Australia’s Hot Spots

Australia’s Hot Spots

A 14 night journey showcasing Australia’s incredible hotspots. Starting in Sydney, see what this cosmopolitan city has to offer, visit the icons including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Indulge yourself and sample some of South Australia’s finest food and wine in the Barossa Valley, and then go outback and explore the ancient Flinders Ranges. Discover the wildlife of Kangaroo Island while soaking up the rugged coastline beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. Finally relax at Silky Oaks Lodge located in Australia’s incredible Daintree Rainforest.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be met and 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 has been voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world, and 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.

The Day Spa at The Langham features a lavish underground sanctuary. Here you can experience attentive therapists, holistic healing treatments and can relax, and renew.

Included during your stay is a Sydney half day Bondi to Coogee Beach private tour. This tour will give you a real insight into the Aussie beach culture, displaying the food, the sun, the sea and the sand. You will walk the iconic Bondi Beach, see the breathtaking sandstone coastline, and experience all the hidden gems this coastal area has to offer, before finishing up your tour at Coogee Beach. This is a great tour for those who have just landed in Sydney on the early morning long-haul flights – a chance to discover Sydney and get busy, while getting over the jetlag!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

The Langham Sydney hotel grand foyer

Day 2

This morning you are in for a real treat as you make your own 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.

After lunch at your own leisure, 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

Langham Sydney Signature Terrace Suite

Day 3

This morning you will be met at The Langham, Sydney and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board the scheduled flight from Sydney to Adelaide. Upon your arrival, you will be met by a private driver who will transport you in luxury to the stunning Barossa Valley (this is approximately a 1.5 hour journey).

Food, wine, and luxurious accommodation are what awaits you at The Louise Barossa Valley. It is ideally situated in the legendary Barossa wine country of 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Louise

the louise evening

Day 4

After breakfast, you will be met at The Louise by your guide for a private tour of Hutton Vale Farm, and the Henschke winery. 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 guide will uncover the amazing food and wine that the Barossa has to offer. Enjoy regional wines which are robust, rich, and earthy.

Included on your tour is exclusive touring of the famous Henschke Vineyards and Hutton Vale Farm, guided walks with local hosts, morning tea and a magnificent lunch with selected South Australian wines. You will be given a rare insight into the heritage, traditions, and culture of the Barossa, and these significant properties. On the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to The Louise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Louise

the louise dessert

Day 5

After breakfast, you will depart The Louise and the Barossa Valley, and be transferred to Arkaba by road. Your guide will take the scenic route, so there will be many opportunities for stops along the way allowing you to see even more of this beautiful landscape. This transfer will also include a lunch stop.

Situated on the southern edge of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park, Arkaba is your next stop. Arkaba is a remarkable 60,000 acre private conservancy in the Flinders Ranges, 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

arkaba station alfresco

Day 6

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 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, yellow-footed rock wallabies and emus and the scenery is some of the best in Australia.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Arkaba

arkaba station sunset drinks

Day 7

Continue to enjoy Arkaba and the selected activities on offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Arkaba

Day 8

This morning you will be transferred to the town of Hawker, where you will board a private chartered flight to Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival at the Kingscote Airport, you will be transferred to Southern Ocean Lodge, 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. Indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island’s unique natural attractions.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 9

A range of shared signature experiences are scheduled daily, allowing you to encounter rich and varied nature and wildlife, these may include:

· Wonders of KI – a half day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are some of the highlights.

· Exclusive guided walk on the beach amongst Australia’s third largest colony of sea lions.

· Coastal Clifftop walk – a scenic guided walk atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay.

· Kangas & Kanapés – a signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property – premium South Australian beverages, canapés and kangaroos!

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 Osprey

Day 10

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

Day 11

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.

On the conclusion of the tour you will be transferred to Kingscote Airport where you will board your scheduled flight to Adelaide. On arrival into Adelaide you will be privately transferred to the Mayfair Hotel for an overnight stay. 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

Mayfair Hotel Hennessy Bar

Day 12

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to Adelaide Airport to board your scheduled flight to Cairns in Far North Queensland. On your arrival into Cairns Airport you will be privately transferred to Silky Oaks Lodge, located in the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

Silky Oaks Lodge is one of Australia’s premier luxury lodges, offering a unique experience from which to explore Tropical North Queensland, situated within easy access from Cairns and a 15 minute drive from Port Douglas.

Spectacularly situated on the Mossman Gorge River, Silky Oaks Lodge is the region’s premier accommodation nestled on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. This luxury boutique hotel lodge and Healing Waters Spa consists of elegant spacious lounges and living areas and the stunningly located open sided Tree House restaurant, which overlooks the surrounding rainforest and river in tranquil surrounds.

You will have the remainder of the day to enjoy the lodge at your leisure, complimentary lodge activities may include: use of river canoes, bikes, gym, media room, tennis court, swimming pool, yoga classes, self-guided rainforest walks, and river swimming.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge

silky oaks lodge couple in hammock

Day 13

After breakfast, you will be picked up at Silky Oaks Lodge and transferred to Port Douglas for your day out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is an incredible experience. With much of the reef’s colour and marine life visible within a couple of metres of the water’s surface, snorkelling offers all swimmers, regardless of their skill level, the opportunity to see this diverse eco-system up close.

Float effortlessly over rich, colourful coral gardens teeming with life from the cute and playful clownfish to the graceful beauty of the green turtle. Giant clams, stingrays, Maori wrasse, cods and colourful parrotfish, are just some of the hundreds of species you will encounter during your visit to Opal Reef with Calypso.

On the conclusion of your snorkelling trip, you will be transferred back to Silky Oaks Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge

Silky Oaks

Day 14

Today you will step back in time to experience the breathtaking Daintree and Mossman Rainforest. In the morning you will be taken to visit a beautifully diverse botanic garden, containing more than 3,000 tropical plant species from around the world. See plant species that have been used for generations by indigenous rainforest cultures, for food, spices, shelter, medicine and more. You will be provided a fresh homecooked meal while visiting the gardens.

After lunch, you will board your private Daintree River crocodile cruise. Get up close and personal with some of the most exciting inhabitants of the Daintree mangroves and rainforest, all from the comfort and safety of your weather-proof boat. This truly unique ecosystem is home to an extensive array of wildlife, and whilst on your private cruise, you will have the opportunity to meet some of these locals.

In the afternoon, take a walk in the footsteps of the Kurribi Warra Clan of the Kuku Yalanji, through the mangroves and the sandflats, as you learn how to throw a spear and hunt for traditional ocean produce such as mudcrabs and fish. End your exciting day by cooking up your beach catch, before taking a leisurely trip back to your hotel through the swaying sugar cane fields with the rainforest clad mountains of the Great Dividing Range watching over you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Silky Oaks Lodge

silky oaks lodge spa

Day 15

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred back to Cairns where you will be able to connect with your scheduled flight. Or if you would like to extend your trip around Australia please liaise with one of our fantastic Travel Designers.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

silky oaks lodge accommodation lounge

Notes

This tour is designed for families with children 10 years and over. Southern Ocean Lodge 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 e.g. 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.

Prices

Prices start from just AUD $15,260.00 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

  • 2 Nights The Langham Sydney in 1 x Deluxe City Room including breakfast, private Sydney Airport vehicle transfers, private Sydney Bondi to Coogee Beach half day tour, day BridgeClimb (Shared tour), Sydney Opera House private one-hour tour.
  • 2 Nights The Louise in 1 x Stonewell Suite including breakfast, private vehicle transfers from Adelaide Airport to The Louise, and 1 x private Barossa Valley tour including lunch.
  • 3 Nights Arkaba in 1 x Standard Room including all meals, selected beverages and selected activities, private vehicle transfer from The Louise to Arkaba, and private air charter from Arkaba to Kingscote (Kangaroo Island).
  • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Flinders Suite including all meals and selected beverages, selected activities and 1 x full day private tour including lunch with Exceptional Kangaroo Island and one way Regional Express scheduled flight from Kingscote (Kangaroo Island) to Adelaide.
  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel Adelaide in 1 x Deluxe King Room including breakfast and private Adelaide Airport vehicle transfers.
  • 3 Nights Silky Oaks Lodge in 1 x River treehouse including breakfast, selected activities, a full day shared snorkelling tour including lunch, and a full day private tour within the Daintree.
  • 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
  • Some exclusions apply to Hire-Car e.g. additional insurances, fuel and other additional options
  • Telephone calls
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

Important Information:

Luggage Restrictions

  • Regional Express to/from Kangaroo Island 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.
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