Family Coastal Adventure

Family Coastal Adventure

A 14 day action packed family coastal adventure, starting in Sydney where you can learn to surf at Bondi Beach. Enjoy the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle of Haggerstone Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Experience South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula exploring it’s rugged coastline with your private guide – for the truly adventurous there is the opportunity to dive with Great White Sharks or swim with sea lions! Finally indulge at Southern Ocean Lodge and discover the abundant wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be met and privately transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. Stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour, the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney puts you near the city’s vibrant shopping and business centres. Take in dramatic harbour views, discover Sydney’s best restaurants and explore the famous Rocks district, all located near this five-star luxury hotel in Sydney’s CBD.

During the day you will have some time at leisure to explore and become acquainted with this beautiful harbour city. In the afternoon you will be able to absorb the 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Meals: None
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

FOUR SEASONS SYDNEY DELUXE FULL HARBOUR VIEW ROOM

Day 2

After breakfast you will be met by your private guide for a wonderful family day out. Your experienced guide greets you at your hotel for a drive around the historic Rocks precinct, visiting the first church in Australia, the Observatory and the convict built cottages, continuing around Circular Quay, the Opera House and into the magnificent Botanical Gardens. Here take a short walk to view Mrs Macquarie’s chair and excellent harbour views to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Continue on through some of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you are able to experience the thrill of a private surfing lesson with a local surf instructor. Your surf coach will cover all of the basics from warm-up, to paddling, catching waves and standing. Surfboard, wetsuit rental and sun block are included. If surfing isn’t your thing, perhaps go behind the scenes at Australia’s oldest Surf Lifesaving Club, or do the famous Cliff Walk.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant prior to returning to the city, arriving at Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with a delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible 2 hours on the world’s most beautiful harbour, your vessel returns to Darling Harbour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

FOUR SEASONS SYDNEY DELUXE ROYAL SUITE BATHROOM

Day 3

This morning you will be met at your accommodation and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board your scheduled flight from Sydney Airport to Weipa Airport. From Weipa you will board a private charter to Haggerstone Island’s air strip.

Pristine, peaceful and beautiful, Haggerstone is the jewel in the crown of island adventures. Accessible only by private aircraft and a boat ride, this Robinson Crusoe paradise is unsurpassed for the ultimate island escape. Covered by lush jungle, with white-sand beaches and blue lagoons, the island is host to a maximum of twelve guests at any one time; accommodation is rustic beach chic, consisting of a combination of beach huts and a tree house.

Your hosts at Haggerstone Island are Roy and Anna Turner who arrived at the uninhabited island in 1985 on a 70-tonne barge loaded with poles, timber, fruit trees, chickens and an old tractor. Little did they realise it would be eight years before they would be ready to share their paradise with some very special guests.

The hand crafted buildings at Haggerstone Island have been constructed in Thai-style from soft-edged wood, with open sides, wide verandahs and shuttered windows, enjoying cooling breezes and uninterrupted views. A full menu of activities is available and naturally, as The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands is on the doorstep, many activities centre around exploring it.

Fishing is bountiful because of the island’s isolation from other habitation, and makes it a great place to try salt-water fly-fishing and spear-fishing with a fishing guide on hand for amateurs and professionals alike. There’s great snorkelling courtesy of two clear water lagoons just off the beach with beautiful coral gardens to explore. Haggerstone Island harbour has a dense and varied bird population for you to meet: sunbirds, honeyeaters, coloured pigeons, eagles and kingfishers and many others have made it their home. The beaches provide miles of adventurous beachcombing for a variety of shells and driftwood and there are sand dunes to climb and then sand board back to sea level.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Haggerstone Island

haggerstone island aerial jetty

Day 4, 5 & 6

Enjoy the many activities on offer at Haggerstone Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Haggerstone Island

haggerstone island jetty day

Day 7

After breakfast you will board your private charter to Weipa Airport, where you will connect with your scheduled flight to Cairns Airport. On arrival into Adelaide, you will be transferred to the Mayfair Hotel for an overnight stay.

Grandeur, elegance and a touch of glamour comes to Adelaide with the arrival of the city’s newest boutique hotel. Located in the heart of the city is this heritage-listed renovated building. Offering luxury accommodation and contemporary dining, the Mayfair showcases the very best of South Australia; innovative food and wine and locally made products and furnishings.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Mayfair Hotel High Tea

Day 8

After breakfast you will be privately transferred to Adelaide Airport where you will board your scheduled flight to Pt Lincoln.

Your personal Australian Coastal Safaris guide will greet you at the airport on your arrival and then drive you the short distance to Glen Forest Animal Farm. Here you have the opportunity to hand-feed and interact with kangaroos and native birds, see a whole variety of other native and domestic animals.

The very popular Lincoln Estate Winery grows their grapes here and it is a great chance to sample some of this regions finest wine whilst relaxing amongst our countries most popular native animals.
On the way back into Port Lincoln, perhaps stop at Winters Hill Lookout – a superb photo opportunity overlooking Port Lincoln, Boston Bay, and the Port Lincoln National Park.

Continue to your accommodation at the Port Lincoln Marina. South Point Lodge is a 5 bedroom private beach house overlooking Boston Bay. Here you will be served by your hosts a 3 course meal showcasing fresh local produce.

Meals: All meals
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris Wild West Coast

Day 9

You will start off the day by “hunting and gathering” for some of Australia’s best seafood, including searching for Coffin Bay cockles and oysters. Your morning will also include a 1 – hour tour with Pure Oysters Coffin Bay Owner Chris Hank, showing and educating you all about the Pacific and the Native Angasi Oyster from his oyster processing shed. Fresh out of the rack, you get to sample these magnificent Oysters as well as seeing all the equipment used to get these Oysters into the top restaurants around the world.

In the afternoon there is opportunity to experience one of Australia’s best marine parks viewing an abundance of marine life in safe and clear rock pools, beach comb and walk along one of the best white, footprint free sandy beaches. Explore the rock pools with mask and snorkel for the prized abalone in the clear waters of the Great Southern Ocean.

There will be 4WDriving over some huge sand dunes, body surfing and beachcombing for those interested and even throwing a line in, from a private beach, to catch the big fighting Australian Salmon.

Last on the agenda is one of the very best vantage spots on the 2000 long stretch of the Great Australian Bight. The Cummings Monument provides this and more as the view gives you spectacular and uninterrupted views of the rugged cliff tops that make up the Bight. Adjacent to the Monument is a craggy pinnacle set amongst deep blue waters which makes a home to a family of sea eagles as they nest on top. On our way back to Port Lincoln, listen to the stories about the local legends and characters that live in our backyard.

Tonight, your hosts will prepare seafood BBQ of the days catch!

Meals: All meals
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

australian coastal safaris casting line

Day 10

It’s a 9.00am pickup and easy drive down to the industrial sector of Port Lincoln, the Flinders Ports Wharf. This wharf is South Australia’s main grain exporting plant as the natural deep-water harbor enables Port Lincoln to fully load grain carriers, up to the massive panamax class vessels. Often you will have the opportunity to view the unloading of a fishing boat, or fertilizer that has been imported to grain that is to be exported.

You will also be taken to the Marina Wharf to visit the home of the largest fishing fleet in the Southern Hemisphere, to see the diversity of Port Lincoln’s fishing industries and vessels. The local fishing industries include Bluefin Tuna, Hiramasa Kingfish, Spencer Gulf King Prawns, Blue Mussel, Southern Rock Lobster, and Sardines as well as smaller trailer boats used for Abalone, Southern Calamari, Snapper, Crabs and King George Whiting.

Following this, you are taken on a hands on, 45 minute tour of the Fresh Fish Place, where you will see the full process a fish goes through, from ocean to plate. Meet local fisherman as they drop off the catch of the day from all over the Eyre Peninsula, to the factory. At the end of the tour, you get to sample a tantalizing selection of in house smoked fish and pickled seafood. With a brand new shop front and kitchen, you can select your own piece of fresh fish and have this cooked to your taste buds desires over lunch. Locally grown condiments are promoted in the retail section here and co-owner Sandy Harder, is an amazing local artist whose talents adjourns the shops walls and make a great gift or memento of your visit.

If you love adventure and adrenaline, there is also the option of experiencing diving with Great White sharks, or swimming with the sealions – additional costs apply.

Meals: All meals
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian coastal safaris swim with seals

Day 11

At the end of your three exhilarating days on Eyre Peninsula you will bid your private guide farewell and board your charter flight direct to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island. You will be met on arrival at the airport and 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 are 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.

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

southern ocean lodge short getaway

Day 12

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

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE Osprey

Day 13

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

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

southern ocean lodge osprey pavilion

Day 14

This morning you sadly bid farewell to Southern Ocean Lodge. After breakfast return to Kingscote Airport and connect with you scheduled flight to Adelaide, to meet you onwards flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: None

Southern Ocean Lodge

Notes

This tour is designed for families with children 10 years and over. Southern Ocean Lodge 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 customise a journey to suit your exact travel needs.

This itinerary can be taken all year round; however we recommend speaking with your Travel Designer as seasonal considerations may apply eg 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. Please note: Haggerstone Island is closed during February.

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.

Prices

As with all The Tailor itineraries, this itinerary can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.

Please contact one of our specialist Travel Designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.

Inclusions

Based on 2 Adults + 2 Children

    • 2 Nights Four Seasons Hotel Sydney in 1 x Premier Full Harbour Room and 1 x Deluxe Full Harbour twin Room (inter-connecting) including breakfast, private return vehicle transfers from Sydney Airport, 1 x full day private tour Ultimate Sydney Sailing including 1 hour private surf lesson and BridgeClimb tour (small group basis)
    • Please note that the following about the BridgeClimb: Children must be over 8 years old and more than 1.2 metres in height. Children aged 8 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children per adult.
    • 4 Nights Haggerstone Island in the House Mawu including all meals, selected non-alcoholic beverages, selected activities, private return air charters between Cairns and Haggerstone Island
    • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 2 x Deluxe King rooms including breakfast and private return vehicle transfers from Adelaide Airport
    • 3 Nights Australian Coastal Safaris including accommodation, all meals and selected beverages, scheduled Regional Express flight from Adelaide to Pt Lincoln and private charter flight from Pt Lincoln to Kingscote Airport
    • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Ocean Premium Suite including all meals, selected beverages, selected activities and 1 x full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island including lunch, scheduled Regional Express flight from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

24 hour access to The Tailor support staff while 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

 

For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.

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