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Classic Australia: Sydney, Rock and Reef

14 NIGHTS FROM £7,299 per person

A diverse country that always offers something new to explore, on this trip we'll take you on a fabulous journey from the iconic city of Sydney to the dramatic desert landscape of the fiery Red Centre. Then it’s off to the azure-blue waters of the Coral Sea and its star attraction, the Great Barrier Reef, with a chance to discover where the coast meets the Daintree Rainforest. With a fantastic variety of attractions in this itinerary, it really does showcase the very best of Australia’s classic hotspots.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS expand_more

Soak up the atmosphere in cosmopolitan Sydney and explore the city's sights on a guided tour and harbour cruise

Experience the magic of the Red Centre at sunrise and sunset

Discover Indigenous cultures and heritage

Marvel at the stunning natural surroundings where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Daintree Rainforest

Your Expert Guide

Enjoy guided wildlife, bird and butterfly walks through the rainforest at Thala Beach Nature Reserve on the Queensland coast as well as a full day cruise of the Great Barrier Reef and a cultural tour lead by an Aboriginal guide.

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ITINERARY DETAILS

    DAY DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

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    MEAL BASIS

    DAY 2-6 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    After an overnight flight, arrive into the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and check in to Four Seasons Hotel Sydney for a luxurious four-night stay. The perfect base from which to explore the city, your stay here also includes a panoramic city sights tour and a harbour boat tour exploring the hidden secrets of the harbour as well as plenty of free time to take in all the city's attractions. Upgrade to a Full Harbour Club Suite for breathtaking views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and receive club lounge access and complimentary drinks and canapes too.

    Four Seasons Hotel Sydneykeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Hotel
    • Summary: An award-winning property with sublime Sydney Harbour views
    • Feature: Home to the city’s largest heated outdoor hotel pool
    • Rooms: 531 rooms and suites
    • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Star rating: 5 Star
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast included

    DAY 6-9 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    After a direct flight from Sydney to Ayers Rock, you will be transferred to Sails in the Desert, the perfect base for three nights exploring this incredible desert landscape. During your time here you will experience a magical sunset tour to Uluru and a sunrise tour to the spiritual site of Kata Tjuta. You can also make the most of the complimentary Indigenous activities arranged by the hotel or simply choose to relax beside the pool or in the spa.

    TRANSFERS

    Airport transfers from and to Ayers Rock Airport are included.

    Sails in the Desert
    • Summary: A luxurious oasis in the desert with first class facilities and captivating views
    • Feature: Over 100 tours and experiences on offer
    • Rooms: 228 rooms and suites
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast included

    DAY 9-14 DETAILS ACCOMMODATION

    A direct flight from Ayers Rock to Cairns followed by a short transfer takes you to Thala Beach Nature Reserve where you will spend the next five nights. You will have plenty of time to make the most of the complimentary activities offered to guests including guided wildlife, bird and butterfly walks through the lush rainforest, a unique coconut odyssey, and stargazing. Guests are promised a memorable dining experience in the restaurant, where modern Australian cuisine is served to tables amongst the birds in the surrounding treetops with panoramic views as the enthralling backdrop.

    We have also arranged for a full day cruise of the Great Barrier Reef and walkabout cultural tour to complete this wonderful trip.

    Thala Beach Nature Reservekeyboard_arrow_right
    • Type: Luxury Lodge
    • Summary: A family-owned eco-retreat set amid 145 acres of woodland
    • Feature: One of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
    • Rooms: 83 timber bungalows
    • Location: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
    MEAL BASIS

    Breakfast and dinner included

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DAY 2-6ACCOMMODATION
Sydney

After an overnight flight, arrive into the cosmopolitan city of Sydney and check in to Four Seasons Hotel Sydney for a luxurious four-night stay. The perfect base from which to explore the city, your stay here also includes a panoramic city sights tour and a harbour boat tour exploring the hidden secrets of the harbour as well as plenty of free time to take in all the city's attractions. Upgrade to a Full Harbour Club Suite for breathtaking views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and receive club lounge access and complimentary drinks and canapes too.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydneykeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: An award-winning property with sublime Sydney Harbour views
  • Feature: Home to the city’s largest heated outdoor hotel pool
  • Rooms: 531 rooms and suites
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Star rating: 5 Star
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast included

DAY 6-9ACCOMMODATION
The Red Centre

After a direct flight from Sydney to Ayers Rock, you will be transferred to Sails in the Desert, the perfect base for three nights exploring this incredible desert landscape. During your time here you will experience a magical sunset tour to Uluru and a sunrise tour to the spiritual site of Kata Tjuta. You can also make the most of the complimentary Indigenous activities arranged by the hotel or simply choose to relax beside the pool or in the spa.

TRANSFERS

Airport transfers from and to Ayers Rock Airport are included.

Sails in the Desert
  • Summary: A luxurious oasis in the desert with first class facilities and captivating views
  • Feature: Over 100 tours and experiences on offer
  • Rooms: 228 rooms and suites
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast included

DAY 9-14ACCOMMODATION
Port Douglas

A direct flight from Ayers Rock to Cairns followed by a short transfer takes you to Thala Beach Nature Reserve where you will spend the next five nights. You will have plenty of time to make the most of the complimentary activities offered to guests including guided wildlife, bird and butterfly walks through the lush rainforest, a unique coconut odyssey, and stargazing. Guests are promised a memorable dining experience in the restaurant, where modern Australian cuisine is served to tables amongst the birds in the surrounding treetops with panoramic views as the enthralling backdrop.

We have also arranged for a full day cruise of the Great Barrier Reef and walkabout cultural tour to complete this wonderful trip.

Thala Beach Nature Reservekeyboard_arrow_right
  • Type: Luxury Lodge
  • Summary: A family-owned eco-retreat set amid 145 acres of woodland
  • Feature: One of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  • Rooms: 83 timber bungalows
  • Location: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
MEAL BASIS

Breakfast and dinner included

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ITINERARY EXCURSIONS

Harbour Boat Tour of Sydney: Harbour Secrets
Full Day Small Group Tour

Enjoy an adventurous day discovering Sydney’s favourite harbourside hotspots, as well as lesser-known local hideaways on this small group tour. You’ll cruise past iconic landmarks and opulent waterfront suburbs before stopping for lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, home to the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race (food & beverages not included). 

Back onboard, cruise through secluded National Park waterways before arriving at historic Quarantine Station, where guests can explore the fascinating 19th century Australian settlement and museum, or choose to take a stroll on a secluded beach, known to be home to a small colony of Manly penguins.

Panoramic Sydney City Sights
Half Day Small Group Tour

Experience the wonders of Sydney on this half day small group city sights tour. You’ll visit the historic Rocks area and hear about the early convict history before enjoying magnificent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. On the way you'll see the shopping heart of the city, QVB and Centrepoint, as well as visit Sydney’s trendy new district, Oxford Street. Afterwards, elegant Paddington awaits, with its charming terraced houses, before you arrive at the Pacific Ocean where it's possible to do a superb coastal walk around Tamarama and Bronte beaches.

Afterwards, travel on to the famous sands of Sydney's Bondi Beach. Wander along the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at your own cost) and see the iconic bronzed Aussie lifesavers surveying their land. Take in the view from Dover Heights, a sweeping panoramic view over the city. The tour will conclude with drop off at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. 

Uluru Sunset Tour
Half Day Small Group Tour

Travel through the mesmerising desert landscape to the entrance of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From this point, it is only a matter of minutes before the view of Uluru rises from the sand dunes, astounding in its enormity and presence. As you drive around the base, your guide will take you to Mutitjulu Waterhole, a semi-permanent watercourse nestled in the contours of Uluru. Here you will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (woma python) as well as a number of other prominent Tjukurpa (Creation) stories. You will see the rock art of the ancients and learn how Uluru was, and still is, a significant location for teaching young Aboriginal people. We will then adjourn to the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area to enjoy an uninterrupted view of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background as the sun sets accompanied by sparkling wine and nibbles. Throughout the tour there will be lots of opportunities to take photographs, a physical reminder of the amazing memories you will have made.

Kata Tjuta Sunrise Tour
Half Day Small Group Tour

Travel through the magical desert landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40km journey to the mighty rock formation of Kata Tjuta. After arriving at the viewing area you can walk to the best vantage point to take in the view as the sun rises over the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place and the desert comes alive in the morning light. There is some time to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast before travelling to the entrance to Walpa Gorge (named for the wind, Walpa, that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta). Here, your guide will share the significance of this sacred ceremonial site. Take a stroll between the mighty rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and geology has evolved over millions of years.

Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Full Day

You will be collected early from your hotel and taken to Port Douglas Marina. Then it's time to sit back and relax on a beautiful yacht and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay or Undine Reefs along with a small number of other guests. Enjoy an authentic sailing experience with coastal and Daintree mountains views on your way to the protected sites. Snorkel over the pristine coral reef on a guided snorkelling tour with a qualified marine biologist or marvel at the wondrous underwater world from the comfort of a glass bottom boat, whichever way you choose to see the reef you will be treated to an abundance of marine life, including turtles and a myriad of colourful fish amongst the beauty of the tropical corals. Spend some time on land lazing on pristine, white sands soaking up the pure peace and tranquility of this part of the world before climbing back onboard your luxury yacht.

Enjoy a number of inclusions during this tour to two unspoilt locations on the Outer Barrier Reef including tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon, cakes, a fresh fruit platter, a delicious buffet lunch, snorkelling equipment, instruction and guiding, and a glass bottom boat tour with reef interpretation talk.

Ngana Julaymba Dungay Cultural Tour
Half Day Tour

After being collected from your hotel, a local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal guide will take you to the only place where two world heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You will have the chance to learn about the environment and medicines originating from it, sample bush foods, collect shell fish and try your hand at traditional Aboriginal hunting practices including spear throwing. During the tour you can also enjoy either morning or afternoon tea alongside the activities and professional guiding. Your adventure ends with a visit to the rainforest where you can cool off in a pristine freshwater stream.  

Fulfilled by a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated tour company, you'll end this tour appreciating the history, culture and traditions of the Australian Aboriginal people.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Due to the variety of destinations included this tour can be enjoyed throughout the year, but October to March are some of the best months of the year to see these sights. Ask your Luxury Travel Specialist for advice on the best time to travel for

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14 NIGHTS FROM £7,299 per person

Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.

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