The Royal Tour with a Midas touch

by Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 

Here, at Journeys To Come, we are so excited about the Royal Tour of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The positive impact that ripples out wherever they go can barely be measured. Not only does tourism soar, fashions sell out, even rain in drought stricken areas is possible. It’s a true Midas touch and we thought we’d share their massive itinerary that includes 70 engagements (heaven help Meghan with her new pregnancy), three states and four countries just in case you’d either like to see them or possibly replicate their tour! Hey, why not, go forth and enjoy…

  • Tuesday, October 16: Sydney, Australia – Naturally, they took in the showstopper highlights of The Opera House, Taronga Zoo, the Bangarra Dance company and life on Sydney Harbour.
  • Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia. As Harry himself mentioned in his town speech, tourism is booming here. Dubbo is “renowned for its zoo, festivals, boutique wineries and the old Dubbo Gaol”. The most important thing to do in Dubbo is spend your money and support the community.
  • Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia. A tram trip, the beautiful gardens of Government House, a focus on Indigenous Youth and a little tour of the famous laneways of the city.
  • Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia. It’s all about Bondi Beach and the classic Bridge Climb. For Harry and Megs they also raised the Invictus Games flag.
  • Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia. The Invictus Games in The Domain, right in the heart of the city. Why not also pop into town for some great shopping at The Strand Arcade or DJs, and also check out Cockatoo Island.
  • Monday, October 22: Fraser Island, Australia. Time to shine, Queensland! The wildlife and the flora of Fraser Island are unparalleled. The royal lure here was the indigenous leaders and the island’s history.
  • Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji. The South Pacific is so beautiful, Suva is great for a mud bath, a wander amongst the mountains, the crystal clear waters, world-famous hotels, and legendary local smiles.
  • Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji.  Don’t forget to stock up on Pure Fiji products – the scent is so darn good with recipes that date back generations.
  • Thursday, October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tonga is all about the water. Of course, it’s famous for its whale dives, but the local wildlife sets this island apart from anywhere else in he world.
  • Friday, October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia. Back in Oz to celebrate the Australian Geographic Awards.
  • Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia. Time to wrap the Invictus Games and relax on the water.
  • Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand. Known as the world’s windiest city, it’s also the capital of New Zealand and named after the 1st Duke of Wellington, A. Wellesley.
  • Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand. Bird watching anyone? The water fun is also awesome here and Nature is the true superstar to enjoy in this neck of the woods.
  • Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand. Life in Auckland is best enjoyed from the water. I really hope Meghan has her sea legs as Auckland has, per capita, more boats than anywhere else in the world. Why not sample a jaunt on an America’s Cup yacht, or settle for some great shopping around Parnell and the city.
  • Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand. Rotorua has a scent all of its own as it’s famous for its geysers. This is an adventure-central location.

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Bon Voyage,

Catriona

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