Cultural Highlights: Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Suggestions for Independent Cultural Excursions:
  • Federation Square is a unique public venue for arts, culture on the edge of the CBD of Melbourne. Established in 2002, this activity center is the location of more than 2,400 events each year, 40 businesses, as well as 1,500 employees and volunteers. Experience the heart of Melbourne when you visit

  • Southbank is home to some sophisticated cultural venues, including the Malthouse Theater and Melbourne Recital Centre. You’ll find plentiful food courts, designer shops, and much more to explore when you stop by, but be sure to experience one of the lively riverside promenades

  • The Yarra River, or historically, the Yarra Yarra River, is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia. The city of Melbourne was established along the lower stretches of the river in 1835, and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches

  • Phillip Island offers miles of beaches and coastline to discover. You may observe some unique wildlife, check out the Grand Prix circuit, visit some of the local markets, play a round of golf, and other exciting activities during your trip to Melbourne

  • Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne and, at around seven hectares, is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the largest and best-surviving 19th-century market in the city, where you’ll discover a wide variety of fresh, quality produce and specialty shopping. Queen Victoria Market has been operating since 1878

  • Lygon Street, Melbourne’s “Little Italy,” has the biggest selection of Italian cafes and restaurants in the city. It's also the place where Melbourne's famous cafe culture was born. Experience a warm welcome from charming waiters, the Italian language, the enticing smells of espresso, pasta, pizzas, and a huge choice of gelato and dolci

  • The heritage-listed Carlton Gardens, Melbourne’s museum precinct, is a popular picnic and barbecue spot. The area is home to an array of wildlife, including brushtail possums. Dramatic tree-lined avenues, a majestic fountain, formal flowerbeds, and small lakes are just some of the features of these late 19th century gardens. They also feature the majestic world-heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Museum and IMAX Cinema

Sydney, Australia

Included Cultural Excursions:
  • Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks of Australia; also known as one of the most distinctive architectural achievements of the 20th century. The Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center, formally dedicated in 1973

  • The Rocks is the birthplace of modern-day Australia, and the site of Sydney’s original town settlement, founded in 1788. Earning its name from the area’s sandstone cliffs, it originally served as a camp for British convicts and their overseers. Located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, The Rocks features historic buildings, eateries, museums, art galleries, and excellent shopping. A blend of Sydney’s past and present, it is a popular destination for all visitors to Sydney

  • Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is home to more than 180 species of Australian animals. You could encounter emus, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingoes, flying foxes, wombats and more
Suggestions for Independent Cultural Excursions:
  • Circular Quay, located on historic Sydney Cove, features a bustling collection of pedestrian malls, parks, restaurants, and walkways. Ferries leave every few minutes bound for different parts of the harbor. The quay offers amazing views of Harbour Bridge, and a short walk will take you to the Opera House, the Rocks, and the Royal Botanical Gardens

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest scientific institution in Australia, are located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, right in the heart of the city. Over 45,000 plants, both native and exotic, can be found across the gardens’ 30 hectares

  • Sydney Harbour is the focal point of the city, home to many of Australia’s most notable attractions, including Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. It’s no surprise that Sydney is known as “The Harbour City!" The Manly Ferry will take you on a scenic journey from Circular Quay to the suburb of Manly, New South Wales, and a famous seaside resort notable for its miles of pristine beaches

  • A visit to Sydney Aquarium, located in Darling Harbor, is like a journey under the sea. Walk through underwater tunnels to observe over 600 aquatic species native to regions throughout Australia. View the largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world, watch a crocodile feeding, and get close to thousands of fish, penguins, and maybe even a shark

  • The mile-long crescent shaped sand of Bondi Beach is one of the best-known beaches in the world. As the closest ocean beach to Sydney’s city center, it is a prime surfing and swimming spot for Australians and visitors alike

  • The Blue Mountains derive their name from the fact that the gum trees release an oil into the air that reacts with the sunlight to produce a blue haze. The Blue Mountains lie in the center of a World Heritage Region and comprise over 5,000 square miles of forest, much of it wilderness. You will find breathtaking views, lookouts, cascades and waterfalls in this bushwalker's paradise

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Optional Extension

Included Cultural Excursions:
  • Cairns is a popular holiday location for Aussies and international visitors alike. Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and home to beaches, mountains, and rainforests, Cairns is the perfect location to cap off a trip to Australia

  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef (over 1,800 miles long), a natural wonder replete with diverse marine life, tropical islands, and sun-kissed beaches. Visitors can participate in guided snorkeling tours or a reef presentation
Suggestions for Independent Cultural Excursions:
  • From Cairns, you have your choice of a number of day trips, including rainforest tours, island day trips, and an excursion to Aboriginal culture parks

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