Australian Travel Packages: Vivid Sydney and Surrounds

Get a local’s view of Sydney, explore the beautiful Blue Mountains, and get a taste of the Hunter Valley wine region. Visiting during Vivid Sydney (May – June) gives you a unique and colorful view of this extraordinary city!

From $2,799
per person
8 days
Airfare additional cost
Based on
2 travelers

We designed this Australian Travel Packages: Vivid Sydney and Surrounds vacation for a couple from Toronto who wanted to see the highlights of Sydney while also exploring some of Australia’s gorgeous natural attractions. With this custom vacation, they were able to experience cosmopolitan Sydney, the beautiful Blue Mountains, and the renowned Hunter Valley wine region.

They started their Australian Travel Packages: Vivid Sydney and Surrounds vacation at a fabulous apartment-style hotel in Sydney. They arrived during Vivid Sydney, where the entire city comes to life in spectacular artistic displays. They were able to see historic sights—including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Taronga Zoo—illuminated in brilliant color. During their leisure days, they had plenty to explore with installations around the city, and the nighttime projections on the Sydney Opera House were unforgettable!

They were able to get a unique experience at the iconic Sydney Opera House with an exclusive lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous building. We also arranged for them to see the city from above with an exciting twilight climb to Sydney Harbour Bridge; from the water with an exclusive luxury cruise on Sydney Harbour; and by bike on a fun and leisurely tour of Sydney’s highlights.

Continuing their Australian Travel Packages: Vivid Sydney and Surrounds vacation, they embarked on a 3-day journey to explore the nearby Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley. Their luxury tour picked them up in Sydney and took them to several scenic lookout points to soak up views of the magnificent escarpments, waterfalls, and wildlife of the Blue Mountains. They even got the chance to meet unique Australian wildlife!

Next, it was on to Hunter Valley for cellar door tastings at renowned wineries, along with some delicious gourmet lunches and cheese and chocolate samplings that gave them a true taste of Australia. After 3 days exploring the diverse sights, sounds, and tastes of the Sydney area, their tour dropped them off back in the city. They enjoyed a final night at leisure to enjoy sunny Sydney and recount the week’s incredible adventures.

Day 1
Welcome to Sydney! Upon arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney. Spend the day at your leisure in Sydney.

Arriving during the colorful Vivid Sydney celebration, you’ll witness Sydney become a canvas for brilliant light installations and projections. The annual event attracts more than 2.3 million visitors, and sees historic sights—including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Taronga Zoo—illuminated in brilliant color. The program also includes big-ticket music performances, creative conferences, talks and workshops.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney

Day 2
Explore Sydney at your leisure today. Visit the popular Bondi Beach or Manly Beach, go shopping at fabulous boutiques, and discover the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. This evening, discover a spectacular 360 view of Sydney as you climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney

Day 3
Today, experience Sydney’s essential sights on a fun bike tour featuring breathtaking harbor views! Pedal past Circular Quay, Walsh Bay piers, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. After your tour, you’ll discover the stories, history, and magic of Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour taking you underneath the world-famous sails. Finish at Opera Bar to indulge like a Sydney-sider with a choice of Australian dishes.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney

Day 4
Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise on sparkling Sydney Harbour. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard your 52-foot motor yacht as your personal captain and host share the harbor’s rich history. Cruise along the foreshore for wonderful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and beautiful bays and coves lined with luxury homes. Enjoy light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney

Day 5
Today, you’re off to explore the Blue Mountains. On the outskirts of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are loved for their sheer sandstone escarpments, crashing waterfalls, and magnificent eucalyptus forests. Your first stop is Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet iconic Australian animals. Departing from there, you’ll visit the most scenic stops in the Blue Mountains, including Jamison Valley, Eaglehawk Lookout, and the 3 Sisters. Your tour will drop you off at your hotel for the evening.
3.5-star hotel in the Blue Mountains

Day 6
Rise early this morning to continue your tour of the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region. Take in breathtaking escarpment views at Govetts Leap, stroll through the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, and drive through the dramatic landscapes of Wollemi National Park en route to Hunter Valley. Here, enjoy a delightful lunch with a glass of wine at a Vineyard Cafe followed by a visit to a boutique winery for tastings. You will then be dropped off at your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
4-star hotel in Hunter Valley

Day 7
Enjoy some time to relax this morning, then rejoin your tour and visit Leogate Estate. This cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste that only the Hunter Valley and its award-winning wines can provide. You’ll enjoy a selection of cheeses as well, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn about the wine making process. To conclude the tour, enjoy a relaxing 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Stop at the Hunter Village, where you can visit the chocolate shop for sampling, explore the boutique shops, or enjoy a final wine tasting at the local cellar door. Your tour will drop you back in Sydney for your final night.
The Grace Hotel

Day 8
It’s time to say goodbye to Sydney and her lovely surroundings. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport and begin your journey home.

  • 4 nights Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney
  • 3 day/2 night tour of the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley – includes accommodations, transfers, park entry fees, morning tea, 2 lunches, and wine and cheese pairing
  • 1 night The Grace Hotel, Sydney
  • Sydney Twilight BridgeClimb
  • Tour and dine at Sydney Opera House
  • Bonza Bike Tours – Sydney highlights tour
  • Sensational Sydney Cruises – Tea at sea morning cruise
  • Private airport transfers in Sydney

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Type of Accommodation: Serviced Apartments
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • In-Room Laundry
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gym
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool

Things To Do

  • Sydney Bike Tour
  • Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Sydney Opera House Tours
  • Food and Shopping at Darling Harbour
  • Wildlife Tours in the Blue Mountains

Sydney Opera House Tour

Partner Information

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Sydney Opera House
  • See Areas Off Limits to the Public
  • Interpretation and History from Your Guide
  • Dining and Performance Packages Available
  • Tours Run Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bonza Bike Tours

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Small-Group or Private Touring
  • Sydney Highlights Tours
  • Beach Tours
  • Easy and Safe
  • Entertaining, Local Guides
  • Child Bikes and Baby Seats Available

Sensational Sydney Cruises

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Small-Group or Private Tours of Sydney Harbour
  • Tours Held on Private Yacht
  • Local Knowledge of Popular and Offbeat Attractions
  • Friendly Atmosphere

AEA Luxury Tours

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Panoramic Sydney Tours
  • Wildlife and Nature Tours in the Blue Mountains
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours
  • Private Charters
  • Friendly, Expert Local Guides
  • Luxurious, Small-Group Vehicles

Air New Zealand

Partner Information

  • A Down Under Endeavours Preferred Airline Partner
  • Comfortable Long-Haul Flights to New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands
  • Direct Flights to Auckland from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and Chicago
  • Exceptional Customer Service and Safety Record
  • Award-Winning Menus and Wine List Inflight
  • Foot Rests and Extra Leg Room in Premium Economy
  • Lie-Flat Beds in Business Premier

The Grace Hotel

Partner Information

  • Location: Sydney
  • Type of Accommodation: Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Comfort
  • Rooftop Recreation Center and Gym
  • Sauna and Steam Room
  • Heated Lap Pool
  • Grace Brasserie Restaurant
  • Free Wifi

Things To Do

  • Bondi Beach and Manly Beach
  • Sydney Opera House Tours
  • Scenic Seaplane and Oceanside Lunch
  • Privately Chartered Lunch Cruise
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tours