Day 1 – Fly USA to Adelaide
A choice of non-stop flights from various US ports to East Coast Australia and then onto Adelaide.
Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3 – Welcome to Kangaroo Island, Australia
Upon arrival into Adelaide you will transfer to you domestic flight to Kangaroo Island. As Australia's third largest island, Kangaroo Island is just 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. The island boasts outstanding natural beauty and its relative isolation since European settlement has ensured an abundance of wildlife in a stunning and protected natural environment. With 21 national and conservation parks covering more than 30 percent of the island's total area, Kangaroo Island has established itself as a premiere destination for nature lovers of all types.
Southern Ocean Lodge provides a level of style and sophistication on Kangaroo Island. Set in natural bush land overlooking a spectacular section of coastline, the organic luxury of the contemporary Lodge will ensure guests have every opportunity to relax and explore the island's wonders with a dash of indulgence.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Kangaroo Island Foodie Delight Tour
At Swain Destinations, we have gathered our favorite partners to deliver an exceptional experience which delivers the best of Kangaroo Island as part of the ultimate Australian food and wine journey. Your private guide will share two fun and interesting days showcasing the best of nature, landscape, local produce, wine and elegant hospitality.
Australia's Kangaroo Island offers a chance to see the Australia you have dreamed of: spectacular coastal landscapes; deserted white sandy beaches; all those unusual wild animals like koalas and kangaroos; sheep and cattle farms; red dirt roads; the freshest seafood and local produce; and of course the finest wines - all rolled in with the friendliest local guides and luxurious cliff-top accommodations at Australia's finest luxury property Southern Ocean Lodge.
Your morning will be filled with some of the most iconic coastal landscapes Australia possesses - places like Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. All the while your sharp-eyed guide will point out kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, fur-seals and any number of birds. Break for morning tea - a legacy of our colonial past we have retained with lip-smacking relish: fresh ground coffee; loose-leaf tea and some home-made snacks to die for!Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 5 – Kangaroo Island Foodie Delight Tour
Your 2-day Foodie tour of Kangaroo Island will continue. After breakfast your guide will collect you for more personalized exploring. Start by sharing a beach with Australian sea-lions and learn about their seafood feasts interspersed with a little snoozing on the sand - a great life if you can out swim at great white shark! Head inland to a family honey farm where you can taste a delicious array of honeys from the Eucalyptus trees for which Australia is famous. Next is a farm with a difference - where they milk sheep and make flavorsome cheeses and yogurts.
Lunch will be a picnic amongst the gum trees where just maybe there is a koala snoozing somewhere overhead. After lunch take a private tour and tasting in the barrel room at Islander Estate Vineyard where Bordeaux vigneron Jacques Lurton brings the best of old and new world wine-making techniques together in a beautiful boutique property high above the Cygnet Valley. From here, depending on time and stamina, it is either straight back to the Lodge or a meander along the north coast to explore some new landscapes.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 6 – Kangaroo Island to Arkaba Station
Board your light aircraft flight back to the mainland and into the Kimberley Ranges, where you land at Gawler Airport. Upon arrival you are met by the Arkaba team and transferred to Arkaba Station.
The Flinders Ranges are one of Australia's most ancient landscapes, molded by hundreds of millions of years of geological activity, and also home to some of the most spectacular outback scenery in the country. Arkaba is a 60,000 acre wildlife conservancy, its craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums are a quintessential Australian scene, while the geological amphitheater of Wilpena Pound lies on the northern boundary of the property.
At Arkaba a five bedroom 1850's homestead offers a select few guests a taste of classic Australian country hospitality while a few Wild Bush Luxury touches ensure comfort, style and a truly memorable experience. There are four traditional style bedrooms located in the homestead, each with an en suite bathroom and access to the veranda for relaxing in the heat of day. The Coachman's Cottage in the corner of the garden provides a fifth guest room with en suite bathroom.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Activities at Arkaba Station
From an ancient seabed to mighty mountain range, tectonic upheavals and subsequent weathering processes have produced some of Australia's most spectacular outback scenery. Sculpted by millions of years of rain and sun into a fractured landscape of rugged gorges, furrowed valleys with cypress pines, dry creek beds lined with river red gums and vistas from the high ground across miles of outback plain, the Flinders Ranges is an introduction to the sheer scale of the outback. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders is in a class of its own.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 8 – Activities at Arkaba Station
The day may start with an activity at sunrise and ends with an activity to take in the sunset - an average of 7 hours of guiding is included each day. Expert field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with some spectacular 4WD's and guided walks that visit the secret spots on the property and a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 9 – Arkaba Station to Barossa Valley
Experience Australia's countryside as you journey through the true Outback and the amazing Flinders Ranges before arriving into the relative civilization of the Clare & Barossa Valley wine district.
The Louise is a luxury vineyard retreat on a gentle hill, surrounded by acres of vines overlooking the world renowned Barossa Valley. With just fifteen suites, each with private terraces, soft contemporary furnishings and spacious en suites, the romance of an idyllic vineyard hideaway is complete. Acclaimed on-site restaurant Appellation, offers seasonal cuisine nightly for casually elegant dining. One hour from Adelaide, The Louise is one of Australia's premier vineyard retreats.
Your Immersion into the Barossa package includes transfers from Adelaide in a private sedan, three nights accommodation in a Stonewell Suite with Deluxe Continental breakfast delivered in suite, Chef's tasting dinner in Appellation with paired wines (arrival night), full day ground transport with guide, Importance of Oak experience at Murray Street Vineyard with lunch and tasting, Two Hands Wines master-class and tasting, Legend of Seppetsfield with birth year tasting of port-style wine, a three course Seasonal Selections dinner with two glasses of wine per person, an off-site picnic-style breakfast with the kangaroos, private tasting and touring at Rockford Wines, lunch and tasting at Charles Melton Wines and Tasting at Artisans of Barossa.
Dinner tonight is at the world-renowned Appellation. Appellation at The Louise in the Barossa Valley is recognized as a world class destination for dining in South Australia, with food that unashamedly reflects the local growing seasons. Executive Chef Mark McNamara and his team are passionate advocates for freshness, seasonality and regionalismStarting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Breakfast with Kangaroos
It's no secret that most visitors to South Australia's Barossa Valley have come for a world-class food and wine experience. The global reputation of the Barossa's iconic wines is undisputed, and fine dining venues such as Appellation, provide guests access to fresh local cuisine paired with the region's outstanding wines. Lesser known, the Barossa is home to a large conservation park abundant with native Australian flora and fauna. The Louise has developed a unique experience that offers guests access to one of the simple pleasures of visiting regional Australia, seeing kangaroos up close in their natural habitat.
Your guide arrives at dawn in a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the 20-minute ride to the nearby conservation park. An easy 15-minute bushwalk into the park leads to a clearing where families of kangaroos are enjoying their breakfast and your gourmet breakfast will be laid out on a picnic blanket in this truly natural setting.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 11 – Most Brilliant Blend Experience
Be a winemaker by day and a gourmand by night. In concert with a premium winery nearby The Louise, guests are welcomed into the winemaker's laboratory for a two-hour hands-on tutorial on the art and science of blending grape varietals. As part of this, you will experiment with several trial blends of barrel sample shiraz, grenache and mourvedre before choosing a final blend that is bottled with your name and date.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 12 – Barossa Valley to Uluru
You will be met by your driver and transferred directly to Adelaide Airport. A complimentary 4WD transfer will take you from Ayers Rock Airport to Longitude 131°. Flight details must be advised prior to arrival.
Longitude 131° is the first of its kind in Australia, and takes camping to a new level, combining an Outback experience with five-star luxury. The unique campground features elevated safari-style luxury tents with stone floors, beautiful linens and premium fixtures in the bathrooms. Modeled after South African safari camps, Longitude 131° offers a true safari experience in the 'Red Centre' - an unprecedented way to explore the rugged Outback, but still enjoy the comforts of a five-star hotel.
Each of the 15 elevated luxury tents offers unparalleled views of Uluru and unique interiors pay homage to an early Australian pioneer or explorer with a mix of classical colonial and contemporary pieces. Meticulously designed to remain cool in summer and warm in winter, the immaculately appointed dwellings comprise lavish king or twin beds, floor to ceiling windows for viewing the sunrise and sunset, complimentary in-suite bar, iPad with entertainment and MP3 input, wireless internet, spacious bathroom with bathrobes and premium amenities, climate control, safe, telephone and twice daily housekeeping including turn down service.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Activities at Longitude 131°
An exceptional touring program designed especially for guests of Longitude 131° is included in the wilderness experience and a personalized itinerary is presented upon arrival. Signature Experiences with lodge naturalist guides are shared with fellow guests in custom touring vehicles. Expeditions operate at scheduled times on a rotating basis, dependent on day of arrival, with timing subject to sunrise and sunset times which vary throughout the year, according to the seasons and weather permitting. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 14 – Activities at Longitude 131°
Spend another day taking advantage of the exceptional touring program designed especially for guests of Longitude 131°. Indulge in some of the activities including Mutitjulu Meandear, Uluru Sunset, Walpa Gorge and Kata Tjuta, Mala Walk and Kantju Gorge and Table 131.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 15 – Uluru to Lord Howe Island
A complimentary 4WD transfer will take you from Longitude 131°, to Ayers Rock Airport. Once you arrive into Sydney you will be transferred by helicopter to Wolgan Valley. Your helicopter transfer from Sydney direct to Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will take 45-50 minutes.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort is spectacularly located at the southern end of the valley, at the foot of Mount Wolgan and Donkey Mountain. Set in Australia's Great Dividing Range with unbeatable views of the mystical Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort promises guests a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the wilderness.
Tall, almost vertical cliffs, contrast with the gentle curve of the valley floor and a private road branches off Wolgan Road to follow the river through to the property. Spread out at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the luxurious homestead-style resort is set amongst 4,000 acres of protected conservation reserve area. One of the world's few resorts neighboring a World Heritage Site, the Wolgan Valley project is the embodiment of Emirates' dedication to conservation, aimed to ensure the protection of endangered Australian wildlife. As a result, the number of visitors to this exclusive resort is strictly monitored to limit the impact on the fragile surrounding environment.Starting Accommodation:
Day 16 – Activities at Wolgan Valley
The resort's engaging Field Guides are able to offer inspiring suggestions in which to see Wolgan Valley and the surrounding Blue Mountains region. Choose from hiking nature trails, exploring the countryside on horseback, touring by four-wheel drive, mountain biking through forests, or star gazing in the dead of night. These are just some of the many adventures awaiting those with a love for Australia's great outdoors.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 17 – Wolgan Valley to Lord Howe Island
Depart the Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa for your transfer back to Sydney. Leaving the rugged landscape behind, head via Mt Victoria and Lithgow. The drive passes quaint villages and apple orchards, connecting with the picturesque Bells Line Road and into Sydney. Upon arrival into Sydney you will board your flight to Lord Howe Island.
Located on the secluded southern end of the World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge commands spectacular ocean, lagoon and mountain views, and sets new standards of exclusive luxury and contemporary style. Attracting discerning guests seeking a civilized and sophisticated escape, Capella offers contemporary, comfortable accommodations (only nine suites); personal service; exceptional dining and the option to enjoy a range of activities from soothing spa treatments to exploring the Island's famous twin mountains - Gower & Lidgbird - and snorkeling the world's southern-most reef.Starting Accommodation:
Day 18 – At leisure, Lord Howe Island
With its rich green forests, tranquil beaches and incredibly blue seas, the island is never crowded and is a true paradise for walkers, bird watchers and anglers - deep sea, beach and rock fishing are all popular as are golf, tennis, bowling, cycling, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.Starting Accommodation:
Day 19 – At leisure, Lord Howe Island
Spend your day at leisure enjoying the beautiful surroundings Lord Howe Island has to offer.Starting Accommodation:
Day 20 – Lord Howe Island to Sydney
Transfer to the airport for your flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney.
The spectacular Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is just a stroll away from the harbor and the Opera House, and lies in the center of Sydney's business district. The hotel is well known for its impeccable service, comfortable rooms, and impressive views of the city and the harbor. The dining room at the Four Seasons is always filled with interesting people and the bar can be a great place to mingle with the Aussies. The hotel offers 531 rooms & suites, elegantly decorated in a luxurious contemporary style. Views from the guest rooms include Sydney's most famous icons: the sunrise over the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Opera House, the harbor, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and beyond.Twilight Bridge Climb
The Bridge Climb is a 3.5 hour guided journey to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It takes you along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 400 feet above Sydney Harbour. In Climb groups of up to 14 people, you'll be led by one of Bridge Climb's professional Climb Leaders on an adventure of the world's most recognizable Bridge. The steady incline to the summit leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities to witness 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the Sydney Opera House, west to the Blue Mountains and the Harbour city surrounds. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you will remember forever - you've conquered an Australian icon recognized the world over! Starting Accommodation:
Day 21 – Sydney City TouringSydney Supreme - City Sights
Depart the Four Seasons to discover the fabulous city of Sydney. We begin the morning traveling through the business district and shopping areas. See Darling Harbour and the vibrant China Town, then drive along Oxford Street with its trendy terrace houses and boutique fashion shops. See Centennial Park, a 220 hectare urban parkland in Eastern Sydney. Reaching the coast we will see the beaches of Bronte, Tamarama and then on to explore the famous Bondi Beach, where we stop to spend 30 minutes to walk the promenade and enjoy a coffee overlooking the beach.
We then continue along the coastal drive past Macquarie Lighthouse to experience the spectacular views from the Southern Headland at the entrance to Sydney Harbour. We visit Watson's Bay before following the harbor foreshore back into Sydney, passing some of Australia's most exclusive waterfront suburbs where harbor mansions may be seen. Driving through Vaucluse, Double Bay and the colorful Kings Cross, we continue to Woolloomooloo and see the famous Harry's Café De Wheels. Visit Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and return to the CBD via Saint Mary's Cathedral, Historic Convict buildings, State Parliament House and the historical Rocks district. Next we cross the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge onto AQUA for lunch - two course with soup or salad then main course choice of steak, fish or vegetarian. Sydney Supreme - Cruise Charter
Welcome aboard Seaduced, a Riviera 4700 Sports Yacht measuring 55 feet and designed to indulge guests in the ultimate experience on the water. Seaduced offers a luxurious indoor area complete with large leather lounge, 360 views with the year-round comfort of climate control air-conditioning. The indoor area opens onto a large entertaining deck featuring a 12 seat hydraulic dining table with room for seating for all passengers.
Board Seaduced at Milson's Point after lunch at 2.30pm, for a scenic 2.5 hour private cruise around the harbor, to include travel under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Kirribilli House, Cremorne Point, Athol Bay (where Taronga Zoo is located), Bradley's Head and Watson's Bay. Enjoy tea and coffee as you sit back and enjoy the highlights of Sydney from the water.Starting Accommodation:
Day 22 – Fly Sydney to USA
You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to Sydney Airport. (B)