10-day Sydney and Melbourne + the Yarra Valley

Discover the best of Australia in the vibrant cities of Melbourne and Sydney! World-class golf, wine, wildlife encounters, and a Blue Mountains nature tour are all included in this fabulous Australia highlights vacation.

From $6,099
per person
9 days
Airfare Included
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2 travelers

We designed this 10-day Sydney and Melbourne + the Yarra Valley vacation for a group of friends from Texas. They had a few must-do items on their list: visit Sydney, golf at Royal Melbourne, and see unique wildlife. We took those ideas and created this highlights itinerary with a little bit of everything!

Their 10-day Sydney and Melbourne + the Yarra Valley vacation began in Melbourne, the vibrant capital city of Victoria. While there, they golfed 2 of the region’s world-renowned Sandbelt golf courses: Huntingdale and Royal Melbourne. They also had a wonderful culinary walking tour one evening.

Next, they visited the Yarra Valley wine region with a private guide. They had an exclusive, small-group wildlife encounter at Healesville Sanctuary, plus lunch and wine tasting at one of the region’s best winery restaurants. The next day, they took a morning hot air balloon ride with views of rolling farmland, vineyards, and mountains. They had a scrumptious champagne breakfast and gin tasting at a local distillery before heading back to the Melbourne airport and catching a flight to sunny Sydney.

They stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, where they had fabulous views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour from their room. They had plenty of leisure time to explore Sydney, soak up the sun on Bondi Beach, and go shopping in town. They also spent a day in the beautiful Blue Mountains just 90 minutes outside of the city. After 10 days exploring the top highlights of Melbourne and Sydney, it was time to say goodbye to Australia and begin their journey back home.

Day 1
Welcome to Australia! Arrive in Melbourne, the vibrant capital city of Victoria. A hub of creativity and culinary innovation, Melbourne is heaven for lovers of art, wine, and cuisine. Explore the lanes and arcades filled with boutique shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 2
Enjoy a round of golf today in one of Melbourne’s best courses. Huntingdale Golf Club, located in the heart of Melbourne’s world-famous Sandbelt region, is one of Australia’s premier championship golf courses. Since 1979, Huntingdale has played host to some of the most famous names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and world number one, Tiger Woods.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 3
Today, you will play Royal Melbourne Golf Club, ranked No. 1 Golf Course in Australia. Royal Melbourne’s 2 courses, the East and West Courses, are both ranked among the best in the world, and this renowned course is a popular venue for Australian and international golf events, including the Presidents Cup. Follow in the steps of the greats by teeing off at this prestigious club that has hosted the World Cup of Golf 4 times.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 4
Enjoy a day at leisure. This evening, you will head out for a tour of Melbourne’s signature lanes and arcades and see hidden gems of the city. See some of Melbourne’s quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, and architecture, with historical tales of Melbourne along the way.
 After your tour, relax at your hotel or join in the city’s spectacular nightlife.
Crown Promenade Melbourne

Day 5
You’re in for a real treat: a privately guided wildlife and wine tour in Yarra Valley, right on Melbourne’s doorstep. Meet kangaroos, koalas, and other unique animals at the renowned Healesville Sanctuary, in an exclusive small group experience offering plenty of opportunities to snap the perfect photo. After your wildlife encounter, enjoy a sumptuous lunch with estate wine overlooking the vines at a one of the region’s leading vineyard restaurants. From there, it’s all down to your impeccable taste; your guide will tailor the perfect afternoon to suit you. Spend the evening at Yering Gorge Cottages in Yarra Valley.
Yering Gorge Cottages

Day 6
Rise early today for a spectacular hot air balloon ride over Yarra Valley. Enjoy stunning views over native bushland, country farms, and vineyards surrounded by mountains. Back on the ground, you’ll be treated to a scrumptious champagne breakfast. Rejoin your private guide from yesterday for a transfer to the Melbourne airport, with a stop at Four Pillars Distillery to sample local gins en route. Catch a flight to Sydney and enjoy a private transfer to the exquisite Shangri-La Hotel. Your hotel room features enviable views of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 7
Today, you’ll discover the best of the Blue Mountains as you travel to the heart of this unique World Heritage Region. Enjoy morning tea and have a relaxed time away from the crowds as you look for kangaroos, reptiles, and birdlife at the base of the mountains. Travel through picturesque little villages in the foothills before taking some short walks to scenic lookout points to see native bushland and waterfalls. Enjoy lunch at an iconic restaurant with sweeping valley views. Spend the afternoon visiting a selection of scenic lookouts, and finally visit the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice with a view before traveling back to your hotel.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 8
The day is yours to spend at your leisure. On a Saturday, the Carriageworks Farmers Market is a must-see for foodies. You can also head down to the popular Bondi Beach for a swim and enjoy the beautiful coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte Beach.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Day 9
Your fabulous Australia vacation comes to an end today. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, where you will begin your journey home.

  • Round-trip airfare from the US to Australia on United Airlines Economy Class
    • Inquire for Business Class upgrade cost
  • 4 nights Crown Promenade Melbourne
  • 1 night Yering Gorge Cottages, Yarra Valley
  • 3 nights Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
  • Round of golf at Huntingdale Golf Club with private hotel transfers
  • Round of golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club with private hotel transfers
  • Progressive degustation walking tour in Melbourne
  • Private wildlife and wine tour in Yarra Valley – includes Healesville Sanctuary wildlife interaction, wine tasting, and more
  • Hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast in Yarra Valley
  • Private transfer/tour from Yarra Valley to Melbourne with gin tasting
  • Full-day tour of the Blue Mountains
  • Private airport transfers throughout itinerary