camping sites to hotels, resorts, guesthouses and country retreats, you'll get the accommodation you need at a price that won't blow the holiday budget.
While you're staying in Coffs Harbour, venture out to explore the surrounding areas as well. Only 25 km north, you'll pass through the historical town of Woolgoolga, home to banana plantations, a large Sikh community and some of the most stunning and magnificent landmarks you'll see on your journey, not to mention impressive national parks and waterfalls.
When it comes to summer fun, no other destination shines like Australia's Gold Coast. Sun-drenched beaches, adrenalin-pumping adventure and the hottest events around make the Gold Coast the only place to be . If you're looking for inspiration for things to see and do once you arrive in Australia's undisputed home of entertainment, you've come to the right place. Indulge your senses as you explore the diversity of this vibrant city and discover why the Gold Coast truly is famous for fun. Australia's Gold Coast, attractions, experiences that continue to evolve every day. It is an offering which has been built over generations as a tourist destination and will hold the city well into the future. Enjoying an ideal year round climate and an amazing variety of natural landscapes, including 70 kilometres of famous beach and 100,000 hectares of world heritage-listed rainforest, the region has been attracting visitors since first settlement. Today, natural wonders are complemented by the largest selection of family theme parks, golfing greens, shopping centres and restaurants.
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CRIKEY! Australia Zoo, Award winning attraction and home of the Crocodile Hunter is a 70 acre tropical oasis amid beautiful natural bush land situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast which is less than an hour north of Brisbane or 1.5 hours north of the Gold Coast. This world famous zoo offers an amazing Wildlife shows daily. See the cheeky otters, meet the gorgeous tigers and get in on all of the animal action in our 5000 seat Animal Planet Crocoseum.The handlers walk the animals through the park throughout the day so you will have the opportunity to get 'up close and personal' with a few of the locals!
SkyPoint takes you to the highest point above the Gold Coast for stunning 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. SkyPoint (formerly QDeck), Australia's only beachside observation deck is an iconic, Gold Coast tourist attraction and a truly once-in-a lifetime experience. Located in Surfers Paradise on Australia's Gold Coast, SkyPoint provides breathtaking 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Your journey begins with an inside look at the construction of the Q1 landmark before boarding one of the world's fastest express lifts which transports you from ground to Level 77 in less than 43 seconds. Once at the top you'll be amazed by spectacular views which reach on a clear day from Brisbane to Byron Bay. On Level 77, relax and soak up the views from the ultra modern, fully licensed SkyPoint Bar, indulge in a coffee and cake during the day or a cheese and antipasto tasting platter in the evening at your own expense. SkyPoint is an all weather, day and night experience and provides high powered, coin operated binoculars (own expense).
Enjoy the day at Dreamworld, one of Australia's premier family theme parks. Opened in 1981, the park was dedicated by its founder 'to the happiness of all people'. It succeeded immediately and continues to make over one million visitors happy each year! The minute you enter the park, it is like entering another world where something new and exciting happens at every minute and at every turn. Dreamworld is home to The Big 6 Thrill Rides, Wiggles World, Nickelodeon Central, The Australian Wildlife Experience, Tiger Island, V8 Supercars RedLine, AVPX and Australia's first and only FlowRider. All feature a host of exciting attractions to keep you entertained all day.
With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to get closer to our amazing native wildlife. A place where you can enjoy exciting, interactive displays, presentations and dining experiences. Nestled within 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rainforest, each day brings visitors face to face with extraordinary wildlife in shows and encounters. Every day at Currumbin is a new adventure. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get amongst a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays. The 'must see' attractions include: Kangaroo Feeding, Totally Wild Show, Snakes Alive Show, Free Flight Bird Show, Crocodile Presentation and Lorikeet Feeding. The Green Challenge is the newest nature-based adventure experience for the Gold Coast. Sixty-five challenges, over four separate courses, will weave their way through the eucalyptus and rainforest canopy, taking you higher and further into the spectacular natural setting. The new Currumbin courses is like no other - surrounded by native wildlife, combined with world-class wildlife displays and shows located just a short walk from one of Australia's best beaches.
Enjoy a visit to one of the Gold Coast's prime attractions offering something for everyone with a mixture of rides, shows and animal exhibits. For the thrill seeker there are a variety of rides available including the Corkscrew rollercoaster, the Bermuda Triangle, Vikings Revenge, Jet rescue coaster and the Seaworld Waterpark with a range of waterslides. Visitors to Seaworld can also enjoy close up encounters with such marine animals such as polar bears, dolphins, seals, rays and even sharks. At the Shark Bay exhibit, the world's largest man-made lagoon system for sharks, is a highlight and offers visitors the unsurpassed viewing and interaction with these awe inspiring animals. The theme park also offers its guests a number of spectacular shows such as the Dolphin show, "Pirates unleashed" featuring impressive acts of physical endurance, acrobatics, precision cutlas play and the famous seal show.
Visit Wet'n'Wild Water World, Australia's premier water theme park on the Gold Coast. Enjoy all the fun and excitement of the world's latest slides, pools and attractions at the largest Australian water theme park. Wet'n'Wild Water World combines all the fun and excitement of the world's latest water slides and leisure pools with a shaded twenty acre subtropical garden. Whether you choose to laze in the shallows of the Wave Pool or plunge down a seven-story high Speed Coaster, you will find some fun for all ages. For the thrill seekers, enjoy the rides at Extreme H20 Zone such as Kamikaze, Tornado and Blackhole. Then experience the ultimate in white-water rafting on Mammoth River. You can also turn a day out at Wet'n'Wild Water World into a night out at the movies. Every Saturday night from November until January and every night during the January Australian school holidays, at the Dive-In Movies screen at the unique Giant Wave Pool arena. With a giant 15x10 metre screen and an awesome surround sound system, you can float on a tube or relax in a deck chair to catch one of the hottest latest-release movies.
Sophisticated and slick, edgy and rough, Melbourne's physical and cultural landscape is shaped by a dynamic population, ever-ravenous for a bite of global culture. The result is Australia's most accessible multiculturalism. Ornate Victorian-era architecture and leafy, established boulevards reflect the city's history, and cutting-edge developments such as Federation Sq exemplify its enigmatic contemporary style. But, Melburnians still keep their urban frenzy to a deliciously sedate pace. Trams lumber back and forth on routes radiating out like spokes from central Melbourne. Melbourne is a city with endless options. The city sweeps you up into laneways and libraries, attractions, art galleries, parks, theatres and a vibrant waterfront atmosphere. Character-filled neighbourhoods, such as Fitzroy, St Kilda and Carlton, hum with life and the city produces some of the best art, music, cuisine, fashion, performance, design and ideas in the world. Melburnians are also devoted to their sport and they go ballistic around the Australian Football League (AFL; 'footy' to the locals) finals and during Spring Racing Carnival. They love to shop, eat and attend the myriad festivals that the city offers. You'll even find them defending the city's temperamental weather, and if you've ever experienced Melbourne's inclination to plummet from searing heat to drizzling rain in the space of an hour, you'll understand that this must be the true definition of unconditional love.
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Created to reach for the sky, nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform. Experience Melbourne's newest tourist attraction, situated atop the striking Eureka Tower, currently the world's tallest apartment building. Boasting the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere, Eureka Skydeck 88 offers unparalleled views of Melbourne and its surrounding regions. Two dedicated lifts propel you to Level 88 in under 40 seconds or a breathtaking nine metres per second. Step out on the 88th floor and take in the magnificent 360 degree views from the floor to ceiling window. It's a perfect place to start your exploration of Melbourne and Victoria. Skydeck 88 is the only observation deck in the world that can thrill you with 'The Edge', a glass cube which projects 3 metres out of the building with you in it, suspended almost 300 metres above the ground!
Located just 4 kilometres from the CBD, Melbourne Zoo has over 300 wildlife species on display in brilliant botanical setting. Highlights of the Zoo include the Elephant Trail Exhibit, African & Asian Rainforest displaying Gorillas, Pygmy, Hippopotamuses, Mandrills, Tigers, Otters and the World of Bugs and Butterflies. The Zoo also features an extensive collection of Australian animals including Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Platypus and Seals.
Melbourne is a wonderful blend of architectural heritage, modern skyscrapers and contemporary designs. Vibrant cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants, colorful parkland and beautiful waterways. Discover the charm of Melbourne. Visit to Fitzroy Gardens and see Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense), Queen Victoria Market, Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct. See some of the city's architecture including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Princess and Regent theatres. Cross the Bolted Bridge for great city views.
Enjoy your tour to Phillip Island, home to an astounding array of wildlife, including fur seal colony, the Little Penguins and Koalas and Warrook Station Farm, a working cattle farm.Spend time at Warrook Station Farm, a classic family owned station property and experience genuine Australian country hospitality. Feed the Kangaroos, Wombats and baby farm animals. Watch the sheep dogs run through their paces as they muster sheep. Take a hay ride around the farm or help milk the cows in the dairy. Enjoy the interesting sheep shearing demonstration out in the shed or barn. Next we visit the Koala Conservation Centre and learn about these cuddly creatures. Top this outdoor day with an evening visit to Phillip Island. Browse through the educational Phillip Island Visitors Information Centre. Take your place to watch the daily evening ritual of the wild little Penguins and watch the little Penguins parade at dusk, as they exit the surf and waddle to their nests.
Port Stephens, an easy two and a half hour drive north of Sydney, is known for its nature and abundance of aquatic and land activities on its uncrowded sandy beaches, sheltered bays and unspoilt national parks.
The resident population of 140 bottlenose dolphins has earned Port Stephens the tag of Dolphin Capital of Australia. Plenty of dolphin cruises are available each day and it's the premier spot along the NSW coast for whale watching from May to November.
The town of Nelson Bay is at the eastern end of Port Stephens and offers restaurants and boutique shopping, as well as being the home of the Port Stephens fishing and dolphin watching fleet.
Experience the excellent surf beaches in nearby Anna Bay, especially One Mile Beach which is a favourite for all those wanting that perfect wave. Nearby is the clothes optional Samurai Beach, a hidden oasis which can be found via a series of sandy paths that lead to the secluded beach.
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This very popular Dolphin Watch Cruise gets you right up close to the dolphins that have made the unspoilt pristine waterways of Port Stephens their home. Join your Dolphin Watch cruise of Port Stephens in search of the resident bottlenose dolphins that make this pristine area their home. You will cruise past Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands while you listen to your entertaining and informative commentary. Your vessel's large viewing deck is perfect to get you close to the water for your opportunity to see the marine life. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea while you cruise in this beautiful unspoilt waterways. A Boomnet ride is available in the large boomnet should you wish to participate in this activity.
This is the perfect tour for the sand boarding enthusiast. You will be picked up in a purpose built 4WD vehicle and transported to the best sandboarding dunes available. The Stockton Bight Sand Dunes cover an area of 2,500 hectares along Stockton Beach. Dunes of brilliant white sand climb up to 30 metres high with slopes up to 60 degrees. Sandboards, instruction and supervision are provided and you can enjoy your sandboarding for as long as you like before being transported down to the beach for pipi catch and release and then back to the car park at the end of your dune adventure.
Sydney's laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world's easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. Sydney's harbour is its natural playground, the dominant factor in so much of what the city has to offer. The city has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.
Gateway to Australia and set on one of the world's most stunning harbours, Sydney extends north and south of the harbour in a golden chain of easy-to-reach, inner-city beaches.
It is one of the busiest commercial hubs in the Asia-Pacific region with a cosmopolitan population, many historic sites, museums and parks. Sydney's city centre offers visitors a huge variety of attractions, including designer boutiques, fine restaurants, hip bars and lavish department stores.
The city fans out from the focal point of Circular Quay. This transport hub is within walking distance of the city's star attractions - Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, hailed as a 20th-century architectural masterpiece.
Sydney has two World Heritage cultural sites - Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park Barracks, an Australian convict site.
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The Sydney Tower Eye experience takes you a staggering 250 metres above Sydney, commanding breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. From the beaches to the mountains, you'll be amazed at what you can see from the highest point in town.
Enjoy the freedom to explore Sydney at your own pace with this City Hop On-Hop Off tour. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours and is valid on two fantastic tours - the Sydney Tour, 90 minutes in duration and includes 22 stops around the city and the Bondi Tour, also 90 minutes in duration and includes 9 stops around the eastern suburbs. Stay on board the open top double decker bus for a 90 minute guided tour of the city (tour 1) and a 90 minute guided tour of Bondi (tour 2) or hop on and off all day - it's up to you! The city tour will highlight the major sights of Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Queen Victoria Building, Town Hall, Kings Cross, Wooloomooloo Bay, Sydney Opera House and Powerhouse Museum. The Bondi Tour will highlight Fox Studios, Bondi Beach, Paddington plus many more.
The best way to get the most out of your day at great value. The Pass offers a leisurely way to visit and explore Sydney's top 3 attractions. This pass allows you to visit Sydney's best attractions. At the Sydney aquarium, no where else in the world will you find a larger collection of Australian aquatic life, with over 11,500 animals. There is a massive display on the Great Barrier Reef featuring living coral and brilliantly coloured tropical fish. The Sydney Tower Eye experience takes you a staggering 250 metres above Sydney, commanding breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Your See the largest variety of Australian Species all under the one roof at WILD LIFE Sydney.
A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds - to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building - your guide will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You'll visit at least one of our venues - where we live performance every day. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million.
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
The majority of Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year.
The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures.
Snow falls on the higher mountains during the winter months, enabling skiing in southern New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts, as well as the smaller resorts in Australia's island state, Tasmania.
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