Classic Australia

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Classic Australia


  • Cruise Sydney's handsome harbour with a glass of Australia's finest wine
  • Dine in the desert, under the stars, with a view of Uluru
  • Watch sunrise over the Red Centre, while learning local legends
  • Go walkabout in UNESCO-listed rainforest with an indigenous guide
  • Sail and snorkel on the teeming Great Barrier Reef
  • Go behind-the-scenes at Taronga Zoo, to meet Australia's weirdly wonderful wildlife
Days 1-2 UK/Sydney
Board your overnight flight to Sydney.

Day 3-5 Sydney
Welcome to the world’s most good-looking city. Sydney has it all: sunshine, beaches, iconic sights and a palpable buzz. You’ll be transported right into the action – the stylish Four Seasons, in the historic Rocks district, overlooks Sydney’s harbour, perfectly placed for an afternoon stroll after a long flight. With a further two full days here, there’s plenty of time to explore. A private guide will help you uncover Sydney’s natural and man-made attractions; you can even get acquainted with Australia’s unique wildlife on a behind-the-scenes tour at Taronga Zoo. Of course, you can’t leave without hitting the water – a harbour cruise is the best way to appreciate the city, especially if there are opportunities to jump in for a swim, kayak along the shoreline, catch your own fish, or simply sit back with a chilled Australian white and take it all in.
Four Seasons Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Sydney/Uluru
A short flight swaps blue seas for rugged Red Centre, and the marvellous monolith of Uluru. Longitude 131°, a small scatter of luxury safari-style tents on the edge of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, provides uninterrupted views to the Rock – spend your first night watching the sunset send the desert into a rhapsody of red.
Longitude 131°
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Uluru
It’s worth rising early here, to see the sun rise over Uluru while a guide recounts the myths and legends of the indigenous people. Indeed, the bush has many secrets, and a guided walking tour will reveal more about this place and its residents: its dynamic ecology, its medicinal plants, its hardy animals and birds – and how the local Anangu track them. These days, finding food is not so tough: opt for Longitude 131°’s exclusive dinner in the desert, an indulgence of Australian dishes served under a canopy of stars; afterwards, join the resident astronomer to learn the tales of the southern night sky.
Longitude 131°
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Uluru/Port Douglas
Getting to Port Douglas is part of the fun. Following a flight to Cairns, it’s a short drive along a spectacular stretch of Coral Sea coast to reach the pretty village, which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed rainforest coast – a riot of vivid green and turquoise blue. The Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort is the ideal base, sitting right on dazzling Four Mile Beach.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Port Douglas/Daintree
Juan Walker, a member of the Kuku Yalanji people, will open your eyes to indigenous Australia. Join him to go walkabout in the forests, and listen as he shares the stories, history and traditions of his people through his ancestral land. There might be a chance to try bush tucker too.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet. Hop aboard a cruise that offers exclusive access to a particularly spectacular section – known for its superior water clarity, coral quality and diversity of marine life – to get a great taster.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Days 11-12 Port Douglas
And relax. Spend a few days exploring this unique environment at your own pace. You could browse the boutiques of Port Douglas, bike or horse-ride amid the Great Dividing Range, pull on a snorkel and flippers or simply loll on the warm, white sands.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Days 13-14 Port Douglas/Cairns/UK
Enjoy those last glorious glimpses of the sea on the scenic drive back to Cairns, before flying home.

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Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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