A 10 night journey following in Oprah’s footsteps on her quest to visit the ultimate Australia. Tourism Australia believed this journey best showcases the definitive Australia. Enjoy the same breathtaking experiences that had Oprah shouting “I … Love … Australia!”
Your journey begins with two nights at the Hotel Intercontinental, Sydney. Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. Included during your stay in Sydney is a half day of shared touring.
From Sydney, fly direct to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for two nights at Longitude 131° in the heart of the Red Centre. The award-winning luxury wilderness camp is a deluxe camping experience that embraces the solitude and serenity of the sand dunes. Stay in one of only fifteen palatial, elevated tents each with its own unique and exquisite artwork throughout.
Leaving the centre of Australia you will head south to Melbourne for three nights at The Lyall Hotel. The Lyall Hotel and Spa is Melbourne’s only privately owned and operated 5 Star hotel offering grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate and personal scale. Enjoy two days of touring discovering the hidden secrets of the culture capital of Australia.
Lastly spend your final three nights where it all began for Oprah – qualia, on beautiful Hamilton Island. qualia’s sun-drenched northern aspect is nestled into the secluded, northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the unsurpassed beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
A perfect end to the ultimate Australian adventure.
InterContinental Sydney is positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbor and overlooks the Opera House, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Gardens. Steps away are the Central Business District, the historic Rocks area, leading shops and boutiques and some of the finest restaurants this city has to offer. This luxury five-star hotel blends contemporary style with 19th-century architecture and is distinguished by the façade of the 1851 Treasury Building.
Included during your stay in Sydney is a half day of shared touring.
Your tour will start in your hotel lobby where your friendly guide will meet you before showing you through the historic Rocks precinct. Witness the birth place of Sydney and explore the convict built cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia. You soon head south and make your way to the stunning botanical gardens situated right in the heart of Sydney.
Lunch today is a special treat. Situated in the magnificent botanical gardens, the Botanical Gardens Pavilion offers splendid views and splendid food. Sit back and immerse yourself in your unique surroundings.
After lunch, your tour continues down to Mrs Macquarie’s chair, situated on the water’s edge. Continuing on we pass by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of the beachside Mecca. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals and maybe enjoy an ice cream before reboarding your vehicle.
The tour makes its way back to Sydney via the vibrant Oxford Street and the suburb of Paddington. Admire this boutique shopping precinct and the charming Georgian and Victorian architecture of the homes.
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 palatial, elevated tents each with its own unique and exquisite artwork throughout. 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.
At Longitude 131° you are able to take the road less travelled, sharing exclusive and authentic experiences with only a few others. Options for touring include;
An afternoon visit to the Cultural Centre where you will learn the spiritual meanings of Uluru & Kata Tjuta. Afterwards, you will travel to Uluru, where you will take a short walk into Kantju Gorge. On arrival at the gorge, you be served refreshments ‘inside’ Uluru and watch the sunset.
Morning Kata Tjuta & Walpa Gorge tour – Upon arrival you will begin your journey with a guided tour of Walpa Gorge, where the natural history of Kata Tjuta is explained in great detail, learning how aeons of weathering and continental upheaval have created what is seen today.
Uluru Sunrise Base Tour – Depart the Dune House at 6am for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to view the sun rising over Uluru. You’ll then continue to the Mutitjulu Waterhole to view cave paintings and hear the Kuniya/Liru Tjukurpa story. You will return to the Dune House at 9.15am for a well-earned continental buffet and a la carte cooked breakfast.
The Lyall offers spacious suite accommodation at an elegant residential address in South Yarra – one of Melbourne’s most fashionable and cosmopolitan destinations. Lifestyle features include a mini art gallery on each floor featuring the original art of local French artist Thierry B and lounge with open fireplace.
The Lyall Hotel comprises 40 suites ranging in size from Deluxe one and two bedrooms to the glamorous Grand Suites and unique Platinum Suite with two fireplaces and a huge outdoor terrace. The hotel’s interior design captures a mood that is contemporary oriental featuring exclusively designed, Australian made furniture and opulent fabrics.
Included in your stay is a half day share tour discovering the hidden lanes and arcades of Melbourne. Join this indulgent morning walk through Melbourne’s beautiful back streets, and get orientated in the life of the city that locals love. Discover local designers and speciality retailers that often are only found in the city. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways, there is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. Morning tea is included before a restaurant lunch with a glass of wine. See over 50 stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon.
Your stay in Melbourne also includes a private half day tour understanding the REAL Melbourne.
Take a drive through The Golden Mile, past the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. See how the discovery of gold in the 1850’s shaped the city.
Visit some of Melbourne’s cultural precincts and grab a sidewalk coffee at a chic laneway café. For Melbournians today, life revolves around food, fashion, beaches and sport. Take some time to really connect with the city and its people with this ‘local’s look’.
Meet the faces behind the produce at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Many are true entertainers and have had their stalls passed down through generations. Your taste buds will be left tingling as you sample their wares.
Take in the grandeur of Melbourne’s sporting precinct to help you truly understand this city’s obsession with sport.
Enjoy a stroll through some of Melbourne’s iconic laneways – home to the best and most unique bars, galleries, boutiques and cafes in the city.
Drive through the beachside suburbs stopping in St Kilda – Melbourne’s playground. You’ll find people from all walks of life here. Stop for lunch at the Pier Restaurant which is situated at the end of the historic St Kilda pier in Melbourne’s edgiest and most vibrant precinct. Enjoy a relaxing lunch overlooking the Harbour. Melbourne’s city skyline looks spectacular in the distance.
A byword for Hamilton Island luxury, qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerising calmness, time seems to stretch forever.
qualia’s harmonious design combines a unique sense of space, openness and harmony. Set amongst native Eucalypts, each pavilion has been handcrafted from the finest imported and local timber and stone. To complement the natural surrounds, Dennis Nona’s artworks adorn the walls and interiors are furnished with fabrics and patterns inspired by nature.
The south-west-facing Leeward Pavilions give you a serene outlook of both the Island and the Coral Sea. They boast a private sundeck, which is the perfect place to capture the warmth of the sun during the day and amazing sunsets at dusk.
qualia’s has a host of adventurous recreational pursuits available for guests. From chartered cruises onboard the exclusive custom-built cruiser – The Atomic Pebble Beach – to sea kayaks, snorkelling and beach drop-offs where you will be set up on the beach with an umbrella, mats and towels.
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This itinerary can be taken all year round.
2 nights Hotel Intercontinental, Sydney
2 nights Longitude 131’, Red Centre
3 nights Lyall Hotel, Melbourne
3 nights qualia, Hamilton Island
Solo travelers/ couples/small groups and families with children over the age of 16yrs.
qualia is not suited to children under this age, should the remainder of this Itinerary be of interest to you please contact one of our Travel Designers as we can substitute qualia with another product to suit a young family
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.
2 Nights Hotel Intercontinental Sydney including continental breakfast, Sydney Airport transfers, Sydney half day shared city sights tour, 2 Nights Longitude 131 including all meals & selected beverages and included touring, 3 Nights The Lyall Hotel, Melbourne including continental breakfast, half day private touring in Melbourne, half day shared touring in Melbourne, Melbourne Airport transfers, 3 Nights qualia, Hamilton Island including breakfast and some activities.