Red to White Sands

Introduction:

A 12 night journey from the Red Centre of Australia to Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy the sophistication of Sydney, the iconic red sands of the central Australian outback, the remoteness of outback Queensland with the opportunity of catching a barramundi, 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 be met and privately transferred to the Park Hyatt Sydney. Seated majestically on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbourside luxury with its coveted location between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The hotel’s spacious rooms feature contemporary interiors, modern bathrooms with dual vanity, wet area, rainshower, deep bathtub and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to private balconies.

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 Sydney Airport. Board your scheduled 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 the 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

Crystalbrook LodgeAfter breakfast transfer to the Ayers Rock Airport for the scheduled flight to Cairns. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver from Crystalbrook Lodge for a private road transfer to your accommodation – this is approximately a 3 hour drive, so sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Crystalbrook Lodge is in the remote outback bush 180km west of Cairns and is part of the 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station. The days here are typically warm with crystal clear blue skies and the evenings are cool with spectacular outback sunsets fading into brilliant starry nights.

As guests of Crystalbrook Lodge you will have the opportunity to explore the surround and enjoy the many activities on offer. Lake activities including fishing and birdwatching on the fleet of electric boats (guided or you may take a boat out on your own); kayaking and lakeside trail walks. You will also be able to experience the outback way of life with afternoon tea at Crystalbrook Station and Homestead, with an opportunity to view some of the 2,000 prize Brangus cattle. A day visit to Chillagoe to see limestone caves, aboriginal rock art and visit an outback pub is always a must. There is also the opportunity for heli fishing and heli touring, 4WD touring and fishing guide to be arranged at an extra charge.

Crystalbrook caters for a maximum of 10 guests at a time in 5 courtyard suites, all with King-size beds, and a private courtyard with Day Bed. The suites all have spacious bathrooms opening onto the private courtyard, they are also equipped with luxury toiletries and dual shower heads.

The lodge features a ‘Magna’ high magnesium (great for muscle relaxation) wet edge pool overlooking the lake and superb dining facilities featuring the best of locally sourced produce and a boutique selection of wine and bar beverages.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Crystalbrook Lodge


Day 6

Continue to enjoy the activities on offer while staying at Crystalbrook Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Crystalbrook Lodge


Day 7

Continue to enjoy the activities on offer while staying at Crystalbrook Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Crystalbrook Lodge


Day 8

Enjoy your final moments at the lodge, then bid your hosts goodbye and enjoy your return private road transfer from Crystalbrook to the Pullman Cairns International. Overlooking the Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this hotel is spectacularly positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

The hotel is located in the heart of Cairns just a short stroll to Cairns’ best dining, shopping and café’s.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Pullman Cairns International


Day 9
Lizard IslandAfter breakfast 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 spectacularly located on the Great Barrier Reef and is fringed with Coral reefs and picture-perfect white beaches. Lizard Island features 40 elegant rooms, with spacious open-plan designs and spectacular views.

The beaches are plentiful, 24 in all, with fine powdery white sand, undisturbed but for the occasional footprints. Naturally many of the options on Lizard Island involve the water. Snorkelling equipment and lessons are provided for trips off the beaches. 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. There is also the option of taking a self-guided island or nature walk or enjoying a picnic hampers for a romantic beachside lunch.

If you are a tad more adventurous, there are diving and snorkelling trips to the Inner and Outer reef, and 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 – for an additional charge.

The Essentia Day Spa invites you to indulge in signature spa rituals, designed 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island


Day 10
Lizard Island
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 11
Lizard IslandContinue 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

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° are 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 that Lizard Island is closed from 30th January 2017 to 12 February 2017 inclusive.

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.

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Pricing:

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.

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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 vehicle 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.
  • 3 Nights Crystalbrook Lodge in 1 x Courtyard Suite including all meals & selected beverages, selected activities, private return vehicle transfers between Cairns and Crystalbrook Lodge
  • 1 Night Pullman Cairns International in 1 x City Mountain View Room, full American breakfast for two guests, Private Cairns Airport vehicle transfer
  • 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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