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Wanderlust Australia Tours 12 Day Canberra, Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast

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Be moved listening to the stirring Last Post sunset ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, walk the corridors of political power and enjoy a rooftop dining experience in our national capital.

Hear the mischievous tales of convict women touring colonial Parramatta and dine whilst cruising in luxury on Sydney Harbour. Get your adventure on suspended cabling across with the stunning Blue Mountains.

Then head north to cuddle a koala, try Bron’s suggestion of a classic Aussie Chinese meal at ‘Port’, sing with Slim Dusty, visit Margaret Olley’s gallery and maybe even learn to surf on the Gold Coast if you want to.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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Departure point: Canberra, ACT

End destination: Gold Coast, QLD

Tour duration: 12 days

Dept dates: 22 April 2021

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Accommodation type: Quality hotels & motels

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals & exploring like a local



Save $300.00 if paid in full by 22nd February 2021 !

Pay just $500p.p. deposit to book this tour today !

$5,580.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$1,422.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

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Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours Canberra, Blue Mountains. Sydney, NSW North Coast, Gold Coast
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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 12 Day tour

Upon arriving in Canberra and making your way to the hotel, spend time at leisure in our National Capital.

Located in the heart of the city, the Canberra Centre boasts several large department stores, as well as a stunning range of more than 260 specialty shops.

The Canberra Centre offers a range of national and international cuisine choices along its alfresco dining strip known as the North Quarter.

2 nights l Canberra Rex Hotel | 02 6248 5311

No included meals

This morning we take in some of the city sights travelling through Embassy Row, finding embassies and high commissions of countries from around the world. Look out for the spectacular traditional design of the Chinese Embassy or the splendid Georgian style United States Embassy. Our first stop is the Museum of Australian Democracy. The Museum was home to Australia’s Federal Parliament for more than 60 years and is now a much-loved heritage building, offering a unique glimpse into the nation’s past.

We then head to Capital Hill, the focal point of Canberra, where we are introduced to the meeting place of the nation, Parliament House. Listening to our local guide, as we are lead through this political power house, we are enlightened to the daily life of democracy.

At lunch time we head to Canberra Centre, where there are numerous cafes and eateries with time to look through shops at leisure.

The remainder of our afternoon will be spent at the Australian War Memorial.  This Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of the Australian men and women, who have served in war, through its ceremonial areas, extensive exhibitions and research facilities.  One of the largest exhibitions is the very impressive Anzac Hall. At the end of each day, the Memorial farewells visitors with its moving last Post ceremony, which we will stay for.  The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper.

After a moving afternoon we head back to the hotel for dinner in the lovely rooftop restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner 

We complete our check out formalities mid-morning and depart Canberra. Our lunch stop is in Berrima, where we can stretch our legs and purchase something from one of the several cafes and restaurants.

From here we visit the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was inspired by Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest cricketer of all time. The Bradman Gallery is the mecca for cricket fans the world over and those who are interested in this great Australian icon, housing rare and priceless items that tell the story of the Boy from Bowral!

Following a guided tour and time to look through the collection, we have afternoon tea and make our way through Sydney’s outer suburbs to Parramatta for our next 3 nights’ accommodation.

3 nights l Parkroyal Parramatta | (02 9689 3333)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

With today being ANZAC Day, we have the opportunity to attend a local dawn service followed by breakfast at the hotel.

Late morning, we depart Parramatta and make our way into the Blue Mountains where we take the scenic Cliff Drive to Echo Point where we see the Three Sisters at Katoomba – a great photo opportunity stop!

Scenic World is where we can purchase lunch and jump aboard the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest incline railway. We descend down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees and travel through the tunnel and ancient rainforest. Disembark and take the rainforest boardwalk to connect with the Flyway platform.

The Scenic Cableway is the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. It will take us on a 545 metre ride up through the World Heritage Listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley which is stunning.

Our final adventure at Scenic World is to join the Scenic Skyway for the journey above ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls. This ride boasts a world first, state of the art Electro-Scenic Glass Floor. At the flip of a switch breath taking views are revealed through the cabin floor directly below. The 360 degree birdseye view takes in the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Mount Solitary and the never ending expanse of the Jamison Valley.  

We now return to Parramatta and tonight, dinner can be found along “Eat Street”, Parramatta’s dining precinct, right outside our door, so there are plenty of venues to choose from. Why not try the Sicilian Parramatta – a true icon of Parramatta and one of the largest and most impressive fine dining restaurants in the area – the choice is all yours.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Today we are going to spend the day exploring Parramatta and what better way than with a local guide. Get set for an enjoyable day, as we learn about the history and a few interesting stories as well. Included in our sightseeing will be the Female Factory (Convict Womens’ Gaol). Did you know this is the oldest convict women’s site in Australia? We hear some fascinating and cheeky stories about the lives of convict women – and the constant mischief they got up to.

We now head to Parramatta Lake for our morning break. Our next visit is the convict-built Old Government House. The residence and garrison buildings, built in 1799-1816 are the oldest surviving public buildings in Australia. For seven decades, it was the ‘country’ residence of ten early governors of the Colony, including Gov. Lachlan and Mrs Macquarie who, from 1810 to 1821 preferred the clean air and space of rural Parramatta to the unsanitary and crime ridden streets of Sydney Town! After our tour, we enjoy lunch at Lachlan’s Old Government House.

Our final stop is in the grounds of the University where we can view the Orphan School and Whitlam Institute. By the end of the day, we’ll all agree that Parramatta is a fascinating area with plenty to see.

We choose our own venue for dinner once again this evening. Why not try another new food adventure along “Eat Street”?

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Once the “rush hour” is over, we catch the ferry along the Parramatta River into Sydney.  

Our coach will be waiting for us in central Sydney to commence our days touring.  We make our way to the Harbour foreshore and stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.  The chair was carved out of the sandstone by convicts for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife in order for her to watch the activity on the harbour and await the arrival of ships from England. The point provides us with wonderful views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison.

Our hotel is located in Darling Harbour, so we check in with the remainder of the day free to discover Sydney before we head out tonight. Not far from our hotel is King Street Wharf so we stroll to where Magistic Cruises departs for a 2-hour dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. What a great way to see Sydney and spend an evening.

Following our cruise, you could enjoy the cool new bars in Barangaroo or head to Star Casino in Darling Harbour for a flutter.

Novotel Sydney Darling Square | (02 8217 4074)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Following breakfast and our hotel check out procedures, we re-board the coach and make our way to the Pacific Motorway. Our touring route takes us through the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and sees us cross the Hawkesbury River and pass through the Central Coast, Tuggerah Lakes and Lake Macquarie.

Today we take a look around Newcastle, a city of industry as well as history with its terraced houses, majestic cathedrals and a 19th century Fort.  We take in both old and new sights as we join the Talking Tram.  The 45 minute ride through Newcastle’s streets, takes us past the sites of our convict past, fort and gaol, Australia’s oldest school, oldest restaurant and many other places of interest.

On conclusion of our tour, we have lunch overlooking the water at the Queens Wharf Hotel. This afternoon we continue north, crossing the Manning River and arrive in Port Macquarie for our 2-night stay.

2 nights l Water’s Edge Port Macquarie | (02 6583 2955)

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Founded in 1821, Port Macquarie is one of the oldest towns in the State and was a convict settlement until 1840. “Port” as it is fondly known by the locals, has both a river frontage where the Hastings River enters the sea and a series of ocean beaches starting right in the town.

We enjoy the sights of the Port including a visit to the unique Koala Hospital run by NSW National Parks and Wildlife. The hospital is a long serving operation run by volunteers.

Next door is Roto House which is set in a tranquil natural environment and is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture and craftsmanship. We have arranged lunch at the Sea Acres Rainforest Park comprised of rare coastal rainforest.

Following lunch we take a guided tour through this magnificent park. There will be a chance to take a wander down the main drag before taking a Sunset Cruise on the Hastings River watching the sun slowly set beyond the region’s hinterland.

Not far from our hotel are several cafes and restaurants that are all in close walking distance to choose from for dinner.

Bron’s pick: “Hot Wok Chinese is a family favourite. This place needs a heritage order placed on it. The food is not only delicious, but the décor is 1970s / 80s Chinese, I love it. Other options are Café 66 for authentic Italian food, Casualties for a great coffee. Suzu Japanese for authentic Japanese -great daily specials incorporating local catches.”

 Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Getting underway this morning we stop just outside Kempsey at the Slim Dusty Centre. David Gordon Kirkpatrick – famously known as Slim Dusty, was born and bred in Kempsey.

The Slim Dusty Centre features objects and images from the Kirkpatrick family’s own extensive archive, as well as contributions from fans and friends from all over the world. Visually rich and astonishingly varied, the display provides a look into Slims’ first steps into show business, the early years of adventures with Joy and their mates touring the towns and villages of Australia’s outback and the glory days of life on the showgrounds of Australia.

Our lunch stop today is in Coffs Harbour at the Clog Barn and this afternoon we follow the highway north, crossing the Clarence River and bypassing Ballina and Byron Bay on our way to the southern end of the Gold Coast.

The scenery along the way includes lush valleys and farmlands, with mountain ranges in the background and the picturesque northern rivers. Our accommodation at the Mantra Twin Towns located in Tweed Heads. It’s a fantastic location with many options to purchase dinner and even take in some local entertainment.

3 nights l Mantra Twin Towns | (07 5536 2121)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Tropical Fruit World is exactly as the name suggests – home to the world’s largest variety of tropical fruit. The plantation is situated on the rim of the largest extinct volcano in the southern hemisphere and offers views of the Tweed Valley and McPherson Ranges. Here we have a fruit tasting and a train ride through the orchards, it is a fun place to visit.

Next, we are off to Murwillumbah where we have planned a visit to The Margaret Olley Arts Centre celebrating the career, life and legacy of its namesake, Margaret Olley – one of Australia’s most celebrated painters of still life and interiors.

This afternoon we return to the coast and make our way back to our hotel where The Twin Towns Club has a fantastic selection of entertainment on offer and is close by for a night out.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is a free day for local sightseeing or shopping. There’s more to the Gold Coast than shopping and Theme Parks, but you’re free to visit those if you like.

Why not explore the lush rainforests and Hinterland Region around the Tamborine Mountains? Or take a seafood lunch cruise on the Tweed River? Maybe get active by learning to surf, hire a push bike, walk along the beach or maybe even yoga.

You might even like to just chill. Grab a book or picnic by the beach. The choice is yours. It’s what makes Wanderlust Australia Tours different!

Meals: Breakfast

It’s our last day of the tour. After breakfast our holiday comes to an end. Use your Taxi Voucher in your Holiday Pack for the transfer to Gold Coast Airport and your flight home.

Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!

Meals: Breakfast

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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Book your Wanderlust Australia Tours 12 Day Canberra, Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $300.00 if paid in full by 22nd Feb 2021 ! 

Pay just $500p.p. deposit to book this tour today !

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Why I love this trip... Naomi

Looking down through the glass floor at the Blue Mountains is totes scary and exhilarating at the same time. And who doesn’t want to cuddle a koala?

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