Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Introduction to Australia
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Sydney & Blue Mountains, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef
This private introductory tour features the highlights of Australia, including stunning scenery, comprehensive private touring, and accommodation at Australia's leading luxury hotels. Experience the best of Australia: Sydney, the Outback, the rainforest and the Reef.
Begin in Sydney. Tour the beautiful Sydney Botanic Gardens, explore the historic Rocks district, stroll along Bondi Beach, and drive past exclusive homes and yacht clubs in Double Bay and Vaucluse. Visit food and craft markets, galleries, museums, and vibrant neighborhoods. Also enjoy a tour and performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Additional activities can be arranged upon request, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, private yacht excursions, scenic harbor flights, and private surfing lessons.
Next, take a private 4WD tour into the Blue Mountains and explore the Australian bush. View spectacular mountain landscapes and drive along remote dirt roads to view kangaroos, wallabies and ancient Aboriginal rock art. Also enjoy mountain walks surrounded by eucalyptus trees. Lunch will be a gourmet Australian BBQ in the bush.
Continue to Ayers Rock (Uluru), surrounded by vast blue sky and red earth in Australia’s beautiful Red Centre. With your expert private guide, enjoy comprehensive touring in the region. Learn about Aboriginal bushtucker cuisine and legends of the Dreamtime. Tour the base of Ayers Rock and view Aboriginal rock art in caves and waterholes (billabongs). Walk through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and nearby sand dunes. Take desert walks and learn about the unique flora and fauna in the Outback. One night, dine under the stars while an astronomer points out the southern constellations in the clear desert night sky and a didjeridoo musician drones in the background. Optional activities can be arranged such as camel excursions, helicopter flights over the Outback landscape, or visits to remote cave art sites.
Then fly to Tropical North Queensland. Begin with several nights at a luxurious retreat located in the middle of the rainforest.
While there, enjoy a private tour of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest—the world’s oldest living rainforest and a protected World Heritage site.
Finally, spend a few nights in the beach town of Palm Cove. One day, take a cruise to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, stopping to snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clear water to explore reef teeming with colorful marine life. Alternatively, opt to conclude the tour with three nights on Lizard Island, an exclusive resort in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour in Sydney
Half-day private city tour. Evening Opera House tour and premium tickets to a performance
Sydney or Blue Mountains
Full-day private excursion to Blue Mountains or continue Sydney city touring
Sydney - Ayers Rock
Transfer and flight to Ayers Rock for 2 nights at luxury desert resort. Private transfer and private touring in the Outback, including Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
Private sunrise base walk around Ayers Rock. Private afternoon tour. Dinner under the stars this evening
Ayers Rock - Cairns - Daintree Rainforest
Private airport transfer and flight to Cairns. Private arrival transfer to luxury rainforest lodge for 2 nights
Half-day private rainforest tour with a naturalist. Afternoon at leisure for lodge-based activities, such as kayaking and nature walks
Daintree Rainforest - Palm Cove
Private transfer to Palm Cove for 3 nights at beach resort
* Supplement below for accommodation on Lizard Island
Palm Cove & Great Barrier Reef
Full-day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, including one way helicopter ride and return by boat
At leisure to enjoy the town and beach
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Sydney or Four Seasons Sydney
Silky Oaks Lodge
Great Barrier Reef:
Reef House Resort & Spa or
Per person (double occupancy)
* Supplement for Lizard Island: $2,365 per person
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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