Itinerary Highlights
  • 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

This is the perfect trip for anyone who dreams of visiting some of Australia's landmark sites. Designed as a Best of Australia trip, it offers the very best that the land down under has to offer. From the city to the islands, through the desert and the rainforest, this complete itinerary is for everyone, young and old, couples and friends, dreamers and long-distance adventurers. Everything has been designed to give you the time to explore: smooth logistics; a flexible pace; free time in your itinerary interspersed with guided excursions and exclusive experiences; an outstanding local Concierge service on hand to assist throughout the trip; and accommodation perfectly in keeping with the times, with a touch of intimate luxury at the end of the journey.

Along the way

This
tour of the best of Australia begins in Sydney, a stunning starting point set against the backdrop of urban strolls including a walking tour with our local expert, who offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the city. Wander Sydney's fashionable neighbourhoods and don't forget to go for a dip in the beautiful, blue ocean along the way. It's immediately easy to get a taste for this famous laidback Aussie lifestyle. A fantastic introduction to the country before continuing on with this packed but utterly enthralling journey. After a detour to stop off in peaceful Adelaide and its plentiful vineyards, head for the wild and promisingly-named Kangaroo Island, which contains an incredible diversity of wildlife both on land and in the sea. Then, a foray into the country's Red Centre, the iconic site of Ayers Rock and its ochre monolith mysteriously emerging from a vast, semi-arid expanse. Then, head north to the Top End and Kakadu National Park famed for its huge network of meandering river channels, its iconic billabongs and Aboriginal rock paintings. It's time to say hello to the crocodiles and rare birds and fly to Cairns, rounding off the trip on Fitzroy Island. An island hotel fringed with white, sandy beaches, rainforest and stunning, marine wildlife.

Things you'll love

After 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.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you
DAY 1

International flight to Sydney

Departure in the evening, scheduled flight at night. Arrive the next morning in Sydney.

DAYS 3 & 4

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.

DAY 6

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.

DAY 7

Kangaroo Island

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.

DAY 8

Kangaroo Island

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.

DAY 9

Kangaroo Island - Adelaide

You'll have another night's stopover in Adelaide in a centrally-located hotel.

DAY 10

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.

DAYS 12 & 13

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.

DAY 15

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.

DAYS 16 & 17

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.

DAYS 18 & 19

Fitzroy Island - Cairns

Return to Cairns by boat in the morning and return flight. Overnight flight, arrive the next day.

A la carte

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.
Option

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.
Option

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.
Option

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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A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £6,500 to £8,700 per person. and the final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost will vary according to several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £7000 per person.
  • International flights with a scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Domestic flights
  • Three-night stay in Sydney at Ovolo 1888 in a double room with breakfast included
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Ibis Adelaide in a double room, room only
  • Overnight stay at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in a double room, room only
  • Overnight stay on Kangaroo Island at Ozone Seafront in a double room, room only
  • Two-night stay at Ayers Rock at Sails in the Desert in a double room, room only
  • Overnight stay in Darwin at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront in a double room, room only
  • Two-night stay at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu in a double room, room only
  • Overnight stay in Cairns at Shangri-La The Marina in a double room, room only
  • Two-night stay on Fitzroy Island in a double room, room only
  • An expert-guided tour of Sydney
  • Car hire for six days: Two days on Kangaroo Island, two days at Ayers Rock and four days in Darwin
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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