Exploring Australia - Sydney & The Great Barrier Reef

      Sydney Australia

      32 reviews
      Feb 19 - 26, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12
      Exploring Australia - Sydney & The Great Barrier Reef
      Sydney Australia

      32 reviews

      Feb 19 - 26, 2024
      Group size: 8 - 12

      About this trip

      Join us on our upcoming trip to Australia! 

      We have 8 days of action-packed days in store for you on this all-inclusive retreat to down under!

      You'll have the chance to explore some of this incredible country's most beautiful natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, hike through ancient rainforests, take in the sights and wines of Sydney and spot wild kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat.

      With our expert guides leading the way, you can relax and enjoy every moment of this unforgettable journey. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure – sign up now to secure your spot on this incredible trip to Australia!

      Please note that everything is completely optional. The itinerary is subject to change due to weather. This retreat is a little more active as we will be moving from place to place as we cover a lot of land but we hope to provide you with a nice mixture between relaxation and excursions. Please also note that the retreat officially starts on the first day at the welcome dinner and ends after breakfast on the last day.

      Please also note to keep the costs down on this particular retreat, the excursions will be shared with others not on our retreat.


      You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa or an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an ETA.

      Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), here’s the gist of it: The ETA is a special type of visa for short-term visits (for tourism or business) for up to three months. Here’s the process for obtaining one:

      1. Apply online at the official Australian government website.
      2. Receive instant approval in most cases.
      3. There’s no physical visa label; it’s electronically linked to your passport.

      Meet Your Host

      Amy Walker, MSW, LCSW, CCM, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Owner of Walker Wellness Retreats. Amy started Walker Wellness Retreats in 2016 due to her love for travel and helping others experience the world. When Amy is not leading international retreats, she works as an online mental health therapist. Amy is passionate about helping individuals and couples work through barriers and find new ways to communicate, connect, and thrive. In addition, Amy loves international travel, wine tasting, whale watching, and the outdoors. Amy works alongside her husband, Brian Walker, to run Walker Wellness Retreats. 

      To meet more of the Walker Wellness Retreats team, visit the About Us page on our website. 

      Payment & Cancellation Policy

      Questions about refunds or cancellations? Click here to view our payment and cancellation policy.

      The deadline to book an international retreat is 30 days before the retreat begins; however, some exceptions can be made based on availability. Email us at contact@walkerwellnessretreats.com to inquire about booking after the deadline has passed.

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        8 days/7 nights in highly-rated accommodations
      • Airfare
        Airfare within Australia
      • Airport Transfers
        In and out of Sydney Airport (SYD)
      • Meals
        All meals during the retreat (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
      • Transportation
        All transportation during the retreat
      • Gratuity
        Gratuities for tour guides, restaurant staff, and drivers
      • Wine Tasting
        21 February: Hunter Valley Wine Chef-led Tour [Shared Tour]
      • Cultural Tour
        22 February: On Country Cultural Tour [Shared Tour]
      • Great Barrier Reef
        23 February: Green Island and Outer Great Barrier Reef – Marine Conservation Program
      • Snorkeling
        24 February: Cairns Eco Outer Reef Cruise + Dedicated Master Reef Guide
      • Waterfall Tour
        25 February: Atherton Tablelands Tour – Waterfalls & National Parks [Private Tour]
      • Activities
        You will visit the most popular sites in Sydney
      • Airfare
        International Airfare
      • Additional Items
        Souvenirs, drinks, snacks, additional excursions, or other personal items
      • Additional Gratuity
        Gratuities of a personal nature (hotel staff, spa services, etc.)
      • Alcoholic Beverages
        Any alcoholic beverages (unless listed on itinerary)
      • Insurance
        Travel insurance and medical insurance (required)
      • Travel Fees
        Any travel-related fees if applicable (visas, passports, baggage, etc.)
      • Visa
        You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa or an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia.

      Available Packages

      All-Inclusive Double Occupancy
      Available until January 20, 20246 left

      Double occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 2 people.

      Helpful hints: If you have two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages. If you are traveling alone but want to be paired with another solo traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package. If you are traveling alone and want your own room, select 1 Single Occupancy package below.

      Deposit: $1,000
      All-Inclusive Single Occupancy
      Available until January 20, 2024only 3 left

      Single occupancy includes a private bedroom and private bathroom for 1 person.

      Helpful hints: If you are traveling alone but want to share a room with another traveler, select 1 Double Occupancy package above. If you are booking for two people who would like to share a room, select 2 Double Occupancy packages above. 

      Deposit: $1,000


      Day 1
      Sydney Arrival & Welcome - Monday, February 19th

      Airport pickup and hotel transfer for check-in to the Hyatt Regency Sydney. Pick up will be approximately 10 AM. The retreat does not officially start until the welcome dinner this afternoon so the day is yours to do as you wish!

      For your free time, we suggest you explore the Sky Tower for a view of the city.

      Sydney Tower to experience Sydney's highest open-air attraction, Skywalk, a breathtaking 260 m (853 ft.) above Sydney. Harnessed onto a moving, glass-floored viewing platform extending out over the tower's edge, you can view all of Sydney's landmarks, including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor, and even the Blue Mountains beyond. 


      The Sydney Bridge Climb-an amazing experience, though a little expensive. This should be booked in advance on your own if you are interested in climbing on the bridge itself: https://www.bridgeclimb.com

      7:00 pm - Welcome Dinner and Retreat Orientation


      Hyatt Regency Sydney

      Address: 161 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

      Phone: +61 2 8099 1234

      Your Organizer

      Walker Wellness Retreats
      32 reviews
      Welcome to Walker Wellness Retreats! Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We created Walker Wellness Retreats to share the positive impact travel can have with as many people as possible. Travel makes the world seem not so large. It opens your mind to new ways of thinking. Together we can use our diverse skills and experience of traveling the world to design and plan incredible adventures to bring like-minded travelers together to unique places around the globe!


      As perfect a trip as I could have imagined! Amy and Brian were gracious and kind hosts...and Amy and her mom kept us well-fed! Chantel was an awesome yoga instructor--listened to us and catered classes to the needs of the group often based on our energy levels and physical challenges of the moment. She was also a supremely delightful traveling companion...driving us a total of nine hours in the van--back and forth to from SLC airport. A huge selling point for me was not having to arrange any transportation--bravo to Walker Wellness for creating a package that required extremely minimal extra out-of-pocket expenses. And the hiking, omg! Zion is deliriously beautiful and Bryce is downright Biblical in its majesty. The trip was also impeccably structured--a super challenging hike for the first full day and then a shorter hike that began later in the morning the following day with more time to rest in the afternoon.
      By John B for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on Nov 01, 2023
      Wow! By far the trip to Zion was my best travel experience. The accommodations were very spacious, clean, and homey. Huge picture windows, a deck, hot tub, fire place, …The food was delicious and healthy. Amy is a great cook! The yoga was adjusted to what we needed prehike and post. It went beyond just yoga - there was sound healing, visualization, and more. Transportation to and from the parks made it easy for us. And did I mention the hikes? Stunning! Breath-taking! Fun! Lots of fond memories and I look forward to traveling with Brian and Amy again.
      By Kristen H for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on Nov 01, 2023
      Great trip. Beautiful hiking.
      By Lisa S for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga on Oct 26, 2023
      This trip was beyond my expectations! It's rare to go on a trip where you only need to book a flight and after that every detail is handled for you. The accommodations were fantastic but the food was really the best part! I felt completely taken care of by the Walker Wellness Retreats team especially Shantel and Amber, who are delightful and talented people. I was able to relax, disconnect and get to know the wonderful group all while enjoying moving my body on the yoga mat and through breathtaking nature. Thank you to the whole crew at Walker Wellness Retreats for being so good at what you do!
      By Victoria S for Zion (Nectar Yoga) on Oct 24, 2023
      Excellent retreat, from start to finish. Two great, varied yoga sessions each day; well-planned daily hiking trips, with freedom to go on challenging hikes, easy hikes, or just chill; delicious and thoughtfully prepared meals; lovely house and environment. Each day matched the trip itinerary on-line, but it was made clear that we had options as it was "our retreat." And it was a very fun group that really enjoyed hanging out together! Thank you to Alle, Amber, and Walker Wellness. Total 5-star experience, and I'd gladly go again.
      By Alan M for Zion National Park Hiking & Yoga Wellness Retreat on Oct 18, 2023
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