Ultimate Coastal

Ultimate Coastal

This 14 night journey will take you from cosmopolitan Sydney to secluded Lizard Island with a host of experiences in between. Enjoy the sophistication of Sydney before moving on to South Australia’s hidden gem, the Eyre Peninsula. Next adventure over to Kangaroo Island and soak up the rugged coastline beauty of iconic Southern Ocean Lodge. Lastly, relax in style at the tropical Lizard Island, located on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. See all this and more in one fantastic hand-crafted journey.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be met and privately transferred to the Park Hyatt Sydney. Seated majestically on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbourside luxury with its coveted location between the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The hotel’s spacious rooms feature contemporary interiors, modern bathrooms with dual vanity, wet area, rain shower, deep bathtub and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private balconies.

You will have the afternoon to get acquainted with the harbour city of Sydney.

Meals: None

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

park hyatt sydney hotel exterior night

Day 2

Included in your Sydney stay is a full day harbour and city tour on a private basis. This is the perfect way to get your bearings, spending time with an experienced passionate guide to introduce you to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After breakfast your private guide will collect you from your hotel and drive to the marina to begin your 3 hour private cruise aboard the luxurious motor 44’ cruiser, the “Iluka”. You will cruise within meters of the Sydney Opera House with views back to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and up the harbour to the Eastern Suburbs. You will make your way past Woolloomooloo, Garden Island, Double Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay and up to historic Watson’s Bay. You will then head across to Chowder Bay and on to Taronga Zoo where you will stop for a beautiful gourmet lunch.

On conclusion of lunch you will be returned to the marina with your guide and commence the land portion of your private full day tour. Your knowledgeable guide will drive you through some of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, to visit some of Sydney’s beautiful beaches and bays and stop at Vaucluse House to see an example of Sydney’s colonial architecture. The next stop on the tour is Bondi where you will have the chance to take a short coastal walk or venture onto the white sands of Bondi Beach.

On your way back to the accommodation your guide will take you to visit the fashionable suburb of Paddington, where you will have the chance to travel down some of Sydney’s historic laneways and gain a glimpse of the trendy high fashion stores, private art galleries and the array of old world pubs. On conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

sailing sydney

Day 3

This morning you are in for a real treat as you 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.

After lunch, at your own leisure, make your way to the Sydney Opera House 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 your private Opera House Tour there is opportunity for you to participate in a private showroom experience at Paspaley Pearls. Almost all of the pearls available in the showroom are Australian South Sea Pearls from their own personal pearl farms, considered to be some of the highest quality pearls in the world. There is no extra cost involved with this activity and it is exclusive only to The Tailor. Or at an additional cost there is also the option of a private surf lesson at famous Bondi Beach.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Opera House red

Day 4

This morning you will be met at the Park Hyatt Sydney and privately transferred to the Sydney Airport. Board the scheduled flight from Sydney Airport to Adelaide, and then connect through to Pt Lincoln.

Your personal Australian Coastal Safaris guide will greet you at the airport on your arrival and then 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, see a whole variety of other native and domestic animals. The very popular Lincoln Estate Winery also grows their grapes in this area and it is a great chance to sample some of this region’s finest wine whilst relaxing amongst some Australia’s most popular native animals.

On the way back into Port Lincoln, you will call into the 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 the incredible fresh local produce.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: South Point Lodge (Private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris Wild West Coast

Day 5

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. Coffin Bay is an area of outstanding beauty, world famous Oysters and is home to a variety of important flora and fauna species. Following on with today’s seafood theme, your day will also include a 1 hour tour with Coffin Bay oyster farmer and restauranteur Ben Catterall who will show and educate you on the Pacific and Native Angasi Oyster from his oyster-lease – which was also the very first commercial oyster farm in Coffin Bay. Dressed in waders, you get to sample these magnificent Oysters fresh out of the rack as well as seeing all the equipment used to get these Oysters into the top restaurants around the world.

The afternoon will be a leisurely affair, with the opportunity to experience one of Australia’s best marine parks, viewing 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 some huge sand dunes, body surf and beachcomb, and for those interested, you can even throw a line in from a private beach, to catch the big fighting Australian Salmon.

On your way back to Port Lincoln, listen to the stories about the local legends and characters that live in the Port Lincoln region. Tonight, your hosts will prepare a seafood BBQ of the days catch!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: South Point Lodge (Private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris

Day 6

This morning includes a 9.00am pickup and an easy drive down to the commercial sector of Port Lincoln, the Flinders Ports Wharf. This wharf is South Australia’s main grain exporting plant as the natural deep-water harbour enables Port Lincoln to fully load grain carriers. Often you will have the opportunity to view the unloading of a fishing boat or the loading of a grain vessel.

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 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 shop front and kitchen, you can select your own piece of fresh fish and have this cooked to your preference for 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.

After an in-house lunch at the Fresh Fish Palace, your guide will take you to the beautiful Port Lincoln National Park. From the naturally rugged and wild Sleaford Bay and the Southern Ocean to the tranquillity of the Spalding Cove and other beautiful beaches. Of the 29,000 hectare National Park, you can walk or beachcomb along Surfleet Cove, take a 45 minute to see spectacular views of Boston Bay, Port Lincoln and the Port Lincoln National Park at the Stamford Hill Lookout or even walk along the rocks underneath the Cape Donnington Lighthouse.

Next your guide will take you out to the beautiful Mikkira Station, where Koala’s can be found in the wild. Sit back around the fire (only out of fire danger season) in the restored original homestead and go for a stroll under the beautiful old Eucalypt trees and come face to face with one of Australia’s favourite animal icons 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. Emu’s roam amongst mobs of sheep and there is an astounding collection of birdlife – some of which are rare and native to the area. As the sun sets for the evening, you will have the chance to relax with a platter of local produce, a glass of wine and listen to the sounds of nature.

If you love adventure and adrenaline, there is also the option of experiencing diving with Great White sharks, or swimming with the sealions – additional costs apply.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: South Point Lodge (Private beach house)

Australian Coastal Safaris Seal

Day 7

At the end of your three exhilarating days in Eyre Peninsula you will bid your private guide farewell and board the charter flight direct to Kingscote Airport on Kangaroo Island.

You will be met on arrival at the airport for a full day private touring experience 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 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, 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

Days 8-9

Enjoy from the selected activities which are included in your stay at Southern Ocean Lodge or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer for an additional cost. Complimentary activities include:

  • Wonders of KI – A half day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony.
  • Seal Bay – An exclusive guided walk on the beach amongst Australia’s third largest colony of sea lions.
  • Coastal Clifftop Walk – Scenic guided walk atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay.
  • Kangas & Kanapés – Signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property – premium SA beverages, canapés and kangaroos!
  • Discover Island Heritage – An informative visual presentation led by resident naturalist guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Lodge

southern ocean lodge

Day 10

After breakfast you will have a couple of options on how to structure today. You may wish to make the most of your time at Southern Ocean Lodge and continue to experience included activities before boarding a late scheduled flight over to Adelaide Airport. Or you may wish depart Kangaroo Island earlier in the day and experience the afternoon exploring Adelaide at leisure.

Regardless of what time you decide to depart Kangaroo Island, on arrival to Adelaide Airport you will be met and privately transferred to the Mayfair hotel in Adelaide.

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

Day 11

This morning you have an early start to the day, your private driver will collect you at the hotel and transfer you to Adelaide Airport where you will board your scheduled domestic flight to Cairns Airport and connect with the scheduled flight between Cairns and Lizard Island.

Situated some 240 kilometres north of Cairns, Lizard Island is surrounded by a sea of deep aquamarine and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef near its northernmost end. The beautiful Lizard Island Resort is balanced high above the Coral Sea and set on the point at Sunset Ridge. The range of spacious open-plan designs are luxuriously appointed, all with spectacular views.

The beaches are plentiful, 24 in all, with fine powdery white sand, undisturbed but for the occasional footprints. Your island is for snorkelling, if you choose, or deep-sea game fishing, or diving at The Cod Hole, one of the world famous dive sites just a short boat ride away. Enjoy secluded picnics on private beaches, five-star cuisine and indulging spa treatments.

Naturally many of the options on Lizard Island involve the water. Snorkelling equipment and lessons are provided. You can snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many a metre long and some reputed to be 120 years old. Or you can explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski.

Fishing enthusiasts can charter the 15.5m “Fascination”, or dive the famous Cod Hole, where you may come face to face with the massive, yet curious Potato Cod.

The Essentia Day Spa offers a range of treatments, indulge in signature spa rituals and discover pure, opulent skin care. Rebalance, relax, and rejuvenate while they personalize a spa experience just for you.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Lizard Island

lizard island

Days 12-13

Enjoy from the selected activities which are included in your stay Lizard Island or perhaps choose from the additional activity options that are on offer for an additional cost. Complimentary activities may include:

  • Explore Anchor and Watson’s bay on a catamaran or glass bottom paddle ski
  • Motorised dinghies
  • Snorkelling equipment and lessons
  • Tennis – day and night with all equipment supplied
  • Picnic hampers for romantic and secluded beachside lunches
  • Paddle ski tours
  • Nature slide presentations
  • Gymnasium
  • Self-guided nature walks

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lizard Island

lizard island sunset

Day 14

Enjoy your last morning at Lizard Island before boarding your scheduled flight to Cairns and connect with the scheduled flight from Cairns to Sydney. Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be privately transferred to the Park Hyatt Sydney.

This afternoon will be spent at your own leisure to catch up on some last minute shopping or perhaps soak up the sights and sounds of Sydney with a stroll around the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

Day 15

After breakfast you will be met and privately transferred by vehicle from the Park Hyatt Sydney to the Sydney Airport to connect with your departure flight homewards. Or you may choose to continue with your journey in Australia.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

australian luxury escapes sydney opera house

Notes

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children 10 years and over. Southern Ocean Lodge and Lizard Island are 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. In Tropical North Queensland from December to March it is the wet season, when you are likely to experience high humidity and rain, particularly in the months of February and March. Please note that Lizard Island is closed from 29th January to 11 February 2018 inclusive.

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 $19,045.00 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

  • 3 Nights Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x City Harbour Room including breakfast, private return Sydney Airport vehicle transfers, 1 x full day private City and Harbour tour including lunch and 3 hour cruise on the “Iluka”, a share day BridgeClimb and x1 one hour private tour of Sydney Opera House
  • 3 Nights Australian Coastal Safaris including accommodation, all meals and selected beverages and private charter flight from Pt Lincoln to Kingscote Airport
  • 3 Nights Southern Ocean Lodge in 1 x Flinders Suite including all meals, selected beverages, selected activities, private transfer from Kingscote Airport to lodge and 1 x full day private tour with Exceptional Kangaroo Island including lunch and drop-off at Kingscote Airport. Scheduled Regional Express flight from Kingscote to Adelaide.
  • 1 Night Mayfair Hotel in 1 x Deluxe King Room including breakfast and return private Adelaide Airport vehicle transfers
  • 3 Nights Lizard Island in 1 x Oceanview Plunge Pool Villa including all meals, selected beverages and selected activities. Return scheduled flights between Cairns Airport and Lizard Island. Additional charges apply for Cocktails, the Cellar Master List and Degustation menus.
  • 1 Night Park Hyatt Sydney in 1 x City Harbour Room including breakfast, private return Sydney Airport vehicle transfers 24 hour access to The Tailor support staff while in 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 a 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.
  • Lizard Island scheduled flights have a luggage restriction of 25 kilograms per person (including hand luggage) and small and/or soft suitcases are preferred, due to the limited luggage space in their charter aircraft. Secure luggage storage is available complimentary at East Air.
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