- 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
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The Australian Dream
Along the wayThis 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 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
Depart this evening to begin your journey to Sydney, which will arrive the following day.
You will land in Sydney this morning and be privately transferred to an artsy hotel located in Pyrmont, a stone’s throw from the popular Darling Harbour, where you will be staying for the next three nights. Have lunch on Harris or Union Street, stroll around the Fish Market and hop on a ferry to the city’s iconic beaches. Included during your time in Sydney is also a guided tour with an expert, local guide – the perfect 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
Today you will fly to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, where you will be staying for the next two nights. 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, as well as South Australia Museum (home to one of the largest Aboriginal collections), Rundle Mall and Chinatown. Stay overnight in a comfortable hotel close to historical monuments, museums and the botanical gardens.
Take a morning flight to Kangaroo Island and pick up your hire car for the next two days. Stay in a wilderness retreat built in perfect harmony with the natural environment. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and watch wild kangaroos, possums, porcupines and parrots roaming and flying freely. On your second night you’ll move onto a seafront hotel.
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 for 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
Today you’ll fly 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.
See Ayers Rock from above on a helicopter flight, where you can also admire the Olgas, a series of 36 red domes and 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. Spend two days meandering round Crocosaurus Cove, a museum park entirely dedicated to crocodiles and Darwin's Aboriginal museum. In the evening, stop at Mindil Beach Market, which boasts a laidback hippie vibe market and stunning sunsets.
Kakadu - Darwin - Cairns
Bid farewell to the Red Centre and fly off to Queensland aka '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 of 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. The Great Barrier Reef also lies just offshore.
Cairns - Fitzroy Island
In the morning, set sail for the coral Fitzroy Island for a two-night stay. Cut off from the rest of the world, it is a true Garden of Eden where peace and quiet reign. Situated off the coast of Cairns (just an hour by ferry), you’ll be treated to an idyllic stay in the middle of a beautiful turquoise lagoon. Laze on dreamy beaches with a book and a drink (or two) for the perfect peaceful round off to your great Australian journey.
Fitzroy Island - Cairns
Return to Cairns by boat in the morning for your return overnight flight back home.
A la carte
Morning tea in Sydney HarbourSydney 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 BondiYou 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 LandArnhem 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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- 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
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