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ICONS, OCEAN AND OUTBACK

An epic 21-day journey to the heart of Australia: stay amongst the trees of the world's oldest rainforest; see kangaroos bounding through wild grasslands; explore famous wineries in Barossa Valley; relax on the white sands of the Great Barrier Reef.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring Sydney Harbour by boat
  • Magnificent scenery at Southern Ocean Lodge
  • Watching the sun rise over Ayers Rock from your room
  • Treehouse accommodation in Daintree Rainforest
  • Picnic lunch on Lizard Island
£13,830
per person

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Travel Specialist Rachel Cooper

RACHEL COOPER

Australasia Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Sydney

    You will be greeted on arrival in Sydney and driven to The Park Hyatt, which looks across Circular Quay towards Sydney Opera House. Located in The Rocks, Sydney's oldest district, the hotel is close to fine restaurants, colorful weekend markets and the lively heart of the city.

    Overnight: The Park Hyatt

  3. Day 2 Sydney

    Spend a half day with an experienced, passionate guide keen to introduce you to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are photo opportunities at every turn as you explore Sydney's colourful, colonial and aboriginal history, discovering the historic Rocks area, the stunning Harbour quarter around Circular Quay, the Botanical Gardens and the Opera House.

    Overnight: The Park Hyatt

  4. Day 3 Sydney

    After breakfast, you'll be met in front of your hotel for a half day sailing tour of Sydney Harbour. Your host and skipper, Colin, has been introducing travellers to the waters, luxury homes, leafy parks, beaches and landmarks of Sydney Harbour for over 13 years and would agree that he has one of the best jobs in the world! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight: The Park Hyatt

  5. Day 4 Kangaroo Island

    Today you'll be taken to Sydney's domestic airport for a flight via Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Located at Hanson bay on the island's south west coast, Southern Ocean Lodge sits on the edge of Flinders Chase and Kelly Hill National Parks and is one of the most magnificent hotels in Australia. Set back from a cliff above the pounding surf, the lodge reveals a stunning panorama of the rugged landscape and ocean.

    Overnight: Southern Ocean Lodge

  6. Day 5 - 6 At Leisure

    You have two full days to enjoy this wonderful lodge - whether relaxing and admiring the views or exploring Kangaroo Island. Guides are on hand to introduce you to the maritime heritage, active wildlife and natural landscape. Seal Bay is home to Australia's third largest colony of Australia Sea-Lions and there are lots of opportunities for scenic walks, especially along the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay.

    Overnight: Southern Ocean Lodge

  7. Day 7 Adelaide

    A short flight from Kangaroo Island will take you to Adelaide, where you'll be met and driven for around an hour into the Barossa Valley. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy this legendary wine region; your base, The Louise, is ideally located on the hilltop in Marananga, close to wineries and vineyards. Each of the fifteen suites offers a private terrace and superb sunrise or sunset views.

    Overnight: The Louise

  8. Day 8 At Leisure

    After breakfast, enjoy a full day exploring the Barossa Valley vineyards with a local guide. Arguably the best-known 'new-world' wine region in the world, challenged only by California's Napa Valley, Barossa is home to world-renowned producers including Penfolds, Henschke and Jacob's Creek.

    Overnight: The Louise

  9. Day 9 Ayers Rock

    Following two fabulous days in the Barossa Valley, it's time to head back to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Longitude 131 is the ultimate tented camp, deep in the central desert country near Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Each of the 15 tents is elevated and lavishly decorated with uninterrupted views of Uluru - yours to enjoy at leisure today. Don't miss the spectacular sunset.

    Overnight: Longitude 131

  10. Day 10 Uluru

    We recommend rising early and leaving with your guide to experience the remarkable changing colours of The Red Centre at dawn. Your guide will explain the history of the region, including the arrival of early explorers and their interactions with the aboriginal Anangu people. Walking around the base of Uluru, you'll discover secret sites and caves, before a light breakfast at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku and a visit to the Cultural Centre. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the camp, before a delicious dinner served under the southern night sky and accompanied by aboriginal dance.

    Overnight: Longitude 131

  11. Day 11 Darwin

    Following a sumptuous breakfast, you'll be driven to the airport for your flight to Darwin and private charter flight to Bamurru Plains - an exclusive safari camp built on the edge of the Mary River floodplain only a short distance from Kakadu National Park. Just nine spacious and cool safari bungalows overlook the wilderness of Australia's wild and beautiful 'Top End'.

    Overnight: Bamurru Plains

  12. Day 12 Darwin

    Enjoy an early morning breakfast before setting off for an adventure with your guide. This area is known for its wildlife: wallabies, dingoes, brumbies, buffalo and goannas make regular appearances, as do a large variety of colourful birds. Climb aboard the airboats for an excursion across the flood plains, spotting crocodiles and startling the Magpie Geese into flight, before a stop for tea in a quiet lagoon, shaded by paperbark trees and surrounded by lilies. During the heat of the day, retreat to the lodge to relax or cool down in the pool, or alternatively opt for a gentle cruise down the Sampan River.

    Overnight: Bamurru Plains

  13. Day 13 Arnhem Land

    Enjoy a full day with your guide exploring the interesting aboriginal heritage of Arnhem Land - perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant. Access to Arnhem Land is restricted to a select group of guides who know the people and country intimately, and their knowledge really brings the region to life.

    Overnight: Bamurru Plains

  14. Day 14 Darwin

    This morning, it's back to Bamurru airstrip for your flight back to Darwin, where you'll be met and driven to your hotel for the evening. Be sure to visit the Mindil Beach sunset market and join the locals as they watch the sunset and enjoy delicious food from the international street sellers (open Thursdays and Sundays).

    Overnight: Mantra On The Esplanade

  15. Day 15 Daintree Raniforest

    Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. You will be met on arrival and taken to Silky Oaks Lodge on the edge of the Daintree - the oldest living rainforest on earth. The rest of the day will be at leisure. The lodge itself is modern and comfortable, yet the sights and sounds of the Daintree are right on the doorstep: take a relaxing stroll along the riverbank, explore the local area by bike, paddle a canoe, snorkel the Mossman River, or join a guided rainforest walk.

    Overnight: Silky Oaks

  16. Day 16 Cape Tribulation - Daintree Rainforest

    After a wonderful night's sleep in your Treehouse, spend the day discovering the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. During the course of the day your guide will introduce you to ice-cream made of rainforest fruits, the thrill of jungle surfing, and crocodiles, birds and butterflies on a lazy Daintree River Cruise.

    Overnight: Silky Oaks

  17. Day 17 The Barrier Reef

    Leaving Silky Oaks and all its wonderful wildlife behind, you will be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight to Lizard Island. The island is undoubtedly one of Australia's most stylish and luxurious retreats, and lies on the northerly section of the Great Barrier Reef, fringed with white sand beaches and colourful coral reefs. Your Sunset Point Villa will provide a great base for exploring, not to mention fabulous views of the Coral Sea and beyond - best enjoyed from the hammock on your private deck.

    Overnight: Lizard Island

  18. Day 18 - 20 Great Barrier Reef

    Over the next three days, you can do as much or as little as you please. Activities are focused around the Great Barrier Reef, Australia's renowned World Heritage Site that stretches 2,000 kilometres along the coast. This is the world's most extensive coral reef system and is one of the richest areas in terms of faunal diversity. The kitchen will happily provide you with a picnic hamper and you can head off to find a private beach for a day lazing and swimming. Out of the water you may like to play tennis, climb the craggy peak of Cook's Look Out, walk a guided nature trail or treat yourself to pampering treatments at Azure Spa.

    Overnight: Lizard Island

  19. Day 21 Depart

    Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Cairns, where you can connect with your flight home.

  20. Depart

Currency
Low £ 13,830 $ 19,344 € 16,453
Mid £ 15,970 $ 22,338 € 18,999
High £ 17,580 $ 24,590 € 20,914

BOOKING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a room.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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