Travel to and arrive in Sydney
You’ll be met at the airport and taken to one of Sydney’s most upmarket hotels in an exclusive position almost underneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. From this vantage point you’ll have easy access to Sydney’s dynamic Rocks area, plus a wide-ranging list of the city’s cultural opportunities, sizzling restaurants and bars, outstanding architecture, harbourside, and any number of different experiences.
You’ll be able to stroll past the Opera House and around the Circular Bay, relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens, take stunning photos from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, cruise across the harbour, visit Manly by ferry or simply laze on the world-renowned Bondi Beach.
Stay: Five nights in the ultimately luxurious Park Hyatt Hotel.
Lord Howe Island
Now it’s time to tick off one of Australia’s massive ‘must-sees’. You’ll fly to the little known but scenically dramatic Lord Howe Island, where you’ll be able to experience the Great Barrier Reef at its best.
The island is not crowded, so you can expect uninterrupted enjoyment of the spectacular reefs and stunning turquoise seas. As well as lovely beaches, snorkelling and diving, the Lord Howe Island’s UNESCO-listed interior offers some great hiking options.
Stay: Five nights at five star Capella Lodge, overlooking the ocean at Lover’s Bay.
Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains
You could drive, and it would be a rewarding three hours spent travelling from Sydney to the inspiring Wolgan Valley in the awesome Blue Mountains. But take a helicopter and you’ll arrive in just 50 minutes and along the way you’ll gain a different perspective on the local countryside.
However you journey, once in the valley you’ll be able to explore the fantastic landscapes of the Gardens of Stone National Park just to the north, or the untouched natural beauty of the Wollemi National Park to the east. Or you may prefer to simply chill by the pool in your luxury resort and soak up the sun and staggering scenery of the sandstone escarpments of the Wolgan Valley.
Stay: Four nights at the Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley Resort.
Once again, Neil did a fantastic job with our itinerary! He is so informative and efficient. Nothing seems too much trouble for him!- UP, Cambodia, 2014