Tour from Sydney to Melbourne
HIGHLIGHTS include a tour of Sydney including Sydney Aquarium and the Opera House, Canberra and the War Memorial and Parliament House, Rutherglen and its wines, Echuca with its paddlesteamers, the Great Ocean Road, and Melbourne with shopping and Australian wildlife.
You begin the day with a tour of Sydney. The first stop after leaving the hotel is Bondi Beach, Australia's most famous beach. Even in winter there will be hardy surfers in their wet suits waiting on their boards for a good wave.
We follow the beach scene with one of the cliffs a little way along the coast where we take a look at a section of cliff called The Gap, a favourite venue for unhappy people jumping off and putting an end to their life.
We then travel around Sydney Harbour to Mrs Macquarie's Point where we get to view Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We then travel around to Circular Quay from where ferries sail to points around the Harbour and where we take a good look at the Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House is a spectacular structure on Sydney Harbour. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. It is recognized the world over as representing Sydney, Australia. It appears like a set of billowing sails.
Visit Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor. Discover the amazing world of nuclear science on a tour of ANSTO's Lucas Heights campus.
Transfer to Darling Harbour to visit the Sydney Aquarium.
This is Sydney's largest aquarium. It contains everything from saltwater crocodiles to colourful reef fish. See the display on the Great Barrier Reef. Also see the display on the country's largest river system. This includes a very big Murray cod. The seals speed through the water beside you when you visit their pool. Sharks and stingrays swim above you when you travel through the underwater aquarium.
Lunch at Darling Harbour.
We then travel by ferry to Circular Quay.
Take the Manly Ferry to see the city from the Harbour as we cruise past the Heads to Manly.
Return to the city to spend the rest of the day shopping.
Drive to the Canberra.
Stop at Berrima to look over the town. Berrima is widely recognised today as the best preserved example of a Georgian village on the Australian mainland.
At Goulburn shop at the Big Merino.
Continue to the hotel in Canberra.
Drive to the Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial remembers Australia's war dead and honours the troops who have served the nation in wartime.
It had its beginnings in the battlefields of France in 1917. The Australian fighting men, stuck in the trenches and surrounded by death and destruction, wanted a shrine in their homeland to remember their fallen comrades. It was to remember those who died in The Great World War, the 1914-1918 war.
Drive past the Embassies and visit Parliament House.
Parliament House is the home of Australia's Parliament. See the places where the elected representatives of the Australian people make their decisions while governing Australia. This impressive building houses many works of art and one of the world's largest tapestries. It was built between 1980 and 1988. It was opened in 1988 as part of Australia's Bicentennial.
Drive to Albury.
At Gundagai have your photo taken with the Dog on the Tucker Box.
To the wineries at Rutherglen to sample some world renowned wines. There are over forty wineries in the vicinity. Sample the wines at several wineries and buy those you like to take home with you.
Drive to Echuca.
Echuca was once Australia's largest inland port. It lies on the junction of three rivers.
See the old wharf and the paddle wheel river boats.
ECHUCA - BENDIGO - BALLARAT
Shopping in the style of last century in the many interesting shops.
Sail up the Murray River on a Paddlesteamer.
Drive to Bendigo to see Australia's largest pottery factory, Bendigo Pottery.
The towns along this route were large and prosperous when gold was being found in the area, so there are many large, impressive buildings which seem out of character for the small towns they are now in.
Descend down a gold mine to experience a miner's life.
Drive to Ballarat.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
From Ballarat drive to Warrnambool. Visit the Tower Hill Nature Reserve and the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre where Aboriginal culture can be learnt about and aboriginal art is on sale.
Drive along the Great Ocean Road to observe the raw power of the ocean at work and enjoy some of the most spectacular coastal views in Australia. See the 12 Apostles, the Arch and Loch Ard Gorge. This is a photographer's paradise.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the best drives in the world. The road was built during the Great Depression. The road hugs the cliffs on the south coast of Victoria. Beautiful views are seen as you wind along the coast. The cliffs are sandstone rock which is being eroded away by the waves. Spectacular rock formations have been produced by the action of the waves.
Arrive at the hotel in Melbourne.
Not sleepy? Visit the Crown Casino and try your luck.
Tour of Melbourne including Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory and Captain Cook's Cottage.
The large trees making the beautiful avenues here are English elms. This is one of the world's last stands of mature elms. A visit to the gardens must include a visit to the Conservatory. The Conservatory has a beautiful display of flowers. The blaze of colour provides many different backgrounds for photographs. The display is changed five times a year. Also in the Gardens you can see Captain Cook's cottage. Captain James Cook was the first sailor to map the east coast of Australia in 1770. This cottage was his home in England. It was brought to Australia from Yorkshire in England in 1934. It forms a good background for photos. Inside it is interesting to see how people lived 200 years ago.
Walk over to the Melbourne Museum to view the exhibits including Phar Lap, Australia's most famous race horse.
Visit St Patricks Cathedral and enjoy its ambience.
Ned Kelly was Australia's most famous/infamous bushranger and memorabilia of his life can be seen on a visit to the State Library of Victoria at 328 Swanston Street. Just go up to the fifth floor.
Melbourne is renowned for its trams and we take you on a tram ride to St Kilda where you can see the action on the beach.
Time for shopping and having a look at Melbourne.
HORSE RIDE - WILDLIFE - PENGUINS
Free time for shopping until we drive to Alan Smallacombe Trail Rides to enjoy a horse ride for an hour.
Then drive to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park to see Australia's unique animal life, including kangaroos, emus and koalas.
Then to the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island.
Dinner at Cowes.