Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city and ranks alongside Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio as one of the world’s most stunning Oceanside 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
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory, a part of Australia that retains its sense of frontier. The city is a tropical enclave both sophisticated and laid-back, prosperous and good-natured. It’s also a hub of great living with its cliffs, beaches and short-sleeve climate; its colourful history has contributed to tremendous cultural diversity, with more than 50 nationalities making up its 100,000 population, including the area’s traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people. Its northerly ‘gateway’ location has led to distinct Asian influences and flavours.
Visitors enjoy its beaches (including amazing Mindil Beach markets), waterside dining, historic buildings and lively nightlife. It’s also the perfect base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.
Sydney For those in search of a unique and special experience while staying in Sydney, go behind-the-scenes for a private introduction and viewing of Paspaley Pearls at their flagship boutique in Martin Place. You will be escorted to the inner sanctum of Paspaley’s Sydney headquarters via a highly secure elevator and taken to The Pearl Room. In this room, which is not open to the general public, the highly skilled pearl connoisseurs sort, grade and hand-match the finest Australian South Sea pearls to create the highest quality pairs and strands in the world. Some of these exquisite strands can take decades to create and Paspaley is the only company in the world that can produce strands of such unrivalled quality. You may also have the opportunity to view the Paspaley family’s private pearl collections including the Unique Collection, which features 56 of the most beautiful pearls ever produced from over 80 years of harvests. This experience is accompanied by a rare chance to taste Pearl Meat – one of the world’s most exclusive seafoods.
Darwin In Darwin, you will have the opportunity to experience these rare gems with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Pearl Room which is located in Darwin’s newest landmark building – the Charles Darwin Centre. Be taken on a journey of the Australian South Sea pearl from seabed to store and hear the story of the family who revolutionised the cultivation of pearls. Discover how the pearls are produced, graded and explore the innovative craftsmanship behind Paspaley’s Signature Collections with a private viewing at their boutique. You will also have the rare chance to taste ‘Pearl Meat’ – one of the world’s most exclusive seafoods.
For those in search of a further exploration of pearling, only a select number of special guests have the opportunity to explore the actual Pearl Farms on a private day trip. Board one of the family’s private Mallard seaplanes in Darwin and travel to the remote pearl farms and receive an even more in-depth first-hand experience. The farms themselves are incredible and the scenery is absolutely stunning and inspiring.