Visiting Sydney, Australia

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sydney, Australia features a wealtVisiting Sydney Australiah of things to do. This city is full of life and really caters to the interests of the tourists that visit here. When visiting Sydney, you must try to participate in at least a few of these activities.

Wander Around The Markets

Looking to do a little shopping in Sydney? Check out the markets. Popular choices include Bondi Farmers Market, The Flower Market and Paddington Markets. They sell a variety of food and goods. Before heading over, just make sure you check out the times these markets will be open because some of them tend to be seasonal.

See A Show At The Sydney Opera House

This building is impressive with it’s white-shelled roof. A variety of shows take place here almost on a daily basis. While in Sydney, buy tickets to see one of the amazing artists that will be performing. Tickets are fairly affordable and some of them start at just $30. If you don’t want to see a show or just want to learn more about the Opera House, consider going on a tour. It’s fairly affordable at around $25.

Go To The Beach

Sydney is well-known for its beaches. Some of the best surfing in the world can be found here. The water is warm and the area is fairly accessible, even if you are utilizing public transportation. There are restaurants nearby and plenty of places to rent surfboards, paddles boards and other equipment. Popular beaches include Bronte and Manly. There’s a ferry that goes to Manly Beach if you want to see some amazing views of the harbor.

Walk Over The Sydney Harbour Bridge

This bridge was built during the Great Depression and has become a landmark to Sydney. You can walk across the bridge for free or pay for a tour where you will get to climb it. It’s a great way to see Sydney and get in some exercise too!

See The Rocks

This is considered to be the oldest part of Sydney. It features colonial buildings, small lanes, beautiful churches and interesting pubs. This area also contains art museums, restaurants and weekend markets. While you are at The Rocks you can see extraordinary views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour.

Go On A Museum Tour

There are quite a few museums to visit in Sydney. If you don’t want to pay an entrance fee, head on over to the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbor, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Nicholson Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia at The Rocks where admission is free. Another amazing museum to visit, which does charge a small fee of about $7, is the Hyde Park Barracks that focuses on the early settlers and colonial life.

Great Barrier Reef and Other Sites In Australia

Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great Barrier Reef and Other Sites In AustraliaAustralia has over 31,000 miles of coastline and 10,000 different beaches. Because this country is so unique it has many amazing sites. While the Sydney Opera House and Royal Exhibition Building are great things to see, there are some more natural sites that are amazing.

The Great Barrier Reef

This reef consists of more than 3,000 individual reef systems. It’s absolutely astonishing to look at up close which is a huge reason why there are many different ways to see it in Australia. These include snorkeling, glass bottomed boats and scuba diving. Not only are the reefs and corals beautiful, but the amount of marine life that calls the Great Barrier Reef home is stunning, especially for the unsuspecting traveler. It’s not surprising that the Great Barrier Reef is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the natural world.

Whitsunday Islands

Located between the Great Barrier Reef and the northeast coast of Queensland, much of the the Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited. There are numerous white sandy beaches and hiking trails that can be found here. There’s also a rainforest that’s fairly dense. The mainland town, Arlie Beach, is a popular spot for tourists. There are numerous shops and restaurants located here that tourists can visit after spending some time exploring nature.

Uluru

This giant sandstone monolith is located around 280 miles from Alice Springs. However, it’s worth the trip as it is located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park that features 36 different red-rock domes. Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it’s known to the locals, is considered to be sacred.

Blue Mountains

Located in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains encompass a lot of different elements. There is a eucalyptus forest, sheer cliffs and dramatic waterfalls. There’s also villages that surround it. To see an incredible view of the famous Three Sisters sandstone rock formation, Echo Point offers and amazing view.

Dandenong Ranges

These low mountain ranges are located only about 20 miles from Melbourne. They consist of a thick rainforest, large valleys and gullies and rolling hills. There are also a couple of waterfalls at Dandenong Ranges for visitors to explore and marvel at. Over 100,000 residents call the area home and it’s a popular place for tourists to visit. To see the southern part of the area, many tourists hop on board the Puffing Billy Railway for a stream railway ride. There are vast gardens to explore and the entire area has sort of a mystical charm.

Different Ways of Seeing Australia

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

There are many different ways of seeing Australia. You can take a fully escorted tour, a completely independent tour, or a customized tour to your specifications, as well as a cruise/tour. For an escorted tour, we can look at the cream of the crop, Tauck's Grand Australia and New Zealand. This 20 day tour starts in Melbourne at the Langham Hotel for 2 nights. Tauck uses charter flights to get you around Australia and New Zealand so you'll be flying to Uluru and the Outback on Day 3. Sail in the Desert will be your home away from home at Ayers Rock. Next stop is the Silky Oaks Lodge on the Mossman River adjacent to Daintree National Park. A cruise to the Great Barrier Reef is included and an optional balloon ride, then on to Sydney with a stay at the Intercontinental and a "Foodie" city tour. New Zealand is next with a stop in Wellington, Te Anau, Queenstown and Auckland. If you prefer a shorter tour, you may want to consider "Spotlight on Austral, which is just 11 days beginning in Melbourne and ending in Sydney.

Collette Vacations is less pricey than Tauck and always a good value. They offer a 21 day tour called Outback to the Glaciers, a 27 day Complete South pacific, South Pacific Wonders, just 15 days and Exploring Australia, 18 days. They use less expensive hotels than Tauck to keep the cost down and the sightseeing will include more options.

Globus, also a less pricey alternative offers Down Under Discovery, 20 days, Great Adventure Down Under, 27 days, Highlights of the South Pacific, 17 days, Exploring Australia, 20 days, Australian Adventure, 19 days and South pacific Wonders for 26 days. Once again these fully escorted tours offer the 3 and 4 star hotels, with a bit less sightseeing and more options.

Monograms offers independent vacations that are planned out for you. The details are all made and the hotels are located in the heart of each city. You have hotel options to choose from and each city comes with a half day city tour. Monograms provides a local host at each hotel to offer recommendations and give local insights to help make the most of your independent vacation. Monograms Tours start with as short a stay as a 4 day Sydney Getaway, then a 9 day Great Barrier Reef and Sydney, the 10 day Australian Escape, the 9 day Journey Down Under, Best of Australia for 13 days, Wonders of Australia for 14 days, Aussie Adventure for 15 days. You can combine a 15 day Best of Australia and New Zealand with Monograms, as well. Trafalgar also offers escorted and independent Australia Tours, as well as mix and match mini stays for 2 to 7 days.

For a custom tour, you do the planning with our guidance, which will take you to as many cities as you want to see, as much sightseeing as you want to do, the category of hotel you wish to stay and the amount of days you wish to be away. We put it altogether for you, but it is your unique Australian Adventure.

Sightseeing Highlights in Australia

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

Whether it’s toasting the sunset at Ayers Rock in the Outback, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or cruising Milford Sound, an epic adventure awaits on an Australia tour

Here are some of the sightseeing highlights you can expect while on an Australia tour.

1.    One of the most popular things to do while on an Australia tour is to visit Phillip Island, the fascinating home of the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins.  You’ll get to see hundreds of these loveable birds waddling out from the sea as they cross the beach to their burrows in the dunes during the Little Penguin Parade.

2.    Visiting the Australian Outback

3.    Ayers Rock

4.   Great Barrier Reef (most Australia tours will include a Catamaran or a glass bottom boat)

5.   Sydney Opera House, Sydney Wildlife World, Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens

6.    Kakadu National Park

7.    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

If you plan on taking an Australia tour of three weeks or more, then perhaps you would want to add the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Whitsunday, Port Douglas, Darwin, Perth or Hobart. 

There is so much to see and do that it can get confusing, not to mention the fact that many people like to combine Australia tours with New Zealand.  We have certified Australia tour specialists on staff to assist you in picking the right vacation.

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Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

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