Fly from London to one of Australia’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities: Melbourne. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city. You’ll be perfectly placed to experience all that Melbourne has to offer.
Today, embark on a private exploration of Melbourne’s atmospheric arcades and alleyways alongside an expert art curator and guide. Learn of the city’s fascinating history, culture, art scene and architecture. Discover the trendy cafés, landmark buildings and an array of graffiti and street art as you go. Hop on one of Melbourne’s famous trams and ride with the locals as you explore the many differing suburbs of this eclectic city. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Spend an indulgent day in the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's leading winemaking regions. With a picturesque backdrop of the Yarra Ranges and renowned restaurants throughout, wine and food lovers alike will revel in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer. Sample your way around boutique wineries and private cellar-door experiences, then enjoy a sumptuous four-course dining expertly paired with local wines.
A short flight swaps blue seas for the rugged reds of Australia’s centre. The legendary monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) will be here to greet you. See ancient rock art and learn the legends of the indigenous people for whom this area is hallowed ground. This evening, you should be treated to a spectacular sunset.
At dawn, watch the sun rise over the dramatic rock formations of Kata Tjuta (‘many heads’) during a private walking tour. As you make your way between this area’s remarkable natural landmarks, your guide offers insights into the dynamic ecology, medicinal plants and hardy wildlife – including how the local Anangu people track them. At dusk, enjoy an exclusive desert dinner served beneath a canopy of stars.
Wake early for a camel ride to see the sun rise over the iconic red-rock monolith of Uluru. After flying to Cairns, 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 at your resort.
Experience a day of snorkelling and coral viewing at the idyllic Low Isles, a coral cay around 15 kilometres off Port Douglas closely surrounded by hectares of colourful reefs. Explore this postcard-perfect setting including reefs teeming with life, as you learn of the area’s history and ecology.
After a day on the ocean, you’ve earned a day of relaxation. At leisure, explore more of Port Douglas and its pretty-as-a-picture surrounds. Perhaps browse the local boutiques, cuddle a koala at one of the few wildlife parks in the world where it’s permitted, or get back in the water with your snorkel, before kicking back on the warm sands with a book.
A member of the Kuku Yalanji people will open your eyes to the culture and crafts 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.
Fly from Cairns to Sydney for four nights exploring the city. With an expert guide for the day, discover top attractions including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the golden sands of Bondi Beach; or admire Australia's unique wildlife on a behind-the-scenes tour of Taronga Zoo. For a very special dining and sightseeing experience, board a small boat for a 4.5-hour progressive lunch around Sydney’s famous harbour and beyond, dining both on board and at iconic harbour-side restaurants.
Enjoy a final morning in Sydney before transferring to the airport for your flight home, abuzz with tales of your Australian adventure.