Fly from London to one of Australia’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities: Melbourne. Upon arrival, you'll head straight for the stylish Grand Hyatt hotel in the heart of the city. You’ll be perfectly placed to experience all that Melbourne has to offer.
Enjoy an informative tour of Melbourne, following an itinerary designed by Kenneth Park, a local museum and art curator. You’ll explore the city's labyrinth of atmospheric arcades and alleyways, home to trendy cafes and eclectic boutiques. You'll see the city's famous street art and murals, and learn about the local history and landmark buildings.
After breakfast, embark on a small group day tour along one of the world's most spectacular coastal drives. Witness the spectacular Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, and stop at the Great Ocean Road Ecolodge for a stroll along the Eucalyptus Forest Walk. You'll get the chance to see koalas and kangaroos up-close.
A short flight swaps blue seas for the rugged reds of Australia’s centre. The legendary monolith of Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) will be here to greet you. From a smattering of deluxe safari-style tents on the edge of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, you’ll have uninterrupted views of Uluru. Kick back with a drink as the setting sun sends the desert into a rhapsody of reds and oranges.
Rise at dawn to watch sunrise over Uluru, as a guide recounts the myths and legends of the indigenous people. A walking tour reveals the region’s dynamic ecology, its medicinal plants, its hardy wildlife and how the local Anangu track them. At dusk, enjoy an exclusive desert dinner served beneath a canopy of stars.
Following a flight to Cairns, it's a short drive along a spectacular stretch of Coral Sea coast to charming Port Douglas. This is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The adjacent rainforest coast is a riot of vivid green and turquoise blue, and you'll be sitting pretty by the sands of dazzling Four Mile Beach in the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort.
Juan Walker, a member of the Kuku Yalanji people, will open your eyes to the culture and craft of indigenous Australia. Join him on a forest walkabout, listening as he shares the stories, history and traditions of his people. If you’re feeling adventurous, there might be a chance to try some bush tucker too.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet. Hop aboard a cruise which offers exclusive access to a particularly spectacular location. Known for its superior water clarity, rich coral and diversity of marine life, the reef is a must-see. Don’t forget your snorkel and underwater camera.
After your outback adventures and life on the ocean waves you’ll have earned a few days of relaxation. Settle into Port Douglas and spend some time exploring this unique environment at your own pace. Browse the local boutiques or take a horseback ride across the Great Dividing Range. Alternatively, get back in the water with your snorkel, before kicking back on the warm sands with a book.
Drive back to Cairns for your flight to Sydney. Upon arrival, you'll head straight for the stylish Langham Hotel near the historic Rocks district. Overlooking Sydney harbour, you’ll be perfectly placed to experience all that the city has to offer.
Spend the next couple of days exploring Sydney. Led by an expert guide, you can discover the city's top attractions including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Alternatively, you could get acquainted with Australia's unique wildlife on a behind-the-scenes tour of Taronga Zoo. Or simply board a harbour cruise boat, sit back with a chilled glass of Australian white and take it all in.
Enjoy a final morning in Sydney before we transfer you back to the airport. Catch your flight back to the UK with an over-flowing camera and countless new memories of your Australian adventure.