Australia & The Australian Open Jan 22 – Jan 31, 2021
Join us for another once in a lifetime amazing journey to the land down under…home of Cathy Freeman, Nova Peris, Megan Davis, Linda Burney, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, Crocodile Dundee, Steve Irwin, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Margaret Court, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nick Kyrgios. Just looking at the list of famous names tells you to dig a little deeper into Aussie land.
According to Worldatlas.com, Australia is known as ‘the land Down Under’ for its position in the southern hemisphere. The discovery of Australia began when European explorers searched for a land under the continent of Asia. Before Australia was discovered, it was known as Terra Australis Incognita the unknown southern land.
CNN Travel indicates that the land down under offers spectacular outdoor scenery, animals unlike anywhere else in the world and urban centers that compete with the top cities of Europe, North America and Asia on livability rankings. It lists Sydney, Melbourne and the tropics of Cairns, with its Great Barrier Reef, among its best places to visit in Australia.
As a tennis player, I definitely recommend a visit to the Australian Open at Melbourne Park and we will visit the AO on Jan 25, 2021 which should be around the 2nd or 3rd rounds in singles. We will sit together as a group in lower level stadium seating with a plan for lunch and drinks to be included.
Travel excites me because of the unknown and what is just around the corner to discover. As a labeled African American or Black Woman that travels, I have received interesting looks and amazing questions when I talk about Black History tours in areas like Canada, London, Paris and the like. A few questions that I always find interesting are…. Oh, do black people actually live there? Or What do they call black people there? It’s questions like those that help fuel my travel passion as an objective and open woman that identifies as a melting pot of ethnic background and as a Black Woman. It’s questions like those that ask you to go back and read that list of names presented at the beginning and then do a little look-see on those names you don’t recognize. If you are a history and culture lover you may definitely find Australia an undiscovered world worth exploring regardless of racial identity.
*LAX to Melbourne is an average 24-hour flight
Day 1 Friday January 22, 2021 Depart for Melbourne*
Depart your home destination for Melbourne may actually occur the evening of Jan 21, 2021 as the average flight is 24 hours.
Day 2 Saturday January 23, 2021 Arrive in Melbourne
Welcome to the second-largest city in Australia! Melbourne is full of cultural and architectural attractions, sights and epic nightlife!
WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN!
Meet your local transfer in terminal 2 (international) after clearing customs for transfer from Melbourne Airport to Hotel Lindrum. Your driver will have a sign with your name and will wait 1.5 hours in case of flight delays.
Get some rest after such a long flight or explore the city via a hop-on-hop-off bus or feel free to take advantage of being within walking distance to world-class theatres and restaurants, sporting venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne and Olympic Parks and major attractions such as Federation Square.
Day 3 Sunday January 24, 2021 – Melbourne
Awake and enjoy a fabulous breakfast and sightseeing on your own but be back at the hotel by 1:00 PM (Depart hotel 1:45PM) for 8 hours of amazement during your unforgettable day which will commence with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. Next, head to Phillip Island where, time/season permitting, visit Woolamai Surf Beach to catch a glimpse of the awesome waves and die-hard surfers. Following this, travel over to the dramatic west coast of the island. At the Nobbies, stroll along the boardwalk to experience the waves crashing along this dramatic coastline and perhaps spot a few seals and some penguin nests. Finally, your Phillip Island Day Tour is not complete without its black-tie gala event: The Penguin Parade. You will firstly head to the Visitor Centre to explore, shop and have a coffee, then last but certainly not least, you will meander along the boardwalk to the viewing platform. It’s time to relax and let the show begin. The little penguins will waddle ashore, decked out in their tuxedos as they hurry off to find their burrows. At the end of the evening, your Guide will take you back to your Melbourne hotel.
Day 4 Monday January 25, 2021 – Melbourne
WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN! We will attend the AO on Day 8 of the tennis rounds which should be around 3rd or 4th round Singles and will sit in lower level stadium seating. Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park – Melbourne
Day 5 Tuesday January 26, 2021 – Cairns
Awake early and enjoy a fabulous breakfast before heading out back to the Melbourne airport for a flight to Cairns.
Arrive in Cairns which is the heart of the Tropical North and is your gateway to some of the best scenery in Australia. The Cairns region is internationally recognized for world class attractions, superb natural features and friendly north Queensland hospitality. The city is a delightful blend of colonial architecture, ranging from grand public and commercial buildings to wooden houses built in the distinctive north Queensland style. Cairns is the focal point for the magnificent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforests. To the west are the lush Atherton Tablelands and the outback plains and gorges of the gulf savannah. Your transfer will meet you in baggage claim and transfer you to your luxurious hotel.
Enjoy exploration on your own today.
Day 6 Wednesday January 27, 2021 – Cairns
Awake early and enjoy a fabulous breakfast then be ready for an 7:45 AM pickup for 10 hours of amazing water fun at the Great Barrier Reef.
Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera to capture your memories and of course, cash and/or credit cards.
For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver’s wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one meter underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you’ll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.
Day 7 Thursday January 28, 2021
Awake early early and enjoy a fabulous breakfast then be ready for an 7:15AM pickup for 10 hours of adventure which includes a train ride, sky rail, rain forestation nature park, and lunch.
The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, and gives plenty of free time to explore. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander the many shops and local markets, which offer a range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts. You will then be transferred to Rain forestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. Learn to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstration, and learn about aboriginal culture. A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park is also included. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5-kilometer Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain in a Diamond View Gondola, one of 11 special Gondolas with a glass floor providing panoramic views of the tropical landscapes. Your coach will return you to your accommodation.
Day 8 Saturday January 29, 2021 – Sydney
Awake for an early morning breakfast before heading out to the Cairns airport for our flight to Sydney.
Arrive in what is Australia’s largest city, Sydney! Sydney embraces its harbour, taking the sea and natural waterways to its heart. The grand style of the Sydney Opera House has made the city the landmark of the South Pacific. Sydney, with some 4 million people is the oldest, biggest, and liveliest city in Australia. Sydney’s facilities for sightseeing and holiday activities are unequalled by any other Australian city. It is a paradise for surfers, swimmers, yachtsmen, fishermen, and golfers. Full of history and great nightlife, the choice of things to do in Sydney is endless.
Enjoy your evening on your own!
Day 9 Sunday January 30, 2021 Sydney
Enjoy breakfast before enjoying a beautiful morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic ‘Sydney Rock’ walking tour and a guided tour of Australia’s most famous building – the Sydney Opera House. You’ll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.
The morning sightseeing portion of this tour ends with guests being dropped at the Intercontinental Hotel at approx. 12 noon, this is about a 10-minute walk to the Opera House. Unless otherwise advised on the day, Gray Line has a permanent 1:30 pm timeslot booked for the Opera House tour. All passengers must arrive to the Opera House check in desk no later than 1:15pm. At the end of the Opera House tour, guests are on their own until the Captains Dinner.
The Sundresses and Linen Captains Farewell Dinner pickup will depart at 6:45 PM. Cruise, dine and dance aboard Sydney’s flagship MV Sydney 2000. Highlights include a contemporary a la carte 3 – course menu, a dance band, full bar facilities and upper deck star gazing. All menus have at least one vegetarian and gluten free menu option for seated & served menus. Buffets also offer gluten free and vegetarian choices. All meals are prepared onboard the vessels and the kitchen team have limited time to serve the menus. Requests made in advance for special dietary (e.g. nut-free, dairy-free), substitutions and modifications of menus on board our cruises will therefore be politely declined. There is no guarantee that certain products or ingredients (halal, nuts, gluten, dairy, etc.) will not be in the food, and the operator explicitly accepts no liability in this regard. For serious food allergies you must make your own decisions on selecting meals. Staff’s comments are only to assist you in making an informed decision.
Day 10 Sunday January 31, 2021 Sydney
Enjoy breakfast and bid farewell to the LAND DOWN UNDER
Day 11 Monday February 1, 2021 – Arrive Home
- 10 Days/ 9 Nights exploring Australia (Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney)
- Accommodations at beautiful hotels like Hotel Lindrum Melbourne, Pullman Cairns International and Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney with breakfast
- Transportation to and from airports, accommodations, and itinerary inclusive excursions to include freeway and tunnel tolls
- Phillip Island Nature Park Penguin and Moonlit Sanctuary Melbourne Tour
- Entry to Melbourne Park for A Day at the Australian Open Day 8 Singles – Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park – Melbourne
- Cairns Quicksilver Black & White Swimwear Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
- Cairns Kuranda Classic Tour with Gold Class Train Diamond View Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rain forestation
- Sydney Farewell White Sundresses and Linen Captains Dinner Cruise
- Attendee Swag Bag
- Onsite 2BusyNot2Travel Travel Consultant
Package Does Not Include
- Transportation to Melbourne
- Transportation from Sydney
- Australia Visitors Visa (It is highly recommended that Australian Electronic Visas be issued at time of issuing airline tickets. We are not responsible for any delays in entry visa processing due to government protocols or procedures.)
- Travel Insurance
- Additional checked baggage fees for all travel
- Items of a personal nature
- Service Charges/Gratuities
In Need of More Australian Open Time? We have an alternative travel itinerary for you so just let us know!
All prices quoted are per person and subject to change until booked:
Monthly Payments| Final Payment Due 10/15/20
- Single w/o flight: $5082
- Double w/o flight: $3563
- Single with LAX economy flight: $6762
- Double with LAX economy flight: $5243
Travel Package Accommodations
Melbourne Hotel Lindrum
The property is a stylish boutique Melbourne hotel featuring 59 hotel accommodation rooms, a boardroom, the Felt restaurant, a bar and a unique Billiard room which pays tribute to the history of the building as Lindrum’s Billiard Centre. The hotel is within walking distance to world-class theatres and restaurants, sporting venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne & Olympic Parks and major attractions such as Federation Square.
Stylish, vibrant and cosmopolitan, Melbourne is a city for all styles and tastes. Guests staying at Hotel Lindrum Melbourne, MGallery are perfectly placed to explore the best of Melbourne, and are just minutes from Melbourne CBD, Flinders Street Station and the City Circle tram. This beautiful Melbourne hotel is situated within easy reach of the city’s main dining, fashion, cultural and sporting precincts, with access to Federation Square, the MCG, Melbourne Museum, Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena.
Pullman Cairns International
Enjoy 5-star Cairns accommodation in Tropical North Queensland. Swim in the tropical pools, enjoy a relaxing treatment in Vie Spa or dine on the best local seafood in Coco’s Restaurant. This hotel is located in the heart of Cairns CBD, and close to the departure point for daily trips to the Great Barrier Reef and other natural attractions. With 16 floors of spacious hotel rooms, this hotel also means business, featuring 2,700 square meters of first-rate meetings, conference and events facilities
Featuring a central location in the heart of Cairns, Pullman Cairns International offers guests an excellent base from which to explore the city. Guests staying at this exceptional Cairns hotel are within easy distance of Cairns Esplanade and swimming lag Lagoon, Pier Shopping Plaza and the Reef Fleet Terminal, making it the ideal choice for guests looking to tour the Great Barrier Reef. Guests can also explore the surrounding area, including the Daintree Rainforest, Millaa Falls and Green Island.
Offering spectacular views over the harbour, mountains and city, guest rooms at Pullman Cairns International allow guests to relax and unwind in comfort and style. Each room features a private balcony, HD TV with video-on-demand, a work desk, blackout curtains and room service.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Sydney
With traditional heritage architecture and a vintage sandstone façade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney welcomes you to experience a sumptuous stay in the civic heart of the CBD. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this historical building now accommodates business travelers and holiday guests from all over the world. Complete with free Wi-Fi and in-room coffee and tea facilities, you’re a short stroll from prestigious restaurants and bars, luxury shopping, and iconic sites such as the Sydney Opera House, the Queen Victoria Building, and Martin Place.
Many attractions lie within walking distance of the hotel, including the well-manicured grounds of The Royal Botanic Garden and the world-famous shells of the Sydney Opera House. Drive across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or ride the ferry to see the wildlife at Taronga Zoo, or walk to the Darling Harbour area to experience the underwater wonders at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Check out some of our suggestions for nearby attractions below.
Travel Package Need to Know
- This adventure will include walking, heights and engagement with what might be considered unique animals like kangaroos and penguins.
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