Australia’s Primeval Landscapes

Australia offers unique natural wonders including Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel, where you can, depending on season, swim with the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and witness turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Discover Flinders Ranges, a timeless terrain molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity resulting in some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery during guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region. Experience sophisticated Sydney with its eccentric history, beautiful harbor, fine dining, galleries and Adelaide's elegant tree-lined streets, stone churches, Central Market. Sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center.

Country Information

Australia

Australia is roughly equivalent to the U.S. in size, with many variations in climate. Summer, the rainy season in the tropical north, lasts December to February. November to March is hottest. Spring and autumn are mild and the best time for bush walks. Winter, June to August, is mild with snow in southern mountains and balmy temperatures in the north. In general, April to September temperatures are between 18°C/66 °F and 31°C/88°F. September and October are warm but not extremely hot.

 

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's Primeval Landscapes Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Australia


(Interest Type(s))

Romantic Getaways

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Sustainable Travel

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Safari Tours

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

11 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $7,700
  • Discover Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel in Australia’s natural heritage where you can, depending on season, swim with the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and witness turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in summer
  • Explore Adelaide’s elegant tree-lined streets, pretty parks and stone churches, visit the Adelaide Central Market, and sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center
  • Travel into the Flinders Ranges, a timeless terrain molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity resulting in some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery
  • Savor guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region; set out on spectacular 4WD drives; go mountain biking, hiking or cycling
  • Complete your Australia experience in sophisticated Sydney with its eccentric history, beautiful harbor, fine dining, galleries and so much more

Day 1: Perth, Australia
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival at Perth International Airport you will be met by your Big Five representative who will hand over your Australian documentation and transfer you by private vehicle to your accommodation. Your hotel is strategically located in West Perth in a convenient location, situated midway between the city and cosmopolitan Subiaco. It reflects luxury in its 74 guest rooms and suites, the spa, restaurants and bar. The rooms include air-conditioning, broadband internet access via wireless and cable, as well as galley bars featuring Nespresso® coffee machines. The spa offers you a unique holistic experience in a tranquil urban haven. The modern city of Perth basks in its glorious isolation from the rest of the country. Here the city’s glittering skyline is reflected in the Swan River. The area also boasts dozens of golden beaches. To the south, the vigrant  city of Fremantle which seamlessly combines it’s maritime and convict heritage with bustling street markets, trendy restaurants and microbreweries. THE RICHARDSON HOTEL – Deluxe Room 

Day 2: Perth / Ningaloo Reef
Today you will be met at your accommodation by your private car and driver and transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight to Learmouth (Exmouth). Upon arrival at Learmouth Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred by shared vehicle to Sal Salis (approximate transfer time is 1.5 hours). Stretching 280 kilometers/174 miles along Western Australia’s harsh and arid coast, the Ningaloo Reef is an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel in Australia’s natural heritage. Here’s where you’ll see the giant whale shark, the world’s largest fish, and turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in summer. Lying just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the waters are warm for most of the year and the beaches are white and beautifully clean. Hidden in the dunes overlooking pristine beaches and coral reefs, the Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp on a deserted stretch of beach in the Cape Range National Park, where the magnificent corals of Ningaloo Reef are just off shore. Nine spacious en suite wilderness tents on raised platforms are 50 meters/164 feet back from the water’s edge and the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef.  The main camp building is raised above sand and dinner is hosted against a back drop of rich orange sunsets over the Indian Ocean. The resident chef provides contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and native produce. Enjoy a quiet sundowner with the kangaroos and the wallaroos that appear from the bush for their evening graze. Please note: Flight from Perth to Learmouth (Exmouth) additional cost. SAL SALIS – Wilderness Tent (B,L,D) 

Day 3: Ningaloo Reef 
Today you will be transferred to the boat ramp to embark the “Keshi-Mer”. The shared tour features an exclusive spotter aircraft to search the reef for whale sharks, allowing the boat to move freely and venture into its own areas, focusing on allowing as much time in the water snorkeling with the sharks as possible. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel the Ningaloo Reef at different coral sites with abundant tropical marine life. The crew also search for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds throughout the day. A delicious lunch is provided and snorkel gear and wetsuits are included. Nothing can compare to the thrill of swimming beside the world’s largest fish – the docile whale shark - which visit the waters of the Ningaloo Reef each year between April and June. Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world, stretching 260 kilometers/161 miles along the coast and nearly 20 kilometers/12miles seaward from the beach. It is bounded by the small fishing townships of Exmouth and Coral Bay – both of which have retained their original charm and are linked by an endless expanse of sandy beaches. SAL SALIS – Wilderness Tent (B,L,D)

Day 4: Ningaloo Reef 
Today is at leisure to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge. On the menu of options are wildlife watching, with coral spawning March - April; sea kayak trips; scuba diving (additional cost) and snorkeling; fishing (additional cost); and star gazing. Guided walks take you through some of the gorges such as Mandu Mandu Gorge with its fossil bearing limestone formations and spectacular views back to the coast and over the Ningaloo Reef. The history of 30,000 years of human habitation in this area is slowly unfolding from studies of artefacts, middens and rock shelters found among the Acacia trees, spinifex, kurrajong and rock fig.  Walking through the gorge offers a great opportunity to spot the black-footed rock wallaby - these timid creatures tend to seek shelter on ledges along the gorge walls resting during daylight hours and coming out to feed later, in the cool of the night. Records have been found of Aboriginal groups occupying the Ningaloo Coast, with the Jinigudira people thought to have inhabited the areas along and adjacent to the northern end of Cape. Evidence of the historical Aboriginal occupation is found throughout the Cape Range. SAL SALIS – Wilderness Tent (B,L,D)

Day 5: Ningaloo Reef / Adelaide
Today you will be met by a representative of Sal Salis and transferred to the Airport for your flight to Adelaide via Perth. Upon arrival at Adelaide Airport you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation. A leisurely stroll down Adelaide’s elegant tree-lined streets, through pretty parks and past stone churches, will unveil a different side to the quiet achiever of Australian cities. You only need to scratch the surface to find a celebration of the cultural, artistic, gastronomic and the sporting. Tantalize your taste buds with a visit to stalls at the Adelaide Central Market and sample wines from more than 60 wine regions across Australia at the National Wine Center. Please note: Flight Learmouth to Adelaide via Perth additional cost. INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL – Club Riveview Room (B) 

Day 6: Adelaide / Arkaba
This morning, you have your rental car to drive to your accommodation in The Flinders Ranges via the charmingly secluded Clare Valley, one of Australia's oldest wine regions. The Flinders Ranges, approximately 450km/280mi north of Adelaide, are the epitome of outback Australia. Towering granite outcrops provide adventurous four-wheel drives, rewarded with spectacular look outs. Among these most ancient landscapes, the timeless terrain showcases a kaleidoscope of outback experiences. A truly magnificent landscape molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity, the Flinders Rangers offer some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. At 60,000 acres, Arkaba is a classic, working outback sheep station on the edge of the Flinders Rangers National Park. Craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with river red gums provide a quintessential Australian scene. Staying in a heritage homestead, you enjoy a taste of classic Australian country hospitality while a few ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches ensure comfort style and truly memorable outback experience. With five guest rooms designed in an early settler/pioneer style, Arkaba offers guests broad wilderness experience.  ARKABA STATION FLINDERS RANGERS – King Room (B,D)

Days 7/8: Arkaba
Over the next two days, explore the Flinders and enjoy a variety of excursions to learn about and experience the outback Australia. Guided excursions highlighting the geology, history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region. Spectacular 4WD drives take you into the outer regions of the station. The Flinders Ranges represents a huge variety of landforms in the area, including high ranges, plateaus, gorges, valleys and creek lines as well as floodplains. This has encouraged a huge diversity of wildlife and plant life with about 1200 species of plants and nearly 300 species of birds recorded within the ranges that you can discover. You can go mountain biking, experience nature firsthand on one of the many walking and cycling trails; enjoy a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges for views of Wilpena Pound (additional cost). ARKABA STATION FLINDERS RANGERS – King Room (B,D)

Day 9: Arkaba / Adelaide / Sydney
Today you will drive back to Adelaide Airport for your onward flight. Upon arrival at Sydney Airport you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation. Your hotel is positioned on the edge of the world’s most stunning harbor, and just a short walk from the famous Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and exclusive shops. It was built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851. The hotel’s 509 contemporary-designed guest rooms and suites offer luxurious furnishings and latest technology ensure a private retreat perfect for conducting business or simply relaxing. Flight Adelaide to Sydney additional costINTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL – Eastern Harbor View Room (B)

Day 10: Sydney
Early this morning make your way independently to Sydney Opera House for your shared backstage tour. See where the magic is made! This 2 hour tour takes visitors behind the scenes of one of the world’s truly great performing arts complexes. Starting at this early hour of the morning allows you access to all backstage areas, which are in use at any other time of the day or night. Your tour will take you to places such as the Opera Theatre scenery dock, the Orchestra Pit, on stage in either the Concert Hall or the Opera Theatre and past rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms. The tour will be followed by a light breakfast in the Green Room, where staff, technicians and performers mingle during breaks. Note: For safety reasons a maximum of 10 people are allowed on this tour. There are approximately 300 stairs on this tour, and flat, rubber soled, closed-in shoes must be worn for safety. The tour involves confined spaces and accessing areas that may be uncomfortable for patrons with a fear of heights. Photography is allowed only where expressly indicated by your guide.

Following the tour, you make your way independently to your accommodation to meet your private guide for your Rocks Walking Tour. Your experienced guide will entertain you with lots of with lively tales from Sydney’s colorful past. The stories of the past come alive in the ambience of the present. Hear how The Rocks was inhabited by that first fleet of convicts arriving into Sydney Cove in 1788. Up onto the rocky land a human cargo was disgorged and so began the British Australian story. Still to be seen today are the storehouses, pubs and working class cottages from the time when this place took on all of the characteristics of a dockside area and a disease ridden slum. Today The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth century buildings. You will weave your way through hidden narrow alleyways, along charming cobbled lanes and into shady courtyards, linger by quaint terrace cottages and visit a gothic church. INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL – Eastern Harbor View Room (B)

Day 11: Sydney / Depart   
Today you will be met at your accommodation by your private car and driver and transferred to Sydney Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Price starts from $700 per person per day.

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