Australian Luxury Lodges, Wines, Reef & Wildlife
Highlights: Sydney | Blue Mountains | Great Barrier Reef | Daintree Rainforest | Kangaroo Island | Barossa Valley
This trip pairs the best wines, reef and wildlife with the most luxurious lodges, so you can explore everything Australia by day and rest blissfully by night.
Start in 4,000 acres of wilderness at your lodge in the Blue Mountains, then stop in Sydney for a cruise before continuing to the Whitsundays.
Fly over turquoise seas and snorkel with marine life, then arrive to your eco-retreat tucked within the world’s oldest living Rainforest.
At Kangaroo Island, fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing against the cliffs and rise to wild sea lions, fur seals and kangaroos.
At the tail end of your trip, the wineries of the Barossa Valley will sate..
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Sydney, transfer to Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival in Sydney enjoy a scenic transfer to One&Only Wolgan Valley, your home for the next 2 nights. Set within 4,000 acres of rugged Australian outback wilderness, One&Only Wolgan Valley offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in an authentic and meaningful experience whilst enjoying luxurious accommodation, fine food and great wine.
Day 2 One&Only Wolgan Valley Today is at your leisure, so you can do as little or as much as you’d like. Soak up the uninterrupted beauty of your surroundings from the comfort of your luxurious room, where floor-to-ceiling windows open to panoramic valley views. Many complimentary activities are available including stable tours, conservation activities, stargazing talks, colonial heritage tours and Carne Creek nature walks. For an additional cost, you may wish to have our team arrange a 4×4 safari, night wildlife spotting, horse riding, mountain biking, bush walking, birdwatching or heritage and Aboriginal interpretation tour. Wolgan Valley’s signature experiences can be tailored to your needs to provide you with intimate, personal and unforgettable memories.
Day 3 Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains to Sydney Enjoy a scenic transfer back to the city and arrive at your next hotel, The Park Hyatt Sydney. This elegant hotel is situated within the Rocks district with views of the iconic Sydney Opera House. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure in Sydney.
Day 4 Sydney – Today you have the choice of 1 of 6 Tours 1. Shared luxury harbor cruise with progressive lunch at Sydney’s top waterfront restaurants Late this morning board the Ocean Blue, a 46-foot Riviera luxury motor vessel for a cruise on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy complimentary Australian wines as you cruise along the iconic foreshore, taking in sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the bays and coves of the water itself. Start with a light menu at the famous Doyles on the Beach Restaurant in Watsons Bay, then cruise onto Middle Head and into Middle Harbour. Discover the beauty of the harbor and stop at Balmoral for lunch – this world-famous restaurant is in a relaxed luxury space, featuring fresh local ingredients of the seasons while incorporating global culinary influences. Departing Balmoral and cruising past the Spit Bridge, you’ll have your chance to indulge in dessert, cheese and wines before returning to the main harbor where you can stop for a swim if you choose. 2. Shared Seaplane to Cottage Point for lunch Enjoy a must-do Sydney experience as you fly by seaplane to Cottage Point. Traveling from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour, you’ll enjoy a series of gorgeous views before arriving in style to the charming Cottage Point Inn. Stepping from the seaplane onto the restaurant’s private dock, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff before settling in for lunch. Enjoy superb, modern Australian cuisine on the deck while the water laps gently by, or sit among the cozy, converted boatshed interiors. Your flight back to Rose Bay is equally spectacular and includes a double orbit in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to top off a truly special day. 3. Morning Private Sydney Tour, with afternoon Private Sydney Opera House Tour On this private comprehensive tour, we will take you to Sydney’s iconic sights and gorgeous beaches. Highlights include: Darling Harbour, the Rocks with its historic buildings, Mrs. Mac’s chair for photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Wooloomooloo Bay, Watsons Bay, The Gap and Bondi Beach. Return to the city via Tamarama and Bronte beaches, Centennial Park, Paddington, Darlinghurst and China Town, Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, the newest urban and entertainment area. Wrapping up the first part of the tour, you’ll drive past the restored finger wharves of Walsh Bay and under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then transferred back to your Sydney accommodation. Later this afternoon, take the short walk to the Sydney Opera House to meet your guide for an emotional journey inside the modern masterpiece. Discover why Jorn Utzon was an architect of change, and how against a landslide of political and public criticism he created the youngest building ever to be World Heritage listed. You will have a chance to go inside one of the working venues and experience the magic behind the world’s most extraordinary opera, ballet and symphony performances. 4. Let’s Go Surfing Bondi Beach Full Day Best Of Bondi Private Tour This exclusive tour gives you the opportunity to design your ideal beach day out, enjoying the funky beach vibe bars and urban-style shops that add to Bondi Beach’s appeal. Enjoy a tour of the area and learn a little about the history, then hit the waves for private surf lessons with your very own private guide. This person will double as your local insight for the day, so will be able to work with you from the start of the day to ensure every need is met. 5. Morning Taste of Sydney Walking Tour Meet your guide at your hotel for a fascinating walking & tasting tour of Sydney. Stopping at one of the country’s oldest pubs in the historic Rocks area, you’ll drink locally-produced craft beers accompanied by some of the best ‘pub grub’ in Sydney. Wander past the Sydney Opera House and through the Botanic Gardens – an oasis of unique Australian flora right in the heart of the city – then venture to Manta Restaurant on the iconic Woolloomooloo Wharf to indulge in champagne, oysters and a Sydney favorite, salt-and-pepper squid. After dining you’ll take a walk up to the ultra-trendy Potts Point for your final stop at Bistro Rex. Here you will enjoy a delicate menu with a French twist and have the chance to meet the Head Chefs and Co-owners to discover their inspiration behind the menu. Your host will walk you back to your hotel after the meal. 6. Half Day Private Walking Arts St & Shops of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst Surry Hills and Darlinghurst are an essential destination for those who want to know the real Sydney. This tour will usher you into one of Australia’s oldest convict jails, seeking out vintage finds and hidden art galleries that culture hunters will adore. Explore the Sydney precinct with the densest population of cafes, restaurants and creative minds, then enjoy a transfer back to your Sydney accommodation.
Day 5 Sydney to Hamilton Island Today we transfer you back to the airport to catch your flight to Hamilton Island. An exclusive destination in the Whitsunday Islands, this is one of the most pristine areas in the Great Barrier Reef, and Qualia Resort is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury.
Day 6 Explore the Great Barrier Reef Enjoy the stunning Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef from the air and the water. Beginning with a flight over turquoise seas and palm-fringed shores, you’ll arrive at Hardy Lagoon and transfer onto the Coral Gardens Explorer along with a select few other guests. This glass bottom boat allows you to see everything that’s going on beneath you, and you’ll spend approximately 2 hours touring and snorkeling if you wish. At the end of your cruise, board the seaplane once again for your scenic flight over Heart Reef back to Hamilton Island.
Day 7 Hamilton Island to Port Douglas (Daintree Rainforest) Today, board a short flight to Cairns and take a private transfer to Silky Oaks Lodge. This luxurious eco-retreat is located within the Daintree Rainforest—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest living rainforest—and blends in seamlessly with its gorgeous surroundings.
Day 8 Daintree National Park
Today is yours to spend at your leisure. We recommend:
-Exploring the ancient World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, adjacent to the lodge.
-Taking the Silky Oaks Safari for a fully guided experience of the rainforest.
-Cycling to Mossman Gorge with one of the complimentary mountain bikes for a waterside picnic. Should you run out of steam, simply contact reception and they will collect you and your bike for an easy ride back to the lodge.
-Snorkeling in the Billabong to see freshwater turtles, eels, Jungle Perch and a resident Platypus.
-Relaxing and rejuvenating at the on-site Healing Waters Spa.
Day 9 Port Douglas (Daintree Rainforest) to Kangaroo Island This morning transfer back to Cairns to fly to Adelaide for your connecting flight to Kangaroo Island. With 21 national and conservation parks, Kangaroo Island has enormous appeal for those who enjoy viewing wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your home for the next 2 nights is the beautiful Southern Ocean Lodge, where you can soak up panoramic views from your clifftop setting.
Day 10 Great Southern Lodge Kangaroo Island
Today is yours to make the most of the lodge, and a range of signature experiences are provided alongside fellow guests at scheduled times. Private touring can be arranged at an additional cost subject to availability.
Wonders of Kangaroo Island This half day experience is a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. The Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are just some of the trip highlights, as is wandering amongst the rare Cape Barren Geese in search of a sleepy koala.
Seal Bay Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions, and you can join our naturalist guide on the shores of the Southern Ocean for an exclusive tour with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. It’s just one of the many privileges of Kangaroo Island.
Coastal Clifftop Walk Take a scenic walk starting right on the lodge’s doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. This easy walk affords a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline, and you can stand on top of the cliff with the wind blowing and look out towards Antarctica. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems.
Kangaroos & Canapés Soak up the history of early settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property you can reach via a short drive from the lodge. Local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze here, and as you observe them you can sip premium South Australian beverages and enjoy a ‘Kanapé’ whilst the sun goes down on another magical day.
Discover Island Heritage Discover the intriguing natural heritage of this wild island in the Baudin Lounge. This informative visual presentation hosted by resident naturalist staff provides insight into the Island’s discovery and natural history and gives an overview of its many spectacular attractions.
Day 11 Kangaroo Island to Adelaide (Barossa Valley) Today you’ll return to Adelaide and take a short transfer to the Barossa Valley wine region. Your home for the next 2 nights is The Louise, a boutique luxury lodge and true paradise for food and wine lovers. The world-renowned restaurant Appellation is a destination in itself, and you’ll enjoy fresh fruit and port-style wine on arrival as you soak up tranquil views of the surrounding green hills.
Day 12 Private Wine and Food lovers Tours of the Barossa Valley Sit back, relax, and take a luxurious private wine tour in an air-conditioned 1962 Daimler. Your personal guide, John Baldwin, has been touring The Barossa since 1994 and is passionate about wines and the people behind them. On this tour you’ll have the chance to taste the wines, see the architecture, learn about the valley and even meet the winemakers! You can visit the homes of iconic wine labels like Penfolds, Yalumba and Seppeltsfield or concentrate on smaller boutique and up-and-coming labels. Anything is possible on this private epicurean tour, including cheese and olive oil tastings, boutique beer samplings and visits to farmer’s markets.
Day 13 Breakfast with the Kangaroos before departing for Adelaide This morning we have arranged something special: a ‘Breakfast with the Kangaroos’ experience! Enjoy a private champagne picnic in a grassy clearing with wild kangaroos – your guide will assist in setting out your own picnic-style breakfast in this beautiful, natural setting. Once finished, return to The Louise for your transfer to the airport.
- 2 nights of accommodation at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains – One Bedroom Heritage Villa
(Includes: all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, select local beers and wines and 2 activities per person per day)
- 2 nights of accommodation at Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney – King Harbour View Room
- 2 nights of accommodation at Qualia Resort, Whitsunday Islands -Leeward Pavilion
(Includes: breakfast & gourmet dinner daily, all non-alcoholic beverages at qualia and transfers around the island)
- 2 nights of accommodation at Silky Oaks Resort, Daintree Rainforest – Deluxe Treehouse
- 2 nights of accommodation at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island – Flinders Suite
(Includes: all meals, open bar with premium wines and spirits, in-suite bar, signature experiences and island airport shared transfers)
- 2 nights of accommodation at The Louise, Barossa Valley – Vineyard Suite
(Includes: Breakfast & 1 dinner at Appellation restaurant)
- Private transfer from Sydney Airport to One&Only Wolgan Valley
- Private transfer from One&Only Wolgan Valley to Sydney
In Sydney, the freedom to choose 1 of 6 Tours:
- Shared Luxury Harbour Cruise with progressive lunch at Sydney’s top waterfront restaurants
(Includes: Progressive three-course lunch and beverages)
- Shared Seaplane to Cottage Point for lunch
(Includes: Return water taxi transfer Circular Quay to Rose bay, return seaplane flight to Cottage Point Inn and three-course a la carte lunch)
- Morning Private Sydney Tour, with afternoon Private Sydney Opera House Tour
(Includes: Morning tea)
- Lets Go Surfing Bondi Beach Full Day Best of Bondi Private Tour
(Includes: Lunch, surf lesson)
- Morning Taste of Sydney Tour
(Includes: Morning tea, local beer tasting and pub grub, glass of champagne/wine and half a dozen oysters, lunch with glass of wine.)
- Half Day Private Arts St & Shop of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst
(Includes: Coffee or gelato, lunch & Culture Scout bag)
- Shared Luxury Harbour Cruise with progressive lunch at Sydney’s top waterfront restaurants
- Private transfer in Sydney to the airport
- Airport transfers in the Whitsunday Islands
- Reef Comber Great Barrier Reef seaplane flight to Hardy for glass bottom boat and snorkeling
- Private return airport transfer in Cairns to Silky Oaks Resort, Daintree Rainforest
- Return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island
- Return transfers from Kangaroo Island to Southern Ocean Lodge
- Private transfer from Adelaide to The Louise, Barossa Valley
- Full Day Private Barossa Valley Tour
(Includes: Wine tastings and lunch)
- Breakfast with the Kangaroos experience
- Private transfer from The Louise, Barossa Valley to Adelaide Airport
- International or domestic airfares (unless specified above)
- Meals other than specified above
- Travel insurance
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