Day 1 – Arrive in Daintree Rainforest
Welcome to Daintree RainforestStarting Accommodation:
Silky Oaks Lodge
Day 2 – Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree Rainforest - Healing Waters Spa
Set among lush rainforest gardens, the Healing Waters Spa is a tranquil sanctuary offering a retreat for weary travelers and those seeking a well-deserved reward. Sink into a mineral rich bath, cocoon in a detoxifying marine wrap and emerge renewed from a green tea salt therapy under the Vichy shower. Leave the spa feeling refreshed and lighter of mind, ready to soak in the pristine beauty of the rainforest.
The Healing Waters Spa is inspired by ancient beliefs that celebrate the water in the Mossman River as a renewing and life-giving force. Treatments draw inspiration from nature’s beauty ingredients and use the healing properties of pure plant botanicals to nurture both body and soul. A signature menu of rejuvenation treatments features natural earth clays, flower and plant essences and the Australian-made Sodashi skincare range. Step into the Healing Waters Spa to relax into the spirit of the Daintree Rainforest.Starting Accommodation:
Silky Oaks Lodge
Day 3 – Travel to Lizard Island
Travel to Lizard Island by Private CharterStarting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Lizard Island at Leisure
Lizard Island, Australia's most northern island resort, is renowned for both diving (especially the 'Cod Hole' where you can see huge moray eels and the famous potato cod) and game fishing for black marlin. Located on the Inner Great Barrier Reef (170 miles north of Cairns), Lizard Island offers a private paradise in an exclusive environment. The lodge appeals to discerning guests wanting to combine a nature experience with daytime water-based activities. Guests may choose as much privacy as they want; the activity generally centers around the main lodge building with an intimate tropical atmosphere. You may choose from dining indoors or alfresco on the veranda overlooking the majestic waters of Anchor Bay. For a romantic interlude, dine on the beach by the soft light of the moon, which is enhanced by the delicate flicker of flares. The Lodge's distinctive cuisine is based on dishes featuring the freshest seafood and tropical fruits.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Lizard Island at Leisure
Renowned for its powdery white sand beaches and spectacular diving opportunities, Lizard Island takes pride in being one of only a few to be nestled right on the Great Barrier Reef. While the fish may not respect your privacy, rest assured the staff on the island will. Lizard Island seamlessly blends indoors and out in an elegant open plan design - the essence of stylish Australian beachside living.
Lizard offers some of the best diving in the world, and with its enviable location right on the reef, you can be sure spectacular diving opportunities abound around this marine national park. Snorkelers are rewarded with coral gardens, brightly colored tropical fish and giant clams just moments from the island's beaches. Discover secluded, pristine beaches by foot or by motorized dinghy with a gourmet picnic just for two. Try a gentle bush walk, sailing, fishing or a glass bottom boat trip, or perhaps indulge in the serenity of a treatment at the luxurious Azure Spa. Lizard is island luxury at its finest.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Lizard Island at Leisure
Consider a day at Essentia Day Spa where you can indulge in signature spa rituals and discover pure, opulent skin care in the sanctuary of nature. Rebalance, relax, and rejuvenate while with a personalized spa experience with iKOU skincare.
Enter the world of iKOU, brought to you from the pristine World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Australia. Be indulged with Australian fruit & flower extracts and ancient traditions and immerse yourself in a skillfully crafted fusion of global spa culture.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Travel to Cairns
Welcome to Cairns.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – Travel to Ayers Rock
Takeoff to Ayers Rock and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Longitude 131 - Signature Experiences
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. For short stays at Longitude 131°, some tours and excursions may not be offered or available during your stay. This is just a sample of some of the experiences you may be able to enjoy:
-Mutitjulu Meander; Venturing to Uluru whilst the morning sun lights up the ancient monolith, meander along the pathway to the peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti. Along this walk our guides share the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru.
-Uluru Sunset; A drive into the dual World Heritage-listed National Park begins the evening followed by a leisurely walk through the Cultural Centre* where the informative and interactive displays provide insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Continue on to the twilight viewing area where you can take in the iconic sunset over Uluru with a glass in hand. *In the summer months, the Cultural Centre is visited as part of the Mutitjulu Meander morning experience.
-Walpa Gorge; Kata Tjuta; This experience heads to Kata Tjuta comprising 36 majestic dome-like rock formations. Along the way the tour calls briefly at the Kata Tjuta Viewing Area for a longer distance perspective and photo opportunity, with expert commentary describing ecology and indigenous significance of the area. From the viewing platform guests continue their journey to Walpa Gorge where the natural history of Kata Tjuta is explained in detail, and discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today's landscape and ecology.
-Mala Walk; Kantju Gorge; After arriving at the base of Uluru our guide leads you on a gentle walk as you learn about the history of the Mala people, pointing out cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the gorge walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Enjoying sunset drinks and canapés, guests revel in the silence and solitude.
The semi-arid climate of the Uluru region makes for great travelling conditions. Warm, sunny days with minimal rainfall are the norm for much of the year, allowing enjoyment of the stunning desert landscapes and rock formations. Typical desert weather patterns make for reasonable fluctuations in temperature between day and night. During the summer months, average temperatures range from 95°F during the day to 64°F overnight. In the winter months, the average daytime temperature is 72°F and 32°F overnight.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Longitude 131 - Signature Experiences
This is just a sample of some of the experiences you may be able to enjoy:
Table 131; Dine outdoors on fine fare celebrating a fusion of modern and indigenous flavors and discover the wonders of the southern night sky. As darkness falls, a four-course dinner with matched Australian wines is delivered with Longitude service. In the cool season, a warm fire sparks under the spectacular night sky. Indigenous performers mesmerize with the movement and songs of their ancient culture and after dinner, Longitude's resident astronomer regales guests with tales of the Southerly constellations. (Subject to weather conditions).
-Field of Light; World renowned artist, Bruce Munro has chosen the remote desert location surrounding Ayers Rock Resort for his Field of Light installation. Field of Light is a monumental and experimental artwork with 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres, connected via illuminated optical fiber bloom as darkness falls over the spiritual heartland of Australia's vast desert with Uluru as the backdrop. Longitude 131° guests arrive at dusk to meander around the field before enjoying the cool night skies at Table 131°. Witness the monumental combination of art and culture.
-Bespoke Experiences; An additional menu of private experiences offers further exploration and the chance to tailor a special interest itinerary - additional cost applies.Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Travel to Sydney
Takeoff to Sydney and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Sydney Supreme - City Sights Tour
Depart your Sydney hotel to discover the fabulous city of Sydney. 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, you will see the beaches of Bronte and Tamarama. You'll then move on to explore the famous Bondi Beach, stopping to spend 30 minutes to walk the promenade and enjoy a coffee overlooking the beach. From Bondi, continue along the coastal drive past Macquarie Lighthouse to experience the spectacular views from the Southern Headland at the entrance to Sydney Harbour. 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, continue to Woolloomooloo and see the famous Harry's Cafe 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, cross the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge to head for a 2-course lunch in a harbor-side restaurant - soup or salad then a main course selection. A complimentary glass of wine or beer is included with additional beverages available for purchase. Your tour ends at the restaurant. A ferry transfer to Circular Quay is included at your leisure this afternoon.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Sydney At Leisure
It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.
It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.
There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Depart Sydney
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Sydney International Airport.