Imagine a thousand twinkling stars lighting up an unpolluted night sky; picture the awe-inspiring view over meandering waterways from your private helicopter; dream of lazing in a hammock looking out over the Kimberley wilderness or perhaps floating along the edge of a coral reef teeming with fish.
Welcome to wild Australia. A journey that embraces the very best of central and northern Australia. Begin with two nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney and discover the best features of this fantastic city accompanied by your private guide. Two nights at Longitude 131’ in the heart of the Red Centre allows you the chance to experience the stunning & iconic natural splendour that is Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Leaving the centre of Australia you will head north to Bullo River Station, via Darwin. Bullo River Station is a top end cattle station (ranch) from the classic mould – half a million acres of grassy plains with 8000 cattle.
A short flight further north takes you to Faraway Bay in the Kimberley’s. Discover the secrets of this uncharted area and ‘Go bush’ with your camera – the Aboriginal rock art will take your breath away!
After a brief layover in Darwin, your final destination is tropical Far North Queensland. Nowhere else on earth can you visit two World Heritage listed sites that sit side by side – The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Seated majestically in the dress circle to one of the world’s most glittering harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney is located in the historic Rocks district, just five minutes from the central business, cultural and shopping districts of Sydney.
One of a select brand of Park Hyatt hotels known throughout the world for its exceptional design and elegant style, the Park Hyatt Sydney enjoys private balconies with views overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Included during your stay in Sydney is a private full day charter, with a focus on either Sydney or the Blue Mountains.
On the Sydney Tour you will discover the many regions that make Sydney the world’s most beautiful city. Explore the historic Rocks Precinct, Darling Harbour and Botanical Gardens before arriving at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair for an unsurpassed view of Sydney Harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Board a ferry at Circular Quay to the beautiful beach of Manly or perhaps join a vehicle for a tour along the northern beaches and into the scenic Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park where you will enjoy a delicious buffet picnic lunch in the bush before discovering some of the outstanding lookouts in the park.
Highlights of the Blue Mountain Tour include a full day of private 4WD touring through the majestic Jamieson valley. The valley is densely forested, with eucalypt forest over most of its expanse and occasional pockets of semi-rainforest in gullies. Towering above are the remarkable rock formations of the ‘Three Sisters’. The formation is close to the town of Katoomba and is one of the Blue Mountains’ most famous sights. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue lunch under the canopy of the Australian bush to fully appreciate this special part of Australia (conditions permitting).
The award-winning luxury wilderness camp in Australia’s red centre is a deluxe camping experience that embraces the solitude and serenity of the sand dunes. Stay in one of only fifteen palatial, elevated tents each with its own unique and exquisite artwork throughout. Awake to your own private view of the sun rising over Uluru. Luxurious and eco-sensitive, Longitude 131° offers immersion in the wilderness, mystery and spirituality of Uluru.
Private touring at Longitude 131° ensures you have the most informative and authentic experience in the red centre.
Meet your guide and together begin to explore the culture, geology and environment that is Uluru. Witness a spectacular sunrise or sunset over the most profound and culturally significant monolith in Australia. Meander around the rock on either the Base Walk or any number of the short walks into waterholes and art sites, whilst your guide explains Uluru’s cultural significance to the Anangu (local Aboriginal) people. View ceremonial rock art and sacred waterholes where Aboriginal families once came to teach their children the Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. Visit the Cultural Centre where details of traditional Aboriginal life are explained and absorb the majesty of this powerful place through the contours of this great natural monument.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a place where unique flora and fauna thrive. Whilst you make your way to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how the 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround. The spirituality of this amazing location embraces everyone who ventures here.
Explore life on a truly remote outback station as guests of Franz & Marlee Ranacher. Bullo River Station is a top end cattle station (ranch) from the classic mould – half a million acres of grassy plains with 8000 Brahman- cross cattle and many more wallabies, brown rivers where crocodiles lurk on the muddy banks, rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, termite mounds, boab trees, stock horses and wild buffalo.
Guest accommodation is in a separate wing near the homestead, comprising 12 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms off one central corridor. The decor is simple – cool, tiled floors and indigenous art on the walls. Dinners are informal and the menu relies heavily on the two exceptional products of the property, namely fresh barramundi and organic prime beef.
There are a multitude of activities to enjoy on the property including fishing for Barramundi, tours of Aboriginal art sites, cruise down the Gorge by boat, bushwalks, bird and wildlife watching or travel to scenic vantage spots to perhaps sketch or paint – the choices are plentiful. Picnic lunches are enjoyed by peaceful billabongs or under the shade of the magnificent boab trees.
The best way to view Bullo River Station is from the air. Station Owner Franz Ranacher, a pilot and keen photographer, takes guests in the Station’s helicopter over the massive Victoria River, the property’s eastern border and the geographical edge of the Kimberley region, pointing out the features that make this part of the world unique. A one hour flight is included in your package and a highlight of a stay at Bullo River Station.
On the northwest corner of the vast Australian continent, in the Kimberley region there is a place so remote you won’t nd its name on any map. Although simple, Faraway Bay features spacious cabins scattered amongst the natural bush offering privacy and 180 degree views of the spectacular cliff lined bay.
Your days at The Bush Camp at Faraway Bay can be full and adventurous, calm and sedentary, or anything in between. At Faraway Bay, ‘going out for the day’ takes on a whole new meaning. You can fill your days with a myriad of activities. Accompanied by Faraway Bays’ experienced and passionate Kimberley bush guides, guests have the unlimited opportunity to discover this relatively unexplored landscape;
Discover the secrets of this uncharted area or ‘Go bush’ with your camera. Head for the King George River in the Diamond Lass. Take a ‘dinghy taxi’ and spend the day in glorious seclusion on your very own deserted beach. Go estuary fishing along mangrove-lined creeks or reef fishing off the idyllic coral strewn Lesueur Island then end your day with a refreshing plunge in the cliff top freshwater pool.
The Faraway Bay surrounds were a magnet for ‘Ice Age’ painters and it offers some of the most diverse examples of the mysterious Bradshaw rock art in Australia. Kimberley Specialists’ archaeologist Lee Scott-Virtue and Traditional Owner Ju Ju Wilson have worked together for years at Faraway Bay in an attempt to resolve the fascinating riddle of this intriguing art.
Situated on the esplanade, overlooking Darwin Harbour to the Arafura Sea, this 4 star hotel offers 140 one, two and three bedroom apartments, 64 hotel rooms and has a restaurant & bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Apartments have large private balconies, perfect for experiencing a famous Northern Territory sunset.
Today you have the afternoon at leisure to explore Darwin.
Darwin is the capital city of Northern Territory and sits on a natural harbour twice the size of Sydney’s. It is famous in Australia for its laid back lifestyle.
If you are visiting Darwin in the dry season on either a Thursday or Sunday, be sure to check out the Mindil Beach markets. Or perhaps visit Cullen Bay’s shops and restaurants, which offer you a wide range of different cuisines and the great marina atmosphere.
If you are interested in Aboriginal Art perhaps stop by a few of the galleries in the city that stock indigenous art from over the Top End, like Maningrida Arts & Culture or Karen Brown Gallery. At the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory view the collections of Australian arts and Aboriginal art and craft.
The seaside township of Port Douglas is located a very scenic 45 minute drive north of Cairns and offers a great range of restaurants, activities and holiday shopping. For beachcombers, four mile beach is a great place for an early morning or evening stroll.
Incorporating Balinese inuences, Peppers Balé Resort has been designed with the direction of the sun and prevailing breeze in mind. Each Balé Sanctuary, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, is an intimate living space that offers absolute privacy – where the Balinese pavilion-style architecture blends indoor and outdoor areas effortlessly for the ultimate in tropical relaxation.
No visit to Far North Queensland would be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Your full day tour takes you to three spectacular sites on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs are long narrow reefs located along the very Outer Edge of the Great Barrier Reef, flushed out at every tide by clear oceanic water welling up from the Coral Sea Trench nearby. Coral thrives in this clear water, creating spectacular gardens and a huge variety of marine life.
Snorkeling is the easiest way to enjoy the variety of fragile corals and fish life found in the shallow lagoons and your guide will teach you snorkeling techniques and deliver a well researched and informative talk on the biology and history of the reef.
A full day private safari to the west of Port Douglas begins walking through a private rainforest with a renowned local naturalist who has over 24 years guiding experience in the Wet Tropics. Normally shy marsupials and birds emerge from their natural habitat to greet you – an amazing experience! You will all continue on to the World Heritage listed Mount Lewis National Park for lunch served beside the convergence of two streams in World Heritage rainforest.
The afternoon is a total contrast in both eco-systems and wildlife as you travel further west into the dry eucalypt forest of the Australian Outback. The tour vehicle is a modern, comfortable 4 wheel drive, well suited for your escape off the beaten track into areas not visited by mainstream tourism.
We strongly recommend May to October when the weather is favourable in the Northern region of Australia.
Please note: Bullo River Station is closed from November to 1st March.
Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.
2 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney Airport transfers, Sydney full day private tour,
2 nights Longitude 131° including all meals, selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, airport transfer to accommodation,
2 days private tour,
3 nights Bullo River Station including all meals, selected alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, selected activities & an 1 hour helicopter flight, private charter flight from Darwin to Bullo & Bullo to Faraway Bay in a C210,
3 nights The Bush Camp Faraway Bay including all meals, wine, beer & soft drinks, selected activities, private charter flight from Faraway Bay to Darwin, private return transfers from Darwin Airport to city accommodation,
1 night Mantra on the Esplanade, private return transfers from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas,
3 nights Peppers Bale Resort,
1 full day share tour,
1 full day private tour