Red to White Sands

Introduction:

A 13 night journey from the Red Centre of Australia to Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy the sophistication of Sydney, the red sands of the central Australian outback, a safari in the Top End with the thrill of catching a barramundi or herding wild bulls, and the grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef in one fantastic hand crafted journey.


Itinerary:

Day 1

Park Hyatt SydneyUpon arrival at Sydney Airport you will 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! We’ll introduce you to Sydney’s colourful colonial and aboriginal history, show you the historic Rocks area, the stunning Harbour quarter around Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the Opera House, and take you to our favourite spots 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

SydneyThis morning you are in for a real treat as you make your way to the Sydney Opera for a 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 audio-visual 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

Longitude 131This morning you will be met at the Park Hyatt Sydney and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board your flight from Sydney to Ayers Rock, where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to Longitude 131°.
The award-winning luxury wilderness camp in Australia’s Red Centre is a deluxe camping experience that embraces the solitude and serenity of the sand dunes. Stay in one of only fifteen elevated tents and awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru. Luxurious and eco-sensitive, Longitude 131° offers immersion in the wilderness, mystery and spirituality of Uluru.

Renowned as the spiritual heart of Australia, the Red Centre in the Northern Territory is rich in Aboriginal culture and rugged outback beauty. Dual World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a living cultural landscape, covering an area over 311,000 acres. Australia’s most recognisable natural icon and one of the world’s largest monoliths Uluru (Ayers Rock) is the region’s gem and the iconic, sacred red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) stand nearby.

At Longitude 131° guests take the road less travelled, sharing exclusive and authentic adventures with a select few. An exceptional touring program designed especially for guests is included in the wilderness experience and a personalised itinerary is presented upon arrival. Signature Experiences with lodge naturalist guides are shared with fellow guests in custom touring vehicles. Expeditions operate at scheduled times on a rotating basis, dependant on day of arrival, with timing subject to sunrise and sunset times which vary throughout the year, according to the seasons and weather permitting. A menu of Bespoke Experiences offers further exploration and the chance to tailor a special interest itinerary at an additional cost.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Longitude 131

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Day 4

Continue to enjoy the included activities on offer while staying at Longitude 131° or perhaps choose to relax at the Dune House or in your tent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Longitude 131°


Day 5

Bullo River StationAfter breakfast transfer to the Ayers Rock Airport for the scheduled flight to Darwin. Upon arrival connect with your private charter flight from Darwin Airport to Bullo River Station. As guests of Franz and Marlee Ranacher, explore life on a truly remote outback station. Bullo River Station is a top end cattle station (ranch) from the classic mould – half a million acres of grassy plains with 8000 Brahman- cross cattle and many more wallabies, brown rivers where crocodiles lurk on the muddy banks, rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, termite mounds, boab trees, stock horses and wild buffalo.

Guest accommodation is in a separate wing near the homestead, comprising 12 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms off one central corridor. The decor is simple – cool, tiled floors and indigenous art on the walls. Dinners are informal and the menu relies heavily on the two exceptional products of the property, namely fresh barramundi and organic prime beef.

There are a multitude of activities to enjoy on the property including fishing for Barramundi, tours of Aboriginal art sites, cruise down the Gorge by boat, bushwalks, bird and wildlife watching or travel to scenic vantage spots to perhaps sketch or paint – the choices are plentiful. Picnic lunches are enjoyed by peaceful billabongs or under the shade of the magnificent boab trees.

The best way to view Bullo River Station is from the air. Station Owner Franz Ranacher, a pilot and keen photographer, takes guests in the Station’s helicopter over the massive Victoria River, the property’s eastern border and the geographical edge of the Kimberley region, pointing out the features that make this part of the world unique. A one hour flight is included in your journey and a highlight of a stay at Bullo River Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Bullo River Station


Day 6

Bullo River StationContinue to enjoy the activities on offer while staying at Bullo River Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Bullo River Station


Day 7

Bullo River StationContinue to enjoy the activities on offer while staying at Bullo River Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Bullo River Station


Day 8

Continue to enjoy the activities on offer while staying at Bullo River Station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Bullo River Station


Day 9

Enjoy a final day at the station, then bid your hosts goodbye and board your private charter flight from Bullo River Station to Darwin Airport. Upon arrival connect with your scheduled flight to Cairns. At the Cairns Airport you will be met and privately transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Cairns, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns overlooks Trinity Bay and Marlin Marina. The hotel is just a 10 minute drive from Cairns International Airport and a short stroll to Cairns’ best dining and entertainment precincts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Shangri-La Cairns


Day 10

Lizard IslandThis morning your private driver will collect you at the hotel and transfer you to Cairns Airport. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport 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 wellbeing 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

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Day 11

ReefContinue 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 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 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 14

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

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Notes:

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children 10 years and over. Lizard Island & Longitude 131° 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 & Longitude 131 with another property to suit a young family.

We strongly recommend travelling from April to end of October when the weather is favourable in the Northern region of Australia. Please note: Bullo River Station is closed from November to 1st 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.

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What’s Included:

Based on 2 Adults

  • 2 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x Opera Deluxe Room including breakfast, Private Sydney Airport transfers, Sydney half day private tour, BridgeClimb, Sydney Opera House private one-hour tour
  • 2 Nights Longitude 131° in 1 x luxury tent, all dining, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, Signature Experiences and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers. Cellarmasters list available at additional cost.
  • 4 Nights Bullo River Station in 1 x Standard room including all meals & selected beverages, selected activities, 1 hour of Helicopter Hire, private return air charters between Darwin & Bullo River Station
  • 1 Night Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns in 1 x Deluxe Marina View, full buffet breakfast for two guests, Private Cairns 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

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What’s Not Included:

  • 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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