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Musical pairs
Luke Webb Desmond Neysmith

New South Wales itinerary

Learn about Luke and Desmond's great Sydney experiences, from surfing at Bondi Beach to climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Bondi Beach, NSW

Day 1- Bondi bliss
Luke and Desmond started their Australian adventure with a surf lesson at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach. Professional instructors guided the pair through some of the basic manoeuvres at the beach's northern end. Afterwards Desmond and Luke compared their experiences over a seafood lunch in the historic Bondi Pavilion. They walked off lunch along the Bondi to Bronte walk, soaking up the inspiring views over the winding, sea-sculpted coastline. After their action-packed day by the beach, Luke and Desmond headed to funky, inner-city Darlinghurst for dinner and drinks.

Manly, NSW

Day 2 - Manly kayaking
The musicians sailed past the Harbour Bridge and Opera House on the 30-minute ferry ride to Manly, the picturesque peninsula where their kayaking tour began. Luke and Desmond spent the day paddling around North Harbour, stopping to picnic and compose music on golden, secluded beaches. On Store Beach they enjoyed some musical collaboration and a picnic lunch. After returning to the city by ferry, the musicians met for an early dinner in the historic GPO building at Martin Place. They ended the day with an open-air movie in the sweeping grounds of Sydney University, just one of many Sydney destinations that host outdoor cinemas over summer.

Hawkesbury River, NSW

Day 3 – Scenic flight to the Hawkesbury
Desmond and Luke headed to Rose Bay to take a scenic seaplane to the Hawkesbury River. It was a 20-minute flight over the harbour to the tranquil Hawkesbury River, which is lined with national parks, bush-fringed islands, waterfront mansions and little fishing towns. Luke and Desmond collaborated amongst these serene surroundings before a leisurely lunch at a riverside restaurant. In the evening they took a water taxi to heritage-listed Cockatoo Island, where they enjoyed drinks and a barbeque in the funky outdoor bar. The pair looked out over Sydney Harbour from their deck chairs beneath the palm trees. The recently-opened bar made a quirky contrast to Cockatoo island's old convict buildings and shipyards.

Sydney Harbour, NSW

Day 4 – Australia Day celebrations
The musical duo started Australia Day with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony in Sydney's lush Botanic Gardens. They then climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy amazing views over the Australia Day activity on Sydney Harbour. Air force jets streaked through the sky and colourful ferries raced past spectator boats draped in Australian flags. The pair spent the rest of the day enjoying the festive vibe in the historic Rocks. After a pub lunch they joined the jubilant crowds at an Australia Day music concert featuring more than 70 Australian performers. In the evening, the pair relaxed over dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Circular Quay.

Opera House, NSW

Day 5 - Botanic Gardens
Luke and Desmond spent their final morning reflecting on their rich Sydney experiences while wandering through the Botanic Gardens.

Western Australia itinerary

Travel with Luke and Desmond on their journey to unforgettable places such as Perth's Kings Park and Cottesloe Beach and the historic gold town of Kalgoorlie.

Cottesloe Beach, WA

Day 1 – Perth and Cottesloe Beach
Desmond and Luke were collected from Perth airport in true celebrity fashion - by limousine. After settling into their boutique hotel in trendy Mount Lawley, they headed out for a seafood dinner along Cottesloe Beach. With its sweeping white sands and smooth, terraced lawns, Cottesloe is one of Perth's most popular beaches. Luke and Desmond soaked up the relaxed summer ambience while watching the sun sink into the Indian Ocean. With their musical imaginations fired, the two returned to their accommodation for time to reflect and create.

Rockingham, WA

Day 2 – Rockingham
Following an early breakfast, Desmond and Luke headed to Rockingham, just south of Perth, to spend the morning swimming with wild dolphins. They cruised to sheltered bays and beaches, spotting some of the hundreds dolphins that frequent these waters. Luke and Desmond were then able to dive in and join these playful, inquisitive creatures as they torpedoed through the waves. Their experienced guides pointed out some fascinating behaviours - such as dolphins using stingrays to catch their dinner, mothers nursing their calves and male dolphins impressing potential mates with aerial displays. After this magical marine interaction, the musicians had a quiet afternoon to collaborate before dinner.

Kings Park, WA

Day 3 – Kings Park
The musical partners explored Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden with local Aboriginal guide, Noel Nannup. Tribal Elder of the Nyoongar People, Noel shared the ancient Dreaming story of this landscape – a swathe of native bushland and manicured gardens overlooking Perth city and the Swan River. Desmond and Luke reflected on this timeless, living heritage over a picnic lunch. They had an afternoon of musical collaboration before a lively evening in Mount Lawley. Luke and Desmond played in an elegant champagne lounge and saw local musicians in one of Perth's top jazz clubs.

Kalgoorlie, WA

Day 4 –  Kalgoorlie
After breakfast, Luke and Desmond flew to Kalgoorlie, Australia's largest gold rush town, born during the 1880s boom. Today million-dollar mining companies have replaced the starry-eyed prospectors, but the gold rush romance lives on in Kalgoorlie's grand old buildings, saloon-style pubs and museums. Desmond and Luke had lunch here, en-route to the nearby ghost town of Gwalia. The pair spent the night in the old-style homestead of Hoover House, which was commissioned by US President Herbert Hoover in 1898 for his personal residence. Desmond and Luke shared ideas for their musical composition over a pub dinner.

Lake Ballard, WA

Day 5 – Lake Ballard and The Gormleys
Desmond and Luke discovered the surreal and theatrical landscape of Lake Ballard – a stark, white salt plain dotted with 51 steel black figures crafted by the world-renowned artist Antony Gormley. The sculptures showcase a contemporary edge to Western Australia's Aboriginal culture and made an awe-inspiring backdrop for the Making Tracks musicians. Luke and Desmond took a scenic helicopter flight over the sculptures before returning to Kalgoorlie for a farewell dinner.


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Making Tracks

Meet the musicians

A Luke Webb (guitar)
A Desmond NeySmith (cello)
A Andy Bull (piano, keyboard, organ)
A Irene Chen (clarinet)
A Dewayne Everett-Smith (guitar)
A Jasmine Beams (viola)
A Stu Cullen (piano, guitar)
A Samuel Blair (bassoon)

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A Luke and Desmond
A Andy and Irene
A Dewayne and Jasmine
A Stuart and Samuel
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