Your flight touches down in Melbourne.
Cosmopolitan, culture-rich and sport-mad, Melbourne provides a warm Australian welcome after a long flight. Settle in at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, adjusting in comfort to the time difference. You can also ease into local life with a visit to stylish plazas and restaurants dotting the banks of the Yarra River.
You’re in for a real treat on your first full day in Melbourne – an exclusive trip to the home of the Thomson family on Keeyuga Farm. The farm is abundant with olive groves and you’ll gain unique insight into what it’s like to be an Aussie family living off the land. The kids will love Fergie, the family’s farm dog.
Make the most of your last day in Melbourne. Cruise the cafes in the hip St Kilda neighbourhood or head a little beyond the city to explore the artsy communities of the Mornington Peninsula. Nearby, Phillip Island is a great family-friendly destination where you can watch penguin waddling across the land.
Pack your bags and take a short flight north to the picturesque seaside village of Port Douglas. Home to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and rainforest coast, you’ll be staying in the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa. A large pool, spacious rooms and deluxe treatments await you. Settle down with a sundowner as the sun sets.
On your first full day in Port Douglas, enjoy beautiful snorkelling and coral viewing in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Popular with adults and kids alike, there are few places on Earth where you can swim alongside such colourful marine life. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a turtle gliding by. Be sure to bring your waterproof camera.
Trek through the rainforest and coastal habitats near Port Douglas. Guides will explain the intricacies of the ecosystem, including how different foods and medicines are derived from nature. Sample some bush tucker and get a taste of traditional Aboriginal hunting practices. Have a go at spear throwing: you might even catch a mud crab.
Depart Port Douglas with a flight down the east coast to your final destination: Sydney. Arguably the world's most handsome city, Sydney has it all: sunshine, clean beaches, famous sights and a palpable buzz. Here you’ll be staying at the stylish Four Seasons hotel in the historic Rocks district of the city.
Begin your day with a visit to Taronga Zoo, where the zookeeper will conduct a private behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll be wowed by kangaroo, kookaburra, koala, wombat and over 200 other animals in the platypus pools. Later, brave the heady heights of a Sydney Bridge climb, a thrilling way to view the iconic Sydney Opera House and cityscape beyond.
If you’re a water lover, hire a sea kayak or simply cruise Sydney’s world-famous inlet and Darling Harbour. Beyond the city limits, the magnificent Blue Mountains offer enticing hikes though gigantic gum trees. These create a mysterious bluish mist that gives the mountains their evocative name. In the vineyards of nearby Hunter Valley the adults can sample some of New South Wales’ finest wine.
For your last day, jump on your bicycle and tour Sydney at large. This is a great way to get your heart pumping as you stop off wherever tickles your fancy. Marvel at the surf on Bondi Beach, head up Sydney Tower’s viewing platform or just get a taste of the local cuisine. You’ll not be short on things to do and see.
With some truly fantastic family memories made, bid Australia farewell and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.