WUPJ Presents:
November 2018

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4 nights Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney
3 nights Hilton Cairns
6 nights The Blackman Hotel Melbourne
Internal flights: Sydney-Cairns-Melbourne (estimated at $400 pp, subject to change)
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air conditioned vehicle with an expert guide
Breakfast daily
3 dinners, including 2 community Shabbat dinners
3 lunches
Participation in the UPJ Biennial Conference in Melbourne
Entrance fees per itinerary
Transfer if arriving/departing with the main group


Roundtrip international airfare, departure taxes and fees (Contact Ayelet Tours for flights)
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, drivers and dining room waiters ($18 per person per day, pre-collected)
Meals not listed above
Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Tour Itinerary:

Rabbi Fred Morgan has lived in America, England and Australia, and he has spent extended periods in India, Hungary and Israel. He is a poster-boy for the World Union! Ordained from the Leo Baeck College in London, he has served North West Surrey Synagogue in England and Temple Beth Israel, Australia's flagship Progressive synagogue, in Melbourne. He is currently Emeritus Rabbi at TBI. He is also Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and Movement Rabbi for the UPJ, in which capacity he works with congregations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Rabbi Morgan also delights in putting together Jewish-themed tours to destinations as far afield as India, Morocco, the Balkans and the Silk Road in Central Asia. Future tours will include South America (2019) and the Caucasus (2020). Rabbi Morgan and his wife Sue, a retired pastoral care coordinator, will accompany our group, adding insight about the Jewish communities in Sydney, Queensland and Melbourne.

Days 1 & 2: Tuesday, November 6 & Wednesday, November 7, 2018: DEPARTURE

• We depart on our flight to Australia (due to traveling over the international dateline, we will take off on November 6th and land on November 8th).

Day 3: Thursday, November 8, 2018: WELCOME TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

• Upon arrival in Sydney, we transfer to our hotel for check in.
• This afternoon, we meet with Rabbi Fred Morgan and members of the UPJ for an introduction to the Progressive Jewish community in Australia.
• We stop at Katzy's Food Factory, a kosher deli, where we can grab a light lunch before walking from Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House for a one hour guided tour of this magnificent building. This tour offers the opportunity to experience the Sydney Opera House in its daily operation. Our guide will bring to life the stories and secrets behind the theater and give a fascinating account of the history and architecture of this international landmark.
• This evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner together at a restaurant near Bondi Beach.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 4: Friday, November 9, 2018: EXPLORING SYDNEY

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We depart our hotel this morning for the northern beaches. We cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and travel to see magnificent views from the Seaforth lookout over Middle Head and Pearl Bay marinas.
• We continue with a visit to the Arabanoo lookout for a superb panoramic view of the rugged headlands and Manly.
• We enjoy some time in the cosmopolitan suburb of Manly, nestled between a tranquil, inner harbour beach on one side and a popular surf beach on the Pacific Ocean. Relax at the beach, visit the Manly Art Gallery & Museum or rent a bike to explore the area on two wheels.
• We return to our hotel to relax and refresh.
• Early this evening, we join Shabbat services at Emanuel Synagogue, the largest congregation in Australia, followed by Shabbat dinner with members of the community.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 5: Saturday, November 10, 2018: SHABBAT IN SYDNEY

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Option to attend Shabbat morning services at North Shore Temple Emanuel, led by Rabbi Nicole Roberts, (similar name, different place!).
• Enjoy the day at leisure, exploring Sydney on your own. On own options include:
o Relaxing at Bondi Beach
o The beautiful Bondi-Cogee Beach walk
o Climbing the Harbour Bridge (must book well in advance!)
o Visiting Rose Bay
o Riding the ferry to Manly
• This evening, we join up and head out to the King Street Wharf for dinner at one of the many restaurants lining this waterside neighborhood. After dinner, find a bar to sip a cocktail or stroll along the water and enjoy the surroundings of this beautiful place on own.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 6: Sunday, November 11, 2018: SITESEEING IN SYDNEY

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we drive through Sydney's city center. We will see many contrasts - from the traditional Victorian architecture of the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building to the modern skyscrapers of the business district; from the sweeping design of the Opera House to the modern developments of Darling Harbour.
• Our next stop is at the Great Synagogue on Hyde Park, built in the late 1800s in the Byzantine and Gothic styles, and the earliest synagogue in New South Wales.
• We visit the Sydney Jewish Museum for a multi-sensory engagement with exhibitions, including Culture & Continuity: Journey Through Judaism and the Holocaust, among other rotating exhibits.
• Spend time at leisure browsing the stalls filled with treats, luxury fashion, jewelry and more at The Rocks Market.
• Drive through the Royal Botanic Garden to Lady Macquarie's Chair (for views of the harbour and the Opera House and bridge) and then head out to the exclusive eastern suburbs, passing Kings Cross en route to Vaucluse and Double Bay.
• We return to our hotel after a fulfilling day of sightseeing to refresh and enjoy dinner on our own this evening.

Overnight in Sydney

Day 7: Monday, November 12, 2018: SYDNEY TO CAIRNS

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we transfer to the airport for our 3-hour flight to Cairns in Northern Australia. Charming Cairns is the gateway to two of the world's greatest natural wonders - tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
• We travel a short distance to our hotel to check in.
• We meet this afternoon at our hotel with members of the small progressive Chavurah in the area to learn more about their community and lovely city.
• We enjoy dinner together later this evening at Red Ochre Grill.

Overnight in Cairns

Day 8: Tuesday, November 13, 2018: THE RAINFORESTS OF CAIRNS

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we embark on an exciting experience at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a ride over Australia's pristine tropical rainforests before descending into them for the ultimate experience, including stops at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station.
• We continue to Baron Gorge National Park. Here, we have the chance to take a short hike, enjoy the beautiful views and visit the Barron Gorge Hydro-Power Station.
• This evening, we head to the Cairns Night Market, one of the most popular attractions in town. Boasting 130 stalls and a full food court, this is a perfect place to eat, drink and shop on our last night in Cairns.

Overnight in Cairns 

Day 9: Wednesday, November 14, 2018: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we drive north along the scenic Cook's Highway, enjoying views of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We arrive at Port Douglas, where we embark on the Quicksilver Wavepiercer catamaran and journey to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the most spectacular undersea garden in the world. At the reef, we float atop a large platform or raft where we can view the coral in a number of ways. There is a semi-submarine, an underwater viewing platform, an optional helicopter ride or the chance to try scuba diving. A buffet lunch will be served during the time we are at the reef.
• On our arrival back at Port Douglas, we spend a short amount of time at the marina before travelling back down the coast.

Overnight in Cairns

Day 10: Thursday, November 15, 2018: CAIRNS TO MELBOURNE - UPJ CONFERENCE BEGINS

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Transfer to the airport for our flight to Melbourne, known as the sporting capital of Australia and the second largest metropolis in the country.
• We land in Melbourne and transfer to our hotel for check in.
• This afternoon, we participate in the UPJ Conference (details to be provided).

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 11: Friday, November 16, 2018: UPJ CONFERENCE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We participate today in the UPJ Conference (details to be provided), including Shabbat services and dinner with participants!

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 12: Saturday, November 17, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM! UPJ CONFERENCE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We spend Shabbat as participants in the UPJ Conference (details to be provided).

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 13: Sunday, November 18, 2018: SIGHTSEEING IN MELBOURNE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We attend the UPJ Conference this morning, concluding with lunch.
• After lunch, we enjoy a tour of Melbourne City. We see premier examples of Melbourne Victorian architectural splendor, including St. Paul's Cathedral, Princess and Regent Theatres, Melbourne Town Hall, Parliament House, the Treasury Building, the Royal Exhibition buildings and the Queen Victoria Markets.
• We visit the statue of General Monash, one of Australia's most revered citizens, who was an active member of the Jewish community.
• We return to our hotel for time to refresh and spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening discovering Melbourne and enjoying dinner on own.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 14: Monday, November 19, 2018: GREAT OCEAN ROAD

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we set out on a scenic coastal drive along Great Ocean Road and embark on a day full of adventures. We see the 12 Apostles, beautiful beaches and many more attractions along the way to Otway Harvest Trail. Spend the day indulging on fresh, local produce, sipping a glass of wine or beer, and visiting the ostrich farm or the Forrest General Store for local gifts to bring home to your friends and family. For the adventurous at heart, try the treetop walk or a zip line eco-tour through the rainforest at the nearby Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (additional cost).
• Spend the evening at leisure and enjoy dinner on own at one of Melbourne's delicious restaurants.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 15: Tuesday, November 20, 2018: MELBOURNE'S JEWISH HISTORY & MORE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we meet with Rabbi John Levi at Temple Beth Israel for a discussion about the earliest Jewish settlers in Australia.
• We walk to the Jewish Museum of Australia, where we engage, learn and connect with Judaism in Australia from past to present.
• We explore the center of Jewish life in Melbourne, through the Caulfield and St. Kilda neighborhoods of the city.
• We travel to Sky High Mount Dandenong for a chance to visit the National Rhododendron Garden and discover the town of Olinda, with free time for shopping on own.
• We return to Melbourne and have time to refresh.
• Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner together at one of Melbourne's wonderful restaurants, as we recall all that we have experienced together.

Overnight in Melbourne

Day 16: Wednesday, November 21, 2018: RETURNING HOME

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Transfer (on own) to the airport for our flights back to the United States, landing tomorrow.

*itinerary subject to change