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Explore the Great Down Under with STI! Our journey takes us through Sydney, Port Douglas, Cairns, Uluru and Melbourne so we can experience the southern continent to the fullest. From the beaches to the Outback, Australia is a big bucket list topper!

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We know Australia is a top Bucket List Destination! Travel Down Under, with fellow singles, as we journey through Sydney, Port Douglas, Cairns, Uluru and Melbourne. This National Geographic Journey offers Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam without sacrificing comfort. While Sydney offers ancient sites, modern architecture and the stunning, famed Harbor; Port Douglas impresses with the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Visit the Cairns Esplanade, stroll the boardwalk or jump in to the swimming lagoon, surrounded by stunning views of ocean and mountains. There is nothing quite like watching the colors change over the sacred red domed rock formation of Uluru, as the sun rises and sets. The Outback  provides a remote area with unbelievably clear skies, for stargazing, while Melbourne brings us back to the dazzling coast and a vibrant, metropolitan city. We will learn about the history and current lifestyle of the Aboriginal Australians, enjoy an Aussie BBQ dinner cruise in Sydney Harbor and trek through a tropical rainforest. There will also be optional opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel along the largest coral reef system in the world, take a gondola ride through a rain forest, bungee jump, take a helicopter ride, white water raft and even Skydive! This is the trip full of once in a lifetime experiences where we will look back and think “I can’t believe I got to do that!”

Looking to extend your vacation Down Under? Transfer to Sydney for Optional overnight and Continue on with our Cruise through Australia and New Zealand!

Why choose Singles Travel International?

INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:

  • 11 Nights Accommodations in 5 Cities: 2 Nights in Sydney, Australia at Cambridge Hotel; 2 Nights in Port Douglas, Australia at Mantra PortSea; 2 Nights in Cairns, Australia at Pacific Hotel Cairns; 2 Nights in Uluru, Australia at Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge; and  3 Nights in Melbourne, Australia at Oaks on Collins.*
  • 11 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 2 Dinners (D); This will provide opportunity to join new friends and plan out your days!
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusive Tours:
    • Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming and Welcome Tour
    • Tour of James Cook University Research Aquarium
    • Melbourne Foodie Walk
  • 3 Domestic Flights, within Australia; Sydney to Cairns, Cairns to Uluru and Uluru to Melbourne
  • Optional Tours and Excursions in every City; including Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling or Diving, Sounds of Silence Dinner, Sydney Bridge Climb, and Uluru and Kata Tjuta Helicopter Ride!
  • OPTIONAL POST NIGHT HOTEL PACKAGE IN SYDNEY – CIRCLE BACK TO SYDNEY FOR EASIER, ROUND TRIP, FLIGHT BOOKING
  • Intimate Group allows us to get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, & get to know the locals.
  • Custom and Carefully Designed Vacation Elements so You Don’t Have to Plan, Just Show Up!
  • Services of a Professional, English Speaking Tour Leader throughout our Trip
  • Complimentary Roommate Matching Via our State-of-the-Art Member Profile Feature
  • View Member Profiles and Meet Fellow Travelers Online Before You Go.
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Optional Tours, What to Pack, Who’s Coming Early etc., to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
  • Exclusively Singles Only Events and the Company of Other Like Minded Members with a Passion for Travel
  • Hotel Taxes & Service Charges

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

*STI has partnered with local company and our program includes a Tour Manager, familiar with our itinerary, and will be with our members to help us get orientated in each city. Hotels and activities listed are subject to change. We’ve built in lots of free time for our members to create their own experiences. Small group itineraries have limited space available so STI will not send a concierge.

Itinerary

Wed, Dec 11:  Sydney, Australia – Arrival and Welcome Meeting
Thu, Dec 12:  Sydney, Australia – Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise and National Geographic Journeys Exclusive Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming and Welcome Tour
Fri, Dec 13:  Fly to Cairns and Transfer to Port Douglas, Australia
Sat, Dec 14:  Port Douglas, Australia
Sun, Dec 15:  Transfer to Cairns, Australia – National Geographic Journeys Exclusive Tour of James Cook University Research Aquarium
Mon, Dec 16:  Cairns, Australia
Tue, Dec 17:  Fly to Uluru, Australia
Wed, Dec 18:  Uluru, Australia
Thu, Dec 19:  Fly to Melbourne, Australia
Fri, Dec 20:  Melbourne, Australia
Sat, Dec 21:  Melbourne, Australia – National Geographic Journeys Exclusive Guided Foodie Walk with Lunch
Sun, Dec 22:  Melbourne, Australia – Transfer to Airport or Transfer to Sydney for Optional overnight 
Mon, Dec 23:  Sydney, Australia – Transfer to Airport or Continue our Vacation Down Under with a Cruise through Australia and New Zealand!
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Tour Begins: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Tour Ends: Sunday, December 22, 2019

Day 1- Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Arrive at any time and transfer, on your own, to the hotel. Once checked in, Begin exploring Sydney, at leisure. Please note that normal check-in times apply, but the hotel will store your luggage. For those arriving earlier in the day, take a stroll along the waterfront to admire the Sydney Opera House. The city’s most iconic landmark was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1973. Around two million people, from all over the world, come to see concerts and cultural performances at the the Opera House each year. Take our optional guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site to discover its history, folklore, and iconic appeal. It is worth a visit just to hear the impressive sound of the grand organ, which took 10 years to build! With more than 10,000 pipes, it is the largest mechanical organ in the world.

We also recommend a visit to the Australian Museum, Bondi Beach, or Darling Harbour, just be sure to be at the hotel by 6:00 pm for the Welcome Meeting. After introductions, our tour manager will review the details of our tour and answer any questions we may have.

Dinner, and the rest of the night, are at your leisure.

Day 2- Thursday, December 12, 2019 (B, D)

After breakfast we are in for a treat with a traditional Aboriginal welcome and clapstick ceremony in their acknowledgement of the Earth Mother. Afterwards, our Aboriginal guide will take us on a walk around the heart of the city. We will explore The Rocks neighborhood and Sydney Harbour as we learn the history of the people’s spiritual connection to the area and their saltwater heritage. Our guide will explain how the cosmopolitan Sydney we see, today, continues to weave the contemporary Aboriginal society and ancient wisdom into it’s modern environment.

This afternoon we will board a private yacht and enjoy a three-hour dinner cruise all around the bays and coves of famed, Sydney Harbour. Admire the stunning scenery as the crew shares stories about their iconic city. Kick back, with delicious Aussie BBQ, and watch the city lights come alive across the water as the sun sets over the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House. We couldn’t think of a better way to conclude our last day in Sydney.

Day 3- Friday, December 13, 2019 (B)

This morning, we will enjoy a quick breakfast before checking out of our hotel and transferring to the airport for our very early flight to Cairns.

Once we arrive in Cairns, we will travel up the coastal road, in a private vehicle, to Mossman Gorge, where we will take an interpretive walk through the Daintree Forest. Our Aboriginal guide will teach us about basic survival techniques as we trek through the beautiful ecological park. Discover the lasting relationship of the Kuku Yalanji people with their natural environment and take in the stunning scenery of Daintree, part of the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the continent. Get a glimpse of the traditional ways of life, in the rainforest, as we learn about the medicinal plants, bush food and how to make bush soap. We will even get to sample some bush tea and watch an impressive ochre painting demonstration.

After our experiences in the Daintree Forest, we will continue on to our resort hotel in Port Douglas. Once we are checked in, head to Macrossan Street, in town, where there are many restaurant options for dinner with new friends.

Day 4- Saturday, December 14, 2019 (B)

Today is a free day to wander Port Douglas. The popular vacation spot draws admirers, from all over, due to it’s close proximity to two World Heritage sites; Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The colorful town will draw us in with it’s beautiful beach resorts and charming town. Spend a relaxing day strolling the main streets, lined with boutiques and restaurants, or check out some kitesurfing at Four Mile Beach.

Our more adventurous members have the optional, once in a lifetime, opportunity to experience the largest coral reef system in the world, from beneath the ocean’s surface! Whether signing up to scuba dive or snorkel, the Great Barrier Reef is sure to impress with it’s whales, dolphins, porpoises and 1,500 species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm water’s just off Australia’s east coast.

Evening is at leisure. Enjoy a nice dinner, in town, before taking a night stroll on the beach.

Day 5- Sunday, December 15, 2019 (B)

This morning we venture back to Cairns, after breakfast, in a private vehicle. When we arrive, we will head straight to the James Cook University research aquarium, founded by marine biologist, Dr. Jamie Seymour, whom also was a recipient of the National Geographic Grant. The doctor has studied Australia’s venomous marine creatures for over 20 years and we will get an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the facility, which is not normally open to the public. Get up close and personal with some of the marvelous creatures as we hear about the latest research of Dr. Seymour and his colleagues.

After our private tour, we will continue to the hotel and check in. The evening is at leisure to explore the city of Cairns. Venture over to Cairns Esplanade, where many bars and restaurants are found. Take a dip in the swimming lagoon or a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk and admire the scenic ocean and mountain views.

Day 6- Monday, December 16, 2019 (B)

Enjoy breakfast, at leisure, before jumping in to discover what this tropical city has to offer. With a lot to see and do, we want to make sure there is plenty of time to take it all in. Relax at the beach or check out Tjapuka Aboriginal Cultural Park. Hear stories of the indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and enjoy their cultural music and dance.

We also have quite a few optional experiences to consider. If exotic beauty really intrigues you, we recommend adding on the Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway to marvel at the incredible array of animals and plants among North Queensland’s tropical rainforests. Settle in to a comfortable gondola ride, offering spectacular views along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, passing over the canopy of a tropical rainforest almost close enough to reach out and touch the tree tops. Hop off the cableway and ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Travel through lush tropical paradise, framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls and ravines, back to Cairns. Next, take authentic timber carriages through hand-hewn tunnels, across towering bridges and admire the stunning Barron Gorge.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Try our optional white water rafting tour through the class 3 and 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River. Grab a paddle, and a helmet of course, and take on the best rafting river in all of Australia and New Zealand!

With our fears left at home, we offer an optional bungee jumping tour that will take our breath away as we jump from 164ft! If that doesn’t get our blood pumping enough, the real daredevils have the option to try skydiving and experience the beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. After a briefing, suit up and board the prop plane that soars high above the land and sea. While strapped to an instructor, take a deep breath and leap for a once in a lifetime free fall!

For those who didn’t take advantage of the Great Barrier Reef experience in Port Douglas, or if you are looking to snap a few more pictures on your water camera; there is another chance to add on an optional scuba diving or snorkeling experience in Cairns.

Evening is at your leisure but keep in mind, we have an early flight the next morning.

Day 7- Tuesday, December 17, 2019 (B)

Rise and shine for our early flight to Uluru. Enjoy a quick breakfast before we check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport. Upon arrival, we will visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the ancient beliefs, traditions, and present day life of the Anangu people. Here, we will gain a better perspective of their history portrayed in art, food, and music. We will hear creation stories, find out which plants are used in bush medicine and discover the wild world of bush tucker, or indigenous food.

After our tour of the cultural center, we will head over to the hotel to check in and the rest of the afternoon is free to start discovering Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock or Australia’s iconic “Red Centre.” It is a massive monolith, made of sandstone, found in the heart of the Northern Territory. It is listed as a World Heritage Site and draws tourists from everywhere. Uluru is sacred to the indigenous people of Australia and is considered a very spiritual place for people to come and reflect.

This evening we will have yet another once in a lifetime experience watching the sunset over Uluru. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and marvel at the changing colors over the desert and the peacefulness felt during this experience.

Day 8- Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (B)

After the sunset the evening before, we will not want to miss watching the colors change again over Uluru. Enjoy breakfast before we start our day with a guided Mala Walk around the base of Uluru and gain insight into its significance to the local Aboriginal people. While Uluru is the most famous landmark in Kata Tjuta National Park, we will also get the opportunity to walk a bit further and view the other beautiful red-domed rock formations that make up the stunning landscape. Learn about the history of the area, hear stories of the Anangu people and the uplifted sandstone rock formations they hold so sacred.

The afternoon gives us more free time, but we recommend one of the optional Uluru Helicopter Rides! Now that you have walked among the stunning rock formations, how about a bird’s eye view? Hop on a helicopter for either a 15-minute loop around Uluru or a 30-minute flight to see Kata Tjuta.

This evening, we recommend adding our optional “Sounds of Silence” Dinner. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner where we will try traditional bush tucker inspired food like crocodile, kangaroo and barramundi. Listen to a didgeridoo performance while watching the sunset over Uluru, a sight that doesn’t get old.
After the optional dinner and performance, learn more about the southern night sky during an optional astronomy tour with a local expert. Learn how the Aboriginals used the stars for mythology and seasonal predictions as we gaze through telescopes and binoculars. The Outback is one of the best places to stargaze because of it’s low humidity and surrounding light, as well as it’s remote location. The incredible clarity we get in the sky out here will amaze!

Day 9: Thursday, December 19, 2019 (B)

Enjoy one last fabulous sunrise, over Uluru, before we check out for our flight to Melbourne. Once we arrive in Melbourne, the rest of the day is free to enjoy how we please. The coastal city is the capital of southern Australia’s state of Victoria. The centre is where we will find the modern Federation Square Development with plazas, bars and restaurants along the Yarra River. We will, also, find the performing arts complex in the Southbank area of the city, as well as the National Gallery of Victoria, where we can admire indigenous and Australian art.

Day 10- Friday, December 20, 2019 (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a full free day in Melbourne. Make the most of the time getting around this large city and add on the optional Myki Transportation Pass. This will allow us access to the trams throughout the city, from St. Kilda to Fitzroy. Visit the 94-acre Royal Botanic Garden, one of the best examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. Here, we will find vast green lawns, mini ecosystems of cacti and succulents, an herb garden, global plantings as well as flora endemic to Australia. The Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the world’s great sports venues, is another popular attraction. If there isn’t a game to attend, tour the stands, coaches areas, changing rooms and member lounges or visit the National Sports Museum there. Stroll down cobbled Hosier Lane and admire the street art of graffiti, stencils and art installations or, check out Melbourne Zoo, the 3rd oldest zoo in the world.

Not ready to take on Melbourne’s public transportation system and looking for an organized adventure? Enjoy an optional excursion, along the Great Ocean Road, showcasing some of Australia’s most scenic coastal views or add our optional Yarra Valley Wine Tour and visit some of Victoria’s world-class wineries.

Restaurants and nightlife are abundant in this lively city, so there will be plenty of options to find.

Day 11- Saturday, December 21, 2019 (B, L)

Melbourne has long been considered a major destination for foodie culture in Australia. Today, Monique Bayer, a local author and culinary storyteller, will guide us on a National Geographic Journey’s-exclusive foodie walk through the laneways of Melbourne. Home to many immigrant communities, the gastronomic experience is both diverse and exciting. Explore the incredible city as we enjoy a three-course progressive lunch at three popular venues, showcasing why contemporary dining in Melbourne is such a special experience. Gain a greater understanding of Melbourne’s history, it’s people and the gorgeous laneways while tasting our way through European and Asian flavors.

After our foodie walk, the rest of the day and night is free. Add another optional Myki Transportation Pass and pick up where we left off on our journey through the city. Visit the Melbourne Museum where we learn of Victoria’s cultural and natural histories, admire dinosaur fossils, the Imax Cinema or check out the 3D Volcano. Cross the street to the Royal Exhibition Building, which held Australia’s first parliament in 1901 and received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004. There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous, modern city that it is easy find something to spark our interest around every corner.

Our last night in Melbourne is at leisure but feel free to ask our Tour Leader for any recommendations!

Day 12- Sunday, December 22, 2019 (B)

Depart at any time and transfer to the airport for flights home. Not done with your vacation down under? Continue on with us, from Sydney, for our Cruise of Australia and New Zealand!

*Note: Itinerary and activities are subject to change at the discretion of our local operators without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

Optional tours and excursions are not included in the package and would be at an additional cost.

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 13, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

Click here to upload to our secure folder.

A visa is also required for entry into Australia. STI has NOT included the visa cost in your cruise package. US Citizens should Click Here to apply for your e-visa, good for 12 months. To complete the application, for an ETA, you will need your valid passport, email address and a credit card.

INSURANCE:

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY for this trip and you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD 200,000 is required. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 24 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The nature of the trip is trying something new, challenging yourself and motivating those around you. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 13, 2019. Book today as we are limited to only a few single reservations, based on a first come, first serve basis.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of departure, including roommate changes once on tour for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

The tour begins in Sydney, Australia (SYD) on December 11, 2019, and ends on the morning of December 22, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia (MEL) . Therefore the tour is 11 nights/12 days.

Note: Flights from North America may depart on December 9 in order to arrive in Sydney on December 11. Your return flight from Melbourne Airport arrives in North America on the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 12 nights/13 days (first night on airplane).

Looking to extend your vacation Down Under? Transfer to Sydney for Optional overnight and Continue on with our Cruise through Australia and New Zealand!

It’s summer time in the southern hemisphere! Expect daytime temperatures to be in the Mid 70s during the day and evenings average high 60s to low 70s.

Sydney, and much of Australia, has brilliant subtropical weather all year round, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed in Sydney. December is the beginning of summer, so the weather is warm and sunny.

In December, the average daytime temperatures in Sydney stay around the 23°C (73 F) mark. The average minimum temperature rarely ever drops below 19°C (66 F) which means that night times are still warm. December is an ideal time to visit Sydney.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 13, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to contact us with your credit card details. If you make a reservation after August 13, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

 

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $200.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

August 13 and September 12, 2019 – $500 penalty applies.

September 13 and October 11, 2019 – 50% Penalty applies

After October 12, 2019 – 100% penalty applies.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

 

Make sure you are at the Hotel in Sydney, Australia by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The trip leader will be on site to meet and greet all of our members, for our Welcome Meeting.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

A passport and Visa is required for all travelers to Australia. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or US guests may visit http://www.travel.state.gov/.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport and driver’s license, in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your original documents.

A visa is also required for entry into Australia. STI has NOT included the visa cost in your cruise package. US Citizens should Click Here to apply for your e-visa, good for 12 months. To complete the application, for an ETA, you will need your valid passport, email address and a credit card.

If you have dual citizenship, please email us at service@singlestravelintl.com to advise immediately for proper issuance.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, visa, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your original documents.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

If you plan to arrange your own flights, please schedule to arrive, in Sydney (SYD), before 5 p.m., on Wednesday, December 11, in order to  be ready to begin the tour. If traveling from the US, you may need to depart on December 9. Transportation is not included on arrival.

Schedule your return flight from Melbourne (MEL) to depart at anytime on Sunday, December 22. In order to book our group departure transfer, please schedule flight to depart after 2 p.m.

If joining us for the 1 Night Post Cruise Package, in Sydney, our package includes transfers to Melbourne Airport and from Sydney airport. Please note, this package does not include your flight from Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD). STI also offers the flight as an option and can be found on our Price and Options Tab.

Looking to extend your vacation Down Under?  Continue on with our Cruise through Australia and New Zealand!

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Transportation to and from the airports is not included in our package. STI offers group arrival transportation, in Sydney, for $39 and departure transfer in Melbourne for $49. Transfers may be purchased on our Price and Options tab. Please provide your flight schedule to us no later than 30 days prior to departure so that transfers may be arranged.

Taxis from the airport will cost approximately $40-$45. All taxis run on a meter and most accept major international credit cards.

 

Our tour does not include international airfare, 10 dinners, 9 lunches, transfers, optional excursions and extra hotel nights before or after the tour. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to guides.

It has been our experience over 24 years that the best possible quality of service is achieved when our Concierge Team is compensated by tips from our delighted members. This is their best incentive to make your vacation an exceptional experience. You will have an opportunity to reward your Concierge at the end of your tour. It is customary to tip, but of course, gratuities are at your discretion and are greatly appreciated for a job well done!

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Please note that the max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person. Any additional luggage is subject to airline fees and is not included.

We are visiting Australia during their summer. We anticipate that the lowest temps will be in the high 60s to low 70s but may reach high 80s, after all, it’s mother nature!

As always, for traveling, we recommend that you pack layers with 3 main colors and accessories. Start with pants and shorts and a few t-shirts, add a light sweater or sweat shirt and then a water/wind proof jacket with a hood, just in case. Comfortable walking shoes are a must with extra socks in case you get wet.

The tours may last anywhere in length from 1 to 3 hours of intermittent walking and standing. Although these tours aren’t strenuous, a certain amount of stamina and health are required in order to be able to walk slowly and stand for extended periods of time. At any time, you can opt out of an excursion! After all, this is your vacation. Keep in mind that part of the charm of Australia, in general, is the terrain— therefore, in most locations, there will be uneven surfaces and hills to ascend and descend.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match 1-3 colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Our tour is moderately active with a lot of walking.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Notepad, reading material and a travel journal to write all about your experience.
– Bathing suit, we have our own indoor pool!
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc.)
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear.
– Water Resistant Jacket with light lining and/or collapsible umbrella, just in case
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Home address book (smart phone with contacts) for sending postcards to all your friends who said they’d go but didn’t! A useful tip is to pre-write or print names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film, cards, extra batteries and/or chargers.
– An adapter and converter for your electrical gadgets. *Plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins shaped live a “V” and some may contain a third flat pin in the centre.

The currency used in Australia is the AUD.

Exchange Rates: The exchange rate fluctuates often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. For current exchange rates, please check here.

Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas.

You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks offer the best rates, and there is always an exchange at airports.

We recommend that you bring a combination of $300-500 USD depending on your spending habits for meals and shopping, as well as a debit card for withdrawals and a major credit card, preferably VI or MC.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY for this trip and you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD 200,000 is required. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.  We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

For easy, less expensive communication in Australia, you may be able to use your own phone plan, generally .99-1.99 per minute (check before departure).

Internet access is available almost everywhere, including our hotels, but access is not always free. We recommend that you contact your provider before you depart to add an international roaming, text and data package. Most may be disabled once you return home.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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