Day 1: Welcome to Sydney!
Sydney is a spectacular visual treat – from sun-drenched harbours to sprawling green belts, trendy bars and the hippest cultural hubs, there is a dazzling energy that runs right through the city, which is unlike any other part of Australia. We will drive you down from the airport to your hotel for check in. After which, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city as you please.
Day 2: Into the Blues (Sydney)
Today, we ride down to the stunning natural wonder of the Blue Mountains, where the oily residue wafting off eucalyptus trees covers the mountain in a mystic blue haze. Heading westwards across the coastal plain, make your way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. Here, we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist behind and enter the National Park to unlock a piece of Australia you wouldn’t fine anywhere else.
Visit an ancient Aboriginal site, examine rock formations and get acquainted with the unusual plants and wildlife of the area. Then enjoy a delicious barbeque lunch including a selection of fine Australian wines and cheese, before we head back to the city.
Day 3: View from the Top (Sydney)
After a leisurely morning in the hotel, we will take you for one of the most popular experiences of Sydney – the BridgeClimb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As you climb up, a guided commentary will tell you about the area and the spectacular view you are about to experience. Enjoy the sprawling view of Sydney from atop, as iconic sights such as the Sydney Opera House come into view. Take a breather after the thrilling climb as the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Day 4: Northward Bound (Sydney - Cairns)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a late morning flight to Cairns, the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. From here, board the shuttle to your resort hotel in Port Douglas. This coastal town in the tropical far north of Queensland makes for the perfect base as we explore the bio-diversity of the Great Barrier Reef in the coming days.
Day 5: The Aborigine Life (Cairns - Kuranda Rainforest - Cairns)
Board the Kuranda Rail today for a scenic ride to Freshwater Connection, from where we will visit the Kuranda village. On this lush hillside, you can stop by local shops and restaurants as well as a small koala park, a feeding area for kangaroos and wallabees, a bird aviary and a butterfly aviary.
Then get on the Sky-rail for a ride over the rain forest, with a spectacular view of the dense forest below. At the end of the trail, we will visit the Tjapukai History, Dance and Creation Theatre and Cultural Village, where we stop for lunch. And enjoy an Aborigine cultural show which includes dances, music, and informative talks about their lifestyle, food and culture.
Day 6: Reef Through (Cairns - Great Barrier Reef - Cairns)
Today, we take a full-day cruise to the outer Barrier Reef. Within 90 minutes, we arrive at Australia's continental shelf where you will moor over one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Barrier Reef. The area is known for having some of the best snorkelling and diving options, with the warm waters of the Coral Sea affording crystal-clear visibility, and a colourful marine life. Enjoy a sumptuous smorgasbord lunch including fresh seafood and tropical fruits. Morning and afternoon tea are also included. At the end of the cruise you will arrive back at Port Douglas.
Day 7: Up in the Air (Cairns)
Experience the fun and unique sensation of hot air ballooning down under. Today, we take an early morning ride above Cairn, enjoying the picturesque landscape at sunrise.
After we return to land, enjoy breakfast at the Tjapukai Cultural Park with champagne, fresh juices, eggs and bacon, tropical fruits – a hot and cold buffet is all yours as you relax and look over the Skyrail valley. After breakfast, you have the rest of the day free to enjoy the sights and sound of the area.
Note: The experience includes a free commemorative flight Certificate. A$25 Aviation Insurance Levy is additional per person and payable on the day.
Day 8: Sacred Stones (Cairns - Ayers Rock)
This morning, we will fly to Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, a spectacular sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. Today, we will start with a tour of Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas), about 45 minutes from Uluru. You will have some time to relax at your hotel, before we head out in the afternoon to see these stunning stone domes. Come evening, experience the Sounds of Silence Dinner – a treat for all the senses as you enjoy dinner under the glow of a million stars, amidst the desert night.
Day 9: Shades of Rock (Ayer’s Rock)
After a relaxed breakfast, head out to Uluru for an afternoon tour of this larger than life site, given by an Aboriginal of Uluru. With its formation believed to be around 550 million years old, Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and as such, a fascinating site to visit. Later, take the unique opportunity to see the Rock change colours as the sun sets. Your evening is free to explore the area or simply relax in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 10: City of Lights (Ayer’s Rock – Melbourne)
Take the early morning flight to the stylish and cosmopolitan coastal city of Melbourne. From the artistic corners of the inner city to the epicentre of hipster trends, Melbourne’s energy will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. We will drive down you down to your hotel for check in, after which there is a special Colonial Tramcar Dinner arranged.
Day 11: Into the Wild (Melbourne – Savannah Walkabout)
In small groups, this naturalist guided ecotour gives you quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide-open spaces of Australia. Step into the wild and get close to kangaroos, koalas and abundant birdlife. Spend the morning in the famous grasslands and around the billabongs of an Open-range Sanctuary, followed by lunch in the wilderness. Your guide will involve you in the sanctuary’s special research project, which contributes to locating and understanding the koalas of the region.
Day 12: Wine and Dine (Melbourne)
Experience the best of culinary Melbourne as we take you on a day of multiple sensory experiences – a 100-year-old working dairy where you can sample hand-made farm cheeses; wine tasting at the adjacent Yarra Valley Wine Hub; local produce shopping at Yering Station winery; and estate wines at the Old Winery Building.
Continue your food and wine journey with lunch at Domaine Chandon whilst enjoying stunning views of the vineyards and lake. Visit Coldstream Hills Winery for wine tasting and conclude the afternoon at Yering Farm Winery, a delightful, rustic Cellar Door set in a converted hay shed, enjoying spectacular views across the property’s vineyard and orchards.
Fly back home from Melbourne with a lifetime of memories!