Australia & Sydney Mardi Gras

February 26-March 8, 2021

A Journey to Australia & Sydney Mardi Gras Celebration

There’s nothing like Australia.  Awe-inspiring coastlines. Iconic cityscapes. The epic outback. Sydney’s Harbour.  Australia is filled with filled World Heritage sites and unforgettable experiences.  And the Aussies certainly know how to throw a fabulous party, which is why Source Events has timed this adventure so that you can experience Sydney’s famous Gay Mardi Gras. Your Aussie adventure begins in charming and cosmopolitan Melbourne.

This City exudes style and keeps its best spots hidden, inviting discovery by food and culture lovers. From the culture of Melbourne, enjoy the natural attractions on one of the world’s greatest road trips –  Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Experience the dramatic, rugged coastline where the 12 Apostles sit.

There’s nothing like Australia.  Awe-inspiring coastlines. Iconic cityscapes. The epic outback. Sydney’s Harbour.  Australia is filled with filled World Heritage sites and unforgettable experiences.  And the Aussies certainly know how to throw a fabulous party, which is why Source Events has timed this adventure so that you can experience Sydney’s famous Gay Mardi Gras. Your Aussie adventure begins in charming and cosmopolitan Melbourne.

This City exudes style and keeps its best spots hidden, inviting discovery by food and culture lovers. From the culture of Melbourne, enjoy the natural attractions on one of the world’s greatest road trips –  Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Experience the dramatic, rugged coastline where the 12 Apostles sit.

Away from the coasts lies the Outback, the parched desert that makes up the majority of the Australian Continent. Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, changing color and stillness of ‘the Rock’, rising from the flat plains of the Northern Territory with an otherworldly presence. Uluru is a sight that will sear itself into your mind. This World Heritage Site has attained the status of a pilgrimage.  Experience the colors of Uluru at dawn and sunset, an outdoor dinner party,  and a magical night of stargazing. 

Sydney is spectacularly draped around its glorious harbor and beaches with a visual wow factor like few other cities. With 4 nights in Sydney, you’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife.  You can even climb the iconic Sydney Bridge. Best of all, you’ll have VIP seats for the spectacular and fabulous Gay Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and tickets to the famous party afterward. This is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime

Away from the coasts lies the Outback, the parched desert that makes up the majority of the Australian Continent. Nothing can really prepare you for the immensity, changing color and stillness of ‘the Rock’, rising from the flat plains of the Northern Territory with an otherworldly presence. Uluru is a sight that will sear itself into your mind. This World Heritage Site has attained the status of a pilgrimage.  Experience the colors of Uluru at dawn and sunset, an outdoor dinner party, and a magical night of stargazing.

Sydney is spectacularly draped around its glorious harbor and beaches with a visual wow factor like few other cities. With 4 nights in Sydney, you’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. You can even climb the iconic Sydney Bridge. Best of all, you’ll have VIP seats for the spectacular and fabulous Gay Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and tickets to the famous party afterward. This is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime

Itinerary for Source Events Gay Luxury Australia & Sydney Mardi Gras

Day 1: Friday – February 26,  2021 – Arrive in Melbourne 

Private transfer upon arrival at Melbourne International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Sofitel Melbourne Hotel. Tonight enjoy a nightlife bus tour of Melbourne and Welcome dinner

Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne


Day 2: Saturday – February 27,  2021 – Melbourne

After breakfast, enjoy a Melbourne city tour covering the famous Vic food markets, the Yarra, Southbank, a tram ride to St. Kilda. We’ll have lunch at one of the popular St. Kilda establishments with its Greek Heritage.

Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne


Day 3: Sunday – February 28,  2021 – Melbourne

After breakfast, we head out for a full day touring to the wine country and its stunning hills and vineyards. We will visit a few cellars doors, be treated to a leisurely and delicious local produce lunch in a Tuscan like setting and visit a quaint village towns and an Australian famous Gin distiller that is taking over the world. 

Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne


Day 4: Monday – March 1,  2021 – Melbourne

After breakfast, your tour guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and head out to the surfing coast with its quaint coastal towns, famous surf beaches. Then visit the Twelve Apostles and great ocean road. Return to hotel for a leisure night. Optional outing for dinner and show that Melbourne is renowned for.

Overnight: Sofitel Melbourne


Day 5: Tuesday – March 2,  2021 – Melbourne to Ayers Rock

After breakfast and check out of the Sofitel Hotel, we’ll be  transferred to Melbourne domestic airport for our flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival we’ll be transferred to Sails in the Desert. We’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch by the pool at the resort and relax our way to the Australian Outback. In late afternoon you’ll be picked up and taken to enjoy the Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars.

Overnight: Sails in the Desert


Day 6: Wednesday – March 3,  2021 – Ayers Rock – Sydney

After a very early wake up call, we start on our private Sunrise tour at Urulu, a stunning vision and even better when holding a glass of bubbles and some delectable snacks. After the tour of the Rock time to head back to collect your belongings at the hotel and head out to the airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, you will meet your guide and driver to our hotel. Tonight we start at Oxford street for your Gayborhood walking tour. Learn all about the beginnings of Mardi Gras, the history of the Australian LGBTQ+ movement, then on to walking around and finding out all about the hip places to eat drink and shake your tush. 

Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel


Day 7: Thursday – March 4, 2021  –  Sydney 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Your Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney day begins. Meet at the lobby of the hotel and walked over to the Sydney Bridge Climb for your amazing and unique climb on the famous bridge. Then it’s time for lunch between two iconic landmarks at the Opera Bar. A tour of the behind the scenes inside the Opera House and finally your VIP ticket to the Mardi Gras 2020 Sunset cruise on the breathtaking Sydney Harbour.

Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel


Day 8: Friday – March 5,  2021 – Sydney

After breakfast, your Mardi Gras Featherdale day tour begins where you can take photos with Koalas, feed Kangaroos, wallabies, emus and see the Crocodile, unique Cassowaries and so much more. Lunch in Sydney’s second largest city of Parramatta before heading back into the city.

Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel


Day 9: Saturday – March 6, 2021 – Sydney

This is the big day!

Hang out getting ready for a big night and weekend of fun in one of the world’s biggest Gay Street Parade. Tonight you’ll be driven from hotel to the Official Mardi Gras Diamond viewing area in the here of the parade route, with bathrooms, a cash bar and food options. At the end of the Parade join in and walk down to the Mardi Gras official party with DJ’s and amazing light shows.

Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel


Day 10: Sunday – March 7, 2021 – Sydney

Enjoy breakfast. This morning relax after a big night and then head out to chill out by the beach, be on a ferry on the Sydney Harbour or visit one of the many museums, theaters, galleries or just be around the hood to see the parties all continuing. 

Overnight: Shangri-La Hotel


Day 11: Monday – Monday 8, 2021 – Return Home

After breakfast, check out of hotel and be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Optional Excursion post tour to Turtle Cove Getaway will be offered.

 

City luxury. Outback style.

The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins – Melbourne

Please join us for an incredible journey to Melbourne. Savor the French joie-de-vivre blended with cosmopolitan Australian style. Enjoy a fabulous location amidst the European character at the Paris-end of Collins Street. Located in the center of the city, the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is a 40-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport. Spacious and elegant in design, guest rooms at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins are luxuriously appointed and beautifully furnished.


Sails in the Desert – Ayers Rock, Urulu

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly premium outback holiday experience. Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites. In a destination where one of the world’s oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert’s modern design. This hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and Indigenous-inspired cuisine in the Walpa Lobby Bar, or curl up on one of the daybeds and enjoy a casual lunch and cocktail by the pool.


Shangri-La Hotel – Sydney

Quintessentially Sydney. Positioned in the dress circle of Sydney Harbour, the panoramic views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge enhance the luxurious glamour of Sydney’s destination hotel. Nestled in the historic Rocks District, the luxury hotel features elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, award-winning dining experiences, and CHI, The Spa, an urban oasis in the heart of the city. 565 rooms. Spectacular views: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour.

Luxury Australia pricing

February 26 – March 8, 2021 – 10 Nights/11 Days
$6,199 per person based on double occupancy – Single Supplement an additional $2,000

What’s included:

  • 4 nights at the Sofitel Melbourne – Classic Rooms
  • 1 night at the Sail in the Desert Resort – Ayers Rock
  • 5 nights at The Shangri-La Hotel Deluxe Harbour View Rooms 
  • Meet and Greet Airport Transfers
  • Daily Breakfast 
  • Tour of Melbourne nightlife and dinner
  • City tour of Melbourne and surrounds with Lunch Stop
  • Tour of the Yarra Valley wine country and Lunch
  • Tour of the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles including lunch
  • Lunch by the pool at the Sails in the Desert and Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Sunrise Tour over Urulu with breakfast snacks and champagne
  • Walking tour of Sydney Gayborhood and Welcome Dinner
  • Ultimate Mardi Gras Sydney day tour including Sunset Harbour cruise
  • Half day tour of Mardi Gras Featherdale wildlife
  • Sydney Mardi Gras view Diamond viewing area tickets
  • Sydney Mardi Gras party tickets
  • Airport transfers for flights home

Not included:

  • International Flight
  • Domestic Flights – Melbourne – Ayers Rock – Sydney
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Visa Expense
  • Optional Extension to Turtle Cove – 5 night/6 days 

Requirements:

  • Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months past the date of travel.
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or non-electronic label visa, proof of onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds are required. An ETA or non-electronic label visa is required for tourist or business stays of up to 3 months and must be obtained prior to departure.

  • For most visitors to Australia, an ETA may be obtained online at https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp. There is a processing fee (currently AU$20 per visa) to be paid on the site.

  • If you are a citizen from a non-participating country, you will need to contact the relevant Embassy to enquire about Visa requirements.