Experience all that Australia has to offer, on this 17 day custom adventure of a lifetime! For the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty from every perspective, explore 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!
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 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.
Your day in the Yarra Valley starts at 10am with transfers from your hotel. You will be met by a friendly local guide who is delighted to share their love of food and wine with you. The 2 course lunch menu is perfectly paired with estate grown wine. Two premium wine tasting events have been chosen to be in depth, relaxed and well paced so you have a connection with the region, the winery and the wine.
Domaine Chandon is a stunningly beautiful estate in the Yarra Valley. Chandon celebrates the high quality vineyards of cool climate Victoria and are considered to be sparkling wine pioneers in Australia. Arriving back to your accommodation at approximately 5:30pm. (This service is on a group basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
You will be picked up at your hotel at 7:40AM this morning, to embark on a full day 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, to enjoy lunch (included). 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. You'll get back to your hotel in Melbourne around 7PM. (This service is on a group basis.)
You will be picked up at your hotel in Melbourne at 5:45AM 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. Drop off your bags with reception and grab some lunch before walking over to the Bridge Climb office. (This service is on a private basis.)
Please be at the Bridge Climb office by 1:05PM. Directions will be in your final documents.
Get ready for one of Australia's finest adventures! On this 3.5 hour guided expedition, you will climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge! Along the outer arch of the bridge, you will follow your guide through a variety of catwalks and ladders, to reach the summit, 134 meters above Sydney Harbour. In small groups, you will be in the safe hands of a professional climb leader, who will be with you every step of the way. The steady incline to the summit, leaves you free to focus on the breathtaking panoramic scenery, including the Sydney Opera House and the Blue Mountains. From the top, you will be rewarded with an incredible sense of achievement - you've conquered one of the world's most legendary attractions! This bridge climb is the ultimate Sydney experience. Your guide will take pictures of you during the adventure, so that you can cherish this memory for the rest of your life! (This service is on a group basis.)
Hugging one of the world's most famous harbours, and defined by its two iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour 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.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Pick-up time: 10AM at your hotel.
This unique day is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney. Your experienced guide greets you at your city hotel for a drive around the historic Rocks precinct, visiting the first church in Australia, the Observatory and the convict built cottages, continuing around Circular Quay, the Opera House and into the magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here take a short walk to view Mrs Macquarie’s chair and excellent harbor views to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters bay. Here you'll enjoy lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Australia’s premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting’s ‘Everest’ – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Continue on through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs and see some of Sydney’s most sought after addresses. Pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals and maybe enjoy an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle. Return to the city, via Oxford Street Paddington, arriving at Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with a delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling Harbour. You may decide to eat out at any one of the dozen or more restaurants, stay and enjoy the entertainment, returning to your hotel at your leisure. (This service is on a group basis.)
Today's nature exploration and wildlife discovery tour takes place in the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Region. From lush temperate rainforests, to towering sandstone escarpments, you will have the chance to see it all. Alongside a knowledgeable guide and small group of other travelers, you will venture outside the city center, and escape to a wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalyptus forests. Following in the footsteps of your guide, you will be led off the beaten track to remote lookout locations, as you discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.
Depart from the hotel between 7-7:30AM and our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill, a working farm that is also home to kangaroo, emu, wombat, and koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander around. From Calmsley Hill, we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators. Arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point for views of the famous 3 Sisters. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time is available for you to take some great photos.
We then make our way to the village of Blackheath, where a lovely 2 course lunch will be served at Hydro Majestic, beside stunning views. Beverages are not included, and can be purchased at your own expense from the bar. After lunch, you will continue to one of Australia's most famous lookouts, Govetts Leap. A magnificent waterfall here drops a whopping 180 m to the base of the cliff. We then stop briefly to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice at the delightful Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens, where we enjoy the sweeping views across to Sydney before travelling down the Bells Line of Road to arrive back at your hotel approximately 4.30 -5.00pm. (This service is on a group basis.)
Note: Itinerary may change slightly depending on weather conditions.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Sydney and transferred to the airport by a private driver in good time to board your domestic flight to Ayers Rock.
Upon arrival in Ayers Rock, you will take the shared shuttle service provided by your hotel that meets every flight.
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.
Please reconfirm your pick up time with hotel reception upon arrival at the hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
Known colloquially as Ayers Rock, Uluru has kept travelers enticed for years, coming from all over the world to admire its impressive size and history. It is a spiritually significant attraction to the local Anangu people, which you will quickly understand for yourself. From the enchanting pink hues at sunrise, to the creeping shadows of the afternoon and the majestic shades of orange at sunset, this rock feels very much like a living thing. In order to accommodate visitors, a variety of resorts have sprouted around Uluru, ranging from quick stop motels, to five star luxury spas.
Pick up: 5:15AM at the Desert Gardens hotel reception (walk over from your apartments)
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 a picnic 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 included. 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.)
Pick up: 2PM at the Desert Gardens hotel reception
This afternoon, you will embark on a guided tour into the wonders of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a destination where unique flora and fauna thrive. This exploration offers exclusive insight to the many characteristics of this diverse environment and Kata Tjuta's cultural significance, as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Upon arrival at Walpa Gorge, you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes in awe. Your guide will teach you about how the 36 domes, that make up Kata Tjuta, have evolved over millions of years. Let your senses take over, as you listen to the symphony of the wind and appreciate the extraordinary scale of the rock walls that surround you. The spirituality of this breathtaking location, embraces everyone who ventures here. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning, you may walk over to the Desert Gardens hotel for an included breakfast. Then, check-out of your hotel and take the hotel shuttle to the Ayers Rock airport at the appropriate time to check-in for 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.
Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure in Port Douglas.
Today, you will embark on a day to remember with a reef and island cruise to the spectacular Low Isles. On your day at sea, you will explore the protected Coral Cay, with white sandy beaches and coconut palms, surrounded by magnificent coral gardens and the Coral Sea. Upon arrival you can relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings, embark on a guided snorkel tour, take a trip on the glass bottom boat or laze on deck before the exhilarating sail back to Port Douglas.
Your boat has a maximum of 33 passengers, ensuring your enjoyment with excellent service and personal attention from the helpful friendly crew.
Includes: Transfers in Port Douglas area, morning and afternoon tea with muffins and pastries, tropical buffet lunch (including prawns), snorkeling equipment, glass bottom boat viewing and reef interpretation, guided snorkel tour with marine guide, Low Isles Heritage Walk
Check- in at Sailaway Marina Office from 8:00am
Departs Port Douglas Marina at 8:30am
Returns at 4:00pm
Please note: An environment Management Charge ($7 AUD pp) payable directly on board of the vessel. (This service is on a group basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
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.
For an introduction to the rainforest, join the lodge guide on a walk around the property’s beautiful grounds. Alternatively, a series of marked trails are perfect for self-guided exploration. As the sun slips down, enjoy evening cocktails and canapés on the Jungle Perch before dining in the relaxed ambience of the Treehouse Restaurant and savor a four-course table d’hôte menu matched with premium wines.
Your stay at Silky Oak includes 2 nights accommodation in the Riverhouse, full gourmet breakfast daily, dinner with inspired daily menu matched with selected premium wines (Silky Oaks Cellarmasters List available at additional cost), signature evening drinks and canapés, selected in-suite bar (excludes spirits), guided rainforest walk, and morning yoga class.
Immerse in the sights and sounds of the rainforest with a hike along the Fig Tree Rapids trail. Plunge into the freshwater billabong for a feeling of refreshment only Mother Nature can offer. Exploring the Mossman River is as easy as wading in from the shallows and sinking into the crystal-clear waters of the billabong. Alternatively, float along in a kayak or take a snorkel for a closer look down below. Snorkel equipment, kayaks, safety vests and helmets are provided for guest use. The lodge also offers dedicated bike paths and bicycles and helmets are provided free of charge.
The lodge also offers guided full day and half day excursions for an additional cost into Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. River cruises, horseback riding, birdwatching, cultural and culinary tours are also on offer.
Today you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the airport for your flight to Sydney.
On arrival in Sydney, another private driver will be waiting for you to escort you to your hotel in Sydney. Enjoy your final night in Australia!
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight.
We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)
Grand Hyatt Melbourne hotel is a 5-star hotel on Collins Street in the center of CBD, business, luxury shopping, theater and restaurant district. The hotel is located within walking distance of Princess Theater, Federation Square and Southgate. The hotel provides 548 rooms and suites with extensive meeting rooms and event facilities, spectacular upper and lower lobbies, the restaurant, Collins Kitchen, the bar, RU-CO, as well as an exclusive retail environment and innovative events venue, the residence. Guests booking into Club accommodation will enjoy all the benefits of the Grand Club lounge including personalized express check in and check-out, deluxe continental breakfast, all day refreshments, evening drinks with canapes and private meeting areas. For meetings and events, Grand Hyatt Melbourne offers the perfect combination of first-class function rooms, outstanding services and a range of flexible packages. For weddings our Melbourne hotel offers a range of romantic rooms for you r special day. Grand Hyatt Melbourne also offers all guests' access to City Club Health & Fitness 24/7.
The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney recently completed a redesign, with all 364 rooms and suites now reinvigorated and fully operational. Each of the 338 guest rooms and 26 suites feature boutique-style charm, a 100% non-smoking policy and modern amenities like Free broadband and wireless Internet. Generous-size windows provide a glimpse of the surrounding city, and our spacious suites include additional living areas perfect for extended stays. The location is located in Sydney’s business district allowing you to get out and enjoy some fresh air as you walk to nearby venues like the Royal Botanic Garden, the Harbour Bridge and the world-famous Sydney Opera House.
Only 20km from Uluru, Ayers Rock Resort’s Emu Walk Apartments offer the luxury of modern, fully serviced apartments with all the practicalities of home. Emu Walk Apartments offers one and two bedroom self contained apartments making it the perfect choice for families or couples and friends travelling together. Indigenous design elements are showcased throughout the well equipped separate kitchen, living and bedroom interiors. An Indigenous artwork by regional artist Raymond Walters looks over an open dining area. Luxurious bedrooms ensure restful nights after long days exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Multiple bed layouts are available with each bedroom fitted with a flatscreen television ensuring no fighting over the remote. The Apartments are just minutes walk to the Town Square’s supermarket, shops, cafes and the Tour & Information Centre. The remainder of Ayers Rock Resort’s restaurants and bars lie within a short walk or complimentary shuttle bus ride. Special children’s menus and prices are available throughout the Resort. From your centrally located apartment, simply step outside the door and dive into a program of free Indigenous activities.
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.
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. With Port Douglas only 20 minutes away, the morning drop off and afternoon pick ups provide opportunities to explore the many boutiques, restaurants and shops of this coastal town. You can cruise along the Daintree River and visit the Great Barrier Reef or Cape Tribulation - all within easy reach of Silky Oaks Lodge.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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