(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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In the package you will receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be provided about a month prior to your departure date.
Upon arrival you will be met by a Kensington Tours representative, who will hand you a welcome package which will include all your official documents including a detailed itinerary, vouchers (if required), in-country emergency contact numbers, along with city information including maps and brochures. After meeting with the representative you will be taken to your hotel by a private vehicle and driver and your adventure in Melbourne begins.
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.
Set out on a shared 9 hour 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 small group tour has a maximum group size of 12 passengers. The departure time is from November to March at 2.00 p.m. The tour returns to Melbourne at 11 p.m. Please note there is a full ban on all photography at the Penguin Parade. The itinerary is subject to change.
A sunrise balloon flight over Melbourne is a truly remarkable experience. There are few major cities in the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and there certainly is no better way to take in Australia's second largest city. In the early morning light you will drift by the array of parks and gardens that make Melbourne the world's most liveable city. As the city comes to life you will look down on some of the cities iconic sporting venues like the MCG, Melbourne Park and Albert Park racetrack. If you are looking for a romantic soft adventure that gives you a peek at city life from a totally different angle then Ballooning over Melbourne is a must. Please wear comfortable loose clothing. It is recommend to dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes, long pants and a hat. The group size may vary between 6 and 40 passengers. You will be picked up from your hotel. Please confirm your exact pick-up time by calling 0488 686 555 between 6.000pm and 6.30pm on the day prior to travel. The tour does not include your return transfer to your accommodation.
Explore Melbourne, where indulging in the passion for food and wine is a tradition amongst chefs are celebrities, and where wine masters are finding their true voices. Many of Melbourne’s wine focused restaurants are off the main streets, where design of the dining experience is as important as the skills in the kitchen. Enjoy an early evening walk discovering three unique restaurants and learn of the sommeliers’ influences on menu’s and cellaring choices. More than a wine tasting, this is a night to indulge in just a few of Melbourne's many epicurean establishments, and explore a relationship with the often silent heroes of the wine industry. The tour runs in all weather conditions, please wear weather appropriate clothing. Venues visited may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
Transfer between International airport to your hotel accommodation.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
A private transfer from Sydney to the airport is provided.
The Four Seasons is stunningly situated overlooking Sydney Darling Harbour in the historic Rocks district, a short walk from the city's shopping and business centers. The hotel is vibrant and elegant, with dramatic harbor front 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, Bridge, Darling Harbour and beyond.
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. The tour departs at approximately 7.00 a.m. and returns at 6.00 p.m. The group size may vary between 2 and 18 passengers. Please reconfirm the pick up time and location of your accommodation 48 hours prior to departure by calling 02 94393010.
This private tour begins with a visit to Blackwattle Bay and the Sydney Fish Markets at approximately 9.15 a.m. 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 outlets 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. The tour concludes at your hotel at approximately 4.p.m.
A transfer in a private vehicle with a driver between the airport and city or hotel is provided.
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 resort, having been recognized with several international awards for excellence. Sensational diving opportunities are 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. Snorkelers are rewarded for little effort with coral gardens, brightly coloured tropical fish and giant clam 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 Skis free of charge, as you explore the Anchor and Watson Bay area. The very popular signature activities allow you access to Lizard's secluded beaches. Lizard Island Resort will pack you picnic hampers so that you can spend hours snorkeling and enjoying your magnificent surroundings. Step on shore at Watson's Beach and visit the crumbling remains of the stone cottage where the tragic tale of Mary Watson began or visit Mermaid Cove with its turquoise water and many outcrops of coral. If a guide is required for these activities, a charge will be applied. Picnic hampers have to be orderd from the restaurant or reception.
Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. The Great Barrier Reef resort is the northern most resort located directly on the Barrier Reef. The Reef is home to millions of different life forms, ranging from micro-organisms all the way up to some of the largest mammals on earth including the world famous Clownfish. The waters surrounding Lizard Island are a diving and snorkeling wonderland, featuring an array of outstanding sites such as North Point and Cobia Hole With the island's location less than one hour away from the outer and inner reefs, many more wold class sites are easily accessible including the world famous Cod Hole. Lizard Island Resort provides guests with a variety of free recreational activities including use of motorized dinghies, tennis, paddle skis, a well-equipped gymnasium and much more to explore the extraordinary nature. For trips to the inner or outer reef and Azure Spa treatments charges may apply. If you have enough of water you may engage in self-guided walks. There are a variety of trails on which you can learn about Lizard Island's original inhabitants and their bush tucker, follow the footsteps of James Cook on a hike to the summit of Cook's Look or visit Watson's Cottage to learn about Lizard Island's first European inhabitants.
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.
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.
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 kilometer, 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 a private car and driver and taken to Cairns City or Cairns airport.
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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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