Australia is a land of contrasts: energetic cities, clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, colourful reefs and deserts, native wildlife, tropical rainforests and a lively culture. Experience them all on this 15 day trip to Australia, discovering the dreamtime legends of the Outback to the interesting food and wine in the inner city. Coupled with boutique accommodation and personalised tours, this ‘Down Under’ adventure will be the trip of a lifetime.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
After being privately transferred to your accommodation in the Historic Rocks District, spend the day at leisure experiencing this vibrant destination where the sea meets the city. You could explore the pride of Sydney by ferry. In less than 30 minutes you can take in the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour. For those with more time or a passion for nature, take a longer voyage to beautiful Manly beach, world famous Taronga Park Zoo, opulent Mosman or the traditional fishing village of Watson's Bay which has now transformed into a visual and culinary mecca filled with scenic walking trails to work off the delights on offer in its many thriving cafes and restaurants.
Accommodation: Pier One Sydney Harbour - The first Sydney Hotel to be built on and over the water, taking full advantage of its stunning waterfront location. 161 rooms comprising of 132 stylish guestrooms, 19 beautiful King rooms and 10 elegant Suites. All guestrooms combine contemporary interior features and restored heritage architecture, with either harbour or bridge views.
Essential Sydney Small Group Tour will show you the famous sites of the city including The Rocks; the birth place of Sydney, The Botanical Gardens, Paliament House, City’s Cathedrals, a Walking Tour of the Harbour’s Edge with magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Stop for lunch and continue to the local and affluent suburbs, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca, maybe even enjoy an icecream. You will return to your hotel via the boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian homes of Paddington. A great tour to get your bearrings and tick off some of the must see sites on your first day in the city.
The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park lies just to the west of Sydney. Enjoy a day out from Sydney to experience the ruggedness and beauty of the Blue Mountains. Along the way visit Featherdale Wildlife Park which is home to Ausatralia’s favourite marsupials. Your experienced guides will show you hidden valleys and stunning waterfalls. Pack your walking shoes for some great short hikes.
Enjoy the day at leisure, exploring more sites of Sydney.
Later in the afternoon make your way to the waterside to embark on your own skippered yacht for a 2-hour twilight sail. Let the fresh sea breeze blow your cares away as you sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the Sydney Opera House and Fort Dennison, beautiful bays and glamorous mansions. Take an active role or sit back and watch the Sydney skyline light up as the sun sets over this magnificent city.
Travel from Sydney to the Red Centre of Australia today.
Dinner tonight will be a special experience. Prior to sunset you will be transferred from your hotel to the Uluru Camel Farm where you will meander through the red sand dunes on the camel train. On arrival a lone didgeridoo echoes across the desert as you enjoy champagne and canapes. While the sun sets in a blaze of reds and oranges, and well into the starlit night, you feast on an array of the Northern Territory's culinary delights, including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads, and classic Australian desserts. Attention then turns to some of the world's best stargazing, with the assistance of our resident astronomer. Before the evening comes to a close, your host will provide insights to the art installation that awaits you, before you’re invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light, its pathways glistening softly as you explore prior to being transferred back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Sails in the Desert- Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Ayers Rock Resort's premier hotel. Exquisitely furnished and designed, the interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms. Deluxe Suites are spacious with separate living/dining and sleeping areas. Suites feature multiple balconies overlooking the garden.
Experience the tranquility of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Then watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop.
Travel away from the crowds to a secluded sand dune to watch the spectacular sight of sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. In the company of your expert guide and with no more than 15 other passengers, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region over a traditional brekfast. Depart for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and see Uluru as well as many traditional sites of the Anangu (local Aboriginal) people, including a water hole, rock paintings and stop off at interesting places where your guide will share their knowledge and legends of the area.
Today is at leisure in Uluru. Further explore the region, perhaps on a tour to the Kata Tjuta formations or simply enjoy a massage at your hotel with an afternoon stroll around the village.
Today travel from Uluru to Cairns where you will then self drive north to Port Douglas.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure relaxing and exploring the lovely village nestled between the Marina and the beautiful Four Mile Beach. Macrossan Street has plenty going on from cafes, bars & restaurants to boutiques for that retail therapy.
Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique Hotel – This Hotel enjoys an unrivalled beachside position and is the only hotel in Port Douglas with beach and ocean views. This luxury modern contemporary styled tropical boutique resort offers one bedroom suites, most with direct beach and ocean views overlooking Four Mile Beach and the Coral Sea. The heated pool’s unique design set over three levels incorporating submersed grotto and waterfalls make this a cool calming and relaxed atmosphere to laze on the sun lounges or enjoy a cool refreshing drink or cocktail. The new heated Jacuzzi / Spa is just perfect for relaxing - day or night, set amongst the tropical gardens.
Today, travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage Listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, on this incredible discovery tour of the world’s oldest rainforest. Start your day with an interesting cruise along the Daintree River to spot the giant saltwater crocodiles, before your guide takes you on an immersive experience. Explore deep inside the rainforest, walk along deserted beaches and learn all about the unique flora and fauna. Continue to keep your eyes peeled for the native Cassowary.
Departing this morning, experience the ultimate in relaxed sailing and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, Low Isles onboard a luxury catamaran. Explore the protected Coral Cay with white sandy beaches and coconut palms surrounded by magnificent coral gardens and the Coral Seas. The catamaran moors in the sheltered blue lagoon so you can relax on the island, join a guided snorkel tour, take a trip on the glass bottom boat or laze on the deck before an exhilarating sail back to Port.
Spend the day at leisure in Port Douglas or explore the surrounding towns, perhaps head to the hinterland town of Kuranda up the Skyrail or see the many wildlife parks in the area. The beach is just a step away from your accommodation if you wish to relax with a good book.
Travel in Melbourne with its diverse collection of inner-city neighbourhoods.
After being transferrred to your accommodation spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring historic arcades and laneways lined with fine dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques.
Accommodation: The Hotel Lindrum - a sophisticated contemporary traveller's haven - and it's located right in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne. Be only minutes from world-class theatres and restaurants, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and from the hub of thriving local and international business. Rooms are private and spacious with a strong sense of mood and intimacy; an ambience enhanced by the classic rich interior and muted lighting.
This afternoon commence your tour to Phillip Island with a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you are guaranteed plenty of close encounters with an array of Australian native animals like kangaroos, wombats and echidnas. You will then head to Phillip Island where you will see the little penguins come ashore as they hurry off to find their burrows. You will be guided through the Penguin Parade tour by a local ranger to give you all the insights of their knowledge.
Just a tram ride away, the eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities. Check out the trendy northern suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. Get your shopping fix in retail meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak. Take your beach towel to bay side St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for more fabulous food and beaches.
Experience Melbourne's mix of cultures in its myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Whether you're after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours – Melbourne's eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world's great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly groundbreaking. For day trips, we recommend a drive along Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles, a trip to the famous Bells Beach or a drive to Mornington Peninsula.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|based on 2 pers|
|Price per person in double room||£4,370|