Inspiring Australia

Inspiring Australia (Summer 2019)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: Australia

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From the Great Barrier Reef to the Red Centre of the Outback, Australia boasts a plethora of extraordinary natural wonders. This exclusive Luxury Gold journey is a showcase of vast tropical rainforests, otherworldly rock formations and ancient indigenous culture. Snorkel across the underwater gardens of the Great Barrier Reef, listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo at a hosted starlit dinner in Uluṟu and take in the iconic sights of Sydney aboard a luxury yacht. Mother Nature reveals her most flamboyant colours on this majestic itinerary.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Cairns.

    On arrival at the airport, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner at the beachfront Nu Nu Restaurant, where you will enjoy a four-course tasting menu made from seasonal ingredients and paired with matching wines as you overlook the crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea.

  2. Day 2

    The Ancient Daintree Rainforest and Indigenous Culture.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree National Park is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. Join your Local Expert for an exclusive exploration into this ancient rainforest and learn about the close relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with their land. Lunch is served in a tranquil setting in the heart of the rainforest. Return to your hotel, where you have the evening at your leisure.

  3. Day 3

    Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

    Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is a place of great ecological value and beauty. Experience its magic as you cruise out to Agincourt Reef to enjoy the day relaxing on board or take to the water to discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures, as you snorkel around underwater gardens. Lunch is served on board in air-conditioned comfort.

  4. Day 4

    Into the Outback.

    In the morning fly from the coast to Alice Springs, the Red Centre of Australia and the heartland of some of the indigenous Aboriginal people. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant; then join your Local Expert for a town tour. As the sun sets over the otherworldly landscapes of the Outback, prepare for a traditional dinner in the wilderness, set beneath the Milky Way.

  5. Day 5

    Desert and Canyons.

    Travel through the ever-changing outback landscapes and hear stories of the unique flora and fauna. In the afternoon, join your Local Expert for a walk along the Creek Bed of Kings Canyon. Enjoy dinner and wine served at Carmichael's Restaurant.

  6. Day 6

    Spectacular Sunrise and Sunset.

    Rise with the sun and embark on an invigorating 6 kilometre Rim Walk at Kings Canyon. Alternatively, choose a more leisurely stroll along the creek bed? Your journey continues to Curtin Springs, a vast family-owned farm that is home to 4,000 head of cattle! Learn about local life from a resident, as you enjoy a BBQ lunch. Finish your travels today in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park just in time for a spectacular sunset with canapes and wine.

  7. Day 7

    Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa.

    Wake up to an impressive sunrise over Kata Tjuṯa and Uluṟu. Then it’s off to the Uluṟu – Kata Tjuṯa Cultural Centre for breakfast and an insight into the history of the local Anangu people. Then walk through the Walpa Gorge to see the domes of Kata Tjuṯa, also known as the Olgas. This afternoon take a walk around the base of Uluṟu and hear timeless stories, see rock art, and visit Mutitjulu Waterhole, an historical water source for the area. In the evening, enjoy a delicious, Sounds of Silence Highlight Dinner inspired by local native ingredients, at Ikari Restaurant.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Stunning Harbour of Sydney.

    Experience the magic of sunrise over Uluṟu, before enjoying breakfast at your hotel. Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps a Bespoke Experience of a helicopter flight over Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa? In the afternoon, fly to thrilling Sydney, check into your harbourside hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

  9. Day 9

    Blue Mountains National Park.

    Travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blue Mountains National Park, known for its dramatic landscapes. See the Three Sisters rock formations, marvel at Bridal Veil Falls and embark on a peaceful wilderness walk. Enjoy lunch at your leisure, before arriving at your hotel. Later meet your fellow travellers for a delicious dinner made from local produce.

  10. Day 10

    Hunter Valley Wine Country.

    Take in vistas of pristine landscapes, as you travel north towards the Hunter Valley for a day of fine cuisine and wine. On arrival, you'll enjoy a private wine tasting at one of the region’s renowned wineries, followed by an exquisite tasting lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure at your boutique hotel, perhaps opting for a massage at the spa? Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.

  11. Day 11

    Set sail on Sydney Harbour.

    Prepare for a day of sailing on iconic Sydney Harbour. Join a skilled sailing crew on board a luxury yacht and take in views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the secluded coves surrounded by multimillion-dollar mansions. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps dining at one of the city’s popular restaurants?

  12. Day 12

    Sydney Sightseeing and the Opera House.

    With a Local Expert, see the city’s beachside Eastern Suburbs and take a stroll along the scenic coastal path. In the afternoon, join your Travelling Concierge for a VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong Restaurant, set in the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

  13. Day 13

    Farewell Sydney.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Sydney: Embark on a VIP tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, before enjoying a Celebration Dinner at Peter Gilmore’s iconic Bennelong restaurant, set in the building's iconic sails.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daintree Rainforest: Join your Local Expert for an exclusive tour to learn about the close relationship the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people have with their land.
  • Great Barrier Reef: Take to the water and discover spectacular coral formations and a world of unique marine creatures, as you snorkel around underwater gardens.
  • Alice Springs: Explore Alice Springs with your Local Expert.
  • Kings Canyon: Take a walk with your Local Expert to explore the red rock cliffs of Kings Canyon.
  • Kings Canyon: Rise with the sun and embark on a vigorous 6 kilometre Rim Walk at Kings Canyon with awe-inspiring views from Cotterill’s Lookout.
  • Uluṟu: Arrive at the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park and watch the sun dip beyond the horizon, as you enjoy canapes and wine.
  • Kata Tjuta: Join your Travelling Concierge as you take a guided walk through the sacred Walpa Gorge.
  • Uluṟu: Watch the magical sunrise over Uluru as you spend a morning at leisure.
  • Blue Mountains: Enjoy the natural wonder that is the Blue Mountains, known for its dramatic landscapes.
  • Hunter Valley: Enjoy the natural landscapes as you head north to the wine region of the Hunter Valley.
  • Sydney: Join a skilled sailing crew onboard a luxury yacht and take in views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the secluded coves surrounded by multimillion-dollar mansions.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Palm Cove: Savour an award-winning, four-course meal made from seasonal ingredients, as you overlook the stunning crystal-clear water of the Coral Sea at Nu Nu Restaurant.
  • Alice Springs: As the sun sets over the otherworldly landscapes of the Outback, prepare for a dazzling traditional dinner in the wilderness, set beneath the Milky Way. See how your host, Bob, prepares your meal in a bush camp and learn about traditional Aboriginal food.
  • Curtin Springs: Enjoy a BBQ lunch at a family-owned ranch, home to 4,000 head of cattle, and talk to the locals about what life is like in the unforgiving Outback.
  • Uluṟu: As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sounds of a didgeridoo and enjoy a feast of fine local cuisine during the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner.
  • Hunter Valley: Discover one of Australia’s most famous wine regions, as you enjoy a privately-hosted wine tasting at a boutique winery, followed by an exquisite tasting lunch.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 2 Lunches with Wine (LW) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Rural Hotels: In the remote areas of Australia, Luxury Gold stays at the best available properties. Hotels are simpler in style with clean rooms and private facilities.
  • Cairns: Alamanda at Palm Cove is the epitome of barefoot luxury, situated moments away from the turquoise Coral Sea and surrounded by tropical palm trees. It offers everything from fine dining to a wellness spa.
  • Uluṟu: Situated in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, this five-star hotel is a beautiful oasis amid the raw beauty of the Outback. It comes with a wellness spa, swimming-pool, gourmet restaurants and an impressive collection of indigenous artworks.
  • Sydney: Placing you in the heart of The Rocks district with its cobbled streets and historic buildings, The Langham, Sydney embodies timeless style and boasts stunning views of the iconic Sydney Harbour.
  • Blue Mountains: On the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Blue Mountains, you are invited to relax, explore and engage your senses at the Fairmont Resort.
  • Hunter Valley: Set amidst acres of rolling hills, this boutique hotel offers the ultimate country escape with a variety of walking trails leading on from its gardens. It also boasts a Grecian-style heated indoor pool, spa and sauna, fitness centre, and tennis courts.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, on Days 4 and 8 for your required internal-holiday flights that have been booked separately and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Alamanda Palm Cove, Cairns.

Carins (Traditional) - Australia

Alice Springs Lasseters

Alice Springs (Traditional) - Australia

Kings Canyon Resort

Kings Canyon (Traditional) - Australia

Sails in the Desert, Ayers Rock Resort, Uluṟu.

Uluṟu (Resort) - Australia

Situated in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, this five-star hotel is a beautiful oasis amid the raw beauty of the Outback. It comes with a wellness spa, swimming-pool, gourmet restaurants and an impressive collection of indigenous artworks.

The Langham, Sydney

Sydney (Contemporary) - Australia

Placing you in the heart of The Rocks district with its cobbled streets and historic buildings, The Langham, Sydney embodies timeless style and boasts stunning views of the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains (Jamison Valley View Room)

Leura, Blue Mountains (Boutique) - Australia

On the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Blue Mountains, you are invited to relax, explore and engage your senses at the Fairmont Resort.

Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley (Contemporary) - Australia

Set amidst acres of rolling hills, this boutique hotel offers the ultimate country escape with a variety of walking trails leading on from its gardens. It also boasts a Grecian-style heated indoor pool, spa and sauna; fitness centre, and tennis courts.

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