Arrive in Melbourne, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Begin to explore this vibrant city’s landmarks your own way before gathering with your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Journey out of Melbourne and into the scenic landscapes of the Yarra Valley, stopping at one of the many vineyards of this renowned wine region. Here, you’ll have behind-the-scenes access and time to spend with the wine producers. You’ll then sit down to a private wine pairing masterclass with canapés, followed by a delicious lunch with matched wines, introduced by a sommelier. Next, visit a second winery for an exclusive barrel-room tasting before returning to the city.
This morning, board your private charter flight to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital. Upon arrival, transfer to Raptor Refuge for an A&K-exclusive insider access experience with the refuge owner, who will introduce you to the resident eagles, falcons and owls. A spectacular drive along the east coast ends at your luxury boutique lodge on the Freycinet Peninsula. Later, dinner and drinks will be served with mesmerising views over Great Oyster Bay.
A rare encounter this morning as you join a local guide at the lodge’s free-range Tasmanian devil enclosure to meet and observe this native marsupial, and learn about the conservation effort to protect it. After lunch, slip on a pair of waders and head waist-deep into the waters of the Freycinet Marine Farm. As your guides explain the importance of this wetland area, feast on freshly shucked, award-winning oysters plucked straight from the water, washed down with a glass of sparkling wine.
This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities
Take a guided walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout to view the white-sand beaches and diverse flora and fauna
Learn the art of beekeeping with a horticulturalist and assist in extracting honeycomb from the hive
Immerse yourself in the history, traditions and breathtaking landscapes of the Oyster Bay people, including a immersive experience with an indigenous guide
After breakfast, visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to view the striking exhibitions. Then fly by private charter aircraft to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Transfer to your luxury tented camp, spectacularly situated overlooking the UNESCO-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Later, with chilled glass in hand, marvel as the rays of the setting sun play across the landscape, Uluru itself changing colour before your very eyes – a truly unforgettable ‘Scenic Sundowner’. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive four-course dining experience among the dunes, set to the haunting sounds of the ancient indigenous culture. The night ends under the southerly stars with the camp’s astronomer.
Rise early and set out for Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), pausing to view the sunrise over its majestic domes. Walk through Walpa Gorge, learning from your guide how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have shaped the dramatic landscape. This afternoon, back at Uluru, wander the Mala Walk, stopping to examine cave paintings and discovering sources of ‘bush tucker’. Enjoy another glorious sunset in the solitude of the Kantju Gorge, sipping on sparkling wine and nibbling on canapes as its steep walls blaze with the dying rays of the setting sun.
Rise with the dawn to discover the peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun rises over ancient Uluru. As you walk with your guide, they will share the Anangu creation story of Kunina and Liru, which offers a new perspective on this striking monolith. After breakfast, board your private charter flight to Hamilton Island, from where you’ll ‘Ride Like A Local’ by launch to Hayman Island. Here your idyllic resort awaits – nestled in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef.
Spend a full day exploring the Great Barrier Reef aboard your stylish private vessel. Snorkel the local fringing reefs where, just beneath the surface of crystal clear waters, you’ll enter a world of kaleidoscopic colours. After lunch, make a stop at Whitehaven Beach to discover for yourself why this pristine stretch of powdery white sand is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Enjoy a day at your leisure, relaxing or taking part in one of the included activities, such as a guided nature walk, fish feeding or kayaking.
Early this morning, fly to Sydney by private charter plane. On arrival, embarking on a city tour. Feel the warm sands of Bondi Beach beneath your soles and stroll the streets of Paddington, a lively neighbourhood of boutique shops and fine Victorian and Georgian architecture. Transfer to your luxury accommodation perfectly set near Sydney’s picturesque harbour.
This morning, set sail on a privately chartered luxury yacht to cruise scenic Sydney Harbour, gaining wonderful views of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Back on shore, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House. Following some time at leisure this afternoon, gather for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.