Grand Circle (Sydney to Sydney) 4 nights
5 days/4 nights Sydney - Wolgan Valley - Hunter Valley - Sydney.
Price from £1574 per person
This epic self drive tour includes 5 days car rental with Hertz Australia (Intermediate Automatic), 4 nights 'boutique' accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Sydney – Wolgan Valley – Hunter Valley - Sydney
Prices depend on seasonality
DAY 1 SYDNEY – WOLGAN VALLEY / BLUE MOUNTAINS (NM)
Pick up your Hertz Intermediate Automatic rental car at Sydney city depot or Sydney Airport
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS derive their name from the ever-present blue haze caused by the sun's rays striking the minuscule droplets of eucalyptus oil, which evaporate from the leaves of the dense forest. The city of the Blue Mountains comprises 26 towns and villages, stretching from Penrith (53 km from Sydney) to Mount Victoria (122 km from Sydney).
LEURA is Aboriginal for lava, and while the Blue Mountains are predominantly sandstone, many volcanic rocks have been found in the area. Of all the mountain resort villages, Leura is probably the most prestigious, as some of the grand houses in the district proclaim. Leura Mall is charming and olde worlde, with coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries all in Heritage colours. Cliff Drive offers access to many beautiful waterfalls, like Leura, Linda, Lila and Bridal Veil Falls. But it is the gardens and mansions most visitors come to see. Everglades Gardens, owned by the National Trust, was designed by the famous Danish landscaper, Paul Sorensen. Nearby Leuralla, which is another magnificent home, also houses the largest collection of toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways in Australia.
KATOOMBA is the gateway to some spectacular scenery. There are the sandstone formations of The Three Sisters, the Scenic Railway, originally designed to take coalminers 250 metres down the cliff face and reputedly the steepest in the world, or the Skyway cable car, offering superb views over the Katoomba Falls and the valley floor. Also worth a visit is the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, a landmark place that showcases the extraordinary talents and proud celebration of Aboriginal Indigenous culture, art and dance. The centre is located adjacent to the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park on Echo Point Road, Katoomba.
OVERNIGHT: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Wolgan Valley (2 nights)
DAY 2 WOLGAN VALLEY (NM)
Today is free to experience Wolgan Valley. The resort’s Field Guides are able to offer a variety of inspiring suggestions by which to see Wolgan Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains region. Guests can choose from hiking nature trails, exploring the countryside on horseback, touring by four-wheel drive or mountain biking through forests. These are just some of the many adventures awaiting those with a love for Australia’s great outdoors.
DAY 3 WOLGAN VALLEY - HUNTER VALLEY (NM)
HUNTER VALLEY - The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine producing area in New South Wales, with the first vines being brought here in the 1820's. It is one of Australia's more scenic wine growing areas, with the Hunter River winding its way lazily through the grapevine clad hills. Renowned for the production of top quality table wines, the Valley has wineries ranging from very large, more commercial estates to the smaller boutique style wineries. There are approximately 150 wineries in this area and some of the wellknown ones are Tyrells, Mcwilliams, Lindemans, McGuigans and Draytons.
OVERNIGHT: Spicers Vineyard Estate, Pokolbin (2 nights)
DAY 4 HUNTER VALLEY (NM)
The Hunter Valley offers a variety of things to do and see. Why not visit the Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 60 acres, be amazed by the sensational sights, colours, and fragrances of the ten stunning feature gardens. Explore each garden one-by-one and enjoy an exciting journey through the thousands of flowers, trees, and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn. Along the eight kilometres of walking paths are more than six thousand trees, one million ground covers and six hundred thousand shrubs. There are also Day Spas, Walking Trails, Hot Air Ballooning, Cooking and Wine Schools, historic villages, site and museums to explore.
DAY 5 HUNTER VALLEY - SYDNEY (NM)
A relaxing start today before departing the Hunter Valley to return to Sydney. Travel to Cessnock and continue south to join the Pacific Highway and National 1 Freeway to Sydney.
Return your vehicle to the Sydney Airport depot or Sydney city Hertz Depot.