DAY 1: SYDNEY
For your comfort, an assistant will be waiting for you outside of Customs holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will assist you in meeting your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation in Sydney to assist with check-in.
A welcome package with a detailed itinerary, supplier contact list, various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon arrival at the first hotel on your trip.Accommodation: Pier One Sydney Harbour
DAY 2: SYDNEY
Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel before transferring to Coogee, one of Australia’s oldest seaside towns. Meander along the promenade to the Cliff Walkway where you’ll enjoy picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Stroll past an old cemetery, then on to see samples of past “Sculptures by the Sea” exhibitions. Further on, visit the beautiful sandy surfing beach of Bronte where you may wish to break at one of the many excellent cafes for refreshments and a rest while learning about the colorful sandstone rock formations in the cliffs as surfers ride the waves to shore. Fortunate guests may also see migrating whales which often are spotted off the coastline in this area. On arrival at the beachside mecca of Bondi, you’ll stop for lunch at the iconic Sydney Icebergs Swimming Club. Here you’ll enjoy sumptuous food served amid stunning views. Choose to then stroll down the esplanade with the locals, take a refreshing swim, or even enjoy an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle and making your way back to your hotel.
DAY 3: SYDNEY
This unique day is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney alongside an experienced guide. Your guide will meet you at your city hotel for a drive around the historic Rocks precinct, considered the birthplace of Sydney. Meander through the magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens, taking a short walk to view Mrs Macquarie’s chair and excellent views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Your drive continues through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters bay where you’ll stop to enjoy a 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. Next it’s on through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs to see some of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses. Pass by scenic bays before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s beachside Mecca of Bondi Beach. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals, maybe even enjoying an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle. On return to the city, you’ll arrive at Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits to transport you around Sydney Harbour for a leisurely cruise and delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling Harbour. You may choose to stay and enjoy the lively atmosphere here or return to your hotel at your leisure.
DAY 4: SYDNEY – AYERS ROCK
You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Sydney Airport alongside a professional driver.
Board a flight in Sydney with service to Ayers Rock. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.
A private transfer between the airport and Ayers Rock Resort is provided.
‘A Night at Field of Light’ experience begins with a convenient hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with majestic views of Uluru. With Uluru as the backdrop, you will enjoy canapés and chilled sparkling wine to the sounds of a didgeridoo as the sun slowly sets. As darkness gradually falls and the colored lights of the 50,000 glass spheres come to life you will enjoy local Indigenous performance, welcoming you to this unique country, before being invited to join fellow travelers at the dinner table for a special three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. A knowledgeable guide will provide insights and background to the monumental installation and you are invited to immerse yourself and walk through Field of Light. After dinner you are welcomed back at the dune viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port whilst viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness. Accommodation: Sails In The Desert or similar
DAY 5: AYERS ROCK
Immerse yourself in the world’s oldest living culture as you accompany a traditional Uluru family to their homeland, also known as Patji. A unique and exclusive touring experience, Patji is located just outside of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park south of Uluru. Explore this extraordinary environment by 4WD with your Aboriginal guide, stopping along the way to hear fascinating stories such as how Paddy Uluru fought for Aboriginal Land rights to where Uluru is today. The Uluru family want to share their personal journey with you during this authentic cultural experience. Join them under a remote shelter to hear how they survived in this desert environment, long before the arrival of tourism. Continue to a private sand dune to view the great expanse of the red desert overlooking the majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
DAY 6: AYERS ROCK – CAIRNS – PORT DOUGLAS
Early morning, meet your guide and together begin to explore the culture, geology, and environment that is Uluru during a Sunrise Tour. You will witness a spectacular sunrise over the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. As you meander around the rock on either the Base Walk or any number of the short walks into waterholes and art sites, your guide will explain Uluru’s cultural significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal) people. View ceremonial rock art and sacred waterholes where Aboriginal families once came to teach their children the Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. Take time to visit the Cultural Centre where details of traditional Aboriginal life are explained. Absorb the majesty of this powerful place through the contours of this great natural monument.
A private transfer between the airport and Ayers Rock Resort is provided.
Board a flight in Ayers Rock with service to Cairns. Approximate flight duration is two hours and 30 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.
Transfer between Cairns airport and the beautiful town of Port Douglas with private vehicle and driver.
Port Douglas is a vibrant tropical village home to an array of fantastic local restaurants. Among our very favourites include Zinc and Hi Tide by the Beach, two modern Australian eateries celebrated for their fresh seafood and creative flair. Tonight, consider making a reservation at one of these excellent establishments. For a more casual evening, stroll along Macrossan Street and you’re sure to find some delicious pizza and gelato.Accommodation: Peninsula Boutique or similar
DAY 7: PORT DOUGLAS
Start your day by traveling north through rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed Daintree for a morning full of amazement. You’ll arrive at Mossman Gorge, one of the few places in the country where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment. You’ll join a privately guided Dreamtime Walk to get a deeper insight into the ancient flora and fauna of the rain forest and learn about traditional plant uses and Kuku Yalanji culture. Conclude your tour with a transfer back to your hotel.
This afternoon, spend some time at leisure in the laid back tropical oasis that is Port Douglas. Restore and revitalize in the aquamarine waters of Four Mile Beach. With a small village vibe, Port Douglas is a lovely place to while away the afternoon in its boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
DAY 8: PORT DOUGLAS
Sit back and relax on the beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs. Enjoy an authentic sailing experience, following the coastline and views of the Daintree mountains. Once at the protected sites at the Coral Cays, nature activities will include snorkeling over the pristine coral reef with a qualified marine biologist offering reef interpretation on a guided snorkel tour. A glass-bottom boat coral viewing tour is also on offer. Premium reef sites showcase abundant marine life, including encounters with turtles and an amazing display of giant clam gardens, beautiful corals and a wide variety of fish. Exploring the white sands of the coral cays will relax the mind. Soak up the sun, peace and tranquility and swim in turquoise clear waters. A tropical buffet lunch, morning and afternoon teas & coffees, supplied by local plantations, will complement a day of adventure and relaxation. Immersed in the northern frontier of Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect sailing and snorkeling adventure for a conservation-minded visitor. Ideally suited to those who can swim and have a spirit of fun and adventure. Discerning guests can fully enjoy an inspiring full-day adventure using wind power to the stunning cays on the Great Barrier Reef in the most environmentally way! Please note: An environmental management charge of $6.50 (subject to change) must be paid on board. This sailing operates with a maximum of 33 guests.
DAY 9: PORT DOUGLAS – CAIRNS – MELBOURNE
You will be picked up from your Port Douglas Hotel and taken by private car to Cairns City or airport.
Board a flight in Cairns with service to Melbourne. Approximate flight duration is three hours and 25 minutes. Please note, this flight is not included and must be purchased separately.
You will be privately transferred between your accommodations and Melbourne’s domestic airport alongside a professional driver.Accommodation: The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins or similar
DAY 10: MELBOURNE
Enjoy a remarkable exploration of Melbourne’s wildlife in this family-friendly private-guided adventure. Meet your private guide and driver at your hotel before driving through beef and dairy cattle farms, horse breeding studs, and swampland. Enjoy afternoon tea en-route before crossing the bridge to Phillip Island. Recognized as a world leader for environmental conservation, Phillip Island’s sandy and rocky shorelines team with wildlife, including over 200 species of birds. On Phillip Island’s northern side, you can look out for masked lapwings, spoonbills, ibis, herons and black swans. Your next visit is the Koala Conservation Center, one of the few areas in Victoria where you can see a protected koala colony. Walk among the treetops in nature reserve bush land and observe the wild marsupials within touching distance, perhaps also spotting a wild wallaby or two. Time permitting you’ll pass by Swan Lake, the island’s largest fresh water lake, and head to the ‘Nobbies’, a magnificent headland with views that stretch over Mornington Peninsula and Bass Strait. Just under one mile offshore are Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony. You’ll witness the incredible Penguin Parade at dusk, where Little Penguins arrive in groups on the beach after their day of fishing. Watch as they waddle their way into the dunes where their burrow nests are situated. Observing and learning about penguin behavior and their daily routines is an amazing learning experience and a great memory for the whole family. Your evening finishes with dinner in the township of Rhyll before returning to Melbourne in the late evening.
DAY 11: MELBOURNE
This morning your private guide will meet at your hotel for a wonderful walking tour of Melbourne where you’ll discover the city’s past while exploring its present. Melbourne is the capital of multiculturalism in Australia and home to the Immigration Museum in Flinders Street. Fittingly located in the beautifully restored Old Customs House in the heart of Melbourne, the Immigration Museum offers unblinking stories about the Victorians, their travels, and the culture they contributed to Australian life. This is a museum that connects with the essence of Melbourne identity, not only offering a walk back through time, but also exploring how immigrants interact with modern society. Learn about the lives of the first settlers in the early 1800s, how Australia built its population, the prominent wave of Greek immigration that now characterizes so much of Melbourne, and the journeys that mark the life of an immigrant. Afterwards your guide will show you a more contemporary look at Melbourne where you’ll discover the many hidden laneways, cafes, and wine bars that dominate the city’s culture and lifestyle today. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant, mixing with the locals to really soak up the Melbourne scene. Your tour concludes with a private return to your hotel.
DAY 12: MELBOURNE
You will be privately transferred between your hotel and Melbourne’s international airport alongside a professional driver.
Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.
Luxury Custom Tour from $8,099USD per person, land only
Please note this is a sample package only. Rates are per person based on double occupancy and subject to change without notice. Starting from rate based on travel in off peak months. Rates may be higher or lower depending on your specific travel dates and hotel selections. Package can be fully customized to the travelers needs. Airfare is not included but can be added. Valid US passport required for travel.
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