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Australia: A Journey of Contrasts


  • Start in Sydney
  • A Morning at the Quay
  • Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne
  • Wine Country, Yarra Valley
  • Ayers Rock
  • Cairns

Australia is a land like no other. It is not a destination where one visits on a whim or for a quick getaway. It is a far off land filled with natural wonders with a fascinating mix of ancient and modern cultures. It is a land of opposites: of vibrant, cosmopolitan cities and rough & tough Outback towns; of sophisticated city dwellers and of timeless Aborigines moving to the ebb & flow of the seasons; of dry, inhospitable deserts to lush rainforests and endless stretches of white, sandy beaches. Although this land is full of contrasts, it is also a land of exceptional hospitality and understated elegance with a level of service that will certainly meet the needs of the refined traveller. Throughout our journey, we will experience the unique Aussie spirit and hospitality as we delve into what makes Australia tick!


 

Day 1

Fly Hometown to Sydney

Day 2

International Dateline

Lose one day crossing the International Dateline. You will regain this day on your journey home.

Day 3

Arrive Sydney

Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a delicious “Welcome to Australia” dinner at Sydney’s Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Park Hyatt Sydney

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    Park Hyatt Sydney



    Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbour side luxury with its coveted location between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The property offers intimate surrounds with architecture, art and design that reflect the Australian landscape. The 155 guest rooms and suites provide discerning ...

    Park Hyatt Sydney perfectly personifies contemporary harbour side luxury with its coveted location between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The property offers intimate surrounds with architecture, art and design that reflect the Australian landscape. The 155 guest rooms and suites provide discerning travelers a quintessential Sydney living experience.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 4

In Sydney - City Sights Galore

This morning we set out for a full day of Sydney experiences. We start the day with a morning cruise on Sydney’s spectacular harbour to view the iconic Opera House, the Harbour Bridge as well as the many picturesque bays and inlets fringed with high-end homes and suburbs. We disembark at Darling Harbour just in time for lunch in one of its harbourside restaurants before we board our coach for our tour of the city including a visit to famous Bondi Beach. At Bondi,
we take time to participate and learn about one of Australia’s most well known lifestyles: the beach culture! Bondi is the home of surf lifesaving, and we will spend time with a true blue Aussie lifesaver to learn about the history of Bondi with an exclusive tour inside Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving clubs and a lesson on how to surf!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

In Sydney - A Morning at the Quay

We begin our day with a guided walking tour of the historic Rocks area of Sydney where Sydney’s first European settlers arrived. Our guide will take us down some of the cobble stone alleyways and give us a detailed account of what life in the late 18th century!  From the Rocks, we then stroll along Circular Quay, Sydney’s bustling harbour front, to the world famous Opera House for a private, guided tour of the complex. After our tour, we sit down for a delicious light lunch centered around the Opera Houses’ famous three-tiered tasting plates. The remainder of the day is free to explore Sydney on our own…. take the ferry across the harbour to the Taronga Zoo, shop in all the stores and boutiques in the downtown core, visit a museum or art gallery or relax in the Botanical Gardens.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Fly Sydney to Melbourne

We transfer to the airport this morning for our short flight to Melbourne, Australia’s fashion and financial capital. Situated on the Yarra River, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and enjoys its own unique character and charm. It is a city of tramcars, many ethnic restaurants, tree-lined streets, and a wide range of parks and gardens that surround the city. On arrival, we are met and taken on a city orientation tour before arriving at our hotel. Later this afternoon, we board our coach and head down to Phillip Island to see the amazing Fairy Penguin Parade which takes place every night of the year as the sun sets.  At the Penguin Centre, we meet our guide for our VIP penguin experience including front row seats on the beach to watch the 100’s of penguins come out of the ocean before we go to our private viewing platform to watch the little guys waddle up the beach to their burrows. A hearty island dinner is also included this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Langham Hotel Melbourne

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    Langham Hotel Melbourne



    The Langham Hotel Melbourne has a modern yet timeless elegance to it, perfect for those looking for a special getaway. Located on the banks of the Yarra River and just a short stroll to the city centre the hotel is connected to the Arts Centre, ...

    The Langham Hotel Melbourne has a modern yet timeless elegance to it, perfect for those looking for a special getaway. Located on the banks of the Yarra River and just a short stroll to the city centre the hotel is connected to the Arts Centre, National Gallery and a deluxe shopping complex. With 387 rooms of traditional charm and every modern indulgence you could ask for.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

In Melbourne - Lanes and Arcades

After a relaxing breakfast, we meet our guide for our private walking tour to discover Melbourne’s hidden secrets amongst the back streets and laneways that make up the historic downtown core. We will find local designer shops, speciality retailers and some of the quirkiest cafes, street art, old buildings and colourful vendors…all in the hidden walkways of the city. We finish the morning with a gourmet lunch.  Our afternoon is free to explore Melbourne on our own. This evening we join another unique Aussie experience and board the beautifully restored Tramcar Restaurant for a delicious dinner as we “clang” through the streets of Melbourne and its inner suburbs. 

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

In Melbourne - A Day in Wine Country

What would a visit to Australia be without a day in wine country! We leave Melbourne this morning for the drive through picturesque countryside to the Yarra Valley lush with grapevines and dotted with boutique wineries.  Our guided tour will take us to at least 3 wineries all with their own unique character and style but each with a welcoming cellar door. We will have tutored tastings, a brief tour of one of the operations and suburb luncheon at Domaine Chandon Winery before arriving back at our hotel in the late afternoon. Tonight is free for you to dine with the locals and try one of Melbourne’s many restaurants… maybe a BYOB or one of Melbourne’s well known Italian, Greek or Indian restaurants…. the choices are limitless! 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Fly Melbourne to Ayers Rock

We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia and our destination-- awe-inspiring Uluru (Ayers Rock) -- the world’s largest monolith. On arrival, we are met and transferred tour our fabulous luxury tented camp set atop a spectacular sand dune in the heart of the Outback in place exuding unparalleled tranquility and desert vistas. After time to refresh, we head out and spend the afternoon exploring Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas), a series of weathered red domes situated west of Uluru. Take time to walk through some of the narrow rock walkways to get a sense of the vastness and timelessness of this region. We leave Kata-Tjuta just before dusk and make our way to the viewing area to watch the sunset and colours change over Uluru while sipping on a glass of champagne and munching on some outback nibbles!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Longitude 131

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    Longitude 131



    Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131 lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, facing majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock). Longitude 131 offers a uniquely personal experience, with accommodation in 15 luxurious tents with views of the changing colours of ...

    Luxurious, eco-sensitive and romantic, Longitude 131 lies at the gateway of the dual World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, facing majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock).

    Longitude 131 offers a uniquely personal experience, with accommodation in 15 luxurious tents with views of the changing colours of Uluru. Discover an expansive living cultural landscape, rich in history. Whether you spend your time learning of the ancient cultures of the traditional owners, or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides, this irresistible land will make your senses come alive. Longitude 131 includes all dining, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in suite bar, signature touring experiences and return Ayers Rock airport transfers.

    The evenings also offer up an experience to last a lifetime. Enjoy contemporary cuisine within the main Longitude 131 'Dune House' or under the spectacular desert night. Longitude 131 - an amazing experience of discovery.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Exploring Uluru

We are up early this morning to catch the sun rising over Uluru. Back for breakfast before we meet our Aboriginal guide at the Cultural Centre for an in-depth journey into the heart of the Anangu people who are the stewards of this land. Our guide will take us on a walkabout through the bush near the base of Uluru and explain how traditional tools, weapons and implements are made and used in daily life. We have the time to ask questions and really get a good understanding of the unique and fascinating world of the Australian Aborigine. After such an intense day, we have time tonight to relax under the star-filled sky enjoying the exceptional service, sumptuous cuisine and quite ambience of our tented camp.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Fly Ayers Rock to Cairns / Port Douglas

A trip to Australia to delve into the country’s culture would not be complete without a visit to tropical North Queensland, the gateway to the rainforest and to the Great Barrier Reef. Australia is a land of unique natural wonders and how the Australians have adapted to these “wonders” is woven into the fabric of their day to day lives. Australians live life to the fullest; they are very proud of their Aussie culture and their country and will extol its virtues every chance they get! In North Queensland we get a chance to embrace this love of the land with journeys to the Outer Reef and to the rainforest.

On arrival in Cairns, we are met and transferred to our hotel in Port Douglas, one hour north of Cairns. The remainder of the afternoon is free to relax.

Tonight we have an extraordinary dinner experience dining beneath the ancient rainforest in an exclusive setting with thousands of flickering candles lighting our way. In this timeless setting, our ‘Flames of the Forest’ dinner will captivate us with its sumptuous food and wine as the sounds of digeridoo waft through the tropical air. After dinner, we will be treated to an intimate Aboriginal storytelling session – all we have to do is relax in the sheer beauty of it all.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa

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    Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa



    Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa is a luxurious 5 star resort, located on the famous Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. Set on almost 10 acres of tropical beachfront it is a haven of privacy and relaxation. Offering 194 luxuriously spacious and beautifully ...

    Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa is a luxurious 5 star resort, located on the famous Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas. Set on almost 10 acres of tropical beachfront it is a haven of privacy and relaxation. Offering 194 luxuriously spacious and beautifully details rooms, with a range of stylish studio, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, beach retreat villas and penthouses.

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    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 12

Great Barrier Reef / Low Isles

We have a short transfer this morning to the Port Douglas Terminal and board our small group Sailaway sailing ship for a cruise out to the Low Isles, a true coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Our full day excursion includes snorkeling, visits to the island, smorgasbord lunch and glass-bottom boat rides. After we disembark, we transfer back to our hotel for a free evening. 

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 13

Rainforest And Aboriginal Walkabout Experience

This morning we board our deluxe coach and take a short drive south to the “sugar” town of Mossman where we meet our Aboriginal guide who will take us on a walk through the rainforest to learn more about the cultural traditions and stories of his proud people. After a morning tea break of damper and billy tea, we follow the trail to view the spectacular Mossman Gorge as the river cuts its way through the rock and rainforest of the mountain.  To finish off our tour, we head to Silky Oaks Lodge, spectacularly situated on the Mossman River, for a relaxing lunch in the rainforest.  From here, we continue on to Cairns and our hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Shangri La Hotel The Marina

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    Shangri La Hotel The Marina



    Shangri La Hotel the Marina is an ideal stay for both leisure and business travellers. Only a short stroll from the City Centre, Esplanade Lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal and an integral part of the Pier Shopping Complex. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns is the ideal ...

    Shangri La Hotel the Marina is an ideal stay for both leisure and business travellers. Only a short stroll from the City Centre, Esplanade Lagoon, Reef Fleet Terminal and an integral part of the Pier Shopping Complex. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns is the ideal location for a tropical North Queensland vacation. The hotel boasts 255 elegantly appointed rooms and suites. All rooms feature contemporary interiors and panoramic views of the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, the surrounding mountain ranges or the Hotel's lush tropical gardens.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service Limited Hours
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 14

Kuranda Rail / Skyrail / Tjapukai

Another great day as we transfer to Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda Rail for the journey through the rainforest to the village of Kuranda. On arrival, we have time to explore Kuranda before a short drive by coach takes us to Skyrail and our journey down the rainforest-clad mountainside via a 7.5km cableway.  From here it is a short drive to Tjapukai Cultural Center for a cultural performance filled with Aboriginal ancient rituals, digeridoo playing, stories of the Dreamtime, ancient and modern music and singing. A fair dinkum Aussie BBQ buffet lunch is also included. For our last night in Australia, we all get together for a final ‘farewell’ dinner in one of Cairn’s fine dining restaurants located seaside on the Esplanade.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Fly Cairns to Hometown

After such a wonderful Aussie cultural immersion, it is time to pack our bags and head home. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to connect with our flights home. 

Meal Plan Breakfast

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