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The ultimate small group experience taking you to Australia's must-do destinations. Relax in the tropics, immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Red Centre and marvel at Sydney's famous icon's. Share your experiences with like minded travellers in a group of no more than 20 people and stay in some of the best accommodation the region's have to offer.
• Dinner at a hatted restaurant in Palm Cove
• Exclusive campfire dining experience with local Bob Taylor
• Try your hand at traditional hunting in Cairns
• Great Barrier Reef Cruise
• Stay at Sails in the Desert, our only Guided Holiday to do so • Uluru Sunset with gourmet canapés and wine
• Stop at Curtin Springs cattle station for lunch and a papermaking tour hosted by the Severin family
• Kings Canyon Rim Walk
• Indulge at the Under a Desert Moon dining experience at Kings Canyon
• Exciting off road driving in the Red Centre
• Opera House Tour and lunch overlooking the harbour
Day 1: Welcome to Cairns
Sit back and relax while you're transferred in a private car to your resort. This afternoon meet your Travel Director and join them for a cocktail reception and dinner overlooking the stunning crystal clear water of the Coral Sea. Dine on award winning modern Australian cuisine using only the freshest local produce at the ultimate tropical beachfront restaurant.
Hotel: Alamanda Palm Cove, 3 nights
Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 2: Daintree
Today will be one to remember. Join your Aboriginal guide on an exclusive journey to discover the Daintree and gain insight into the deep relationship the local Kuku Yulanji people have with their land. Learn about cultural traditions, bush foods and traditional medicine and experience traditional hunting techniques and have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. Enjoy a lunch in a tranquil and relaxing rainforest setting in the Daintree. This evening relax and dine at your leisure.
Day 3: Great Barrier Reef
Discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a 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. Snorkel around underwater gardens or maybe take the opportunity to take a dive or relax while you bask in the sun on deck. Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on board the boat in air conditioned comfort before returning to Palm Cove.
Day 4: Today fly from Cairns to Alice Springs This afternoon you’ll take a tour of Alice Springs to discover what life is like in an isolated Australian town. We'll visit School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, that provides a lifeline of essential medical support for people living in remote Australian communities. Tonight you'll enjoy an incredible dining experience in a bush setting. Dinner will be cooked in a bush oven with the burning Mulga wood giving extra flavour to the meal. It will be a delicious 3 course meal and feature some traditional bush foods. Your host Bob will share some tips on his cooking style and his knowledge of Aboriginal bush foods while you dine under the Milky Way.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, Alice Springs
Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 5: Alice Springs & Kings Canyon
First up you'll travel to the Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve, formed when a meteor hit the earth's surface 4,700 years ago. Though most of the craters have eroded and become lined with plant life, their footprints create an interesting diversion from the surrounding flat Australian desert landscape. Perfect for observing the changing colours of the landscape, this afternoon enjoy a relaxed walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon. This evening you're treated to the unique dining experience, Under a Desert Moon, set in the wilderness under a canopy of the Southern Night sky (weather permitting). The only light comes from the moon and the flickering glow of the fire and the only sound is soft music intertwined with the whispering of the breeze through the Desert Oak trees and the crackling flames. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés followed by a four course dinner, prepared from fresh produce.
Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort, Deluxe Spa Rooms
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner
Day 6: Kings Canyon - Uluru
At sunrise you’re off on a 6km Rim Walk of the spectacular Kings Canyon. As you explore the rim, highlights include the domed 'Lost City' and a stop at Cotterill's Lookout. Or you can opt for an easier shorter walk along the canyon creek bed. Visit Curtin Springs Station at lunch time. It's been home to the Severin family since 1956 when Peter Severin arrived with his young wife Dawn, their toddler son Ashley and 1,500 head of cattle! Sit down to a barbecue lunch and meet one of the locals, as you hear about the Severin family and the logistics of running a million acre cattle property. This afternoon we enter Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park to witness a spectacular Uluru sunset. Enjoy sparkling wine while you watch Uluru change colour as the sun sets below the horizon.
Day 7: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Start this highlight day with an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuta and Uluru from the dune viewing area. Then it's off to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Having lived in and looked after the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region for tens of thousands of years, the Anangu (traditional owners) have a strong connection with this land. Then you’re off to the domes of Kata Tjuta to join your Travel Director for a walk through Walpa Gorge. The large, steep dome-like formations are amazing and have great cultural significance for the Anangu people. This afternoon take a walk around the base of Uluru and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an historical water source for the area. This evening you’ll dine at Ilkari Restaurant at your hotel. The resort’s chefs are continually finding new ways to incorporate local native ingredients to create world-class Indigenous bush-tuckerinspired outback fare. So you’ll find a unique variety of herbs and spices creatively incorporated into the dishes, such as Native Basil, Lemon Myrtle and Wattle Seed.
Hotel: Sails in the Desert Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch. Day 7: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 8: Ayers Rock - Sydney
Sleep in and relax before your flight to Sydney. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, join a dot painting workshop, book a massage or just relax with a good book. In the afternoon fly to Sydney and on arrival at your harbour side hotel, enjoy a drink and some canapés overlooking Walsh Bay.
Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney
Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Sydney - Blue Mountains
Head off on a day of discovery to the million acre World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Breathe the pristine air and discover the Three Sisters at Echo Point and Govett's Leap Lookout to see spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Then with your Travel Director you delve deeper, travelling off the well-worn track to secluded lookouts and peaceful short bushwalks where we may be the only ones around. You'll be rewarded with views across the valleys as far as the eye can see and picture perfect memories to take away. This afternoon arrive at your hotel and after taking the time to relax, enjoy a delicious meal featuring produce sourced from local Blue Mountains suppliers.
Hotel: Parklands Country Garden & Lodges, Blue Mountains
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 10: Blue Mountains - Hunter Valley
Travel to the wine region of the Hunter Valley for a day of good food, great wine and beautiful scenery. You'll indulge with private wine tastings at boutique vineyards and sit down to an exceptional lunch before spending the afternoon doing as you wish at your hotel. You may like to sit in your private courtyard with a good book and bottle of wine. Tonight enjoy dinner at the resort.
Hotel: Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 11: Hunter Valley – Sydney
Get ready for a day of sailing on Sydney Harbour. Become part of a big boat sailing crew on board an America's Cup yacht. You can take the helm, work the grinders or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the harbour's iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Rocks district and small secluded coves surrounded by multimillion dollar waterfront homes. It's a day you'll remember for years to. This evening is free for you to explore and discover one of Sydney’s incredible restaurants.
Day 12: Sydney Sightseeing
A day of sightseeing around the city awaits! Explore the famous Eastern Suburbs, taking a stroll along the coastal walk for incredible views over the Pacific Ocean and wild coastal cliffs. Join a VIP guided tour of iconic Sydney Opera House then enjoy a shared tasting lunch at Opera Kitchen overlooking the sparkling harbour. After a free afternoon to explore, meet up with your Driver Guide and fellow travellers for one last meal together as your holiday draws to an end.
Hotel: The Langham Hotel Sydney, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 11: Breakfast. Day 12: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 13: Farewell from Sydney
Your Inspiring Journey concludes this morning when you’ll be transferred by private car to Sydney Airport.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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- Luxury air conditioned coach travel
- En suite luxury hotel accommodation
- First class dining experiences
- Off the beaten track touring
- Return airport transfers
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