7 DAY TOUR: ESSENCE OF AUSTRALIA
Welcome to the Cultural Heart of Australia
Sydney, is best known for its harbour front, Sydney Opera House, massive Darling Harbour and the iconic arched Harbour Bridge. Explore Canberra, the capital city to experience Australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries. The Wonga Wonga wetlands in Albury Wodonga is a great place for Aborigine culture. Melbourne, the 2nd most populous city in Australia, has the most extensive tram network in the world and is the Arts Capital of Australia.
Day 1 - Sydney
Arrive Sydney, the largest city in Australia with a population of 5.1 million. Originally established as a penal colony in 1788, the ancestral history of many “Sydneysiders” relates to the time when a crime committed in England by their forefathers saw them sent to the end of the world as a convict with no return ticket!
On arrival in Sydney we embark on an orientation tour prior to checking into our accommodation where the remainder of the day is free of structured activities. Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. Check into your accommodation.
Your Musical Director may like to schedule a rehearsal
Day 2 - Sydney - CONCERT
Today is dedicated to music! (Sydney Conservatorium).
Master Class - with one of Sydney’s prominent Musical Directors
Professional Musicians/Vocalists (Professional Artist in Residence - Sydney Conservatorium). This could even be held at the renowned Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Australian Institute of Music – (AIM)
Subject to availability (optional extra) we may be able to join the students for lunch at the Music Café at the Conservatorium
Late afternoon preparations begin for our first Australian concert which is tonight.
You may like to consider a joint concert with one of Sydney’s top Choral groups. Dependent on the ensemble this could very well be a joint concert with a group from the Conservatorium or the Australian Institute of Music.
Day 3 - Sydney
We awake in Sydney this morning and our sightseeing tour of this great city includes the Sydney Harbour Bridge and world- famous Opera House. Take the opportunity to have a group photograph on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This is truly a uniquely designed building like no other in the world. After spending time exploring Darling Harbour, we visit the Wildlife World and Aquarium.
Sydney Harbour Bridge - a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - See Sydney at its best - take the Climb of Your Life to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with Bridge Climb Sydney
Sydney Opera House - a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. There are 7 different performance venues in the Sydney Opera House that are the Concert Hall, the Opera Theatre, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, The Studio, the Forecourt and the Utzon Room. With over 40 shows a week at the Sydney Opera House there's something for everyone.
Wildlife World and Aquarium - Wild Life Sydney Zoo is a wildlife park in the heart of the city of Sydney, Australia. Officially opened in September 2006, it is located on the city side of the Darling Harbour leisure and retail precinct, next to Sydney Aquarium.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats.
Sydney Jet boat Cruiser Rides on Sydney Harbour – rides aplenty, from thrills and 280 degree turns at fast speed, to more leisurely relaxing rides to take in the wonderful views of Sydney Harbour. The choice is yours.
There is time today for your Musical Director to schedule a rehearsal.
Day 4 - Sydney - Canberra - CONCERT
This morning we depart for Canberra; the home of Australia’s Parliament and the country’s capital city. During our coach trip we keep an eye out as we may very well see a Kangaroo bouncing along – or if we are lucky a Koala. Moments that Matter!
On arrival in Canberra we have an orientation tour which includes Parliament House, the Mt Ainslee lookout for wonderful views of the capital region including both the Old and New Parliament Houses, the court houses, the diplomatic area, the War Memorial, ANZAC Parade and Museum.
This evening is our concert in Canberra. This can be arranged with the USA Embassy and Parliamentary officials. Ambassador John Berry is in residence in Canberra the home of Australia’s Government.
Guided Tour of War Memorial Galleries - commemorating the sacrifice of Australian men and women who have served their country in times of war.
Day 5 - Canberra - Albury Wodonga
We farewell Canberra and head to Albury Wodonga a broad settlement incorporating the twin Australian cities of Albury and Wodonga which are separated geographically by the Murray River and politically by a State border. Albury on the north of the river is part of New South Wales while Wodonga on the south bank is in Victoria.
On arrival in Albury Wodonga we use this time for rest, relaxation and wandering around this city which was proclaimed a city in 1946.
Wonga Wetlands - at dusk where we should see kangaroos, deer and a platypus. This is a large area of natural and manmade lakes and billabongs. It is peaceful walking through the wetlands with lots of wildlife and nature. The bird hides are well placed and the whole wetland comes alive with sound. This is a great place for relaxing, bird watching and understanding wetlands ecology.
Aborigine Playing Didgeridoo – subject to availability we may be able to listen and watch whilst at the Wetlands. A didgeridoo is an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube, traditionally made from a hollow branch, which is blown to produce a deep, resonant sound, varies by rhythmic accent of timbre and volume.
Day 6 - Albury Wodonga - Melbourne
This morning we board our touring coach and depart for Melbourne; the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia. Melbourne is home to a non-stop program of festivals, renowned dining, major art exhibitions and musical extravaganzas
On arrival we enjoy an orientation tour to view examples of Melbourne’s Victorian architecture including St Paul’s Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres, Melbourne Town Hall, Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Queen Victoria Markets.
Day 7 - Melbourne
Today is dedicated to music!
This morning you may like to partake in a Choral Master Class at the Melbourne Trinity College of Music, Australian Institute of Music (Melbourne) or the Melbourne University Music Department.
After lunch preparations begin for our final Australian concert this afternoon.
For now it’s time to say “See you later Mate” as we transfer you to Tullamarine International Airport for your trip to Auckland, New Zealand where you check into your WSCM accommodation or check in for your international flight home.
Or view some of our other tempting pre-tour or post-tour options
With the whole of New Zealand at your feet we can tailor the perfect package to suit your group. You can combine Short Tours or create an all new bespoke itinerary, you can add in performances along the way or keep it as a relaxing visit to our beautiful country…really the choice is yours…contact us to start making your dream come alive and we will help you create true #momentsthatmatter.
3 DAY TOUR:
Bay of Islands Spectacular
The beautiful Bay of Islands is the perfect place to rest and recuperate from your flight (we can even build in rehearsal to ensure you are pitch perfect). Or add to the end of our tour to wind down post Symposium.
4 DAY TOUR:
Bay of Islands Discovery
If 3 days in the beautiful Bay of Islands just isn’t enough…we can extend your stay in Northland so you can truly experience this incredible and unique part of New Zealand.
4 DAY TOUR:
A Taste of Middle Earth
Heading south of Auckland you can trek through our beautiful countryside to incredible Rotorua. On the way south you will visit Hobbiton, the set for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies!
7 DAY TOUR:
North Island Natural Wonders
New Zealand has an incredible natural history, get a taste of the truly unique nature of New Zealand on the way south to our capital city!
7 DAY TOUR:
North Island Escape
Your extended tour of the North Island takes in Hobbiton and the Art Deco capital of the world. And you will see some specular scenery on the way! This is a perfect way to wind down post Symposium.
7 DAY TOUR:
South Island Sensations
The spectacular South Island truly is a winter wonderland. You will experience southern hospitality at its best and see the very best the deep south has to offer.
5 DAY TOUR:
Great Barrier Bonanza
Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the wonders of the world. Couple this with a Skyrail Rainforest tour and you have the perfect taste of the incredible natural beauty of Australia.