Check in to your hotel and head straight out into Sydney. From the high-energy downtown area to its popular beaches, Sydney has something for everyone. This evening, meet up with the other Contiki Travellers and your Tour Manager. Get to know them all over a welcome drink and then an included dinner. But don't stop there; explore Sydney's legendary nightlife in a fun night out with the group.
Sydney is known for its fantastic lifestyle. Serving up an urban mix of cafes, galleries and shops, it also sports a gorgeous harbour. Get familiar with the city as your Tour Manager shows you around its iconic sites. Visit the historic Rocks area and see the sails of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge. Tonight, experience New Year Sydney-style with a cruise across the harbour to watch the city's famous fireworks display. Board the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and some tasty nibbles as you soak up the buzzing harbour atmosphere. There's even a DJ on board, so you can dance the night away with your new friends. Later, you'll ring in the new year with a bang as you see the icons of Sydney lit up with a light display and fireworks, with an amazing Harbour Bridge backdrop. This view from the harbour is a fantastic way to start the new year. Later, keep it moving on land - there's so much to see and this city is pumping. Wander around Oxford Street, an area buzzing with nocturnal activity, or discover the cute side streets crammed with pubs, restaurants and clubs.
In your free time hit the shops - from funky threads to designer labels, Sydney has it all. Get some tips from your Tour Manager before you splurge. Otherwise get a feel for the sun and surf lifestyle of Bondi Beach, catch some rays and hang out among the locals. Sydney has an amazing food scene and is known as one of the world's restaurant capitals. Try out its incredible and affordable ethnic cuisine. Take your pick from Greek, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and Vietnamese to name a few. There's an optional trip to the fabulous Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest and most well-known wine producing area. Swirl and sip on some local wines and really unwind. Or else, head to the Blue Mountains or Port Stephens dolphins for a day away from it all.
Your New Year's adventure ends after breakfast & it's time to say farewell to you new friends.