Aussie Adventure

Aussie Adventure
Get ready to say G'Day with this captivating Aussie Adventure. Embark on an experience highlighting Australia's most famed regions and iconic land marks. Embrace native heritage and local wildlife as you trek through the Outback in search of your very own cultural awakening. Dive into nature's largest underwater eco-system as you step off the white sand island beaches and into the Great Barrier Reef. Wrap up your Down Under sojourn with a visit to Australia's premier city, Sydney, to explore the renowned Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Your Itinerary Includes:
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 3 nights Melbourne
  • Phillip Island and Moonlit Sanctuary
  • Lanes and Arcades Walking tour
  • 1 night Adelaide
  • Taste the Barossa tour
  • 1 night Kangaroo Island
  • 2 days touring Kangaroo Island
  • 2 nights Adelaide
  • 2 nights Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta Sunrise tour
  • Uluru Sunset tour
  • 4 nights Port Douglas
  • Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise
  • Walkabout Adventures - Ngana Julaymba Dungay
  • Hot Air Balloon flight
  • 3 nights Sydney
  • Sydney classic bike tour
  • BridgeClimb Summit, Day Climb
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
  • Family Vacations
  • Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
  • Sun and Sand
16 Nights Starting At
January 01, 2023 through January 31, 2023
Superior
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Dates & prices
Additional Offers
January 01, 2023 through January 31, 2023
16 Nights from $6,220.00
(USD) Per Person
Superior
July 01, 2022 through August 31, 2022
16 Nights from $6,380.00
(USD) Per Person
Superior
September 01, 2022 through November 30, 2022
16 Nights from $6,535.00
(USD) Per Person
Superior
December 01, 2022 through December 31, 2022
16 Nights from $6,300.00
(USD) Per Person
Superior
February 01, 2023 through March 31, 2023
16 Nights from $6,375.00
(USD) Per Person
Superior
Accommodations
Swain Destinations: Aussie Adventure

Crown Metropol Melbourne,Superior, Melbourne
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel,Superior, Adelaide
Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn,Superior, Kangaroo Island
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel,Superior, Adelaide
Desert Gardens,Superior, Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Peppers Beach Club,Superior, Port Douglas
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour,Superior, Sydney


Standard (3*) to (3 1/2*) Offering limited facilities and services, these are moderate rooms with private ensuite bathrooms that offer exceptional value for money for the price conscious traveler.

Superior (4*) to (4 1/2*) These hotels are typically better equipped with more comfortable accommodation, and are often in a fairly central location to major sightseeing.

Deluxe (5*) Boasting luxurious and spacious surroundings, these accommodations offer the highest level of international quality accommodation and service. Typically with exquisite décor, exceptional service and superb award winning restaurants.

Luxury (5*) + Premier accommodations in choice settings offering exquisite surroundings, the finest guest services and indulgent amenities. These properties are often one of a kind and are ideal for discerning travelers.
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Swain Destinations: Aussie Adventure

A Chef-Led Journey
Meet with a highly regarded local chef for a private, culinary expedition through the Peninsula. On the journey, we may visit and meet a cheese maker at a private goat dairy, press olives, pick berries, visit Harry?s mussel farm and collect fresh seafood, learn about chocolate making, select premium quality quinces or get involved in a spice blending class. Then, head into the kitchen with your produce for an afternoon of fun with an intimate, hands-on cooking class. Finish the day off with a private barrel tasting of local cool climate wines.

Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Center
The Grampians National Park is internationally renowned for its walks, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, rugged rock formations, spectacular views and stunning spring wildflower displays. It is also a place rich in Dreaming stories, sacred sites, bush tucker, water and shelter. It is central to the Dreaming of the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwadjali peoples and is home to over 200 ancient Rock Art Sites. This impressive cultural center brings to life the history and culture of the Aboriginal people.

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Dining in Melbourne can be a fabulous experience, especially abroad the fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining. Tonight, enjoy the fine Australian cuisine and wine whilst winding the streets of Melbourne, past the city center and into the more exclusive suburbs Melbourne is known for.

Dandenong Ranges & Yarra Valley
Travel into the Dandenong Ranges and drive through lovely Ferntree Gully. Board Australia?s oldest steam train, the famous Puffing Billy as it winds its way through the lovely forests and fern-filled glens. Next, travel to the Yarra Valley and enjoy personalized wine tastings, with wine appreciation and guided tour. Enjoy lunch in the exquisite Yarra Valley at one of Victoria?s premier wineries.

Foodies Journey through the Mornington Peninsula
Embrace the day with a stunning scenic coastal drive south of Melbourne and prepare to be constantly inspired and delighted by this diverse, boot-shaped region. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city, bay and peninsula from Arthurs Seat lookout before embarking on the next part of your journey. Meet our highly regarded local chef for a private, culinary expedition through the Peninsula. Your journey changes seasonally (and almost daily) but you may do some of the following: meet cheese makers at a private goat dairy to discuss processes and techniques, press olives and learn about olive oil production, pick berries, visit Harry's mussel farm and collect fresh seafood, experience a working bakery, discover the joys of juicy hydroponic tomatoes, select premium quality quinces, learn about chocolate making or get involved in a spice blending class. It's now back to the kitchen with your produce for an afternoon of fun with an intimate, hands on cooking class. Learn more about using local, seasonal ingredients and then feast on your hard work made entirely from produce from the Peninsula. Your will be returned to your accommodation. Your day includes morning tea, lunch, food & wine tasting, cooking class and produce. Please wear suitable closed shoes, and remember a warm jacket in winter!

Great Ocean Road Explorer
Leave the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city to the fresh air and wide open spaces of the Surf Coast. Breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean reveal themselves around every bend along this magnificent route. Visit Lorne, and see Victoria?s tallest waterfall, the enchanting Erskine Falls and then continue on to see the regions abundant wildlife and visit a local koala habitat. Travel to the top of the Otway Ranges to marvel at the ancient giants of the rainforest, the fern gullies. Next, visit Port Campbell National Park, home to Victoria?s most iconic panoramas, and a place to learn about the tragic history of the Shipwreck Coast before making our way back to Melbourne. Lunch is included.

Great Ocean Road Heli Experience
Transfer from your hotel to the VIP departure lounge at the heliport and fly along the stunning Great Ocean Road coastline. Then land directly next to the 12 Apostles boardwalk at Edge Heli Pad for ground sightseeing of these iconic coastal rock formations and a light picnic lunch. Marvel at all the sights and photographic opportunities as you then experience a 12 Apostles Scenic flight including the Bay of Islands.Your private helicopter will get you there in just over an hour.

Koalas and Kangaroos, in the Wild
See kangaroos and koalas in the wild! In small groups this naturalist guided eco-tour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. Watch the natural behavior of wild kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife. Get involved in koala research with your naturalist guide. Walk amongst free ranging ?mobs? (groups) of wild kangaroos. Spot emus, cockatoos and other unique Australian wildlife on the grasslands. A delicious bush lunch is included.

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne?s beautiful back streets, and become orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designer and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included as well as lunch with a glass of wine.

Melbourne After Dark
Melbourne is breathtaking under lights. Marvel at the heritage buildings throughout the Golden Mile. Dine in Melbourne?s bustling ?Little Italy? (Lygon Street) and enjoy a classic pasta dish and a hearty local red wine. Take in the grandeur of St Kilda Road, Melbourne?s splendid tree-lined boulevard. Witness the stunning, panoramic views at Eureka Skydeck 88 where you?ll be captivated by the bright city lights below. End the night with a cocktail while listening to jazz at Federation Square.

Melbourne City Sights
See Melbourne like never before, exploring not only the city?s iconic sightseeing destinations from the renowned gardens, Old Melbourne Gaol, The Shrine of Remembrance, The Arts Precinct, and the Eureka Skydeck for amazing panoramic views over Melbourne but also visit some of Melbourne?s lesser-known treasures ? places the locals delight in, isolated from the hustle and bustle. Learn about Melbourne?s proud history and see firsthand some of the many places that make Melbourne the envy of large cities around the world.

Melbourne Shopping and Champers
Melbourne is Australia?s shopping capital. Enjoy local street cafes and a relaxed day of shopping for unique clothes, bags, shoes, gifts and accessories. Explore Melbourne?s famous inner urban shopping precincts such as Chapel Street, Brunswick Street, Gertrude Street, and Acland Street in St Kilda without having to tackle trams or taxis with shopping bags. Morning tea with champers (or coffee) and a Café lunch with a glass of bubbles are included.

Phillip Island Little Penguin Tour
Enjoy Philip Island, a place of natural beauty, sandy beaches, tranquil wetlands, and unique wildlife experiences. Visit the koalas in their natural habitat at the Koala Conservation Centre. Stop to see the Nobbies rock formations overlooking one of the most treacherous oceans in the world (Bass Strait) before the main event. Arrive at the famous Penguin Parade and watch the nightly ritual at Summerland Beach, as the little penguins march up the sand to their nesting places.

Progressive Degustation Walking Tour
Passion for food and wine is a tradition in this city; chefs are celebrities, and wine masters are finding a voice. Many of Melbourne's wine focused restaurants are off the main streets, where design of the dining experience is as important as the skills in the kitchen. Enjoy an early evening walk discovering three unique restaurants and learn of the sommeliers' influences on menu's and cellaring choices. More than a wine tasting, this is a night to indulge in just a few of Melbourne's many epicurean establishments, and explore a relationship with the often silent hero's of the wine industry. Generous wine samples, food tastings, and special offers included.

Royal Botanic Gardens & Aboriginal Heritage Walk
In the heart of Melbourne, the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens occupy what was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people. Today, you can participate in one of the most interesting walking tours in the city. Local Aboriginal guides take you on a journey which incorporates the themes of spirit, connection and land. Stories and culture of the original inhabitants are introduced, along with the plant lore of traditional foods and medicine, tools and ceremony on this award-winning tour. The Royal Botanic Gardens offers a picturesque setting of 38 hectares within walking distance of the city for you to visit and discover over 50,000 species of plants from around the world. Enquire about group and individual packages including an Indigenous food experience with a walk in the Gardens. There is also a range of education programs available for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students.

Understanding the Real Melbourne
Hear stories of the early Indigenous history of Melbourne, and learn more about how this remarkable history is reflected in modern day Melbourne. Visit some of Melbourne?s cultural precincts and grab a sidewalk coffee at a chic laneway café. Then, meet the faces behind the produce at The Queen Victoria Market and stroll through Melbourne?s iconic laneways. Drive through the beachside suburbs and make a stop in St. Kilda and you'll finish the day with lunch at the Pier Restaurant on the harbor.

Worn Gundidj
Tower Hill is a 614-hectare site that was declared Victoria?s first National Park in 1892. Inside the crater of this dormant volcano is a natural wildlife haven, a fascinating ecological site and a showcase for Aboriginal history that includes bush food and medicine sites. It is regarded as an international geological site of significance with artefacts showing Aboriginal people resided in the area at the time of eruption some 30,000 years ago. Worn Gundidj offers one-hour walking tours of this fascinating volcano and provides an authentic local perspective on the area?s nature, wildlife and Aboriginal culture. You might also like to try a night tour offering a chance to view the myriad of nocturnal wildlife and get an appreciation of what happens in the animal world after dark. Tower Hill is a great stop off on the Great Southern Touring Route, which includes other must see attractions such as the Twelve Apostles and Port Fairy. Groups can request a uniquely Australian BBQ meal with native foods and spices to enjoy in conjunction with your tour.

Adelaide City Tour
Discover the ?Festival City? ? classic Australiana with stunning architecture surrounded by sweeping gardens and beautiful churches. See stunning views over the city from Montefiore Hill, cruise on Torrens River and sample the best at Haigh?s chocolates.

Adelaide Market Tour
Join the hustle and bustle at Adelaide's famous Central Market on this guided tour. Visit a selection of stalls uncovering an assortment of irresistible fresh produce and gourmet foods, along with native and exotic delights reflecting Adelaide's multicultural influences.

Flinder Ranges Overnight Tours
Discover unspoiled wilderness brimming with wildlife and ancient spectacular scenery with 2, 3, or 4 day touring options. Travel from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound, home to many kangaroos, emus, and unique bird species and reptiles. Pass through historic towns that hard back to the pioneering days, and then along the coastal road see old ports and seaside towns.

Kangaroo Island Sealink
For those on a budget this day or multi-night option provides a great introduction to this amazing island. Travel by coach to Cape Jervis and board the Sealink ferry to Kangaroo Island. The first stop is Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided beach tour amongst the sea lions. Take a Koala walk and then discover the island?s most renowned park, Flinders Chase National Park. Walk along the rugged southern coastline to Remarkable Rocks and Admiral?s Arch both providing great photo ops.

Wine Touring
Discover some of the region's best wines. Barossa?s premium wines, fine restaurants, magnificent old churches, butchers and bakers. For an authentic slice of country Australia, look no further than the Clare Valley. It?s a region with a warm rustic flavor and a world-beating wine list. McLaren Vale is home to fantastic wine, food and hospitality. Visit winemakers, have a delicious lunch at one of the wineries and enjoy tastings at some of the finest wineries in the region.

Kangaroo Island Adventure Charters
Surround yourself in Australian nature at its best in a single day with outstanding guides, or savor this magic destination a little longer on a multi-night touring option. Travel in a small group by 4WD to the Cygnet River and Lathami Conservation Park. Enjoy a delicious seafood BBQ lunch with local wine before heading out for a walk with your guide amongst an Australian sea-lion colony. Before heading back, visit Gantheaume Conservation Park including D?Estres Bay where ospreys nest and kangaroos come out to feed.

Breakfast Time at the Zoo
Get a wild start to the day and have breakfast with a koala, a python, and other interesting animals. Take a private guided tour of Cairns Tropical Zoo for a ?behind the scenes? look at where food is prepared for the mammals and reptiles. Feed kangaroos, meet a crocodile and snake and have a photo taken with a koala!

Cairns Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the thrill of hot air ballooning over the rainforest and Atherton Tablelands area. The Blue Pacific Ocean is to the east of the rugged mountains that divide the Outback from the Reef to the west. Tour is also available from Port Douglas.

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest
Enjoy a day exploring the rainforest, rivers and beaches of Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Cross the Daintree River by cable ferry then onto Alexandra Lookout for panoramic coastal views. Enjoy a river cruise in the heart of the Daintree before a walk in the rainforest with an expert guide. At Cape Tribulation, stroll on the rainforest-fringed beach and to the lookout on the Cape for superb views over the Coral Sea. Lunch is included. Tour is also available from Palm Cove or Port Douglas.

Coral Princess Cruises
Embark on a luxury small ship experience with a 3, 4 or 7 day cruise option that allows you to enjoy the best personalized service and visit areas inaccessible to most vessels due to size. There is as much to do as you want, or as little to do as you like ? snorkeling, guided rainforest walks, presentations by a marine biologist or simply take the time and relax on the sundeck or in the spa (departs on scheduled days).

Diving - Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Setting standards in the Australian dive industry, with exceptional live-aboard expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Trips suit both novice divers and the more adventuresome diver seeking pelagic fish, deep walls or wreck diving. The dive vessels are roomy and stable with a large well-equipped dive deck, spacious sundeck, al fresco deck and saloon. Dive with a family of giant potato cod, Maori wrasse and moray eels at the renowned Cod Hole. Cruise the turquoise chain of ribbon reefs with pristine coral gardens. Embark on a three to thirteen night dive adventure from Cairns.

Diving - Spirit of Freedom
Offering the best in live-aboard dive cruising to some of Australia?s most iconic and remote dive destinations. Trips of 3, 4 and 7 day duration depart from Cairns to dive the clear waters of renowned sites such as the Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs and North Horn, Osprey Reef - abundant tropical reefs, rich with marine biodiversity. On board, there are three decks of living space and generous cabins with private bathroom, complemented by first class meals and outstanding service. A sun deck, lounge and bar, and large dive deck houses every convenience to ensure comfort, safety and freedom in your diving.

Kuranda Rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai
Explore the village markets before your World Heritage Rainforest experience with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway gliding just metres above canopy. A visit to both rainforest mid-stations is included where you can enjoy a Ranger guided walk and the Interpretation Centre.

The Bama Way
Join the people who have been the area?s custodians for thousands of years and take in some of Australia?s best natural wonders. You?ll see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks, the World Heritage Wet Tropics, Cooya Beach and the National Parks of Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield River.

Whitewater Rafting
From Cairns, take a short coach ride to the Tully River, where you don wetsuits and board your rubber raft for an exciting and exhilarating ride through the white water rapids. Choose from either a half day Barron River adventure ? perfect for beginners as no experience is necessary or for enhanced excitement try the full day Tully River rafting tour and tackle Grade 3 and 4 rapids. Tour is also available from Port Douglas.

An Evening at the Opera House
Whether it is theatrics, a musical, opera, contemporary dance, ballet, or any style of music, let us package a tour and performance, and perhaps even include dinner for a night you?ll long remember.

Blue Mountains Tour
Depart Sydney for the 90 minute ride to arrive in the heart of the Blue Mountains region. Visit Scenic World for a range of experiences; the thrill of walking on air with a see through glass floor showing views of the valley 200 meters below or ride the steepest railway in the world, with an incline of 52 degrees. After a stroll through the ancient rainforest, enjoy spectacular views of the Three Sisters and vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. The next stop is Echo Point, to witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley. Hear the Dream Time Stories and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains creates. You are taken to a hidden location that provides fantastic views of the Jamison Valley away from the crowds. On the return to Sydney, venture to Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's ultimate wildlife experience. The multi award-winning Park has the world's largest collection of Australian native animals. Get up close to a Koala or feed the baby Wallabies. There are also Emu's, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Crocodile & countless number of bird species. End the day with a cruise on the Parramatta River back to Sydney city. Enjoy a relaxing yet uplifting cruise as you view the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge before disembarking at Circular Quay.

Bondi Surfing
Be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf! This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. Choose a small group setting of up to 6 people, or select a private option for plenty of hands-on help. Build your surf knowledge, confidence and cultivate your surfing technique. This is ideal for first-time surfers or those seeking to refresh or refine their basic technique. The lesson is two hours long and includes all equipment ? soft safe surfboards, summer or winter wetsuits, UV rash vests, sunscreen and zinc cream.

BridgeClimb
For those seeking excitement, the best view in town, and a special feeling of achievement, join the exhilarating climb of one of Sydney's most famous landmarks. On the thrilling and totally safe Bridge Climb adventure, you may ascend to the top of the Bridge and stand over 427 feet above sea level. The view is breathtaking and you'll also have a close encounter with one of Sydney's historical gems and an engineering wonder of the world. The pace of the climb is leisurely and follows stringent safety standards so you will feel comfortable throughout the experience.

Cruise Like a Local
Cruising on Sydney Harbour is a quintessential Australian experience. With a minimum of two and a maximum of ten passengers, 'cruise like a local' aboard a luxurious 52' Pacific Motor Cruiser. Perhaps you fancy yourself as an angler? What about taking the sea kayaks and rowing to a secluded beach? Would you like to go for a swim, or would you just prefer to take your chilled glass of Australian wine and relax on the luxurious sun pads? Jump aboard and explore this magnificent, world-renowned harbor with Sea Sydney Cruises.

Hunter Valley Tour
A trip to Sydney is not complete without a visit to the world-class wineries of the Hunter Valley! One of Australia's oldest wine producing areas, the Hunter boasts over 70 wineries, each providing a unique and memorable wine tasting experience. Descend into the Hunter Valley to swirl, sniff and sip some exceptional wines from a few of the very special boutique wineries in the area. Stop at some of the interesting towns of the region and enjoy tastings at selected wineries. Chat to the owners and wine-making experts whilst admiring the quaint and picturesque surrounds. Lunch is included.

Rocks Walking Tour
Take a 90 minute guided walking tour of Sydney's Historic area known as 'The Rocks' at a relaxed pace. The story of the first settlement of the colony of New South Wales in 1788 will be brought alive while you are entertained with stories of rascals, rats and restoration. See some of Sydney's oldest dwellings, shops old and new, homes of the ?well-to-do? and the cottages of the working class. Visit pubs and hotels once frequented by the locals and sailors alike and the haunts of cut-throats and rogues. The many narrow alleyways, sandstone stairs and a beautiful church combine to weave a fascinating tapestry of life in past and present times.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
It is a unique experience to get up close with the marine life in the touch pools, and to take a special behind the scenes look at the massive shark tanks. Hear amazing stories about some of our fascinating animals, such as the platypus or our saltwater crocodile, and take a special look at the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world, with the opportunity to see how live coral is grown. See also the holding and breeding tanks. The tour concludes with the opportunity to feed the tropical fish and other inhabitants of the reef, and a souvenir guide book is included.

Seaplane Flight and Cottage Point
Sitting at your table with one of Australia?s best wines in hand and the gentle waters of the Hawkesbury River lapping beneath you it is hard to imagine that a mere 20 minutes ago you were in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Australia?s biggest city. The award winning Cottage Point Inn restaurant is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine in beautiful and tranquil surrounds. Upon landing we taxi the aircraft right to the restaurant?s seaplane dock, where a warm welcome awaits. After a leisurely three course a la carte lunch, re-board your aircraft and return to Sydney, flying over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House before landing at Rose Bay. Lunch is included.

Sydney City Tour
See the highlights of downtown Sydney before venturing into some of the exclusive harbor-side residential areas where we stop for a 2-course lunch at the Vaucluse House Tea Rooms; one of Australia?s most historic houses that was home to the father of the Australian Constitution.

Sydney Classic Bicycle Tour
See the heart of Sydney and its entire splendor on 2 wheels! Visit the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, AMP Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, and over 30 more great attractions! Stop at a friendly pub and mingle with the locals.

Sydney Harbour Cruises
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the world renowned Opera House, Mrs. Macquarie's chair; just some of the sights to see while cruising on Sydney's famous harbor. Choose from a coffee cruise, lunch cruise or enjoy an evening cruise as you dine while floating past Sydney's stunning harbor.

Sydney Harbour Lights during Vivid
Be a part of Vivid 2015 with Sea Sydney Cruises, your exclusive small group cruising specialist. Starting May 22, 2015, enjoy nightly scheduled departure cruises on a private 52 foot Motor Cruiser, with maximum 16 passengers on board. Enjoy light canapés and unlimited beverages as you cruise the magnificent Sydney Harbour marveling at the shoreside projections along the foreshore from Fort Denison, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and Darling Harbour from the water. Become part of Vivid Harbour Lights 2015 aboard Calypso which is decorated with brilliant LED lights that change color as we enter different parts of the harbor. These ?color precincts? will be computer-controlled using Intel technology and the latest in sat-nav geo-positioning. All cruises will cruise to Darling Harbour; one of Vivid?s most colorful precincts, offering a range of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Disembark at King St Wharf and be amazed with Vivid Aquatique; featuring computer controlled dancing water jets in a ?magic wall? of light and water, specialized sculptural fountains inspired by Louis XIV?s ?Water Garden? at Versailles, four giant water screens and large-format video projections, four high-powered full color lasers and, for some shows, marine fireworks. Or cruise back to Campbells Cove for disembarkation where you can enjoy a harbor foreshore walk through Circular Quay. Vivid Sydney begins on May 22, 2015 and runs until June 8, 2015.

Taronga Zoo
The VIP Gold Tour is an exclusive small group tour of the Australian Section of the zoo and a 'behind the scenes' look at the hand-raised Australian Animals. There are plenty of excellent photographic opportunities and the expert guides teach visitors all about Australia?s unique animals.

Taronga Zoo Aboriginal Discovery Tour
Set on traditional Cammeraigal country, Taronga Zoo has many amazing Aboriginal stories to tell. Nura Diya, meaning ?this country or camp?, takes you on a journey through Taronga as you hear stories of Australian wildlife told through the perspective of an Aboriginal guide, with tales of their shared history with the animals and land. Developed with the Indigenous community and led by an Aboriginal guide, you will hear their own personal stories and discover their important connections back to the land, animals and nature. See Australia?s amazing animals in a new light as you discover the binding relationships between flora and fauna and hear stories of the Dreamtime, describing the creation of creatures and the landscape. Learn the centuries-old traditional uses of plants for food and medicine while enjoying interactive experiences with unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a vast array of Australia?s birds. Ideal for those that want to not only come up-close to wonderful Australian animals, but also want to discover more about Australia?s rich cultural heritage.

The Backstage Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE
To celebrate Vivid Sydney Festival, we are offering you the rare opportunity to take the VIP backstage experience in intimate groups on The Backstage Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE. Our tour guides will lead you through the Opera House hallowed theaters and behind the curtains to step foot on stage and, for the very first time, explore the new recording studio and scenery dock. You might even catch the hard-working crew in action as they set up for a Vivid LIVE musical performance or if you're lucky - catch a glimpse of the artists in the middle of warm-up and rehearsal. Once you've uncovered just a few of the mysteries of the backstage world and had your fill of insider secrets, you'll enjoy a full continental breakfast or dinner after the tour it really doesn?t get more special than that.

The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
The Rocks Dreaming was developed by Aboriginal Elder, Margret Campbell and is led by Aboriginal guides who have permission to share these amazing stories. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year-old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal people lived in the area. Get inspired as you discover the oldest ecology, conservation, sustainability, astrology and spiritual beliefs on Earth today. Connect with Australian skies, lands and waters, and the experiences of 'always walking Country'. Feel empowered by learning how to teach others to navigate Dreamtime pathways whether you?re in the city or out in the bush.

The Sydney Opera House Tour: Celebrating Vivid LIVE
Every year you can see the Sydney Opera House flare up in a spectacular 3D display of color and light for the Vivid Sydney Festival celebrations. Now it?s your turn to be right in the middle of the action. On a Sydney Opera House Tour - Celebrating Vivid LIVE, your nightly one-hour adventure into the heart of Australia's iconic building, begins with an exclusive Vivid LIVE show reel that will immerse you in the history and background of this phenomenally popular event. You?re then invited on a special guided tour of the theaters, foyers and live music venues that make up the Vivid LIVE music program ? including seeing the Opera House Recording Studio. You?ll run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made Tasmanian Oak chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings of one of the biggest pillar-free chambers in the world. Once you?ve visited areas off limits to the general public and captured photographs from rare vantage points inside the majestic Sydney Opera House, you?ll realize that from the outside you?re only getting half the story. At the end of the tour you?ll enjoy the famous Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails firsthand.

Tour & Tasting Plate
You can also decide to add an Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate before or after your VIVID Live Tour. There?s nothing more to do than sit back at one of Sydney?s dining hot spots and indulge in a tasting plate for two. The perfect way to experience one of the world?s most stunning icons shine at night.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo lets you step into a world that's totally wild! Have you ever held a cockroach as big as your hand? Come face-to-face with a python? Petted a koala or had birds swoop over your head? Meet the most dangerous bird in the world, the Cassowary, walk on the wild side with the Wallabies and get up close and personal with some of the world's most dangerous creepy crawlies. VIP Guided Tours and Experiences are available.

About Swain Destinations
Customizing the travel experience, Swain Destinations is the leading U.S. provider of completely personalized exotic vacation experiences. Since 1987, Co-Founders Ian and Linda Swain, and their dedicated team of destination experts have offered American travelers the opportunity to design distinctive trips to intriguing international locales, including Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia, India, and Africa. From adventure-packed trips to leisurely getaways, Swain Destinations curates itineraries based on each individual’s travel preferences. Dynamic experiences range from a chef’s table dining extravaganza on Hayman to a safari journey across the East African Plains.

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