From the Great Barrier Reef to the Red Centre of the Outback, Australia boasts a plethora of extraordinary natural wonders. This exclusive Luxury Gold journey is a showcase of vast tropical rainforests, otherworldly rock formations and ancient indigenous culture. Snorkel across the underwater gardens of the Great Barrier Reef, listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo at a hosted starlit dinner in Uluṟu and take in the iconic sights of Sydney aboard an America’s Cup yacht. Mother Nature reveals her most flamboyant colours on this majestic itinerary. Please note: All details for departures from 1st April 2019 onwards are indicative only and subject to date, itinerary and price changes. Confirmed details will be available online at the release of our next brochure 2018. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold
- Palm Cove: Savour an award-winning four-course meal made from seasonal ingredients, as you overlook the stunning crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea.
- Hunter Valley Discover one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, as you enjoy a privately-hosted wine tasting at a boutique winery, followed by an exquisite tasting lunch.
- Alice Springs: As the sun sets over the otherworldly landscapes of the Outback, prepare for a dazzling traditional dinner in the wilderness, set beneath the Milky Way. See how your host, Bob, prepares your meal in a bush camp and learn about traditional Aboriginal food.
- Curtin Springs: Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a family-owned ranch, home to 4,000 head of cattle, and talk to the locals about what life is like in the unforgiving Outback.
- Ulu?u: As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sounds of a didgeridoo and enjoy a feast of fine local cuisine during an award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.
- Dining Summary:: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 5 Lunches (L) and 1 Highlight Lunch (HL) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Great Barrier Reef: Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures, as you snorkel around underwater gardens.
- Kings Canyon: Rise with the sun and embark on a vigorous 6 kilometre Rim Walk at Kings Canyon with awe-inspiring views from Cotterill’s Lookout.
- Ulu?u: Arrive at the Ulu?u-Kata Tju?a National Park and watch the sun dip beyond the horizon, as you enjoy canapes and wine.
- Sydney: Join a skilled sailing crew of EastSail on board a luxury yacht and take in views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the secluded coves surrounded by multimillion-dollar mansions.
- Sydney: Embark on a VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong restaurant, set in the building's iconic sails.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Great Barrier Reef
- Harbour Bridge
- Blue Mountains
- Red Centre
- Daintree National Park
- Three Sisters
- Regional Experiences
- Natural Wonders
Day 1 Welcome to Cairns.
On arrival at the airport, you'll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner overlooking the crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea and savour award-winning local cuisine, made from seasonal ingredients.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 The Ancient Daintree Rainforest and Indigenous Culture.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree National Park is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. Join your Local Expert for an exclusive exploration into this ancient rainforest and learn about the close relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with their land. Lunch is served in a tranquil setting in the heart of the rainforest. Return to your hotel, where you have the evening at your leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 3 Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is a place of great ecological value and beauty. Experience its magic on a private cruise that will take you to three secluded outer-reef dive sights. Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures, as you snorkel around underwater gardens. Lunch is served on board in air-conditioned comfort.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 4 Into the Outback.
In the morning fly from the coast to Alice Springs, the Red Centre of Australia and the heartland of some of the indigenous Aboriginal people. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant; then join your Local Expert for a town tour. As the sun sets over the otherworldly landscapes of the Outback, prepare for a traditional dinner in the wilderness, set beneath the Milky Way.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 Craters and Canyons.
Travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, which was formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. Explore the twelve visible craters and marvel at the unusual plant life growing in the area. In the afternoon, join your Local Expert for a walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon. Enjoy dinner and wine served at Carmichael's Restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset.
Rise with the sun and embark on an envigorating 6 kilometre Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Alternatively, choose a more leisurely stroll along the creek bed? Your journey continues to Curtin Springs, a vast family-owned farm that is home to 4,000 head of cattle! Learn about local life from a resident, as you enjoy a BBQ lunch. Finish your travels today in Ulu?u-Kata Tju?a National Park just in time for a spectacular sunset with canapes and wine.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Day 7 Ulu?u and Kata Tju?a.
Wake up to an impressive sunrise over Kata Tju?a and Ulu?u. Then it’s off to the Ulu?u – Kata Tju?a Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Then walk through the Walpa Gorge to see the domes of Kata Tju?a, also known as the Olgas. This afternoon take a walk around the base of Ulu?u and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an historical water source for the area. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner inspired by local native ingredients, at Ikari Restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8 The Stunning Harbour of Sydney.
Experience the magic of sunrise over Ulu?u, before enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps a Bespoke Experience of a helicopter flight over Ulu?u and Kata Tju?a? In the afternoon, fly to thrilling Sydney, check into your harbour-side hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 9 Blue Mountains National Park.
Travel to the UNESCO World heritage Site of Blue Mountains National Park, known for its dramatic landscapes. See the Three Sisters rock formations, marvel at Bridal Veil Falls and embark on a peaceful wilderness walk. Enjoy lunch at your leisure, before arriving at your hotel. Later meet your fellow travellers for a delicious dinner made from local produce.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 10 Hunter Valley Wine Country.
Take in vistas of pristine landscapes, as you travel north toward Hunter Valley for a day of fine cuisine and wine. On arrival, you’re hosted for a private wine tasting at one of the region’s renowned wineries, followed by an exquisite tasting lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure at your boutique hotel, perhaps opting for a massage at the spa? Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch with Wine / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11 Set sail on Sydney Harbour.
Prepare for a day of sailing on iconic Sydney Harbour. Join a skilled sailing crew of EastSail on board a luxury yacht and take in views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the secluded coves surrounded by multimillion-dollar mansions. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps dining at one of the city’s popular restaurants?(Buffet Breakfast)
Day 12 Sydney Sightseeing and the Opera House.
With a Local Expert, see the city’s beachside Eastern Suburbs and take a stroll along the scenic coastal path. In the afternoon, join your Travelling Concierge for a VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant, set in the sails of the Sydney Opera House.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 13 Farewell Sydney.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.(Buffet Breakfast)
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services
You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Touring with Luxury Gold
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