An Australian Holiday - City and Island Adventure

May 30, 2012

Do you want to organize an Australia vacation or honeymoon but not quite sure where to begin? Do you have 2 weeks to spare and want to relax on the beach as well as enjoy the city?  I suggest a bit of Melbourne, the Whitsunday Islands and finish up in Sydney! Here is a great sample itinerary - this is a great one for a family holiday as well as honeymoon - of course we will be able to customize it for you:

Day 1 Fly USA to Melbourne
Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

Day 2 You cross the International Dateline
The International Date Line is an imaginary line on the earth’s surface that approximately coincides with the 180th meridian (LONGITUDE), and separates the calendar date. Traveling east across the line takes the traveler back one day; traveling west, takes the traveler forward one day.

Day 3 Welcome to Melbourne, Australia
On arrival into Melbourne, you will need to clear customs and make your way through the main arrivals hall where you will be transferred to your accommodation.

At first glance, Melbourne may resemble any other modern city with its skyline full of concrete & glass. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll find the real Melbourne, a city of unique charm.  There are the clanging trams (street cars), swanky boutiques, friendly taxi drivers, Australian Rules Football, fickle weather and ‘BYO’s’, by the hundred (restaurants to which you bring your own liquor or wine). Add to this, Melbourne’s traditional virtues of tree lined boulevards, glorious parks, elegant buildings & imposing Victorian Banks & Churches, and of course the giant Melbourne Cricket Ground and you’ll have some idea of the city.

Day 4 Melbourne tour
Melbourne is famous for its magnificent parks and gardens which surround the city. See the famous Floral Clock, Botanic Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and inspect Captain Cook’s Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.  See the colorful Victoria Market, Old Melbourne Gaol, Shrine of Remembrance and travel over the Westgate Bridge for panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay.

Day 5 At leisure, Melbourne
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and a cultural hub, is known for the good things in life - fashion, food, entertainment and sport. This is a city of style, architecture, trams, theatres and art.

Day 6 Fly Melbourne to Whitsunday Islands
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Whitsundays. Upon arrival you will board a luxury cruiser for your launch service to Hayman(Deluxe option only.)

Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and 74 tropical islands in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia’s Queensland coast.

Days 7-9 At leisure, Whitsunday Islands
Discover the wonder that is Heart Reef. Sink your feet into the white, silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach. Or simply sail at sunset across our crystal-clear waters and take in the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 10 Fly Whitsunday Islands to Sydney
Launch from Hayman to Hamilton Island(Deluxe option only.)

Sunny, sexy, sophisticated - Sydney basks as the shining star of the southern hemisphere. The stunning Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are the pride and joy, but there’s much more to offer.

Sydney’s sparkling harbor is the jewel in the city’s crown. It’s flanked by golden beaches and bush land, and is bisected by one of the most famous bridges in the world. Islands sprinkle its waters, and it’s crisscrossed by all manner of craft, from water taxis and yachts to tour boats and ferries.

Day 11 Sydney city tour
Enjoy a morning touring Sydney’s glorious city, harbor and famous beaches. Pass through the historic Rocks area and circular en route to Bondi Beach where we stop for morning tea (own expense). The tour will travel through Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and Double Bay, and you will view the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and visit Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair.

Days 12-13 At leisure, Sydney
At your leisure to explore Sydney. Most of the major attractions of the city are within easy walking distance from your accommodation - Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centrepoint Tower, Circular Quay, The Rocks, etc.

Day 14 Fly Sydney to USA

You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight.

11 nights From $2,275.00 per person based on double occupancy - land and internal air; prices subject to change; black outs apply; ask for sw-city/island trip.

* Please note international air from the USA has not been included in the package price.

For more information on travel to Australia - contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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Destination World - Come Sail Away with Us in New Zealand!

July 26, 2011

If I have a Clients wanting to plan a romantic, adventurous and active holiday tucked away in a boutique resort off the beaten path in the South Pacific - the first person I turn to is Lynette Wilson, Owner of Destination World.

Lynette, (who returns at least 2 weeks a year to her native Australia), will figure out how to squeeze into a tight time frame everything on your wish list, including but not limited to all the highlights of Australia -Sydney (scaling the Sydney Bridge), Perth (All Aboard the Indian-Pacific Train, the Great Barrier Reef - scuba diving with turtles, sharks, dolphins - oh my!

Her real love are the islands of Fiji, where she’s spent more than 400 days in the past 10 years (she even has an office in Nadi - so you will have a friend in the islands).  Her connections can get you access to private luxury island resorts as well as archaeological sites that are normally off-limits or a private tour of a non-commercial black pearl farm.

NOTE: She also runs a charity where she flies in Doctors & Nurses once a year to help the Fijian children - so when we work with her, party of the funds are helping the Fiji Islands.

At this moment we are working on a Client interested in a few weeks in New Zealand during the upcoming sailing regatta next March, 2012.  His itinerary includes:

AMERICAS CUP SAILING EXPERIENCE - Minimum 8 people / Max 30 people.

A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta.

Two hour America’s Cup sailing experience:

· Participate as crew or sit back and relax   · No experience necessary

A sail on one of the America’s Cup yachts has become a ‘must do’ attraction in Auckland. Whether you are an experienced sailor or have never been on the water, this is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

The America’s Cup was raced in Auckland in 2000 and 2003. With Sail NZ being an official Emirates Team Zealand supplier, no visit to New Zealand is complete without experiencing the real Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.

Bonus Inclusion:
Entry to the Maritime Museum, including Blue Water Black Magic exhibition, a tribute to Sir Peter Blake and New Zealand’s extraordinary yachting success.

This is just one of the days we have planned for my lucky couple!  If you are interested in more information or need assistance in planning a unique and memorable holiday, call the TravelGal at 800 644-6659 and together with Lynette, we will make your travel dreams come true!

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Australia - Frequently Asked Questions

May 6, 2010

What clothes should I pack?
Australia is a reasonably casual country, which is reflected in the locals’ attire. To attend a performance at the Sydney Opera House or dine at a fine restaurant, gentlemen may feel more comfortable in a jacket. To be prepared for any weather, use the layer system. Wear a t-shirt, but carry a fleece and lightweight waterproof jacket in a daypack so you’re ready for all conditions. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. We provide you with a packing list with your final documentation.

Is it true that there are poisonous jellyfish in the waters around Cairns?
Yes, from about December to March, but there are designated swimming areas which are netted to keep the “stingers” out so that you can swim in the ocean. The Great Barrier Reef Islands are usually not effected, and all hotels have pools.

What regions do you recommend I visit?
Australia has so many experiences to offer, we’ll talk with you about activities you are interested in, your budget, your style of vacation and we can put a really unique and creative itinerary together for you that will cater exactly to the expectations you have. That’s what we are here for!

How far in advance should I book?
As far as possible to avoid disappointment at sought after properties. A minor deposit will allow us to confirm services and hold your reservation until final payment is due. We’ll supply complete Terms and Conditions with your Quotation.

What is the weather like; when should I travel?
Australia, which is as large as the continental US, has milder temperature extremes. The seasons are reversed so the northern Tropics are hot and rainy from December through February and the southern areas are cool, though rarely snowy, from July through September. Mildest months for all round travel are March and April, and October and November.

What documentation do I need for Australia?
To return to the US you need a valid passport. To enter Australia you need a passport valid for at least six months after the date of your departure. To enter Australia you need an ETA, which we can usually issue for you over the phone in five minutes, if you are a US citizen. When you book, we’ll fax you a Personal Information form to fill out which will ask you for all the details we need to issue your Australian visa. Getting a passport is your own responsibility.

How long should I spend in Australia?
Most people find that 2 weeks is the right amount of time to visit 3 regions. If you have more time, you’ll see more.

Will I lose a day?
On the way to Australia you’ll skip a day on the calendar when you cross the dateline, but the reverse happens on the way back so you really haven’t lost anything. Here’s how it works: If you leave the US on a Monday evening, you’ll arrive in Australia on Wednesday morning. If you leave Australia on a Monday you’ll arrive back in the US on Monday, the same day.

How long is the flight from Los Angeles to Sydney?
14 hours non-stop, or, as we like to say: Two good meals you don’t have to cook yourself, all the Australian wines and liqueurs you care for, and unlimited free movies. Seriously, by the time you have cocktails, eat, relax with a book or a movie, sleep and eat again; you’re there. Your vacation starts at take off.

How much does a trip to Australia cost?
That’s about as difficult as answering how much your house remodel will cost-it all depends on what you plan to do. Call us and we can work on a vacation to fit your budget/lifestyle.

If you would like to take a trip Down under to Australia
Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
Your See the South Pacific Specialist at Luxury Hideaways

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My Cruise Down Under - Australia Adventure

May 29, 2008

Sydney Regent MarinerI had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Sydney last November. I spent 5 nts in Sydney and have decided I must return for no less then a month. There are 30 bays in Sydney and it is my goal to explore each one of them someday!Upon arriving in Sydney, I suggest spending a minimum of 5 nights enjoying the city sights. Sydney is rated the best city in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Sydney, with its friendly residents, agreeable climate,, natural beauty and relaxed outdoor-oriented lifestyle is a “walker friendly” city.

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