Award-winning Australian Luxury Escapes is a tour company specialising in small, private five-star tours.
The family-owned and operated company was founded by Bob Charlesworth, beginning its operations by offering specialised Eco Tours from Sydney in 1989. Since then, the company has grown in size and reputation and now offers exclusive touring in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.
Catering for the discerning guest, Australian Luxury Escapes provides guests with home-prepared morning tea, gourmet lunches and select Australian wines. Travel is in luxury vehicles with expert commentary from knowledgeable, friendly guides.
Tours are an unforgettable and educational experience, transporting guests well off ‘the beaten track’, catering to historical, ecological and cultural interests. Guides are dedicated to interpreting and bringing to life all your surroundings.
Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city and ranks alongside Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio as one of the world’s most stunning ocean-side cities. It’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical attributes make it the easiest and most pleasant of cities to visit. The people who live here are friendly and energetic.
All of its attractions lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney’s harbour is its natural playground, and at the heart of so much of what the city has to offer. It has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.
The Rocks are the oldest part of Australia’s oldest city, an intriguing cobblestone quarter of colour and character, located on the harbour shore.
The Tailor highly recommends that you include touring with Australian Luxury Escapes to ensure that you discover as much as you can about Sydney, the Harbour city.
Tours can be on a share basis with a small group of other travellers or private charter where the tour itinerary is tailored to suit your interests. Below are two of The Tailor’s favourite itineraries that we regularly utilise as private tours.
Ultimate Sydney Sailing
This unique day is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney.
Your guide greets you at your city hotel for a walk around the historic Rocks precinct, visiting the first church in Australia and the convict-built cottages. Take a walk around the Observatory, continuing around Circular Quay, the Opera House and into the magnificent Botanical Gardens.
After joining the vehicle under the famous Harbour Bridge, drive through Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross, as well as the ritzy Double Bay area and along the foreshore of the Eastern suburbs. Arriving at Watsons Bay on South Head, enjoy a meal of Doyle’s famous fish and chips in the park with a bottle of chilled Australian wine and a cheese platter.
Return to the city, visiting Darling Harbour where your yacht awaits for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with a delicious afternoon tea. After an incredible two 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 dozens or more restaurants, stay and enjoy the entertainment, or take the monorail into the city, returning to your hotel at your leisure.
Taronga Zoo and Sydney Surfing
Start the day by heading over the world famous Harbour Bridge and to Taronga Zoo.
You have the opportunity of an exclusive tour of Taronga Zoo’s unique Australian animal collection.
An informative introduction to Australia’s unusual wildlife includes excellent photographic opportunities with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats and echidnas as well as over 200 animals in the ‘Creatures of the Wollemi’ exhibit. Having taken great pictures of the animals, you now get the opportunity to get some amazing pictures of Sydney’s glistening harbour and skyline.
From here, you travel to the beach – and what better place to learn to surf than on world-famous Bondi Beach?
Enjoy lunch at ‘Nicks’ at Bondi followed by some beachside relaxation to admire the beautiful setting. You’ll find fantastic waves, year-round sun and the coolest beachside vibe anywhere. Then head off for a one-hour private surf lesson! A professionally qualified guide can help you catch the wave of your dreams, whether it’s your first time setting foot in the ocean or you’re a surf fanatic looking to ride the big one.
After your ‘paddle’, rejoin your luxury vehicle for the drive back to the CBD.
Sydney – guests are able to be collected from either the Sydney airport or city accommodation
Tours operate daily