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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Surroundings of Sydney

  • 845 km
  • 10 days / 9 nights
Sydney - Katoomba - Hunter Valley - Port Stephens - Sydney
Activity :
  • Adventure
  • Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Beach
Terrain :
  • Mountain
  • Urban
  • Coastal
  • Forest

There's an entire ecosystem to be explored around Sydney, from majestic mountains to pristine beaches. On this road trip, explore it all at your own pace and style.

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • Australia is a right-hand drive country with some of the best driving routes in the world. So if an international road-trip is what you seek, here's one that we would highly recommend.

Highlights

  • Explore Sydney on a 48 hours hop on hop off bus tour
  • Visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park and the spectacular Jenolan Caves
  • Experience the Scenic Skyway
  • Hover high above the Hunters Valley in a hot air balloon
  • Enjoy the wine tour in Hunter Valley
Start of Tour Sydney
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 845 km
End of Tour Sydney
Day 10
  • Driving Days :

    Total 7 Days

  • Rest Days :

    Total 3 Days

  • Day 1 Sydney
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Sydney.
    • Enjoy the 48 hours hop on hop off bus tour of Sydney.
    • Overnight in Sydney.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Sydney.

    Welcome to Australia! On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sydney by coach.

  • Activities

    Enjoy the 48 hours hop on hop off bus tour of Sydney.

    Later, explore the best of Sydney with a 48 hours hop on hop off bus tour at your own pace. We recommend you visit famous attractions which includes Sydney Opera House, a skyline-dominating arts centre for opera, theatre, music and dance; Sydney Harbour Bridge, an iconic structure offering a Bridge Climb and pylon lookout with 360 degree city views; Darling Harbour, a waterfront destination housing many of Sydney's major attractions and hosting large-scale events; The Rocks, a historic laneway in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge known for pubs and Rocks Markets; Hyde Park Sydney, Australia's oldest public parkland bordered by many significant buildings and containing statues of famous Australians; and St. Mary's Cathedral, a gothic-style catholic cathedral built using local sandstone from 1821-1928.

    Note: Transfers from hotel to any of the hop on hop off stops and back are not included.

  • Day 2 Sydney
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy the 48 hop on hop off bus tour of Sydney.
    • Overnight in Sydney.

  • Activities

    Enjoy the 48 hop on hop off bus tour of Sydney.

    Post breakfast, enjoy the day two of the hop on hop off bus tour. We recommend you explore Bondi Beach, one of Australia's most iconic beaches. Reliable waves draw surfers while nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round. Trendy, health-conscious Sydneysiders head to laid-back cafes around Hall Street, while hip backpackers frequent the area's casual pubs. Walkers and joggers use the clifftop Bondi-to-Coogee Coastal Walk, with its dramatic scenery; and North Bondi is all about art deco facades and ultra-modern designer apartments that lend it a trendier, more exclusive reputation than its southern counterpart, as does its array of sartorial boutiques and restaurants that tend to name themselves with single syllables.

    Note: Transfers from hotel to any of the hop on hop off stops and back are not included.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure. You could visit Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach, which features sculptures by both Australian and overseas artists or Wet n Wild, a famous waterpark in Sydney. For hunger pangs, we recommend Saint Peter, an Australian seafood restaurant or Mr. Wong, for modern Cantonese cuisine.

  • Day 3 Sydney
    • Drive
    • Distance:100 km
    • Breakfast
    • Transfer from hotel to car rental agency in Sydney.
    • Drive from car rental agency in Sydney to hotel in Katoomba, en route visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park.
    • Discover Jenolan Caves.
    • Overnight in Katoomba.

  • Transfers

    Transfer from hotel to car rental agency in Sydney.

    Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the car rental agency to collect your rental car. Note: Transfer from hotel to car rental agency in Sydney is on your own.

  • Activities

    Drive from car rental agency in Sydney to hotel in Katoomba, en route visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park.

    Begin your Self-drive journey towards Katoomba via route M5 and M7. En route visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, a zoo in Doonside. It specializes in Australian native wildlife, birds, reptiles and marsupials. Post your visit, head to Katoomba and check in to the hotel.

  • Activities

    Discover Jenolan Caves.

    Later, visit the Jenolan Caves, one of the world's spectacular caves formations. Set in Blue Mountains World Heritage wilderness, Jenolan Caves are a national treasure, of awe-inspiring beauty and scale.

  • Day 4 Katoomba
    • Breakfast
    • Experience the Scenic Skyway.
    • Overnight in Katoomba.

  • Activities

    Experience the Scenic Skyway.

    Post breakfast, head to Scenic World for a Skyway tour. This tour provides the best views of Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters, and Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains, stretching to the horizon with a 360 degree views. Later, disembark at the Skyway's east station to access lookouts over the valley along with bush trails to Echo Point.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Other recommendations would be Waradah Aboriginal Centre, which gives you an excellent introduction to Aboriginal culture and history, with music, dance, story; or you can also opt for other activities like cycling or Segway adventure etc. For hungers pangs we recommend Red Door Cafe or Darley's Restaurant.

  • Day 5 Katoomba
    • Drive
    • Distance:320 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from hotel in Katoomba to resort in Hunter Valley.
    • Overnight in Hunter Valley.

  • Transfers

    Drive from hotel in Katoomba to resort in Hunter Valley.

    Post breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Hunter Valley via M1.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend visit Hunter Valley Gardens and the Story Book Garden; Lake Macquarie, Australia's largest coastal salt water lagoon; or take a session at the Hunter Valley Horse Riding School.

  • Day 6 Hunter valley
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy hot air ballooning followed by a wine tour.
    • Overnight in Hunter Valley.

  • Activities

    Enjoy hot air ballooning followed by a wine tour.

    Early morning, head for hot air balloon. Admire the beautiful sunrise followed by breakfast and later spend your day in abundant tasting wines and purchasing some of Australia's finest.

    Note: Driver must abstain from drinking alcohol. Recommend taking a local taxi or hire a chauffeur.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Hunter Valley at your own pace.

  • Day 7 Hunter valley
    • Drive
    • Distance:100 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from resort in Hunter Valley to hotel in Port Stephens.
    • Overnight in Port Stephens.

  • Transfers

    Drive from resort in Hunter Valley to hotel in Port Stephens.

    Today, drive to Port Stephens via Nelson Bay Road B63 and check in to the hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest to take a Surfing lesson on one of Port Stephens' beautiful surf beaches - Birubi Beach, Zenith and Box Beach; or enjoy the Dolphin or Whale Watching Cruise; or parasail at the Marina; or have some fun doing some sand-boarding and quad bike rides on the Stockton Dunes. You may also opt to visit the Moffats Oyster Farm.

  • Day 8 Port stephens
    • Drive
    • Distance:210 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from hotel in Port Stephens to hotel in Sydney.
    • Overnight in Sydney.

  • Transfers

    Drive from hotel in Port Stephens to hotel in Sydney.

    Post breakfast, drive down to Sydney via M1.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Sydney on your own. You can indulge yourself in activities like Sunrise Kayak and Coffee tour, Paddle boarding at Balmoral or play hosts to wide range of shows at the Opera House or Enmore Theatre.

  • Day 9 Sydney
    • Drive
    • Distance:15 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from hotel to car rental agency in Sydney.
    • Overnight in Sydney.

  • Other Recommendation

    Day is at leisure to explore Sydney at your own pace. Browse through top local fashion brands to funky boutiques at East along Oxford Street, heading towards Bondi Beach and the Paddington Markets, where many fashion designers got their start. You can also explore Sydney's nightlife..

  • Transfers

    Drive from hotel to car rental agency in Sydney.

    In the evening, drive to the car rental agency in Sydney and hand over the rented car.
    Note: Transfer from car rental agency to hotel in Sydney is on your own.

  • Day 10 Sydney
    • Breakfast
    • Departure transfer from hotel to airport in Sydney.

  • Transfers

    Departure transfer from hotel to airport in Sydney.

    Post breakfast, transfers to the airport in Sydney by coach. Take home experiences of a lifetime!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Vehicle as per the package selected.
  • Overseas travel insurance that covers accidental or medical expenses and miscellaneous benefits.


Exclusions

  • Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
  • Airline / airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
  • Visa charges.
  • Services of Cox & King tour manager or local representative.
  • Optional and Add-On tours unless otherwise specified.
  • Airline / hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Any increase in foreign exchange, leading to an increase in tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However, the rate prevailing on the given day of payment will apply.
  • Porterage at hotels, apartment, airports, seaports, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, all items of personal nature and also, food and drinks not forming part of the included menu.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories SUV - Nissan Qashqai 2WD or similar
ECONOMY 1,20,089
  • Sydney 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Travelodge Hotel Sydney
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Katoomba 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Alpine Motor Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Hunter Valley 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hunter Valley Resort
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Port Stephens 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Ramada Resort Shoal Bay - Port Stephen
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • SUV

    nissan-qashqai-2wd
    Nissan Qashqai 2WD or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 5 Doors
    • AC
    • Automatic
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Travel light; try to stay under 45 l (20 kg).

  • Driving Licence and International Driving Permit
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Tissue box and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small tool kit
  • Warm clothes