(Melbourne, Sydney, Lizard Island, Daintree)
You haven’t really seen Sydney until you’ve breathed it in from atop Sydney Harbour Bridge with the wind in your hair and the famous sights of the city – including the distinctive Sydney Opera House – rolled out at your feet.
Ask any local of either city and you’ll learn that Sydney and Melbourne enjoy a friendly rivalry for bragging rights as Australia’s best city. You’ll soon have a basis for comparison as Melbourne welcomes you with its blend of European style and Australian hospitality. Experience all the luxuries of glamorous city life before stepping out of the CBD to experience the boutique wineries and coastal vistas of the Gippsland region, along with koala encounters at Phillip Island’s wildlife sanctuary. But it’s in the tropical north that you’ll see Australia at its most beautiful. You’ll stay in a premium rainforest lodge that is the perfect base to explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation. Finally, enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation on exclusive Lizard Island. Don’t let the name scare you away – this high-end tropical island is where Australia’s celebrities come out to play.
This itinerary offers plenty for the food lover and the culinary curious. In Sydney, you’ll get an inside view of the city’s busy fish markets where chefs patrol the auctions. The brave can breakfast on a plate of fresh sushi, or save yourself for a long lunch at one of the best restaurants in the city. Melbourne is a foodie city to its core, and you’ll taste plenty of its European influences in the buzzing alfresco dining scene. Then sample the locally-produced cheeses, hand-made chocolates and small-batch wine of the Mornington Pennisula, before moving on to award-winning modern Australian cuisine at Lizard Island. This is truly a trip for those with discerning tastes and an appreciation for luxury.
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Upon check in at your hotel you will be provided with your document package. In the document package you shall receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of some of the destinations you will be visiting.
Transfer between City/Hotel to Airport with private vehicle and driver.
Langham Hotel (5*), Melbourne reflects the essence of cultural life in Melbourne. Located only 30 minutes drive from Melbourne’s International Airport, the hotel is situated on Southbank by the Yarra River overlooking central Melbourne. The Hotel is an easy stroll from the city’s renowned fashion precinct, public gardens, alfresco cafes and nightlife. The rooms are rightfully regarded as the most comfortable and admirable among hotels in Melbourne. Each of the superb dining establishments at The Langham Melbourne is a showcase for culinary excellence. Step into the exclusive world of Chuan Spa and be delighted by: luxurious treatment rooms, over 40 beauty and health treatments, massage, hydrotherapy and body wraps, facials, intensive foot and hand therapies.
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.
This tour visits some of Melbourne's spectacular surroundings including the picturesque area along the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula. Sample some of the regional gourmet food and produce the Peninsula has to offer. Travel to Arthurs Seat Lookout, the highest point on the Peninsula with panoramic views. Enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the delightful wineries. Sample superb wines at other local wineries and taste some of the well known locally produced cheeses. Taste delicious handmade chocolates made from fresh local ingredients.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private transfer from the Sydney airport to the city/hotel, or vice versa, is provided.
The Four Seasons is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centres. The hotel is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbourfront views and a luxurious day spa featuring exclusive skincare and aromatherapy treatments. 531 rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in luxurious, contemporary style. World-famous iconic views of Sydney, from the guest rooms includes sunrise over the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and beyond. Perhaps no other address offers the prestige, historic significance and convenience you’ll enjoy at Four Seasons Sydney. Distinguished by the 1851 Treasury Building’s sandstone façade, a National Trust landmark, the hotel overlooks Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Aquarium are nearby.
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.
This private tour begins with a visit to Blackwattle Bay and the Sydney Fish Markets. Considered one of the finest fish markets in the world, the Sydney Fish Markets are owned and run by the fishing co-operatives and retailers within the markets. At the markets you’ll find a great mix of Australians working over the catch. If you wish, you can begin early in the morning with the Behind the Scenes Auction Tour or stop for a plate of fresh sushi or famous Sydney rock oysters to titillate the taste buds while speaking to the locals about the catch of the day. Next is Queen Street, Woollahra with its fine array of food provisioners including Vic Churchill’s Butchery, Simon Johnson and ‘jones the grocer’ for an introduction to Australia’s finest products. The early 80’s introduced the versatile and highly decorative Nouvelle Cuisine which encouraged and educated Australians to appreciate the ‘ingredient as the hero’ and led to the birth of modern Australian cuisine. This new Australian cuisine reflects many influences, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Greek, French and even English, but at the heart of this culinary style is the access to fresh ingredients, put together resourcefully and presented with a large dash of good old Aussie lack of pretension. We’ll stop in at a fine wine shop for a look at the wide regional variety of Australian wines. But let’s not get delayed as it’s time for a Sydney Long Lunch! You’ll end your day with a three course luncheon experience which reflects the very essence of Sydney’s gastronomy at the award-winning Catalina’s overlooking Sydney Harbour at Rose Bay. Or you may choose the Seven Course Degustation luncheon at the scenic Cottage Point Inn overlooking Broken Bay. An inspiring place to sit and contemplate the joys of Australian cuisine, the spectacular food and wine menus beckon.
Private transfer in a private vehicle with a driver from the airport to the city or hotel
Hinterland flights do not have flight numbers. Upon arrival into Cairns airport, proceed to Sun Palm tour desk where you will board your transfer to the Hinterland Terminal to catch your flight to Lizard Island.
Lizard Island is a truly unique destination. This tranquil Queensland Island resort is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef and boasts its own beautiful fringing reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. Lizard Island is an award winning Great Barrier Reef resort, winning a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Sensational diving opportunities abound, including the famous Cod Hole and the island is only a 50-minute boat ride to the legendary Outer Great Barrier Reef. The Ribbon Reefs near Lizard Island are also renowned for some of the best big game fishing in the world. Snorkellers are rewarded for little effort with coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorised dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two.
Enjoy the usage of Lizard Island's Catamaran's and Paddle Ski's free of charge, as you explore the Anchor and Watson Bay area. If a guide is required for these activities, a charge will be applied.
Lizard Island provides guests with a variety of free recreational activities including use of motorized dinghies, tennis, paddle ski's, a well equipped gymnasium and much more.
Hinterland flights do not have flight numbers. Upon arrival at Lizard Island airport, proceed to Sun Palm tour desk where you will board your transfer to the Hinterland Terminal to catch your flight to Cairns.
Transfer between Cairns airport and Mossman with private vehicle and driver.
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.
The mist topped mountains beyond Port Douglas cast a magic spell that lures visitors along the short scenic drive north to Mossman, a picturesque little township nestled at the foot of the mountains among the bright green fields of sugar cane. Today you are free to enjoy the town. At nearby Mossman Gorge, see the Mossman River tumble its way over and around huge granite boulders that line the gorge creating cool clear freshwater swimming holes. Awe-inspiring tree-clad mountains rise sharply up from the riverbanks. Walk as far as the suspension bridge across the river or explore the 2.7 kilometre, 1.7 mile rainforest loop trail. Mossman Gorge is home to the Kuku-yalanji people, the areas traditional Aboriginal landowners who strive to protect their natural heritage as they share its unique qualities with visitors. Guided bushwalks are available that give a rare insight into the special relationship Kuku-yalanji people have with the rainforest, while traditional dance performances and artefact displays portray their rich cultural heritage. Should you wish to take part in an excursion we can pre arrange it for you, otherwise the staff are happy to cater to your individual needs.
You wil be picked up from your Mossman hotel by private car and driver, and taken to Cairns City or Cairns airport.
VISA/PASSPORTAmerican and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Australia. Americans and Canadians must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers. Please note that American citizens who overstay their ETA or visa, even for short periods, may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about the ETA, other visas, and entry requirements with the Embassy of Australia HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/australia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Canberra. Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901. Language: The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages. Religion: 27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions. Time: Australia spans three time zones: GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania). GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory). GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum). Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels. Telephone: Country code: 61. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in and around populated areas; access in some of the more isolated, outback and rural areas is limited. US handsets are not compatible. Internet: Available throughout Australia. Internet cafes are prevalent in all capital cities and tourist towns, and individual hotels may also provide facilities. Wi-Fi access is increasing in cities and is mainly found in hotels, bars and cafes.
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