Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Introduction to Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-visit modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House - two of the most iconic structures on Earth - it is easy to understand why Sydney is so highly regarded. A timeless, charming city, you will fall in love with this cosmopolitan metropolis as soon as you step off the ship.

Sydney is one of the world’s most engaging and well located cities, with must-see attractions including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Bondi Beach and Botany Bay. For those wanting to escape the city and go off the beaten path, tours to the spectacular Blue Mountain or the Australian Bush are highly recommended.

You will find yourself falling in love with Sydney and immersing yourself in its lively atmosphere from the moment you step foot on land. This timeless city has all the charm of a cosmopolitan metropolis entwined with the glorious nature and slow pace of the outback.

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Panoramic Sydney, Australia

PANORAMIC SYDNEY- TOUR A

  • Take in the highlights of Sydney
  • Enjoy a scenic drive around the city
  • Capture images of the impressive scenery on camera

 

Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This panoramic city tour is the perfect way to enjoy the highlights of Sydney from the comfort of your coach. Pass by many of the interesting and historic sights whilst enjoying a commentary from your knowledgeable guide.

Travel back in time to Sydney’s oldest village – The Rocks. This historic enclave sits in the shadow of the dazzling harbour bridge. As you make your way through central Sydney, pass St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and the Sydney Tower. Continue through cosmopolitan Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Watson’s Bay before stopping briefly at the world-famous Bondi Beach for a photo opportunity (time permitting).

Return to the city via Paddington, with its narrow streets whose houses are lined with picturesque verandas framed by wrought iron railings.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is primarily a coach tour with a brief photo stop at Bondi Beach (time permitting); therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility (providing individuals can board the coach unaided). There will be a walk of approximately 100 metres (328 feet) from the ship to the tour transport, and vice versa, and approximately 100 metres (328 feet) of walking at Bondi Beach. Please note that depending upon the berth of your ship, this tour may be approximately four hours in duration.


Three Sisters Blue Mountains, Australia

AUSSIE WILDLIFE & BLUE MOUNTAINS (TOUR B)

  • Marvel at the spectacular Blue Mountains
  • Soak up the awe-inspiring views
  • Get up close to local animals with a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApprox. 9 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

On this full day tour, enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney’s top interactive wildlife experience, before exploring the magnificent Blue Mountains.

Featherdale Wildlife Park houses a great variety of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, Australian reptiles, Tasmanian devils, wombats and various species of Australian birds. During your visit here, you can enter enclosures for face-to-face, touch-to-touch meetings with friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas – you can even have your photograph taken standing next to a koala.

After visiting Featherdale, follow the trail of Australia’s early explorers as you climb into the Blue Mountains. Rays of light striking dust particles, small droplets of moisture and eucalyptus oil in the atmosphere cause the blue haze, which is present on most hot days. Discover this continent’s ‘Grand Canyon’ of giant rock formations, geological history, deep tree-studded valleys and cascading waterfalls. View the world famous rock formation The Three Sisters, and enjoy panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and the Ruined Castle.

The highlight of your day will be a ride on the steepest incline railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley. The 415 metre (1,361 feet) descent will take you through a cliff side tunnel into ancient rainforest. Enjoy a short stroll before taking a scenic cableway out of the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that at Featherdale Park, the majority of walking will be over gravel paths. At Scenic World, there are approximately 20 steps; however, a lift should be available. This tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo, as the railway is quite steep. You will have approximately one hour of free time at Featherdale Park where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Don’t forget your camera. Please note that it is not possible for you to hold the koalas. This tour may operate in reverse order. A packed lunch will be provided, however it is possible to purchase additional food and beverages during your free time at Featherdale Park.
 


Habour Cruise, Sydney

CRUISING ON SYDNEY HARBOUR (TOUR G)

  • Embark on a leisurely harbour cruise
  • Discover the grace and magic of Sydney Harbour, a stunning and unique destination
  • Admire the impressive sights from the water
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ -3 ½ hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A cruise on the harbour is a must for all visitors to Sydney, and provides magnificent views of waterfront homes, secluded bays and beautiful beaches.

With a shoreline extending 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles), dotted with secluded bays and coves, Sydney’s harbour ranks as one of the world’s largest and most dazzling. Departing from Circular Quay, you will experience a leisurely cruise around Sydney Harbour. You will see the magnificent Opera House, Fort Denison, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanical Gardens, million-dollar waterfront homes and secluded harbour side beaches.

Enjoy light refreshments on board and a comprehensive commentary detailing the history and features of this magnificent harbour. Be sure to bring your camera, as the photo opportunities are plentiful.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be an approximate 500 metre (1,640 feet) walk to reach the boat and a ramp to negotiate in order to board the boat. Unfortunately the vessel cannot accommodate wheelchairs. This tour will not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines guests. For reference, the cruise lasts approximately two hours. Refreshments comprise of tea and coffee; additional beverages can be purchased on board (at your own expense).


Sydney Opera House, Australia

EARLY EVENING OPERA AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (TOUR I)

  • Spend a magical early-evening at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House
  • Sit back and enjoy a performance in stunning surroundings

 

 

Price£200.00 - £220.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
LimitationVery limited availability
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Capture the dynamic spirit of Sydney and savour the experience of a lifetime as you attend a performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House. The architectural elegance of the Sydney Opera House is synonymous with imagination and inspiration. Architect, Jørn Utzon’s vision was completed in October 1973 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II.   

Your evening will begin with a coach transfer to the Opera House. Located in A-Reserve seats in the theatre, you will then relax for a dazzling performance by talented professionals in this unparalleled performing arts venue.

Your performance will be performed in multiple languages (with no subtitles) including Italian, French and English.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For reference, the dress code is smart casual to semiformal. Guests must walk approximately 200 metres (150 yards) outside the security gate from the drop off point and for the return coach transfers. The Opera House has approximately 200 steps in order to reach the entrance, there are lifts but with limited capacity, therefore there could be a wait to use. There are VERY limited spaces for wheelchair users and these MUST be requested at the time of booking. Any mobility limitations must also be declared at time of booking in order to allocate appropriate seats; however these will be subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. Opera House staff will be available to assist guests to their seats but will not be able to lift or carry anybody. For your reference, the Opera lasts for approximately 90 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.


Panoramic Sydney, Australia

HARBOUR BRIDGE CLIMB & ROCKS WALKING TOUR (TOUR C)

  • Climb the world’s largest steel bridge on this thrilling tour
  • Enjoy a unique perspective of the world-famous Sydney Harbour area
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of the city
  • Take in a walking tour of the historic Rocks area

 

Activity Tour
Price£290.00 - £310.00
DurationApprox. 6 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Experience the exhilaration of climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You will be thoroughly briefed by professional trained climb leaders and fitted out in specially designed ‘BridgeSuits’ before embarking on this amazing adventure. With a guide accompanying your group, feel the thrill of making your way across the catwalk to the pylon, then setting out over the arch on your way to the summit. Before you lies a spectacular 360 degree view of one of the greatest and most beautiful harbours in the world.

Your climb leader will be equipped with the latest in digital photographic technology to ensure that every climber has that all-important picture at the summit of the Bridge. The climb takes approximately three and a half hours from the time of check in to return to base and will operate in all weather conditions with the exception of electrical storms.

Back on solid ground once more and invigorated by your ascent, you will receive your souvenir photograph before making your way by foot to The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest village, for a walking tour. The Rocks is the heart of the metropolis and the area where the city’s first settlers hammered together a primitive village. As you tread through this centuries-old district you will be able to discover notable buildings, classic terrace houses and sandstone cottages. Whilst in the area, enjoy a stop at a historical pub for a well-deserved drink before making your return to the pier.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Safety is of prime concern to the local operator of this tour. At all times during the climb, participants will be attached to a static line. The maximum number of people in each group is 14, accompanied by a trained leader who you can stay in contact with using a radio and earpiece. To participate you should have a good level of fitness. There are steep ladders and slopes, uneven surfaces and narrow passageways to negotiate; flexibility, hand-eye co-ordination, complete upper and lower body control, and a head for heights are essential. The following conditions may impact on your ability to participate safely: vertigo; dizziness/problems with balance; angina; visual impairment (other than conditions corrected by glasses); severe asthma, diabetes or epilepsy; any limb or back injury. If you are concerned, please consult your doctor. You will be asked to sign a declaration form before starting the climb. Pregnant ladies should not take part. Children must be 12 years or over. A breath test will be carried out before participation, therefore please do not drink any alcohol before going on this tour. The BridgeSuits are worn over your own clothes, but loose items will not be permitted on the bridge, including cameras and video equipment; there are lockers available. Photographs of your experience can be purchased. One complimentary photo is given to each guest at the end of the climb - additional photos can be purchased for AUD$25.95 (5x7) or AUD $99.95 for the USB Package which gives you 12 photos (please advise the tour leader at the start of the excursion if you wish to purchase this package) – prices correct at time of printing. Lanyards are available for spectacle-wearers. Suitable enclosed shoes/trainers with rubber soles should be worn (not leather or plastic soled), comfortable clothes and trousers for the ladies. You will spend approximately three hours on the bridge, traversing one side of it (this is not a complete crossing), during which you will be exposed to the elements; it can be very windy, so please come prepared. Please note that depending upon the berth of your ship, this tour may be approximately six hours in duration.


 


HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER HAWKESBURY (TOUR S)

  • It’s up, up and away on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Hawkesbury region
  • Experience the exhilaration as you witness sunrise from this unique platform
Price£340.00 - £360.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Travel away from the hustle and bustle to the picturesque Hawkesbury region for a once in a lifetime hot air balloon ride. Witness the beautiful diverse landscape which can be found so close to Australia’s largest city – truly a sight to behold.

Lying at the foot of the Greater Blue mountains wilderness area, the evergreen fields of the Hawkesbury farmlands paint a stunning patchwork quilt next to the quiet meandering of the Hawkesbury River and surrounding townships. Come float over this gorgeous region and explore the beautiful Australian backyard. Just a few hours spent exploring the Hawkesbury will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed wanting to come back again and again.

Upon arrival you will watch as the balloon is prepared for flight during which your Pilot will explain how balloons are made, how to control them and the history. Then it’s up and away on the gentle breezes over the Hawkesbury Valley.

Remember what goes up must come down. Your pilot will choose a landing site, which is always downwind of the take-off site, and inform the ground crew who will meet the balloon as it comes back to earth. It is not unusual to bump along the ground for a bit before the basket falls over on its side. It’s quite safe and lots of fun.

Upon landing the balloon will be packed away before a short drive to the Hawkesbury Valley where you are invited enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests must be physically able to both get in and out of the balloon basket and able to stand for approximately 60 minutes. Guests must be a minimum of 1.2 metres (approximately four feet) in height and over seven years of age. The maximum weight permitted is 140 kilograms (approximately 22 stone). Please come wearing causal clothes and do not carry/wear anything of high value or importance; as we are unable to state where you will land there is potential you may get dirty and possibly may be bumped around a little upon landing.

Guests will be required to sign an insurance waiver. This tour is subject to favourable weather on the day. Conditions will be checked at 3:30am on the morning of departure and a final decision will be made at that time to determine if the tour can operate.

This will be a very early start and can only be pre-booked by contacting the Tours Team at the Head Office of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. This tour is non-refundable once your booking has been confirmed.


MANLY BEACH & TARONGA ZOO DEBARKATION TOUR

THIS TOUR WILL CONCLUDE AT THE AIRPORT – PLEASE CHECK AIRPORT ARRIVAL TIME PRIOR TO BOOKING TO ENSURE THIS WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR RETURN FLIGHT TIME TO THE UK

 

  • Make the most of your time in Sydney as you discover the highlights of this beautiful city
  • Rest assured that you will arrive at the airport in suitable time for your flight home
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

This tour is the perfect way to enjoy the remainder of your time visiting two of Sydney’s most popular hotspots including the Northern Beaches of Manly and the delightful Taronga Zoo.

Manly Beach, is a renowned Australian landmark, known world-wide for its surfing and swimming opportunities. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the area which is popular with both tourists and locals alike.

Your journey will continue onto Taronga Zoo, which overlooks the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Home to over 4,000 animals including Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals, this is a great opportunity to explore the zoo at leisure before you bid a fond farewell to this iconic city.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests will have approximately one hour of time at leisure at Manly Beach and approximately 90 minutes at Taronga Zoo where the amount of walking undertaken will be at the discretion of the individual. For your reference, walking will be over varying ground including flat pavements and uneven terrain, there are also steep inclines and steps at Taronga Zoo to negotiate. This tour will conclude at the airport, if you are travelling independently of a Fred. Olsen organised flight please check the tour operating times with the Tour Staff prior to booking.


MORETON ISLAND & TANGALOOMA RESORT (TOUR R)

 

Moreton Island is a peaceful retreat, right on Brisbane's door step. More than 90% of the island is protected national park, and only four-wheel drive vehicles and walkers can access the beaches and trails. Spend your days relaxing by pristine beaches, swimming amongst the varied marine life, witnessing a sunken shipwreck during your glass-bottom boat tour or even trying your hand at a Segway.

PriceFROM £950.00
Duration 2 Nights
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Wednesday 28th February 2018 – Sydney – Brisbane – Moreton Island

Your tour begins with a transfer to Sydney airport for your flight to Brisbane. Upon arrival in Brisbane you will travel by coach to the Moreton Island Ferry departure point, where a high speed catamaran ferry awaits. The scenic 75 minute ferry journey will see you travelling up the Brisbane River to Moreton Island. Surrounded by crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national parks, the resort on Moreton Island offers a variety of water and land activities, including the opportunity to hand-feed dolphins.

Take time to enjoy lunch at the resort restaurant before checking in to your accommodation. Settle in and allow the peace and tranquility of the location to sweep over you and allow you to fully relax and unwind.

As the sun sets you will participate in one of the highlights of your visit to Tangalooma, the opportunity to hand-feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening. There are up to ten of these playful creatures that visit regularly, each with their own distinctive and unique personalities. The Dolphin Care staff will guide you carefully through your experience as you witness the natural behaviour of these intelligent creatures in the shallow waters just off the shore line.

Take time to share stories of this fascinating experience with your fellow travellers over your evening meal at the resort.

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Tangalooma Resort

After a leisurely breakfast, join your purposed designed coach for a half-day exploration of the island. You will travel along the Western Beaches on the bay side of the island, passing through the townships of Cowan Cowan and Bulwer. Spend time exploring North Point, home to Honeymoon Bay and the champagne pools, before heading to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland at Cape Moreton. Continuing, your tour will head along the Eastern Beach with a stop for Morning tea. Take time to capture some great scenic photographs of the spectacular beach and remote unspoilt coastline.

Back at the resort, you will be invited to enjoy lunch before having some time at leisure. You may wish to take a walk around the grounds, along the beach or even grab some equipment from the activities team. There is everything from tennis and badminton to board games, croquet and squash. Those feeling a little more adventurous may wish to take an optional Segway tour or hire a kayak (additional costs payable locally) or you may just want to put your feet up and relax in the sunshine by the pool.

There are only a few locations on the east coast of Australia where you can watch the sun set over the water and Tangalooma is one of them. Relax and enjoy an approximate one hour sunset cruise with cool drinks, snacks, music and commentary, whilst soaking up the views across beautiful Moreton Bay in the early evening sun.

Following your sundowners, you will make your way back to the resort to enjoy a casual dinner experience.

Friday 2nd March – 2018 – Tangalooma Resort – Brisbane

Wake up to the sunshine and a leisurely breakfast on your final morning here.

Revitalised and ready to go, you will check-out before enjoying your final opportunity to get up close and personal with the Island’s marine life on a Tangalooma Shipwreck fish feeding tour. The sightseeing and fish feeding glass-bottom boat tour is a great way to see the beautiful Tangalooma wrecks.

Once your tour has concluded, you make your way to the ferry terminal where you bid farewell to Moreton Island and embark on your approximate 75 minute journey to Brisbane. Upon arrival in the heart of Brisbane city, you board your coach for a brief sightseeing drive, passing by some of the city’s most notable buildings. A stop will be made at Mt Coot-Tha, a popular lookout spot with beautiful views over the city. Indulge in a glass of sparkling wine as you take a moment to cherish the wonderful memories of the last few days.

Your tour will conclude at Brisbane pier where you join your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour will involve a moderate amount of walking over varying terrains and there will be steps to negotiate throughout. Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing with sturdy, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, swimwear and adequate sun protection. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Australian flights, we therefore suggest you come with hand luggage only. The maximum weight permitted is 44 pounds (20 kilograms). Guests will be responsible for any charges for luggage levied by the airlines. Included in the cost of this tour are two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners; all meals will be served as a buffet and will include water, tea and/or coffee – any additional food or beverages can be purchased locally. This tour excludes all items of personal use, such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bars, additional drinks, equipment hire and so on; these must be settled directly with the hotel/restaurant.

BOOKING DEADLINE:

The closing date for this tour is MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2017. Any bookings made after this date will be on a request basis only. Cancellation charges will apply should you not be able to participate on this tour after you have made a booking. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATION MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.


Hawkesbury River, Australia

NYANGA WALANG ABORIGINAL BEACH & BUSH TOUR (TOUR EXC)

  • Learn more about the culture and customs of the Aboriginal people
  • Try your hand at boomerang throwing and experience a traditional dance and didgeridoo show
  • Get up close to native creatures at the Australian Reptile Park
  • Enjoy a bush walk through the lush rainforest

 

Price£195.00 - £205.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Embark on a cultural experience of the scenic New South Wales central coast Darkinjung Country. Join your Aboriginal interpretive guide as you head north towards the Hawkesbury River.

Stop at the beautiful coastal region of Patonga Beach, where Europeans had initial contact with Aboriginal people in 1788. The guides will take you on a cultural journey with a traditional Aboriginal blessing known as ‘Welcome to the Country’ and a smoking ceremony. Savour morning tea as you sit back and watch a traditional dance and didgeridoo show, and try your hand at boomerang throwing. Visit the Bulgandry Aboriginal rock site at the Brisbane Water National Park. This is one of the most significant rock engraving sites in Australia and tells the story of the ancient creator Baiyami, his journey from the Milky Way to Earth and the creation of Everything.

Next travel to the Australian Reptile Park, where you can enjoy a bush tucker lunch and experience a wildlife show featuring koalas and Australian reptiles. Enjoy hands-on experiences with native animals, including kangaroos.

Before the return journey to Sydney, take in a guided walk through the beautiful rainforest at Somersby Falls. Here you can learn all about traditional Aboriginal bush medicine and foods.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven, sandy, grassy and inclined ground, and there will be some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are advised to come wearing comfortable walking shoes, and to bring a hat, sun protection and a bottle of water. Don’t forget your camera.

 


Kakadu National Park, Australia

RED CENTRE & KAKADU NATIONAL PARK OVERLAND (TOUR J)

  • Discover some of Australia’s natural wonders
  • Enjoy the opportunity to marvel at Uluru - Ayers Rock - one of the country’s most iconic landmarks
  • Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife as you explore Kakadu National Park
  • Admire the highlights of Alice Springs

THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - TO BOOK, PLEASE E-MAIL shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

Price£2,700.00 - 3000 per person
Duration5 nights
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

This once-in-a-lifetime overland tour will take you to Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest territorial national park, before continuing to the world famous Red Centre. Discover Alice Springs, one of the most famous outback towns in the country, before admiring an unforgettable sunset and sunrise at the world-famous Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock.

Saturday 5th March 2016 – Sydney – Darwin – Kakadu

Leaving the quayside, you transfer to the airport for a flight to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Upon arrival, board your coach and travel deep into Kakadu National Park, which is Australia’s largest territorial national park, covering almost 20,000 kilometres – almost half the size of Switzerland! Kakadu is renowned not only for its environment and nature, but also for its Aboriginal culture. During your visit here, embark on a guided walk to view the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the informative displays and exhibits depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people.

Continue to your hotel where you can enjoy dinner and overnight.

Sunday 6th March 2016 – Kakadu – Darwin

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will board a safari-style river boat as you enjoy the Yellow Water Billabong Cruise. Journey on Kakadu’s most famous wetland to observe saltwater crocodiles, buffalo on the floodplains and the abundant birdlife found in the national park. At the end of your cruise, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, which contains an abundance of information about Kakadu.

Following your visit, return to Darwin where you will check into your hotel for this evening. Enjoy dinner at your hotel before the rest of your evening is at leisure.

Monday 7th March 2016 – Darwin – Alice Springs

After an early breakfast, transfer to Darwin Airport for your morning Flight to Alice Springs. Upon arrival, embark on a sightseeing tour. Observe the fascinating outback wildlife at Desert Park and continue to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn how this marvellous facility operates to provide a mantle of safety to the people of the outback. Following your tour, free time will be given for you to explore the area at leisure and purchase lunch (at your own expense).

Continue to your hotel to check in and freshen up before your evening of genuine outback hospitality. Dine under the stars as you enjoy a traditional Aussie BBQ. The East MacDonnell Ranges provide a stunning backdrop and as the sun sets, the stars light up in the sky. Be entertained by a boomerang demonstration, cattleman’s talk, traditional folk-style singing and star gazing.

Tuesday 8th March 2016 – Alice Springs – Uluru

Enjoy a morning at leisure before heading to the airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival at the Red Centre at Uluru, your afternoon will be spent touring Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), a group of 36 rocks considered to be one of the most significant and captivating sites in the area.

Next, travel to the Uluru sunset viewing area. Experience a magical sunset over the vast outback landscape as you enjoy snacks and a glass of wine.

Finally, check in to your accommodation and enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening.

Wednesday 9th March – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Following an early start, travel to the sunrise viewing area near Uluru, where you can watch the awesome spectacle of the first sunset of the day creep across the desert plains. Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee as the morning sun slowly changes the colour of Uluru.

Next, join your driver guide for a tour around the base of Uluru. Travel by coach to the Mutitjulu Walk, where you will be escorted into the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole. Here you can view Aboriginal rock art and learn more about the Aboriginal and European history of Uluru.

Return to your hotel, where you can enjoy time at leisure. The resort offers a range of complimentary activities that you are welcome to participate in, including guided garden walks, cultural dancing, Indigenous art markets, bush yarns and didgeridoo playing (subject to the daily activity schedule). Alternatively you may wish to organise optional tours such as scenic flights, camel and Harley Davidson Rides (at your own expense).

Dinner will be served at the resort’s restaurant.

Thursday 10th March – Uluru – Cairns

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you bid farewell to the rugged scenes of central Australia as you board a plane for the tropical northern city of Cairns. Upon arrival here you transfer directly to your awaiting ship. 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE VIA OUR WEBSITE - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK, PLEASE KINDLY COMPLETE THE SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM WITHIN YOUR TOURS PROGRAMME OR SEND AN EMAIL TO SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

Is this tour right for you?

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE VIA OUR WEBSITE - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK, PLEASE KINDLY COMPLETE THE SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM WITHIN YOUR TOURS PROGRAMME OR SEND AN EMAIL TO SHORE.TOURS@FREDOLSEN.CO.UK

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over uneven ground. Steps will also be encountered throughout the tour. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. The heat in Darwin and the outback can be extreme at times. All guests are therefore advised to wear appropriate clothing and bring a hat and sun protection.

This cost of this tour includes five breakfasts, two lunches and five dinners. All other meals will be at your own expense. The cost also excludes all items of personal use, such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bar, additional drinks, optional tours and so on; these must be settled direct with the hotels.

Please note flight schedules are subject to revision or delays – decisions made to delay or revise flights are made solely at the discretion of the transportation supplier. Participants are restricted to one items of luggage per person on flights with a weight of no more than 20kg for hold luggage and 7kg for hand luggage. It is recommended that guests carry hand luggage only for easy and quick exit out of the airport. All restrictions on carrying any liquids on the flights are as per the International Air Travel regulations.  Do not forget your passport!

It is possible that the group may not be seated together on the flights; this will be dependent upon final numbers.

The closing date for this tour is the Monday 4th January 2015. Any bookings made after this date will be on a request basis only. Cancellation charges will apply should you not be able to participate on this tour after you have made a booking. PLEASE BE AWARE ANY CANCELLATIONS MADE AFTER THE BOOKING DEADLINE ADVERTISED ABOVE WILL ATTRACT 100% CANCELLATION CHARGES.

 


SYDNEY - INFORMATION

The original site of Sydney is a place highly valued by the oldest civilisation in the world! For at least 50,000 years, its Aboriginal people fished the waters of its sheltered harbour, and speared the plentiful supply of animals that inhabited its heavily-wooded shores.

The Australian sun can be very hot – it is recommended that guests wear sunscreen and a hat and carry water at all times.

The official currency in Sydney is the Australian Dollar.
 

The original site of Sydney is a place highly valued by the oldest civilisation in the world! For at least 50,000 years, its Aboriginal people fished the waters of its sheltered harbour, and speared the plentiful supply of animals that inhabited its heavily-wooded shores.

The settlement of Sydney is said to have begun on the afternoon of 26th January 1788, when 11 ships of the first fleet dropped anchor at Sydney Cove. By 1840, there were around 30,000 people living in Sydney, and by the end of the 19th century, it was one of the largest cities in the western world, with a population of half a million people (it has not maintained that position in the 21st century).

20th century additions to the dramatic harbour view included the 1930’s Sydney Harbour Bridge and the 1960’s Opera House, both of which have become part of the cultural overlay of this rich, natural inheritance.

The Australian sun can be very hot – guests are recommended to wear sunscreen and a hat and carry water at all times.

The official currency in Sydney is the Australian Dollar.


Sydney by helicopter, Australia

SYDNEY BY HELICOPTER (TOUR E)

  • Experience a picturesque flight over Sydney Harbour
  • Admire the city’s magnificent highlights from above
Price£220.00 - £230.00
DurationApprox. 1½ hours (25 minutes flying time)
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour allows you to view Sydney – one of the world’s most spectacular cities – from the air as you take in an awe-inspiring helicopter flight.

Your experience begins with a brief transfer to the airport, where upon arrival you will be greeted and checked in by the operations staff. Following your safety briefing, you can snap photographs of your helicopter before boarding. Upon take-off, savour full panoramic views of the Sydney skyline, Pacific Ocean and the historic port of Botany Bay. Within approximately three minutes of departure you will be above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and tracking north over the water at 500 feet. You will contour fly the picturesque coastline of the Eastern Suburbs beaches, including Coogee and Clovelly, and also the world-famous Bondi Beach. Admire the spectacular houses of Dover Heights perched on the sandstone cliffs as you continue towards Sydney Heads, the gateway to Sydney Harbour.

Your experienced pilot will guide your aircraft through the magnificent Sydney Harbour, providing you with views of icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, and Manly Cove.

During your return journey back to the heliport you will fly past some of Sydney’s great sporting arenas, including the Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and Randwick Racecourse. Upon your return, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before driving back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2018 BLACK WATCH AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE. 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon safe flying conditions, and can be cancelled at the pilot’s discretion. The maximum weight of each guest must not exceed 110 kilograms (242 pounds). Your weight must be advised at the time of booking. There may be steps to negotiate to board the helicopter and, for safety reasons, participants cannot be carried on to the helicopter. If you are unable to board the aircraft, no refund will be possible. The pilot will decide seating arrangements - please note that not all guests may be seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view.

 


View from Sydney Observatory, Australia

SYDNEY DREAMTIME ASTRONOMY & OBSERVATION DECK (TOUR H)

  • Enjoy an insightful visit to Sydney Observatory
  • Hear wonderful indigenous sky stories told by Aboriginal astronomy guides
  • Admire the city’s night sky from the Sydney Tower Eye 

 

Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

On this delightful evening tour, learn more about astronomy with a visit to Sydney Observatory, before savouring stunning vistas over the city by night from the Tower Eye.

Leaving the quayside, you first travel to the historic Sydney Observatory on Observatory Hill at the Rocks, a spectacular site for astronomy and to appreciate views across the inner harbour. This evening you will visit the Observatory for a unique opportunity to learn about astronomy from an experienced educator. Listen as your Aboriginal astronomy guides regale you with fascinating sky stories under the Sydney Planetarium dome. Discover the Dreamtime legends and how they relate to the stars in Indigenous culture through the planetarium’s digital simulation of the night sky. During your visit, you can also learn how to find south using the Southern Cross, and see the emu in the sky.

Following your insightful visit, continue to the Sydney Tower Eye observation deck, the tallest building in the city. Measuring 309 metres at its highest point, it is one of the tallest structures in the Southern Hemisphere. The observation deck offers the ultimate view of Sydney and beyond. During your time here, stroll around the deck and take in the sights from every point of the compass.

After you’ve admired the amazing evening views, re-board your tour coach for the return journey to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 BLACK WATCH AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE. 

Is this tour right for you?

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and there are approximately 20 steep and narrow steps to negotiate at Sydney Observatory. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. Please note that depending on the weather, telescope viewing may be available. If it is not possible to see the night sky due to cloud, additional time will be given in the Planetarium. 

 


Sydney Opera House, Australia

SYDNEY HIGHLIGHTS & OPERA HOUSE (TOUR F)

  • Discover the main sights of Sydney
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the majestic Opera House
  • Soak up the sun as you relax on the famous Bondi Beach
  • Have your cameras to hand to capture the impressive sights

 

Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 6 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Admire Sydney’s many historical buildings and the magnificent harbour coastline as you take in a tour of the iconic Opera House, visit Bondi Beach and uncover the city sights.

You begin by visiting the historical Rocks area, where the first fleet landed in 1788 to establish Australia’s first European settlement. You can observe examples of early architecture and the beautiful sandstone buildings, made out of the same rocks, which gave this area its name.

Next, visit Sydney Opera House for a guided tour. The Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point and reaches out to the harbour. Described as the eighth wonder of the modern world, it is certainly one of the most recognisable images - along with the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building – and one of the most photographed.

Continuing by coach, pass St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House, through Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Watson’s Bay before stopping at the world-famous Bondi Beach to enjoy some time at leisure.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR  THE BLACK WATCH 2018 AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that your guided tour of the Opera House will last for approximately one hour. There are up to around 200 steps at the Opera House to negotiate, and walking will be over uneven surfaces. At Bondi Beach, you will have approximately 30 minutes of time at leisure, where the amount of walking is at the discretion of the individual.
 


SYDNEY WALKING TOUR – WHEN RUM RAN THE ROCKS (TOUR T)

Price£110.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Wind your way through the back alleyways, up the steps and back in time to uncover the stories and people who shaped this fledgling colony. Hear all about Sydney’s oldest pubs, the first breweries, amazing convict tales, and a rebellion over the most precious drink of all... rum.

As Australia’s first neighbourhood, the Rocks was literally cut from the sandstone cliffs that rise above Sydney Harbour. On this Sydney walking tour, you will carve out a narrative of this neighbourhood’s history, starting with the convicts that were forced to settle here and their amazing tales of survival and entrepreneurship.

Along the way on this Sydney Rocks tour you will make pit stops at some classic local spots. Explore the alleyways that once were out of bounds, but today are very safe and feature many great photo opportunities as well as great cafes, bars and restaurants.

From here you delve deeper into some of the most unique and off-the-beaten track parts of the Rocks. Listen to the intriguing historical stories and discover an archaeological site like no other in Australia, before hunkering down to enjoy a beer.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For your reference there will be an approximate 30 minute transfer each way to reach the Rocks area. Guests will be expected to be on their feet for the full duration of the walking tour, which will last for approximately two and a half hours. A moderate pace will be required to keep up with the guide and cover all of the sites mentioned. There are steps and cobbled streets to negotiate, we therefore do not recommend this tour to wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.


Wombat, Australia

WILDLIFE IN THE WILD - TOUR D

  • Gain an intimate insight into the native wildlife of the region
  • Experience a four-wheel drive adventure as you head into the Australian bush
  • Catch a glimpse of creatures in their natural environment
  • A night-spotting jaunt allows you to view nocturnal wombats, gliders and possums
Price£190.00 - £210.00
DurationApprox.9 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

On this tour, venture into the Australian bush in search of the country’s most iconic native animals – Australia’s Big Five – koalas, kangaroos, platypus, emus and wombats.

Travel in a four-wheel drive with your specialist naturalist guide to private farmland and swathes of quintessential, pristine Australian Bushland in the Southern Highlands, just 90 minutes south of Sydney. Walk through towering forests of Grey Gums in search of koalas, look for platypus along the riverbanks and drive through woodlands and pastures as kangaroos and emus feed.

Following nature’s guidelines, seek out animals when they’re most active with an afternoon to evening tour that includes afternoon tea and a country-style dinner in one of Australia’s oldest inns. Each day is different – some days mobs of emus are encountered, while on others the roar of a bull koala looking for a mate can be heard. Birdlife abounds, plus enjoy the opportunity to spot possums, gliders and much more.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE BLACK WATCH 2018 AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? As with all creatures in their natural, free environment, the presence of specific wildlife cannot be guaranteed. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over uneven ground, and there may be a few steps to negotiate. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required to participate in this tour. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users.  Guests are advised to wear sturdy flat-soled walking shoes and carry a light jacket as the temperatures will cool as the evening approaches. You will be travelling over un-surfaced roads which may result in a bumpy ride – guests with pre-existing medical conditions are therefore advised to evaluate their fitness to participate accordingly. The order of sights may vary.


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