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Best of Australia

Begin you journey at the ultimate Barrier Reef destination, qualia on Hamilton Island at the heart of the Whitsundays Islands. Soar over these crystal clear waters on a helicopter ride before relaxing and enjoying all this resort has to offer. Trade the serenity of the beach for the bustle of the city as you venture to Sydney. Climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy a luncheon cruise before immersing yourself in Australia's wildlife. Experience the icons of Australia through this adventure.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Sun & Sand

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Day By Day

Day 1 – Fly USA to Brisbane
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package.

Day 2 – Cross the International Dateline
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 Hamilton Island
You will arrive in Brisbane to transfer to your flight to Hamilton Island. Upon arrival to Hamilton Island, you will be checked-in and guided to your accommodation.

qualia, Great Barrier Reef
qualia is embedded in 30 acres of tropical garden landscape on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island, offering guests the positively indulgent choice of 60 individual pavilions. Each pavilion has been erected with the least possible intervention of the surroundings and consist largely of natural materials such as rough hewn stone walls and hoop pine. Each of the beautifully appointed pavilions offers ocean views with your choice of a private plunge pool or stunning sun deck.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef

Day 4 – Best of Both Worlds Heli Tour
Experience the best of Cruise Whitsundays' Reefworld and the renowned Whitehaven Beach in one memorable day. The excursion includes a 60-minute scenic flight, two hours at Reefworld including use of all facilities, and one hour on Whitehaven Beach with picnic and champagne. Take off from Hamilton island airport, flying low over the Pacific Ocean to the Reefworld pontoon. The next two hours are yours to explore the Great Barrier Reef in a subsea viewer, glass bottom boat or underwater observatory. You may also snorkel or dive, before flying back towards the mainland, landing at Whitehaven Beach. Here, enjoy the calm warm waters and a superb picnic lunch before returning to Hamilton Island in the mid afternoon.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B, L)

Day 5 – Day at Leisure
Inside qualia, you can feel time unravel however you choose. Facilities include two serene pools, a library, private dining room, two bars and restaurants, and a fitness center. And for that truly memorable experience, step inside Spa qualia, which offers an extensive range of luxurious local and international treatments.

For those with a more adventurous spirit, the Great Barrier Reef is the perfect place to make some unexpected discoveries. Head off on a diving or snorkeling adventure, or marvel at the wondrous diversity of underwater life on a reef tour. There are also all manner of water sports to pursue. There are many ways to complement a stay at qualia to make it unforgettable.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 6 – Day at Leisure
Today allows you to explore all that qualia, Great Barrier Reef has to offer at your leisure.

Starting Accommodation: qualia, Great Barrier Reef (B)

Day 7 – Hamilton Island to Sydney
A qualia representative will transfer you from your accommodation to the airport so you can fly into Sydney. Once arrived in Sydney, a driver will meet you to transfer you to The Langham, Sydney. 

The Langham, Sydney
The legendary service of The Langham, Sydney positions it as a jewel amongst the city's accommodations. Its location on the border of the historic Rocks district offers a quiet haven for a relaxing Sydney getaway or business visit. Experience the remarkable features and facilities, many of them unique to the hotel. Savor the grand British tradition of Tiffin Afternoon Tea or pamper yourself in luxury at The Day Spa featuring a 60-foot subterranean swimming pool. The Langham, Sydney has 100 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, which have been designed with the utmost attention to detail. The luxury marble bathrooms feature over-sized baths, heated towel racks and large vanities. Colonial style sash windows and period balconies circulate fresh air and afford charming views of Observatory Hill and inner Sydney Harbour with beautiful evening sunsets.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B)

Day 8 – Touring Sydney
BridgeClimb - Day 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! 

Sydney Afternoon Sights
A luxury Mercedes van greets you as you exit your morning Bridge Climb. Enjoy a quick, casual lunch to re-energize before getting back on the road, starting with Sydney's birthplace - The Rocks. See Australia's convict history chiseled into the old sandstone buildings. Up along Macquarie Street - Parliament House, The Mint, World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral and the Great Synagogue. Wander the Royal Botanical Gardens and then cruise the stylish villages of Woollahra and Paddington - renowned for art galleries and specialty shops.

Head to Bondi Beach with its historic pavilion, Icebergs Pool and Coastal Walk glimpses. Want to feel the sand between your toes? Ask your host. The coastal views continue via South Head with a spectacular vista - the entrance to Sydney Harbour. On to Watsons Bay before exclusive Vaucluse, Rose Bay and Rushcutters Bay. Finally the historic dockside suburb of Woolloomooloo, before being returned to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B, L)

Day 9 – Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a 3-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and 5-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers including, swimming and fishing - or sit back, relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B, L)

Day 10 – WILD LIFE Sydney
Jump into WILD LIFE Sydney with a VIP Guided Tour and immerse yourself in the unique world of Australia's animals. Begin your tour with a behind the scenes look at our colorful Butterfly habitat where you will enter the temperature-controlled laboratory and see where they raise their caterpillars into beautiful butterflies. Observe the holding and breeding area for the creepy crawlies and see the five most venomous snakes in the world. Touch the scales and tails of unique reptiles, be amazed by the unique hatching areas, and see where food is prepared for the bizarre reptiles.

Ascend into starlight as you visit the Nocturnal House and find out what the possums and quolls get up to after dark. See where the eucalyptus leaves are housed, with your chance to get up close and personal with Australia's most cuddly animal, the koala and receive a complimentary color photo. You will then visit the Grey Kangaroos, Rock Wallaby and Paddy Melons along with other unique Aussie animals. The VIP Guided Tour ends in the exclusive quarantine area where you will explore, touch and learn about a variety of Australian animals, including wallabies, echidnas and more.

Starting Accommodation: The Langham, Sydney (B)

Day 11 – Fly Sydney to USA
Today marks the end of your Swain Destinations journey. You will be transferred from your accommodation to the Sydney airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)

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Included Activities

Length: Half-day
Cruise Like a Local
Cruise Like a Local
Length: Half-day


Whitsundaysqualia, Great Barrier Reef
SydneyThe Langham, Sydney


Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.

Terms and Conditions

Travel must be between May 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018. Prize and/or Giveaway itinerary has no cash value. No itinerary components can be redeemed or transfered for cash value. Activities and accommodations subject to availability. Services within this itinerary are arranged by Swain Destinations. Additional services and customizations can be arranged through Swain Destinations.