Experience all that Australia has to offer, on a 18 day custom adventure of a lifetime! For the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty from every perspective, exploer Melbourne and Sydney, visit the magnificent Ayers Rock, discover a majestic underwater world, drifting through the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Your journey will guide you on an unforgettable tour of the barren desert landscapes, lush tropical forests and pristine beaches. Encounter the wildlife, embark on unique excursions and learn about the rich history and local culture along the way. So, pack your bags and have your camera ready to capture the memories...Australia awaits!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne Arrival

Melbourne Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Ovolo Hotel Melbourne

Welcome to Australia! Upon landing at the International Airport in Melbourne, you will be greeted in the arrivals area by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Check into your room, get settled and enjoy your first evening here as you wish. There is plenty to do and see in the area, so venture out to grab a bite to eat and admire the sights! (This service is on a private basis.)

Melbourne

Melbourne is perhaps best characterized as Sydney's young, artsy, hip sister. Intricate, multicultural, intense art covers many walls in this colorful city, and locals are fiercely proud of their home's artistic streak. Like all the coolest cities, Melbourne's urban center is divided into small neighborhoods, and wandering three blocks brings one new vibe after another. There's always a street festival to wander through, an art exhibit to appreciate, or a coffee tasting to sit in on. The university and the city's sports teams are ingrained into the culture as well, so expect a young, enthusiastic local crowd cheering at a football or cricket match.

Day 2: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 3: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Yarra Valley Winery Tour
  • Accommodation: Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
  • Meals: B, L

Yarra Valley Winery Tour

Enjoy the convenience of a designated driver, as you are whisked off to the Yarra Valley today! Come thirsty, as your tour affords you the opportunity to visit four exceptional wineries, each with a unique story and exquisite wines. Your day will kick off with a private, behind the scenes barrel tasting at the boutique winery, Dominique Portet. At Oakridge Wines, you will enjoy a mouthwatering two-course lunch, overlooking the soft green rolling hills from their open terrace. At Coldstream Hills, founded by famous wine critic James Halliday, you will taste their impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And finally, onto Yering Station, with its gleaming, light-filled cellar door, to taste award-winning wines and satisfy all of your senses. At it's old farmhouse-style produce store, you can purchase some tasty accompaniments as well. At the end of a delicious day, you will be taken back to your hotel.
(This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 5: Melbourne

Melbourne
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Great Ocean Road Tour
  • Accommodation: Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
  • Meals: B

Great Ocean Road Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel today, to embark on a tour of the Great Ocean Road. Experience this majestic coastal drive in style, with time to relax and fully appreciate the wonders of this world famous route. Stay on the lookout for some fascinating wildlife sightings, that include whales, dolphins, echidnas and bandicoots. Your camera won't experience a single dull moment along this exciting itinerary, that offers endless photo opportunities.

During your exploration, you can take a stroll along the wild beaches or stop for a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse to admire the breathtaking scenery. You will stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town set among the soft rolling hills, that offers a great selection of cafes and restaurants. This would be the perfect place to purchase lunch, if you are hungry. From there, the adventure continues with exclusive access to an ancient Eucalyptus Forest walk, located at the iconic Great Ocean Road EcoLodge, where you can expect close encounters with koalas, kangaroos and native birds. This truly unique tour experience will be capped off by a visit to the ancient rock formations of the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Melbourne - Sydney

Melbourne - Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Melbourne and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Sydney

Hugging one of the world's most famous harbors, and defined by its two iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia's capital is instantly recognizable. But for a city that is so defined by a building though, its people sure do love spending time outdoors. From surfing, to hiking and just hanging in a park, it's the city's active population that gives it real life. There are always new restaurants to try, a different hiking trail to hit, and a sea of excitable locals down for a pint. Sydney is a true modern metropolis, and happy people form all over the world seem to funnel here, and the result is one of our favorite cities in the world.

Day 7: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 8: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Exploration
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: B, L

Full Day Blue Mountains & Wildlife Exploration

Today’s Blue Mountain adventure is a real journey into the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. From temperate rainforests, to towering sandstone escarpments, you will see and experience it all. Your knowledgeable guide will collect you from your hotel this morning, as you kick off this small group tour into the Blue Mountains. This excursion will guide you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this region.

Your first stop will be at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you will arrive before other tourists, to meet the native Australian animals. You can actually get up close and personal, stroke a koala and hand feed kangaroos, wallabies & emus...an incredible experience! Proceed to the picturesque village of Wentworth Falls next, home to a collection of Victorian and historic buildings and a spectacular lookout. With amazing views over the Jamison Valley, you will enjoy a leisurely walk to see the Waterfalls.

Your tour will then lead you to Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote and secluded point for views of the famous Three Sisters. While the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction, you can’t help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons, as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. From there, head to the historic Boiler House Cafe at the Hydro Majestic Property, to enjoy a 2 course cafe style lunch.

After lunch, you will travel around the mountains to Evans Lookout. This is without a doubt one of the most scenic hikes in the area, taking you across a number of valleys and ridges, as you trek to Govetts Leap. Marvel at the views across Australia’s Grand Canyon, The Grose Valley. The magnificent waterfalls drops at a whopping 180 m to the base of the cliff. Your last stop will be at the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, before traveling down the Bells Line of Road, arriving back at your hotel around 4:30 - 5:00 PM this evening. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 9: Sydney

Sydney
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Bike Tour
  • Accommodation: Sydney Harbour Marriott
  • Meals: B, L

Bike Tour

There is no other experience in town that shows you as much or entertains you like the Sydney Classic bike tour! See all of the iconic sights, and tons of other sights you may miss on your own. Your expert guides will give you the information you need to get the most out of your trip.

The Sydney Classic Tour is a relaxing ride around the amazing city of Sydney. See the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Darling Harbor, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, the Anzac War Memorial, Chinatown, Sydney Tower, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, and over 30 more great attractions! We'll even stop to take in a warm friendly pub as a half way point on your tour. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 10: Sydney - Ayers Rock

Sydney - Ayers Rock
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Tour: Sounds of Silence Dinner
  • Accommodation: Sails In The Desert Hotel
  • Meals: B, D

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Sydney and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Ayers Rock. Upon arrival in Ayers Rock, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Sounds of Silence Dinner

This evening, at the Sounds of Silence experience you can dine under the canopy of the desert night, while your very own storyteller shares tales as told in the stars. Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence
offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. The attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients such as crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee as you gaze into the starlit sky. (This service is on a group basis.)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

In a continent-wide competition for tourist attractions, there's a reason Uluru wins out and attracts travelers year after year. Known colloquially as Ayers Rock, Uluru is impressive in its size and history. This is a spiritually important site to the Anangu people, and it is see why, after spending a full day here. From the majestic pink hues at sunrise, to the afternoon's brown shadows and the burned orange of sunset, the rock feels very much like a living thing. Of course, resorts have sprouted around Uluru to accommodate travelers, and they range from quick stop motels, to five star luxury spas, ready to accommodate any need.

Day 11: Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Uluru Highlights at Sunrise
  • Tour: Kata Tjuta Domes
  • Accommodation: Sails In The Desert Hotel
  • Meals: B

Uluru Highlights at Sunrise

Today you will travel towards Uluru and enjoy as its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort.

Please Note: National Park Fees are additional. Aboriginal hosts are traditional people with strong cultural obligations. On days when cultural events occur an Aboriginal host may not be available. Please be advised - ALL PASSENGERS to avoid heat stress and dehydration, will be required to bring with them 1L bottled water for their tour. (This service is on a group basis.)

Kata Tjuta Domes

Travel into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 12: Ayers - Cairns - Port Douglas

Ayers - Cairns - Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ayers Rock and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Cairns. Upon arrival in Cairns, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Port Douglas. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 13: Port Douglas

Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 14: Port Douglas

Port Douglas
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise
  • Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B, L

Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise

Today you will enjoy a catamaran cruise to Low Isles.

Low Isles is an idyllic, unspoiled coral cay island in the Great Barrier Reef, just one hour’s sailing from Port Douglas. Combined with the romance of sailing aboard Quicksilver’s luxury sailing catamaran, Wavedancer, this is the perfect day for families and couples seeking island relaxation. Snorkel, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour, take a guided beach walk and snorkel tour with a marine biologist or just relax on the beach under a thatched umbrella. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 15: Port Douglas

Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: The Peninsula Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B, L

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 16: Port Douglas - Daintree Rainforest

Port Douglas - Daintree Rainforest
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
  • Meals: B, D

Today you will be picked up at your accommodations in Port Douglas and transfer to the Silky Oaks Lodge. Nestled on the edge of the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge is the Daintree's ultimate resort where this rare wilderness can be enjoyed in elegance and ease. The Lodge itself overlooks the Mossman River and is a perfect base to explore the Tropical North Queensland region.

Day 17: Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Silky Oaks Lodge Activities
  • Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge
  • Meals: B, D

Silky Oaks Lodge Activities

Your stay at Silky Oak includes 2 nights accommodation in a Garden Treehouse, full gourmet breakfast daily, two course dinner for both evenings in the Treehouse Restaurant, afternoon tea for two in the Jungle Perch, and Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime guided walk through Mossman Gorge including transfers.

Day 18: Daintree Rainforest - Cairns Departure

Daintree Rainforest -  Cairns Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Today you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the airport for your departing flight. We hope you enjoyed your experience and we wish you a pleasant flight home.

Accommodation

Ovolo Hotel Melbourne

Ovolo Hotel Melbourne is a contemporary property designed and inspired by the hidden laneways and gems that Melbourne has to offer. Located within the heart of the Central Business District, steps away from Parliament house and the Treasury Gardens , Ovolo Hotel Melbourne offers its guests effortless living without being away from the action that our amazing city has to offer.

Sydney Harbour Marriott

Sydney Harbour Marriott

Location, location, location: The Sydney Harbor Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay boasts the best there is. Perfectly situated overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbor and national landmark, the Sydney Opera House, our Circular Quay hotel is mere steps from the historic Rocks District and world-class shopping. Spend your day sightseeing, then return to our five-star Marriott Sydney hotel for much-deserved pampering in our spa. Satisfy your inner foodie at our beloved onsite restaurant, Icons Brasserie, sip on a carefully crafted cocktail or well-poured pint at Customs House Bar, or indulge in a coffee at Macquarie Lounge. Find a restorative respite in our Circular Quay hotel's immaculately appointed rooms, offering luxe amenities and awe-inspiring harbor views. Reserve your stay at one of travelers' favorite Sydney Harbor hotels online easily, and start daydreaming about your harbor view hotel stay today.

Sails In The Desert Hotel

Sails In The Desert Hotel

Enjoy true 5-star comfort and service at the heart of Australia's red center by staying at Sails in the Desert. Located close to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the resort takes its name from the white sails on its roof and is part of the Ayers Rock Resort complex. Featuring luxurious rooms and suites, stylishly decorated with Aboriginal art, a gallery in the lobby, and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms, the property is complimented by essential modern conveniences. Guests can relax with a drink under the sails, dine at one of the three restaurants, and also have access to the complex's bars. Sails in the Desert eagerly awaits your visit.

The Peninsula Boutique Hotel

The Peninsula Boutique Hotel

The Peninsula Boutique Hotel offers apartment style accommodation. Located beachside and offering the perfect Port Douglas stay in a quiet, peaceful oasis; A retreat for the discerning holiday maker looking for comfort and luxury combined with the friendliness and personal service only a small hotel can provide... with no traffic noise it is just perfect for couples and singles looking for an adult haven. This unique style of accommodation in Port Douglas is most sought after and combines both hotel services with the benefits of self catering apartments.

Silky Oaks Lodge

Silky Oaks Lodge

An oasis of tranquillity. Be inspired by the ancient beauty of the Daintree Rainforest at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa, an elegant retreat on the edge of a World Heritage wilderness, the oldest living rainforest on Earth. Here guests can enjoy the wonders of nature and comfort of their own private Treehouse, delight in fine food and relaxing spa treatments. Whilst the serenity of the Lodge may make you feel you’ve left the modern world far behind, Port Douglas is only 20 minutes away and the attractions of Tropical North Queensland are within easy reach. Activities include canoeing and snorkelling on the Mossman River, guided rainforest walks, bicycles and tennis.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 5,456 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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