Ultimate Australian Luxury Journey

This 14 night journey around Australia beginning with an evening in the picturesque city of Adelaide. You will next venture over to Kangaroo Island and soak up the rugged coastal beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. From Kangaroo Island, travel up to the world-renowned Barossa Valley wine region to indulge in some of South Australia’s finest food and wine. Departing South Australia, you will head north to the secluded and tropical Lizard Island where you will have every opportunity to relax in style and explore unrivalled access to the Great Barrier Reef. To complete your journey, enjoy the sophistication of cosmopolitan Sydney and its surrounds.


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Itinerary

Day 1

If you are flying into Australia on Qantas your international flight will arrive early morning into Melbourne International Airport (approximately 08:00am), where you will clear customs and immigration. From there you will connect on the short 70 minute flight to Adelaide Airport. Upon arrival to Adelaide Airport you will be privately transferred to the Mayfair Hotel. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore this charming city.

If you are flying on Emirates via Dubai, your international flight will arrive directly into Adelaide Airport later in the evening (approximately 8:50pm). Upon arrival to Adelaide Airport you will be privately transferred to the Mayfair Hotel.

Style, elegance and a touch of glamour comes to Adelaide with the arrival of the city’s newest five star boutique hotel. The magnificent Mayfair Hotel is located right in the heart of the city at the corner of King William and Hindley Street in the heritage-listed, beautifully renovated building.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Mayfair Hotel

Mayfair Hotel - Mayflower Bar

Day 2

After breakfast you will be privately transferred to Adelaide Airport for your scheduled flight over to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island.

You will be met on arrival to the airport by your private guide for a full day private touring experience 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. On conclusion of your private full day tour 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 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

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

southern ocean lodge southern ocean lodge osprey pavilion

Days 3,4,5

Enjoy from the selected activities which are included in your stay at Southern Ocean Lodge or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer for an additional cost. Complimentary activities include:

  • Wonders of KI – A half day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony.
  • Seal Bay – An exclusive guided walk on the beach amongst Australia’s third largest colony of sea lions.
  • Coastal Clifftop Walk – Scenic guided walk atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay.
  • Kangas & Kanapés – Signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property – premium SA beverages, canapés and kangaroos.
  • Discover Island Heritage – An informative visual presentation led by resident naturalist guides.

Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary half day 4WD hire as well as either a lodge operated Quad Biking Experience, Kayaking Adventure or guided Adventure Hike (for 2 guests), to be taken during your stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE dusk

Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kingscote Airport for your scheduled flight back to Adelaide Airport. You will be met on arrival to Adelaide for your private transfer up to The Louise, Barossa Valley (this is approximately an 80 minute journey).

Food, wine, and luxurious accommodation are what awaits you at The Louise, Barossa Valley. It is ideally situated in amongst the legendary Barossa wine country in South Australia. The Louise prides itself on offering absolute luxury, from generous ensuites to breathtaking vineyard views. The Appellation restaurant – highly regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining destinations – is co-located at The Louise, working together to create a memorable Barossa experience.

Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary bottle of premium Barossa wine on arrival and a food and beverage voucher to the value of $200 for dining (for 2 guests), to be enjoyed during your stay.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Louise

the louise

Day 7

After breakfast you will be met at The Louise by your guide for a bespoke Barossa Valley private tour. The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s best known wine regions and home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Your private

wine guide will uncover the amazing food and wine that the Barossa has to offer. Enjoy regional wines which are robust, rich, and earthy.

During your day you will visit a range of premium wineries, and (if you so desire) food producers. You will enjoy either morning or afternoon tea and a leisurely lunch of regional food and wine at one of the region’s best restaurants.

On the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to The Louise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Louise

the louise vineyards

Day 8

Today’s full day private experience will begin with a pick-up at The Louise by a representative of Hutton Vale Farm and transferred to the Henschke Cellar Door for a VIP experience of their flagship vineyards, followed by a tasting of the wines in an intimate winery setting. Henschke is recognized for its rich heritage, innovative spirit and commitment to handcrafting exceptional wines for more than 145 years. The Henschke family grape growing and winemaking tradition spans six generations, and boasts outstanding sustainable vineyards in the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.

Visit the Hill of Grace vineyard and stand in awe of the ancient, gnarled vines. Soak up the history of the Henschke family and their connection to the region as you walk through parts of the original winery built in the 1860’s. You will then settle downstairs in the family’s private cellar to enjoy a selection of Henschke icon wines, including Hill of Grace, Hill of Roses and Mount Edelstone.

After your experience at Henschke you will take a short ride through the rolling hills of the Eden Valley, to Hutton Vale Farm. They have over 7 generations of history to call on, and offer a rare opportunity to a behind the scenes experience of their historic 2000-acre farm.

Celebrated for its fine wool, free-range lamb, duck, chicken and pork, as well as artisan food products, such as pickles and preserves. Hutton Vale Farm is also an award-winning boutique wine producer; its Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache vines are taken from some of Australia’s oldest plantings. Hutton Vale Farm is an iconic South Australian property, part of the original estate created by George Fife Angas (1789-1879), one of the architects of the Colony of South Australia. The family originally owned 28,000 acres of Barossa land, and the nearby village of Angaston was named in their honour.

Jan Angas will create your farmhouse lunch. She is a dedicated cook, with extensive regional food knowledge, preparing magnificent flavours of the Barossa, from food grown on Hutton Vale Farm or sourced from local artisan makers. There is no better way to enjoy authentic Barossa generosity, with the warmth of a fire, or the sun, under the vines in the private stone walled garden.

On conclusion of your full day experience you will be returned to The Louise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Louise

the louise pool sunset the louise alfresco breakfast

Day 9

This morning is an early start, your private driver will collect you from The Louise and transfer you to Adelaide Airport where you will board your scheduled domestic flight to Cairns Airport 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 may come face to face with the massive, yet curious Potato Cod.

The Essentia Day Spa offers a range of treatments, indulge in signature spa rituals and discover pure, opulent skin care. Rebalance, relax, and rejuvenate while they personalize a spa experience just for you.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Lizard Island

lizard island relax lizard aerial

Days 10 & 11

Enjoy from the selected activities which are included in your stay at Lizard Island or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer for an additional cost. Complimentary activities may include:

  • Explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
  • Motorised dinghies
  • Snorkelling equipment and lessons
  • Tennis – day and night with all equipment supplied
  • Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
  • Paddle ski tours
  • Nature slide presentations
  • Gymnasium
  • Self-guided nature walks

Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary inner reef snorkel trip (for 2 guests), to be taken during your stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lizard Island

lizard island

Day 12

Enjoy your last morning at Lizard Island before boarding your scheduled flight to Cairns and connect with the scheduled flight from Cairns to Sydney. Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be 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, rain shower, deep bathtub and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private balconies.

You will have the afternoon to get acquainted with the harbour city of Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Sydney bridge climb

Day 13

Included in your Sydney stay is a full day private harbour and city 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.

After breakfast your private guide will collect you from your hotel and drive to the marina to begin your 3 hour private cruise aboard the luxurious motor 44’ cruiser, the “Iluka”. You will cruise within metres of the Sydney Opera House with views back to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and up the harbour to the Eastern Suburbs. You

will make your way past Woolloomooloo, Garden Island, Double Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay and up to historic Watson’s Bay. You will then head across to Chowder Bay and on to Taronga Zoo where you will stop for a beautiful gourmet lunch.

On conclusion of lunch you will be returned to the marina with your guide and commence the land portion of your private full day tour. Your knowledgeable guide will drive you through some of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, visit some of Sydney’s beautiful beaches and bays and stop at Vaucluse House to see an example of Sydney’s colonial architecture. The next stop on the tour is Bondi where you will have the chance to take a short coastal walk or venture onto the white sands of Bondi Beach.

On your way back to the accommodation your guide will take you to visit the fashionable suburb of Paddington, where you will have the chance to travel down some of Sydney’s historic laneways and gain a glimpse of the trendy high fashion stores, private art galleries and the array of old world pubs. On conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to the Park Hyatt Sydney.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

sydney park hyatt Park Hyatt Opera Room

Day 14

This morning you are in for a real treat as you 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.

After lunch we can arrange for you to participate in a private showroom experience at Paspaley Pearls. Almost all of the pearls available in the showroom are Australian South Sea Pearls from their own personal pearl farms, considered to be some of the highest quality pearls in the world. There is no extra cost involved with this activity and it is exclusive only to The Tailor.

Or at an additional cost there is also the option of a private surf lesson at famous Bondi Beach.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 15

After breakfast you will be met and privately transferred by vehicle from The Park Hyatt Sydney to the Sydney Airport to connect with your departure flight homewards. Or you may choose to continue with your journey in Australia.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

Sydney opera house night

Notes

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children 10 years and over. Southern Ocean Lodge and Lizard Island 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 suggest speaking with your Travel Designer as seasonal considerations may apply. In Tropical North Queensland from December to March it is the wet season, 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 29 January to 11 February 2018 inclusive and that The Louise is closed from 25 June 2017 to 27 July 2017.

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

Prices start from just AUD $16,295.00 per person, based on 2 passengers travelling.

The above cost is dependent on availability at the time of booking request and depending on actual dates of travel, may have high/low season considerations, blackout dates may also apply and is subject to change.

Please consult your Travel Designer to check on full terms and conditions, availability and to make and enquiry

Inclusions

Based on 2 Adults

  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 1 x Deluxe King Room including breakfast and return private Adelaide Airport vehicle transfers
  • 4 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Flinders Suite including all meals, selected beverages, selected activities, private transfer from Kingscote Airport to lodge and 1 x full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island including lunch and drop-off at Kingscote Airport. Scheduled return Regional Express flights from Adelaide to Kingscote Airport (Kangaroo Island). Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability), half day 4WD hire as well as either a lodge operated Quad Biking Experience, Kayaking Adventure or guided Adventure Hike (for 2 guests), to be taken during your stay.
  • 3 Nights The Louise in 1 x Vineyard Suite including breakfast daily, 1 x full day private tour with Rich & Lingering including pick-up and drop-off, and 1 x full day private experience with Hutton Vale and Henschke including pick-up and drop-off. Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability at check in), a bottle of premium Barossa wine on arrival and a $200 food and beverage voucher to be used during your stay.
  • 3 Nights Lizard Island in 1 x Oceanview Villa including all meals, selected beverages and selected activities, plus 2 x inner reef snorkel trips. Return scheduled flights between Cairns Airport and Lizard Island. Additional charges apply for Cocktails, the Cellar Master List and Degustation menus. Also included in your stay is an exclusive offer of a complimentary upgrade to the next room category (subject to availability) and an inner reef snorkelling experience (for 2 guests), to be taken during your stay.
  • 3 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x City Harbour Room including breakfast, private return Sydney Airport vehicle transfers, 1 x full day private City and Harbour tour including lunch, a 3 hour cruise on the “Iluka”, a share day BridgeClimb and a complimentary Behind the Scenes Paspaley Pearls tour.

Exclusions

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

Charter Flights & Luggage Restrictions

  • There is a general weight restriction for luggage of 10/15kg per person for charter flights. Bags must be soft-sided including the base, for example a duffle bag. Each aircraft type has a maximum payload (combined weight of passengers, size and weight of luggage the plane is permitted to carry). This weight restriction is subject to the flights overall payload restrictions.
  • Some charter flights are based on a single-engine aircraft. If a single engine aircraft is booked and a twin engine aircraft is required on the day of travel due to weather conditions or any other reason, this will be at the client’s expense. It must also be noted that a delay in travel time or date may occur in extreme circumstances. Please make sure all clients are adequately insured for such events.
  • Regional Express enforce an allowance of 15kg checked/ 7kg hand luggage per person and soft sided bags are preferred. At select Airports, excess luggage can be stored with Regional Express for AUD$7.70 per bag (price subject to change) which is payable at check-in. Please ensure the total weight of hand/cabin baggage does not exceed 7kg, nor 23cm x34cmx48cm in dimension.
  • Lizard Island scheduled flights have a luggage restriction of 25 kilograms per person (including hand luggage) and small and/or soft suitcases are preferred, due to the limited luggage space in their charter aircraft. Secure luggage storage is available complimentary at East Air.
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