Best of Australia & New Zealand (18 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo, Canterbury, Queenstown & Milford Sound
Highlights of Australia
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Melbourne, Ayers Rock, Daintree Rainforest, Lizard Island & Great Barrier Reef, Sydney
This luxurious private tour features the very best of Australia: incredible natural beauty, sophisticated cities, the red desert, the lush rainforest, and an exclusive island resort in the Great Barrier Reef.
Begin in lively Melbourne. Enjoy private touring of the city’s highlights, including the chic South Yarra neighborhood, the Queen Victoria Markets, and seeing landmarks such as the Victorian Arts Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Club, Federation Square, and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. One day enjoy a wildlife excursion to see the Koala Conservation Center and “penguin parade” on Phillip Island. Additional excursions can be arranged upon request, such as a scenic flight over the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles.
Continue to Ayers Rock (Uluru), surrounded by vast blue sky and red earth in Australia’s beautiful Red Centre. Learn about Aboriginal bushtucker cuisine and legends of the Dreamtime. Tour the base of Ayers Rock and view Aboriginal rock art in caves and waterholes (billabongs). Walk through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and nearby sand dunes. Take desert walks and learn about the unique flora and fauna in the Outback. One night, dine under the stars while an astronomer points out the southern constellations in the clear desert night sky and a didjeridoo musician drones in the background. Optional activities can be arranged such as camel excursions, helicopter flights over the Outback landscape, or visits to remote cave art sites.
Next, fly to Tropical North Queensland for a stay at Silky Oaks Lodge, located in the middle of the rainforest. While there, enjoy a private tour of the Daintree Rainforest—the world’s oldest living rainforest and a protected World Heritage site. Also take a ride on the Kuranda Skyrail.
Continue to Lizard Island, Australia's only luxury resort in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Days are at leisure to enjoy the resort’s superb location, snorkel, dive, kayak, play tennis, walk in the jungle or spa treatments.
Finally, spend two days in Sydney, Australia's most beautiful city. Tour the beautiful Sydney Botanic Gardens, explore the historic Rocks district, stroll along Bondi Beach, and take an exclusive private tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Additional activities can be arranged upon request, such as visiting craft markets, touring noted Aboriginal art galleries and the city’s excellent museums, participating in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, a private harbor cruise, private surfing lessons, behind-the-scenes wildlife experiences, and food and wine tours.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights, including guaranteed early check-in. Private introductory city tour
Melbourne & Phillip Island
Full-day excursion to Phillip Island. Winery visit and wildlife viewing
Melbourne - Ayers Rock
Private transfer and flight to Ayers Rock. Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Private half-day tour of local scenic, natural and cultural attractions of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and/or the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). Afternoon lodge-based activities. Dinner under the stars this evening
Ayers Rock - Cairns - Daintree Rainforest
Transfer and flight to Cairns. Private arrival transfer to the Daintree Rainforest for 2 nights
Half-day private rainforest tour with a naturalist. Afternoon at leisure for lodge-based activities such as canoeing, nature walks and spa treatments
Daintree Rainforest - Lizard Island
Private morning excursion to Kuranda Skyrail. Private transfer and flight to Lizard Island for 3 nights at island resort
Days 8 & 9
At leisure for snorkeling, scuba diving, spa treatments, nature walks, relaxation at resort
Lizard Island - Sydney
Transfer and flight to Sydney, via Cairns. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private tour of Sydney and Opera House tour
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Ayers Rock (Uluru):
Silky Oaks Lodge
Great Barrier Reef:
Park Hyatt Sydney
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.