Couple on private beach with boat, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, New South Wales
By Down Under Endeavours
Discover Australia's most magnificent natural attractions in 5-star luxury. Begin your journey on a private island where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef with no one else in sight. Jet over to Ningaloo Reef to swim with the whale sharks, then indulge in an epic food and wine adventure in Margaret River.
- 3 nights at Lizard Island in an all-inclusive luxury resort on the Great Barrier Reef
- Scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef
- Private Great Barrier Reef excursions via motorized dinghy, glass-bottomed kayak, and more
- 1 night Cairns, 1 night Perth
- 3 nights at Sal Salis in an all-inclusive deluxe eco-camp
- Swimming with whale sharks
- 5 nights at Indijup Spa Retreat - gourmet food and drink included
- 4 days guided walking on the stunning Cape to Cape Track
- Private Didgeridoo performance at Ngilgi Cave with an Aboriginal Traditional Owner
- Gourmet food and wine experiences in Margaret River, including meals at Hayshed and Wills Domain
- Upgrade to Plunge Pool Villa or The Pavilion at Lizard Island
- Add Great Barrier Reef scuba or fishing charter
- Add scenic flight transfer to Sal Salis
- Upgrade to suite or villa at Crown Towers Perth
- Add small bar walking tour in Perth
- Add spa treatments at Lizard Island and Indijup Spa Retreat
Package duration: 13 nights
Book by: 08/31/2018
Travel from: 02/01/2018
Travel by: 10/31/2018
Welcome to Australia! Fly into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. On arrival, you'll be met at baggage claim and escorted to your next flight, a scenic excursion over the Great Barrier Reef to your luxury island resort. Watch the majesty of the reef unfold below you in countless shades of blue and green, and take in the full scale of this magnificent natural wonder. Land on Lizard Island, a luxurious resort located on the Great Barrier Reef itself and your home for the next 4 nights.
Accommodation: Lizard Island, 3 nights
Today is yours to spend at your leisure, doing as little or as much as you wish. Enjoy unparalleled access to the Great Barrier Reef, just steps from the beach—no long boat rides required! You can snorkel, dive, or view the reef from a glass-bottomed kayak. Back at the resort, a refreshing swimming pool, gourmet food and wine, gorgeous rooms and plenty of picturesque views are waiting for your enjoyment.
Enjoy another day of beach luxury at Lizard Island. With 24 private, white sand beaches, there's always a secluded spot where you can explore or enjoy a romantic moment surrounded by natural beauty. You can even take out your own private dinghy for the day to explore hidden beaches and snorkeling spots with no one else around.
Take in the Great Barrier Reef from above once more as you fly back to Cairns. The day is free to explore this sunny and cosmopolitan coastal city.
Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns
Today, journey from one end of Australia to the other to explore the wonders of Australia's other magnificent reef system: Ningaloo Reef. Your home for the next 3 nights is Sal Salis, one of the most remote luxury lodges of Australia. Sal Salis is the ultimate luxury camping experience, with 5-star tented accommodations in an exclusive location. Guided snorkel trips, kayaking excursions, gorge walks and all meals and beverages are included in the room rate.
Accommodation: Sal Salis, 3 nights
Today, it's time for a true bucket list experience: swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef! These gentle giants visit the reef from April to October. On your full-day excursion, you'll have several opportunities to swim with the whale sharks, as well as giant manta rays, dugongs, sea turtles, and other vibrant marine life.
Enjoy a day of leisure at Sal Salis. In addition to the coral reef, the coastal dunes and gorges in the Cape Range National Park provide an amazing wildlife experience, with red kangaroo, dingoes, echidnas, emus, and more seen in and around the camp. Safari guides are available to provide a truly immersive wilderness experience. Back at camp, you'll enjoy delectable cuisine and a selection of fine Western Australian wines in a stunningly beautiful setting.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport, where you'll fly back to Perth for the night. Your luxurious hotel has everything you could need onsite- an enormous resort-style pool, day spa, 24-hour casino, 32 restaurants and bars onsite, a nightclub and more.
Accommodation: Crown Towers Perth
Today, it's on to Margaret River, the hidden gem of Australian wine country. A private transfer will bring you to the car depot, where you'll pick up your rental car and drive approximately 3 hours along the coast to the heavenly Indijup Spa Retreat. Situated on a secluded beach in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, Injidup is a true oasis. You'll receive a complimentary bottle of local wine and gourmet breakfast hamper on arrival. Unwind in your luxury villa, with your own private plunge pool overlooking the ocean.
Accommodation: Indijup Spa Retreat, 5 nights
Over the next 4 days, you'll experience the most scenic portions of the Cape to Cape Track, a stunning walking trail following the coast. Your small-group guided tour combines 4 days of easy, scenic walks with luxury accommodation, gourmet food and wine, and local experiences. Start your experience today with a 5.5km walk from Smiths Beach back to Indijup Spa Retreat, with lunch and a swim along the way. Later, you will be transferred to award-winning Rusticos @ Hay Shed Hill for a multi-course dinner with Margaret River wine matches—a magical evening of food and wine overlooking the vines.
After a gourmet breakfast in your villa, you will make your way to Cape Naturaliste, stopping at Ngilgi Cave for a mesmerizing didgeridoo performance from one of the region's Aboriginal Traditional Owners. This morning, walk 14km along the limestone coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup, with famous surf breaks visible from the clifftops along the way. After a rest back in your villa, or perhaps a massage at the onsite spa, meet your group for sunset drinks on a clifftop. Afterward, enjoy a quiet evening with gourmet dinner hamper provided to enjoy in your room with wine.
Today's walk is arguably the most stunning, taking in the 13.5km section of track running from Redgate Beach to Boranup karri forest, with gourmet lunch hampers on the track. You will be dwarfed by the karri trees and marvel at the jaw-dropping views from the clifftop above pristine Conto Beach. Return to the retreat and have some free time to relax before a private chef and local winemaker meet you in the lounge. The chef will showcase exceptional local produce over a 3-course dinner, while the winemaker introduces you to some amazing local wines.
After one last gourmet breakfast in your villa, you will be transferred to Moses Rock for your 8km walk to Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. Witness the wild Indian Ocean waves crashing into the granite rock formations with the turquoise hues standing out against the orange rock. Having completed your walk, you'll have earned the lunch that is to follow at award-winning Wills Domain winery. Enjoy 4 courses with premium wine matches overlooking vines and the Gunyulgup Valley—a fitting farewell before you're transferred back to Indijup for your final night of Western Australia luxury.
Today, your Australian luxury adventure comes to an end. Drive back to Perth, where you'll drop off your rental car and begin your journey home.
Terms & Conditions:
*Pricing valid for travel through August 31, 2018. Airfare to/from Australia and domestic flights within Australia not included. Down Under Endeavours requires a minimum booking of $8,000 for your trip (includes air and land arrangements for all travelers in your party). Cape to Cape Walk offered from March to June; swimming with whale sharks offered from April to October.