Views & Vineyards (Sydney to Sydney) 3 nights
4 days/3 nights Sydney - Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley - Port Stephens - Sydney.
Price from £252 per person
Much to see (and taste) on this brilliant self drive tour, which includes 4 days car rental with Hertz Australia, 3 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Sydney - Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley - Port Stephens - Sydney
Prices depend on seasonality and based on twin share accommodation.
Above price for Standard accommodation - Boutique style accommodation extra
DAY 1 SYDNEY - BLUE MOUNTAINS (NM)
Pick up your Hertz rental car at Sydney city depot or Sydney Airport. Commence your drive along either the Western Motorway or the Great Western Highway to the Blue Mountains.
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.
Standard: Best Western Alpine Motor Inn, Katoomba
Boutique: Lilianfels Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, Katoomba
DAY 2 BLUE MOUNTAINS - 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 well-known ones are Tyrells, Mcwilliams, Lindemans, McGuigans and Draytons.
Standard: Hunter Resort, Pokolbin
Boutique: Peppers Guest House, Pokolbin
DAY 3 HUNTER VALLEY - PORT STEPHENS (NM)
This morning perhaps you would like to spend some time exploring some of the local wineries. Then depart the Hunter Valley and travel to Maitland where you join the New England Highway. Follow the signs to Raymond Terrace and then Nelson Bay.
PORT STEPHENS is a series of idyllic seaside villages scattered along a crystal clear waterway and the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its natural unspoilt beauty, the area is known as the “Blue Water Paradise”. White sandy beaches and attractive bays and inlets ring the shores of this estuary, which is two and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour. Commonly referred to as the “Dolphin Capital of Australia”, Port Stephens is best known for its resident population of over 140 bottlenose dolphins. The best way to see the pods of these playful creatures is on one of the many cruises that depart Nelson Bay daily, all year round.
Moonshadow Cruises Nelson Bay has a 99% success rate in dolphin sightings. The cruise includes morning or afternoon tea, boom net rides in the biggest boom net in the Bay, entertaining and informative commentary and scenic harbour cruise including spectacular Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands.
Standard: Ibis Styles Port Stephens Salamander, Port Stephens
Boutieque: The Anchorage, Corlette
DAY 4 PORT STEPHENS - SYDNEY (NM)
Commence your return journey to Sydney.
Return your vehicle to the Sydney Airport depot or Sydney city Hertz Depot.