Australia At Its Best

Australia At Its Best

A 14 night journey showcasing the best of Australia. Starting in Sydney, learn about what this cosmopolitan city has to offer, visit the icons including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Go outback and explore the ancient Flinders Ranges hosted by a true-blue Aussie family. Discover the wildlife of Kangaroo Island while soaking up the rugged coastline beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. Finally relax in style at the Lizard Island located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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. Located in the historic Circular Key and Rocks district, the Park Hyatt Sydney boasts some of most breathtaking views of Sydney harbour. 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 to private balconies.

Included in your stay in Sydney is a full day city and harbour tour, allowing you to experience the beautiful city by land, and by sea. In the morning you will board the premium luxury vessel the ‘Iluka’, where you will cruise the iconic Sydney Harbour, seeing some of the most stunning sites the city has to offer. After a relaxing morning, you will cross the harbour and stop for lunch at the famous Taronga Zoo. Lunch and a range of local beers and wines will be supplied to top off this truly memorable experience. You will then move on to the city portion of the tour, where you will cruise in style in a luxury vehicle, passing some of the most affluent areas of Sydney, stopping at Watsons Bay, and the renowned Bondi Beach. You will continue the tour through some of the most unique and fashionable haunts of the city, before being escorted back to your accommodation. This tour will allow you to really get your bearings, and make sure you get the most out of your time in Sydney.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 2

This morning you are in for a real treat as you make your own way to the Sydney Opera House 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 Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, 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

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 3

Sydney is a beachside city, and famous Bondi is a must see stop on your Sydney to do list. Discover Bondi like a local with the friendliest and most professional surf school in Australia. This exclusive tour is an authentic and personalised way to experience surfing, and lap up the culture of world-famous Bondi Beach. Your guide will pick you up from the Park Hyatt Sydney in a private surf combi and transfer you to Bondi Beach where you can take part in a private surf lesson, discover the history of Bondi and Surf lifesaving in Australia, take a walk around the breathtaking coastal headland, and relax with a casual beachside lunch at Bondi Icebergs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

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. Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport you will connect with your private charter flight to Arkaba.

Situated on the southern edge of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park, Arkaba is your next stop. Arkaba in Flinders Ranges is a remarkable 60,000 acre private conservancy, that is home to an incredible variety of bird and wildlife. With just 5 rooms in the main homestead, it is a contrast of style and comfort against the rugged backdrop of the harsh Flinders Ranges country.

Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom, and opens out onto a shaded veranda with individual views of the surrounding ranges. With no telephones, televisions, or minibars, the focus is solely on the experience and enjoying a simply magnificent property.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Arkaba

Day 5

For wildlife watching, bush-walking, indigenous heritage, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia’s most breathtaking scenery, the Flinders Rangers is in a class of its own. Daily guided wilderness experiences are included in your stay. Arkaba’s expert field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with 4WD safaris, guided bush walks that visit the secret spots on the property, and provide a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.

Learn about the wildlife conservancy, mountain bike in the foothills of the Elder Range, view the local wildlife from open top safari vehicles, take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and outback salt pans (additional cost) or an early morning walk up one of the creek beds. Local wildlife includes red and grey kangaroos, euros, yellow-footed rock wallabies and emus and the scenery is some of the best in Australia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Arkaba

Day 6

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at Arkaba.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Arkaba

Day 7

This morning board your private Charter flight to Adelaide to connect with the scheduled flight from Adelaide to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival at the Kingscote Airport 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, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of sumptuousness.

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

Day 8

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 local’s perspective of the island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 9

Continue to enjoy Southern Ocean Lodge and choose from the selected activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 10

This afternoon transfer to Kingscote Airport for your return flight to Adelaide where you will be met and 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: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Mayfair Hotel

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 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.

All 24 beaches, with fine powdery white sand, are largely undisturbed except for the occasional footprint. Lizard Island has a wide array of water-based experiences. Snorkelling equipment and lessons are provided for trips off of the beaches. Snorkel from one of the many secluded beaches to discover a garden of giant clams, some of which are reported to be up to 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 hamper for a romantic beachside lunch.

If you are a little 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 (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: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Accommodation: 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

Accommodation: Lizard Island

Day 14

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

Accommodation: Lizard Island

Day 15

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

Accommodation: None

Notes

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

This Itinerary can be taken all year round; however 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.

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.

Prices

Prices start from just AUD $19,975.00 per person, based on 2 passengers travelling and are valid for travel until 31st March 2018.

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

  • 3 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x Opera Room including breakfast, private Sydney Airport transfers, private full day City and Harbour tour, BridgeClimb, Sydney Opera House private one-hour tour and Half day private surf lesson including lunch
  • 3 Nights Arkaba in 1 x Standard Room including all meals, selected beverages and selected activities
  • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Flinders Suite including all meals & selected beverages, selected activities and full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island, scheduled flights between Adelaide & Kangaroo Island
  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 1 x Deluxe King Room including breakfast and private Adelaide Airport vehicle transfers
  • 4 Nights Lizard Island in 1 x Oceanview Plunge Pool Villa 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 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
  • Gratuities
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