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Sydney Discovery Tour

History, culture and adventure – this 5-day program of Sydney has it all. Not only will students learn about Australia’s early settler history and participate in indigenous cultural experiences – they’ll also get to scale bridges, explore rainforests, embark on a guided ghost tour and make a couple of furry new friends!

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4 Days
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Walangari Aboriginal ExperienceSydney Opera HouseThe Rocks Walking TourScenic WorldHarbour Bridge Pylon Lookout
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Sydney
  • Walangari Aboriginal Experience Enjoy an authentic aboriginal cultural experience with an Aboriginal elder, teacher and artist and performer on this unique Walking Tour. You will see some ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and traditional Aboriginal bush foods and medicines. Hear about the history of Bondi, from its pre-historical geological formation and how the Aboriginal people used its bountiful resources, to its place today as one of the world’s most iconic beaches. Tour will finish at the beautiful Bondi Pavilion with a didgeridoo performance
  • Sydney Opera House Be led through every aspect of the building's 14-year creation and 58-year history. Delve into the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon's masterpiece. What inspired his revolutionary design? How did he solve its engineering challenges to realise his vision? Run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and marvel at the vaulted ceilings. Visit areas off-limits to the public and capture photographs from rare vantage points
  • Ferry Enjoy views over the harbour whilst enjoying a ferry ride to Sydney’s Fort Denison
  • Fort Denison Fort Denison was once a small, rocky island referred to by the local Aboriginal people as Mat-te-wan-ye, also spelt Muttewai. Fort Denison has been used as a fishing spot, defence structure, navigational guide, tide gauge station, weather station, time marker and now a restaurant, event space, battery lawn and historic museum. From 1906 to 1942, the 1 o’clock cannon was fired each day to enable sailors to correctly set their ship’s chronometer to the local time. The firing of the cannon was stopped during World War II to avoid terrifying Sydney- siders and was later resumed in 1986. Still to this day the cannon is fired at 1 o'clock by the National Parks Guide.
  • The Rocks During a 1.5 hour walking tour you will discuss accounts of past times expressed through events and the interpretation of significant sites, observe and analyse the heritage of Sydney’s past and its present day and identify the stories and events that relate to the interaction between the people that lived here in this unique built environment
  • Sydney Tower Eye Start with a 4D Cinema Experience - spectacular footage transporting us across Sydney Harbour, its famous coastline, iconic landmarks and events that are integral to the city. Afterwards, reach the Observation Deck for self-guided views over Sydney
Day 2 Sydney - Blue Mountains
  • On the move Board your coach and make your way to the famous Blue Mountains in NSW
  • Waradah Aboriginal Centre At the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, students will take part in a 2 hour educational program led by an Indigenous educator. Afterwards there is face painting and a Waradah dance troup entertainment. Students can also meet and talk to Aboriginal custodians
  • Scenic World At Scenic World students will enjoy a one way trip on the Scenic Cableway, which takes them on a 545 metre ride into the World Heritage-listed rainforest of the Jamison Valley. Once at the bottom, they'll experience the 300m scenic walkway on the way to the base of the Scenic Railway. The railway is the steepest incline railway in the world!
  • Afterwards students will take a one way trip on the Scenic Skyway, where they're suspended 270 metres above ancient ravines; the Skyway provides a unique thrill as breathtaking views are revealed beneath your feet through the electro-glass cabin floor
Day 3 Sydney
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship Be introduced to the history, landscape and cultural heritage of the garden. Much more than just a city garden, the walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways. With koi carp swimming in the lakes, willows weeping in the breeze and a Teahouse serving Chinese tea and dim sum
  • Sydney SEALIFE Aquarium Students will take a self-guided tour of the aquarium and participate in a variety of educational programs
  • Leisure Enjoy some free time exploring Darling Harbour
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Students will investigate immigration history and a specific voyage of the migrant boat, the Orcades, using objects from the 1950s. This interactive workshop encourages students to empathise with migrants of the 1950s, including child migrants, and to understand why migration occurred. As part of the workshop students also investigate the Japanese war brides exhibit and draw conclusions about the difficulties faced by those women coming to Australia and compare them to migrant groups today
  • Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout Walk up 200 stairs for great view of the city the harbour and the world famous icon; the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Learn the history behind the building of the bridge and its significance to Sydney
  • Quarantine Station Ghost Tour Used as a Quarantine Station between 1833 & 1984 over 500 people died from deadly diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Spanish Influenza, Smallpox & Typhus. Even during its operation, stories of ghosts & paranormal occurrences at the Quarantine Station have been reported. Learn of the many stories of the occupants here and gain a spooky insight into their lives whilst staying at Quarantine Station!
Day 4 Sydney
  • Taronga Zoo Take a self-guided tour of the famous Taronga Zoo. Students can also take part in one of the Zoo’s many educational programs
  • Departure After the zoo, board your coach to the airport and begin your journey back home!

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