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Sydney 3 day Vivid escape

Staying in the heart of Sydney - all sensational Vivid has to offer is on your doorstep

Please enquire for best airfare options! Sydney turns on the lights for amazing Vivid festival citywide, with Vivid Food as well! This package includes flights, 3 nights 4 star accommodation, breakfast, and the Vivid Sydney lights harbour cruise as well on this unique Australian getaway. Upgrade to Luxe? – sure can!

INCLUSIONS:

  • Return Economy Class Airfare (Seat and Bag)
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4star The Tank Stream Hotel Sydney in a Deluxe room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks mini-bar
  • Vivid Sydney Harbour Lights Cruise

Plus all bookings go in the draw to win a years Air New Zealand Koru membership! Ten to be won!

3 night Sydney Vivid lights and Foodie Festival

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest multi-artform festival is coming to Australia, when Sydney lights up the New South Wales capital for 23 nights from 24 May.
And, as the event edges closer, we are sharing the highlights and tips for the festival, which this year boasts the theme Humanity.
Vivid Light will feature large-scale projections, immersive experiences and interactive artworks across the city, you can check out the 40km stretch of rainbow lasers emanating from the Sydney Tower, a universal symbol of hope by US artist Yvette Mattern, as well as the Sydney Opera House which features artwork by Julia Gutman.
There’s also Vivid music a programme of live performances, concerts and DJ sets across diverse venues. Worth mentioning is Tumbalong Nights, which returns this year with a free programme, featuring music from
both established and the latest emerging artists.
For the thinkers, there’s Vivid Ideas, which consists of theatre, installations, engaging discussions, and more.
Check out the festival’s Vivid Food events, which celebrate the diverse culinary landscape of Sydney and NSW. Among the recommended experiences is Vivid Fire Kitchen, taking place at The Goods Line, an elevated walkway in Ultimo.

Package features:

Flights on Air New Zealand to Sydney

3 nights The Tank Stream Hotel Sydney. Within a short 5-minute walk you’ll be at major shopping precincts such as Pitt Street Mall, The Strand Arcade and The Queen Victoria Building, or you can catch the easily accessible light rail or train to reach many other Sydney attractions. Offering a French dining experience in the heart of Sydney, their restuarant Le Petit Flot is driven by a philosophy of serving straight-forward, flavoursome and honest food. Serving classic French cuisine using seasonal ingredients, guests can enjoy quick and friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfast daily

Vivid Sydney Lights Cruise – See the full canvas of Vivid Sydney lights from the water aboard a special Vivid Lights sightseeing cruise. Discover the unique perspective and enjoy 360 degree waterfront views of the entire city from the spacious indoor and outdoor decks.

Don’t forget this package will also put you the draw to win a years Air New Zealand Koru membership! Terms and Conditions here. 

 Look at all the Vivid Sydney events here Vivid Sydney is also in conjunction with Vivid Food. Food is an integral part of Aussie culture and the perfect complement to the programme of Light, Music and Ideas. As the culinary capital of Australia, Sydney has world-class hatted chefs, restaurants, producers and venues and Vivid Food is all about celebrating those that make the food scene so special.

Expect one-of-a-kind menus from visiting renowned chefs, multi-sensory dégustations, culinary pop-ups across the Vivid Sydney Light Walk, plus installations and artworks across some of Sydneys city’s finest bars and restaurants. And as the city’s chefs cook with more creativity than ever before, mixologists and bartenders will work hard to (cocktail) shake things up too, with innovation on both Vivid Sydney’s food and drink menus!

Want to see more of Vivid? We recommend adding in a trip to the Lightscape in the Royal Botanic Gardens, where you can wander beneath towering tree canopies illuminated in colour, stroll beneath larger-than-life flowers and through dynamic, glowing tunnels.

Or for the adventourous, and the best view in town – a Vivid Climb with BridgeClimb Sydney! See the dazzling light sculptures and grand-scale projections with an unforgettable experience that offers sweeping views from 134 metres high. The Vivid Climb runs nightly during Vivid Sydney, departing each afternoon in time to witness the big ‘lights-on’ moment from the summit – a sight you will never forget.

From $1,239 per person twinshare 

This package is based on 2 people travelling together with the above inclusions.

Note a $10 one way surcharge applies for outbound travel on Thursday and Friday & inbound travel on Sunday and Monday. Airfare and room rates are dynamic providing the best rate of the day dependant on current inventory as such these are subject to availability & change without notice. Prices are based on internet transfer of funds.

Please ask about Sydney hotel options and upgrades depending on the style you require. For Luxe or Boutique we recommend:

Sydney

Contemporary: A 6 star hotel, and the most exquisite Fine Dining in Sydney. Crown Sydney Barangaroo in a Harbour Bridge or Opera King room. I have stayed here and can absolutely recommend!
We can assist with bookings at Oncore by Clare Smyth, the first and only British female chef to hold three Michelin stars in the UK, this is her first international restaurant. Her London restaurant, Core, was the first to ever enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in its opening year. With an emphasis on sustainable food and paying homage to Core, Oncore is an exceptional dining experience overlooking one of the most incredible views of Sydney Harbour from level 26 of Crown Sydney. Also onsite Nobu. Internationally renowned Chef, Nobu Matsuhisa – known to the world as “Nobu” has opened his new restaurant at Crown Sydney. It joins sister properties Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth as the exclusive Australian destinations for Nobu’s sublime dining experience.
Classic:  Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Club Junior Suite, with King Bed, & Harbour View (+Club Millésime Benefits). Located right in Darling Harbour. Classic French elegance with Club level inclusions.
Funky luxe: The Old Clare Hotel in a Suite. Housed in 2 beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings, maintaining many  Art Deco features, a hotel carefully curated with curious travellers in mind. Located in Chippendale, in the land of art galleries, design studios, cafés and restaurants, it’s a place designed to keep the wanderlust going, an invitation to explore where you’ll leave feeling both rested and inspired. The rooftop bar and pool are worth a visit.

All packages can be customised to choice of destination and accommodation, length of stay, inclusions and special activities. 

This package is just one example of many, that The Travel Co can offer you. Working with Bryce, you get direct access to an expert travel planner that will create a customised experience for you, based on your unique interests and expectations. Bryce has been a Travel Agent for over 25 years, creating luxurious experiences for individuals just like you. Inquire below to discuss your plan and become inspired.

What is on in Sydney?

  1. Vivid Sydney!: This annual festival of light, music, and ideas takes place in late May and early June, and features spectacular light installations and projections on buildings throughout the city, as well as live music and talks by international thought leaders. Vivid Sydney 2024 will take place from Friday 24 May. It will feature dedicated food programming too – Vivid Food – which will sit alongside Light, Music and Ideas. All the details on the Vivid Sydney website here
  2. Sydney Festival: This month-long festival of arts and culture takes place in January, and features a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and events, including theatre, dance, music, and visual arts.
  3. Sydney Worldpride Mardi Gras: This annual celebration of LGBTQI+ culture takes place in February or March, and features a colourful parade, parties, and cultural events.
  4. Royal Easter Show: This annual agricultural show takes place in April, and features a wide range of exhibits and competitions, including livestock, farm produce, and handicrafts, as well as rides and games for all ages.
  5. SXSW Sydney 15 – 22 October 2023. For the first time since 1987, the iconic SXSW is heading out of Austin TX and making its way to Sydney in 2023. The harbour city will play host to a collision of creativity and culture, forming the centre-point for change-makers over a week-long celebration. Connecting the world’s most awe-inspiring thinkers, creators and innovators, SXSW Sydney will showcase diverse topics, people and free-roaming ideas across Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology, Innovation and culture. Full details here. 
  6. Christmas in the City: During the festive season, Sydney transforms with a range of Christmas events such as Carols in the Domain, Christmas markets and light displays throughout the city.
Sydney: the CBD is packed with shops, bars and eateries

Local Sauce Tours – we love a secret bar!…Drink & discover secret bars of Sydney…
Soak up some Sydney/Warrane culture and take all the hard work out of finding the best bars with their new bi-weekly tour, the Drink & Discover Secret Bar Crawl. The tour explores Sydney/Warrane’s most vibrant nightlife neighbourhoods such as The Rocks, Surry Hills, and the city’s YCK laneways. Thursday night tours are the exciting new addition where Local Sauce guides take guests to The Rocks and Circular Quay, two fantastic locations thrumming with unique cocktail bars and spirit distilleries.
Hop on the Local Sauce Tours website for more information.

The Rover has unveiled the final phase of its reinvigoration with the opening of its British-inspired seafood bistro, located upstairs at the Surry Hills bar. Featuring a daily rotation of oysters, the coastal menu also features caviar and potato chips, raw scallop with horseradish
cream, cucumber and dill oil and a selection of cold poached crustaceans. More substantial dishes include Turbot chunk with pil pil and sauce vierge and a whole flathead served with clams and garlic. With a carefully curated drinks list and striking interior, The Rover’s newest restaurant is a must try for seafood lovers. Head to the website to make a booking.

Pour as little or as much as you like at Buddy’s, New South Wales’ first self-serve bar. Located on the iconic King Street, the heart of Sydney/Warrane’s cool suburb of Newtown, Buddy’s sprawls across two levels with alfresco footpath dining, the space is designed with conversation in mind, whether with friendly strangers or strange friends. Head upstairs to the dedicated event space and catch live music, DJs, gallery nights or a host of special events. With a selection of over 30 taps of craft beers, house-made cocktails, premium wines and a food menu inspired by long lunches with friends; a night at Buddy’s is a night of sharing, exploring, and spontaneity.
Check out Buddy’s Instagram to learn more.

What about…
• Ferries to Manly, Luna Park or Taronga Zoo
• Royal Botanical Gardens
• Bondi Beach with fish and chips
• Rushcutter’s Bay
• Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
• Culinary and cultural walking tours
• Local art galleries
• Private harbour cruises
• Shopping in Paddington

Hunter Valley

Newly opened, The Artisan Farmer brings a true paddock to plate dining experience to the town of Nabiac on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Three and half hours drive from Sydney/Warrane, Nabiac is full of unique shops and attractions, all dripping with classic country town charm. From the herbs grown in the garden, to the coffee roasted and the beef in the burger, everything served at this ultra local bakery, cafe and butchery is produced on site. With a dedication to creating vibrant culinary experiences centred on locally grown and sourced produce, The Artisan Farmer authentically delivers a dining experience like no other. Learn more about how the locals do it at The Artisan Farmer website.

Or…

• Private wine tours
• Hands-on wine blending
• Local produce tasting
• Hot air ballooning
• Spa Anise Day Spa (transfer to Spicers Vineyards Estate)
• Championship golf courses
• Local art galleries
• Hunter Valley Gardens
• Horse riding

Sydney: the capital city of New South Wales, is a city with a rich history that spans back to the arrival of the first European settlers in 1788. Here are a few fun facts and historical highlights –

  1. The Sydney Opera House: This iconic building, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, was opened in 1973 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known for its distinctive sail-like design and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.
  2. The Sydney Harbour Bridge: This steel-arch bridge, completed in 1932, connects the city centre with the North Shore and offers spectacular views of the harbor. Visitors can take a guided tour of the bridge or climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.
  3. The Rocks: This historic neighbourhood, located on the western side of Sydney Harbour, is one of the oldest areas of the city and was the site of the first European settlement in Australia. The area is now home to a variety of shops, restaurants and museums, and offers a glimpse into Sydney’s past.
  4. Darling Harbour: This waterfront area, located on the western side of the city centre, is home to a variety of attractions including the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, and the Powerhouse Museum.
  5. The Australian Museum: This museum, founded in 1827, is the oldest in Australia and is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of the country. It features a wide range of exhibits, including the history of the First Nations peoples, the natural environment and the country’s fauna and flora.
  6. The Queen Victoria Building: This historic building, located in the heart of the city, was built in the late 19th century and is now a popular shopping and dining destination. It features a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes, and is known for its ornate architecture and grand design.
  7. The Art Gallery of New South Wales: This gallery, founded in 1871, is home to an impressive collection of Australian and international art and is one of the most visited art museums in the country.
  8. The Sydney Town Hall: This historic building, located in the heart of the city, was built in the late 19th century and is now a popular venue for concerts, conferences and events. It is known for its grand architecture and is an important symbol of Sydney’s history.

Wineries of the Hunter:
Hunter Valley icon, Tyrrell’s, is a much loved Australian wine brand, family-owned since 1858.
Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. Discover 160 years of winemaking experience with a trip to Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley winery. Visit the cellar door and taste some  award winning wines, take a tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar still in full operation. You will also see the original iron bark hut that Edward Tyrrell lived in and the Short Flat Vineyard, home of Australia’s most awarded white wine, Vat 1 Semillon, with its vines first planted in 1923.
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and Cellar Door is one of the oldest wineries in the Hunter Valley wine region. The 270-acre vineyard is named after one of Australia’s early wine pioneers.
Audrey Wilkinson planted the first vines in Pokolbin in 1866 and was an early innovator in the production of fine wine. Audrey’s legacy of ‘It’s all about the taste’ is at the centre of everything the winery continues to do. Located in the foothills of the scenic Brokenback ranges in the Hunter Valley, 165 km north of Sydney, the family-run business produces award-winning Semillon. It is rated a 5-star winery by Australian wine critic and vigneron James Halliday and has been named in the top 10 wineries to visit in Australia by Gourmet Traveller.

Brokenwood was founded by three Sydney based lawyers, John Beeston, Tony Albert and James Halliday, who paid a then record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Its first Vintage won Gold at The Sydney Royal Wine Show. Brokenwood’s single vineyard philosophy has grown to capture the essence of its premium sites throughout Australia. The first single vineyard selection for the Graveyard Vineyard was in 1983. Since then the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has gained considerable international recognition year after year. The new and much-lauded cellar door opened in 2018 offering guided wine tastings and a selection of immersive beyond-the-cellar-door experiences.

Ask about our daytrips:

The Hunter Valley is home to over 130 wineries producing a wide array of exceptional wines. It is recognised as a world leader in dry white wines made from Semillon. Hunter Valley Semillon is regarded as Australia’s unique white wine. We have a multitude of bookable experiences for you to enjoy in the area:

Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard:

Fortified and Fromage, barrel and cheese tasting
This is a truly unique and memorable experience for discerning wine and food connoisseurs. Guided by the in-house wine expert, your seated tasting experience will take place in the heritage listed museum space. Alongside sampling a range of premium wines, your host will deliver three generous tastings direct from the barrel where their fortified wines are maturing – an experience exclusive to this package. Wine will be delicately matched to Fromage, sourced from renowned local producers.

Tyrrells Winery:

Sacred Sites Experience
The Hunter Valley is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world. Their Sacred Sites wines are made only from dry-grown vines that are more than 100 years old and on their own roots. The origins of most of these vines lie in the Busby Collection – cuttings brought to Australia from Europe by James Busby and planted in the Hunter Valley in 1832. These sacred sites are some of the most distinguished pockets of vineyard land in Australia, having survived the test of time and consistently making exceptional wines that have their own distinct character and unique qualities. In 2004, Tyrrell’s decided to bottle these wines on their own and today they’re among the rarest in the wine world, often available only on allocation. Among these wines is Old Patch Shiraz, which has been awarded a perfect 100-point score for the last four consecutive releases by influential wine journalist James Suckling. The Sacred Sites Experience is one of the most unique winery experiences available, and the only time the Sacred Sites wine collection is available for tasting.
Over 3 hours you will enjoy a private and personalised tour of Tyrrells Sacred Sites vineyards, located on the Ashmans property, followed by an in-depth winery tour and barrel tasting.
Finish the afternoon with a tutored tasting of the Sacred Sites collection, accompanied by a charcuterie board with locally sourced fresh produce.

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