Join Wharton for the Adventure of a Lifetime

The 2018 Wharton Global Forum in Sydney is a can’t-miss event — and a great excuse to discover the remarkable Land Down Under. Explore the links below, then work with Wharton’s partner Australia & Beyond Holidays to start planning a vacation you won’t forget.

Ayers Rock | Uluru

Journey to the continent’s “Red Centre” to see Ayers Rock, one of the biggest rocks in the world, rising 1,142 feet from the desert floor. Experience the majesty of the sacred monolith at sunset from atop a camel.

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The Great Barrier Reef

See the Great Barrier Reef, one of the greatest wonders of the natural world, while you still can. Pack your scuba gear to go way down under or book a helicopter tour. It’s stunning from the air!

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Swim with Dolphins

Cruise the waters of Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park aboard a 52-foot catamaran and swim with dolphins in the wild.

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Shipwreck Coast

Fly high above the Shipwreck Coast and the spectacular 12 Apostles limestone stacks for a helicopter ride of a lifetime.

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Waradah Aboriginal Centre

Enjoy performances by Aboriginal dancers in traditional paint and costume at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre in the shadows of the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

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Royal Botanic Garden

Taste bush foods, discover indigenous plant uses, and generally explore the area’s rich history by taking the Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden.

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Sydney Opera House

Take in a show (and a cocktail) under the Sydney Opera House’s iconic sails and relish a sunset over Sydney’s shimmering harbour.

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Cuddle a Koala

Cuddle up with a koala (you know you want to), and say “Marmite!” for a quintessential Aussie portrait with one of the country’s cutest marsupials.

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Surf at Bondi Beach

Learn to ride the waves at one of Sydney’s many beaches. At the popular Bondi Beach, you’ll find board rentals, easy surf conditions, and a good number of companies offering lessons to beginners.

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Take in the Harbour

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and be rewarded with your daily Fitbit steps and unrivaled views of the city from atop the 440-foot landmark.

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Wine Down

Sip Semillon and settle in for an al fresco dinner at a vineyard in the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, or indulge your inner gourmand and travel farther afield to taste the fruits of the Barossa Valley. The local specialty is Shiraz, and this region northeast of Adelaide is home to several high-profile wineries.

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Sample the Exotic

Tickle your taste buds at acclaimed local restaurants that serve exotic fare like kangaroo, camel, crocodile, emu, Moreton Bay Bugs, or Australian rock lobster.

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Adventurous Eating

Dive deep into the Australian and British culinary past at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne. At this Aussie outpost of the London restaurant boasting six Michelin stars, Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts tailors dishes to this locale—from ice cream with Vegemite to eggs in verjuice, a dessert based on an 18th-century British recipe but with a chocolate shell reminiscent of an emu’s egg.

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