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Tailor Made Best of Australia
Days: 14 | From: $14,645
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Melbourne, Australia | City Stroll
Arrive in Melbourne and transfer to your hotel. After a morning at leisure, embark on a private walking tour. Board a tram (trolley car); explore the labyrinth of arcades and alleyways filled with graffiti art, trendy cafes and boutiques; and see the Gothic Bank and Block Arcade. The evening is yours to spend as you choose.
Day 2: Melbourne | Along the Coast
Among the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, Great Ocean Road stretches along the southern coast of Victoria. Travel southwest from Melbourne and discover its inspiring scenery, charming towns and hamlets. Marvel at huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches. Head inland through the towering forests toward Port Campbell National Park, seeing the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles — stacks of flat-bedded limestone that soar above sea level. Return to Melbourne and spend the evening at leisure.
Park Hyatt Melbourne | Meals: B L
Days 3-4: Kangaroo Island | Pristine Landscapes
Fly to Kangaroo Island via Adelaide. Located off the coast of South Australia, its unspoiled wilderness gives way to abundant native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, penguins and koalas. Transfer to your lodge, which is situated atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast. The remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure. The next day, take a guided tour of Kangaroo Island, perhaps visiting Seal Bay at sunrise. Get acquainted with native wildlife, the island’s maritime heritage and the incredible coastal landscape. See the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse. In the evening, you may embark nocturnal tours, maybe visiting some of the tiny penguins.
Southern Ocean Lodge | Meals: B D (Day 3); B L D (Day 4)
Days 5-6: Uluru | Ayers Rock
Fly via Adelaide to Uluru, where you settle in to your luxurious tented accommodations on the edge of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Later, take a sunset tour of mythical Uluru (Ayers Rock), pausing for refreshments as the rock changes colors with the setting sun. Spend the next day experiencing the different activities on offer. You may visit Uluru again at sunrise, or discover Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas), with breakfast overlooking the spectacular Valley of the Winds. Alternately, set out on a morning walk through a variety of desert landscapes — sand dunes, spinifex country, mulga woodlands and desert oak communities — alongside a knowledgeable guide.
Longitude 131° | Meals: B L D
Day 7: Cairns | Time to Relax
Fly to Cairns, which is nestled on the far north coast of Queensland between the Great Barrier Reef and the lush, rolling downs of the Atherton Tablelands. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel overlooking the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and surrounding mountain ranges. Spend the remainder of the evening enjoying your scenic surrounds.
Shangri-La Cairns | Meals: B
Days 8-10: Lizard Island | The Great Barrier Reef
Fly to the oasis of Lizard Island, an expansive, secluded national park with powdery beaches accessible only by private plane. There are no day-trippers here — the island is reserved for a fortunate few to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the next days swathed in luxury as you choose from optional activities, such as windsurfing, sailboarding, snorkeling and fishing. You may also view the reefs from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.
Lizard Island Resort | Meals: B L D
Days 11-13: Sydney | Spectacular City
Fly to Cairns and connect with your flight to Sydney. Check in to your luxury hotel near picturesque Sydney Harbour and the city’s historic Rocks area. The next day, pay a private, behind-the-scenes visit to Taronga Zoo, accompanied by an expert zookeeper. Learn about Australia's unusual wildlife, complete with photographic opportunities with koalas, kangaroos and echidnas. Visit the stunning Sydney Opera House, taking time to appreciate its striking architectural design. On your final full day in this glamorous city, embark on a lunch cruise on shimmering Sydney Harbour.
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney | Meals: B (Day 11); B L (Days 12 & 13)
Day 14: Depart Sydney
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.