BRISBANE / BLUE MOUNTAINS / SYDNEY
2 TEST TOUR
Saturday 4th July:
Australia V Ireland - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 11th July:
Australia V Ireland - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Please Note that this is a provisional trip outline and all details are subject to change.
THURSDAY 2nd JULY
Arrive at Brisbane International Airport. Coach Transfer on arrival. Mid-city brief orientation tour and then check in at your Hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Welcome Dinner 2 course meal at your hotel.
Novotel Hotel Brisbane **** 3 Nights
FRIDAY 3rd JULY
Breakfast from 06.30
Some of the group are going as today to the Sunshine Coast and tour an hour north of Brisbane to take in the Australia Zoo.
Optional: Australia Zoo (See optional tours for details)
SATURDAY 4th JULY
Today is TEST DAY Ireland V Australia – Suncorp Stadium
Breakfast from 06.30
14:30 Transfer to local Rugby Club for a pre match meal and drinks. Watch a game between some of the local guys and have a XXXX i.e. “a 4X” that’s the beer they drink around here.
18:30 Transfer to Suncorp Stadium match time 20.00.
22:30 After the match transfer back to your hotel.
SUNDAY 5th JULY
Day at leisure in Brisbane to relax
*Take a walk in the City Botanic Gardens. *Check out the Museum of Brisbane.
Dinner – Dine around town (Own cost)
MONDAY 6th JULY
BRISBANE / SYDNEY / BLUE MOUNTAINS
Breakfast from 06.30
08:00 Coach transfer to the Brisbane Domestic Airport for flight to Sydney.
11:25 Arrive at Sydney Domestic Airport. Coach transfer to The Blue Mountains on arrival.
14:00 Arrive at your Hotel and check-in.
18:30 Dinner a mouthwatering a la carte dinner tonight is in the Jamison Views Restaurant 3 course meal.
Mountain Heritage, Katoomba **** 2 Nights
TUESDAY 7th JULY
09:00 Coach transfer to view more of the Blue Mountains.
Arrive at Scenic World.
Take advantage of Scenic World to see the best of the Blue Mountains, including the beautiful Three Sisters rock formation. Glide between clifftops and over the rainforest on the Scenic Skyway; descend into the Jamison Valley on the Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway; explore the tranquil rainforest along the Scenic Walkway and climb back to the top with unbeatable views on the Scenic Cableway. You have an Unlimited Pass.
WEDNESDAY 8th JULY
07:30-09:00 Breakfast served with breathtaking views,
09:30 Travel by Coach to Homebush, the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games then continue into the city and then Bondi Beach and back into the CBD where you will do a brief orientation Including Paddington, Parliament House, The Opera House Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.
1330 Arrive at your hotel and check-in or drop your bags and then you have free time this afternoon. (SEE SUGGESTIONS)
Intercontinental Sydney ****.5 City View Room
THURSDAY 9th JULY
SYDNEY / HUNTER VALLEY
Starts 06:30-10:00 Breakfast
OPTIONAL WINE TOUR (SEE OPTIONAL EXTRAS)
FRIDAY 10th JULY
Starts 06:30-10:00 Breakfast
SATURDAY 11th JULY
Starts 06:30 Breakfast
Today is TEST DAY Ireland V Australia
11:00 Walk down the road to the Opera House, go down the stairs to the box office and check-in for your tour.
The Sydney Opera House Tour
12:00 “A building that changed the image of an entire country”
13:00 At the end of your tour walk back to your hotel.
13:30 Board your coach and transfer to your guest hosts and have a fun afternoon. They will have a BBQ for lunch
14:00 Pre match entertainment has been be arranged at the Sydney Irish Rugby Football Club Sydney.
14:20 There is a game here this afternoon. Latham Park – Meet with Alan Connolly
16:30 Transfer to the P.J. Gallagher's Irish Pub for a get together with the club and drinks (open bar).
18:30 Transfer to SGC for the Test Match kick off 8pm
22:30 After the game Transfer back to your hotel.
SUNDAY 12th JULY
SYDNEY / HOME
Starts 06:30 Breakfast
11:00 Check out of your room. Leave your bags with the porter until pickup.
Free Time: Enjoy the last of your time in Sydney before heading to the airport for your return flights home.
MONDAY 13th JULY
Arrive back into Dublin
Take a walk in the City Botanic Gardens.
Check out the Museum of Brisbane.
Optional Trip (at a Fee) Friday 3rd July : Australia Zoo
Board your coach and travel North to the Australia Zoo. (Pick-up time tbc)
Made famous by the legendary Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter and wildlife saviour. Here they have over 1000 Animals and they have 700,000 visitors annually. This will allow you to see all the Australian wildlife and activity all in one place. We will explore the Sunshine Coast as part of today’s tour. Drop off approx. 17:00.
THINGS THAT YOU COULD DO FOR FREE–
• Today is a day when you will have the opportunity to spend some time in the CBD. There is the huge Westfield shopping complex and the Sydney Tower.
• You will want to explore the Darling Harbour area and China Town or the Haymarket – Paddy Markets.
• Paddy's Markets is held a central place in Sydney's history for over 150 years. Paddy's Markets, Sydney's biggest markets have a wide variety of stalls; food, fashion, gifts and gadgets in a true market atmosphere. Level 2 has a few outlet stores, Level 1 food hall.
• Art Gallery of NSW Want to see van Gogh and Cézanne in Sydney? The Art Gallery of NSW has everything from Impressionism right through to contemporary sculpture and Indigenous art. The gallery itself is a pleasure to spend time in, with lovely archways and great views over Woolloomooloo. Entry is free to the permanent exhibitions. Address: Art Gallery Road, Sydney• Museum of Contemporary Art The MCA is located on the water’s edge at Circular Quay. It features more than 4000 works by Australian artists as well as temporary exhibitions. Entry is free for the permanent collection. Tip: The Café on level 4 has spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks
• Walk across the Harbour Bridge It doesn’t cost a cent to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Start from The Rocks and wander over to Milsons Point to enjoy sweeping views of the city and Sydney Harbour on the way. The walk across the bridge is approximately 1 kilometre and a nice easy (if a little windy) stroll. If you’re worn out once you reach the other side, you can grab a ferry from Milsons Point back to Circular Quay. Shopping is in Pitt Street.
• Experience tranquility at the Royal Botanic Gardens
These beautifully kept and appointed gardens have everything from succulents to herbs, as well as a tropical greenhouse.
• Be uplifted at St James' and St Mary’s
Two of Sydney’s loveliest churches are separated by just a short walk across Hyde Park. St Mary’s is a prime example of English Neo-Gothic style with some interesting local touches in its crypt
• Experience history at The Rocks Discovery Museum
Entry to this museum is free, making it the perfect starting point for an exploration of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, as well as the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage.• Queen Victoria Building Rich in history and architecturally splendid, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) occupies an entire block on Sydney's George Street,
• Parts of the Australian National Maritime Museum are free, though if you want to climb aboard the ships and visit the latest exhibitions you’ll have to buy a ticket.
THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR A COST – Contact ASAP for bookings.
• WILDLIFE SYDNEY ZOO The Australian animal adventure in the heart of the City - Step into an animal adventure as you journey around Australia. Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique animals. Encounter the world’s most dangerous bird, the Cassowary, in the Daintree Rainforest, explore Kangaroo Walk-About, meet koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more! WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo features interactive displays, entertaining keeper talks and enhanced walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, Kangaroo Walk-About and Butterfly Tropics. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is open from 9.30am and located in the heart of the city, at Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour.
• CHINESE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP The Chinese Garden of Friendship is nestled at the south end of Darling harbour and a short walk from Chinatown. Entering the garden is like walking backwards in time into the quiet solitude of ancient Chinese • MADAME TUSSAUDS SYDNEY Experience the glittering world of fame and Aussie 'legends' for a day at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can take a call in the oval office desk next to Barack Obama and pose in the Royals family portrait. • SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an underwater journey of amazing discovery with 12 extraordinary themed zones.
• FERRY TO MANLY - Catch the Ferry to Manly from Circular Quay offer the stunning views of The Harbour Bridge and the opera House as you depart arrive in Manly and walk through the Corso, walk along the beach to the South end. Maybe have lunch on the beach.
200 Creek Street, Spring Hill, 4000 Brisbane, Australia
Novotel Brisbane, situated 300 m from Central Station, offers contemporary rooms with flat-screen satellite TV. It benefits from a gym, sauna and an outdoor swimming pool.
Guests at the Brisbane Novotel receive 20 minutes’ free internet access on the iMac computer station in the lobby. All rooms include a refrigerator, work desk and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine, and The Bar features light meals and refreshing drinks. Guests can enjoy a range of snacks and coffees at Plan B Café.
The Novotel Brisbane is just 5 minutes' walk from Brisbane River, the Museum of Brisbane and St. John’s Cathedral. Eagle Street Pier is a 15-minute walk away.
The tour desk and car rental service offers guests the opportunity to explore further afield.
Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains
Cnr. Apex & Lovel Streets, 2780 Katoomba, Australia
Perched on the edge of a ridge, 300 m from the heart of Katoomba’s town centre, this 4.5-star hotel offers panoramic views of the World Heritage Blue Mountains. Capturing the essence of the past, Hotel Mountain Heritage Blue Mountains offers modern facilities and services.
Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, en-suite with shower and either a full-sized bath or spa. Many rooms and suites also have their own romantic real flame fireplace. Each of the 41 guestrooms features high ceilings and bespoke collector furniture crafted from imported British Columbia timbers and paired with stylish soft furnishings embracing the traditions of European country houses. Some rooms feature picturesque mountain views. Some rates include a light continental breakfast which includes bread, pastries, cereal, cold meat, cheeses, yogurt, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.
Jamison Views Restaurant and Bar boasts breathtaking escarpment views and offers a seasonal menu of quality cuisine. Guests can relax with a glass of wine in front of an open fire in the guest lounge or watch the sunset from the spacious balconies.
You can pamper yourself in the day spa, play a game of billiards, or cozy up with a book and a hot chocolate in the library.
There are 3 golf courses to choose from, all within less than a 20-minute drive of the hotel. The Mountain Heritage offers a bird’s eye view of the historic village of Leura and “Paddy’s Town”, a collection of cottages relocated more than a century ago by an enterprising Irishman from Katoomba’s original mine - now the location of the famous Scenic World tourist attraction.
Corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Located in a historic 19th-Century building in Circular Quay, near The Rocks, the 5-star InterContinental Hotel overlooks the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
All air-conditioned rooms at the InterContinental have views of the city or the harbour. Each room includes satellite TV and a minibar.
Guests can make use of the 24-hour fitness centre, or enjoy a range of beauty treatments at Sebastian Salon. Cafe Opera features a buffet with global cuisine and fresh seafood everyday.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are less than 5 minutes' walk away via Macquarie Street. Circular Quay Ferries are just a 2-minute walk away, convenient for those who need to travel across Sydney Harbour, or enjoy one of Sydney's famous whale-watching tours.