Immerse yourself in celebration around treasured beaches and marvelous landscapes at Christmas and New Year’s during your 12-day luxury Australia tour. The holiday season will enchant you with galas at the Sydney Opera House and stories of Dreamtime echoing through traditional Aboriginal lands. From the soft sands of Bondi Beach to the opulence of the Great Barrier Reef, you will experience the ultimate charms of Australia at your preferred pace.
Port Douglas – Reserving Australia Near Christmas
The lush rainforest flourishes in the west as the radiant Great Barrier Reef sparkles in the east. Puffy clouds create a fleeting veil over the plateau of Atherton Tableland. The esplanade fills with social activity, from lively restaurants to a seafront-swimming lagoon. Locals cycle along the pathways and roll through the sunken pools of the skate park. Your flight lands at Cairns International Airport, where your private transfer meets you at baggage claim. The beauty of Australia strikes you immediately as the airport stands between the rising slopes of the mountains and the stretching cobalt hues of the Pacific Ocean. The tropical summer warmth hangs in the air. Your transfer escorts you out of Cairns en route to the neighboring northern town of Port Douglas.
The coastal road winds in and out of the panoramas of elegant shorelines and hills draped in verdant rainforest. Palm trees and mango trees speckle the soft, gold-sand beaches. Charming cafes and boutique shops open in town against the backdrop of blond sand glistening across Four Mile Beach. Your eco-friendly lodge blends into the trees. The private headland offers resort-style living in both luxury and views. A graceful lobby constructed of wood and polished stone tile establishes the ambiance of opulence and relaxation. The lush jungle encircles your private suite offering the feeling of seclusion. Indulge in the beauty of your resort-style accommodation spread across 145 acres, with over one mile of private coastline.
Port Douglas – Christmas Eve on the Reef
Port Douglas – Summertime Christmas
Port Douglas – Dreamtime after Christmas Time
Port Douglas – A Restful Day in Nature
Sydney – Lifestyles between Christmas and a New Year
Sydney – A Summertime Christmas Time on Land and Sea
Sydney – Closing Out the Year with the Blue Mountains
Sydney – Glitz and Ritz for a New Year Inside the Sydney’s Sails
Sydney – Sydney City at Play
Sydney - A New Taste for a New Year
Sydney – Enjoying the Seconds in Australia
- Experience an unforgettable Christmas Eve cruising the Agincourt Reef to witness the vibrant and exotic aquatic world of the Great Barrier Reef
- Indulge in the grandeur of a delectable three-course meal and elegant opera performance inside the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve
- Traverse the trails of Mossman Gorge with a guide familiar with the culture of the Kuku Yalanji People, who shares tales of traditional Dreamtime
- Relish the majestic panoramas of Blue Mountains National Park, encompassing staggering precipices, waterfalls, eucalyptus forests, and karsts
- Witness the stunning skyline of Sydney and the splendor of the New South Wales coastline during a half-day Harbor Cruise
- Relax in the luxury of a private eco-friendly resort near Port Douglas and the comforts of a world-renowned hotel in the heart of Downtown Sydney
- Delight in a summertime Christmas feast surrounded by the rainforest with views looking out to the Coral Sea and a private beach
Jolly, exciting, and unique, this tour extolls the joys of the 12 days of Christmas across 13 days of adventure and celebration in Australia. Experience the beauty of the protected Queensland rainforest and the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef. Indulge in the exciting cosmopolitan culture of Sydney and wander around the thrilling landscape of Blue Mountains National Park, home to the oldest discovered caves in the world. The grand luxuries of Thala Beach Nature Reserve welcome you with open, inviting arms. Experience the unique blend of culture, adventure, and natural beauty topped with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the prime of Australian summer.
Your tour begins when you depart Los Angeles International Airport on Virgin Australia, flying over the Pacific Ocean en route to the land Down Under. Cross the International Dateline before landing at Cairns Airport in northeast Australia. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to the magnificent Thala Beach Nature Reserve situated near the town of Port Douglas. Relax with the remainder of the day at your leisure to bask in the resort pools, visit the private beach, or wander along the garden paths. The next day coincides with Christmas Eve. You transfer to the Port Douglas marina to board a yacht, exploring the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a memorable day in the water overlooking the radiant coral.
Then, it’s Christmas Day; enjoy a relaxed morning and on the reserve before a luncheon feast to celebrate the holiday, offering you the remainder of the day for leisure. The following day brings you to Mossman Gorge. Follow your Aboriginal guide through the rainforest and listen to the traditional tales of Dreamtime. Learn how to make soap from the brush and ochre paint from the elements. The next day is yours to wander the trails around Thala Beach Nature Reserve or dig your toes into the hot sand on the private beach. Explore the natural splendors of the Wildlife Habitat, a wildlife park on the edge of Port Douglas.
Your private transfer collects you from Thala Beach Nature Reserve and escorts you to Cairns Airport for your flight to Sydney. Upon your arrival in the iconic Australian city, you travel into the heart of the city by private transfer, where you settle in the comforts of your luxury accommodation. Discover the charms of Sydney by land and sea, traversing the harbor on a morning cruise and exploring the iconic streets around Darling Harbour, Downtown Sydney, and Bondi Beach later in the day.
Next, you venture to Blue Mountains National Park to tour the gorgeous landscape of eucalyptus trees, majestic karsts, grand cascades, and secluded caves. Spend a day enjoying the fun-filled neighborhoods and celebratory ambiance of the beaches of New South Wales before getting ready for a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration. Indulge in a glamorous three-course dinner prepared by a famous Australian chef at the Sydney Opera House. Relish the Opera Gala inside the celebrated venue and stare up into the midnight sky at the luminous fireworks.
The following day is New Year’s Day, in which you can spend your time in the city like a local. Enjoy a classic Australian brunch in the Bohemian neighborhood of Newtown or the artistic streets of Surrey Hills. Take a bike ride around the city’s elaborate trails to reach a quiet suburb on the water with a view looking back to the city’s skyline. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at your luxury accommodation and leads you to Sydney Airport for your flight home.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
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