Indulge in Sydney’s delicious food and wine. Relax on a Captain Cook Lunch cruise on stunning Sydney Harbour and take in Sydney’s sights. Enjoy dinner at the Sydney Tower Restaurant and taste award-winning wines in the picturesque Hunter Valley.
Add on a Bushfire Relief Giveback Experience to your short break - see below for details.
Tour with Standard Accommodation (SSFWR)
1 Oct 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
Adult Twin: $1250
Located in Surry Hills, just meters from Sydney’s Central Railway Station, Rydges Sydney Central is only moments from exciting shopping, restaurants and nightlife, and offers easy connections to numerous local attractions.
1 Oct 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
Adult Twin: $1680
As one of Australia's largest hotel, we are a self-rated 4.5 star hotel with 648 rooms including 17 suites, we have what matters most to you like stylish rooms and a comfortable bed. Located in Sydney's Central Business District and overlooking the spectacular Darling Harbour, you'll be surrounded by all of Sydney's major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building with The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House just a 15 minute walk away!
On arrival at Sydney Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Rydges Central or Hyatt Regency Darling Harbour, Sydney, 3 nights.
After time at leisure board your Captain Cook cruise for lunch on Sydney Harbour. Later, board your coach to see the sights of the city. Travel through the historic Rocks district, a lively and popular spot brimming with boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Next stop is Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens, for spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House. Continue east to your destination, Bondi Beach. You can wander along the shoreline and dip your toes in the cool clear water.
Return to the city where early evening you’ll dine in the heart of downtown CBD at the Sydney Tower Restaurant. Enjoy banquet style dining with uninterrupted revolving views of one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Experience Australia’s oldest wine producing region, the Hunter Valley. View the opulent surrounds of Leogate Estate as you taste their award-winning varietals. Next up is Hunter Valley Resort, where you can walk among the vines and learn about the wine making-process and the key role the resort plays in this region. Enjoy lunch made from local produce, while you sample some of the area’s best wines. Visit the award-winning McGuigan Wines for a private group tasting and visit to the cellar door, where you can purchase wine to take home. Finish the day at Roche Estate with free time to explore the shops offering Australian cheeses, gourmet delights, coffee, gelato, craft beer and wine.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Your Short Break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Sydney Airport for with your onward flight (flights anytime).
Included Meals: Breakfast
In light of the devastating impact of the recent bushfires on communities around Australia, in collaboration with the #EmptyEsky movement and regional tourism businesses, AAT Kings has launched not-for-profit Bushfire Relief Giveback Experiences. These are a selection of Day Tours and Short Breaks across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia designed to help provide immediate support directly to tourism communities that have been affected by this season’s devastating bushfires.
Experiences have been developed respectfully and in conjunction with local communities, and while onboard AAT Kings will transport you and your empty esky, to visit local markets, cafes and stores, where you’ll have free time to wander through the town, spend with the local shopkeepers and fill your Esky or reusable bag with locally made products. To enrich the experience, guests will also meet some of the locals who will tell stories of recovery and share firsthand how best to help these destinations.
Matthew Cameron-Smith, Managing Director for AAT Kings, stated: “Having worked with Australian tourism operators for over 100 years, AAT Kings live and breathe these communities, and they need us now more than ever. We’ve worked with local businesses to bring much-needed benefit through the tourism economy directly back to restaurants, cafes, farmers markets and local stores, to help start providing immediate support to the regions that need it the most.”
Erin Boutros, Co-founder of Empty Esky, commented: “We are so excited to be partnering with AAT Kings to offer our community the opportunity to put their pledges into action and visit fire affected towns. Since the Empty Esky campaign launched, we have witnessed first-hand how powerful the Australian spirit is. The ‘Empty Esky’ trips will lead the way in effectively supporting bushfire affected towns as they recover.”
All Bushfire Recovery Giveback trips are 100% not-for-profit for AAT Kings, and have been designed in collaboration with the local community to inject funds into small businesses and support farmers.
Cameron-Smith concludes, “Our nation and the world have been deeply affected as we watched parts of our country and wildlife ravaged by the fires, we are so privileged to be able to take advantage of our experience & network, to facilitate bringing as many visitors as we can back to our most affected townships. Working in partnership is the best way that we know how to help, and we invite the industry to join us in supporting our fellow Australians to get back on their feet for the long-term.”
From Sydney, you can add on a Bushfire Relief Giveback Experience to Shoalhaven:
Journey to Kangaroo Valley and take in morning tea at a local café, before heading to Nowra Farmers Market. The market is jam packed with local farmers produce for you to taste and buy and fill up your #emptyesky, knowing every cent goes directly to the growers. You’ll then have the opportunity to meet up with some of the community who have been affected by the bushfires, as they share stories of recovery over a sumptuous, locally sourced lunch sharing stories with locals at Bangalay Dining.
To confirm your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person per tour is required for AAT Kings operated Short Breaks and Guided Holidays. Reservations will be held for 5 days only without deposit. (This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent). Once your deposit has been received, AAT Kings will send your travel agent or yourself (if you’ve booked direct with AAT Kings) confirmation of the details of the booking. All airfares are subject to strict ticketing deadlines, to be advised at the time of booking. Balance of payment for your tour is to be paid 45 days prior to departure or within 72 hours of booking if less than 45 days but more than 8 days prior to departure, or at the time of booking if less than 7 days prior to departure. Full payment for Day Tours is required 7 days prior to departure, or at the time of booking if less than 7 days prior to departure. The operator reserves the right to re-sell seats without warning if applicants fail to finalise payment within the prescribed time.
Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please speak to your World Travellers consultant for details.