Opera House and Harbour Bridge - Sydney, Australia
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The Hot Nights & City Sights package includes round-trip airfare, seven nights' accommodations, transfers, airfare within Australia, a Sydney Opera House tour and more.
updated 9/25/2008 9:29:38 AM ET 2008-09-25T13:29:38

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare, seven nights' accommodations, transfers, airfare within Australia, a Sydney Opera House tour, and a Colonial Tramcar tour and dinner in Melbourne, from $1,879 per person—plus an estimated $145 in taxes.

When: Daily through March 31, 2009.

Gateways: L.A.; add $220 for Seattle, $280 for Chicago, $300 for New York City, $310 for Atlanta, and $360 for Boston; additional cities available.

The fine print: Does not include airport taxes and fees of about $145 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $529. When booking, use code TS2797. U.S. citizens will need a valid passport for travel; a visa (about $17) is also required. See our Australian visa advice here. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Nov. 30, 2008.

Contact: Travelscene, 800/345-3504, travelscene.com.

Why it's a deal: This trip begins in Melbourne and ends in Sydney. We priced out a round-trip multi-city itinerary on Kayak for late October (L.A. to Melbourne, Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to L.A.). The lowest fare was $1,362 on United/Qantas. For an additional $662 including taxes, Travelscene takes care of the all the flights as well as seven nights' accommodations, a Sydney Opera House tour ($35 AUD per person, or about $29 U.S.) and a dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar (anywhere between $58 U.S. and $108 U.S. per person).

Bonus: If you are one of the first 100 people to book this trip, you will receive Austral$500 ($419) in spending money per reservation. You must book by Oct. 31, 2008, and mention the Do The Math Australia promotion in addition to the TS2797 trip code.

Trip details: The Hot Nights & City Sights package begins with an overnight flight on Qantas to Melbourne and a transfer to your hotel.

You'll check in to the Mantra on Jolimont, your base for three nights. The 133-room hotel has studios, one-bedroom apartments, a pool, and a gym. It's across the street from Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena, and also close to the Botanic Gardens and the Victorian Arts Centre.

You're free to explore Melbourne on your own. The only included activity is dinner and drinks at the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, which glides through the streets of Melbourne.

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After three nights in Melbourne, you'll hop on a 90-minute flight to Sydney (airline depends on availability at time of booking) and check in to the Travelodge Wynyard Sydney Hotel. The 270-room hotel has a restaurant and a gym, and it's close to The Rocks, Australia's first European settlement, which dates to 1788. It's now a lively neighborhood with shops, bars, and restaurants.

A tour of the Sydney Opera House (also close to your hotel) is included. You'll get to see inside the unique structure, one of Australia's most recognizable sights.

Can't get enough? You can book additional nights in both Sydney and Melbourne; as of press time, a quote for the cost per night was not available.

A free $125 prepaid Visa card on Australian trips

If you book one of Intrepid Travel's 32 Australia packages by October 31, you'll receive a Austral$150 (or about $125) prepaid Visa card for spending.

One trip that caught our eye was a three-night excursion to Kangaroo Island. You'll meet the group in Adelaide, where you'll visit Penfolds Magill Estate Winery. Then you'll ferry over to Kangaroo Island, which is often touted as one of the last unspoiled parts of the world. The island is home to its namesake animal, as well as koalas, echidnas, and fur seals. You'll spend a few days exploring Flinders Chase National Park with your guide. Three nights' accommodations (two nights in a hotel and one in a lodge), some meals, and ground transportation by bus are included; $1,000 per person.

For more tips on what to do, check out the country's official tourism site, or see the U.S. State Department's travel fact sheet for the country.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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  2. Be careful going down the road in Western Australia. There could be camels, wombats or kangaroos trying to cross. (Nick Rains / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A kangaroo stands next to a rare waterhole as sheep gather and look for food on a station near White Cliffs in the state of New South Wales. (William West / AFP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Tourists look at spectacular cathedral termite mounds in the Litchfield National Park near Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. Often visible along the Northern Territory, also know as the "Top End" highways, they are amongst the largest mounds built by termites anywhere in the world and are reminiscent of mediaeval cathedrals. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A koala rests on a branch at Sydney Wildlife World, which features Australian flora and fauna set amongst natural habitats and ecosystems. Koalas feed almost exclusively on tough, toxic eucalyptus leaves, which they can digest because they have the longest gut for their size of any mammal. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Located near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the East MacDonnell Ranges Aerial are part of the remains of mountains that once went as high as the Himalayas. The East MacDonnell's are more varied and less crowded than the more popular West McDonnell Range. (Brian Geach / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Visitors stand on a cantilever at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk tourist attraction that overlooks rainforest and coastline in the center in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, in Australia's New South Wales. The Illawarra region gets its special character from the way the escarpment meets the sea. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Pinnacles, ancient limestone formations, rise out of the sand in Nambung National Park. There are thousands of pillars in this Western Australian area, which offer photographers images at sunrise and sunset. (Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The Three Sisters jut out of the Blue Mountains near Katoomba, New South Wales. The character of the rock formation changes as the sunlight brings out magnificent color.
    According to Aboriginal legend, there were three sisters in the Katoomba tribe who were in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry. The brothers were not happy with this law and used force to capture the sisters, which caused a battle.
    A witchdoctor turned the sisters into stone to protect them from harm, but he was killed before he could reverse the spell. And so the sisters remained in the rock formation. (Lincoln Fowler / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The large leaves of the Canna x generalis flowering plant from the Cannaceae family display their unusual coloring in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens were founded on their current site by Governor Macquarie in 1816 and is the oldest scientific institution in Australia, playing a major role in the acclimatization of plants from other regions. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A droving team heads off from camp during the Great Australian Cattle Drive preview on May 7, 2009, in Oodnadatta, Australia. The Great Australian Cattle Drive takes place July 30-Aug. 29, 2010, and offers the general public the chance to experience an Australian adventure. (Quinn Rooney / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Many residents of opal mining town Coober Pedy, Australia, live underground in dugout homes. The Underground Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the town's must-see sites and includes rock carvings in the walls, a high-roof ballroom-style design and stained glass windows. (Quinn Rooney / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A young indigenous performer during the Yeperenye Federation Festival on Sept. 9, 2001, in Alice Springs, Central Australia. The Yeperenye Festival involves traditional elders with thousands of dancers, artists, singers, musicians and spectators, who gather at Blatherskite Park on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people. It was one of the largest cultural gatherings of indigenous and non-indigenous people since colonization. (Matt Turner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Mount Borradaile in the Northern Territory was inhabited for up to 50,000 years by aboriginal tribes, and it's cave walls feature some of the best examples of aboriginal art. The drawings show a huge range of dates and events. The mount and the surrounding Arnhem Land draw tourists from all over who want to see real Australian history. (James Fisher / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The wetlands of the Yellow Water area of the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territories are a mecca for wildlife and flora. The flora in the park is among the richest in northern Australia with more than 2,000 plant species recorded. The park is also considered to be one of the most weed-free national parks in the world. (Adam Pretty / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Rex the crocodile swims in a tank at Sydney Wildlife World on March 29, 2010. Rex, a saltwater crocodile, was caught in the Northern Territory and moved to his current habitat in December last year. (Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Cows have the right of way on Norfolk Island, east of the Australian mainland, where motorists also take the time to wave to each driver they pass. (Lawrence Bartlett / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra is a combination of a shrine, museum and archive, which commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who died in war. (Geoff Lung / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A giant statue of famed Australian outlaw Ned Kelly at Glenrowan, the location of his final stand, about 110 miles northeast of Melbourne. Long dismissed as tourist kitsch, Australia's "Big Things" -- giant models of everything from koalas to pineapples -- are now being heritage-listed and recognized as works of folk art. (William West / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. The Ghan railway, which runs from Adelaide in the south to Darwin in the north, offers travelers the chance to see great Australian landscapes through the country's Red Center. (Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Vineyards are shown in the internationally renowned Margaret River wine region in the south-west corner of Western Australia, situated between the two coastal capes of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. A rock climber heads up a dolerite stack known as Totem Pole in Tasmania's Cape Hauy. (Nick Hancock / Tourism Australia) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Beach-goers soak in the sun on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The Gold Coast is a favorite tourist area that features some of the world's finest beaches and lively nightlife. (Sergio Dionisio / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  26. These massive porites corals at the Great Barrier Reef are hundreds of years old. The corals are like trees in that each year a new band is laid down in their skeletons that record their environmental histories. (Jurgen Freund / Freund Factory) Back to slideshow navigation
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  28. Crimson clouds provide a beautiful backdrop during a match between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia. (Adam Pretty / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales, with a population in excess of 7million people, is shown in this photo taken on May 26, 2009. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Sydney Opera House is easily one of Australia's most recognizable landmarks. The buiilding, on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor, is a multi-venue performing arts center and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Greg Wood / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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