Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, tour Melbourne’s landmarks, seeing the Shrine of Remembrance and the thriving Arts Precinct. Later, gather for your welcome dinner.
Today, travel to Coliban Park on a private rural farm experience, where you are personally welcomed into the home of the Barber family to learn a little of what it is like to be an Aussie family ‘living off the land’. After morning tea, head out to the stockyards to watch the working dogs bring in a herd of sheep, followed by a demonstration of shearing skills. Next, head back to the homestead and enjoy a lunch featuring organic farm produce and local wines.
Set out on a full-day tour of the beautiful Yarra Valley. At Oakridge Wines, tour the winery and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the winemaking team. Then sit down to a private paired-wine masterclass with canapés, followed by lunch with matched wines introduced by a sommelier. Next, visit Dominique Portet Winery, where you'll enjoy an exclusive barrel-room tasting at their renowned vineyard. Return to Melbourne for an evening at leisure.
Fly by private-charter aircraft to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and transfer to your luxury tented camp, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In the afternoon, with chilled glass and canapé in hand, witness the changing light reflected on Uluru’s many faces, as the sun slips below the horizon. By night, enjoy an exclusive dining event among the dunes. Later, join your camp’s resident astronomer to observe the southerly constellations.
Set out for Kata Tjuta, stopping to view the sunrise over its majestic domes. Walk through Walpa Gorge with your guide, and learn how eons of continental upheaval have shaped today’s topography. Journey along the Mala Walk, pausing to view cave paintings and sources of bush tucker. Later, see the walls of Kantju Gorge ablaze with by the sunset. Sip sparkling wine and nibble on canapés, savouring the solitude of the gorge as the daylight fades.
Discover Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti, as the sun lights up Uluru. Hear the Anangu creation story for a deeper perspective on the striking monolith. Then return to your Outback basecamp for breakfast. Next, board a private charter flight to Cairns, transferring by light aircraft to Lizard Island. Check into your resort nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and settle into your luxurious room which opens out to a pristine private beach.
Embark on a full-day private charter by boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel the local fringing reefs, observing the riot of colour and movement provided by local denizens of the crystal-clear waters. After lunch on board, return to your resort for time at leisure in this sublime setting.
Enjoy a full day at leisure, relaxing on Lizard Island’s white beaches, taking advantage of the tennis courts or choosing from a host of activities, including game fishing and snorkelling on the kaleidoscopic coral reefs. You can also explore the island, visiting the Maritime Research Centre or climbing up to Cook’s Lookout for views over the reef where Captain Cook once ran aground.
Fly to Sydney by privately chartered aircraft, where you are met and transferred to your hotel near Sydney Harbour. This evening, dine at a top local restaurant.
Today, embark on a chartered vessel to cruise stunning Sydney Harbour. Sit back and relax as you admire the famous city landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as well as lesser-known coves and bays. Back onshore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then go on a walking tour in the historic Rocks District.
Begin your day with a visit to Sydney’s bustling Fish Market in Pyrmont. Then, set out on a panoramic tour of the town — sink your toes in the sand at the surfer’s paradise of Bondi Beach and stroll through the boutique shops of Paddington, a neighbourhood filled with antique stores and Victorian and Georgian architecture.
Take the ferry to Taronga Zoo for a guided tour that takes you up close to Australia’s iconic wildlife, including wallabies, koalas, platypuses and the endangered Tasmanian devil. Then, enjoy lunch at Opera Kitchen, taking in the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour followed by a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, going behind the scenes at this magnificent venue. After an afternoon at leisure, gather for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, take those last pictures before your transfer to the airport and departure home.