Arrive Melbourne, Australia
Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for your welcome dinner.
Melbourne | A&K-Exclusive Sheep Farm Experience
Today, travel to Coliban Rural Farm on a private experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of the Barber family to learn a little of what it is like to be an Aussie family “living off the land.” After morning tea, head out to the stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep, followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, head back to the homestead and enjoy a lunch featuring organic farm produce and local wines.
Melbourne | Yarra Valley Winelands
Set out on a full day of touring in the renowned Yarra Valley. At Oakridge Wines, tour the winery and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the winemaking team. Then sit down to a private paired-wine master class with canapés, followed by lunch with matched wines introduced by a sommelier. Next, visit Dominique Portet Winery, where you delight in an exclusive behind-the-scenes barrel-room tasting at their renowned vineyard, a family tradition for 10 generations. Return to Melbourne for an evening at leisure.
Melbourne | The Undeniable Presence of Uluru
Fly by private charter aircraft to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and transfer to your luxury tented camp, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This afternoon, with chilled glass and canapé in hand, witness the changing light reflected on Uluru’s many faces, as the sun slips below the horizon. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive dining event among the dunes, set to the sounds of an ancient indigenous culture, and feast on four delicious courses complemented with premium Australian wines. Later, join your camp’s resident astronomer to observe the Southerly constellations.
Uluru | Sunrise Over the Olgas
Rise early and set out for Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), stopping to view sunrise over its majestic domes. In the company of your guide, walk through Walpa Gorge and learn how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have shaped today’s stark landscapes. This afternoon, return to Uluru and journey along the Mala Walk, pausing to view cave paintings and sources of bush tucker. Later, see the walls of Kantju Gorge ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Sip sparkling wine and nibble on canapés, savoring the solitude of the gorge as the daylight fades.
Uluru | Peaceful, Sacred Sites
Early this morning, discover peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti, as the sun lights up Uluru. Walk with your guide, who shares the Anangu creation story, for a deeper perspective on the striking monolith. Return to your Outback “basecamp” for breakfast. Then, board a private charter flight to Cairns, transferring on arrival by light aircraft to Lizard Island, where you check in to your resort nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Settle into your luxurious guest room, which opens out to a pristine private beach.
Lizard Island | Exploring the Great Barrier Reef
Embark on a full-day private charter by boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel the local fringing reefs, observing the riot of color and movement provided by local denizens of the crystal clear waters. After lunch on board, return to your resort for time at leisure in this sublime setting.
Lizard Island | A Day at Leisure
Enjoy a full day at leisure, relaxing on the white sand beaches, taking advantage of the tennis courts or choosing from a host of optional activities, including game fishing and snorkeling on the colorful coral reefs. If you wish, explore the island, visiting the Maritime Research Center or climbing up to Cook’s Lookout for views over the reef. Tonight, gather for dinner.
Sydney | The Spectacular Harbor City
Fly to Sydney by privately chartered aircraft, where you are met and transferred to your hotel near Sydney Harbour. This evening, dine at a top local restaurant.
Sydney | Harbor Cruise & The Rocks Tour
Embark on a chartered vessel to cruise stunning Sydney Harbour. Sit back and relax as you admire the famous city landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as well as lesser-known coves and bays. Back onshore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District.
Sydney | Bondi Beach & Boutique Shops
Begin your day with a visit to Sydney’s bustling Fish Market in Pyrmont. Then, sink your toes in the sand at Bondi Beach and stroll through Paddington, a neighborhood filled with boutique shops and Victorian architecture..
Sydney | Taronga Zoo & Opera House Tour
Ride Like a Local by ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour that takes you up close to Australia’s iconic wildlife, including wallabies, koalas, platypuses and the endangered Tasmanian devil. Then, enjoy lunch at Opera Kitchen, taking in the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour followed by a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.