- Sydney, Kangaroo Island, Red Centre, Top End and Great Barrier Reef: Five of the country's iconic sites in one trip
- Walking tour with one of our team on the ground to experience Sydney like a local
- Excellent hotels
- You'll have access to our additional services, including our local Concierge
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The Australian Dream
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Things you'll loveAfter a 25-hour flight, it's great to finally reach the steps of the Sydney Opera House and know your dream trip has begun - Learn to surf in Bondi or Manly - Get lost in the vineyards around Adelaide - Day or night, spot kangaroos, wallabies, possums and giant lizards on Kangaroo Island - Drive a 4x4 along the reddish-brown dust tracks of the Australian Outback - Marvel at sunrises and sunsets on Ayers Rock, which are simply unforgettable - Soak up the rainforests, billabongs and Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu Park - Enjoy a few lazy days in the sun at the end of the trip - Swim among the myriad of fish, turtles and corals on the Great Barrier Reef.
International flight to Sydney
Departure in the evening, scheduled flight at night. Arrive the next morning in Sydney.
Morning arrival, private transfer and three-night stay at Ovolo 1888, an arty (but not elitist) hotel located in Pyrmont, a district that is a few streets up from the popular Darling Harbour. The decor is minimalist – a vintage industrial look of bricks and beams – and it's a great starting point for exploring the surrounding area: lunch on Harris Street or Union Street, stroll around the Fish Market, hop on a ferry to the beach.
Already included -A guided tour with an expert One of our team on the ground will take you on a tour to experience Sydney like a local that's tailored to your interests. It's an opportunity to share a small slice of life, talk about everyday life in Australia and gather a wealth of tips for the rest of the journey.
Sydney - Adelaide
Flight to Adelaide, capital of South Australia. It's the only metropolis in the country that does not have glittering skyscrapers, which is probably what makes it so charming and authentic. It has an 'urban-meets-countryside' feel that makes it a great place to live. Enjoy the local food and the quality of the surrounding vineyards.
Overnight stay is in a comfortable, world-class hotel, which has the advantage of being located in the heart of North Terrace, the city's 'cultural avenue', close to historical monuments, museums and the botanic garden.
Things to see - South Australia Museum, home to one of the largest Aboriginal collections - Botanic Garden - Rundle Mall, for shopping lovers - Chinatown.
Take a morning flight to Kangaroo Island and pick up your hire car for the next two days.
Accommodation on Kangaroo Island: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat is isolated in the middle of 110 acres of nature and was built in perfect harmony with the natural environment. The setting is an idyllic balance of stunning scenery and wonderful peace and quiet. The rooms, are simply but comfortably equipped, and open out onto a courtyard where wild animals can be seen roaming freely: kangaroos, possums, porcupines, parrots. and many more besides. The second night on Kangaroo Island is at the seafront Aurora Ozone Hotel. Blessed with a stunning beachfront location in Kingscote, a new wing with suites and apartments has been added to this century-old pub. The rooms are functional but comfortable and the restaurant serves fine food accompanied by local wines.
A 20-minute flight from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is one of the region's big draws. The Aussies call it KI, and it's a real Noah's Ark – koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, dolphins, fur seals, sea lions… It's a bit like the Galapagos, but in southern Australia. The beaches are out of this world, with huge rolling waves breaking onto endless ribbons of white sand. Koalas sleep snuggled in giant eucalyptus trees (they sleep 22 hours a day), sea lions chill out on the sand, between the sand dunes – each one has mastered their own take on relaxing and it's so tempting to follow suit – but there's so much to do on KI. Then, head for Little Sahara, a desert of white sand fringed by forest: running down the sand dunes is a thrilling experience and a lot of fun, and it's also guaranteed to wear out the children, so you can take in a calm evening on the beach looking out at the ocean.
Kangaroo Island - Adelaide
You'll have another night's stopover in Adelaide in a centrally-located hotel.
Adelaide - Ayers Rock
Flight to Ayers Rock via Alice Springs. Pick up your hire car at the airport and drive to Uluru. After hours of driving hundreds of miles in a straight line on the Stuart Highway, with a dazzling, blue sky and an endless horizon, Uluru suddenly rises up out of the unending, flat expanse - a huge silhouette under an electric sky. Tonight, in the red light of the Outback, sit on the bonnet, facing the totem rock – the Australians simply call it 'The Rock' – the sun darkening in the desert, gradually turning the sky pink, purple and then scarlet. It's a truly bewitching beauty. Located in the heart of the Outback, the Sails in the Desert is the stopover for the next two nights. Large, elegant canvases pitched in a setting that honours Aboriginal heritage.
Things to see and experience At dawn or at the end of the day, enjoy some couple time alone while watching the sun rise or set on the monolith - The helicopter flight over Ayers Rock is simply magical - The Olgas, a series of 36 red domes: another unique site, owned by the Aboriginals. Our advice: the rock is so huge that it can easily be seen from several miles away. Yet, curiously, all visitors stop at the same place to admire the show. We'll help you find your own little spot to enjoy it in peace.
From the Red Centre to the Top End
Return your hire car at the airport and then fly to Darwin. Pick up the second hire car and spend one night in a contemporary, seafront hotel that's ideal for strolling from the beaches to the centre.
Things to see and experience - Crocosaurus Cove, a museum park entirely dedicated to crocodiles, located in the centre of Darwin - Darwin's Aboriginal museum, home to undoubtedly one of the finest collections in Australia - Mindil Beach Market on Thursday night, a huge laidback hippie vibe market on Mindil Beach, ideal for admiring the beautiful sunset.
Kakadu - Darwin - Cairns
Bid farewell to the Red Centre and fly off toQueensland, 'the Sunshine State'.
Touch down in the humid tropical climate of Cairns. First spotted in 1770 by Captain Cook, and pulled out of the mangroves to mine gold from its rivers, the main coastal town in northern Queensland can be seen by some as a little too quiet, but it's the gateway to two phenomenal natural treasures. Firstly, Daintree Forest, the oldest continually-surviving tropical rainforest on Earth: walk through 600-million-year-old ferns, catch sight of the brilliant vivid blue of the Ulysses butterflies and hear the song of the superb fruit doves. Secondly, offshore lies the Great Barrier Reef. Overnight stay at one of the city's finest hotels: the Shangri-La Marina.
Cairns - Fitzroy Island
In the morning, set sail for the coral island of Fitzroy Island for a two-night stay. A genuine secluded haven and cut off from the rest of the world, it's a true Garden of Eden where peace and quiet reign. Situated off the coast of Cairns (just an hour by ferry) in the middle of a beautiful, turquoise lagoon, this island hotel has about 100 rooms. Its dream beaches and the surrounding seabed make it a perfect slice of paradise for peacefully rounding off this great Australian journey.
Fitzroy Island - Cairns
Return to Cairns by boat in the morning and return flight. Overnight flight, arrive the next day.
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Morning tea in Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour, and, more broadly, Port Jackson, is a unique harmonious body of water, not too big or too small, and swarming with cheerful ferries that dock at Circular Quay releasing countless workers heading for the city's business district. With pleasure more than business in mind, go against the tide and embark in the opposite direction for a comfortable 15-minute pleasure boat ride, offering panoramic views of the city, Harbour Bridge and, of course, the iconic Opera House.
Surfing lesson on Bondi
You can't come all the way to Australia without trying a spot of surfing. Surfing has been part and parcel of Australian culture since the turn of the last century, and on Bondi's long beach, watch the little surf dudes, board under their arms, running straight out into the rolling waves without any sense of fear. It's fair to say that the Aussies develop this bond with the ocean from a very young age, and it's fun to watch the young trainee surf lifesavers, known as the 'Bondi Nippers', being put through their paces on the beach. After a brief introduction on the beach on how to get onto the board, it's into the water. Unlike some of the country's other surf spots, the waves at Bondi are more forgiving and it only takes an hour or so before you're riding the waves and getting hooked.
Helicopter flight over Ayers Rock
This 15-minute experience will create memories that last forever. Seeing this red monolith from the sky mysteriously emerging out of the vast, semi-arid expanse will remain one of the standout memories of the trip. The red rock contrasts with the intense blue of the sky and resembles a giant, sleeping, prehistoric beast. It's quite simply unforgettable.
Day in Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land, on the edge of Kakadu National Park, is one of the largest Aboriginal territories in Australia. This vast, isolated wilderness is a treasure trove of Aboriginal artistic heritage and traditions still maintained by the community. Access is strictly controlled and only organised trips are permitted.
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