Sydney Sample Travel Planning Itinerary for Australia
Example Itinerary for Sydney, the Opera House and the Bridge Climb
This page is designed to give you an example as to how our Custom Travel Planning itineraries are presented.
Please note that what follows is meant to be an example of the STYLE of itinerary that we will produce for your time in Sydney.
It is not necessarily exactly what your planner will suggest for you while in Sydney. Your complete itinerary will be set up from scratch and will reflect exactly what you want from your trip.
Read through what follows. It will give you a very good "feel" for the itinerary we will produce. Please remember that this is only a 3-day "snapshot" of the STYLE of the itinerary we will present for your consideration. Your full itinerary will be produced by your Australian Travel Planner.
Day 1. Arrive Sydney, City Tour, The Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Restaurant Suggestion.
City Sights Orientation Tour.
You will be met on arrival at the Sydney Airport. On the trip into the city, your driver / guide will take you on an orientation tour of the city sights, including Circular Quay, the Opera House, The Rocks, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Darling Harbour and the inner southern suburbs around Paddington and Double Bay. You will then be dropped at your hotel for check-in.
The Sydney Opera House.
From your accommodation in the Rocks area, it is an easy walk around Circular Quay to Benelong Point and the Sydney Opera House.
Guided tours of the Opera House are run daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) and are of about one hour's duration, depending on theatre availability. Our confirmed itinerary will give you details as to how to get the program and make your own reservations for an evening show at the Opera House if you so desire.
Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and the Foreshore Walk to Mrs Macquarie's Chair.
A short walk from Circular Quay East, the Royal Botanic Gardens can be reached by following the esplanade between the Opera House and Government House and picking up one of the clearly marked paths. The Gardens are an extraordinary oasis in the heart of Sydney and are well worth several hours leisurely stroll. There are excellent views of the harbour itself and the walk provides a good introductory view of the layout of the city.
By staying on the foreshore walkway, you can enjoy the 20 minute stroll to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, rated as one of the best urban walks in the world by a number of travel writers. Our confirmed itinerary will have more detail.
The Rocks Historic District.
The Historic Rocks District is where the first settlement of Sydney began in 1789 and is a maze of interesting old buildings that have been wonderfully preserved. This is the heart of historic Sydney and is well worth exploring on foot. We always make sure your accommodation is within easy walking distance of The Rocks.
Your confirmed itinerary will have full details for self guided walks around this fascinating historical precinct.
Dinner at a Waterfront Restaurant.
From just about anywhere in the Rocks area, one is drawn to the Campbell's Cove area, right on the waterfront beside Circular Quay and under the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area and we will give you information in your confirmed itinerary.
Accommodation is included at one of the best located hotels in the Historic Rocks area of Sydney. Circular Quay, the Opera House and Darling Harbor are all just a short walk from the Hotel and we feel this to be one of the better experiences in well-located accommodation we have found.
Day 2. Ferry to Manly, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Dinner at Cafe Sydney.
Sydney Harbour Ferry Cruises.
Much of the beauty and history of Sydney's spectacular harbour can be seen from public ferry cruises that leave from Circular Quay. We will give you complete instructions on how to ride the ferries like one of the locals in your confirmed itinerary.
The trip to Manly on the regular scheduled harbour ferries is a great way to combine a trip on the Sydney Harbour with a visit to one of Sydney's famous surf beaches. Our confirmed itinerary will have full detail as to how to take this extremely pleasant morning or afternoon trip, one that gets you onto the sort of transport that the locals use and takes you somewhat off the beaten tourist track.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in 1932, although it was 70 years before it was opened for climbing. This well organized climb starts on the southeast pylon of the Bridge, and then climbs across the arch to the summit, some 130 meters (400 feet) above the Sydney Harbour. On reaching the top of the Bridge, you have at your feet (literally) a spectacular 360 degree view of the Harbour and the City. You can certainly catch an elevator to the top of a building to get a view...but to experience climbing to the top of the Bridge is something different!
The Bridge Climb is a small group adventure. You will be escorted by trained climb leaders in a group and will be provided with a "bridge suit," communication equipment and harness. You will be securely connected to the bridge by a steel cable through the climb. There are also handrails for support on most sections on the climb. There will be a comprehensive briefing and demonstration of safety equipment prior to commencement of the climb.
Bookings are essential to join the climb and it will operate in all weather conditions with the exception of electrical storms. Note:- If someone in your party does not want to take part in the climb, we can offer optional walks over the roadway span of the Bridge.
Cafe Sydney Restaurant.
Situated on the roof of the Old Customs House at Circular Quay, this rooftop restaurant offers spectacular views of the Bridge and the Quay. The food and service are excellent, with a price tag to match. The wine list is extensive. We found this to be a wonderful restaurant experience, particularly on a fine evening. Your confirmed itinerary will have contact details and information on hours, how to make a reservation and contact details, along with our recommendations for specific tables.
Accommodation is included in our Package.
Day 3. Private Blue Mountains Day Tour.
The Blue Mountains.
In this full day exploration of the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney, visit the Three Sisters at Echo Point (the famous rock formation set in Aboriginal legend), ride the world's steepest railway and the Scenic Skyway, visit Jamison Valley and walk through the serene rainforest. This is an opportunity to see wild Kangaroos and Cockatoos in their natural habitat. From Kings Tableland see amazing views of the Blue Mountains, and at Wentworth Falls take a peaceful walk to the most breathtaking waterfalls in the area.
On the drive back to the city, visit Olympic Park, home of the 2000 Olympic Games.This will be a full day (up to 9 hours) of Private Charter Sightseeing in luxury, quiet, air-conditioned 4-Wheel-Drive Landcruisers with your driver/guide. Lunch is available at one of a variety of country restaurants noted for fine local food and quality Australian wines.
Accommodation is included in our Package.
Your complete itinerary will present your trip in the style of the above.
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