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Sydney - Views and Vineyards - Cairns
Discover Sydney, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Enjoy the freedom of the open road with a Self Drive package that brings you the opportunity to visit Blue Mountains, ideal place for bushwalking amongst the craggy peaks and cavernous gorges; tour the world class vineyards and wineries of Hunters Valley and then visit Port Stephens to catch sight of a bottlenose dolphin in Nelson Bay. Complete your journey in Cairns, center of the tropical north and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
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10 to 15+ Nights from $2,487 w/air, hotel & air taxes*
This sample price includes ALL air taxes & fuel surcharges: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, departure from Los Angeles Intl, CA. Choose your own departure city and dates.
This 10 night sample itinerary includes:
  International round-trip airfare
  Flight into Sydney and out of Cairns
  2 nights in Sydney
  4 Days Thrifty Medium Sedan rental car (Pick up at Sydney City or Sydney Airport on day 3rd)
  1 night in Blue Mountains
  1 night in Hunter Valley
  1 night in Port Stephens
  At your return from Port Stephens rental car needs to be returned to the Sydney Airport depot or Sydney city Thrifty Depot.
  2 nights in Sydney
  Flight from Sydney to Cairns
  3 nights in Cairns
  Hotel Taxes
Price history for this itinerary (past 14 days):
From Los Angeles Intl, CA for 10 nights
$2,486 * incl.tax
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Sydney
Arrive
for
Day 1
Arrive to Sydney
Overnight in Sydney   178 hotels offered
Optional    38 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Sydney   178 hotels offered
Optional    38 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Sydney
Views and Vineyards Self Drive - 3 nights
From Sydney
Day 3 to Day 6

Day 1: Sydney - Blue Mountains

Pick up your rental car at Sydney city depot or Sydney Airport. Commence your drive along either the Western Motorway or the Great Western Highway to the Blue Mountains.

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS derive their name from the ever-present blue haze caused by the sun's rays striking the minuscule droplets of eucalyptus oil, which evaporate from the leaves of the dense forest. The city of the Blue Mountains comprises 26 towns and villages, stretching from Penrith (53 km from Sydney) to Mount Victoria (122 km from Sydney). LEURA is Aboriginal for lava, and while the Blue Mountains are predominantly sandstone, many volcanic rocks have been found in the area. Of all the mountain resort villages, Leura is probably the most prestigious, as some of the grand houses in the district proclaim. Leura Mall is charming and olde worlde, with coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries all in Heritage colors. Cliff Drive offers access to many beautiful waterfalls, like Leura, Linda, Lila and Bridal Veil Falls. But it is the gardens and mansions most visitors come to see. Everglades Gardens, owned by the National Trust, was designed by the famous Danish landscaper, Paul Sorensen. Nearby Leuralla, which is another magnificent home, also houses the largest collection of toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways in Australia. KATOOMBA is the gateway to some spectacular scenery. There are the sandstone formations of The Three Sisters, the Scenic Railway, originally designed to take coalminers 250 meters down the cliff face and reputedly the steepest in the world, or the Skyway cable car, offering superb views over the Katoomba Falls and the valley floor.

Overnight at: Best Western - Alpine Motor Inn (3 stars)

Day 2: Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley

Travel north on the Western Highway through the towns of Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Blackheath to Mount Victoria. At Mount Victoria turn right onto the Bells Line of Road and travel through the townships of Bell, Bilpin and Kurrajong Heights before arriving into Richmond. At the Richmond Bridge, the road changes name to the Kurrajong road. Travel along this road to the corner of Market street, where you turn left and then first on the right onto Windsor Road (follow the Sydney signs at this stage). Travel past the Richmond RAAF Airbase, Rouse Hill and Kellyville. Just after the shops at Kellyville, Windsor Road veers to the left. Continue along this road until you reach Showground Road where you turn left. Travel through Castle Hill until you reach a T intersection where you turn left onto the Old Northern Road and right onto Castle Hill Road. Turn left onto Pennant Hills Road (the Cumberland Highway) and follow the signs to the National 1 Freeway. The turn onto the National 1 freeway is at the Suburb of Normanhurst. Follow the Freeway for approximately one hour, and then take the 'Cessnock' exit (Road 82). Continue to follow the signs to Cessnock and on to the Hunter Valley.

HUNTER VALLEY: It is the oldest wine producing area in New South Wales, with the first vines being brought here in the 1820's. It is one of Australia's more scenic wine growing areas, with the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine clad hills. Renowned for the production of top quality table wines, the Valley has wineries ranging from very large, more commercial estates to the smaller boutique style wineries. There are approximately 150 wineries in this area and some of the well-known ones are Tyrells, Mcwilliams, Lindemans, McGuigans and Draytons.

Overnight at: Hunter Resort (3 stars)

Day 3: Hunter Valley - Port Stephens

This morning perhaps you would like to spend some time exploring some of the local wineries. Then depart the Hunter Valley and travel to Maitland where you join the New England Highway. Follow the signs to Raymond Terrace and then Nelson Bay.

PORT STEPHENS: It is a series of idyllic seaside villages scattered along a crystal clear waterway and the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its natural unspoilt beauty, the area is known as the "Blue Water Paradise?. White sandy beaches and attractive bays and inlets ring the shores of this estuary, which is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Commonly referred to as the "Dolphin Capital of Australia?, Port Stephens is best known for its resident population of over 140 bottlenose dolphins. The best way to see the pods of these playful creatures is on one of the many cruises that depart Nelson Bay daily, all year round.

Overnight at: Ibis Style Salamander Shores (3 stars)

Day 4: Port Stephens - Sydney

Commence your return journey to Sydney, rejoining the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace and travelling south on the Pacific Highway and National 1 Freeway to Sydney. As you approach the Sydney Harbour Bridge, follow the signs to Sydney City or Sydney Airport dependent on the vehicle drop-off location. Return your vehicle to the Sydney Airport depot or Sydney city Thrifty Depot.

Included

- Accommodation where specified with private facilities.
- Unlimited Kilometres
- Damage Cover for Hertz vehicle and Third Party Property
- Third Party Injury Liability
- Insurance; Max Cover (Damage Excess Nil)
- Location Fee
- Government Stamp Duty
- VRRF(Vehicle Registration Recover Fee)
- ADMRF ( Administration Recovery Fee)
- GST (at the current rate of 10%)

Not Included

- Any international or domestic airfares.
- Fuel for both Car rentals.
- One Way drop off fees if applicable
- Any bonds for the rental vehicle. (Clients must have a widely recognised Credit Card).
- Meals, Tips, Porterage, Gratuities or items of a personal nature.

Notes

- The driving time is calculated at 75 kms per hour.
- Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. The maximum limit in cities is 50 km/h and 110 km/h on country highways, unless signs indicate otherwise.
- All renters must be aged between 21 and 75 inclusive.
- All drivers must hold a current, non-probationary licence

Sydney
for
Day 6
Arrive to Sydney
Overnight in Sydney   178 hotels offered
Optional    38 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Sydney   178 hotels offered
Optional    38 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Sydney
Transportation to next city: By Air
Cairns
for
Day 8
Arrive to Cairns
Overnight in Cairns   68 hotels offered
Optional    39 Things to do
Day 9
Overnight in Cairns   68 hotels offered
Optional    39 Things to do
Day 10
Overnight in Cairns   68 hotels offered
Optional    39 Things to do
Day 11
Departing from Cairns
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