DEPART NORTH AMERICA. Your WorldPride extravaganza starts today, as you depart to Sydney. Your itinerary will take from San Francisco to Sydney on a special Pride flight; the party will begin as you check-in.
CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE.
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY. Private transfer to your hotel is included.
CHECK-IN TO THE OLD CLARE HOTEL. Stay at the Old Clare Hotel, a 62-room boutique hotel situated in Chippendale, the home of choice for dozens of art galleries, production houses, graphic and fashion design studios, plus many exciting new restaurants, cafés, and bars.
MEET YOUR LOCAL GUIDE FOR A HALF-DAY CITY SIGHTS TOUR. Drive through the historic 'Rocks' area with its maze of terrace houses, restored warehouses, pubs and restaurants. Drive under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and continue through the commercial area of the city passing Parliament House, The Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. Alight at Mrs Macquarie's Chair for awesome city and harbour views, then explore the exclusive eastern suburbs on your way to ocean views at Watsons Bay. Return to the city via famous Bondi Beach and Paddington.
LUNCH AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. Your tour will conclude at Sydney Opera House. Take a tour of this incredible building, where passionate guides will take you inside its theatres and let you in on some insider secrets. Following the tour, soak up the views while enjoying your choice of main meal and a beverage (either beer, wine or soft drink) for lunch at Opera Kitchen.
WELCOME DRINKS ON THE ROOF TOP. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink on the roof top of the hotel, get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy drinks & canapes, while soaking up the summer sun.
BRIDGECLIMB & HARBOUR CRUISE. Meet your local guide in the lobby, who will accompany you to the departure lounge of Sydney Bridgeclimb. After a briefing and safety demo, the pace of the climb is leisurely and follows stringent safety standards. You can choose to ascend the Upper Arch or take an easier route on the Suspended Arch. Enjoy the exhilaration of standing over 100 metres above the harbour on the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
After your climb, spend 3 relaxing hours on a first-class vessel, cruising Sydney Harbour with live commentary and lunch served on board. You can even go snorkelling to see the underwater life up close. Discover the secrets and stories behind Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Sydney Botanical Gardens, and more. You’ll also have access to one of Sydney’s most historic National Park islands. Here, you can explore the area and/or swim, with the option to hire snorkel gear or bring your own.
LEISURE TIME. With your evening at leisure, consider dinner at Spice Alley on nearby Kensington Street. This atmospheric laneway meanders through the landscape of Asian cuisine from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam and China. (Dinner at own expense)
LIVE AND PROUD: SYDNEY WORLD PRIDE OPENING CONCERT, PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS. Spend today at leisure until...Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert, presented by American Express! Join us under the stars in The Domain as we welcome the world to Sydney! The concert starts at 7pm, but your ticket gets you entry to The Domain from 3pm where you can enjoy the food and beverage offering on-site and pre-show entertainment.
ROCKS WALKING TOUR. The Rocks Walking Tours brings alive the story of the early convict settlement while entertaining you with stories of rascals, rats and restoration. See the pubs and hotels once frequented by the locals and sailors, and the haunts of larrikins and rogues in what is now one of Sydney's most picturesque precincts.
LEISURE TIME. Rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend a nap, because it’s Mardi Gras! Australia’s biggest LGBTQ+ parade is a night you’ll never forget. No activities are included, but we suggest getting to Oxford Street early to secure a good spot well before the parade begins at 6pm.
DOMAIN DANCE PARTY. Today is at leisure, until 3pm, when it’s time to dance with 10,000 of your closest friends! You’ll make your own way to Domain Dance Party, the biggest LGBTQIA+ circuit event Australia has ever seen. As the balmy summer sun sets on the Sydney skyline, party boys, queer lovelies and circuit house machines will dance themselves into the second week of Sydney WorldPride. From dancers onstage, to surprise acts around you, this will be a gay ol’ feast for the eyes and ears. The party winds down at 10pm, but if you want to keep things going, Oxford Street is just getting started!
DAY AT LEISURE/ EVENING DINE WALK. After yesterday’s dance party, take things easy until your evening Surry Hills Dining Walk. Experience Sydney’s fabulous small bar culture and dine at multiple inner city Sydney restaurants in one evening, accompanied by a well-connected guide. If you’re looking to ‘go where the locals go’ for inspiring food, good service & cool interiors, this tour is for you. Transfer back to your hotel is included if you wish, or stay out and party on if you prefer.
DEPART SYDNEY FOR CAIRNS. Say farewell to Sydney, and travel onward or return to North America. A private transfer is included from hotel to airport.
MICHAELMAS CAY CRUISE. This morning, transfer by coach to Ocean Spirit Cruises for your Full Day Cruise to Michaelmas Cay on the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef. A world-renowned seabird sanctuary, the cay invites you to spend four hours enjoying semi-submersible viewing and guided snorkel tours with qualified marine biologists. Scuba diving facilities are available at an additional cost.
AUSSIE WILDLIFE & INDIGINEOUS CULTURE. Transfer via private coach to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures for an award-winning eco-tourism experience. See crocodiles and native wildlife. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures takes an innovative approach to viewing and interacting with wildlife, enabling you to become immersed in their natural environment in perfect safety. Over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways lead you through woodlands and rainforest where you can see tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. Entertaining and educational presentations introduce you to snakes, quolls, cassowaries, koalas and crocodiles. A boat cruise through the wetlands and a hot Aussie breakfast overlooking the lagoon is included, where one of the wildlife Keepers will join you on the dining deck with a friendly koala.
Enjoy some free time and grab lunch (own expense) at the café before you’re collected by Culture Connect for an afternoon at Aboriginal Art Workshop. Learn about contemporary Aboriginal art with local artists at Janbal Gallery, and paint your own canvas to keep. Discover the connection that Indigenous art has with the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef.
After returning to Cairns, dinner is included at a local restaurant.
DEPART CAIRNS. Say farewell to Cairns, and travel onward or return to North America. A private transfer is included from hotel to airport.