Australia: Complete Luxury Australia
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- International & internal flights
- Authentic local experiences
- 26 nights in 5* hotels
- 13 days car hire
- Sydney Harbour dinner cruise
- Uluru Sounds of Silence dinner
- Return car ferry to Kangaroo Island
- Airport transfers
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Day 1: Perth
Fly from the UK to Perth.
Day 2: Perth
Explore the laid-back seaside city of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. This lively metropolis is a great spot to catch an Aussie Rules football match, or to swim and sunbathe on the calm (and often empty) beaches. Perhaps take a trip down to Fremantle, 14 miles from the heart of Perth, and while away an afternoon people watching on the ‘Cappuccino Strip’ or sample a craft beer and fresh seafood on the waterfront.
Days 3 - 5: Margaret River
Surf, wine and dine in Margaret River, where the warm and sunny climate has given rise to a number of world class wineries producing some of Australia’s finest wines. Touring the vineyards is the best way to see the countryside and taste some of their prized vintages. Many also have excellent restaurants serving gourmet meals (with wines to match) so why not make a day of it? To wear it all off again, perhaps set off on one of the regions many hiking trails.
Days 6 - 9: Kangaroo Island
Look out for koalas and wallabies on Kangaroo Island, a wildlife haven also home to penguins, echidnas, fur seals and platypus, although you’d have to be very lucky to see this shy creature. This 96-mile island really is a naturalist playground with 891 species of native plants and 46 endemic species of animals, plus five Wilderness Protection Areas. While you’re here check out the Remarkable Rocks, a cliff-edge collection of twisted geological formations.
Days 10 - 11: Sydney
Fly to Sydney and tick off the icons: tour the Sydney Opera House and perhaps take in a show, climb the Harbour Bridge for unrivalled city views or learn to surf on world famous Bondi Beach. For something a little more relaxed take a stroll around the pretty Royal Botanic Gardens and look out for flying foxes sleeping in the trees. In the evening, watch the sun sink behind the horizon and the harbour lights come alive on your romantic dinner cruise.
Days 12 - 15: Lord Howe Island
Take in the wild and remote beauty of Lord Howe Island, 341 miles east of the Australian mainland and the perfect spot for hiking, snorkelling or swimming. The island is 7 miles long and 2 miles wide, and is home to just 350 people. Designated a World Heritage site, Lord Howe Island’s natural beauty and laid-back attitude draw visitors hoping to escape the freneticism of modern life. Surfing and kayaking on the clear blue waters are popular pursuits, as is playing a round on the island’s nine-hole golf course.
Days 16 - 18: Maryvale
Slow down the pace in Maryvale at the luxury Spicers Peak Lodge and take in the views of Queensland’s Scenic Rim from your mountaintop location. Dine in style at the lodge’s award-winning restaurant, where you can tuck into Hervey bay scallops with asparagus, zucchini flower and lemon confit or perhaps Flinders Island wallaby with beets, blackcurrants and miso eggplant? After all that indulgence, pamper yourself at the spa, relax in the pool, or do nothing at all.
Days 19 - 22: Hamilton Island
Discover the Great Barrier Reef from Hamilton Island, one of the Whitsunday Islands. Snorkelling, diving and swimming among the colourful fish and corals are the order of the day here, and you can also try your hand at sea kayaking. If you’re feeling flush perhaps splash out on a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, or stay on dry land and hike through the forest to Passage Peak, which gives far-reaching views across the Whitsunday islands.
Days 23 - 25:
In the Daintree National park, Mossman Gorge is a wonderfully relaxing spot, surrounded by nature. Here you can swim in cool rocky pools nestled among the trees and relax with a cocktail or two in the rainforest canopy, taking in the sounds of the forest from your luxury riverside lodge. For something more active join a rainforest walk and learn all about the local flora and fauna, or sign up for a kayaking or canoeing trip along the river.
Days 26 - 27: Uluru
Fly on to the giant sandstone monolith at Uluru, in the heart of the Red Centre. Circumnavigate the rock on foot, take a camel ride through the desert, or see it all from above on a helicopter tour. Be sure to catch the sunrise or the sunset over Uluru – the rock’s colours change from pinks and purples to bright reds and oranges right in front of your eyes. In the evening, tuck into a sumptuous meal overlooking this sacred rock. With the sand under your feet and the stars above you, soak up the vast emptiness of the desert.
Days 28 - 29:
Depart Uluru and return to the UK.
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Perth - 5* Richardson Hotel
- Margaret River - 5* Cape Lodge
- Kangaroo Island - 5* Southern Ocean Lodge
- Sydney - 5* The Langham
- Lord Howe Island - 5* Capella Lodge
- Maryvale - 5* Spicers Peak Lodge
- Hamilton Island - 5* Qualia
- Daintree Rainforest - 5* Silky Oaks Lodge
- Uluru - 5* Sails in the Desert
Here are some of our other holidays to Australia
Perth: Perth - 4* Pensione Hotel Perth4 StarsRead more >>
This functional hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Perth, within easy reach of the popular Esplanade and the Swan River. With just 98 bright and comfortable guest rooms, you are guaranteed a private stay. Relax in the bar with your favourite drink, or take a seat at the independently-owned My Place Bar & Restaurant, which serves tasty cuisine all day.3 Nights from£575 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Perth: Perth - 5* Pan Pacific Perth5 StarsRead more >>
A foodie’s paradise, this hotel is conveniently located close to Barrack St Jetty, which is home to a plethora of stylish restaurants. Rooms and suites here boast wondrous views of the famous Swan River and lush gardens of Kings Park. Relax in the outdoor pool, or make use of the complimentary shuttle service and explore the city centre. You can look forward to treats including smoked salmon and caviar sandwiches, and apricot and poppy seed scones during High Tea at Origins Restaurant. Ensure you dine at Montereys Restaurant at least once during your stay. Here, an a la carte menu caters for all tastes, while the Lobby Lounge boasts a host of signature Pacific cocktails. The Pomegranate Mangostini is our favourite.3 Nights from£599 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Perth: Perth - 5* Crown Metropol Perth5 StarsRead more >>
With an elegant monochrome design throughout and unrivalled views across the Swan River and its verdant banks, the Crown Metropol Perth is the jewel in the city’s crown. Admire the skyline, river and rolling hills below from the tranquillity of the 9 Lounge at any time of the day, before taking your relaxation to the next level by the pool. Here you can choose six wooden cabanas, each of which comes equipped with a sunbed, plasma TV and mini bar. If you’ve got the whole family in tow, keep the kids entertained at ‘The Hub’, a club for children aged 16 and under, which offers gaming, movies and arts and crafts. And if its rejuvenation you seek, look no further than the ISIKA day spa and its water therapy space; we recommend the 60-minute Stress Fix massage.3 Nights from£619 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Sydney: Sydney - 4.5* Parkroyal Darling Harbour4.5 StarsRead more >>
Enjoy being right in the centre of Australia’s vibrant harbour city at Parkroyal Darling Harbour, where rooms and suites provide the perfect sanctuary. Work out in the gym, before tucking into a delicious breakfast spread at Barkers Restaurant. Situated on the original site of Thomas Barker’s steam flourmill, here you will find farmers’ market produce, including Whisk & Pin muselis and artisan breads. After a day of exploring, relax over a signature cocktail at the chic Abode Bistro and Bar, where an innovative menu is offset perfectly with boutique wines and craft beers.3 Nights from£725 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017
Australia: Campervanning near Perthtailor this journeyRead more >>Discover the delights of Western Australia by campervan. Starting in lively Perth, soak up the city sights before choosing to stay close and explore the islands and beaches in and around the city or head further afield to the vineyards, beaches, forests and parks of Australia’s south west. The beauty of this Journey is its freedom: where you go and how long for is entirely up to you.10 Days from£899 ppBook by 28 Feb 2017