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14-Day Trip Throughout Australia

Australia is a melting pot of experiences – from the bushlands to the beach, to the red sand deserts and endless horizons. A land of contrasts. A land of breathtaking diversity. Explore the stunning cityscape of Sydney with views of the Sydney Harbor and world-famous Sydney Opera House. Venture into the Blue Mountains – teeming with Australian native wildlife, flora and fauna. Find yourself in awe of Uluru – the heart of the ‘Red Center’ and one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks. Your Aussie Adventure ends with a splash in the waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Discover secluded coves and beaches or hop on a seaplane to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Passage.

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Day 1 – Arrive Sydney: Welcome to Sydney, Australia!  After clearing immigration and customs, you will met by your representative and transferred to your hotel with unrivaled views of the Sydney Opera House. Overnight at Park Hyatt Sydney.

Day 2 – Sydney: This morning you will be met at your accommodation by your private guide and vehicle for your exclusive tour highlighting the best of Sydney and its beautiful Harbor. Start your day touring the city center. Explore The Rocks area and some of the first streets established as part of Sydney’s original urban plan. Hear how the city was developed and what makes it so unique on a global scale. Drive through the Royal Botanic Gardens and visit Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Take in incredible views of Sydney Harbor, the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. See St Mary’s Cathedral, one of the finest examples of English-style Gothic churches in the world.

Continue on toward the iconic coastline, driving through the beautiful and highly sought after suburbs of Darlinghurst, Paddington and Woollahra. Discover Bondi Beach and the other famous Eastern Suburb beaches along the sandstone coastline. See Tamarama and Bronte Beach and get a real feel for Australian surf and swim culture. Visit the infamous Gap to see the sandstone heads to Sydney Harbor. Drive through Rose Bay and check out the country’s home to the rich and famous harbor suburbs of Vaucluse and Point Piper. Overnight at Park Hyatt Sydney.

Day 3 – Sydney: You may wish to spend your morning exploring the vibrant Rocks village, filled with cobbled lane ways, cafes, art galleries and museums. In the afternoon cruise Sydney’s gorgeous harbor aboard your private luxury yacht. On board your knowledgeable skipper will point out the sights – both natural and architectural – while your private chef / mixologist prepares a quintessential Australian seafood lunch with matching cocktails and wines. Take in uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Explore coves only accessible by water and stop at hidden beaches. Take a refreshing swim straight off the boat. As all locals will agree, there is no better way to spend an afternoon in Sydney! Overnight at Park Hyatt Sydney.

Day 4 – Wolgan Valley: Enjoy a scenic hour drive through the stunning Blue Mountains before arriving at your lodge tucked away in the Wolgan Valley. This slice of paradise is the perfect place to immerse yourself in a blend of Australian wildlife, natural beauty, conservation and heritage. Overnight at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

Days 5 & 6 – Wolgan Valley: Wolgan Valley’s 6,900 acres of natural terrain provides exhilarating opportunities for both adventurers and those looking to unwind. Uncover the mystery of nature by night with nocturnal wildlife-spotting expeditions, travel back in time with colonial heritage tours and cultural experiences, roam the reserve by 4WD or take to the valleys on horseback.

Horse Experiences: Wolgan Valley and the Blue Mountains were made for riding and there’s no better way to explore the region’s beautiful hills, creeks and ridgelines than on horseback. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley proudly offers a range of horse riding experiences. Choose from an introductory arena ride, a 90-minute trail ride or a tailored half-day journey in the surrounding valley.

Bushwalking Experiences: Nestled in the majestic Greater Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an idyllic destination for walking and hiking adventures. Enjoy creek-side strolls, a guided glow worm tunnel hike or an ‘off track’ hiking experience.

Active Outdoors: The rugged terrain provides exhilarating opportunities for mountain bike adventures, while the serene ambiance of the archery range will stay with you forever.

Wildlife Safaris: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley’s wildlife adventures offer a chance for botanists, bird watchers and naturalists to discover an area still abundant with some of the same intriguing species that fascinated Charles Darwin. Conclude your days with an Aussie adventure campfire enjoyed under a blanket of stars. If you cannot get enough of the wondering wombats or the inquisitive wallabies you may also wish to head out on a nocturnal adventure  with the opportunity to encounter possums, gliding marsupials, owls and observe the enchanting nocturnal behaviors of kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos.

Overnights at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.

Day 7 – Yulara: Today you will transfer back to Sydney Airport in time to connect with your domestic flight to Ayers Rock Airport. With views direct to Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131˚ is Australia’s most celebrated luxury camp. Made of sandstone, Uluru is often referred to as the heart of the ‘Red Center’ and is one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks. Breathe in, see the colors change before your eyes, hear the stories of time and be amazed as Uluru captures your heart. For the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance where earth and memories exist as one. This afternoon, capture the changing lights reflected over Uluru’s many faces as the sun slips below the horizon during the Uluru Sunset excursion. The essential outback experience enjoyed with chilled glass and canapé in hand! Overnight at Longitude 131˚.

Day 8 – Yulara: This morning, join the Longitude 131° guide for a walk in the early dawn light through Walpa Gorge and the many heads of Kata Tjuta. Later, a visit to the Culture Center completes a morning of discovery in the Red Center. This afternoon, journey to the base of Uluru to learn about the history of the ancestral Mala people on the Mala Walk. At dusk, enter Kantju Gorge illuminated in the light of the setting sun. Then experience Bruce Munro’s magical Field of Light art installation as darkness descends over Australia’s spiritual heartland. The evening seamlessly segues into an exclusive dining event among the dunes at Table 131°. Overnight at Longitude 131˚.

Day 9 – Yulara: Join a camel train through red dune country, with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a stunning backdrop. Most popular at sunrise and sunset, tours are guided by cameleers who share the animals’ quirky names and stories. These meditative tours are a nod to the original Red Center pioneers. This evening, toast to the day and enjoy a sundowner overlooking the outback icons before a four-course dinner enjoyed in the ambiance of the Dune House or privately on the Dune Top. Overnight at Longitude 131˚.

Day 10 – Cairns: Today you will be transferred to Ayers Rock Airport and connect with your flight to Cairns – the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening. Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel The Marina.

Day 11 – Hamilton Island: Enjoy breakfast before a scenic flight to breathtaking Hamilton Island. Your resort is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. With a relaxed aspect and mesmerizing calmness, time seems to stretch forever. Overnight at Qualia Great Barrier Reef.

Days 12 & 13 – Hamilton Island: Take the helm of a yacht charter, or sit back and relax aboard Qualia’s private charter motor yacht, Palm Beach 55, exclusively reserved for Qualia guests. Cruise to some of the neighboring Whitsunday Islands private beaches, equipped with a gourmet lunch, snorkel gear and personal snorkel guide. Or take to the water at dusk on a private champagne cruise to experience a fabulous Whitsundays sunset at sea. Glide above the fringing coral reef surrounding Hamilton Island, or explore the exquisite white sands of Whitehaven Beach where you can let your feet sink into the sparkling white silica sand; take a dip in the warm tropical waters; and explore Hill Inlet and discover the rainbow swirls of turquoise, blue and green created by the tide shifting the sand and water. Fly by helicopter or seaplane to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Passage en route. Overnight at Qualia Great Barrier Reef.

Day 14 – Departure: Today you will transfer back to Hamilton Island Airport to connect with your flight to Sydney and your onward international departure flights.

Quick Facts

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Adventure Seekers
  • Perfect for Active Travelers
  • Perfect for Water Activities
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Departures Anytime
  • Fitness Rating Moderate
  • Safari Type Nature
  • Style Luxury
  • Land-Only Price* $$$

*Pricing is per person and an estimate. Contact a Journey Specialist for a customized quote.
$ = Call for Pricing | $$ = $5,000 – $9,999 | $$$ = $10,000 – $20,000 | $$$$ = >$20,000

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