Ultimate Luxury Australia Tour: Great Barrier Reef, Daintree, Cairns, Uluru & Sydney

The Sydney Harbour is one of the most spectacular sights in Australia.
A 13 day trip to Australia 
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Australia is a kaleidoscope of colors. And you won’t miss a shade on this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime 13-day adventure. Travel north and see powdery white beaches lined with turquoise seas and emerald rainforests. Cast your eyes west and unearth fiery red deserts under bright cobalt skies. Finally, head south for navy oceans, sapphire mountain valleys and a silver city skyline.  Whether you’re in search for UNESCO World Heritage sites or to meet the indigenous Anangu (and everything in between), this luxury tour of Australia will be sure to impress a lifetime of memories.

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australia great barrier reef two snorkelers exploring underwater
a church and statue in sydney's hyde park on a sunny day
sydney opera house at sunrise surrounded by calm water
George Street in the rocks the historic district of Sydney.
Detailed Itinerary

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Depart the US 

Begin your adventure as you board a flight for Australia.

Day 2: Cross the International Date Line (Los Angeles – Brisbane)

Set your watch forward as you near the land down under (don’t worry you’ll get the time back on your return flight home).

Day 3: Welcome to the Tropical North (Brisbane – Palm Cove)

North of the Tropic of Capricorn, surrounded by natural wonders, lies the tropical seaside village of Palm Cove. Named after the coconut palms that line its sandy shores, this quaint place will welcome you to Australia and entertain you for the first four days of your adventure.

After a quick transfer in Brisbane, followed by a scenic car ride from Cairns, you’ll find yourself in a spacious one-bedroom pool-view apartment at the Angsana Resort and Spa. Take some time to settle in, before taking advantage of the nearby beach. Walk the palm-fringed strip, take a dip or walk around the seaside village, breathing in the relaxing tropical climate.

As evening nears, seek out a restaurant on Williams Esplanade and enjoy fresh seafood by the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea, toasting to the adventures that are yet to come.

What’s included: airport transfer, accommodation: Angsana Resort and Spa

Day 4: Explore the Great Barrier Reef (Palm Cove)

Lying just off the coast of Palm Cove, hidden by the rippling turquoise waves of the Coral Sea, is an immense underwater coral garden. The Great Barrier Reef, which is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, spans for 133,000 square miles and is undeniably one of the most beautiful sights on Earth.

Make the most of your location by venturing out onto the open waters and exploring the vibrant underwater world around you. Rise and shine in the morning and board a luxury 62-foot catamaran on a Synergy sail and snorkel cruise. Watch as the white shores of your tropical home grow distant and shimmering, crystal-clear waters surround you. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll receive a quick snorkeling lesson after which you’ll be free to explore the area at your leisure. Meet the colorful, curious fish that call the reef home, see iridescent soft and hard coral and keep an eye out for sea turtles and starfish. This tour departs from Port Douglas, 30 minutes north of Palm Cove.

What’s included: accommodation: Angsana Resort and Spa, Synergy Luxury Sail and Snorkel Cruise

Day 5: Visit an Ancient Tropical Rainforest (Palm Cove)

It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the Coral Sea and its underwater charms, however if you manage to do so and turn your gaze west of the coastline, you won’t be disappointed. Just a few kilometers northwest of Palm Cove lies another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Daintree National Park. This ancient tropical rainforest, which boasts some of the earliest plant life on earth, is well worth a day of your time.

Explore its tropical thickets, colossal ancient pines, leafy gorges and the stunning Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest descents to meet the Coral Sea, on a privately guided Daintree Walkabout.” Learn of the local Kuku Yalanji people, cross a suspension bridge across Rex Creek to admire the verdant greenery and immense scale of the rainforest and gaze through mountain clearings to see breathtaking juxtapositions of white, green and turquoise where the rainforest meets the Coral Sea.

What’s included: accommodation: Angsana Resort and Spa, Daintree Walkabout  

Day 6: Tour the Sights of Cairns (Palm Cove)

As the largest city in the tropical north, Cairns is a fabulous combination of up-scale restaurants and bars, art stores, photography galleries and a vibrant atmosphere. Breathe in the up-beat vibe of the area as well as its picturesque position as you spend a day strolling its streets and boardwalks.

Walk the Esplanade — a 4.1-hectare area, including a 600-meter boardwalk — to capture the beauty of the coast. Admire its contemporary artworks — including the “Horizon Line” statues that offer a new perspective over the horizon — learn about the area’s heritage, culture and environment through several “nodes” (interactive stations) or relax by The Lagoon; a 4,800 square meter public swimming pool and barbecue area. 

Cairns is also a fantastic place to pick up authentic Australian art works and souvenirs and — of course — indulge in fine cuisine, local Australian wine and sweeping tropical vistas at a waterfront restaurant.

What’s included: accommodation: Angsana Resort and Spa

Day 7: Welcome to the Red Center (Palm Cove – Uluru)

Leave the tropical north and head for decidedly ruddier plains, as you catch a flight to the red center. Aside from a warm, dry desert climate with as open a sky as you’re likely to see anywhere, this region of Australia boasts one other wonder, Uluru. The world’s largest monolith sits boldly among red desert plains, asserting its authority with breathtaking views and the ability to change its color with the voyage of the sun.

When you arrive you’ll have two options: you can stay at the four and a half-star Sais in the Desert Hotel within the Ayers Rock Resort or the five-star Longitude 131°. The former boasts a central location with several lookouts, while the latter boasts 15 luxury designer tents with direct views over Uluru, gourmet meals and tours of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Once you’ve settled into your chosen accommodation, you’ll have chance to cast your first glance at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park and appreciate the vast scope of the Australian outback. Watch Uluru change color as the sunsets and look up to see a sky full of stars.

What’s included: airport transfer, accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel (first class) OR Longitude 131° (deluxe), dinner (deluxe), optional Kata Tjuta tour for those staying at The Desert Garden Hotel(deluxe), optional touring program for those staying at Longitude 131°

Day 8: See the Mighty Uluru (Uluru)

The early bird catches the sunrise view over Uluru. The monolith is famous for putting on a magnificent color show as the first rays of the sun hit its colossal form. Ensure you have the best seats in the house, when you join a Morning Desert Awakenings Tour.

Begin before the sun has woken by climbing into a 4WD and heading off the beaten path to a prime viewing spot. Overlooking the desert, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, await the coming of dawn by listening to stories about the area and the local constellations. Then watch as the sunrise sets the region ablaze, while indulging in a cup of tea or coffee and authentic damper (bread).

After breakfast, see the other impressive sights in the region, including the Mutitjulu Waterhole and Cultural Centre. Here you’ll learn about the indigenous Anangu people who’ve lived in the area for thousands of years. Listen to dreamtime legends, discover desert survival techniques and find out more about the rich culture that remains largely unchanged to this very day.

Then, as evening nears, prepare your senses for the legendary Sounds of Silence Dinner. Hosted under the naked desert sky within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area, the dinner involves sunset drinks followed by a gourmet Australian barbecue, fine local wines and the soothing sounds of the didgeridoo under a canopy of stars.

What’s included: airport transfer, accommodation: Desert Gardens Hotel (first class) OR Longitude 131° (deluxe), breakfast (deluxe), lunch (deluxe), dinner (deluxe) Morning Desert Awakening Tour (optional) Sounds of Silence Dinner (optional), Uluru-Kata Tjuta tours (deluxe)

Day 9: Travel to Australia’s Largest City (Uluru– Sydney)

Exchange the tropical north for the temperate south and Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Situated on a natural harbor, boasting some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks and one of its finest cityscapes, this urban metropolis is a sight to behold.

After an easy three-hour flight, find yourself in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district at five-star Four Seasons Hotel. Located within an easy walk of the harbor, Sydney’s premier sights and more than one elegant shopping arcade, the hotel will provide the perfect starting point for the following four days of your Australian adventure.

Begin your exploration with a visit to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House. Learn how the majestic structure was designed, why it’s still considered a feat of engineering and what made its creator resign.

What’s included: airport transfer, accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney Opera House Tour

Day 10:  Half Day Harbour Cruise (Sydney)

Board a 52-foot motor yacht and cruise the harbor to view Sydney from a new perspective. Over four hours, see the main sights, such as the opera house and Harbour Bridge, as well as ports, million-dollar mansions and quiet coves that hide in-between scenic headlands.

What’s included: accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Wild Ways to See Sydney tour

Day 11: Marvel at the Blue Mountains (Sydney)

Beyond the streets, skyscrapers and beaches of Sydney lies a paradise of a different nature; the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. A haven of natural flora and fauna, sweeping blue-hued valleys, waterfalls and charming mountain towns, the area is a must-see.

Discover all of its charms as you set off on an Australian Eco Adventure Blue Mountains tour.  An AEA Luxury Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Blue Mountains Deluxe Eco Tour. Commence your journey to the heart of a unique World Heritage Region. Travel to Featherdale Wildlife Park before any other tourists, for close encounters with native Australian animals such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and wombats. Continue on to Katoomba, arriving at Scenic World, home of the worlds steepest incline railway (own expense). Next stop will be at the Waradah Aboriginal Centre where there will be plenty of time to see a corroboree, look around the art and artifacts shops and maybe try painting with ochre on the painting wall. Travel around the Blue Mountains to arrive at Blackheath for lunch. After lunch visit Govetts Leap to enjoy stunning views of the Escarpments. The last stop will be Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens to enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens enjoying the expansive views. Tour concludes at approximately 5.00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

Once you’ve had your fill of the adorable, continue west until you reach Echo Point. The lookout offers sweeping views over the magnificent Jamison Valley and the famous Three Sisters rock formation. Discover why the Blue Mountains got their name and visit Scenic World, where you can take a ride on a gondola or the world’s steepest (52-degree) scenic railway. Enjoy lunch in a picturesque mountain setting and visit the charming villages of Leura and Katoomba. Finish the day with a glass of champagne in the company of wild kangaroos before heading back to the city.

What’s included: accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel, Australian Eco Adventures Blue Mountains tour (optional)

Day 12: Discover the Sights of Sydney (Sydney)

Spend your last day in Sydney at your leisure.  Speak with an expert to discuss activities and optional tours.  Some options include:

Take a Panoramic Sights tour!  Get to know the famous sights as well as the quiet, hidden corners of the city on a Sydney.  Begin by exploring the inner city — from Royal Botanic Gardens to the bustling Darling Harbour, eyebrow-raising red light district of Kings Cross and world-famous Bondi Beach. Walk along the craggy South Head escarpment for panoramic harbor views and navigate the cheerful crowds in Sydney’s Chinatown.

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Tour Sydney differently!  Feel the wind on your face, relax and take the healthy choice and do a guided bike ride around the city. Take carefully planned routes that ride in the street a minimal amount of time - instead, go through parks, harbour fronts, and sidewalks. The guides will give you great tips on what to do while in town, what's on, where to eat, and an all-around entertaining and informative experience.

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Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on this climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.


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Surf at Bondi Beach!  This is about as ‘Aussie’ as you can get. Take a shared lesson no matter what your skill level and you can become part of the local beach culture. This is a fun way to meet locals and enjoy the beach lifestyle Australia is famous for. What’s

What's included: accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel

Day 13: Farewell Australia (Sydney – Los Angeles)

Cast a final glance over Australia’s largest city, as a flight takes you from Sydney and then home to Los Angeles.

What’s included: airport transfer

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