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Couple sophisticated Sydney with Australia’s ultimate beach resort Byron Bay. Sample the rich and varied food and wine experiences in the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Coffs Harbour as self drive north.

Inclusions:
    • Small vehicle shuttle airport arrival transfer in Sydney
    • 4 night Sydney at the 5* Amora Jamison Hotel in a Deluxe room
    • Half day small group city sights of Sydney
    • Sydney Opera House Tour & Tasting Plate
    • Sydney Harbour cruise including gourmet lunch
    • Half day Gourmet South Sydney Tour
    • 7 days Hertz full-size automatic car rental
    • 1 night 5* Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel in a King Spa room including breakfast
    • 1 night 4* Hunter Valley Resort in a Vineyard View room including breakfast
    • 1 night 4* The Anchorage, Port Stephens in an Anchorage room
    • 1 night 4.5* Santa Fe Luxury B&B, Coffs Harbour in an Aztec room including breakfast
    • 3 nights 4.5* The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay in a standard suite
    • Outstanding Dining suggestions

This itinerary can be fully customized; to tailor this package to your specific requirements please call an Aspire specialist at 1-877-727-7473

Day 1 - Arrive Sydney
Blessed with a temperate climate, Sydney is Australia’s favorite city with the world’s most beautiful harbor. You will be transferred by small vehicle shuttle to to the Amora Jamison Hotel, where you will stay for SEVEN nights.

Relax, acclimatize and this afternoon if you feel like some exercise take a ferry or taxi to Milsons Point to Ripples, where the harbour view is just as special and the food is Italian and designed to share. It's right next door to Luna Park.

syd_amora_jamison_650.jpgThe hotel is in the heart of Sydney and is only a few minutes’ walk from the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and the historic Rocks area. The rooms are well-appointed, contemporary in style with warm earthy tones and marble clad bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms are located on floors 4 – 29 with views overlooking either the city skyline, Jamison Street or Wynyard Park.

This afternoon experience a delicious tour and tasting plate package that combines The Sydney Opera House Tour with world-class delicious alfresco dining at Opera Kitchen. Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails with a spectacular Sydney Opera House Tour taking you inside one of the world’s greatest buildings of all time. You will see inside the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and learn of how architect Jorn Utzon’s heritage-listed masterpiece came to life. You can also decide when to take your Opera Kitchen three-tier gourmet Tasting Plate or Bento Tower, before or after your tour as lunch or return for dinner at dusk or a late supper. There’s nothing more to do than sit back at Sydney’s newest dining spot and indulge in our famous oysters, mini wagyu burgers, or fresh sushi and sashimi on the Bento Tower and soak in the Sydney Harbour views. Opera Kitchen is home to Sydney’s best chefs, food artisans and producers that will tantalise your tastebuds and leave you spoilt for choice.

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Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 2 - Half Day Harbour Cruise
Board your Sea Sydney Cruises vessel at the Commissioner Steps Circular Quay to commence a 4 hour guided harbor cruise with commentary. Be engulfed by the beauty of Sydney as you 'cruise like a local' aboard Calypso, a 52 foot motor yacht. Cruise the foreshores of Sydney Harbour past world famous, iconic landmarks before dropping anchor in a secluded cove to enjoy a three course Australian BBQ lunch accompanied by regional wines and local beers. Then there is the opportunity to go for a swim, row into the beach, try your luck at fishing or just relax. Cruise concludes at approximately 4.30pm at the Commissioner Steps.

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This evening we recommend heading over to Surry Hills. Crown Street is home to some of the city's most innovative restaurants – one to try is Marque, a meal here is a culinary performance you won't soon forget – and there are plenty of atmospheric small bars for a nightcap (cost of dinner not included in package):
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Marque  https://marquerestaurant.com.au/
5/355 Crown St, Surry Hills
+61 2 9332 2225+61 2 9332 2225
A salon, a den of gastronomic indulgence, a canvas for the quirky humour and military skills of Sydney chef Mark Best. The menu is predominantly French influenced that delivers highly intelligent and original flavour combinations. New age techniques are used but without ego and only when relevant to amplifying the best aspects of an ingredient in a dish.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 3 - Half Day City Sights tour
An Ultimately Sydney Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to commence a morning Story of Sydney Tour. Introducing the city’s iconic attractions, hidden gems and picture perfect photo (deletes the s) opportunities, including the Sydney Opera House, Bridge and Harbour. This tour unveils Sydney’s unique culture, contemporary lifestyle and fascinating past. View some of the most exclusive suburbs, fashionable shopping strips and hip dining precincts including the historic Rocks precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Woollahra, Double Bay, Paddington, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Visit famous Bondi Beach and soak up the atmosphere of this beachside mecca. Rather than transferring back to Sydney downtown we recommend you bid farewell to your tour and spend the remainder of your afternoon at Bondi.

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For an outstanding lunch we recommend Icebergs (cost of lunch not included in package):
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar  www.idrb.com
Level 3/1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Phone +61 2 9365 9000+61 2 9365 9000
Icebergs is an icon for its perspective on Bondi Beach, its crashing surf below and “wow” views. Fortunately, despite an Italian accent, the place runs like a Swiss watch, if we may mix metaphors. Superb service, excellent Italian-ish food, people-spotting par excellence and a unique taste of the town. What else is there?

This afternoon consider a learn to surf lesson with our partners Lets Go Surfing or simply browse the boutiques & shops that line the main beach parade. Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 4 - Sydney at your leisure
Now you are orientated enjoy a day at leisure or seek out more culinary experiences - Sydney has a proliferation of amazing places and spaces to enjoy breakfast and brunch: from iconic restaurant bills, where a seat around the communal table represents prime real estate to the sprawling cantina that is Kitchen by Mike, which has a cache of cult followers who don’t mind queuing at the counter for service. If your free day falls on a Saturday head east to Eveleigh Farmer’s Market and you will find on-the-go options such as steamed free range pork dumplings with ginger and tamari dressing from the Billy Kwong stall or the much-talked-about Oh My Goshlette omelette from Bird Cow Fish.
bills, 433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, +61 2 9360 9631+61 2 9360 9631
Kitchen by Mike, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, +61 2 9045 0910+61 2 9045 0910
Eveleigh Farmers’ Market, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, +61 2 8571 9099+61 2 8571 9099

Tonight bid farewell to Sydney by blowing the budget with dinner at Quay or enjoy Asian fusion at Rockpool

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Quay  www.quay.com.au
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, 5 Hickson Road, The Rocks
Phone +61 2 9251 5600+61 2 9251 5600
Talk about the whole package. The site (Overseas Passenger Terminal), the views (Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge) the service staff and the food. Peter Gilmore’s name is known internationally for his light, imaginative cuisine inspired by nature. Possibly Australia’s best chef, if there is such a thing, this is almost certainly one of Australia’s best restaurants.

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Rockpool www.rockpool.com/sydney/
11 Bridge Street, Sydney
Phone +61 2 9252 1888+61 2 9252 1888
In Neil Perry, we have one of the country’s true great chef/restaurateurs and Rockpool is his empire’s flagship, his first child. Recently moved to new, heritage-listed premises, Rockpool is darkly elegant, moody and dramatic, while chef Phil Wood’s modern Australian food, often with a faint Chinese inflection, is truly his own. An uncompromising, special restaurant.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 5 - Sydney - Central Coast
Pick up your Hertz full size automatic rental car at the Sydney City Depot Depot and commence your drive to the scenic Central Coast, 60 miles north of Sydney (approximately 90 minutes’ drive)

Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa has been compared with resorts in the Hamptons – the seaside playground favored by New Yorkers – but there’s nothing pretentious about this pretty retreat on NSW’s Central Coast. With its blue-and-striped awnings, wooden cottages and lush gardens, it’s a relaxed beachside guesthouse (although you’ll need to head a couple of miles down the road to actually get a glimpse of the area’s golden curved beaches.) Stefano Manfredi, who oversees the restaurant, is one of Sydney’s most prominent chefs and here, thanks to a flourishing kitchen garden, his seasonal, produce-first mantra comes to the fore.

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Created by renowned designer Chrissie Jeffery in the style reminiscent of the seaside cottages of The Hamptons, all suites feature a blend of luxury, elegance and charm. Suites feature combustion fire place, Ipod docking station, flat screen television, DVD player, fully equipped kitchenette and stainless steel barbecue on the private verandah. King Spa Suites are single level, studio style rooms which feature a lounge and dining area, a spa bath and separate shower, bathrobes and slippers.

This evening dine at the in-house restaurant Manfredi at Bells serving modern Australian cuisine (dinner not included in your package price)

Day 6 Central Coast - Hunter Valley
Killcare to the Hunter Valley – 70 miles (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes)

CESSNOCK was named after Cessnock Castle in Scotland by pioneer Scots settler John Campbell, who received a land grant of 2,560 acres in 1826 from Governor Darling. His estate was subdivided in 1853 and a village developed. In 1856 coal was discovered and by the turn of the century this had brought prosperity to the district and a security of employment. The Cessnock area, once a favorite haunt of bushrangers as it was close to Sydney but backed onto wild bush, now encompasses over 20 towns and villages. Now, while the coal is still important, local industries include dairying, cattle breeding, mixed farming, timber milling, pottery and clothing manufacture.

HUNTER VALLEY - The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine producing region in Australia, 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.

Check into the Hunter Valley Resort for your two nights stay in a Vineyard View Room

hunter_valley_resort650.jpgThe much loved Hunter Valley Resort is a truly unique property of the region. They offer a choice of four star lodgings with views of forty year old vineyards including spa cottages to help you unwind and feel truly at home. There are a range of experiences available at the resort, including the Hunter Wine Theatre and Wine School, San Martino Restaurant, the Hermitage Road Wine Tasting Cellars, horse riding, and Sally Margan’s Heavenly Hunter Massage Centre. Nearby is the Binnorie Dairy Cheese factory.

Tonight enjoy dinner at The Hunter Resort onsite San Martino Restaurant – a Fine dining restaurant serving Australian cuisine OR drive the short distance to Esca Bimbadgen Estate:

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San Martino Restaurant 
www.hunterresort.com/food/sanmartino.htm
An authentic Italian dish always starts with the best flour, garden fresh tomatoes, and the best quality local produce. Then of course matched to a great wine. Sound simple ... We make all our own pasta and sauces from scratch , in the traditional Italian way. Our restaurant also features a glass fronted air-conditioned wine cellar where we have wines from all over the world including some rare vintage wines from local private cellars

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Esca Bimbadgen Estate www.bimbadgen.com.au
With terrific views of the Brokenback Ranges via the vineyards of Bimbadgen Estate, Esca pays more than lip service to the notion of locally sourced produce. It prides itself on being “a regional restaurant” and it’s reflected in an earthy, intelligent menu built around local suppliers and traditional provincial techniques such as curing and smoking. This is a down-to-earth restaurant with very solid cooking you’ll find both familiar and rewarding paired with the estate’s wines.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 7 - Hunter Valley to Port Stephens
Leave the Hunter Valley and travel northeast to Port Stephens, 52 miles (approximately one hour). Known as the Blue Water Wonderland, Port Stephens is a natural bay 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour, enclosed by two dormant volcanic headlands. There is fabulous seafood to savor and over 26 golden sandy beaches to explore. Perhaps take an afternoon cruise to see the Bottlenose dolphins.

Check in at The Anchorage Port Stephens for your overnight stay. The property is situated directly on the Anchorage Marina, overlooking the sparkling waters of Corlette Beach and provides a perfect launching point for the delights of Port Stephens and the Myall Lakes. Guests can cruise one of Australia's most beautiful natural harbours, experience blue-water game fishing, go para-sailing, dolphin watching, bush walk, surf or play golf and much more.

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Designed to help make the most of its absolute seafront location and built in the style of a cozy fishing village lining the marina’s edge, the retreat is large enough to provide great guest facilities but small enough to retain an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The resort also features an onsite day spa so you can fully immerse yourself in the relaxing seaside atmosphere with an indulgent spa treatment.

Make your own way back to your hotel at your leisure.

Day 8 - Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour
Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour – 210 miles (approx. 4 hours ). Depart Port Stephens and continue north to Bulahdelah, the entrance to the Myall Lakes National Park. Travel north along the Lakes Way, a scenic route through rainforest with spectacular views of the inland lakes and ocean beaches. Travel on through the Manning Valley and Taree to Port Macquarie. Continue on to Coffs Harbour, which is the start of the sub-tropical northern coast of New South Wales and the surrounding district produces timber, bananas, vegetables, dairy products and fish. The ‘Big Banana’ is open daily with a comprehensive display of the banana industry and local produce.

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Check in at the Santa Fe Luxury B&B, Coffs Harbour for your overnight stay The property is a 2 minute drive from the beautiful Sapphire Beach and 6 miles north of the main regional center of Coffs Harbour with its award winning restaurants, cafes & bars. The appeal of Santa Fe is not just its accommodation, but also its irresistible lifestyle and casual elegance. Situated on 6 acres near Sapphire Beach, the property specializes in privacy and luxury. Lawns and terraced gardens lead downhill to a 42ft saltwater pool, a large lily filled lagoon with waterfalls and a Koi pond at the bottom of the property.

Day 9 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay -156 miles (approximately 3 hours) This northern stretch of New South Wales contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in Australia. From Coffs Harbour, the highway follows the coast to Woolgoolga and then turns inland towards Grafton, a graceful old country town on the banks of the mighty Clarence River. From Grafton travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina, and then a further 24 miles to Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal town and marine park n attracts surfers from near and far to Wategos Beach, on Cape Byron – its northerly aspect makes it one of the best beaches for surfing on the East Coast of Australia. Cape Byron is the most easterly point on the Australian coast.

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Designed to help make the most of its absolute seafront location and built in the style of a cozy fishing village lining the marina’s edge, the retreat is large enough to provide great guest facilities but small enough to retain an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The resort also features an onsite day spa so you can fully immerse yourself in the relaxing seaside atmosphere with an indulgent spa treatment.

Day 9 - Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay
Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay -156 miles (approximately 3 hours). This northern stretch of New South Wales contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in Australia. From Coffs Harbour, the highway follows the coast to Woolgoolga and then turns inland towards Grafton, a graceful old country town on the banks of the mighty Clarence River. From Grafton travel to Woodburn and on to Ballina, and then a further 24 miles to Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal town and marine park n attracts surfers from near and far to Wategos Beach, on Cape Byron – its northerly aspect makes it one of the best beaches for surfing on the East Coast of Australia. Cape Byron is the most easterly point on the Australian coast.

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Located just 5 minutes south from Byron Bay town center and near Tallow Beach the Byron at Byron Resort & Spa is your home for the next three nights. Set within 45 acre subtropical rainforest, the property has been designed to stir the senses. The main building represents the heart of the resort with its bi-fold doors, opening onto 20ft wide verandahs, overlooking the spectacular rainforest canopy, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the stunning outdoor surrounds. The spacious suite style accommodation features a kitchen, separate lounge and dining area, as well as two enclosed balconies. The bathrooms have deep free standing bathtubs and separate shower, and the bedroom has a California king bed.

Day 10 & 11 - Byron Bay
Explore Byron Bay and its surrounds at your leisure. Sample some of the local range of activities, from outdoor organic produce markets, art galleries, yoga classes, the Crystal Castle, kayaking, surfing (or learning to surf), bike or horse-riding. The marine park at Julian Rocks, just off the main beach, is the meeting place of tropical and temperate currents, providing scuba divers and snorkelers with some amazing scenery. There is also a great walking trail to the top of Cape Byron, with stunning coastal views, and the lighthouse is the spot to watch for whales. Don’t forgo a visit to nearby Brunswick Heads and Byron’s hinterland.

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Day 12 - Depart Byron Bay
Drive to Ballina Airport and drop your rental vehicle at the airport depot. Depart Byron Bay for Sydney or your next destination

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy for travel until 31 March 2015. Mardi Gras and other blackout periods will have surcharges. Hotels and tours are subject to availability. Restaurant recommendations are not included in the package price. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payment. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.

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