Camel riding in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
By Down Under Endeavours
From awe-inspiring sights to fresh regional flavors, this 5-star vacation showcases Australia's most indulgent highlights. Soak up vast outback scenery in the Red Centre at a remote, exclusive, and luxurious retreat. In the Barossa Valley, sample Australia's finest wines and freshest regional flavors. Explore Melbourne's innovative culinary scene, and unwind in serene spa country.
- 3 nights at Longitude 131° - all inclusive luxury lodge in the Red Centre
- Dinner under the stars in the Red Centre
- 1 night at Kings Canyon with Scenic Rim Walk
- 1 night at Alice Springs
- 2 days/1 night on The Ghan, Alice Springs to Adelaide – Gold Service with gourmet meals
- 3 nights at The Louise – luxury lodge in Barossa Valley wine region
- Dining at acclaimed Appellation Restaurant
- 2 nights in Melbourne with custom culinary and nightlife tour
- 2 nights at Lake House – luxury spa and culinary retreat outside of Melbourne
- 5 days rental car
- Add helicopter excursions and private touring at Longitude 131°
- Add "Breakfast with the Kangaroos" experience at The Louise
- Add excursion to Penfolds winery to make your own signature blend
- Upgrade to Corner Room or Loft at QT Melbourne
- Upgrade to suite at Lake House
- Add spa treatments at Lake House
Package duration: 12 nights
Book by: 09/30/2018
Travel from: 02/01/2018
Travel by: 10/31/2018
Welcome to Australia! Your vacation begins at Ayers Rock or Uluru. Located in the Red Centre and renowned as the spiritual heart of Australia, you'll find that Ayers Rock is rich in Aboriginal culture. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your wonderful accommodations at Longitude 131°, a unique luxury tented camp with commanding views of Uluru. As darkness falls, indulge in a 4-course dinner with matched Australian wines in an exclusive outback setting. Indigenous performers will mesmerize you with the movement and songs of their ancient culture. Then, Longitude's resident astronomer will regale you with tales of the Southerly constellations.
Accommodation: Longitude 131 (2 nights)
Today is yours for the making! Authentic and exclusive adventures are included in your stay, and private touring can be arranged upon request. Uluru is famous for its magical changing colors as the light waxes and wanes. Experience this rare sight, and discover why Uluru is considered sacred in Aboriginal culture, on a sunrise or sunset camel ride. You can explore dramatic outback scenery, learn Aboriginal creation stories, view cave paintings, and more with the company of a personal guide. This afternoon, luxurious spa treatments will help you rejuvenate from the heat of the outback.
This morning, enjoy one last inspiring sunrise viewing on your private balcony. There's time for a morning stroll and a delicious lunch before boarding an air-conditioned coach transfer to Kings Canyon. Arrive at your comfortable resort in Kings Canyon in time for a delicious dinner, then rest up for tomorrow's early morning adventure!
Overnight: Kings Canyon
Rise early today for the epic Kings Canyon Rim Walk. This ancient landscape features towering red cliffs, dramatic chasms, and hidden grottos. Make the rocky climb with your guide to the rim of the canyon and be rewarded with marvelous views over Watarrka National Park. After your 3.5-hour walk, enjoy a buffet breakfast at the resort, then board an air-conditioned coach transfer to Alice Springs. This iconic outback town is a hub for Aboriginal art and pioneer history.
Overnight: Alice Springs
It's time to embark on one of Australia's most scenic rail journeys, heading from Alice Springs to Adelaide onboard The Ghan. In the comfort of this luxury rail service, watch in amazement as the rugged red outback gives way to the lush pastoral lands of South Australia. Your Gold Service accommodation includes a spacious sleeper cabin with power outlets; all-inclusive dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant; and all-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
Overnight: The Ghan Gold Service cabin
Your journey on The Ghan continues today. Relax in your cabin, enjoy the picturesque scenery, and indulge in gourmet dining with premium South Australian wines. Upon arrival in Adelaide, pick up your rental car and make the short drive to the idyllic Barossa Valley wine region. Your home for the next 3 nights is The Louise. This boutique luxury lodge is a paradise for food and wine lovers; the world-renowned restaurant Appellation is a destination in itself. Enjoy fresh fruit and port-style wine on arrival, and soak up the tranquil views of the surrounding green hills.
Accommodation: The Louise (3 nights)
The Barossa is the undisputed wine capital of Australia, with over 100 wineries in easy driving distance. Visit the local farmer's market for deliciously fresh produce, take a leisurely bicycle ride through the vines, and enjoy cellar door tastings at acclaimed wineries. You can even make your own signature blend at renowned Penfolds winery. A dining allowance for Appellation Restaurant is included in your stay and is sure to be a highlight of your Australia vacation.
For a special experience this morning, opt for a "Breakfast with the Kangaroos" excursion, where you can enjoy a private champagne picnic in a grassy clearing filled with wild kangaroos. The day is yours to spend at your leisure enjoying the fabulous flavors of Barossa Valley.
Today, it's on to cosmopolitan Melbourne—an exciting change from your remote Australia experiences thus far! Drive back to Adelaide, where you'll drop off your rental car and catch a short flight to Australia's second largest city. This evening, explore the city's hidden gems on a "Melbourne by Night" tour. This is not a pre-scripted tour, but an authentic experience of Melbourne nightlife customized to your tastes. Bring your appetite, as you will visit several culinary hotspots that showcase the diversity of cuisines and depth of experimentation for which Melbourne's chefs are renowned.
Accommodation: QT Melbourne (2 nights)
Today is yours to explore Melbourne at your leisure. The city's lanes and arcades are bursting with surprises, including boutique and designer shops, art galleries, coffee shops, and innovative restaurants. Be sure to try a flat white while you're in town!
Pick up your rental car and depart Melbourne for nearby spa country. Just 90 minutes outside of Melbourne lies Daylesford, a serene oasis where wellness and indulgence of the senses reign supreme. Make your way to Lake House, your home for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation: Lake House (2 nights)
In a region that prides itself on fresh produce and small-batch farm goods, Lake House stands out as a culinary icon. Enjoy cooking classes with renowned chefs; indulge in signature spa treatments; and drive to nearby villages to visit farm gates, markets, and cellar doors to sample the region's delicious flavors.
Today, your luxury Australia vacation comes to an end. Make the short drive back to Melbourne to drop off your rental car and begin your journey home.
Terms & Conditions:
*International and domestic airfare not included. Pricing valid through Aug. 31, 2018. Down Under Endeavours requires a minimum booking of $8,000 total, which includes land and air arrangements for all travelers in your party.