Australia

Discover the many gems of Australia - Sydney, the Outback and Great Barrier Reef.

Country Information

Australia

Eastern Standard Time GMT +10 NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania

Central Time GMT +9.5 Northern Territory and South Australia

Western Time GMT +8 Western Australia

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Australia Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Australia


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel


(Tour Length)

18 Days


Tour Highlights

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  • Discover some of Australia’s distinctive cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane
  • Walk around the massive Uluru (Ayes Rock) with a traditional aboriginal guide, who explains some of the Dreamtime creation stories and culture of this sacred site
  • Explore the towering granite outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, a mountain range some 540 million years old
  • Savor wine touring in the award-winning region of Barossa Valley
  • Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is the first carboNZero©™ certified resort in the world, and the first carbon-neutral resort to be certified through an internationally accredited greenhouse gas program

Day 1:  Arrive Sydney, Australia
Upon arrival at Sydney, you are welcomed by our representative, who will hand over your Australian documentation and transfer you by private vehicle to your accommodation.  In 2011, Four Seasons launched 10 Million Trees, a commitment to plant 10 million trees around the world.  Four Seasons – King Deluxe Full Harbor View Room

Day 2:  Sydney
Sunny and stylish, energetic and inviting, Sydney is a warm and inviting city.  Its famous harbor bustles with activity from ferries, to yachts, to jet boats.  On the edge of all this activity are the iconic white sails of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, nicknamed the coat hanger bridge.  The colonial sandstone warehouses of the lively Rocks district sit at the foot of tall glass towers and contrast with the modernity of neighboring Darling Harbour.  Today is at leisure to pursue your own interests.  Available options include a cruise in the harbor; visits to Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Park Zoo; surfing lessons at famous Bondi or Manly Beach; shopping at Pitt Street Mall and Oxford Street Paddington; witnessing a performance at the opera house;  a climb up Harbour Bridge and a seaplane scenic flight.  Four Seasons – King Deluxe Full Harbor View Room

Day 3:  Sydney / Blue Mountains
This morning, you can relax and watch the scenery unfold as your private car and driver take on a four-hour drive into the lower Blue Mountains and the town of Katoomba, where you will have time to view the famous Three Sisters Rock formation.  Heading east, enter the Wolgan Valley and marvel at the sheer rock escarpments and rugged geography of this unique landscape.  Check in to your resort, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, which is not only the first carboNZero©™ certified resort in the world, but also the first carbon neutral resort in the world to be certified through an internationally accredited greenhouse gas program, having measured its greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with ISO 14064-1: 2006.  The resort’s facilities  include a full luxurious spa with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi; gully-equipped gymnasium; outdoor pool;  and lounge bar and conservatory.  You can opt for 4x4 wildlife safari, nature walks, horseback riding, guided tours to aboriginal site and even star gazing.  The UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness of the Blue Mountains National Park offers dramatic sandstone cliffs, thundering waterfalls and eucalyptus forested gorges along with lovely cliff-top villages with café-lined streets.  Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa - King Heritage Suite  (B,L,D)

Day 4:  Blue Mountains / Sydney / Adelaide / Barossa Valley
This morning, your private car transfers you to Sydney Airport for your onward flight to Adelaide,  where, upon arrival, you collect your large, automatic rental vehicle, which includes unlimited kilometers, daily insurance and GPS satellite navigation.  Depart Adelaide and drive to into the Barossa Valley (approximately a one hour drive).  The Barossa Valley is arguably the best-known wine-producing region in Australia, boasting superb Shiraz and first rate Rieslings under names such as Jacob's Creek, Penfold's, Wolf Blass, Henschke, Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and countless boutique labels.  This gourmet lover’s playground is enriched by a strong European heritage reflected in its wines, food, architecture, festivals and people.  With over 50 wineries in the Barossa area, you are sure to find a wine to suit your tastes.  Admire the many Lutheran Churches, stone buildings and vineyards.  The Louise – King Vineyard Suite (B)

Day 5:  Barossa Valey / Flinders Ranges
Today depart the Barossa Valley and drive to your accommodation in the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia, (approximate driving time is 4 hours).  In the Flinders in 1946, some of the oldest fossil evidence of animal life was discovered.  Since then, similar fossils have been found in many areas of these mountains.  The property has incorporated a number of sustainable practices including the installation of 9kW solar power generator; implementing sustainable cleaning and maintenance practices throughout the property; and participating in Climate Action Australia accreditation.  Rawnsley Park Station – Luxury Eco Villas

Days 6/7:  Flinders Ranges
Today, explore this fascinating region.  You can opt for a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges; experience nature on hikes or by mountain bike.  Guided excursions highlight the geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region.  Enjoy wildlife viewing including birds and kangaroos.  The Flinders Ranges’ towering granite outcrops provide reward the adventurous with spectacular lookouts.  Saw-toothed peaks encircle the majestic natural amphitheater of Wilpena Pound’s giant stone crater.  Among these most ancient landscapes, the timeless terrain showcases a kaleidoscope of outback experiences.  Rawnsley Park Station – Luxury Eco Villas

Day 8:  Flinders Ranges / Adelaide
Today depart the Flinders Ranges and drive to your accommodation in Adelaide (approximate driving time is 5 hours).  The remainder of today is at leisure.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Adelaide’s elegant tree-lined streets, through pretty parks and past stone churches.  Yet, you only need scratch the surface to find a celebration of the cultural, artistic, gastronomic and the sporting life.  Tantalize your taste buds with a visit to stalls of the Adelaide Central Market, sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Centre, take tram from the city to the seaside town of Glenelg.  Hotel Intercontinental – King Riverview Room (B)

Day 9:  Adelaide / Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Today you fly to Fly Adelaide to Ayers Rock via Alice Springs.  Upon arrival, you are welcome by our a representative, who will transfer you to your accommodation.  The majestic rock itself is known to traditional aborigines of the region as Uluru.  By the same token, the Olgas are known as Kata Tjuta (Olgas).  These two iconic images are also home to a living cultural landscape that dates back millennia.  Here you can witness spectacular Uluru and Kantju Gorge sunsets, explore Uluru and the surrounding desert landscapes, learn about the traditional community at the Cultural Centre, dine under the southern night skies, and discover the Mulgara Gallery and township.  Voyages Longitude 131° -  King Tented Cabin (B,L,D)

Day 10:  Uluru Area
Today is at leisure to use as you wish.  Australia's most recognizable natural image rises nearly 350 m/1,148 ft out of the broad desert plains.  It is simply spectacular at both sunrise and sunset.  Just 40  km/25 mi to the west is Kata Tjuta (meaning “many heads”), a group of more than 30 massive red domes rising from the desert floor.  Dating back 500 million years, this area was an important focus of the aboriginal people’s spiritual life.  In this inspiring landscape, it is possible to feel that connection, especially when the wind gently whistles through the rocks.  Voyages Longitude 131° -  King Tented Cabin (B,L,D)

Day 11:  Ayers Rock / Brisbane
This morning, you are escorted to Ayers Rock Airport for your onward flight to Brisbane.  Upon arrival at Brisbane Airport, you will pick up your large automatic rental vehicle, which includes unlimited kilometers, daily insurance and GPS satellite navigation.  Enjoy driving to your accommodation at Scenic Rim (approximate driving time is 1 hour 30 minutes).  Spicers Peak Lodge – King Lodge Suite (B,L,D)

Day 12:  Scenic Rim
Today you are free to do as you wish.  Spicers Peak Station is located on the Scenic Rim, which is close to the Great Dividing Range and the Granite Belt wine region.  From here, you can enjoy stunning views towards Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak and Mount Cordeaux.  Next to Australia’s largest and most exclusive private nature reserve, these lands host unique plant and animal life.  The lodge features tennis courts, a swimming pool and even billiard tables.  Optional activities include wine tour and tasting at Stanthorpe, bush walks and mountain bike riding.  Spicers Peak Lodge – King Lodge Suite (B,L,D)

Day 13:  Brisbane / Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
Today drive to Brisbane Airport where you will return your rental vehicle prior to boarding your onward flight to Hamilton Island, part of the Whitsunday chain of islands.  Upon arrival at Hamilton Island, you will be met by a representative from the resort and escorted to your accommodation. This 5-star property has a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access in public areas, a health club and a sauna, and a full-service health spa.  Qualia – King Windward Pavilion (B) 

Days 14/15:  Hamilton Island
The 74 islands that dot the Whitsunday Passage are the peaks of a coastal range submerged by the rising seas during the last ice age.  The steep peaks are largely still cloaked with pine forests and rainforests, the waterlines blessed with glorious sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs.  Almost all are preserved as national parks, with only eight in the archipelago that are inhabited with resort facilities.  These turquoise waters provide an idyllic cruising ground.  While at Hamilton Island some of the complimentary activities available include:  bush walking, spending time on the beaches of surrounding islands, boating using catamarans, windsurfers, paddleboards and kayaks.  Volleyball, water polo and snorkeling gear are available as well as a full Sports Club.  Optional activities range from scuba diving excursions on the famous Great Barrier Reef, to game fishing, cruises, target sports and waterskiing.  Qualia – King Windward Pavilion (B)

Day 16:  Hamilton Island / Melbourne
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Melbourne, where you will be welcomed by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation.  Park Hyatt – King Park Room (B)

Day 17:  Melbourne
Enjoy free time to relax or explore the many facets of Melbourne, a cosmopolitan, sports-loving and avant garde city.  Take a tram to the Greek eateries and bargain factory outlet shopping in Richmond or the designer boutiques in style-conscious South Yarra.  Take in world-class performing arts; the boutique galleries at Southbank and the trendy cafes at the beachside suburb of St Kilda.  Enjoy a scenic flight along the coast.  Explore Yarra Valley, a picturesque wine region recognized for its prized Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and sparkling wines.  For lovers of wildlife, the Healseville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus and dingos.  Visit the Victorian Arts Centre, the Victorian Gallery and Como House.  Enjoy a unique dining experience on board the Colonial Tram car.  Park Hyatt – King Park Room (B)

Day 18:  Melbourne / Depart
Today you are transferred to the airport by your private car and driver to connect with your flight home.  (B)

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