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Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

1. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an award-winning tour from Pokolbin which travels into the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's best known wine regions. Sit down to a delicious local lunch with a drink. Immerse yourself in Hunter Valley wines. Be picked up from the convenience of your accommodation in Pokolbin. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned, and well-maintained vehicle. Take in the lush rolling hills of the Hunter Valley on your way to wineries, cellar doors, and vineyards.  Sample fine wines at 3-4 wine cellars. Savor local flavors at a tasting at in Hunter Distillery. Have a fresh lunch before visiting a cheese outlet. Indulge in something sweet at a handmade chocolate and fudge shop.  Let your local host delight you with commentary along the way. Sip on chilled water to keep you hydrated during the tour. Spot local wildlife like kangaroos as you travel. Return to your accommodation in Pokolbin at the end of the tour. 

Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

3. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant slowly rotates, allowing you to see the city from all sides while you eat.  Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) Hommus (v, gf, df) Rosemary focaccia (v, df) Salads Dutch cream potato (v, gf, df) Chickpea & tomato (v, gf, df) Watermelon, feta, mint dressing (v, gf) Mains Baked barramundi, fennel, pink pepper slaw (gf, df) Tempura fish bites, tartare sauce Steak cut chips Lemon & thyme roast potatoes (v, gf) Stir-fried seafood Hokkien noodles (df) Truffled cauliflower, tarragon pangrattato (v) Grilled kangaroo, native thyme & red bean salsa (gf, df) Greek-style grilled chicken thigh, lemon & oregano (gf, df) Casarecce pasta, Italian sausage & rocket (df) Tofu & eggplant basil stir fry (v, df) Marrakesh-style lamb korma osso buco, raisin (gf) Cumin steamed rice (v, gf, df) Desserts Salted caramel & chocolate tart Khanom chan, thai steamed coconut & pandan slice (v, gf, df) Persian love cake, lemon icing, pistachio Black forest gateau Red velvet cake, raspberry glaze Mango panna cotta (v, gf, df) Cheese selection (v, gf) Lavosh (v) Apple & raisin chutney (v, gf, df) Dry fruit (v, gf, df) v = vegetarian, gf = gluten-free, df = dairy-free. Menu subject to change. This is a sample menu only and may be subject to change due to food seasonality and availability.

Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

4. Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Enjoy a day tasting Australia's wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. Get picked up from your hotel and visit 3 local boutique wineries and distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. Taste chocolates enjoy fine wines paired with Australian cheeses to your tastebuds exploring the flavors of Australia's first wine region. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a glass of wine, beer, or cider to wash it down. Enjoy some free time to marvel at the views or go for a wander, if you like. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel in Hunter Valley.

Jervis Bay: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Cruise

5. Jervis Bay: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Cruise

Jervis Bay has been a Marine park for 18 years and is now one of the most unique and healthy ecosystems in Australia. That’s why the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay and stunning unspoiled white sand beaches are home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins. Listen to the commentary about the history of Jervis Bay as you travel.  On this tour, you will have the privilege of watching these beautiful mammals. Discover pods of dolphins feeding around the reef systems, particularly Plantation Point and Callala. Sometimes they swim and race hundreds of meters to play on the bow. The Bottlenose dolphin is highly recognizable and known for its long snout and distinctive smile. Friendly and active, you will fall in love with them the moment that you lay eyes on them. 

Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Cruise of Jervis Bay Passage

6. Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Cruise of Jervis Bay Passage

Take in the beautiful scenery of Jervis Bay from a unique perspective on the water. Cruise across the bay, look out for local bottlenose dolphins and enjoy the views of the long sandy beaches that are fringed by spectacular national parks. Cruise above the crystal clear water and admire the contrast with the rocky headlands and towering sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular. See the variety of local bird species and abundant marine life from the comfort of the boat.

Vivid Sydney: 2-Hour Cruise with Standing Buffet

7. Vivid Sydney: 2-Hour Cruise with Standing Buffet

The signature event is best enjoyed from the water on a luxury glass boat. Climb aboard the Bella Vista for a spectacular 2-hour Vivid cruise. Sample menu - subject to change without notice: • Roast chicken with lemon, garlic, and oregano • Fresh pasta tossed in fresh tomato, garlic, and basil • Fresh pasta with pancetta and mushrooms tossed in a white wine, roast garlic, and olive oil sauce • Roasted baby chat potatoes with rosemary, parsley and garlic butter • Mediterranean roast vegetable couscous salad, finished with crumbled goats cheese and caramelized onion • Mixed garden salad – salad of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spanish onion, olives and herbed vinaigrette • Crisp, freshly baked dinner rolls 

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

8. Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun. From the meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board the custom-built off-road vehicle to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The dunes stretch 32 kilometers, the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 40 meters high, the same as a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once you are in the dunes, the team will give you a rundown on sandboarding and how to use the handmade custom-designed boards for maximum safety and speed. Then you are off. Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your board, then slide on down and repeat. Your ticket includes unlimited sandboarding so you can stay and play as long as you like. For most people that’s about 1 – 1.5 hours. When you're done just jump back aboard one of the 4WD buses, that leave every half an hour, and be taken back to the Birubi Beach starting point. It’s an amazing experience for everyone, no matter your age. The instructors are always on hand to help, answer any questions about sandboarding, Port Stephens or the dunes and to make sure you have maximum fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll have the chance to capture some amazing Port Stephens holiday snaps.

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

9. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

10. Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

Set off on a unique trip in Byron Bay that includes swimming, inspiring discussions, a hearty lunch, and awe-inspiring views. Explore a waterfall in Nightcap National Park and see glowworms during a magical experience. Start your adventure with pickup at Byron Visitor Center. From there, head to a waterfall for a refreshing swim. Then, observe magical glow worms and learn more about them. An easy guided walk, amongst ancient trees, will take you to one of the highest waterfalls in the region for some breathtaking views. Later, refuel with a healthy vegetarian/vegan-friendly dinner in nature. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after a day filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instrument sessions in between. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for what the region and its people are really about.

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based on 12,553 reviews

Chris was very friendly, took us to some great spots. Had some really interesting my knowledge about the area. The Rainbow Temple and gloworms were beautiful. 100% recommend

Well worth it. An interesting tour with lots of facts about the history of the Opera House. Enjoyable meal afterwards. Real value for money.

Captain Henry and Damien are exceptionally hosts who are a delight to be with on the two hour passage cruise of jervis bay.

It was a great trip with every stop timed seamlessly. I enjoyed every activity. I met some new friends.

The best customer service, great food! We enjoyed everything