Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Australia Luxury Adventure
(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Sydney, Tasmania, Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Kakadu, Darwin, Great Barrier Reef
This exclusive tour is perfect for those who enjoy a more active vacation, yet still want a full luxury experience.
Begin in Sydney. During comprehensive private city touring, enjoy food and craft markets, galleries, museums, unique shops, and fine restaurants in Sydney’s vibrant neighborhoods such as Surry Hills, Woolloomooloo and Paddington. Walk through 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. Also enjoy a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House and a private yacht ride on the Sydney Harbour. One day, take a surfing lesson, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Taronga Zoo, or embark on an exhilarating climb to the top of the magnificent Sydney Bridge.
Next, fly to the island of Tasmania, one of Australia’s best kept secrets. This unique region of the world offers dramatic mountain peaks, waterfalls, abundant native wildlife, fields of lavender and small Victorian towns. Tasmania is also becoming increasingly known for their production of wines, cheeses, honey and other culinary specialties. Spend three nights at Tasmania’s most luxurious lodge, situated within the beautiful Freycinet National Park. Enjoy a variety of lodge-based activities that include day hikes and nature walks, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, nocturnal wildlife-spotting, star-gazing, a visit to an oyster and mussel farm, and cooking lessons. During free time, indulge in spa treatments at the spa or relax and take in the stunning landscapes surrounding the lodge. Additional touring, such as private helicopter excursions, picnics on a private beach, and private wine tasting tours, can be arranged upon request.
Continue to the lively city of Melbourne. Enjoy flexible private touring of the city’s highlights, including the chic South Yarra neighborhood, the Victorian Arts Centre, famed sporting precincts such as the Melbourne Cricket Club, historic Cooks Cottage in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, Federation Square and the Queen Victoria Markets—packed with exotic foods, clothing and crafts. Alternatively, enjoy a day of wine tastings in the nearby Yarra Valley or opt for a full-day private excursion along the Great Ocean Road.
From there, travel to Ayers Rock (Uluru), surrounded by vast blue sky and red earth in Australia’s beautiful Red Centre. Stay at a luxury tented camp property, and enjoy comprehensive touring with your own private guide. Walk the base of Ayers Rock and view Aboriginal rock art in caves and waterholes (billabongs). Hike through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and take desert walks to 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. Upon request, opt for additional touring, such as a privately guided hiking excursion to Mt. Connor, one of the area’s most sacred monoliths, or an exclusive private helicopter tour to a remote Outback location that is home to some of Australia's most spectacular ancient rock art.
Next, fly to Australia’s Northern Territory (Top End) for three nights at a luxury bush camp in Kakadu National Park, a rugged region in the remote northern reaches of the Australian continent. Enjoy daily activities in the bush with expert local naturalists and see a variety of wildlife amid the dramatic landscapes of Kakadu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Activity options include airboat tours through scenic floodplain wetlands, wildlife touring, river cruises, 4WD safaris, and fishing and bird watching. Upon request, additional touring in the region can be arranged, including private charter excursions to spectacular rock art sites in nearby Arnhem Land to learn about Aboriginal culture and traditional crafts.
Stop for an overnight in Darwin before continuing on to Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most unique resorts in the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the luxurious surroundings and ample time for snorkeling or scuba diving in the reef. Or simply enjoy scenic nature walks on the island and relaxing spa treatments.
Finally, return to Sydney for an overnight stay before your private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Arrive Sydney Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Sydney Private half-day tour with option for surfing lessons, Sydney Bridge Climb or a behind-the-scenes visit to the Taronga Zoo.
Sydney – Hobart – Freycinet (Tasmania) Transfer and flight to Hobart, Tasmania. Private arrival transfer to luxury lodge in Freycinet for 3 nights.
Day 4 & 5
Tasmania Enjoy lodge-based activities, such as day hikes and nature walks, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, nocturnal wildlife-spotting, star-gazing, visit to an oyster and mussel farm, and cooking lessons
Freycinet – Melbourne Transfer and flight to Melbourne for 2 nights
Melbourne Private full-day excursion along the Great Ocean Road or opt for city touring or a day of wine tastings in the Yarra Valley
Melbourne – Ayers Rock Transfer and flight to Ayers Rock for 2 nights. Private afternoon tour and dinner under the stars this evening
Ayers Rock Sunrise base walk around Ayers Rock (Uluru) and afternoon private touring. Private afternoon hiking at the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and Walpa Gorge
Ayers Rock – Darwin – Kakadu Transfer and flights to Darwin and luxury bush camp in Kakadu (Top End) for 3 nights
Day 11 & 12
Kakadu Camp-based activities such as 4WD wildlife safaris, airboat excursions, and river cruising
Kakadu – Darwin Morning at leisure at bush camp. Transfer and flight to Darwin for overnight
Darwin –Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef) Transfer and flights to Lizard Island, via Cairns. Accommodation on an island resort in the Great Barrier Reef for 3 nights
Day 15 & 16
Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef) At leisure for snorkeling or diving in the Great Barrier Reef, water activities, nature trails, spa treatments and relaxation at the beach
Lizard Island –Sydney Transfer and flights to Sydney, via Cairns. Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight
Depart Sydney Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Lizard Island Resort
Per person (double occupancy)
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
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Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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