The Ultimate Day in Sydney Tour Designed Exclusively for Australia 2000 Travel

Our Ultimate Day in Sydney tour, exclusive to Australia 2000 travelers, is just one of many customized tours created to help the discerning, independent traveler join the locals, become part of the culture and get off the beaten track.

Gerry Fuller & Siamak Gholami SYD (2)Your journey begins when you meet your Harley Davidson tour guides outside your hotel this morning to be kitted with helmets and leather jackets before taking a scenic ride across Sydney Harbour bridge, past Luna Park and through the Northern Suburbs.  During your putt you’ll stop for photo ops at Balmorral Beach.  Your tour will continue along the Northern Beaches to Church Point.  One of your hosts will meet you in a runabout dinghy to transfer you to the family beach house where you’ll enjoy a three course lunch with Suzanne,  Piers and a few of their friends who are likely drop by to meet you. You’ll find Towlers Bay on Pittwater a wealthy, unpretentious hideaway.  It’s casual, stimulating and breathtaking.

Credit to Adele Hendricks

Credit to Adele Hendricks

Far too quickly your day will pass and you’ll bid your hosts farewell as you hop in the dingy to board your seaplane to return to Sydney flying low along the rugged Sydney coastline and over the Harbour to Rose Bay. From Rose Bay you’ll hop on the local ferry to return to Circular Quay and take the short stroll to your accommodation.   A day of Aussie culture like no other!

Thank you from Carl & Laura Woodruff

Thank you, Karen and staff, for a wonderful three weeks in Australia!

P1000221We truly enjoyed relaxing Palm Cove and our magnificent Angsana Resort accommodations, right on the Pacific, and at the perfect time of year, October: 70F degrees and sunshine every day. How about orchids growing beside your front door? How about glorious sunrises and sunsets? A little piece of heaven. Then on to Melbourne, such a clean, vibrant, artistic city, and ending in Sydney, perhaps the most special metropolis on the continent with its unique Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Who could ask for a better vacation? Thank you, too, for arranging all the necessary help for Carl, who is handicapped and unable to walk more than short distances. You made everything so easy! Fortunately, there is more to see and do, which gives us all the reason we need to go back for a second (or third?) trip.

You are the best!

Carl & Laura Woodruff

Magnificent Hilton Sydney

Built on a long history of hospitality, expertise, phenomenal design and ground-breaking innovation, Hilton Sydney, is the perfect vantage point to explore one of Australia’s most magnificent cities.

Guest rooms and suites offer luxurious upscale amenities at every turn while appetites are satisfied at the award winning restaurants and bars.  “Glass” consisting of two restaurants and a wine bar, offer simplicity, quality and consistency in all aspects of food, wine and service.  Overseen by the exceptional culinary expertise of highly awarded chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan, Glass is an ideal setting for drinks, fresh oysters or cheese from the tapas menu.

Centrally located with magnificent views and convenient access to all that Sydney has to offer, including home the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the focal point of Australia’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, Darling Harbour, home to some of Sydney’s best attractions and a surfers paradise, Bondi Beach, Hilton Sydney is the perfect venue for business and leisure travelers alike.

Photo Credit to Hotel Sydney

 

 

Sydney, Australia is Selected as The World’s Best City

Once again, Sydney has beaten Paris and New York to be voted the World’s Best City. Nominated cities are rated according to ambience, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, culture, sight-seeing and shopping. Since Sydney is our hometown we are simply overjoyed!

For 24 years, Conde Nast Traveler has asked readers to rank the world’s best cities, hotels and more…. For the 16th straight year, Sydney, Australia, ranked as the top city in the world. Read more

A cosmopolitan city with impressive harbor foreshores, glamorous homes and coastlines dotted with jagged sandstone cliffs and golden beaches, Sydney has something for everyone. With its Mediterranean climate, arcade shopping, restaurants, parks, gardens, museums, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge you are sure to find Sydney a gem.

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Sydney’s BEST Tour Guide

Photo Credit Adele Hendricks

You expect unparalleled personal service and unparalleled personal service is exactly what you receive when traveling with Australia 2000 Travel.  Why take a group bus tour when you can explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific with one of our expert personal guides?

Our hand selected knowledgeable guides take our travelers behind the scenes, get off of the beaten path and avoid the tourist traps allowing each person to take part in the action, and at the same time, be a part of the culture.

Before our travelers even arrive into the country, each of our guides are given a detailed report about each person’s interests, desires and needs so that every tour is customized to the individual traveler.

Since Sydney is our hometown, we always suggest a full day private or small group orientation tour led by our incredibly knowledgeable local guide, and good friend, Suzanne. We simply cannot think of a better way to discover the city that has once again won the title of the world’s best city!!!

While taking a personalized Sydney orientation tour, Suzanne is likely to explore The Sydney Fish Market and some of Sydney’s cultural attractions, such as the opulent Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the splendid views of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then it’s onto the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Stop by Yiribana Gallery, the largest gallery in the world devoted to Aboriginal art, and learn how art forms an essential part of Aboriginal life. As the Art Gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in Australia, travelers always have time to look at some of the other collections and browse the Gallery’s shop as well. Don’t miss the Australian Museum, one of the top natural history museums, featuring its Aboriginal exhibition and wonderful mammal, bird and insect displays.

During the day Suzanne will drive past the homes of Sydney’s rich and famous before turning toward the legendary Bondi Beach where you’ll stop by one of our favorite restaurants for a decadent lunch. Following lunch Suzanne is likely to get off of the beaten path and travel over Sydney Harbour Bridge to visit several of the Northern Beaches and Suburbs of Sydney.

We simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than by exploring some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.

7 Day Sydney Luxury Indulgence Tour

DAY 1 Arrive in Sydney
DAY 2 Sydney Secrets Tour
DAY 3 Day at Leisure, Dinner and Evening Performance at the Sydney Opera House
DAY 4 Sailing on Sydney Harbour
DAY 5 Private Blue Mountains Tour
DAY 6 Day at Leisure, Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge at Sunset
DAY 7 Depart Sydney

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Australian Ultimate 28 Day Action Packed Adventure

Australian Action Packed Adventure

DAY 1-3: In Sydney: Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sailing on Sydney Harbour. Explore the Blue Mountains.
DAY 4: Fly to Adelaide.
DAY 5-7: 3 Day South Australia Outback Adventure in Southern Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound.
DAY 8-9: Explore Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay and Flinders Chase.
DAY 10: Fly to Darwin. Half Day Darwin City Tour.
DAY 11-13: 3 Day Camping in Kakadu National Park.
DAY 14: Fly to Cairns.
DAY 15: At Leisure in Palm Cove.
DAY 16-20: 5 Day Wilderness Adventure.
DAY 21: White Water Rafting on the Barron River.
DAY 22: At Leisure in Palm Cove.
DAY 23: Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour.
DAY 24: Fly to Brisbane. Transfer to your Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park.
DAY 25-26: At Leisure in Lamington National Park.
DAY 27: Transfer to Brisbane.
DAY 28: Depart Australia.

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Thank you from Barry and David

Hi Karen,

As you know, we just returned from our amazing trip to Australia. It was good to talk with you yesterday.

Some more about our experiences:

The harbor views from the Grand Quay Suites were wonderful. We had a picnic dinner on the terrace one night, enjoying the views of the city and the Harbour Bridge at dusk. Sailer’s Thai was great, as was Hugo’s Pizza in Kings Cross. The service was wonderful at the GQS: one morning our breakfast was particularly slow to arrive, so they comp’ed our meal. Our guide on the Rocks Tour pointed out that another advantage of staying at the GQS is that when you are in your room, you don’t have to SEE the GQS (and the other towers that have been allowed to be built along the eastside of Circular Quay), which are an over-development eyesore on the harbor. There are also a large number of great restaurants strung along the quay.

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Melbourne, The City I Adore by Shelley Hosking

Melbourne, the city I adore. With its multiculturalism, fantastic museums, passion for all things art and sport and its thousands of restaurants and cafes Melbourne is often referred to as the cultural heart of Australia.

Downtown Melbourne is surrounded by parkland that is a wonderful gift to its people. When I worked in the city I often took the time to sit under a leafy tree in the botanic gardens to eat my lunch, absorb the natural beauty and clear my mind.

There are numerous heritage buildings in the city that I enjoy visiting. I often wander around the Paris End of Collins Street within close proximity of the Old Treasury Building, where its not unusual to see wedding parties being photographed. Eating in Melbourne is a true adventure. I have never found another city with a better choice of restaurants than Melbourne. From street food to fine dining there is an enormous choice. On this trip I took a local tram from the city to Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, a funky little inner city suburb filled with great casual cafes and restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops to browse and there enjoyed a long Aussie lunch with a dear friend.

Recently I was fortunate to spend a few days in Sydney and experience some of the activities our vacationers frequently enjoy. I had the thrill of climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I am delighted to tell you that the preparation and professionalism of the staff at the Bridge Climb (not to mention the cable that firmly attaches you to the Bridge the entire length of the climb) helped me overcome my fear of heights that I was able to enjoy the breathtaking view without fear or trepidation.

I also had a great trip to the Blue Mountains just 2 hours west of Sydney. When our guide served delicious homemade lamingtons (a traditional cake that is made of a plain sponge cake, dipped in chocolate sauce and then rolled in desiccated coconut) memories of my Aussie childhood flooded back. As we drove along the winding Cliff Drive I felt humbled and in awe of the beauty of the spectacular canyons of this world heritage listed site.

It is wonderful for me to experience and explore Australia from the viewpoint of a traveler. I cannot impart the depth of my love for Australia. The dramatic images of this country are really only half the story; it is the friendliness of the people that really stays with me.