Pamper yourself and live the life of luxury as you tour the best of the best across Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney.
Adelaide - the Barossa - Kangaroo Island - Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Hobart - Port Arthur - Freycinet Peninsula - Sydney - Hamilton Island - Brisbane.
Adelaide is a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom here - of expression, of movement, of thought. With a diverse and eclectic array of accessible experiences, it’s a city that allows time for immersion, paired with a sense of space and freedom that actively encourages true indulgence. The drive from Adelaide Airport to Barossa Valley takes about 1.5 hours. Check in at The Louise. An idyllic luxury vineyard retreat encompassing acclaimed restaurant Appellation, is situated on a gentle hill surrounded by hundreds of acres of vines, with breathtaking vistas across the world renowned Barossa Valley. Just fifteen luxuriously appointed, contemporary styled suites, each with its own terrace, are sited to provide guests with complete privacy.
Don a lab-coat and enjoy the challenge of being a winemaker for a day in the Penfolds laboratory where many of the iconic Penfold’s wine blends originate. Bring your blended wine back to Appellation to form part of your dining experience that evening. On a Saturday morning join one of Appellation’s chefs at the Barossa Farmer’s Market and share in their delight for the food of the region. Time permitting take a private tour of Seppeltsfield, a national treasure and living museum of Australian wine history. Taste fortified wine from the year of your birth, and visit the cellars, a global gem. Don’t miss the Jam Factory contemporary art gallery and Fino restaurant. Spend a day touring a selection of (over 100) wineries that have made the Barossa Australia’s most famous and revered wine region. Or ask The Louise staff for a special introduction to one of their ‘private winemaker’ or ‘food producer’ connections for a very personal connection to the Barossa.
Drive to Adelaide Airport to board your flight to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is renowned as Australia’s Galapagos and nicknamed ‘the zoo without fences’. It brims with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. On the island’s southwest coast, globally celebrated Southern Ocean Lodge offers unrivalled luxury in a uniquely Australian setting. It is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.
Pamper yourself with the signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property on the Kanga and Kanapé tour. Premium South Australian beverages, canapés and kangaroos grazing in the late afternoon sunlight. Discover Kangaroo Island’s superb produce – Ligurian honey, sheep’s milk yoghurt and cheeses, and local seafood.
Embark on a guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing natural icons such as the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony. A spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, marine heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. Later in the afternoon you can always Quad Bike Safari – a fun, interpretive quad bike adventure led by the lodge naturalist guide providing insight into the local wildlife and wilderness seen along the way. Once you return to the lodge, treat yourself to one of the rejuvenating spa treatments, that embrace the Island’s bounty of endemic wilderness beauty products, lavender, pink clay, eucalyptus, Ligurian honey and nutrient-rich sea salts.
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Adelaide to connect with your fight to Melbourne, a dynamic city with a quirky, creative soul just begging to be explored. Offering world-class food and dining experiences, a thriving bar scene, an enviable calendar of sporting events, local and international art and cutting edge fashion, you will be blown away and instantly mesmerized by the sophisticated, understated energy of this buzzing metropolis.
Capturing the essence of its stylish address, Lyall Hotel & Spa is Melbourne's luxury boutique hotel, a privately owned and operated 5 Star hotel offering grand hotel services and facilities on an intimate and personal scale. The central business district is a 10 minute drive from the hotel separated by the Yarra River and Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne's Arts precinct and premier sporting arenas The MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park Tennis Centre (home of The Australian Open) and The Formula One Grand Prix track are close by. There is also the Hotel Lindrum, one of the best luxury romantic hotels Melbourne has to offer right in the heart of the CBD. Ideally located in Flinders Street, it is known as a luxury Melbourne romantic hotel and is
nestled in the heart of Australia’s fashion and dining capital, providing easy access to all this world-famous city has to offer. The hotel is within walking distance to world-class theatres and restaurants, sporting venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne & Olympic Parks and major attractions such as Federation Square.
Melbourne is a city renowned for great art and delicious food. People travel from far and wide to visit international exhibitions, laneway street art and taste the best food this city has to offer. Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told about and ended up missing everything else on offer? Melbourne’s arcades and laneways hide many of these treasures, and Hidden Secrets Tours Lanes and Arcades walking tour is the ideal way to discover and learn about the enchantment of Melbourne. On this tour of Melbourne’s signature lanes and arcades, you will get to see many of the local designers’ outlets and specialty retailers that often are only found in the city. The tour will reveal some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, with historical tales of Melbourne along the way. There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. A delicious morning tea or coffee stop is included, along with a Hidden Secrets Tours souvenir bag, map and special offers from local retailers. Lunch available as optional extra. Tour Starts at 10.00am from Federation Square.
After the lanes and arcades tour proceed to the Crown Complex to indulge pamper yourself. Crown Melbourne restaurants are considered to be some of the best in the world, and 29 to choose from, even the fussiest foodie will be spoiled for choice. From a mouth-watering food court to fine dining experiences, whatever your taste you will find it at Crown. Crown Melbourne offers a dazzling array of gaming options in a vibrant and sophisticated setting, providing an experience unparalleled in Melbourne. Shop till you drop at Crown, home to the best shopping in Melbourne. With an impressive selection of world leading designer brands under one roof, including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo and more, you will be spoiled for choice.
Collect your luxury car to explore Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, an amazing experience at any time of the year. One of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road stretches 243 kilometres (150 miles) along the southern coast of Victoria. Travel it to discover some of the world’s most inspiring scenery, an ever-changing hinterland and charming towns and hamlets. Marvel at the huge cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves, magnificent waterfalls and secluded beaches. Get an insight into Australian surfing culture at Bells Beach, with rugged cliffs and big waves. Discover seaside villages such as the popular town of Lorne, where you can stroll on the stunning beach. As you continue driving you may see koalas in the wild at Kennett River.
Indulge in quality local produce and fresh seafood opposite the sandy beaches of Apollo Bay. Head inland through the towering forests towards Port Campbell National Park to view the sculptured beauty of The Twelve Apostles. Many of these stacks of flat-bedded limestone raise 65 metres above sea level and are an inspiring sight to see. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and hear stories from your host about the tragic and romantic shipwreck whilst marvelling at the landmark. Return inland to Melbourne. Experience a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight over the most beautiful scenery in Australia, the Twelve Apostles. Perhaps a journey over the 12 Apostles, a flight to the Bay of Islands via London Bridge, or take in the beauty of the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to Australia's oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. 12 Apostles Helicopters offers the highest level of safety and service to make this a day you will never forget.
Arrive in Hobart after a short one hour flight. Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It's no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in
the world right now. On a Saturday, enjoy a stroll through Hobart’s colourful Salamanca Market, taking in the fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, preserves, wines and arts & crafts that are on offer. Islington is a very special, small, luxe hotel in Hobart with a long history and a large delightful garden, affording unique and stunning views of Mount Wellington. Decorated with fine art and furnished with antiques, Islington appeals to those who desire the very best in life. Surrounded by personalised service, presented in an atmosphere of serenity, luxury and tranquillity. The Henry Jones Art Hotel is a fusion of history and modernity, art and design, indulgence and discovery. Australia’s first dedicated art hotel, The Henry Jones merges one of Tasmania’s most significant industrial heritage sites—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL—with modern design and contemporary art to create a luxurious accommodation experience.
Check on for a cruise on the Derwent River on board the Peppermint Bay II. Enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating and rewarding day on board the luxurious 23 metre catamaran, Peppermint Bay II, and experience real Tasmania. Departing from the tourist hub of Sullivan’s Cove in Hobart, the Peppermint Bay Cruise takes in harbour and city views, the River Derwent and its magnificent estuary, slicing its way along the stunning d’Entrecasteaux Channel, arriving in the near-pristine waters of Peppermint Bay. Peppermint Bay II has been purpose-built for the Peppermint Bay Cruise – designed for maximum passenger comfort and visibility. The vessel is warm, luxurious and fast, delivering a unique and comfortable way to explore this stunning region. Take in the amazing views from the extensive outer deck space and expansive floor to ceiling glass windows and atrium on the main deck. Tasmania is world-renowned for its wildlife and you will have a unique opportunity to witness it firsthand, and up-close. The River Derwent and d’Entrecasteaux Channel teems with aquatic life, and it is not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins, a sunbathing seal or even migrating whales on your cruise down to Peppermint Bay.
Today explore the surrounds of Hobart. Travel to the Port Arthur Historic Site via Richmond. As arguably Tasmania’s most important historic town, Richmond is one of the state’s most popular destinations. Historic, romantic, family friendly, a hub for food and wine lovers with its fresh food and fine wines, grown in fertile soils under the world’s cleanest air. Good examples of Tasmania’s stark convict heritage and beautiful historic buildings. The town is as elegant today as it was in the 1820’s, when it was an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur. Nestled in the Coal River Valley, this classified historic town is famous for its Georgian architecture. The stone buildings now house galleries, teashops, craft boutiques and museums.
The World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, located on the Tasman Peninsula, is one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Australia and the world. Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline. Remote, harsh, with no chance of escape, this was the perfect destination for hardened, repeat offenders. But Port Arthur was much more than a prison. As you walk within the Site, the powerful, personal stories of convicts, soldiers, free settlers and their families will reveal themselves. A visit will stay with you long after you have departed. Port Arthur is a place that every Australian, and all international visitors with a wish to understand more of Australia and Australians, should visit.
Travel northwards to Freycinet Peninsula. Though it is only a 3 hours’ drive, please allow yourself at least 6 – 7 hours as you will be stopping enroute to enjoy the amazing landscape and the sights. Stop at Kates Berry Farm about 1 hour 45 minutes from Hobart. An oasis, Kates Berry Farm is located on Tasmania’s stunning East Coast. Kates hugely popular Just Desserts Cafe, with its mouth-watering menu, overlooks rows of berries to breathtaking views across Great Oyster Bay to the world renowned Freycinet National Park.
Arrive and Check in at Saffire. Saffire Freycinet is a luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania's East Coast offering premium, boutique accommodation that is truly in touch with the beauty and depth of nature. With just twenty suites, Saffire is distinct in its design, exclusive in its features and set apart by its approach to tailored, one-on-one experiences and service. Saffire is also dedicated to providing unforgettable experiences, indulgent and self-selected dining options, inspiring accommodation spaces and an overall sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Scenic flight over Wineglass Bay – 45 minutes. The Freycinet Peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world with its combination of mountains, forests and white beaches. The best way to experience this amazing but inaccessible location is by taking a scenic flight. All flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. Later in the day embark on the Oyster Shucking Experience at the Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm. Don a pair of waders and visit a working oyster farm located in a beautiful setting within an internationally significant wetland and ornithological site. Develop an understanding for wetland and marine ecology, plus a taste for prized Pacific oysters.
Drive to Hobart Airport to board your flight to Sydney.
Sydney is Australia's largest and most famous city. It is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquillity of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone. Stroll through Darling Harbour, a lovely walkable area on the waterfront boasting museums, gardens, restaurants, and a carousel. It is also the departure point for all harbor cruises. Hop on to your private yacht for a 2 hour cruise that will take you around Sydney Harbour and its surroundings. Enjoy a glass of sparkling as the ocean air blows over the bow of the yacht. The sails of the Sydney Opera House point into the sky and mix with the sailboats floating around the esplanade. The bare frame of the Harbour Bridge holds fast above the sea.
The Harbour Rocks Hotel is the perfect Sydney hotel accommodation choice, a popular & exclusive “home away from home” for discerning travellers and the perfect base from which to explore the city of Sydney. Perfectly located in ‘The Rocks’ and just a short stroll from some of Australia’s best icons the Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House, this Sydney boutique hotel accommodation offers a variety of stunning guest rooms to choose from. All to suit the needs of both the professional business and experienced leisure traveller.
The Langham Sydney - Delightfully intimate interiors. Genuine and personalised service. Exciting epicurean adventures. Lavish. Luminous. Tranquil. Every room a haven of plush, bespoke furnishings amidst soft panelled walls and a high ceiling. Each accented by views of bustling Western Harbour or the iconic Sydney cityscape. Experience breathtaking Sydney Harbour, delightful diverse cuisines, and more. The Langham, Sydney is all this and more.
See Sydney like a local - take the climb of your life to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney. With their Climb Leaders as your guide, you will suit-up in their specially designed outdoor gear and ascend. From its fascinating underbelly to its summit, 134 metres above the Harbour, the Bridge is the pride of Sydney. From dawn until dusk, the view from the Bridge is always different. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), during the day, twilight or night. Don't miss out on this unforgettable, and uniquely Sydney experience. Indulge yourself shopping at the Queen Victoria Building, The Strand Arcade, or the Westfield housing over 250 brands. Enjoy a guided tour of Sydney Opera House, followed by a three-course pre-show dinner at Bennelong Restaurant (beverages additional) and a performance of the opera, ballet, or theatre at the Sydney Opera House.
Enjoy a magic day out with a Sydney Seaplane flight along Sydney's Northern Beaches to Palm Beach, followed by a 3course lunch overlooking Whale Beach at Jonah's restaurant. Perched high on the edge of a cliff, enjoying dramatic views of Whale Beach and the sprawling Pacific Ocean, Jonah's at Whale Beach is one of Australia's most prestigious ocean retreats. Departing Sydney Harbour late morning, your seaplane flight tracks north past Sydney's spectacular Northern Beaches before touching down in the expansive waterway of Pittwater. Jonah's courtesy vehicle will meet you at the dock and transfer you to the restaurant. Jonah's offers contemporary Australian cuisine combining the best and freshest local produce. You will be as impressed with the food as with the restaurant's 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, enjoy a glorious afternoon seaplane flight back to Rose Bay, encompassing a Sydney Harbour circuit over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Fly to Hamilton Island. Located on the secluded northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, qualia, is truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to completely spoil the senses.
Qualia Sunset Cruise - Join other qualia guests for a relaxing sunset cruise around the sheltered waters of Hamilton Island. The Whitsundays are famous for breathtaking sunsets. Take in the magnificent palette of colours as the sun sets into the horizon on this cruise of the local waters adjacent to Hamilton Island. Whilst aboard qualia's luxury charter cruiser Atomic, you will enjoy a selection of mouth-watering canapes and beverages as you take in a spectacular sunset over the Whitsunday Islands. You will be transferred from qualia's Long Pavilion to the Hamilton Island Marina where your Atomic charter awaits.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, and home to the most diverse plant and animal life on the planet - including spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays and even visiting Dolphins and Whales.
Hamilton Island, in the heart of the reef, is the perfect base for exploring this magnificent part of the world. Remarkable from the air and from beneath the water, the Great Barrier Reef is a truly unforgettable destination. On this Best of Both World tour you can experience it from all angles, with this fly and cruise trip to Reefworld, on colourful Hardy Reef.
Enjoy a magnificent, half-hour helicopter flight over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef and the Great Barrier Reef before arriving at Reefworld. Once at Reefworld, you will have three hours to snorkel or dive the reef - or make use of Reefworld’s range of facilities, including a large 50 seat underwater viewing chamber, and a Groper viewing hole. You can also take a semi-submersible tour if you would prefer to experience the reef from below, without getting wet. After your time at Reefworld, you will return to Hamilton Island on board one of the fully-equipped catamarans, with lounge seating and a large, shaded deck.
Signature Spa Experience – Spa qualia’s menu is authentically Australian, incorporating treatments, which capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. White Haven treatment, begins with the flow of white silk caressing your skin, and a clarifying sea mineral salt exfoliation restores a glistening glow. The ocean dreaming massage works into your muscles from head to toe with the signature Whitehaven aromatherapy oil. The final touch is a marine facial, leaving you drifting in a world of your own. Unwind on a comfortable sunbed adjacent a beachside infinity pool and be cooled by gentle breezes as time drifts by amongst the calming palette of blue sea and sky. Entry to Spa qualia is exclusively for qualia guests or by invitation only, and bookings are essential. Rest of the day is free to explore the resort and enjoy the many facilities available. Or hire a buggy and explore the island on your own.
Melbourne to Adelaide via Great Ocean Road
Travel from Melbourne to Adelaide along the country's breathtaking south-east coastline. Drive the Great Ocean Road past the iconic surf spots of Torquay and Bells Beach, then onto the holiday haven of Lorne and the magnificent Twelve Apostles. Walk through waterfalls and lush forest in Otway National Park and watch whales from historic Warrnambool. Soak up seafaring history in Port Fairy and Portland, near the towering sea cliffs of Cape Bridgewater. Taste wine in Coonawarra and see the fossils of giant marsupials in World heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves. Cruise the Coorong and explore the inviting beaches and wineries of the Fleurieu Peninsula on your way to Adelaide.
Australian Alps Walking Track
Cross three states, four national parks and some of Australia's highest peaks on this tough long-distance walk. The trail follows the crest of the Australian Alps for 65km, from Walhalla in Victoria to Tharwa just south of Canberra. Wind up and down the Baw Baw Plateau, Mt Howitt, the Bogong High Plains and the Cobberras in Victoria. Traverse the rugged mountains of Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales and the rocky wilderness of Namadgi National Park near Canberra. Pitch your tent in the wilderness, stay in camping grounds, historic huts or alpine resorts close to the track. Do day treks or combine shorter, more manageable sections of the trail. The end-to-end walk takes about 50 to 60 days and is strictly for the intrepid traveller.
Discover the vastness of Australia’s interior on our epic outback journeys. Four wheel drive the rugged Gibb River Road, stopping to swim in cool, rocky gorges and stay on sprawling outback stations. Follow the Savannah Way through the outback from the Pacific coast in the east to the Indian Ocean in the west. Fossick for gold in Croydon in Queensland and canoe through Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory. Fly over the beehive-striped Bungle Bungles or vast Lake Argyle in Kununurra in Western Australia. Drive the Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin, past the underground opal town of Cooper Pedy and the Red Centre hub of Alice Springs. Cross Australia from south to north via the Red Centre on the legendary Ghan rail journey.
7 day food and wine
Australia has a restaurant culture that is dynamic. And, remarkably, it has come about in the space of a single generation. Australia has never been a more exciting place to eat and restaurants are driving this change. This seven day itinerary will help you explore some of the best food and wine experiences available in Australia including Melbourne’s vibrant café and restaurant scene, the rich produce that can be found on Bruny Island and the award winning wine from the Barossa Valley.
10 day coast to coast
Discover white beaches, coral reefs and World Heritage Listed sites as you spend ten days exploring Australia’s coast. This itinerary will have you crossing the country to take in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s iconic reef in Queensland, before heading to Western Australia to see the breath taking Ningaloo Reef, one of Australia’s best kept secrets.