We're traveling Down Under this week with five unforgettable days on a Sydney, Australia Vacation!
Day One: You’ve arrived in Sydney and will soon be checking in at the beautiful Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. Boasting what is without a doubt one of the best locations in the city, the hotel overlooks the iconic Sydney Opera House, and is mere steps from the historic Rocks District and world-class shopping. On this first day in town, an amazing Australian experience awaits: sailing aboard a racing yacht! These days, yacht racing is usually the realm of billionaires and elite professionals, but this is a unique opportunity to become part of the crew aboard a state-of-the-art match racing vessel. Listen to stories of how Australia won the ultimate yachting trophy - the America's Cup - and soak up the atmosphere and picturesque sights of Sydney Harbour along the way.
Day Two: After some much-needed rest, you set out this morning to see the city. You’ll begin the day by paying a visit to the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s most famous performing arts centers. Have breakfast in the Green Room, then enjoy exclusive access to areas that are normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms, while hearing from your expert guide about a few of the real-life dramas that go on behind the curtain! A little later, take in the city's historic center and beaches, colonial heritage and natural beauty. Admire the sandstone buildings on Macquarie Street, watch some surfers catch waves at Bondi Beach, and cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge to take a walk along one of the golden beaches of North Sydney.
Day Three: Today you’ll venture 45 minutes outside of Sydney to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where visitors have the chance to get close to a wide variety of native Australian animals, including cuddly koalas, toothy crocodiles, friendly wallabies, wild dingos, busy penguins and – of course - kangaroos. The park’s natural setting is actually home to more than 2,000 different critters in all. Be sure to check out the Tasmanian devils, a species that has become endangered over the past couple of decades. The Reptilian Pavilion features lizards, turtles, snakes and more, and bird species include festively feathered parrots, sleek waterbirds and larger breeds like emus and southern cassowaries. Feeding times and keeper presentations occur throughout the day.
Day Four: You’ve opted to spend a day in the beautiful Hunter Valley - Australia's oldest wine producing region. Enjoy the views of the Hawkesbury River as you approach the valley, and make your first stop at Drayton's Family Wines, a pioneering winery that was founded more than 150 years ago. Sample award-winning wines and hear about their history in the region. Next, enjoy a private wine tasting experience at world-renowned Lindeman's. After sampling several of their blends, you'll definitely be ready for lunch! Then visit Bluetongue Brewery, where craft beers have been made since 2001, and wrap up your day with a walk through some of the valley’s landscaped gardens, tantalize your taste-buds with artisan chocolates, or enjoy some coffee at one of the many cafes in the area.
Day Five: It’s your final day in Sydney and you’ve spent a leisurely morning fueling up and getting psyched for the world-famous Sydney Bridge Climb! Departing sea level in a small group, follow your professional climb leader on a steady incline up the spectacular bridge. Climb along the outer arch on catwalks and ladders all the way to the 440-foot summit, where you're rewarded with incredible 360-degree views of Sydney and its surroundings; east to the Opera House and west all the way to the majestic Blue Mountains. At the top, snap some photos and take a few moments to reflect on your achievement – you’ve climbed to the top of one of Australia's most recognized icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Then go ahead and post a pic for your friends to see…you’ve earned it.