Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Journey Through Australia
(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Sydney, Blue Mountains, Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Lizard Island & Great Barrier Reef
This once-in-a-lifetime luxury tour of Australia is for adventurous travelers eager to explore the country’s highlights: wildlife on Kangaroo Island, ancient rock art in the Outback, lush rainforests, and snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Accommodation is at some of Australia's most exclusive wilderness retreats—all surrounded by truly spectacular, uniquely Australian landscapes, including Longitude 131° (Outback), Silky Oaks Lodge (rainforest) and Lizard Island Resort (Great Barrier Reef).
Begin in Sydney, Australia's most beautiful city. Tour the beautiful Sydney Botanic Gardens, explore the historic Rocks district, stroll along Bondi Beach, take an exclusive private tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House and enjoy a private harbor sail. Additional activities can be arranged upon request, such as visiting craft markets, touring noted Aboriginal art galleries and the city’s excellent museums, participating in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, private surfing lessons, behind-the-scenes wildlife experiences, and food and wine tours.
Next, journey into the Blue Mountains to 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.
Fly to the city of Adelaide, known for its gardens, antique shops, heritage architecture and many acclaimed restaurants. From there, go on to the Barossa Valley—perhaps Australia’s premier wine region—to visit small wineries, sample local cheeses and stroll through historic towns. Next, visit Kangaroo Island to see spectacular rock formations, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife in their natural habitat, including kangaroos, koalas, sea lions, echidnas, goannas, platypuses, rare birds and even whales.
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.
Next, fly to Tropical North Queensland for a stay at the decadent Silky Oaks Lodge. While there, enjoy a private tour of the Daintree Rainforest—the world’s oldest living rainforest and a protected World Heritage site. Also take a ride on the Kuranda Skyrail.
Continue to Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most unique resorts. Enjoy the luxurious surroundings and ample time for snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Or simply enjoy scenic walks on the island and relaxing spa treatments.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights, including guaranteed early check-in. Afternoon private city tour
Half-day private tour of Sydney and Opera House tour
Private harbor sail
Sydney – Blue Mountains
Private transfer to Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains for 2 nights. Lodge-based activities
Blue Mountains – Adelaide – Barossa Valley
Private transfer to Sydney for flight to Adelaide. Introductory tour of Adelaide. Private transfer to the Barossa Valley for 2 nights
Full-day private wine touring and tasting
Adelaide – Kangaroo Island
Private transfer to airport for flight to Kangaroo Island. Transfer to lodge for 3 nights
Day 9 & 10
Kangaroo Island – Ayers Rock
Transfer to airport for flight to Adelaide. Airport assistance for connecting flight to Ayers Rock for 2 nights
Private half-day tour of local scenic, natural and cultural attractions of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and/or the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). Afternoon lodge-based activities. Dinner under the stars this evening
Ayers Rock – Cairns – Daintree Rainforest
Transfer and flight to Cairns. Private transfer to rainforest for 2 nights
Private half-day tour of rainforest
Daintree Rainforest - Lizard Island
Private transfer to Kuranda Skyrail. Transfer to airport for flight to Lizard Island for 3 nights
Day 16 & 17
At leisure for snorkeling, scuba diving, spa treatments, nature walks and relaxation in Great Barrier Reef
Transfer and flight to Cairns for onward departure flight
Park Hyatt Sydney
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Southern Ocean Lodge
Ayers Rock (Uluru):
Silky Oaks Lodge
Great Barrier Reef:
Per person (double occupancy)
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