Draft #1 14/09/07

Day 01 : ARRIVE SYDNEY – Sunday 30 August 2009 Welcome to Australia! After clearing Customs and Immigration we will be transferred to our accommodation, located right on Darling Harbour. After we settle into our hotel, we have the rest of the day to explore Darling Harbour and recover from our long flight. (lunch and dinner at own arrangement and expense).
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (or similar)

Day 02 (BD): SYDNEY FREE DAY – Monday 31 August 2009 Following a leisurely breakfast we enjoy a free morning for personal sightseeing. Midafternoon, our coach will transfer us to “The Rocks”, a very historic part of Australia. “The Rocks” has been witness to much of Australia’s turbulent history since the arrival of Captain Phillip and the First Fleet. It sits on one of the most beautiful shorelines of the world’s most beautiful harbour and, restored to its early charm, the area is a hub of culture, history and entertainment. We have time to explore, perhaps to purchase a souvenir or have a quiet drink overlooking the Harbour and Sydney Opera House. From The Rocks, we stroll round Circular Quay where we board the MV Sydney 2000 for our sunset Dinner Cruise. Our coach will be waiting at the end of the evening for our transfer back to the hotel. (lunch at own arrangement and expense).
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (or similar)

Day 03 (BD): SYDNEY SIGHTSEEING – Tuesday 01 September 2009 This morning we embark on a tour of this great city. First of all, we make our way to the harbour foreshore and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The chair was carved out of the sandstone by convicts for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife in order for her to watch the activity on the harbour and await the arrival of Ships from England. The point provides us with wonderful views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. We then head to the Sydney Opera House, the spectacular home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Here we are met by a qualified guide and take a tour of this architectural masterpiece, Australia’s foremost tourist attraction and one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. The Guided Tour includes a visit to all available theatres and foyers, explanations of various features of the building as well as an insight to the history, construction and stories that make the Sydney Opera House the eighth wonder of the modern world. We have some free time to purchase lunch (at own expense) before we continue our sightseeing around the eastern suburbs of Sydney. We travel through exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse before making our way to Watson Bay and the ‘Gap’ on the southern side of the Sydney Harbour Heads. We then travel down to visit the famous Bondi Beach and have time to take a stroll along the promenade. This evening we enjoy a very special dinner in Australia’s highest and most

spectacular revolving restaurant – The Sydney Tower Restaurant. Situated at the top of one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, Sydney Tower Restaurant offers us a truly unique dining experience. We’re treated to breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of Sydney and her harbour as we dine. (lunch at own arrangement and expense).
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (or similar)

Day 04 (B):THE BLUE MOUNTAINS– Wednesday 02 September 2009 The Blue Mountains are a spectacular part of Australia’s heritage. The National Park conserves some 218,000 hectares of rugged beauty with a variety of terrain, a diversity of microclimates and vast ecological wealth. Our first stop enroute to the mountains is at the Featherdale Wildlife Park to meet some Australian animals including kangaroos, emus, wombats and dingoes. We then travel into the Blue Mountains; our sightseeing includes some impressive lookouts such as Govetts Leap. We will take the scenic cliff drive to Echo Point and the Three Sisters at Katoomba before visiting “The Edge” where we will be spellbound by the visual majesty of the incredible footage of the Blue Mountains area recreated in this enormous 3D cinema. We’ll have some free time in Katoomba for our lunch break and a wander around the village. This afternoon we board the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest incline railway. Descend 415m down the escarpment at a gradient of 52 degrees. Travel through the tunnel and ancient rainforest. When we disembark, we take the 300m rainforest boardwalk to connect with the Sceniscender platform. The Scenicscender is the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. It will take us on a 545 metre ride up through the World Heritage Listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley. Mid afternoon, we retrace our steps back to Sydney.. (lunch and dinner at own arrangement and expense).
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (or similar)

Day 05 (B):SYDNEY TO CANBERRA– Thursday 03 September 2009 We travel south this morning towards the Southern Highlands. We stop at historic Berrima, with its heritage buildings, history and interesting craft shops. From Berrima, we continue on to Canberra, the Nation’s Capital. With a population in excess of 300,000 in a beautiful setting around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra offers visitors a huge variety of attractions and touring opportunities. Parliament House is the reason for Canberra’s existence and is the focal point of the Parliamentary Triangle. Our lunch today is a genuine Australian BBQ at Glenloch Station – a sheep property just outside Canberra. We see sheep shearing and a unique demonstration by specially trained sheep dogs as they muster the flock. Returning to Canberra, we call at the Australian War Memorial. Here, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier commemorates all Australians who gave their lives for their country and along Embassy Row there are more than 80 diplomatic missions. In the Anzac Hall Gallery a collection of large technology items, such as the "G" (for George Lancaster bomber) and the Japanese midget submarine which was caught in Sydney Harbour in 1942, are on display. This gallery adjoins the newly opened Bradbury Aircraft Hall. Our coach captain will point out the many civic buildings as we make our way to our overnight accommodation. After dinner this evening we reboard the coach and make our way to the top of Black Mountain and the Telstra Tower. Standing on top of Black Mountain, the Telstra Tower provides a magnificent 360 degree view over beautifully lit Canberra City and the surrounding country side. The

Tower contains an exhibition area where models and displays describe the history of telecommunications in Australia. Our day complete we return to the Hotel. (lunch and dinner at own arrangement and expense).
Country Comfort Greenway(or similar)

Day 06 (BD): CANBERRA TO BEECHWORTH – Friday 04 September 2009 An early start this morning as we head into the Snowy Mountains. From Canberra, we travel to Cooma – the most genuinely multi-cultural rural town in Australia. Originally settled in 1823, it became the headquarters for the building of the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme which commenced in 1949. The hydro scheme was the biggest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. We then travel through Jindabyne and via the Alpine Way into Kosciusko National Park and Thredbo Village. Here we’ll have some free time to walk around the village – perhaps take a ride on the skilift – and purchase our lunch. This afternoon, we follow the Alpine Way through Khancoban and Corryong to Beechworth for our overnight accommodation. (lunch at own arrangement and expense, dinner at hotel).
La Trobe at Beechworth (or similar)

Day 07 (B): BEECHWORTH TO MELBOURNE– Saturday 05 September 2009 This morning we have some free time to explore Beechworth, one of Victoria’s best preserved gold towns. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s brought with it a flurry of activity and growth. The magnificent buildings, 32 of which are listed by the National Trust - and the beautiful gardens, are a legacy of the gold rush days. Mid morning we board the coach and travel along the Hume Highway to Melbourne, stopping enroute for lunch (at own expense). On arrival in Melbourne we enjoy an introductory tour of this great city. Melbourne really is a grand place! Within the parks and gardens around the city centre are many gracious buildings such as Government House, the Old Treasury Building and the Exhibition Building, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880. We travel past the National Tennis Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Ground which is the world’s largest cricket ground, and also see some of the magnificent gardens that surround the city centre - the Royal Botanic Gardens, located next to the city centre and Fitzroy Gardens. This evening we check into our motel with free time for dinner (at own expense). (lunch and dinner at own arrangement and expense).
Accommodation at own arrangement

7 day Sydney to Melbourne pre conference tour Engineering Australia Sep 09

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