- Wizard of Oz
- Seafood Luncheon Harbour Cruise
- Sydney Obseratory
- Old Government House
- Hyde Park Barracks
- Reserve Bank of Australia Museum
- Sydney Mint
- Free time for Shopping
Wednesday 17 Jan 2018
Sydney Harbour Cruise
This morning we depart on our 3 Day Wizard of Oz Tour and take in some of the historic sites of Sydney. From Bathurst, Orange & Lithgow we express to Sydney Harbour for our Captain Cook Cruises buffet luncheon cruise aboard Sydney’s flagship MV Sydney 2000. The views are stunning as we listen to the comprehensive commentary whilst enjoying our delicious seafood lunch. Back on dry land we make our way to the Sydney Observatory for a tour. Beginning as the centre of scientific research for the colony of New South Wales, the Observatory has a seminal role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology and astronomy in Australia. Now known as Observatory Hill, the site was previously known as Windmill Hill, Citadel Hill, Fort Phillip and Flagstaff Hill. Each name indicates the site’s function over time all of which relied on it being the highest point over Sydney Harbour. Late afternoon we check into our hotel and can relax. Dinner tonight is free choice either stay in at the motel or you preferred restaurant in the City, Darling Harbour or China town all within walking distance.
Thursday 18 Jan 2018
Historic Sydney – Wizard of Oz
This morning we are off to visit Hyde Park Barracks, built between 1818 and 1819, this popular landmark is located in Sydney’s historic precinct. Today we discover the daily lives of convicts and other occupants through exhibitions on Sydney’s male convict labour force, Australia’s convict system, an innovative soundscape, excavated artefacts, exposed layers of building fabric and the complex’s rooms and spaces. Nearby we have arranged a guided tour of the Sydney Royal Mint. Open for business in 1855, the Sydney Royal Mint was the first overseas branch of London’s Royal Mint. The hospital building was converted into offices and a Bullion Office for receiving gold, while new buildings to the rear contained the factory for processing the gold into coins. Today, when you walk through the entrance to the buildings at the rear of the Mint, you can see the underground machinery shafts, original roof structures and prefabricated cast-iron frame. On completion of our tour we have lunch at the onsite café, then we have arranged for a guided tour of the Reserve Bank of Australia Museum. The Museum tells the story of Australia’s banknotes against the background of the nation’s economic and social development, from colonial settlement through to the current era. On completion of the tour and time to look through the museum we return to our hotel for some free time to freshen up and have an early dinner before heading to the Capital Theatre for the evening performance of The Wizard of Oz. The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever- popular MGM screenplay, it contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Friday 19 Jan 2018
Old Government House
All good things must come to an end and so must our tour. We head to Old Government House in Parramatta Park for a guided tour followed by morning tea. We then have some free time to purchase our lunch and do a little shopping (passengers own expense) at the nearby Westfield shopping mall, and then early-afternoon start our journey home to complete a sensational, fun tour with Rail Holidays Australia.
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