Ultimate Coastal

Ultimate Coastal

A 14 night journey from Sydney Australia to Tropical North Queensland. Enjoy the sophistication of Sydney, the excitement and seafood of the rugged Eyre Peninsula and discover the wildlife of Kangaroo Island, whilst soaking up the rugged coastline beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. Finally, relax in style at Lizard Island located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All in one fantastic hand crafted journey.

Itinerary

Day 1

Upon 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.

This afternoon you will have at leisure to get acquainted with the harbour city of Sydney.

Meals: None
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

park hyatt sydney hotel exterior night

Day 2

Included in your experience is a Private Ultimate Sydney Sail tour. This is the perfect way to get your bearings, spending Included in your Sydney stay is an Ultimate Sydney Sail tour on a private basis. 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 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. Stop and take a short walk to view Mrs Macquarie’s chair and excellent harbour views to the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Continue through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross and into Rushcutters bay. Enjoy lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Australia’s premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting’s ‘Everest’ – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Pass through Darling Point, one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs and see some of Sydney’s most sought after addresses. Also drive by Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, before traversing along the coastline to Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Here you will have some time to soak up the atmosphere of this beachside Mecca. Stroll down the esplanade with the locals and maybe enjoy an ice cream before re-boarding your vehicle.

Return to the city, via Oxford Street Paddington, 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. Here you may decide to eat out at any one of the dozen or more restaurants, stay and enjoy the entertainment, or take the monorail into the city, returning to your hotel at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

sailing sydney

Day 3

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 at your own leisure, 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Park Hyatt Sydney

Opera House red

Day 4

This morning you will be met at the Park Hyatt Sydney and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board the scheduled flight from Sydney Airport to Adelaide, and then connect through 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 also grows their grapes in this area and it is a great chance to sample some of this regions finest wine whilst relaxing amongst some Australia’s most popular native animals.

On the way back into Port Lincoln, you will call into the 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris Wild West Coast

Day 5

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris fishing

Day 6

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris Seal

Day 7

At the end of your three exhilarating days in 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

Days 8-9

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 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 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Mayfair Hotel

southern ocean lodge

Day 10

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.

At the conclusion of the tour you will be privately transferred to Kingscote Airport where you will board your scheduled flight to Adelaide Airport. Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport you will be privately transferred from the Airport to the Mayfair hotel in Adelaide.

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: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Mayfair Hotel

Mayfair

Day 11

This morning you have an early start to the day, your private driver will collect you at the hotel and transfer you to Adelaide Airport. Board the scheduled flight to Cairns 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’ll 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
Hotel: Lizard Island

lizard island

Days 12-13

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 for an additional cost. Complimentary activities include:

  • Motorised dinghies
  • Snorkelling equipment and lessons
  • Interpretive glass bottom boat tours
  • 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Lizard Island

lizard island sunset

Day 14

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 Langham Sydney.

Situated within the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district, The Langham, Sydney offers dramatic Harbour views. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the city’s main shopping and business districts. Dining options includes Kent Street Kitchen, where European and Chic cuisine is accompanied by candlelight and Jazz & Palm Court, an elegant tearoom by day and gastronomic cocktail bar by night.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Langham, Sydney

Langham Sydney Palm Court

Day 15

After breakfast you will be met and privately transferred by vehicle from The Langham to the Sydney Airport to connect with departure flight homewards.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: None

australian luxury escapes sydney opera house

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 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 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 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.

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

  • 3 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x City Harbour Room including breakfast, private return Sydney Airport vehicle transfers, 1 x full day private Ultimate Sydney Sailing tour including lunch, BridgeClimb and one hour private tour of Sydney Opera House
  • 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 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 Regional Express flight from Kingscote to Adelaide.
  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 1 x Deluxe King Room including breakfast and return private Adelaide Airport vehicle transfers
  • 3 Nights Lizard Island in 1 x Sunset Point Villa including all meals, selected beverages and selected activities. Return scheduled flights between Cairns Airport and Lizard Island. Additional charges apply for Cocktails, the Cellar Master List and Degustation menus.
  • 1 Night The Langham, Sydney, in 1 x Grand Langham Room including breakfast and private return Sydney Airport vehicle transfers
  • 24 hour access to The Tailor support staff while in 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

 

For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.

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