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From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

1. From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an award-winning tour from Pokolbin which travels into the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's best known wine regions. Sit down to a delicious local lunch with a drink. Immerse yourself in Hunter Valley wines. Be picked up from the convenience of your accommodation in Pokolbin. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned, and well-maintained vehicle. Take in the lush rolling hills of the Hunter Valley on your way to wineries, cellar doors, and vineyards.  Sample fine wines at 3-4 wine cellars. Savor local flavors at a tasting at in Hunter Distillery. Have a fresh lunch before visiting a cheese outlet. Indulge in something sweet at a handmade chocolate and fudge shop.  Let your local host delight you with commentary along the way. Sip on chilled water to keep you hydrated during the tour. Spot local wildlife like kangaroos as you travel. Return to your accommodation in Pokolbin at the end of the tour. 

Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

2. Sydney: Unlimited Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a choice of over 30 freshly-prepared dishes from a range of cuisines at Sydney Tower's famous rotating restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views of the city that make Sydney Tower Buffet a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant slowly rotates, allowing you to see the city from all sides while you eat.  Choose from a huge range of menu items, including the following: • A variety of dips, cheeses and condiments • A selection of hot and cold seafood • A large selection of salads, e.g. Greek salad, seafood salad, Asian salad, watermelon salad, and many more Sample menu: Seafood  Sydney rock oysters, fresh lemon (gf, df) Tiger prawns, cocktail sauce (gf, df) Black mussels, harissa & capsicum (gf, df) Antipasto Shaved plain mortadella (gf, df) Grilled zucchini, lemon olive oil (v, gf, df) Eggplant caponata (v, gf, df) Hommus (v, gf, df) Rosemary focaccia (v, df) Salads Dutch cream potato (v, gf, df) Chickpea & tomato (v, gf, df) Watermelon, feta, mint dressing (v, gf) Mains Baked barramundi, fennel, pink pepper slaw (gf, df) Tempura fish bites, tartare sauce Steak cut chips Lemon & thyme roast potatoes (v, gf) Stir-fried seafood Hokkien noodles (df) Truffled cauliflower, tarragon pangrattato (v) Grilled kangaroo, native thyme & red bean salsa (gf, df) Greek-style grilled chicken thigh, lemon & oregano (gf, df) Casarecce pasta, Italian sausage & rocket (df) Tofu & eggplant basil stir fry (v, df) Marrakesh-style lamb korma osso buco, raisin (gf) Cumin steamed rice (v, gf, df) Desserts Salted caramel & chocolate tart Khanom chan, thai steamed coconut & pandan slice (v, gf, df) Persian love cake, lemon icing, pistachio Black forest gateau Red velvet cake, raspberry glaze Mango panna cotta (v, gf, df) Cheese selection (v, gf) Lavosh (v) Apple & raisin chutney (v, gf, df) Dry fruit (v, gf, df) v = vegetarian, gf = gluten-free, df = dairy-free. Menu subject to change. This is a sample menu only and may be subject to change due to food seasonality and availability.

Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

3. Sydney Harbour: New Year's Eve Cruise on a Glass Boat

Experience an unforgettable evening on the Bella Vista, a luxurious glass vessel. Celebrate the New Year on a 5-hour cruise with a dinner buffet, open bar, and DJ. Marvel at the Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display with 3m high glass wraparound windows. The specially designed Bella Vista integrates style with state-of-the-art technology. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Sydney Harbour fireworks from a 5-star venue with an open-top deck with 360-degree views of magnificent Sydney Harbor. The vessel is decked out in amazing lights and participates in the Harbor of Light Parade. Follow a route past Sydney Harbour’s famous icons and return to an exclusion zone by the Harbor Bridge. This is the closest you can get to the action!

Sydney Opera House: New Year's Eve Opera Performance

4. Sydney Opera House: New Year's Eve Opera Performance

The Opera Gala puts on a world-class selection of arias and other favourites, and the intermission is timed to coincide with the evening fireworks show. Audience members can watch Sydney's famous fireworks display from a superb vantage point right on Sydney Harbour, which provides incredible views of the colourful festivities. New Year's Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House Watch opera stars perform pieces from masters such as Verdi, Bizet, and Puccini. You’ll hear some of the finest performers join with the 60-piece Opera Australia Orchestra for a concert of some of opera’s most impressive arias.

Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

5. Sydney: Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3, 4 or 6-Course Menu

Experience a first-class dining experience aboard one of Sydney's premier vessels, the MV Sydney 2000 or John Cadman II, as you sail around a dazzling night sky or a mesmerizing Sydney Harbour during sunset (summer). Enjoy the enchanting backdrop of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and savor the scrumptious choices of an a la carte meal of a Contemporary Australian menu and 5-star service. Once you have indulged in the fantastic cuisine on offer, enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday nights. See stunning Sydney Harbour by night aboard your premium dining experience.

Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Sunset River Cruise

6. Jervis Bay: 2-Hour Sunset River Cruise

Set sail on a late-afternoon voyage to the sheltered waters of Currambene Creek. Enjoy an evening of relaxation on calm river waters on a pontoon boat. Feel free to bring your own food and snacks onboard to enjoy as you cruise along the waters of the Currambene River and discover its beautiful ecosystem. Take in the natural beauty of the area as you meander along the riverside. Listen to onboard commentary to learn more about the plants and animals which can be found along the river. Keep an eye out for some of the native pelicans and look out for the giant stingrays. Finally, enjoy a wonderful sunset onboard for a perfect end to your day.

Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

7. Sydney: Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner

Explore Sydney Harbour on a sunset cruise while enjoying a 3-course dinner served with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. Set sail from Darling Harbor and once the sun goes down, watch the city lights shine bright as you admire the gleaming metropolis reflected in the harbor. Depart Darling Harbor just as the sun begins to set, you’ll be treated to some epic views of the skyline and surrounding bays. There’s plenty of room on the expansive top, fore, and aft decks to ensure you get uninterrupted 360-degree views of the iconic attractions as you sail past. As night falls and the city lights begin to sparkle, dinner is served. Enjoy a regionally focused menu, served over 3 courses. The chefs have created a menu that highlights the multicultural influences that make Sydney cuisine so special, using an array of fresh and flavorful New South Wales ingredients.  Dinner is paired with a selection of beers, wines, soft drinks, and tea or coffee. The wine has been hand-selected from some of the finest wineries in New South Wales. After dinner, sail past Taronga Zoo and Luna Park before arriving back in Darling Harbor.

Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

8. Sydney Harbour: Private Helicopter Flight with Transfer

Start your helicopter adventure at the Sydney Airport with a pre-flight briefing and photo opportunities before boarding the helicopter. After take-off, enjoy spectacular aerial views of the buzzing coastal metropolis and landmark sights such as the iconic Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the famous beaches of Bondi and Manly Cove. As you cruise over the Harbour City, your pilot shares informative commentary on the landmarks below. Look down on the Taronga Zoo and the wave-capped waters of Watsons Bay and Rose Bay. As you loop back toward the airport, hover above the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. 

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

9. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up from central Melbourne in the morning and drive to the launch field. Walk to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed to get in the air.  Board the hot air balloon and after a short safety briefing, soar up into the sky. Admire stunning views of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, parks, and botanical gardens from above.  Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends.  See how sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly over.  Watch as the pilot uses the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. Meet the ground crew at the landing spot. Return to your accommodation in central Melbourne after the ballooning gear is put away. 

From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

10. From Sydney: Canberra City Highlights and Floriade Day Tour

From Sydney take a day trip to explore Australia's capital city, located in the Australian Capital Territory 3 hours south west from Sydney. A morning tea stop (own expense) on the way will allow you to stretch your legs and grab a coffee before arriving in Canberra, Australia's capital. . Drive past Yarralumla for a close look at the many national embassies, each one unique and designed to reflect aspects of the country's culture. Stop for 360 degree views over the capital city from Mount Ainslie and see how this city was well designed. Take a guided tour of the underground Parliament House, and get an understanding of Australia's democracy at work in this architectural masterpiece costing $1.1 billion in the 1980s! From the inner halls of power to walking on the roof, this is an amazing building. It's then off to Floriade, Australia's biggest celebration of spring with thousands of flowers and entertainment next to Lake Burley Griffin. Only running between September to October each year. Australia's biggest and most popular flower festival. Canberra's Commonwealth Park is transformed into a tapestry of colour with more than a million bulbs and annuals in bloom at this month-long festival. Rejoin the group for a time of reflection as you discover the legends of Gallipoli, the ANZACs, the sacrifices and losses suffered by Australians in past wars fought around the world at the Australian War Memorial. Return to Sydney arriving at approximately 8pm with a brief refreshment/dinner (own expense) stop on the return journey.

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This event was top notch from start to finish! A beautiful sparkling clean boat, lovely waitstaff and crew, tables beautifully set with white tablecloths and glassware. And the food was amazing, plated individually with care by truly great kitchen staff. Along with nice quality wines and beers and of course magnificent views of the harbor it made our introduction to Sydney magical! We would highly recommend this harbor cruise

A wonderful and unique experience service was beyond good food was amazing with plenty to choose from and the views were phenomenal we booked the 5:30 slot with a window seat which gave us the beauty of seeing Sydney by day and night!

This was a wonderful cruise, great value for money, superb food and drink, great views of the city and the staff couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend this.

Great day from start to finish Dennis the driver was so nice and attentive would decently recommend

Amazing views , delicious food , great service , incredible boat, worth every cent.