(Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Ayers Rock, Daintree, Hamilton Island, Sydney)
Enjoy the sun and surf like a real bronzed Aussie as you tuck a surfboard under your arm, feel the warm sand between your toes and head into the crashing waves of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach on a surfing lesson you’ll remember forever.
But first settle into the cosmopolitan café lifestyle of sophisticated Melbourne, then continue along the Great Ocean Road where you’ll spot wild koalas and the world-famous surf break at Bells Beach. Then it’s on to Kangaroo Island where you’ll interact with plentiful wildlife – including the resident colony of seals – and enjoy a serene experience in a world-class ocean lodge. Tour Adelaide’s renowned Barossa Valley wine region in luxury before discovering Australia’s red centre in an outback adventure to Uluru and explore the Daintree Rainforest in tropical North Queensland. Then it’s time to cool off on relaxed Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays where cars are banned and bare feet are encouraged. By the time you finish off the trip in Sydney, you’ll be as true blue as a fair dinkum Aussie.
This comprehensive itinerary showcases Australia at its absolute best. You’ll stay in the country’s finest five-star hotels, be treated to world-class dining experiences and soak in some of the most spectacular views the country has to offer. However, the real beauty of this itinerary lies in the many cultural experiences you’ll enjoy. From chic city living in Melbourne and Sydney surf culture, to the spirituality of Indigenous Australia at Uluru and the laid-back hospitality of friendly Queenslanders, you’ll experience every face of this incredibly diverse country.
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Transfer between cruise port and International airport.
Positioned in an unrivalled location in the very heart of Melbourne's CBD and city, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is a 4.5 star hotel on Swanston Street surrounded by the city's most popular business and shopping precincts, theatres, galleries, bars and restaurants. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure invites guests to discover its spacious and stylish rooms, allowing for maximum relaxation in modern comfort. Put your feet up and enjoy supremely comfortable beds, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, large flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and opening windows for fresh air. You'll find it’s easy to relax in the comfort of our hospitality in the vibrant city of Melbourne. The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure offers guests a range of eateries and a cosy bar for casual culinary comfort and pleasurable evening drinks. With vibrant Bourke St Mall right on your doorstep, other attractions like Federation Square, Southbank, Her Majesty’s and Regent Theatres, Queen Victoria Markets and Melbourne Central Shopping Complex are just a short stroll away. In addition, a quick tram ride will take you to all major sporting venues including the MCG and Etihad Stadium plus the city’s cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment hotspots such as St Kilda, Chapel St, Bridge Rd and Brunswick St.
Set out today on an exploratory journey of the Melbourne surrounding area. Begin by departing the suburbs en-route to the Westgate Bridge for some spectacular viewing of the Port Phillip Bay area. From here, you’ll enter the volcanic western plains of Victoria, an area where the first European settlers forged their way as far as the Otway ranges, establishing large agricultural based properties and homesteads to harvest the land and develop the sheep trade industry. Next, you will head into the Geelong area to marvel at the picturesque waterfront of Corio Bay. This was an important port area during the famous “gold-rush” era of the 19th century. Travel across the fertile sheep and dairy farmlands en-route to the cooler temperate rainforests of the Otway Ranges National Park. Enjoy a delicious, café-style lunch at Port Campbell as the fresh crisp air rises from the southern oceans and fills your lungs with relaxation and rejuvenation. Travel only a short drive away to the “Shipwreck Coast” where you’ll hear the tales of heroes and follies, outlining the attempt made by captains whom tried navigating this wild coastline, some ending in triumph whilst others…well the proof remains rusting is the ocean sea-bed. Visit the famed shipwreck site at “Loch Ard” and hear the story of how two survivors struggled ashore amidst the wreckage. Marvel at the monolithic site of the 12 Apostle Rock formations which occupy this dramatic coastal boardwalk.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Set out on a shared tour of the surrounding Melbourne area beginning with a visit to a boutique winery which overlooks the Westernport Bay area. Listen to the colourful tales and stories from your guide regarding the explorers, sealers and whalers who inhabited this fertile land. Travel to Phillip Island, known as the “wildlife island” for an opportunity to walk amongst the treetops of the Koala Conservation Centre to observe a protected Koala company. Continue trekking through the nature reserve, exploring the bush and wetlands for habitual wildlife, flora and fauna. Wildlife sightings include a wide range of birds and one of Australia’s famed marsupials, the Wallaby. This dynamic location is also renowned for its Penguins which come ashore each evening at dusk from their ocean feedings. These Penguins walk and talk there way loudly as they make their way through the sand dunes to their burrow nests. Make use of the boardwalk to snap some up close photos of the Penguins as they march. Enjoy a delicious fish and chip lunch at the Jetty Restaurant in the township of Cowes on Phillip Island.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided.
When the night sky is clear take a journey and learn of ancient tales and mythologies derived from the Southern night sky. Sit back and gaze up to the unique and magical constellations. Located on the Southern Hemisphere, you will be able to spot stars Australian sky you may not see in the North, for example the bright polar star). An iconic star constellation for the southern regions is the Crux or also called the Southern Cross. The Crux became used as a national symbol by several southern nations and appears on the Australian flag.
The Southern Ocean Lodge (5*) offers guests a complete and personal Kangaroo Island experience. A signature itinerary of guided excursions is designed daily and included in the tariff, allowing guests to encounter abundant wildlife in a 'zoo without fences' and discover the Island's unique natural attractions, often with exclusive access.
Located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south west coast, the Lodge site adjoins both, the Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer / Kelly Hill National Parks. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf the sensitive design showcases a full frontal panorama and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's major attractions. Modern luxury and design integrity meld with Kangaroo Island vernacular and an amazing coastal colour palette, creating a unique eco chic style.
Its location, stunning views, contemporary environmental design, locally sourced food and beverages, personalised interpretative activities and modern wellness spa ensures its status as a South Australian icon.
A scenic walk starting right on the Lodge’s doorstep takes you atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. This easy walk provides you with a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems. A photographers dream!
Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions and is one of the most popular destinations on the island. Join our naturalist guide for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. After your up-close and personal experience relax with morning tea at the picturesque Vivonne Bay.
Transportation between Adelaide domestic airport and your hotel by private car is provided.
The Sebel Playford Adelaide is a 5-star hotel with superior Adelaide city accommodation set in the heart of the city's vibrant North Terrace, opposite the Convention Centre and City Casino. The boutique style Sebel Playford accommodation Adelaide offers the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury. The hotel has created a stunning Art Nouveau ambience, with beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, luxurious amenities and exquisite cuisine. The Festival Theatre, Parliament House, central business district and major shopping and restaurant precincts are within walking distance.
Take a 75 minute transfer from the airport to the Louise.
The Louise (4.5*) is a relaxing, spacious, comfortable lodge full of pure opulence and sophisticated contemporary design surrounded by acres of quaint, natural Barossa Valley vineyard landscapes. It is ideally situated in the heart of the legendary Barossa wine country just one hour from Adelaide. The Louise offers amazing food, wine and fifteen inspired designed en-suite accommodations with private terraces and breathtaking views of the vineyard. Onsite is the Appellation Restaurant which is highly regarded as one of Australia’s finest dining destinations; where fresh, local ingredients, informed service and an award-winning extensive collection of wines ensure a truly memorable dining experience. The sports and recreational facilities include an outdoor pool and spa.
Today you will on a private escorted early-morning drive to a nearby conservation park. Go on an easy walk before enjoying a gourmet breakfast in the park, surrounded by families of kangaroos. Dusk and early mornings are the best time to observe the park's wildlife. Watch out for kangaroos feeding on the open grasslands in the early morning or late afternoon, while the occasional echidna or possum may be seen foraging for food at dusk. Abundant native flora and birdlife can also be enjoyed.
A 75 minute private transfer from the Louise to the airport is provided.
A shared transfer from the Ayers Rock airport to your hotel and vice versa is provided. Waiting times at both the airport and hotels may vary, but are usually on average 20 minutes.
Head out into the Outback with an expert Australia Guide to explore the most profound and culturally significant monolithic structure in Australia. Departing the resort the tour will travel through the outback landscapes to the entrance of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point it is only a matter of minutes before the spectra of Uluru rises from the sand dunes to demonstrate its enormity and presence. Within your first step you are presented with a photographic opportunity of this amazing Australian icon. With Uluru looming in front of you, your guide will take you closer towards the base. The closer you wander the more you surrender to the realisation of the sheer size and magnitude of this monolith. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to the entrance of Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) as well as a number of other stories associated with other prominent Tjukurpa (Dreaming) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people about their culture. You'll then adjourn to the new Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area where you can marvel at an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. A return transfer to your accommodation is provided upon completion of the tour.
The Desert Gardens (4.5*) Hotel is set amongst the magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs of the Ayers Rock outback landscape. Each of the rooms feature the unique flora designs and patterns found within the Central Australian Desert. Guest will journey along shaded walkways which lead to spacious poolside rooms, some even offering spectacular views of the monolithic Uluru. Relax under the private veranda or courtyard of your room to experience what is arguably Australia’s best sunset. When the sun has gone down, dine at White Gums Restaurant and savour Australian native delicacies or feast on the flavours of the a la carte Arnguli Grill.
Today you will travel towards Uluru to marvel at vast monolithic shapes that rise from the sand dunes in the early dawn hours. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. Departure is from your Ayers Rock accommodation between 4.45 a.m. and 6.15 a.m. depending on the time of the year. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and has a maximum group size of 12 passengers. Please bring your own water bottle.
Delicious delicacies and silent serenity best describes this evening Sound of Silence Outback Dinner experience. Be whisked away to a secluded and specially chosen location shortly before sundown to the solitary sounds of didgeridoo’s echoing across the outback desert as you enjoy champagne and canapés. Marvel at all the different hues of red and orange as the sun sets below the horizon and the stars begin there dance across the ever-increasingly darkened dance-floor sky, as you feast upon an array of Northern Territorial culinary delights including barramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile, bush salads and Aussie deserts. Allow your guide and resident astronomer to provide color commentary on what is considered by many as one of the world’s best stargazing experiences. Wind down the evening with a coffee, tea or hot mulled wine before heading back to your accommodation.
A transfer between Cairns airport and Mossman with private vehicle and driver is provided.
Nestled on the edge of the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge (4*) is the Daintree's ultimate resort where this rare wilderness can be enjoyed in elegance and ease. The Lodge itself overlooks the Mossman River and is a perfect base to explore the Tropical North Queensland region. With Port Douglas only 20 minutes away, the morning drop off and afternoon pick ups provide opportunities to explore the many boutiques, restaurants and shops of this coastal town. Guest can cruise along the Daintree River and visit the Great Barrier Reef or Cape Tribulation. It's all within easy reach of Silky Oaks.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings in Daintree National Park. The sheer number of individual trees can bewilder - with counts of over 1000 per hectare, excluding saplings under 10cm diameter. Over 800 different species of trees have been identified here, with a substantial number only found in this area. The tropical rainforest is unquestionably the most significant plant community on earth. At least 90 species of the exquisite orchid family are found in Queenslands wet tropics, nearly half of these cannot be found anywhere else. The Daintree is famous for its beautiful fan palms. Unquestionably, the most handsome of all palms, its huge, near-circular pleated fronds intensify the tropic jungle feel. However, the area supports a further fifteen varieties of palms, all endemic to Australia. They include black palm, oriana, and the wait-a-while climbing palm.
You will be picked up from your Daintree lodging by private car and driver and taken to Cairns City or Cairns airport.
Your hotel in Hamilton Island will arrange an airport transfer as part of your stay.
The Reef View Hotel has many amenities, including a 35-metre swimming pool, the Reef Lounge bar, and in-house Pool Terrace Restaurant serving buffet breakfast, light lunches and à la carte dinner menu. Choose from a range of rooms and suites at the four-star Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island. All rooms are spacious and well appointed, with a furnished balcony, internet access and bathroom with separate bath and shower. Garden View rooms have leafy views and ocean glimpses, while each Coral Sea View room has spectacular views over Catseye Bay and nearby Whitsunday Island. The Reef View Hotel on Hamilton Island is the perfect destination for your next Great Barrier Reef holiday or Whitsunday Island getaway. Reef View Hotel guests have complimentary use of non-motorised water sports and the hotel has a Tours and Activities desk, lobby shop and fully serviced Business Centre.
Explore the more remote beautiful bays, island and beaches and see the very best of the Whitsundays National Park on this fully guided half day cruise. Pass the striking coastline and soaring peaks, home to an amazing array of wildlife – turtles, sea eagles and you may even see the strange elusive dugong. Then it’s on to Whitehaven Beach, a definite “must-see” with its crystal clear waters and pristine white silica sand. Wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the beach or cool off in the azure waters. Your day cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out. Your friendly skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays.
Fantasea Reefworld is situated at Hardy Reef, approximately 40 nautical miles from the mainland and is the largest floating pontoon facility in Australia, with two pontoons measuring a total length of 86 metres. Travel to Reefworld on a high speed, air conditioned catamaran, fitted out for day cruise operations and a smooth, comfortable passage. Hardy Reef is a healthy platform reef which allows for sheltered and protected snorkelling and swimming conditions year round. Inside Hardy Reef on a channel referred to as "the river", Reefworld is the best way to see everything the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. The location and strategic positioning of Reefworld at Hardy Reef means that you will spend less time on the vessel and more time exploring the Great Barrier Reef!
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
From modern monuments to historic districts, the Australian capital Sydney boasts a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy including trips to the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Try spending some time exploring the Harbour area with its many cafes and gift shops. Head out on a half day tour or picturesque harbour cruise. The SmartVisit allows visitors to visit the sight they want to see, on their own schedule. Ask your Travel Consultant for purchase details.
Swissotel Sydney on Market Street is a luxurious five-star hotel located in the heart of Sydney CBD. The hotel’s 359 beautifully appointed rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the city skyline. Guests can choose to sit back and relax at Crossroads Bar or sample fine cuisine at Jpb Restaurant. The hotel’s conference and events facilities are of the highest standards, featuring state-of-the-art technology and consists of nine function rooms. For the ultimate approach of wellbeing, Amrita Spa offers an oasis of rest and relaxation.
Begin this half-day panoramic city tour of beautiful Sydney today as you depart your hotel in a shared mini-coach on route to the renowned “Rocks” area, where your guide will explain the historic significance of this popular tourist harbour. Have you camera handy as you marvel at two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Visit the city’s shopping center and the trendy new Oxford Street before traveling to the swanky Paddington area boasting some elegant terrace lined houses. After, travel to the superb coastal cliff area around Tamarama and Bronte for a brief walkabout before heading to the Bondi Beach area to explore the beachfront promenade. You’ll then return back to the Sydney harbour for a lunchtime cruise.
Set out today aboard a luxury 4-wheel drive vehicle to explore some of the many landmarks and sites around Sydney and the Blue Mountain Range. Begin with a visit to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge before venturing onto a memorable visit to the Wildlife Park. See the powerful Australian Kangaroo and get up close and personal with some friendly Dingoes – and yes, even pat the cuddly Aussie Koala. Next it’s off to explore the historic Richmond area before travelling off the beaten path deep into the Blue Mountain Range. Enjoy a rejuvenating morning tea amongst the natural creatures that live in this bush. Experience real back country exploration as you view these vistas of magnificent cliffs and canyons of this World Heritage recognized area. Marvel at the sight of the Three Sisters monolith and the Australian Grand Canyon during your explorations. Enjoy trekking through the bush before feasting on a scrumptious country style lunch at a local Australian homestead. Upon completion of your tour a return transfer back to your accommodations is provided.
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Sharon Weckenbrock ,
May 15, 2013
"We are safely back home but still on Cloud 9 from the fabulous trip that you helped to put together for us! Everything worked just as I had hoped it would and in many cases, exceeded all expectations.
We have definitely been recommending you and your company to anyone asking our advice and again, we can't thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime!"
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Donna Brennan ,
April 18, 2013
"The trip was great we all loved the Saint Regis Hotel. It was incredible! Thank you for helping me plan the trip the group was very impressed.
Thank you again,
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Paula McNally ,
April 24, 2013
"The trip was wonderful!! . That resort is absolutely beautiful. We had good weather -- hot and humid. The people were very nice everywhere we went. "
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Marcia Nunn ,
April 01, 2013
"Candace and I are back in Michigan today after a wonderful trip to New Zealand. You and she did a great job in organizing this trip. Couldn't have been better. In particular, the Wilderness Lodge is a very special place. "
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Cindy Burns ,
April 04, 2013
"Miranda is the best, I would recommend her and we plan on contacting her in the future. The hotels were all excellent and the guides knowledge & Service were excellent"
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Sheila Black ,
April 08, 2013
"We had the best time you could imagine and it was all based on your planning-thank-you so so much!!
Every hotel was located just where we would have wanted-all so lovely and we loved the buffet breakfasts!! The Grace is a beautiful hotel and everyone was very helpful-we could walk to the main areas and Darling Harbor and we just loved being in Sydney-Norm even got in a game of golf!! Every tour was wonderful. We are so glad you switched us from the large bus Blue Mountain tour to the boutique tour-we heard others talk of the Blue Mountain tour in that it was a long drive, crowded and they did not seem to have a great day. We LOVED our boutique tour-we had a super driver (Cliff)who really really tried to find every animal in the wild he could-we saw kangaroos, emu, wombats and even a koala-it was a wonderful day-we got back about 11;30 pm and because of that we saw so many of the nocturnal animals-he was so accommodating-just a great day!!
The Pullman in Cairns was just gorgeous-and we could walk to the water-we had a perfect(calm!!) day on the reef and we loved the trip to the rainforest-all in all a wonderful few days there. Our weather for the whole trip was also perfect!!! How did you do that!!??!!
We thank-you so much, Louise, for helping us-you take full credit for this holiday and we so often spoke of you there “thanks to Louise for another great day” we would say!! Every tour worked out perfectly-the flights were just great and the timing super-and we really felt you listened to what we ‘thought ‘ we wanted to do and you just seemed to know what would be right for us. We packed some Canada pins and tee shirts and gave them to our tour drivers and they seemed to love that!!
We came home happy and relaxed and so thankful-I will send you a few pictures for certain.
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Larry Sanders ,
February 28, 2013
"We had an amazing trip, all the Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii connections worked out great. The hotels, and tours were wonderful. People ask what was your favorite? All of it! We sure saw a lot, everyday was a new adventure. We especially loved the Rees Hotel in Queenstown, and the condo in Hawaii was over the top.
Thank you so much for making our trip so successful.
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Josie Rodriguez ,
March 19, 2013
"Thank you for all your help arranging a wonderful Australian tour for us. There was a lot of anxiety/reservation arranging a tour on line, not meeting the other person on the other line but it all ended well and we had a fantastic experience. Please thank also Ruby for us for arranging our domestic flights. The two of you did a very good job in coordinating/planning everything.
For sure I will use you again in our next trip which will be in September. We would like to go to St. Petersburg, Malta and Sicily.
Again, thank you!
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Iain Campbell ,
March 13, 2012
"This was our third long haul vacation with Kensington and was truly fantastic trip, probably the best to date. The balance with adventures and activities in New Zealand followed by a restfull couple of days in Bora Bora was just right. I cannot say enough about the local support team who were following up to adjust our schedule following the earthquake in Christchurch right into the evening of Christmas Eve, all changes were made efficiently with the addedd bonus of being able to do a wilderness jet boat tour outside of Queeenstown with our extra day. Many thanks for all you help - we will not hesitate to use Kensington for our future travel adventures
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Laura Hollenbaugh ,
February 11, 2013
"It was a great trip. The Medina was great, centrally located and helpful staff. We enjoyed Christmas Mass at the Cathedral with the Cardinal celebrating and the famed boys choir singing. The dinner cruise was fine despite the rain. The driver's tip about the ferries, being a good way to see more of the harbour without great expense was a good one. We especially enjoyed the tour to the Blue Mountains, wonderful lunch at the quaint lodge, and Fetherdale Wild life Sanctuary (fantastic). The accommodations at Uluru were fine and the activities were great, especially the camel ride. We loved the resort at Kewarra. Wonderful service and accommodations and grounds. We spotted a mama and baby Wallabee living in the jungle just outside the suite! We ended up booking 2 days of diving and also a tour of Mossman and Daintree. Wonderful trip. The food was great everywhere but extremely expensive! The locals were always polite and helpful and often amusing! Thanks for all your help! Laura"
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