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It’s bright! It’s sparkly! It’s glitzy and glamourous! It’s Vivid Sydney! Come with us to see the harbour and the city in all its bling and fabulousness at this world-renowned light festival. This annual event just keeps getting better and better, and with a 3 day, 2 night visit, we have time to add in some extra special experiences, such as a Sunset Dinner Harbour Cruise, a guided tour and dinner at the Opera House, and a cruise up the Parramatta River for lunch. Check out the itinerary below for more information…

the sydney opera house sails lit up with indigenous design in yellows and browns
Day 1 – Canberra to Sydney – D

After our VERY early morning pick-ups, we head to Kingston for the 7am train to Sydney Central. Sit back and enjoy the lovely scenery on this journey and grab some breakfast items from the buffet car. We will arrive in Sydney just after 11am and take the Light Rail to Circular Quay. From here it is a very short walk to our accommodation at the luxurious 5-Star Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel. We will leave our bags with concierge while we enjoy lunch at the Customs House Bar Gastropub.

Before check-in at 3pm, you will have some time to explore The Quay and the historic Rocks precinct. We will then meet in the hotel foyer at 4pm for a leisurely walk over to Darling Harbour to board our Sunset Harbour Dinner Cruise. Experience the spectacular Vivid ‘lights on’ at 6pm from your upper deck window seat while you enjoy your scrumptious 3-course meal. After we disembark from our dinner cruise, we will take a walk from Darling Harbour around the waterfront past Barangaroo, Millers Point and Walsh Bay, then under the bridge to view the best of the light installations of the Vivid event.

Stay at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, 30 Pitt St Sydney, P: (02) 9259 7000

face illuminated in light show above water in front of buildings at night

fig tree at night lit up with coloured lights from below
Day 2 – Sydney – B,D

After a lavish buffet breakfast at the hotel, you have the option of joining Janine and Jeff on the Sydney Ferries Parramatta River Cat. This relaxing and interesting 1.5 hour journey travels west along the Parramatta River past several historic points of interest and some very affluent suburbs. As the river narrows, we disembark at Parramatta and walk along the Foreshore Reserve to Lennox Bridge. Lunch is overlooking the river before our return journey on the River Cat to Circular Quay.

We will arrive back at the hotel in time to get ready for our Sydney Opera House experience, departing at 4pm. We have our private guided behind-the-scenes tour before dinner at ‘Midden by Mark Olive’ which is a new restaurant on the western boardwalk of the Opera House with views to the Rocks and the Harbour Bridge. Midden draws on internationally renowned celebrity chef Mark’s Indigenous Australian heritage and heroes native Australian ingredients in a delicious modern menu.

We will then be free to explore more of the Vivid light installations in other areas of the CBD or revisit your favourites around Circular Quay and The Rocks.

Stay at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, 30 Pitt St Sydney, P: (02) 9259 7000

the sydney harbour bridge and opera house lit up in coloured lights with people sitting on boardwalk in foreground
Day 3 – Sydney to Canberra – B

This morning you have some free time to explore some more of the city’s fabulous attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Maritime Museum, or anywhere you like really, as long as you’re back at the hotel for checkout at 11am! We will then make our way back to Central Station for our 12pm train journey back to Canberra.


Tour departs Canberra Wednesday 29 May and Wednesday 5 June 2024

Return transfers to Canberra Kingston Railway Station
Return First Class train travel Canberra to Sydney
Sunset Dinner Harbour Cruise on Day 1
Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House
Dinner at Midden Restaurant at the Opera House
All accommodation in a City View Room
Meals as indicated above
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!

Not included:
Light Rail fares Central Station to Circular Quay return – approx. $5.50 return (full adult fare) or $4 return with Gold Opal Card.
Optional River Cat return to Parramatta – approx. $19.40 return (full adult fare) or $2.50 daily cap with Gold Opal Card.
Meals on board the train – approx. $13 for a hot meal
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea stops

$1700 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $300



This tour requires a minimum of 12 guests on each departure to run (with a maximum of 18 guests per departure).

Balances for this tour will be due 90 days prior to departure on 29 February and 5 March 2024 respectively.

This tour involves walking (sometimes over uneven surfaces) and stairs at some locations, including on the boat for our Sunset Dinner Cruise and during the Opera House tour. The walk from the hotel to the wharf for our Sunset Dinner Cruise is 1.1km. The walk from the hotel to the Opera House is also 1km. Other walks to view installations other than at the Quay are longer, and optional.

The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel
All rooms included in the tour price are ‘City View Rooms,’ are ensuited and have level access and walk-in showers. There is the option to upgrade to a ‘Bridge View Room’ for $100 per night, or an ‘Opera View Room’ for $120 per night. Please advise upon booking if you would like to purchase an upgrade.
We will require your credit card number at least 30 days prior to departure, to be given to the hotel to cover mini-bar and incidentals to your room.

We will need your government issued seniors card number to book your seniors train fare with Trainlink.

If you are a pension card holder, and would like to use your 2 free travel vouchers for the train, we will need your pension card number and expiry date. If you have never used NSW Trainlink free travel vouchers before, we will also need an image of your pension card and your photo I.D. (photos via text to Janine’s phone will be fine). If these are valid and accepted by Trainlink, you will receive a $50 discount off your tour balance owing with us at 90 days prior.

If you have neither a government issued seniors card nor a pension card, your train journey will be at the full adult rate, which will be an additional $50 to be added to your balance owing with us at 90 days prior.

To tap on and off for travel on the Light Rail and the River Cat at seniors’ fares (see above), you will need a Gold Opal Card with at least a $10 balance. If you’re an ACT Seniors Card holder or an interstate Pensioner Concession Card holder, you can apply for your Gold Opal Card at
Alternatively, you can use your regular contactless Visa/Mastercard/American Express card for full adult fare only. See;


Booking with us is confirmation that you have read and accept our Terms and Conditions HERE.

For a downloadable printable pdf version of the itinerary, please click HERE.


Thank you for your interest in our tour, and please do not hesitate in contacting us should you have any questions at all, including how to book your seat/s.

We look forward to having you on board soon!

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