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Australia

Welcome to the Land Down Under! From its’ beautifully restored historic buildings to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, students are immersed in a maze of cobblestone streets and Australia’s glorious harbor. Get an all-access backstage pass to Australia’s most famous landmark Sydney’s Opera House. Perform with Australian Groups throughout your tour, breath in the culture, taste the local cuisine, and touch nature.

Highlights

  • Sydney Opera House

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge

  • Cable Car Ride to the Blue Mountains

  • St. Mary’s Cathedral

  • Harbor Cruise with Lunch

  • Opal Museum

  • Sydney Zoo - Kangaroos, Wallaby, Platypus and more

  • Great Barrier Reef

  • Performances with Australian Groups

Sample Itinerary

Day One – Travel day – Sydney, Australia

  • Depart/Arrive Sydney Australia
  • Check into your hotel
  • Explore Paddy’s Markets filled with a wide variety of; food, fashion, gifts and gadgets in a true market atmosphere
  • Dinner Time at Nick’s Restaurant at the Promenande Cockle Bay Wharf, an iconic Sydney location
  • Let’s call it a night – you need a good night’s rest for tomorrows activities!

Day Two – Sydney/Blue Mountains

  • Weet-bix for breakfast with some strawberry jam perhaps
  • Hop aboard your private motorcoach for your journey to the Blue Mountains
  • Arrive in the Blue Mountains – Check out some of the excursions you’ll be a part of:
  • Scenic Skyway offers breathtaking views of the rainforest with its glass cabin floor and floor to ceiling windows.
  • For those not quite as daring choose the Scenic Cableway, fully enclosed cabin offering spectacular views of Three Sisters, Orphan Rock, Mt. Solitary and Katoomba Falls.
  • After disembarking the Scenic Cableway, and stroll along the Scenic Skyway. Experience tranquility as you immerse in the ancient rainforest.
  • Are you ready for a thrill? Emerge into ancient rainforest at the Jaison Valley floor riding the steepest passenger railway in the world Scenic Railway. Choose between the ‘Cliffhanger,’ a 64-degree incline or the “Laid Back’ option
  • Depart the Blue Mountains and return to your hotel to freshen up for dinner
  • Taste a bit of China with dinner in Chinatown.

Day Three – Sydney

  • Board your motorcoach for a private tour of the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, hailed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”.
  • Say Cheese! PHOTO ON THE OPERA HOUSE STAIRS
  • Next stop – The National Opal Collection (20 min walk) View Australia’s famous opals and learn of their history and how they are mined and processed for market. Don’t forget to buy a keepsake!
  • Board the Captain Cook for a lunch cruise along the Sydney Harbor
  • After lunch, it’s time for the famous BridgeClimb – scale to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
  • Walk back to your hotel at your leisure
  • Time to dress up for your night at the Opera
  • Enjoy Dinner before seeing La Traviata, an opera that fills the stage with glamour, joys, and sorrow.

Day Four – Sydney

  • Ready for an Aussie breakfast?
  • Board your private motorcoach for your journey to the Wildlife Sydney Zoo, home f the Aussie Big 5! Hop like a Kangaroo, meet Ringo the Wombat, come face to face with a saltwater crocodile, watch the resident platypus swim and play, and take a pic with a cuddly Koala.
  • After cuddling with the Koalas, it’s time to board your private motorcoach to Marist College for rehearsal
  • Is Shrimp on the Barbie on the menu tonight?
  • Performance time!
  • Return to your hotel you have an early day tomorrow

Day Five – Sydney/Brisbane

  • What will it be today? Smashed avocado on toast, poached egg…
  • Check out of your hotel and depart for the airport – You are on your way to Brisbane!
  • Get some zzz’s on the plane; this is an overnight flight.
  • Arrive in Brisbane and enjoy breakfast
  • Time to head to Southbank – Don’t forget your music equipment and performance uniform.
  • Stroll through the beautiful green landscape of Southbank and marvel at it’s vibrant Arbour
  • So many choices to enjoy lunch on your own.
  • Board your private motorcoach – your on your way to St. Laurence’s College
  • Enjoy a spot of tea before your sound check and rehearsal
  • Are you up for a hamburger with ‘the lot’? Yummy, meat, tomato, bacon, pineapple, beetroot, egg, & lettuce.  Now we’re talking!
  • Hope your not too full – It’s time to Perform!
  • After that amazing performance, you need your rest. Board your private motorcoach and transfer back to your hotel.

Day Six – Brisbane/ Cairns

  • Today let’s try Brekkie in a skillet!
  • Check out of your hotel
  • Hop aboard your private motorcoach to the Queensland Conservatorium for your music workshop(s).
  • After your workshops travel to the airport – you’re heading for Cairns
  • Arrive in Cairns
  • Check into your hotel
  • Today is a day of rest. Chill out by the pool, take a nap, just enjoy (Lunch money will be provided)
  • Enjoy a yummy dinner before bed. Maybe try the ‘snag’?

Day  Seven – Cairns/ Great Barrier Reef/ Cairns

  • Breakfast time! Smoky bacon, fresh farm eggs, ripe tomatoes – Yum!
  • Grab a towel and board your private motorcoach – Let’s explore the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Check-in Marlin Jetty and depart on a Reef Magic Cruise
  • Warm up with a cup of tea and lunch
  • It’s time to explore!
  • Semi-Submersible & Glass Bottom Boat tours, guided snorkel tours with a Marine Biologist, participate in a field activity – Eye on the Reef Key Indicator Species / Rapid Monitoring Survey, a 360 degrees radius swim identifying the percentages of the different types of coral (live/dead), coral rock, coral rubble, and sand, participate in water quality testing methodology and record the results and add the data to the Reef Magic Education and Research program.
  • Depart Outer Reef and arrive back at Marlin Jetty
  • Re-board your private motorcoach and return to your hotel to freshen up for dinner
  • Enjoy dinner at your hotel – We’re thinking Barramundi!

Day Eight – Cairns/ Kuranda

  • Vegemite spread on hot toast with a cup of Bush tea – Now your Australian all the way!
  • Depart on your private motorcoach to Freshwater Station for your train trip to Kuranda, the village in the rain forest.
  • Arrive in Kuranda and explore the Koala Gardens, Birdworld, Butterfly sanctuary, and enjoy lunch and refreshments on your own

Day Nine – Cairns / Travel Home

Say a sad goodbye to the Land Down Under time to depart for home

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