From the sparkle of city lights to the shimmer of the Great Barrier Reef, your 13-day custom-tailored best of Australia tour brings to life the majesty of cosmopolitan culture and untamed wilderness. The rainforest canopy will echo with stories of Dreamtime while sensational wines highlight a blend of local evolution and European tradition. Enjoy the thrill of surfing and discover kangaroos, penguins, and sea lions as you experience delightful Australia.
Kangaroo Island - Begin in Adelaide, the Capital City of South Australia
In the morning, the Central Market in Victoria Square opens to loyal locals in search of fresh produce and artisan goods. The market was founded in the 19th century and is one of the oldest remaining indoor markets in the world. Colorful fruits radiate in the soft light. The aroma of freshly baked goods drifts down the lanes. Your guide meets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to McLaren Vale, a wine region with more than 120 wineries with 7,951 acres dedicated to the Shiraz grape, and another 3,182 acres dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, along with much more acreage devoted to Chardonnay and Grenache.
The region has a Mediterranean climate. At your first vineyard, your guide explains the unique combination of the international techniques the winery uses to produce a product that is simultaneously complex and enchanting. Rows of vines overtake the hilly landscape and shine emerald in the sunlight. The rugged and bohemian atmosphere of the vineyard is a nice twist on the often overly elegant image invoked when one thinks of winemakers. In the tasting room, your guide pours you a taste of their red blend, mixing Grenache, Shiraz, and Tempranillo. You find an aroma of stewed plums, blueberries, and spiced dark chocolate. The flavor lingers on your palate for an enticing finish. At the conclusion of the tour, you take the ferry to Kangaroo Island for the next chapter in your exciting adventure.
Kangaroo Island - Wilderness & Wildlife
Kangaroo Island – Explore the Various Island Habitats and Wildlife
Adelaide – Experience the Natural Beauty of the Island Wilderness
Port Douglas – Fly to Cairns and Settle into a Lavish Resort in Port Douglas
Port Douglas – Full Day Excursion to Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas – Traverse the Mossman Gorge with an Aboriginal Experience
Port Douglas – Revel in a Day at Leisure to Discover Port Douglas’s Beauty
Sydney – Arrive in the Charming and Bustling Seaside City of Sydney
Sydney – Enjoy a Half-Day Tour of Sydney’s Unforgettable Sights
Sydney – Explore the Sydney Harbour on a Morning Cruise
Sydney – Relish a Private Surf Lesson and Wander along the Bronte Walk
Sydney – Leaving Sydney Behind
- Explore the famous colors and vibrant wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef off the shore of a secluded isle
- Relish a surf lesson to experience the waves and unique panoramic view of the Bondi coastline
- Revel in an immersive Aboriginal experience on a Dreamtime Walk through Mossman Gorge, encouraging a cultural and spiritual connection to the land
- Indulge in the fabulous flavors of McLaren Vale, a valley outside Adelaide celebrated for its stellar wines
- Cruise along the Pacific Ocean around the famous shoreline of Sydney for a majestic view of the skyline
- Discover the natural splendor of Kangaroo Island and find kangaroos, koalas, and penguins lounging on distinctively shaped boulders and pristine beaches
Australia maintains a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure during your 13-day Australia tour of the country’s embracing cultures and inspiring natural wonders. The capital of South Australia, Adelaide, is elegant and welcoming. You travel into McLaren Vale, a lush valley home to over 120 wineries. Revel in a wine tour of boutique vineyards and gorgeous scenery. In the late afternoon, you take the ferry to Kangaroo Island.
The next couple of days are yours to discover the majesty of Kangaroo Island on exhilarating small group Australia tours. Search for wallabies and wildflowers. Visit Seal Bay for a guided walk in the proximity of wild Australian sea lions. Find koalas and echidnas. On your final day, you return to Adelaide, where your private transfer escorts you to Adelaide Airport for your flight to Cairns in northeast Queensland. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and leads you to your fabulous accommodations in Port Douglas. The Great Barrier Reef welcomes your arrival.
You board a luxurious catamaran and travel to the Low Isles to discover the splendor of the reef and the private beaches on the islands. The following morning, you follow an Aboriginal guide along the trails of Mossman Gorge. Learn about the traditions of Dreamtime, sacred ceremonies, and the connection of an ancient people to their land. The next day is at your leisure to relish the wonders in and around Port Douglas. Visit a rainforest town by scenic rail or meet local wildlife at the Wildlife Habitat. You could even zip line across the forest canopy, soaring through the trees. Fly from Cairns to your final city of Sydney.
You arrive at Sydney Airport, where your transfer is waiting to take you into the heart of the city. The downtown area overlooks the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Beaches brim with friendly life and constant activity. You explore the treasured sights of the city on a guided tour, taking in the history of The Rocks and the elegance of the Opera House, Victorian buildings and terrace houses.
Step aboard a morning cruise on the following morning for a different perspective of the city, viewing the skyline and coast from the sea. Then, you make your way to Bondi Beach for a private morning surf lesson. Wander along the scenic Bondi to Bronte Walk to traverse the magnificent coastline between the beaches. On your final day, your private transfer escorts you to Sydney International Airport for your flight home.
$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)
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