Best of Australia Vacation - Sydney & Hamilton Island

September 22nd - October 4th

5-nights on Hamilton Island, 5-nights in Sydney, Domstic Air and Daily Breakfast - $2,450

International air is separate and listed below as an option

This will be our 5th visit to the "Land Down Under" and we're doing it right. Come join us as we explore this wonderful country and take in the best tours. This is the Australia trip you've been waiting for - with a fun group of singles to the 2 most interesting places in the country without a whole lot of moving around.  With this trip we will be spending 5-nights in Sydney, then 5-nights on Hamilton Island which is one of the Whitsunday Islands.


We start off in Sydney where, over the coarse of 5 days, we'll have a chance to visit the top beaches and attractions. You will fall in love with this cosmopolitan city.  Surrounded by water, beautiful beaches and scenic parks everywhere you turn, it's beautiful. We'll start off with a nice city tour to visit the highlights of Sydney -  the Opera House & Harbour Bridge; see the shopping heart of the city; visit Sydney's trendy district of Oxford Street; travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean to see the superb coast cliff walk. We'll travel on to famous Bondi Beach, visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost) and see bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney's best panoramic view.  We'll return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross & city centre.

We'll also organize an optional tour to experience the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb.  You will need to wear suitable rubber soled shoes and be ready to wear special suits over your existing clothing. You will climb to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge some 130 meters above sea level.

Another fun way to see Sydney is by bike. We've really had fun with this one. Check out my video!

On past trips we also chartered a beautiful sailing yacht for a Sydney Harbor cruise that was so much fun. We had some good music going, some wine and the most spectacular scenery all around us! We'll be doing this again for sure.

On another optional tour we'll spend the day heading outside the city to the famous Blue Mountains. This fantastic Ecotour makes our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. It is here we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist behind & enter the National Park to unlock a piece of Australia you would never have known existed.  We visit an ancient Aboriginal site & outstanding lookouts; examine rock formations & the unusual plants & wildlife that abound the area. From the quaint little village of Leura we skirt around Cliff Drive to Katoomba where you will find yourself looking out over the magnificent Jamieson Valley (Australia’s Grand Canyon) & the Three Sisters. We enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch including a selection of fine Australian wines with a cheese platter under the canopy of the Australian bush. Before returning to Sydney we drop into a hidden valley where we roam the area, seeking out the many kangaroos that graze in the wild (conditions permitting). Reluctantly we leave the National Park passing through the Olympic 2000 site, arriving at your hotel around 5.30pm.

You'll have opportunities to take a seaplane tour, or go out jet-boating or you may want to take in a show or tour at the famous Opera House. There is so much to do in Sydney, this is not even scratching the surface!  Plus, if you enjoy nightlife, there's an abundance in Sydney and we'll be walking distance to much of it at The Rock's area. This is where it's really all happening, so that's where we want to be.



No Australia trip is complete without spending some time at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This time our accommodations are much closer too! We'll be staying on Hamilton Island.. Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. On a holiday to Hamilton Island, you'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.

There's plenty to do on Hamilton Island. You can enjoy a wide selection of bars and restaurants, year-round cultural exhibitions and performances, an abundance of water sports and activities - and that's just the start. For sailing enthusiasts, there’s the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and for keen golfers, the Hamilton Island Golf Club is the only Australian 18-hole championship course on its own island. Check out the abundance of potential activities! We'll have snorkel and scuba trips set up as well as some more adventure tours.  Of course the diving is the best in the world, which I can vouch for. Unbelievable soft and hard corral and extremely clear turquoise water.  We will typically get quite a few divers on this trip, and you won't be disappointed.
We'll take our divers and snorkelers to the most spectacular sites for the maximum number of hours on the outer Great Barrier Reef. In one day you will visit two magnificent sites where you will explore vast coral gardens, walls drop-offs, caverns and isolated pinnacles with an array of colorful marine life.

We'll be staying in awesome, huge 2-bedroom condos with spectacular views. We have a total of 15 2-bedroom condos reserved at 3 nearby properties. Each condo features a full kitchen, shared pool, nice furniture and great views. They also come with the use of a 4-passenger buggy (golf cart) that we can use to cruise the island during our stay.. Check out these links to the diffferent condos: Oasis - Shorelines - Panorama - Blue Water. These are just 4 of the 15 condos we have. It's going to be a blast.

What else?  Well, of course along our journey you will have opportunities to see plenty of koala bears and kangaroo.


  • Domestic air (international air will be posted soon)
  • All ground transportation
  • 10-nights accommodations (double occ.)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Departure Tax


  • Optional tours
  • International air

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $850 (Will have private room and bath but will be sharing a living space on Hamilton Island).



We have secured 40 seats on Qantas Airways at a discounted group rate. This is the only airline that flys to Hamilton Island so we don't see any other choice. You are welcome to purchase your own air but we highly recommend getting on these fllights. Please let us know by June 30th if you plan to use your own air. Once these 40 seats are claimed the cost will likely be significantly higher for air.

Flight:Qantas Airways 12 Departure: Los Angeles 22SEP/1030P Arrival:Sydney 24SEP/630A
Flight: Qantas Airways 1572 Departure:Sydney 29SEP/1020A Arrival:Hamilton Isl 29SEP/100P
Flight: Qantas Airways 871 Departure:Hamilton Isl 04OCT/1115A Arrival:Melbourne 04OCT/310P
Flight: Qantas Airways 95 Departure:Melbourne 04OCT/955P Arrival:Los Angeles 04OCT/615P
Base fare $1281.00 plus taxes $185.15 = $1466.15 (*Total Fare Estimate per seat with taxes and fees at time of booking*)
Taxes and fees are subject to change until final payment is collected.

        Click here to see tentative itinerary with tours and approximate cost of tours

        See photos of our last Australia trip


Sydney: Old Sydney Holiday Inn  4-1/2 star hotel right in The Rocks!  Awesome hotel! Check out the rooftop pool!
Tripadvisor review

Perfectly located for the best Sydney experience, Holiday Inn Old Sydney effortlessly combines new and world charm right in the historic Rocks district. The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian quarter, where you can eat in restaurants located in some the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. Set only a street back from Sydney Harbour, Holiday Inn Old Sydney is just a short stroll from the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and hence ideally located for an unforgettable Sydney experience. Circular Quay is only just a few minutes' walk from the hotel, you can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour to view local and exotic wildlife at Taronga Zoo or over to Manly beach. Native plants are on show at the 30-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, located 300 metres away and stylish boutiques in the surrounding cosmopolitan Rocks precinct. Climb the outer arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, metres away, for stunning views across Sydney. Arrive at Holiday Inn Old Sydney from Sydney Airport, only 15km away, and take a short 10 minute stroll to the city’s central business district, or the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, just 20 minutes away. Wireless Internet is available from your guest room, our Lobby Lounge Bar and the rooftop terrace. They say a picture paints a thousand words and, by day or night, there a magnificent views of the world’s most stunning harbor from the attractive rooftop pool and spa.




Hamilton Island: Oasis - Shorelines - Panorama - Blue Water - Tripadvisor review

We manage the best selection of luxury serviced apartments and holiday homes on Hamilton Island, with options that cater for various group sizes. Whether you’re looking for a small, self contained apartment with stunning views of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands for a romantic retreat for two, or sprawling homes for a family getaway, our range of luxury accommodation options on Hamilton Island can cater to your holiday needs.

We have condos in 4 different complexs which are all nearby each other.


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