Day 1 – Fly USA to Queensland
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 Queensland
Upon arrival in Queensland, you will make your way to pick up your rental vehicle. Take the Cook Highway [Route 1] north from Cairns past the beach communities of Hollaways Beach, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Palm Cove. Just north of Palm Cove, the road runs along unspoiled and palm-fringed beaches before it takes you into Port Douglas and beyond to the Mossman area. Allow 90 minutes for this 50-mile drive.Silky Oaks Lodge
Sitting calmly on the winding Mossman Gorge River is Silky Oaks Lodge, which is an eco-luxury resort that provides 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 treehouses 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 and marble bathrooms to 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 massages.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation for the drive north along the scenic route via Mossman to Cape Tribulation. Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as you approach to the majestic Daintree River. Time for a short morning tea break then its "all aboard" for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the splendor only the Daintree can offer as you learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!
Next on tour, ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest merging with the azure colors of the Coral Sea. Experience the rainforest intimately on the elevated National Park Boardwalk. Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna will be given with ample time for photographs and questions as you search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat. A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served. Guests will have the opportunity to hand feed kangaroos and wallabies and enjoy a cold drink from the bar.
The tour does a little more - heading beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. Seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees then indulge in a feast of exotic tropical fruit and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. At Cape Tribulation Beach, stroll along the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the "Rainforest meets the Reef". After a short afternoon refreshment stop, cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin the homeward journey.Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Quicksilver Outer Reef Tour
The Quicksilver vessel departs from Reef Marina for a fabulous full-day tour out to the Agincourt Reef, which is part of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Agincourt is the most southerly link in the chain of ribbon- like outer reefs on the extreme edge of continental Australia. Here, you will view some of the most beautiful reef life in Australia. The air-conditioned 30-meter Quicksilver cruises at 27 knots and can reach Agincourt in just 90 minutes. Once at the pontoon, you have the opportunity to snorkel, swim or scuba dive the reef. You may also view the reef from glass-bottom boats and semi-submersible subs - a fantastic experience! Lunch is served on board the vessel.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Daintree Rainforest to Cairns
Today, you will depart Silky Oaks Lodge and head south to Hartley's Crocodile Farm for a Zootastic experience.
Take the Cook Highway [Route 1] south from Mossman past the beach communities of Hollaways Beach, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach and Palm Cove Allow 90 minutes for this 50-mile drive.Starting Accommodation:
Hartley's Zootastic Tour
Hartley's Zootastic Five includes five popular animal encounters. You will be up close with the wildlife - feeding, patting holding. There's time for taking photos and hearing about the habits of the wildlife. The Zootastic experience is interactive, informative and fun. You will be in the safe hands of one of the experienced Wildlife team while you feed and handle like an expert. One of the five activities will include koalas - feeding, holding and a photo.
Riley isn’t just a hotel in Cairns, Australia. It's a playful outlook on life. It’s making the daily grind a morning coffee. It’s indulging in the little luxuries. It’s rediscovering fun. Above all, it’s a place where authentic experiences are king. Witness the most Instagram-worthy ocean sunsets the tallest rooftop bar in all of Cairns, or lounge poolside with the perfect Cuban mojito. Make nap time anytime using the touch-controlled lights and blackout blinds, available in every room of this five-star Cairns resort. Spend the afternoon swimming in the 10,000 square foot swimming lagoon with its own man-made beach. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Cairns, Riley’s got you covered on all fronts. Perfect for a family getaway, couples retreat or a business trip in the Tropics. Whatever you decide, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a stay with the Riley Hotel.
Riley Hotel (B)
Day 7 – Kuranda Rail and Skyrail
Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes. The journey will take you through handmade tunnels and across bridges with amazing views. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at beautiful Kuranda station. Once at Kuranda Village, your Kuranda Boarding Pass offers discounted entry into Bird-world, Kuranda Koala Gardens, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforest Station, as well as a detailed map of the village of Kuranda. At the scheduled time, bypass the ticketing lines and go directly to the Skyrail boarding area. Experience World Heritage-listed rainforest with the iconic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Skyrail takes guests over and through one of the oldest continuously surviving rainforests on earth; a story 110-million years in the making. The 90-minute Skyrail experience includes time at two rainforest mid-stations: Red Peak and Barron falls. This allows guests to learn about the rainforest on a Ranger-guided boardwalk and entry to the Interpretation Centre. Your journey ends at Skyrail's Smithfield Terminal where the Down Under Tours host is waiting to assist you onto your return coach to your accommodations.Starting Accommodation:
Riley Hotel (B)
Day 8 – Day at Leisure
Built on Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea calls from the east while the rainforest-clad Atherton Tablelands serenade from the west, making Cairns a nature lover's nirvana. The warmth of the tropical climate has fostered a vigorous outdoor lifestyle that's reflected in the architectural styles of open verandas and balconies, and extending to the most traditional of Australian cuisine - the barbecue. Dining is a high point of any vacation, and the cosmopolitan local restaurants, cafes and eateries offer an eclectic fare of Australian and international cuisine, the highlight of most menus being the region's mouth-watering fresh seafood and unusual tropical fruits. Head to the heart of the city, the Esplanade, and enjoy a cafe latte before contemplating an abundance of tour options.Starting Accommodation:
Riley Hotel (B)
Day 9 – Cairns to the Blue Mountains
Today, you will make your way to the airport to drop off your rental vehicle before checking in for your onward-bound flight.Starting Accommodation:
Upon arrival into New South Wales, a driver will meet you in the baggage claim area to transfer you to your Blue Mountains accommodation.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Australia's Great Driving Range takes you away from the bustle of the city, through grand mountain ranges under clear open sky, until reaching Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. Just a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, the resort is nestled between the scenic Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. The Wolgan River twists and turns through the valley, creating a stark contrast of soft rolling hills and jagged sandstone cliffs. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains rise against the horizon, providing a breathtaking backdrop that can't be found anywhere else. Three types of villas are available to guests that feature private pools, crackling wood fireplaces and landscaped gardens. The resort draws inspiration from its homestead roots, incorporating traditional design with modern amenities and natural elements. The large windows open up to the 4,000 acres of conservation reserve area; the resort is dedicated to protecting the endangered Australian wildlife that is native to the valley. One&Only Spa is located on site where calming mists from the mountains soothe the senses and nature is harvested for holistic oils, massages and body rituals.
(B, L, D)
Day 10 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore all that the Blue Mountains area has to offer. Enjoy a guided nature walk through Blue Mountain trails, take a horseback ride across the homestead, try your hand at archery or explore the quaint antique shops nearby. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 11 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore the Blue Mountains area. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 12 – Blue Mountains to Sydney
Today, a driver will transfer you from Wolgan Valley to Sydney.
Welcome to Sydney! Australia’s most visited state, New South Wales partly owes its popularity with tourists to the glamorous city of Sydney. With its harbor beaches and intoxicating blend of bushland and bustling city, Sydney is a perfect snapshot of Australia. Beyond the glow of Sydney, New South Wales becomes a sweeping landscape of quaint, beachside hamlets, inland opal-mining towns, and alpine hideaways. Visitors can take a surfing lesson on one of the world’s most renowned beaches or get intimate with Sydney – whether by a walking tour of the Rocks area, a visit to Sydney’s fish market or dinner at one of the city’s famed restaurants.Starting Accommodation:
The Langham, Sydney
Alongside The Rocks in the heart of Sydney stands its finest hotel. Sumptuous interiors and superb modern facilities add to an atmosphere of discreet opulence. Experience a tradition of luxury and service that dates back to Europe's original grand hotel in London: The Langham. The Langham, Sydney blends the modern charm and attention to detail of a boutique hotel, with the timeless elegance and refined sophistication that are hallmarks of the Langham heritage. The Langham is the ideal luxury accommodation in Sydney. The legendary service of The Langham, Sydney positions it as a jewel among the city's accommodation.
Day 13 – Cruise Like a Local
Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the harbor's bays and coves. Enjoy a three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers, including swimming and fishing - or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.Starting Accommodation:
Day 14 – Bridge Climb
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 a professional Bridge Climb leader 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! The professional Climb Leaders will take pictures of you on the climb and at the end you will receive a commemorative Climber Certificate, a complimentary Climber Cap and group photograph, with all climbers in the group receiving an identical photo.Starting Accommodation:
Day 15 – Fly New South Wales to USA
Today, you will begin your journey back to the USA. A driver will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation to transfer you to the Sydney International Airport. (B)