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8D Blue Mountains, Dolphin & Farmstay Experience

Self-Drive Suggested Itinerary

Sydney → Central Coast → Port Stephens → Hunter Valley → Blue Mountains → Bowral → Wollongong

Singapore – Central Coast - Port Stephens (Approx. 205km/2hrs30mins)

Upon arriving into Sydney International Airport; pick-up your car and drive along the beautiful Central Coast, you may drop by the Yarramalong Macadamia Nut Farm, where you can indulge in home grown delights or watch daily pelican feeding at The Entrance, Memorial Park at 3.30pm or have a try at horse-riding at Glenworth Valley Horse Riding, which is highly recommended for new riders. For flower lovers can visit the Cedar Park Lavender a working lavender farm on the Central Coast. A visit provides an on farm experience with 5500 lavender plants being cultivated, oil distillation and companion plantings of rosemary and over 100 fragrant roses. After that head off to Port Stephens for your night stay.

Overnight: Port Stephens (Anchorage Port Stephens or similar)

Port Stephens

Today consider visiting the Australian Shark and Ray Centre to get up-close to baby sharks, rays and other marine animals. The centre also allows visitors to feed the sharks and rays, helping them better understand the diets and habitats of these elusive animals. In the afternoon go on dolphin watch cruises to get closer to the cute mammals, follow by the 4WD Sand Dune tours are very popular as well as it takes you on a thrilling ride across the 32km long Stockton beach that rises up to 30m high and spans 2500 hectares - the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Or pop by the Oakvale Farm & Fauna World for a fun-filled afternoon with lambs, billy goats, koalas and kangaroos.

Overnight: Port Stephens (Anchorage Port Stephens or similar)

Port Stephens – Hunter Valley (Approx. 160km/2hrs15mins)

This morning head on the road to one of the most beautiful wine county in Australia; Choose from over 140 wineries, including more popular ones like Mount Pleasant McWilliams, Lindemans Winery and Peterson’s Champagne House. Watch what really happens behind the scenes at the Hunter Wine Theatre from the harvesting to the bottling of wine. Alternatively sign up for a wine & food-matching tutorial or enjoy fine dining experience at San Martino to complete your evening. You may also go for some interesting activities like cheese tasting, beer tasting or horse riding.

Overnight: Hunter Valley (Hunter Resort or similar)

Hunter Valley – Blue Mountains (Approx. 275km/3hrs30mins)

Today continue your journey south; visiting to Jenolan Caves is highly recommended. Here at the world's oldest open cave, you can explore a subterranean wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites and be impressed by their stature and beauty. Next, take a ride to a historic 1880s funicular railway which shunts along 415m of a 52-degree decline down to the valley floor (the steepest railway in the world). There's also the Scenic Cableway, glass-floored Scenic Skyway cable-car and 2.5km of forest boardwalk. You can also discover more at the Imax Theatre for a great introduction to the spectacular scenery and amazing history.

Overnight: Blue Mountains (Leisure Inn Spires or similar)

Blue Mountains – Bowral (Approx. 165km/2hrs)

Farewell to the magnificent wonders of nature, and drive toward to meet your warm and friendly farm host. Arrive at Bowral (central meeting point). Welcome by farm host family and return home with farm host family to begin farmstay and farm activitieslike: Tour of farm, feeding horses & grooming horses, counting of cattle, sheep herding, sheep shearing (seasonal), drafting of sheep, see sheep dog working, alpaca leading, alpaca shearing (seasonal), feed hens & collect eggs, bush walk, kangaroo & wildlife spotting at night, harvest fresh vegetables and fruit from garden, star gazing, bird watching, stock whip cracking, local sightseeing.

Overnight: Farmstay (L/D/B)

*Farm activities vary depending on the type of farm host you are staying with.

Bowral – Wollongong – Sydney (Approx. 150km/2hrs15mins)

After breakfast, bid farewell to the farm host family (recommended to bring along a small farewell gift as a token of appreciation). Continue your journey back to Sydney via Wollongong, on the way you may visit the Nan Tien Temple also known as “Southern Paradise” is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, drive along the scenic Sea Cliff Bridge overseeing the Pacific Ocean.

Overnight: Sydney (Holiday Inn Darling Harbour or similar)

Sydney

This morning, take a trip to famous Sydney icons - the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour before stopping for lunch at the Sydney Fish market. Spend the afternoon exploring Sydney's coastal life on a cruise, sail or jet boat, not forgetting a walk on the famous Bondi to Bronte Walk.

Overnight: Sydney (Holiday Inn Darling Harbour or similar)

Sydney – Singapore

This morning proceed to the airport for your flight back home.

 

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INCLUSIONS:

  • 6N Accommodation
  • 1N Farmstay Experience with 3 meals
  • 7D car rental 
  • 1.5hrs Dolphin Watch Cruise
  • 1hr 4WD sand boarding tour in Port Stephens

- Hunter Valley Theatre opens everyday at 11am and 2pm.
- Dolphin Watch: 10:30am or 1:30pm daily. (12:30pm for lunch followed by 1:30pm cruise)
- 4WD Tour: There is a departure every 30 minutes between 10am and 3:30pm.
- Arrive at Farm before 12pm for lunch.
- Jenolan Caves open from 9am to 5:30pm.
- Scenic World opens everyday of the year from 9am to 5pm; last ride at 4:50pm.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Accommodation seasonal surcharge, block out dates, supplements and minimum nights stay apply. Details to be advised at time of booking confirmation.
  • All passengers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, vaccinations, health certificates and carry a passport with minimum 6 months validity.
  • Prices exclude tipping, car rental excess (A$3500), GPS, toll fee and other personal expenses.
  • Suggested itinerary is for your reference only; admissions are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices quoted are per person on twin-share basis, exclude flight ticket.
  • Prices listed here are correct as of date of print and are subject to change without prior notice.
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