Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
By Swain Destinations
Begin this luxurious coastal journey in Southeast Queensland where your accommodation boasts amazing views of the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park. Travel to the famed Lizard Island located right on the Great Barrier Reef. Indulge yourself in the tranquility of the Daintree Rainforest and then the Greater Blue Mountains before ending your stay in one of the most iconic cities in the world, Sydney.
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- 2 nights at Scenic Rim, 3 nights at Lizard Island, 2 nights at Daintree Rainforest, 3 nights at Wolgan Valley, 2 nights at Pretty Beach and 2 nights at Sydney
- Walkabout Adventures
- Sydney Opera House – Red Carpet – Bennelong Cured & Cultured
- BridgeClimb day climb
- Sydney afternoon sights
- Meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
- Enjoy complimentary activities at Spicers Peak Lodge, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and Pretty Beach House, and breakfast each day
- Ask about suite upgrades at each property alongside any customization throughout this itinerary
Package duration: 14 nights
Book by: 05/31/2018
Travel from: 04/01/2018
Travel by: 09/28/2018
Day 1: U.S. to Brisbane, Australia
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price. Ask about packaging your airfare into your customized itinerary.
Day 2: Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3: Welcome to Queensland, Australia
Today you will arrive in Queensland. Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland's Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it's possible to be. Let your cares melt away in one of the elegant rooms, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. By day enjoy bush-walking and tours of the area, take a dip in the pool or a game of tennis. By night sample fine food and wine or take in the brilliance of stars in clear mountain skies.
Day 4: Spicers Peak Activities
Spicers Peak Lodge is the perfect place to relax and de-stress but it's also a great place to re-energize and reconnect with nature. You'll feel on top of the world. Enjoy a game of tennis under the big sky or under the night lights. Tennis equipment is available on site. Enjoy board games, card games, books, and billiards in our luxurious loft. Play a game of bocce, croquet and quoits on the lawn surrounding the lodge. Bush-walking tracks and mountain bike trails are a great way to get closer to the stunning scenery and local wildlife of the surrounding area.
Day 5: Southeast Queensland to Lizard Island
The drive is around 90-100 miles. Allow at least 2 hours for the drive, longer for stops along the way or to allow for peak traffic. Fly Brisbane to Cairns before your flight transfers from Cairns to Lizard Island. Lizard Island, Australia's most northern island resort, is renowned for both diving, especially the 'Cod Hole' where you can see huge Moray Eels and the famous Potato Cod, and game fishing for Black Marlin. Located on the Inner Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island offers a private paradise in an exclusive environment.
Day 6: Lizard Island
Lizard Island offers some of the best diving in the world, and with its enviable location right on the reef, spectacular diving opportunities are endless throughout this marine national park. Snorkelers are rewarded with coral gardens, brightly colored tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorized dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try a gentle bush walk, fishing or a glass bottom boat trip, or indulge in the serenity of a treatment at the luxurious Azure Spa. Lizard Island is luxury at its finest.
Day 7: Day at Leisure
Renowned for its powdery white sand beaches and spectacular diving opportunities, Lizard Island takes pride in being one of only a few nestled right on the Great Barrier Reef. While the fish may not respect your privacy, rest assured the staff on the island will. Lizard Island seamlessly blends indoors and out in an elegant open plan design the essence of stylish Australian beach-side living.
Day 8: Lizard Island to Daintree Rainforest
Fly from Lizard Island to Cairns and then transfer from the Cairns Airport to Silky Oaks Lodge. A representative will meet you at the airport for the one-and-a-half-hour scenic drive to your accommodation. Sitting calmly on the winding Mossman Gorge River is Silky Oaks Lodge, an eco-luxury resort providing the perfect place to explore the abundant Daintree Rainforest. The lodge is built from sustainable materials and lives in harmony with nature rather than disrupting the habitat. Suites and tree houses are scattered around the property, and are comfortable and spacious with the lively sounds of the forest complementing the elegant tropical design.
Day 9: Walkabout Adventures
Spend time with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting many culturally significant areas and learning about the amazing relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land. Learn the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area. Walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices, have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. To complete the adventure, cool off in a pristine freshwater stream.
Day 10: Daintree Rainforest to Wolgan Valley
A driver will meet at your accommodation to transfer you to the Cairns Airport where you will fly to Sydney. A two-and a-half-hour drive from Sydney, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is remarkably accessible yet feels a world away. Departing the Sydney area, you will soon connect with the picturesque Bells Line Road to Sydney's North West. Travel through the famous Blue Mountains, passing by quaint old villages and apple orchards. Continuing the drive, pass through the townships of Bell and Lithgow before heading east and entering the Wolgan Valley. Marvel at the sheer rock escarpments and rugged geography of this unique landscape.
Day 11: Activities at Wolgan Valley
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley's engaging Field Guides are able to offer inspiring suggestions in which to see Wolgan Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains region. Choose from hiking nature trails, exploring the countryside on horseback, touring by four-wheel drive, mountain biking through forests, or star gazing in the dead of night. These are just some of the many adventures awaiting those with a love for Australia's great outdoors.
Day 12: Activities at Wolgan Valley
Today is your day at leisure to explore everything that Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has to offer.
Day 13: Wolgan Valley to Pretty Beach
Your transfer will escort you from Wolgan Valley to Pretty Beach House. This transfer will take approximately three and a half hours. Pretty Beach House is a private guesthouse situated 65 miles north of Sydney on the Bouddi Peninsula. The property is set high on the escarpment above Pretty Beach and nestled into the Bouddi National Park. Guests are welcomed as if in a private home, where all meals, snacks and drinks, including wine and champagne, are included as part of the hospitality.
Day 14: Activities at Pretty Beach House
With seven pristine beaches and bays and many spectacular coastal walking trails, the Bouddi Peninsula is a nature lover's paradise. Enjoy typical Australian surfing at Killcare Beach, or swim at the southern end of the beach in between the iconic red and yellow flags. Further north is the glorious Putty Beach and coastal headlands of Bullimah Beach and Maitland Bay. The coastal bush trails of the Bouddi National Park crisscross through the National Park and arrive at all the idyllic beaches and bays. Hikers can enjoy spectacular views of Broken Bay and the Pacific Ocean as they meander across the park.
Day 15: Pretty Beach to Sydney
A driver will meet you at your accommodation to transfer you to the Park Hyatt Sydney. Tonight, you will be taken on a VIP guided tour of the Sydney Opera House, then at around 5:45 PM you will be escorted to the Bennelong Restaurant for your pre-theatre meal consisting of 3 plates and 1 dessert per person. After dinner, you will enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Day 16: Sydney Sights
The BridgeClimb is a 3.5-hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness views over Sydney. Enjoy a quick, casual lunch to re-energize before getting back on the road, starting with Sydney's birthplace - The Rocks. See Australia's convict history chiseled into the old sandstone buildings. Up along Macquarie Street Parliament House, The Mint, World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral and the Great Synagogue. Wander the Royal Botanical Gardens. Cruise the stylish villages of Woollahra and Paddington renowned for art galleries and specialty shops.
Day 17: Fly Sydney to U.S.
You will be transferred from your accommodation in Sydney to the airport where you will begin your journey back to the U.S.
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