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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton Island.
Imagine over 70 tropical islands dotted around the Coral Sea, on the edge of the South Pacific. Lying in crystal clear blue water are hundreds of deserted beaches with sparkling white sand and safe, secluded anchorages. These are Australia's fabulous Whitsunday Islands and at their heart is the ultimate Barrier Reef destination; Hamilton Island. qualia (pronounced Kwah • lee • ah) is a unique Australian expression of world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island.qualia
qualia is embedded in 30 acres of tropical garden landscape on the northern most tip of Hamilton Island, offering guests the 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Day at Leisure on Hamilton Island
Today is at your leisure to explore qualia and the Great Barrier Reef. The two exclusive restaurants within qualia both serve the freshest and finest local produce. For a truly memorable experience, Spa qualia not only offers a range of natural treatments but also features a Swiss shower, sunken Roman baths, steam room, along with a yoga and meditation pavilion. qualia is a rare place where everything has been meticulously considered so it relaxes the mind, yet completely spoils the senses.Starting Accommodation:
Day 8 – At leisure, Great Barrier Reef
Today is at your leisure to enjoy qualia and the Whitsunday Islands. Workout at the gym, take a dip in one of the two serene pools, laze in the ocean or explore the tropical Great Barrier Reef at your leisure.Starting Accommodation:
Day 9 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that Hamilton Island has to offer.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Hamilton Island to Daintree Rainforest
You will fly from Hamilton Island 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:
Silky Oaks Lodge (B)
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:
Silky Oaks Lodge (B)
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:
Silky Oaks Lodge (B)
Day 13 – Daintree Rainforest to Brisbane
Today you will leave Silky Oaks Lodge for the Cairns Airport where you will fly into Brisbane. 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 a hotel shuttle will transfer you from your accommodation for your flight back to the USA.