Family Coastal Adventure

Family Coastal Adventure

A 14 day action packed family coastal adventure, starting in Sydney where you can learn to surf at Bondi Beach. Enjoy the Robinson Crusoe lifestyle of Haggerstone Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Experience South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula exploring the rugged coastline with your own private guide – for the truly adventurous there is the opportunity to dive with Great White Sharks or swim with sea lions. Finally indulge at Southern Ocean Lodge and discover the abundant wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will met and privately transferred to The Langham in Sydney. Situated within the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district, The Langham offers dramatic Harbour views. Guests can enjoy sweeping western harbour side views, and a tranquil yet convenient proximity to some of the city’s most iconic experiences. Rooms are a haven of plush, bespoke furnishings amidst soft panelled walls and a high ceiling, and interconnected rooms are available to keep the whole family together.

During the day you will have some time at leisure to explore and become acquainted with this beautiful harbour city. In the afternoon you will be able to absorb the 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you experience Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. 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: None

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

FOUR SEASONS SYDNEY DELUXE FULL HARBOUR VIEW ROOM

Day 2

After breakfast you will be met by your private guide for a full-filled family day out. In the morning, you will experience the real Aussie coastal culture on a tour of Bondi and Coogee Beach, showing 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 visiting Coogee Beach. After this tour, the whole family will have the opportunity to try their luck at catching a wave on a 1 hour private family surf lesson. Your surf coach will cover all of the basics from warm-up, to paddling, catching waves, and standing. Surfboard, wetsuit rental and sun block are included. If surfing isn’t your thing, perhaps go behind the scenes at Australia’s oldest Surf Lifesaving Club, or do the famous Cliff Walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney

FOUR SEASONS SYDNEY DELUXE ROYAL SUITE BATHROOM

Day 3

This morning you will be met at your accommodation and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board your scheduled flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport. From Cairns you will board a private charter to Haggerstone Island’s air strip.

Pristine, peaceful, and beautiful, Haggerstone Island is the jewel in the crown of island adventures. Accessible only by private aircraft and a boat ride, this Robinson Crusoe paradise is unsurpassed for the ultimate island escape. Covered by lush jungle, with white-sand beaches and blue lagoons, the island is host to a maximum of twelve guests at any one time; accommodation is rustic beach chic, consisting of a combination of beach huts and a tree house.

Your hosts at Haggerstone Island are Roy and Anna Turne,r who arrived at the uninhabited island in 1985 on a 70-tonne barge loaded with poles, timber, fruit trees, chickens and an old tractor. Little did they realise it would be eight years before they would be ready to share their paradise with some very special guests.

The hand-crafted buildings at Haggerstone Island have been constructed in Thai-style from soft-edged wood, with open sides, wide verandas and shuttered windows, enjoying cooling breezes and uninterrupted views. A full menu of activities centred on experiencing The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest reef system, are available.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Haggerstone Island

haggerstone island aerial jetty

Day 4

Enjoy the many activities on offer at Haggerstone Island. Fishing is bountiful because of the island’s isolation from other habitation, and makes it a great place to try a range of Australian fishing experiences including salt-water fly-fishing and spear-fishing with a fishing guide on hand for amateurs and professionals alike. There’s great snorkelling courtesy of two clear water lagoons just off the beach with beautiful coral gardens to explore. Haggerstone Island harbour has a dense and varied bird population for you to meet: sunbirds, honeyeaters, coloured pigeons, eagles and kingfishers and many others have made it their home. The beaches provide miles of adventurous beachcombing for a variety of shells and driftwood and there are sand dunes to climb and then sand board back to sea level.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Haggerstone Island

haggerstone island jetty day

Day 5

Enjoy the many activities on offer at Haggerstone Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Haggerstone Island

Day 6

Enjoy the many activities on offer at Haggerstone Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Haggerstone Island

Day 7

After breakfast you will board your private charter to Cairns Airport, where you will connect with scheduled flight to Adelaide. On arrival into Adelaide, you will be transferred to the Mayfair Hotel for an overnight stay.

Grandeur, elegance, and a touch of glamour comes to Adelaide with the arrival of the city’s newest boutique hotel. Located in the heart of the city is this heritage-listed renovated building. Offering luxury accommodation and contemporary dining, the Mayfair showcases the very best of South Australia; innovative food and wine and locally made products and furnishings.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mayfair Hotel Adelaide

Mayfair Hotel High Tea

Day 8

After breakfast you will be privately transferred to Adelaide Airport where you will board your scheduled flight to Port Lincoln.

Your personal Australian Coastal Safaris guide will greet you at the airport on your arrival, and 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, and see a whole variety of other native and domestic animals.

The very popular Lincoln Estate Winery grows their grapes here, and it is a great chance to sample some of this region’s finest wine whilst relaxing amongst the countries most popular native animals.

On the way back into Port Lincoln, perhaps stop at 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 4 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 9

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 Coffin Bay oyster farmer and restauranteur, Ben Catterall. Here you will put on some waders and Ben will educate you all about the Pacific and the Native Angasi Oyster from his oyster lease. 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, where you will see 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. 4WD over huge sand dunes, body surf, and for those interested, you can even throw in a line from a private beach and try your luck at catching some Australian Salmon.

Last on the agenda is one of the very best vantage spots on the Great Australian Bight. The Cummings Monument provides this and more, with 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 casting line

Day 10

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 shopfront 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 experiences, there is also the option of experiencing diving with Great White sharks, or swimming with the sealions – additional costs apply.

From here, you will be taken out to beautiful Mikkira Station, one of the few habitats where Koalas can be found in the wild. Sit back around the fire (only out of fire season) in the restored original homestead, and go for a stroll under the beautiful old Eucalypt trees, coming face to face with the cuddly icon of Australia as they laze in the Manna gums. Wild but placid kangaroos casually hop around in this beautiful historical setting, where in 1842 Scotsman Adam Borthwick and his family made their home as one of the very first settlers of the region. Emus roam around amongst mobs of sheep, and there is astounding birdlife here, some of which are rare and native to this area. As the sun settles for the evening, relax with a platter of local produce, wine and listen to the sounds of nature.

We can also take in a twilight tour relaxing on board the Tesla, a unique electric canal cruiser and soak up the surroundings and rich history. This is a perfect way to discover our millionaire’s paradise (there are more millionaires per capita in Port Lincoln than anywhere else in Australia).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: South Point Lodge (private beach house)

Australian coastal safaris swim with seals

Day 11

At the end of your three exhilarating days on 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 travel experiences, 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 short getaway

Day 12

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

SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE Osprey

Day 13

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

southern ocean lodge osprey pavilion

Day 14

This morning you bid farewell to Southern Ocean Lodge. After breakfast return to Kingscote Airport and connect with you scheduled flight to Adelaide. If you would like to extend your trip around Australia please liaise with one of our fantastic Travel Designers

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

Southern Ocean Lodge

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 recommend 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. Please note: Haggerstone Island may have a seasonal closure, dates to be assessed.

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 $12,845.00 per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children 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

  • 2 Nights at The Langham, Sydney in 1 x One Bedroom Suite and 1 x Deluxe City (interconnecting) including breakfast, private return vehicle transfers from Sydney Airport, 1 x full day private Bondi to Coogee Beach tour including 1 hour private surf lesson and shared day BridgeClimb tour (small group basis).
  • Please note that the following about the BridgeClimb: Children must be over 8 years old and more than 1.2 meters in height. Children aged 8 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children per adult.
  • 4 Nights Haggerstone Island in the House Mawu including all meals, selected non-alcoholic beverages, selected activities, private return air charters between Cairns and Haggerstone Island.
  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 2 x Deluxe King rooms including breakfast and private return vehicle transfers from Adelaide Airport.
  • 3 Nights Australian Coastal Safaris including accommodation, all meals and selected beverages, scheduled flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln and private charter flight from Port Lincoln to Kingscote Airport.
  • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Ocean Premium Suite including all meals, selected beverages, selected activities and 1 x full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island including lunch, scheduled Regional Express flight from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island to Adelaide
  • 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

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.
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