Australia At Its Best

Australia At Its Best

A 14 night journey showcasing the best of Australia. Starting in Sydney learn about what this cosmopolitan city has to offer, visit the icons including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Go outback and explore the ancient Flinders Ranges hosted by a true-blue Aussie family staying at a working sheep station. Discover the wildlife of Kangaroo Island while soaking up the rugged coastline beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. Finally relax in style at the Lizard Island located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport, you will be met and privately transferred to the Park Hyatt Sydney. Seated majestically in the dress circle to one of the world’s most glittering harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney is located in the historic Rocks district, just five minutes from the central business, cultural and shopping districts of Sydney.

One of a select brand of Park Hyatt hotels known throughout the world for its exceptional design and elegant style, the Park Hyatt Sydney enjoys private balconies with views overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Included during your stay is a Sydney half day private tour. This is the perfect way to get your bearings, spending time with an experienced passionate guide to introduce you to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This half day tour is just long enough to give you an overall understanding of the history, layout and major icons of Sydney – and leave you wanting to discover more! You’ll be introduced to Sydney’s colourful colonial and aboriginal history, shown the historic Rocks area, the stunning Harbour quarter around Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the Opera House, and taken to a favourite spot to get those killer photos of Sydney. This is a great tour for those who have just landed in Sydney on the early morning long-haul flights – a chance to discover Sydney and get busy while getting over the jetlag!

Meals: None
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 2

This morning you are in for a real treat as you make your own way to the Sydney Opera for one hour privately guided tour. Discover a House of passion, drama and betrayal. More than 60 years ago, Jorn Utzon designed what is now considered one of the greatest buildings of all time. Using state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, your guide will take you on an emotional journey inside this modern masterpiece.

After lunch at your own leisure, make your way to the BridgeClimb, the ultimate experience of Sydney; reach the summit of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. It takes you along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Experience the satisfaction of conquering the upper arch of the Bridge while taking in city surrounds, the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the harbour and the Bridge itself beneath your feet.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 3

Sydney is a beachside city and famous Bondi is a must see stop on your Sydney to do list. Discover Bondi like a local with the friendliest and most professional surf school in Australia. This exclusive tour is an authentic and personalised way to experience surfing and lap up the culture of world-famous Bondi Beach. Your guide will pick you up from the Park Hyatt Sydney in a private surf Combi and transfer you to Bondi Beach where you can take part in an exclusive surf lesson, discover the history of Bondi and Surf lifesaving in Australia, take a walk around the breathtaking coastal headland and relax with a casual beachside lunch at Bondi Icebergs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 4

This morning you will be met at the Park Hyatt Sydney and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board the scheduled flight from Sydney Airport to Adelaide. Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport, you will connect with your private charter flight to Blinman (Angorichina Station).
Angorichina Station is a working sheep station with over 140 years of history, 64,000 hectares and a warm welcome for just six discerning guests. Experience an authentic slice of outback life with Ian and Di Fargher, whose family has worked the beguiling red lands of the Southern Flinders for four generations. Their historic homestead is an oasis of period elegance, green lawns and manicured roses, a striking contrast to the echoing plains and ancient ranges where eagles keen.

Hosts Ian and Di provide all personal tours and serve delicious home-cooked meals – including sumptuous roast lamb under huge night skies on the back veranda. Of course, there’s always something happening on a sheep station including mustering, shearing and water runs: it’s all happening for real and you’re very welcome to be part of it. The nearby town of Blinman (population 22) is a charming old mining town with museum, café, post office and – of course – a pub.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Angorichina Station

Day 5

Ian and Di Fargher, fourth generation station owners, can take you to the top of one of the many hills near the station to experience sunset over the often desolate landscape, and watch it transform into a mesmerising panorama in the changing light, whilst sipping on your sundowner.
Take a rugged 4 wheel drive tour along the Oratunga Track – a 50km long dirt track which is a thrilling excursion for 4WD enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers, history buffs and anyone with an interest in geology.

Perhaps you may choose instead to take a scenic flight (at an additional cost) with Ian, an experienced pilot, to show you the Flinders Ranges from above. Viewed from the air, the Flinders Ranges appear as gigantic bowls formed by bent and distorted rows of hills and mountains resembling the back of a prehistoric crocodile.

Either by foot or by air a journey through the Flinders Ranges is a 60-million year journey through the Earth’s history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Angorichina Station

Day 6

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at Angorichina Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Angorichina Station

Day 7

This morning board your private Charter flight from Blinman to Adelaide to connect with the scheduled flight Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival at the Kingscote Airport, you will be transferred to Southern Ocean Lodge.

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.

A range of signature activities offered daily, allowing you to encounter rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island’s unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of sumptuousness.
If this is all too strenuous you can opt for indulgent pampering in the Southern Spa, located in a pavilion on the top of a hill with commanding views over the wild coastal landscape. Relaxing and healing treatments inspired by indigenous methods use a combination of Li’tya products and local botanical ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 8

Today experience a full day of private touring with Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Former wildlife ranger and islander Craig Wickham, Exceptional Kangaroo Island’s founder, has assembled a team of dedicated, sharp-eyed outdoor enthusiasts who combine the role of naturalists, historians, driver, guides and story-tellers to ensure you gain a locals perspective of the island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 9

Continue to enjoy Southern Ocean Lodge and choose from the selected activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 10

This afternoon transfers to Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide where you will be met and transferred to the Crowne Plaza Adelaide. Contemporary luxury and al fresco dining are at your fingertips at the Crowne Plaza Adelaide hotel, in the heart of the city’s business district.

Step through the peaceful gardens of Hindmarsh Square and enter Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s contemporary Lobby. The 15-storey Crowne Plaza Adelaide stands tall in the city’s bustling business district. If you’re looking to explore the city, the Concierge can direct you to its main attractions, such as the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo, or the sandy beaches at nearby Glenelg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Day 11

This morning you have an early start to the day, your private driver will collect you at the hotel and transfer you to Adelaide Airport. Board the scheduled flight to Cairns and connect with the scheduled flight between Cairns and Lizard Island.

Situated some 240 kilometres north of Cairns, Lizard Island is surrounded by a sea of deep aquamarine and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef near its northernmost end. The beautiful Lizard Island Resort is balanced high above the Coral Sea and set on the point at Sunset Ridge. The range of spacious open-plan designs are luxuriously appointed, all with spectacular views.

The beaches are plentiful, 24 in all, with fine powdery white sand, undisturbed but for the occasional footprints. Your island is for snorkelling if you choose, or deep-sea game fishing, or diving at The Cod Hole, one of the world famous dive sites just a short boat ride away. Enjoy secluded picnics on private beaches, five-star cuisine and indulging spa treatments.

Naturally, many of the options on Lizard Island involve the water. Snorkelling equipment and lessons are provided. You can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many a metre long and some reputed to be 120 years old. Or you can explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski.

Fishing enthusiasts can charter the 15.5m “Fascination”, or dive the famous Cod Hole, where you’ll come face to face with the massive, yet curious Potato Cod.

The Azure Spa offers a range of treatments inspired by nature to nurture the mind, body and spirit. The Spa was created to enhance your health and well-being by embracing the powerful healing qualities of nature. Indulgent and nurturing, each signature therapy is a blend of dynamic ingredients, designed to balance the physical and emotional body.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

Day 12

Continue to enjoy from the selected activities which are included in your stay Lizard Island or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

Day 13

Continue to enjoy the selected activities which are included in your stay Lizard Island or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

Day 14

Continue to enjoy the selected activities which are included in your stay Lizard Island or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

Day 15

Enjoy your last morning on Lizard Island before boarding your scheduled flight to Cairns. Connect with the scheduled flight from Cairns to Sydney (or other departure city).

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: None

Notes

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children 10years and over. Lizard Island is not suited to children under this age, should the itinerary be of interest and you are travelling with a young family please contact one of our Travel Designers as we can substitute Lizard Island with another property to suit a young family.

This Itinerary can be taken all year round; however from December to March is the wet season in Tropical North Queensland, when you are likely to experience high humidity and rain, particularly in the months of February and March.

While we endeavour to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities and guide only rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, conditions, government restrictions and other reasons beyond our control. In addition, frequent reconnaissance of routes sometimes determines a better routing – we do our best to ascertain that the most beautiful and best route possible is taken into the area.

Inclusions

Based on 2 Adults

  • 3 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x Opera Deluxe Room including breakfast, Private Sydney Airport transfers, Private Sydney half day share tour, BridgeClimb, Sydney Opera House private one-hour tour and Half day private surf lesson including lunch
  • 3 Nights Angorichina Station on a sole-property-use basis including all meals, selected beverages, selected activities and private return charter flights between Adelaide and Angorichina Station
  • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 X Flinders Suite including all meals & selected beverages, selected activities and full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island, scheduled flights between Adelaide & Kangaroo Island
  • 1 Night Crowne Plaza Adelaide in 1 x Deluxe Balcony Room including breakfast, Adelaide airport transfers
  • 4 Nights Lizard Island in 1 x Anchor Bay Suite including gourmet meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, selected fine Australian wines, beer, spirits & sparkling wine, in room mini bar, picnic hampers, use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies. Return scheduled flights between Cairns and Lizard Island. Additional charges apply for Cocktails, the Cellar Master List & Degustation menus.
  • 24 hour access to The Tailor support staff while in travelling in Australia

Exclusions

  • International Flights to and from Australia
  • Domestic Flights within Australia unless stated above
  • Some Meals & Beverages
  • Some Activities
  • Telephone calls
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
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