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 price.
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 Brisbane, Australia
A driver will meet you upon arrival in Brisbane to transfer you to your accommodation.Spicers Peak Lodge
Stunningly situated on a mountaintop in Queensland's Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge is as far from the pressure of everyday life as it's possible to be. Let your cares melt away in one of the elegant rooms, enjoy an award-winning gourmet experience, unwind in Spa Anise or choose from a host of invigorating outdoor activities. Here, in Australia's highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalization come naturally. By day enjoy bush walking, mountain bikes and four-wheel drive tours of the area, take a dip in the pool or a game of tennis. By night sample fine food and wine, relax by the fire or take in the brilliance of stars in clear mountain skies.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Spicers Peak Lodge has to offer. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 5 – Activities at Spicers Peak Lodge
Here, in Australia's highest non-alpine lodge, relaxation and revitalization come naturally. By day enjoy bush walking, mountain bikes and four-wheel drive tours of the area, take a dip in the pool or a game of tennis. By night sample fine food and wine, relax by the fire or take in the brilliance of stars in clear mountain skies.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 6 – Brisbane to Lizard Island
A driver will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to transfer you to the Brisbane Airport. You will fly from Brisbane to Cairns and then transfer via flight to Lizard Island.Lizard Island
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, Lizard Island offers a private paradise in an exclusive environment.
Set in a broad sweeping arc along Anchor Bay, with easy access to the main Lodge, Beachfront Suites offer captivating sea views and each has a pathway leading directly to the beach. The interiors seamlessly blend the indoors and out in an elegant and spacious open plan design. The large veranda with its traditional daybed is the perfect location to relax and take in the natural beauty of Lizard Island. Suites include a premium in- room sound system, LCD smart televisions and Apple docking stations. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 7 – Activities at Lizard Island
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:
(B, L, D)
Day 8 – Day at Leisure
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 al fresco 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, 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:
(B, L, D)
Day 9 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Lizard Island has to offer.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 10 – Lizard Island to Daintree Rainforest
You will fly from Lizard Island to Cairns and be transferred to Cairns Airport for your flight. A representative from Silky Oaks Lodge will greet you upon arrival and transfer you to your accommodation.Silky Oaks Lodge
Sitting calmly on the winding Mossman Gorge River is Silky Oaks Lodge, an eco-luxury resort providing the perfect place to explore the abundant Daintree Rainforest. The lodge is built from sustainable materials and lives in harmony with nature rather than disrupting the habitat. Suites and tree houses are scattered around the property and are comfortable and spacious with the lively sounds of the forest complementing the elegant tropical design. Accommodations feature everything from Rosewood and Silky Oak timber, marble bathrooms, terraced balconies and whirlpool tubs. The spa harnesses the healing power of water and earth for a variety of treatments, including clay masks and hot stone massage. Starting Accommodation:
Day 11 – Walkabout Adventures
Spend time with a local Aboriginal tour guide, visiting many culturally significant areas and learning about the amazing relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land. Learn the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area.
Walk through the rain forest and coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices, have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. To complete the adventure, cool off in a pristine freshwater stream.Starting Accommodation:
Day 12 – Day at Leisure
A range of activities are offered complimentary at the resort including naturalist guided rain forest walks through adjoining Daintree Rainforest, evening slide presentations, Mossman River snorkeling and canoeing, mountain bikes, Port Douglas morning drop-off and afternoon pick-ups, tennis court and Wallaby feeding. Other activities available include: rain forest picnics, scenic flights over Mossman Gorge and Great Barrier Reef, Daintree River Cruises, Australian Wilderness Safaris to Cape Tribulation, Great Barrier Reef and Low Isle Cruises, golf at Port Douglas, horse riding, fishing, sailing, kayaking expeditions, indigenous tours and guided walks through Mossman Gorge National Park.Starting Accommodation:
Day 13 – Daintree Rainforest to Brisbane
Today you will leave Silky Oaks Lodge for the Cairns Airport where you will fly into Brisbane. A driver will meet you upon arrival to transfer you to your accommodation for the night. Pullman Brisbane Airport
The Pullman Brisbane Airport offers guests a 5-star escape, all from within the heart of the airport precinct. Understated elegance are the hallmarks of the property with 132 perfectly appointed rooms. The Restaurant & Bar offers sumptuous dining space and intimate bar space with a distinctly international vibe. The raft of daybeds and a relaxing pergola on the sleek pool deck are sure to entice even the most seasoned of travelers.
Located in the hub of the airport precinct, within walking distance of the Domestic Terminal & just minutes' drive from the International Terminal.Starting Accommodation:
Pullman Brisbane Airport (B)
Day 14 – Fly Brisbane to USA
Today you will be transferred from your accommodation for your flight back to the USA.