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Travel Route: Brisbane - Melbourne

This route shows you the best of Australia. You will enjoy your self-drive holiday without the hassle of missing great spots. You will begin your trip driving along the coast to famous surf city Byron Bay. Catch a wave and continue to Coffs Harbour, perhaps visit the Big Banana while you are there? Travel further south to world famous wine country, The Hunter Valley. Enjoy Sydney from a distance with a sailing trip- don't forget to take lots of pictures. Breathe in the fresh air of the blue mountains and go for a hike to watch the amazing scenery. For wintersport  lovers there are even possiblities to ski or snowboard in Falls Creek. What more could you want on your self-drive holiday in Australia?

Itinerary

 Day 1: Brisbane - Byron Bay
 Day 2: Byron Bay - Coffs Harbour
 Day 3: Coffs Harbour – Port Macquarie
 Day 4: Port Macquarie – Hunter Valley
 Day 5: Hunter Valley – Sydney
 Day 6: Sydney
 Day 7: Sydney
 Day 8: Sydney – Bowral
 Day 9: Bowral – Canberra
 Day 10: Canberra – Falls Creek
 Day 11: Falls Creek
 Day 12: Falls Creek – Melbourne
 Day 13: Melbourne

Highlights

Location: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary  | Photographer:  | Copyright:

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Itinerary: Day 1

Cuddle a Lone Pine koala and instantly fall in love with the furry creatures! Hand-feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. More Info

Location: Byron Bay  | Photographer: Adam Taylor | Copyright: Destination New South Wales

Byron Bay Itinerary: Day 2

Byron Bay is a popular beach town that offers an alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its pristine white sand, surfing beaches and surrounding beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Relax in one of the many beautiful accommodation retreats, indulge in a luxury spa treatment or visit one of the many therapeutic healing centres in Byron.

Location: Near Palm Cove  | Photographer:  | Copyright: Tourism Queensland

Hunter Valley Zoo Itinerary: Day 5

Located within the Hunter's scenic and popular Wine Country, Hunter Valley Zoo has acres of both Australian and exotic animals. Feed the animals... hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, farmyard animals and some bird species as often as you like!

Location: Sailing Sydney  | Photographer:  | Copyright:

Sailing Sydney Itinerary: Day 6

See the sights of Sydney Harbour on board Spirit (AUS21) or Kookaburra (AUS40) - be part of the crew, take the helm, work on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. See their FAQs

Location:Town Melbourne  | Photographer: Peter Dunphy | Copyright:Tourism Victoria

Melbourne Itinerary: Day 13

Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is set around the shores of Victoria's Port Phillip Bay and boasts a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, with chic boutiques, buzzing cafés and bars, immaculate gardens and festivals and popular sporting events. The city sits on the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.

Video

Skiing in Falls Creek, Australia!
You may have thought it impossible, but yes you can ski in Australia. There are several areas but one of the biggest and best areas is Falls Creek, near Melbourne. Falls Creek has perfect slopes and camping grounds. This video gives a summary of the year 2010, what was one the best years so far. Check out this skiing paradise!

Q&A

Location: Sailing Sydney  | Photographer:  | Copyright:

Sailing Sydney

FAQs provided by: Sarah Farrelly
Address: Wharf 9, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, 2000 NSW
Phone: (61 2) 9660 9133 / 1300 670 008
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: www.sailingsydney.net

Can you give a short summary of your main business activities?

‘Sailing Sydney’ offers individuals and groups the unique opportunity to experience sailing or racing onboard actual America’s Cup yachts. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachtsmen, AUS21 and AUS40 offer a once-in-a- lifetime chance for all ages to participate onboard these grand prix racing machines. Join us on either our daily 2.5hr ‘America’s Cup Sailing Experience’ or weekly 3hr ‘America’s Cup Match Racing Experience’ departing from Darling Harbour. Both experiences provide a thrilling opportunity for sailing enthusiasts and non-sailors alike, to sail onboard these stunning state-of-the-art match racing yachts.

We also cater for groups ranging in size of up to 350 people with a portfolio of charter options available including Team Building events, exciting Fleet Regattas or our blue ribbon Match Racing sailing programs. Perfect for pre/post conference inclusion or tour series we can also include additional extras such as catering & beverages, celebrity skippers, merchandise or photography to really enhance the event.

Every sailing includes our professional skipper and crew, who provide a full commentary of the history of the yachts, as well as pointing out all of the spectacular sights of Sydney Harbour not to be missed. During the trip passengers will have the opportunity to participate in the sailing by getting busy on the grinders, taking the helm or they can simply sit back and relax while taking in all the action. Each scheduled trip comfortable accommodates around 30 people per yacht & includes non alcoholic beverages onboard.

Experience the ultimate sailing experience on the most beautiful harbour in the world! Daily departures available from Darling Harbour & no experience necessary.

What types of boats are offered by Sailing Sydney?

Sailing Sydney offers you two America Cup Yachts. These are:
- AUS21
- AUS40

Why is your business located in Sydney?

We operate our sailings from Wharf 9, King Street, Darling Harbour (Directly in front of Cargo Bar / 150m walk north from the Sydney Aquarium entrance)
*Our sales office is located on Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont.

Which is your most popular excursion/activity/item/package and why?

Because it is available everyday at 1.00pm & is of 2.5hr duration. No experience is necessary but passengers can get involved once onboard if they want to and join the crew in sailing these magnificent yachts. These are the only America's Cup yachts in Australia that operate commercially and there are very few other places in the world you can take the opportunity to sail on such grand yachts.

What is your inside tip?

Check is no later than 15 mintues prior to departure, or come down early for lunch and take advantage of the 20% discount available to all of our passengers to dine at Cargo Bar.

Can you highly recommend another tourist activity not connected with your business?

Bridgeclimb, Lets go Surfing, Merlin Group attractions.

Any other tip bits you think visitors may find interesting in your area?

Darling Harbour is full of things to see and do! Right where we depart from you can visit the Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Brisbane - Melbourne